Lagardère SCA : 2012 Full-Year Results
2012 Recurring EBIT from Media activities^(1) slightly above announced
*Stable net sales: €7,370 million
*Recurring EBIT from Media activities: €358 million
*Net income - Group share: back to profitability at €89 million vs. -€707
million in 2011
A solid financial position
*Cash from operating activities significantly improved: €391 million (+52%)
*Excellent liquidity position: €1.7 billion in available liquidity^(2)
Proposal to maintain dividend at €1.30 per share
2013 Recurring EBIT from Media activities target: increase by 0% to 5%
PARIS -- March 7, 2013
Regulatory News :
The Lagardère group's (Paris:MMB) results demonstrated its resilience, with
healthy business activity and Media recurring EBIT before associates slightly
above the announced guidance.
*Net sales were stable on a like-for-like basis (€7,370 million). The
expansion plan for our growing businesses (in particular Digital and
Travel Retail) yielded results, making up for persistently difficult
economic conditions and the structural decline of print products.
*Recurring Media EBIT came out at €358 million, slightly above (+€3
million, i.e. +0.8%) the announced guidance, that excluded scope effects
(-€49million) related to the disposal of International Magazine
Publishing (PMI) and Russian radios, partially offset by the acquisition
of LeGuide.com (+€5m), foreign exchange effects (+€7 million), and
provisions for the IOC contract^(3)(-€22 million).
*profitability remains high (10.7%) at Lagardère Publishing;
*recurring EBIT up sharply (+€18 million, excluding the impact of PMI
and Russian radios) at Lagardère Active, thanks to effective cost
control; operating margin increased by 1.9 pt;
*recurring EBIT at Lagardère Services virtually unchanged (€104
*recurring EBIT affected by the IOC provision at Lagardère Unlimited.
*Net income - Group share came out at €89 million, versus -€707 million in
2011, which included impairment losses of €895 million. Adjusted net
income - Group share (excluding the EADS contribution and non-operating
items) stood at €207 million, i.e. down €19 million relative to 2011, due
mainly to the impact of PMI and Russian radios disposals.
*Cash from operating activities up sharply (€391 million, i.e. +€134
million), thanks to a significant improvement in the trend in Working
Capital Requirement (WCR).
*Net debt at the end of the year was up (€1,700 million, compared to €1,269
million at the end of 2011), owing to acquisitions completed in 2012.
I- NET SALES AND RECURRING EBIT BEFORE ASSOCIATES
Net sales totalled €7,370 million and were stable on a like-for-like basis
(-0.2%) but down on a reported basis (-3.7%). The difference between reported
and like-for-like data is primarily due to a negative scope effect of
-€392million, notably caused by Lagardère Active's disposals of PMI and
Russian Radio activities and, to a lesser extent, the switch in the accounting
of Relay's activities at Aéroports de Paris to the equity method. This scope
effect was partially offset by a positive foreign exchange effect
Net sales (in €m)
2011 2012 change change
LAGARDÈRE 7,657 7,370 -3.7% -0.2%
Lagardère Publishing 2,038 2,077 1.9% -1.2%
Lagardère Active 1,441 1,014 -29.6% -3.9%
Lagardère Services 3,724 3,809 2.3% 2.2%
Lagardère Unlimited 454 470 3.5% -5.9%
Recurring EBIT from Media activities came out at €358 million. Excluding PMI
and Russian radio, recurring EBIT from Media activities was €366m in 2011. The
decrease on a reported basis (-€56 million) is primarily due to a negative
scope effect (-€49million), associated with the disposal of PMI and Russian
radio activities in 2011 and was partially offset by the acquisition of
LeGuide.com (+€5 million). The provision for risk recognised at June 30 by
Lagardère Unlimited (contract with the IOC) was -€22 million. The foreign
exchange effect was slightly positive (+€7million).
Excluding these scope effects, foreign exchange effects and the IOC provision,
recurring EBIT from Media activities was up by +€3 million (i.e. +0.8%) and
exceeded slightly the announced stability target.
Recurring EBIT before Difference between
associates 2012 and 2011 on a
2011 2012 (in € millions)
LAGARDÈRE 414 358 (56)
Lagardère Publishing 221 223 +2
Lagardère Active 95* 64 (31)**
Lagardère Services 105 104 (1)
Lagardère Unlimited (6) (33) (27)
*€46 million pro forma - excluding the major assets sold (PMI and Russian
**+€18 million pro forma - excluding the major assets sold (PMI and Russian
*Lagardère Publishing: increase of recurring EBIT
Net sales came out at €2,077 million in 2012, up 1.9% on a reported basis and
down slightly (-1.2%) on a like-for-like basis, with the difference being due
primarily to a positive foreign exchange effect (€73 million, primarily
against the US dollar and the GB pound). The year was marked by continued
growth momentum in Digital Books, which now accounts for 8% of net sales, and
by editorial successes in trade^(4) publishing.
As expected, the second half of the year was marked by a substantial rise in
profitability, enabling to maintain a high operating margin level of 10.7%
throughout 2012. The division's recurring EBIT before associates was €223
million, higher than 2011 (+€2 million).
In France, recurring EBIT before associates was up slightly: the solid
performance of General Literature (in particular, novels by J.K. Rowling and E
L James), Illustrated Books and Larousse activities was partially offset by
the expiry of the renewal of school curricula in Education.
In the United Kingdom, recurring EBIT before associates was significantly
higher thanks to commercial successes recognised at the end of the year, the
dramatic growth of Digital market share, and effective cost control.
Partworks activities reported very strong recurring EBIT before associates
increase, primarily in Japan.
Momentum in the United States was more uneven, due to lower sales relative to
Finally, Business in Spain saw a marked slowdown, due to the economic crisis
which is hitting Trade and Education activities.
*Lagardère Active: strong improvement of the operating margin in a
Net sales in 2012 (€1,014 million) were down 3.9% on a like-for-like basis and
29.6% on a reported basis. The difference between reported and like-for-like
data is mainly due to a negative scope effect of -€386 million, primarily
associated with the sale of PMI and Russian Radio activities.
With recurring EBIT before associates of €64 million, Lagardère Active's
operating margin came out at 6.4% in 2012, up by 1.9 point compared to the pro
forma margin for 2011 (excluding PMI and Russian radio activities). The
division successfully offset the drop in business, in particular in
advertising and circulation, thanks in part to a cost control initiative
(structural and operating costs) and to greater profitability in TV channels
and international licences businesses.
*Lagardère Services: a business shift towards travel retail bearing fruits
Net sales totalled €3,809million in 2012, up 2.3% on a reported basis and
2.2% on a like-for-like basis. The difference is due to a positive foreign
exchange effect (+€33 million), partially offset by a negative scope effect
(-€27 million), notably attributable to the switch in the accounting of
Relay's businesses at Aéroports de Paris to the equity method, and, to a
lesser extent, Duty Free in Lyon, and to the disposal of OLF's activities
(distribution of books in Switzerland), removed from the scope on
consolidation on October 1, 2012.
Business in 2012 continued to be boosted by the strong dynamics of the Travel
Retail business, up 8.2% on a like-for-like basis. The Distribution was down
-4.5% on a like-for-like basis due to the significant drop in the print media
The division's business mix continues to evolve in line with the strategic
change introduced several years ago: the Travel Retail business now represents
56% of the mix (up 3 points relative to 2011), compared to 44% for LS
distribution (Integrated Retail and Wholesale).
Profitability is virtually stable, with recurring EBIT before associates of
The profitability of Travel Retail activities has dramatically increased
thanks to the solid performance turned in by Duty Free in France and in
Central Europe, but also thanks to the development of food services activities
in Europe and to the favourable evolution of the mix (products and concepts)
of the Travel essentials business line.
On the other hand, profitability has fallen in Distribution due to the decline
in the press market, not only in the United States but also in Switzerland and
Spain, which diversification efforts and continued operational cost cutting
did not completely offset.
*Lagardère Unlimited: a year marked by exceptional items
2012 net sales came out at €470 million, up on a reported basis (+3.5%) but
down on a like-for-like basis (-5.9%), with the difference stemming primarily
from positive scope effects (€30 million) following 2012 acquisitions: Gaylord
Sports Management in the United States (talent representation, primarily in
golf), Sports Marketing and Management in Australia (SMAM, consultancy in
marketing sport rights) and Zaechel in Germany (hospitality). The foreign
exchange effect was also positive (€14million).
Recurring EBIT (-€33 million) is down, due mainly to the provision recognised
for the IOC contract on June 30, 2012 (-€22 million). Also noteworthy at
Sportfive was the negative effect of the unfavourable draws for European
federation qualifying matches for the football World Cup in 2014 and a less
favourable sport event calendar.
The solid financial performance delivered by World Sport Group, with the
contribution of the AFC^(5) contract and the new UAFA^(6) contract were unable
to offset these trends.
The recurring EBIT before associates of Non-Media activities came out at -€19
million (compared to -€12 million in 2011) due to two negative effects:
falling revenue (management fees) contributed by the divisions (lower net
sales due to the disposal of PMI and Russian radio activities), as well as the
declining profitability of the spare parts business (Matra Manufacturing &
II- OTHER INCOME STATEMENT DATA
CONTRIBUTION FROM ASSOCIATES^(7)
Net income from associates came out at €105 million, down slightly compared to
2011 by €7 million. Improved revenues at EADS (contribution of €89 million
compared to €79 million in 2011) did not offset the smallest income
contribution from associates at Lagardère Active due to scope effects
(disposal of PMI activities) and to a lower contribution from Amaury.
Non-recurring/non-operating items came out at -€216 million in 2012 compared
to -€1,003 million in 2011, an amount that included impairment losses,
particularly at Lagardère Unlimited and at Lagardère Active as well as the
ownership interest in Canal+ France.
In 2012, non-recurring/non-operating items break down as follows:
*-€95 million in impairment losses on tangible and intangible assets
related primarily to Lagardère Unlimited (-€49 million) following the loss
of the UEFA tender offer, and to Lagardère Active
(-€34 million) notably on Doctissimo and NextIdea;
*-€43 million in impairment losses on Canal+ France, taking into account
the new business plan prepared by the company, that includes notably the
impact of the increase in VAT rate expected for January, 1, 2014;
*-€40 million in restructuring costs, including €28 million at Lagardère
Active following the ramp-up of the cost-cutting campaign;
*-€35 million in amortisation of acquisition-related intangible assets and
other acquisition-related expenses, mainly at Lagardère Unlimited and at
INCOME BEFORE INTEREST AND TAX
This came out at€228 million, compared to -€489 million in 2011, up €717
million in spite of lower recurring EBIT before associates; this was due to
lower non-recurring/non-operating items.
NET INTEREST EXPENSE
Net interest expense stood at €82 million, down €13 million relative to 2011
owing notably to lower average indebtedness (€1,570 million compared to €1,734
million in 2011).
INCOME TAX EXPENSE
Income tax expense came out at €40 million, compared to €105 million in 2011.
This difference is primarily due to the 3 following items:
*a decrease in taxable profit, i.e. earnings before tax adjusted from the
contribution from associates (that have already paid tax) as well as
impairment losses (non eligible for tax deduction);
*the partial activation of Lagardère SCA’s tax loss carryforwards;
*non-recurring tax expense in 2011 associated with the disposal of PMI.
Factoring in all these items, total net income for the year becomes positive
again at €106 million, including €89 million attributable to the Group and €17
million attributable to minority interests.
(€m) Lagardère Other Total Lagardère Other Total
Media activities* Media activities*
Net sales 7,657 / 7,657 7,370 / 7,370
Recurring EBIT before 414 (12) 402 358 (19) 339
Income (loss) from 33 79**** 112 16 89**** 105
Non-recurring/non-operating (692) (311) (1,003) (173) (43) (216)
Income before interest and (245) (244) (489) 201 27 228
Net interest expense (44) (51) (95) (25) (57) (82)
Income before tax (289) (295) (584) 176 (30) 146
Income tax expense (150) 45 (105) (143) 103 (40)
Total net income (439) (250) (689) 33 73 106
attributable to minority (18) / (18) (17) / (17)
Net income - attributable (457) (250) (707) 16 73 89
to the Group
* Non-Media, Canal+ France and EADS.
** See definition at end of the press release.
*** Before impairment losses.
**** EADS contribution.
ADJUSTED NET INCOME - ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE GROUP
Adjusted net income - attributable to the Group (excluding the EADS
contribution and non-operating items) stood at €207 million, i.e. down €19
million relative to 2011.
(€m) 2011 2012
Net income - attributable to the Group (707) 89
Equity accounted contribution from EADS (79) (89)
Amortisation of acquisition-related intangible assets and other 71 27
Impairment losses on goodwill and tangible and intangible fixed 895 138
Restructuring costs* 36 37
Gains/(losses) on disposals* 10 5
Adjusted net income - attributable to the Group 226** 207
* Net of tax.
**2011 adjusted net income included €46m of net income from consolidated
activities of PMI and radio in Russia prior to their disposal.
NET INCOME PER SHARE
Net income per share - attributable to the Group came out at €0.70 compared
to -€5.56 in 2011. Adjusted net income per share - attributable to the Group
was €1.62 compared to €1.78 in 2011.
III- OTHER FINANCIAL ITEMS
TOTAL CASH FROM OPERATING AND INVESTING ACTIVITIES
(€m) 2011 2012
Cash flow from operations before interest and tax 597 552
Change in working capital (170) (21)
Cash flow from operations 427 531
Interest paid and received, income taxes paid (170) (140)
Cash generated by operating activities 257 391
Acquisition of property, plant & equipment and intangible (253) (264)
Disposal of property, plant & equipment and intangible assets 26 20
Free cash flow 30 147
Acquisition of financial assets (99) (384)
Disposal of financial assets 814 65
(Increase)/decrease in short-term investments 21 28
Net cash from operating & investing activities 766 (144)
Cash flow from operating activities came out at €391 million in 2012.
*Cash flow from operations before interest and tax was down slightly to
€552 million, reflecting lower recurring EBIT before associates due to the
disposal of PMI activities.
*The change in working capital requirement (WCR) stood at -€21 million and
improved very noticeably (+€149) million compared to 2011 due to
favourable trends for all divisions, especially for Lagardère Active
(effect of PMI activities disposal and significant cash inflows for
Lagardere Entertainment) and for Lagardère Unlimited.
*Interest paid (net of interest received) was down -€87 million to -€76
million owing notably to lower average indebtedness (€1,570 million
compared to €1,734 million in 2011).
*Income taxes paid were also down (€64 million vs. €83 million in 2011).
Investing cash flows came out at €563 million.
*Investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets stood
at €264 million, up slightly compared to 2011, and related mainly to the
Lagardère Services division (pushing ahead with growth by creating sales
outlets and winning new concessions) and Lagardère Unlimited (acquisition
of sports rights).
*Financial investments came out at €384 million, and mainly related to the
acquisition of LeGuide.com by Lagardère Active, continued growth of the
Travel Retail activities at Lagardère Services (with, in particular,
Prague, Geneva and Rome airports) and to acquisitions made by Lagardère
Unlimited (Gaylord and SMAM).
Total disposals of financial assets stood at €65 million, and are mainly
related to the sale of the joint venture with Marie Claire in China to Hearst
(the curtailment of PMI sales) and the sale of Publications Groupe Loisirs,
the publishers of TV Magazine in partnership with Socpresse.
Total cash from operating and investing activities amounted to a net outflow
of €144 million compared to a net inflow of €766 million in 2011, an
exceptional amount linked to the disposal of PMI and Russian radio activities
Net debt came out at €1,700 million as of the end of December 2012, up €431
million relative to 2011. This difference is primarily due to strategic
acquisitions (Travel Retail in Rome, LeGuide.com).
The Group's liquidity position is still solid, with €1,678 million in
available liquidity (cash and short-term investments on the balance sheet,
totalling €703 million, and authorised but undrawn credit line of €975
million). The debt repayment schedule is well-balanced and the first major
repayment date will occur in October 2014 (redemption of the bond issued in
late 2009 of €874 million).
In October 2012, the Group launched a €500 million bond issue maturing in five
years (October 2017) and an annual coupon of 4.125%.
The success of the bond issue demonstrated investor confidence in the strategy
pursued by Lagardère group and the strength of its financial position. This
issue enabled Lagardère SCA to continue to diversify its sources of funding,
extend the average maturity of its debt issues and to maintain its long-term
2013 GUIDANCE ON MEDIA RECURRING EBIT BEFORE ASSOCIATES
In 2013, the Media recurring EBIT before associates is expected to increase by
0% to 5% at constant exchange rates, compared to 2012.
This guidance is based notably on the assumption of a circa 5% decrease of
advertising sales for Lagardère Active.
The proposed dividend for the 2012 fiscal year is €1.30 per share, maintained
at last year’s level.
This amount is consistent with the Group's dynamic shareholders remuneration
policy combining stability on ordinary share dividends since 2007, and
occasional operations such as share buyback (in 2006, 2007 and 2008) and
extraordinary dividends (in 2005).
*2013 General Meeting
The General Meeting of Shareholders will be held on May 3, 2013 at
10:00a.m. at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (morning) and the dividend
will be paid as of Friday, May 10, 2013.
*Announcement of Q1 2013 sales
First-quarter net sales will be released on May 14, 2013 at 8:00a.m. A
conference call will be held at 10:00a.m. on the same day.
*Announcement of H1 2013 results
First-half results will be released on August 29, 2013 at 5:45p.m. A
conference call will be held at 6:00p.m. on the same day.
Definition of Recurring Media EBIT
Recurring Media EBIT of consolidated companies is defined as the difference
between result before financial charges and tax and the following items of the
profit and loss statement:
*contribution of associates;
*gains or losses on disposals of assets;
*impairment losses on goodwill, property, plant and equipment and
*items related to business combinations:
*expenses on acquisitions;
*gains and losses resulting from acquisition price adjustments;
*amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets.
Lagardère is a world-class pure-play media group (Book and e-Publishing;
Press, Audiovisual, Digital and Advertising Sales Brokerage; Travel Retail and
Distribution; Sport Industry and Entertainment).
With a holding of around 7.5%, Lagardère jointly controls EADS.
Lagardère shares are listed on Euronext Paris.
Some of the statements contained in this document are not historical facts but
rather are statements of future expectations and other forward-looking
statements that are based on management's beliefs. These statements reflect
such views and assumptions as of the date of the statements and involve known
and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause future results,
performance or future events to differ materially from those expressed or
implied in such statements.
Please refer to the most recent Reference Document (Document de référence)
filed by Lagardère SCA with the French Autorité des marchés financiers for
additional information in relation to such factors, risks and uncertainties.
Lagardère SCA disclaims any intention or obligation to update or review the
forward-looking statements referred to above. Consequently Lagardère SCA is
not responsible for any consequences that could result from the use of any of
the above statements.
^(1) Lagardère Media division's recurring EBIT before associates. See
definition at the end of the press release.
^(2) Cash and short-term investments on the balance sheet and undrawn credit
^(3) International Olympic Committee.
^(4) Books meant for the general public.
^(5) Asian Football Cup.
^(6) Union of Arab Football Associations.
^(7) Before impairment losses.
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