Groupe Beneteau presents the actions rolled out worldwide to scale back its
production capacity and its costs
The "Let's Go Beyond!" strategic plan presented on July 9, 2020 is the result
of an approach on two levels: strong strategic choices and the requirement,
faced with the consequences of the health crisis, to move more quickly and go
further with their implementation.
The first period of this plan is therefore moving forward in a significantly
disrupted and contrasting economic environment: the sailing and inboard
motorboat segments could see a similar contraction in volumes to the 2008-2009
crisis, which would not be offset by dayboating market growth.
In this context, the Group needs to significantly scale back its production
capacity over the coming months, while simplifying its organization and
reducing all of its fixed costs.
For the Boat division's 16 active molding and assembly sites (10 in France),
the Group is considering the following measures:
* Closing, selling or temporarily shutting down four sites: one in the US, one
in Slovenia and two in France;
* Scaling down operations at three sites: one in Italy, one in France and one
For the Boat division globally, these measures would lead to job cuts for staff
assigned directly to production, resulting in a reduction in the workforce by
300 to 840 people. In France, the density of the Boat division's industrial
coverage would make it possible to avoid any redundancies for production
operators if all of the staff concerned accept the internal mobility measures
that will be proposed to them.
With regard to indirect production, product development and support services
staff, the cuts being considered would result in a reduction in the workforce
by 380 to 460 people for the whole of this division.
For the Housing division's eight sites (seven sites in France and one in
Italy), the following measures are being considered:
* Closing one site in France;
* Significantly scaling down operations in Italy.
From an employment perspective, the global workforce reduction being considered
would see this division's headcount reduced by 30 to 90 people, depending on
the level of acceptance of the internal redeployment offers that will be made.
Groupe Beneteau is holding a meeting of its Group Committee today, followed by
each of the Economic and Social Committees (CSE) for the French legal entities
concerned, in order to inform them of the start of negotiations for a long-term
partial activity agreement (APLD) alongside an information-consultation
procedure with a view to putting in place job protection plans.
Overall, across the Group, these measures would result in five out of 24 sites
being closed, sold or temporarily shut down and a reduction in the workforce by
between 710 and 1,390 people (if the long-term partial activity agreement
(APLD) is approved in France) out of the 8,361 staff present in the Group at
August 31, 2019.
In addition, Groupe Beneteau would like to indicate again that the
Extraordinary General Meeting on August 28, 2020 approved the change of its
financial year-end date, which has been put back to December 31 of each year.
The next accounts published will therefore be for the year ending December 31,
Further financial elements will be published on October 27, 2020, including
information on the end of the summer season for the Group.
The Group is already able to confirm that business for the period from
September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, and particularly the last quarter, came
in slightly better than the forecast announced on July 9, 2020. The same is
true for the net cash position at August 31, 2020.
ABOUT GROUPE BENETEAU
As the boating industry's global market leader, Groupe Beneteau, through its
Boat Division's 12 brands, offers over 180 recreational boat models serving its
customers' diverse navigational needs and uses, from sailing to motorboating,
monohulls and catamarans.
Leading the European leisure homes market, the three brands from the Group's
Housing division offer a comprehensive range of leisure homes, lodges and pods
that combine eco-design with high standards of quality, comfort and
With its international industrial capabilities and global sales network, the
Group employs 8,300 people, primarily in France, the US, Poland, Italy and
FY 2018-19 Group revenues: EUR 1336.2M
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