PARIS, August 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
EBIT up 8.1% in first-half 2012
Strategic and financial objectives confirmed
- Solid first-half 2012 results, on a like-for-like basis:
- Issue volume up 9.5% to €7,865 million.
- EBIT up 8.1% to €170 million.
- Funds from operations (FFO) up 14.5% to €131 million.
- Performance in line with strategic objectives:
- Accelerated roll-out of new solutions, with 20 solutions launched of the 26 targeted for year-end 2012.
- Initial results of the geographic expansion, with new operations in Finland and Japan out of the targeted six to eight new countries by end-2016.
- New customer gains, thanks to a solid sales performance (900,000 new beneficiaries) and an acquisition in Brazil (100,000 new beneficiaries).
- Digital transition: objective of 50% of digital issue volume by end-2012 confirmed.
- Full-year EBIT guidance: €355 million to €375 million
At its meeting on August 29, 2012, the Board of Directors approved the consolidated financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2012.
First-half 2012 financial metrics
First-Half First-Half (in EUR millions) 2011 2012 % change Reported Like-for-like Issue volume 7,264 7,865 +8.3% +9.5% Operating revenue 456 465 +1.9% +7.3% Financial revenue 44 46 +2.1% +7.4% Total revenue 501 511 +1.9% +7.3% Operating EBIT 123 124 +1.4% +8.3% Financial EBIT 44 46 +2.1% +7.4% EBIT 167 170 +1.6% +8.1% Operating profit before tax and non-recurring items 144 150 +3.8% Net profit, Group share 98 100 Recurring profit after tax 96 101 +4.6% Recurring earnings per share (in EUR) 0.42 0.44
FIRST-HALF 2012 ISSUE VOLUME
UP 9.5% LIKE-FOR-LIKE TO €7.9BILLION
Issue volume totaled €7,865 million in first-half 2012, a like-for-like increase of 9.5% that was in line with the Group's normalized annual growth target of 6% to 14%.
The increase was led by a very good performance in emerging countries, where issue volume rose by 15.6% like-for-like and accounted for 60% of the first-half total. Despite the challenging economic environment, the developed markets delivered like-for-like growth of 1.4% for the period.
First-half 2012 issue volume by solution
Public First Employee Expense Incentive Social half 2012 Benefits Management & Rewards Programs TOTAL Meal Quality & Food of Life Issue volume (in EUR millions) 6,185 557 794 265 64 7,865 % of total issue volume 79% 7% 10% 3% 1% 100% Like-for-like growth +8% +8% +28% -1% +2% +9.5%
In the first half, the 9.5% like-for-like increase in issue volume was led by four growth drivers:
- Higher penetration rates in existing markets, despite the situation in Hungary. This accounted for 5.0% of growth versus 4.8% in first-half 2011, reflecting dynamic markets and the solid performance by the sales teams.
- The increase in face values, mainly in emerging markets, for 3.5%.
- The creation and deployment of new solutions, for 1.0% of growth. In Mexico, for example, Ticket Restaurante® enjoyed a 30.1% like-for-like increase in issue volume, while the solid performance in Spain was supported by the launch of the new Ticket Transporte®, Ticket Regalo® and Ticket Corporate® solutions. Lastly, Ticket Frete® in Brazil, in the pre-launch phase, delivered €4 million in issue volume during the period.
- Geographic expansion, whose first-half impact was limited given the recent start-up of operations in Finland with Ticket Mind & Body® in late 2011 followed by the launch of Ticket Restaurant® in April 2012.
FIRST-HALF 2012 TOTAL REVENUE
UP 7.3% LIKE-FOR-LIKE TO €511 MILLION
First-half 2012 revenue by type of revenue
First-Half First-Half (in EUR millions) 2011 2012 % change Reported Like-for-like Operating revenue 456 465 +1.9% +7.3% Financial revenue 44 46 +2.1% +7.4% Total revenue 501 511 +1.9% +7.3%
Total revenue amounted to €511 million for the first half, up 7.3% like-for-like and 1.9% as reported.
- Operating revenue of €465 million, up 7.3% like-for-like. This solid performance reflected the sustained 9.3% growth in revenue with issue volume, in line with the increase in issue volume, as well as a slight decline in the businesses without issue volume, which are less recurrent.
- Financial revenue of €46 million, up 7.4% like-for-like, thanks to a slight increase in the average investment rate and despite the decline in reference rates in most countries.
FIRST-HALF 2012 EBIT
UP 8.1% LIKE-FOR-LIKE TO €170 MILLION
Total EBIT amounted to €170 million, versus €167 million in first-half 2011, representing a gain of 1.6% as reported and of 8.1% like-for-like.
- Operating EBIT (which excludes financial revenue) rose by 8.3% like-for-like to €124 million. Underpinning this performance, the operating flow-through ratio adjusted for the extra costs generated by the digital transition stood at 45%, in line with the objective of 40% to 50%. As a result, operating EBIT margin improved by 122 basis points like-for-like and before the digital transition costs, reflecting good control over operating costs.
- Financial EBIT (corresponding to financial revenue) was 7.4% higher like-for-like, at €46 million.
First-half 2012 EBIT by region
First-Half First-Half % change EBIT (in EUR millions) 2011 2012 like-for-like Latin America 96 112 +17.6% Europe 77 67 -8.2% Rest of the world 2 1 N/A Worldwide structures (8) (10) N/A TOTAL 167 170 +8.1%
Operations in Latin America reported an excellent performance, with EBIT up 17.6% like-for-like, reflecting the region's dynamic growth. In Europe, EBIT growth was dampened by the additional costs of the digital transition (€3 million), the situation in Hungary (€5 million) and changes in the scope of consolidation, primarily related to the termination of the BtoC gift vouchers business in France (€3 million).
FIRST-HALF 2012 RECURRING PROFIT AFTER TAX
UP 4.6% TO €101 MILLION
After deducting net financial expense of €20 million, income tax expense of €40 million and non-controlling interests of €9 million, recurring profit after tax came to €101 million, an increase of 4.6% from the €96 million reported in first-half 2011.
Net profit, Group share ended the period at €100 million, compared with €98 million a year earlier.
A SOLID FINANCIAL POSITION
Funds from operations before non-recurring items (FFO) amounted to €131 million, versus €119 million in first-half 2011, representing a like-for-like increase of 14.5%, in line with the Group's normalized growth target of more than 10% a year.
Dividends paid during the period amounted to a total €158 million, for a payout ratio of nearly 80% of 2011 recurring profit after tax.
Net debt stood at €412 million at June 30, 2012, versus €338 million a year earlier. The ratio of adjusted funds from operations to adjusted net debt came to 40.5%, reflecting a strong investment grade rating.
PERFORMANCE IN LINE WITH THE STRATEGY
Edenred is pursuing its strategic plan in four key areas:
- The creation of new solutions
As of end-June 2012, of the 26 new solutions planned for the July 2011-December 2012 period, 20 had been launched in Employee Benefits, Expense Management and Incentive & Rewards in both developed and emerging markets. Among these, Ticket Frete® was launched in Brazil in late 2011 to help independent truckers to manage their travel expenses. In first-half 2012, it generated €4 million in issue volume on around 100 new contracts, representing more than 7,000 cards, of which around 25% are active.
- Geographic expansion
The Group confirms its target of opening six to eight new countries between 2010 and 2016. After Finland at the end of 2011, it entered the Japanese market in July 2012 through the acquisition of Barclay Vouchers, the country's sole meal voucher issuer, which reported almost €100 million in issue volume in 2011. Today, thirteen countries are under review.
- New client gains
A large number of new contracts were won during the first half, including Banco Itaú in Brazil (60,000 new beneficiaries), La Poste in France (15,000 beneficiaries), Tata Consultancy Services in India (10,000 beneficiaries), dairy company Lala in Mexico (9,000 beneficiaries), and IT consultancy Everis in Spain (6,000 beneficiaries). In all, nearly 900,000 new users began enjoying the benefits of Edenred solutions over the first half.
In addition, the targeted acquisition of Comprocard in Brazil during the period consolidated the Group's leadership position in prepaid service vouchers in a strategic country, with 100,000 new beneficiaries and around €100 million in issue volume.
- Digital transition
The faster transition to digital media initiated in early 2010, particularly in Europe, is delivering results and enabling the Group to confirm that 50% of total issue volume will be digital by the end of 2012. In Belgium for example, where the Ticket Restaurant® card was introduced in late 2011, the shift is in particular supported by the country's vast network of around 7,000 affiliated merchants. In the first half, 15% of beneficiaries opted for the card, with the objective of reaching at least 20% by year-end.
In the second half, business should continue to be lifted by the strong growth in Latin America, whereas Europe will experience a more difficult environment, shaped by declining numbers of people in work, low inflation and the situation in Hungary.
The take-up rate is expected to remain stable by solution. Growth in the businesses without issue volume, which are less recurrent, will reflect high basis of comparison.
Lastly, financial revenue will be impacted by the decline in reference interest rates in most countries, despite higher volumes and longer maturities of investments.
On this basis, assuming that the operating flow-through ratio is within the guidance range of 40% to 50% and that the extra costs generated by the digital transition are in the region of €10 million to €15 million, Edenred expects to report full-year 2012 EBIT of between €355 million and €375 million.
Edenred is well on the way to meeting the normalized objectives in its 2010-2016 strategic plan:
Delivering like-for-like growth of between 6% and 14% in issue volume and of more than 10% in funds from operations. To drive strong and sustainable growth, the Group is focused on accelerating the launch of new solutions, as part of an innovation-led strategy, and on expanding its geographic footprint, as demonstrated by the start-up of operations in Finland and Japan.
Accelerating the digital transition, with the goal of generating 50% of digital issue by the end of the year and more than 70% by end-2016, in order to increase the scope for long-term growth.
October 17, 2012: Third-quarter 2012 revenue
February 13, 2013: 2012 results
Edenred, which invented the Ticket Restaurant® meal voucher and is the world leader in prepaid corporate services, designs and delivers solutions that make employees' lives easier and improve the efficiency of organizations.
Edenred solutions ensure that funds allocated by companies are used as intended.These solutions help to manage:
- Employee benefits (Ticket Restaurant®, Ticket Alimentación, Ticket CESU, Childcare Vouchers, etc.).
- Expense management process (Ticket Car, Ticket Cleanway, Ticket Frete, etc.)
- Incentive and rewards programs (Ticket Compliments, Ticket Kadéos, etc.).
The Group also supports public institutions in managing their social programs.
Listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange, Edenred operates in 39 countries, with nearly 6,000 employees, close to 580,000 companies and public sector clients, 1.3 million affiliated merchants and 36.2 million beneficiaries.In 2011, total issue volume amounted to €15.2 billion, of which 58% was generated in emerging markets.
Ticket Restaurant® and all other tradenames of Edenred programs and services are registered trademarks of Edenred S.A.
1. Like-for-like, at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.
2. Objective: 26 new solutions introduced over the July 2011-December 2012 period.
3. Objective: operations started up in six to eight new countries over the 2010-2016 period.
4. At constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates.
5. Normalized growth is the objective that management considers to be attainable if the number of people in work does not decline.
6. Up 19.1% excluding Hungary.
7. Where legislation favoring local companies was introduced in the meal voucher market on January 1, 2012.
8. This revenue is primarily generated by corporate marketing and incentive consulting services, which are less recurring and generate lower margins than the other solutions.
9. Operating flow-through ratio: ratio between the like-for-like change in operating EBIT and the like-for-like change in operating revenue.
10. Ratio between operating EBIT (excluding financial revenue) and operating revenue.
11. In 2011, the Group changed the management fee billing system between Edenred S.A. (classified in "Worldwide structures") and its various subsidiaries. To reflect this change, €(6) million has been reclassified from Worldwide Structures to the other operating segments. These reclassifications did not have any impact on total EBIT.
12. Of which EBIT of:
€43 million in the Rest of Europe, down 17.7% like-for-like, including the €(5) million impact from the situation in Hungary.
€24 million in France, up 14.2% like-for-like.
13. Where legislation favoring local companies was introduced in the meal voucher market on January 1, 2012.
14. The ratio of adjusted funds from operations to adjusted net debt, determined by the Standard & Poor's method, must be above 30% to maintain a strong investment grade rating.
15. Where legislation favoring local companies was introduced in the meal voucher market on January 1, 2012.
16. Ratio between operating revenue with issue volume to total issue volume.
17. Ratio between the like-for-like change in operating EBIT and the like-for-like change in operating revenue.
18. Normalized growth is the objective that management considers to be attainable if the number of people in work does not decline.