Ponsse´s interim report for 1 January - 31 March 2020
– Net sales amounted to EUR 144.5 (143.1) million.
– Operating result totalled EUR 13.4 (12.9) million, equalling 9.3 (9.0) per cent of net sales.
– Profit before taxes was EUR -1.6 (13.2) million.
– Cash flow from business operations was EUR -12.2 (2.4) million.
– Earnings per share were EUR -0.11 (0.36).
– Equity ratio was 46.5 (53.6) per cent.
– Order books stood at EUR 209.2 (367.9) million.
PRESIDENT AND CEO JUHO NUMMELA:
Ponsse’s first quarter this year was reasonably good, considering the circumstances. Even so, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic began to be visible in both the demand for forest machines and the availability of components towards the end of the quarter. The weakening of the forest machine market occurred in 2019 and additional shock caused by the pandemic declined demand for forest machinery steeply in several market areas. The company’s order intake contracted towards the end of the period under review and order books fell to EUR 209.2 (367.9) million.
The company reacted rapidly to the situation and the management team started preparing alternative strategies to changing environment. In terms of financing, Ponsse has carried out all measures necessary for ensuring the company’s continuity.
We reacted rapidly to the situation that arose and held cooperation negotiations to adjust the factory’s operations resulting in temporary layoffs for the entire personnel. In practice, our Vieremä factory is operating under single-shift conditions at the moment and the clerical workers are having layoffs during second quarter agreed by function. Our subsidiary network has made their own plans for adjusting their activities.
A number of companies in our supplier network in Europe have had to suspend their operations due to the pandemic. Our operations have been especially affected by the production suspensions in our German suppliers’ subcontractor network in Northern Italy. We expect the factories in question to start up again by the end of April. Even so, the situation continues to be unstable and there are uncertainties concerning the re-start of our supplier network’s factories.
Ponsse’s net sales for the first quarter were EUR 144.5 (143.1) million. We were able to deliver machines to our customers almost normally and our invoicing was on the planned level. Our customers’ work situation varies greatly from one market area to the next. Whereas the mechanical forest industry is facing major challenges in several market areas, the final products for chemical industry seems to enjoy better demand. The net sales of our after sales services declined slightly from the comparison period due to our customers’ weak work situation. At the same time, however, our sales of trade-in machines was delightfully active.
Ponsse’s profit for the quarter amounted to EUR 13.4 (12.9) million. The operating result for the period under review was 9.3 (9.0) per cent. Fluctuations in exchange rates had a strong impact on the result, which was EUR 1.6 million negative despite the good operating profit. The unrealised exchange rate losses resulted from re-valuating balance sheet items and shown in the financial income and expenses, amounting around EUR 9.3 million, weighed heavily on the result. Cash flow for the first quarter was EUR -12.2 (2.6) million. Regardless of the good sales in trade-in machines, our trade-in machine stock was growing.
In the challenging operating environment, we are continuing to invest in sales, service and the availability of spare parts as well as in providing our customers with services as efficiently as possible. Our Vieremä factory has operated excellently throughout the period under review and has the readiness to return to two shifts when the situation allows for it. The uncertainty caused by coronavirus pandemic has rapidly changed the operating environment and had an impact on the decline in demand for forest machines.
The most important thing, however, is ensuring the health of our personnel, customers and other stakeholders under all circumstances.
Consolidated net sales for the period under review amounted to EUR 144.5 (143.1) million, which is 1.0 per cent more than in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 69.8 (76.3) per cent of net sales.
Net sales were regionally distributed as follows: Northern Europe 49.4 (36.9) per cent, Central and Southern Europe 20.4 (22.4) per cent, Russia and Asia 7.9 (18.5) per cent, North and South America 21.5 (22.0) per cent and other countries 0.8 (0.2) per cent.
The operating result amounted to EUR 13.4 (12.9) million. The operating result equalled 9.3 (9.0) per cent of net sales for the period under review. Consolidated return on capital employed (ROCE) stood at -0.8 (19.8) per cent.
Staff costs for the period totalled EUR 22.6 (22.1) million. Other operating expenses stood at EUR 13.3 (14.2) million. The net total of financial income and expenses amounted to EUR -15.0 (0.4) million. Exchange rate gains and losses with a net effect of EUR -14.2 (0.8) million were recognised under financial items for the period. Result for the period under review totalled EUR -3.2 (10.2) million. Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EPS) came to EUR -0.11 (0.36).
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 501.3 (404.9) million. Inventories stood at EUR 171.8 (150.5) million. Trade receivables totalled EUR 42.0 (40.9) million, while liquid assets stood at EUR 114.3 (45.9) million. Group shareholders’ equity stood at EUR 230.9 (211.8) million and parent company shareholders’ equity (FAS) at EUR 216.5 (192.1) million. The amount of interest-bearing liabilities was EUR 163.9 (70.4) million. The company has ensured its liquidity by withdrawal of current loan from credit facility limit. The company has used 79 per cent of its credit facility limit. Group's loans from financial institutions are non-collaretal bank loans without financial covenants. The parent company's net receivables from other Group companies stood at EUR 114.3 (84.1) million. The parent company’s receivables from subsidiaries mainly consisted of trade receivables. Consolidated net liabilities totalled EUR 49.6 (24.4) million, and the debt-equity ratio (net gearing) was 21.5 (11.5) per cent. The equity ratio stood at 46.5 (53.6) per cent at the end of the period under review.
Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR -12.2 (2.4) million. Cash flow from investment activities came to EUR -5.6 (-4.7) million.
ORDER INTAKE AND ORDER BOOKS
Order intake for the period totalled EUR 106.8 (222.8) million, while period-end order books were valued at EUR 209.2 (367.9) million.
The subsidiaries included in the Ponsse Group are Ponsse AB, Sweden; Ponsse AS, Norway; Ponssé S.A.S., France; Ponsse UK Ltd, the United Kingdom; Ponsse Machines Ireland Ltd, Ireland, Ponsse North America, Inc., the United States; Ponsse Latin America Ltda, Brazil; Ponsse Uruguay S.A., Uruguay; OOO Ponsse, Russia; Ponsse Asia-Pacific Ltd, Hong Kong; Ponsse China Ltd, China and Epec Oy, Finland. The Group includes also the property company Ponsse Centre, Russia. Sunit Oy, Finland, is an associate in which Ponsse Plc has a holding of 34 per cent.
R&D AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
Group’s R&D expenses during the period under review totalled EUR 5.5 (4.8) million, of which EUR 1.9 (1.3) million was capitalised.
Capital expenditure totalled EUR 5.6 (4.8) 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; Petri Härkönen, CFO; Juha Inberg, Technology and R&D Director; Tapio Mertanen, Service Director; Paula Oksman, HR Director; Tommi Väänänen, Director of Delivery Chain Process and Jarmo Vidgrén, Deputy CEO, Sales and Marketing Director. The company management has regular management liability insurance.
The area director organisation of sales is led by Jarmo Vidgrén, the Group's sales and marketing director, and Tapio Mertanen, service director. Area directors report to Marko Mattila, Ponsse retail network manager. Managing directors of subsidiaries and Marko Mattila report to Jarmo Vidgrén, Ponsse Plc's sales and marketing director.
The geographical distribution and the responsible persons are presented below:
Jani Liukkonen (Finland),
Carl-Henrik Hammar (Sweden, Denmark and Norway) and
Tarmo Saks (the Baltic countries).
Central and Southern Europe:
Tuomo Moilanen (Germany and Austria),
Clément Puybaret (France),
Janne Tarvainen (Spain and Portugal),
Dean Robson (the United Kingdom),
Patrick Murphy (Ireland),
Gary Glendinning (Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia) and
Tarmo Saks (Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia).
Russia and Asia:
Jaakko Laurila (Russia and Belarus),
Janne Tarvainen (Australia and South Africa) and
Risto Kääriäinen (China and Japan).
North and South America:
Pekka Ruuskanen (the United States),
Eero Lukkarinen (Canada),
Fernando Campos (Brazil) and
Martin Toledo (Uruguay, Chile and Argentina).
The Group had an average staff of 1,775 (1,729) during the period and employed 1,773 (1,750) 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 March 2020 totalled 1,110,610, accounting for 4.0 per cent of the total number of shares. Share turnover amounted to EUR 29.7 million, with the period’s lowest and highest share prices amounting to EUR 19.36 and EUR 33.00, respectively.
At the end of the period, shares closed at EUR 20.50, and market capitalisation totalled EUR 574.0 million.
At the end of the period under review, the company held 227 treasury shares.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the Annual General Meeting 2020 has been postponed to a date to be announced later.
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. 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 insecurity in the world economy 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. 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.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused rapid changes in the company’s operating environment. The company’s management has actively monitored and forecasted the development of the pandemic and taken preventive and corrective action to minimise its impact. Prolonging of coronavirus pandemic may have a significant impact on demand for forestry machines, and also availability of components and financing.
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.
OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE
Ponsse issued a profit warning on 17 March 2020 to cancel its previous guidance, according to which Ponsse Group’s euro-denominated operating profit in 2020 was expected to be at the same level as in 2019.
Currently, the significance of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Ponsse’s business operations, financial position, operating results or liquidity cannot be reasonably evaluated due to the rapid development and uncertainty of the situation.
Given that it is still unclear how long the pandemic will last, we will not be providing result guidance for the current year at this point.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (EUR 1,000)
|Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress||22,469||19,310||15,718|
|Other operating income||471||542||3,046|
|Raw materials and services||-112,031||-108,598||-447,390|
|Expenditure on employment-related benefits||-22,627||-22,052||-92,693|
|Depreciation and amortisation||-6,034||-5,185||-21,219|
|Other operating expenses||-13,319||-14,245||-57,563|
|Share of results of associated companies||-20||-38||305|
|Financial income and expenses||-14,978||423||-1,032|
|RESULT BEFORE TAXES||-1,566||13,242||66,574|
|NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||-3,185||10,164||52,010|
|OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:|
|Translation differences related to foreign units||1,843||1,178||2,373|
|TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||-1,342||11,342||54,383|
|Diluted and undiluted earnings per share*||-0.11||0.36||1.86|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (EUR 1,000)
|ASSETS||31 Mar 20||31 Mar 19||31 Dec 19|
|Property, plant and equipment||115,421||112,702||118,507|
|Investments in associated companies||726||506||849|
|Deferred tax assets||4,252||4,130||3,844|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS||158,700||150,281||160,773|
|Income tax receivables||553||434||351|
|Other current receivables||14,095||16,951||16,646|
|Cash and cash equivalents||114,260||45,907||48,704|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||342,637||254,653||266,030|
|SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|EQUITY OWNED BY PARENT COMPANY SHAREHOLDERS||230,899||211,775||232,121|
|Deferred tax liabilities||1,216||1,224||1,407|
|Other non-current liabilities||55||425||23|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES||49,065||48,663||49,460|
|Tax liabilities for the period||1,042||1,536||3,021|
|Trade creditors and other current liabilities||100,685||114,101||105,099|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||221,373||144,496||145,221|
|TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||501,337||404,934||426,803|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (EUR 1,000)
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Net result for the period||-3,185||10,164||52,010|
|Financial income and expenses||14,978||-423||1,032|
|Share of the result of associated companies||20||38||-305|
|Depreciation and amortisation||6,034||5,185||21,219|
|Cash flow before changes in working capital||18,719||18,026||87,730|
|Change in working capital:|
|Change in trade receivables and other receivables||2,949||-3,493||-7,828|
|Change in inventories||-26,395||-21,991||-24,187|
|Change in trade creditors and other liabilities||-2,177||12,218||2,398|
|Change in provisions for liabilities and charges||107||84||-1,968|
|Other financial items||-404||-256||-882|
|Income taxes paid||-4,667||-2,210||-11,944|
|NET CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (A)||-12,184||2,372||42,854|
|CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Investments in tangible and intangible assets||-5,632||-4,766||-28,567|
|Proceeds from sale of tangible and intangible assets||0||75||322|
|NET CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (B)||-5,632||-4,691||-28,245|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Acquisition of treasury shares||0||0||0|
|Withdrawal/Repayment of current loans||82,688||-2,232||7,166|
|Repayment of non-current loans||0||-418||0|
|Withdrawal/Repayment of finance lease liabilities||-555||-495||-2,402|
|Change in non-current receivables||468||462||832|
|NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (C)||82,601||-2,683||-16,803|
|Change in cash and cash equivalents (A+B+C)||64,784||-5,001||-2,194|
|Cash and cash equivalents on 1 Jan||48,704||51,105||51,105|
|Impact of exchange rate changes||772||-197||-208|
|Cash and cash equivalents on 31 Mar/31 Dec||114,260||45,907||48,704|
*) Enabled by the new consolidation programme, starting from 1 June 2019 the company changed over to presenting the exchange rate effects included in the cash flow statement in a way that allows unrealised exchange rate effects to be eliminated in the cash flow statement more accurately. All items in the cash flow statement have been converted to euros using average rates. As a result, previously reported cash flow from business operations of comparison period Q1 2019 being EUR 0.9 million, has been adjusted to allow comparability. This change had no impact on the presentation of the total cash flow, as it only affected the presentation of the relationship between different cash flows as well as exchange rate effects in terms of the change in cash and cash equivalents.
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 2020||7,000||3,460||5,400||-2||216,264||232,121|
|Result for the period||-3,185||-3,185|
|Total comprehensive income for the period||1,843||-3,185||-1,342|
|Direct entries to retained earnings||120||120|
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 31 MAR 2020||7,000||3,460||7,243||-2||213,199||230,899|
|SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2019||7,000||3,462||3,027||0||186,667||200,155|
|Result for the period||10,164||10,164|
|Total comprehensive income for the period||1,178||10,164||11,342|
|Direct entries to retained earnings||278||278|
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 31 MAR 2019||7,000||3,462||4,205||0||197,108||211,775|
|31 Mar 20||31 Mar 19||31 Dec 19|
|1. LEASING COMMITMENTS (EUR 1,000)||713||961||858|
2. CONTINGENT LIABILITIES (EUR 1,000)
|31 Mar 20||31 Mar 19||31 Dec 19|
|Guarantees given on behalf of others||0||0||20|
|Responsibility of checking the VAT deductions made on real property investments||8,403||8,521||8,700|
3. PROVISIONS (EUR 1,000)
|1 January 2020||3,450|
|31 March 2020||3,557|
KEY FIGURES AND RATIOS
|31 Mar 20||31 Mar 19||31 Dec 19|
|R&D expenditure, MEUR||5.5||4.8||19.3|
|Capital expenditure, MEUR||5.6||4.8||28.6|
|as % of net sales||3.9||3.3||4.3|
|Average number of employees||1,775||1,729||1,761|
|Order books, MEUR||209.2||367.9||256.8|
|Equity ratio, %||46.5||53.6||54.8|
|Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EUR)||-0.11||0.36||1.86|
|Equity per share (EUR)||8.25||7.56||8.29|
FORMULAE FOR FINANCIAL INDICATORS
Return on capital employed, %:
Result before taxes + 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 result for the period - Non-controlling interests
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 (EUR million)
The stock exchange release for the interim report has been prepared observing the recognition and valuation principles of IFRS, and the requirements of IAS 34 have not been complied with. The same accounting principles were observed for the closing of the books as for the annual financial statements dated 31 December 2019.
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, 21 April 2020
President and CEO
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, tel. +358 400 495 690
Petri Härkönen, CFO, tel. +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. This year company is celebrating its 50-year-anniversary.