Year-end report, fourth quarter, October-December 2016

Fourth Quarter

  • Net sales  for the quarter amounted to SEK 1,069m (980), corresponding to an increase of 9.2 percent. Adjusted for exchange rate fluctuations, sales rose 2.5 percent.
     
  • Operating income  amounted to SEK 65m (44). Underlying EBIT1 was SEK 68m (48), corresponding to an increase of 42.7 percent and a margin of 6.4 percent (4.9). After adjustment for exchange rate fluctuations, underlying EBIT improved 0.2 percentage points.
     
  • Earnings per share before dilution  amounted to SEK 0.36 (0.22).
     
  • Strategic focusing of the Group. The review of the Specialty segment has led to the decision to divest the toolboxes for pick-up trucks business in 2017.

Full-year

  • Net sales  for the full-year were SEK 5,611m (5,320) corresponding to an increase of 5.5 percent. Adjusted for exchange rate fluctuations, sales rose 4.9 percent.
     
  • Operating income  totaled SEK 957m (825). Underlying EBIT1 amounted to SEK 970m (850), corresponding to an increase of 14.0 percent and a margin of 17.3 percent (16.0). After adjustment for exchange rate fluctuations, underlying EBIT rose 10.0 percent and the margin improved 0.8 percentage points.
     
  • Net income  was SEK 676m (587).
     
  • Cash flow from operating activities  totaled SEK 878m (662).
     
  • Earnings per share before dilution1 amounted to SEK 6.69 (5.87).
     
  • The Board of Directors proposes an ordinary dividend of SEK 3.40 per share, which corresponds to a dividend of SEK 344m calculated based on the number of outstanding shares at February 10, 2017. The proposed ordinary dividend will be paid in two instalments (SEK 1.70 in May and SEK 1.70 in October), and comprises 51 percent of earnings per share. The Board also proposes an extraordinary dividend of SEK 7.50 per share, corresponding to a dividend of SEK 758m, calculated based on the number of outstanding shares at February 10, 2017, to be distributed in May. Accordingly, the total proposed dividend is SEK 10.90 per share.  

The full report is available at www.thulegroup.com

Conference call
A combined press- and analyst call with Magnus Welander, CEO and President, and Lennart Mauritzson, CFO, is scheduled for today, February 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (CET).
The conference will be in English.
Information about the conference call is available at
www.thulegroup.com



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About Thule Group
Thule Group is a world leader in products that make it easy to bring the things you care for — easily, securely and in style — when living an active life. Under the motto Active Life, Simplified. — we offer products within these product categories: Sport&Cargo Carriers (e.g. roof racks, roof boxes, holders for bikes, water and winter sports equipment being transported by car), Active with Kids (e.g. bicycle trailers, strollers, child bike seats), RV Products (e.g. awnings, bike carriers and tents for motorhomes and caravans), Sport&Travel Bags (e.g. hiking backpacks, suitcases) and Bags for Electronic Devices (e.g. computer and camera bags).
Thule Group has about 2,200 employees at eight production facilities and 35 sales offices worldwide. The Group’s products are sold in 140 markets and in 2016, sales amounted to SEK 5.6 billion.
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Thule Group is a world leader in products that make it easy to bring the things you care for – easily, securely and in style, when living an active life. Under the motto Active Life, Simplified, we offer products within two segments: Outdoor&Bags (e.g. equipment for cycling, water and winter sports, roof boxes, bike trailers, baby joggers, laptop and camera bags, backpacks and cases for mobile handheld devices) and Specialty (snow chains and pick-up truck tool boxes). Our products are sold in 136 markets globally. There are more than 2,200 of us working for Thule Group at 10 production facilities and more than 35 sales locations all over the world. Net sales for 2013 amounted to 4.3 billion SEK. For more information, please visit www.thulegroup.com