BIC : BIC : Full Year 2012 Results
BIC Group - Press Release
Clichy - 13 February 2013
BIC Group - Full Year 2012 Results
Solid Full Year 2012 results, in line with our expectations
Good performance of the Consumer business in all geographies
Net Sales: 1,898.7 million euros, up 2.8% on a comparative basis
*Consumer business up 5.3%
*Normalized IFO: 373.8 million euros, up 3.1%
*Normalized IFO Margin: 19.7%
*Excluding the impact of the special premium paid to employees^:
*Group Net Income: 263.1 million euros, up 10.6%
*Reported EPS: 5.56 euros, up 11.2%
*Net Cash position: 334.5 million euros
*Proposed shareholder remuneration for 2012
*ordinary dividend^ of 2.56 euros per share, up 16.4%
*46% pay-out ratio
Mario Guevara, Chief Executive Officer, said:
"Despite the challenging economic environment which has affected all our
markets, we achieved solid 2012 results thanks to the sustained performance of
our consumer business.
In 2013, relying on our "Quality and Price" positioning and improved
distribution in all geographies, we expect to grow our consumer business net
sales in line with our mid-term objectives. Driven by enhanced customer
service and innovative imprinting solutions, BIC APP net sales should be
stable to slightly increasing.
As in 2012, we will continue to prepare future growth through investments in
research and development, brand support and manufacturing capacities funded by
our strong cash generation.
Based on our consistent shareholders remuneration policy, our continued solid
financial performance and balance sheet, the Board of Directors is
recommending 2.56 euros as ordinary dividend (46% pay-out)".
FOURTH QUARTER FULL YEAR
Change Change at Change Change Change at Change
In million 2011 2012 as constant at 2011 2012 as constant at
euros reported currencies^3 comp. reported currencies^3 comp.
Net sales 469.8 464.1 -1.2% -2.2% -0.4% 1,824.1 1,898.7 +4.1% +0.7% +2.8%
Gross Profit 233.5 223.0 -4.5% 898.5 965.4 +7.4%
Income From 86.2 75.0 -13.0% 362.4 373.8 +3.1%
Normalized IFO 18.3% 16.2% 19.9% 19.7%
Income From 75.0 68.6 -8.6% 339.7 370.5 +9.1%
IFO Margin 16.0% 14.8% 18.6% 19.5%
Group Net 54.0 50.1 -7.2% 237.9 263.1 +10.6%
share 1.13 1.06 -6.2% 5.00 5.56 +11.2%
Normalized EPS 1.37 1.15 -16.1% 5.38 5.61 +4.3%
Net Sales 129.7 131.1 +1.0% +1.7% +1.7% 588.5 617.9 +5.0% +2.6% +2.6%
IFO 9.3 6.6 83.5 94.6
IFO margin 7.2% 5.0% 14.2% 15.3%
Normalized IFO 7.2% 5.8% 14.2% 15.3%
Net Sales 138.9 143.8 +3.5% +2.4% +2.4% 510.8 551.0 +7.9% +4.3% +4.3%
IFO 49.5 49.5 199.8 208.2
IFO margin 35.6% 34.4% 39.1% 37.8%
Normalized IFO 35.7% 35.0% 39.1% 37.7%
Net Sales 81.8 85.4 +4.4% +3.1% +3.1% 328.2 373.5 +13.8% +10.1% +10.1%
IFO 10.9 9.5 59.8 65.0
IFO margin 13.3% 11.1% 18.2% 17.4%
Normalized IFO 13.3% 11.6% 18.2% 17.3%
Net Sales 21.2 14.7 -30.5% -29.8% +16.8% 94.5 65.2 -31.0% -31.8% +14.3%
Net Sales 371.7 375.0 +0.9% +0.5% +2.8% 1,522.1 1,607.6 +5.6% +2.7% +5.3%
IFO 58.3 60.3 320.3 352.8
IFO Margin 15.7% 16.1% 21.0% 21.9%
Normalized IFO 18.2% 16.7% 22.2% 21.9%
Net Sales 98.1 89.1 -9.2% -12.2% -12.2% 302.0 291.1 -3.6% -9.2% -9.2%
IFO 16.7 8.3 19.3 17.7
IFO margin 17.0% 9.3% 6.4% 6.1%
Normalized IFO 18.9% 13.8% 8.1% 7.6%
Group operational trends
Full Year 2012
BIC Group 2012 net sales reached 1,898.7 million euros, compared to 1,824.1
million euros in 2011, up 4.1% as reported, +0.7% at constant currencies and
+2.8% on a comparative basis.
*Consistent with full year guidance, our Consumer business increased 5.3%
on a comparative basis in 2012. Developed markets showed a good
performance with sales up 3.0% in Europe, despite the challenging
environment in Southern Europe and +7.8% in North America. In developing
markets, net sales grew 4.7%, with Latin America, Middle-East and Africa
up mid-single digit and Asia low single-digit.
*The Advertising and Promotional Products business sales decreased 9.2% at
constant currencies. In the US, the market experienced mid-single digit
growth (driven by the apparel segment). Europe remained under pressure due
to the significant contraction of markets in Southern Europe.
Fourth Quarter 2012
For the 4^thQuarter 2012, net sales were 464.1 million euros, down 1.2% as
reported, -2.2% at constant currencies and -0.4% on a comparative basis.
*Q4 Consumer business grew 2.8% on a comparative basis. Q4 stationery
performance ended lower than initially expected due to a decrease in Latin
America (customer adjustments of inventories leading to increased returns)
and the continued softness of the Office Products channel in Europe.
*Q4 Advertising and Promotional Products business net sales decreased 12.2%
at constant currencies. In North America, BIC APP Stationery and Hard
Goods sales were affected by service issues resulting from the
implementation of the new ERP. However, as we completed December's
shipments, we registered normal high levels of customer service. In
Europe, we continued to be impacted by the challenging business
environment, notably in Spain and Italy.
Full Year 2012
The 2012 gross profit margin increased 1.5 points to 50.8% of sales versus
49.3% in 2011. Gross profit margin improvements were due to the sales growth
in the Consumer categories along with manufacturing efficiencies and the
impact of the phone card business disposal in France.
Fourth Quarter 2012
Q4 2012 gross profit margin decreased 1.6 points to 48.1% of sales versus
49.7% in 2011 as a result of soft sales increase in the Consumer business and
the decrease on BIC APP gross profit margin.
Income From Operations and Normalized Income From Operations
Full Year 2012
The key components of the change in Normalized IFO margin were:
*Gross Profit improvement (+1.8 points),
*Slight increase in brand support (-0.1 points),
*Increase in Fuel Cell project expenses (-0.5 points),
*Increase in OPEX (-0.9 points) with most of the increase coming from the
impact of the phone card business disposal and FX,
*special premium impact (-0.3 points on GP and -0.2 points on OPEX)
In million euros Q4 2011 Q4 2012 2011 2012
Income From Operations 75.0 68.6 339.7 370.5
As % of net sales 16.0% 14.8% 18.6% 19.5%
*Non-recurring items 11.2 6.4 +22.8 3.3
*Of which restructuring costs 2.5 6.4 5.1 8.7
*Of which goodwill and trademarks 8.7 - 18.6
impairments and related expenses
*Of which gain on disposal and real estate - - -1.0 -5.4
Normalized IFO 86.2 75.0 362.4 373.8
As % of net sales 18.3% 16.2% 19.9% 19.7%
*Special Premium for employees who have not
been granted performance share plans in - - - 8.8
Normalized IFO, excluding the Special Premium 86.2 75.0 362.4 382.6
As % of net sales 18.3% 16.2% 19.9% 20.2%
Normalized IFO margin 2011 2012
Exc. the special premium for employees
Group 19.9% 19.7% 20.2%
*Consumer Business 22.2% 21.9% 22.2%
*BIC APP 8.1% 7.6% 8.6%
Q4 2012 normalized IFO was 75.0 million euros (16.2% normalized IFO margin).
Q4 Consumer business normalized IFO margin was 16.7%, a decrease of 1.5 points
notably driven by lower gross profit. BIC APP normalized IFO margin decreased
5.1 points to 13.8%.
Full Year Net Income and EPS
Income before tax increased 9.2% as reported to 381.0 million euros. Finance
revenue increased 1.3million euros compared to 2011 due to higher interest
income in 2012 than in 2011. Tax rate was 31.9%.
2012 Group net income was 263.1millioneuros, a 10.6% increase as reported.
2012 Group net income included 3.7 million euros from income from associates
Earnings per share (EPS) were 5.56 euros in 2012, compared to 5.00 euros in
2011, up 11.2%. Normalized EPS grew 4.3% at 5.61 euros compared to 5.38 euros
Net cash position
At the end of 2012, net cash position was 334.5 million euros, compared to
329.5 million euros as of December 31, 2011.
Evolution of net cash position (in million euros)
Net Cash position at the beginning of the period 397.1 329.5
*Net cash from operating activities +200.8 +302.7
*Of which operating cash flow +340.8 +369.5
*Of which change in working capital -114.8 -37.9
*CAPEX -89.0 -125.4
*Dividend payment -90.6 -189.5
*Share buyback program -101.4 -1.6
*Cash received from the exercise of stock options
and liquidity contract
*Divestitures +7.6 +1.3
*Acquisitions -14.5 0
*Others +2.1 -8.0
Net Cash position at the end of the period 329.5 334.5
2012 net cash from operating activities totaled 302.7 million euros. The
slight increase in working capital requirement (-37.9 million euros) is due to
an increase in Trade and other Receivables while inventories showed a slight
decrease. CAPEX investments were 125.4 million euros; the majority was related
to capacity increase and new products.
In 2012, shareholders remuneration totaled 191.1 million euros:
*189.5 million euros related to the payment of ordinary and special
dividend (2011 fiscal year),
*1.6 million euros related to the share buy-back program (20,878 shares
bought at an average of 76.15 euros per share). Total cash paid for share
buy-back net of cash received from stock-options exercised was 25.5
Operational trends by category
Full Year 2012
Full Year 2012 Stationery net sales increased 5.0% as reported and 2.6% at
constant currencies. Full Year 2012 volumes grew 1.3%.
The global Stationery market increased mid-single digit. Performance was
driven by developing countries (mainly Asia) while developed countries showed
low-single digit growth. The office supply channel remained soft.
*In Europe, BIC net sales grew low-single digit. This was the result of
market share gains in most countries (driven by the strong performance of
France, Benelux, the UK, Romania and Poland) mostly offset by flat or
negative markets. Our back-to-school ECONOBIC loyalty program continued to
be very well received in an economic environment where consumer purchasing
power remains under pressure. In the Office Products channel, the ongoing
economic slowdown was once again felt, particularly in the South.
*In North America, our sales grew mid-single digit. In the U.S., our market
share decreased slightly due to elevated brand support activity from
competitors for their new products and continuing price pressure from
private label in the depressed office products sector.
Full year 2012 net sales increased low-single digit, with all regions
contributing to the growth.
*In the Middle-East and Africa, growth came despite political and social
turbulence, thanks to product range expansion of the 4 color family and
Evolution Graphite pencils.
*In Latin America, where the market was flat due to softening economic
trends, we maintained our leadership in classic ball pens and experienced
strong growth in value-added.
*In Asia, sales growth came from investments in a brand awareness campaign
and product line extension.
Full year 2012 Stationery normalized IFO margin was 15.3% compared to 14.2% in
2011. Excluding the impact of the Special Premium for Employees,
2012Stationery normalizedIFO margin would have been 15.7%, benefiting from
improved manufacturing efficiency and disciplined cost control.
Fourth Quarter 2012
Q4 2012 Stationery net sales grew 1.7% at constant currencies. As anticipated,
North America performance was significantly better than last year which was
impacted by low replenishment levels. Elsewhere, lower than expected
performance of our Stationery business during Q4 was due to:
*unexpected customer returns in a few Latin American countries due to
customers adjusting their level of inventories. Sales of BIC^® products to
consumers (sell-out) remained good and we continued to gain at high single
level percentage growth market share in most countries, notably Brazil and
*an accelerated slowdown in the Office Products channel in Europe.
Q4 2012 normalized IFO margin was 5.8% compared to 7.2% in 2011 as a result of
lower sales increase.
Full Year 2012
Full Year 2012 Lighter net sales increased 7.9% as reported and 4.3% at
constant currencies. Full year 2012 lighter volumes were up 3.3%.
*In Europe, net sales grew mid-single digit, driven by the good performance
of Eastern Europe and distribution gains in large countries such as France
and Italy, despite on-going imports of non-compliant Asian lighters.
*In North America net sales grew mid-single digit, reflecting market share
gains in both the U.S. and Canada. This good performance was notably
driven by the continuous success of added-value sleeve products and
sustained growth in Multi-purpose lighters.
Full year 2012 net sales increased low-single digit. In Latin America, the
lighter market was affected by anti-tobacco regulations and important tax
increases, notably in Brazil. In this context, we continued to gain market
shares in most countries. Middle-East and Africa performed very well thanks to
distribution gains. In Asia, sales were notably driven by improved
distribution strategy in convenience stores and sleeves designed specifically
for the region.
The Lighter normalized 2012 IFO was 37.7% compared to 39.1%. The positive
impact of the increase in net sales was offset by an increase in production
costs (raw materials). Excluding the impact of the Special Premium for
Employees, 2012Lighters normalized IFO margin would have been 38.0%.
Fourth Quarter 2012
Q4 2012 Lighters net sales grew 2.4% at constant currencies, driven by a good
performance of North America. Q4 normalized IFO margin was 35.0% compared to
35.7% in 2011 as a result of an increase in the cost of raw materials.
Full Year 2012
Full year 2012 Shaver net sales increased 13.8% as reported and 10.1% at
constant currencies. Full year 2012 shaver volumes were up 3.3%.
*In Europe, net sales grew low-single digit. Despite a challenging
environment in the southern countries, we continued to gain market share
in most countries, such as France, Sweden, Greece and Ukraine. We
benefited notably from the success of our classic triple blade products
such as the BIC^® 3, the innovative BIC^® Flex 3 with movable blades and
the BIC^® Simply Soleil^® for women.
*In North America, net sales grew double digit, driven by expanded
distribution and strong shelf presence at large retailers. We continued to
grow our market share in the U.S. thanks, notably, to the success of our
new products (BIC^® Soleil^® Savvy for women and BIC^® Hybrid Advance 4
for men) and effective promotional campaigns. This performance was
achieved despite a high level of promotion from our competitors.
*2012 net sales grew double digit. Despite increased promotional activity
in some Latin American countries and an unstable political environment in
the Middle-East and Africa, we performed well with a good resistance of
our single and twin blades products combined with a rapid growth of our
triple Blade BIC^® Comfort 3^®. In Latin America, the market was driven by
consumer trading up from one and two blades to three blades, which now
represents one fourth of the total market in value.
The 2012 Shaver normalized IFO margin was 17.3% compared to 18.2% in 2011.
Excluding the impact of the Special Premium for Employees, 2012Shaver
normalized IFO margin would have been 17.9%, due to slightly less favourable
cost absorption in 2012 compared to 2011.
Fourth Quarter 2012
Q4 2012 Shaver net sales grew 3.1% at constant currencies. Q4 normalized IFO
margin was 11.6% compared to 13.3% in 2011 due notably to an increase in brand
support compared to Q4 2011.
Other Consumer Products
Full Year 2012
Full year 2012 other consumer products net sales decreased 31.0% as reported,
-31.8% at constant currencies and were up 14.3% on a comparative basis.
BIC Sport net sales (36.0% of other consumer products category) reached 23.5
million euros, up 33.2% as reported and +27.8% at constant currencies. The
strong performance was driven by the success of the Stand-Up-Paddle boards,
particularly in North America.
Other consumer products 2012 IFO was -15.0 million euros. It includes the
expenses related to the portable Fuel Cell project (-12.5 million euros
compared to - 4.8 million euros in 2011) and the cost of the launch of the
BIC^® Education solution.
2012 IFO also includes +0.8 million euros non-recurrent gain related to
disposal of the phone card business. Excluding non-recurrent items, normalized
IFO for other consumer products was-15.3million euros compared to -5.2
million euros in 2011.
Fourth Quarter 2012
Q4 2012 other consumer products net sales were up 16.8% on a comparative
basis. Normalized IFO was -5.2 million euros, of which -3.5 million euros
related to the portable fuel cell project.
Advertising and Promotional Products
Full Year 2012
Full Year 2012 Advertising and Promotional Products net sales decreased 3.6%
as reported and -9.2% at constant currencies.
In the US, the market estimates showed mid-single digit growth, driven by the
apparel segment whereas Stationery, Hard Goods and Calendars were overall
stable. In Europe we saw significant contraction of our markets in Southern
Europe due to the economic crisis in Greece, Spain and Italy. Northern Europe
and France remained more resilient during the year, but we also saw trends
slowing down at year end.
*Stationery (49% of BIC APP sales). In North America, the first half was
slightly positive compared to last year. During the second half, sales
were affected by the implementation of our new ERP resulting in shipment
delays. These issues are being addressed and the business has shown an
improvement in customer service. In Europe, we were affected by the very
challenging economic environment in Southern countries. Developing Markets
continued to perform well.
*Hard goods (31% of BIC APP sales). In North America, the business
continues to face pressure from low priced suppliers. Europe suffered
strongly from the economic situation in Southern Europe. In this context
however, new products performed well, showing the power of a good
innovation pipeline. Developing Markets performed best as we continued to
drive new products into the market.
*Calendars (20% of BIC APP sales). In a soft market, we maintained market
share thanks to the quality of the products and the service we offer to
In 2012, BICAPP reported IFO margin was 6.1% compared to 6.4% in2011. This
includes 4.3 million non-recurrent items in part related to restructuring in
Europe aimed at adapting our industrial facilities to the sharp contraction of
our markets in Southern Europe. Full year 2012 normalized IFO margin reached
7.6% compared to 8.1% in 2011. Excluding the impact of the Special Premium for
Employees, BIC APP 2012normalized IFO margin would have been 8.6%.
Fourth Quarter 2012
BIC APP Q4 2012, netsales were down 12.2% at constant currencies. In North
America, Stationery and Hard Goods were further affected by customer service
issues due to the implementation of the new ERP. While the Calendar business
was impacted slightly by ERP implementation, we continue to maintain our
strong market share. In Europe, Southern Europe countries continued to be
impacted by the economic downturn, with a double digit sales decline in Spain,
Greece and Italy. Northern Europe countries (France, Germany and the
Netherlands) were affected by the consolidation of our product portfolio with
the objective of focusing on the most profitable items.
Normalized IFO margin was 13.8% compared to 18.9% in 2011. The decline
compared to last year is mainly due to the decrease of the Calendar net sales
which negatively impacted gross profit (unfavourable cost absorption and
product mix) and inefficiencies related to the ERP implementation.
SHORT AND MID-TERM OUTLOOK
2013 operational outlook
The economic environment will remain volatile during 2013. While the U.S. is
showing signs of slow recovery, Europe trends should remain negative.
Developing markets will continue to grow, although at a slower pace notably in
Latin America. In this context, we will continue to leverage our solid
competitive positions to grow faster than our market and to invest in brand
support, research and innovation and new products to fund the Group's future
*The market should grow at a rate in line with 2012, low-to-mid single
digit in value. In Developed Markets, competition and challenges in the
office channel are not expected to abate. In Developing Markets the very
high growth rates are in the past, but continued steady growth is expected
as income and literacy continue to increase. 2013 should deliver
low-to-mid single digit growth for our Stationery business.
*In 2013, we will continue to rely on our proven safety and best quality
added-value lighters which are celebrating their 40^th anniversary. In
Europe, we will continue to improve distribution. In North America, focus
will be given to Special Edition^® sleeve designs and new licenses. In
developing countries, we will continue to strengthen our footprint and
improve our brand awareness.
*In 2013, we anticipate accelerated new product and promotional activity
from competitors, notably from the launch of new disposables shavers from
the two main brands. This may slow recent growth rates but we still expect
at least to maintain market share in this new environment, thanks to the
launch of new products such as the BIC^® Flex 03 Control in Europe, the
BIC^® Soleil^® Shave and Trim in the US. and the BIC^® Flex 4 rechargeable
in Latin America.
Advertising and Promotional Products
For 2013, the Advertising and Promotional market should grow slightly in the
US, with most of the growth in the back half of the year, and will remain
challenging in Europe, notably in Southern countries. In this context, BIC APP
will continue to focus on customer service, new products, and innovation via
the launch of "Britepix", a new business solution allowing superior multicolor
printing capabilities as well as personalization to better answer customer
needs. We expect net sales to be stable to slightly up.
ias 19 revised expected impact
Starting in 2013, the Group will apply IAS 19 revised and will restate
accordingly 2011 and 2012 consolidated financial statements. Estimated impact
on 2012 Income from Operations is -5.5 million euros and -3.5 million euros on
Group mid-term outlook
For the consumer business, our objective is to grow faster than our markets
thanks to our quality and price positioning and to continue to improve
operational efficiency. As a result, we expect to increase net sales between
+2% and +4%^ per year and to achieve 15% to 20%normalized IFO margin.
Advertising and Promotional Products
For BIC APP, we expect low to mid-single digit annual sales growth within the
next 3 to 5 years and between 8% and 12% normalized IFO margin.
2012 announcements regarding Capex, acquisitions and disposals
Disposal of the French Phone Cards activity
In February 2012, BIC subsidiary DAPE 74 (sales to tobacco shops in France -
consolidated in the "Other Consumer Products" category) has sold its phone
card distribution business to SPF for 0.8million euros.
Construction of a writing instrument facility in Tunisia (February 28,
In February2012, BIC Group acquired land for the construction of a writing
instrument facility in the fast growing African and Middle East region to
enhance its manufacturing footprint and better meet consumer demand in this
region. Located in Tunisia (region of Bizerte), the facility will be
operational in 2013. The total investment is estimated to be around 12 million
Expansion of the shaver packaging facility in Mexico
Launch of BIC® Education in France, a digital educational solution for
In September 2012, BIC launched, in collaboration with Intel, BIC^® Education,
a simple and innovative educational solution for primary schools, combining
handwriting and digital technology.
2012 other events
Favourable award related to the full completion of the agreements on
the acquisition of 40% of Cello Pens (February 16, 2012)
On February 16, 2012, BIC Group received a favourable award from the Tribunal,
constituted under the Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Center,
in respect of the acquisition of 40% shares in the 7th and last entity Cello
Pens & Stationery (CPS) as per the definitive agreements signed on January21,
2009. On May 21, 2012, the BIC Group filed a petition before the Mumbai High
Court seeking the enforcement of the arbitral award. As of January 31, 2013,
this procedure remains pending.
*European Commission decision on non-compliant pocket lighters entering
Europe(June 7, 2012)
The European Commission has sent a formal notice to the Government of the
Netherlands to request information on apparent breaches by the NVWA
(Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority - which has
responsibility for inspections of consumer goods entering the country) of its
obligations regarding non-compliant pocket lighters entering Europe.
*European Commission decision on anti-dumping tax on Chinese imported
lighters (December12, 2012)
On December 12, 2012 the European Union Commission took the decision not to
open a procedure of renewal of the anti-dumping tax on flint lighters of
Chinese origin. The BIC Group reminded at that occasion that the objective of
this anti-dumping tax, set up in 1991, was not to protect the European lighter
industry, but to put an end to unfair competition, resulting from dumped
prices, from lighters of Chinese origin. The non-renewal of this tax justifies
the actions of those who have been fraudulently circumventing the tax for more
than 20 years, and will obviously favor importers of Chinese lighters. Asian
lighters already represent more than 70% of the European market in volume^.
BIC Group net sales change by geography
In million euros Q4 2011 Q4 2012 Change 2011 2012 Change
Total Group net sales 469.8 464.1 1,824.1 1,898.7
As reported -1.2% +4.1%
At constant currencies -2.2% +0.7%
On a comparative basis -0.4% +2.8%
1 - Europe 119.1 108.5 517.7 484.5
As reported -8.9% -6.4%
At constant currencies -9.6% -7.0%
On a comparative basis -2.7% -0.3%
2 - North America 189.7 198.8 728.0 818.0
As reported +4.8% +12.4%
At constant currencies +0.5% +3.5%
On a comparative basis +0.5% +3.5%
3 - Developing Markets 161.0 156.8 578.4 596.2
As reported -2.6% +3.1%
At constant currencies +0.1% +4.1%
On a comparative basis +0.1% +4.7%
Impact of change in perimeter and currency fluctuations
in % Q4 2011 Q4 2012 2011 2012
Perimeter -0.3 -1.8 -1.0 -2.1
Currencies -1.0 +1.0 -2.5 +3.4
Of which USD +0.3 +1.7 -2.2 +3.5
Of which BRL -0.8 -1.4 - -0.9
Sensitivity to key currency changes on net sales
in % 2011 2012
+/- 5% changes of USD +/- 1.8 +/-2.0
+/- 5% changes of BRL +/-0.6 +/-0.6
+/- 5% changes of MXN +/- 0.2 +/-0.2
IFO and Normalized IFO by category
Income From Operations Normalized Income From
In million Q4 2011 Q4 2012 FY 2011 FY 2012 Q4 2011 Q4 FY 2011 FY 2012
Group 75.0 68.6 339.7 370.5 86.2 75.0 362.4 373.8
Consumer 58.3 60.3 320.3 352.8 67.6 62.7 338.1 351.8
Stationery 9.3 6.6 83.5 94.6 9.3 7.6 83.5 94.7
Lighters 49.5 49.5 199.8 208.2 49.6 50.4 199.9 207.6
Shavers 10.9 9.5 59.8 65.0 10.9 9.9 59.8 64.8
Other -11.3 -5.2 -22.8 -15.0 -2.1 -5.2 -5.2 -15.3
APP 16.7 8.3 19.3 17.7 18.5 12.3 24.3 22.0
Condensed Profit and Loss Account
Change Change at Change 2011 Change Change at Change
In million Q4 2011 Q4 as constant on a 2012 as constant on a
euros 2012 reported currencies comp. reported currencies comp.
NET SALES 469.8 464.1 -1.2% -2.2% -0.4% 1,824.1 1,898.7 +4.1% +0.7% +2.8%
Cost of Goods 236.3 241.1 +2.0% 925.6 933.3 +0.8%
GROSS PROFIT 233.5 223.0 -4.5% 898.5 965.4 +7.4%
& other 158.5 154.4 -2.5% 558.8 594.9 +6.4%
OPERATIONS 75.0 68.6 -8.6% 339.7 370.5 +9.1%
Finance 4.8 3.4 -29.1% 9.2 10.5 +14.2%
INCOME BEFORE 79.9 72.0 -9.8% 348.8 381.0 +9.2%
Income tax -25.9 -22.7 -12.4 -115.1 -121.6 +5.6%
Income from - 0.8 4.1 3.7
GROUP NET 54.0 50.1 -7.2% 237.9 263.1 +10.6%
SHARE (EPS) 1.13 1.06 -6.2% 5.00 5.56 +11.2%
shares 47339 47339
outstanding 47,565,299 322 47,565,299 322
Condensed Balance Sheet
In million euros (rounded figures) Dec. 2011 Dec. 2012
Cash and cash equivalents 300.7 287.3
Trade and other receivables 416.9 446.1
Inventories 411.3 404.9
Other current assets 38.1 42.9
Other current financial assets and derivative instruments 40.2 66.5
Current assets 1,207.2 1,247.7
Property, plant & equipment 360.2 398.0
Investment properties 2.3 2.2
Other non-current assets 248.2 275.1
Goodwill and intangible assets 262.6 266.4
Non-current assets 873.3 941.7
TOTAL ASSETS 2,080.5 2,189.4
LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Dec. 2011 Dec. 2012
Current borrowings 8.8 11.0
Trade and other payables 110.8 112.1
Other current liabilities 212.5 213.6
Current liabilities 332.1 336.7
Non-current borrowings 1.6 1.5
Other non-current liabilities 279.7 355.9
Non-current liabilities 281.3 357.4
Shareholders' equity 1,467.1 1,495.3
TOTAL LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 2,080.5 2,189.4
Condensed Cash Flow Statement
In million euros (rounded figures) 2011 2012
Net Income 237.9 263.1
Amortization and provision 88.0 98.2
(Gain)/Loss from disposal of fixed assets 9.0 -5.3
Others 5.9 13.5
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS 340.8 369.5
(Increase)/Decrease in net current working capital -114.8 -37.9
Others -25.2 -28.9
NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 200.8 302.7
Net Capital Expenditures -85.2 -117.3
(Acquisition)/ disposal of equity investment / subsidiaries -6.8 1.3
Other investments 0.1 - -0.6
NET CASH FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES -91.9 -116.6
Dividends paid -90.6 -189.5
Borrowings/(Repayments) -1.7 -0.9
Share buyback net of stock options exercised -84.0 +23.9
(Purchase)/Sale of other current financial assets 0.2 -18.8
Other -0.7 -0.9
NET CASH FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES -176.8 -186.2
NET INCREASE/ DECREASE IN CASH AND -68.0 0.0
OPENING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 368.0 299.4
Exchange difference -0.6 -16.4
CLOSING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 299.4 283.0
Share buy-back program
Average weighted price in
Number of shares bought € Amount in M€
January 2012 - - -
February 2012 - - -
March 2012 3,078 74.95 0.2
April 2012 - - -
May 2012 - - -
June 2012 17,800 76.36 1.4
July 2012 - - -
August 2012 - - -
September 2012 - - -
October 2012 - - -
November 2012 - - -
December 2012 - -
Total 2012 20,878 76.15 1.6
Capital and voting rights, December 31, 2012
As of December 31, 2012, the total number of issued shares of SOCIÉTÉ BIC is
48,378,297 shares, representing:
*68,450,657 voting rights,
*67,611,166 voting rights excluding shares without voting rights
Total treasury shares at the end December 2012: 839,491
*At constant currencies: Constant currency figures are calculated by
translating the current year figures at prior year monthly average
exchange rates. All net sales category comments are made at constant
currencies or comparative basis.
*Comparative basis: at constant currencies and constant perimeter. Figures
at constant perimeter exclude the impacts of acquisitions and/or disposals
that occurred during the current year and/or during the previous year,
until their anniversary date.
*Normalized IFO: normalized for 2012 means excluding restructuring, the
costs of BIC APP integration plan, the gain on the disposal of the phone
cards distribution business in France and real estate gains - for 2011
excluding restructuring, impairment of goodwill and trademarks related to
the disposal of PIMACO business to business divisions in Brazil,
impairment of goodwill related to "other products" Greece consumer
division and the gain on the disposal of REVA peg business.
SOCIETE BIC consolidated and statutory financial statements as of December 31,
2012 have been closed by the Board of Directors on February 12, 2013. The
auditors have performed their audit procedures on these financial statements
and the audit reports on the consolidated and statutory financial statements
are being issued. A presentation related to this announcement is also
available on BIC website (www.bicworld.com).
This document contains forward-looking statements. Although BIC believes its
expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, these statements are subject
to numerous risks and uncertainties. A description of the risks borne by BIC
appears in the section, "Risk factors" in BIC's 2011 Registration Document
filed with the French financial markets authority (AMF) on March 27, 2012.
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For more information, please consult the corporate web site: www.bicworld.com
2013 Agenda (all dates to be confirmed)
1^st Quarter 2013 results April 25, 2013 Conference call
2012 AGM May, 15 2013 BIC Headquarters, Clichy
2^nd Quarter and 1^st Half 2013 August 1, 2013 Conference call
3^rd Quarter 2013 results October 23, 2013 Conference call
BIC is a world leader in stationery, lighters, shavers and promotional
products. For more than 60 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing
high-quality, affordable products to consumers everywhere. Through this
unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands in the
world. BIC products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world. In
2012, BIC recorded net sales of 1,898.7 million euros. The Company is listed
on "Euronext Paris" and is part of the SBF120 and CAC Mid 60 indexes. BIC is
also part of the following SRI indexes: FTSE4Good Europe, ASPI Eurozone,
Ethibel Excellence Europe, Gaia Index and Stoxx Global ESG Index.
8.8 million euros special premium paid to all BIC employees who have not
been granted performance share plans in 2011.
Payable on May 29, 2013 subject to approval at the AGM of May 15, 2013
see glossary page 16
Excluding currency impacts and bolt-on acquisitions
: BIC estimates - total European pocket lighters market (flint and piezo)
BIC _ FY2012 results
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