Sodexo: Solid results in the first half of Fiscal 2014

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  • Organic revenue growth of 2.4%:

    • Increased demand for Facilities Management services which represent more than a quarter of Group revenues today
    • Acceleration in growth in On-site Services revenue in North America
    • Excellent development of Benefits and Rewards Services activity, with revenue up 15.1%

  • Operating profit1 up 11.4% excluding the currency effect and operating margin1 up +0.4 points as reported and +0.5 points excluding the currency effect

  • Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent up  +17.8% and +25.8% excluding the currency effect

  • Fiscal 2014 objectives confirmed

Issy-les-Moulineaux, April 17, 2014 - Sodexo (NYSE Euronext Paris FR 0000121220-OTC : SDXAY). At the Board of Directors` meeting on April 15, 2014, chaired by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo Chief Executive Officer Michel Landel presented the Group`s performance for the first half of Fiscal 2014 which ended on February 28, 2014.

Financial performance for the first half of Fiscal 2014:

(in millions of euro) First Half
Fiscal 2014

(as of February
28, 2014)
First Half
Fiscal 2013

(as of February
28, 2013)
Change
(excluding currency effect)
Currency effect2 Total change
Revenues 9,283 9,460 +2.8% -4.7% -1.9%
Organic growth +2.4% +2.1%
Operating profit before exceptional expenses1 559 533 +11.4% -6.5% +4.9%
Operating margin before exceptional expenses1 6.0% 5.6%
Exceptional expenses1 (30) (50)
Operating profit (reported) 529 483 +16.4% -6.9% +9.5%
Effective tax rate 36% 39%
Profit attributable to equity holders
of the parent
278 236 +25.8% -8% +17.8%

1 Operating profit and operating margin before exceptional expenses related to the program to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs in Fiscal 2013 and Fiscal 2014 and after share of profit of companies consolidated by the equity method that directly contribute to the Group`s business.

2 The currency effect is determined by applying the average exchange rates for the first half of the previous fiscal year to the amounts for the first half of the current fiscal year.

Commenting on these figures,
Sodexo CEO Michel Landel said:


"Sodexo performed well in the first half of this fiscal year. Benefits and Rewards Services delivered an excellent performance, with organic revenue growth of 15.1%. Our initiatives to make the Group more competitive are producing results, particularly in On-site Services in Europe and the Rest of the World region. These developments led to an 11% improvement in first-half operating profit excluding the currency effect and we are confirming our objectives for Fiscal 2014." 

Revenues

Consolidated revenues for the first half of Fiscal 2014 were 9.3 billion euro. The decrease of 1.9% from the prior period included organic growth of 2.4% and a positive impact of 0.4% from changes in consolidation scope, offset by a sharply negative currency effect of 4.7%.

Organic growth


Organic revenue growth in the first half of Fiscal 2014 was 2.4%.

On-site Services revenues totaled 8.9 billion euro. Organic growth of 1.9% was consistent with the prior year period. Revenues from Facilities Management services, which represented over one quarter of the consolidated total, continued to grow significantly, and more quickly than foodservices revenues, confirming again the relevance of the Group`s strategic positioning.

Organic growth in Benefits and Rewards Services of 15.1% reflected continued strong momentum in Latin America and accelerated growth in Europe and Asia compared with the second half of Fiscal 2013.

Operating profit

Reported operating profit was 529 million euro, up 9.5% at current exchange rates and 16.4% excluding the currency effect.

  • At the beginning of Fiscal 2013, Group senior management launched a program to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. The objective of the program is to reduce on-site operating costs and achieve administrative cost savings, with annual savings increasingly affecting operating profit in Fiscal 2014 and Fiscal 2015. During the first half of Fiscal 2014 exceptional costs of 30 million euro were recognized in connection with this program, as follows:
    • exceptional expenses which reduced gross margin: 13 million euro related to asset impairments and the cost of terminating certain under-performing contracts or activities; and
    • exceptional expenses recorded in overheads: 17 million euro related in particular to various cost-cutting measures and restructuring costs in many countries worldwide.

Operating profit before these exceptional expenses was 559 million euro in the first half of Fiscal 2014, an increase of 4.9% from the prior period at current currency exchange rates and 11.4% excluding the currency effect.

This good performance and growth in On-site Services of more than 25% in Continental Europe and 17% in the Rest of the World (Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia and Remote Sites) reflects increasing demand from clients for integrated services, as well as rigorous management of operating costs.

In addition, higher issue volumes and productivity gains from stringent cost control led to an increase in operating profit for the Benefits and Rewards Services of 17%.

The consolidated operating margin1 was 6.0% versus 5.6% in the first half of Fiscal 2013, an increase of 40 basis points, or 50 basis points excluding currency effects.

1 Operating margin before exceptional expenses related to the program to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.

Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent totaled 278 million euro, up 17.8% including a negative impact from currency exchange rates. However, it should be noted that exchange rate fluctuations do not generate operational risks, because each subsidiary bills its revenues and incurs its operating expenses in the same currency.

In the first half of Fiscal 2014, the Group continued to apply the method described in Appendix 3 for converting the financial statements of its Venezuelan subsidiaries into euro. The exchange rate used was 1 U.S. dollar = 10.2 bolivars (or 1 euro = 14.1 bolivars).

Cash flows and debt ratio

Net cash flow for the first half of Fiscal 2014 was a negative 129 million euro. The seasonality of the Group`s activities as well as the payment of Sodexo SA`s dividend (247 million euro in February 2014) generally lead to negative cash flow in the first half of the year before improving in the second half to generate positive cash flow for the full year.

Net debt of 674 million euro at February 28, 2014 represented 23% of consolidated shareholders` equity as compared to 33% at February 28, 2013, demonstrating Sodexo`s robust financial situation.

Debt refinancing and credit facility reimbursement

On March 4, 2014, after the end of the first half of Fiscal 2014, Sodexo borrowed 1.1 billion U.S. dollars through a private placement with U.S. investors (U.S. Private Placement) with maturities of 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 years. This new financing allowed Sodexo to:

  • refinance the Group`s 500 million euro bond issue that matured on March 28, 2014 as well as 290 million euro drawn down on its syndicated loan;
  • further extend the maturity of its borrowings; and
  • rebalance the currency profile of its borrowings.

Economic, social and environmental responsibility

Sodexo has again been recognized for its commitment to economic, social and environmental responsibility:

  • Sodexo is among the "World`s Most Admired Companies" according to Fortune Magazine`s 2014 corporate reputation survey, which ranks close to 700 companies from 30 countries on nine criteria, from social responsibility to global competitiveness.
  • In February 2014, for the seventh consecutive year Sodexo confirmed its leadership in corporate social responsibility when it was classified as the industry`s best-performing company in the benchmark RobecoSAM "Sustainability Yearbook 2014". The Group was given the award for Industry Leader as well as a Gold Class sustainability award.
  • In November 2013, Sodexo received the Safety Award at the 2013 Energy Institute ceremony for its Well Track program aimed at helping to improve the health and well-being of people who work offshore. Well Track is an innovative integrated services program that combines On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services, and Personal and Home Services. Designed in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, it provides offshore employees with the opportunity to take control of their health with the support of specialist coaches, and to reduce the stress factors resulting from rotations between home life and life offshore.
  • In December 2013, Sodexo in Colombia was honored with the "Premio Portafolio 2013", given by the Colombian President. Premio Portafolio is the country`s most prestigious award granted to institutions and individuals that promote Colombia`s social, economic, environmental or academic development. Sodexo was recognized for its contribution to the peace process, recruiting people who had formerly taken part in the armed conflict. 

Outlook

At the April 15, 2014 Board of Directors` meeting, Michel Landel reminded the Board of the relevance of the Group`s long-term strategy, founded on a unique Quality of Life Services offering, a global network in 80 countries and uncontested leadership in emerging countries.
During this meeting he confirmed his confidence in the Group`s ability to meet its medium-term objectives and noted that senior management is now focusing more than ever on enhancing competitiveness. In addition, the initiatives pursued for several years will enable Sodexo to continue its investments, in particular in human resources, to support its growth and accelerate its transformation.

Strengthened by its first-half performance, Sodexo confirms its objectives for the current fiscal year, namely:

  • Organic revenue growth between 2.5% and 3%;
  • Around 11% growth in operating profit (at constant exchange rates and excluding the impact of the exceptional costs related to the program to improve operational efficiency).

Accordingly the Group is targeting an operating margin of 5.6% for Fiscal 2014 (at Fiscal 2013 exchange rates), an increase of 0.4% compared with Fiscal 2013.

In addition and for Fiscal 2015, Sodexo is targeting a consolidated operating margin of 6% at Fiscal 2013 exchange rates.

Conference Call

Sodexo will hold a conference call (in English) today at 8:30 am (French time) to comment on the
results for the first half of Fiscal 2014. This presentation can be followed live via webcast on www.sodexo.com.

The press release, presentation and webcast will be available on the Group`s website www.sodexo.com, under the "Latest News" section, and the "Finance - Financial Results" section.
A recording of the conference call will be available until April 30, 2014 by dialing + 44 (0) 1452 550 000, followed by the passcode 86 18 486.

Financial calendar

Nine months Fiscal 2014 revenues July 9, 2014
Fiscal 2014 results November 14, 2014
Annual Shareholders` Meeting, Fiscal 2014 January 27, 2015

About Sodexo

Founded in 1966 in Marseille by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 45 years of experience: from reception, maintenance and cleaning, to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and concierge services. Sodexo`s success and performance are founded on its independence, its business and financial model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 428,000 employees throughout the world.

Key figures (as of August 31, 2013)
18.4 billion euro in consolidated revenues
428,000 employees
18th largest employer worldwide
80 countries
33,300 sites
75 million consumers served daily
12.3 billion euro in market capitalization (as of April 16, 2014)

Forward-looking statements:

This press release contains statements that may be considered as forward-looking and as such may not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements represent management`s views as of the date they are made and Sodexo assumes no obligation to update them. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Main risks and uncertainties

The main risks and uncertainties are not materially different from those identified by the Group in the "Risk Factors" section of the Fiscal 2013 Registration Document filed with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers on November 18, 2013, except for those related to Sodexo`s business in Venezuela which are described in Appendix 3.

Contacts

Analysts and Investors Press
Pierre BENAICH
Tel & Fax: +33 1 57 75 80 56
e-mail: pierre.benaich@sodexo.com  
Laura SCHALK
Tel & Fax: +33 1 57 75 85 69
email: laura.schalk@sodexo.com  

APPENDIX 1
Comments by activity and by geographic region

Revenues by activity

(in millions of euro) First half Fiscal 2014 First half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Change
at constant exchange rates
Change
at current exchange rates
On-site Services
North America 3,579 3,602 +3.8% +3.8% -0.6%
Continental Europe 2,961 2,946 +0.6% +1.4% +0.5%
Rest of the World 1,635 1,838 -0.3% +0.1% -11.1%
United Kingdom and Ireland 707 700 +3.1% +2.9% +1.1%
Total On-site Services 8,882 9,086 +1.9% +2.2% -2.2%
Benefits and Rewards Services 404 380 +15.1% +16.6% +6.3%
Elimination of intra-group revenues (3) (6)
TOTAL 9,283 9,460 +2.4% +2.8% -1.9%

Operating profit by activity1

(in millions of euro) First half
Fiscal 2014
First half Fiscal 2013 Change
at constant
exchange rates
Change
at current
exchange rates
On-site Services
North America 237 244 +1.2% -2.9%
Continental Europe 128 103 +25.2% +24.3%
Rest of the World 50 47 +17.0% +6.4%
United Kingdom and Ireland 31 33 -6.1% -6.1%
Total On-site Services 446 427 +8.2% +4.4%
Benefits and Rewards Services 153 147 +17.0% +4.1%
Corporate expenses (42) (40)
Elimination of intra-group revenues (3) (6)
TOTAL 554 528 +11.6% +4.9%

1 Excluding exceptional expenses recorded in the first half of Fiscal 2013 and the first half of Fiscal 2014 related to the operational efficiency improvement and cost reduction program. All operating profit amounts in the remainder of this document exclude these exceptional expenses.

1. On-site Services

Revenues

By region:

(in millions of euro) First Half
Fiscal 2014
First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Acquisitions Currency effect Change
at current exchange rates
On-site Services
North America 3,579 3,602 +3.8% - -4.4% -0.6%
Continental Europe 2,961 2,946 +0.6% +0.8% -0.8% +0.5%
Rest of the World 1,635 1,838 -0.3% +0.4% -11.2% -11.1%
United Kingdom
and Ireland
707 700 +3.1% -0.2% -1.8% +1.1%
TOTAL 8,882 9,086 +1.9% +0.3% -4.4% -2.2%

By client segment:

(in millions of euro) First Half Fiscal 2014 First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth
Corporate 4,544 4,714 +1.8%
Health Care and Seniors 2,148 2,174 +2.1%
Education 2,190 2,198 +1.8%
TOTAL 8,882 9,086 +1.9%
  • Organic growth in the Corporate segment was 1.8% in the first half of Fiscal 2014, resulting from three diverging trends:
    • sustained demand from companies in North America, Europe and emerging markets for multiservice contracts with a significant technical maintenance component.

    • contrasted with:

      • a sharp decrease (4.6%) in the Remote Sites activity, particularly in the mining sector, in Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Latin America; and
      • lower volumes for foodservices in several countries, especially in Europe, reflecting continued client efforts to achieve additional cost savings and reduce headcount as well as decreases in consumer spending, particularly in France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.
         
  • The initial benefits of sales development in North America in Fiscal 2013 were seen in the 2.1% organic growth in the Health Care and Seniors segment. However, organic growth in Europe continues to be affected by modest sales.
  • The 1.8% organic growth recorded for Education was primarily fueled by excellent client retention rates in North America while the Group continued to apply its selective approach to new contracts in the public school sector in Europe.
1.1 North America

Revenues

(in millions of euro) First Half
Fiscal 2014
First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Acquisitions Currency effect Total growth
Corporate 820 792 +8.7%
Health Care and Seniors 1,224 1,253 +1.9%    
Education 1,535 1,557 +2.7%    
TOTAL 3,579 3,602 +3.8% - -4.4% -0.6%

On-site Services revenues in North America totaled 3.6 billion euro, with organic growth accelerating to 3.8% compared with 0.6% for Fiscal 2013.

Organic growth in the Corporate segment was 8.7%, its highest level since Fiscal 2007. The increase was mainly due to new Facilities Management contracts with clients such as Unilever and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as the development of several large Remote Sites projects in Canada, including Suncor Fort Hills, La Romaine 3 and Talisman Energy.

Sodexo won a large number of new contracts during the first half of Fiscal 2014, notably, Citigroup.

Health Care and Seniors revenues grew by 1.9%, spurred by the gradual ramp-up of large contracts won in Fiscal 2013 with chains such as Manorcare, CHI and HCA.

The contracts won in this client segment during the first half of Fiscal 2014 included Covenant Care in Alberta, Canada, and USC Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital in California and Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Wisconsin in the United States.

In Education, organic revenue growth was 2.7%. Despite the adverse impact of bad weather conditions in the second quarter of Fiscal 2014, Sodexo`s teams managed to maintain good overall growth thanks to:

  • high client retention rates and
  • improved participation rates at schools and universities.

New contracts signed during the period included Jackson State University in Mississippi and William Rainer Harper College in Illinois.

Operating profit

On-site Services operating profit in North America amounted to 237 million euro, up 1.2% excluding the currency effect.

The numerous measures undertaken as part of the Group`s structured approach to improving productivity began to have a favorable impact during the period, in particular with new progress in streamlining menus and efficiency gains in overheads.

However, these benefits were partly offset by the impact of start-up costs incurred for a large number of major contracts following a record year for business development in Fiscal 2013.

Operating margin was 6.6% compared to 6.8% for the first half of Fiscal 2013.

1.2 Continental Europe
Revenues
(in millions of euro) First Half Fiscal 2014 First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Acquisitions Currency effect Total growth
Corporate 1,728 1,730 +1.1%
Health Care and Seniors 702 702 +0.4%    
Education 531 514 -1.0%    
TOTAL 2,961 2,946 +0.6% +0.8% -0.9% +0.5%

In Continental Europe, revenues totaled 3 billion euro, with organic growth of 0.6%.

Performance was mixed across the various countries, with continued growth in Russia and Poland and improvement in Germany and Belgium compared with the prior year period, but with an ongoing decline in foodservices, particularly in France and the Netherlands.

The 1.1% organic growth in the Corporate segment continued to reflect the relevance and success of its integrated services offerings with numerous clients across Europe. Facilities Management services more than offset the decline in foodservices volumes that notably resulted from client staff reductions. Recent contract awards for Sodexo include the signature of a contract with Carlsberg to provide a wide range of services, including cleaning, reception services, grounds maintenance, foodservices and technical maintenance services for buildings and fire safety equipment, on 35 sites in ten countries.

In Health Care and Seniors, organic revenue growth was 0.4%, slightly higher than for the prior year period despite only a modest increase in site revenues and a weaker client retention rate for the past twelve months. Growth was mainly led by new Seniors contracts in the Benelux countries and contract wins with hospitals and clinics in France. These new contracts included the Centre Hospitalier de la Région de Saint Omer and the Clinique Générale d`Annecy in France and the IFO (Istituto Fisioterapici Ospitalieri) in Italy.

Revenues in Education were down -1%, reflecting Sodexo`s decision to exit certain insufficiently profitable contracts, particularly in Southern Europe, as well as pressure on school budgets in several countries. Nevertheless, the Group`s teams recently won a number of major new contracts, including the public schools in Asnières sur Seine in France and Taideyliopiston Sibelius Akatemia in Finland.

Operating profit

At 128 million euro, operating profit from On-site Services in Continental Europe was up by 25 million euro (or more than 25%, excluding the currency effect), and operating margin rose sharply to 4.3% from 3.5% in the first half of Fiscal 2013. This performance primarily reflects rigorous management of all operating expenses and the initial benefits of the various initiatives in several European countries in connection with the operational efficiency improvement program. The French Crédit d`Impôt pour la Compétitivité et l`Emploi (CICE) tax credit partially offset increases in payroll taxes in recent years. 

1.3 Rest of the World (Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia and Remote Sites)
Revenues
(in millions of euro) First Half
Fiscal 2014
First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Acquisitions Currency effect Total growth
Corporate 1,493 1,697 -1.4%
Health Care and Seniors 81 84 +12.5%    
Education 61 57 +15.2%    
TOTAL 1,635 1,838 -0.3% +0.4% -11.2% -11.1%
 
In the Rest of the World (Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia and Remote Sites), Sodexo reaffirmed its leadership in emerging and high potential markets and reported revenues of 1.6 billion euro for the first half of Fiscal 2014. Unfavorable exchange rates weighed on revenues by over 200 million euro.
Excluding the currency effect, organic growth in revenues for the Rest of the World segment remained stable at 0.1%:
  • The Remote Sites segment, which represented 45% of total Rest of the World revenues in Fiscal 2013, reported a nearly 8% revenue decline due to delayed investment in new projects by mining sector clients and remote site closures in Fiscal 2013 upon completion of the related projects.
  • Excluding the Remote Sites activity, organic growth in the Rest of the World was 7.1%. In certain regions such as India, South-East Asia, Colombia and Gabon, organic growth was in the double digits.

In the Corporate segment, revenues declined by 1.4% at constant exchange rates. Excluding remote sites, organic growth in emerging countries with strong medium-term growth potential was 7.3%.

Sodexo`s dynamic sales performance during the period resulted in contract wins including BHP Billiton Cerro Matoso, COMFAMA and Unysis in Colombia, Enel in Chile, Apache Energy in Australia, Goodyear Tyres and Tetra Pak India in India, the Knesset in Israel, Mondelez International in Peru and Shanghai Mitsubishi Electric Ltd in China.

Organic growth in Health Care and Seniors was 12.5%, reflecting solid business development, especially in Brazil and Asia, with contracts such as Mater Dei Hospital Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Clinica Universitaria Boliviariana in Colombia and the Beijing Jishuitan Hospital in China. This steady and sustained growth attests to Sodexo`s proven international expertise in the Health Care and Seniors market.
In Education, the Group also continued to expand in emerging markets and leverage its expertise and in-depth knowledge of this segment for numerous clients, especially in South-East Asia and India. Organic growth was 15.2%. Sodexo`s teams won a number of major contracts during the period, including Panyapiwat Institute of Management in Thailand and Universidad Santo Tomas in Chile.

Operating profit

Excluding the currency effect, On-site Services operating profit in the Rest of the World rose 17% to 50 million euro. The Group continued to successfully integrate Puras in Brazil and generate operating synergies during the period. Rigorous cost management at sites across the regions contributed to a 3.1% operating margin compared to 2.6% for the first half of Fiscal 2013.

1.4 United Kingdom and Ireland
Revenues
(in millions of euro) First Half Fiscal 2014 First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Acquisitions Currency effect Total growth
Corporate 503 495 +3.7%
Health Care and Seniors 141 135 +6.9%    
Education 63 70 -8.4%    
TOTAL 707 700 +3.1% -0.2% -1.8% +1.1%
Revenues for the United Kingdom and Ireland totaled 707 million euro and organic growth in the region was 3.1%.

In the Corporate segment, revenues for the first half of Fiscal 2014 were up by a solid 3.7%, once again reflecting increased demand for integrated services and the extension of services provided to existing clients, such as GSK, BAe Systems and AstraZeneca. The segment`s performance during the period was also boosted by the start of a major new Justice Services contract with Northumberland prison.

In Health Care and Seniors, organic growth remained brisk, at 6.9%, as a result of the expansion of services provided to several hospitals, such as Brighton and Sussex and North Staffordshire University Hospitals.

In the Education segment, Sodexo won a prestigious contract during the first half of Fiscal 2014 with University College London.

Operating profit

On-site Services operating profit amounted to 31 million euro, down 6.1% excluding the currency effect.

Despite major on-site productivity efforts made by the teams during the period, operating margin contracted to 4.4% from 4.7%. It should be noted that the first half of Fiscal 2013 benefited from the London Paralympic Games.

2. Benefits and Rewards Services

Issue volume
(in millions of euro) First Half Fiscal 2014 First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Acquisitions Currency effect Total
growth
Latin America 4,038 3,840 +19.4%
Europe and Asia 4,300 4,134 +4.6%    
TOTAL 8,338 7,974 +11.7% +1.3% -8.5% +4.5%
Revenues
(in millions of euro) First Half Fiscal 2014 First Half Fiscal 2013 Organic growth Acquisitions Currency effect Total
growth
Latin America 223 206 +23.4%
Europe and Asia 181 174 +5.1%    
TOTAL 404 380 +15.1% +1.5% -10.3% +6.3%

Benefits and Rewards Services issue volume was 8.3 billion euro. Organic growth in issue volume remained robust, accelerating to 11.7%.

Benefits and Rewards Services revenues for the first half of Fiscal 2014 totaled 404 million euro, up 6.3% from the prior year period. Unfavorable exchange rates reduced revenues by 10.3% during the period but organic revenue growth was excellent, accelerating to 15.1%.

In Latin America, organic revenue growth came in at over 23%, thanks to:

  • solutions offered to a still increasing number of beneficiaries; and
  • higher face values of issued vouchers and cards in Brazil and Venezuela.

In Europe and Asia, organic growth rose to 5.1% as a result of robust sales performances by the Group`s teams in Turkey, Central Europe and Asia.

Recent commercial successes include contracts with Santander in Brazil with 22,000 Pass Culture beneficiaries, Consorcio Viario Zona Leste and OAS Engenharia e Participaçoes Ltda in Brazil, Les Mousquetaires in France, UCZ Magazacilik veTicaret AS in Turkey and Bharat Petroleum in India.

Operating profit

Operating profit from Benefits and Rewards Services was 153 million euro, up 17% excluding the currency effect compared with the first half of Fiscal 2013. The year-on-year increase reflected higher issue volume and tight control over operating expenses. At the same time, Sodexo continued to make investments during the period in research into quality of life services and in development.

The operating margin (at current exchange rates) was 37.9% versus 38.7% in the prior year period.

APPENDIX 2
Financial Statements for the first half of Fiscal 2014
(audited)

Consolidated income statement

(in millions of euro) First Half
Fiscal 2014
Change First Half
Fiscal 2013
 % revenue (millions
of euro)
% revenue (millions of euro)
      
Revenues 100% 9,283 - 1.9% 100% 9,460
Cost of sales -84.6% (7,850) -85.1% (8,048)
Gross profit 15.4% 1,433 +1.5% 14.9% 1,412
Sales Department costs -1.4% (134) -1.4% (133)
General and administrative costs -8.5% (790) -8.4% (798)
Other operating income 0.4% 35 0.2% 15
Other operating costs -0.2% (20) -0.2% (18)
Operating profit 5.6% 524 +9.6% 5.1% 478
Share of profit of companies consolidated by the equity method that directly contribute to the Group`s business 0.1% 5 0.1% 5
Operating profit after share of profit of certain companies consolidated by the equity method 5.7% 529 +9.5% 483
Interest income 0.2% 23 0.2% 23
Financing costs -1.2% (108) -1.1% (108)
Share of profit of other companies consolidated by the equity method 0.0% 4 0.0% 3
Profit before tax 4.8% 448 +11.7% 4.2% 401
Income tax expense -1.7% (158) -1.6% (153)
PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD 3.1% 290 +16.9% 2.6% 248
Of which:
Profit attributable to
non-controlling interests
0.1% 12 0.1% 12
Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent 3.0% 278 +17.8% 2.5% 236

Consolidated statement of financial position

ASSETS LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS` EQUITY
(in millions of euro) February 28, 2014 August 31, 2013 (in millions of euro) February 28, 2014 August 31, 2013
SHAREHOLDERS` EQUITY
Common stock 628 628
Additional paid-in capital 1,109 1,109
Reserves
and retained earnings
1,192 1,216
Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent 2,929 2,953
Non-controlling interests 46 37
NON-CURRENT ASSETS Total shareholders` equity 2,975 2,990
Property, plant and equipment 533 540
Goodwill 4,780 4,803 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES
Other intangible assets 535 528 Borrowings 1,224 1,895
Client investments 316 288 Derivative
financial instruments
0 1
Companies consolidated
by the equity method
61 78 Employee benefits 364 372
Other non-current
financial assets
120 118 Other non-current liabilities 217 214
Derivative financial instruments 23 69
Other non-current assets 12 14 Provisions 87 99
Deferred tax assets 174 187 Deferred tax liabilities 240 153
Total non-current assets 6,554 6,625 Total non-current liabilities 2,132 2,734
CURRENT ASSETS CURRENT LIABILITIES
Current financial assets 6 7 Bank overdrafts 48 40
Derivative financial instruments 46 39 Borrowings 1,431 712
Inventories 261 271 Derivative
financial instruments
10 19
Income tax receivable 215 119 Income tax payable 116 109
Trade and other receivables 3,819 3,466 Provisions 116 116
Restricted cash and financial assets related to the Benefits and Rewards Services activity 785 734 Trade and other payables 3,377 3,347
Cash and cash equivalents 1,186 1,347 Vouchers payable 2,667 2,541
Total current assets 6,318 5,983 Total current liabilities 7,765 6,884
TOTAL ASSETS 12,872 12,608 TOTAL LIABLITIES
AND SHAREHOLDERS` EQUITY
12,872 12,608

Consolidated cash flow statement

(in millions of euro) First Half
Fiscal 2014
First Half
Fiscal 2013
Operating activities  
Operating profit 524 478
Elimination of non-cash and non-operating items
Depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets 125 140
Provisions 1 17
Gains and losses on disposals and other (28) 1
Dividends received from companies consolidated by the equity method 5 8
Change in working capital from operating activities (194) (353)
Change in inventories 2 (1)
Change in trade and other receivables (415) (576)
Change in trade and other payables 101 56
Change in vouchers payable 174 215
Change in financial assets related to the Benefits and Rewards Services activity (56) (47)
Interest paid (105) (114)
Interest received 3 7
Income tax paid (149) (147)
Net cash provided by operating activities 182 37
Investing activities
Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (122) (110)
Disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 21 5
Change in client investments (40) (3)
Change in financial assets 5 4
Acquisitions of subsidiaries (48) (81)
Dispositions of subsidiaries - -
Net cash used in investing activities (184) (185)
Financing activities  
Dividends paid to parent company shareholders (247) (240)
Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders of consolidated companies (10) (12)
Sales of treasury shares (net) 32 8
Increase in capital - -
Acquisitions of non-controlling interests (1) (11)
Proceeds from borrowings 262 237
Repayment of borrowings (163) (41)
Net cash used in financing activities (127) (59)
CHANGE IN NET CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (129) (207)
Net effect of exchange rates and other effects on cash (40) (48)
Net cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 1,307 1,436
NET CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD 1,138 1,181

APPENDIX 3
Foreign currency effect

The following table shows changes in exchange rates for the main currencies used to convert the financial statements of subsidiaries compared with the first half of Fiscal 2013.

Currency Closing rate As of February 28, 2014 Average rate First Half of Fiscal 2014 Closing rate as of February 28, 2013 Average rate First Half of Fiscal 2013
U.S. dollar (USD) 1.38 1.36 1.31 1.31
Pound sterling (GBP) 0.83 0.84 0.86 0.82
Real (BRL) 3.21 3.15 2.59 2.66
Bolivar (VEF) 14.10 14.10 13.39 13.39

Sodexo operates in 80 countries. The impact of the most significant currencies on consolidated revenue and operating profit is presented below:

  Change compared
to the euro (%)
(Exchange rate impacts, in millions of euro)
Revenues Operating profit Profit for the period
Euro/USD -3.8% (135) (9) (3)
Euro/BRL -15.4% (94) (15) (8)
Euro/GBP -2% (14) (1) (0)

Venezuela:

The financial statements for the first half of Fiscal 2014 of subsidiaries operating in Venezuela were translated at the rate used for the financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, which is the rate observed for the most recent transactions, which occurred in Fiscal 2012 (i.e., 1 U.S. dollar = 10.20 bolivars, and 1 euro = 14.1 bolivars at February 28, 2014).
On March 24, 2014, the Venezuelan government created a new foreign exchange platform called SICAD 2 (Alternative Currencies Exchange System). Since the launch of this system, the exchange rate has ranged from 50 to 52 bolivars for 1 U.S. dollar. The terms and conditions for participating in SICAD 2 are fairly complex, as individuals and entities are required to make documented requests for currency on a daily basis which must be approved by the Venezuelan Central Bank. The volumes observed during the platform`s first five days of trading were very low and were not sufficient to conclude that the applicable rates are representative of an active and stable market. Given that this system has only recently been created and the low current trading volumes, the Group considers that it is premature to conclude that it will use the new system and therefore has not used a SICAD 2 based exchange rate to translate the financial statements of its Venezuelan subsidiaries as of February 28, 2014.

A 10% depreciation of the bolivar compared with the rate used for the first half of Fiscal 2014 would have the following impact on the Group`s main financial statement items:

Currency First Half Fiscal 2014
Impact on revenues Impact on operating profit Impact on profit attributable to equity holders of the parent Impact on total cash and cash equivalents Impact on shareholders`
equity
Bolivar (VEF) (4) (2) (0.3) (17) (6)

APPENDIX 4
Selection of new clients - First half of Fiscal 2014

On-site Services

Corporate
Campus Jules Carteret (Plastic Omnium), Lyon, France
Citigroup, multi-site, United States
COMFAMA, Antioquia, Colombia
Goodyear Tyres, Aurangabad, India
Solstys Building, Paris, France
INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France
Knesset, Jerusalem, Israel
Mondelez International, Lima, Peru
Nestlé, Graneros, Chile
Sanofi Pasteur MSD, Lyon, France
Shanghai Mitsubishi Electric Ltd, Shanghai, China
Suzano, Embu, Brazil
Tetra Pak India Private Limited, Pune, India
TEVA Canada, Toronto, Canada
Unysis, Bogotá, Colombia
YPÊ, São Paulo, Brazil

Health Care and Seniors
Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
Centre Hospitalier de la Région de Saint-Omer, Saint-Omer, France
Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia
Clinique générale d`Annecy, France
Covenant Care, Alberta, Canada
HCA Capital - LewisGale, Virginia (4 sites), United States
IFO (Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri), Rome, Italy
Mater Dei Hospital, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Moore Center, Bellevue, Washington, United States
USC-Kenneth Norris Jr Cancel Hospital, Los Angeles, United States
Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc, Wisconsin (8 sites), United States

Education
Commune di Abbiategrasso, Italy
Flame School of Business, Pune, India
Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Panyapiwat Institute of Management, Bangkok, Thailand
Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemia, 2 sites, Finland
Universidad Santo Tomas, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Ville d`Asnières, France
William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois, United States

Remote Sites
Apache Energy Australia, Karratha, Australia
Cerro Matoso, Montelibano (Cordoba), Colombia
Enel, Taltal, Chile
Keewatinoow S2, Manitoba, Canada
Minera Raura, Lima, Peru
Noble Drilling, Offshore, 2 sites, United States
SEK (Tiger Resources) - Kipoi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Shelf Drilling Parameswara, Offshore Balikpapan, Indonesia
Rowan Drilling, Offshore, Norway
Shell, Offshore, Norway
Techint, Cusco, Peru
Teekay, Norway

Sports and Leisure
CAFAM Club - Club de la Caja de Compensación Familiar, Bogotá, Colombia

Benefits and Rewards Services

Europe
Les Mousquetaires, France
UCZ Magazacilik Ticaret, A.S., Turkey

Latin America
Banco Santander S.A., Brazil
CCSI Compucom GSC México, S.A. de C.F., Mexico
Consorcio Viario Zona Leste, Brazil
Fundación Escolar Del Estado Lara, Venezuela
OAS Engenharia E Participaçoes Ltda, Brazil

Asia
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, India

PR Sodexo First-half Fiscal 2014 results



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