NOBINA'S SECOND QUARTER - UNDERLYING PROFIT INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT
THE SECOND QUARTER
- Record sales and earnings for a second quarter, before IPO-related costs. Extra traffic and successful traffic starts contributed positively.
- Net sales increased by 9.2 per cent to a record SEK 1,982 million (1,815).
- Adjusted operating profit increased by 23 per cent to SEK 137 million (111) before IPO costs of SEK 112 million1). Operating profit was SEK 25 million (111) after IPO costs.
- Adjusted earnings before tax (EBT) increased by 52 per cent to SEK 93 million (61) before IPO costs and costs for bond loan redemption amounting to SEK 205 million1).
- Earnings per share amounted to SEK –0.86 SEK (0.81).
- Adjusted cash flow from the operations was SEK –78 million (–107).
HALF-YEAR PERIOD 1 MARCH 2015 – 31 AUGUST 2015
- Record sales and earnings for the first six months, before IPO costs.
- Net sales increased by 7.5 per cent to SEK 3,977 million (3,701).
- Adjusted operating profit rose by 43 per cent to SEK 243 million (170) before IPO costs of SEK 204 million 1). Operating profit was SEK 39 million (170) after IPO costs.
- Adjusted earnings before tax (EBT) amounted to SEK 154 million (45) before IPO costs and costs for bond redemption amounting to SEK 297 million1).
- Earnings per share amounted to SEK –1.43 (0.44).
- Adjusted cash flow from the operations was SEK – 97 million (–220).
IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER
- Well implemented traffic starts in Södertörn Stockholm (Sweden), Follo (Norway) and Helsinki (Finland), totally involving more than 400 buses.
- Nobina AB was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. All listing costs have now been charged and the result was in accordance with the prospectus.
- On 11 August 2015, Nobina redeemed all outstanding bond loans.
IMPORTANT EVENTS SINCE THE END OF THE PERIOD
- Nobina won a bus contract in Norrköping worth close to SEK 400 million over a six-year period.
Nobina reports record sales and earnings for a second quarter and first six months, before costs for the IPO. Revenues from extra traffic as well as lower than expected costs for the implementation of traffic starts contributed to the positive development.
The second quarter was characterised by the three successful traffic starts in Södertörn, Follo and Helsinki involving more than 400 buses. It is good to note that our careful preparations during the past year have resulted in all traffic starts going well.
On 11 August we redeemed our bond loan using part of the issue proceeds raised in connection with the IPO. This means a reduction of SEK 550 million in our debt and that our annual interest costs will be reduced by SEK 44 million. It also means that we have improved our equity ratio to 14.1 per cent from 4.2 per cent, which was also an important objective for us.
As the bond loan has been redeemed, there are no restrictions on implementing our stated dividend policy. I look forward to pay our first dividend in line with our communicated dividend target.
President and CEO
Nobina AB (publ) discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 8 a.m. CET on Wednesday, 30 September 2015.
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Ragnar Norbäck, President and CEO +46 8-410 65 000
Per Skärgård, CFO +46 8-410 65 056
Stina Thorman, acting Head of +46 8-410 65 071
Ingrid Håkanson, IR-manager +46 8-410 65 051
Nobina is the largest and most experienced public bus transport service provider in the Nordic region. The Company’s expertise in prospecting, tendering and active management of public bus transport contracts in combination with long-term delivery quality makes Nobina an industry leader in terms of profitability, development and initiatives that promote a healthier industry. Every day, Nobina ensures that more than one million people arrive at work, school or other activities by delivering contracted public bus transport services in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In addition, Nobina offers express bus services under the Swebus brand in the Swedish market. The Company has approximately 7,600 full-time equivalent employees and is headquartered in Stockholm. For more information, visit: www.nobina.com.