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Company : BIC ISIN : FR0000120966
Document type : Communiqués d'information permanente/Résultats et CA
Publication date : 29/07/2020 07:15:00

Compartment : Compartiment A
Wire : Thomson Reuters ONE

BIC: SECOND QUARTER & FIRST HALF 2020 RESULTS  

BIC: SECOND QUARTER & FIRST HALF 2020 RESULTS  

SECOND QUARTER & FIRST HALF 2020 RESULTS

Clichy, France, July 29th, 2020

  • Weak underlying market trends worsened by an uneven COVID-19 epidemic impact
    • Developing countries deeply hit by the extended quarantine periods and frozen supply chains
    • Superstores and Office Supply channels heavily impacted by school closures and limited business activity in Mature Markets
  • Improved short-term resilience thanks to prudent management of Operating Expenses
  • Sustained Cash Flow Generation
  • “BIC 2022 – Invent the Future” transformation plan on track to deliver 50 million euros annualized savings by the end of 2022
Key figures in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Group Net Sales 544.8 418.9 960.2 775.8
Change as reported +0.2% (23.1)% +0.1% (19.2)%
Change on a comparative basis (1.3)% (21.5)% (1.6)% (18.2)%
Normalized Income From Operations1 98.5 67.5 153.1 92.9
Normalized IFO margin 18.1% 16.1% 15.9% 12.0%
Net Income Group Share 50.3 (3.0) 89.6 22.1
EPS (in euros) 1.11 (0.07) 1.99 0.49
Normalized EPS (in Euros) 1.55 1.27 2.43 1.87
Net Cash from operating activities 49.4 50.8 79.6 85.7
Net Cash Position (11.0) 41.5 (11.0) 41.5

"Our First Half results reflect our ability to adapt quickly to the evolution of our environment. Despite market headwinds and other challenges, I am proud of how the organization has focused on both the health and safety of our team members and partners while ensuring business continuity. We have actively engaged with customers to offer uninterrupted access to quality and affordable products while focusing on protecting operating cash flow.
I am convinced that the current environment can be an opportunity to accelerate our transformation. We are making progress in the implementation of our new Operating Model, making choices to improve our short-term resilience and promptly seizing growth opportunities, including through targeted acquisitions like that of Djeep in the Lighter category. We continue to work through other important points of our Operating Model and choices that will define our long-term potential on a go-forward basis. We are determined to be among the companies that will emerge from this crisis bolder, stronger, and more sustainable."

Gonzalve Bich, Chief Executive Officer

 

OPERATIONAL TRENDS AND UPDATE ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC IMPACT


   

H1 2020 Net Sales totaled 775.8 million euros, down 18.2% on a comparative basis. While our categories' underlying trends remained challenging, overall performance was significantly hampered by the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The total impact of the outbreak on H1 Net Sales on a comparative basis was between 11 and 12 pts.

  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, the health and safety of our team members, customers, suppliers, and consumers has been an utmost priority, and we complied with governments and local authorities guidelines everywhere. As part of our Corporate Responsibility, we contributed to the fight against the coronavirus through meaningful product donations and the manufacturing of personal protective equipment for health workers.  
  • In Latin America, India, and Africa, where traditional multilayered channels are ultra-dominant, in our categories, the impact of the pandemic has been severe. The economic situation in India remains critical due to a sharp decline in consumer confidence and spending, as the peak of the 1st wave is yet to pass. In Europe and North America, while mobility restrictions have started to ease, superstores and office suppliers, as well as convenience stores, remain pressured by the closures of schools and the reduced store traffic.
  • Focusing on commercial execution, we maintained or gained market share across our three categories and in almost all geographies. BIC E-Commerce Net Sales increased by 14%. The strong performance in pure e-commerce merchants and market places was diluted by that of the Office Channels and B2B business. Adapting to changing consumers' shopping habits, we have further accelerated the shift of our Brand Support investment to Digital, with more than 80% of our H1 promotional and advertising spending was on-line, across all geographies.
  • The U.S. Pocket Lighter market showed some positive momentum in Q2 but remained under pressure from lower convenience store foot-traffic.  The growth in Utility Lighters was boosted by increased at-home cooking and grilling. The H1 performance in North America was affected by convenience stores adapting to less in-store traffic and shifting to hygiene and grocery products, reducing inventories in other product categories.  The total impact on H1 Net Sales on a comparative basis was approximately –2 points.
  • In this unprecedented environment, we focused on improving short-term resilience and strengthening operational Cash Flow generation. We prudently managed Operating Expenses and selectively reduced CAPEX by 30% equal to 31.2 million euros. We shut down our Stationery factory in Ecuador thereby reinforcing our industrial efficiency in Latin American.  
  • Evolving our Operating Model, we strengthened our Lighters Business Model with the acquisition of Djeep, which will allow us to accelerate our sleeve strategy and access to higher price-points segments.  We also continued to reinforce our organization with targeted recruitments in growing sectors and channels of expertise to help anticipate and answer rapidly to changing consumer needs.
  • Recognizing the positive benefits that remote working brings, we are implementing remote working guidelines across the world. This move allows us to protect and grow productivity and lower corporate real estate while improving employee satisfaction and reducing our overall carbon footprint. A review of our worldwide labor resources and facilities' footprint will be launched and should be completed during the second half of this year.
     
  • At the end of June 2020, the Net Cash position stood at 41.5 million euros. We performed an in-depth review of our financing capacities, and we are working on setting up additional lines of credit with our primary banking partners to strengthen financing capability.


  

SECOND HALF AND FULL-YEAR 2020 TRENDS


 

Although we expect a gradual recovery during the Second Half, visibility on market trends and Full Year performance remains low. For the balance of the year, most of the risks associated with the pandemic will remain:

  • Lower consumer spending and in-store traffic will affect our three categories.
  • Timing, roll-out, and conditions of the re-opening of schools and universities in the Northern hemisphere remain uncertain and could jeopardize the success of the Back-to-School season. Pre- Back-to-School plans for the Southern hemisphere may model those of the North and affect retailer plans.
  • Slow rebound in business activity will dilute the Office Superstore and Office Supplier channels.
  • The lack of improvement of Indian and Latin American economies will continue to impact our performance in these regions.

In this challenging environment, we will continue to focus on protecting Operating Cash Flow generation, and we are on track to achieving the actions announced in May to mitigate the impact of the crisis by:

  • managing Operating Expenses by investing at the right levels and in the right places. The negative impact of Net Sales decrease on Normalized Income From Operations margin will be partially offset by 15 to 20 million euros Operating Expenses reduction,
  • decreasing inventory levels by approximately 15 to 30 million euros vs. the end of 2019. The coming Back-to-School season will be determinant in achieving this goal,
  • reducing 2020 CAPEX to around 80 million euros

             


 

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS AND NORMALIZED INCOME FROM OPERATIONS


  

in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Net Sales 544.8 418.9 960.2 775.8
         
Gross Profit 267.3 188.8 478.5 371.2
Gross Profit margin 49.1% 45.1% 49.8% 47.8%
Income From Operations 71.4 1.0 126.1 24.0
IFO margin 13.1% 0.2% 13.1% 3.1%
Non-recurring items 27.0 66.5 27.0 68.9
Normalized IFO 98.5 67.5 153.1 92.9
Normalized IFO margin 18.1% 16.1% 15.9% 12.0%

H1 2020 Gross Profit margin decreased by 2.0 pts at 47.8% compared to 49.8% in H1 2019. Excluding under absorption of fixed costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gross Profit margin increased by 0.2 pts. The slight increase is driven by favorable Forex, and a decrease in Raw Materials costs partly offset by unfavorable manufacturing cost absorption (non-COVID-19 related) and an increase in Brand Support above Net Sales.

H1 2020 Normalized IFO margin was impacted by the increase in Operating Expenses and other expenses (as a percentage of Net Sales) resulting from the sharp decline in Net Sales and the costs of the implementation of the new organization.

Key components of the change in Normalized IFO margin

in points
Q1 2020
vs. Q1 2019
Q2 2020
vs. Q2 2019
H1 2020 vs. H1 2019
·Change in Gross Profit2 +0.2 +0.1 +0.2
·Brand Support (0.2) +1.1 +0.5
·OPEX and other expenses2 (6.0) (3.2) (4.6)
Total change in Normalized IFO margin (6.0) (2.0) (3.9)

H1 2020 non-recurring items included:

  • 17.2 million euros in Cost of Goods (13.3 million euros unfavorable manufacturing cost absorption resulting from plant closures and lower product demand due to the COVID-19, and 3.9 million euros direct expenses related to additional employees protection implemented to fight against the spread of the coronavirus (cleaning, masks, sanitizers),
  • 7.9 million euros of restructuring costs (of which transformation plan and BIC Ecuador factory closure are among the main drivers),
  • 2.1 million euros in Operating Expenses and other expenses, mostly commercial force under-activity, due to the COVID-19
  • 41.7 million euros related to Cello impairment on property, plant & equipment, and trademark. This impairment is due to the lower than anticipated sales resulting from lockdown, and to lower volumes than initially expected, impacting the planned cost efficiencies. As the goodwill was fully impaired, the impairment was allocated on property, plant & equipment, and trademark.

       


 

NET INCOME AND EPS


  

in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
IFO 71.4 1.0 126.1 24.0
Finance revenue/costs (2.4) (1.9) (1.7) 9.9
Income before Tax 69.0 (0.9) 124.4 33.9
Net Income Group share 50.3 (3.0) 89.6 22.1
EPS Group Share (in euro) 1.11 (0.07) 1.99 0.49
Normalized Net Income Group Share3 69.1 57.0 108.4 84.0
Normalized EPS Group Share (in euro) 1.55 1.27 2.43 1.87

H1 2020 finance revenue increase is due to the higher favorable impact of the fair value adjustments to financial assets denominated in USD compared to December 2019 (versus BRL and MXN).

H1 2020 Income before tax totaled 33.9 million euros, compared to 124.4 million euros in H1 2019.

H1 2020 Net Income Group Share totaled to 22.1 million euros as reported, compared to 89.6 million euros in H1 2019. H1 2020 Normalized Net Income Group share, excluding non-recurring items and Argentina hyperinflationary accounting (IAS 29), was 84.0 million euros compared to 108.4 million euros last year. The effective tax rate was 34.8%. The effective tax rate excluding Cello impairment was 28%.

H1 2020 EPS Group share was 0.49 euros, down 75%, compared to 1.99 euros in H1 2019. Normalized H1 2020 EPS Group share decreased by 23% to 1.87 euros, compared to 2.43 euros last year.


 

NET CASH POSITION


 

CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION

in million euros
2019 2020
Net Cash position (beginning of period – December) 161.5 146.9
Net cash from operating activities +79.6 +85.7
Of which operating cash flow +164.7 +95.6
Of which change in working capital and others (85.1) (9.9)
CAPEX4 (45.1) (31.2)
Dividend payment (155.2) (110.2)
Share buyback program (39.2) (7.4)
Net Cash from the liquidity contract (0.8) -
Haco Industries Ltd acquisition (1.8) (2.7)
Other items (10.0) (39.6)
Net Cash position (end of period – June) (11.0) 41.5

At the end of June 2020, the Group's Net Cash position stood at 41.5 million euros. Net Cash from operating activities was +85.7 million euros, of which +95.6 million euros in operating cash flow. The negative 9.9 million euros change in working capital, and others was mostly driven by inventory increase when compared to December 2019 due to the sharp decrease in Net Sales and the seasonality of Back to School.  

SHAREHOLDERS' REMUNERATION

  • Ordinary dividend of 2.45 euros per share paid in June 2020.
  • 7.4 million euros in share buy-backs by Société BIC at the end of June 2020 (136,383 shares purchased at an average price of 53.90 euros). The Group has suspended its share buy-back program in April 2020.

 

OPERATIONAL TRENDS BY CATEGORY (with 2019 figures restated for unallocated costs)


 

STATIONERY

Stationery H1 2020 Net Sales totaled 293.9 million euros, down 26.5% on a comparative basis. Q2 2020 Net Sales declined 33.2% on a comparative basis.

H1 2020 Stationery Normalized IFO margin was 6.5% compared to 11.0% in 2019, impacted by the sharp decline in Net Sales and unfavorable fixed costs absorption. This was partially offset by favorable Forex, lower Raw Material costs, and a decrease in Brand support.

in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Net Sales 252.5 166.9 400.8 293.9
Change as reported vs. prior year +1.2% (33.9)% (0.1)% (26.7)%
Change on a comparative basis vs. LY (2.3)% (33.2)% (3.6)% (26.5)%
Normalized Income From Operations 37.6 18.2 44.0 19.0
Normalized IFO margin 14.9% 10.9% 11.0% 6.5%
Income From Operations 37.6 (35.7) 44.0 (34.9)
Income From Operations Margin 14.9% (21.4)% 11.0% (11.9)%

Amongst BIC's categories, Stationery was the most affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.

The most heavily disrupted channels were the Superstores and Office Suppliers, as well as our European imprinted product business BIC Graphic, which was a result of school closures, and reduced business activity. In Europe and North America, overall Stationery markets were down high-single digit in value, with a shift towards value products due to lower household real income and increased unemployment rates. Thanks to active partnerships with large retailers, Back-to-School orders were in-line with last year's level, with a negative phasing impact in shipments from June to July due to some product unavailability.

Highly dependent on Convenience and Traditional stores, Latin America, India, and the Middle East and Africa suffered from extended quarantine periods and disrupted supply chains.

Despite a solid start to the year, Brazil's performance was impacted by the closure of large customers' stores due to COVID-19. In Mexico, sell-in continued to suffer from a higher level of promotional activities in a competitive environment.

India's domestic sales decreased high-double-digit. The continued poor performance of Cello's domestic sales was compounded by two months of complete containment of the population and the closure of our factories.

LIGHTERS

Lighters H1 2020 Net Sales were 268.2 million euros down 14.7% on a comparative basis. Second Quarter 2020 Net Sales were down 11.2 % on a comparative basis.

H1 2020 Normalized IFO margin for Lighters was 32.5% compared to 35.3% in 2019, impacted by the sharp decline in Net Sales, partially offset by lower Brand Support compared to the same period last year.

  

in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Net Sales 169.9 147.3 319.7 268.2
Change as reported vs. prior year +3.0% (13.3)% +0.6% (16.1)%
Change on a comparative basis vs. LY (0.1)% (11.2)% (2.7)% (14.7)%
Normalized Income From Operations 61.8 52.5 113.0 87.3
Normalized IFO margin 36.4% 35.7% 35.3% 32.5%
Income From Operations 61.8 49.5 113.0 84.0
Income From Operations Margin 36.4% 33.6% 35.3% 31.3%

In our major markets, the Lighter category performance was highly impacted by limited in-store traffic and the closure of Tobacco chains and Convenience Stores, partially offset by commercial execution and distribution gains in Modern Mass Market.

In the U.S., the Pocket Lighter market was down 3.1% in volume and 1.8% in value at the end of June5. The last weeks' sell-out showed an improvement, with improved in-store foot traffic. The First Half performance in North America was due to convenience stores adapting to their business reality of less foot traffic and increasing demand for hygiene and grocery products, therefore reducing inventories in other product categories, such as Lighters.

SHAVERS

Shavers H1 2020 Net Sales totaled 200.7 million euros and decreased by 8.8% on a comparative basis. Q2 2020 Net Sales decreased by 11.5% on a comparative basis.

H1 2020 Normalized IFO margin for Shavers improved to 10.9% compared to 9.6% in 2019. The increase in Gross Profit margin (due to positive impacts from Forex, lower Raw Material costs) and favorable Brand support, were partially offset by the decrease in Net Sales.

in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Net Sales 115.5 98.6 224.5 200.7
Change as reported vs. prior year +1.8% (14.6)% +6.7% (10.6)%
Change on a comparative basis vs. prior year (0.7)% (11.5)% +4.2% (8.8)%
Normalized Income From Operations 10.5 14.3 21.5 21.9
Normalized IFO margin 9.1% 14.5% 9.6% 10.9%
Income From Operations 10.5 9.8 21.5 17.3
Income From Operations Margin 9.1% 10.0% 9.6% 8.6%

The Shaver category continued to be impacted by evolving consumer habits, compounded during the quarantines by changes in personal routines and regimes. Yet, we gained share in all regions, thanks to our strong value proposition, and the success of new product launches. 

In Europe, we outperformed a declining market, thanks to a strong performance in the U.K, driven by  both the female and the male segments. In the U.S., the one-piece market continued to decline (-5.0% in value6), with an acceleration over the second Quarter. We gained 1.5 pts in value share, with a strong performance in the female and the male segments (+1.6 pts and +1.3 pts value share gain respectively) thanks to the continued success of new products, including the BIC Soleil Sensitive Advanced. Us, our gender-neutral refillable shaver displayed promising results, with a strong start at Dollar General and increasing distribution both in-store and on-line. In Latin America, our performance was impacted by a high level of customers' inventories at the start of the year in Mexico, partially offset by distribution gains in Argentina.

OTHER PRODUCTS

H1 2020 Net Sales of Other Products totaled 13.1 million euros and decreased by 13.4% on a comparative basis. Q2 2020 Net Sales decreased by 11.2% on a comparative basis.

in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Net Sales 6.9 6.1 15.2 13.1
Change as reported (56.3)% (12.3)% (48.7)% (14.1)%
Change on a comparative basis (4.3)% (11.2)% (4.9)% (13.4)%
Normalized Income From Operations (0.8) (0.2) (2.1) (1.1)
Income From Operations (0.8) (2.6) (2.1) (3.5)

UNALLOCATED COSTS

H1 2020 unallocated costs relate to Corporate headquarters costs and restructuring costs. The decrease in Normalized Income From Operations is due to the costs of the new organization.

in million euros Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Normalized Income From Operations (10.6) (17.2) (23.2) (34.2)
Income From Operations (37.6) (20.1) (50.2) (38.9)


 

 

MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS


 

On May 20th, BIC announced five actions to improve the Group's short-term resilience in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and to strengthen its "BIC 2022 - Invent the Future" transformation plan to accelerate long-term growth:

  • Managing OPEX by investing at the right levels and in the right places:
    • In 2020, the negative impact of Net Sales decrease on Normalized Income From Operations margin will be partially offset by 15 to 20 million euros OPEX reduction.
  • Protecting Cash Flow by managing CAPEX and reducing inventory levels:
    • 2020 inventories are expected to decrease by approximately 15 to 30 million euros vs. the end of 2019. The coming Back-to-School season will be determinant in achieving this goal.
    • 2020 CAPEX will be reduced to around 80 million euros
  • Launching innovation with several new product introductions with the new multipurpose pocket lighter BIC® EZ-Reach in the U.S. in the second half of the year, and the refillable BIC® Cristal® with a metal barrel by the end of the year.
  • Scaling Operations by reducing complexity and driving process efficiency and speed:
    • "BIC 2022 – Invent the Future" plan will be strengthened with a total of 50 million euros in annualized savings by the end of 2022.
  • Driving growth by leveraging new commercial capabilities and reinforcing existing businesses through targeted acquisitions:
    • E-commerce Net Sales are expected to grow by approximately 20% in 2020.

On June 8th, BIC shut down its Writing Instrument factory in Ecuador, while maintaining commercial, distribution, and packaging activities. This strategic business decision aimed at consolidating BIC's global manufacturing footprint.

On June 16th, BIC announced the acquisition of quality lighters' manufacturer Djeep for 40 million euros and a deferred consideration based on Djeep's future sales growth. Djeep's strong positioning on the decorated and personalized lighter market segment will strengthen BIC's position in the pocket lighters market and will offer substantial growth opportunities in Europe and North America. The closing was signed on 1st July 2020.

On July 1st, BIC obtained from the U.S. International Trade Commission a General Exclusion Order that prevents the importation into the USA of all lighters imitating BIC lighters' iconic appearance. This decision is an important milestone to halt the importation of non-compliant, knock-off lighters into the U.S. market.

On July 24th, BIC announced it received notification of the closure by the European Commission of the infringement procedure it initiated in 2012 against the Netherlands, and the complaints filed in 2018 against France and Germany for failing to perform effective surveillance of the safety lighter. These proceedings aimed at remedying the fact that two-thirds of lighter models in Europe, a large proportion of which are imported, did not comply with the safety standards, resulting in tens of thousands of severe accidents every year. Product Quality and safety are an absolute priority for BIC. The Group is disappointed by the European Commission's decision, but we nonetheless remain a demanding and vigilant partner of European and national institutions to ensure the safety of consumers in Europe.


  

APPENDIX (with 2019 figures restated for unallocated costs)


 

NET SALES BY GEOGRAPHY
in million euros
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 % As reported % On a Comparative basis H1 2019 H1 2020 % As reported % On a Comparative basis
Group 544.8 418.9 (23.1)% (21.5)% 960.2 775.8 (19.2)% (18.2)%
Europe 167.9 138.6 (17.4)% (16.6)% 290.7 257.7 (11.4)% (10.9)%
North America 227.5 202.8 (10.8)% (12.3)% 389.3 343.2 (11.8)% (13.6)%
Latin America 86.9 39.4 (54.6)% (46.1)% 165.8 94.0 (43.3)% (36.9)%
Middle East and Africa 24.8 18.9 (23.9)% (22.8)% 47.1 39.0 (17.3)% (18.4)%
Asia and Oceania (including India) 37.7 19.1 (49.2)% (45.6)% 67.3 41.9 (37.7)% (34.1)%


SECOND QUARTER NET SALES BY CATEGORY
in million euros
Q2 2019

 
Q2 2020 Change as reported F.X. impact7
(in pts)
Change in Perimeter8
(in pts)
Argentina impact9
(in pts)
Change on a Comparative
basis
Group 544.8 418.9 (23.1)% (1.5) (0.1) 0.0 (21.5)%
Stationery 252.5 166.9 (33.9)% (0.8) 0.1 (0.0) (33.2)%
Lighters 169.9 147.3 (13.3)% (1.7) (0.3) (0.1) (11.2)%
Shavers 115.5 98.6 (14.6)% (2.9) (0.3) 0.1 (11.5)%
Other Products 6.9 6.1 (12.3)% (0.8) (0.3) 0.0 (11.2)%


FIRST HALF NET SALES BY CATEGORY

in million euros
H1 2019

 
H1 2020 Change as reported F.X. impact7
(in pts)
Change in Perimeter8
(in pts)
Argentina impact9
(in pts)
Change on a Comparative
basis
Group 960.2 775.8 (19.2)% (1.0) (0.1) 0.1 (18.2)%
Stationery 400.8 293.9 (26.7)% (0.5) 0.2 0.1 (26.5)%
Lighters 319.7 268.2 (16.1)% (1.0) (0.3) (0.1) (14.7)%
Shavers 224.5 200.7 (10.6)% (1.8) (0.2) 0.2 (8.8)%
Other Products 15.2 13.1 (14.1)% (0.6) (0.1) 0.0 (13.4)%


IMPACT OF CHANGE IN PERIMETER AND CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS ON NET SALES (EXCLUDES ARS)
(in %)
Q2 2019

 
Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Perimeter (1.0) (0.1) (0.7) (0.1)
Currencies +2.4 (1.5) +2.4 (1.0)
Of which USD +2.0 +0.7 +2.4 +0.8
Of which BRL (0.1) (1.1) (0.3) (1.1)
Of which MXN +0.5 (0.4) +0.4 (0.3)
Of which AUD - (0.1) - (0.1)
Of which ZAR (0.1) (0.1) (0.1) (0.1)
Of which RUB and UAH +0.1 (0.1) - (0.1)


INCOME FROM OPERATIONS BY CATEGORY
in million euros
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Group 71.4 1.0 126.1 24.0
Margin 13.1% 0.2% 13.1% 3.1%
Stationery 37.6 (35.7) 44.0 (34.9)
Margin 14.9% (21.4)% 11.0% (11.9)%
Lighters 61.8 49.5 113.0 84.0
Margin 36.4% 33.6% 35.3% 31.3%
Shavers 10.5 9.8 21.5 17.3
Margin 9.1% 10.0% 9.6% 8.6%
Other Products (0.8) (2.6) (2.1) (3.5)
Unallocated costs (37.6) (20.1) (50.2) (38.9)


NORMALIZED INCOME FROM OPERATIONS BY CATEGORY
in million euros
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Group 98.5 67.5 153.1 92.9
Margin 18.1% 16.1% 15.9% 12.0%
Stationery 37.6 18.2 44.0 19.0
Margin 14.9% 10.9% 11.0% 6.5%
Lighters 61.8 52.5 113.0 87.3
Margin 36.4% 35.7% 35.3% 32.5%
Shavers 10.5 14.3 21.5 21.9
Margin 9.1% 14.5% 9.6% 10.9%
Other Products (0.8) (0.2) (2.1) (1.1)
Unallocated costs (10.6) (17.2) (23.2) (34.2)


 

CONDENSED PROFIT AND LOSS
in million euros
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Net Sales 544.8 418.9 960.2 775.8
Cost of goods 277.5 230.1 481.7 404.6
Gross profit 267.3 188.8 478.5 371.2
Administrative & other operating expenses 195.9 187.8 352.4 347.2
Income from Operations 71.4 1.0 126.1 24.0
Finance revenue/(costs) (2.4) (1.9) (1.7) 9.9
Income before tax 69.0 (0.9) 124.4 33.9
Income tax expense (18.8) (2.1) (34.8) (11.8)
Net Income Group Share 50.3 (3.0) 89.6 22.1
Earnings per Share Group Share (in euros) 1.11 (0.07) 1.99 0.49
Average number of shares outstanding (net of treasury shares) 45,120,558 44,967,891 45,120,558 44,967,891


BALANCE SHEET
in million euros
June 30, 2019 December 31, 2019 June 30, 2020
 -  Goodwill and intangible assets 288.6 257.7 238.7
 -  Property, plant & equipment 698.9 713.5 637.9
 -  Investment properties 1.7 1.7 1.6
 -  Other non-current assets 170.8 176.3 166.2
Non-current assets 1,160.0 1,149.2 1,044.4
 -  Inventories 494.8 455.6 484.9
 -  Trade and other receivables 639.6 545.6 517.1
 -  Other current assets 51.2 36.5 34.2
 -  Other current financial assets and derivative instruments 12.4 6.7 4.5
 -  Cash and cash equivalents 182.3 198.6 201.2
Current assets 1,380.3 1,243.0 1,241.9
TOTAL ASSETS 2,540.3 2,392.2 2,286.3
Shareholders’ equity 1,528.4 1,608.1 1,387.2
 -  Non-current borrowings 32.3 32.3 32.3
 -  Other non-current liabilities 282.9 263.3 262.7
Non-current liabilities 315.2 295.6 295.0
 -  Trade and other payables 151.0 126.4 140.0
 -  Current borrowings 213.7 65.5 169.0
 -  Other current liabilities 331.9 296.5 295.1
Current liabilities 696.7 488.5 604.1
TOTAL LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 2,540.3 2,392.2 2,286.3


WORKING CAPITAL
 in million euros
H1 2019 H1 2020
Total Working Capital 736.1 648.3
Of which, inventories 494.8 484.9
Of which, trade and other receivables 639.6 517.1
Of which, Trade and other payables (151.0) (140.0)


CASH FLOW STATEMENT
in million euros
H1 2019

 
H1 2020

 
Net income Group share 89.6 22.1
-  Argentina hyperinflationary accounting (IAS29) 1.5 0.8
-  Amortization and provisions 102.5 111.3
-  (Gain)/Loss from disposal of fixed assets 0.2 0.1
-  Others (29.1) (38.7)
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS 164.7 95.6
-  (Increase)/decrease in net current working capital (106.3) (31.2)
-  Others 21.2 21.3
NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (A) 79.6 85.7
-  Capital expenditures10 (47.5) (43.8)
-  (Purchase)/Sale of other current financial assets 3.6 3.9
-  Haco Industries Ltd acquisition (1.8) (2.7)
-  Others 0.1 0.4
NET CASH FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES (B) (45.6) (42.2)
-  Dividends paid (155.2) (110.2)
-  Borrowings/(Repayments)/(Loans) 103.8 105.0
-  Share buy-back program (40.0) (7.4)
-  Others (9.4) (8.4)
NET CASH FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (C) (100.8) (21.0)
NET INCREASE/ (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS NET OF BANK OVERDRAFTS (A+B+C) (66.7) 22.5
OPENING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS NET OF BANK OVERDRAFTS 149.8 146.8
-  Net increase / decrease in cash and cash equivalents net of bank overdrafts (A+B+C) (66.7) 22.5
-  Exchange difference 1.6 (18.9)
CLOSING CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS NET OF BANK OVERDRAFTS 84.6 150.4


 


 

RECONCILIATION WITH ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES


 

NORMALIZED IFO RECONCILIATION
in million euros
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
Income from Operations 71.4 1.0 126.1 24.0
Restructuring costs of which Transformation plan in 2019 and 2020, and Ecuador factory closure on Q2 2020 27.0 5.5 27.0 7.9
Cello impairment - 41.7 - 41.7
Some Expenses related to the COVID-19 epidemic mainly under absorption of fixed costs - 19.3 - 19.3
Normalized IFO 98.5 67.5 153.1 92.9


NORMALIZED EPS RECONCILATION
 in euros
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 H1 2019 H1 2020
EPS 1.11 (0.07) 1.99 0.49
Restructuring costs of which transformation plan, and Ecuador factory closure +0.41 +0.09 +0.41 +0.12
Cello impairment - +0.93 - +0.93
Some Expenses related to the COVID-19 epidemic mainly under absorption of fixed costs - +0.31 - +0.31
Argentina hyperinflationary accounting (IAS29) +0.03 +0.01 +0.03 +0.02
Normalized EPS 1.55 1.27 2.43 1.87



Net cash reconciliation
in million euros
December 31, 2019 June 30, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents (1) +198.6 +201.2
Other current financial assets (2)11 +4.1 0.0
Current borrowings (3)12 (52.8) (156.8)
Non-current borrowings (4) 12 (2.9) (2.8)
NET CASH POSITION (1) + (2) - (3) - (4) 146.9 41.5


 


 

SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAM


 

Share buy-back program – Societe BIC Number of shares
acquired
Average weighted price (in €) Amount
(in M€)
February 2020 48,818 56.53 2.8
March 2020 87,565 52.44 4.6
April 2020 - - -
May 2020 - - -
June 2020 - - -
Total 136,383 53.90 7.4


 

CAPITAL AND VOTING RIGHTS


 

As of June 30, 2020, the total number of issued shares of SOCIÉTÉ BIC was 45,532,240 shares, representing:

  • 66,992,235 voting rights,
  • 66,440,239 voting rights, excluding shares without voting rights.

Total number of treasury shares at the end of June 2020: 551,996.


 

GLOSSARY


 


 

  • Constant currency basis: constant currency figures are calculated by translating the current year figures at prior year monthly average exchange rates.
  • Organic change or Comparative basis: at constant currencies and constant perimeter. Figures at constant perimeter exclude the impacts of acquisitions and/or disposals that occurred during the current year and/or during the previous year, until their anniversary date. All Net Sales category comments are made on a comparative basis. Organic change excludes Argentina Net Sales for both 2019 and 2020.
  • Gross profit: the margin that the Group realizes after deducting its manufacturing costs.
  • Normalized IFO: normalized means excluding non-recurring items.
  • Normalized IFO margin: Normalized IFO as a percentage of Net Sales.
  • Net Cash from operating activities: Cash generated from principal activities of the entity and other activities that are not investing or financing activities.
  • Net cash position: Cash and cash equivalents + Other current financial assets - Current borrowings - Non-current borrowings (except financial liabilities following IFRS 16 implementation.
  • Unallocated costs:
    • net costs [balance of income and expenses] of Corporate headquarters including I.T., finance, legal and H.R. costs, and of future shared services center.
    • other net costs that can't be allocated to Categories, notably restructuring costs, gains or losses on assets' divestiture, etc. Major unallocated items will be separately identified and disclosed.              


 


 

SOCIETE BIC consolidated financial statements as of June 30, 2020, were approved by the Board of Directors on July 28, 2020. Half-Year 2020 Consolidated Financial Statements and the presentation related to this announcement are available on BIC’s website (at www.bicworld.com).
The Group statutory auditors limited review procedures have been substantially completed. Their review report will be issued upon completion of the procedures required for the filing of the management half-year report.
Consistent with French law, BIC will file its First Half 2020 financial report along with the auditor’s report before 30th September 2020. The filing is pending the conclusion of BIC’s review of certain of its commercial processes.  Based on our assessment to date, the impact of a potential non-compliance with the Company’s processes would not exceed 1M€.  
This document contains forward-looking statements. Although BIC believes its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, these statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. A description of the risks borne by BIC appears in the section, "Risks Management" in BIC's 2019 Universal Registration Document filed with the French financial markets authority (AMF) on March 31, 2020.



 

ABOUT BIC

BIC is a world leader in stationery, lighters, and shavers. For more than 75 years, the Company has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable products to consumers everywhere. Through this unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands and is a trademark registered worldwide. Today, BIC products are sold in more than 160 countries around the world and feature iconic brands such as Cello®, Conté®, BIC FlexTM, Lucky Stationery, Made For YOUTM, Soleil®, Tipp-Ex®, Wite-Out® and more. In 2019, BIC Net Sales were 1,949.4 million euros. The Company is listed on "Euronext Paris," is part of the SBF120 and CAC Mid 60 indexes and is recognized for its commitment to sustainable development and education. It received an A- Leadership score from CDP. For more, visit www.bicworld.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.


 

CONTACTS


 

Sophie Palliez-Capian – V.P., Corporate Stakeholder Engagement
Investor Relations Contact: Press Contacts
Sophie Palliez-Capian + 33 6 87 89 33 51
sophie.palliez@bicworld.com
Albane de La Tour d’Artaise + 33 7 85 88 19 48 Albane.DeLaTourDArtaise@bicworld.com
  Isabelle de Segonzac : + 33 6 89 87 61 39 isegonzac@image7.fr

2020 AGENDA – ALL DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

Third Quarter 2020 results October 28, 2020 Conference call and Webcast
Full Year 2020 Results 17 February 2021 Meeting and webcast






 

1 See glossary



 

2 Excluding under absorption of fixed costs due to Covid-19 pandemic for the Gross Profit and excluding restructuring costs, Cello impairment and non-recurring items mostly commercial force underactivity for the OPEX and other expenses



 

3 Excluding non-recurring items & Argentina hyperinflationary accounting for 2019 and 2020



 

4 Excluding-12.6 million euros in H1 2020 and -2.6 million euros in H1 2019 related to assets payable change



 

5 IRI – Period ending 28 JUNE 2020



 

6 IRI – Period ending YTD June – in value



 

7 Forex impact excluding Argentinian Peso (ARS)



 

8 Lucky Stationary Ltd acquisition in Nigeria, closure of Shaver and Stationery offices in China, closure of BIC Graphic Oceania



 

9 See glossary



 

10 Including -12.6 million euros in H1 2020 and -2.6 million euros in H1 2019 related to assets payable change



 

11 In the balance sheet at December 31, 2019, the line “Other current financial assets and derivative instruments” also includes €2.7m worth of derivative instruments and €4.5m at June 30,2020.



 

12 Excluding financial liabilities following IFRS16 implementation



 

 

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