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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

RESTAMAX SIX-MONTHLY REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY-30 JUNE 2017: Strong development in turnover - Restamax specifies its results management guidelines for 2017

Restamax Oyj    

Published: 07:00 CEST 08-08-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Restamax Oyj / : RESTA /ISIN: FI4000064332

RESTAMAX SIX-MONTHLY REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY-30 JUNE 2017: Strong development in turnover - Restamax specifies its results management guidelines for 2017

Restamax Plc


SIX-MONTHLY REPORT 8 Aug 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

RESTAMAX SIX-MONTHLY REPORT FOR 1 JANUARY-30 JUNE 2017

Strong development in turnover - Restamax specifies its results management guidelines for 2017


TURNOVER AND INCOME

Group's result for April-June 2017


Entire Group:
The Group's turnover was MEUR 43.6 (MEUR 31.9), growth of 36.4 per cent. EBITDA was MEUR 3.9 (MEUR 4.3), decrease of 8.7 per cent. Operating profit was MEUR 1.2 (MEUR 1.5), decrease of 16.0 per cent.

Restaurant business:
The turnover of the restaurant business segment was MEUR 29.0 (MEUR 26.5), growth of 9.5 per cent. EBITDA was MEUR 2.8 (MEUR 3.6), decrease of 20.6 per cent. Operating profit was MEUR 0.4 (MEUR 1.3), decrease of 70.4 per cent.

Labour hire business:
The turnover of the labour hire business segment was MEUR 17.5 (MEUR 8.5), growth of 104.8 per cent. EBITDA was MEUR 1.2 (MEUR 0.8), growth of 49.2 per cent. Operating profit was MEUR 0.8 (MEUR 0.1), growth of 530.0 per cent.

Group's result for January-June 2017

Entire Group:
The Group's turnover was MEUR 75.6 (MEUR 59.2), growth of 27.7 per cent.
EBITDA was MEUR 7.2 (MEUR 7.1), growth of 1.7 per cent. Operating profit was MEUR 2.0 (MEUR 1.7), growth of 18.3 per cent.

Restaurant business:
The turnover of the restaurant business segment was MEUR 54.6 (MEUR 49.6), growth of 10.0 per cent. EBITDA was MEUR 5.5 (MEUR 5.9), decrease of 7.1 per cent. Operating profit was MEUR 0.8 (MEUR 1.4), decrease of 44.1 per cent.

Labour hire business:
The turnover of the labour hire business segment was MEUR 26.1 (MEUR 15.1), growth of 73.5 per cent. EBITDA was MEUR 2.0 (MEUR 1.4), growth of 44.0 per cent. Operating profit was MEUR 1.2 (MEUR 0.3), growth of 288.0 per cent.

Figures in parentheses refer to the same period last year, unless otherwise stated.

Restamax Plc's result and profitability level for the second quarter of 2017 did not fully meet expectations. The turnover for the entire Group increased by 27.7 per cent from the previous year. The increase in EBITDA was 1.7 per cent compared to the previous year, while operating profit increased by 18.3 per cent. As a result of the increase in turnover, the Group will specify its results management for the 2017 financial period.

The Group's restaurant business was affected by the exceptionally cold weather in early summer, along with numerous restaurant investments and openings for the summer season. In the labour hire segment, the corporate restructurings resulted in significant non-recurring items and integration costs. These factors influenced the relative profitability of the entire Group.


Due to the seasonal nature of both the restaurant and labour hire businesses, most of the profits are made at the end of the year.

PROSPECTS FOR 2017


Results management (as of 8 August 2017):

Restamax expects the Group's turnover to increase by approximately 30 per cent from the previous year to approximately MEUR 170 in the 2017 financial period.

 

The Company's long-term strategic goal is to reach a turnover of MEUR 180 by the end of 2018.


Previous results management (as of 21 February 2017):

Restamax expects the Group's turnover to increase and profitability to remain on a good level in the 2017 financial year.

The Company's long-term strategic goal is to reach a turnover of MEUR 180 by the end of 2018.

KEY FIGURES

 

 

 

 

 

Restamax Group in total

 

 

 

 

 

(EUR thousand)

4-6/2017

4-6/2016

1-6/2017

1-6/2016

1-12/2016

KEY FIGURES, entire Group

     

Turnover

43,587

31,946

75,556

59,158

130,072

EBITDA

3,903

4,275

7,174

7,053

19,399

EBITDA, %

9.0%

13.4%

9.5%

11.9%

14.9%

Operating profit

1,238

1,474

1,985

1,677

8,998

Operating profit, %

2.8%

4.6 %

2.6%

2.8%

6.9%

Review period result

550

783

902

709

5,864

To shareholders of the parent company

305

603

792

745

5,608

To minority shareholders

244

179

110

-37

256

Earnings per share (euros) to the shareholders of the parent company

0.02

0.04

0.05

0.05

0.35

Interest-bearing net liabilities

  

47,306

36,119

30,377

Gearing ratio, %

  

115.1%

99.8%

69.1%

Equity ratio, %

  

35.3%

38.0%

45.2%

Return on investment, % (p.a.)

  

4.9%

4.8%

11.9%

Net financial expenses

404

317

583

527

953

 

Restaurant business

 

 

 

 

 

(EUR thousand)

4-6/2017

4-6/2016

1-6/2017

1-6/2016

1-12/2016

Turnover

29,048

26,524

54,609

49,648

107,544

EBITDA

2,830

3,564

5,463

5,880

16,475

EBITDA, %

9.7%

13.4%

10.0%

11.8%

15.3%

Operating profit

396

1,340

762

1,362

7,401

Operating profit, %

1.4%

5.1%

1.4%

2.7%

6.9%

      

KEY FIGURES

     

Material margin, %

73.4%

73.5%

73.6%

73.7%

74.6%

Staff expenses, %

29.2%

29.1%

29.3%

29.7%

28.1%

 

Labour hire business

 

 

 

 

 

(TEUR)

4-6/2017

4-6/2016

1-6/2017

1-6/2016

1-12/2016

Turnover

17,460

8,524

26,120

15,051

34,129

EBITDA

1,217

816

1,978

1,373

3,441

EBITDA, %

7.0%

9.6%

7.6%

9.1%

10.1%

Operating profit

841

134

1,223

315

1,597

Operating profit, %

4.8%

1.6%

4.7%

2.1%

4.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY FIGURES

 

 

 

 

 

Staff expenses, %

85.1%

86.2%

85.0%

86.6%

85.5%


TEMPORARY CEO JARNO SUOMINEN


Strong development in turnover between January and June 2017 - specifications to the profit forecast

In terms of profit, the second quarter of 2017 did not meet our expectations. The growth in turnover was good, but profitability deteriorated in relation to the previous year. As regards the labour hire business, the review period was successful despite strong growth and related integration costs. The restaurant business suffered significantly due to the exceptionally poor weather in early summer. Between January and June 2017, the turnover of the entire Group increased by 27.7 per cent, EBITDA by 1.7 per cent and operating profit by 18.3 per cent from last year.

Despite the challenging start to the summer, we achieved a moderate result and the long-term outlook is good. We will get close to the 2018 turnover goal of MEUR 180 over the course of the 2017 financial period. As a result, we will be specifying our results management scheme by virtue of this six-monthly report. We estimate the turnover for the 2017 financial period to be approximately MEUR 170, indicating a growth of approximately 30 per cent. Furthermore, the profitability is expected to remain at a good level. Furthermore, the profitability is expected to remain at a good level.


Cold weather in early summer weakens profitability

The exceptionally cold and rainy weather in early summer hampered our summer restaurant operations, which is clearly evident in the relative profitability of the review period. According to statistics, the month of May was coldest in decades, and early June is normally this cold only once every ten years on average. In June, rainfall in central and southern Finland was 1.5-2 times higher than the average.

The weather conditions had a significant impact on the demand for our summer restaurant services as well as the turnover and EBITDA of our entire restaurant sector, which fell well behind the levels of the corresponding period of last year. About 70 of the 120 restaurants owned by our Group feature terraces. This translates to nearly 15,000 outdoor seats. We made significant growth investments in our seasonal restaurant operations, with regard to which we are expecting profits to materialise later in the summer and upcoming seasons.

In April we expanded our restaurant operations by acquiring the business operations of Ruoveden Rantaravintola and Muroleen Kesäkahvila. Over the course of May and June, we opened Restaurant Enso in Helsinki, the wings restaurant Hook in Turku, the Pepe Lopez terrace restaurant in Pori as well as the Ranta restaurant complex in Tampere. In addition to this, we purchased the majority shareholding in Pub Harry's, which operates in Jyväskylä.

Growth in the restaurant sector continues still driven by food sales

During the first half of the year, the sales of the hospitality companies continued the steady growth that was sparked last year. Although accommodation providers have grown faster than restaurants, the development in the restaurant sector also looks cautiously promising. The growth is supported by an increase in both foreign and domestic tourism and the positive general trend in the Finnish economy. In addition to this, the prospects are bolstered by the relatively high consumer confidence.

However, the demand for restaurant services was encumbered by the poor weather conditions early in the summer. According to a turnover forecast by the Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa, restaurant turnover increased by 5.4 per cent in the second quarter of this year. During the second quarter, the turnover of Restamax's restaurant operations increased by 10 per cent. The turnover of the entire hospitality sector is expected to stand at 6,7 per cent for the first half-year period.


Although the sales of restaurants licenced to serve alcohol increased in the second quarter of the year, the favourable development is increasingly attributable to food sales; people consume as much alcoholic drinks as before but largely at home and outdoors. Passenger import remains dominant among sales channels.

Despite the positive overall trend, the hospitality field continues to be marred by poor profitability. Companies' costs have skyrocketed due to the increase of the wholesale prices of food and alcoholic drinks as well as labour costs. In addition to this, high tax rates are holding back any improvements in profitability. However, the economic barometer for the field indicates that steady growth will continue and even increase slightly in the coming months.

Another season of strong growth in labour hire

For the labour hire business, the review period was successful. Labour hire is an increasingly important part of our Group's operations, and growth and development in the sector are stronger than in our restaurant business.

During the review period, the growth of Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut was accelerated by an acquisition in April, through which Pasianssi Oy (Banssi Henkilöstöpalvelut) was incorporated into the Group. The subsidiary, which currently operates under the name Smile Banssi Oy, has operations in 14 cities. The acquisition strengthens our labour hire operations nationwide, especially in the fields of industry and construction. In the beginning of July after the review period, Smile acquired the share capital of Job Services One Oy. The labour hire company operating in Tampere and Turku focuses on direct recruitment, providing staffing services for construction, industry and the service sector. The acquisition lends itself to bolstering our labour hire operations even further in the Pirkanmaa and Southwest Finland regions. In addition to corporate acquisitions, organic growth was strong due to successful acquisition of new customers and increased customer purchases.

The consolidation of operations and the corporate restructurings have generated approximately EUR 150,000 in non-recurring items and integration costs, which affect the segment's result for the review period. The result is encumbered by the development of other operations, in relation to which the synergy benefits will be fully achieved at a later time. The decreased demand for restaurant services is naturally also mirrored by the Group's labour hire services.

Generally speaking, the labour hire business has been able to successfully adapt to the changes in the employment climate by consolidating a variety of fragmented opportunities to form more expansive arrangements. This is evident in the strong growth of the labour hire business. Sales numbers and staff numbers in the field have remained at a good level, as have the expectations of companies.

The clearest indicator of the promising development is turnover. According to the Private Employment Agencies' Association HPL, the increase of turnover in the field between January and April in 2017 was 14 per cent compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. The growth rate of the employment services has only been trumped by the construction sector. The turnover of Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut for the January-June period increased by 73.5 per cent over the previous year. Smile also aims to contribute to the strong growth through the Pasianssi and Job Services acquisitions.

Expanding the organisation's pool of competence

We will strengthen our management during the latter part of the year through new appointments. Juha Helminen will assume his duties as our new CEO in September from his previous position as Vice President of Trade at Oy Sinebrychoff Ab. At that point, I will step down from my position as temporary CEO to continue as the CFO for the Group.

We will also strengthen our Executive Team with two new appointments. Tomi Söderström will begin as the Director of Operations on 18 September 2017. He will transfer to our Group from the HYY Group, where he has served as the Director of Hospitality Business. Previously, he was in charge of restaurant operations on Tallink Silja cruise ships. Tero Kaikkonen, who has served as the Product Line Director for food restaurants in our Group since 2013, will step in as the Group's Development Director on 1 September 2017. These additions to our roster will increase our competence and international expertise, which will support our grown and goals of expanding our business abroad.

Peak share price

Our share price development has been very good in recent years and particularly during the past review period. In addition to dividends, we have been able to provide our investors with excellent returns thanks to our increased share price. Our share price has increased by approximately 70 per cent since our listing in 2013 and the beginning of trade. The highest peak in share price occurred in mid-June, at which point the price stood at EUR 9.16. This is an indication of strong confidence in our operations among investors and the market.

In both of our business segments, profits are largely made late in the year. Although the result for January-June 2017 did not meet our expectations, we will continue our significant growth in turnover and maintain our good profitability during the latter half of 2017.


Jarno Suominen, temporary CEO


The full Restamax six-monthly report for January-June 2017 is appended to this release in PDF format. The six-monthly report is also available on the company's website at www.restamax.fi.

RESTAMAX PLC

Board of Directors

APPENDIX: Restamax Plc Six-monthly Report Q2/2017

Additional information:
Jarno Suominen, temporary CEO, CFO, Restamax Plc, tel. +358 40 721 5655
Timo Laine, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 
Restamax Plc, tel. +358 400 626 064

Distribution:

NASDAQ Helsinki

Major media

 

www.restamax.fi

Restamax Plc is a Finnish group established in 1996, specialising in restaurant services and labour hire. The company, which was listed on NASDAQ Helsinki in 2013 and became the first Finnish listed restaurant company, has continued to grow strongly throughout its history. The Group companies include more than 120 restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment centres all over Finland. Well-known restaurant concepts of the Group include Stefan's Steakhouse, Viihdemaailma Ilona, Classic American Diner and Colorado Bar & Grill. In 2016, Restamax Plc's turnover was MEUR 130.1 and EBITDA MEUR 19.4. Depending on the season, the Group employs some 1,600 persons, converted into full-time employees. Restamax subsidiary Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut Oy employs about 6,500 on a monthly basis.

Restamax company website: www.restamax.fi, Restamax consumer website: www.ravintola.fi, Smile Henkilöstöpalvelut: www.smilepalvelut.fi



Restamax Plc Six-monthly Report Q2/2017



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