- Revenues up 6.0% to €1,240.2 million, organic revenues up 1.6%
- Operating margin increases by 3.9% to €270.2 million
- EBIT at €133.3 million, down 2.3%
- Net income Group share at €82.4 million, down 13.4%
- Strong free cash flow of €150.3 million
- Record low debt level
- Organic revenue growth for Q3 expected to be broadly in line with Q2
Paris, 30 July 2012 - JCDecaux SA (Euronext Paris: DEC), the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced today its 2012 half year financial results.
Commenting on the 2012 first half results, Jean-Charles Decaux, Chairman of the Executive Board and Co-CEO, said:“Our first-half year results reflect the strength of our presence in fast-growing markets and of our expanding digital portfolio, enabling us to increase revenues and operating margin despite the financial crisis in Europe and the slowdown of the global economy. After a solid Q1, Q2 organic growth was slightly lower than expected with most European markets in decline while Asia- Pacific and the Rest of the World continued to post double-digit growth. Our Transport division which is strongly exposed to fast growing economies continued to outperform in H1 with an increased contribution from digital, while Street Furniture was flat and Billboard down.
Despite the positive impact of the Olympic Games in the UK and a slight improvement expected in France, we anticipate Q3 organic revenue growth to be broadly in line with Q2, reflecting a revenue decline affecting Germany and some Northern/Eastern European countries.
We remain convinced that JCDecaux’s unique industry positioning, with strong exposure to fast growing markets and our high quality outdoor advertising portfolio leaves us well placed to outperform our competitors. Our innovation capabilities, the acceleration of our digital transformation, the strength of our balance sheet with a record low net debt level and the high quality of our teams across the world are, more than ever, key competitive advantages.”
Revenues for the six months ending 30 June 2012 rose 6.0% to €1,240.2 million from €1,170.0 million in the same period last year. Organic growth was 1.6%, the difference with reported growth being mainly due to foreign exchange variations. Core advertising revenues, excluding revenues relating to the sale, rental and maintenance of street furniture products grew 1.3% organically over the period.
In the second quarter, consolidated revenues increased by 5.8% to €671.2 million with organic revenue growth of 0.2% compared to the same period last year. Core advertising revenues decreased 0.1% organically in the second quarter.
Revenues for the first half of 2012 increased by 1.1% to €572.2 million from €566.1 million in the first half of last year (-0.1% on an organic basis). Core advertising revenues decreased by 0.9% organically.
France and the UK delivered single digit-growth while Germany, after two years of double/high-single digit growth, reported a mid-single digit decline. Most other geographies delivered either flattish or declining organic revenues, with Southern Europe posting a double- digit decrease due to the continued deterioration of the macro environment in this region.
North America showed a double-digit growth and fast-growing markets delivered a high-single digit growth.
In the second quarter, revenues increased by 0.8% to €306.7 million (-0.7% on an organic basis) compared to the same period last year. Core advertising revenues decreased by 1.6% organically.
Revenues for the first half 2012 increased by 12.5% (+7.3% on an organic basis) to €452.2 million.
In Asia Pacific, we were once again able to post double digit growth in spite of difficult comparables and a softening in the economic environment. This was helped by the steady increase in passenger traffic, with the Hong Kong MTR, Chinese metros and Singapore Airport being particularly strong. In addition, it is to be noted that China revenue growth was negatively affected by a new tax system implemented in Shanghai with the introduction of VAT and the suppression of business tax. We estimate the total impact on organic growth to be 1.4% on Asia-Pacific as a whole, with no impact on the operating margin or below.
In the Rest of the World, we continued to see a strong growth at Dubai Airport. This, along with the progress of the Saudi Airports also led to strong double digit growth in the region.
France and the UK posted high single digit growth whilst the situation in Southern Europe remained tough. North America showed a double digit decline following the non-renewal of certain long-term advertising campaigns.
In the second quarter, revenues increased by 12.7% to €248.7 million (+4.8% on an organic basis).
Revenues for the first half of 2012 increased by 6.9% (-4.7% on an organic basis) to €215.8 million against €201.9 million in the same period last year. The difference between reported and organic growth is mainly due to the redistribution of certain panels into the Billboard segment following a legal reorganization in the French business.
Advertising demand for Billboard was particularly soft in most European geographies. In particular, organic revenues showed a single digit decline in France and a double digit decline in Southern Europe. This was due to both the completion of inventory rationalizations in these countries and the increasing pressure on price in most geographies, especially in Q2.
In the second quarter, revenues increased by 5.7% to €115.8 million (-6.9% on an organic basis).
In the first half of 2012, Group operating margin increased by 3.9% to €270.2 million from €260.0 million in the same period last year. The operating margin as a percentage of consolidated revenues was 21.8%, 40 basis points below the previous year, reflecting difficult conditions in most European countries and the continuous evolution of the mix towards Transport.
Street Furniture: Operating margin decreased by 1.7% to €174.9 million. As a percentage of revenues, the operating margin was 80bps below H1 2011 level at 30.6%, reflecting difficult conditions in the Rest of Europe, especially in Southern Europe.
Transport: Operating margin strongly improved in the first half of 2012, with a 27.5% year-on- year increase to €70.4 million. As a percentage of revenues, the operating margin improved 190bps to 15.6% reflecting the steady and profitable growth in Asia-Pacific.
Billboard: Operating margin decreased by 7.4% to €24.9 million. As a percentage of revenues, operating margin declined 180bps to 11.5%, compared to 13.3% in the first half of 2011. This reflects the impact of the 4.7% decline in organic revenues.
EBIT decreased by 2.3% to €133.3 million, down from €136.5 million in the first half of 2011. The Group’s EBIT margin was 10.7% of consolidated revenues (H1 2011: 11.7%). Consumption of maintenance spare parts was broadly flat, whilst charges associated with depreciation and provisions increased compared to H1 2011.
NET FINANCIAL INCOME(3)
In H1 2012, net financial income was significantly lower than last year, at -€14.6 million compared to -€2.7 million in H1 2011. This is notably due to the €8.6 million positive one-off impact in H1 2011 due to the financial divestiture of a minority stake in a Chinese company.
Share of net profit from equity affiliates slightly increased to €6.5 million compared to €6.1 million in the same period last year. This increase is essentially due to Metrobus.
NET INCOME GROUP SHARE
Net income Group share decreased to €82.4 million, compared to €95.1 million in the first half of 2011. This decrease mainly reflects the slightly lower EBIT and the much lower net financial income, partially offset by lower tax and higher equity affiliates. Excluding the one-off impact mentioned in the Net financial income section above, the decrease in Net income Group share was 4.7%.
Net capex (acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, net of disposals of assets) was €69.6 million, compared to €56.9 million in the same period last year. It is worth mentioning that the H1 2011 figure was positively impacted by asset disposals following the non-renewal of a low-profitability shopping mall contract in the United Stated at the end of 2010.
FREE CASH FLOW(4)
Free cash flow was especially strong at €150.3 million in H1 2012 compared to €106.9 million in H1 2011 (+40.6%).
Net debt as of 30 June 2012 decreased to €114.1 million compared to €264.2 million as of 30 June 2011 and €147.5 million as of 31 December 2011. At the end of the first half of 2012, net debt represented 0.2 times the trailing 12 months operating margin as of 30 June 2012. In February 2012, the Group renewed its 5-year committed credit line for €600 million.
The dividend of €0.44 per share for the 2011 financial year, approved at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 15 May, 2012, was paid on 22 May, 2012, for a total amount of €97.6 million.
(1) Operating Margin = Revenues less Direct Operating Expenses (excluding Maintenance spare parts) less SG&A expenses
(2) EBIT = Earnings Before Interests and Taxes = Operating Margin less Depreciation, amortization and provisions (net) less Impairment of goodwill less Maintenance spare parts less Other operating income and expenses
(3) Net financial income = Excluding the impact of put on minorities actualization (-€4.7 million and - €2.2 million in H1 2012 and H1 2011 respectively)
(4) Free cash flow = Net cash flow from operating activities less capital investments (property, plant and equipment and intangible assets) net of disposals
(5) Net debt = Debt net of net cash including the non-cash impact of IAS39 (on both debt and derivatives) and excluding the non-cash impact of IAS 32 (debt on commitments to purchase minority interests)
Next information: Q3 2012 revenues: 7 November 2012 (after market)
Key Figures for the Group
- 2011 revenues: €2,463m ; H1 2012: €1,240 m
- JCDecaux is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris and is part of the Euronext 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability indexes
- No.1 worldwide in street furniture (426,200 advertising panels)
- No.1 worldwide in transport advertising with 175 airports and 280 contracts in metros, buses, trains and tramways (367,800 advertising panels)
- No.1 in Europe for billboards (208,500 advertising panels)
- No.1 in outdoor advertising in the Asia-Pacific region (202,200 advertising panels)
- No.1 worldwide for self-service bicycle hire 1,013,500 advertising panels in more than 55 countries
- Present in 3,700 cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants 10,300 employees
Forward looking statements
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These risks and uncertainties include without limitation the risk factors that are described in the annual report registered in France with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers. Investors and holders of shares of the Company may obtain copy of such annual report by contacting the Autorité des Marchés Financiers on its website www.amf-france.org/ or directly on the Company website www.jcdecaux.com.
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