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Strong organic growth and margin improvement
26 Oct 16
Seb had a very good Q3 16 with strong organic revenue growth (+6.5%) and a significant increase in the operating result from activity (+21%) despite a negative currency effect. Q3 2016: Sales reached €1,204m (+6.8%). Overall growth included a negative currency effect (-1.7% or €-18m) and a change in perimeter (+2% or €21m) related to the full contribution of OBH Nordica (vs one month in Q3 15) and the integration of EMSA since 1 July 2016. Organic growth was 6.5%. Organic sales growth was attributable to Asia (+9.5%, o/w +10.2% in China) and the EMEA region (+6.9%, o/w +4.6% in Western Europe, +13.1% in other countries). The Americas was the weakest market (+2%, o/w +1.4% in North America, +3% in South America). The operating result from activity was €140m (+21%) corresponding to 11.6% of sales (+1.3pts). The improvement in the operating performance was attributable to the increase in volume, a price/mix effect and favourable raw material costs. 9 months 2016: Seb posted sales of €3,368m (+3.9%). Organic growth was 6.2%, o/w +11.9% in Asia (including +14.9% in China), +6.1% in EMEA (including +4.7% in Western Europe), -2.6% in the Americas (including -5.3% in North America, +1.4% in South America). The operating result from activity surged to €312m (+19%) after a significant negative currency effect of €-104m and a negative impact of €-3m related to the change of perimiter. Net debt increased to €619m on 30 September 2016 (vs €481m on 30 September 2015). In H1 16, the group funded the purchase of an additional 7.9% stake in Supor and the acquisition of EMSA in Germany.
Dynamic growth, margin improvement
25 Jul 16
H1 16 earnings Sales reached €2,164m (+2.4%). There was a significant negative currency effect (-€96m) due principally to the depreciation of various currencies of the emerging countries against the euro. Organic sales growth was significant (+6% vs +8.7% in H1 15) thanks to a positive contribution from all product categories, in particular vacuum cleaners, home comfort, beverage preparation and electrical cooking. Organic sales grew in two geographic areas (+13.1% in Asia, o/w +17.2% in China, +5.6% in EMEA). Conversely, organic sales dropped in the Americas (-5.4%, o/w -9.5% in North America and +0.4% in South America). The operating result from activity increased to €172m (+17.7%) and the margin rate improved by 1pt to 8% of sales. The negative currency effect was higher yoy €-61m (vs €-32m in H1 15) and was attributable to lower hedging gains on the purchasing currencies ($ and yuan) and the depreciation of the rouble, Brazilian real, South American pesos and Turkish lira. Operating income increased at a lower pace (+9% to €134m) due to higher profit sharing (€14m vs €8m in H1 15 becasue of improved results in the French operations) and Other operating expenses (€-24m vs €-15m in H1 15) which included provisions for restructurings in Brazil. Group net profit was €62m (+15%) after higher net financial expenses (+9.6% to €25m) and a lower income tax rate (-1pt to 24%) and stable minority interests following the purchase of 8% of the shares of Supor and an increase in the stake to 81% of the capital. Operating cash flow was €144m, reflecting strong operating income and a signficant reduction in inventories. Seb has a sound financial situation. On 30 June 2016, gearing was 39% and the net debt/EBITDA ratio was 1.14x since net debt increased to €629m (vs €453m on 30 June 2015) due to the funding of the purchase of Supor’s shares and the acquisition of EMSA in Germany. The acquisition of WMF is pending the approval of the authorities and the funding of the operation is expected by the end of H2 16.
A significant and attractive acquisition in Germany.
26 May 16
Seb has signed an agreement with KKR for the acquisition of WMF in Germany. The company’s product-portfolio includes automatic coffee machines for the professional market segment (37% of sales), cookware which comprises high-end stainless steel articles essentially (56% of sales) and premium tabletop equipment for hotels/restaurants/cruise ships (7% of sales). WMF sells its products under the leading WMF-brand and other brands such as Schaerer in Switzerland (professional coffee machines), Silit and Kaiser (cookware) and HEPP (hotel equipment). The company owns a network of 200 shops in Germany. In 2015, WMF had sales of €1,060m (+4.3%) o/w 74% in Europe (51% in Germany) and 26% well-balanced in the US (6%), China (5%), Japan and Korea (9%), rest of world (6%), and adjusted EBITDA of €118m, c.11% of revenue. The headcount comprises 5,700 employees o/w 3,800 people in Germany. WMF operates six plants in Europe (four manufacturing facilities in Germany, one site in Switzerland and one site in Czech Republic) and two plants in Asia (one site in China and one site in India). The purchase price for the WMF shares is €1,020m. In addition, the transaction includes the acquisition of WMF’s net debt and early retirement and pension liabilities by Seb, representing a respective €565m and €125m at year-end 2015. The operation will be funded by debt. Seb had low financial net debt of €184m as of 31 March 2016. The approval from the relevant competition authorities is expected in H2 16, but more probably at the end of the year. Seb has said that the integration of WMF will be accretive (>20%) at the EPS level during the first full year of consolidation.
A really good set of figures
29 Apr 16
Q1 16 figures Sales reached €1,115m (+2.3%). Sales growth included a negative currency impact (€-39m vs €+60m in Q1 15). Integrated on 1 September 2015, OBH brought in €9m for the quarter. Organic sales grew by 5.1%. This was a very good performance considering the high basis of comparison last year (Q1 14: +9.4%). Q1 16 organic growth corresponded to volume increases and a substantial positive price/mix effect. Price increases were implemented in various countries to offset the negative currency headwinds. Organic sales growth was driven by EMEA (+5.3% vs +7.9% in Q1 15) and Asia (+10.1% vs +15.1% in Q1 15). Within EMEA, Seb performed well in France (+5% vs +11.9% in Q1 15 which was boosted by a number of loyalty programmes). In Asia, China was the most dynamic market and Supor’s organic sales were up 12.5%. Conversely, organic sales decreased in the Americas (-5.5% vs +3.4% in Q1 15) due to a drop in sales in North America (-12.4% vs +6.4% in Q1 15). In South America, Seb performed well. Organic sales were up 4.3% (vs -0.1% in Q1 15) despite the adverse macro-economics in Brazil. The operating result from activity increased very slightly to €93m (+1%). It included a significant negative currency effect of €-45m which was higher than last year in the same period (€-15m in Q1 15). Price increases and the favourable product-mix offset the negative currency effects. In addition, Seb benefited from savings on raw material costs, reflecting lower prices and negotiations with suppliers. Seb continued to invest in marketing/advertising and R&D which are key-expenses for growth. On 31 March 2016, Seb had low net debt, i.e. €184m (vs €132m at year-end 2015 and €357m on 31 March 2015), thanks to a reduction in inventories.
Very strong organic sales growth in 2015
20 Jan 16
Seb delivered very strong organic sales growth in 2015 (+8%, 1pt above our estimate) and a positive organic trend in all geographic areas. *2015 sales:* Seb posted sales of €4,770m (+12.1%). There was a positive currency effect (+3.5% or €149m) attributable to the appreciation of the $ and yuan vs the euro which more than offset the negative impact of the Brazilian real, rouble and peso. The significant positive currency effect seen in H1 15 (€127m) declined in H2 15 (€22m o/w €10m in Q4 15). The integration of OBH Nordica increased overall sales growth by 0.6%. The strong organic sales growth (+8%) was principally driven by Asia-Pacific (+12.8%), Western Europe (+9.7% excluding France, +5.6% in France) and North America (+6.7%). Although South America and Central Europe/Russia/other countries were challenging, Seb succeeded in posting moderate organic sales growth (+3.4% and +3.9% respectively). *2015 results expectation:* Management expects an operating result from activity of close to €430m in 2015 (earnings release on 25 February 15). Our current estimate is in line with this (€436m estimated). These are a good set of figures, particularly considering the strongly negative currency effect which should be €-100m at the operating level in 2015 (vs €-94m in 2014, €-35m in 2013).
Strong organic sales growth in most countries
28 Oct 15
Q3 15 was a very strong quarter with significant organic sales growth in most countries in mature and emerging countries, specifically Brazil (+6.5%) and China (+15%), and a surge of the operating result from the activity despite adverse currency effects. Q3 2015 figures: Sales reached €1,127m, +9.7% and +7.8% organically. There was a change in perimeter with the consolidation of OBH Nordica in Scandinavia (contribution in sales of €7m). Organic sales growth was mainly driven by four geographic areas: Western Europe excluding France (+12.4%), Asia-Pacific (+11.5%, o/w +15% in China), North America (+8.3%, o/w +7.8% in the US), South America (+7.7%, o/s +6.5% in Brazil). Seb had a honourable performance in France (+3.2%) taking into account that there was no loyalty programme. The weaker geographic area was Central Europe/Russia/Other countries (+0.5%). The operating result from the activity increased to €116m (+14%). Excluding the negative currency effect of €-16m, the surge was impressive (+30%). It reflected the impact of higher volume, a fairly good price environment, a favourable product-mix and cost-control. 9m 2015 figures: Sales were €3,240m (+13.5% and +8.4% organically), the operating result from the activity reached €262m (+38%) after a negative currency effect of €-48m. On a like-for-like basis, the operating result from the activity surged by 63%. On 30 September 2015, net debt amounted to €481m (-19% yoy).
Panmure Morning Note 01-12-16
01 Dec 16
Consistent with the FY16 trading update/pre-close on September 14, today’s FY16 results are in line with our and consensus underlying PBT expectations of £12.5m (+22.5% YoY). The total FY16 dividend is up 36%, covered 3.4x, whilst net cash is £6.9m (+53%). FY16 represented another good year of execution, and FY17 has started well. The company's business mix is now more diverse across geographies (International accounted for 26% of total sales vs 21% in FY15) and we see CCT’s increasing diversity in retail distribution as both a further risk-mitigation and opportunity driver. We make no changes to our FY17 and FY18 PBT forecasts of £13.5m and £14.5m (albeit, we make some changes to the constituent parts) and introduce a FY19 PBT of £15.5m. We maintain our BUY and TP of 635p.
Strong H2 expected
30 Nov 16
H1 results were in line with expectations with PBT of £9.0m, EPS of 9.9p and DPS of 7.2p. The NAV / share is 253p. We expect the company to have a strong H2 based on its forward sales position and the timing of developments coming through. Telford has a strong balance sheet, a large development pipeline and impressive forward sales position, as well as good levels of demand for its product and geography from a diverse group of buyers. No change to forecasts at this stage.
US$500m to be invested in start-ups by 2026
28 Nov 16
BMW started a venture capital fund in 2011 with an initial investment of $100m. This is now to be expanded to $500m within the next ten years. The fund, called ‘BMW i Ventures’, has been moved from NYC to Mountain View, CA, to have closer access to the technology developed in the Silicon Valley. The investment focus will be on Enabling Technology and Digital Vehicle Technology, Mobility and Digital Services, Customer Experience, and Advanced Production Technology. According to BMW, the fund has closed 15 deals in ‘mobility-related’ technologies so far. It typically acquires a minority stake in start-ups which allows it to gain access to external innovations (so-called ‘outside-in’) that secure the company’s role as a technology pioneer. Simultaneously, it provides support for start-ups by offering internal resources (so-called ‘inside-out’) such as technical expertise and access to its own network of an established car producer.
N+1 Singer - Morning Song 29-11-2016
29 Nov 16
Vp has reported another impressive set of interims, confirming strong growth in most markets and a positive outlook. Recent acquisitions are bedding in well and the full year outturn is set to exceed previous expectations (5%/6% EPS upgrades in FY17/FY18). The recent Capital Markets Day provided a reminder of Vp’s qualities (specialist focus, high returns, strong cash generation) and its growth potential, which in our view are not reflected in a modest <11x P/E rating. We firmly believe the shares are due a re-rating and see intrinsic value in excess of 800p.
Joy of Techs
21 Nov 16
ICT evolution is driven by technological development as advances are made which both meet and shape customer requirements. Our 2011 note No such thing as a telco described the modern reality in that former ‘telcos’ now deliver varying elements of a range of managed services. We built on this theme last year, exploring in further detail their evolutionary paths, operating fundamentals, and cashflow yield similarities. In the consumer environment, demand for bundles of technology is complemented by demand for content. Across the pond, the mooted combination of AT&T and Time Warner typifies the bundled need of ‘pipe’ and content, since unbundled alternatives such as FaceTime and WhatsApp can be easier and clearer to chat over, and Amazon and Netflix are easier to watch anywhere. In the UK, BT’s defensive actions cover delivery, content and capabilities, acquiring EE yet also buying football rights. While TV was long ago added to triple play to become quad play, voice is now merely an app, and fixed and mobile seen as just dumb pipes: it's the content that will influence consumer choices. Growth of TV and film as well as music and gaming over IP leads to UK small cap opportunities. In context of the drive to maximise value from pipes and access by offering content and data, we look at some amongst the potential tech small cap beneficiaries: Amino*, Keyword Studios, ZOO Digital*, 7digital*, KCOM* and CityFibre*.
Small Cap Breakfast
29 Nov 16
Asia Pacific Investment Partner - the research-driven emerging and frontier markets real estate development business intends to float on AIM and conduct a placing in December RM Secured Direct Lending - The secured direct lending fund intends to float on the Main Market on 15 December raising up to £100m Diversified Oil & Gas— Schedule One now out. $60m to be raised. Expected admission 6 December. Creo Medical Group —UK based medical device company focused on surgical endoscopy, a recent development in minimally invasive surgery. Admission due 7 December. Fundraising details TBA.