PONSSE’S INTERIM REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY – 30 JUNE 2014
PONSSE’S INTERIM REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY – 30 JUNE 2014
– Net sales amounted to EUR 183.6 (H1/2013 145.3) million.
– Q2 net sales amounted to EUR 96.8 (Q2/2013 83.6) million.
– Operating result totalled EUR 18.0 (H1/2013 8.5) million, equalling 9.8 (5.9) per cent of net sales.
– Q2 operating result totalled EUR 10.6 (Q2/2013 8.4) million, equalling 10.9 (10.1) per cent of net sales.
– Profit before taxes was EUR 18.0 (H1/2013 5.2) million.
– Cash flow from business operations was EUR 2.8 (7.5) million.
– Earnings per share were EUR 0.53 (0.10).
– Equity ratio was 36.1 (32.6) per cent.
– Order books stood at EUR 124.6 (57.7) million.
PRESIDENT AND CEO JUHO NUMMELA:
The demand for forest machines was at an extremely good level during the past quarter. The order volume of new machines increased further and as a result our order books increased to EUR 124.6 (57.7) million, which is the highest in the company’s history . The order books grew by 116 per cent compared with the comparable period. Consolidated net sales for the period under review amounted to EUR 183.6 (145.3) million, which is 26.4 per cent more than in the comparison period. The operating result amounted to EUR 18.0 (8.5) million, which has an increase of 112 per cent. The operating result equalled 9.8 (5.9) per cent of net sales for the period under review. The equity ratio continued to develop favourably after dividend payments, amounting to 36.1 per cent.
With regard to our market areas, Russia continued at a good level. The international political situation is alarming, but so far the unstable conditions have not had a substantial effect on the forest machine market. The positive trend in North America continued, and the market is expected to develop favourably. With regard to European markets, Central Europe has shown signs of growth, overall market development in Sweden remains at a low level. During the second quarter we expanded to Chile and Australia, where we concluded contracts with new dealers.
The serial production of the PONSSE Scorpion product line has proceeded according to plan and products continue to be brought to market. During the past quarter, the Scorpion harvester models were introduced in Estonia, Germany, Austria, the UK and France. During the period under review, the updated PONSSE Bear harvester and PONSSE H77 harvester head for harvesting eucalyptus were launched for Ponsse's 2015 Product Line. The demand for other product models has been good as well, resulting in strong growth in the order books and a pre-planned capacity increase for the autumn. However, product quality and reliability remain our first priority.
The maintenance services grew significantly, and simultaneously our used machine sales continued to grow. The sales of new machines increased well from the comparison period and the net sales in the past quarter were EUR 96.8 (83.6) million. The net sales increased by 16 per cent from the corresponding period.
The operating result amounted to EUR 10.6 (8.4) million during the second quarter, equalling 10.9 (10.1) per cent of net sales.
Cash flow from business operations amounted to EUR 2.8 (7.5) million in the period under review. The stock of new products was at a level slightly higher than normal as some of the machines were still on their way to customers at the end of the period under review. At the same time the capital tied up in raw materials and consumables increased slightly, but the stock of used machines was correspondingly at a good level.
Investments in developing maintenance service and factory facilities began during the past quarter.
Consolidated net sales for the period under review amounted to EUR 183.6 (145.3) million, which is 26.4 per cent more than in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 73.5 (68.6) per cent of net sales.
Net sales were regionally distributed as follows: Northern Europe 39.8 (45.8) per cent, Central and Southern Europe 21.4 (14.4) per cent, Russia and Asia 15.2 (15.9) per cent, North and South America 23.6 (23.9) per cent and other countries 0.0 (0.0) per cent.
The operating result amounted to EUR 18.0 (8.5) million. The operating result equalled 9.8 (5.9) per cent of net sales for the period under review. Consolidated return on capital employed (ROCE) stood at 28.3 (9.1) per cent.
Staff costs for the period totalled EUR 29.0 (24.9) million. Other operating expenses stood at EUR 17.4 (15.3) million. The net total of financial income and expenses amounted to EUR 0.1 (-3.2) million. Exchange rate gains and losses with a net effect of EUR 1.0 (-2.4) million were recognised under financial items for the period. Profit for the period under review totalled EUR 14.7 (3.2) million. Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EPS) came to EUR 0.53 (0.10). The interest on the subordinated loan for the comparison period, less tax, has been taken into account in the calculation of EPS.
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES
At the end of the period under review, the total consolidated statements of financial position amounted to EUR 204.0 (183.3) million. Inventories stood at EUR 93.8 (81.8) million. Trade receivables totalled EUR 32.4 (30.0) million, while liquid assets stood at EUR 8.3 (6.7) million. Group shareholders’ equity stood at EUR 72.9 (59.4) million and parent company shareholders’ equity at EUR 90.4 (77.9) million. The amount of interest-bearing liabilities was EUR 68.6 (77.6) million. The company has used 28 per cent of its credit facility limit. The parent company's net receivables from other Group companies stood at EUR 81.7 (78.9) million. The parent company’s receivables from subsidiaries mainly consisted of trade receivables. Consolidated net liabilities totalled EUR 60.3 (70.9) million, and the debt-equity ratio (net gearing) was 82.8 (119.4) per cent. The equity ratio stood at 36.1 (32.6) percent at the end of the period under review.
Cash flow from business operations amounted to EUR 2.8 (7.5) million. Cash flow from investment activities came to EUR -7.7 (-6.3) million.
ORDER INTAKE AND ORDER BOOKS
Order intake for the period totalled EUR 209.5 (161.3) million, while period-end order books were valued at EUR 124.6 (57.7) million.
No changes took place in the Group structure during the period under review except for the acquisition of business-related property company Ocean Safety Center in Russia, the facilities of which OOO Ponsse was leasing earlier.
The subsidiaries included in the Ponsse Group are: Epec Oy, Finland; OOO Ponsse, Russia; Ocean Safety Center, Russia; Ponsse AB, Sweden; Ponsse AS, Norway; Ponsse Asia-Pacific Ltd, Hong Kong; Ponsse China Ltd, China; Ponsse Latin America Ltda, Brazil; Ponsse North America, Inc., the United States; Ponssé S.A.S., France; Ponsse UK Ltd, the United Kingdom; and Ponsse Uruguay S.A., Uruguay. Sunit Oy, based in Kajaani, Finland, is an affiliated company in which Ponsse Plc has a holding of 34 per cent.
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AND R&D
During the period under review, the Group’s R&D expenses totalled EUR 5.7 (5.0) million, of which EUR 1.2 (1.6) million was capitalized.
Capital expenditure totalled EUR 7.7 (6.3) million. It consisted in addition to capitalised R&D expenses of investments in buildings and ordinary maintenance and replacement investments for machinery and equipment.
The following persons were members of the Management Team: Juho Nummela, President and CEO, acting as the chairman; Juha Haverinen, Factory Director; Petri Härkönen, CFO; Juha Inberg, Technology and R&D Director; Tapio Mertanen, Service Director; Paula Oksman, HR Director; Tommi Väänänen, Purchasing Director and Jarmo Vidgrén, Deputy CEO, Sales and Marketing Director. The company management has regular management liability insurance.
The area director organisation of sales is lead by Jarmo Vidgrén, Group’s Sales and Marketing Director and Tapio Mertanen, Service Director. The geographical distribution and the responsible persons are presented below:
Northern Europe: Jarmo Vidgrén (Finland), Eero Lukkarinen (Sweden, Denmark) and Sigurd Skotte (Norway),
Central and Southern Europe: Janne Vidgrén (Austria, Poland, Romania, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary), Clément Puybaret (France), Jussi Hentunen (Spain, Italy, Portugal and Norrbotten/Sweden) and Gary Glendinning (the United Kingdom),
Russia and Asia: Jaakko Laurila (Russia, Belarus), Norbert Schalkx (the Baltic countries, Japan and Australia) and Risto Kääriäinen (China),
North and South America: Pekka Ruuskanen (the United States), Marko Mattila (North American dealers and Chile), Teemu Raitis (Brazil) and Martin Toledo (Uruguay).
The Group had an average staff of 1,168 (995) during the period and employed 1,228 (1,040) people at period-end.
The company’s registered share capital consists of 28,000,000 shares. The trading volume of Ponsse Plc shares for 1 January – 31 June 2014 totalled 2,098,857, accounting for 7.5 per cent of the total number of shares. Share turnover amounted to EUR 22.4 million, with the period’s lowest and highest share prices amounting to EUR 9.02 and EUR 11.48, respectively.
At the end of the period, shares closed at EUR 11.18, and market capitalisation totalled EUR 313.0 million.
At the end of the period under review, the company held 212,900 treasury shares.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A separate release was issued on 15 April 2014 regarding the authorizations given to the Board of Directors and other resolutions at the AGM.
In its decision-making and administration, the company observes the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act, other regulations governing publicly listed companies and the company’s Articles of Association. The company’s Board of Directors has adopted the Code of Governance that complies with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code approved by the Board of the Securities Market Association in 2010. The purpose of the code is to ensure that the company is professionally managed and that its business principles and practices are of a high ethical and professional standard.
The Code of Governance is available on Ponsse’s website in the Investors section.
Risk management is based on the company’s values, as well as strategic and financial objectives. Risk management aims to support the achievement of the objectives specified in the company’s strategy, as well as to ensure the financial development of the company and the continuity of its business.
Furthermore, risk management aims to identify, assess and monitor business-related risks which may influence the achievement of the company’s strategic and financial goals or the continuity of its business. Decisions on the necessary measures to anticipate risks and react to observed risks are made on the basis of this information.
Risk management is a part of regular daily business, and it is also included in the management system. Risk management is controlled by the risk management policy approved by the Board.
A risk is any event that may prevent the company from reaching its objectives or that threatens the continuity of business. On the other hand, a risk may also be a positive event, in which case the risk is treated as an opportunity. Each risk is assessed on the basis of its impact and probability. Methods of risk management include avoiding, mitigating and transferring risks. Risks can also be managed by controlling and minimising their impact.
SHORT-TERM RISK MANAGEMENT
The prolonged insecurity in the world economy and weak economic situation may result in a decline in the demand for forest machines. The uncertainty may be increased by the volatility of developing countries’ foreign exchange markets. The geopolitical situation, in particular, will increase the uncertainty through financial market operations and sanctions.
The parent company monitors the changes in the Group’s internal and external trade receivables and the associated risk of impairment.
The key objective of the company’s financial risk management policy is to manage liquidity, interest and currency risks. The company ensures its liquidity through credit limit facilities agreed with a number of financial institutions. The effect of adverse changes in interest rates is minimised by utilising credit linked to different reference rates and by concluding interest rate swaps. The effects of currency rate fluctuations are mitigated through derivative contracts.
Changes taking place in the fiscal and customs legislation in countries to which Ponsse exports may hamper the company’s export trade or its profitability.
OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE
The Group's euro-denominated operating profit is expected to be significantly higher than in 2013.
Ponsse's updated and competitive product range and service solutions are having a positive impact on the company's business operations. The launch of PONSSE Scorpion will continue in North America during the upcoming quarter. Furthermore, the new PONSSE Bear harvester will be introduced to the North American markets. As a continuation of the PONSSE Scorpion and Bear harvesters, the new PONSSE 2015 product range will be introduced at the FinnMETKO fair organised in Finland at the end of August.
Thanks to the strong order books, capacity increase has been planned at the factory.
We will continue to invest in the facilities of the Vieremä factory, R&D and maintenance services, as well as in the development of production technology and R&D. During 2014, the facility investments cover approximately 7,000 m2.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (EUR 1,000)
|Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress||5,453||1,716||5,832|
|Other operating income||642||529||1,053|
|Raw materials and services||-121,509||-95,479||-210,146|
|Expenditure on employment-related benefits||-28,956||-24,938||-49,022|
|Depreciation and amortisation||-3,850||-3,285||-6,568|
|Other operating expenses||-17,399||-15,324||-31,472|
|Share of results of associated companies||-68||-105||-45|
|Financial income and expenses||81||-3,207||-8,208|
|RESULT BEFORE TAXES||18,013||5,193||14,248|
|NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||14,672||3,235||9,098|
|OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:|
|Translation differences related to foreign units||-1,022||658||2,955|
|TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||13,650||3,893||12,053|
|Diluted and undiluted earnings per share||0.53||0.10*||0.31*|
|Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress||570||-10,299|
|Other operating income||398||389|
|Raw materials and services||-60,718||-43,327|
|Expenditure on employment-related benefits||-15,473||-12,344|
|Depreciation and amortisation||-2,000||-1,637|
|Other operating expenses||-8,959||-8,008|
|Share of results of associated companies||-30||-21|
|Financial income and expenses||614||-3,911|
|RESULT BEFORE TAXES||11,161||4,480|
|NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||9,323||2,723|
|OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:|
|Translation differences related to foreign units||-263||1,501|
|TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||9,060||4,224|
|Diluted and undiluted earnings per share||0.34||0.10*|
* The interest on the subordinated loan for the period, less tax, was taken into account in this figure.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (EUR 1,000)
|ASSETS||30 Jun 14||30 Jun 13||31 Dec 13|
|Property, plant and equipment||41,095||37,583||37,766|
|Investments in associated companies||878||971||1,031|
|Deferred tax assets||1,949||1,546||1,374|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS||63,149||57,393||58,908|
|Income tax receivables||219||394||207|
|Other current receivables||6,146||6,948||6,100|
|Cash and cash equivalents||8,275||6,717||11,958|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||140,813||125,908||127,140|
|SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|EQUITY OWNED BY PARENT COMPANY SHAREHOLDERS||72,864||59,390||67,550|
|Deferred tax liabilities||601||1,136||657|
|Other non-current liabilities||284||0||0|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES||44,281||50,605||39,466|
|Tax liabilities for the period||1,733||118||920|
|Trade creditors and other current liabilities||55,731||40,353||52,002|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||86,817||73,306||79,032|
|TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||203,962||183,301||186,048|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (EUR 1,000)
|CASH FLOW FROM BUSINESS OPERATIONS:|
|Net result for the period||14,672||3,235||9,098|
|Financial income and expenses||-81||3,207||8,208|
|Share of the result of associated companies||68||105||45|
|Depreciation and amortisation||3,850||3,285||6,568|
|Cash flow before changes in working capital||21,306||13,246||31,706|
|Change in working capital:|
|Change in trade receivables and other receivables||-9,830||-8,064||-81|
|Change in inventories||-8,004||-195||-4,131|
|Change in trade creditors and other liabilities||3,677||3,861||15,557|
|Change in provisions for liabilities and charges||-462||-280||-359|
|Other financial items||-774||-245||-1,063|
|Income taxes paid||-2,680||-397||-2,260|
|NET CASH FLOW FROM BUSINESS OPERATIONS (A)||2,785||7,530||38,453|
|CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENTS|
|Investments in tangible and intangible assets||-7,682||-6,253||-11,188|
|CASH OUTFLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (B)||-7,682||-6,253||-11,188|
|Interest paid, hybrid loan||0||-1,136||-1,136|
|Withdrawal/Repayment of current loans||6,869||-4,469||-14,500|
|Change in current interest-bearing liabilities||0||213||-136|
|Withdrawal of non-current loans||5,000||29,201||29,322|
|Repayment of non-current loans||-3,256||-2,305||-10,668|
|Payment of finance lease liabilities||-320||-1,724||-239|
|Change in non-current receivables||66||66||172|
|NET CASH OUTFLOW FROM FINANCING (C)||-110||-6,101||-23,132|
|Change in cash and cash equivalents (A+B+C)||-5,006||-4,823||4,133|
|Cash and cash equivalents on 1 Jan||11,958||14,083||14,083|
|Impact of exchange rate changes||1,324||-2,543||-6,259|
|Cash and cash equivalents on 30 Jun/31 Dec||8,275||6,717||11,958|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (EUR 1,000)
|A = Share capital|
|B = Share premium and other reserves|
|C = Translation differences|
|D = Treasury shares|
|E = Retained earnings|
|F = Total shareholders’ equity|
|EQUITY OWNED BY PARENT COMPANY SHAREHOLDERS|
|SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2014||7,000||30||1,417||-2,228||61,331||67,550|
|Result for the period||14,672||14,672|
|Total comprehensive income for the period||-1,022||14,672||13,650|
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 30 JUN 2014||7,000||30||395||-2,228||67,667||72,864|
|SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2013||7,000||19,030||-1,538||-2,228||59,180||81,444|
|Result for the period||3,235||3,235|
|Total comprehensive income for the period||658||3,235||3,893|
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 30 JUN 2013||7,000||30||-880||-2,228||55,468||59,390|
SEGMENT INFORMATION (EUR 1,000)
|1-6/2014||Northern Europe||Central and Southern Europe||Russia and Asia||North and South America||Elimination||Total|
|Net sales of the segment||126,615||39,694||27,856||43,835||238,001|
|Sales between segments||-53,525||-312||-30||-545||-54,413|
|NET SALES FROM EXTERNAL CUSTOMERS||73,090||39,382||27,826||43,290||183,619|
|Operating result of the segment||3,181||6,895||4,480||3,073||17,630|
|1-6/2013||Northern Europe||Central and Southern Europe||Russia and Asia||North and South America||Elimination||Total|
|Net sales of the segment||109,340||21,223||23,418||35,185||189,166|
|Sales between segments||-42,814||-371||-268||-452||-43,905|
|NET SALES FROM EXTERNAL CUSTOMERS||66,527||20,852||23,149||34,733||145,285|
|Operating result of the segment||1,496||2,498||3,991||3,511||11,496|
| ||30 Jun 14||30 Jun 13||31 Dec 13|
|1. LEASING COMMITMENTS (EUR 1,000)||1,241||1,965||1,691|
|2. CONTINGENT LIABILITIES (EUR 1,000)||30 Jun 14||30 Jun 13||31 Dec 13|
|Guarantees given on behalf of others||439||510||487|
|3. PROVISIONS (EUR 1,000)||Guarantee provision|
|1 January 2014||4,618|
|30 June 2014||4,156|
|4. DIVIDENDS PAID (EUR 1,000)||30 Jun 14||30 Jun 13|
|Dividends per share EUR 0.30 (EUR 0.25)||8,336||6,947|
|5. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (EUR 1,000)||1-6/14||1-6/13|
|6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||1-6/14||1-6/13|
|Management’s employment-related benefits (EUR 1,000)|
|Salaries and other short-term employment-related benefits||1,602||1,360|
|Benefits paid upon termination of employment||0||122|
|Pension liabilities, statutory pension security||228||195|
|Compensation of the members of the Board of Directors||121||113|
|KEY FIGURES AND RATIOS||30 Jun 14||30 Jun 13||31 Dec 13|
|R&D expenditure, MEUR||5.7||5.0||9.7|
|Capital expenditure, MEUR||7.7||6.3||11.2|
|as % of net sales||4.2||4.3||3.6|
|Average number of employees||1,168||995||1,027|
|Order books, MEUR||124.6||57.7||99.8|
|Equity ratio, %||36.1||32.6||36.5|
|Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EUR)||0.53||0.10||0.31|
|Equity per share (EUR)||2.60||2.12||2.41|
FORMULAE FOR FINANCIAL INDICATORS
Return on capital employed, %:
Result before tax + financial expenses
Shareholder´s equity + interest-bearing financial liabilities (average during the year) * 100
Average number of employees:
Average of the number of personnel at the end of each month. The calculation has been adjusted for part-time employees.
Net gearing, %:
Interest-bearing financial liabilities – cash and cash equivalents
Shareholders’ equity * 100
Equity ratio, %:
Shareholders’ equity + Non-controlling interests
Balance sheet total - advance payments received * 100
Earnings per share:
Net income for the period - Non-controlling interests - Interest on hybrid loan for the period less tax
Average number of shares during the accounting period, adjusted for share issues
Equity per share:
Number of shares on the balance sheet date, adjusted for share issues
ORDER INTAKE, MEUR
The interim report has been prepared observing the recognition and valuation principles of IFRS standards and it complies with all of the requirements of IAS 34. The same accounting principles were observed for the interim report as for the annual financial statements dated 31 December 2013.
The above figures have not been audited.
The above figures have been rounded and may therefore differ from those given in the official financial statements.
This communication includes future-oriented statements that are based on the assumptions currently made by the company’s management and its current decisions and plans. Although the management believes that the future expectations are well founded, there is no certainty that these expectations will prove to be correct. This is why the results may significantly deviate from the assumptions included in the future-oriented statements as a result of, among other things, changes in the economy, markets, competitive conditions, legislation or currency exchange rates.
Vieremä, 5 August 2014
President and CEO
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, tel. +358 20 768 8914 or +358 400 495 690
Petri Härkönen, CFO, tel. +358 20 768 8608 or +358 50 409 8362
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd
Ponsse Plc is a company specialising in the sales, manufacture, servicing and technology of cut-to-length method forest machines and is driven by genuine interest in its customers and their business. Ponsse develops and manufactures sustainable and innovative harvesting solutions based on customers’ needs.
The company was established by forest machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in 1970, and it has been a leader in timber harvesting solutions based on the cut-to-length method ever since. Ponsse is headquartered in Vieremä, Finland. The company’s shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic List.