AUBAY (EPA:AUB) - 2019 Financial Results- Covid-19 Information : Revenue: +4.3% - Operating margin: 10.2% - Net income attributable to owners of the parent: EUR 26.4 million

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25/03/2020 17:50
In € thousands 2019
(IFRS 16)
Revenue 417,757 400,579 +4.3%
Operating profit from ordinary activities 42,801 41,894 +2.2%
As a % of revenue 10.2% 10.5%  
Cost of performance shares (1,484) (1,466)  
Other operating income and expenses (1,464) (907)  
Operating profit 39,853 39,521 +0.8%
Net financial income/(expense) (309) (273)  
Tax (expense)/income (13,135) (11,921)  
Net income from consolidated companies 26,409 27,327 -3.4%
As a % of revenue 6.3% 6.8%  
Net income attributable to owners of the parent 26,409 27,327  
Earnings per share  €2  €2.08  
Payroll 6,503 6,166  


Aubay's Board of Directors, which met on March 25 under Chairman Christian Aubert, approved the statutory and consolidated statements for 2019. The statutory audit has been carried out. The Statutory Auditors will issue their report on the financial statements after completion of the procedures required for the publication of the Universal Registration Document.


Operating margin from ordinary activities at higher end of forecast range

At 10.2%, the Group's operating margin on ordinary activity lies at the higher end of the initial target range and exceeds indications provided in Aubay's annual revenue press release in January.

The year would have been exceptional were it not for the end-of-year disruptions in France due to transportation problems.

The Group's operating margin from ordinary activities for the period came in at 11.3% for France and 9.1% for international business, compared with 11.8% and 9.1%, respectively, in 2018.


Operating profit: +0.8%

Aubay's operating profit amounted to €39.8 million for 2019, an increase of 0.8% after taking into account the €1.5 million cost of performance shares and the “other operating income and expenses” item, which mainly consisted of restructuring expenses.


A sharp increase in net cash (excluding rental liabilities) to €11.6 million

The financial situation improved markedly over the year. Aubay's net cash grew from €0.2 million at December 31, 2018 to €11.6 million at the close of 2019.

Cash flow amounted to €48.3 million, which represented 11.6% of revenue. Cash flow from operations rose to €35.6 million, a sharp improvement compared to 2018's €17.4 million and related to the improvement in working capital.


Net income attributable to owners of the parent down by 3.4%

Net income attributable to owners of the parent maintained a high level of €26.4 million, down 3.4% due to an increase in the effective tax rate from 30% in 2018 to 33%, a consequence of the reform of the CICE competitiveness and employment tax credit in France.


Proposed dividend payment unchanged at €0.60 per share

In the current environment, despite these excellent results and distributable reserves of more than €130 million, the Board of Directors has decided to leave the 2019 proposed dividend unchanged at €0.60 per share, representing a distribution ratio of around 30% of net income. The Annual General Meeting will have the opportunity to approve or amend this amount depending on how the current situation is assessed on May 12, 2020.


Outlook for 2020 - Covid-19 information

2020 began at a faster than expected pace. The Group is therefore ready to deal with the current situation in optimal operational health.

The Covid-19 crisis has emerged with varying time lags in the countries where we operate. Our presence in Italy has enabled us to be more alert in the other regions upstream of developments. The Banking, Insurance, Energy and Telecom sectors are relatively resilient, whereas the Industry and Retail sectors tend to rapidly discontinue or defer contracts. Aubay's favorable sector exposure is bolstered by its large number of multi-year contracts.

With respect to work organization, teleworking is widely practiced by 90% of the staff. Sales have slowed down but the Group has observed that clients are tending to place more of their orders with trusted historical suppliers, which include Aubay. Moreover, the Group is continuing to win new markets, but with starting dates that will surely be pushed back. However, a decision has been taken to temporarily freeze new hiring, except in Italy, given the major new accounts won there in late 2019.

Aubay is anticipating and negotiating, particularly with labor organizations in France, the use of specific measures for placing staff on leave if they temporarily have no assignments. In France and abroad, Aubay is also reviewing and preparing a way to temporarily gain access to the various one-time public assistance mechanisms that will be implemented.

A preliminary estimate reveals that daily revenue is 10% below the level budgeted since mid-March. However, the impact varies from one country to the next, with a decrease of about 15% in Spain and in France, 10% in Belgium and Luxembourg and 5% in Italy. Portugal has not yet been impacted. The situation will surely evolve and these figures only provide a snapshot view; they are subject to the usual cautionary statements given the very rapid changes in the situation.

The first quarter will therefore be much less impacted than the second quarter.

Profitability projections are of course impossible to make at the present time. They will depend on the duration of the lockdown measures, additional decisions that clients could take, the strength of the recovery at the close of this period and the recovery support measures accepted by the various governments.

The revenue target of €450 million announced in January has therefore been suspended. The Group will announce its targets once the situation has stabilized with a minimal degree of visibility. At the financial level, the Group's gross cash position currently stands at €25 million, which can be increased, if necessary, by the addition of authorized and not yet used bank overdraft facilities of more than €40 million. Trade receivables are not assigned.

Aubay's management is strongly committed to overcoming this crisis, during which the Group will once again demonstrate its resilience and solidity in difficult environments.


Aubay will publish its revenue for the first quarter of the year on April 22, 2020 after the close of trading.





Organic revenue growth: this refers to growth calculated for a constant scope of activity for a given period, excluding revenue from companies that were acquired or sold during the period. As Aubay conducts most of its business in the euro zone, any impact from changes in exchange rates is minimal.

Organic growth +4.3%
Impact of changes in scope 0
Growth as reported +4.3%

Operating profit from ordinary activities: this indicator corresponds to operating profit before the cost of free shares and other income and expenses that are unusual, abnormal or infrequent and that are booked separately in order to facilitate the understanding of an entity's recurring operating performance.

Operating margin from ordinary activities : this indicator, which is expressed as a percentage, is the ratio of operating profit from ordinary activities to revenue.


Net debt or net cash, excluding rental liabilities: this indicator represents the difference between an entity's cash and debt. If the result is negative, it is referred to as net debt. If it is positive, it is referred to as net cash


About Aubay

 Aubay is a digital services company working alongside some of the biggest names in the Banking, Finance, Insurance, Manufacturing, Energy, Transport and Telecoms sectors. With 6,500 employees in 7 countries (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom), Aubay generated revenue of €417.8 million in 2019.

NYSE Euronext, Compartiment B – ISIN FR0000063737-AUB – Reuters AUBT.PA - Bloomberg AUB:FP


Alexandra Prisa - Actus Finance - Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 67 35 79 - E-mail: aprisa@actus.fr

David Fuks– Co-Chief Operating Officer – Finance Department +33 (0)1 46 10 67 67 - E-mail: dfuks@aubay.com





Statement of financial position at December 31, 2019    
ASSETS (€ ‘000s) 12/31/2019 12/31/2018
Goodwill 131,412 124,101
Intangible assets 828 678
Property, plant & equipment 5,575 5,284
Use rights relating to leases 22,996  
Equity-accounted investees - -
Other financial assets 2,661 2,309
Deferred tax assets 2,796 2,126
Other non-current assets 277  
NON-CURRENT ASSETS 166,545 134,498
Inventories and work in progress 411 378
Assets on contracts 29,216 20,649
Trade receivables 115,097 115,760
Other receivables and accruals 37,209  35,892 
Marketable securities 1,056 
Cash at bank and in hand 23,411  19,519 
CURRENT ASSETS 206,400 192,198
TOTAL ASSETS 372,945 326,696
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES (€ ‘000s) 12/31/2019 12/31/2018
Capital 6,597  6,568 
Additional paid-in capital and consolidated reserves 151,164  131,515 
Net income attributable to the Group 26,409  27,327 
Shareholders' equity attributable to the Group 184,170 165,410
Attributable to non-controlling interests 91 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 184,261 165,410
Borrowings and financial liabilities: non-current portion 5,697 10,493
Rental debts: non-current portion 17,823  
Deferred tax liabilities 5 6
Provisions for contingencies and expenses 6,129 5,328
Other non-current liabilities 489 2
Borrowings and financial liabilities: current portion 7,124 8,819
Rental debts: current portion 5,435  
Trade payables and related accounts 30,576 26,530
Contract liabilities 13,365 17,528
Other current financial liabilities 102,041 92,580


Income statement at December 31, 2019        
 € '000s 12/31/2019 % 12/31/2018 %
Revenue 417,757 100% 400,579 100%
Other operating income 242    245   
Purchases used in production and external charges (76,535)    (81,052)   
Staff costs (288,213)    (272,848)   
Taxes other than on income (3,056)    (3,178)   
Amortization, depreciation and provisions (7,412)    (2,014)   
Change in inventories of work in progress and finished goods        
Other operating income and expenses 18    162   
Operating profit from ordinary activities 42,801 10.2% 41,894 10.5%
Expenses linked to restricted share units and similar awards (1,484)    (1,466)   
Current operating profit 41,317 9.9% 40,428 10.1%
Other operating income and expenses (1,464)    (907)   
Operating profit 39,853 9.5% 39,521 9.9%
Income from cash and cash equivalents        
Net borrowing costs (725)    (456)   
Other financial income and expenses 416    183   
Net financial income/(expense) (309)   (273)  
Income tax expense (13,135)    (11,921)   
Income from equity-accounted investees        
Net income before results of discontinued operations or assets held for sale 26,409   27,327  
Net income after tax of discontinued operations or assets held for sale        
Net income 26,409 6.3% 27,327 6.8%
Attributable to owners of the parent 26,409    27,327   
Attributable to non-controlling interests    
Basic weighted average number of shares 13,180,931    13,114,172   
Earnings per share 2.00   2.08  
Diluted weighted average number of shares 13,279,431    13,212,672   
Diluted earnings per share 1.99   2.07  


Statement of cash flows at December 31, 2019    
 (€ ‘000s) 12/31/2019 12/31/2018
Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests) 26,409 27,327
Income from equity-accounted investees    
Net exceptional depreciation, amortization and provisions relating to leases 6,580  1,442 
None-cash expenses and income relating to share-based payments 1,484  1,466 
Other non-cash items   60 
Dividend income (89)  (6) 
Gains and losses on disposals of fixed assets 24  48 
Cash flow after net interest expense and tax 34,408 30,337
Net borrowing costs 730  461 
Tax expense (including deferred taxes) 13,135  11,921 
Cash flow before net interest expense and tax (A) 48,273 42,719
Income tax payments (B) (15,382)  (10,416) 
Change in trade and other receivables (C) (2,487)  (19,551) 
Change in trade and other payables (C) 5,197  4,635 
Change in operating working capital (including liabilities relating to employee benefits) 2,710  (14,916)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (D) = (A+B+C) 35,601 17,387
Outflows for the acquisition of tangible and intangible fixed assets (4,023)  (2,085) 
Inflows from the disposal of tangible and intangible fixed assets 97 
Outflows for the acquisition of financial assets 32   
Inflows from the disposal of financial assets    
Change in loans and advances granted (70)  (382) 
Outflows (inflows) linked to business combinations net of cash acquired (7,518)   
Dividends received 89 
Other financial flows    
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (E) (11,490) (2,364)
Proceeds from capital increases    
Amounts received upon the exercise of stock options   31 
Purchases of treasury shares for cancellation    
Purchase of and proceeds from the sale of treasury shares    
Dividends paid in the period    
Net dividends paid to parent company shareholders (8,703)  (6,695) 
Dividends paid to the non-controlling shareholders of consolidated companies    
Inflows from new borrowings   9,281 
Issue of lease liabilities 1,363   
Repayment of debt (6,722)  (12,075) 
Repayment of loan debt (4,584)   
Net interest payments (731)  (478) 
Purchase of non-controlling interests (put options)   (2,203) 
Other financial flows    
Net cash provided by (used in) financial activities (F) (19,377) (12,139)
Effects of changes in foreign exchange rates (G) 25 (4)
Change in net cash (D+E+F+G) 4,759  2,880 
Opening cash and cash equivalents 19,372 16,492
Closing cash and cash equivalents 24,131 19,372

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