COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT NO 58/2017 — 22 NOVEMBER 2017
Interim Report for 1 January - 30 September 2017
Royal Unibrew increases earnings
Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) for Q1-Q3 2017 were DKK 37 million higher than in 2016 and amounted to DKK 862 million (2016: DKK 825 million). EBIT margin increased by 0.8 percentage point to 17.7%. The increase reflects higher earnings in Western Europe and Baltic Sea. Net revenue for Q1-Q3 2017 was at the 2016 level and amounted to DKK 4,869 million compared to DKK 4,874 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 summer weather in Northern Europe than in 2016 and changed customer agreements. Royal Unibrew generally maintained its market shares. Free cash flow for Q1-Q3 2017 amounted to DKK 711 million compared to DKK 835 million for Q1-Q3 2016, which was positively affected by approx DKK 160 million from the sale of the brewery site in Aarhus. In Q1-Q3 2017, dividend of DKK 782 million (2016: DKK 704 million) was distributed to shareholders, and net interest-bearing debt went up by DKK 71 million to DKK 1,062 million (30 September 2016: DKK 1,053 million). NIBD/EBITDA calculated on a running 12-month basis was 0.8 as in 2015/16. The previously announced outlook for 2017 is confirmed.
" Our performance for Q1-Q3 2017 was better than in 2016 and we delivered upon our strategic and financial objectives despite unusually adverse weather conditions in Northern Europe and currency challenges in the Malt Beverages and Export segment. In October, we acquired Terme di Crodo and their well-known, Italian soft drinks brands from Gruppo Campari. The acquisition will strengthen our competitive power in the Italian market — as we'll be able to offer our customers more products as well as to generate synergies with our existing beer business. We also continued improving our EBIT margin by improving our channel and product mix through continuous development of new products such as Royal Organic, Faxe Kondi Summer and Kissmeyer products. We confirm the previously announced outlook for 2017", says Hans Savonije, CEO.
The previously announced net revenue and earnings outlook for the year is confirmed as follows:
• Net revenue: DKK 6,250-6,350 million
• EBITDA: DKK 1,320-1,370 million
• EBIT: DKK 1,030-1,080 million
Selected financial highlights and key ratios
|mDKK||Q1-Q3 2017||Q1-Q3 2016||Q3 2017||Q3 2016|
|Sales (thousand hectolitres)||7,333||7,457||2,500||2,581|
|EBITDA margin (%)||22.1||21.6||25.7||25.2|
|Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT)||862||825||359||357|
|EBIT margin (%)||17.7||16.9||21.3||20.8|
|Profit before tax||853||818||355||355|
|Net profit for the period||668||641||278||277|
|Free cash flow||711||835||214||321|
|Net interest-bearing debt||1,062||1,053|
|NIBD/EBITDA (running 12 months)||0.8||0.8|
|Equity ratio (%)||46||46|
For further information on this Announcement:
Hans Savonije, 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 November 2017, at 9.00 by audiocast at one of the following numbers:
Danish participants: +45 32 71 16 59
United States participants: +1 646 254 3360
International number: +44 20 3427 0503
The presentation may also be followed at Royal Unibrew's website www.royalunibrew.com.
Financial Calendar for 2018
6 March 2018 Annual Report 2017
24 April 2018 Interim Report for the period 1 January-31 March 2018
24 April 2018 Annual General Meeting 2018
27 August 2018 Interim Report for the period 1 January-30 June 2018
21 November 2018 Interim Report for the period 1 January-30 September 2018
The Interim Report has been prepared in Danish and English.
In case of discrepancy the Danish version shall prevail.
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