ITELLA CORPORATION STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE FEBRUARY 11, 2010, AT 10 A.M.
"In 2009, we focused on building a competitive business for the future and on adjusting operations to changes in demand. Despite the challenging market situation, our profitability excluding non-recurring items was nearly on previous year's level. Full-year earnings were taxed by significant personnel-related non-recurring costs. In the final quarter, our efficiency enhancement measures began to take effect and operative profitability strengthened from the reference period a year earlier. All in all, Itella has emerged from the economic slump as a financially sound company. This could be attributed to our healthy cash flow, which remained steady despite the economic turmoil.
Itella Information's business saw particularly positive development, and profitability showed a marked improvement from the previous year. Itella Mail Communication's net sales fell by 2.1 per cent. Even though the digitization of invoicing and other transaction communication is now well and truly under way, the impact of this trend on Itella's letter deliveries has been surprisingly small. The delivery volume decline was very moderate considering the low economic cycle. Itella Logistics' business depends heavily on industrial imports and exports as well as on consumer goods trade. Volume reductions in the logistics business have varied between 10 and 30 per cent, depending on the business area.
According to the customer survey, consumers are more satisfied with Posti than ever. 83 per cent evaluated Posti's service "good" or "excellent".
We are taking determined efforts to prepare Itella for the enforcement of the new Postal Services Act at the beginning of 2011. For several years, we have invested in the modernization of mail processing machinery and in measures to boost our operational efficiency. NetPosti - our response to the digitization of consumer transactions - has gained an established position in the market. NetPosti will be equipped with the eInvoice receiving feature, which will make it a unique service, even by international standards. We are in a position to build such a service thanks to Itella IPS Oy (Itella Payment Services). IPS Oy was established in 2009, and it was licensed by the Financial Supervisory Authority to act as a payment institution and equipped with the necessary technical production facilities in record time. We can now offer customers, both businesses and consumers, more flexibility in their online transactions."
FINANCIAL CALENDER 2010
Annual Report 2009 will be published in week 11 (Finnish) and week 12 (Swedish, English)
Interim Report Q1 on Friday, April 30
Interim Report Q2 on Wednesday, July 28
Interim Report Q3 on Wednesday, October 27
Jukka Alho, President and CEO, tel. +358 20 451 5600, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuija Soanjärvi, CFO, tel. +358 20 45 20907, email@example.com
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Itella Group provides solutions for managing information and product flows. Itella operates in mail communication, information logistics and logistics in northern and central Europe, and in Russia. The Group employs some 30,000 staff and reported net sales of EUR 1,820 million in 2009. Corporate services are delivered under the Itella brand, while the Posti brand is used for services targeted at consumers in Finland. More information on the Group is available at www.itella.fi/group/english.