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Posti Group's result satisfactory while net sales decreased

02.11.2015

POSTI GROUP CORPORATION INTERIM REPORT, JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2015 NOVEMBER 2, 2015 AT 10:00 (EET)

 

July-September 2015

  • The Group's net sales decreased by 14.2% and amounted to EUR 373.5 (435.1) million in July-September. Comparable net sales, excluding the international freight business, decreased by 7.5%.
  • Net sales decreased by 4.2% in Postal Services, by 21.4% in Parcel and Logistics Services and by 37.8% in Itella Russia, and increased by 0.6% in OpusCapita. Measured in local currency, Itella Russia's net sales decreased by 8.6%. The comparable net sales of Parcel and Logistics Services decreased by 4.3%.
  • The operating result before non-recurring items improved to EUR 9.6 (6.8) million, or 2.6% (1.6%) of net sales.
  • The operating result before non-recurring items declined to EUR 5.7 (7.5) million in Postal Services, to EUR -1.4 (2.7) million in Itella Russia and to EUR 4.2 (5.1) million in OpusCapita. The operating result before non-recurring items improved to EUR 2.1 (-6.8) million in Parcel and Logistics Services.
  • The operating result was weighed down by non-recurring items amounting to EUR -11.8 (-14.1) million, including EUR -7.6 million in impairment losses in Russia and an EUR -8.5 million adjustment in gain on real estate sale concluded on April 22, 2015.
  • The operating result for the third quarter improved and amounted to EUR -2.2 (-7.4) million, or -0.6% (-1.7%) of net sales.

 

January-September 2015

  • The Group's net sales decreased by 11.1% and amounted to EUR 1,215.6 (1,367.0) million in January-September. Comparable net sales, excluding the international freight business, decreased by 5.9%.
  • Parcel services volume grew by 4%. Mail delivery volumes continued to decline as expected. In Finland and Russia, the situation in the logistics market remained weak. The ruble depreciated by 47% compared to the previous year.
  • Net sales decreased by 3.3% in Postal Services, by 16.8% in Parcel and Logistics Services and by 32.9% in Itella Russia, and increased by 0.5% in OpusCapita. Measured in local currency, Itella Russia's net sales decreased by 6.8%. The comparable net sales of Parcel and Logistics Services decreased by 3.2%.
  • The operating result before non-recurring items declined and amounted to EUR 23.3 (27.3) million, or 1.9% (2.0%) of net sales.
  • The operating result before non-recurring items improved to EUR 31.6 (29.0) million in Postal Services and to EUR 1.0 (-9.1) million in Parcel and Logistics Services. The operating result before non-recurring items declined to EUR -4.3 (0.4) million in Itella Russia and to EUR 11.1 (16.6) million in OpusCapita.
  • The operating result for the period was improved by non-recurring items in the amount of EUR 22.9 (-32.4) million. The most significant of these items was a real estate sale, on April 22, 2015, where Posti Group sold and leased back its postal centers in Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu, as well as its warehouse in Tuusula.
  • The operating result for January-September was EUR 46.2 (-5.1) million, or 3.8% (-0.4%) of net sales.
  • Cash flow from operating activities was EUR 29.2 (50.7) million.
  • In June, the Board of Directors of Posti Group approved the company's strategic goals for 2015-2017.
  • On April 30, 2015, Posti Group Corporation sold its road freight operations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as well as its international freight business in Finland, to the Danish company NTG Nordic Transport Group.
  • Posti launched a renewal of its retail network. Going forward, Posti will operate 21 postal outlets of its own, and services will be transferred to partners at 77 outlets.
  • On April 30, 2015, OpusCapita acquired the Swedish companies Kredithanterarna and Svenska Fakturaköp.
  • Vice President of the Operations unit Yrjö Eskola was appointed as a member of the Posti Group Corporation Executive Board as of July 1, 2015.
  • Patrik Sallner was appointed CEO of OpusCapita. Sallner took up his post as CEO on October 5, 2015.
  • The name of the company was changed to Posti Group Corporation on January 1, 2015. From January 1, 2015, the names of the business groups are: Postal Services, Parcel and Logistics Services, Itella Russia and OpusCapita. Since the beginning of 2015, Posti Group Corporation's result is reported on the basis of the new business groups.

   

  7-9 7-9 1-9 1-9 1-12
  2015 2014 2015 2014 2014
Net sales, EUR million 373.5 435.1 1,215.6 1,367.0 1,858.7
Operating result (non-IFRS), EUR million* 9.6 6.8 23.3 27.3 50.8
Operating result (non-IFRS), %* 2.6 1.6 1.9 2.0 2.7
Operating result (EBIT), EUR million -2.2 -7.4 46.2 -5.1 5.8
Operating result (EBIT), % -0.6 -1.7 3.8 -0.4 0.3
Result before taxes, EUR million -7.0 -10.1 37.2 -12.2 -4.6
Result for the period, EUR million -1.1 -9.1 31.7 -8.9 -4.4
Return on equity (12 months), %     5.9 1.4 -0.7
Return on invested capital (12 months), %     6.3 1.3 1.0
Equity ratio, %     48.8 47.2 45.9
Gearing, %     8.1 19.9 17.2
Gross capital expenditure, EUR million 11.8 12.0 43.7 42.9 57.5
Average number of employees     22,482 25,132 24,617
           
*) Non-IFRS = excluding non-recurring items          

  

 

Heikki Malinen, President and CEO:

"Posti Group Corporation's operating result in July-September improved to EUR 9.6 million from EUR 6.8 million in the corresponding period last year. The improved result is a fairly good achievement under the circumstances, as the Group's net sales continued to decline and the market situation remained very difficult.

The most significant factor behind the better result is the improved result of the Parcel and Logistics Services business group. The operating result before non-recurring items returned to profitable territory in July-September and through the first three quarters of the year in spite of the decline in net sales. This gives us confidence that we are moving in the right direction.

We have made determined efforts in the logistics business to improve the efficiency of our loss-making operations. As part of these efficiency improvement measures, the Group has divested its international freight business and scaled back its network of terminals in Finland. The business group's result was also affected favorably by the increased demand for parcel services.

With regard to logistics, we can now say that all of the major restructuring measures have been completed. Logistics will remain a core business for Posti, and one of the objectives of our new strategy is to seek synergies and new growth in local logistics, food logistics and warehouse logistics services.

We are continuing to implement efficiency improvement measures throughout the Group under the EUR 75 million program that is currently underway. Efficiency improvement measures are necessary for compensating for the decline in net sales. In postal services, the operating result showed a seasonal decline in July-September. Cost adaptation measures have not been sufficient to compensate for the loss of net sales resulting from the decline in volume.

As competition in the postal services market increases and new players enter the industry, we must maintain Posti's competitiveness and cost-effectiveness as a service provider. Our current collective agreement is too inflexible to respond to the new needs that today's customers expect us to satisfy with regard to the services we provide. The new collective agreement must facilitate greater flexibility in shift planning to allow us to better react to changes in customer demand, avoid delivery disruptions, and develop new service business.

In spite of the entry of new delivery service providers in the postal industry, our greatest challenge remains the trend of digitization, which will move letters, invoices and publications to the online realm at a tremendous rate in the coming years. The new strategy we announced in the summer is Posti's roadmap for operating in a digital Finland. Rather than simply adapting to these changes, Posti aims to actively take advantage of digitization in its services, production operations and operating methods."


APPENDICES
Posti Group's Interim Report in full

 

FURTHER INFORMATION
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