Itella Corporation's Financial Statements and Board of Directors' Report 2012



Itella improved its performance in an uncertain market situation


October-December 2012


Year 2012


Key figures of Itella Group 10-12/2012 10-12/2011 2012 2011 2010
Net sales, MEUR 542.6 518.1 1,946.7 1,900.1 1,841.6
Operating result (non-IFRS), MEUR  *) 12.8 23.5 53.2 30.5 49.6
Operating result (non-IFRS), % *) 2.4 4.5 2.7 1.6 2.7
Operating result (EBIT), MEUR 9.1 19.8 39.0 -5.9 32.4
Operating result (EBIT), % 1.7 3.8 2.0 -0.3 1.8
Result before taxes, MEUR 6.9 16.7 30.8 -16.4 25.3
Result for the period, MEUR 5.0 6.4 14.1 -30.7 9.3
Return on equity, %, 12 months     2.1 -4.5 1.4
Return on investment, %, 12 months     4.8 -0.2 4.2
Equity ratio, %     46.4 46.1 50.5
Gearing, %     23.4 22.1 18.4
Gross capital expenditure, MEUR 69.9 36.1 134.7 102.9 89.5
Employees on average 27,688 27,659 27,460 28,493 28,916
Dividends, MEUR     6,8 **) - 4.4
*) Non-IFRS = excluding non-recurring items        
**) Board of Directors' proposal          


President and CEO Heikki Malinen:

"The trend of development in Itella's business as a whole was largely positive during the year.We began to see the positive profit impact of the EUR 100 million cost-cutting program that we initiated in 2011. The improvement in performance was necessary, but we still have some way to go before achieving the target level. We will continue our efforts to increase net sales and improve profitability as well as our cost-cutting measures.

Our business environment is in the midst of a transition, and strong currents of change are affecting not only our operations, but also the operations of other companies in our industry.The trend of digitization is advancing and traditional letter traffic is being replaced with new digital services. The challenge we now face is to develop Itella according to the requirements posed by the business environment and the market situation.

The effects of earlier measures aiming to improve productivity are clearly visible in Itella Mail Communications, the operating result of which was a clearly better than the year before. The rate at which electronic services are replacing letter shipments accelerated at an expected pace - a trend evident in the declining volumes of letter shipments. Newspaper and magazine volumes continued to fall as well. This decline was accelerated by the nine percent value added tax recently levied on newspapers and magazines. Volumes in parcel services grew by five percent. Operations that fall under the scope of the universal service obligation accounted for 11.9 percent of Itella Mail Communications' net sales.

Itella Logistics' net sales increased, partly due to the acquisition of VR Transpoint, concluded between Itella Logistics and VR Group at the beginning of October. The acquisition increased Itella's net sales by about EUR 130 million, in addition to which a little over 800 employees of VR transferred to Itella. Thanks to the combination, Itella's customers have at their disposal the widest network of terminals and the highest transport capacity available in Finland. Logistics' net sales also grew due to the positive trend in Russia, where volumes and warehouse fill rates developed positively.

Itella Information's profitability improved. The improvement in performance was the result of both the sale of the German printing services business and the efforts to increase efficiency, carried out during the previous year.

The year saw us investing in the development of many new services. Itella Mail Communications, for example, opened a total of one hundred new automated parcel terminals and pick-up outlets during the year. The number of Netposti users grew beyond 400,000 in August. Itella Logistics invested in a new warehouse management system and freight operating system. The business group also continued to develop the OpusCapita products, designed for the purposes of cash-flow automation, by introducing new mobile and cloud service solutions to the market. The development of Itella Bank also continued."


Itella's Financial Statements Release and the Board of Directors' Report (PDF)
Corporate Governance Statement 2012

Heikki Malinen, President and CEO, tel. +358 20 452 3366 (MediaDesk)
Sari Helander, CFO, tel. +358 50 379 1819,

Key media


Interim Report Q1/2013, April 29
Interim Report Q2/2013, July 24
Interim Report Q3/2012, October 30




Itella Group provides solutions for managing information and product flows. Itella operates in the fields of mail communications, logistics, and financial management in Europe and Russia. Net sales in 2012 amounted to EUR 1,947 million. The number of staff is approximately 27,500. Corporate services are delivered under the Itella brand, while the Posti brand is used for services targeted at consumers in Finland. Further information is available online at

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