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CIR group: net income € 4.5 mln in first quarter 2019

Board of Directors approves results for first quarter 2019

CIR GROUP: NET INCOME € 4.5 MLN IN FIRST QUARTER 2019

Revenues at € 675.8 mln (-2.8%)

EBITDA at € 78.5 mln (€ 80.4 million in 2018)

Net financial position of the parent company a positive € 326.2 million at 31/3 
(€ 325.5 million at 31/12/2018)


Milan, April 29 2019
– The Board of Directors of CIR-Compagnie Industriali Riunite S.p.A., which met today under the chairmanship of Rodolfo De Benedetti, approved the Financial Report as of March 31 2019 presented by Chief Executive Officer Monica Mondardini.
The CIR group operates mainly in three sectors: healthcare (KOS), automotive components (Sogefi) and media (GEDI Gruppo Editoriale).


Foreword

The Financial Report for the first quarter of 2019 was prepared applying IFRS 16, which establishes a new way of accounting for leasing contracts. This has significant effects particularly for the presentation of the net financial debt and EBITDA of the Group and will be specified further on in this press release.


Consolidated results

The revenues of the CIR group for the first quarter of 2019 came in at € 675.8 million, down slightly (-2.8%) compared to the same period of 2018 (€ 695.2 million) because of the unfavourable performance of the world car market and the Italian publishing market, in which two of its three subsidiaries operate, Sogefi and GEDI respectively.

KOS
reported a rise in revenues of 5.3%, thanks to the constant development activity being carried out by the Company; Sogefi, in a market that saw a decline in car production of 7%, reported a decline in revenues of 2.9% at constant exchange rates and of 4% at historical exchange rates; lastly GEDI, in a difficult environment for the publishing sector and for advertising collection in particular (advertising investment in the printed press fell by 11.3% in the first two months of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018), reported a fall in revenues of 6.5% compared to the first quarter of last year.

The consolidated gross operating margin (EBITDA) came to € 78.5 million (of which € 15.2 million due to the application of the new accounting standard IFRS 16) compared to € 80.4 million in the first three months of last year.

The consolidated operating result (EBIT) was € 24.8 million, down from € 41.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, with KOS posting an increase (from € 15.4 million in the first quarter of 2018 to € 16.8 million in 2019), Sogefi reporting a reduction (€ 11.3 million from € 22.6 million in the first quarter of 2018) and GEDI also posting a lower figure (€ 0.5 million from € 6.6 million in 2018).

Consolidated net income came in at € 4.5 million versus € 9.5 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Consolidated net financial debt,
excluding financial payables for rights of use introduced by accounting standard IFRS 16, amounted to € 315.9 million at March 31 2019, up from € 297.1 million at December 31 2018.
The application of IFRS 16 at March 31 2019 involved recognizing financial payables for rights of use for an amount of € 453.4 million and therefore the consolidated net financial debt figure after application of IFRS 16 came to a total of € 769.3 million. The increase linked to IFRS 16 is concentrated in the subsidiary KOS (€ 323.8 million), due to the fact that the business activity carried out requires ample use of residential facilities that are mostly leased.

The total net debt at March 31 2019 of the industrial subsidiaries before IFRS 16 amounted to € 642.1 million and was higher than the figure at December 31 2018 (€ 622.6 million) because of the increase of € 21.5 million in the debt of the GEDI group (as an effect of the change in working capital and the expenses incurred for company restructuring).

The net financial position of the parent company of the group (including the non-industrial subsidiaries) was a positive € 326.2 million at March 31 2019, compared to € 325.5 million at the end of 2018.

The equity of the group amounted to € 937.8 million at March 31 2019 versus € 936.2 million at December 31 2018.

At March 31 2019 the CIR group had 16,433 employees (16,358 at December 31 2018).


Results of the industrial subsidiaries of the CIR group


Healthcare: KOS

KOS, which is controlled by CIR (59.5%) and in which F2i Healthcare has an interest, is one of the largest groups in Italy in the sector of healthcare and care homes (long-term care, diagnostics and oncology treatments, management of hospital facilities). The group manages 85 facilities, mainly in the centre and north of Italy, for a total of 8,117 beds, and is also active in India and the United Kingdom.

In the first three months of 2019 KOS obtained revenues of € 140.3 million, up by 5.3% on the same period of 2018. The Long Term Care area reported an increase due to its organic growth and to the contribution of the acquisitions made in 2018 and the Diagnostics, oncology treatments and acute area grew thanks to the new services launched during 2018.

EBIT
came to € 16.8 million, compared to € 15.4 million in the same period of the previous year.

Net income
came in at € 7.8 million up from € 7.5 million in the same period of 2018.

At March 31 2019, KOS had a net debt position before IFRS 16 of € 255.8 million, down by € 3.6 million from € 259.4 million at December 31 2018. The application of accounting standard IFRS 16 involved the recognition at March 31 2019 of financial payables for leasing and rights of use totalling € 323.8 million and thus the overall net financial debt came to € 579.6 million.


Automotive components: Sogefi

Sogefi is one of the main producers worldwide in the sectors of suspension, filtration, and air and cooling systems for motor vehicles, with 42 production plants in four continents. The company is controlled by CIR (56.8%) and is listed on the Stock Exchange.
In the first quarter of 2019, the world car market saw a decline in production of 6.7%, with Europe down by 5%, Asia by 11.8% (mainly because of the contraction of the Chinese market, -13.5%), while North America was down by 2.5% and South America down by 4.9% (source IHS – April 2019).

In this context, Sogefi’s revenues came in at € 389.9 million, down by 2.9% at constant exchange rates and by 4% at historical exchange rates compared to the corresponding period of 2018, but nonetheless the company reported a better performance than that of the market in which it operates.

By geographical area, revenues at constant exchange rates declined by 3.6% in Europe, by 2.6% in North America and by 9.1% in Asia. By business unit, Suspensions reported a fall of 6.9%, Filtration one of 4.1% while, lastly, Air and Cooling revenues were substantially unchanged.

EBIT
came to € 11.3 million, compared to € 22.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, equal to 2.9% of revenues. The decline in EBIT mainly reflects the lower volumes and the erosion of the gross margin that occurred in 2018, and has not yet been recovered, because of the rise in the prices of raw materials particularly in the Suspensions business unit.

Net income
came in at € 1.6 million, down from the figure recorded in first quarter 2018 (€ 11.2 million), after tax charges of € 3.6 million (€ 5.2 million in the first quarter of 2018).

At March 31 2019, Sogefi had net financial debt before IFRS 16 of € 262.1 million, versus 260.5 million at December 31 2018. The application of accounting standard IFRS 16 involved the recognition at March 31 2019 of financial payables of € 66.8 million for leasing and rights of use and thus the overall net financial debt came to € 328.9 million.

For further information on the results of Sogefi see the press release issued by the company on April 26.


Media: GEDI Gruppo Editoriale

GEDI Gruppo Editoriale is the leading company in Italy for daily and multimedia news and is also one of the most important players in Europe. It operates mainly in the following sectors: newspapers and magazines, radio, the internet and the collection of advertising. The company is controlled by CIR (45.8%) and is listed on the Stock Exchange.

As far as the market is concerned, in the first two months of 2019 advertising investment declined by 3.6% compared to the same period of last year (source Nielsen Media Research). The print sector reported a fall of 11.3%, with newspapers posting -13.6% and magazines -6.9%. As for newspaper circulation, in the first two months of 2019 sales on the news-stands and by subscription declined by 7.1%. Including digital copies, total newspaper circulation posted -5.9% (source ADS-Accertamento Diffusione Stampa).

In the first quarter of 2019 GEDI’s revenues totalled € 145.6 million, down by 6.5% on the first quarter of 2018. Circulation revenues of € 67.1 million were down by 6.5%, in a market that, as stated above, reported a 7.1% reduction in sales on the news-stands and by subscription and advertising revenues were down by 8%, reflecting the performance of the respective markets.

EBIT
came in at € 0.5 million, down from € 6.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, due to the lower revenues.

Net income
was € 2 million down from € 3 million in the first quarter of 2018.

At March 31 2019, GEDI had net financial debt before IFRS 16 of € 124.7 million, up from € 103.2 million at December 31 2018 as a result of the disbursements made for the reorganization plan currently in progress, and of the performance of working capital. The application of IFRS 16 involved the recognition at March 31 2019 of € 62.8 million of financial payables for rights of use and leasing and thus the overall net debt amounted to € 187.5 million. For further information on the results of GEDI see the press release issued by the company on April 19.


Non-core investments

The non-core investments of the CIR group were worth € 67 million at March 31 2019 (€ 72.5 million at December 31 2018) and consisted of the following: a diversified portfolio of private equity funds, managed by CIR International, the fair value of which, calculated on the NAV given by the respective funds, was € 41.3 million at March 31 2019, investments in non-strategic shareholdings worth € 15.7 million and a portfolio of non-performing loans worth a total of € 10 million.


Outlook for the year

Performance in the remaining part of the year will depend on how the three business sectors evolve.

As far as KOS is concerned, there is expected to be an increase, albeit more moderate than in the previous year, in revenues and margins, and the commitment to development activity is scheduled to continue.

As for Sogefi, there is still little visibility as to the evolution of the market in the near future. It does however seem that the prices of the main raw materials could be stabilizing and the company is engaged in recovering profitability.

Regarding GEDI, there is not expected to be any change in the current market trends and the group is committed to continuing to counter their impact on results with appropriate operating actions.


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The executive responsible for the preparation of the company’s financial statements, Giuseppe Gianoglio, hereby declares, in compliance with the terms of paragraph 2 Article 154 bis of the Finance Consolidation Act (TUF), that the figures contained in this press release correspond to the results documented in the company’s accounts and general ledger.
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29 April 2019 | 11:30 CEST

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