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MAYR-MELNHOF KARTON AG (FRA:MYM) EQS-News: Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG: MM reports results for the first quarter of 2023

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25/04/2023 08:00

EQS-News: Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG / Key word(s): Quarter Results
Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG: MM reports results for the first quarter of 2023

25.04.2023 / 08:00 CET/CEST
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  • Results below previous year’s period as expected
  • Sales growth due to acquisitions of the previous year in the pharma packaging sector
  • Capex- and market-related significantly lower volume at MM Board & Paper
  • High customer inventory levels and weaker purchasing power weigh on demand

Group Key indicators - IFRS

Consolidated, in millions of EUR 1Q/2023 1Q /2022 +/-
Sales 1,122.1 1,060.4 +5.8 %
EBITDA 116.6 155.0 -24.8 %
Operating Profit 61.6 111.1 -44.6 %
Operating margin (in %) 5.5 % 10.5 % -499 bp
Profit before tax 49.0 103.6 -52.8 %
Profit for the period 34.9 79.5 -56.1 %
Earnings per share (in EUR) 1.71 3.95  

Peter Oswald, MM CEO, comments: “As expected, the MM Group recorded a restrained start into the year in the MM Board & Paper division in the 1st quarter of 2023 against the background of a slow destocking of high customer inventory levels as well as inflation-related restrained demand. In addition to the planned capex-related shutdowns in the cartonboard mills Frohnleiten and Neuss, considerable market-related downtimes were necessary. In the division MM Packaging, demand tended to be weaker in the first months, but was overall still resilient. The significant growth of MM Packaging compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year results mainly from the inclusion of last year’s acquisitions in the pharma packaging sector, Essentra Packaging and Eson Pac. Structural adjustments were continued and affected one packaging site in Germany.

As a result of ongoing weaker demand and the implementation of major investments in our cartonboard mills Frohnleiten, Neuss and Kolicevo in the first three quarters, a decline in volume and result is foreseeable in the Board & Paper division for 2023, as already indicated. At MM Packaging, the focus is primarily on the integration of the Ex-Essentra Packaging business with cost optimization and structural adjustments.

Accordingly, 2023 will be a transition year for MM Board & Paper on the one hand and an integration year for MM Packaging on the other hand. While profitability was above the trend line in 2022, it is expected to be below in 2023.”

INCOME STATEMENT

The Group’s consolidated sales increased by EUR 61.7 million or 5.8 % to EUR 1,122.1 million (1Q 2022: EUR 1,060.4 million). This increase results mainly acquisition-related from the division MM Packaging.

At EUR 61.6 million, operating profit was EUR 49.5 million below the comparable figure of the previous year (1Q 2022: EUR 111.1 million). This decline is primarily due to market- and rebuild-related downtimes in the MM Board & Paper division and restructuring expenses in the amount of EUR 15.5 million in the Packaging division. The Group’s operating margin was at 5.5 % (1Q 2022: 10.5 %).

Financial income amounted to EUR 1.3 million (1Q 2022: EUR 1.6 million). The increase in financial expenses from EUR -7.5 million to EUR -10.8 million is mainly due to higher interest expenses for Schuldscheindarlehen and financing of the accomplished acquisitions and organic growth projects. “Other financial result - net” changed from EUR -1.6 million to EUR -3.1 million, in particular owing to currency translation.

Profit before tax of EUR 49.0 million was EUR 54.6 million lower than the previous year’s value (1Q 2022: EUR 103.6 million). Income tax expense amounted to EUR 14.1 million (1Q 2022: EUR 24.1 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 28.7 % (1Q 2022: 23.3 %).

Profit for the period decreased by EUR 44.6 million to EUR 34.9 million (1Q 2022: EUR 79.5 million). 

OUTLOOK
Demand for our cartonboard and paper products is noticeable restrained due to continued high customer inventory levels and the increasingly restraining effect of inflation on private consumption. Therefore, in addition to the planned capex-related machine downtimes, there will also be market-related downtimes in the MM Board & Paper division in the 2nd quarter. The development of price levels continues to be heterogeneous by product area. In addition, the weakening in private consumption is also reflected in several sales markets of MM Packaging. The increased investment activity to strengthen the competitiveness and growth ability of MM is being implemented according to plan, as well as the integration of last year’s acquisitions in the pharma packaging sector. Under the tightened market conditions, structural adjustment measures and cost optimizations will be pushed forward with both a short- and medium-term perspective in order to ensure a good long-term development. As already indicated, 2023 will be a transition year for MM Board & Paper and an integration year for MM Packaging with profitability below the trend line after being above in 2022.

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Please find the detailed Press Release and the Report for the 1st quarter of 2023 as well as the CEO Audio-Q&A-Webcast on our website: https://www.mm.group.

Forthcoming results:
August 10, 2023   Half-Year Results 2023
 

For further information, please contact:
Stephan Sweerts-Sporck, Investor Relations, Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG,
Brahmsplatz 6, A-1040 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 501 36-91180,
E-Mail: investor.relations@mm.group, Website: https://www.mm.group



25.04.2023 CET/CEST This Corporate News was distributed by EQS Group AG. www.eqs.com


Language: English
Company: Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG
Brahmsplatz 6
1040 Wien
Austria
Phone: 0043 1 501 36 91180
Fax: 0043 1 501 36 91391
E-mail: investor.relations@mm.group
Internet: www.mm.group
ISIN: AT0000938204
WKN: 93820
Indices: ATX
Listed: Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Frankfurt (Basic Board), Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange; Vienna Stock Exchange (Official Market)
EQS News ID: 1615605

 
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