SoLocal Group : IFRS 15 : A New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standard

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France--()--Regulatory News:

SoLocal Group (Paris:LOCAL):

The new accounting standard IFRS 15 “Revenue from contracts with customers”, that removes and replaces the previous IAS 18 accounting standard related to revenue recognition, is mandatory since January 1st, 2018. This new accounting standard has been applied to SoLocal Group’s whole financial data since then. The main impacts for SoLocal are more deeply explained in this press release. SoLocal Group is disclosing today its income statement as at December 31st, 2017 restated under IFRS 15 (unaudited).

The main changes due to the application of IFRS 15 as at December 31st, 2017 are the following:

  • Obligation to publish the order backlog under IFRS 15
  • Increase of €96M of the order backlog under IFRS 15
  • 2017 revenues1 : €730M under IFRS 15 versus €756M under IAS 18
  • Increase of €0.7M in staff costs1 under IFRS 15
  • Recurring EBITDA1: €170M under IFRS 15 versus €196M under IAS 18
  • No impact on cash flows: the decrease in recurring EBITDA is completely offset by a positive impact on the working capital
  • No change concerning the 2018 outlook: stabilisation of recurring EBITDA1 under IFRS 15 at €170M

I. Order Backlog

IFRS 15 requires to publish the order backlog. SoLocal Group’s order backlog as at December 31st, 2017 under IFRS is the following:

In million euros, December 31st, 2017   IAS 18   IFRS 15   Change

in €M

     
Digital order backlog1,2 309 394 +85
Print order backlog1,2   51   61   +10

Total order backlog1,2

 

  360   455   +96

The shift to IFRS 15 leads to a modification of the backlog order as at December 31st, 2017, leading to an increase of €96M. Digital revenue recognition is more spread over time. As such, some revenues recognised under IAS 18 in 2017 will also be recognised under IFRS 15 in 2017 and partly spread over 2018 and 2019.

1 Continued activities

2 The order backlog is defined as the remaining revenues that has to be recognised as at December 31st 2017 on sales orders such as validated and engaged by customers as at December 31st, 2017. As for subscription products, only the engagement period is taken into account.

II. Income statement

In million euros, as at December 31st, 2017   IAS 18   IFRS 15   Change

in €M

     
Digital revenues1 636 595 (41)
Print revenues1   120   135   +15
Total revenues1   756   730   (26)
 
Staff costs1,2 (367) (369) (1)
Net external expenses1,2   (192)   (192)   0
Recurring EBITDA1   196   170   (26)
 
Digital EBITDA1,2 170 140 (30)
Print EBITDA1,2   26   29   +4
Recurring EBITDA1   196   170   (26)

The impact of this change for the Group is a revenue recognition that is more spread over time. Thus, the Group’s 2017 revenues1 restated under IFRS 15 are lower by €26M compared to IAS 18. Most of this impact will be recognised in the 2018 revenues and the remaining part in the 2019 revenues. As a consequence, there is no revenue loss but a deferred revenue recognition for the Group.

The Group has revisited its financial principles regarding digital vs. print sales breakdown as part of the application of IFRS 15.

The impact on costs is limited, representing a global change in 2017 total charges1 of €0.7M under IFRS 15 versus IAS 18.

The 2017 recurring EBITDA1 restated under IFRS 15 amounts to €170M, representing a change of -€26M compared to the IAS 18 recurring EBITDA1. The 2017 digital recurring EBITDA1 restated under IFRS 15 amounts to €140M, and the 2017 print recurring EBITDA1 restated under IFRS 15 amounts to €29M.

III. Cash Flow statement

The shift to IFRS 15 has no impact on cash flows. The change in recurring EBITDA is offset by the change in working capital.

IV. 2018 outlook

The outlook in terms of recurring EBITDA for 2018 is the stabilisation of recurring EBITDA1 at €170M, in line with the implementation of this new accounting standard.

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1 Continued activities

² Recurring

A detailed presentation illustrating the main impacts of IFRS 15 is available on the corporate website of the Company http://www.solocalgroup.com/en/finance/presentations-et-webcasts

Furthermore, a detailed description of applied accounting principles will be released at the time of 1H 2018 financial statements.

Due to rounding, numbers presented throughout this and other documents may not add up precisely to the totals provided.

About SoLocal Group

SoLocal Group is positioned as the trusted and local digital partner supporting business companies to accelerate their growth. To succeed in this transformation, it relies on its six key assets some of them being unique in France: media with very high audiences, powerful geolocated data, scalable technological platforms, commercial coverage throughout France, privileged partnerships with GAFAM and numerous talents (experts in data, IT development, digital marketing, etc.). SoLocal Group's activities are structured around two axes. First, a range of "full web & apps" digital services on all devices (PCs, mobiles, tablets and personal assistants), offered in the form of packs and subscriptions, ("Digital Presence", "Digital Advertising", "Digital Website"," Digital Solutions" and "Print to Digital"), and integrating a digital coaching service, to support clients success. Second, flagship owned media (PagesJaunes and Mappy) used daily by Frenchs and offering an enriching and differentiating user experience. With more than 460,000 customers across France and 2.4 billion visits on its media, the Group generated revenues of €756 million in 2017 (IAS 18), 84% coming from Internet making it one of the leading European players in terms of online advertising revenue. SoLocal Group is listed on Euronext Paris (LOCAL). More information is available at www.solocalgroup.com.

Appendix

Income statement as at December 31st, 2017 – IFRS 15 (unaudited)

    Divested   Continued     Non
In million euros   Consolidated   activities   activities  

Recurring1

 

recurring1

Total revenues   740   9   730   730   -
Staff costs   (384)   (6)   (379)   (369)   (10)
Net external expenses   (201)   (6)   (195)   (192)   (3)
EBITDA   154   (3)   157   170   (13)
Depreciation and amortisation   (53)   11   (64)   (64)   -
Operating income   100   8   92   105   (13)
Net gain from debt restructuring

as at March 13th , 2017

  266   -   266   -   266
Other financial incomes   0   -   0   0   -
Financial expenses   (29)   -   (29)   (29)   -
Financial income   238   -   238   (28)   266
Income before tax   338   8   330   77   253
Corporate income tax   (20)   (1)   (18)   (35)   17
Income for the period   318   7   312   42   270

1 Continued activities

Contacts

SoLocal Group
Press
Delphine Penalva
+33 (0)1 46 23 35 31
dpenalva@solocal.com
or
Edwige Druon
+33 (0)1 46 23 37 56
edruon@solocal.com
or
Alexandra Kunysz
+33 (0)1 46 23 47 45
akunysz@solocal.com
or
Investors
Nathalie Etzenbach-Huguenin
+33 (0)1 46 23 48 63
netzenbach@solocal.com
or
Sébastien Nony
+33 (0) 1 46 23 49 03
snony@solocal.com
or
Alima Lelarge Levy
+33 (0) 1 46 23 37 72
alelarge@solocal.com

Contacts

SoLocal Group
Press
Delphine Penalva
+33 (0)1 46 23 35 31
dpenalva@solocal.com
or
Edwige Druon
+33 (0)1 46 23 37 56
edruon@solocal.com
or
Alexandra Kunysz
+33 (0)1 46 23 47 45
akunysz@solocal.com
or
Investors
Nathalie Etzenbach-Huguenin
+33 (0)1 46 23 48 63
netzenbach@solocal.com
or
Sébastien Nony
+33 (0) 1 46 23 49 03
snony@solocal.com
or
Alima Lelarge Levy
+33 (0) 1 46 23 37 72
alelarge@solocal.com