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2016 results are reasonable and not very different from our expectations
14 Feb 17
Michelin has increased tyre deliveries by 2.1% in the last year, but falling raw material prices also resulted in falling sales prices. As a result, revenue was down by 1.4% to €20.9bn. In spite of this, EBIT increased by 4.5% to €2.69bn while net income increased by more than 40% to €1.67bn. This allows management to propose a dividend of €3.25 vs. €2.85 paid for 2015. However, the group generated a one-time gain of €272m from the restructuring of the American health care plan whereas the 2015 accounts did not include such gains. Consequently, net earnings are ‘over-stated’. Revenue is slightly short of our projection while the operating result and the dividend are both higher.
We are too optimistic for 2016
20 Oct 16
Instead of a marginal revenue growth of 1% to €5.35bn, Michelin’s sales fell by another 2.4% to €5.18bn and the ytd number now stands at €15.47bn (-2.1%). To reach our full-year projection of €21.18bn, Q4 revenue needs to increase by almost 6% to €5.7bn. This is probably unrealistic.
Superb operating profits in a toughening environment
26 Jul 16
Consolidated revenue fell by 4.5% to €5.23bn in Q2 16 which brought the H1 number to €10.29bn, a decrease of 2.0%. In spite of this, H1 EBIT increased by 11% to just above €1.4bn. Michelin’s revenue number is lower than our expectation (€10.7bn) whereas the profit number is higher (€1.26bn). However, we had expected a significantly higher net profit number of €853m whereas the company’s number is only €769m. We need to see the accounts before we can make a judgment on this discrepancy.
Michelin builds its 21st North American factory in Mexico
04 Jul 16
Construction will begin in the current half year and is expected to be finalised in late 2018. First tyre deliveries will commence in Q4 18. The plant will have an initial capacity of four to five million high-end tyres for both passenger cars and light trucks. Clients will overwhelmingly be the OEMs which produce in Mexico. Michelin currently operates 68 tyre production plants around the world, i.e. North America makes up around 30% of the plants and Asia another 20%.
Cost reduction programme is increased
06 Jun 16
Management now expects being in a position to reduce annual costs by up to €1.2bn from 2017 to 2020. However, this number is not an annual cost saving number but an accumulated one, i.e. annual costs are believed to being reduced by another €300m or a good 1% of annual turnover. Management intends not to replace some of the retiring employees. In addition, lower inventories are believed to reduce costs by some €250m and lower other costs contribute another €200m. Finally, raw material costs are believed to fall by between €150m and €200m as a result of the ongoing optimisation process and the trend for lighter tyres. However, the latter will also reduce the ASP and, hence, revenue. The ongoing cost reduction programme concentrates on capacity expansion in Asia, North and South America. A growing proportion of production goes to plants that are already producing over 100,000 tyres a year. Finally, unit investment costs can be reduced by up to 30%, i.e. capex will fall in relative terms. As long as replacement tyre prices do not come under pressure, Michelin’s profit margin is expected to benefit from this. However, first indications from other market participants (i.e. Nokian Renkaat) suggest, that some price pressure has emerged during the course of 2015. For the time being, we do not see this trend intensifying as replacement tyre demand for both car and truck tyres is still good and growing. However, the situation is clearly different for truck tyres from the OEMs, except for Europe.
Price mix and currencies put pressure on revenue growth
21 Apr 16
Michelin’s Q1 16 revenue was up by a very modest 0.9% to €5.07bn although revenue growth was already moderate in Q1 15 (+5.5%), whereas it had increased by 8% or more in all subsequent quarters. Whereas volume growth contributed +3.7% to sales growth, the price mix (-1.3%) and currencies (-1.9%) both had negative impacts. Consolidation changes had a marginally positive impact of +0.4% as the group acquired more tyre retailers in both Germany and the UK. In spite of this, management maintains its vague full-year guidance of volume growth outpacing the global market’s growth and EBIT before non-recurring items and at constant exchange rates increasing.
The Slide Rule
12 Jan 17
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Small Cap Breakfast
16 Feb 17
Saffron Energy—Schedule One update. Raising £2.5m, expected Mkt Cap £7.7m. Admission due 24 Feb. Italian Oil & Gas Play Guinness Oil & Gas Exploration—Publication of prospectus. Seeking to raise £50m and invest in 15 exploration companies at launch, with plans to grow the portfolio to 30 positions during its lifetime. Issue closing 23 Feb. Arix Bioscience — Intention to float on the main market from the global healthcare and life science Company supporting medical innovation. Raised £52m in Feb 16 with investors including Woodford Investment Management
13 Feb 17
Surface Transforms* (SCE): H1 results confirm operational progress (CORP) | Premaitha Health* (NIPT): European diagnostics partnership (CORP) | Lok'nStore* (LOK): Filling existing stores, developing new ones (CORP) | Victoria* (VCP): Entry into the European flooring market (CORP) | eg solutions* (EGS): Exceptional H2 performance (CORP)
Share & share alike
14 Feb 17
The rally in the last fortnight, highlighted in the table, reflects a continued flow of positive updates and economic news. The FTSE 250, Small cap and Fledgling indices have reached record highs. We are in the lull ahead of results for those companies with a December year end, a welter of economic data regarding the UK economy, the State of the Union address in the US on 28 February and the UK Budget on Wednesday 8 March. We will learn at that stage the latest forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility. As highlighted previously, the reaction to corporate updates will continue to set the tone.