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A French SCA (Partnership Limited by Shares) with a capital of 56,000,000 Euros
- Head Offices: La Woestyne 59173 Renescure, France
Business registration number: B 447 250 044 (Dunkerque Registrar of Businesses)
2012/2013 Annual Results
of activity and profitability
in a difficult climate for the Bonduelle Group
* Turnover increase in line with the objectives and strong organic
* Record current operating profitability at 105.6M€
* Very successful integration of the 2012 acquisitions
* Strengthened financial structure and adjusted gearing((2)) ratio downward to
On the 27(th) of September 2013, the Supervisory Board reviewed the statutory
and consolidated financial statements for FY 2012/2013 as presented by the
Executive Board and certified by the company's statutory auditors.
| Consolidated Accounts | 2012 - 2013 | 2011 - 2012 | Variation |
| in millions of Euros | | | |
| Turnover | 1,896.1 | 1,767.- | + 7.3% |
| Operating Profitability | 105.6 | 100.9 | + 4.7% |
| Operating Profit | 103.- | 98.2 | + 4.9% |
| Net Result (Group part) | 52.1 | 46.7 | + 11.5% |
Turnover increase in line with the objectives and strong organic growth((1)).
The Group turnover reached, over 2012/2013 financial year (1(st) of July 2012 -
30(th) of June 2013), €1,896.1 M against €1,767.- M last financial year, a
reported increase of + 7.3%.
The organic growth((1)) amounted, over 2012/2013 financial year, + 1.9% against
+ 3.2% last financial year. The development, driven by the dynamism of the Non-
Europe Zone, is proving to be satisfactory, despite the worsening of the
consumption climate in Europe experienced over the last six months of this FY.
The changes in the scope of activities (mainly the acquisitions of the Cecab's
canned activity in Russia and Allens' frozen activity in the USA) had a + 4.5%
positive impact on the turnover, exchange rate changes increased growth by 0.9%.
The turnover for the Europe Zone was down by - 0.8% on a like for like
basis((1)) (- 1.4% based on reported figures) against + 1.3% last FY.
The return of a negative growth in the Europe Zone is explained by a worsening
of the consumption climate that started at the beginning of 2013 and experienced
by all countries and distribution networks (retail and food service) Southern
and Central Europe being particularly affected. Quarter 4 confirmed the
worsening of the situation reinforced by a climatology not favourable to summer
products (canned corn, fresh-cut packaged salads and delicatessen prepared
salads). In markets suffering from negative volume growth, the continued
marketing investment, the targeted promotional policy along with the good
performance of the innovations (the "Vapeur" steamed canned and frozen
vegetables, development of Cassegrain range) enabled to strengthen and develop
the Group's market shares for the Bonduelle and Cassegrain brands.
The Non-Europe Zone provides further evidence of its dynamism with a + 8.6%
growth on a like for like basis((1)), compared to + 8.9% last FY.
The very strong growths recorded in Russia and the CIS, thanks to a renewed
commercial and logistic approach coupled with the introduction of high added
value innovations ("Fusion" category) and in Brazil, where production reached
its full capacity in less than 3 years of local presence, came with market share
gains. In Northern America, the historical perimeter (without the acquisition of
Allens) saw, at the end of the year, a sales turnaround that permitted to
achieve turnover stability for this FY.
Despite results slightly lower than the initial objectives set in terms of
volume, the acquisitions done in 2012 and consolidated for 12 months over
2012-2013 and 3 months over 2011-2012, enabled the entire zone to reach a
+ 30.1% growth, underlining the size of these growth drivers. The Non-Europe
Zone now represents 33.5% of the Group's turnover, with Canada and USA joining
Germany as the Bonduelle Group's first selling countries outside France.
Operating profitability to hit a record at €105.6 M
The Bonduelle Group has reached its ever highest operating profitability at
€105.6 M i.e. 5.6% of the turnover, compared with €100.9 M last FY, a 4.7%
increase. This remarkable performance in line with the objectives announced
early this FY is the results of:
* a profitability and operating margin increase in Europe (66.5 % of the
turnover) thanks to the good performances of the Bonduelle and Cassegrain
* very dynamic activity outside Europe (33.5 % of the turnover) with a
profitability that contributes for more than 55 % of the Group global
* stable marketing-media expenditures to support the Bonduelle, Cassegrain,
Arctic Gardens and Globus brands,
* group cost control on both the industrial and commercial activities, as well
as on the administrative one,
* slight positive impact of the scope of consolidation on this FY.
The acute difference of growth between the Europe and non-Europe zones in terms
of economic conditions, turnover change and profitability level validates the
Group internationalization strategy outside Europe.
The net burden of non-recurring items, at €2.7 M, consisting mainly of
restructuring and re-organisation cost, remains unchanged when compared to last
FY. After deduction of these non-recurring items, the operating profitability
stands at €103,- M, compared with €98.2 M last FY, hence a 4.9 % increase.
Net result strong growth (part of the Group) to stand at €52.1 M: + 11.5%
Financial costs amount to €27.6 M compared with €30.5 M in the previous FY. The
interest income increase, linked with the acquisitions made at the end of
2011/2012, was offset by the exchange gains recorded over the FY. The net
financial cost of debt remained stable over this FY, despite a significant
extension of the Group's average maturity debt (4.5 years) following the 2012
summer refinancing operations.
Profit from consolidated companies using the equity method, comprising
essentially the Gelagri and UCR joint-ventures net income shares, reached €3.- M
- compared with €1.7 M. This is explained by the restructurings that took place
in Spain and the profitability decrease of the frozen activity for private
labels (retailers' brands) in Europe.
Total taxes amount to €20.4 M compared with €18.3 M last FY, representing a
stable effective tax rate of 27.1%.
When considering all the above factors, the Bonduelle Group part net result
stands at €52.1 M, an 11.5 %.increase higher than the turnover growth.
At the Shareholders Meeting to be held on the 5(th) of December 2013, the
Executive Board will suggest a €0.375 dividend per share, stable when compared
to last FY.
Group's financial structure strengthening
Despite a gloomy consumption climate and an economic context of uncertainties,
the Group continued to invest, particularly in the agro-industrial facilities
acquired in 2012, for an amount of €80 M.
The profitability growth resulted to a 12.4% increase in cash flow to reach
€123.7 M. The later combined with an effective containment of the working
capital requirement (21.5% of turnover compared with 22.1% last FY) and a better
allocation of the Group's capital employed resulted in a decrease of the net
financial debt, which now stands at €591.9 M compared with €608.4 M on the
30(th) of June 2012. Hence, the net financial debt ratio over equity is
decreasing to 114.9%. After restatement of the treasury stock, the adjusted
gearing((2)) is at 101.6%.
The refinancing operations undertaken by the Group at the beginning of the 2012
summer, under pretty competitive conditions, enabled to extend the Group debt
maturity (4,5 years), without worsening the average cost, and to secure the
financing of the operation and development of the Group.
Change in the Group managerial organisation
At its Annual General Meeting held on 6(th ) December 2012, the Bonduelle Group
announced its project to change its managerial structure.
For the Bonduelle Group, 2011/2012 was marked by solid internal growth, a
significant return to profitability, and three promising acquisitions,
demonstrating both its resilience in a difficult economic climate, and its
growth ambitions while its international developments gather pace.
This important phase for the Group will involve making changes to its
organisational structure in order to adapt to the new dimensions of its activity
and to its development projects.
The Group will now be organised around two geographic regions - Europe Zone and
Non-Europe Zone - each with their own distinct characteristics and approaches,
and 4 business units:
* Europe Zone with Bonduelle Europe Long Life (canned and frozen food
activities) and Bonduelle Fresh Europe (fresh-cut salad and prepared salad
activities) for the retail and food service networks for both national
brands and private labels.
* Non-Europe Zone with Bonduelle Americas that encompasses all canned and
frozen food activities in North and South America and with Bonduelle
Development for the Group's activities and development in the rest of the
world, especially in Eastern Europe.
The CEOs of these 4 Business Units, the Human Resources Manager and the
Financial Manager, have joined Christophe Bonduelle, the Group's Chief Executive
Officer, to form the Group's Executive Committee.
Sustainable development: Adoption of the GRI Standards
As part of its consistent and credible approach in terms of Social and
Environmental Responsibility, the Bonduelle Group has used the internationally
recognised GRI frame of reference (Global Reporting Initiative) for its 2012
non-financial reporting. Bonduelle is one of the very rare companies outside of
the CAC 40 to have implemented such an approach. Following its first assessment,
the Bonduelle Group was awarded a B+ application level, thus placing it amongst
the best French companies also using this frame of reference.
The GRI, an independent international organisation founded in 1997, in
partnership with the United, Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has the
mission to develop globally applicable directives with the aim of structuring
and standardising company (and organisation) management reports in terms of
Satisfactory integration of the 2012 acquisitions
Despite having proceeded to the acquisitions near production time (30(th) of
March in the US and Russia, 31(st) of May 2012 in Hungary), the performances of
the acquired production tools have been improved as early as the 2012 harvest.
The Bonduelle Group has again shown its industrial expertise and know-how as
well as its capacity to integrate new acquisitions. The new capacities set up in
Russia and Hungary have contributed to the excellent commercial performance of
this geographical area.
In the USA, if sales in volume are affected by the Allens'clients supply
diversification (prior to the acquisition announcement by the Bonduelle Group),
the quality of service now offered to the American customers, allows us to feel
confident for the 2013/2014 commercial activities.
Ahead of the initial schedule on the cost-saving plan enabled to confirm the
expected performances for 2012/2013.
These late and recent acquisitions, as previously mentioned, had no significant
impact on this FY profitability.
Kolkhoze Maiak Actual Disposal
The Group sold, in FY 2012/2013, the Kolkhoze, acquired in 2010, in Ukraine, to
a French co-operative group, which is a partner of Bonduelle in the South-West.
Following the acquisition of Cecab's agro-industrial activities in Russia and
Kelet in Hungary, the agro-industrial project has been postponed. The Group
benefits from an industrial land buy option with a view to an eventual come back
to this project at a later date. The sale will have no significant impact on the
Agricultural Campaigns 2013
The beginning of the 2013 crop season proved to be pretty difficult and chaotic,
both in Europe and Canada because of heavy rains and temperatures well-below
historical averages. These weather conditions result in plants supply
irregularity and lower than forecasted quantities of vegetables. These
industrial "under-efficiency" factors, adding up to the raw material inflation,
contribute to an increase in production costs for FY 2013/2014.
FY 2013/2014 will be affected by the rather difficult beginning of the crop
season and by the necessity to negotiate moderate price increases with retailers
and out-of-home catering players to preserve commercial volumes. Despite this
adverse climate and no tangible signs of a European food consumption recovery,
the Bonduelle Group should, nevertheless, record a 3 to 5% increase in its
turnover((1)) and an operational profitability in line with its historical
((1)) at constant currency exchange rate and scope of consolidation basis
((2)) Net financial debt after restatement of the treasury stock
Next financial events:
- 2013/2014 first Quarter Turnover : 7(th) November 2013 (prior to stock
exchange trading session)
- General Annual Meeting : 5(th) December 2013
- 2013/2014 Half Year Turnover : 6(th) February 2014 (prior to stock
exchange trading session)
- 2013/2014 Half Year Results: 26(th) of February 2014 (prior to stock
exchange trading session)
Find the complete recorded annual results on www.bonduelle.com
Bonduelle is the world leader of ready to eat vegetable in all their shapes and
forms using all kind of technologies (canned, frozen, fresh prepared) with
national brands (Bonduelle, Cassegrain, Arctic Gardens, Globus) and private
labels for retailers and food service, Bonduelle stands as an agro-industrial
player of reference with over 50 agro-industrial sites, selling in 100
Bonduelle is listed on the NYSE - Euronext compartment B - Indices: CAC MID &
SMALL - CAC ALL-TRADABLE - CAC ALL SHARES
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