Thu, Aug 09, 2018 12:00 CET
Nurminen Logistics Plc Half Year Financial Report 9 August 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Net sales increased but operating result declined – the year’s outlook remains unchanged: it is expected that comparable net sales and comparable operating result will improve from the level of 2017
NURMINEN LOGISTICS KEY FIGURES 1 JANUARY – 30 JUNE 2018
- Net sales were EUR 40.6 million (1–6/2017: EUR 33.1 million).
- Comparable net sales were EUR 40.7 million (EUR 33.0 million).
- Reported operating result was EUR 0.6 million (EUR 1.1 million).
- Comparable operating result was EUR 0.6 million (EUR 1.1 million).
- Operating margin was 1.5% (3.5%).
- Comparable operating margin was 1.4% (3.4%).
- Net operating result EUR -0.3 million (EUR 0.2 million).
- Comparable net operating result EUR -0.3 million (EUR 0.2 million).
- Earnings per share: EUR -0.01 (EUR 0.01).
MARKO TUUNAINEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO:
“The net sales in the first half of 2018 went up by 22.6% compared to the corresponding period in 2017. Operating result for the review period was positive, although it weakened significantly to EUR 595 thousand (1,147) due to the delay in the start-up of new business projects.
The profit performance of forwarding services was good despite the fact that changes to fees collected by the Customs had a negative impact on the net sales of forwarding services, thereby decreasing profitability. The implementation of new information systems also affected profitability of forwarding services in the beginning of the year. In the future, the new systems will boost new business and improve profitability.
There has been great demand for terminal services in chemical logistics, break-bulk cargo imports and project services as well as for the related added value services. The profitability of the Vuosaari terminal decreased due to the terminal’s client contracts being transferred into the next review period. Profitability for the company’s other terminals improved and usage rates saw positive development. As a whole, terminal services' net sales and profitability declined from the comparison period.
Demand for Finnish railway transport services grew considerably after several review periods with weaker figures. Growth was supported first and foremost by container transport from Finland to China as well as by the commencement of export deliveries within the project business. Projects will also continue to increase demand for railway transport services over the second half of the year.
Operating result for the Baltic companies was once again good, and this positive development is expected to continue into the end of the year. The weakening of the company's Russian business result did not have a significant impact on the Group's result.
Cash flow from operating activities was negative over the period under review due to changes in working capital. The change in working capital was due to the decrease in the use of customs securities by customers at the turn of the year (change in the collection of VAT by the Customs as of 1 January 2018) and investments in the business development. The operative cash flow for July-December is expected to be positive.
Improvement is expected for the remainder of the year. It is predicted that the reported and comparable operating result for the second half of the year will improve from the first half of the year. The expectation of improved profit in July-December is supported by the development of customer portfolio in Vuosaari and the new railway connection between Finland and China, operating from the Vuosaari terminal. The company will commence regular container train transport from the port of Helsinki to China within the final quarter of the year. Transport services will run on tracks owned by Finnish, Russian, Kazakhstani and Chinese railway operators. The company will publish information on train timetables and destinations during the third quarter of the year. There is a clear demand for this service within the export and import industries in Finland and Northern Europe.
Nurminen Logistics is currently looking into the option of increasing terminal capacity in terms of standard industry products, for which the Vuosaari port has a clear demand but a limited supply of services. Through added terminal capacity, the aim is to expand the company’s customer and service portfolios, and through appropriate freight handling investments, improved profitability is expected.
The Finnish railway industry is undergoing dramatic changes after the Ministry of Transport and Communications announced that VR is to be detach parts from VR’s operation into separate companies. Not all details of this plan are ironed out as of yet, and therefore many questions and uncertainties remain in terms of the nature of the future market. The company will continue to prepare for the utilization of the equipment that will be possibly separated from the VR.”
MARKET SITUATION IN THE REVIEW PERIOD
Wide-scale economic growth in Finland continued, and the growth is predicted to carry on into the coming years. The growth is supported primarily by the positive development of the most significant export markets and improvements in cost competitiveness in Finland. The company managed to maintain a strong market position in break-bulk cargo import forwarding and service demand remained high in the company's key segment of forest industry and engineering industry products. The company is well positioned right at the heart of Finland’s import and export traffic through Finland’s leading ports and border crossing points. The economies of the Baltic countries saw continued growth, and the demand for services in the Baltic countries remained strong. The Russian economy also experienced growth with the positive development carrying over from 2017. This positive trend in the global economy is expected to carry on into 2018.
NET SALES AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE 1 JANUARY – 30 JUNE 2018
|EUR 1,000||1–6/2018||1–6/2017||1–6/2018 comparable||1–6/2017 comparable|
Net sales for the first half of 2018 amounted to EUR 44.6 million (1–6/2017: 33.1 million), which represents an increase of 22.6% compared to the corresponding period in 2017. The operating result for the review period decreased by 48.1% to EUR 595 (1,147) thousand.
Comparable net sales amounted to EUR 40.7 (33.0) million, which represents a year-on-year increase of 23.2%. The comparable operating result for the review period decreased by 48.4% to EUR 585 (1,135) thousand.
The comparable result includes net sales adjustments of EUR +86 (-93) thousand and adjustments for exchange rate effects of EUR -10 (-12) thousand. The adjustments to net sales in the review period consist of a reduction in the net sales of the Russian subsidiary due to the depreciation of the rouble from the exchange rate comparison period (2015).
The profit performance of forwarding services was good despite the fact that net sales and profitability of forwarding services decreased compared to the corresponding period in 2017. Streamlined activities and new services maintained good profit performance for forwarding services. Demand for import, export and added value services remained high, but changes to fees collected by the Customs had a negative impact on profitability.
Net sales for terminal services went down and profitability fell short during the review period from the comparison period. Demand for break-bulk cargo imports, chemical logistics and project services as well as the related value added services went up from the comparison period. The actions initiated by the company to improve the profitability of the Vuosaari terminal and the customer portfolio are still under way and will be reflected in improved profitability in the second half of the year. Usage rate and profitability of the company’s other terminals saw positive development.
Increased demand of Finnish railway logistics services improved profitability. Net sales and profitability clearly increased compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. The growth of railway services resulted in particular from container transport between Finland and China as well as from the increased export volume for project transport. Chemical transport volumes remained stable.
Net sales and profitability for the Russian company decreased during the review period. The circulation of company-owned railway cars and business activities remained at the same level as during the comparison period, but the company did not manage to obtain rental cars from the market to operate due to increased demand and high rental fees.
Net sales for the Baltic companies clearly increased and the results of business activities remained excellent. Economy in the Baltics has continued to grow, and the economic outlook remains encouraging.
Nurminen Logistics believes that the positive trend in the economy and markets will continue into the end of 2018. Nurminen Logistics expects that its comparable net sales and comparable operating result will improve from the level of 2017.
SHORT-TERM RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES
Increased uncertainty in geopolitics and world trade pose the greatest risks for development. Company’s new strategic projects being postponed further may have a negative impact to the 2018 result.
FINANCIAL POSITION AND BALANCE SHEET
The company’s cash flow from operations was EUR -785 thousand. Cash flow from investments was EUR -711 thousand. Cash flow from financing activities amounted to EUR -868 thousand. Cash flow from operating activities was negative over the period under review due to changes in working capital. The change in working capital was due to the decrease in the use of customs deposits by customers at the turn of the year (change in the collection of VAT by the Customs as of 1 January 2018) and investments in business development projects.
At the end of the review period, cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 5,452 thousand. The company’s management estimates that the operating cash flow generated by the company
covers the current business needs and current liabilities for the next 12 months.
The company's balance sheet and financial position remained at a stable level. The company has no bank loans at the present time. The company’s current interest-bearing liabilities (EUR 1.5 million) comprise financial leasing debt of EUR 0.5 million and factoring debt of EUR 1.0 million. The company’s non-current interest-bearing liabilities decreased to EUR 17.6 million. 3.7 million of the company’s non-current interest bearing liabilities are due in October 2019. 13.5 million of the non-current interest bearing liabilities will arrive at maturity in more than five years. The company has also a EUR 1.5 million hybrid bond counted as equity.
The Group’s interest-bearing debt totalled EUR 19.1 million and net interest-bearing debt amounted to EUR 13.7 million.
The balance sheet total was EUR 43.0 million, and the equity ratio was 30.4 %.
The Group’s gross capital expenditure during the review period amounted to EUR 0.6 (0.6) million, accounting for 1.4% of net sales. Depreciation totalled EUR 0.9 (0.9) million, or 2.2% (2.7%) of net sales.
There were no changes in the group structure of Nurminen Logistics Plc.
The Group comprises the parent company, Nurminen Logistics Plc, as well as the following subsidiaries and associated companies, owned directly or indirectly by the parent (ownership, %): RW Logistics Oy (100%), Nurminen Logistics Services Oy (100%), NR Rail Oy (51%), Nurminen Maritime Latvia SIA (51%), Pelkolan Terminaali Oy (20%), OOO Nurminen Logistics (100%), ZAO Terminal Rubesh (100%), UAB Nurminen Maritime (51%), Nurminen Maritime Eesti AS (51%) and Team Lines Latvia SIA (23%).
At the end of the review period the Group’s number of personnel stood at 199 (198), compared to 182 on 31 December 2017. The number of employees working abroad was 46.
SHARES AND SHAREHOLDERS
The trading volume of Nurminen Logistics Plc’s shares was 2,577,859 during the period from 1 January to 30 June 2018, representing 5.8% of the total number of shares. The value of the turnover was EUR 1,443,346. The lowest price during the review period was EUR 0.46 per share and the highest EUR 0.63 per share. The closing price for the period was EUR 0.47 per share and the market value of the entire share capital was EUR 20,799,462 at the end of the period.
At the end of the review period the company had 1,221 shareholders.
On 30 June 2018, the company held 144,426 of its own shares, corresponding to 0.33% of votes.
DECISIONS MADE BY THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
Nurminen Logistics Plc's Annual General Meeting held on 11 April 2018 passed the following decisions:
Adoption of the annual accounts and resolution on the discharge from liability
The General Meeting adopted the annual accounts, including the consolidated annual accounts for the financial year 1 January 2017 − 31 December 2017 and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability.
Payment of dividend
The General Meeting approved the Board’s proposal that no dividend shall be paid for the financial year 1 January 2017 − 31 December 2017.
Composition and remuneration of the Board of Directors
The General Meeting resolved that the Board of Directors is composed of six members. The General Meeting re-elected the following members to the Board of Directors: Olli Pohjanvirta, Juha Nurminen, Jukka Nurminen and Alexey Grom and elected Irmeli Rytkönen and Kari Savolainen new members of the Board of Directors.
The General Meeting resolved that for the members of the Board elected at the General Meeting for the term expiring at the close of the Annual General Meeting in 2019, the remuneration is paid as follows: annual remuneration of EUR 40,000 for the Chairman and EUR 20,000 for the other members of the Board.
In addition, a meeting fee of EUR 1,000 per meeting for the Board and Board Committee meetings is be paid for each member of the Board living in Finland and EUR 1,500 per meeting for a member of the Board living outside Finland. Of the annual remuneration, 50 per cent will be paid in Nurminen Logistics Plc’s shares and the rest in cash. A member of the Board of Directors may not dispose shares received as annual remuneration before a period of three years has elapsed from receiving shares. In addition, the Chairman of the Board will be paid a remuneration of EUR 7,500 per month as well as a car benefit with a maximum value of EUR 1,600 per month and telephone benefit.
Authorising the Board of Directors to decide on the issuance of shares as well as the issuance of options and other special rights entitling to shares
Annual General Meeting authorised the Board to decide on issuance of shares and/or special rights entitling to shares pursuant to Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act.
Based on the authorisation, the Board of Directors is entitled to issue or assign, either by one or several resolutions, shares and/or special rights up to a maximum equivalent of 20,000,000 new shares so that aforesaid shares and/or special rights could be used, e.g., for financing of company and business acquisitions or for financing of other business arrangements and investments, for the expansion of ownership structure, paying of remuneration of the Board members and/or for the creating incentives for, or encouraging commitment in, personnel.
The authorisation entitles the Board to decide on share issue with or without payment. The authorisation for deciding on a share issue without payment includes also the right to decide on the share issue for the company itself, so that the authorisation may be used in such a way that in total no more than one tenth (1/10) of all shares in the company may from time to time be in the possession of the company and its subsidiaries.
The authorisation includes the Board of Director’s right to decide on all other terms and conditions of the share issues and the issuances of special rights. The authorisation entitles the Board of Directors to decide on share issues, issuances of option rights and other special rights entitling to shares in every way to the same extent as could be decided by the General Meeting, including the Board of Director’s right to decide on directed share issues and/or issuance of special rights. In case of issuances of shares and/or special rights entitling to shares in deviation of the pre-emptive rights of shareholders and in issuance of shares without payment, the subscription price per share shall not be lower than the volume weighted average price of the company’s share during the three months’ period preceding the decision of the Board of Directors. However, this restriction regarding the subscription price is not applied in case the Board of Directors decides on the directed share issue or share issue without payment or directed issuance of special rights entitling to shares relating to paying of remuneration of the Board members and/or creating incentives for, or encouraging commitment in, personnel.
The authorisation is valid until 30 April 2019 and the authorisation does not revoke the authorisation granted to the Board of Directors by the Extraordinary General Meeting on 17 July 2017 on the issuance of shares as well as the issuance of options and other special rights entitling to shares.
Election of the auditor and resolution on their remuneration
Auditing firm Ernst & Young Oy was elected as auditor for the company for the term ending at the close of the Annual General Meeting 2019. Antti Suominen, Authorised Public Accountant, acts as the principal auditor.
Auditor’s fee will be paid in accordance with the auditor’s invoice accepted by the company.
The company’s Board of Directors has on 14 May 2008 determined the company’s dividend policy, according to which Nurminen Logistics Plc aims to annually distribute as dividends approximately one third of its net profit, provided that the company’s financial position allows this.
OTHER EVENTS DURING THE REVIEW PERIOD
Nurminen Logistics announced on 23 March 2018 that The Board of Directors of Nurminen Logistics Plc has approved a new share-based incentive plan for the Group key employees. The aim of the new plan is to align the objectives of the shareholders and the key employees in order to increase the value of the Company in the long-term, to retain the key employees at the Company, and to offer them a competitive reward plan that is based on earning and accumulating the Company’s shares. The new Performance Share Plan 2018–2021 includes two two-year performance periods, fiscal years 2018–2019 and 2020–2021.
The potential reward from the performance period 2018–2019 will be based on the Total Shareholder Return of Nurminen Logistics share (TSR).
The Performance Share Plan is directed to approximately five people, the President and CEO and other members of the Management Team, as well as selected key employees during the performance period 2018–2019. The rewards to be paid on the basis of the performance period 2018–2019 correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 1,250,000 Nurminen Logistics Plc shares, including also the proportion to be paid in cash.
The potential rewards from the performance period 2018–2019 will be paid partly in the Company’s shares and partly in cash in 2020. The cash proportion is intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the participant. As a rule, no reward will be paid, if a participant´s employment or service ends before the reward payment. A plan participant must hold all of the net shares given on the basis of the plan for twenty-four (24) months after the reward payment.
The Board of Directors will be entitled to reduce the rewards agreed in the Performance Share Plan if the limits set by the Board of Directors for the share price are reached.
EVENTS AFTER THE REVIEW PERIOD
Nurminen Logistics announced in a stock exchange release on 19 July 2018 that Markku Puolanne has by mutual agreement resigned from his position as Nurminen Logistics Plc’s Chief Financial Officer. Puolanne will leave his position on 31 August 2018.
The company has started a recruiting process for a new CFO.
Certain statements in this bulletin are forward-looking and are based on the management's current views. Due to their nature, they involve risks and uncertainties and are susceptible to changes in the general economic or industry conditions.
Nurminen Logistics Plc
Board of Directors
For more information, please contact: Marko Tuunainen, President and CEO, tel. +358 10 545 7011.
Nurminen Logistics is a listed company established in 1886 that offers logistics services. The company provides high-quality forwarding, cargo handling and value added services as well as railway transports and related to it project transport services to its customers. The main market areas of Nurminen Logistics are Finland, Russia and its neighbouring countries.
The figures for the review period and comparative periods are in accordance with IFRS 15 standard and the introduction of IFRS 15 standard has had no impact on the revenue recognition of the company.
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME||1-6/2018||1-6/2017||1-12/2017|
|EUR 1,000 |
|Other operating income||63||55||118|
|Materials and services||-28,573||-21,305||-52,516|
|Employee benefit expenses ||-4,484||-4,355||-8,921|
|Depreciation, amortisation and impairment losses||-889||-877||-1,778|
|Other operating expenses||-6,150||-5,503||-10,984|
|Share of profit in equity-accounted investees||-10||-12||-12|
|RESULT BEFORE TAX||-70||428||275|
|Income taxes ||-235||-248||-517|
|PROFIT / LOSS FOR THE PERIOD||-304||180||-243|
|Other comprehensive income|
|Other comprehensive income to be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:|
|Other comprehensive income for the period after tax||-397||-209||-314|
|TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD||-701||-29||-556|
|Result attributable to|
|Equity holders of the parent company||-802||-320||-1,167|
|Total comprehensive income attributable to|
|Equity holders of the parent company||-1,199||-529||-1,481|
| THE GROUP'S COMPARABLE RESULT
|EUR 1,000 |
|REPORTED NET SALES||40,629||33,131||75,772|
|Changes in exchange rates||86||-93||-1,026|
|COMPARABLE NET SALES||40,715||33,038||74,746|
|REPORTED OPERATING RESULT||595||1,147||1,691|
|Changes in exchange rates ||-10||-12||-102|
|Performance bonus adjustments||406|
|COMPARABLE OPERATING RESULT||585||1,135||1,996|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION||30.6.2018||30.6.2017||31.12.2017|
|EUR 1,000 |
|Property, plant and equipment||12,645||12,772||13,042|
|Other intangible assets||48||80||58|
|Investments in equity-accounted investees||219||294||232|
|Deferred tax assets||499||566||567|
|Trade and other receivables||11,675||13,601||12,727|
|Current tax receivables||18||121||0|
|Cash and cash equivalents||5,452||2,733||7,832|
|EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|Deferred tax liability||288||380||385|
|Current tax liabilities||0||309||331|
|Trade payables and other liabilities||10,185||14,137||12,543|
|TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||42,960||45,093||47,587|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT, EUR 1,000||1-6/2018||1-6/2017||1-12/2017|
|CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES|
|Profit/Loss for the period||-304||180||-243|
|Depreciation, amortisation and impairment losses||889||877||1,778|
|Unrealised foreign exchange gains and losses||-6||0||105|
|Paid and received interest||-658||-579||-1,301|
|Changes in working capital||-323||-687||1,520|
|Cash flow from operating activities||-785||1,627||3,461|
|CASH FLOW FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets||-575||-648||-1,745|
|Investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets||4||26||49|
|Cash flow from investing activities||-711||-622||-1,695|
|CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Share issue for cash||0||0||5,076|
|Changes in liabilities||-193||-211||-940|
|Dividends paid / repayments of equity||-674||-359||-359|
|Cash flow from financing activities||-868||-570||3,778|
|CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS||-2,364||428||5,544|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||7,832||2,304||2,304|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||5,452||2,733||7,832|
A= Share capital
B= Share premium reserve
C= Legal reserve
D= Reserve for invested unrestricted equity
E= Issue of shares
F= Translation differences
G= Retained earnings
H = Non-controlling interest
I = Total
|STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY 1-6/2018 EUR 1,000||A||B||C||D||E||F||G|