PONSSE’S INTERIM REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY – 31 MARCH 2017
PONSSE’S INTERIM REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY – 31 MARCH 2017
– Net sales amounted to EUR 129.9 (115.1) million.
– Operating result totalled EUR 14.3 (12.1) million, equalling 11.0 (10.5) per cent of net sales.
– Result before taxes was EUR 14.5 (12.0) million.
– Cash flow from operating activities was EUR -5.4 (-2.3) million.
– Earnings per share were EUR 0.40 (0.34).
– Equity ratio was 52.4 (48.9) per cent.
– Order books stood at EUR 118.6 (156.2) million.
PRESIDENT AND CEO JUHO NUMMELA:
2017 started off well, and demand for PONSSE forest machines was high from the very beginning of the year. Orders for the first quarter were strong, and the order books at the end of the period under review stood at 118.6 (156.2) million euros.
Net sales grew well during the first quarter to 129.9 (115.1) million euros. The growth of net sales in relation to the comparison period was 12.9 percent. The net sales of service business grew extremely well, but the growth of net sales in used machines was moderate. The portion of international business in net sales was 72.1 (72.7) percent.
Profit for the past quarter amounted to 14.3 (12.1) million euros, with a growth of 18.3 percent. Result for the review period was 11.0 (10.5) percent. The distribution network and factory functioned as planned while operating costs remained under control, which had a positive effect on profitability. Cash flow was -5.4 (-2.3) million euros. The stock of used machines remains higher than expected.
Our investments proceeded according to plans. New service centres were finished in Uruguay and France, and our UK subsidiary's new facilities are expected to be completed by the end of the year. The investment for the factory's expansion is on schedule. Building will be completed in the autumn of 2017, after which equipment will be installed.
Consolidated net sales for the period under review amounted to EUR 129.9 (115.1) million, which is 12.9 per cent more than in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 72.1 (72.7) per cent of net sales.
Net sales were regionally distributed as follows: Northern Europe 47.0 (39.5) per cent, Central and Southern Europe 19.0 (19.3) per cent, Russia and Asia 15.8 (10.6) per cent, North and South America 17.8 (29.2) per cent and other countries 0.4 (1.4) per cent.
The operating result amounted to EUR 14.3 (12.1) million. The operating result equalled 11.0 (10.5) per cent of net sales for the period under review. Consolidated return on capital employed (ROCE) stood at 27.6 (27.1) per cent.
Staff costs for the period totalled EUR 18.6 (17.3) million. Other operating expenses stood at EUR 11.1 (10.9) million. The net total of financial income and expenses amounted to EUR 0.1 (-0.1) million. Exchange rate gains and losses with a net effect of EUR 0.3 (0.1) million were recognised under financial items for the period. Result for the period under review totalled EUR 11.2 (9.5) million. Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EPS) came to EUR 0.40 (0.34).
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 313.7 (264.5) million. Inventories stood at EUR 128.6 (112.2) million. Trade receivables totalled EUR 40.4 (39.2) million, while liquid assets stood at EUR 22.3 (14.4) million. Group shareholders’ equity stood at EUR 161.3 (127.8) million and parent company shareholders’ equity (FAS) at EUR 150.1 (122.8) million. The amount of interest-bearing liabilities was EUR 57.9 (57.0) million. The company has used 15 per cent of its credit facility limit. The parent company's net receivables from other Group companies stood at EUR 96.9 (71.4) million. The parent company’s receivables from subsidiaries mainly consisted of trade receivables. Consolidated net liabilities totalled EUR 35.4 (42.6) million, and the debt-equity ratio (net gearing) was 22.0 (33.3) per cent. The equity ratio stood at 52.4 (48.9) percent at the end of the period under review.
Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR -5.4 (-2.3) million. Cash flow from investment activities came to EUR -8.2 (-4.5) million.
ORDER INTAKE AND ORDER BOOKS
Order intake for the period totalled EUR 126.7 (116.2) million, while period-end order books were valued at EUR 118.6 (156.2) million.
The parent company Ponsse Plc established a new subsidiary Ponsse Machines Ireland Ltd in Ireland on 13 January 2017.
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 OOO Ocean Safety Center, 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 3.3 (3.2) million, of which EUR 0.8 (0.5) million was capitalised.
Capital expenditure totalled EUR 8.3 (4.5) 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 and managing directors of subsidiaries 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 and Denmark),
Jussi Hentunen (the Baltic countries) and
Sigurd Skotte (Norway),
Central and Southern Europe:
Janne Vidgrén (Austria, Poland, Romania, Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary),
Clément Puybaret (France),
Norbert Schalkx (Spain and Portugal) until 20 March 2017, Jarmo Vidgrén as of 20 March 2017 and
Gary Glendinning (the United Kingdom and Ireland).
Russia and Asia:
Jaakko Laurila (Russia and Belarus),
Norbert Schalkx (Japan, Australia and South Africa) until 20 March 2017, Jarmo Vidgrén as of 20 March 2017 and
Risto Kääriäinen (China).
North and South America:
Pekka Ruuskanen (the United States),
Eero Lukkarinen (Canada),
Jussi Hentunen (Chile),
Marko Mattila (Brazil) and
Martin Toledo (Uruguay).
The Group had an average staff of 1,459 (1,388) during the period and employed 1,463 (1,400) 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 2017 totalled 619,257, accounting for 2.2 per cent of the total number of shares. Share turnover amounted to EUR 14.0 million, with the period’s lowest and highest share prices amounting to EUR 20.85 and EUR 25.42, respectively.
At the end of the period, shares closed at EUR 21.90, and market capitalisation totalled EUR 613.2 million.
At the end of the period under review, the company held 33,092 treasury shares.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A separate release was issued on 11 April 2017 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 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 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.
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 at the same level in 2017 as it was in 2016.
Ponsse's updated and competitive product range and service solutions have had a significant impact on the company's growth. Our investments are directed at development of the service level and capacity of the delivery chain and spare parts logistics and development of service business network both in Finland and abroad.
The expansion of the Vieremä factory is progressing as planned and the construction will be completed at the end of 2017. The investment in the factory is related to the development of safety, productivity, product quality and capacity of the Vieremä factory. The total investment to the factory is approximately EUR 32 million. The new PONSSE service centres in Uruguay, France and the UK will be completed during the current year.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (EUR 1,000)
|Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress||7,879||7,734||2,346|
|Other operating income||426||598||1,915|
|Raw materials and services||-91,002||-80,256||-336,008|
|Expenditure on employment-related benefits||-18,649||-17,290||-73,879|
|Depreciation and amortisation||-3,161||-2,896||-11,905|
|Other operating expenses||-11,078||-10,901||-44,711|
|Share of results of associated companies||11||49||23|
|Financial income and expenses||144||-145||3,074|
|RESULT BEFORE TAXES||14,477||12,007||58,255|
|NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||11,213||9,489||45,712|
|OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:|
|Translation differences related to foreign units||323||434||1,554|
|TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD||11,536||9,923||47,266|
|Diluted and undiluted earnings per share*||0.40||0.34||1.63|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (EUR 1,000)
|ASSETS||31 Mar 17||31 Mar 16||31 Dec 16|
|Property, plant and equipment||78,488||60,906||73,765|
|Investments in associated companies||732||866||781|
|Deferred tax assets||2,552||3,104||2,525|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS||107,745||88,878||103,269|
|Income tax receivables||620||179||859|
|Other current receivables||14,025||9,570||5,915|
|Cash and cash equivalents||22,299||14,438||37,342|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||205,924||175,607||198,332|
|SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|EQUITY OWNED BY PARENT COMPANY SHAREHOLDERS||161,332||127,835||149,796|
|Deferred tax liabilities||646||750||799|
|Other non-current liabilities||0||0||0|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES||47,247||40,144||47,452|
|Tax liabilities for the period||1,676||1,038||2,043|
|Trade creditors and other current liabilities *)||85,730||72,143||82,877|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||105,089||96,505||104,353|
|TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||313,669||264,484||301,600|
*) Change in accounting principle, more information in the note 3.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (EUR 1,000)
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Net result for the period||11,213||9,489||45,712|
|Financial income and expenses||-144||145||-3,074|
|Share of the result of associated companies||-11||-49||-23|
|Depreciation and amortisation||3,161||2,896||11,905|
|Cash flow before changes in working capital||17,219||14,633||70,114|
|Change in working capital:|
|Change in trade receivables and other receivables||-12,407||1,251||7,437|
|Change in inventories||-10,278||-7,591||-13,699|
|Change in trade creditors and other liabilities||1,933||-8,123||2,777|
|Change in provisions for liabilities and charges||305||240||1,216|
|Other financial items||270||-235||-468|
|Income taxes paid||-2,350||-2,372||-12,905|
|NET CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (A)||-5,360||-2,337||53,740|
|CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Investments in tangible and intangible assets||-8,285||-4,520||-28,280|
|Proceeds from sale of tangible and intangible assets||67||0||198|
|NET CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (B)||-8,218||-4,520||-28,082|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Sales of treasury shares||0||0||0|
|Withdrawal/Repayment of current loans||-2,084||-5,240||2,220|
|Withdrawal of non-current loans||0||0||1,004|
|Repayment of non-current loans||0||-342||-5,702|
|Payment of finance lease liabilities||21||181||191|
|Change in non-current receivables||583||-27||-1,396|
|NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (C)||-1,480||-5,428||-19,065|
|Change in cash and cash equivalents (A+B+C)||-15,058||-12,285||6,593|
|Cash and cash equivalents on 1 Jan||37,342||26,495||26,495|
|Impact of exchange rate changes||16||228||4,254|
|Cash and cash equivalents on 31 Mar/31 Dec||22,299||14,438||37,342|
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 2017||7,000||2,452||758||-346||139,932||149,796|
|Result for the period||11,213||11,213|
|Total comprehensive income for the period||323||11,213||11,536|
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 31 MAR 2017||7,000||2,452||1,081||-346||151,145||161,332|
|SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2016||7,000||2,452||-796||-346||109,602||117,912|
|Result for the period||9,489||9,489|
|Total comprehensive income for the period||434||9,489||9,923|
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 31 MAR 2016||7,000||2,452||-362||-346||119,091||127,835|
| ||31 Mar 17||31 Mar 16||31 Dec 16|
|1. LEASING COMMITMENTS (EUR 1,000)||1,032||1,017||1,020|
|2. CONTINGENT LIABILITIES (EUR 1,000)||31 Mar 17||31 Mar 16||31 Dec 16|
|Guarantees given on behalf of others||605||462||549|
|3. PROVISIONS (EUR 1,000)||Guarantee provision|
|Reported on 31.12.2016||7,336|
|Change in accounting principle||-1,366|
|1 January 2017||5,970|
|31 March 2017||6,276|
|The accounting principle concerning the provision has been changed as of 1 January 2017 so that the amount shown as guarantee provision equals the amount to which the Company is bound by the terms and conditions of the sales contract. The change has not had effect on the result.|
|KEY FIGURES AND RATIOS||31 Mar 17||31 Mar 16||31 Dec 16|
|R&D expenditure (EUR million)||3.3||3.2||12.4|
|Capital expenditure (EUR million)||8.3||4.5||28.3|
|as % of net sales||6.4||3.9||5.5|
|Average number of employees||1,459||1,388||1,435|
|Order books (EUR million)||118.6||156.2||123.9|
|Equity ratio, %||52.4||48.9||50.3|
|Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EUR)||0.40||0.34||1.63|
|Equity per share (EUR)||5.76||4.57||5.35|
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 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)||1-3/17||1-3/16||1-12/16|
The stock exchange release for the interim report has been prepared observing the recognition and valuation principles of IFRS standards, but not all of the requirements of IAS 34 have been complied with. The same accounting principles were observed for the interim report as for the annual financial statements dated 31 December 2016.
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, 25 April 2017
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.