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Ponsse's Interim Report for 1 January - 30 June 2019

– Net sales amounted to EUR 315.8 (H1/2018 291.1) million.
– Q2 net sales amounted to EUR 172.7 (Q2/2018 149.0) million.
– Operating result totalled EUR 30.4 (H1/2018 29.5) million, equalling 9.6 (10.1) per cent of net sales. 
– Q2 operating result totalled EUR 17.5 (Q2/2018 12.4) million, equalling 10.2 (8.3) per cent of net sales.
– Profit before taxes was EUR 30.1 (H1/2018 25.5) million.
– Cash flow from business operations was EUR 2.7 (20.1) million. 
– Earnings per share were EUR 0.83 (0.68).
– Equity ratio was 51.3 (51.1) per cent.
– Order books stood at EUR 361.1 (187.0) million.

PRESIDENT AND CEO JUHO NUMMELA:

Despite the uncertainties in the world’s economy, the demand for PONSSE forest machines continued to be brisk during the last quarter, and the company’s order intake was very good. Our order books were very strong at the end of the period under review, totalling EUR 361.1 million. With the improving availability of components, manufacturing volumes at our Vieremä factory have been growing continuously. The challenges in starting the serial production of new products during the first quarter of the year have been quickly resolved.

The extensive damage caused by bark beetle in Europe is having an impact on the timber market. Felling related to preventing and mitigating forest damage is temporarily increasing the amount of harvested timber in Europe, which also has a short-term effect on international timber flows.

In the second quarter of the year, the company’s net sales were EUR 172.7 (149.0) million. The deliveries of new PONSSE forest machines were achieved as planned by the end of the second quarter. The Service businesses’ net sales continued to grow, and the market for trade-in machines also functioned well. There was good growth in the net sales of trade-in machines from the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 79.7 (78.4) per cent of net sales.

Profit for the second quarter amounted to EUR 17.5 (12.4) million. The operating result for the second quarter was 10.2 (8.3) percent. Strong invoicing combined with cost control had a positive impact on profitability. Cash flow during the period under review was EUR 2.7 (20.1) million, which was at a normal level considering the period.

The Vieremä factory and the manufacturing network surrounding Ponsse are working well. There are still some risks related to the availability of components, but the situation is constantly improving. Factory maintenance work during the summer was successful, and the operations of the factory started normally at the beginning of August.


NET SALES

Consolidated net sales for the period under review amounted to EUR 315.8 (291.1) million, which is 8.5 per cent more than in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 79.7 (78.4) per cent of net sales.

Net sales were regionally distributed as follows: Northern Europe 37.7 (38.1) per cent, Central and Southern Europe 21.1 (21.5) per cent, Russia and Asia 16.3 (21.0) per cent, North and South America 24.5 (18.5) per cent and other countries 0.4 (0.8) per cent.


PROFIT PERFORMANCE

The operating result amounted to EUR 30.4 (29.5) million. The operating result equalled 9.6 (10.1) per cent of net sales for the period under review. Consolidated return on capital employed (ROCE) stood at 22.6 (21.6) per cent.

Staff costs for the period totalled EUR 48.0 (43.4) million. Other operating expenses stood at EUR 29.1 (26.7) million. The net total of financial income and expenses amounted to EUR -0.3 (-3.9) million. Exchange rate gains and losses with a net effect of EUR 0.6 (-3.3) million were recognised under financial items for the period. Result for the period under review totalled EUR 23.2 (19.1) million. Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EPS) came to EUR 0.83 (0.68).


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 403.0 (353.1) million. Inventories stood at EUR 157.1 (139.7) million. Trade receivables totalled EUR 53.0 (40.0) million, while liquid assets stood at EUR 24.2 (28.0) million. Group shareholders’ equity stood at EUR 202.2 (174.6) million and parent company shareholders’ equity (FAS) at EUR 187.8 (165.7) million. The amount of interest-bearing liabilities was EUR 77.6 (68.8) million. The company has used 20 per cent of its credit facility limit. The parent company's net receivables from other Group companies stood at EUR 106.4 (90.5) million. The parent company’s receivables from subsidiaries mainly consisted of trade receivables. Consolidated net liabilities totalled EUR 53.3 (40.7) million, and the debt-equity ratio (net gearing) was 26.3 (23.3) per cent. The equity ratio stood at 51.3 (51.1) percent at the end of the period under review.

Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR 2.7 (20.1) million. Cash flow from investment activities came to EUR -11.5 (-15.1) million.


ORDER INTAKE AND ORDER BOOKS

Order intake for the period totalled EUR 391.6 (355.7) million, while period-end order books were valued at EUR 361.1 (187.0) million.


DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

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 9.6 (8.4) million, of which EUR 3.1 (2.5) million was capitalised.

Capital expenditure totalled EUR 11.7 (15.3) million. It consisted in addition to capitalised R&D expenses of investments in buildings and ordinary maintenance and replacement investments for machinery and equipment.


MANAGEMENT

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:
Northern Europe:
Jani Liukkonen (Finland),
Carl-Henrik Hammar (Sweden and Denmark),
Tarmo Saks (the Baltic countries) and
Sigurd Skotte (Norway).

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) starting from 24 April 2019,
Gary Glendinning (Ireland until 23 April 2019, 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).


PERSONNEL

The Group had an average staff of 1,755 (1,601) during the period and employed 1,808 (1,664) people at period-end.


SHARE PERFORMANCE

The company’s registered share capital consists of 28,000,000 shares. The trading volume of Ponsse Plc shares for 1 January – 30 June 2019 totalled 700,022, accounting for 2.5 per cent of the total number of shares. Share turnover amounted to EUR 20.1 million, with the period’s lowest and highest share prices amounting to EUR 24.80 and EUR 31.80, respectively.

At the end of the period, shares closed at EUR 31.80, and market capitalisation totalled EUR 890.4 million.

At the end of the period under review, the company held no treasury shares.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

A separate release was issued on 3 April 2019 regarding the authorizations given to the Board of Directors and other resolutions at the AGM.


GOVERNANCE

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 2015. 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

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 risks in the supplier network may cause problems in material availability.

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

The Group's euro-denominated operating profit is expected to be slightly higher in 2019 than in 2018.

Ponsse's updated and competitive product range and service solutions have had a significant impact on the company's growth. The market situation has continued to be favourable.

The trend of our investments will increasingly be in R&D and product technology and also developing the service network both in Finland and abroad. In Vieremä factory there will be focused in ramp-up of new products and increasing the capacity taking product quality and reliability into account.

PONSSE GROUP


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (EUR 1,000)

         
    IFRS IFRS IFRS
    1-6/19 1-6/18 1-12/18
NET SALES 315,804 291,068 612,435
Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress 28,743 11,738 -1,508
Other operating income   1,240 992 2,768
Raw materials and services   -227,944 -196,671 -395,660
Expenditure on employment-related benefits -47,962 -43,377 -85,289
Depreciation and amortisation   -10,400 -7,536 -15,836
Other operating expenses   -29,088 -26,744 -55,193
OPERATING RESULT   30,393 29,470 61,717
Share of results of associated companies -54 2 -77
Financial income and expenses   -284 -3,930 -5,317
RESULT BEFORE TAXES 30,055 25,541 56,324
Income taxes   -6,870 -6,404 -12,625
NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD   23,185 19,137 43,699
         
OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:      
Translation differences related to foreign units 1,026 702 -318
         
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD 24,211 19,839 43,381
         
Diluted and undiluted earnings per share* 0.83 0.68 1.56
         
         
    IFRS IFRS  
    4-6/19 4-6/18  
NET SALES 172,719 148,953  
Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress 9,434 4,078  
Other operating income   698 668  
Raw materials and services   -119,347 -100,488  
Expenditure on employment-related benefits -25,910 -23,106  
Depreciation and amortisation   -5,215 -3,784  
Other operating expenses   -14,843 -13,921  
OPERATING RESULT   17,536 12,399  
Share of results of associated companies -15 -23  
Financial income and expenses   -709 -2,237  
RESULT BEFORE TAXES 16,812 10,139  
Income taxes   -3,792 -2,697  
NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD   13,020 7,442  
         
OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:      
Translation differences related to foreign units -152 1,066  
         
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD 12,868 8,508  
         
Diluted and undiluted earnings per share* 0.47 0.27  
         
           

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (EUR 1,000)

       
  IFRS IFRS IFRS
ASSETS 30 Jun 19 30 Jun 18 31 Dec 18
NON-CURRENT ASSETS      
Intangible assets 28,342 24,437 26,298
Goodwill 3,790 3,794 3,800
Property, plant and equipment 112,720 101,573 108,818
Financial assets 98 103 103
Investments in associated companies 491 623 545
Non-current receivables 2,246 814 2,447
Deferred tax assets 4,571 2,949 3,242
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS 152,258 134,292 145,252
       
CURRENT ASSETS      
Inventories 157,054 139,651 126,628
Trade receivables 53,040 39,987 43,379
Income tax receivables 459 374 1,423
Other current receivables 16,006 10,849 11,275
Cash and cash equivalents 24,229 27,956 51,105
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 250,788 218,816 233,811
       
TOTAL ASSETS 403,046 353,108 379,063
       
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES      
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Share capital 7,000 7,000 7,000
Other reserves 3,462 2,423 3,462
Translation differences 4,053 4,047 3,027
Treasury shares 0 -346 0
Retained earnings 187,674 161,433 186,667
EQUITY OWNED BY PARENT COMPANY SHAREHOLDERS 202,189 174,556 200,155
       
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES      
Interest-bearing liabilities 47,193 46,693 45,651
Deferred tax liabilities 1,182 504 1,295
Other non-current liabilities 31 117 43
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 48,405 47,315 46,990
       
CURRENT LIABILITIES      
Interest-bearing liabilities 30,396 22,102 23,920
Provisions 4,900 5,184 5,418
Tax liabilities for the period 2,557 1,464 808
Trade creditors and other current liabilities 114,599 102,488 101,773
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 152,452 131,237 131,919
       
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 403,046 353,108 379,063
         

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (EUR 1,000)

         
    IFRS IFRS IFRS
    1-6/19 1-6/18 1-12/18
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:      
Net result for the period   23,185 19,137 43,699
Adjustments:        
Financial income and expenses   285 3,929 5,317
Share of the result of associated companies 54 -2 77
Depreciation and amortisation   10,400 7,536 15,836
Income taxes   6,870 6,404 12,625
Other adjustments   -589 740 -3,127
Cash flow before changes in working capital 40,204 37,747 74,427
         
Change in working capital:        
Change in trade receivables and other receivables -13,201 1,661 -1,545
Change in inventories   -28,838 -18,551 -6,089
Change in trade creditors and other liabilities 11,151 7,888 8,642
Change in provisions for liabilities and charges -518 -585 -351
Interest received   152 94 244
Interest paid   -350 -365 -770
Other financial items   -475 -1,290 -2,458
Income taxes paid   -5,459 -6,493 -12,866
NET CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (A) 2,666 20,107 59,232
         
CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
Investments in tangible and intangible assets -11,661 -15,271 -32,916
Proceeds from sale of tangible and intangible assets 128 221 675
NET CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (B) -11,533 -15,050 -32,240
         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES      
Acquisition of treasury shares 0 0 -93
Withdrawal/Repayment of current loans 5,298 907 1,845
Repayment of non-current loans 0 -450 -450
Withdrawal/Repayment of finance lease liabilities -1,355 77 33
Change in non-current receivables 547 466 670
Dividends paid -22,400 -20,975 -20,975
NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (C) -17,910 -19,975 -18,970
         
Change in cash and cash equivalents (A+B+C) -26,777 -14,918 8,022
         
Cash and cash equivalents on 1 Jan   51,105 42,596 42,596
Impact of exchange rate changes -100 278 488
Cash and cash equivalents on 30 Jun/31 Dec 24,229 27,956 51,105
               

*) Enabled by the new consolidation programme, 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. As a result, previously reported cash flows have been adjusted to allow comparability. The previously reported cash flow from business operations was EUR 23.5 million for the comparative period in 2018 and EUR 61.3 million in the 2018 financial statements. 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
  A B C D E F
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2019 7,000 3,462 3,027 0 186,667 200,155
Translation differences     1,026     1,026
Result for the period         23,185 23,185
Total comprehensive income for the period     1,026   23,185 24,211
Dividend distribution         -22,400 -22,400
Direct entries to retained earnings         223 223
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 30 JUN 2019 7,000 3,462 4,053 0 187,674 202,189
             
             
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2018 7,000 2,452 -183 -346 167,923 176,846
Adjustment for previous periods *)   -29 3,528   -3,525 -26
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2018 7,000 2,423 3,345 -346 164,398 176,819
Translation differences     702     702
Result for the period         19,137 19,137
Total comprehensive income for the period     702   19,137 19,839
Dividend distribution         -20,975 -20,975
Direct entries to retained earnings         -1,127 -1,127
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 30 JUN 2018 7,000 2,423 4,047 -346 161,433 174,556
                       

*) As a result of the new consolidation system, the company is now able to present, from the beginning of the financial year 2018, all exchange rate differences on equity in the translation difference. Exchange differences for previously accrued retained earnings are presented within the profits. The change has no effect on previously reported key figures.

SEGMENT INFORMATION (EUR 1,000)

 
OPERATING SEGMENTS
1-6/2019 Northern Europe Central and Southern Europe Russia and Asia North and South America Total  
Net sales of the segment 219,206 67,520 52,007 78,913 417,647  
Sales between segments -99,993 -912 -604 -1,648 -103,157  
Unallocated sales         1,315  
NET SALES FROM EXTERNAL CUSTOMERS 119,213 66,608 51,403 77,265 315,804  
             
Operating result of the segment 6,475 9,821 7,135 9,052 32,484  
Unallocated items         -2,091  
OPERATING RESULT 6,475 9,821 7,135 9,052 30,393  
           
           
OPERATING SEGMENTS          
1-6/2018 Northern Europe Central and Southern Europe Russia and Asia North and South America Total  
Net sales of the segment 205,487 63,914 61,578 54,583 385,562  
Sales between segments -94,486 -1,215 -454 -714 -96,870  
Unallocated sales         2,376  
NET SALES FROM EXTERNAL CUSTOMERS 111,000 62,699 61,124 53,869 291,068  
             
Operating result of the segment 5,458 8,648 11,498 3,776 29,381  
Unallocated items         89  
OPERATING RESULT 5,458 8,648 11,498 3,776 29,470  
    30 Jun 19 30 Jun 18 31 Dec 18  
1. LEASING COMMITMENTS (EUR 1,000) 1,242 1,265 1,342  
2. CONTINGENT LIABILITIES (EUR 1,000) 30 Jun 19 30 Jun 18 31 Dec 18  
Guarantees given on behalf of others   223 1,930 1,459  
Repurchase commitments   0 0 552  
Responsibility of checking the VAT deductions made on real property investments   8,398 4,840 7,839  
Other commitments   78 57 87  
TOTAL   8,699 6,827 9,937  
3. PROVISIONS (EUR 1,000)   Guarantee provision  
1 January 2019     5,418  
Provisions added     428  
Provisions cancelled     -946  
30 June 2019     4,900  
4. DIVIDENDS PAID (EUR 1,000)   30 Jun 19 30 Jun 18    
Dividends per share EUR 0.80 (EUR 0.75)   22,400 20,975    
5. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (EUR 1,000) 1-6/19 1-6/18    
Increase     10,905 11,833    
Decrease     -64 -439    
TOTAL     10,841 11,394    
6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS 1-6/19 1-6/18    
Management’s employment-related benefits (EUR 1,000)        
Salaries and other short-term employment-related benefits 2,520 2,293    
Benefits paid upon termination of employment 0 0    
Pension liabilities, statutory pension security 346 345    
Compensation of the members of the Board of Directors     123 118    
KEY FIGURES AND RATIOS     30 Jun 19 30 Jun 18 31 Dec 18  
R&D expenditure, MEUR   9.6 8.4 17.5  
Capital expenditure, MEUR   11.7 15.3 32.9  
as % of net sales     3.7 5.3 5.4  
Average number of employees     1,755 1,601 1,635  
Order books, MEUR     361.1 187.0 294.9  
Equity ratio, %     51.3 51.1 54.0  
Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EUR)   0.83 0.68 1.56  
Equity per share (EUR)     7.22 6.23 7.15  
                                                   

FORMULAE FOR FINANCIAL INDICATORS

Return on capital employed, %:
Result before tax + financial expenses
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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
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Shareholders’ equity * 100

Equity ratio, %:
Shareholders’ equity + Non-controlling interests
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Balance sheet total - advance payments received * 100

Earnings per share:
Net result for the period - Non-controlling interests
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Average number of shares during the accounting period, adjusted for share issues

Equity per share:
Shareholders’ equity
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Number of shares on the balance sheet date, adjusted for share issues

ORDER INTAKE (EUR million)   1-6/19 1-6/18 1-12/18
Ponsse Group   391.6 355.7 785.7

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 been complied with. The same accounting principles were observed for the closing of the books as for the annual financial statements dated 31 December 2018, with the exception of the new standard introduced on 1 January 2019. This standard is IFRS 16, Leases.

As a result of the new IFRS 16 “Leases” standard, the Group recognised non-cancellable leases on the balance sheet. The Group made use of an easement allowed in the standard according to which short-term leases of assets with minor value do not need to be recognised on the balance sheet. For non-fixed-term leases, the Group only recognises on the balance sheet leases with a term of notice longer than 12 months that do not include a significant cancellation clause. At the end of the period under review, the right-of-use assets amounted to EUR 3.1 million, and they are included in the Property, Plant and Equipment section under the consolidated statements of financial position. Correspondingly, the non-current and current interest-bearing liabilities in the consolidated statements of financial position include EUR 3.1 million of lease liabilities. EUR 1.0 million of depreciation and financing expenses related to right-of-use assets were recognised in the result for the period under review. For the cash flow statement, application of the IFRS 16 standard increased the cash flow from business operations and decreased the financing by EUR 1.0 million. A simplified method has been used for the transition, and the comparison figures from the year preceding the transition have not been adjusted.

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, 13 August 2019

PONSSE PLC


Juho Nummela
President and CEO


FURTHER INFORMATION
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, tel. +358 400 495 690
Petri Härkönen, CFO, tel. +358 50 409 8362

DISTRIBUTION
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd
Principal media
www.ponsse.com


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.