Posti Group Corporation: Posti Group improved its operating result in January-June 2017


Posti Group Corporation Half-year Report January-June 2017


Financial highlights

Operational highlights


Financial highlights

Operational highlights


Figures in brackets refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period last year, unless otherwise stated.


Key figures of Posti Group          
  4-6 2017 4-6 2016 1-6 2017 1-6 2016 1-12 2016
Net sales, EUR million 402.3 389.0 816.1 775.1 1,607.6
Adjusted EBITDA, EUR million 19.8 21.8 55.3 51.6 126.7
Adjusted EBITDA, % 4.9 5.6 6.8 6.7 7.9
EBITDA, EUR million 12.8 17.0 42.9 38.2 116.0
EBITDA, % 3.2 4.4 5.3 4.9 7.2
Adjusted operating result, EUR million 0.3 1.9 15.8 12.7 47.1
Adjusted operating result, % 0.1 0.5 1.9 1.6 2.9
Operating result, EUR million -7.6 -2.9 2.5 -2.3 30.7
Operating result, % -1.9 -0.7 0.3 -0.3 1.9
Result before taxes, EUR million -12.3 -1.4 -2.6 -2.0 29.5
Result for the period, EUR million -13.0 -0.8 -7.0 -0.8 23.2
Cash flow from operating activities     28.2 28.2 63.1
Return on equity (12 months), %     3.0 0.5 3.9
Return on invested capital (12 months), %     4.8 1.2 5.1
Equity ratio, %     49.3 47.0 54.9
Gearing, %     -3.7 -4.3 -13.6
Gross capital expenditure, EUR million 11.9 48.4 36.3 59.8 100.4
Employees on average     20,334 20,838 20,632
Employees on average, FTE     18,323 18,676 18,529
Dividends, EUR million         60.0


Heikki Malinen, President and CEO

"The ongoing trend of digitization in the business environment remains strong and reflects directly on Posti, with the Group undergoing a multi-year structural transformation as communication shifts from paper to digital and competition increases in traditional postal operations. The sharp decline in the volume of addressed letters continued, with the rate of decrease being 10% in the second quarter. However, digitization is also a source of opportunities for Posti. Posti continues to build new cornerstones for its business in growing markets according to its strategy: the areas of future growth are in parcel and logistics services, the demand for which was boosted by the favorable economic climate and growth in e-commerce in the second quarter.

Net sales increased by 3.4% in the second quarter. While letter product volumes continued to fall, the volumes of parcel and logistics products showed favorable development. Adjusted for the number of working days, parcel volume grew by 10% and freight volume by 9% in Finland. Net sales increased by 20.9% in Logistics Services and by 0.5% in Parcel Services. The increase in net sales was also significantly supported by the Group's expansion through acquisitions as well as the strenghtening of Russian ruble. Digitization and the market entry of new players have had a substantial effect on the volumes of basic services, but pricing changes have mitigated the financial impacts of declining mail volumes. We continued our determined and collective effort to ensure high quality. Growth was sought through corporate transactions in areas including in-house logistics, personal assistance services and the delivery of publications.

Posti's adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter was 4.9%. The distribution of the net sales and result between the first and second quarter was affected by Easter falling in April this year. The improved profitability of logistics services was supported by a general increase in demand as well as the improved efficiency of operations. OpusCapita's EBITDA decreased. Posti's adjusted operating result for the first half of the year improved and represented 1.9% of net sales.

Itella Russia's net sales grew by 15.9% measured in euros, but declined by 2.7% in rubles. The measures taken to improve the profitability of Itella Russia's operations are showing good results already in the half-year period and the adjustment of the cost structure will continue.

OpusCapita is moving forward with its transformation as planned. The Buyer-Supplier Ecosystem business unit continued its global growth. A transaction to divest the financial management outsourcing business is in the implementation phase. The sending of documents and invoices as well as digitizing operations in Finland will be transferred to Posti's Postal Services business group within 2017. OpusCapita's digitizing production in Sweden, Norway and Poland will be outsourced. Following these corporate transactions, OpusCapita will focus on pursuing growth in the Buyer-Supplier Ecosystem business.

The Postal Act reforms approved by the Finnish Parliament in June are an important decision for Posti. They enable the reform of delivery obligations to correspond to the accelerating digital transformation, thereby improving Posti's operating conditions in competitive markets and promoting the introduction of new business concepts and technologies. The reforms are also aimed at maintaining the cost-effective provision of universal services throughout the country in the coming years without public subsidies."


Posti Group's Half-year Report in full (PDF)


Heikki Malinen, President and CEO, and Sari Helander, CFO
Tel. +358 20 452 3366 (MediaDesk)

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Posti is a service provider that delivers the smartest and most customer-focused postal and logistics services in the market. Posti is expanding into new service areas and playing an increasingly significant role in the daily life of its customers. We operate in ten countries, our net sales in 2016 amounted to EUR 1,600 million and the number of our personnel is approximately 20,500. Our businesses also include the logistics service provider Itella Russia and the electronic business specialist OpusCapita.