A.S. Création Tapeten AG

  • ISIN: DE000A1TNNN5
  • Land: Deutschland

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A.S. Création Tapeten AG: Earnings position improves in first half of 2019

DGAP-News: A.S. Création Tapeten AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results/Quarterly / Interim Statement

08.08.2019 / 08:15
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A.S. Création Tapeten AG, Gummersbach

Earnings position improves in first half of 2019

A.S. Création Tapeten AG, Europe's leading wallpaper manufacturer, today published its interim report for the period ended June 30, 2019. A summary is provided below:

High revenue growth in second quarter
The second quarter of 2019 saw A.S. Création's revenues grow by an impressive 15.6%. A.S. Création was thus able to boost its consolidated revenues by EUR 2.8 million or 3.9% from EUR 72.8 million in the first half of 2018 to EUR 75.6 million in the first six months of 2019. One of the reasons of this successful revenue growth in H1 2019 were the deliveries to an international DIY store chain which implemented a major product range update that benefited A.S. Création. Moreover, the Belarusian production company contributed to Group revenues in the full first half of 2019, whereas in the previous year it generated revenues only in the second quarter as it was not taken into operation before the end of March 2018. This means that revenue growth in the year to date is attributable to foreign markets. Both the Wallpaper Division and the Furnishing Fabrics Division contributed to this growth.

Greatly improved earnings position
A.S. Création has been able to improve its earnings position significantly in the current fiscal year. Earnings before interest and taxes of EUR 3.8 million were generated in the first half of 2019 (previous year: EUR 0.9 million), with the EBIT margin rising to 5.0% (previous year: 1.2%). Growing by EUR 1.9 million from EUR 36.9 million in the previous year to EUR 38.8 million, gross profit was a key earnings driver in the reporting period. Higher revenues and the increase in the gross profit margin from 49.7% to 51.5% contributed to this gratifying performance. A changed product mix, a price increase implemented in the Wallpaper Division in the second half of 2018 and reduced spending on sample material all had a positive effect on A.S. Création's gross profit margin in the first six months of 2019. In addition, A.S. Création has benefited from a reduced personnel expense ratio in the current fiscal year.

At EUR -0.5 million, the consolidated financial result was slightly lower in the first half of 2019 (previous year: EUR -0.3 million). This is due to increased interest expenses under loan agreements signed in the second half of 2018 to cover the long-term financing requirements.

Taking into account the earnings contributions made by A.S. & Palitra, the Russian joint venture which has meanwhile been renamed as OOO Aspect Ru, A.S. Création posted earnings after taxes of EUR 4.3 million for the first half of 2019. In the corresponding prior-year period, a loss after taxes of EUR 1.1 million was incurred.

Plans for full year 2019 confirmed
Due to the positive one-time effects on sales revenues in the second quarter, the business trend of the first half of 2019 cannot be extrapolated to the full year. The Managing Board nevertheless assumes that the Group's projections for the full year 2019 will be achieved and that A.S. Création will generate revenues of between EUR 135 million and EUR 140 million and earnings before interest and taxes of between EUR 1 million and EUR 2 million.

The Group's key figures for the first six months of 2019 are summarised below:

    01.01.-30.06. 01.01.-30.06. Change
    2019 2018  
Sales revenues EUR '000 75,601 72,756 3.9%
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) EUR '000 3,776 886 326.2%
Earnings after taxes EUR '000 4,275 -1,074 n.a.
Earnings per share EUR/share 1.55 -0.39 n.a.
Cash flow from operating activities EUR '000 3,956 -1,894 n.a.
Capital expenditures EUR '000 2,539 3,872 - 34.4%
Depreciation EUR '000 3,114 3,079 1.1%
Number of employees (average)   746 747 - 0.1 %

Gummersbach, August 8, 2019

A.S. Création Tapeten AG

The Managing Board

Maik Krämer
Director of Finance and Controlling
phone +49-2261-542 387
fax +49-2261-542 304
e-mail: m.kraemer@as-creation.de

The full interim report is available at:
www.as-creation.com or from
A.S. Création Tapeten AG
Frau Börngen
Südstr. 47
D - 51645 Gummersbach
phone +49-2261-542 350,
e-mail: investor@as-creation.de

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