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Séché Environnement (SCHP.PA) :
Sustained and lasting activity: Revenue +8.2% at comparable scope
- Sharp growth in service businesses
- Contribution of business developments carried out in 2012
Operating income decline: EBITDA of €37.7m (vs. €41.6m as of June 30, 2012)
- Mix effects: development of platform businesses; changes to waste mix
- Weighting of non-recurring factors: delays in Strasbourg-Senerval; difficulties in Hungary, etc.
- Improvement in operating profitability (EBITDA/revenue) beginning in H2 2013 and beyond
- Return to normative Capex level after 2014
Solid financial position
- Strong operating cash flows and net debt under control
- Debt ratios maintained at a corporate level
Commenting on these results for the period ended1, Joël Séché
put the half-year performance in perspective.
"The results from the first half of 2013 are not representative of the quality of Séché Environnement's fundamentals, especially with regard to growth strategy.
The high level of activity over the period, achieved amid a sluggish macroeconomic environment, demonstrates the importance of our development strategy within high-growth markets. This expansion strategy has implemented by rolling out Upstream businesses and new locations, some of which are still in the process of increasing their profitability. At the same time, we continued to make significant concession investments, such as at Strasbourg-Sénerval where the furnaces will not be fully operational again until the second half of fiscal year 2013. These factors, among others, prevented operating results from increasing as expected.
However, cash flows remained high and net debt is under control, confirming our Group's financial solidity.
Priority has been given to optimizing profitability. This means strengthening our global offering in terms of higher value-added waste management and improving the integration of our service and platform businesses, as well as reducing mix effects over the coming months and in 2014. Similarly, the full availability of the Strasbourg-Sénerval incinerator and the startup of its heating network at the end of the year will mean this facility can contribute to increased Group profitability next year.
In the coming years, growth in operational profitability and significant reductions in concession investments should allow a higher return on investment for our Group."
Comments on consolidated results at June 30, 2013
Consolidated data in €m
|At June 30||2012||2013||Change (1)||
As % of
|Consolidated revenue (reported)||212.2||239.3||+12.8%|
|Revenue excluding IFRIC 12||207.9||223.8||+7.7%||100.0%|
|Current operating income||19.8||15.8||-20.2%||7.0%|
|Group net income||6.2||5.6||-10.0%||2.5%|
(1) At constant scope
As at June 30, 2013, Séché Environnement generated consolidated net income (Group share) slightly down, at €5.6m vs. €6.2m a year earlier.
While the group generated a high level of activity in the first half of 2013 with revenue up by 8.2% at comparable scope, buoyed by growth in platforms businesses and by commercial developments in 2012, operating results appear to have been impacted by transition, penalized by still-significant mix effects and above all by the weight of non-recurring factors such as the delay in increasing the load of the Strasbourg-Sénerval incinerator, suspended activity in Hungary and heavy rainfall in the spring.
Transitional operating income
- Continued negative mix effects
- Weight of non-recurring factors
During the first half of 2013, the change in gross operating income (EBITDA) was penalized by mix effects of up to €-5.0m:
- Business mix (€-3.0m), related to faster growth of platforms businesses with regard to treatment businesses, especially ultimate waste storage;
- Waste mix (€-2.0m), reflecting the smaller proportion of high value-added waste at some treatment facilities, related to the weak industrial environment.
EBITDA also bore the weight of non-recurring and/or external factors, especially those related to delays in restarting the Strasbourg-Sénerval facilities (€2.3m), to suspended activity at Hungaropec (€0.7m) and the exceptionally heavy rainfall in the spring, which drove up the cost of leachate treatment (€1m).
For these reasons, the EBITDA amounted to €37.7m, representing 16.9% of revenue excluding IFRIC 12, versus €41.6m or 20.0% of revenue excluding IFRIC 12 at June 30, 2012.
Reflecting the change in EBITDA, the Current Operating Income (COI) came out to €15.8m or 7.0% of revenue excluding IFRIC 12, at June 30, 2013, versus €19.8m or 9.5% of revenue excluding IFRIC 12 a year earlier.
- Absence of interest income on HIME convertible
- Increased cost of gross financial debt
Financial income stood at €(5.9)m versus €3.1m at June 30, 2012
This change reflects:
- absence of interest income on the Hime convertible bond, which totaled €7.7m in the first half of 2012. We recall that Séché Environnement stopped accounting for interest income from the Hime convertible as of the second half of 2012, and that since then it has completely divested from the Hime-Saur Group;
- the increased cost of gross financial debt, related to the increase in average net financial debt over the period and refinancing in April 2012 (rise in the cost of debt to 5.12% versus 4.66% in the first half of 2012).
Consolidated net income
- Reduction in income tax accounted for
- Disappearance of negative share of associated companies
As at June 30, 2013, consolidated net income (Group share) was slightly down, at €5.6m vs. €6.2m a year earlier.
Consolidated net income benefited particularly from the favorable effects of:
- the reduction of income tax recognized, related to the operating performance
- a reduction in the share of associated companies to €(0.2)m, versus €(9.6)m at June 30, 2012, essentially representing the Group's share of Hime-Saur losses.
Solid financial structure
- Net debt under control despite strong concession investments
- Financial ratios maintained at a corporate level
During the first half of 2013, Séché Environnement invested €31m, including €15.5m under concession investments ("IFRIC 12 investments"). Excluding IFRIC 12 investments, Capex (maintenance and growth) accounted for €15.5m, or 6.9% of revenue excluding IFRIC 12 (versus €16.8m or 8.1% of revenue excluding IFRIC 12 a year earlier), illustrating a policy of targeted investments.
While cash flow declined in correlation with EBITDA growth, at €30.6m versus €35.2m at June 30, 2012, operational cash flow increased substantially to €14.2m versus €7.6m in the first half of 2012, impacted by the reduced working capital requirement (€4.3m) and reimbursement of advanced payments of 2012 income tax made in 2012.
As a result, net debt is well under control at €223.7m versus €223.1m at December 31, 2012. The Group has maintained ratios at a corporate level with gearing (net debt/shareholders’ equity) stable at 0.71x shareholders' equity (versus 0.70x at December 31, 2012) whereas leverage (net debt/EBITDA), at 2.91x EBITDA (versus 2.74x at December 31, 2012), is temporarily impacted by the decline in EBITDA.
ROCE after taxes and at constant scope increased to 7.0% versus 3.0% a year earlier reflecting the divestment from Hime-Saur.
A central player in regulated and rapidly-changing markets, Séché Environnement continues its growth strategy to strengthen its positioning as a player in the circular economy.
As such, in a persistently sluggish macroeconomic environment, Séché Environnement is successfully developing an integrated range of services, recovery and treatment to meet the overall needs of its customers, whether industrials or municipalities, in terms of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
The Group relies on its expertise in highly technical waste and the extent of its services to win over major industrial companies and large communities.
Moreover, Séché Environnement invests in new businesses and in new regions to expand its work flow management and develop its local solutions. For example, the launch of platform businesses, through acquisitions or by starting a new business, achieves these goals while at the same time strengthening the Group's logistical efficiency and optimizing treatment facilities.
In terms of operations, this growth strategy is accompanied by mix effects that are characterized by, among other things, an increasing relative contribution of service and recovery business compared to historical businesses (such as waste storage).
Over the coming months and in 2014, Séché Environnement will likely benefit from favorable factors such as the increased capacity of some facilities, including the Strasbourg-Sénerval incinerator, and platform businesses.
As a result, Séché Environnement expects very gradual improvement in its operating profitability, beginning in the second half of 2013.
Meanwhile, in terms of concession investments, fiscal years 2013 and 2014 represent a period of significant investments.
For the current fiscal year the Group foresees a program of €30m in concession investments (with total investments of approximately €65m).
In 2014, concession investments will decline to €25m, eventually ending in 2015, although the Group will maintain its own investments at their normative level.
Improved operational profitability, along with the return to a normative Capex level, should help the Group return to debt reduction, beginning in 2015, with target financial leverage of approximately 2.5x EBITDA in 2016.
CONDENSED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
|REVENUE EXCLUDING IFRIC 12||207,866||-0.5%||223,772||7.7%|
|CURRENT OPERATING INCOME (COI)||19,770||9.5%||15,774||7.0%|
|OPERATING INCOME (OI)||19,153||9.2%||14,948||6.7%|
|INCOME FROM CONSOLIDATED COMPANIES||15,641||7.5%||5,805||2.6%|
|Share of income from associates||(9,655)||-4.6%||(171)||-0.1%|
|NET INCOME (Group share)||6,227||3.0%||5,605||2.5%|
|December 2012||June 2013|
|CURRENT ASSETS (excluding cash and cash equivalents)||172,431||166,287|
|CASH and cash equivalents||23,050||24,210|
|HEDGING INSTRUMENTS (LIABILITIES)||4,051||2,487|
Statement of cash flows
|December 2012||June 2012||June 2013|
|CASH FLOW before taxes and financial expenses||68,047,770||35,178,543||30,565,682|
|Change in WCR||-4,878,115||-2,163,065||4,295,648|
|Income tax paid||-10,579,190||-2,163,065||11,315,195|
|CASH FLOW RELATED TO OPERATING ACTIVITIES||52,590,464||30,852,414||46,176,525|
|Tangible and intangible investments||-43,934,087||-19,740,291||-32,557,576|
|Receipt/sale of fixed assets||2,647,925||193,858||481,851|
|Net financial investments||-683,024||-714,822||-838,092|
|Cash net of acquisitions & sales of subsidiaries||-16,319,484||0||-60,319|
|CASH FLOW RELATED TO INVESTING ACTIVITIES||-58,288,671||-20,261,254||-32,974,136|
|Dividends paid to parent company shareholders||-11,139,673||-11,052,173||-8,148,010|
|Loans collected and redeemed||30,421,030||29,722,856||2,187,853|
|Other cash flows||26,364||-143,379||123,593|
|CASH FLOW RELATED TO FINANCING ACTIVITIES||4,265,419||9,389,486||-11,477,815|
|CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS||-1,432,788||19,980,645||1,724,574|
|Effect of exchange rate differences||-56,531||46,902||-56,164|
|OPENING CASH POSITION||24,005,203||24,005,203||22,515,852|
|CLOSING CASH POSITION||22,515,852||40,540,151||24,179,376|
|Publication of revenue at September 30, 2013||October 24, 2013 after market close.|
About Séché Environnement
Séché Environnement is one of the leading players in the treatment and storage of all types of non-radioactive industrial and household waste in France, whether from industry or from local communities. Its facilities enable it to offer high-quality comprehensive solutions that incorporate all environmental requirements.
Séché Environnement is the leading independent operator in the country with a unique positioning at the hub of the high value-added waste recovery, treatment and storage markets.
The Group offers integrated specialized services:
- recovery or energy recovery of hazardous and non-hazardous waste;
- treatment (incineration, physical-chemical, etc.);
- storage of ultimate hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
It is actively developing its business on waste management outsourcing markets for its clientele of large communities and major industrial companies.
Séché Environnement has been listed on Eurolist by
Euronext since November 27, 1997
(Compartment B – ISIN: FR 0000039139 – Bloomberg: SCHP.FP – Reuters: CCHE.PA)
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1At the Board of Directors’ meeting of August 27, 2013 during which the accounts at June 30, 2013 were closed.
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