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Interim Report 1st half-year 2014/15 (1 June 2014 - 30 November 2014)

January 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM CET

Q2 HIGHLIGHTS

“The Group’s financial results for the second quarter were adversely impacted by the ramp-up issues in production and other supply-chain issues, which caused a delayed launch of key products, and higher production costs than previously anticipated. The combination of a continued strengthening of the product portfolio in AV and B&O PLAY, a more stable production rhythm, and further expansion of the distribution, as well as a stable development in Automotive, are expected to result in a strong second half of the year, with significant revenue growth and improved profitability compared to last year. It will however not be enough to compensate for the poor performance in the first half of the financial year”, says CEO Tue Mantoni.

  • The Group’s revenue was DKK 759 million for the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year compared to revenue of DKK 822 million in the same period last year, corresponding to a decrease of 8 per cent.
  • The B2C business recorded revenue of DKK 570 million in the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year compared to DKK 632 million in the same period last year. Ramp-up issues in the production have, to a larger extent than anticipated, adversely impacted the timing of key product launches.
  • B2C revenue decreased across all regions compared to the same quarter last year. Europe and Rest of World decreased by 10 per cent, and North America and BRIC decreased by 16 and 28 per cent respectively. The decrease in BRIC was due to delayed product launches in China and continued high uncertainty in the Russian market.
  • At the end of the second quarter, there were 541 B1 shops across the world against 538 at the end of the first quarter. It was the first quarter since 2007 with a net increase in the number of stores.
  • The B2B business recorded revenue of DKK 183 million in the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year compared to revenue of DKK 194 million in the same period last year. Automotive revenue was, as expected, back on par with the level of last year after a very weak first quarter. ICEpower decreased by 29 per cent.
  • The Group’s gross margin for the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year was 34.2 per cent compared to 42.7 per cent in the same period last year and 36.2 per cent in the first quarter of the current financial year. The lower margin was mainly a result of a high TV share in the AV segment and ramp-up issues in the production relating to the BeoVision Avant.
  • Capacity costs were DKK 355 million in the second quarter, compared to DKK 321 million in the second quarter last year due to a lower level of capitalization of R&D costs and higher distribution- and marketing costs.
  • Earnings before interest and tax for the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year were negative DKK 95 million compared to positive DKK 31 million in the same quarter last year. The impact from capitalization and amortization on earnings before interest and tax was negative DKK 23 million compared to the same quarter last year.
  • Free cash flow in the second quarter was negative DKK 40 million compared to negative DKK 52 million in the same period last year. The Group’s net working capital improved to DKK 724 million from DKK 777 at the end of the first quarter. This improvement partially mitigated the adverse effect from the worse than expected negative net result on free cash flow.
  • The Group’s total revenue for the first six months of the 2014/15 financial year was DKK 1,330 million against DKK 1,388 million last year, corresponding to a decrease of 4 per cent. Earnings before interest and tax for the first six months of the 2014/15 financial year were negative DKK 224 against negative DKK 34 million last year. Free cash flow in the first six months of the 2014/15 financial year was negative DKK 281 million compared to negative DKK 121 million last year.
  • After the end of reporting period Bang & Olufsen announced the launch of BeoSound Moment, BeoVision Avant 75” and BeoPlay H8.
  • As previously disclosed in company announcement 14.23 from 22 December 2014, the company has revised the outlook for 2014/15. The topline guidance of a high single digit growth is maintained. The guidance for earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) is revised from the expectation of an improving EBIT margin to a negative EBIT margin for the year. EBIT in the second half of the financial year is expected to be positive, however not sufficient to compensate for the shortfall in the first half of the financial year. Free cash flow in the second half of the financial year is expected to be in the range of DKK 50 million to DKK 100 million through a combination of earnings and a continuous reduction in net working capital.
  • As disclosed in company announcement 14.23, the Board of Directors and Executive Management has initiated a review to identify strategic and structural options to increase scale and further reduce complexity.

 

Any enquiries about this announcement can be addressed to:

CEO, Tue Mantoni, tel.: +45 9684 5000

CFO, Anders Aakær Jensen, tel.: +45 9684 5000

Investors, Claus Højmark Jensen, tel.: +45 2325 1067

Press, Jan Helleskov, tel.: +45 5164 5375

 

A webcast will be hosted on 20 January 2015 at 10.00 CET. Access to the webcast is obtained through our home page www.bang-olufsen.com.

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Martin Raasch Egenhardt
Head of Investor Relations
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mare@bang-olufsen.dk
 
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Head of Group Communications
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