Cembre

Board approves interim report on the 1st quarter of 2015

Cembre (STAR): in the 1st Quarter both consolidated sales (up 12.2%) and profits (pre-tax profit up 26.3%) grew strongly

14/05/2015

  • In the 1st Quarter of 2015 domestic sales were up 15.9% and exports grew by 10%
  • Consolidated sales for the first four months of 2015 were up 13.2% on the corresponding period in 2014 and the net financial position at April 30, 2015 amounted to a surplus of €14.6 million
  • Board resolved a program for the purchase of own shares

Consolidated figures

(€’000)

1st Qtr. 2015

Sales margin %

1st Qtr. 2014

Sales margin %

Change

Sales

30,897

100

27,529

100

12.2%

Gross operating profit

6,767

21.9

5,787

21.0

16.9%

Operating profit

5,408

17.5

4,628

16.8

16.9%

Pre-tax profit

5,876

19.0

4,653

16.9

26.3%

Net profit

3,867

12.5

2,730

9.9

41.6%

Net financial position

13,767

 

4,385

 

 

 

Brescia, May 14, 2015 – 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, 2015.

 

In the 1st Quarter of 2015, consolidated revenues grew by 12.2% on the 1st Quarter of 2014, from €27.5 million to €30.9 million. In the same period, domestic sales (€12.0 million) grew by 15.9%, and exports (€18.9 million) increased by 10% on the 1st Quarter of 2014.
In the 1st Quarter of 2015, 38.7% of sales were represented by Italy, 42.6% by the rest of Europe and 18.7% by the rest of the world.

 

Consolidated gross operating profit (EBITDA) grew by 16.9% from €5.8 million in the 1st Quarter of 2014 (representing a 21% margin on sales), to €6.8 million (a 21.9% margin on sales) in the 1st Quarter of 2015. Personnel costs as a percentage of sales declined on the corresponding period in 2014 while the number of employees increased slightly from 619 at March 31, 2014 to 621 on March 31, 2015. Cost of goods sold grew on the 1st Quarter of 2014 while the cost of services as a percentage of sales declined.

 

Consolidated operating profit (EBIT) for the 1st Quarter of 2015 amounted to €5.4 million, representing a 17.5% margin on sales, up 16.9% on €4.6 million in the 1st Quarter of 2014 when it represented a 16.8% margin on sales.

 

Consolidated profit before taxes for the 1st Quarter of 2015 was equal to €5.9 million, representing a 19% margin on sales, up 26.3% on €4.7 million in the 1st Quarter of 2014, when it represented 16.9% of sales.

 

Consolidated net profit before taxes for the 1st Quarter of 2015 was equal to €3.9 million, representing a 12.5% margin on sales, up 41.6% on €2.7 million in the 1st Quarter of 2014, when it represented 9.9% of sales.

 

The consolidated net financial position of the Group improved from a surplus of €4.4 million at March 31, 2014, to a surplus of €13.8 million at March 31, 2015. At December 31, 2014, the net financial position amounted to a surplus of €11.7 million. Short-term financial debt does not include €6.1 million of dividends for the 2014 financial year (€4.4 million in the previous year) payable to Shareholders on May 20, 2015, as resolved by the Shareholders’ Meeting on April 23, 2015.

 

Capital expenditure for the 1st Quarter of 2015 by the Group amounted to €1.3 million, down slightly on the corresponding period in 2014 when it amounted to €1.6 million.

 

“In the 1st Quarter of 2015 consolidated revenues grew by 12.2% on the corresponding period in 2014, as a result of a 15.9% increase in domestic sales and a 10% increase in exports. Sales for the first four months of the year were up by 13.2% thus confirming the positive trend. The Group has a positive net financial position amounting at April 30, 2015 to a surplus €14.6 million (as compared with a surplus of €4.9 million at April 30, 2014)” – commented Cembre’s Chairman and Managing Director, Giovanni Rosani. “We expect to close 2015 reporting an increase in sales and a further improvement in the net financial position” continued Giovanni Rosani.

 

Purchase of Treasury Shares

At the same meeting the Board of Directors – in compliance with the authorization to purchase own shares resolved by the Shareholders’ Meeting held on April 23, 2015 – resolved the start of a program for the purchase of own shares in compliance with “market practices” allowed 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, having the following characteristics and consistent with the related resolution passed by said Shareholders’ Meeting:
- the maximum number of shares that are the object of the program does not exceed 5% of the capital stock;
- terms of purchase on the market are in compliance with article 144-bis, comma, 1, par. b) of Consob’s Regulation 11971/1999;
- the purchase price does 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, provided that the 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 purchase treasury shares was granted for a period of eighteen months from the date of the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting of April 23, 2015.
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 major companies in the 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.
Established 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 subsidiaries (Cembre Ltd. in Birmingham, U.K.), for a total workforce of 623 as of March 31, 2015. 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

Claudio Bornati (Cembre S.p.A.) +39 030 36921    BornatiC@cembre.com

For further information please visit the Investor Relation section in the www.cembre.com site.

Attachments: Financial Statements at March 31, 2014

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.

The Interim Report at March 31, 2015 has not been audited.
 

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