- Gross profit* increases to 585.3 million EUR, with growth of 16.5% (as reported)
Operating EBITDA** up by 20.7% (as reported) to 215.4 million EUR
- Profit after tax amounts to 108.1 million EUR, while earnings per share reach 0.69 EUR
- For the year as a whole, the Group envisages growth for all of its relevant earnings parameters, with an operating EBITDA** figure of between 830 and 855 million EUR
Brenntag (WKN A1DAHH), the global market leader in chemical distribution, reported a strong second quarter in 2015. Its gross profit* and, in particular, its operating EBITDA** clearly exceeded the previous year’s figures. These positive results mainly reflect the growth of existing business.
In the second quarter of 2015, Brenntag grew sales to 2,691.4 million EUR, which represents an increase of 7.6% on the same quarter in the previous year (as reported). Gross profit* – the more significant ratio for an assessment of the Group’s earnings performance – increased by 16.5% (as reported) to 585.3 million EUR (4.3% on a constant currency basis). Operating EBITDA** improved significantly on the previous year: this figure grew by 20.7% (as reported) to 215.4 million EUR (6.7% on a constant currency basis).
Profit after tax amounted to 108.1 million EUR in the second quarter of 2015. This represents earnings per share for Brenntag’s shareholders of 0.69 EUR. This figure is thus significantly higher than the result for the same quarter in the previous year, 0.53 EUR.
In the second quarter of 2015, free cash flow amounted to 167.1 million EUR, which clearly exceeded the figure for the prior-year period (112.6 million EUR).
Steven Holland, CEO of Brenntag AG, comments: “The Group has performed well in the first half with growth in all regions whilst overcoming some economic headwind and industry specific challenges, which underlines the structural growth and resilience of our business model. The positive figures follow on from a good start in the first quarter of 2015 and are primarily due to growth from our existing business.”
Europe remains well placed
Brenntag Europe continued to perform well in the second quarter of 2015 and maintained its path of greater integration and business development across the region. In the reporting period, operating gross profit* grew by 7.0% (4.5% on a constant currency basis) to 263.8 million EUR. Operating EBITDA** reached 92.9 million EUR, an increase of 7.8% on the same quarter in the previous year (4.8% on a constant currency basis). The positive results are set against a background of weaker macroeconomic growth in the European region.
North America posts growth
The North America region posted strong second quarter results. The region’s operating gross profit* amounted to 243.9 million EUR. This represents an increase of 25.8 % (2.7% on a constant currency basis) on the same quarter in the previous year. The operating EBITDA** figure increased by 25.0% (2.0% on a constant currency basis) to 98.4 million EUR. The highly diversified business of Brenntag North America helped cushion the weaker level of activities in the oil and gas segment due to a continuation of low oil prices.
Another strong quarter in Latin America
The Latin America region posted strong earnings growth in the second quarter of 2015. Its operating gross profit* rose to 50.5 million EUR, which represents growth of 27.8% (13.0% on a constant currency basis). Operating EBITDA** was at 16.1 million EUR also considerably higher than the previous year’s figure: 78.9% or 61.0% on a constant currency basis. These are positive results, particularly in the context of an environment which remains volatile in several countries in the region.
Asia Pacific realizes envisaged positive trend
In Asia Pacific the planned business development and organizational improvements continue with a strong increase in operating EBITDA for the quarter. Operating gross profit* increased by 22.6% (2.8% on a constant currency basis) by comparison with the same quarter in the previous year and amounted to 36.9 million EUR. Operating EBITDA** amounted to 13.7 million EUR, which corresponds to an increase of 34.3% (11.4% on a constant currency basis).
Brenntag expects significant growth for the year 2015 as a whole
In the context of its earnings performance over the first half of the year, Brenntag expects growth for all of its relevant earnings parameters for the year 2015 as a whole. The Group is expected to generate operating EBITDA** of between 830 to 855 million EUR, based on the current FX environment. This represents a significant growth by comparison with the previous year’s figure of 727 million EUR.
|Consolidated income statement||Q2 2015||Q2 2014 (1)|
|Gross profit||EUR m||585.3||502.2||16.5%||4.3%|
|Operating EBITDA**||EUR m|
|Operating EBITDA** / Gross profit||%|
|Profit before tax||EUR m||160.6||125.4||28.1%|
|Profit after tax||EUR m||108.1||82.0||31.8%|
|Attributable to Brenntag shareholders||107.2||81.7||31.2%|
|Earnings per share2)||EUR||0.69||0.53||30.2%|
1) The figures for the period from April 1 to June 30, 2014 have been adjusted owing to the first-time application of IFRIC 21 (Levies); operating expenses have been decreased and EBITDA has been increased, both by EUR 1.8 million.
2) As part of a stock split, the number of shares was increased in the third quarter of 2014 from 51.5 million to 154.5 million. The earnings per share refer for all periods reported to these 154.5 million shares.
|Consolidated balance sheet||June 30, 2015||Dec. 31, 2014|
|Total assets||EUR m||6,430.9||6,215.0|
|Working capital||EUR m||1,339.7||1,226.8|
|Net financial liabilities||EUR m||1,540.2||1,409.7|
|Consolidated cash flow ||Q2 2015||Q2 2014|
|Cash provided by operating activities||EUR m||106.6||48.5|
|Investments in non-current assets (Capex)||EUR m||22.7||22.3|
|Free cash flow||EUR m||167.1||112.6|
|Europe||Q2 2015||Q2 2014 1)||as reported||fx adjusted|
|Operating gross profit*||EUR m||263.8||246.6||7.0%||4.5%|
|Operating EBITDA**||EUR m||92.9||86.2||7.8%||4.8%|
1) The figures for the period from April 1 to June 30, 2014 have been adjusted owing to the first-time application of IFRIC 21 (Levies); operating expenses have been decreased and operating EBITDA has been increased, both by EUR 0.7 million.
|Sales||EUR m ||928.4||815.0||13.9%||-7.1%|
|Operating gross profit*||EUR m||243.9||193.9||25.8%||2.7%|
|Operating EBITDA**||EUR m||98.4||78.7||25.0%||2.0%|
1) The figures for the period from April 1 to June 30, 2014 have been adjusted owing to the first-time application of IFRIC 21 (Levies); operating expenses have been decreased and operating EBITDA has been increased, both by EUR 1.1 million.
|Latin America||Q2 2015||Q2 2014||as reported||fx adjusted|
|Operating gross profit*||EUR m||50.5||39.5||27.8%||13.0%|
|Operating EBITDA**||EUR m||16.1||9.0||78.9%||61.0%|
|Asia Pacific||Q2 2015||Q2 2014||as reported||fx adjusted|
|Operating gross profit*||EUR m||36.9||30.1||22.6%||2.8%|
|Operating EBITDA**||EUR m||13.7||10.2||34.3%||11.4%|
*Brenntag reports operating gross profit at segment level, but gross profit at Group level. Operating gross profit is defined as sales less the cost of sales. Gross profit is defined as operating gross profit less production, mixing and blending costs.
**The segments are primarily controlled on the basis of operating EBITDA, which represents the operating profit/loss as recorded in the consolidated income statement plus amortization of intangible assets as well as depreciation of property, plant and equipment and investment property, adjusted for the following items:
• Transaction costs: Costs connected with restructuring and refinancing under company law. These items are eliminated for purposes of management reporting to enable the proper presentation of operating performance and to ensure comparability on segment level.
• Holding charges: Certain costs charged between holding companies and operating companies. These are eliminated at Group level.