October 31, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. EET
FISKARS INTERIM REPORT JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2018: Comparable net sales and comparable EBITA decreased, cash flow improved
This release is a summary of the Fiskars Corporation’s third quarter of 2018 and January-September 2018 interim report published today. The complete interim report with tables is attached to this release as a pdf-file. It is also available at http://fiskarsgroup.com/investors/reports-presentations/interim-reports and on the company website at www.fiskarsgroup.com. Investors should not rely on summaries of the reports only but should review the complete interim report with tables.
Third quarter 2018 in brief:
- Net sales decreased by 5.3% to EUR 255.8 million (Q3 2017: 270.1)
- Comparable net sales1) decreased by 4.2%
- Comparable2) EBITA decreased by 7.4% to EUR 27.0 million (29.1)
- EBITA decreased to EUR 26.7 million (30.5)
- Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes was EUR 41.1 million (24.8)
- Earnings per share (EPS) were EUR 0.34 (1.20, comparable figure 0.34)3)
January–September 2018 in brief:
- Net sales decreased by 8.3% to EUR 794.5 million (Q1–Q3 2017: 866.3)
- Comparable net sales1) decreased by 3.7%
- Comparable2) EBITA decreased by 13% to EUR 72.9 million (83.5)
- EBITA decreased to EUR 68.9 million (82.7)
- Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes was EUR 44.6 million (27.0)
- Earnings per share (EPS) were EUR 0.67 (2.59, comparable figure 0.77)3)
Outlook for 2018 unchanged:
In 2018, Fiskars expects the Group's comparable net sales1) to be slightly below the previous year. Comparable2) EBITA is expected to increase from 2017. The fourth quarter of the year is significant both in terms of net sales and profitability.
President and CEO, Fiskars, Jaana Tuominen:
“Our performance during the third quarter was mixed. In the Functional business the comparable EBITA increased clearly from the previous year, even though comparable net sales remained at the previous year’s level. In the Living business, however, net sales and comparable EBITA decreased. On a positive note, the Group’s cash flow improved from the previous year.
In the Living business, our performance was negatively impacted by the performance of the English & Crystal Living business in the UK and Australia. In addition, net sales in the hospitality channel decreased from the previous year. Net sales also decreased in the Scandinavian Living business. However, I was pleased to see that net sales increased in Finland, despite a strong comparison period with the Finland 100 anniversary sales last year. Net sales growth in the direct e-commerce channel accelerated in the third quarter. This channel is a priority area for us, and key in responding to the change in consumer behavior and the changing buying patterns.
In the Functional business, the good momentum in comparable EBITA was supported by all businesses, in particular by the Outdoor business that has increased net sales in the U.S.
As shared today, we will start the Transformation program in the Living business, aimed at increasing efficiency, reducing complexity and accelerating long-term strategic development. The proposed changes will involve optimization of global retail, distribution and supply networks as well as the organizational structure, and will focus primarily on the English & Crystal Living business, to improve its profitability. With this program we create a solid platform for long-term profitable growth and better position our brands to thrive and grow in a fast-changing retail environment.
As communicated earlier, for 2018, we expect the comparable net sales to be slightly below the previous year, and the comparable EBITA is expected to increase from last year. The fourth quarter is significant for us, both in terms of net sales and profitability, in particular due to the gifting season in the Living and Outdoor businesses. Together with our team, we are focused on driving sales, leveraging our seasonal campaigns and own sales channels as well as providing great consumer experiences in all the markets in which we operate.”
Group key figures
|EUR million||Q3 2018||Q3 2017||Change||Q1‒Q3 2018||Q1‒Q3 2017||Change||2017|
|Comparable net sales1)||255.8||267.0||-4.2%||794.5||825.3||-3.7%||1,184.0|
|Items affecting comparability in EBITA2)||-0.3||1.3||-4.0||-0.9||-5.8|
|Operating profit (EBIT)||23.3||26.8||-13%||59.1||72.1||-18%||97.9|
|Profit before taxes||31.0||123.3||73.1||271.5||217.8|
|Profit for the period||27.7||98.9||55.0||212.9||167.1|
|Net change in the fair value of investment portfolio||-1.3||88.7||-24.3||187.4||107.9|
|Equity per share, EUR||15.40||16.14||-5%||15.53|
|Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes||41.1||24.8||66%||44.6||27.0||65%||130.5|
|Equity ratio, %||69%||69%||69%|
|Net gearing, %||16%||17%||12%|
|Personnel (FTE), average||7,313||7,622||-4%||7,374||7,773||-5%||7,709|
1) Using comparable exchange rates, excluding the net sales reported in 2017 from the divested container gardening business in Europe (December 2016)
2) In Q3 2018, items affecting comparability consisted of personnel-related costs and costs related to the Alignment program. In Q3 2017, items affecting comparability consisted of net costs related to the Alignment program. More information on the Alignment program is available in the Financial Statement Release published on February 7, 2018.
3) Earnings per share do not include net changes in the fair value of the investment portfolio. The comparable figures for Q3 2017, Q1–Q3 2017 and full year 2017 have been adjusted accordingly.
CHANGES IN FISKARS REPORTING IN 2018
Based on the new IFRS 9 standard that Fiskars adopted on January 1, 2018, Fiskars Group records the change in fair value of the Wärtsilä holding in other comprehensive income instead of recognizing fair value changes in the income statement.
Compared to the previous reporting principle, this has transferred the change in fair value of such investments from the income statement to other comprehensive income including deferred taxes. The change has not impacted the treatment of those items' balance sheet classification or dividends in the income statement.
From Q1 2018 onwards, Fiskars has not separately reported the operative earnings per share, which previously excluded the net change in the fair value of the investment portfolio and dividends received. Earnings per share (EPS) figures for 2017 have been adjusted accordingly.
More information on reporting changes is provided in the accounting principles section of this interim report.
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