MALMÖ, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
3 months ended 30 June 2014
· Local currency sales decreased by 1% and Euro sales decreased by 14%
to €310.4m (€359.7m). There was a slight positive timing effect in the
quarter that will be reversed in the third quarter.
· Number of active consultants decreased by 7% to 3.2m impacted by weak demand in some of the main markets in Europe and CIS.
· EBITDA amounted to €32.8m (€42.2m).
· Adjusted* operating margin was 8.1% (9.6%), negatively impacted by approximately 400 bps from currency movements, partly offset by hedging and positive price/mix effects as well as cost reductions ahead of plan, resulting in an adjusted* operating profit of €25.3m (€34.5m).
· Adjusted* net profit amounted to €12.1m (€19.9m) and adjusted* EPS amounted to €0.22 (€0.36) impacted by extraordinary tax costs of €3.3m**.
· Cash flow from operating activities amounted to €12.0m (€29.3m).
· Given the continued uncertain geopolitical situation the Board proposes no dividend payment in Q4.
· Trading update: The year to date sales development is approximately -2% in local currency and the development in the third quarter to date is approximately -4% in local currency.
* Adjusted for restructuring costs during the quarter €1.3m. ** €1.3m relates to revaluation of deferred tax assets and €2.0m is a one-off effect from the change in Group legal structure which is expected to be offset by a positive one-off effect by the beginning of next year given successful completion of the project.
6 months ended 30 June 2014
· Local currency sales decreased by 2% and Euro sales decreased by 14%
to €637.6m (€741.0m).
· EBITDA amounted to €62.2m (€87.4m).
· Adjusted* operating margin was 7.6% (9.8%), negatively impacted by approximately 400 bps from currency movements, partly offset by hedging and positive price/mix effects as well as cost reductions ahead of plan, resulting in an adjusted* operating profit of €48.3m (€72.5m).
· Adjusted* net profit amounted to €24.0m (€47.9m) and adjusted* EPS amounted to €0.43 (€0.86).
· Cash flow from operating activities amounted to €28.9m (€57.7m).
* Adjusted for restructuring costs during the period €1.7m.
CEO Magnus Brännström comments
“The second quarter performance follows in the path of recent quarters; our key growth regions continue to deliver both from a sales and margin perspective while we have yet to turn around business performance in Europe and CIS – where in main markets we still face tough geopolitical and economic conditions. We are focusing on executing our strategy and initiatives, while at the same time aligning our organization to further improve efficiencies.”
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14 August 2014
Chief Executive Officer
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