First quarter report 2019

Strong growth and improved result

9 May 2019

  • Net sales increased by 16 percent to MSEK 2,458 (2,116) in the first quarter 2019. Net sales increased by 7 percent in Sweden, 35 percent in Denmark, 11 percent in Norway, 7 percent in Ireland and 6 percent in Finland.
  • Adjusted operating income[2] increased by 34 percent to MSEK 110 (82), corresponding to a margin of 4.5 (3.9) percent. Adjusted operating income increased in all segments except for Ireland.
  • Income for the period improved to MSEK 72 (42), corresponding to earnings per share of SEK 1.11 (0.64). The increase compared to previous year is referring to the improvement in adjusted operating income and slightly lower finance expenses.
  • Operating cash flow was MSEK 41 (32). The improvement is referring to the increased adjusted operating income and lower capital expenditure.
  • Net interest-bearing debt increased by MSEK 42 from 31 December 2018 to MSEK 2,411.
  • The first quarter 2019 is the first quarter for which IFRS 16 Leases is applied. The change is treated as a change in accounting principles and comparison numbers have been adjusted. For further information, see Note 1 and the Scandi Standard AB (publ) Annual Report 2018, Note 31. 
MSEK Q1 2019 Q 1 2018 [1] Change LTM 2018 [1]
Net sales  2,458 2,116 16% 9,140 8,797
Adjusted EBITDA[2] 190 170 12% 739 719
Adjusted operating income[2] (EBIT) 110 82 34% 409 381
Non-comparable items - - - -49 -49
Operating income (EBIT) 110 82 34% 361 333
Finance net -21 -29 27% -91 -99
Income after finance net 89 53 68% 269 233
Income tax expense -17 -11 -51% -39 -33
Income for the period 72 42 72% 231 200
Adjusted EBITDA margin[2] 7.7% 8.0% - 8.1% 8.2%
Adjusted operating margin (EBIT) [2] 4.5% 3.9% - 4.5% 4.3%
Earnings per share, SEK 1.11 0.64 72% 3.51 3.05
Adjusted return on operating capital employed[2] 9.9% 10.2% - 9.9% 9.7%
Return on equity 14.1% 14.0% - 14.1% 13.2%
Operating cash flow 41 32 29% 364 354
Net interest-bearing debt -2,411 -2,391 -1% -2,411 -2,370

[1] When applicable, adjusted for changed accounting principles according to IFRS 16, Leases, see Note 1 and the Annual Report 2018, Note 31.
[2]
Adjusted for non-comparable items, see page 11. 

CEO statement

The Group reported a strong growth and improved result for the first quarter of 2019. We generated a top line growth of 16 percent to MSEK 2,458 and our adjusted EBIT increased by MSEK 28 to MSEK 110 compared to the same quarter last year, of which MSEK 9 was attributed to reduced depreciation.

The demand for our products continued to flourish in the first quarter. The exceptionally strong top line growth was partly due to a large contingency order within Ready-to-eat and the consolidation of Rokkedahl Food ApS which was acquired in the third quarter last year. The underlying growth was, however, well above the 7 percent average we have demonstrated over the last five years.

Poultry products are becoming increasingly attractive to consumers due to taste, health attributes, environmental profile and not least a very favourable pricing compared to the alternatives. During the last years we have gained market share in our home markets through the introduction of new innovative products, improved communication of our sustainability work and a strengthened position of our main brands. I am convinced that these drivers will continue to work in our favour and enable us to sustain significant growth over the longer term.

The strongest growth was generated in the Ready-to-cook Chilled category (15 percent) and, as mentioned, in the Ready-to-eat category (36 percent). We continue to observe a decline in the less profitable Ready-to-cook Frozen category (‑1 percent) and export decreased to below 8 percent of net sales in the first quarter.

As previously known, our margins have been under pressure during the last couple of years due to several of our most significant risk factors providing headwind simultaneously. Coming out of this challenging period, I am proud to report that the overall margin impact was limited to about 1.5 percentage points. This demonstrates our ability to generate stable results through application of a skilled organisation, a robust structural setup, ability to pass through raw material price changes and geographic diversification. Now that we have entered a more favourable environment, I am looking forward to demonstrating the earnings power inherent in our business model.

Scandi Standard is uniquely positioned among our competitors in our home markets. We are geographically well diversified and increasingly reaping the benefits of best practice across the individual markets.

As previously communicated, we have identified several capital projects in Ireland post acquisition aimed at increased efficiency, animal welfare, food safety differentiation and debottlenecking. We have decided to phase in a number of these investments this year. For the group, we expect to invest around MSEK 380 in 2019. During the first half of 2019 we will pay the first tranche for the earn out linked to the Manor Farm acquisition in the amount of MSEK 125.

By the end of the first quarter 2019, our net interest-bearing debt was MSEK 2,411 compared to MSEK 2,391 at the end of the first quarter 2018, an increase with MSEK 20. We remain committed to reinvest a large proportion of our cashflow in the business to fuel profitable growth. Over time, increased earnings will enable us to maintain a competitive direct yield to our shareholders whilst allocating sufficient funds to take advantage of our strong growth opportunities. The Board has proposed a dividend of SEK 2.00 per share for 2019 corresponding to MSEK 131.

We are carefully following the structural changes in our sector and believe that we are ideally positioned to take part of the consolidation of the European market. We believe the acquisition of Manor Farm is a good illustration of how we can create value and stability for our shareholders. The acquisition has contributed to further geographic diversification and we are happy with our cross-country teams’ ability to deliver benefits through exchanging best practice within the group.

I am pleased with the way the Scandi Standard is currently positioned with a robust business model of sustainably produced, healthy products. Based on the current market outlook, I see good opportunities for incrementally improving returns to the shareholders in the coming periods.

Leif Bergvall Hansen
Managing Director and CEO

Conference call

A conference call for investors, analysts and media will be held on 9 May 2019 at 8.30 AM CET.

Dial-in numbers:
UK: 020 3936 2999
Sweden: 010 884 80 16
US: 1 845 709 8568
Other countries: +44 20 3936 2999

Slides used in the conference call can be downloaded at www.scandistandard.com under Investor Relations. A replay of the conference call will be available on the web site afterwards.

Further information

For further information, please contact:
Leif Bergvall Hansen, Managing Director and CEO       Tel: +45 22 10 05 44
Anders Hägg, CFO                                                                 Tel: +46 72 402 34 90
Henrik Heiberg, Head of M&A, Financing & IR             Tel: +47 917 47 724

Financial calender

  • Interim report for the second quarter 2019      August 21, 2019
  • Interim report for the third quarter 2019          November 6, 2019
  • Interim report for the fourth quarter 2019        February 6, 2020

This interim report comprises information which Scandi Standard is required to disclose pursuant to EU market abuse regulation and the Securities Markets Act. It was released for publication at 07:30 AM CET on 9 May 2019.

About Us

Scandi Standard is the leading producer of chicken-based food products in the Nordic region and in the Republic of Ireland. We produce, market and sell ready to eat, chilled and frozen products under the well-known brands Kronfågel, Danpo, Den Stolte Hane, Naapurin Maalaiskana and Manor Farm. In Norway eggs are also produced and sold. Since 2013 our family has grown dramatically with a revenue of 7,101 (2017) with approximately 3 000 employees. Vision: Better Chicken for a Better LifeMission: The Scandi Way – The way we work every day to become better and make a difference, promoting health and wellbeing for people, the chickens and our planet.