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2019

PRESS RELEASE

Deufol: Ground-breaking ceremony in logistics park Debrecen

Hofheim am Taunus, 08.10.2019

Within just three months of acquiring a piece of land in the Southern Industrial Park of Debrecen, Eastern Hungary, and only two months after starting preparatory earthworks, Deufol, the global market leader in supply chain solutions and industrial packaging, is already embarking on the next phase of its strategic plan. With the ground-breaking ceremony on October 08, 2019, the project is right on schedule three weeks after the official opening of the neighboring production plant of strategic client KRONES.

Jürgen Hillen, CFO of the Deufol Group and Managing Director of Deufol Hungary, described the symbolic ceremony of the start of construction as a milestone for the development of Deufol’s investment in Debrecen as well as for the Southern Industrial Park and the Debrecen region. Once again, he underlined that Debrecen will not only be the location of the future Deufol logistics park, but that Deufol's activities in the South-East European region will also be managed from there.

In the first construction phase, which begins now, two production halls and warehouses, each with 4,000 square meters of size as well as offices will be built. In addition, a paved open space of almost 30,000 square meters will be created for storage of raw materials and packaged goods. Thus, the planned buildings and superstructures of the first phase cover about 40 percent of the entire site. The completion of this construction phase is planned for the second quarter of 2020.

While the preparatory earthworks have been carried out by OK Bau Kft., the construction work will be continued by Market Épitö Zrt. as general contractor.

There are plans for further halls for the remaining property. The next expansion by 1 to 2 halls and further open space is expected to start in the course of 2020 and targeted to be completed in spring 2021. Deufol is investing well over 20 million euros in these first two phases.

In the meantime, more than a dozen Deufol employees have already been recruited in Debrecen. The number of new jobs is supposed to increase to around 50 by the beginning of 2020, and by the end of the second phase Deufol intends to have created well over 120 new jobs in the region.

Jürgen Hillen emphasized that by opening the logistics hub, Deufol will not only be focusing on one business area, but will also be offering the broad range of Deufol services along the supply chain to every potential customer in the region.

In his speech, mayor Dr. László Papp once again welcomed Deufol as an investor and employer in the city and wished the company every success with their investment.

The symbolic ground-breaking ceremony was held at the end of the event by two managing directors of Deufol Hungary, the mayor and deputy mayor of Debrecen, representatives of the local Economic Development Center (EDC) and Debreceni Vagyonkezó (municipal operator of the Southern Industrial Park), as well as the architects’ office (Tecton) and the participating construction companies (OK Bau and Market Èpitö).

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You may find the Hungarian language version of the press release here for download. (482 KB)


PRESS RELEASE

Deufol in Hungary

Hofheim am Taunus, 10.09.2019 

Deufol in solidarity with the city of Debrecen – Heading for new shores!

After Deufol, the global market leader for industrial packaging, announced early July in Budapest its expansion into Hungary, the company today specified its intentions in more detail in a joint press conference with the city of Debrecen in eastern Hungary.

Deufol already started operations in Debrecen in May 2019 and serves its Hungarian customers from an interim location. By the end of September, Deufol will already have around a dozen employees in Hungary, who are currently supported by employees from other European locations.

Deufol is building a packaging and logistics center in the South Industrial Park and plans to offer a wide range of services, also beyond Hungary's borders. Industrial packaging, logistics services, order picking, warehouse management, transport handling and IT-based solutions along the supply chain of industrial customers are the company's core business.

Construction work in Debrecen started on schedule at the beginning of August with preparatory earthworks. At the beginning of October, the actual construction work for the packaging and logistics center will commence with the ground-breaking ceremony on October 8.

At today’s press conference, CFO Jürgen Hillen explained that the company plans to create at least 120 new jobs in various areas by 2021. In order to build up the necessary qualified personnel and secure them for the long term, Deufol is currently developing training concepts together with local educational institutions, including the University of Debrecen, and is examining, among other things, the possibilities for dual study courses in the fields of logistics and economics. In addition, at the latest with the opening of the Deufol packaging and logistics center, internships and jobs for working students will be offered.

The completion of the first construction phase for the Deufol Group's 91st location is planned for spring 2020, so that the new packaging and logistics center in Debrecen is expected to go into operation in the middle of the year. Due to the high demand for packaging and logistics services, Deufol has also already started planning for the second development phase where two additional halls are expected to be erected on Deufol's 15-hectare site by the beginning of 2021. In addition, Deufol is also currently building up external packaging capacity to perform its activities on the premises of potential customers.

Deufol is closely following the efforts of the city of Debrecen to further improve the infrastructure and, in particular, to enhance road and rail connections for freight traffic.

 


PRESS RELEASE

Deufol SE: Half-year result of 2019

Hofheim am Taunus, August 16, 2019

Deufol defies economic slowdown in industrial manufacturing and engineering 

Weak rates of growth in industrial production and a significant slowdown in the German manufacturing and engineering sector have influenced Deufol’s development and performance in 2019. Despite these challenging economic circumstances, Deufol continued focusing on the digitalization and optimization of processes as well as extending its services across all supply chain challenges of our customers. First deliverables resulting from economies of scale and standardization of services are already visible in the Deufol world. Gaining further market shares in a currently shrinking market verifies the accuracy of our strategy. We are confident that Deufol will be able to lift the full potential of this strategy when economic conditions will stabilize and normalize again.

 

Following this development, these are the results for the first half 2019:

  • Sales € 128.2 million (prior year € 131.5 million)
  • EBITDA € 13.3 million (prior year € 8.2 million)
  • EBIT(A) € 3.1 million (prior year € 3.9 million)
  • Net result € 2.0 million (prior year € 1.6 million)

 

Sales development

In the first half of 2019, sales were at € 128.2 million, which is 2.5% or € 3.3 million below prior year.  Changes in sales are only partly caused by the challenging global economy. The main cause for the overall reduction were one-off transactions done in 2018 in the automated packing sector in Europe outside Germany.

There were no material changes in the scope of consolidation. Due to the US-Dollar appreciation against the Euro of about 6.7%, Deufol’s sales in US-Dollar increased by € 1.4 million. Taking this into account, total sales declined by € 4.7 million in the first six months of 2019.

 

Significantly increased result for the period

The operative result (EBITA) amounted to € 3.1 million, which is approx. 21% below prior year (€ 3.9 million).  Despite challenging economic circumstances, Deufol was able to stabilize its operational profitability. Main reason for the decreasing operational result in 2019 were the one-off transactions already mentioned above, which led to higher margins in 2018.

The result for the period increased to € 2.0 million after € 1.6 million in prior year. After deduction of the earnings of noncontrolling interests, the net profit raised to € 2.0 million for the Shareholders of Deufol SE, after € 1.6 million in prior year’s period. This is an increase of nearly 25% compared to the first six months of 2018. The earnings per share are at € 0.047 for the first six months of 2019 (prior year € 0.035).

 

Increased financial liabilities due to IFRS 16 (new Leasing Standard)

The operative cash flow of the Deufol-Group amounted in the reporting period to € 9.0 million and was below prior year’s level (€ 12.4 million).

The financial liabilities considerably increased within the first six months 2019 from € 63.8 million to € 90.9 million. This increase is solely due to new accounting rules for leasing (IFRS 16) and corresponds to an equivalent raise in fixed assets (+ € 30.8 million). Due to decreased cash (€ - 3,4 million), the net financial liabilities, defined as a sum of liabilities less financial receivables and cash, increased even stronger, from € 34.1 million on December 31, 2018 to € 64.6 million at the end of the reporting period.

Overview of the first 6 months

Figures Deufol half-year report 2019

Outlook – Achieving original planning will be challenging

In the light of the economic slowdown and shrinking exports in Western and Central Europe, Deufol expects that its sales for 2019 will be slightly below the target corridors of € 270 million and € 290 million as originally published in the financial report for 2018. For the operating result (EBITDA), Deufol now expects to achieve between € 25.5 million and € 27.5 million. Due to new accounting rules for leasing (IFRS 16), the EBITDA for 2019 is not comparable to prior year and to the original planning.

Please find the complete press release as PDF download here.

 


PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: Siemens and Deufol - Partner in logistics

Hofheim, August 01th, 2019

Deufol, global market leader for industrial packaging and supplementary services, enters into a new partnership with Siemens Gas & Power and wins the contract for Siemens Logistics Centre in NRW. For thirty years now, there has been a close business relationship between the Deufol location in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Siemens AG in Duisburg and Mülheim.

In the past, Deufol has served Siemens with all types of packaging and related IT solutions for outbound supply chain processes with the support of several direct interfaces to the Siemens IT infrastructure. Now Deufol was able to win the long-term tender for inbound warehouse logistics with the aim of consolidating all Siemens Gas & Power units in the Ruhr area. The benefits that Deufol could present were deep process know-how, founded on many years of partnership, as well as a detailed logistics concept, which illustrates Deufol's high performance and flexibility in the supply chain logistics sector.

"In addition to the very positive sales development associated with this project, we see great potential in the expansion of our business to further expand and refine our service profile in the region in order to further grow our market position in other services along the supply chain," says Daniel Dreiner, Regional Operation Manager Deufol West, explaining this milestone for Deufol.

Until the new service is implemented in February 2020, Siemens and Deufol will jointly work together to optimize processes, redesign infrastructure and consolidate components into one warehouse. The contract between Siemens and Deufol has an initial duration of five years and once again underlines the long-standing partnership between Siemens and Deufol.

Please find the complete press release as pdf download here



PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: Deufol constructs new packaging and logistics location in Hungary

Hofheim, April 04th, 2019

Deufol, global market leader for industrial packaging and related supply chain services, will build a world class packaging and logistics center in Debrecen, Hungary. The new location will be adjacent to the production facility of a relevant existing customer of Deufol and will offer its services from Debrecen to the Hungarian and Romanian market. Construction planning is already well advanced, and construction is scheduled to start in the summer 2019.

 

Packaging services and the associated production has already begun in an external location in order to ramp-up as efficient as possible and to start marketing Deufol services.

On an area of approx. 150,000 sqm, Deufol is building a packaging facility, supplementary warehouses as well as a spacious external storage for the efficient logistical handling of packaged goods. In addition, further building extensions are already planned in order to be able to flexibly react to future requirements.

With this investment, Deufol is following a trend that the Municipality of Debrecen has described as a "small industrial revolution". More than 40 well-known German companies have already settled in and around Debrecen, some of which already belong to Deufol's customer base.

Debrecen is developing into one of the leading industrial clusters in Eastern Europe, thanks to its strategic economic policy regulation. It is located in the eastern part of Hungary, some 30 kilometers from the Romanian border, and with just over 200,000 inhabitants it is the country's second largest city. Various customer locations as well as the new Deufol plant will be located in the new Industrial Park South. In future, the city expects annual double-digit economic growth rates and the settlement of further industry.

The project was officially presented to the public in Budapest on July 4th 2019 by the Hungarian Minister of Economics and Foreign Trade, Péter Szijjártó, representatives of the city of Debrecen, as well as Jürgen Hillen and Jürgen Schmid, managing directors of Deufol SE and managing directors of the Hungarian Deufol companies. The Deufol project represents a further milestone in the development of Debrecen as an industrial location and is therefore also supported by the Hungarian Economic Development Agency within the framework of public development programs.

Completion of the 91st Deufol site is scheduled for spring 2020. Deufol is thus expanding its offerings of IT-based industrial services to more European countries and continues to closely follow its customers. By doing so, over 100 new jobs will be created in the region around Debrecen.

With the opening in Debrecen, Deufol's international network continues to grow and is extended to 91 locations in 12 countries on 3 continents. Deufol is thus further expanding its global strength for industrial services along the supply chain of its customers and strengthening its position as market leader in this area. The new plant will be a milestone in the efficient logistical process design for both Deufol and its customers.

Please find the complete press release as pdf download here.

2017

PRESS RELEASE Deufol opens next generation production facility in Czech Republic

Hofheim, June 27, 2017

Deufol opens next generation production facility in Czech Republic.

Deufol, global market leader for industrial packaging, opens its new production facility in Cheb, Czech Republic. Only one year after the ground-breaking ceremony: now the commissioning of the new state of the art production facility commenced and will be completed by the end of the year.

The opening ceremony took place in Cheb’s industrial area and was attended by the highest representatives of the region of Karlovy Vary, the City of Cheb, as well as the top management of the Deufol Group.

The production facility in Cheb is a key strategic milestone in the implementation of Deufol’s strategy. Innovative and highly efficient manufacturing processes enable Deufol to process time critical customer orders, while reaching the maximum value creation. The flexible standardized production of the new industrial packaging is focused on the growing demand of efficient standardized packing materials in the field of sequenced lead times.

Here, Deufol combines its competence in design and manufacturing of efficient standardized packaging. The new operation in Cheb lives digital networking and fully implements the Industry 4.0 principles. The startup phase will be completed by the end of 2017.

Within the City of Cheb as well as the entire region of Karlovy Vary, over 100 new jobs were generated to further strengthen the profitability of the region.

These highly modern production processes will increase Deufol’s productivity and improve its market position significantly.


PRESS RELEASE Deufol Group focuses on Industrial Packaging

Hofheim, March 06, 2017

Deufol Group, world market leader in Industrial Packaging, sold their shares of Activatis GmbH in the course of a MBO-transaction.

The Deufol Group has sold their shares of Activatis GmbH. The reason for this transaction is the strategic focus on the business area "Industrial Packaging" as well as additional services related to this business area. The spinoff of the Activatis GmbH was carried out through a Management-Buy-Out (MBO) under the lead of the Managing Director, Matthias Flörsch.

Activatis GmbH develops and operates as a system partner for custom designed logistics solutions along the supply chain and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of air freight handling and chemical logistics. The recently developed “Smart Logistic Approach” is set to optimize the digitalization and automatization of supply chain processes and is consequently focused on the realization of efficiency increases within Industry 4.0.

The management team will be strengthened thru the former KPMG-Expert Thomas Fischer. In his new position as Chief Digital Officer, he will further push the development of the “Smart Logistic Approach”. A smooth evolution of the business activities is ensured by that.

About Activatis:

Activatis GmbH is a performer of logistic services with a strong focus on Chemical Logistics. Longterm experience and extensive knowledge in the areas of transportation, bottling, and storage in the chemical logistics complete the key competencies of Activatis – Development, operation, process design, and digitalization custom-designed of logistic services in the Chemical Logistics. The clear focus on optimized automatization (Industry 4.0) tops the portfolio off.


PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: Deufol Acquires Novaedes

Hofheim, January 09, 2017

Deufol SE, the world market leader in the area of industrial goods packaging has announced its acquisition of Novaedes, the leading export packaging company in Belgium, with subsidiaries in Paris France and Butzbach Germany.

This strategic expansion of the Deufol network will allow the industrial export clients of Deufol and Novaedes to take full advantage of the newly combined services offerings. “The resulting enhanced physical presence in central Europe for offering logistics and packaging services in close proximity to our customers as well as the strategic expansion of the Deufol Hub Network in the Port of Antwerp underline the strategic importance of our acquisition. Together, with our innovative, digital, real time packaging and logistics solutions, this strategic step shall further enhance the transparency and reliability of the supply chain of our global customer base and therefore help them drive their own competitive advantage in today’s global economy.” Says Dennis Hübner, Executive Director and Member of the Board of Deufol SE.

Dirk Mertens, Chairman of Novaedes and Peter Schreurs, CEO say: “We believe that this is a next logical step for our group of companies to ensure that our customers, partners and workforce can benefit and flourish. The resulting integration will fit perfectly into an already well-established and renowned global packaging and logistics network.”

Additionally, the acquisition will allow the cross fertilization of existing and future service portfolios while enhancing our combined geographic presence for the customers of both companies. Novaedes has vast experience in providing packaging and logistics solutions for the oil & gas, process industry and medical equipment, while Deufol’s customer base originates from more traditional machinery and capital equipment sectors as well as power generation industry.

Ronald Schrooten, Head of Deufol Benelux Operations says: “In 2016 we have already started to work strategically together on some projects, which has been mutuality beneficial to our joint customers and our two companies. This is really encouraging and makes me eager to join forces 100%.”

About Novaedes:

Novaedes is one of Europe’s most experienced handling and packing specialist with operations in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. They form a single, large network that ensures a flexible, perfectly balanced, total logistics service package from producer to end-user. Novaedes offers a wide range of tailor-made products and services for the dismantling, handling and packing of industrial and medical equipment, industrial project cargo and art for worldwide consignments by air, sea, road and rail in order to ensure that cargo arrives in perfect condition at the final destination. Furthermore, Novaedes offers its customers storage capacity and an intense administrative follow up with possibilities of EDI connection for automated data exchange between all parties

2016

PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: DEUFOL Group merges with RIEDER®

Hofheim, September 20, 2016

Deufol Austria, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deufol SE, the world market leader in the area of industrial goods packaging, and RIEDER®, full range supplier in the field of packaging services, will merge retroactively as of January 2016.

With this step Deufol SE expands its global network of IT-based packaging and logistic solutions in the area of industrial goods packaging further.

The new jointly formed company has got, in addition to its market leadership in Austria in the areas of wooden crating, transport/loading as well as special services, a strong and internationally acting partner with the Deufol SE.

Goal of this merger is to provide even better, more specialized and more customer specified packaging solutions to the Austrian market, as well as to utilize the customizable IT-solutions of the Deufol-Data-Connect tool box within the framework of Industry 4.0.

The international Deufol network has grown meanwhile to 87 operations in 11 countries distributed over 3 continents. This step assures a competent pooling of high-level expertise and further increases the capabilities of the Deufol Group. This will benefit the national, as well as international, clients of the Deufol Group of companies.


PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: Deufol Constructs New Production Facility in Czech Republic

Hofheim, July 08, 2016

Deufol, global market leader for industry packaging, constructs new production facility in Cheb, Czech Republic. The groundbreaking will take place on July 13, 2016. The production start is planned for spring 2017.

The team around Vítězslav Dovrtěl, responsible for Europe East within Deufol SE, initiated the project and will be supported by Pavel Dynda, Project Manager and Pavel Dosedla, as future Operation Manager.

The 81st Deufol operation will be embedded in a geographical central position of the European network. Industry 4.0 required digital networking as well as flexible and highly automated series production. The reduction of “Time-to-Market” packaging made the decision for the investment in a new operation necessary.

“We will clearly increase our productivity at this new operation through innovative processes and the integration of the digital control in the manufacturing process of the company and significant improve our market position.” says Dennis Hübner, Executive Director of Deufol SE.

Deufol offers all customers with its in-house developed software interfaces to all known ERP-Systems an “End-to-End-Solution”. Here, the customer receives a “Real-Time-Visibility” of all relevant data – from the supplier to the point of the actual assembly on site worldwide.

At the end of August, the recruiting campaign will start. "Before we start with our production, we will provide a comprehensive training to our employees," reports HR-Manager Czech Republic, Jitka Zimolková, adding, that the modern corporate culture of Deufol, offers all employees immense development opportunities and promotion prospects.

2014

PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: Partnership SINOTRANS PACKAGING AND LOGISTICS / DEUFOL (SUZHOU) PACKAGING Co. Ltd.

Hofheim, June 4, 2014

On April 15th, two of the strongest companies in Industrial Packaging, Logistics, Transportation, and Supplementary Services joined together in a cooperation agreement intended to allow the companies to offer an unmatched set of logistics, transportation, and packaging services to clients with global needs. This cooperation got now approved by the Board.

Seeing a need in the market for complete integration of international logistic services and global expertise for those in China needing both domestic and international support, Sinotrans and Deufol found a way together to provide unrivaled services in the areas of:

  • International Project Logistics - Serving more than 15countries in 120 locations
  • Water Transportation - 89 self-operated vessels, aggregate capacity in excess of 340,000 tons
  • Land Transportation - Truck fleet of 2,000 vehicles and five special railway lines
  • Container Yards and Warehousing - 51 and 254 locations respectively
  • Export Packaging and Crating – 78 locations globally packaging 2.4 billion products per year
  • In-house Outsourcing - Placing custom packaging locations near or within a client’s location
  • IT and Technological Solutions – Custom solutions programmed and implemented
  • RDCs – in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Nanjing.

When combining this robust set of skills, the partnership now provides Companies with manufacturing units in China with services that not only package and move products, but do it with complete range of custom solutions that gives visibility, technological tracking, and even on-location services - where the client is, when the client needs it. This optimization will reduce time, handling, warehouse and transportation costs for domestic and export services in China.

The partnership also plans to expand possibilities to offer both on-site packaging services as implementation of new production facilities in the vicinity of key customer clusters. The project logistics department Sinotrans Heavy Lift will also enable Deufol (Suzhou) Packaging Co. Ltd. to offer their customers door-to-door services. This will include packaging, heavy lift, inland water and or road transport throughout China and will ensure the most cost efficient means of packaging and transport.

With this new initiative, both Sinotrans Logistics and Packaging Co. Ltd. and Deufol (Suzhou) Packaging Co. Ltd. are committed to becoming one of the most important market leaders in terms of packaging and integrated logistics in China.

For more information contact: Frank Ghesquiere, Deufol Head of Asia,
e-mail: frank.ghesquiere@deufol.com.

Deufol SE wishes to thank Ms. Maggie Meng - General Manager of Sinotrans Packaging and Logistics Co. Ltd. - for her on-going support in this joint development between Sinotrans Packaging and Logistics Co. Ltd. and Deufol (Suzhou) Packaging Co. Ltd.

ABOUT SINOTRANS

Sinotrans Limited is a logistics service provider in the People’s Republic of China. It operates in five segments: freight forwarding, shipping agency, marine transportation, storage and terminal services and trucking. The Agreement refers to a partnership agreement between Sinotrans Packaging and Logistics Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Sinotrans Limited, and Deufol (Suzhou) Packaging Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Deufol SE.


PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: Changes to the Deufol Management

Hofheim, February 11, 2014

The Administrative Board and Dr. Tillmann Blaschke have jointly agreed, that Dr. Blaschke will leave the company at the end of February. Dr. Blaschke is departing for personal reasons. His successor as Managing Director from March 1 onwards will be Mr. Klaus Duttiné (48 years old), who will take over responsibility for the Finance and Legal departments. In accordance with corporate statutes, Marc Hübner will replace Dr. Blaschke as a Member of the Administrative Board.

Dr. Blaschke will explicitly continue to have close, friendly ties with the company and will continue to support Deufol as a consultant. Detlef Hübner, Chairman of the Deufol Administrative Board, stated: “We wish to express our thanks to Dr. Blaschke for his excellent work both within the organization and in collaboration with our customers during such an important period of transformation in recent years.”

Our new recruit, Mr. Duttiné, is a business-oriented commercial professional. Mr. Duttiné comes from the consulting corporation Ebner Stolz, where he was a Partner. Mr. Duttiné has extensive industrial and consulting experience, with a focus on structuring in the last years. “We are pleased to have Mr. Duttiné on board and expect that he will have a decisive influence on the future development of Deufol, especially due to his experience in processes and structuring,” Hübner stated.

2013

PRESS RELEASE Deufol Brings Olaf Lange on Board

Hofheim (Wallau), 13 June 2013

Olaf Lange (45) will join the management of Deufol SE effective on 01 June 2013. As a member of the management team, he will bring his expertise to bear on the continuing development and growth of the export and industrial goods packaging business of the Deufol Group and play a key role in the development of the company’s business.

Olaf Lange can thereby draw on the extensive experience in the industry he gained especially during his 12 years as Managing Director of Senator International Verpackung GmbH.

Regarding the reasons for joining Deufol, the father of two children says:

“The presence of Deufol in all major business locations and its outstanding position on the packaging and service market are without parallel. This is why Deufol is the market leader in Europe and internationally. The company has brought together the craft tradition required in this industry with state-of-the-art production technology to develop synergies for its customers and always meet its very high quality standards. These facts are what persuaded me to join the Deufol management team. I look forward with great joy to the exciting tasks ahead.”


PRESS RELEASE Deufol and Meilink Agree Joint Venture and Strategic Cooperation

Hofheim, 23 May 2013

Deufol SE and Meilink-Group, both market leaders for industrial packaging in their respective home markets Germany and the Netherlands, have agreed to form a joint venture specialized in innovative packaging solutions as well as commencing a strategic alliance.

Combined, the respective strengths result in a unique range of products and services for their collective customer portfolio. The diversity of both companies especially with regards to the regional presence, their differing product portfolio, as well as customer base and know-how provide a significant advantage to both companies aligned.

Specifically, Deufol’s unique IT and software solutions providing customers state of the art Supply Chain Monitoring Systems combined with standardized crate engineering and special crate production for heavyweight goods packing are now combined with Meilink’s vast know-how in clean-room packaging technologies, alternative corrugated and high-tech packaging solutions as well as project freight forwarding and handling.

The exclusive agreement allows both companies to align their strategy going forward with the main goal to keep increasing the added value for their customers. Their focus will lie upon the combined development and use of each other’s IT systems and innovative packaging solutions. Additionally, both companies will leverage the enhanced global market position in order to further develop their international network with uniform business processes and services. As the result Deufol and Meilink will be able to offer an even wider range of product portfolio to their customers on an international basis.

About the Meilink Group

Meilink Group is a family owned company and market leader in the Benelux region for export packaging, high-tech packaging, heavy duty corrugated packaging and project forwarding. Headoffice in Borculo and with six other locations in the Netherlands. With 350 people (300FTE) in 2012 a turnover of 55 million was achieved.


PRESS RELEASE A longtime companion returns to the roots

Hofheim, February 15, 2013

Axel Wöltjen makes his knowledge available to the Deufol SE again. He had already been a responsible member of the management team of several companies belonging to our group from 1991 until 2004.

As a shareholder, Axel Wöltjen is supposed to hold a seat in the SE Board of Directors as non-executive director at the earliest opportunity possible.

As an authorized representative, Axel Wöltjen will present Deufol SE’s interests to the outside world in various functions.

Deufol is looking forward to a friendly and fruitful cooperation that Axel Wöltjen is also ex-pectant of.


PRESS RELEASE SE transformation: Deufol acquires new legal form and introduces registered shares

Hofheim, January 8, 2013

The former Deufol AG company, of Hofheim, gives notice that it has successfully completed its transformation into Deufol SE (Societas Europaea or European Company) on the basis of a new entry on the Commercial Register. In parallel to this, Deufol SE will be introducing registered shares in the coming weeks, with a view to making its shareholder structure more transparent.

In conjunction with the transformation into an SE, resolved upon at the Annual General Meeting of 4 July 2012, Deufol is also introducing a Management Board based on the monistic system. The executive directors who function as members of the Deufol Management Board are Detlef W. Hübner (Global Strategy / Operations), Dr Tillmann Blaschke (Business Development & Customer Relations, Marketing & Communications, Finance, Legal & Compliance) and Dennis Hübner (Production, Operational Excellence, Human Resources, IT Services). Jens Hof (Purchasing, Property, Admin & Support), Manfred Weirich (Europe North) and Jürgen Schmid (Europe South) have been appointed as additional executive directors.

The SE transformation shows Deufol emphasizing the significance of its international business and the variety of the Group’s corporate culture – the company now has branches in ten different countries. The corporate head office of Deufol SE continues to be in Hofheim, in Germany’s Hessian region. This is also the base from which the business affairs of the Deufol Group will be managed in future.

The Deufol Group is underlining its commitment to continuing internationalization by setting up a World Board, on which the different regions are represented. The World Board of Deufol SE will codetermine strategies throughout the Group, coordinate best practice sharing and press ahead with business development on a global scale. All executive directors are members of the World Board, as also are the regional representatives Bill Morgan (North America), Ron MacDougall (North America), Alessandro Olivieri (Italy, France), Ronald Schrooten (Benelux), Vitezslav Dovrtel (Europe East) and Frank Ghesquiere (Asia).

The new Deufol SE will have labour representation at European level in the form of the SE Works Council. This will make it easier for all company employees in Europe to contribute to the discussion of topics relevant to the Group as a whole through their different regional representatives.

The Chairman of the Special Negotiating Body (SNB) and the SE Works Council, Gerhard Zurek, expressed himself in positive terms: ‘The negotiations that took place were constructive. I think that the SE Works Council gives us good chances in future of exercising an influence on corporate decisions.’

‘I am pleased that the transformation of the company into an SE has gone through successfully in just a few months,’ said Detlef W. Hübner, company founder and Chairman of the Management Board of Deufol SE. ‘The new legal form will make it easier for us in future to grow, in Europe and throughout the world. The introduction of registered shares makes it possible to know who holds what kind of share in the company. This should also make it easier for us to engage in direct dialogue with our shareholders.’

2012

Due to our participation in the German Equity Forum including a presentation and meetings, the quarterly conference call will not take place.

In case you are interested in further information, please call Claudia Ludwig (+49 6122 501228) who will directly transfer your concern.


PRESS RELEASE Frank Ghesquiere leads Asian business of the Deufol AG

Hofheim (Germany), October 25, 2012

Deufol AG, Hofheim, appoints Frank Ghesquiere (41), Asia expert and packaging & logistics professional, as new Head of Asia & Pacific as of November 1, 2012. In his new position, Frank Ghesquiere is responsible for the management and development of all the Deufol Group’s business activities in the entire Asian region.

Frank Ghesquiere possesses over 14 years of experience on and extensive knowledge of the Asian market. During the past seven years, Frank Ghesquiere has been based in Shanghai, working as Logistics Director for the world leader in the steel industry. Previously, he accompanied the build-up and market expansion of the Asian business for a Belgian warehousing and packaging company in the field of chemicals and consumer goods based in Singapore since 2000.

From the Shanghai metropolitan region, Ghesquiere will particularly develop the business units Packaging Logistics and Warehouse Services on the Chinese market. In Singapore, the focus is on the Deufol services Automated Packaging, Data Packaging and Supplementary Services. By recruiting Frank Ghesquiere, Deufol underlines the importance of Asia for the group’s further growth.

“With Frank Ghesquiere we have gained an outstandingly networked expert for our Asian busi-ness development”, says Detlef W. Hübner, company founder and board member of the Deufol AG. Frank Ghesquiere, future Head of Asia & Pacific: “I am looking forward to my new role with Deufol and to drive the group’s growth on the Asian market.”


PRESS RELEASE New operation in Singapore:Deufol continues expansion in Asia

Hofheim (Germany), September 12, 2012

Deufol AG, Hofheim, has founded the company Deufol Asia PTE. LTD. in Singapore on September 6, 2012. The new enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deufol AG which will active-ly support the group’s growth by extending the comprehensive Deufol service portfolio to the Asian region. Here, the focus particularly is on Automated Packaging, Data Packaging and Supplementary Services. Thereby, the Deufol Group further expands its international leading role in the field of packaging solutions and supplementary services.

“We want to continue our successful internationalization strategy and grow with our customers on the promising Asian market”, explains company founder and board member of Deufol AG, Detlef W. Hübner. “German quality is internationally highly appreciated, especially in Asia. By founding our new Singapore operation, we take account of the demand for high-quality packaging and packaging services in the region.”

In addition to the company’s activities in China, Singapore is intended to become Deufol Group’s basis for further expansion into Asia. Offering the world’s second largest transshipment port, Singapore itself also is of particular economic interest to Deufol.


Deufol AG is taking legal action against former senior managers.

Hofheim (Wallau), April 4th, 2012.

Today, the board and the supervisory board of Deufol AG, Hofheim, filed a criminal complaint with the district attorney of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, against the former managing director of its subsidiary Deufol Tailleur GmbH, Manfred Wagner, against Deufol AG’s former chairman of the board, Andreas Bargende, two other people from his personal circle, as well as against the former general counsel of the company, Wolfgang Gluecks. The district attorney in Frankfurt am Main has commenced investigative proceedings under case no. 7210 Js 216358/12 WBW. The defendants are being accused of having collectively caused the Deufol Group considerable economic damages between 2006 and 2011 for their own personal benefit via a complex network of firms and holdings. Damages presently amount to low two-digit millions of Euros.

There is a suspicion of bribery, embezzlement of company assets, and payments of both inflated rents for commercial real estate and inflated purchase prices in connection with company acquisitions. Those sus-pected here are Manfred Wagner and Andreas Bargende, who are supposed to have benefitted in the form of personal financial gains as a result of their collusion with each other on account of their far-reaching directorial powers within the company itself.

All questionable actions took place in the past and are reflected in the previous fiscal years of Deufol AG. According to the conclusions of the present investigation, clients of the Deufol Group have not been caused any damages on account of the irregularities. The suspected persons were immediately removed without exception from the company as soon as the suspicions came to light. In the wake of these developments, the facts of the matter have been established with the aid of external experts. Deufol AG is taking legal action against those mentioned above in both criminal and civil court and is confident that it can enforce its claims for damages.

After the first irregularities came to light, Deufol AG’s board, consisting of company founder Detlef W. Huebner and Dr. Tillmann Blaschke, and the supervisory board removed the aforementioned persons from the company in the fall of last year. Detlef W. Huebner: “In my view, we have to assume that Deufol AG has been caused considerable damages in the past few years by the conduct of a few managers. The now known extent of these damages has led us to take action not only by filing civil claims, but by including the district attorney’s office in Frankfurt am Main as well. We shall be offering our comprehensive support to the investigative authorities in their work in this matter.”

2011

PRESS RELEASE New operation in Charlotte: Deufol is growing in the USA

The Deufol Group is expanding its presence in the USA and has just opened a new operation in Charlotte, North Carolina. A long-term contract for providing services in the area of Export & Industrial Goods Packaging has been concluded with Siemens, which has expanded its nearby production plant for gas turbines. For the first time in the USA, Deufol is handling packaging services in this core area.

Hofheim (Wallau), July 22nd 2011. In Charlotte, Deufol is packaging parts for gas and steam turbines and generators, which are destined for both the US market and for export throughout the world. Material that is used in the manufacturing of steam turbines and generators will be received at this new 125,000 square feet warehouse and delivered to point of use in the Siemens factory when requested. Only a few miles away, Siemens has constructed a modern facility that will become the largest gas turbine production plant in the USA once its expansion has been completed by the end of this year.

For the first time, Deufol is now packaging export and industrial goods in the USA, a service area not previously covered there. The new business is handled by the newly founded company, Deufol Charlotte LLC. As part of Deufol’s overall growth strategy, it will serve as a starting point for further development of activities in the area of Export & Industrial Goods Packaging.

With this joint geographic expansion beyond continental borders, the longstanding partnership between Deufol and Siemens has thus reached a new level. Siemens belongs to the group of customers with whom Deufol has been collaborating since its early beginnings. As of now, the Deufol Group is involved in packaging activities for Siemens at multiple operations in Germany as well as in Czech Republic and Austria. In a tender issued at the beginning of this year, Deufol was acknowledged as a “Siemens Preferred Supplier.”


PRESS RELEASE Deufol’s "Gift Cards & Data Management" service division receives its first European packaging order.

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The Deufol Group is pleased to announce the arrival of its "Gift Cards & Data Management" service on the European market. Deufol is packaging the "mywirecard 2go Visa" cards for Wirecard Bank AG, whose rechargeable prepaid cards can effectively be used as currency all around the world.

Hofheim (Wallau), May 30th, 2011. Deufol is now also packaging prepaid cards for a German customer, the Munich Wirecard Bank AG, a subsidiary of the stock-quoted Wirecard AG. The packaging and service facilities necessary to enable activation of prepaid cards via scanning in places such as gas stations and convenience stores have been developed by Deufol. The "mywirecard 2 go Visa" prepaid cards are mounted on a piece of cardboard and sealed with a blister. An opening on the back of the cardboard mount provides access to the barcode on the card, already contained within its packaging, so that it can be activated via a barcode scanner. The prepaid cards of Wirecard Bank are available at retailers throughout Germany and can be directly loaded with an initial credit amount at the time of purchase. That way products on the internet can be ordered quickly and securely.

Deufol has its own machines that are able to meet the challenging requirements of data processing for packaging gift cards, which primarily involves packaging cards in multipacks.

So far, the Deufol Group has only provided packaging services in the "Gift Cards & Data Management" sector for American customers. Now the group could win its first European partner for this sector.


PRESS RELEASE New Operation in Italy: Krones subsidiary Kosme relies on Deufol

The Deufol Group has opened a new operation in the Italian municipality of Roverbella on a site directly neighbouring Kosme, the subsidiary of Deufol's customer Krones AG. Deufol Italia S.p.A., the Italian division of the Deufol Group, signed a long-term contract with Kosme regarding packaging solutions for beverage filling machines.

Hofheim (Wallau), March 1st, 2011. In Roverbella, Deufol packs filling units, palletisers, de-palletisers, labelling machines - all of the complex product groups which Kosme S.R.L. distributes around the world from its base in Roverbella. For Deufol, this means that packaging for global transportation needs to meet extremely high standards to guarantee the sound condition of the machines until the contract has been fulfilled. Deufol designs each type of packaging as an individual solution, taking into account various conservation procedures for long-term packaging, climate and statistical conditions during transportation, the requirements of the destination country and much more.

The packaging services are mainly processed in Deufol’s own operation center of 2.500 square meters and 2.500 square meters of free space, which directly neighbours the Kosme production facilities. Deufol will also take over in-house/outsourcing services directly within Kosme's production facilities.

The partnership between Krones and Deufol began in 1997 with the packaging of conveyor belts at the headquarters of Krones AG in Neutraubling near Regensburg. Over the years, a trusting partnership has developed, on the basis of which Deufol was not only able to extend its range of services, but also expand with more operations across Germany. The opening of the Italian operation in Roverbella has enabled the first ever customer-specific geographic expansion across country borders - an initial success in Deufol’s expansion strategy.

As a global supplier of packaging services, Deufol has benefited from its existing Italian business while making this step. Deufol Italia S.p.A., based in Fagnano Olona, which previously operated mainly as a provider for packaging and related services for stationery products and fashion jewellery, is also processing this business in the area of export and industrial goods packaging at the new Roverbella operation.


Deufol acquires Richard Wolfsberger Verpackungen GmbH.

Deufol acquires Richard Wolfsberger Verpackungen GmbH.

The Deufol Group has acquired 100% of the Austrian company Richard Wolfsberger Verpackungen GmbH. The company Wolfsberger and the existing Austrian subsidiary Logis Industriedienstleistung GmbH will be merged into the Deufol Austria GmbH, based in Bruck an der Leitha.

Hofheim (Wallau), February 01st, 2010.

The company, which will operate under the name Deufol Austria GmbH, provides packaging services and associated services ranging from storage to dispatch handling, specialising in the field of export and industrial goods packaging. Factory space of 7,500 square meters is available in Bruck an der Leitha. A covered area of 500 square meters and clear space of 48,000 square meters is also available, on which industrial goods up to a weight of 150 tonnes can be packed individually. It is also possible to deliver, load and transport the goods further by train using the direct rail connection.

This transaction is a further step within Deufol’s growth strategy, with which the German market leader aims to expand abroad. The operation in Austria will create an additional bridge to the East European market and is of significant importance for Deufol as a global supplier of packaging services.

“This connection with Deufol is our big opportunity to become involved with an international, growing company, providing our own expertise and developing further in the global market", commented Richard Wolfsberger, associate of the former Richard Wolfsberger Verpackungen GmbH and Managing Director of the new company operating under the name Deufol Austria GmbH.

2010

PRESS RELEASE D.Logistics becomes Deufol.

D.Logistics becomes Deufol.

D.Logistics is history. The specialist in packaging and related services will from now on be trading as “Deufol Aktiengesellschaft”. The companies within the group will also be brought together under the standard umbrella brand Deufol. The change of name from D.Logistics to Deufol highlights the group's consistent growth into an international industrial service provider that offers intelligent and customised services, strategies, concepts and solutions relating to its core field of expertise, packaging.

Hofheim (Wallau), 01 December 2010.

As part of an extensive renaming process, D.Logistics AG, based in the Hessian town of Hofheim (Wallau), has been renamed to Deufol AG. Consequently, all subsidiaries in Germany and abroad will be brought together under the new brand Deufol, in order to provide the group with a standardised presence to the outside world. Along with the new name, all companies in the group will be given a standardised brand profile and can be found on the Internet via the central, international web presence www.deufol.com.

The move away from the old name of D.Logistics also represents a conscious reorientation towards a new line of business: Deufol is an intelligent, flexible and innovative solution provider around its core field of expertise, packaging. This will also be emphasised by the new brand statement: “Deufol – Packaging. Next Level.“

By choosing Deufol, the group has not picked a random, fantasy name. Originating from the fusion of “deutsche Folie” (German film / German blister), the name stems from around half a century of tradition in export packaging and has been a tremendous success in most sectors of the company’s existing business.

“The introduction of the standardised brand is an important part of our growth strategy. As Deufol, we will not only develop our business on a regional basis, but we will also be able to offer our services on a global scale,” says Andreas Bargende, CEO of Deufol AG.

The name change was approved at the annual general meeting in June 2010.

Financial Releases

2017

PRESS RELEASE Half Year Results Deufol SE: Results of the first half year 2017

Hofheim am Taunus , August 18, 2017

Half-year result – the strategic concentration on industrial packaging and supplementary services is progressing successfully

The reorganization of the Group and the concentration of the business towards industrial packaging is progressing successfully. This step will further strengthen our profile in the customer perception as being the acting specialist in industrial packaging with an own global network. All acquisitions made recently serve consequently the objective to further expand our network.

The separation of the Activatis GmbH and major customers in the consumer packaging segment are further logical consequences of Deufol to concentrate on our core competence - industrial packaging.

Investments in innovative, necessary IT, as well as the continuous strategic expansion of industrial packaging services, are the main focus of the Deufol-Group.

Following this development, these are the results for the first half 2017:

  • Sales € 145.1 million (prior year € 161.9 million)
  • EBITDA € 8.3 million (prior year € 8.7 million)
  • EBIT(A) € 4.3 million (prior year € 5.3 million)
  • Net result € 3.0 million (prior year € 3.3 million)

Sales development

In the first half of 2017, sales were € 145.1 million, 10.4% or € 16.8 million below prior year.The change in sales are based upon the change within the group of consolidated companies, as well as the sale of a large operation in Belgium, in line to return the strategic focus on industrial packaging. The additions within the group of consolidated companies of industrial packaging increased sales of € 18.0 million. The sale of the Activatis GmbH and consumer packaging in Belgium decreased sales by € 21.6 million. Excluding these non-recurring items, sales are down to € 13.2 million. Through adjusting the appreciation of the US-Dollar against the Euro of about 3.0%, sales increased in US-Dollar of € 1.0 million, sales declined by € 14.2 million.

Operating result below prior year

The operative result (EBITA) amounted to € 4.3 million and therewith ca. 20.0% below prior year (€ 5.3 million). This result, on the one hand, was due to the acquisitions and its adjacent costs, and on the other hand, due to the integration of the new operations, which just started. The period result was € 3.0 million (prior year € 3.3 million). After deduction of the dividends of noncontrolling interests, the net profit decreased to € 3.0 million for the Shareholders of Deufol SE, vs. € 3.2 million in the prior year. The earnings per share was at € 0.070 for the first three months (prior year € 0.073).

Improved operative cashflow – financial debt decreased

The operative cash flow of the Deufol-Group amounted in the reporting period to € 9.0 million and was tangible above the prior year level (€ 2.7 million). The financial liabilities increased within the first six months 2017 of € 0.3 million to € 66.1 million. The net financial liabilities, defined as a sum of liabilities less financial receivables and currency, were stronger (€ +2.9 million) due to increased cash, from € 46.9 million on December 31, 2016 to € 45.2 million at the end of the reporting period.

Overview of the first 6 months:


figures in € Thousand 6M 2017 30.06.2017 6M 2016 31.12.2016 change (%)
Sales 145.065   161.933   -10.4
EBITDA 8.265   8.718   -5.2
EBIT(A) 4.260   5.292   -19.5
EBT 3.350   4.008   -16.4
Resultfor the period 3.047   3.292   -7.4
Thereof noncontrolling interests 24   105   -77.1
Thereof shareholders of the parent company 3.023   3.187   -5.1
Earnings per share (€) 0.070   0.073   -4.1
Cashflow from operating activities 9.015   2.671   237.5
Cashflow from investing activities (5.059)   (3.149)   -60.7
Net financial liabilities   45.238   46.909 -3.6
Equity ratio (%)   46.8   45.3 1.1
Employees 2.668     2.746 -2.9

Outlook - planning adjusted

Deufol SE will correct their published planning for the fiscal year 2017, as mentioned in the annual financial report 2016, slightly down. Reason for this correction is the restructuring of the business in the USA – away from consumer packaging towards industrial packaging. This change will impact sales in this segment within the second half-year accordingly. We now expect sales within the range of € 280 million and € 300 million and an operative result (EBITA) between € 14.0 million and € 16.0 million.

2016

PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE resolves share buyback

Hofheim, May 24, 2016

Announcement

Deufol SE resolves share buyback

On 13 May 2016 the executive directors of Deufol SE, Hofheim (Germany), have resolved to repurchase up to 1 Million notional no-par value shares of the company on the basis of the authorization issued by the General Meeting of Shareholders on 1 July 2015 to acquire and utilize own shares in accordance with section 71 paragraph 1 no. 8 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz).

The shares shall be repurchased by means of a voluntary public offer addressed to all shareholders which will take place under the direction of SCHNIGGE Wertpapierhandelsbank AG.

Overall, up to 1 Million notional no-par value shares of the company shall be repurchased at a purchase price of EUR 0,76 apiece. Further details are provided in the Offer Document which will is accessible and available for download from the website of SCHNIGGE Wertpapierhandelsbank AG (www.schnigge.de).


PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE resolves share buyback

Hofheim, January 28, 2016

Announcement

Deufol SE resolves share buyback

On 26 January 2016 the executive directors of Deufol SE, Hofheim (Germany), have resolved to repurchase up to 1 Million notional no-par value shares of the company on the basis of the authorization issued by the General Meeting of Shareholders on 1 July 2015 to acquire and utilize own shares in accordance with section 71 paragraph 1 no. 8 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz).

The shares shall be repurchased by means of a voluntary public offer addressed to all shareholders which will take place under the direction of SCHNIGGE Wertpapierhandelsbank AG.

Overall, up to 1 Million notional no-par value shares of the company shall be repurchased at a purchase price of EUR 0,48 apiece. Further details are provided in the Offer Document which will be accessible and available for download from the website of SCHNIGGE Wertpapierhandelsbank AG (www.schnigge.de) as of 27 January 2016.

2015

PRESS RELEASE Deufol SE: Delisting

Hofheim, October 13, 2015

Dear Deufol SE Shareholders,

The delisting at the German Stock Exchange was decided by the Board of Directors yesterday mainly for cost savings reasons.

Furthermore the organization takes care that the shares will continue to be tradable.

On the current platform of the German Stock Exchange the shares will be tradable for another 6 weeks. Further actions around the shares are not known to the organization.

Deufol SE will of course continue to fulfil their publication requirements.


PRESS RELEASE Half Year Results Deufol SE: Results of the first half year 2015

Hofheim, August 21, 2015

Deufol SE: Results of the first half year 2015

  • Sales € 152.2 million (previous year € 141.5 million)
  • EBITDA € 8.8 million (previous year € 6.6 million)
  • EBIT(A) € 5.0 million (previous year € 3.0 million)
  • Income for the period € 2.6 million (previous year € 0.6 million)
  • Net financial liabilities € 42.3 million (previous year € 57.9 million)

Sales trend

In the first six months of 2015, the Deufol Group realized a positive sales trend. In Germany (incl. the holding) sales increased significantly to € 83.8 million (previous year: € 77.7 million) due to a very positive business trend. However, it should be noted that sales of approx. € 2.1 million are included in this figure for the first time due to changes to the consolidated group. In the Rest of Europe, after scaling back our operation in Tienen, the sales are lower than in the previous year (€ 33.7 million, compared to € 36.5 million), as expected. In the USA / Rest of the World sales increased to € 34.6 million (previous year: € 27.2 million), partly due to favorable exchange rates.

Operating result (EBIT) considerably higher

The operating result (EBITA) amounted to € 5.0 million in the reporting period (previous year: € 3.0 million) which is an increase by approx. 67%. Especially in Germany and in the USA we are highly satisfied with our earnings trend. Here we have achieved a significant improvement in our earnings following a successful restructuring program and other improvement measures. The income for the period amounts to € 2.6 million, compared to € 0.6 million for the first six months of 2014.

Financial indebtedness reduced – improved operating cash flow

In the past fiscal year the net financial liabilities of the Deufol Group – defined as the total financial liabilities less financial receivables and cash – clearly decreased, from € 57.9 million to € 42.3 million. The operating cash flow amounted to € -0.6 million in the period under review and was thus significantly higher than in the previous year (€ -2.3 million).

Key data of the first six months of 2015

figures in € million 6M 2015 6M 2014 change (%)
Sales 152.1 141.5 7.5
EBITDA 8.8 6.6 33.3
EBIT(A) 5 3 66.7
EBT 3.4 1.4 142.9
Income for the period 2.6 0.6 366.7
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests 0.3 0.04 650
of which attributable to equity holders of parent 2.3 0.53 334
Earnings per share (€) 0.053 0.012 341.7
Operating cash flow -0.6 -2.3 73.9
Investments. in tangible assets 2.6 2.9 -10.3
Net financial liabilities 42.3 57.9 -26.9
Equity ratio (%) 45.8 45.3 1.1
Employees (average) 2,660 2,518 5.6

Outlook

For fiscal year 2015, the Deufol Group plans sales of between € 295 million and € 315 million. Its operating result (EBITDA) should amount to between € 14 and 16 million.


PRESS RELEASE Annual Results 2014

Hofheim, April 30, 2015

Deufol SE: Annual Results 2014

Annual Results

  • Sales € 289.9 million (previous year € 318.7 million)
  • EBITDA € 13.5 million (previous year € 14.8 million)
  • EBIT(A) € 6.2 million (previous year € 6.0 million)
  • Operating cash flow € 22.2 million (previous year € 17.2 million)
  • Net financial liabilities € 37.0 million (previous year € 50.3 million)

Sales trend

In 2014, the Deufol Group realized a negative sales trend on balance, in line with expectations. Due to a very positive business trend in the USA, sales increased in the USA / Rest of the World to € 68.4 million (previous year: € 62.8 million). In Germany (incl. the holding) sales declined slightly more strongly than expected and amounted to € 156.3 million (previous year: € 170.5 million). However, it should be noted that sales of approx. € 5.4 million are no longer included in this figure due to changes to the consolidated group. Moreover, northern and western Germany especially suffered due to a moderate level of demand from some customers. In the Rest of Europe, after scaling back our operation in Tienen the result was lower than in the previous year (€ 74.2 million, compared to € 85.4 million), as expected.

Operating result (EBIT) slightly higher

In Germany, the northwestern region in particular was affected by several customers’ restraint. Due to the challenging economic environment our operation in Italy was affected by the insolvency of a major customer. On the other hand, in the USA we are highly satisfied with our earnings trend. Here we have achieved a significant improvement in our earnings following a successful restructuring program. The same is true for our activities in China. Overall, the operating result (EBIT) amounted to € 6.2 million in the reporting period (previous year: € 6.0 million).

Financial indebtedness reduced – strong operating cash flow

In the past fiscal year the financial liabilities of the Deufol Group clearly decreased, from € 62.8 million to € 58.8 million. Net financial liabilities – defined as the total financial liabilities less financial receivables and cash – decreased even more strongly, by € 13.3 million from € 50.3 million on December 31, 2013 to € 37.0 million at the end of the period under review. This was due to the increase in cash held (+ € 11.0 million) and lower financial receivables (– € 1.6 million).

The operating cash flow amounted to € 22.2 million in the period under review and was thus significantly higher than in the previous year (€ 17.2 million).

Key data of the year 2014

figures in € million 2014 2013 change (%)
Sales 298.9 318.7 -6.2
EBITDA 13.5 14.8 -8.9
EBIT(A) 6.2 6 3
EBT 3.5 2.7 28.4
Income for the period 0.47 0.48 -2.1
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests 0.24 0.18 30.4
of which attributable to equity holders of parent 0.23 0.29 -22.4
Earnings per share (€) 0.005 0.007 -22.4
Operating cash flow 22.2 17.2 29.4
Investments. in tangible assets 5.7 9 -36.6
Net financial liabilities 37 50.3 -26.6
Equity ratio (%) 44.6 44.9 -0.6
Employees (average) 2,523 2,704 (6.7

Outlook

For fiscal year 2015, the Deufol Group plans sales of between € 295 million and € 315 million. Its operating result (EBITDA) should amount to between € 14 and 16 million.

Sales should increase in Germany and in the USA / Rest of the World but fall slightly short of the level realized in the previous year in the Rest of Europe.

With regard to our results forecast, we expect our core business in Germany to increase significantly. This is attributable to the productivity-boosting measures implemented last year. For the Rest of Europe we envisage a slight increase in earnings. In the USA / Rest of the World segment, we also expect improved results.

2014

PRESS RELEASE Half Year Results

Deufol SE: Results of the first half year 2014

Hofheim, August 14, 2014

Deufol SE: Results of the first half year 2014

  • Sales € 141.5 million (previous year € 154.4 million)
  • EBITDA € 6.6 million (previous year € 6.6 million)
  • EBIT(A) € 3.0 million (previous year € 2.7 million)
  • Net profit € 0.5 million (previous year ‒ € 0.1 million)

Sales trend

Total sales in the first six months of 2014 were at € 141.5 million 8.4 % lower than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for changes to the scope of consolidation, the change amounts to – 5.5 %. Also adjusted for the depreciation of the US dollar versus the euro, which averaged 4.3 %, this decline amounts to 4.7 %. The remainder of the change in sales is attributable to the disposal of unprofitable business.

Operating result a good 10 % higher

The operating result (EBITA) amounted to € 3.0 million and was thus a good 10 % higher than the previous year’s figure of € 2.7 million. The result for the period amounts to € 0.57 million, compared to – € 0.07 million in the first six months of 2013. After deduction of the profit shares for noncontrolling interests (€ 0.04 million), a net profit of € 0.53 million (previous year: – € 0.14 million) is attributable to the shareholders of Deufol SE. Earnings per share in the first six months were € 0.012 (previous year: – € 0.003).

Financing

In Germany, the existing syndicated loan agreement has been adjusted by means of an amendment. In this respect, improvements were realized in the financial covenants specified in the loan agreement. In addition, the existing financing leeway has been expanded. This includes the grant of options for an extension of the term and an increase in the financing volume.

Action for damages against former employees

Deufol SE has brought a further action against its former CEO, Andreas Bargende, for the recovery of a sum of € 2.05 million. This reflects the public prosecutor’s investigations into unexplained payments in this amount made by the former managing director of Deufol West GmbH, Manfred Wagner, to Andreas Bargende and a company owned by Bargende and his family. The discovery of these previously unknown facts has also improved the prospects of success in the action for damages which is already pending, with a volume of € 26.9 million. In the second quarter unscheduled one-off costs in the amount of € 0.4 million have resulted in connection with the public prosecutor’s investigations and the action for damages.

Key data of the first six months 2014

figures in € thousand Q2 Q2 change 6M 6M change
2014 2014* 2013* (%) 2014 2013 (%)
Sales 70,491 77,976 -9.6 141,450 154,419 -8.4
EBIthA 3,777 4,584 -17.6 6,635 6,564 1.1
EBIT(A) 1,961 2,666 -26.4 3,025 2,737 10.5
EBT 1,106 1,792 -38.3 1,364 1,114 22.4
Income for the period 662 1,170 -43.4 570 -74 n/m
of which attributable to 44 42 4.8 38 64 -40.6
noncontrolling interests            
of which attributable to 618 1,128 -45.2 532 -138 n/m
equity holders of parent            
Earnings per share (€) 0.014 0.026 -45.2 0.012 -0.003 n/m
Operating cash flow 129 10,377 -98.8 -2,308 7,156 n/m
Investm. in tangible assets 1,046 1,680 -37.7 2,991 2,972 0.6
Net financial liabilities 57,930 52,822 9.7 57,930 52,822 9.7
Equity ratio (%) 45.3 43.2 4.9 45.3 43.2 4.9
Employees (June 30) 2,518 2,718 -7.4 2,518 2,718 -7.4

Outlook – Planning confirmed

Deufol SE confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2014 in its annual financial report 2013. These envisage sales of between € 290 million and € 310 million and an operating result (EBITDA) of between € 14 million and € 16 million.


PRESS RELEASE Quarterly Results

Deufol SE: Results of the First Quarter 2014

Hofheim, May 22, 2014

  • Sales € 71.0 million (previous year € 76.4 million)
  • EBITDA 2.9 million (previous year € 2.0 million)
  • EBITA 1.1 million (previous year € 0.1 million)
  • Net profit ‒ € 0.1 million (previous year ‒ € 1.3 million)

Sales trend

At € 71.0 million, total sales in the first quarter of 2014 were 7.2 % lower than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for changes to the scope of consolidation, the change amounts to – 4.1 %. Also adjusted for the depreciation of the US dollar versus the euro, which averaged 3.7 %, this decline amounts to 3.4 %. In Germany (including the holding company), sales amounted to € 39.7 million (previous year: € 43.3 million). Around € 2.5 million of this decline in the volume of sales is attributable to changes to the scope of consolidation. In the Rest of Europe, Deufol realized sales in the amount of € 18.3 million (previous year: € 20.6 million). In the USA / Rest of the World segment, sales rose to € 13.0 million (previous year: € 12.5 million).

Income significantly above previous year

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were € 2.9 million in the first quarter (previous year: € 2.0 million). Depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of other intangible assets decreased from € 1.9 million to € 1.8 million.

The operating result (EBITA) amounted to € 1.1 million and was thus significantly higher than the previous year’s figure of € 0.1 million. The results for the individual segments are not directly comparable with the previous year, due to higher intragroup transfer payments. However, for the purpose of improved comparability the adjusted results are indicated in brackets. The individual segments developed as follows in the first three months of the year: In Germany, EBITA amounts to € 0.6 million (adjusted: € 1.8 million), compared to a figure in the previous year of € 1.7 million. In the Rest of Europe, EBITA amounted to € 0.5 million (adjusted: € 0.7 million), compared to € 0.8 million in the previous year. The USA / Rest of the World segment realized a result of € 0.2 million (adjusted: € 0.3 million), compared to – € 0.8 million in the previous year. The EBITA loss realized by Deufol SE (the holding company) fell to € 0.2 million (adjusted: € 1.7 million), compared to € 1.6 million in the previous year. This was mainly due to higher intragroup transfer payments.

The result for the period amounted to – € 0.1 million (previous year: – € 1.2 million). After deduction of the loss shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.01 million), there is a net loss of € 0.1 million (previous year: € 1.3 million) attributable to the shareholders of Deufol SE. Earnings per share in the first three months were – € 0.002 (previous year: € 0.029).

Financial position

In the first three months, the cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to – € 2.4 million and was thus higher than the level in the previous year (– € 3.2 million). The financial liabilities of the Deufol Group increased in the first three months of the fiscal year by € 3.4 million to € 66.2 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased (– € 2.3 million), the net financial liabilities rose somewhat more strongly, by € 5.7 million from € 50.3 million at the end of the year to € 56.0 million.

Key data of the first quarter 2014

figures in € thousand Q1 2014 Q1 2013 change (%)
Sales 70,959 76,443 -7.2
EBITDA 2,858 1,980 44.3
EBIT(A) 1,063 71 n/m
EBT 258 -678 n/m
Income for the period -92 -1,244 -92.6
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests -6 22 n/m
of which attributable to equity holders of parent -86 -1,266 -93.2
Earnings per share (€) -0.002 -0.029 -93.2
Operating cash flow -2,437 -3,221 -24.3
Investments in tangible assets 1,945 1,292 50.5
Net financial liabilities 55,962 60,559 -7.6
Employees (average) 2,469 2,694 -8.4

Outlook – Planning confirmed

Deufol SE confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2014 in its annual financial report 2013. These envisage sales of between € 290 million and € 310 million and an operating result (EBITDA) of between € 14 million and € 16 million.


Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act: Annual Results

Deufol SE: Annual Results 2013

Hofheim, April 30, 2014

Annual Results

Deufol SE: Annual Results 2013

  • Sales € 318.7 million (previous year € 333.0 million)
  • EBITDA € 14.8 million (previous year € 15.0 million)
  • EBITA from continuing operations 6.0 million (previous year € 6.2 million)
  • Net result € 0.3 million (previous year € ‒ 0.3 million)
  • Operating cash flow 17.2 million (previous year € 16.0 million)

Deufol SE announces today the final results for the fiscal year 2013 and confirms the preliminary results which have been published on April 17.

Sales development

In a moderate overall economic environment, in the period under review sales from continuing operations amounted to € 318.7 million (previous year: € 333.0 million). We have thus achieved our planning targets, which had envisaged sales in a corridor of between € 310 million and € 325 million. Due to restructuring of the Data Packaging business, revenue in the USA declined to € 62.7 million (previous year: € 71.1 million). In Germany (incl. the holding company), at € 170.5 million the result was also lower than in the previous year (€ 176.0 million). The loss of the Euskirchen location has deprived the Group of sales of a good € 5 million, and a further amount of almost € 3 million is no longer included due to deconsolidated companies. Accordingly, after adjustments this result represents marginal growth. In the Rest of Europe, we were at almost the same level as in the previous year (€ 85.4 million, compared to € 85.9 million).

Net result above previous year

On the results side, in the past year Deufol faced several burdens. In Belgium, one-off expenses amounting to a good € 1.1 million arose in connection with a customer’s relocation of capacities to Eastern Europe and an associated reduction in our operations there. In the USA, the loss of a customer in the gift card segment had a negative impact on income of almost € 1 million, while in China the results of an internal investigation resulted in valuation adjustments in the amount of € 0.9 million. The operating result before goodwill amortization (EBITA) amounted to € 6.0 million in the reporting period (previous year: € 6.2 million). The result for the period was of € 0.5 million (previous year: € 0.1 million). The profit share for noncontrolling interests is € 0.2 million (€ 0.3 million). Earnings attributable to the shareholders of Deufol SE amounted to € 0.3 million in the period under review, compared to – € 0.3 million in the same period in the previous year. Earnings per share were € 0.007 in 2013 (previous year: – € 0.006).

Financial position: Strong operating cash flow – Financial indebtness decreased

The operating cash flow amounted to € 17.2 million in the period under review and was thus higher than in the previous year (€ 16.0 million). In the past fiscal year the financial liabilities of the Deufol Group clearly decreased, from € 70.9 mil-lion to € 62.8 million. Net financial liabilities – defined as the total financial liabilities less financial receivables and cash – decreased less strongly, by € 4.8 million from € 55.0 million on December 31, 2012 to € 50.2 million at the end of the period under review. This was due to the decrease in cash held (– € 2.3 million) and lower financial receivables (– € 1.0. million).

Key data of the year 2013

figures in € million 2013 2012 change (%)
Sales 318.7 333 -4.5
EBITDA 14.8 15 -1.4
EBIT(A) 6 6.2 -2.6
EBT 2.7 2.8 -3
Income from continuing operations 0.5 0.4 17.7
Loss from discontinued operation 0 -0.3 n/m
Income for the period 0.5 0.1 624.3
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests 0.2 0.3 -46.7
of which attributable to equity holders of parent 0.3 -0.3 n/m
Earnings per share (€) 0.007 -0.006 n/m
Operating cash flow 17.2 16 7.4
Investments in tangible assets 9 8.7 3.1
Net financial liabilities 50.3 55 -8.6
Employees (average) 2.704 2.764 -2.6

Outlook

For fiscal year 2014 the Deufol Group plans sales in a corridor between € 290 million and € 310 million. Its operating result (EBITDA) will be between € 14 and 16 million. With regard to our results forecast, we expect our core business in the USA to increase. This reflects improvements in our contracts with our Automated Packaging customers which will now be reflected over the course of a full year for the first time. In the Rest of Europe we expect slightly improving results, now that one-off expenses in Belgium are no longer applicable. In Germany, we likewise expect all of our services to report slightly improved results.

The Interim Report for the first quarter of 2014 will not be published on May 15, 2014 but on May 22, 2014.


Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Preliminary Annual Results

Hofheim, April 17, 2014

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Preliminary Annual Results

Deufol SE: Preliminary Annual Results 2013

Deufol SE announces today the preliminary results for the fiscal year 2013. The complete annual financial statements will not be published on April 24, 2014 but on April 30, 2014. This is accomplished against the background, that the examination by the auditors is not yet concluded.

On the basis of provisional, unaudited financial statements the Deufol Group realized sales of € 318.7 million (previous year € 333.0 million). We have thus met our planning target which had envisaged sales in a corridor of between € 310 million and € 325 million. The operating result (EBITDA) came in at € 14.8 million (previous year € 15.0 million) and thus fell slightly below our planning corridor of € 15 million and € 17 million.

2013

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Change of notation

Hofheim, November 13, 2013

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Change of notation

Deufol SE: Change of notation from the Regulated Market to the Entry Standard of Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Deufol SE shares are currently traded under ISIN DE 000A1R1EE6 within the Regulated Market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Administrative Board and the Managing Directors of Deufol SE believe that the Entry Standard of Frankfurt Stock Exchange as a part of the Open Market (Freiverkehr) is the preferable Market Segment for Deufol SE and have therefore decided to initiate a change of notation from the Regulated Market (Prime Standard) to the Entry Standard. The Entry Standard ensures continued efficient trading of Deufol SE shares. The notation in the quality segment Entry Standard ensures that Deufol SE continues to meet high transparency requirements in the future. Deufol intends for the time being to continue publishing quarterly financial reports according to IFRS. In order to change notation from the Regulated Market to the Entry Standard, it is necessary to revoke the existing notation in the Regulated Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and apply for the inclusion of the entire capital in the Entry Standard.


Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act: Quarterly Results

Deufol SE: Results of the nine months 2013

Hofheim, November 12, 2013

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Quarterly Results

Deufol SE: Results of the nine months 2013

  • Sales after nine months € 238.7 million (previous year € 248.5 million)
  • EBITDA after nine months € 11.0 million (previous year € 12.6 million)
  • EBITA after nine months € 5.3 million (previous year € 6.0 million)
  • Operating cash flow after nine months € 12.1 million (previous year € 10.3 million)

Sales trend

The Deufol Group’s cumulative sales amounted to € 238.7 million in the first nine months of 2013. This decline in sales of approx. € 9.8 million or 3.9% on the same period in the previous year overwhelmingly reflects the lower volume of Data Packaging business in the USA, lower sales in Tienen, Belgium, as well as slightly negative tendencies for several export-dependent sectors in Germany, in line with the economic trend. Growth in many areas has offset the adverse effects of Data Packaging in the USA and the Belgian automotive sector, but has not been able to fully make up for this. The trend has stabilized in the USA and Belgium which are now providing solid contributions, albeit at a lower level than in the previous year. In the USA/Rest of the World segment, sales were 12 % lower than in the previous year, at € 45.3 million. In contrast, in Germany sales were at € 130.5 million a good 3% lower than in the previous year, while in the Rest of Europe at € 62.9 million sales were almost 1% higher than in the previous year.

Income trend

The operating result (EBIT) after nine months of the year amounts to € 5.3 million (previous year: € 6.0 million). The individual segments developed as follows in the first nine months of the year: In Germa-ny, the EBITA amounted to € 4.5 million. Due to several customers’ restraint in the export-dependent mechanical engineering sector, this was € 1.3 million lower than in the previous year.

In the Rest of Europe, EBITA fell from € 4.0 million to € 3.1 million. This was mainly due to the lower results for our Belgian location in Tienen. However, the decrease here was partly made up for through improved results in other countries.

The USA/Rest of the World segment realized a result of € 0.5 million (previous year: € 1.8 million). Data Packaging suffered here due to the consolidation trend in the data packaging sector at the start of the year. The other sectors have now stabilized in terms of their earnings and have performed well, thus somewhat compensating for Data Packaging’s lower operating result.

The EBITA loss of Deufol SE (the holding company) declined sharply, to € 3.0 million, compared to € 5.5 million in the previous year.

Earnings before taxes (EBT) in the first nine months of the year were € 2.91 million (previous year: € 3.55 million). After income tax expenses (€ 1.75 million), income from continuing operations is € 1.16 million, compared to € 1.66 million in the first nine months of 2012. The result for the period also amounted to € 1.16 million (previous year: € 1.38 million). After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.14 million), a net profit of € 1.02 million (previous year: € 1.01 million) is attributable to the shareholders of Deufol SE. Earnings per share in the first nine months were € 0.023 (previous year: € 0.023).

Financial position

In the first nine months, the cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to € 12.1 million and was thus higher than the level in the previous year (€ 10.3 million). The financial liabilities of the Deufol Group decreased in the first nine months of the fiscal year by € 6.3 million to € 64.7 million. As cash and financial receivables both decreased (− € 1.8 million), net financial liabilities declined at a slightly lower rate, from € 55.0 million at the end of the year to the current € 50.5 million.

Key data of the first nine months 2013

figures in € thousand Q3 Q3 change 9M 9M change
   2013    2012   (%)    2013   2012   (%)
Sales 84,273 90,507 -6.9 238,692 248,466 -3.9
EBITDA 4,441 5,678 -21.8 11,004 12,600 -12.7
EBITA   = EBIT 2,573 3,514 -26.8 5,310 6,028 -11.9
EBT 1,799 2,755 -34.7 2,913 3,547 -17.9
Income   from 1,231 2,316 -46.8 1,157 1,660 -30.3
  continuing operations
Income (loss)   from discontinued operation 0 9 n/m 0 -283 n/m
Income for the period 1,231 2,325 -47.1 1,157 1,377 -16
of which attributable to   noncontrolling interests 78 152 -48.7 142 364 -61
of which attributable to 1,153 2,173 -46.9 1,015 1,013 0.2
  equity holders of parent
Earnings per share (€) 0.027 0.05 -46.9 0.023 0.023 0.2
Operating cash flow 4,920 4,625 6.4 12,076 10,293 17.3
Investm. in tangible assets 1,384 1,067 29.7 4,356 5,776 -24.6
Net financial liabilities 50,523 57,738 -12.5 50,523 57,738 -12.5
Equity ratio (%) 43.5 42 3.5 43.5 42 3.5
Employees   (September 30) 2,718 2,736 -1.9 2,718 2,736 -1.9

Outlook

Despite encouraging progress in transforming the Company to place it on a sustainable footing – in an environment characterized by restraint in the mechanical engineering sector – we have been unable to make up for the challenging start to the year and are accordingly revising our target earnings for fiscal year 2013. We now expect an operating result (EBITDA) of between € 15 million and € 17 million (previously, € 18 million to € 20 million). For our sales, we confirm our planning figures in a corridor between € 310 million and € 325 million.


Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Deufol SE: Results of the first half year 2013

Hofheim, August 13, 2013

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Half Year Results

Deufol SE: Results of the first half year 2013

  • Sales in Q2 € 78.0 million (previous year € 78.6 million), after six months € 154.4 million (previous year € 158.0 million)
  • EBITDA in Q2 € 4.6 million (previous year € 3.3 million), after six months € 6.6 million (previous year € 6.9 million)
  • EBITA from continuing operations in Q2 € 2.7 million (previous year € 1.1 million), after six months € 2.7 million (previous year € 2.5 million)
  • Operating cash flow in Q2 € 10.4 million (previous year – € 0.1 million), after six months € 7.2 million (previous year € 5.7 million)

Sales trend

In a favorable second quarter, sales amounted to € 78.0 million (– 0.7 % on the same quarter in the previous year). In Germany (including the holding company), sales increased by 3.3 % to € 44.6 million by comparison with the same quarter in the previous year. In the Rest of Europe sales also rose, by 0.8 % to € 20.6 million. Only in the USA / Rest of the World were sales € 12.7 million or 14.5 % lower than in the previous year, due to the restructuring of the Data Packaging business. Excluding the negative effect resulting from Data Packaging business, sales in the USA improved by 20 %. At € 154.4 million, cumulative sales in the first six months of 2013 were 2.2 % lower than in the same period in the previous year. In Germany, at € 86.7 million, sales were 2.7 % lower than in the previous year. In the Rest of Europe, sales rose by 1.9 % to € 41.2 million. In the USA / Rest of the World, sales were 10.7 % lower than in the previous year, at € 25.3 million.

Income trend

The second-quarter operating result (EBITA) amounted to € 2.7 million (previous year: € 1.1 million). The EBITA thus more than doubled, making up significant ground following a slow start to the year. The individual segments performed as follows in the second quarter: In Germany, EBITA rose to € 2.0 million, following € 1.4 million in the previous year. The Rest of Europe realized an almost unchanged EBITA of € 1.3 million (previous year: € 1.4 million). The declining results at our Belgian location in Tienen were almost entirely compensated for through the rising profits in other European countries. The USA / Rest of the World segment realized a result of € 0.04 million (previous year: € 0.5 million). Data Packaging continued to suffer here following the cancellation of orders from a major client. The EBITA loss of Deufol SE (Holding) amounted to € 0.6 million, a significant decrease on the previous year. Following the strong second quarter, the operating result (EBIT) in the first half year is now higher than in the previous year (€ 2.7 million, compared to € 2.5 million in the previous year). The individual segments developed as follows in the first six months of the year: In Germany, the modest first quarter was almost made up for over the first half year as a whole. EBITA amounted to € 3.7 million (previous year: € 3.9 million). In the Rest of Europe EBITA fell slightly, from € 2.4 million to € 2.1 million. This was mainly due to lower results for our Belgian location in Tienen. The USA / Rest of the World segment realized a result of – € 0.8 million (previous year: + € 0.2 million). Data Packaging suffered here following the cancellation of orders from a major client. The EBITA loss of Deufol SE (the holding company) declined sharply, to € 2.2 million, compared to € 3.9 million in the previous year. Earnings before taxes (EBT) in the first six months of the year were € 1.1 million (previous year: € 0.8 million). After income tax expenses (€ 1.2 million), income from continuing operations is almost balanced, at – € 0.08 million, compared to – € 0.66 million in the first six months of 2012. The result for the period also amounted to – € 0.08 million (previous year: – € 0.95 million). After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.07 million), there is a net loss of € 0.14 million (previous year: loss of € 1.2 million) attributable to the shareholders of Deufol SE. Earnings per share in the first six months were – € 0.003 (previous year: – € 0.026).

Financial position

In the first six months, the cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to € 7.2 million and was thus significantly higher than the level in the previous year (€ 5.7 million).

The financial liabilities of the Deufol Group decreased in the first six months of the fiscal year by € 2.2 million to € 68.7 million. Since cash and financial receivables remained unchanged, net financial liabilities fell to the same extent, from € 55.0 million at the end of the year to the current € 52.8 million.

Key data of the first six months 2013

figures in € thousand Q2 Q2 change 6M 6M change
   2013    2012*   (%)    2013   2012   (%)
Sales 77,976 78,552 -0.7 154,419 157,959 -2.2
EBITDA 4,584 3,265 40.4 6,564 6,922 -5.2
EBITA   = EBIT 2,666 1,077 147.5 2,737 2,514 8.9
Adjusted   EBIT* 2,928 2,627 11.5 3,467 5,164 -32.9
EBT 1,792 -21 n/m 1,114 792 40.7
Income   from 1,170 -824 n/m -74 -656 -88.7
  continuing operations
Loss from discontinued operation 0 -278 n/m 0 -292 n/m
Income for the period 1,170 -1,102 n/m -74 -948 -92.2
of which attributable to   noncontrolling interests 42 133 -68.4 64 212 -69.8
of which attributable to 1,128 -1,235 n/m -138 -1,160 -88.1
  equity holders of parent
Earnings per share (€) 0.026 -0.028 n/m -0.003 -0.026 -88.1
Operating cash flow 10,377 -62 n/m 7,156 5,668 26.3
Investm. in tangible assets 1,680 1,378 21.9 2,972 4,709 -36.9
Net financial liabilities 52,822 59,179 -10.7 52,822 59,179 -10.7
Equity ratio (%) 43.2 42.9 0.9 43.2 42.9 0.9
Employees   (June 30) 2,718 2,770 -1.9 2,718 2,770 -1.9

* The adjusted EBIT for 2013 is adjusted for one-off expenses: € 0,26 million in Q2 and € 0,73 million in the first half year
The adjusted EBIT for 2012 is adjusted for one-off expenses: € 1.55 million in Q2 and € 2.65 million in the first half year

Outlook – Planning confirmed

Deufol SE confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2013 in its annual financial report. These envisage sales of between € 310 million and € 325 million and an operating result (EBITDA) of between € 18 million and € 20 million.


Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Deufol SE: Results of the First Quarter 2013

Hofheim, May 14, 2013

  • Sales € 76.4 million (previous year € 79.4 million)
  • EBITDA 2.0 million (previous year € 3.7 million)
  • EBITA from continuing operations 0.1 million (previous year € 1.4 million)

Sales trend

At € 76.4 million, total sales in the first quarter of 2013 were 3.7 % lower than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for the slight depreciation of the US dollar versus the euro which averaged 0.7 %, this decline amounts to 3.6 %. In Germany (including the holding company), sales were at € 43.3 million 5.9 % lower than in the same quarter in the previous year. Around two-thirds of the de-cline in sales is attributable to the closure of the Euskirchen location. In the Rest of Europe, sales rose by 3.1 % to € 20.6 million. In the USA/Rest of the World, sales were 6.5 % lower than in the previous year, at € 12.5 million.

Income trend

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were € 2.0 million in the first quarter (previous year: € 3.7 million). Depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of other intangible assets decreased from € 2.2 million to € 1.9 million. The operating result (EBITA) amounted to € 0.1 million and was thus lower than the previous year’s figure of € 1.4 million. This result includes one-off expenses in the amount of € 0.5 million in connec-tion with the € 26 million action for damages versus former managers of the company. In the same quarter in the previous year, these expenses totaled € 1.10 million and were mainly incurred by the holding company.

The individual segments developed as follows in the first three months of the year: In Germany, EBITA amounts to € 1.7 million (previous year: € 2.5 million). The lower results are mainly attributable to a lower volume of business at two key locations. Customer business has picked up more slowly here than in the previous year. In addition, the moderate economic trend and the tough winter have curbed business development in the first quarter. This has particularly affected our outdoor packaging activities. In the Rest of Europe, EBITA fell from € 1.0 million to € 0.8 million. This was mainly due to lower results for our Belgian location in Tienen. The USA/Rest of the World segment realized a result of – € 0.8 million (previous year: – € 0.3 million). Data Packaging suffered here following the cancellation of orders from a major client. The EBITA loss of Deufol SE (the holding company) was € 1.6 million, compared to € 1.7 million in the previous year.

The result for the period amounted to – € 1.2 million (previous year: € 0.2 million). After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.2 million), there is a net loss of € 1.3 million (previous year: profit of € 0.1 million) attributable to the shareholders of Deufol SE. Earnings per share in the first three months were – € 0.029 (previous year: € 0.002).

Financial position

In the first three months, the cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to – € 3.2 million and was thus lower than the level in the previous year (€ 5.7 million). This decrease is mainly attributable to the € 7.3 million decrease in trade payables in the first quarter of 2013. The financial liabilities of the Deufol Group increased in the first three months of the fiscal year by € 4.5 million to € 75.4 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased (– € 1.1 million), the net financial liabilities rose somewhat more strongly, by € 5.6 million from € 55.0 million at the end of the year to € 60.6 million.

Key data of the first quarter 2013

figures in;€ thousand 2013 2012 change(%)
Sales 76,443 79,407 -3.7
EBITDA 1,980 3,657 -45.9
EBIT(A) 71 1,437 -95.1
Adjusted EBIT* 539 2,537 -78.8
EBT -678 813 n/m
Income from continuing operations -1,244 168 n/m
Loss from discontinued operation 0 -14 n/m
Income for the period -1,244 154 n/m
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests 22 79 -72.2
of which attributable to equity holders of parent -1,266 75 n/m
Earnings per share(€) -0.029 0.002 n/m
Operating cash flow -3,221 5,730 n/m
Investments in tangible assets 1,292 3,331 -61.2
Net financial liabilities 60,559 56,553 7.1
Employees (average) 2,694 2,693 0

* The adjusted EBIT for 2013 is adjusted for one-off expenses (€ 0.47 million) and in 2012 for one-off expenses of € 1.1 million

Outlook - Planning confirmed

Deufol SE confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2013 in its annual financial report. These envisage sales of between € 310 million and € 325 million and an operating result (EBITDA) of between € 18 million and € 20 million


Deufol SE: Final Annual Results 2012

Hofheim, April 24, 2013

Annual Results

Deufol SE: Final Annual Results 2012

Deufol SE announced today the final results for the fiscal year 2012. They are identical with the preliminary results which have been published on April 18.

With respect to the results, please refer to the Ad-hoc release dated April 18, 2013 which is available on our Website at www.deufol.com.


Ad-hoc release:

Deufol SE: Preliminary Annual Results 2012

Hofheim, April 18, 2013

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Annual Results

Deufol SE: Preliminary Annual Results 2012

  • Sales € 333.0 million (previous year € 315.2 million)
  • Adjusted EBITA (after one-off expenses) € 10.1 million (previous year € 9.6 million)
  • EBITA from continuing operations 6.2 million (previous year € 10.7 million)
  • Operating cash flow 16.0 million (previous year € 4.6 million)

Deufol SE announces today the preliminary results for the fiscal year 2012. The complete annual fi-nancial statements will be published on April 24.

Increasing sales

In 2012 the Deufol Group realized a positive sales trend which was mainly driven by the American market, where sales rose by 30.4 % to € 71.1 million. In the Rest of Europe we were at almost the same level as in the previous year (€ 85.9 million, compared to € 87.0 million) while in Germany at € 175.7 million we were slightly higher than in the previous year (€ 173.2 million).

Overall in the reporting period sales from continuing operations increased by 5.7 % on the previous year to € 333.0 million. We have thus slightly exceeded our planning targets, which had envisaged sales in a corridor of between € 315 million and € 330 million. Adjusted for the US dollar’s appreciation against the Euro of around 7.7 % on average, this represents adjusted growth of 3.9 %.

Comparative operating result approx. € 0.50 million higher than in previous year
The figures were negatively affected by one-off expenses associated with the action for damages versus former managers of the Company. In this connection, one-off expenses of € 3.9 million have arisen at the level of the holding company for investigations, court proceedings and reorganization. The expenses associated with the launch of a European stock corporation (SE) and the registered shares are a small proportion of this amount.

The comparative operating result is at € 10.1 million approx. € 0.5 million higher than in the previous year. The unadjusted operating result before goodwill amortization (EBITA) fell in the reporting period from € 10.7 million to € 6.2 million. Adjusted for the one-off expenses (€ 3.9 million) it amounted to € 10.1 million. Allowing for the one-off items in 2011 amounting to € 1.1 million (€ 0.8 million release of liabilities to employees, € 0.8 million income from a legal dispute, –€ 0.5 million action related costs), the comparative operating basis amounts to € 9.6 million.

The unadjusted earnings before taxes (EBT) in the past year were € 2.8 million (previous year: € 7.4 million). After income tax expenses (€ 2.4 million), the income from continuing operations is € 0.4 million (previous year € 3.9 million).
The discontinued operation “Carton Business” in the USA led to a loss of € 0.34 million (previous year: – € 3.3 million). This means a result for the period of € 0.1 million (previous year: € 0.6 million). The profit share for noncontrolling interests is € 0.3 million (previous year € 0.5 million). Earnings attributable to the shareholders of Deufol SE amounted to – € 0.5 million in the period under review, compared to € 0.1 million in the same period in the previous year. Earnings per share were – € 0.006 in 2012 (previous year € 0.002).

Development in the segments

At € 175.7 million, consolidated sales in Germany in 2012 slightly exceeded sales in the previous year which amounted to € 173.2 million. EBITA in this sector increased by 39.5 % from € 5.4 million to € 7.5 million. The EBITA margin rose from 3.1 % to 4.3 %. This increase is primarily attributable to stronger results for “Export & Industrial Packaging”. This reflects initial success for the reorganization and integration measures as well as the central purchasing system which has now been established.

In the Rest of Europe we realized consolidated sales of € 85.9 million, which is only slightly lower than in the previous year (€ 87.0 million). However, this sales trend was unevenly distributed among the Group’s regions, with + 0.3 % in Belgium, – 13.1 % in Italy and + 10.4 % in the Slovakia / Czech Re-public / Austria region. In the past year, the operating result (EBITA) fell from € 7.4 million to € 4.3 million. This decrease is primarily due to lower results in Belgium. In 2011 this included one-off items (release of liabilities to employees and income from a legal dispute, each of which amounted to € 0.8 million). We also realized lower volumes at our Belgian automotive location. In Italy, the figures were slightly lower than in the previous year (as expected), while the Slovakia / Czech Republic / Austria region reported significantly improved results.

In the USA / Rest of the World segment, consolidated sales were at € 71.1 million 30.4 % higher than in the previous year. This is mainly attributable to higher volumes in Data Packaging. Sales realized from the operations in Charlotte and Suzhou have increased by more than two-thirds but are still in the low single-digit million range. Adjusting sales by segment by 7.7 % on average – to allow for the US dollar’s appreciation against the euro – the increase amounted to 20.5 %. EBITA in this segment amounted to € 0.4 million, compared to € 1.1 million in the previous year. Our subsidiaries Deufol Packaging (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. and Deufol Charlotte LLC both recorded small losses. Our newly established subsidiary in Singapore (Deufol Singapore PTE. LTD.) was included in the scope of consolidation for the first time, but did not yet have any operating business.

Financial position – Strong operating cash flow

The operating cash flow amounted to € 16.0 million in the period under review and was thus significantly higher than in the previous year (€ 4.6 million). This rise is predominantly due to the € 5.1 million decrease in trade receivables. In the previous year, trade receivables increased by € 10.8 million while decreasing cash flow. In addition, the loss resulting from the discontinued operation was around € 3.0 million lower.

In the past fiscal year the financial liabilities of the Deufol Group clearly decreased, from € 79.6 million to € 70.9 million. Net financial liabilities – defined as the total financial liabilities less financial receivables and cash – decreased less strongly, by € 2.9 million from € 57.9 million on December 31, 2011 to € 55.0 million at the end of the period under review. This was due to the decrease in cash held (– € 4.1 million) and lower financial receivables (– € 1.7 million).

Key data of the year 2012

figures in € million 2012 2011 change (%)
Sales 330 315.2 5.7
EBITDA 15 19.5 -23.2
EBIT(A) 6.2 10.7 -42.1
Adjusted EBIT* 10.1 9.6 5.2
EBT 2.8 7.4 -62
Income from continuing operations 0.4 3.9 -89.5
Loss from discontinued operation -0.3 -3.3 -89.6
Income for the period 0.1 0.6 -89.2
   of which attributable to   noncontrolling interests 0.3 0.5 -33.9
   of which attributable to equity holders of   parent -0.3 0.1 n/m
Earnings per share (€) -0.006 0.002 n/m
Operating cash flow 16 4.6 246.2
Investments in tangible assets 8.7 7.3 20,0
Net financial liabilities 55 57.9 (5,0)
Employees (average) 2,764 2,818 -1.9

* The adjusted EBIT for 2012 is adjusted for one-off expenses (€ 3.9 million) and in 2011 for one-off effects of € 1.1 million (€ 0.8 million release of liabilities to employees, € 0.8 million income from a legal dispute, –€ 0.5 million action related costs).

Outlook

In regard to the sales trend, we expect to see a significant decrease in the USA, where a major customer has cancelled its orders. Accordingly, we have immediately adjusted our personnel capacities. Alongside this release of production capacities, we have launched extensive and promising business development activities to acquire new customers and new business. In Germany we envisage an improvement, while in the Rest of Europe we expect a slight fall in sales. At our automotive location in Belgium, our customer is planning to gradually handle some aspects of this service itself.

With regard to our results forecast, we expect our core business in the US to improve. The background is an improved contract situation with our customer in the automated packaging. From our present point of view, however, we cannot rule out, that in connection with the rescaling of the data packaging business there will be some depreciation of fixed assets. For the Rest of Europe we envis-age slightly falling results. In Germany, we expect all of our services to report significantly improved results.

For the fiscal year 2013 the Deufol Group envisages sales in a corridor between € 310 million and € 325 million. Its operating result (EBITDA) is expected between € 18 million and € 20 million.
For 2014, if the economic recovery continues we expect to see a positive sales and income trend.

2012

Ad-hoc release : Quarterly Results

Deufol AG: Third quarter shows significant sales and earnings increase

Hofheim, November 13, 2012

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Quarterly Results

Deufol AG: Third quarter shows significant sales and earnings increase

  • Sales in Q3 € 90.5 million (+ 13.5 %), after nine months € 248.5 million (+ 7.2 %)
  • Adjusted EBITA (after one-off expenses) in Q3 € 4.0 million (+ 42.8 %), after nine months € 9.2 million (+ 29 %)
  • EBITA from continuing operations in Q3 € 3.5 million (+ 25.4), after nine months € 6.0 million (– 23.5 %)
  • Operating cash flow in Q3 € 4.6 million (previous year € 0.2 million), after nine months € 10.3 million (previous year € 4.5 million)

Sales in the third quarter up 13.5 %

In a strong third quarter, sales amounted to € 90.5 million. This represents growth of 13.5 % on the same period in the previous year. The sales boost which was already apparent in the first half-year (3.9 %) has thus picked up.
Cumulative sales in the first nine months of 2012 were at € 248.5 million significantly higher (7.2 %) than in the same period in the previous year. In Germany, at € 134.4 million, sales were 4.2 % higher than in the previous year. In the Rest of Europe, sales declined by 4.2 % to € 62.3 million. In the USA / Rest of the World, sales were significantly higher than in the previous year, at € 51.5 million, a rise of 37.0 %.

Adjusted operating result after nine months 29 % above previous year

The third-quarter operating result (EBITA) amounted to € 3.5 million (previous year: € 2.8 million). This corresponds to an improvement of 25.4 %. Third-quarter EBITA net of one-off expenses of € 0.5 million amounted to € 4.0 million, an increase of 42.8 %. These one-off expenses were almost entirely associated with the € 26 million action for damages against former managers of the Company. This also includes the costs associated with the launch of a European stock corporation (SE) and the registered shares.

EBITA net of cumulative one-off expenses of € 3.14 million amounted to € 9.17 million and thus clear-ly exceeded the figure for the previous year of € 7.88 million. The unadjusted EBITA for the first nine months of 2012 was € 6.03 million. Including a one-off effect in Belgium in the second quarter of 2011 (release of liabilities to employees in the amount of € 0.78 million), the comparative operating basis amounted to € 7.10 million. Hence, the comparative operating result is around 29 % higher than in the previous year.

The individual segments developed as follows in the first nine months of the year: In Germany, we recorded a welcome increase in EBITA from € 3.84 million to € 5.80 million. This development reflects initial success for the reorganization and integration measures launched by the Company. In the Rest of Europe, EBITA declined by 24.8 % to € 4.02 million, mainly due to the winding-down of the one-off effect in Belgium (see above). The USA / Rest of the World segment realized a result of € 1.75 million (previous year: € 0.57 million). The expansion of capacity in Data Packaging is now bearing fruits here. The EBITA loss of Deufol AG (Holding) – which accounted for most of the one-off expenses – was € 5.53 million (previous year: € 1.85 million) as a consequence of these one-off expenses.

Development in the segments

9M 2011 Germany Rest of Europe USA / Rest of the World Holding company Elimination Group
figures in € thousand            
External sales 129.002 65,009 37,567 220 0 231,798
EBITA = EBIT 3,836 5,340 565 -1,846 -18 7,877
Adjusted EBIT* 3,836 4,560 565 -1,846 -18 7,097

* The adjusted EBITA for 2012 is adjusted for one-off expenses (€ 3.14 million) and in 2011 for the release of liabilities to employees in Belgium (€ 0.78 million).

Unadjusted earnings before taxes (EBT) in the first nine months of the year were € 3.55 million (previ-ous year: € 5.12 million). After income tax expenses (€ 1.893 million), the result from continuing operations is € 1.66 million, compared to € 3.13 million in the first nine months of 2011.

The discontinued operation “Carton Business” in the USA led to a loss of € 0.28 million (previous year: – € 0.47 million). The loss consists of a current loss of € 0.03 million and the final measurement of the pension commitment (– € 0.25 million). This means a result for the period of € 1.38 million (previous year: € 2.66 million).

After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.36 million), a net profit of € 1.01 million (previous year: profit of € 2.24 million) is attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG. Earn-ings per share in the first nine months were € 0.023 (previous year: € 0.051).

Financial position

In the first nine months, the cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to € 10.3 million and was thus significantly higher than the level in the previous year (€ 4.53 million).

The financial liabilities of the Deufol Group decreased in the first nine months of the fiscal year by € 0.3 million to € 79.3 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased slightly (– € 0.1 million), the net financial liabilities fell slightly less strongly, by € 0.2 million, from € 57.9 mil-lion at the end of the year to € 57.7 million.

Key data of the first nine months 2012

figures in € thousand Q3 2012 Q3 2011* change (%) 9M 2012 9M 2011* change (%)
Sales 90,507 79,714 13.5 248,466 231,798 7.2
EBITDA 5,678 4,875 16.5 12,600 14,285 -11.8
EBITA = EBIT 3,514 2,803 25.4 6,028 7,877 -35.5
Adjusted EBIT** 4,002 2,803 42.8 9,166 7,097 29.2
EBT 2,755 1,943 41.8 3,547 5,119 -30.7
Income from continuing operations 2,316 1,402 65.2 1,660 3,126 -46.9
Loss from discontinued operation 9 -36 n/m -283 -469 -39.7
income for the period 2,325 1,366 70.2 1,377 2,657 -48.2
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests 152 146 4.1 364 419 -13.1
of which attributable to equity holders of parent 2,173 1,220 78.1 1,013 2,238 -54.7
Earnings per share (€) 0.05 0,028 78.1 0,023 0,051 -54.7
Operating cash flow 4,625 152 n/m 10,293 4,525 127.5
Investm. in tangible assets 1,067 1,590 -32.9 5,776 4,489 28.7
Net financial liabilities 57,738 54,210 6.5 57,738 54,210 6.5
Equity ratio (%) 42 44 -4.9 42 44 -4.9
Employees (September 30) 2,736 2,735 0 2,736 2,735 0

*The presentation for the first six months 2011 is adjusted for the effect of the discontinued operation, this means all income and expenses for this operation are reported separately in the income statement under “Loss from discontin-ued operation (net of tax)”.

** The adjusted EBITA for 2012 is adjusted for one-off expenses (€ 0.49 million in Q3 and € 3.14 million in the first nine months) and in 2011 for the release of liabilities to employees in Belgium (€ 0.78 million).

Outlook – Sales Envisaged at Upper End of Planning

The planning for the 2012 fiscal year anticipated sales of between € 315 million and € 330 million and an operating result (EBITA) between € 12 million and € 14 million. Deufol AG now expects a volume of sales at the upper end of this range and expects EBITA adjusted for one-off expenses to fall within the forecast range. One-off expenses of up to € 4.5 million are currently expected for this year.


Ad-hoc release: Half Year Results of Deufol AG

A stronger operating first half year 2012

Hofheim, August 14, 2012

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Half Year Results

Deufol AG with a stronger operating first half year 2012

  • Sales € 158.0 million (+ 3.9 %; previous year € 152.1 million)
  • Adjusted EBITA (after one-off expenses) € 5.16 million (+ 20.3 %)
  • EBITA from continuing operations € 2.61 million (– 50.5 %; previous year € 5.07 million)
  • Operating cash flow € 5.67 million (previous year € 4.37 million)

Sales in the first six months up 3.9 %

Total sales in the first six months of 2012 were at € 158.0 million 3.9 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for the 10 % average appreciation of the US dollar versus the euro, this growth amounts to 2.0 %. With a 56.4 % share of Group sales, the proportion accounted for by Germany remained stable compared to the previous year. The share of sales realized elsewhere in Europe decreased, from 28.4 % to 25.6 %, and the USA’s share of sales fell by 2.6 percentage points to 17.9 %.

Adjusted operating result 20% above previous year

The operating result (EBITA) adjusted by one-off expenses amounted to € 5.16 million and thus exceeded the previous year’s figure of € 5.07 million. One-off expenses of € 2.65 million arose predominantly in connection with the € 26 million action for damages against former managers of the company. But included are also costs associated with the conversion into a European public limited company (SE) and for the introduction of registered shares. In the first half of 2012, the unadjusted EBITA amounted to € 2.51 million. Including a one-off effect in Belgium in the second quarter of 2011 (release of liabilities to employees in the amount of € 0.78 million), the comparative operating basis amounted to € 4.29 million. Hence, the comparative operating result is around 20.3 % above the previous year.

The individual segments performed as follows in the first six months: In Germany we recorded a wel-come increase in EBITA from € 2.67 million to € 3.89 million. This development reflects initial success for the reorganization and integration measures launched by the company. In the Rest of Europe, EBITA declined by 34.1 % to € 2.36 million, mainly due to the discontinuance of the one-off effect in Belgium (see above). The USA / Rest of the World segment realized a result of € 0.16 million (previ-ous year: € 0.18 million). This reflected expenses associated with the expansion of capacity in the Data Packaging division. The EBITA loss of Deufol AG (Holding), were most of the one-off expenses occurred, was € 3.87 million (previous year: € 1.35 million) as a consequence of the one-off expenses.

Development in the segments

6M 2012 Germany Rest of Europe USA / Rest iof the World Holding company Elimination Group
figures in € thousand            
External sales 89,027 40,468 28,311 153 0 157,959
EBITA = EBIT 3,887 2,360 159 -3,869 -23 2,514
Adjusted EBIT* 4,137 2,360 159 -1,469 -23 5,164
             
6M 2011 Germany Rest of Europe USA / Rest of the World Holding company Elimination Group
figures in € thousand            
External sales 85,700 43,157 23,081 146 0 152,084
EBITA = EBIT 2,670 3,583 182 -1,352 -9 5,074
Adjusted EBIT* 2,670 2,803 182 -1,352 -9 4,294
             

* The adjusted EBITA for 2012 is adjusted for one-off expenses (€ 1.55 million in Q2 and € 2.65 million in the first half year) and in 2011 for the release of liabilities to employees in Belgium (€ 0.78 million).

Unadjusted earnings before taxes (EBT) in the first half year were € 0.79 million (previous year: € 3.18 million). After income tax expenses (€ 1.45 million), the result from continuing operations is – € 0.66 million, compared to € 1.72 million in the first six months of 2011. The discontinued operation “Carton Business” in the USA led to a loss of € 0.29 million (previous year: – € 0.43 million). The loss consists of a current loss of € 0.04 million and the final measurement of the pension commitment (– € 0.25 million). This means a result for the period of – € 0.95 million (previous year: € 1.29 million)

After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.21 million), there is a net loss of € 1.16 million (previous year: profit of € 1.02 million) attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG. Earnings per share in the first six months were – € 0.028 (previous year: € 0.023).

Financial position

In the first six months, the cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to € 5.67 million and was thus significantly higher than the level in the previous year (€ 4.37 million). The financial liabilities of the Deufol Group decreased in the first six months of the fiscal year by € 0.8 million to € 78.8 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased (– € 2.1 million), the net financial liabilities rose by € 1.3 million, from € 57.9 million at the end of the year to € 59.2 million.

Key data of the first six months 2012

figures in € thousand Q2 2012 Q2 2011* change (%) 6M 2012 6M 2011* change (%)
Sales 78,552 76,956 2.1 157,959 152,084 3.9
EBITDA 3,265 5,442 -40 6,922 9,410 -26.4
EBITA = EBIT 1,077 3,242 -66.8 2,514 5,074 -50.5
Adjusted EBIT 2,627 2,462 6.7 5,164 4,294  20.3
EBT -21 2,284 n/m 792 3,176 -75.1
Income from continuing operations -824 1,332 n/m -656 1,724 n/m
Loss from discontinued operation -278 -272 2.2 -292 -433 -32.6
Income for the period -1,102 1,060 n/m -948 1,291 n/m
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests 133 166 -19.9 212 273 -22.3
of which attributable to equity holders of parent -1,235 894 n/m -1,160 1,018 n/m
Earnings per share (€) -0.0028 0.02 n/m -0.026 0.023 n/m
Operation cash flow -62 1,911 -92.7 5,668 4,373 29.6
Investm. in tangible assets 1,378 1,409 -2.2 4,709 2,899 62.4
Net financial liabilities 59,179 51,616 14.7 59,179 51,616 14.7
Equity ration (%) 42.8 43.4 -1.3 42.8 43.4 -1.3
Employees (June 30) 2,770 2,789 -0.7 2,770 2,789 -0.7

*The presentation for the first six months 2011 is adjusted for the effect of the discontinued operation, this means all income and expenses for this operation are reported separately in the income statement under “Loss from discontin-ued operation (net of tax)”

** The adjusted EBITA for 2012 is adjusted for one-off expenses (€ 1.55 million in Q2 and € 2.65 million in the first half year) and in 2011 for the release of liabilities to employees in Belgium (€ 0.78 million).

Outlook

The plan for the 2012 fiscal year anticipated sales between € 315 million and € 330 million and an operating result (EBITA) between € 12 million and € 14 million. Deufol AG has confirmed the plan in terms of sales and expects EBITA adjusted by one-off expenses to be in the forecast range. One-off expenses of up to € 4.5 million are expected for this year.

Further, management expects that Deufol share trading will return to normal after the introduction of registered shares.


Ad-hoc update: Deufol AG extends legal action against former senior managers

Hofheim, June 27th, 2012

Ad-hoc update pursuant to Section 15 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG)

Legal Matter

Deufol AG extends legal action against former senior managers

The Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Deufol AG, Hofheim, filed on April 4, 2012, a criminal complaint with the district attorney of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, against the former managing director of its subsidiary Deufol Tailleur GmbH, Manfred Wagner, against Deufol AG’s former chairman of the board, Andreas Bargende, two other people from his personal circle, as well as against the former general counsel of the company, Wolfgang Gluecks. The district attorney in Frankfurt am Main has commenced investigative proceedings (file number 7210 Js 216358/12). Deufol AG now expands the criminal complaint to the former managers of the Group Mark Agatz, Frank Jovanovic und Jost Hahnebeck.

It is suspected that the aforementioned persons engaged in actions detrimental to the Deufol Group during the course of business from 2006 through 2011.

Beside the criminal complaint Deufol AG is filing civil claims for the damages it is entitled to. Today, it filed civil claims with the district court of Frankfurt am Main against the former Deufol managers Andreas Bargende, Manfred Artur Wagner, Tammo Fey, Wolfgang Glücks, Mark Agatz, Frank Jovanovic, Jost Hahnebeck, and four other people from the personal circle of Andreas Bargende.

Damages presently amount to Euro 26.4 million, which will be pursued by judicial process against the above mentioned persons in different amounts.

The company is confident it can enforce its claims for damages.


Ad-hoc release Quarterly Results: Positive sales growth

Hofheim, May 30, 2012

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Quarterly Results

Deufol AG with a stronger operating first quarter 2012

  • Sales € 79.4 million (+ 5.7 %; previous year € 75.1 million)
  • EBITA from continuing operations € 1.44 million (– 21,6 %; previous year € 1.83 million)
  • Adjusted EBITA (after costs for internal investigations) € 2.54 million (+ 39 %)
  • Operating cash flow € 5.73 million (previous year € 2.46 million)

Positive sales growth

In the first quarter of 2012, at € 79.4 million sales were 5.7 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for the 4.1 % average appreciation of the US dollar versus the euro, this growth amounts to 5.0 %. In Germany, sales rose by 8.1 % on the same quarter in the previous year, to € 46.0 million. In the Rest of Europe, sales fell by 5.9 % to € 20.6 million. In the USA / Rest of the world, sales were significantly higher than in the previous year, at € 13.2 million, a rise of 16.9 %.

Stronger operating earnings

Adjusted for the costs of the Company’s internal investigations the EBITA amounted to € 2.54 million, compared and thus was around 39 % higher to the previous year. This reflects initial success of the measures taken in the last months (e.g. establishing a central purchasing system).

The unadjusted operating result (EBITA) in the first quarter was at € 1.44 million 21.6 % lower than the level for the same period in the previous year (€ 1.83 million). The result is attributable to one-off ex-penses incurred by Deufol AG (holding) which also burdened the other earnings indicators. The individual segments performed as follows: In Germany, EBITA showed a pleasant increase from € 1.36 million to € 2.53 million. Particularly here the structural measures bear fruit. In the Rest of Eu-rope, EBITA fell by 19.5 % to € 1.02 million. The USA / Rest of the World segment realized an operat-ing loss of € 0.33 million (previous year: – € 0.26 million). This reflected expenses associated with the expansion of capacity in the Data Packaging division, which led to a scheduled temporary decrease in the operating result. Due to the special item, the EBITA loss of Deufol AG (Holding) amounted to € 1.73 million compared to € 0.58 million before.

Unadjusted earnings before taxes (EBT) amounted to € 0.81 million in the first quarter (previous year: € 0.92 million). After tax expenses (€ 0.65 million), the income from continuing operations amounts to € 0.17 million, compared to € 0.39 million in the first quarter of 2011. The discontinued operation “Carton Business” in the USA yielded a small loss of € 14 thousand (pre-vious year: € 161 thousand). This corresponds to a result for the period of € 0.15 million (previous year: + € 0.23 million). After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.08 million), a net profit of € 0.08 million is attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG, compared € 0.12 million in the previous year. Earnings per share in the first quarter were € 0.002 (previous year: € 0.003).

Financial position

The first-quarter cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to € 5.73 million and was thus significantly higher than the level in the previous year (€ 2.46 million).

The financial indebtedness of the Deufol Group decreased in the first three months of the fiscal year by € 1.8 million to € 77.8 million. Since cash and financial receivables simultaneously declined (– € 0.5 million), net financial liabilities also fell (though slightly less strongly), by € 1.3 million, from € 57.9 million at the end of the year to € 56.6 million.

Key data of the first quarter 2012

figures in € thousand 2012 2011* change (%)
Sales 79,407 75,128 5.7
EBITDA 3,657 3,968 -7.8
EBIT(A) 1,437 1,832 -9.7
EBT 813 892 -21.6
Income from continuing operations 168 392 -57.1
Loss from discontinued operation -14 -161 -91.3
Income for the period 154 231 -33.3
of which attributable to noncontrolling interests 79 107 -26.2
of which attributable to equity holders of parent 75 124 -39.5
Earnings per share (€) 0.002 0.003 -39.5
Operating cash flow 5,730 2,462 132.7
Investments in tangible assets 3,331 1,490 123.6
Net financial liabilities 56,553 50,749 11.4
Employees (average) 2,693 2,803 -3.9

*The presentation for the first quarter 2011 is adjusted for the effect of the discontinued operation, this means all income and expenses for this operation are reported separately in the income statement under “Loss from discontinued operation (net of tax)”

Outlook

Deufol AG confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2012 in its annual financial report. These envisage sales in a corridor between € 315 million and € 330 million and an operating result (EBITA) of between € 12 million and € 14 million.


Deufol AG: Clarification to the Notes of the Annual Report 2011 (Relationships with related parties)

Hofheim, 18th May 2012

It has appropriately been brought to our attention that a contradiction between the information on page 122 of the Annual Report 2011 (Events after the balance sheet date: business dealings to the detriment of Deufol Group) and the information on page 125 (Relationships with related parties) might be perceivable. Hence, we would like to clarify, based on third party appraiser options, that there is reason to believe that the transactions with Manfred Wagner which are described on page 125 are doubtful with regard to their arm’s length nature. These transactions are subject of the criminal proceedings and the compensation claims which are described on page 125.


Strategic Company Decisions / Dividend

Hofheim, 16th May 2012

Ad-hoc release pursuant to Section 15 of the German Securities Trad-ing Act (WpHG)

Strategic Company Decisions / Dividend

Deufol AG decides on change of legal form to SE, the implementation of registered shares and makes a dividend proposal

Today, the Managing Board of Deufol AG resolved with the approval of the Supervisory Board to transform the company into a European public limited company (Societas Europaea, SE). The change in legal form is still subject to the approval of the Annual General Meeting, which is to be held in Hofheim on July 4th, 2012.

Due to the transformation into an SE, the existing shareholders of Deufol AG will automatically become shareholders of Deufol AG SE; the rights of shareholders remain unaffected. Nor is the change in legal form expected to have any implications for clients and employees of Deufol Group.

In the course of the legal change, Deufol plans to convert its two-tier management structure consisting of the Managing Board and the Supervisory Board to the internationally common one tier system with an Administrative Board.

The intended transformation into an SE reflects the increasingly international character both of Deufol's business activities and its workforce. At the same time the Managing Board and The Supervisory Board resolved to propose the conversion of all bearer shares into registered shares at the Company's Annual Shareholders' Meeting. Registered shares enable improved, direct contact between a public limited company and its shareholders. We are able to get in contact with our registered shareholders in a more targeted manner and inform them immediately and directly about developments within our company. The Managing Board and Supervisory Board of Deufol AG also today resolved to propose a dividend of 3 euro cent per share for fiscal 2011.


Deufol AG in the business year 2011

Hofheim, April 20, 2012

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Annual Results

Deufol AG in the business year 2011

  • Sales € 315.2 million (previous year € 303.0 million)
  • Operating earnings (EBITA) from continuing operations € 10.7 million (previous year € 11.9 million)
  • Income from continuing operations € 3.9 million (previous year € 4.5 million)

Deufol AG today published its annual accounts for the year 2011 and looks back on a challenging fiscal year 2011 full of changes. In terms of public perception, the turnover of personnel at the level of the Company’s management is certainly one of the most significant of these changes. This change was made due to the discovery of a breach of trust on the part of high-ranking executives who did not always act in the shareholders’ interests. However, new personnel have now been appointed to these management positions.

In the organizational field, in 2011 we made further progress toward creating a uniform profile throughout the Group. The strengthening of our headquarters in Hofheim (Wallau) as a central management unit, the integration of our industrial goods packaging locations in the overall Group and the strategic development of a central purchasing system as one of our responses to fluctuating wood prices were important steps.

As a further measure in the context of change the board is concretely assessing the transformation of Deufol AG into a Societas Europaea (SE) as well as converting bearer shares to registered shares.

Rising sales

In an economic environment showing a positive overall trend, in the reporting period sales from continuing operations increased by 4.0 % on the previous year to € 315.2 million. We have thus achieved our planning targets, which had envisaged sales in a corridor of between € 310 million and € 325 million.

If the sales trend is adjusted for the acquisitions, this shows organic growth of 2.8 %. If one also takes into consideration the US dollar’s depreciation against the euro of around 5 % on average, this represents adjusted growth of 3.6 %.

Earnings development

On the results side, in Germany Export & Industrial Packaging suffered due to rising wood prices and thus recorded lower results. In the USA, the volumes provided by battery packaging were lower, so that the expected results were not achieved. In the Rest of Europe, our Italian subsidiary and our Belgian companies exceeded expectations. In overall terms, the operating result from continuing operations was at € 10.7 million lower than the adjusted figure for the previous year (€ 11.9 million).

Earnings before taxes amounted to € 7.4 million in the past year and were thus slightly below the level in 2010 (€ 7.5 million). After income tax expenses (€ 3.50 million) the income from continuing operations is € 3.9 million (previous year: € 4.5 million).
The discontinued operation “Carton Business” in the USA led to a loss of € 3.3 million (previous year: – € 1.2 million). This consists of a current loss of € 0.8 million and a pension liability of € 2.5 million.

This means a result for the period of € 0.6 million (previous year: € 3.3 million). The profit share for noncontrolling interests is € 0.5 million (€ 0.4 million). Earnings attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG amounted to € 0.1 million in the period under review, compared to € 2.9 million in the same period in the previous year. Earnings per share were € 0.002 in 2011 (previous year: € 0.067).

In the invitation to the Annual General Meeting, the Executive and Supervisory Boards will propose the appropriation of the net income (calculated according to German Commercial Code principles) of Deufol AG for the fiscal year 2011 in the amount of € 9.4 million.

Financial position

In late October, the Deufol Group reorganized its financing structures in Germany. The Group has entered into a loan facility with a consortium of banks, with an initial volume of € 45 million. This credit facility has a term of four years and includes an option for a one-year extension. This was almost entirely used for the repayment of existing loans but also increased the Group’s credit facility by approx. € 10 million. This financing safeguards medium-term liquidity requirements and provides scope for growth for the Group.

In the past fiscal year, the financial liabilities of the Deufol Group increased slightly, from € 78.2 million to € 79.6 million.

The operating cash flow amounted to € 4.6 million in the period under review and was thus significantly lower than in the previous year (€ 19.9 million). This decline is predominantly due to the cut-off date-related € 10.9 million increase in trade receivables. In the previous year, trade receivables decreased by € 6.4 million while increasing cash flow.

Development in the segments

At € 173.2 million, consolidated sales in Germany in 2011 exceeded sales in the previous year by 7.7 %. EBITA in this sector decreased from € 7.3 million to € 5.4 million. The profit has mainly been influenced by increased commodity prices (wood) which led to additional expenditure. However, the continued slight easing of wood prices in the fourth quarter and the increasing factoring-in of the commodities price trend in our customer relationships give cause for optimism.

In the Rest of Europe, we achieved consolidated sales of € 87.0 million, an increase of 2.2 % on the previous year. The operating result (EBITA) rose in the past year by 49.2 % from € 5.0 million to € 7.4 million. This increase is primarily due to improved results in Belgium. Favorable operating business was a factor in this country, which also benefited from the release of a liability to employees and from income from a legal dispute in the amount of € 0.8 million. In Italy, results also went up despite the € 0.4 million start-up losses associated with the new Roverbella site.

In the USA / Rest of the World segment, consolidated sales – adjusted for the discontinued “Carton Business” – were at € 54.5 million 3.8 % lower than in the previous year. This was mainly due to lower battery packaging volumes, which increases in Data Packaging were unable to compensate for. The new operations in Charlotte and Suzhou contributed sales volumes in the low single-digit million range. EBITA in this segment amounted to € 1.1 million, compared to € 2.1 million in the previous year. This was due to the lower rate of utilization of production capacities due to lower volumes in the packaging business and the associated decrease in the operating result.

Key data of the year 2011

figures in € million 2011 2010* change (%)
Sales 315.2 303 4
EBITDA 19.5 20.6 -5.2
EBIT(A) 10.7 11.9 -9.7
EBT 7.4 7.5 -2
Income from continuing operations 3.9 4.5 -14.6
Loss from discontinued operation -3.3 -1.2 165.8
Income for the period 0.6 3.3 -81.5
  of which attributable to   0.5 0.4 37.4
  noncontrolling interests      
  of which attributable to equity 0.1 2.9 -97
  holders of parent      
Earnings per share (€) 0.002 0.067 n/m
Operating cash flow 4.6 19.9 -76.8
Investments in tangible assets 7.3 8.1 -9.8
Net financial liabilities 57.9 49.3 17.5
Employees (average) 2,818 2,721 3.6

* The presentation for 2010 is adjusted for the effect of the discontinued operation, this means all income and expenses for this operation are reported separately in the income statement under “Loss from discontinued operation (net of tax)”

Outlook

In view of a weaker economic environment for the fiscal year 2012, the Deufol Group plans sales in a corridor between € 315 million and € 330 million. The operating result (EBITA) should amount to between € 12 million and € 14 million.

With regard to the sales trend, we predict a clear increase in the USA, driven by the growth of Data Packaging. In Germany and the Rest of Europe, we predict stable or slightly falling sales.

In terms of our results forecast, we predict a significant improvement in business in the USA. In line with our sales planning, this will mainly be provided by our Data Packaging division. In Germany, we expect all of our services to report significantly improved results. For the Rest of Europe, we envisage stable or slightly falling operating results.


Ad-hoc Release: Deufol AG is taking legal action against former senior managers

Hofheim, 4th April 2012

Ad-hoc release pursuant to Section 15 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG)

Legal Matter

Deufol AG is taking legal action against former senior managers.

Today, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Deufol AG, Hofheim, filed a criminal complaint with the district attorney of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, against the former managing director of its subsidiary Deufol Tailleur GmbH, Manfred Wagner, against Deufol AG’s former chairman of the board, Andreas Bargende, two other people from his personal circle, as well as against the former general counsel of the company, Wolfgang Gluecks. The district attorney in Frankfurt am Main has now commenced investigative proceedings. Deufol AG had already separated from the aforementioned persons at the end of 2011.

Damages presently amount to low two-digit millions of Euros. In addition to the criminal proceedings having been commenced, Deufol AG shall be filing civil claims for the damages it is entitled to. The company is confident it can enforce its claims for damages.

2011

Ad-hoc Release: Changes to the Executive Board

Hofheim, 28th November 2011

Ad-hoc release pursuant to Section 15 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG)

Personnel

Deufol AG: Changes to the Executive Board

By resolution of the Supervisory Board dated November 28, 2011 CEO Andreas Bargende will leave the company with immediate effect. The board members Detlef Hübner and Dr. Tillmann Blaschke will be assigned the departments Business Development, Communications, Compliance and Legal which Mr Bargende recently held.

In addition to Operations and Purchasing, his current area of responsibility, Detlef Hübner will take over Business Development. Adding to his current commercial functions in the areas HR, IT, Real Estate and Investor Relations Dr. Tillmann Blaschke will take over the responsibility for Communications, Compliance and Legal. On November 10, 2011 the company had already announced that Dr. Blaschke will take over the position as Chief Financial Officer as per the end of the year. In the frame of the rearrangement of the management's responsibilities such duties will now be transferred to Dr. Blaschke with immediate effect.

Going forward the company will now be managed jointly by Detlef Hübner and Dr. Tillmann Blaschke. At the same time, the process of strengthening the second managerial level in the company will be continued. “The above-mentioned changes symbolize the continuation of the path already taken this summer into an era of renewal”, say Hübner and Dr. Blaschke in agreement.


Ad-hoc Release: Changes to the Supervisory Board

Hofheim, 24th November 2011

Ad-hoc release pursuant to Section 15 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG)

Personnel

Changes to the Supervisory Board

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board Mr. Georg Melzer has today resigned from his function as a member and Chairman of the Supervisory Board for personal reasons. The resignation took place in agreement with the Executive Board.

The Executive Board and the other members of the Supervisory Board expressed their gratitude to Mr. Melzer for their dedicated and constructive collaboration.

Mr. Wulf Matthias, who was elected as a replacement member in the last Annual General Meeting, succeeds Mr. Melzer as member of the Supervisory Board.


Ad-hoc release: Deufol AG in the third quarter

Hofheim, November 10, 2011

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Quarterly results, Personnel

  • Sales € 80.1 million (previous year € 78.9 million)
  • Operating earnings (EBITA) € 2.8 million (previous year € 3,2 million
  • Net result € 1.2 million (previous year € 1.7 million
  • Financial liabilities € 73.7 million (previous year € 77.8 million)

Positive sales trend

Total sales in the third quarter of 2011 were at € 80.2 million 1.7 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for changes due to acquisitions, this represents organic growth of 0.3 %. In Germa-ny sales rose to € 43.3 million, an increase of 6.1 % on the same quarter in the previous year, and in the rest of Europe they rose to € 21.9 million (+ 1.9 %). In the USA, at € 14.9 million sales were 9.2 % lower than in the previous year.
Total sales in the first nine months of 2011 were at € 233.3 million 3.6 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for acquisitions, this represents organic growth of 2.5 %. If one also takes into consideration the US dollar’s depreciation against the euro of 6.9 % on average, the increase amounts to 3.7 %.
Earnings development
At € 2.8 million, the operating result (EBITA) in the third quarter was lower than in the same period in the previous year (€ 3.2 million). The individual segments performed as follows: In Germany we recorded an EBITA € 1.2 million compared to € 1.8 million previous year (– 36.7 %). In the rest of Europe EBITA increased from € 1.2 million to € 1.8 million (+ 45.2 %). The USA / Rest of the World segment realized an operating result of € 0.4 million compared to € 0.7 million previous year (– 46.5 %).
At € 7.4 million, EBITA in the first nine months of 2011 was 11.5% below the level for the same period in the previous year (€ 8.4 million). All in all, several factors affected the result for the first nine months of the year. The income trend is positive in the rest of Europe, particularly in Belgium and Italy. In contrast, our predictions were not borne out in the USA and Germany. In the USA, factors such as lower volumes in the packag-ing business impacted on the result. In Germany, increased commodity prices (wood) led to additional expenditure in excess of € 1.5 million. However, the continued slight easing of wood prices in the third quarter and the increasing factoringin of the commodities price trend in our customer relationships give cause for optimism. At the Euskirchen location, lower volumes and a revised product mix adversely affected the result. In addition, reinforcement of central control and services led to temporarily higher administrative expenses since decentralized capacities can only be wound down with a time lag.
Earnings before taxes (EBT) as of September 30 amounted to € 4.7 million (previous year: € 5.4 million). After income tax expenses (€ 2.0 million) the result is € 2.7 million, compared to € 3.6 million in the first nine months of 2010. After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.4 million), a net profit of € 2.2 million (previous year: € 3.3 million) is attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG. Earnings per share for the first nine months of the year amounted to € 0.051 (previous year: € 0.075).

Financing safeguarded for the next four years

In late October the Deufol Group reorganized its financing structures. It mainly did so in order to repay existing loans but also increased its credit facility by approx. € 10 million. This financing safeguards medium-term liquidity requirements and provides scope for growth for the Group.

Cash flow development

The cash flow provided from operating activities in the first nine months of the current fiscal year amounted to € 4.5 million (previous year: € 9.9 million). This decline is predominantly due to the cut-off date-related € 7.5 million increase in trade receivables. In the same period in the previous year, trade receivables decreased by € 0.4 million while increasing cash flow.
The financial indebtedness of the Deufol Group decreased in the first nine months of the year by € 4.5 million to € 73.7 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased (– € 9.4 million) net financial liabilities rose by € 4.9 million, from € 49.3 million at the end of the year to € 54.2 million. With a slightly higher balance sheet total, the equity ratio stood at 44.0 % after 43.6 % at the end of last year.

Key data of the first nine months 2011

figures in € million Q3 2011 Q3 2010 change (%) 9M 2011 9M 2010 change (%)
Sales 80,165 78,863 1.7 233,264 225.183 3.6
EBITDA 4,883 5,365 -9 14,159 14.914 -5.1
EBITA = EBIT 2,767 3,221 -14.1 7,408 8.368 -11.5
EBT 1,907 2,470 11.2 4,650 5.441 -14.5
Net result 1,220 1,709 -28.6 2,238 3.275 -31.7
Earnings per share (€) 0.028 0.039 -28.6 0,051 0,075 -31.7
Operating cash flow 152 2,071 -92.7 4,525 9.916 -54.4
Investments in tangible assets 1,590 1,154 37.8 4,490 3.173 41.5
Net financial liabilities 54,210 47,523 14.1 54,210 47.523 14.1
Equity ratio (%) 44 42 4.8 44 42,0 4.8
Employees (Sept. 30.) 2,735 2,759 -0.9 2,735 2.759 -0.9

Outlook - Planning Revised

In the context of the figures for the first nine months, we are revising our target earnings for fiscal year 2011. We now predict an operating result (EBITA) of between € 10 million and € 12 million (previously € 12 to 14 million). We continue to predict sales in a corridor between € 310 million and 325 million.

Changes to the Executive Board

With effect as of January 1, 2012, Dr. Tillmann Blaschke will also assume overall responsibility for Finance in addition to Personnel, IT, Real Estate and Investor Relations. The current Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Tammo Fey, is to retire from the Executive Board upon expiry of his contract at the end of the year and will continue to serve the Company in an executive capacity.
Detlef W. Hübner is to assume the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) to align our operations and give them an innovative and competitive direction for the future. Furthermore he will also centrally coordinate Purchasing which was previously generally managed in a decentralized form.
The CEO Mr. Andreas Bargende is now responsible for Business Development, Communications, Legal and Compliance.


Deufol AG in the second quarter: Solid second quarter

Hofheim, August 11, 2011

  • Sales € 77.4 million (previous year € 75.5 million
  • Operating profit (EBITA) € 2.97 million (previous year € 2.97 million
  • Net profit € 0.9 million (previous year € 0.9 million)
  • Financial liabilities € 76.9 million (previous year € 77.8 million

Positive sales trend

Total sales in the second quarter of 2011 were at € 77.4 million 2.4 % above the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for changes due to acquisitions, this means organic growth of 0.8 %. In Germany sales rose to € 43.2 million, an increase of 7.2 % on the same quarter in the previous year, and in the rest of Europe they increased to € 21.9 million (+ 8.1 %). In the USA, at € 12.1 million sales were 18.4 % lower than in the previous year.

Total sales in the first six months of 2011 were at € 153.1 million 4.6 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for acquisitions, this means organic growth of 3.4 %. If one also takes into consideration the US dollar’s depreciation against the euro of 5.6 % on average, the increase amounts to 4.3 %. With a 56.0 % share of Group sales, the proportion accounted for by Germany increased by 2.3 percentage points on the previous year. The share of sales realized elsewhere in Europe increased slightly, from 27.8 % to 28.2 %, and the USA’s share of sales fell by 2.7 percentage points to 15.7 %.

Quarterly result slightly higher than previous year

At € 2.970 million, the operating result (EBITA) in the second quarter was slightly higher than in the same period in the previous year (€ 2.966 million). The individual segments performed as follows: In Germany we recorded an EBITA decrease of 45.6 % to € 1.31 million. In the rest of Europe EBITA increased by 123.3 % to € 2.32 million. The USA / Rest of the World segment realized an operating result of € 0.17 million (previous year: € 0.15 million).

At € 4.64 million, EBITA in the first six months of 2011 were 9.8 % below the level for the same period in the previous year (€ 5.15 million). All in all, several factors affected the result in the first half of the year. The increased contribution to earnings made by the European companies, especially in Belgium and Italy, had a positive effect. In annual comparison in contrast, the increase in commodity prices (wood) and materials prices drove up expenses by over € 1.0 million in Germany. However, the relaxation in the prices of several types of wood in the second quarter and the successive incorporation of higher commodity prices in our customer relationships give cause for optimism. Lower volumes at two German packaging sites also placed a strain on the result. Measures to raise efficiency were implemented and renegotiations of customer contracts initiated to counter this problem.

Financial results increased on the same six-month period in the previous year from – € 2.18 million to – € 1.90 million. This is primarily due to lower finance costs which had declined by € 0.26.

Earnings before taxes (EBT) as per June 30 amounted to € 2.74 million (previous year: € 2.97 million). After income tax expenses (€ 1.45 million), the result is € 1.29 million, compared to € 1.80 million in the first six months of 2010. After deduction of the profit shares of noncontrolling interests (€ 0.27 million), there is a net profit of € 1.02 million (previous year: € 1.57 million) attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG. Earnings per share in the first six months were € 0.023 (previous year: € 0.036).

Cash flow development

The cash flow provided from operating activities in the first six months of the current fiscal year amounted to € 4.38 million (previous year: € 7.85 million). This change is predominantly due to the cut-off date-related € 2.33 million increase in trade receivables. In the previous year’s period, the trade receivables had declined by € 3.78 million while raising the cash flow figure.

The financial indebtedness of the Deufol Group decreased in the first six months of the fiscal year by € 1.3 million to € 76.9 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased (– € 3.6 million), the net financial liabilities rose slightly (+ € 2.3 million).

With a slightly lower balance sheet total, the equity ratio stood at 43.4 % after 43.6 % at the end of last year.

Key data of the first six months 2011

figures in € thousand Q2 2011 Q2 2010 change (%) 6M 2011 6M 2010 change (%)
Sales 77,349 75,516 2.4 153,099 146,320 4.6
EBITDA 5,304 5,197 2.1 9,276 9,549 -2.9
EBITA = EBIT 2,970 2,966 0.1 4,641 5,147 -9.8
EBT 2,012 1,809 11.2 2,743 2,971 -7.7
Net profit 894 939 -4.8 1,018 1,566 -35
Earnings per share (€) 0.02 0.021 -4.8 0.023 0.036 -35
Operating cash flow 1,911 6,500 -70.6 4,373 7,845 -44.3
Investments in tangible assets 1,409 996 41.5 2,900 2,019 43.6
Net financial liabilities 51,616 43,620 18.3 51,616 43,620 18.3
Equity ratio (%) 43.4 41.5 4.6 43.4 41.5 4.6
Employees (June 30) 2,789 2,724 2.4 2,789 2,724 2.4

Outlook - planning confirmed

Deufol AG confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2011 in its annual financial report. These envisage sales in a corridor between € 310 million and € 325 million and an operating result (EBITA) of between € 12 million and € 14 million.

In our view the current turmoil on the financial markets will not have a negative impact on the business of Deufol Group. Stable customer relationships and a solid financing provide the foundation for the further expansion of our business.


Ad-hoc release: Dr. Tillmann Blaschke appointed as new member of Executive Board at Deufol AG

Hofheim, 24th June 2011

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Personnel

Dr. Tillmann Blaschke appointed as new member of Executive Board at Deufol AG

The Supervisory Board of Deufol AG today unanimously appointed Dr. Tillmann Blaschke (48) as a new member of the Executive Board. Tillmann Blaschke will be responsible for the areas Capital Markets, Human Resources and IT. His Executive Board contract will become effective on July 1st, 2011 and has a duration of three years.

The doctor of economics has been active at universities and in consulting for the past two years, focusing on Corporate Management and Human Resources Management. Previously, Tillmann Blaschke worked as Commercial Executive Board Member at the IT service provider PC-Ware Information Technologies AG, Leipzig, for over three years, where he was responsible for Finance, Investor Relations, IT and Human Resources, among others. Overall, Tillmann Blaschke brings over 15 years of management and group experience from trade, production and service sectors to the Deufol Group.

The addition of Dr. Blaschke to the Board will support the strategic further development of IT customer solutions within the operative units and human resource processes to secure the continued growth and internationalisation of the Group.

Tillmann Blaschke, together with Andreas Bargende (48), Tammo Fey (48) and Detlef W. Hübner (56), will form the new Executive Board of Deufol AG. Chairman of the Board Andreas Bargende will be responsible for operations, business development, internal revision and group communication. Finance Director Tammo Fey is responsible for accounting and group controlling, while Detlef W. Hübner advances the strategic objectives of the Group.


Deufol AG in the first quarter 2011: Positive sales growth

Hofheim, May 12, 2011

  • Sales € 75,8 million (previous year: 70,8 million)
  • Operating profit (EBITA) € 1,7 million (previous year: € 2,2 million)
  • Net profit € 0,12 million (previous year: € 0,63 million)
  • Earnings per share € 0,003 (previous year: € 0,014)
  • Financial liabilities € 77,8 million (previous year: € 80,5 million)
  • Operating cash flow € 2,5 million (previous year: € 1,4 million)

Positive sales growth

Total sales in the first quarter of 2011 were at € 75.8 million 7.0 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for changes due to acquisitions, this means organic growth of 6.3 %. If one also takes into consideration the US dollar’s appreciation against the euro of 1.3 % on average, the increase amounts to 6.0 %.

In Germany sales rose to € 42.5 million, growth of 11.2 % on the same quarter in the previous year, and in the rest of Europe they increased to € 21.3 million (+ 4.3 %). In the USA, at € 12.0 million sales were 1.8 % (3.0 % on a currency-adjusted basis) lower than in the previous year.

With a 56.1 % share of Group sales, the proportion accounted for by Germany increased by 2.1 percentage points on the previous year. The share of sales realized elsewhere in Europe decreased slightly, from 28.8 % to 28.1 %, and the USA’s share of sales fell by 1.4 percentage points to 15.8 %.

Result burdened by higher prices for raw materials

The operating result (EBITA) in the first quarter was at € 1.67 million 23.4 % below the level for the same period in the previous year (€ 2.18 million).

The decrease of € 0.5 million is mainly due to three effects: start-up losses of € 0.2 million for the new location in Roverbella (Italy), additional expenditure in the amount of € 0.1 million associated with the expansion of the Group’s gift card business in the USA and increased commodities (wood) and materials prices. These price rises led to an increase of at least € 0.5 million in expenditure. We are in talks with our customers, that if commodity prices remain high, to pass on gradually these higher purchasing costs. Likewise, the highly positive orders position for the remainder of this year will be reflected in an improved result in relation to the previous year.

The individual segments performed as follows: In Germany we recorded an EBITA decrease of 34.1 % to € 1.36 million. In the rest of Europe EBITA increased by 39.7 % to € 1.26 million. The USA / Rest of World segment realized an operating loss of € 0.42 million (previous year: – € 0.23 million). The EBITA loss of Deufol AG (Holding) was € 0.58 million (previous year: € 0.56 million).

Financial results showed a slight increase compared to the previous year, from – € 1.02 million to – € 0.94 million. This is attributable to slightly lower financial expenses and a slightly higher share of earnings accounted for by associates. Financial income was virtually unchanged at € 0.35 million. Earnings before taxes (EBT) in the first quarter were € 0.73 million (previous year: € 1.16 million). After income tax expenses (€ 0.50 million) the result is € 0.23 million, compared to € 0.75 million in the first quarter of 2010.

After deduction of the profit shares of non-controlling interests (€ 0.12 million), there is a net profit of € 0.12 million (previous year: € 0.63 million) attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG. Earnings per share in the first quarter were € 0.003 (previous year: € 0.014).

Strong operating cash flow

The first-quarter cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to € 2.46 million and was thus significantly higher than the level in the previous year (€ 1.35 million).

The financial indebtedness of the Deufol Group decreased in the first three months of the fiscal year by € 0.4 million to € 77.8 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased (– € 1.9 million), the net financial liabilities rose by € 1.5 million, from € 49.3 million at the end of the year to € 50.8 million.

On the liabilities side, equity (including non-controlling interests) fell in the first three months of 2011 on balance by € 0.5 million to € 98.5 million. This was due to other comprehensive income (– € 0.6 million). With a slightly increased balance-sheet total, the equity ratio decreased from 43.6 % to 43.4 %.

Key data of the first quarter 2011

figures in € thousand Q1 2011 Q1 2010 change (%)
Sales 75,750 70,804 7
EBITDA 3,972 4,352 -8.7
EBIT 1,671 2,181 -23.4
EBT 731 1,162 -37.1
Net result 124 627 -80.2
Earnings per share (€) 0.003 0.014 -80.2
Operating cash flow 2,462 1,345 83.1
Investments in tangible assets 1,491 1,023 45.8
Net financial liabilities 50,749 48,205 5.3
Employees (average) 2,793 2,687 4

Outlook - Planning confirmed

Deufol AG confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2011 in its annual financial report. These envisage sales in a corridor between € 310 million and € 325 million and an operating result (EBITA) of between € 12 million and € 14 million.


Ad-hoc release: Deufol AG in the business year 2010: Increasing sales and strong profit growth

Hofheim, April 7, 2011

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Annual Results

Deufol AG in the business year 2010: Increasing sales and strong profit growth

  • Sales € 307.1 million (previous year € 290.1 million)
  • Operating earnings (EBITA) 10.6 Mio. € (previous year € 6.4 million)
  • Net result € 2.9 million (previous year € 0.4 million)
  • Earnings per share € 0.07 (previous year € 0.01)
  • Financial liabilities € 78.2 million (previous year € 78.8 million)
  • Operating cash flow € 19.9 million (previous year € 15.1 million)

Deufol AG today published its annual accounts for the year 2010 an looks back on a significant business year. On June 22, a landmark decision was made at the Annual General Meeting: D.Logistics AG was renamed Deufol AG. In 2010, we consistently executed this change of name and the associated umbrella brand strategy and have now almost completed this process. To let the stockholders participate appropriately in the company's success, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board will recommend to the Annual Stockholders' Meeting on June 29, 2011, a dividend for fiscal 2010 of € 0.03 per share.

Rising sales

In an economic environment showing a positive overall trend, in the reporting period sales increased by 5.9 % on the previous year to € 307.1 million. We thus achieved our planning targets, which had envisaged sales in excess of € 300 million. If the sales trend is adjusted for the changes in the scope of consolidation, this shows organic growth of 7.7 %. If one also takes into consideration the US dollar’s appreciation against the euro of around 5 % on average, this represents adjusted growth of 6.6 %.

Industrial Goods Packaging furthermore strongest segment

In the past year, Industrial Goods Packaging maintained its position as the area of activity providing the largest volume of sales for the Deufol Group. With slightly increased sales (+ 2.2 % to € 140.1 million) in 2010, it contributed 45.6 % (previous year: 47.3 %) to Group sales.

In the second-strongest segment, Consumer Goods Packaging, sales increased significantly(+ 11.1 % to € 119.8 million) in the reporting period, providing 39.0 % (previous year: 37.2 %) of Group sales. However, this rise was unevenly distributed among the Group’s regions, with + 5.2 % in Belgium, – 9.6 % in Italy and + 24.4 % in the USA. The dollar’s appreciation was a positive factor in the USA; US sales rose 18.2 % in local-currency terms.

In Warehouse Logistics, sales increased 4.8 % to € 46.9 million. This means that this segment now represents around 15.3 % (previous year: 15.4 %) of Group activities. This relatively low increase is due to the disposal of Air Cargo Wings GmbH (previously D.Logistics Airport Services GmbH) in mid-2009; adjusted for this disposal, the rise in sales amounts to 17.4 %.

Economic recovery leads to improvement in operating result

In the past fiscal year, the gross profit increased by 23.4 % to € 37.5 million. The gross margin thus increased to 12.2 % compared to 10.5 % in 2009. Personnel costs in particular decreased while the cost of materials rose especially strongly.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were € 20.0 million, compared to € 16.2 million in the previous year. The EBITA margin reached 6.5 %, compared to 5.6 % in 2009. Depreciation of property, plant and equipment declined slightly and amounted to € 8.2 million (previous year: € 8.5 million), amortization of other intangible assets marginally declined from € 1.3 million to € 1.2 million.

In the period under review, the operating result before goodwill amortization (EBITA) increased by 65.7 % to € 10.6 million and thus exceeded our original planning target of € 10 million but fell short of our revised planning goal of € 11 million. This was due to unscheduled expenses not resulting from operational business in the amount of € 0.8 million. They split into consumption-tax back payments resulting from external audits (€ 0.3 million), an additional valuation adjustment on an item of real estate in the USA (€ 0.2 million) and valuation adjustments on receivables from the VAT group against the deconsolidated BVU GmbH (€ 0.3 million). The EBITA margin was 3.5 % in 2010, compared to 2.2 % in 2009.

Significantly higher net Income realized

Earnings before taxes amounted to € 6.3 million in the past year and were thus significantly above the level in 2009 (– € 0.4 million).

In the past fiscal year, on balance the overall tax expenditure amounted to € 3.0 million compared to tax proceeds of € 1.1 million in the previous year. Current tax expenditure for taxes on income increased from € 3.2 million to € 3.4 million. For the deferred taxes, income of € 0.4 million was recorded, compared to € 4.4 million in 2009. In 2009, this item was affected by the recognition of deferred taxes in the amount of € 2.9 million due to the profit and loss transfer agreement between Deufol AG and Deufol Tailleur GmbH. As a consequence of this agreement, tax income recorded by Deufol Tailleur GmbH can be partially offset against tax losses carried forward by Deufol AG.

This means a result of € 3.3 million (previous year: € 0.7 million). The profit share for non-controlling interests amounts to € 0.4 million as in the previous year. The profit attributable to the shareholders of Deufol AG amounted to € 2.9 million in the period under review, compared to € 0.4 million in the same period in the previous year. Earnings per share were € 0.061 in 2010 (previous year: € 0.008).

Strong operating cash flow – financial indebtedness largely unchanged

The operating cash flow amounted to € 19.9 million in the period under review and was thus 32.3 % higher than the level in the previous year (€ 15.1 million).

In the past fiscal year, the financial liabilities of the Deufol Group decreased slightly, from € 78.8 million to € 78.2 million. Net financial liabilities – defined as the total financial liabilities less financial receivables and cash – increased by € 1.8 million from € 47.5 million on December 31, 2009 to € 49.3 million at the end of the period under review. This increase resulted despite the increase in cash held (+ € 2.0 million) due to a decrease in financial receivables (– € 4.4 million).

At the end of fiscal year 2010, the Deufol Group’s equity was at € 99.0 million € 3.9 million higher than the previous year’s level (€ 95.1 million), this is equivalent to € 2.26 per share. Since the balance sheet total fell, this led to an increase in the equity ratio from 40.3 % to 43.6 %.

Key data of the year 2010

figures in € million 2010 2009 change (%)
Sales 307.1 290.1 5.9
EBITDA 20 16.2 23.4
EBITA 10.6 6.4 65.7
EBIT 10.6 3.8 179.3
EBT 6.3 -0.4
Net result 2.9 0.4 693.2
Earnings per share (€) 0.07 0.01 694
Operating cash flow 19.9 15.1 32.2
Investments in tangible assets 8.1 6.7 21.5
Net financial liabilities 49.3 47.5 3.7
Employees (average) 2,721 2,890 -5.8

Outlook

At the time of writing it is not yet possible to assess the effects which the dramatic events currently unfolding in Japan will have on the overall economic picture. However, in the context of a continuing economic recovery the Deufol Group predicts sales in a corridor between € 310 million and € 325 million for fiscal year 2011. Its operating result (EBITA) will be between € 12 and 14 million.

With regard to the sales trend, we predict growth in Export & industrial Goods Packaging and in the Gift Cards & Data Management segment. For our other services, we expect unchanged or slightly higher sales, even though experience shows that it is difficult to provide a forecast for autumn seasonal business in Automated Packaging and Promotional & Display Packaging.

In terms of the earnings outlook, in Export & industrial Goods Packaging we expect to see a significant rise and a further improvement in our business in the USA.

2010

Ad-hoc Release: D.Logistics in Q3 2010: On track – Planning raised

Hofheim, November 11, 2010

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Quarterly financial statements

D.Logistics in Q3 2010: On track – Planning raised

  • Sales € 78.9 million (previous year: € 74.3 million)
  • Operating earnings (EBIT) € 3.2 million (previous year: € 2.3 million)
  • Net income € 1.7 million (previous year: € 0.5 million)
  • Equity ratio 41.2 % (previous year: 38.9 %)

Positive sales growth

Total sales in the third quarter of 2010 were at € 78.95 million 6.1 % above the same period in the previous year. In Industrial Goods Packaging, sales were 2.4 % stronger than in the same quarter in the previous year, while in the Consumer Goods Packaging segment, sales were 8.7 % higher than in the previous year, not least due to the strong improvement in the USA. In the Warehouse Logistics segment, sales rose by 12.5 %.
In the first nine months, at € 225.2 million, sales were 4.6 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for changes to the consolidated group, this means organic growth of 7.0 %. Allowing for currency fluctuations, the growth rate amounts to approx. 6.2 %.

Clear improvement in operating result

At € 3.22 million, the operating result (EBITA) in the third quarter was 39.1 % higher than in the same period in the previous year (€ 2.32 million). At € 5.37 million, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were 20.2 % higher than in the same quarter in the previous year. The EBITDA margin was 6.8 % (previous year: 6.0 %). Depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of other intangible assets were almost unchanged, at € 2.14 million.
The individual segments performed as follows: Industrial Goods Packaging recorded an EBITA decrease of 8.2 % to € 1.68 million. In Consumer Goods Packaging, EBITA more than quadrupled, at € 1.36 million (previous year: € 0.30 million). Warehouse Logistics recorded an operating profit of € 0.65 million (previous year: € 0.48 million). The EBITA loss of D.Logistics AG (Holding) was € 0.39 million (previous year: € 0.34 million). In the first nine months of the year, the Group EBITA of € 8.37 million are 64.3 % higher than in the same period in the previous year (€ 5.09 million).
Earnings before taxes (EBT) in the third quarter amounted to € 2.47 million (previous year: € 1.13 million) and in the first nine months to € 5.44 million (previous year: € 2.05 million). After tax expenses (€ 0.66 million), and third-party profit shares (€ 0.11 million), there is a net profit of € 1.71 million (previous year: € 0.48 million) in Q3 attributable to the shareholders of D.Logistics AG. The cumulative profits for the shareholders of D.Logistics AG as of September 30, 2010 amounted to € 3.28 million (previous year: € 0.62 million). The earnings per share in the second quarter were € 0.039 (previous year: € 0.011); in the nine months, they reached € 0.075 (previous year: € 0.014).

Equity ratio increased

The third-quarter net cash provided by operating activities was € 2.1 million (previous year: € 3.81 million).and after six months it reached € 9.92 million (previous year: € 9.39 million). The financial indebtedness of the D.Logistics Group decreased in the first nine months of the fiscal year by € 1.0 million to € 77.8 million. Since cash and financial receivables simultaneously decreased by the same amount (– € 1.0 million), net financial liabilities remained unchanged at € 47.5 million.
The equity ratio stood at 41.2 % compared to 39.4 % at the end of 2009.

Key data of the first nine months 2010

in € thousand Q3 2010 Q3 2009 Change (%) 9M 2010 9M 2009 Change (%)
Sales 78,863 74,317 6.1 225,183 215,533 4.6
EBITDA 5,365 4,462 20.2 14,914 11,913 25.2
EBITA = EBIT 3,221 2,315 39.1 8,368 5,094 64.3
EBT 2,470 1,113 118.4 5,441 2,045 166.1
Net result 1,709 478 257.5 3,275 617 430.8
Earnings per share (€) 0.039 0.011 257.5 0.075 0.014 431.9
Operating cash flow 2,071 3,807 -45.6 9,916 9,392 5.6
Investments in tangible assets 1,154 1,171 -1.5 3,173 3,811 -16.7
Net financial liabilities 47,523 49,869 -4.7 47,523 49,869 -4.7
Equity ratio (%) 41.2 38,9 5.9 41.2 38.9 5.9
Employees (September 30) 2,759 2,739 0.7 2,759 2.739 0.7

Outlook - Planning raised

D.Logistics AG raises its target sales and earnings for fiscal year 2010 published in its annual financial report. Sales in excess of € 300 million and operating earnings (EBITA) in excess of € 11 million are now predicted.
The previous planning envisaged sales of between € 280 million and € 300 million and operating earnings in excess of € 10 million.


D.Logistics in Q2 2010: Continuing positive trend

Hofheim, August 12, 2010

  • Sales € 75.5 million (previous year: € 69.8 million)
  • Operating earnings (EBIT) € 3.0 million (previous year: € 1.2 million)
  • Income € 1.0 million (previous year: € 0.1 million)
  • Operating cash flow € 6.5 million (previous year: € 4.1 million)

Clear sales growth

Total sales in the second quarter of 2010 were at € 75.5 million 8.2 % above the same period in the previous year. If the sales trend is adjusted for the changes to the consolidated group (sale of D.Logistics Airport Services GmbH), this represents organic growth of 12.4 %.
In Industrial Goods Packaging, sales were 3.8 % stronger than in the same quarter in the previous year, while in the Consumer Goods Packaging segment, sales were 19.2 % higher than in the previous year, not least due to the strong improvement in the USA. In the Warehouse Logistics segment, sales decreased by 2.6 %, but after adjustment for the airport business an increase of 23.4 % resulted.
In the first six months, at € 146.3 million, sales were 3.8 % higher than in the same period in the previous year. Adjusted for changes to the consolidated group, this means organic growth of 7.4 %. Allowing for currency fluctuations, the growth rate also amounts to approx. 7.4 %.

Strong improvement in operating result

At € 2.97 million, the operating result (EBITA) in the second quarter was 146.6 % above the level for the same period in the previous year (€ 1.20 million). At € 5.20 million, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were 47.2 % higher than in the same quarter in the previous year. The EBITDA margin was 6.9 % (previous year: 5.1 %). Depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of other intangible assets decreased from € 2.33 million to € 2.23 million.
The individual segments performed as follows: Industrial Goods Packaging recorded an EBITA decrease of 24.0 % to € 1.95 million. In Consumer Goods Packaging, EBITA amounted to € 0.98 million, compared to a loss of € 0.34 million in the previous year. Warehouse Logistics recorded an operating profit of € 0.66 million (previous year: – € 0.62 million). Besides the improved business trend, the end to the losses resulting from the airport business and the start-up losses in Euskirchen were further positive factors here. The EBITA loss of D.Logistics AG (Holding) was € 0.65 million (previous year: € 0.39 million). In the first half of the year, the Group EBITA of € 5.15 million is 85.2 % higher than in the same period in the previous year (€ 2.78 million).
Earnings before taxes (EBT) in the second quarter amounted to € 1.81 million (previous year: € 0.30 million) and in the first six months to € 2.97 million (previous year: € 0.91 million). After tax expenses (€ 0.74 million) and third-party profit shares (€ 0.11 million), there is a net profit of € 0.94 million (previous year: € 0.02 million) attributable to the shareholders of D.Logistics AG.
The cumulative profits for the shareholders of D.Logistics AG as of June 30, 2010 amounted to € 1.56 million (previous year: € 0.14 million). The earnings per share in the second quarter were € 0.021 (previous year: € 0.000); in the first half-year, they reached € 0.036 (previous year: € 0.003).

Positive cash flow development

The second-quarter net cash provided by operating activities was € 6.50 million (previous year: € 4.13 million) and after six months it reached € 7.85 million (previous year: € 5.59 million).

The financial indebtedness of the D.Logistics Group decreased in the first six months of the fiscal year by € 1.1 million to € 77.8 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously increased (+ € 2.8 million), the net financial liabilities fell more significantly, by € 3.9 million, from € 47.5 million at the end of the year to € 43.6 million.

The equity ratio stood at 40.7 % compared to 39.4 % at the end of 2009.

Key data of the first six months 2010

In € thousand Q2 2010 Q2 2009 Change (%) 6M 2010 6M 2009 Change (%)
Sales 75,516 69,761 8.2 146,320 141,005 3.8
EBITDA 5,197 3,530 47.2 9,549 7,451 28.2
EBITA = EBIT 2,966 1,203 146.6 5,147 2,779 85.2
EBT 1,809 313 478 2,971 914 225.1
Net result 939 16 5.768.8 1,566 139 1.026.6
Earnings per share (€) 0.021 0 5.768.7 0.036 0.003 1.100.0
Operating cash flow 6,500 4,134 57.2 7,845 5,585 40.5
Investitments in tangible assets 996 1,116 -10.8 2,019 2,640 -23.5
Net financial liabilities 43,620 50,512 -13.6 43,620 50,512 -13.6
Equity ratio (%) 40.7 38.6 5.4 40.7 38.6 5.4
Employees (June 30.) 2,724 3,037 -10.3 2,724 3,037 -10.3

Outlook - Planning Confirmed

D.Logistics AG confirms its planning figures published for fiscal year 2010 in its annual financial report. These envisage sales in a corridor between € 280 million and € 300 million and an operating result (EBITA) in excess of € 10 million. However, with regard to the sales trend the business performance to date means that there is still a possibility of exceeding the upper limit of the forecast range.


Ad-hoc Release: D.Logistics AG in the first quarter 2010: Back on track

Hofheim, May 12, 2010

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Quarterly financial statements

D.Logistics AG in the first quarter 2010: Back on track

  • Sales € 70.8 million (previous year: € 71.2 million)
  • Operating profit € 2.4 million (previous year: € 1.6 million)
  • Net profit of € 0.6 million (previous year: € 0.1 million)
  • Earnings per share of € 0.014 (previous year: € 0.003)

Adjusted sales growth slightly short of 4 %

At € 70.8 million, total sales in the first quarter of 2010 were 0.6 % lower than in the same period in the previous year. If the sales trend is adjusted for the changes to the consolidated group (sale of D.Logistics Airport Services GmbH), this represents organic growth of 2.8 %. If one also takes into consideration the US dollar’s depreciation against the euro of 6 % on average, the increase amounts to 3.9 %.

Clear improvement in income

The operating result (EBITA) in the first quarter was at € 2.18 million 38.3 % above the level for the same period in the previous year (€ 1.58 million). At € 4.35 million, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were 11.0 % higher than in the same quarter in the previous year. The EBITDA margin was 6.2 % (previous year: 5.5 %). Depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of other intangible assets decreased from € 2.35 million to € 2.12 million.
The individual segments performed as follows: Industrial Goods Packaging recorded an EBITA decrease of 23.8 % to € 1.95 million. In Consumer Goods Packaging, EBITA amounted to € 0.37 million, compared to a loss of € 0.23 million in the previous year. Warehouse Logistics recorded an operating profit of € 0.42 million (previous year: – € 0.46 million). Besides the improved business trend, the end to the losses resulting from the airport business and the start-up losses in Euskirchen were further positive factors here. The EBITA loss of D.Logistics AG (Holding) was € 0.56 million (previous year: € 0.24 million).
Earnings before taxes (EBT) in the first quarter were € 1.16 million (previous year: € 0.60 million). After income tax expenses (€ 0.40 million) and the deduction of the third-party profit shares (€ 0.13 million), there is a net profit of € 0.62 million attributable to the shareholders of D.Logistics AG (previous year: € 0.12 million). Earnings per share in the first quarter were € 0.014 (previous year: € 0.003).

Equity ratio slightly higher

The first-quarter cash flow provided by operating activities amounted to € 1.35 million and was thus roughly at the same level as in the previous year (€ 1.45 million).
The financial indebtedness of the D.Logistics Group increased in the first three months of the fiscal year by € 1.8 million to € 80.5 million. As cash and financial receivables simultaneously increased (+ € 1.0 million), the net financial liabilities rose more marginally, by € 0.7 million, from € 47.5 million at the end of the year to € 48.2 million.
With a slightly increased balance sheet total, the equity ratio increased from 39.4 % to 40.0 %.

Key data of Q1 2010

in € thousand Q1 2010 Q1 2009 Change (%)
Sales 70,804 71,244 -0.6
EBITDA 4,352 3,921 11
EBITA = EBIT 2,181 1,576 38.4
EBT 1,162 601 93.3
Income 754 206 266
Net result 627 123 409.8
Earnings per share (€) 0.014 0.003 411.8
Operating cash flow 1,345 1,451 -7.3
Investments in tangible assets 1,023 1,474 -30.6
Net financial liabilities 48,205 49,821 -3.2
Equity ratio (%) 40 40.2 -0.4
Employees (average) 2,693 3,124 -13.8

Outlook - planning confirmed

D.Logistics AG confirms its planning figures for the fiscal year 2010 published in its annual financial report. These envisage sales in a corridor between € 280 and 300 million and an operating result (EBITA) in excess of € 10 million.


Ad-hoc Release: D.Logistics AG delivers a respectable performance / turnaround emerging in the USA

Hofheim, April 8, 2010

Ad-hoc release pursuant to sec. 15 of the Securities Trading Act

Annual financial statements

D.Logistics AG delivers a respectable performance / turnaround emerging in the USA

  • Sales € 290.1 million (previous year: € 336.7 million)
  • Operating profit (EBITA) € 6.4 million (previous year: € 14.6 million)
  • Net profit of € 0.4 million (previous year: € 11.5 million)
  • Earnings per share of € 0.01 (previous year: € 0.26)
  • Net financial liabilities decreased to € 47.5 million (previous year: € 49.0 million)
  • Operating cash flow € 15.1 million (previous year: € 15.6 million)

D.Logistics AG today published its annual accounts for the year 2009 and looks back on a difficult business year. The worldwide recession burdened the sales and earnings figures of the D.Logistics Group, and our US subsidiary in particular recorded a sizeable loss. Yet we realized highly positive results in our strongest segment – Industrial Goods Packaging – and also in Belgium and Italy. However, in the context of the significantly reduced Group result the Executive and Supervisory Boards will propose to the Annual General Meeting that no dividend should be paid out to the shareholders for the fiscal year 2009.

Recession leads to decreased sales

In an overall economic environment hit by the financial and economic crisis and marked by recession, in the period under review sales decreased by 13.9 % on the previous year to € 290.1 million and thus fell within the target corridor of € 285 to 300 million.
If the sales trend is adjusted for the changes to the consolidated group (sale of D.Logistics Airport Services GmbH) this represents an organic decrease of 12.2 %. If one also takes into consideration the US dollar’s appreciation against the euro of around 5 % on average, the decline is approx. 12.9 %.

Industrial Goods Packaging’s share continues to rise

In the past year Industrial Goods Packaging consolidated its position as the area of activity providing the largest volume of sales for the D.Logistics Group. Despite falling sales (– 11.7 % to € 137.1 million) in 2009, it contributed 47.3 % (previous year: 46.1 %) to Group sales.
In the second-strongest segment, Consumer Goods Packaging, sales also fell (– 14.7 % to € 107.8 million) in the reporting period, providing 37.2 % (previous year: 37.5 %) of Group sales. However, this decrease is unevenly distributed across the regions: – 10.9 % in Belgium, – 27.2 % in Italy and – 11.4 % in the USA. In the US the dollar’s appreciation was a positive factor, however; in local-currency terms sales actually fell by 16.0 %.
In Warehouse Logistics sales decreased 18.3 % to € 44.8 million. This means that this segment now represents around 15.4 % (previous year: 16.3 %) of Group activities. Besides falling volumes, this decline is also due to the disposal of D.Logistics Airport Services GmbH in the middle of the year. Adjusted for changes to the scope of consolidation, the drop in sales in Warehouse Logistics was only approx. 7.3 %.

Economic crisis leads to lower result

In the past fiscal year the gross profit decreased by 25.9 % to € 30.4 million. The gross margin thus fell to 10.5 %, compared to 12.2 % in 2008. While in many cases the cost structure was adjusted in line with the reduced sales, this was not possible for personnel costs in particular – whose share of sales increased to 32.6 % (previous year: 31.0 %) – and for space costs.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were € 16.2 million, compared to € 24.0 million in the previous year. The EBITDA margin reached 5.6 %, compared to 7.1 % in 2008. Depreciation of property, plant and equipment remained largely constant, at € 8.5 million, and amortization of other intangible assets rose slightly, from € 1.2 million to € 1.3 million.
In the period under review the operating result before impairment of goodwill (EBITA) decreased by 55.9 % to 6.4 million and was thus approx. 8.0 % below the lower limit of our planning corridor. The EBITA margin reached 2.2 % in 2009, compared to 4.3 % in 2008.
In the USA, in view of the poor results we implemented a full valuation adjustment on the allocated goodwill in the amount of € 2.6 million. The operating result after impairment of goodwill was thus € 3.8 million (previous year: € 14.6 million).

Positive net income achieved

Earnings before taxes amounted to – € 0.4 million in the past year and were thus significantly below the level in 2008 (€ 9.9 million).
In the past fiscal year the tax item recorded on balance income in the amount of € 1.1 million (previous year: € 2.5 million). Despite the lower pre-tax income, current tax expenditure for taxes on income increased from € 2.1 million to € 3.2 million. The reasons for this include significantly increased income tax expense in Italy, following the inflow of the compensation payment. For the deferred taxes income of € 4.4 million was recorded, compared to € 4.6 million in 2008. As well as the recognition of deferred taxes on current losses, this item also reflects the recognition of deferred taxes in the amount of € 2.9 million due to the profit and loss transfer agreement between D.Logistics AG and Deufol Tailleur GmbH. As a consequence of this agreement, tax income recorded by Deufol Tailleur GmbH can be partially offset against tax losses carried forward by D.Logistics AG.
This corresponds to a result of € 0.7 million (previous year: € 12.4 million). The profit share for minority shareholders amounts to € 0.4 million, compared to € 0.9 million in the previous year.
The profit attributable to the shareholders of D.Logistics AG amounted to € 0.4 million in the period under review, compared to € 11.5 million in the same period in the previous year. Earnings per share were € 0.01 in 2009 (previous year: € 0.26).

Operating cash flow remains at high level – financial indebtedness decreasing

The operating cash flow amounted to € 15.1 million in the period under review and was thus just 3.9 % below the level in the previous year (€ 15.7 million).
In the past fiscal year the financial liabilities of the D.Logistics Group increased slightly, from € 76.1 million to € 78.8 million. Net financial liabilities – defined as the total financial liabilities less financial receivables and cash – fell slightly, by € 1.4 million from € 49.0 million on December 31, 2008 to € 47.5 million at the end of the period under review. This was due to the increase in cash held (+ € 2.7 million) and higher financial receivables (+ € 1.4 million).
At the end of fiscal year 2009, the D.Logistics Group’s equity was at € 91.6 million € 5.1 million lower than the previous year’s level (€ 96.7 million); this is equivalent to € 2.09 per share. Since the balance sheet total fell slightly, this led to a decrease in the equity ratio from 40.8 % to 39.4 %.

Key data of the year

€ million 2009 2008 Change (%)
Sales 290.1 336.7 -13.9
EBITDA 16.2 24 -32.4
EBITA 6.4 14.6 -55.9
EBIT 3.8 14.6 -73.8
EBT -0.4 9.9 -
Net result 0.4 11.5 -96.8
Earnings per share (€) 0.01 0.26 -96.7
Operating cash flow 15.1 15.7 -3.9
Investments in tangible assets 6.7 7.2 -7.1
Net financial liabilities 47.5 49 -2.9
Employees (average) 2,890 3,187 -9.3

Outlook

In the context of a merely sluggish economic recovery, for fiscal year 2010 the D.Logistics Group predicts sales in a corridor between € 280 and 300 million. Its operating result (EBITA) should reach more than € 10 million.
With regard to the sales trend, we expect the packaging segments to remain nearly constant in relation to the previous year, though experience shows that it is difficult to predict seasonal business in the autumn in Consumer Goods Packaging. In Warehouse Logistics we envisage a noticeable decline in sales due to the smaller consolidated group.
In terms of the outlook, in Consumer Goods Packaging we expect significantly improved results which will largely be fueled by the emerging turnaround in America. In Industrial Goods Packaging we assume largely constant EBITA, since it is not clear at the present time whether this segment will once again be able to handle additional project business, which strengthened the income trend in the first half of 2009. Warehouse Logistics we expect a significantly improved result, particularly as the start-up losses incurred in 2009 for the “customization center” in Euskirchen will no longer apply. The third and fourth quarters will be of key significance for the Group operating result trend.

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