Interim Report for 1 January - 30 September (9M) 2019
Company Announcement No 51/2019 – 13 November 2019
Interim Report for 1 January - 30 September (9M) 2019
A balanced execution drives Net Revenue Growth of 5% and solid EBIT growth of +10%
Strong commercial execution generated a solid financial result for the first nine months of 2019, despite less favourable weather conditions in the second and third quarter in Northern Europe. EBIT increased by 10% and the higher result was attributable to a positive development in all segments. Net revenue increased by 5%, which relates to the acquisitions in H2 2018 and Q1 2019. When adjusting for the beer campaign in Finland we deliver, as expected, organic net revenue growth and on top we even cycle tough summer comparison to LY. Positive product, channel and country mix improved our overall EBIT margin by 1 percentage point to 20.4% (Q1-Q3 2018: 19.4%) where our focus on finding a "golden balance" between our innovation power and managing the incumbent complexity proved to be key. Our execution in all of our core routes to market continues to be innovative and passionate. Overall, we note our market shares improved slightly, both in value as well as volume (ex. campaign volumes in Finland). We continue our progress of extending the footprints of some of our recently acquired businesses as well as we continue to improve the efficiencies across our businesses.
We specify our outlook for 2019 to be in the top end of the outlook announced in August 2019.
Financial highlights Q1-Q3 2019
Net revenue for Q1-Q3 2019 increased by 5% to 5,905 million compared to DKK 5,624 million for Q1-Q3 2018 and was positively affected by the impact of acquisitions.
Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) for Q1-Q3 2019 were DKK 110 million higher than in 2018 and amounted to DKK 1,202 million (2018: DKK 1,092 million). The EBIT margin increased by 1.0 percentage point to 20.4%.
Volumes for Q1-Q3 2019 showed a 1% increase and amounted to 8.5 million hectolitres compared to 8.4 million hectolitres in 2018. Acquisitions added a 3% increase, while the organic development reduced volumes by 2%.
The free cash flow for Q1-Q3 2019 amounted to DKK 1,054 million compared to DKK 1,034 million for Q1-Q3 2018. As expected, the free cash flow was negatively affected by higher paid tax and higher working capital due to lower campaign activities in Finland compared to Q1-Q3 2018.
Net interest-bearing debt went up by DKK 159 million due to the acquisitions. DKK 909 million (Q1-Q3 2018: DKK 886 million) was distributed to the shareholders. Calculated on a running 12 months’ basis, NIBD/EBITDA was 1.5x and ROIC excluding goodwill was 31%. EPS increased by 11% in Q1-Q3 2019.
The acquisition of Bev.Con ApS (CULT) was completed end February 2019, and CULT merged with Royal Unibrew A/S in Q2 2019. On 12 August 2019, Royal Unibrew acquired 100% of the share capital of the Bruce Ashley Group Inc. (BAG) in Canada. In Q2 2019, Royal Unibrew agreed to acquire the Latvian craft brewery SIA Bauskas Alus. The acquisition was completed in the beginning of November 2019.
We specify our outlook for 2019 to be in the top end of the outlook announced in August 2019:
• Net revenue: DKK 7,575-7,650 million (March 2019: DKK 7,400-7,650 million)
• EBIT: DKK 1,440-1,465 million (March 2019: DKK 1,340-1,465 million)
|SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS AND KEY RATIOS|
|mDKK||Q1-Q3 2019||Q1-Q3 2018||Q3 2019||Q3 2018|
|Sales (thousand hectolitres)||8,489||8,401||3,027||3,175|
|EBITDA margin (%)||24.6||23.9||27.2||25.8|
|EBIT margin (%)||20.4||19.4||23.3||21.4|
|Profit before tax||1,191||1,08||491||444|
|Net profit for the period||918||852||377||351|
|Free cash flow||1,054||1,034||439||420|
|Net interest-bearing debt||2,681||2,397|
|ROIC incl. goodwill (%)*||19||21|
|ROIC excl. goodwill (%)*||31||34|
|Equity ratio (%)||34||34|
|* Running 12 months|
For further information on this Announcement:
Hans Savonije, President & CEO, tel. +45 22 20 80 17
Lars Jensen, CFO, tel. +45 29 23 00 44
It will be possible for investors and analysts to follow Royal Unibrew’s presentation of the Interim Report on Thursday, 14 November 2019, at 9.00 am CET by audiocast at the following telephone numbers:
Participants from Denmark: +45 32 72 80 42
Participants from the UK: +44 (0) 2071 928000
Participants from the USA: +1 6315 107 495
Confirmation code: 3588626
The presentation may also be followed at Royal Unibrew’s website www.royalunibrew.com.
|Financial Calendar for 2020|
|10 March 2020||Annual Report 2019|
|28 April 2020||Trading statement for the period 1 January - 31 March 2020|
|28 April 2020||Annual General Meeting 2020|
|24 August 2020||Interim Report for the period 1 January - 30 June 2020|
|17 November 2020||Trading statement for the period 1 January - 30 September 2020|
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