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2014/07/30

H1 2014 Results - Tarkett demonstrates the solidity of its business model

Tarkett demonstrates the solidity of its business model: Highly resilient margins despite a challenging environment in the CIS countries

Highlights

  • Net Sales: €1,107.6m, -5.4% vs. H1 2013 of which -1.4% organic growth(1)
  • Stable Adjusted EBITDA(2) margin at 11.4% of sales (€125.7m vs. €133.2m in H1 2013)
  • Net profit attributable to the owners (non adjusted): €30.8m
  • Net debt / Adjusted EBITDA(2) = 1.8x, stable compared to end of June 2013
  • Continued expansion strategy through the acquisition of Gamrat Flooring (Poland) and of industrial assets in China

(1) Organic growth: At same perimeter and exchange rates (NB: In the CIS, price increases implemented to offset currency fluctuations are not included in the organic growth. Organic growth in the CIS therefore reflects volume and mix variances only).
(2) Adjusted EBITDA: Adjustments include expenses related to restructuring, acquisitions and certain other non-recurring items.

 

Net Sales reached €1,107.6m in the first half of 2014, a slight contraction by -1.4% organically vs. H1 2013 and by -5.4% in reported figures.

All segments posted organic growth, with the exception of CIS & Others which was hit by the Ukraine crisis and the slowdown of the Russian economy.

On a reported basis, sales contracted by -5.4% due to the negative -4.2% currency impact, mainly reflecting the fall against the euro of the key CIS currencies and of the US dollar. The consolidation of Gamrat Flooring effective on May 1st, had a slightly positive impact (+0.3%).

Despite a challenging environment and adverse currency effects, the Group achieved a stable adjusted EBITDA margin of 11.4% (€125.7m compared to €133.2m in H1 2013). This performance was made possible by the quick measures taken in the CIS region in reaction to the Ukraine crisis, as well as by good results in other segments.

The Group pursued its strategy of external growth through the acquisition of Gamrat Flooring in Poland which strengthens its market position and manufacturing capacities on high performance vinyl flooring for professional applications in Central Europe. Tarkett also increased its manufacturing and logistic footprint in China with the acquisition of industrial assets for vinyl flooring production, near Beijing, reinforcing its selective profitable growth strategy in this country.

 

Commenting on the financial results, Michel Giannuzzi, CEO of Tarkett, declared:

In a very challenging environment in the CIS countries, Tarkett demonstrated the resilience of its business model and its ability to maintain a solid level of profitability by reacting swiftly to the tough market conditions. The Group continues to implement its strategy of expansion in profitable segments with the Gamrat Flooring acquisition in Poland and the strengthening of its industrial footprint in China. We remain confident that Tarkett will pursue its dynamics of sustainable and profitable growth thanks to its balanced geographic and end-market exposure, its focus on operational efficiency, its commitment to innovation and its strategy of selective acquisitions.”

Key figures

(1) Organic growth: At same perimeter and exchange rates (NB: In the CIS, price increases implemented to offset currency fluctuations are not included in the organic growth. Organic growth in the CIS therefore reflects volume and mix variances only).
(2) Adjusted EBITDA: Adjustments include expenses related to restructuring, acquisitions and certain other non-recurring items.
(3) Net cash flow from operations: Defined as cash generated from operations less on-going capital expenditure.

 

Net Sales by segment for the first half

(1) Organic growth: At same perimeter and exchange rates (NB: In the CIS, price increases implemented to offset currency fluctuations are not included in the organic growth. Organic growth in the CIS therefore reflects volume and mix variances only).

 

In EMEA, net sales grew +2.2% fueled by a positive performance in Central Europe and in Scandinavia, combined with the continuing recovery in Southern Europe. France is still suffering from a weak economic environment.

In North America, Tarkett experienced a moderate increase in sales. While commercial activities remained on a positive trend, residential sales were soft in a context where the Group is implementing a more selective strategy in certain distribution channels. Tandus integration has reached another step in combining Centiva’s sales forces (high-end commercial tiles) with Tandus’.

The CIS & Others segment reported a -7.6% organic drop in sales. Volumes were mainly impacted by the slowdown of the Russian economy while sales in Ukraine were hit, as the business on the Eastern side of the country has been particularly disrupted in the second quarter. Price increases successfully implemented throughout the half-year limited the ‘lag effect’ of currencies to -€17m (net impact of currency devaluations mitigated by price increases). In Latin America, sales remained upbeat, following the success of our high-end vinyl tiles (LVT) range now partially produced locally following the addition of a new production line in our Brazilian facility. The activity was vigorous in China and flat in Australia.

In the Sports segment sales climbed 6.0% organically. Most business lines and regions contributed to this continued recovery.

 

Adjusted EBITDA(1) by segment for the first half

(1) Adjusted EBITDA: Adjustments include expenses related to restructuring, acquisitions and certain other non-recurring items.

 

EMEA margins held firm at 11.9% of sales versus 11.3% in the first half of 2013, driven by the organic growth and by continuing improvements in operational efficiencies along the entire value chain.

In North America, the slight erosion in adjusted EBITDA margin from 11.0% to 10.7% was mainly due to marketing investments, in particular samples and displays, related to the launch of new product collections.

In the CIS & Others segment, adjusted EBITDA margin came out at a solid 17.9% versus 19.1% in the first half of 2013, confirming Tarkett’s ability to react swiftly to a challenging environment. The Group has quickly and successfully implemented price increases in each country. In Ukraine and Kazakhstan price lists were modified effective mid-February. In Russia, prices were increased by 5% effective from April 1st, having consequently a full effect in the second quarter. Therefore the ‘lag effect’ of currencies on the EBITDA (net impact of currency devaluations mitigated by price increases) was limited to -€7.4m, essentially in the first quarter.

The Sports segment posted a strong increase of its adjusted EBITDA, bolstered by the resolution of some litigations as well as by the confirmed on-going recovery of the activity.

The slight increase of central costs not allocated to the segments has been strictly contained.

 

Net Profit attributable to the owners (non adjusted)

Net profit attributable to the owners (non adjusted) reached €30.8m (€36.7m in H1 2013), in line with the EBIT evolution and on the back of slightly increasing financial charges (+€0.9m) and a moderate increase of the effective tax rate.

 

A strong balance sheet

Net cash-flow from operations amounted to -€26.5m, compared to -€19.4m in the first half of 2013. As usual in the first half of the year, the working capital increased (+€109m in H1 2014 vs. +€98m in H1 2013) in accordance with the seasonality of the activity, particularly in Sports and in the CIS countries. On-going capital expenditures have been slightly lower than expected at 3.0% of sales, due to timing effects between H1 and H2 2014. Net debt reached €531m, i.e. 1.8x last twelve month adjusted EBITDA, stable compared to end of June 2013.

Outlook

We remain cautious for the rest of the year, given the uncertainty of the economic environment, especially in the CIS countries where we will continue to actively adapt to market conditions. On the mid-term, the Group confirms its objectives to outperform aggregate GDP growth in the regions where it operates and to maintain its adjusted EBITDA margin in excess of 12% as well as its goal to generate additional sales of €300m through external growth by 2016.

Audited consolidated financial statements for H1 2014 and the presentation of H1 2014 results are available on Tarkett’s website. The related analysts’ conference will be held on Thursday 31st of July 2014 at 11:00 am CET and an audio webcast service (live and replay) will also be available at www.tarkett.com.

 

Financial Calendar

  • October 20, 2014: Third Quarter Financial Results

 

For more information, visit the Financial Results page.