Cembre

Board approves interim report on the 1st quarter of 2013

Cembre (a STAR listed company): consolidated sales decline slightly in the 1st Quarter of 2013 while growing by 1.4% in the first four months of the year over the first four months of 2012

15/05/2013

  • Consolidated sales for the 1st Quarter of 2013 decline by 1.7%, as a result of a 5.2% decline in domestic sales and a 0.4% growth in exports
  • Consolidated sales for the first four months of the year grow by 1.4% over the corresponding period in 2012

 

Consolidated figures
(€ ‘000)
1st Qtr.
2013
marg. % 1st Qtr.
2012
marg.%. var.%
Sales
25.672 100 26.129 100 -1,7
Gross operating profit
4.913 19,1 5.337 20,4 -7,9
Operating profit
3.886 15,1 4.458 17,1 -12,8
Pre-tax profit
3.846 15 4.339 16,6

-11,4

Net profit 2.255 8,8 2.577 9,9 -12,5
Net financial position
(2.217)   1.171    

 

Brescia, May 15, 2013 – The Board of Directors of Cembre Spa, chaired by the Chairman and Managing Director Giovanni Rosani, approved at today’s meeting the Consolidated Financial Statements at March 31, 2013.

 

In the first three months of 2013, consolidated revenues declined by 1.7% on the 1st Quarter of 2012, from €26.1 million to €25.7 million. In the same period, domestic sales (€9.5 million) declined by 5.2%, and exports (€16.1 million) increased by 0.4% on the 1st Quarter of 2012.
In the 1st Quarter of 2013, 37.2% of sales were represented by Italy, 47.5% by the rest of Europe and 15.3% by the rest of the world.

 

Consolidated gross operating profit (EBITDA) declined by 7.9% from €5.3 million in the 1st Quarter of 2012 (representing a 20.4% margin on sales), to €4.9 million (a 19.1% margin on sales) in the 1st Quarter of 2013. In the 1st Quarter of 2013, in addition to the mentioned decline in sales, gross operating profit was affected also by the increase in personnel costs. The average number of employees increased in fact from 602 in the 1st Quarter of 2012, to 616 in the corresponding period in 2013. In the same period, the parent company made use of an average of 39 outsourced workers,
part of which were employed in the bringing into operation of the new automated warehouse and the transfer of inventories to the new structure. Personnel training sessions on workplace safety were held outside work hours, determining an increase in overtime costs.

 

Consolidated operating profit (EBIT) for the 1st Quarter of 2013 amounted to €3.9 million, representing a 15.1% margin on sales, down 12.8% on €4.5 million in the 1st Quarter of 2012 (when it represented a 17.1% margin on sales).

 

Consolidated profit before taxes for the 1st Quarter of 2013 was equal to €3.8 million, representing a 15% margin on sales, down 11.4% on €4.3 million in the 1st Quarter of 2012, when it represented 16.6% of sales.

 

Consolidated net profit before taxes for the 1st Quarter of 2013 was equal to €2.3 million, representing an 8.8% margin on sales, down 12.5% on €2.6 million in the 1st Quarter of 2012, when it represented 9.9% of sales.

 

The consolidated net financial position of the Group declined from a surplus of €1.2 million at March 31, 2012, to a deficit of €2.2 million at March 31, 2013 due to the strong capital expenditure made in the past year. At December 31, 2012, the net financial position amounted to a surplus of €0.6 million. Short-term financial debt does not include €2.7 million of dividends on the 2012 financial year payable to Shareholders on May 23, 2013, as resolved by the Shareholders’ Meeting on April 29, 2013.

 

Capital expenditure made in the 1st Quarter of 2013 by the Group amounted to €2.3 million, down slightly on the corresponding period in 2012 when it amounted to €2.5 million.


“In the 1st Quarter of 2013 consolidated revenues declined by about 1.7% on the corresponding period in 2012, while sales for the first four months of the year were up by 1.4%. This recovery is
due to the increase in exports that grew in the first four months of the year by 4.8%, while in the same period domestic sales declined by 2.3% over the first four months of 2012. The Group has a balanced net financial position, reporting a deficit of €2.3 million at April 30, 2013”
– commented Cembre’s Chairman and Managing Director, Giovanni Rosani. “We thus expect to close 2013 reporting a slight increase in sales and an improvement in the net financial position” continued Giovanni Rosani.

 

Cembre designs, manufactures and distributes electrical connectors and cable accessories. It enjoys a leadership position in Italy and significant market shares in the rest of Europe. It is also the world's largest producer of connector installation tools (mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic) and tools for cable shearing. The products it has developed for connection to the rail and for other railway applications are used by the main companies in this sector round the world. Cembre owes its success to an insistence on innovative, high-quality products, a broad and thorough collection, and an extensive distribution network both in Italy and abroad.
Founded in Brescia in 1969, the Cembre Group is now a full-fledged international force. Along with the parent company in Brescia it has six subsidiaries: five trading companies (in Germany, France, Spain, the United States and Norway) and one manufacturing and trading subsidiary (Cembre Ltd. in Birmingham, U.K.), for a total workforce of 606 as of December 2012. Since 1990 its products have been certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance for the design and production of accessories for cables, electrical connectors and tools for their installation.
Cembre has been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since December 15, 1997, and on the STAR section since September 24, 2001.

 

The manager responsible for preparing the Company’s financial reports, Claudio Bornati, declares, pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 154 bis of the Consolidated Law on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this press release corresponds to the document results, books and accounting records.

 

In the present press release use is made of certain alternative performance indicators that are not envisaged in IFRS-EU accounting principles, and whose significance and content are illustrated below, in line with the CESR/05-178b recommendation published on November 3, 2005:

 

Gross operating profit (EBITDA): defined as the difference between sales revenues and costs for materials, of services received, and the net balance of operating income and charges. It represents the profit before depreciation, amortization and write-downs, cash flow from financial activities and taxes.
Operating profit (EBIT): defined as the difference between Gross operating profit and the value of depreciation, amortization and write-downs. It represents the profit achieved before financial activities and taxes.
Net financial position: represents the algebraic sum of cash and cash equivalents, financial receivables and current and non-current financial debt.

 

Contact:

Ferruccio Peroni (Peroni e Vitale comunicazioni)

Mob. 335/6974871

f.peroni@peronicomunicazione.it

 


For further information please contact Mr. Claudio Bornati

Cembre S.p.A. - Tel. +3903036921 - claudio.bornati@cembre.com

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