FISKARS FINANCIAL STATEMENT RELEASE 2019: Decrease in comparable net sales, comparable EBITA and cash flow
Financial Statement Release
February 5, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. EET
FISKARS FINANCIAL STATEMENT RELEASE 2019: Decrease in comparable net sales, comparable EBITA and cash flow
This release is a summary of the Fiskars Corporation’s fourth quarter of 2019 and Financial Statement Release 2019 published today. The complete Financial Statement Release 2019 with tables is attached to this release as a pdf-file. It is also available at http://fiskarsgroup.com/investors/reports-presentations/interim-reports and on the company website at www.fiskarsgroup.com. Investors should not rely on summaries of our financial reports only, but should review the complete Financial Statement Release with tables.
Fourth quarter 2019 in brief:
- Net sales decreased by 5.0% to EUR 308.0 million (Q4 2018: 324.1)
- Comparable net sales1) decreased by 5.6% to EUR 308.0 million (326.3)
- EBITA decreased by 26.5% to EUR 32.0 million (43.5)
- Comparable2) EBITA decreased by 28.1% to EUR 35.1 million (48.8)
- Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes decreased to EUR 84.7 million (92.2)
- Earnings per share (EPS) were EUR 0.26 (0.33)
January-December 2019 in brief:
- Net sales decreased by 2.5% to EUR 1,090.4 million (Q1-Q4 2018: 1,118.5)
- Comparable net sales1) decreased by 3.9% to EUR 1,086.6 million (1,130.1)
- EBITA decreased by 35.2% to EUR 72.9 million (112.5)
- Comparable2) EBITA decreased by 25.5% to EUR 90.6 million (121.7)
- Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes decreased to EUR 117.5 million (136.8)
- Earnings per share (EPS) were EUR 0.63 (1.00)
Proposal for distribution of dividend:
The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.56 per share shall be paid for the financial period that ended on December 31, 2019. The dividend shall be paid in two instalments of EUR 0.28 per share each.
Outlook for 2020:
In 2020, Fiskars expects the comparable2 EBITA to increase from 2019. Fluctuations in currency rates might have a considerable impact on comparable EBITA.
Fiskars continues to invest in future growth and is focused on improving profitability through the ongoing transformation programs, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Therefore, the company is not providing an outlook for comparable net sales for 2020.
Furthermore, there are uncertainties in several key markets, such as potential changes in tariffs or repercussions from the novel corona virus outbreak that could have an impact on the full year development.
President and CEO, Fiskars Group, Jaana Tuominen:
“2019 was a challenging year for us. While several elements of our portfolio developed positively during the important fourth quarter, the progress we are making on our strategic priorities to achieve our long-term ambitions will require some more time to make full impact. Consequently, comparable net sales and comparable EBITA decreased during the quarter. While the comparison period figures from Q4 2018 were high, we are not content with the development. At the beginning of the quarter we experienced IT issues relating to an external service provider, which disrupted our deliveries and adversely impacted our financial performance during the quarter. On a positive note, in the fourth quarter we delivered increased sales in the direct channel, particularly in e-commerce, and improved our efficiencies.
I was pleased to see that net sales in gardening, which is the largest category in Functional, increased across the markets in 2019, demonstrating the strength of our global brand positioning. The fourth quarter was no exception to this. While the net sales in Functional decreased due to challenges in the Outdoor category, the profitability increased during the quarter. During the year, the positive development was overshadowed by external factors impacting our business. The tariffs on imports from China to the U.S. continued to have a negative impact on profitability in the fourth quarter as well. However, going forward the cost impact of the current tariffs is mitigated. Additionally, the unusually rainy weather conditions in the U.S. impacted the watering category during the year. As a result, the comparable net sales and comparable EBITA in Functional decreased in 2019.
In the Living segment the fourth quarter was challenging. Comparable net sales decreased as a result of difficulties in several markets. Comparable EBITA also decreased, weighed by lower volumes and a weakened product mix. As a whole, the year 2019 was intense for the Living business. We have continued with our strategic channel transformation and I am delighted that in the fourth quarter net sales in the direct channel increased, particularly in e-commerce. As the retail environment continues to change, we have taken action to reduce the number of outlet stores and move away from less profitable channels. We have also continued to increase efficiencies and are seeing good progress in our focus areas. As we progress with our transformation, I believe the actions we are taking will improve our performance.
In December, we announced the plan to renew our organizational structure and simplify the organization, creating one Fiskars Group. We are strengthening our competitiveness and focusing on the consumer by planning to remove overlaps and simplify the organization. We see potential to improve our performance, especially by working more closely together in the planned global sales function and strengthening our commercial capabilities. The planning is proceeding, and we intend to implement the new structure by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
I am confident in our ability to improve performance and create value for our shareholders. The planned new structure will help us leverage the full potential of our strong brands, further develop common ways of working and serve our customers better. We will continue our investments in areas that we believe will bring us sustainable value in the long-term as we drive further cost reductions through the on-going programs.
In 2020, we expect the comparable EBITA to increase from 2019. Fluctuations in currency rates might have a considerable impact on comparable EBITA. We continue to invest in future growth and are focused on improving profitability through the ongoing transformation programs, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Therefore, the company is not providing an outlook for comparable net sales for 2020. Furthermore, there are uncertainties in several key markets, such as potential changes in tariffs or repercussions from the novel corona virus outbreak that could have an impact on our full year development. While we do not give an outlook for comparable net sales in 2020, our long-term financial targets remain unchanged.“
1) Comparable net sales excludes the impact of exchange rates, acquisitions and divestments
2) Items affecting comparability in EBITA includes items such as restructuring costs, impairment or provisions charges and releases, integration-related costs, and gain and loss from the sale of businesses
Group key figures
|Comparable net sales1)||308.0||326.3||-5.6%||1,086.6||1,130.1||-3.9%|
|Items affecting comparability in EBITA2)||-3.1||-5.2||-41.3%||-17.7||-9.2||92.0%|
|Operating profit (EBIT)||28.5||32.5||-12.2%||60.1||91.6||-34.4%|
|Profit before taxes||26.5||29.9||63.2||103.0|
|Profit for the period||21.3||26.7||52.4||81.7|
|Net change in the fair value of investment portfolio||0.0||-94.5||-20.4||-118.8|
|Equity per share, EUR||9.34||14.80||-36.9%|
|Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes3)||84.7||92.2||-8.1%||117.5||136.8||-14.1%|
|Equity ratio, %4)||56%||70%|
|Net gearing, %4)||34%||11%|
|Personnel (FTE), average||6,592||7,094||-7.1%||6,840||7,219||-5.3%|
1) Using comparable exchange rates and excluding Leborgne divestment.
2) In Q4 2019, items affecting comparability consisted mainly of items related to the Living transformation program.
3) The IFRS 16 accounting change had a positive impact on the cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes of EUR 6.4 million in Q4 2019 and of EUR 24.4 million in 2019.
4) Figures impacted by the application of the IFRS 16 accounting standard and the distribution of the Wärtsilä share dividend. Excluding these, the equity ratio in Q4 2019 would have been 71% and the net gearing 12%.
CHANGES IN FISKARS GROUP REPORTING IN 2019
On January 1, 2019, the Group adopted IFRS 16 Leases. All the lessees’ lease agreements are booked as right-of-use assets and liabilities in the balance sheet. Exceptions are short-term contracts with a duration of less than 12 months and lease contracts for which the underlying asset has low value. The Group adopted the standard with a cumulative catch-up transition method, without restating prior periods.
For the full year 2019, the positive impact to EBIT/EBITA amounted to EUR 1.4 million, resulting from the decrease of lease expenses and increase of depreciation from the right-of-use assets. In addition, EBITDA was impacted by the amount of depreciation, increasing by EUR 23.0 million. Interest expenses increased by EUR 2.8 million. Total estimated impact to the profit for the period amounted to EUR -1.4 million.
More information on reporting changes is provided in the accounting principles section of this financial statement release.
President and CEO
- President and CEO Jaana Tuominen, tel. +358 204 39 5500
- CFO Sari Pohjonen, tel. +358 204 39 5773
- Corporate Communications, tel. +358 204 39 5031, email@example.com
Analyst and media conference
A combined live webcast and presentation for analysts and media on the fourth quarter and full year results will be held on February 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the company’s headquarters, Fiskars Campus, Hämeentie 135 A, Helsinki. Presentation materials will be available at www.fiskarsgroup.com.
The event will be held in English and can be followed as a live webcast at: https://fiskars.videosync.fi/2019-q4-results
An on-demand version of the webcast will be available on the company website. Personal details gathered during the event will not be used for any other purpose.
Media and investor contacts:
Corporate Communications, tel. +358 204 39 5031, firstname.lastname@example.org
Making the everyday extraordinary
Fiskars Group’s purpose is to make the everyday extraordinary. With our family of lifestyle brands including Fiskars, Gerber, Iittala, Royal Copenhagen, Waterford, and Wedgwood, we want to create a positive, lasting impact on our quality of life. Our products are available in more than 100 countries and we employ around 7,000 people in 30 countries. Please visit us at www.fiskarsgroup.com for more information.