PARIS, February 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Saft, leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-end batteries for industry and defence, announces its fourth quarter and annual sales along with its earnings for the period ending 31 December 2010.
Sales and Results highlights - Q4 sales of EUR165.7 million, up 11.5% YoY at actual rates and 7.9% at constant exchange rates; - Full year 2010 sales of EUR591.1 million, up 5.7% at actual rates and 2.9% YoY at constant exchange rates, ahead of revised guidance; - EBITDA increased by 8% to EUR108.4m representing 18.3% of sales compared with 17.9% in 2009; - EBIT increased by 13.8% to EUR78.3m, at 13.2% of sales compared with 12.3% of sales in 2009; - Net income increased by 26.6% to EUR36.6 million, compared with EUR28.9m in 2009; - Earnings per share of EUR1.46 in 2010 compared with an earnings per share of EUR1.50 in 2009; - An increased dividend of EUR0.70 per share will be proposed at the Annual General Meeting. - Record level of investment of EUR110m to support future growth.
John Searle, Chairman of the Management Board, commented:
"I am pleased to say that we ended 2010 on a very positive note. Our sales in the fourth quarter grew strongly, showing an increase of almost 8% at constant exchange rates and our sales performance for the full year was ahead of the revised guidance, with 2.9% growth at constant exchange rates. This achievement reflects the fact that the majority of our markets are now performing well.
At 18.3% of sales, our EBITDA margin is ahead of guidance, showing a YoY increment of 40b.p. This performance reflects gross margin improvement in both IBG and SBG divisions with good control of costs.
As a result, our net income increased by more than 26% YoY, at EUR36.6 million, and Saft will be proposing an increased dividend of EUR0.70 per share to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting in May."
Fourth quarter Sales
Q4 2010 sales of EUR165.7 million were up 11.5% as reported and up 7.9% at constant exchange rates, compared with Q4 2009.
Variations in % Q4 2010 Q4 2009 At actual At constant exchange rates exchange rates IBG 94.4 85.2 10.8% 8.1% SBG 71.3 63.4 12.4% 7.7% Total 165.7 148.6 11.5% 7.9%
Sales numbers are at actual exchange rates.
The average exchange rate in Q4 2010 was EUR1 to $1.36 (compared with EUR1 to $1.48 in Q4 2009).
There was no change in perimeter between Q4 2009 and Q4 2010. Full year consolidated results Year ended 31 December (in euro million) 2010 2009 %Growth ** Restated * As reported As reported Sales 591.1 591.1 559.3 2.9% Gross profit 181.0 179.6 161.6 11.1% Gross margin (%) 30.6% 30.4% 28.9% EBITDA *** 109.9 108.4 100.4 8.0% EBITDA (%) 18.6% 18.3% 17.9% EBIT **** 79.8 78.3 68.8 13.8% EBIT (%) 13.5% 13.2% 12.3% Operating profit 80.2 78.7 68.1 15.6% Profit before income tax 46.1 44.6 36.3 22.9% Net income 38.1 36.6 28.9 26.6% EPS (EUR per share) 1.53 1.46 1.50 (2.7)%
* Restated figures for 2010 exclude project costs of EUR1.5 million incurred by the Group in respect of the construction of the new production facility in Jacksonville, USA. Costs incurred related to this project totaled EUR0.7 million in 2009.
** Changes are measured at current exchange rates except for the change in sales, which is measured at constant exchange rates.
*** EBITDA is defined as operating profit before depreciation, amortization, restructuring costs and other operating income and expenses.
**** EBIT is defined as operating profit before restructuring costs and other operating income and expenses.
2010 Consolidated Financial Statements approved by the Saft Groupe SA Management Board have been reviewed by the Supervisory Board on February 11, 2011. These Consolidated Financial Statements have been certified by the Group's Auditors on February 14, 2011.
Full year Results by product line Year ended December 31, 2010 Year ended December 31, 2009 EBITDA* EBITDA* Sales Variations EBITDA* margin Sales EBITDA* margin (EURm) (%) (EURm) (%) (EURm) (EURm) (%) IBG 331.1 2.1% 54.2 16.4% 317.7 52.3 16.5% SBG 260.0 4.0% 59.2 22.8% 241.6 53.2 22.0% Other ** - - (3.5) n.s 0.0 (4.5) n.s. Total 591.1 2.9% 109.9 18.6% 559.3 101.0* 18.1%
Results by product line
All at actual exchange rates, except sales growth which is at constant exchange rates.
* Restated to exclude project costs related to the construction of the Li-ion production unit in Jacksonville, of EUR1.5 million in 2010 and EUR0.7million in 2009.
** The "Other" cost centre includes central functions such as IT, research, central management, finance and administration.
Industrial Battery Group (IBG)
IBG sales in Q4 reached EUR94.4m, showing a 10.8% increase at actual exchange rates and an 8.1% increase at constant rates, compared to 2009.
IBG sales for the full year of EUR331.1m registered a 2.1% growth at constant exchange rates and a 4.2% growth as reported.
In the stationary back-up power market, strong sales growth was recorded throughout the year in the telecommunication infrastructure activity, whilst the industrial stand-by back-up power business returned to growth in H2 with a strong Q4. Overall, the stationary back-up power market registered broadly flat sales in 2010.
Transportation sales have been similarly flat in 2010 with a contrasting performance between aviation, which recorded a strong growth throughout the year, and the rail market which has been weaker since the beginning of the year.
Finally, the small nickel battery activity (ex. RBS division) continued to grow strongly in Q4 and H2, recording a 16% increase in the year, a recovery from a very weak 2009.
Excluding project costs related to Jacksonville, the profitability of the division's activities remained almost stable, with an EBITDA margin of 16.4% for 2010 compared with a 16.5% margin in 2009.
This performance results from an improvement in the gross margin, despite some unfavourable raw material price trends.
Speciality Battery Group (SBG)
SBG achieved sales of EUR71.3m in Q4, showing an increase of 12.4% at actual exchange rates and 7.7% at constant exchange rates.
Driven by civil lithium markets, the division's revenue in 2010 reached EUR260.0 million, an increase of 7.6% at actual exchange rates and 4.0% at constant exchange rates.
Over 2010, the civil markets rose by almost 19%, mainly thanks to strong growth in the meters and smart metering systems market in the USA and Europe. The space market has been broadly flat in 2010 but registered record orders.
As expected at the beginning of last year, military markets were weaker in 2010. After recording growth of 18% in 2009, these markets contracted by 14% YoY.
Alongside its revenue growth, the SBG division has also improved its profitability. The division's EBITDA margin was 22.8% in 2010, compared with 22.0% in 2009. The improvement in profitability is largely due to the effectiveness of the division's cost control efforts, which had a positive impact on the gross margin.
Other financial highlights of the period
After net finance costs of EUR18.8m, compared with EUR18.5m in 2009, and the Group's share of the loss of associates of EUR(15.3)m, the Group's share of net income amounted to EUR36.4m compared with EUR28.5m in 2009, representing an increase of 27.7% over the previous year.
Earnings per share, calculated on the weighted average number of outstanding shares during the year (24,865,856 shares vs 18,974,281 shares in 2009), amount to EUR1.46 compared to EUR1.50 in 2009.
Thanks to strong cash generating activities, the group ended 2010 with a cash position of EUR194.6m versus EUR207.4m at the end of 2009 after taking into account the EUR110m invested in the company and Johnson Controls-Saft JV activities.
The Group's net debt stood at EUR135.4m compared with EUR108.5 million at the end of 2009.
Jacksonville and Michigan projects
Both projects are progressing on track with initial plans.
The Jacksonville factory building will be completed and equipment for the first production line installed during Q1 2011. Equipment commissioning will be completed during Q2. Product qualification and start of production will take place in Q3 and first sales from the line recorded in Q4. Hiring of the production team to commission the equipment began in Q1.
The Johnson Controls-Saft Michigan facility is also on schedule to begin cell production in H2. The battery assembly workshop has been operational since September 2010, meeting the current needs of Azure Dynamics and Ford.
Outlook for 2011
Based on the recovery experienced during 2010, the Group anticipates continued growth in its traditional activities and markets as well as the first sales contribution from Jacksonville. Overall, sales in 2011 should grow at a minimum of 5% at constant foreign exchange rates.
In terms of profitability, Saft is expecting an EBITDA margin in the range of 17-17.5% after estimated costs related to the Jacksonville project and production start-up of $10 million. This equates to an EBITDA margin of 18-18.5%, stripping out the impact of Jacksonville.
John Searle, Chairman of the Management Board, concluded as follows: "2010 was a year of real recovery in our traditional businesses whose profitability enables us to finance our projects and increase our investments in research and development. In 2011, Saft should benefit from the first sales linked to the investments we made in 2009 and 2010."
Financial calendar for 2011 2011 Q1 turnover 28 April 2011 Annual General Meeting 4 May 2011 2011 Q2 turnover and half year 27 July 2011 2011 Q3 turnover 27 October 2011
An investor and analysts' presentation is available on http://www.saftbatteries.com
IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION AND CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
Certain statements contained herein are forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements that are predictions of or indicate future events, trends, plans, objectives or results of operation. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements because, by their nature, they are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and can be affected by other factors that could cause actual results and Saft's plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking statements.
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world specialist in the design and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry. Saft batteries are used in high performance applications, such as industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, space and defence. Saft is the world's leading manufacturer of nickel batteries for industrial applications and of primary lithium batteries for a wide range of end markets. The group is also the European leader for specialised advanced technologies for the defence and space industries and world leader in lithium-ion satellite batteries. Saft is also delivering its lithium-ion technology to new applications in clean vehicles and renewable energy storage. With approximately 4,000 employees worldwide, Saft is present in 19 countries. Its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network enable the group to serve its customers worldwide. Saft is listed in the SBF 120 index on the Paris Stock Market.
For more information, visit Saft at http://www.saftbatteries.com APPENDICES Consolidated Income Statement (in EUR million) 2010 2009 Revenues 591.1 559.3 Cost of sales (411.5) (397.7) Gross profit 179.6 161.6 Distribution and sales costs (35.7) (32.3) Administrative expenses (44.2) (42.4) Research and development expenses (21.4) (18.1) Restructuring costs (0.7) (2.8) Other operating income and expenses 1.1 2.1 Operating profit 78.7 68.1 Finance costs-net (18.8) (18.5) Share of profit / (loss) of associates (15.3) (13.3) Profit before income tax 44.6 36.3 Income tax expense (8.0) (7.4) Profit for the period 36.6 28.9 Attributable to: Equity holders of the company 36.4 28.5 Minority interest 0.2 0.4 Earnings per share (in EUR per share): basic 1.46 1.50 Earnings per share (in EUR per share): diluted 1.45 1.50 Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (in EUR million) 2010 2009 Profit for the period 36.6 28.9 Other comprehensive income Fair value gains / (losses) on cash flow hedge 0.5 5.6 Fair value gains / (losses), net on investment (13.0) (0.3) hedge Actuarial gains and losses recognised against (1.6) 0.3 Statement of Comprehensive Income Currency translation adjustments 13.2 4.1 Tax effect on income / (expenses) recognised 4.4 (1.9) directly in equity Total other comprehensive income for the period, 3.5 7.8 net of tax Total comprehensive income for the period 40.1 36.7 Attributable to: Equity holders of the company 39.7 36.3 Minority interest 0.4 0.4 Consolidated cash flow statement (in EUR million) 2010 2009 Net profit for the period 36.6 28.9 Adjustments : Share of profit/(loss) of associates (net of dividends) 16.2 13.8 Income tax expense 8.0 7.4 Property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 30.1 31.6 amortisation and depreciation Finance costs-net 18.8 18.5 Net movements in provisions (4.4) (1.2) Other 0.1 1.5 105.4 100.5 Change in inventories (9.1) 15.9 Change in trade and other receivables (13.3) 6.3 Change in trade and other payables 10.9 (10.2) Changes in working capital (11.5) 12.0 Cash flows generated from operations before interest 93.9 112.5 and tax Interest paid (14.1) (14.5) Income tax paid (5.0) (4.6) Net cash provided by operating activities 74.8 93.4 Cash flows from investing activities Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired (35.9) (25.6) Purchase of property, plant and equipment (69.6) (16.7) Purchase of intangible assets (6.7) (4.8) Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 1.7 0.1 Variation of other non-current financial assets and 0.1 0.2 liabilities Net cash used in investing activities (110.4) (46.8) Cash flows from financing activities Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares 0.7 120.9 Purchase / Sale of treasury shares - liquidity contract (0.4) 0.8 New debt 0.0 315.3 Debt repayments 0.0 (349.6) Grants related to assets 24.5 0.0 Increase/(decrease) in other long-term liabilities (0.8) 4.4 Dividends paid to company shareholders (7.4) (7.0) Net cash generated by/(used) in financing activities 16.6 84.8 Net increase/(decrease) in cash (19.0) 131.4 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 207.4 68.8 Exchange gain / (loss) on cash and cash equivalents 6.2 7.2 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 194.6 207.4 Consolidated balance sheet Assets (in EUR million) 31/12/2010 31/12/2009 Non-current assets Intangible assets, net 222.2 228.2 Goodwill 110.3 104.8 Property, plant and equipment, net 166.8 109.9 Investment properties 0.1 0.2 Investments in joint undertakings 49.6 30,0 Deferred income tax assets 6.6 10.1 Other non current financial assets 0.8 0.9 556.4 484.1 Current assets Inventories 76.5 63.1 Trade and other receivables 153.7 141.1 Derivative financial instruments 2.1 2.2 Cash and cash equivalents 194.6 207.4 426.9 413.8 Total assets 983.3 897.9 Liabilities and equity (in EUR million) 31/12/2010 31/12/2009 Shareholders' equity Ordinary shares 25.1 24.7 Share premium 102.1 92.5 Treasury shares (0.7) (0.3) Cumulative translation adjustments 24.9 11.8 Fair value and other reserves 3.1 12.8 Group consolidated reserves 185.3 164.3 Minority interest in equity 1.4 1.0 Total shareholders' equity 341.2 306.8 Liabilities Non-current liabilities Debt 327.7 312.7 Other non-current financial liabilities 6.1 8.1 Deferred grants related to assets 25.5 0.0 Deferred income tax liabilities 60.0 69.0 Pensions and other long-term employee benefits 9.9 8.5 Provisions for other liabilities and charges 35.0 33.3 464.2 431.6 Current liabilities Trade and other payables 156.2 136.4 Taxes payable 8.1 5.3 Debt 2.3 3.2 Derivative instruments 1.8 2.1 Pensions and other long-term employee benefits 1.0 1.0 Provisions for other liabilities and charges 8.5 11.5 177.9 159.5 Total liabilities and equity 983.3 897.9 Statement of changes in equity Number of Attributable to equity shares holders of the company making up the capital (in EUR million) Share Share Consolidated Capital Premium reserves and retained earnings Balance at December 31, 2007 18,514,086 18.5 (15.1) 122.7 Employee stock option schemes 0.0 0.0 1.7 (value of employee services) Dividend paid 0.0 (12.6) 0.0 Buyback of treasury shares 0.0 0.0 (0.3) Total comprehensive income 0.0 0.0 38.3 Balance at December 31, 2008 18,514,086 18.5 (27.7) 162.4 Employee stock option schemes 0.0 0.0 1.6 (value of employee services) Capital increase with 5,696,328 6.0 114.4 (5.5) maintenance of preferential subscription rights of December 2, 2009 Capital increase by exercise 231,864 0.2 5.8 0.0 of stock options Dividend paid 241,815 0.0 0.0 (7.0) Buyback of treasury shares 0.0 0.0 0.8 Total comprehensive income 0.0 0.0 36.3 Balance at December 31, 2009 24,684,093 24.7 92.5 188.6 Employee stock option schemes 0.0 0.0 1.4 (value of employees' services) Payment of dividend in shares 410,647 0.4 8.9 (9.3) Capital increase by exercise 31,100 0.0 0.7 0.0 of stock options Dividend paid 0.0 0.0 (7.4) Purchase/Sale of treasury 0.0 0.0 (0.4) shares Total comprehensive income 0.0 0.0 39.7 Balance at December 31, 2010 25,125,840 25.1 102.1 212.6 Table Continued Below Minority interest Shareholders' equity (in EUR million) Balance at December 31, 2007 0.8 126.9 Employee stock option schemes 0.0 1.7 (value of employee services) Dividend paid 0.0 (12.6) Buyback of treasury shares 0.0 (0.3) Total comprehensive income (0.2) 38.1 Balance at December 31, 2008 0.6 153.8 Employee stock option schemes 0.0 1.6 (value of employee services) Capital increase with 0.0 114.9 maintenance of preferential subscription rights of December 2, 2009 Capital increase by exercise 0.0 6.0 of stock options Dividend paid 0.0 (7.0) Buyback of treasury shares 0.0 0.8 Total comprehensive income 0.4 36.7 Balance at December 31, 2009 1.0 306.8 Employee stock option schemes 0.0 1.4 (value of employees' services) Payment of dividend in shares 0.0 0.0 Capital increase by exercise 0.0 0.7 of stock options Dividend paid 0.0 (7.4) Purchase/Sale of treasury 0.0 (0.4) shares Total comprehensive income 0.4 40.1 Balance at December 31, 2010 1.4 341.2 SAFT Jill Ledger, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Director Tel: +33-1-49-93-17-77, firstname.lastname@example.org FINANCIAL DYNAMICS Stephanie BIA, Tel: +33-1-47-03-68-16, email@example.com Yannick DUVERGE, Tel: +33-1-47-03-68-10, firstname.lastname@example.org Clement BENETREAU, Tel: +33-1-47-03-68-12, email@example.com
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