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2012 Financial Information
In 2012, Chargeurs continued to implement its strategic plan and to strengthen
its balance sheet. In a severely recessionary environment, particularly in
Europe, Chargeurs' businesses made the necessary adjustments. Focused on high
value-added products, the Group is confident of its ability to improve its
earnings performance with the return to growth.
(in EURm) Fourth quarter Full year
2012 2011 2012 2011
Chargeurs Protective Films 43.7 40.8 181.4 179.7
Chargeurs Interlining 43.8 42.8 179.0 187.4
Chargeurs Wool 29.2 44.9 164.3 185.0
TOTAL 116.7 128.5 524.7 552.3
- Fourth quarter revenue was down by 9.2%. With volumes stable overall compared
with the year earlier period, the decline reflected the 7.4% negative impact
of reductions in the scope of consolidation at Chargeurs Wool, a 3.5%
negative price effect and a 1 .9% positive currency effect.
* Chargeurs Protective Films' volumes rose 7%, confirming the recovery that
began in the summer.
* Chargeurs Interlining reported volumes up 10%, marking a reversal of the
trend observed in prior qua rters.
* Chargeurs Wool experienced a 16.5% fall in volumes and was also penalized
by the EUR9.5 million negative effect of applying the equity method to
account for previously fully consolidated businesses in Uruguay, from
October 1, and in Argentina, from December.
- Consolidated revenue for the year was down 5%, in line with forecasts. The
9.2% negative volume effect and the 1.7% negative impact of changes in the
scope of consolidation were partly offset by a 3.6% positive currency effect
and a 2.4% positive price effect.
* Chargeurs Protective Films' volumes held up well over the year, supported
by strong sales in the second half.
* Chargeurs Interlining reported annual sales volume down 5.8%. In response,
various measures were deployed in 2012 including streamlining sales
organizations in Europe, North Africa and Asia, and rationalizing
production facilities in France and China.
* Chargeurs Wool's volumes were cut by 20%. Responding to the sharp
contraction in the wool market and scarcer bank financing, combing capacity
in China was reduced by over a third, the fixed cost structure in Australia
was radically slimmed down and Chargeurs sold half of its wool businesses
in Uruguay and Argentina, in the latter case by setting up a partnership
with an Argentine entrepreneur.
Chargeurs' latest estimates of its 2012 consolidated results are as follows,
based on the preliminary, unaudited financial statements:
- Consolidated Income Statement
The Group will report a net loss for the year, estimated at approximately
The EUR26 million unfavorable swing compared with 2011 reflects a EUR17 million
decline in operating profit - breaking down as EUR9 million due to lower
volumes, EUR5 million due to the negative price effect and EUR3 million
corresponding to non-recurring items -, a EUR4 million loss from discontinued
operations and the previously announced roughly EUR5 million reduction in
deferred tax assets.
- Financial position
Throughout 201 2, Chargeurs gave priority to rapidly paying down debt. As a
result, net debt at December 31, 2012 should amount to just EUR32.6 million
versus EUR80.6 million at end-2011, representing an improvement of more than
60%. Of the total EUR48 million decrease, EUR4 million concerned Chargeurs
Protective Films, EUR12 million Chargeurs Interlining and EUR32 million
Chargeurs Wool. This will lead to a sharp improvement in gearing, to an
estimated 1 8% at December 31, 201 2 from 42% at the previous year-end.
January 21, 2013
2012 Annual Results: March 15, 2013
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