Cembre

The Board of Directors approves the Financial Statements of Cembre SpA
and the Consolidated Financial Statements at December 31, 2014

Consolidated sales up 8% on 2014
Net consolidated financial position equal to a surplus of €11.7 million

11/03/2015

  • The Board proposes a €0.36 dividend per share (+38%)
  • Shareholders’ Meeting called on April 23, 2015
  • Requisites for the independence of Independent Directors were assessed
  • Request made to the Shareholders’ Meeting called on April 23, 2015 to authorize the purchase of own shares

 

(€’000)

2014

% Margin

2013

% Margin

 

change

Consolidated sales

112,905

100

104,547

100

8.0%

Consolidated gross operating profit

24,352

21.6

20,407

19.5

19.3%

Consolidated operating profit

19,433

17.2

15,838

15.1

22.7%

Consolidated pre-tax profit

19,702

17.5

15,585

14.9

26.4%

Consolidated net profit

13,542

12.0

10,503

10.0

28.9%

Consolidated net financial position

11,659

 

5,892

 

 

 

 

Brescia, March 11, 2015 - The Board of Directors of Cembre SpA – a STAR segment listed company and one of the largest European producers of electrical connectors and tools for their installation – approved at today’s meeting chaired by its Chairman and Managing Director Giovanni Rosani the Statutory Accounts of Cembre SpA and the Consolidated Financial Statements at December 31, 2014.

With regard to Corporate Governance, the Board, having acknowledged the representations made by Independent Directors and on the basis of independent information acquired, ascertained the possession of requisites for independence – pursuant to article 148, comma 3, of Legislative Decree no. 58/1998, as referred to by article 147-ter, comma 4  of Legislative Decree no.  58/1998 and article 3 of the Code of Conduct promoted by Borsa Italiana SpA (the Italian Stock Market) – of said Independent Directors.
The Board of Directors also resolved to propose to the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting called on April 23, 2015 (April 24 on second call), the distribution of a €0.36 dividend for each of the shares in circulation according to the following calendar: ex-dividend date May 18, right to receive dividends date May 19 and payment date May 20.

In 2014, consolidated revenues amounted to €112.9 million, up 8% on €104.5 million in 2013.
In the year, consolidated domestic sales amounted to €44.1 million, up 12.4% on the previous year, while exports grew by 5.4% to €68.8 million. A total of 39.1% of Group sales in 2014 were represented by Italy (as compared with 37.5% in 2013), 45.3% by the rest of Europe (45.9% in 2013), and the remaining 15.6% by the rest of the World (16.6% in 2013).

Consolidated gross operating profit amounted in 2014 to €24.4 million, representing a 21.6% margin on sales, up 19.3% on €20.4 million in 2013, when it represented a 19.5% margin on sales. The cost of goods sold as a percentage of sales declined slightly, as did the cost of services as a percentage of sales. Personnel costs as a percentage of sales also declined, despite the slight growth in the average number of employees from 612 in 2013 to 618 in 2014.

Consolidated operating profit for 2014 amounted to €19.4 million, representing a 17.2% margin on sales, up 22.7% on €15.8 million in 2013, when it represented a 15.1% margin on sales.

Consolidated profit before taxes amounted in 2014 to €19.7 million, representing a 17.5% margin on sales, up 26.4% on €15.6 million in 2013, when it represented a 14.9% margin on sales.

Consolidated net profit for the year amounted to €13.5 million, representing a 12% margin on sales, up 28.9% on 2013, when it amounted to €10.5 million and represented a 10% margin on sales.

The net financial position improved from a surplus of €5.9 million at December 31, 2013 to a surplus of €11.7 million at the end of December 2014.

Capital expenditure in 2014 amounted to €9.2 million, up from €7.4 million in the previous year.

““The Cembre Group closed the 2014 financial year reporting consolidated revenues of €113 million, up 8% on the previous year. We are also satisfied for the 9.8% increase in consolidated sales  recorded in the first two months of 2015, achieved thanks to an 11.3% increase in sales in Italy and a 9.2% increase in exports – commented Cembre’s Managing Director, Giovanni Rosani - In this framework, Cembre is confident that it will achieve a further growth in consolidated turnover in 2015 with respect to 2014”.
“The Group has a solid financial position amounting at December 31, 2014 to a surplus of €11.7 million, a satisfactory result in view of the fact that in 2014 Cembre made capital investments amounting to €9.2 million, continuing along the strong investment policy followed by the Group in past years resulting in total investments amounting to €50.4 million between 2010 and 2014. The financial position at February 28, 2015 amounted to a surplus of €11.7 million. A proposal for the distribution of a €0.36 dividend per share, representing a 38% increase on the previous year, will be submitted to the Shareholders’ Meeting. The increase is in line with the increase in net income of the parent Company (+40%)” – concluded G.Rosani.

 

Parent company Cembre S.p.A. closed the 2014 financial year reporting sales of €84.9 million, up 8.7% on 2013. Operating profit for 2014 grew by 45.9% to €15.1 million, up from €10.3 million in 2013.  Net profit of the parent company amounted to €12.2 million, up 40.6% on €8.7 million in 2013. In 2014 the parent company received €1.9 million in dividends from its subsidiaries, while in the previous year these amounted to €2.1 million.

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Request of the Board of Directors to the Shareholders’ Meeting of an authorization to purchase own shares

 

The Board of Directors resolved to submit to the upcoming Shareholders’ Meeting a request to be authorized to purchase own shares with the end of providing the Company with strategic investment opportunities to any end allowed by current regulations, including reasons contemplated in the “market practices” admitted by Consob pursuant to article 180, comma 1, letter c) of the Unified Finance Act (Testo Unico della Finanza) through Resolution no. 16839 of March 19, 2009 and by EU Regulation no. 2273/2003 of December 22, 2003.
The authorization to purchase own shares is requested for a period of 18 months from the date of the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting and is intended for the purchase of Cembre ordinary shares of par value €0.52, up to a the maximum limit established by current regulations for a consideration that shall not exceed the higher between the price at which the last independent transaction was concluded and the last independent bid price in the market in which the purchase is carried out. For any single purchase, such price per share shall in any case not be more than 20% lower or higher than the closing price registered by Cembre shares on the previous trading day.
The authorization to sell own shares is requested without a time limit.
At the date of the present press release, Cembre does not hold any of its shares.

 

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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 seven subsidiaries: five trading companies (in Germany, France, Spain, the United States and Norway) and one manufacturing and trading subsidiaries (Cembre Ltd. in Birmingham, U.K), for a total workforce of 614 as of December 31, 2014. 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.

 

Contacts:
Ferruccio Peroni Comunicazione
Ferruccio Peroni   Mob. +39 335 6974871    f.peroni@peronicomunicazione.it
Cembre S.p.A.   Claudio Bornati +39 030 36921    claudio.bornati@cembre.com
Further information is available at Cembre’s institutional website www.cembre.com in the Investor Relations section.

 

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.

Attachments - Financial Statements at December 31, 2014:
- Consolidated Balance Sheet
- Consolidated Comprehensive Income Statement
- Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
- Balance Sheet of parent company Cembre S.p.A.
- Comprehensive Income Statement of parent company Cembre S.p.A.
- Statement of Cash Flows of parent company Cembre S.p.A.

At the date of the present press release the auditing of the 2014 financial statements has not yet been completed.


In the present document use is made of “alternative performance indicators” which are not provided for under European IFRS, and whose significance and content are illustrated below (in line with Recommendation CESR/05-178b 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 achieved before amortization, financial flows and taxes.
Operating Profit (EBIT): defined as the difference between the Gross Operating Profit and the value of depreciation, amortization and write-downs. It represents the profit before financial flows and taxes.
Net Financial Position: it represents the algebraic sum of cash and cash equivalents, financial receivables and current and non-current financial debt.

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