COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT NO 41/2017 — 21 AUGUST 2017
Interim Report for 1 January - 30 June (H1) 2017
Commercial initiatives lead to earnings improvement
Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) for H1 2017 were DKK 34 million higher than in 2016 and amounted to DKK 502 million (2016: DKK 468 million). EBIT margin increased by one percentage point to 15.8%. The increase reflects higher earnings in Western Europe and Baltic Sea. Net revenue for H1 2017 showed a 1% increase and amounted to DKK 3,183 million compared to DKK 3,160 million for 2016. The net revenue development was positively affected by the expanded cooperation with PepsiCo in Denmark and the Baltic countries, whereas it was negatively affected by poorer weather in Northern Europe than in 2016. Royal Unibrew generally maintained its market shares. Free cash flow for H1 2017 amounted to DKK 497 million compared to DKK 514 million for H1 2016, which was positively affected by approx DKK 160 million from the sale of the brewery site in Aarhus. In H1 2017, dividend of DKK 663 million (2016: DKK 592 million) was distributed to shareholders, and net interest-bearing debt went up by DKK 167 million to DKK 1,158 million (30 June 2016: DKK 1,261 million). NIBD/EBITDA calculated on a running 12-month basis was 0.9. The previously announced net revenue range is specified to the lower half of the range as a result of the summer weather, which is overall poorer than normal, whereas EBIT is specified to the upper half of the range.
"In H1, we realised a large number of commercial initiatives, including the launch of many new interesting products as well as consumer engagement in all of our markets. This has resulted in a continued positive business development, an additional earnings improvement as well as a satisfactory cash flow development. Among other things, we launched several new specialty beer products, including new Kissmeyer products in the Danish market. The new specialty beer brewery at Albani in Odense was put into operation in late Q2, and we launched the establishment of a specialty beer brewery adjacent to the Lahti brewery in Finland. The establishment of the new facilities is pivotal to our commitment in the specialty beer segment, which is showing handsome growth. Due to the strong developments, we are now expecting EBIT for 2017 to be in the upper half of the range announced previously, whereas the weather is generally affecting our outlook negatively", says Jesper B. Jørgensen, CEO.
The previously announced net revenue range is specified to the lower half of the range as a result of the summer weather, which is overall poorer than normal, whereas EBIT is specified to the upper half of the range, as follows:
• Net revenue: DKK 6,250-6,350 million, (previously DKK 6,250-6,450 million)
• EBITDA: DKK 1,320-1,370 million, (previously DKK 1,285-1,385 million)
• EBIT: DKK 1,030-1,080 million, (previously: DKK 980-1,080 million)
Selected financial highlights and key ratios
|mDKK||H1 2017||H1 2016||Q2 2017||Q2 2016|
|Sales (thousand hectolitres)||4,833||4,876||2,764||2,795|
|EBITDA margin (%)||20.2||19.6||22.9||22.6|
|Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT)||502||468||351||329|
|EBIT margin (%)||15.8||14.8||19.2||18.2|
|Profit before tax||498||462||355||335|
|Net profit for the period||390||364||280||266|
|Free cash flow||497||514||551||509|
|Net interest-bearing debt||1,158||1,261|
|NIBD/EBITDA (running 12 months)||0.9||1.0|
|Equity ratio (%)||41||42|
For further information on this Announcement:
Jesper B. Jørgensen, President & CEO, tel +45 22 20 80 17.
It will be possible for investors and analysts to follow Royal Unibrew's presentation of the Interim Report on Tuesday 23 August 2017, at 9.00 am by audiocast at one of the following dial-in numbers:
Danish participants: +45 32 71 16 59
United States participants: +1 212 444 0895
International number: +44 20 3427 0503
The presentation may also be followed at Royal Unibrew's website www.royalunibrew.com.
Financial calendar for 2017
22 November 2017 Interim Report for the period 1 January - 30 September 2017
The Interim Report has been prepared in Danish and English.
In case of discrepancy the Danish version shall prevail
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