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Results for the 1st Quarter of 2015

  • Good first quarter
  • High capacity utilization
  • Notable profit increase at MM Packaging
  • MM Karton maintains a high Level

The Mayr-Melnhof Group started the business year 2015 with a good first quar-ter. High capacity utilization and productivity increases contributed significantly to the profit growth of the Group compared to the previous year’s period. Im-proved performance of the packaging plants had a major part in this, while 

MM Karton was able to maintain the solid earnings level of the previous year.

However, a sustainable economic upturn cannot be inferred from this as the slight increase in incoming orders at the beginning of the year has now re-turned to the usual seasonal level due to a lack of further impulses. Neverthe-less, we keep our goal to grow further with high profitability also in 2015.

Group Key Indicators - IFRS

consolidated, in millions of EUR, IFRS

1Q/20151Q/2014

+/-

Sales533.9523.9+1.9 %
Operating profit50.846.2+10.0 %
Operating margin (in %)9.5 %8.8 % 
Profit before tax47.643.3+9.9 %
Income tax expense(12.1)(11.2) 
Profit for the period35.532.1+10.6 %
Net profit margin (in %)6.6 %6.1 % 
Earnings per share (in EUR)1.771.59 
Employees9,3029,3991) 
Capital expenditures22.032.3 
Depreciation and amortization24.223.2 

 

The Group's consolidated sales went up to EUR 533.9 million and thus were 1.9 % above the comparative figure of the previous year (1Q 2014: EUR 523.9 million). This rise is mainly the result of increased business volume in the packaging division.

Operating profit rose by 10.0 % or EUR 4.6 million to EUR 50.8 million. This growth is primari-ly attributable to the overall improved performance of the MM Packaging plants. Accordingly, the Group's operating margin reached 9.5 %, following 8.8 % in the first three months of the previous year. 

Financial income of EUR 0.4 million (1Q 2014: EUR 0.4 million) was offset by financial ex-penses of EUR -1.6 million (1Q 2014: EUR -1.3 million). 

Profit before tax thus rose by 9.9 % to EUR 47.6 million (1Q 2014: EUR 43.3 million). Income tax expense totaled EUR 12.1 million (1Q 2014: EUR 11.2 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 25.4 % (1Q 2014: 25.9 %).

Profit for the period therefore increased by 10.6 % to EUR 35.5 million (1Q 2014: 
EUR 32.1 million). This corresponds to 6.6 % of sales (1Q 2014: 6.1 %).

 

Outlook

Impulses for demand from the overall economy for our industry cannot be determined. Therefore incoming orders reached the usual seasonal level again after a slight upturn at the beginning of the year. The current order backlog further enables a solid performance in both divisions. The strong profit development in the first quarter is a challenge for the subsequent quarters. Intense competition requires all efforts to be continually concentrated. However, maximum efficiency in production, optimum price level and continued long-term expansion should allow further progress at a high level of profitability. As in the past, organic and acquisi-tion growth will complement each other.

 

Developments in the Divisions

MM Karton

in millions of EUR, IFRS

1Q/20151Q/2014+/-
Sales 1)258.9259.4-0.2 %
Operating profit18.618.8-1.1 %
Operating margin (in %)7.2 %7.2 % 
Tonnage sold (in thousands of tons)421408+3.2 %
Tonnage produced (in thousands of tons)415401+3.5 %

1)  including interdivisional sales

 

The seasonally weaker end of the previous year was followed by a pleasing recovery in de-mand on the European cartonboard market in the first few weeks of 2015, which now turned again to a movement towards the normal level of incoming orders. 

In the first three months of this year the average order backlog at MM Karton amounted to around 85,000 tons following 60,000 tons in the previous year, and thus documents the im-proved visibility and planning for the cartonboard machines. Against this background the ca-pacities in the division could be fully utilized at 99 % in the first quarter of 2015 
(1Q 2014: 97 %). 

Developments on the procurement markets, especially for the strategic input materials recov-ered paper and energy, remained quite stable without any major indications of a change in this trend.

With 415,000 tons produced and 421,000 tons sold, volumes were approximately 3 % higher than in the previous year (1Q 2014: 401,000 tons and 408,000 tons respectively). Of this, with 82 %, a little less was sold in Europe and, with 18 %, slightly more in markets outside of Eu-rope (1Q 2014: 83 %; 17 %).

However, as a result of lower average prices, especially due to the product and regional mix, sales at EUR 258.9 million, remained at the previous year’s level (1Q 2014: 
EUR 259.4 million). Operating profit was similarly unchanged at EUR 18.6 million (1Q 2014: EUR 18.8 million), thus the operating margin was maintained at 7.2 % (1Q 2014: 7.2 %).

 

MM Packaging

in millions of EUR, IFRS

1Q/20151Q/2014+/-
Sales 1)300.7290.4+3.5 %
Operating profit32.227.4+17.5 %  
Operating margin (in %)10.7%9.4 % 
Tonnage processed (in thousands of tons)182178+2.2 %
Sheet equivalend (in millions)503,0501,8+0.2 %

1)  including interdivisional sales

 

Demand on the European folding carton market was overall solid in the first three months of the year. A good level of incoming orders, high capacity utilization and a sound performance of the plants with decreasing heterogeneity between sites characterized the positive overall picture of the division in the first quarter of 2015. 

However, impulses for a sustainable upturn are still not apparent. Therefore a continuation of the intense predatory competition can be expected for the industry. Ongoing mergers in the European and international consumer goods industry will also increase the pressure on pack-aging producers.

With regard to this scenario, MM Packaging is focusing on maximum efficiency and productivity in cartonboard processing as well as long-term cooperation with successful customers.

The success of this approach was clearly visible in the first quarter of this year.

While sales increased by 3.5 % to EUR 300.7 million (1Q 2014: EUR 290.4 million), operating profit went up by 17.5 % or EUR 4.8 million to EUR 32.2 million (1Q 2014: 
EUR 27.4 million). The operating margin improved accordingly from 9.4 % to 10.7 %. 

The tonnage processed rose by 2.2 % from 178,000 tons to 182,000 tons, the sheet equiva-lent by 0.2 % from 501.8 million to 503.0 million.

 

Quarterly Overview

 

consolidated, in millions of EUR,  IFRS

1Q/20142Q/20143Q/20144Q/20141Q/2015
Sales523.9509.2537.9516.4533.9
EBITDA68.565.070.164.874.0
EBITDA margin (in %)13.1 %12.8 %13.0 %12.5 %13.9 %
Operating profit46.242.547.843.750.8
Operating margin (in %)8.8 %8.3 %8.9 %8.5 %9.5 %
Profit before tax43.339.448.839.547.6
Income tax expense(11.2)(10.5)(12.3)(5.4)(12.1)
Profit for the period32.128.936.534.135.5
Net profit margin (in %)6.1 %5.7 %6.8 %6.6 %6.6 %
Eargnings per share (in EUR)1.591.441.831.681.77

 

in millions of EUR, IFRS

1Q/20142Q/20143Q/20144Q/20141Q/2015
Sales1)259.4252.0256.5234.9258.9
Operating profit18.820.219.915.818.6
Operating margin (in %)7.2 %8.0 %7.8 %6.7 %7.2 %
Tonnage sold (in thousands of tons)408398412368421
Tonnage  produced (in thousands of tons)401404408372415

1) including interdivisional sales

 

in millions of EUR, IFRS

1Q/20142Q/20143Q/20144Q/20141Q/2015
Sales1)290.4282.6309.0305.7300.7
Operating profit27.422,327,927.932.2
Operating margin (in %)9.4 %7.9 %9.0 %9.1 %10.7 %
Tonnage processed (in thousands of tons)178173179172182
Sheet equivalent (in millions)501.8484.8527.6482.4503.0

1) including interdivisional sales

 

Forthcoming Results:


August 18, 2015              Half-Year Results 2015

 

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