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Chargeurs. 2012 Financial Information

PR Newswire/Les Echos/

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 EUR16 million.

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

Next announcement: 2012 Annual Results: March 15, 2013

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