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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

BIC : Q4 and Full Year 2017 unaudited Results and 2018 Outlook

BIC    

Published: 17:59 CET 31-01-2018 /GlobeNewswire /Source: BIC / : BB /ISIN: FR0000120966


BIC Group - Press Release

Clichy - 31 January 2018

                 

 

Q4 and Full Year 2017 unaudited Results and 2018 Outlook

Unaudited figures[1]

 

FY 2017 Net Sales: 2,020.3 million euros, up 1.4% on a comparative basis[2]

Q4 2017 Net Sales at 491.6 million euros, up 5.9% on a comparative basis2

Full Year 2017 Normalized IFO: 400.9 million euros with Normalized1 IFO margin at 19.8%

Q4 2017 Normalized2 IFO margin: 19.9%

EPS Group Share: 6.20 euros compared to 5.32 euros in 2016

Normalized EPS Group Share: 6.28 euros compared to 6.24 euros in 2016

Net Cash Position at the end of December 2017: 204.4 million euros

Proposed Ordinary Dividend[3] for 2017: 3.45 euros per share

 

Société BIC's Board of Directors met today to review Full Year 2017 unaudited Results and 2018 Outlook. FY 2017 Net Sales increased 1.4% on a comparative basis ("Organic Growth"), supported by Q4 results. FY 2017 Normalized Income From Operations Margin was 19.8%, down 80 basis points compared to FY 2016[4]. Q4 Normalized IFO margin was 19.9%, up 40 basis points compared to Q4 2016. Earnings Per Share Group Share increased 16.5% to 6.20 euros. Normalized EPS Group Share was 6.28 euros. The payment of a 3.45 euro ordinary dividend3 per share will be proposed to the shareholders.

Bruno Bich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We finished 2017 with good Q4 Net Sales in all categories and across all regions. Europe's performance continued to be solid and North America's Net Sales bounced back in Lighters and stabilized in Shavers. Developing markets growth was driven by the Middle-East, Africa and India.

 

2017 was a challenging year, characterized by unprecedented levels of volatility. Our markets are changing rapidly in an increasingly competitive environment. Empowered by new technologies, consumers are more than ever looking for convenience and product customization.  As a long-term oriented company, we remain focused on our long-term growth potential while managing short-term headwinds."

 

2018 Outlook

 

We expect 2018 Group Net Sales to increase between +1 and +3% on a comparative basis, with all categories contributing to the growth. Major factors affecting sales performance could include continued competitive pressures in Shaver, further inventory reductions from retailers, and continued softness in the Brazilian economy.

Gross Profit will be impacted by an increase in raw material costs, higher depreciation, while we will continue to invest in targeted Brand Support and Operating Expenses.

2018 Normalized Income from Operations will also be impacted by sales performance. Based on these factors we expect  Normalized Income from Operations margin to be between 17% and 18%.

 

 


A conference call hosted by Bruno Bich (Chairman and CEO), Gonzalve Bich (COO) and Jim DiPietro (CFO) is scheduled today at 06.30 pm (18h30) Paris time. Dial numbers:

 

 From France: 

+33 1 72 72 74 03 suivi du code: 76041542#

 From the UK:

+44 207 194 37 59 suivi du code: 76041542#

 From the USA:

+ 1 844 286 0643 suivi du code: 76041542#

 

To ensure your participation, dial-in 10 minutes before the start of the call.


 




Key figures (in million euros)

 

 

Q4 2017 vs. Q4 2016

 

 

FY 2017 vs. FY 2016

 

Q4 2016

Q4 2017

As

reported

Constant currency basis

Compa-rative

basis

FY 2016

FY 2017

As

reported

Constant currency basis

Compa-rative

basis

Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

503.8

491.6

-2.4%

+3.9%

+5.9%

2,025.8

2,020.3

-0.3%

+0.5%

+1.4%

Gross Profit

272.9

262.2

 

 

 

1,065.3

1,047.6

 

 

 

Income From Operations

97.8

98.0

 

 

 

403.4

376.2

 

 

 

IFO margin

19.4%

19.9%

 

 

 

19.9%

18.6%

 

 

 

Normalized Income From Operations

98.1

98.0

 

 

 

409.1

400.9

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin

19.5%

19.9%

 

 

 

20.2%

19.8%

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin excluding the special employee bonus

19.5%

19.9%

 

 

 

20.6%

19.8%

 

 

 

Net Income Group Share

36.0

101.0

 

 

 

249.7

288.3

 

 

 

Earnings Per Share Group Share (in euros)

0.77

2.17

 

 

 

5.32

6.20

 

 

 

Stationery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

178.2

172.4

-3.3%

+2.4%

+4.6%

780.3

791.8

+1.5%

+2.3%

+3.4%

IFO

10.1

11.4

 

 

 

67.9

54.9

 

 

 

IFO margin

5.7%

6.6%

 

 

 

8.7%

6.9%

 

 

 

Normalized IFO

10.4

11.4

 

 

 

70.1

66.5

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin

5.8%

6.6%

 

 

 

9.0%

8.4%

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin excluding the special employee bonus

5.8%

6.6%

 

 

 

9.4%

8.4%

 

 

 

Lighters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

187.9

189.1

+0.6%

+7.9%

+8.2%

696.4

703.9

+1.1%

+2.0%

+2.2%

IFO

73.7

72.3

 

 

 

275.3

278.0

 

 

 

IFO margin

39.2%

38.2%

 

 

 

39.5%

39.5%

 

 

 

Normalized IFO

73.5

72.3

 

 

 

277.3

278.3

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin

39.1%

38.2%

 

 

 

39.8%

39.5%

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin excluding the special employee bonus

39.1%

38.2%

 

 

 

40.2%

39.5%

 

 

 

Shavers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

117.3

115.1

-1.9%

+4.8%

+4.8%

467.0

454.4

-2.7%

-2.2%

-2.2%

IFO

18.4

14.7

 

 

 

68.6

60.4

 

 

 

IFO margin

15.7%

12.8%

 

 

 

14.7%

13.3%

 

 

 

Normalized IFO

18.2

14.7

 

 

 

69.6

60.6

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin

15.5%

12.8%

 

 

 

14.9%

13.3%

 

 

 

Normalized IFO margin excluding the special employee bonus

15.5%

12.8%

 

 

 

15.4%

13.3%

 

 

 

Other products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

20.3

15.0

-26.3%

-25.4%

-0.6%

82.1

70.2

-14.5%

-14.6%

-5.5%

IFO

-4.4

-0.4

 

 

 

-8.4

-17.0

 

 

 

Normalized IFO

-3.9

-0.4

 

 

 

-7.8

-4.4

 

 

 

Normalized IFO excluding the special employee bonus

-3.9

-0.4

 

 

 

-7.6

-4.4

 

 

 


Group operational trends

 

Net Sales

FY 2017 Net Sales were 2,020.3 million euros, down 0.3% as reported but up 0.5% at constant currency and up 1.4% on a comparative basis. The unfavorable impact of currency fluctuations (-0.8 points) was mainly due to the depreciation of the U.S. dollar against the euro. Europe and Developing Markets grew by 4.9% and 2.2%, respectively, while North America declined by 1.7% on a comparative basis.

 

Income From Operations and Normalized Income From Operations

FY 2017 Gross Profit margin came in at 51.9%, compared to 52.6% for 2016.

 

FY 2017 Normalized IFO was 400.9 million euros (i.e., a Normalized IFO margin of 19.8%). Q4 2017 Normalized IFO was 98.0 million euros (i.e., a Normalized IFO margin of 19.9%).

 

Key components of the change in Normalized IFO margin

 (in % points)

Q4 2016

vs. Q4 2015

Q4 2017

vs. Q4 2016

FY 2016

vs. FY 2015

FY 2017

vs. FY 2016

  • Change in cost of production[5]

+2.5

+0.2

+1.2

-0.3

  • Total Brand Support[6]

+0.5

-

-0.7

-0.2

  • Of which, promotions and investments related to consumer and business development support accounted for in Gross Profit Margin

+0.2

-1.1

-0.1

-0.7

  • Of which, advertising, consumer and trade support

+0.3

+1.1

-0.6

+0.5

  • OPEX and other expenses

-0.5

+0.2

-0.9

-0.3

Total change in Normalized IFO margin excluding the special employee bonus

+2.5

+0.4

-0.4

-0.8

Special employee bonus

-

-

-0.4

+0.4

  • Of which impact on Gross Profit

-

-

-0.3

+0.3

  • Of which impact on OPEX

-

-

-0.1

+0.1

Total change in Normalized IFO margin

+2.5

+0.4

-0.8

-0.4

 

Non-recurring items

9M

Q4

FY

(in million euros)

2016

2017

2016

2017

2016

2017

Income From Operations

305.5

278.2

97.8

98.0

403.4

376.2

IFO margin

20.1%

18.2%

19.4%

19.9%

19.9%

18.6%

Restructuring costs (related primarily to BIC Graphic Europe and Developing Markets operations in 2017)

+5.5

+24.7

+1.1

-

+6.6

+24.7

Retiree Medical Adjustment in the U.S.

-

-

-0.9

-

-0.9

-

Normalized IFO

311.0

302.9

98.1

98.0

409.1

400.9

Normalized IFO margin

20.4%

19.8%

19.5%

19.9%

20.2%

19.8%

Special employee bonus

+8.8

-

-

-

+8.8

-

Normalized IFO excluding the special employee bonus

319.7

302.9

98.1

98.0

417.9

400.9

Normalized IFO margin excluding the special employee bonus

21.0%

19.8%

19.5%

19.9%

20.6%

19.8%

 

Net Income and EPS

Income before tax for 2017 was 398.1 million euros, compared to 408.2 million euros in 2016. Net income Group Share was 288.3 million euros, up 15.5% as reported.

The 2017 effective tax rate for continuing operations was 25.9% compared to 30.0% in 2016. The 2017 effective tax rate includes the favorable income related to the invalidation of 3% additional French Corporate Income Tax on dividends, net of the French exceptional Corporate Income Tax contribution.

  • Net Income From Continuing Operations was 295.1 million euros;
  • Net Income From Discontinued Operations was a negative 6.7 million euros and included the net loss related to the disposal of BIC Graphic North America and Asian Sourcing.

 

FY 2017 EPS Group share was 6.20 euros, compared to 5.32 euros for the same period last year, up 16.5%. Normalized EPS Group share increased to 6.28 euros, compared to 6.24 euros. EPS Group Share in Q4 2017 was 2.17 euros, compared to 0.77 euros in Q4 2016.

 

Net cash position

At the end of December 2017, the Group's net cash position stood at 204.9 million euros.

 

Change in net cash position

(in million euros)

2016

2017

Net Cash position (beginning of the period - December)

448.0

222.2

  • Net cash from operating activities

+298.7

+380.6

    • Of which operating cash flow

+417.2

+411.3

    • Of which change in working capital and others

-118.5

-30.7

  • CAPEX

-180.8

-185.8

  • Dividend payment

-277.0

-161.0

  • Share buy-back program

-81.6

-97.1

  • Net cash from the exercise of stock options and the liquidity contract

+2.5

+2.9

  • Proceeds from disposal of BIC Graphic North America and Asian Sourcing[7]

-

+55.7

  • Other items

+12.4

-12.6

Net Cash position (end of the period - December)

222.2

204.9

 

 

Net Cash from operating activities was +380.6 million euros, including +411.3 million euros in Operating Cash Flow. The Net Cash Position was also impacted by investments in CAPEX, dividend payments and share buy-backs as well as the proceeds from the sale of BIC Graphic North America and Sourcing Asia.

 

 

Shareholders' remuneration

In 2017, Shareholders' Remuneration totaled 258.1 million euros:

 

  • 161.0 million euros related to the payment of dividends (for the 2016 fiscal year): ordinary dividend of 3.45 euros per share paid in May 2017.
  • 97.1 million euros in share buy-backs at the end of December 2017 (995,854 shares purchased at an average price of 97.54 euros per share).

Operational trends by category

 

Stationery

 

Full Year 2017

Stationery full-year 2017 Net Sales increased by 1.5% (up 3.4% on a comparative basis). Full year 2017 volumes grew by 2.4%.

 

Developed Markets

  • Net Sales grew mid-single digit in Europe, fueled by a good Back-to-School season in both Western and Eastern Europe, the success of new products (the BIC® Gelocity Illusion erasable pen, BIC® 4-color 3+1 pen and the BIC® Intensity Writing felt pen) and targeted Brand Support, notably on the 4 Colors and BIC® Kids ranges.
  • In a slightly declining market, North America's Net Sales were slightly up, driven by a strong Back-to-School season. Key growth drivers included successful new added-value product launches including BIC® Gelocity® Quick Dry gel and the BIC® Velocity® Max Mechanical Pencil.

 

Developing Markets posted low-single digit growth.

  • In Latin America, Net Sales increased low-single digit. We continued to support our growth across the region with impactful advertising campaigns, notably in the ball pen segment. During the Back-to-School season, we gained market share in Mexico across the entire range, thanks mostly to our core products. 
  • The Middle-East and Africa region delivered solid growth along with an outstanding performance in South Africa thanks to strong in-store visibility.
  • In India, Cello Pens' Domestic Net Sales increased high-single digit driven by the increased focus on Champion brands (especially ButterflowTM), New Product launches (Gel Tech range) and continued development of our visibility strategy ("Cello® seen, Cello® sold").

 

Full Year 2017 Stationery normalized IFO margin was 8.4% compared to 9.0% in 2016 (9.4% excluding the impact of the special employee bonus) due to higher brand support investment.

 

Fourth Quarter 2017

Fourth quarter 2017 Net Sales were up 4.6% on a comparative basis, fueled by a strong performance in Europe. In North America, Net Sales slightly increased with positive momentum across multiple trade channels, especially eCommerce. In Developing Markets, the combined solid performance of the Middle-East and Africa (strong Back-to-School sell-in in South Africa) and Cello's domestic sales, more than offset softness in Latin American markets. Brazilian sales were flat as Back-to-School sell-in was affected by continuous customer inventory reductions.

Q4 2017 Normalized IFO margin was 6.6% compared to 5.8% in Q4 2016 as a result of lower cost of production and operating expenses partly offset by increase in brand support.

 

 

Lighters

 

Full Year 2017

Full-year 2017 Net Sales of Lighters grew by 1.1% (up 2.2% on a comparative basis). Full year 2017 volumes were up by 0.8%.

Developed Markets

  • In Europe, Net Sales increased mid-single digit, driven by both Western Europe and Eastern Europe (distribution gains).
  • In North America, 2017 Net Sales grew low single digit in a slightly growing market. We continued to gain market share as a result of the constant development of our added value sleeve designs, increased distribution depth, and continuing consumer trust in our leading standards of product safety and quality.

Developing Markets

Full-year 2017 Net Sales declined slightly. Latin America posted low-single digit growth driven by distribution gains in Mexico and despite customer inventory reductions in Brazil.

 

Full-year 2017 Normalized IFO margin for Lighters was 39.5% compared to 39.8% in 2016 (40.2% excluding the impact of the special employee bonus) due to lower Gross Profit, lower brand support and higher operating expenses.

 

Fourth Quarter 2017

Fourth quarter 2017 Net Sales were up 8.2% on a comparative basis. Following a weak Q3 affected by several customers reducing their inventories, Sales regained momentum in North America. Developing Markets' performance was driven by Latin America.

Q4 2017 Normalized IFO margin was 38.2% compared to 39.1% in Q4 2016.

 

 

Shavers

 

Full Year 2017

Full-year 2017 Net Sales of Shavers decreased by 2.7% (down 2.2% on a constant currency basis). Full-year 2017 volumes were up by 3.0%.

 

Developed Markets

  • Europe's Net sales increased high-single digit, driven by Eastern Europe's performance (success of the BIC® Flex 3 Hybrid and Miss Soleil shavers). Available in France since March 2017 and in the UK since November 2017, the BIC® Shave Club (i.e., BIC's online subscription offer for refillable shavers) performed well, supported by high levels of customer loyalty.
  • In North America, Net Sales declined double-digit. At the end of December 2017[8], the total U.S. Wet Shave market decreased by 8.2%. With a 3.2% decline, the one-piece segment continued to be heavily disrupted with increased competitive activity, unprecedented levels of promotion, pricing pressure from major competitors and increased activity from Private labels. BIC's year-end one-piece segment market share was 26.7%8, declining by 1.3 points when compared to December 2016. Following the BIC® Flex 5 Hybrid launch, we continued to gain market share in the high added-value one-piece 5-blade segment and consolidated our n°1 position with a 36.8% share of the Men's 5 blade one-piece market segment (up 8.7 points compared to last year).

Developing Markets

FY 2017 Net Sales increased mid-single-digit.

  • Despite increased competitive pressure in Mexico and Brazil, Latin America delivered mid-single-digit growth, supported by an enlarged distribution network across the whole region.
  • In the Middle-East and Africa, Net Sales grew high-single digit, benefiting from the success of our single-blade and twin-blade products.

 

Full-year 2017 Normalized IFO margin for Shavers was 13.3% compared to 14.9% in 2016 (15.4% excluding the impact of the special employee bonus) due to the decline of North American Net Sales and higher operating costs.

 

Fourth Quarter 2017

Fourth quarter 2017 Net Sales were up 4.8% on a constant currency basis, driven by continuous positive momentum in Europe and developing markets. In the U.S., the total wet shave market showed a slight improvement, with the one-piece segment down by 1.3% (last 13 weeks of 2017). Q4 2017 North America Net Sales were stable, driven by more efficient promotional activities and advance shipments for the launch of BIC® Soleil® Balance, our new women's one-piece shaver offering BIC's best 5-blade technology surrounded by moisture bars at an affordable price.

Q4 2017 Normalized IFO margin was 12.8% compared to 15.5% in Q4 2016.


Other Products

Full-year 2017 Net Sales of Other Products decreased by 14.5% (down 5.5% on a comparative basis). Fourth quarter 2017 Net Sales were down 26.3% (down 0.6% on a comparative basis).

BIC Sport registered a mid-single digit decline in its full-year Net Sales on a constant currency basis notably due to an increasingly competitive environment in the U.S.

Full-year 2017 Normalized IFO for Other Products was a negative 4.4 million euros, compared to a negative 7.8 million euros in 2016. Q4 2017 Normalized IFO for Other Products was a negative 0.4 million euros, compared to a negative 3.9 million euros in Q4 2016.

 

 

 


capex - ACQUISITIONS - DISPOSALS - MISCELLANEOUS

 

BIC GRAPHIC

Following the Asset and Share Purchase Agreement signed on June 6, 2017, BIC Graphic North America and Asian Sourcing operations were sold to H.I.G. Capital on June 30, 2017.

Assets and Liabilities of BIC Graphic North America and Asian Sourcing have been accounted for in "Non-Current Assets Held For Sale" and "Discontinued Operations" since 31 December 2016, in accordance with IFRS 5[9].

 

BIC TO INVEST APPROXIMATELY 28 MILLION EUROS IN A NEW WRITING INSTRUMENTS FACILITY IN INDIA

BIC's Indian subsidiary BIC Cello (India), has acquired land and building for the construction of a new writing instrument facility in Vapi (Gujarat state).

Total investment in this project is estimated at around 28 million euros (i.e. INR 210 crore) through December 2018 including the purchase of land and building for approximately 18 million euros in 2017. This investment will enhance the Group's manufacturing footprint in India and enable it to meet consumer demand more effectively in this rapidly-growing market. This new facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.

 

DEVELOPING MARKETS' ORGANIZATION

In order to drive commercial synergies and strengthen our business within the Asian markets, notably in China, we reorganized our operations in Asia Pacific and closed our Singapore office. In Latin America, BIC direct operations in Nicaragua were closed.

 

 

 


APPENDIX

 

BIC Group Net Sales by geography

(in million euros)

Q4 2017 vs.  Q4 2016

 

 

FY 2017 vs.  FY 2016

 

Q4 2016

Q4 2017

As reported

Comparative basis

FY 2016

FY 2017

As reported

Comparative basis

Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

503.8

491.6

-2.4%

+5.9%

2,025.8

2,020.3

-0.3%

+1.4%

Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

116.8

116.9

+0.1%

+6.5%

544.8

559.3

+2.7%

+4.9%

North America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

185.7

179.9

-3.1%

+5.8%

812.0

783.5

-3.5%

-1.7%

Developing Markets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

201.3

194.7

-3.2%

+5.6%

668.9

677.4

+1.3%

+2.2%

 

 

Volume

(billions of units per year)

2016

2017

Stationery (including Cello Pens)

7.1

7.3

Lighters

1.6

1.6

Shavers

2.6

2.7

 

 

 

Impact of change in perimeter and currency fluctuations on Net Sales

(in %)

Q4 2016

Q4 2017

FY 2016

FY 2017

Perimeter

-

-2.0

-

-0.9

Currencies

+1.3

-6.3

-3.3

-0.8

Of which USD

+0.6

-3.3

+0.1

-0.7

Of which BRL

+2.5

-1.1

-0.2

+0.4

Of which ARS

-1.0

-0.4

-1.0

-0.2

Of which MXN

-0.8

-0.2

-0.9

-0.1

Of which GBP

-0.4

-0.1

-0.3

-0.2

Of which ZAR

+0.1

-0.2

-0.2

+0.1

Of which RUB and UAH

0.0

-0.1

-0.2

+0.1

Of which INR

0.0

-0.2

-0.2

-

 

 

 

Sensitivity of net sales to key currency changes

(in %)

2016

2017

+/- 5% change in USD

+/-1.9

+/-1.8

+/- 5% change in BRL

+/-0.5

+/-0.5

+/- 5% change in MXN

+/-0.3

+/-0.3

 

 

 

Condensed profit and loss account

(in million euros)

 

Q4 2017 vs. Q4 2016

 

 

FY 2017 vs. FY 2016

 

Q4 2016

Q4 2017

As reported

Comparative basis

FY 2016

FY 2017

As reported

Comparative basis

Net sales

503.8

491.6

-2.4%

+5.9%

2,025.8

2,020.3

-0.3%

+1.4%

Cost of goods

230.8

229.4

 

 

960.5

972.7

 

 

Gross Profit

272.9

262.2

 

 

1,065.3

1,047.6

 

 

Administrative & other operating expenses

175.1

164.2

 

 

661.9

671.4

 

 

Income from operations

97.8

98.0

 

 

403.4

376.2

 

 

Finance revenue/costs

3.1

22.7

 

 

4.8

21.8

 

 

Income before tax

100.9

120.7

 

 

408.2

398.1

 

 

Income tax expense

-30.3

-19.7

 

 

-122.7

-103.0

 

 

Net Income From Continuing Operations

70.6

101.0

 

 

285.5

295.1

 

 

Net Income From Discontinued Operations

-34.6

-

 

 

-35.8

-6.7

 

 

NET INCOME GROUP SHARE

36.0

101.0

 

 

249.7

288.3

 

 

Earnings Per Share From Continuing Operations (in euros)

1.50

2.17

 

 

6.09

6.35

 

 

Earnings Per Share From Discontinued Operations (in euros)

-0.73

-

 

 

-0.77

-0.15

 

 

Earnings per share Group share (in euros)

0.77

2.17

 

 

5.32

6.20

 

 

Average number of shares outstanding (net of treasury shares)

46,898,827

46,475,249

 

 

46,898,827

46,475,249

 

 

 


 

 

 

Condensed balance sheet

(in million euros)

December 31,

2016

December 31,

2017

Assets

 

 

Property, plant & equipment

564.4

631.1

Investment properties

2.1

1.8

Goodwill and intangible assets

372.7

350.6

Other non-current assets

204.2

185.5

Non-current assets

1,143.4

1,169.0

Inventories

468.1

429.0

Trade and other receivables

483.1

476.7

Other current assets

51.5

44.2

Other current financial assets and derivative instruments

31.1

45.0

Cash and cash equivalents

243.8

188.6

Current assets

1,277.6

1,183.6

Assets Held For Sale

152.7

-

TOTAL ASSETS

2,573.7

2,352.6

Liabilities & shareholders' equity

 

 

Shareholders' equity

1,792.6

1,703.9

Non-current borrowings

1.4

0.2

Other non-current liabilities

297.8

266.1

Non-current liabilities

299.2

266.3

Trade and other payables

118.7

125.5

Current borrowings

49.6

4.9

Other current liabilities

261.3

251.9

Current liabilities

429.6

382.3

Liabilities Held For Sale

52.3

-

TOTAL LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

2,573.7

2,352.6

 

 

 

Working capital

(in million euros) -  unaudited

 

December 31,

2016

December 31,

2017

Total Working Capital

 

642.2

582.1

Of which, inventories

 

468.1

429,0

Of which, Trade and other receivables

 

483.1

476.7

Of which, Trade and other payables

 

-118.7

-125.5

 

Cash flow statement (in million euros)

FY 2016

FY 2017

Group Net income

249.7

288.3

Net income from discontinued operations

-35.8

-6.7

Net income from continuing operations

285.5

295.1

Amortization and provisions

165.4

120.3

(Gain)/Loss from disposal of fixed assets

-0.2

9.0

Others

2.3

-6.3

CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS

417.2

411.3

(Increase) / decrease in net current working capital

-62.8

-9.5

Others

-55.7

-21.2

Net Cash from operating activities from continuing operations

276.2

374.5

Net Cash from operating activities from discontinued operations

22.5

6.1

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (A)

298.7

380.6

Capital expenditure

-178.9

-185.8

(Purchase)/Sale of other current financial assets

46.1

7.1

Divestiture of BIC Graphic North America and Asian Sourcing

0

55.7

Others

0.3

11.2

Net Cash from investing activities from continuing operations

-127.2

-108.4

Net Cash from investing activities from discontinued operations

-5.3

-3.4

NET CASH FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES (B)

-132.5

-111.8

Dividends paid

-277.0

-161.0

Borrowings/(Repayments)/(loans)

19.8

-18.5

Share buy-back program net of stock-options exercised

-79.1

-94.2

Others

-3.2

-1.7

Net Cash from financing activities from continuing operations

-291,5

-273.1

Net Cash from financing activities from discontinued operations

-48,0

-2.3

NET CASH FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (C)

-339.5

-275.4

NET INCREASE/ (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS NET OF BANK OVERDRAFTS (A+B+C)

-173.2

-6.6

OPENING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS NET OF BANK OVERDRAFTS

380.6

217.4

Net increase / decrease in cash and cash equivalents net of bank overdrafts (A+B+C)

-173.2

-6.6

Exchange difference

10.0

-23.8

CLOSING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS NET OF BANK OVERDRAFTS

217.4

187.0

 

 

 


Reconciliation with Alternative Performance Measures

 

 

Normalized IFO reconciliation

 

(in million euros)

2016

2017

Income From Operations

403.4

376.2

Restructuring costs

+6.6

+24.7

Retiree Medical Adjustment in the U.S.

-0.9

-

Normalized IFO

409.1

400.9

Special employee bonus

8.8

-

Normalized IFO excluding the special employee bonus

417.9

400.9

 

 

 

Normalized EPS reconciliation

 

(in euros)

2016

2017

EPS

5.32

6.20

Impairment recognized for BIC Graphic North America and Asia sourcing

+0.78

-

Net loss from divestiture of BIC Graphic North America and Asian Sourcing

 

+0.09

Normalized EPS excluding impairment recognized for BIC Graphic North America and Asia sourcing

6.10

6.29

Restructuring costs

+0.15

+0.38

Retiree Medical Adjustment in the U.S.

-0.01

-

French Corporate Income Tax (Invalidation of 3% additional French Corporate Income Tax on dividends, net of the French exceptional Corporate Income Tax contribution)

-

 

-0.39

Normalized EPS

6.24

6.28

 

 

 


Net cash reconciliation

(in million euros - rounded figures)

December 31,

2016

December 31,

2017

Cash and cash equivalents (1)

243.8

188.6

Other current financial assets (2)[10]

29.4

21.4

Current borrowings (3)

-49.6

-4.9

Non-current borrowings (4)

-1.4

-0.2

NET CASH POSITION (1) + (2) - (3) - (4)

222.2

204.9

 

 

 


 

 

Share buy-back program

 

 

Number of shares

acquired

Weighted average price in €

Amount

in M€

January 2017

-

-

-

February 2017

38,433

117.49

4.5

March 2017

42,144

115.05

4.9

April 2017

-

-

-

May 2017

40,000

106.28

4.2

June 2017

40,000

109.14

4.4

July 2017

-

-

-

August 2017

102,322

100.80

10.3

September 2017

262,421

101.92

26.7

October 2017

262,586

89.21

23.4

November 2017

207,948

89.79

18.7

December 2017

-

-

-

Total

995,854

97.54

97.1

 

 

Capital and voting rights, December 31, 2017

 

 

As of December 31, 2017, the total number of issued shares of SOCIÉTÉ BIC was 46,629,907 shares, representing:

  • 68,081,160 voting rights,
  • 67,299,665 voting rights excluding shares without voting rights.

 

Total number of treasury shares held at the end of December 2017: 781,495.


Glossary

 


  • Constant currency basis: constant currency figures are calculated by translating the current year figures at prior year monthly average exchange rates.
  • Organic growth or comparative basis: at constant currencies and constant perimeter. Figures at constant perimeter exclude the impacts of acquisitions and/or disposals that occurred during the current year and/or during the previous year, until their anniversary date. All Net Sales category comments are made on a comparative basis.
  • Normalized IFO: normalized means excluding non-recurring items as detailed on page 3.
  • Normalized IFO margin: Normalized IFO divided by net sales.
  • Gross profit is the margin that the Group achieves after deducting its manufacturing costs.
     
  • Free cash flow before acquisitions and disposals: Net cash from operating activities - net capital expenditures +/- other investments.
  • Free cash flow after acquisitions and disposals: Net cash from operating activities - net capital expenditures +/- other investments - acquisitions/disposals of equity investments / subsidiaries / business lines.
  • Net cash from operating activities: principal revenue-generating activities of the entity and other activities that are not investing or financing activities
  • Net cash position: Cash and cash equivalents + Other current financial assets - Current borrowings - Non-current borrowings.

 

Pursuant to the Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2016/1055 of 29 June 2016 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to the technical means for appropriate public disclosure of inside information and for delaying the public disclosure of inside information in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council, this press release may contain inside information and has been sent to the authorized broadcaster of Société BIC on 31 January 2018 at 17h45 CET.

This document contains forward-looking statements. Although BIC believes its estimates are based on reasonable assumptions, these statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. A description of the risks borne by BIC appears in the "Risk factors" section of BIC's 2016 Registration Document filed with the French financial markets authority (AMF) on March 22, 2017.

 

Contacts


 

Investor Relations: +33 1 45 19 52 26

Press Contacts

Sophie Palliez-Capian

sophie.palliez@bicworld.com 

Albane de La Tour d'Artaise albane.delatourdartaise@bicworld.com

Katy Bettach

katy.bettach@bicworld.com

Isabelle de Segonzac: +33 1 53 70 74 70

isegonzac@image7.fr

 

For more information, please consult the corporate website: www.bicworld.com

 

2018 Agenda (all dates to be confirmed)

 

First Quarter 2018 results

25 April 2018

Conference call

2018 AGM

16 May 2018

Meeting - BIC Headquarters

First Half 2018 results

1st August 2018

Conference call

Third Quarter 2018 results

24 October 2018

Conference call

 

About BIC

BIC is a world leader in stationery, lighters, shavers and promotional products. For more than 60 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable products to consumers everywhere. Through this unwavering dedication and thanks to everyday efforts and investments, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands and is a trademark registered worldwide for identifying BIC products which are sold in more than 160 countries around the world. In 2017, BIC recorded Net Sales of 2,020.3 million euros. The Company is listed on "Euronext Paris" and is part of the SBF120 and CAC Mid 60 indexes. BIC is also part of the following Socially Responsible Investment indexes: CDP's Climate A List, CDP's Supplier Climate A List, Euronext Vigeo - Eurozone 120, Euronext Vigeo - Europe 120, FTSE4Good indexes, Ethibel Pioneer and Ethibel Excellence Investment Registers, Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe, Stoxx Global ESG Leaders Index.

 



[1] 2017 Financial Statements will be approved by the Board of Directors of February 13, 2018

[2] See glossary page 15

[3] Payable from May 30, 2018 subject to closing of 2017 Financial Statements and approval at the AGM of May 16, 2018

[4] Excluding the impact of 2016 Special Bonus to Employees

[5] Gross Profit margin excluding promotions and investments related to consumer and business development support.

[6] Total Brand Support:  consumer and business development support + advertising, consumer and trade support.

[7] Excluding 8.3 million euros of subordinated loan.

[8] Source: IRI total market YTD ending 31-DEC-2017 - in value terms.

[9] Please refer to BIC Q1 2017 press release issued on April 26, 2017.

[10] In the balance sheet at December 31, 2017 and 2016, the line "Other current financial assets and derivative instruments" also includes respectively 23.6M€ and 1.7M€ worth of derivative instruments.



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