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HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG (FRA:HDD) Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: Preliminary Results Financial Year 2019/2020

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20/05/2020 16:00

DGAP-Ad-hoc: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG / Key word(s): Preliminary Results
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: Preliminary Results Financial Year 2019/2020

20-May-2020 / 16:00 CET/CEST
Disclosure of an inside information acc. to Article 17 MAR of the Regulation (EU) No 596/2014, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.


Based on preliminary unaudited figures, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (WKN: 731400 / ISIN: DE0007314007) announces that its business performance in fiscal year 2019/20 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) was negatively impacted by the increasingly deteriorating economic environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Preliminary consolidated sales amounted to € 2,349 million, down around 6 percent on the previous year. The reluctance to invest due to the economic situation, particularly in Europe, had a negative impact on business. In the fourth quarter, the macroeconomic environment deteriorated again significantly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was unforeseen and had a significant impact on sales, which at € 659 million were significantly lower than in the prior-year quarter (€ 797 million).

Preliminary operating profit (EBITDA) excluding the effects of restructuring for the full year amounted to €102 million, compared with €180 million in the previous year. The preliminary EBITDA margin excluding the effects of restructuring was 4.3 percent, down from 7.2 percent a year earlier due to lower volumes and product mix effects. In addition, the non-recurring expenditure booked in the 2019/20 financial year for the realignment of the company (€275 million) in particular had a negative impact on the result for the 2019/20 financial year as planned, with preliminary net result after taxes amounting to €-343 million (previous year: €21 million).

In implementing the far-reaching package of measures announced in mid-March 2020 to increase profitability, net debt was reduced significantly to € 43 million at the end of March 2020 (previous year: € 250 million) by almost completely retransferring (approximately € 380 million) the trust assets of Heidelberg Pension-Trust e.V., which was founded in 2005. As part of the package of measures, an agreement on the implementation of the planned job cuts is to be reached shortly with the employee representatives.

The company will publish its audited financial statements and the business report for 2019/20 on June 9, 2020.

Contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Corporate Public Relations
Thomas Fichtl
Phone: +49 (0)6222 82-67123
Fax: +49 (0)6222 82-67129
E-mail: thomas.fichtl@heidelberg.com

Investor Relations
Robin Karpp
Phone: +49 (0)6222 82-67120
Fax: +49 (0)6222 82-99 67120
E-Mail: robin.karpp@heidelberg.com

Information and Explanation of the Issuer to this News:

Covid-19 pandemic and measures to boost profitability have considerable impact on figures for FY 2019/20

- Total sales approximately 6 percent below previous year - EBITDA margin excluding effects of restructuring at 4.3 percent
- At € -343 million, net result after taxes impacted by planned restructuring
expenses and Covid-19 effects
- Net financial debt considerably reduced from € 250 million to € 43 million
- Negotiations about package of measures to boost profitability nearly completed

During a challenging financial year 2019/20 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020), business operations at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) was impacted by the increasingly deteriorating economic environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on preliminary figures yet to be audited, Group sales amounted to € 2,349 million, some 6 percent down on the previous year. Restrained investment activity caused by the economic circumstances had a negative impact on business, first and foremost in Europe. During the fourth quarter, macroeconomic conditions worsened considerably and unexpectedly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this was clearly reflected in sales, which at € 659 million were significantly lower than in the same quarter of the previous year (€ 797 million).

The preliminary operating result (EBITDA) excluding the effects of restructuring was € 102 million, after being € 180 million in the previous year. The EBITDA margin excluding the effects of restructuring thus reached 4.3 percent and was below the previous year's figure of 7.2 percent due to volume and product mix effects. Furthermore, the non-recurring expenditure for the company's realignment (€ 275 million) impacted the result for the financial year under review as planned. The provisional net result after taxes was thus € -343 million (previous year: € 21 million).

'Financial year 2019/20 was shaped by a significant downturn in the global economic climate, and that affected our customers and Heidelberg itself, too. Through our package of measures which we have announced in March, we have paved the way for Heidelberg to achieve stability, improve our liquidity and increase profitability step by step for the long term. The Covid-19 pandemic poses significant challenges for Heidelberg and the entire industry, which we will master alongside our customers and using what Heidelberg has to offer as a technology leader in the printing industry. By joining forces, we will emerge stronger from the crisis,' says Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg.

Liquidity considerably improved - driving forward the roll-out of the announced measures to stabilize finances and boost profitability
To counteract the downturn in underlying conditions over the year and increase financial stability, Heidelberg had already agreed a comprehensive package of measures in mid-March 2020. On the one hand, it includes an increase in liquidity and a significant reduction in net debt due to the almost complete retransfer of around € 380 million from the trust assets of Heidelberg Pension-Trust e.V., which was established in 2005. As a result, net debt was significantly reduced to € 43 million at the end of March 2020 (previous year: € 250 million). On the other hand, profitability is being increased on a sustainable basis by lowering production and structural costs. This involves ensuring a consistent focus on profitable core business - including ending the production of Primefire and large-format presses - and the planned reduction in personnel.

'This considerable improvement in our liquidity gives us essential room for maneuver in these difficult times. Heidelberg is going to implement the announced measures consistently and quickly. We are all aware that the cuts are a significant blow, particularly in the current situation. However, they are absolutely essential to safeguarding the future of Heidelberg,' says Heidelberg CFO Marcus A. Wassenberg, who is responsible for implementing the package of measures.

The negotiations on the implementation of the package of measures have largely been concluded with the employee representatives. Agreement has been reached in particular on the instruments of partial retirement and the establishment of a transfer company. The final consultations will focus on further detailing the implementation of the measures for all German sites and on concluding the agreements shortly.

The company will publish its financial statements and the Annual Report for 2019/20 on June 9, 2020.

For additional details about the company and image material, please visit the Press Lounge of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG at www.heidelberg.com.

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Further information:

Corporate Communications
Thomas Fichtl
Phone: +49 6222 82-67123
Fax: +49 6222 82-67129
E-mail: Thomas.Fichtl@heidelberg.com

Investor Relations
Robin Karpp
Phone: +49 6222 82-67120
Fax: +49 6222 82-99 67120
E-mail: robin.karpp@heidelberg.com

Important note:

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimations by the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft. Even though the Management Board is of the opinion that those assumptions and estimations are realistic, the actual future development and results may deviate substantially from these forward-looking statements due to various factors, such as changes in the macro-economic situation, in the exchange rates, in the interest rates, and in the print media industry. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft gives no warranty and does not assume liability for any damages in case the future development and the projected results do not correspond with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.


Preliminary key figures FY 2019/2020 at a glance

Figures in € millions 2018/2019 2019/2020
Net sales 2,490 2,349
EBITDA excluding restructuring result 180 102
Restructuring result -20 -275
Net result after taxes 21 -343
Net debt 250 43
Number of employees 11,522 11,316

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Language: English
Company: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Kurfürsten-Anlage 52-60
69115 Heidelberg
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)6222 82-67121
Fax: +49 (0)6222 82-67129
E-mail: investorrelations@heidelberg.com
Internet: www.heidelberg.com
ISIN: DE0007314007
WKN: 731400
Indices: SDAX
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1052271

 
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