IC Companys - Interim report for Q3; Solid cash flow despite challenging market conditions
IC Companys A/S
IC Companys - Interim report for Q3; Solid cash flow despite challenging market
Company Announcement no. 7/2012
Copenhagen, 16 May
As expected, consolidated revenue for Q3 2011/12 amounted to DKK 1,035 million
corresponding to a reduction of 6% compared to last financial year. The
structural changes last implemented by the Group started to have an impact and
costs were reduced by 5%. The operating profit amounted to DKK 56 million
corresponding to a decrease of 45%. Efficient price campaigns and sales
promoting activities resulted in the Group being able to retain its market
position and generate a solid cash flow but did at the same time exert a
continuous pressure on the Group’s gross margin which suffered a decline of 3.1
-- Consolidated revenue for Q3 2011/12 amounted to DKK 1,035 million (DKK
1,100 million) and thus suffered a setback of 6%.
-- Wholesale revenue amounted to DKK 694 million (DKK 748 million)
corresponding to a 7% setback.
-- Retail revenue amounted to DKK 341 million (DKK 352 million) corresponding
to a 3% setback.
-- Gross profit amounted to DKK 568 million (DKK 638 million). The Group thus
generated a gross margin of 54.9% (58.0%) corresponding to a decline of 3.1
percentage points compared to last financial year.
-- Capacity costs amounted to DKK 512 million (DKK 537 million) corresponding
to a reduction of 5%. The cost rate for Q3 2011/12 thus amounted to 49.5%
(48.8%) which is an increase of 0.7 percentage points compared to last
-- Operating profit amounted to DKK 56 million (DKK 101 million). The Group
thus generated an EBIT margin of 5.4% (9.1%).
-- Total cash flow from operating and investing activities amounted to an
outflow of DKK 34 million (outflow of DKK 136 million) corresponding to an
improvement of DKK 102 million compared to last financial year.
-- Order intake for the autumn collection 2012 is expected to record a setback
of 12% reported in local currencies.
-- Management anticipates that the volatile market conditions will continue
and that Q4 2011/12 will also be marked by a high level of sales promoting
activities and campaigns in the industry.
-- However, the pressure on the Group’s gross margin is expected to be weaker
during Q4 2011/12 due to declining raw material prices and reduced
inventories within the industry. Finally, the Group’s new sourcing
structure and continuous optimisation are expected to have a positive
effect on the gross margin.
-- Based on these statements, Management expects the consolidated revenue for
the financial year 2011/12 to attain a level of DKK 3,800-3,850 million
(previously announced outlook of DKK 3.7-3.8 billion). The consolidated
operating profit for 2011/12 is expected to attain a level of DKK 130-150
million (in accordance with the previously announced outlook which stated
that the Management expected, with the market conditions at that time, a
positive operating profit for H2 2011/12, however, were the market
conditions to deteriorate, the Group would possibly suffer a double-digit
loss in million DKK for H2 2011/12).
-- Management still expects a cash inflow from operating and investing
activities as well as a reduction of the working capital for H2 2011/12.
-- Investments for the financial year 2011/12 are expected to attain a level
of DKK 80-100 million (unchanged) primarily for an expansion of the
distribution and sales promoting improvements of the IT platform.
Chief Executive Officer of IC Companys A/S Niels Mikkelsen commented;
"As expected, the Group suffered revenue and earnings setbacks for Q3 2011/12
as we have experienced challenging market conditions. However, it has been our
top priority to steer the Group safely through the quarter under review by
retaining market positions on our core markets and maintaining our financial
strength. Therefore, we find it positive that we have succeeded in improving
our operational cash flow by more than DKK 100 million for Q3 2011/12".
IC Companys A/S
Niels Mikkelsen Chris Bigler
Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer
Please direct any questions regarding this announcement to:
Head of Investor Relations and Communication
+45 32 66 70 93