ORPEA: 2021 Full-year Results and Revenue Figures for Q1 2022

ORPEA REACHES AN AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE WITH ITS CORE BANKING POOL SECURING THE FINANCING OF THE GROUP AS PART OF CONCILIATION PROCEDURE

PUTEAUX, France--()--Regulatory News:

Philippe Charrier, CEO of ORPEA (Paris:ORP), said:

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all ORPEA teams who have shown unfailing professionalism and commitment over the last few months, at a time when our Group is facing a major crisis seriously affecting the Group’s reputation, especially in respect of its business of caring for the elderly in France. I am equally grateful to the families who entrust us with their elderly relatives.

We fully assume our responsibilities towards them. Although there is no system of rationing nor of abuse, we take the allegations made against us with the utmost seriousness, as well as the proven failures, about which we will continue to be totally transparent. I am committed to ensuring that we learn all the lessons from this crisis in order to restore the trust that our stakeholders have always placed in us, wherever the group operates. Many corrective measures have already been taken.

Finally, I would like to thank our core banking pool for their renewed confidence with the signing of an agreement in principle to ensure the Group's financing. For both 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, and notwithstanding the aforementioned backdrop, revenues remain strong.

The appointment of Laurent Guillot as Chief Executive Officer as of 1 July will open a new page in the history of our Group, enabling it to take its rightful place in the evolution of the elderly and healthcare sector. He will be able to build solutions adapted to the challenges of tomorrow in a spirit of exemplarity and respect for our founding values.

CONSOLIDATED ACCOUNTS 2021

The ORPEA Group has today announced its consolidated results for the year ending 31 December 2021, with the financial communication having been approved by the Board of Directors on 12 May 2022. The 2021 financial statements are currently being audited.

The 2021 results are presented in accordance with IFRS standards, including IFRS 16, and comply with applicable regulations and recommendations in force.

Figures in €m
(IFRS) – audit procedure ongoing

2020

 

2021

 

Var.

 

Revenue

3 922,4

 

4 298,6

 

+9,6%

 

EBITDAR (EBITDA before rent)

963,0

 

1 070,2

 

+11,1%

 

EBITDA

926,5

 

1 040,7

 

+12,3%

 

EBIT

422,9

 

395,7

 

-6,4

%

 

Cost of net financial debt

-256,7

 

-248,9

 

-3,0

%

 

Profit before tax

210,3

 

105,8

 

-49,7

%

 

Group net profit

160,0

 

65,2

 

-59,3

%

 

Revenue for 2021 was €4,299m, up 9.6% (including 5.5% of organic growth). This growth includes the contributions of the new facilities which opened in 2021, completed acquisitions (including FirstCare, Belmont and Brindley in Ireland and Sensato in Switzerland) and the recovery in business activity.

EBITDAR (EBITDA before rent) came in at €1,070m, representing a margin of 24.9% of 2021 revenues and an increase of 35bps.

EBITDA was €1.041m, representing a margin of 24.9% on 2021 revenues.

EBIT amounted to €396m, representing a margin of 9.2% of 2021 revenues.

Non-current items amounted to -€41.1 M€ compared to + €44m in 2020.

The cost of net debt (net of hedging costs) was €249m, compared with €257m in 2020.

Net profit attributable to the Group in 2021 was €65m, representing a margin of 1.5% of 2021 revenues, compared with €160m in 2020.

The net profit for 2021 includes €83m in provisions for liabilities and charges relating to the assessed risks for the years 2017-2021, following the administrative inspections to which ORPEA was subject to in France, as well as €48m in charges relating to asset impairments.

The aforementioned €83m provision includes €58.9m to cover the additional costs relating to care and dependency between 2017-2021. The company will seek the approval of the supervisory authorities to use these amounts for actions relating to the well-being of residents and healthcare professionals.

Financial debt as at end of reporting period

Figures in €m (IFRS) – audit procedure ongoing

 

2020

 

2021

Net financial debt

 

6 654

 

7 885

Gross financial debt

 

7 542

 

8 837

Of which is due in less than a year

 

1 056

 

1 830

Cash

 

889

 

952

Lease commitments IFRS16

 

2 987

 

3 265

Of which is due in less than a year

 

266

 

297

Net financial debt stood at €7,885m as of 31 December 2021, an increase of €1.232m over the year, predominantly due to the sustained property development and acquisition strategy implemented during this period.

Cash increased to €952m as of 31 December 2021, compared with €889m at end-2020. As at the end of March 2022, this figure amounted to €710m.

The proportion of real estate debt stood at 88% of net financial debt as of 31 December 2021.

The IFRS 16 adjusted leverage ratios used by the Group's financial partners are 3.6x for the real estate adjusted leverage (5.5x permitted) and 1.7x for the adjusted gearing (2.0x permitted).

As of 31 December 2021, the value of the Group's real estate assets amounted to €8,179m, an increase of €1,163m. This difference includes a €267m revaluation resulting from appraisals by Cushman & Wakefield, JLL and CBRE as independent experts. This valuation results in a capitalisation rate of 5.3%. At the end of 2021, ORPEA holds 46% of its real estate properties and has 983 sites in operation.

Revenue Figures Q1 2022

(€m)

 

Q1 2021

Q1 2022

Published
change

France Benelux UK Ireland

 

636

679

+6,8%

Central Europe

 

260

283

+8,8%

Eastern Europe

 

91

101

+11,7%

Iberian Peninsula and Latin
America

 

40

55

+37,7%

Other countries

 

0,7

0,9

+35,7%

Total revenue

 

1 027

1 120

+9,0%

 

 

 

 

Of which organic growth

+5,0%

Composition of geographical areas: Central Europe (Germany, Italy and Switzerland), Eastern Europe (Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, Croatia), Iberian Peninsula and Latin America (Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, Chile), Other countries (China).

ORPEA recorded solid overall growth momentum in the first quarter of 2022, with sales up 9.0%, including 5.0% organic growth.

In France, despite a difficult backdrop, the nursing homes business recorded a decline in occupancy rates during the first quarter.

The rest of the Group's business enjoyed good momentum with occupancy rates on an upward trend.

The Iberian Peninsula and Latin America region benefited from the inclusion of Brazil Senior Living Group within the scope of the consolidation on 1 January 2022.

OUTLOOK FOR 2022

Following the IGF/IGAS report, the independent evaluation conducted at the request of the Board of Directors is continuing its investigations. The Group has already implemented corrective actions and will continue to take necessary measures as and when the findings of the ongoing audits become available.

The Group remains confident about its revenue growth momentum in 2022, which should continue to benefit from numerous new site openings (with a target of more than 3,000 new beds over the period) and from favourable business trends in international markets and in clinics in France.

The Group's operating profitability will be affected by the unfavourable inflationary environment, specifically impacting energy costs and salaries in certain countries.

The Group will also have to face exceptional expenses related to the management of the aforementioned crisis and its consequences.

Given these exceptional circumstances, the Board of Directors will not be proposing the payment of a dividend for the financial year 2021 at the next General Meeting.

The Board of Directors has also unanimously approved various structural changes, including:

  • conducting a study regarding the “transformation” of ORPEA into a “société à mission” (a company status created by the French “Pacte” law in 2019);
  • The renewal of the Board of Directors with an initial proposal to appoint four new directors (including the future CEO) at the next General Meeting;
  • A major transformation plan, to be deployed primarily in France, focusing on four main areas: the quality of care and well-being of residents, the strengthening of dialogue with stakeholders, an ambitious human resources policy and renewed managerial practices;
  • Accordingly, the implementation of these structural changes will include the following actions:
    • The implementation of a forum for hearing grievances and an external mediation plan,
    • The implementation of an Ethics Committee in France,
    • Adaptation and simplification of quality process, including the systematic reporting of adverse events,
    • A reshaping of labour relations, including the overhaul of the Employee Representative Institutions in France, open discussions on health and safety at work for employees and the inclusion of HR experts within work teams,
    • Work on a retention and attractiveness plan, enhancement of career paths, in particular through the Validation of Acquired Experience programme (target 300/year) and apprenticeship (target 500/year), an analysis of salaries by employment area and systematic use of overtime in case of employee absenteeism,
    • Active promotion of both our whistleblowing policy for employees and the new ethical conduct and CSR codes,
    • An in-depth review on decentralisation and increased autonomy for the facility directors,
    • A significant strengthening of internal controls.

       

ORPEA REACHES AN AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE WITH ITS CORE BANKING POOL SECURING THE FINANCING OF THE GROUP AS PART OF CONCILIATION PROCEDURE

Faced with major financing challenges due to investments amounting to approximately €900m per year for the development of its real estate portfolio in 2022 and 2023, as well a significant amount of debt maturing in 2022 (including approximately €850m maturing in the second half of the year and €983m in 2023), ORPEA announces an agreement in principle with its core banking pool (BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale, Groupe BPCE, La Banque Postale and Société Générale). This agreement with the group’s core banking pool comes in response to both the current period of uncertainty for ORPEA as well as access to financial markets being closed off and the slowdown in the originally anticipated asset disposal programme.

This Agreement in Principle is therefore the first stage of the overhaul of the Group's financing strategy and enables new lines of financing to be secured.

The Agreement in Principle is part of an amicable conciliation procedure, opened by order of the President of the Nanterre Commercial Court on 20 April 2022.

The implementation of the Agreement in Principle will be conditional on the execution of a conciliation protocol and approval (homologation) requested from the Nanterre Commercial Court (expected to be mid-June 2022). This procedure will allow for the implementation of the Agreement in Principle under the authority of a conciliator, within a confidential and regulated framework. The Group's employees will be informed of the process through the various Social and Economic Committees.

The Agreement in Principle, unanimously approved by ORPEA's Board of Directors, includes the following key principles:

  • Provision of a new financing plan by the core banking pool via a secured syndicated facility of €1.733bn

The key terms of this facility granted by the core banking pool to ORPEA include:

  1. Medium-term financing, maturing in December 2025, in order to (a) provide new money to the Group in an amount of €600m and (b) finance repayments of existing debt in an amount of €233m; and
  2. €900m short-term financing, consisting of several tranches maturing in December 2023 for €700m and in June 2023 for €200m (with the option to extend these two maturities by 6 months).

The new financing plan includes a commitment to the lenders to maintain a minimum cash level of €300m, to be tested quarterly from June 2023.

The new financings will benefit from a pledge over the shares of the subsidiaries Clinea and CEECSH (representing 25% and 32% of the Group’s revenue, respectively). Following certain reorganizations to be carried out within the Group, the pledges will be over shares in Clinea France and the Group’s business in Germany, representing 25% and 16% of the consolidated revenue, respectively.

It is further noted that the average interest rate of all new lines granted under the Agreement in Principle in respect of the €1.733bn tranche will be Euribor + 3.9%, compared to the Group’s current average cost of funding, estimated to be 2.2%.

  • Implementation of a strategic review of the Group's assets, under the aegis of the new CEO, in order to gradually reduce the Group's debt

As part of the implementation of this financing plan, and in order to reduce the Group's debt, ORPEA intends to complete more than €3bn worth of disposals by the end of 2025, with at least €1bn of disposals by the end of 2023, predominantly in real estate in the form of sale & leasebacks.

It should be noted that the Group’s real estate portfolio has a current estimated value of over €8bn.

Part of the proceeds from the disposals will be immediately allocated to the repayment of the short-term tranches of the facility.

  • Setting-up an optional syndicated facility up to a maximum amount of €1.5bn, open in priority to lenders participating in the short and medium term financing outlined above to refinance the unsecured bank facilities at a rate of Euribor + 5%.

The Company will continue to inform the market of the ongoing negotiations through its corporate communication. A detailed press release will be published following the execution of the conciliation protocol and its approval by the Nanterre Commercial Court.

Communication

The Agreement in Principle and the annual results are also described in the presentation material attached to this press release and available on the company's website.

https://www.orpea-corp.com/en/publications/financial-presentations

About ORPEA (www.orpea-corp.com)

Founded in 1989, ORPEA is one of the world leaders in Dependency care (nursing homes, assisted living, post-acute and rehabilitation hospitals, mental health hospitals, home care services)

ORPEA is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN code: FR0000184798) and is a member of the SBF 120, STOXX 600 Europe, MSCI Small Cap Europe and CAC Mid 60 indices.

Glossary :

Organic growth

The organic growth of the Group’s revenue includes:

  1. The change in revenue (N vs N-1) of existing establishments due to changes in their occupancy rates and daily rates;
  2. The change in revenue (N vs N-1) of restructured establishments or establishments whose capacity was increased in N or N-1;
  3. The revenue achieved in N by establishments created in N or N-1, and the change in revenue of recently acquired establishments over a period equivalent in N to the consolidation period in N-1.

EBITDAR

EBITDA before rent, including provisions for “external expenses” and “personal expenses”

EBITDA

Current operating income before net depreciation and amortisation, including provisions for “external expenses” and “personal expenses”

Net financial debt

Long-term financial debt + short term financial debt – Cash and marketable securities

Real estate-adjusted financial leverage

(Net financial debt – real estate debt) / (EBITDA – (6% x real estate debt))

Adjusted gearing

Net financial debt / (Equity + deferred tax to infinity on intangible assets)

Capitalisation rate

The capitalisation rate of real estate or rate of return is the ratio between the rent and the value of the building

 

Contacts

Investor Relations
ORPEA
Steve Grobet
EVP Communication and Investor Relations

s.grobet@orpea.net

Benoit Lesieur
Investor Relations Director
b.lesieur@orpea.net

Investor Relations
NewCap
Dusan Oresansky
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 71 94 94

orpea@newcap.eu

Media Relations
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Charlotte Le Barbier
Tel.: +33 (0)6 78 37 27 60
clebarbier@image7.fr

Caroline Simon
Tél.: +33(0)6 89 87 61 24
Caroline.simon@image7.fr

Contacts

Investor Relations
ORPEA
Steve Grobet
EVP Communication and Investor Relations

s.grobet@orpea.net

Benoit Lesieur
Investor Relations Director
b.lesieur@orpea.net

Investor Relations
NewCap
Dusan Oresansky
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 71 94 94

orpea@newcap.eu

Media Relations
Image 7
Charlotte Le Barbier
Tel.: +33 (0)6 78 37 27 60
clebarbier@image7.fr

Caroline Simon
Tél.: +33(0)6 89 87 61 24
Caroline.simon@image7.fr