LEGRAND:2012 annual results:
Very good performances despite a difficult economic environment
*Net income excluding minorities: +5.6%
*Free cash flow: +20%
*Dividend: +7.5%, €1.00 per share
Ongoing self-financed strengthening of group positions
*New economies: 38% of 2012 sales vs. 35% in 2011
*External growth: 4 acquisitions announced in 2012
LIMOGES, France -- February 14, 2013
On the closing of full-year accounts for 2012, Gilles Schnepp, Legrand
Chairman and CEO commented on group results, fundamentals and targets:
“Solid 2012 financial performances
Despite the generally lackluster economic environment, Legrand’s solid 2012
performances demonstrated once again the quality of the group’s self-financed
business model and its capacity to create value over the long term:
*Sales were €4.5 billion, up 5.1% in total, with sales in new economies
rising 13.5%. Growth driven by broader scope of consolidation linked to
acquisitions contributed 4.5% of the total, the exchange-rate effect was
+1.9%, and organic^(1) growth in sales was -1.4%;
*Adjusted operating income came to €874 million, or 19.6% of sales (19.9%
excluding acquisitions), illustrating the quality of Legrand’s commercial
positions, its ability to keep pricing management under control, the
effectiveness of its ongoing productivity initiatives, and its capacity to
*Free cash flow stood at €627 million, or 14.0% of sales, thanks to good
operating performance and rigorous management of capital employed.
Considering the group’s 2012 achievements, and in particular its net income of
€506 million—a record high—the Board of Directors will ask the General Meeting
of shareholders to approve a dividend of €1.00 per share, up 7.5%, payable on
June 3, 2013^(2).
^(1) Organic: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates
^(2) Ex-dividend date: May 29, 2013
Ongoing self-financed strengthening of group positions
In 2012, Legrand actively pursued self-financed expansion and strengthened its
market positions through:
*numerous new-product launches in new economies, as well as in the United
States and other mature countries;
*acquisition of four companies in markets with high potential, all with
leading positions or technological expertise.
More generally, during the year Legrand strengthened its positions in new
economies, which now account for 38% of its sales compared with 35% in 2011,
and in the United States, which became the second-largest country contributing
to group sales in 2012.
At the same time, new business segments represented 25% of sales in 2012
compared with 22% in 2011.
Legrand plans to maintain this momentum in 2013 by continuing to focus on
innovation and its acquisition strategy, particularly in the fastest-growing
markets and segments. In this respect, it has just announced the acquisition
of Seico, the Saudi leader in industrial metal cable trays.
Macro-economic forecasts for 2013 remain varied: possible acceleration in the
pace of growth in new economies in the course of the year, continued recovery
in residential construction in the United States, and continuing uncertainty
for trends in other mature economies. Against this backdrop and in an industry
with no order book, Legrand has set its 2013 targets for organic^(1) growth in
sales at between -2% and +2% and for adjusted operating margin before
acquisitions at between 19% and 20% of sales.
Moreover Legrand will pursue its value-creating acquisition policy.
Medium-term targets confirmed
In recent years, Legrand has demonstrated the soundness of it business model.
In a stabilized macroeconomic environment, the group is confident in its
capacity to create value on a sustainable basis through profitable,
self-financed growth and confirms its medium-term targets^(2).
^(1) Organic: at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates
^(2) Total annual average growth in sales of 10% excluding exchange-rate
effects or major economic downturn, and average adjusted operating margin of
20% including small and medium-size bolt-on acquisitions.
Consolidated data (€ millions) 2011 2012 % change
Sales 4,250.1 4,466.7 +5.1%
Adjusted operating income^(1) 856.7 874.4 +2.1%
As % of sales 20.2% 19.6%^(2)
Operating income 812.3 848.0 +4.4%
As % of sales 19.1% 19.0%
Net income excluding minorities 478.6 505.6 +5.6%
As % of sales 11.3% 11.3%
Free cash flow^(3) 522.7 627.0 +20.0%
As % of sales 12.3% 14.0%
Net financial debt at December 31 1,268.8 1,082.5 -14.7%
(1) Operating income adjusted for amortization of revaluation of intangible
assets at the time of acquisitions and for expense/income relating to
acquisitions (€28.5 million in 2011 and 26.4 million in 2012) and, where
applicable, for impairment of goodwill (€15.9 million in 2011 and €0 million
(2) 19.9% excluding acquisitions (at 2011 scope of consolidation).
(3) Free cash flow is defined as the sum of net cash from operating activities
and net proceeds of sales of fixed assets less capital expenditure and
capitalized development costs.
Results to December 31, 2012
Reported figures show a 5.1% year-on-year rise in sales to €4,466.7 million.
Sales at constant scope of consolidation and exchange rates declined 1.4%,
reflecting the less buoyant global economy in 2012.
Changes in the scope of consolidation made a 4.5% growth contribution, while
exchange rates had a positive impact of 1.9%.
Changes in sales by destination at constant scope of consolidation and
exchange rates broke down as follows by geographical region:
2012 / 2011 4^th quarter 2012 / 4^th quarter 2011
France -3.3% -4.3%
Italy -12.5% -12.2%
Rest of Europe -2.2% -2.2%
United States/Canada +5.3% +10.3%
Rest of the World +2.5% +2.2%
Total -1.4% -0.6%
- France: sales were down 3.3%, impacted by the less buoyant economy. Against
this backdrop, some market segments in which Legrand holds strong positions
reported growth, including wiring devices, emergency lighting, and
- Italy: Sales to distributors (sell-in) were down -12.5%, but downstream
sell-out of Legrand products by distributors (sell-out) remained higher than
sell-in by more than 3 points and thus stood at around -9%.
Amid testing economic conditions that saw a deterioration in residential and
commercial markets, the group continued to benefit from its robust leadership
positions, especially in wiring devices and home systems.
- Rest of Europe: Overall sales for the region were down 2.2%. Strong
performances in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands
partially offset continuing difficulties, especially in Southern Europe
(Spain, Portugal and Greece).
More generally, new economies account for half of business in this region.
- United States/Canada: Buoyed by strong showings in wiring devices, cable
management and home systems, sales rose 5.3%. The residential market, which
had declined for five years in a row and remains well below historic
levels^(1), confirmed its recovery during the year and should continue to
underpin group business in the United States. Non-residential activity
remained flat. By the end of 2012, the United States became the second-largest
contributor to group sales.
- Rest of the World: Sales for the region as a whole show a rise of +2.5%,
with healthy growth in new economies in Asia, Latin America and the Middle
East. This more than offset lower sales in mature countries (Australia and
Strengthened presence in new economies: Total sales in new economies grew
nearly 13.5% for the year, or 3.6% at constant scope of consolidation and
exchange rates, with strong showings in Russia, India and China as well as
Mexico, Chile and Saudi Arabia. This healthy rise strengthens Legrand’s
presence in these fast-growing markets where it holds many leading positions,
and thus structurally improves its growth profile: new economies accounted for
38% of group sales in 2012, up from 35% in 2011 and 17% a decade ago.
Construction markets in mature countries: Construction volume in the mature
countries where Legrand operates is on average close to 30% lower than in
2007^(2). The decrease is steeper in Southern Europe (Spain, Greece and
Portugal) where this substantial decline represents potential for a
medium-term rally although conditions for a recovery are not present in these
Continued expansion in new business segments: Digital infrastructures, energy
performance, home systems and wire-mesh cable management continued to expand,
underpinned by lasting changes in technology and society. In 2012, sales in
these new business segments accounted for 25% of total group sales, up from
22% in 2011 and 10% a decade ago.
Innovation and new product launches
In 2012 Legrand actively pursued its innovation effort—one of its growth
engines—spending close to 5% of sales on R&D and dedicating more than half of
its investments to new products, which accounted for 37% of sales. The group
thus launched many new products on every continent. These included the premium
Adorne wiring-device line in North America, the New Modus range of residential
wiring devices in Latin America, and the New Sfera video door-entry systems
and CCTV electronic security systems on international markets.
The group has also continued to expand its existing offer by adding new
functions, in particular to wiring device ranges such as Céliane and Arteor,
and energy distribution offers such as Puissance3. In 2013 it will pursue its
drive for value-creating innovation.
^(1) 2012 volume in US residential construction spending was 40% below the
average recorded over the period 2002-2012, source: Global Insight
^(2) Residential and non residential construction spending, source: Global
Continued external growth
Legrand has pursued its strategy of targeted, self-financed acquisitions of
small and mid-size companies offering high growth potential and strong market
positions. Since January 2012, the group has announced five companies with
total annual acquired sales of over €180 million:
*Numeric UPS, India’s market leader in low- and medium-power UPS^(1),
*Aegide, market leader in Voice-Data-Image cabinets for data centers in the
Netherlands and a front-running European contender in this market,
*Daneva, Brazil’s leader in connection accessories,
*NuVo Technologies, a specialist in multi-room audio systems in the United
*Seico, the Saudi leader in industrial metal cable trays.
These companies have strengthened Legrand’s positions further on fast-growing
markets, notably in new economies (72% of acquired sales) and new business
segments (72% of acquired sales).
Based on previously announced acquisitions and their consolidation dates,
changes in the scope of consolidation should boost growth in consolidated
sales by around 2% in 2013.
In all, since the end of 2004 Legrand has acquired 32 businesses with leading
positions or proven technological expertise. Taken together, they represent
annual sales of €1.1 billion at the time of purchase.
Vigorous cash generation and enhancement of the balance-sheet structure
Thanks to good operational performance, in line with targets, and to rigorous
management of capital employed, free cash flow rose 20% in 2012, amounting to
€627 million, or 14% of sales. This strong generation of free cash flow
confirms the relevance of Legrand’s business model, which allows it to create
value through profitable, self-financed growth, even in a lackluster economic
In 2012 Legrand continued to strengthen its already sound balance-sheet
structure, whose rating by Standard & Poor’s was raised to A- with a stable
outlook in February 2012.
During the year, the group also continued to diversify its sources of
financing, in particular with a new €400 million bond issue maturing in April
2022 and thus extended the average maturity of its gross debt to around 8
The Board adopted audited consolidated financial statements for 2012 at its
meeting on February 13, 2013. These statements, a presentation of 2012 annual
results and the related teleconference (live and replay) are available at
Key financial dates
*2013 first-quarter results: May 7, 2013
*General meeting of shareholders: May 24, 2013
*Ex-dividend date: May 29, 2013
*Dividend payment: June 3, 2013
*2013 first-half results: August 1, 2013
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building
infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in
commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for
customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high
added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported
sales of close to €4.5 billion in 2012. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext
and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI
World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.com
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