EPS down to €-0.02 (€0.08)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S STATEMENT - UNDERLYING BUSINESS PERFORMANCE
Pablo Sánchez-Lozano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcom, said:
“Transcom faced particularly challenging business conditions in the second quarter of 2011. While we expected to see revenue erosion due to lower demand in a quarter with fewer production days, volumes decreased more significantly than what we had anticipated at the beginning of the period. We reported revenues of €134.3 million, down by 6.8% compared to last quarter and by 9.7% compared to the same period last year. This development is largely driven by specific challenges in the North America & Asia Pacific and North regions, which impacted our revenues beyond our initial expectations.
“In the North America & Asia Pacific region the revenue erosion is driven by volume shifts in our installed base, due to customer decisions to either concentrate volumes to fewer vendors, in-source services or accelerate off-shore moves. The relationships with our major customers remain strong and we have been working with them to accommodate these changes. Q2 has been a transition quarter and the impacts on our business are of a short-term nature. We will be ramping up new volumes again through the second half of 2011. The adaptation of our delivery infrastructure announced this quarter will contribute to aligning our delivery footprint and infrastructure to these volume shifts.
“In the North region, the revenue erosion was driven by fewer production days in the quarter but also, to a greater extent, by the implementation of a new delivery model with one of our top clients. The implementation of the new delivery model had material impact on training and delivery related costs in addition to the effect of the summer season, that we expect to reduce as we transition into Q311.
“Transcom’s sales funnel remained at the Q111 level, a record high for the last 24 months, showing the results of our sales transformation initiatives. We are very pleased with the level of contract signatures, both in terms of new business and installed base clients. Q211 performance is a step forward compared to Q111. We are strengthening our sales capability, adding three new sales representatives in the quarter. I am confident that we are on the right trajectory to deliver a more consistent sales performance quarter-on-quarter, and I am pleased to report that we closed business with a number of new clients during the quarter, including mobilcom-debitel and Leadwerke DTS GmbH in West & Central, Sembo AB in North, and Legálitas in Iberia. We are in the process of ramping up over 1,000 positions in Asia in the coming months.
“The Group’s gross margin was 16.0% this quarter, compared to 17.6% last quarter and 18.9% in the second quarter of 2010. The decrease in gross margin was driven by the one-off adjustments and the operational inefficiencies that we experienced in the North America & Asia Pacific, North and West & Central regions.
“Transcom’s EBITA (excluding restructuring related costs) in the second quarter was €-1.9 million, down from €3.2 million in the first quarter. Excluding the impact of €2.2 million additional one-off costs incurred in Q211, underlying EBITA was €0.3 million.
“In the context of the current performance, Transcom’s priorities for the second half of 2011 include the execution of the restructuring and rightsizing program, the ramp-up new volumes in the North America & Asia Pacific region, and the stabilization of the new delivery model in the North region.
“Once executed, by the end of Q411, the company will have reached a significant milestone in its transformation, with a more competitive delivery footprint and improved operational efficiency, and will be back at the EBITA margin level achieved in Q111.”
GROUP OPERATING & FINANCIAL REVIEW
Depreciation & Amortization
Depreciation in the second quarter of 2011 was €2.8 million and amortization of intangible assets was 0.7 million.
SG&A expenses were €29.2 million in the quarter, of which €7.2 million is attributable to the restructuring program. Excluding the restructuring impact, SG&A cost was €22.0 million, in line with the Q111 level.
Working capital at the end of Q211 stood at €64.0 million, a decrease of €3.8 million compared to Q111. Transcom continues its effort to manage working capital down.
Foreign Exchange Rate Impact
In the second quarter of 2011, foreign exchange movements had a negative translation impact of €-1.4 million on revenue and €-0.1 million on EBIT compared to Q111, and €-0.6 million and -0.3 million respectively compared to Q210.
The trading impact on revenue was positive €0.1 million positive compared to Q111 and year-on-year the impact was also positive, by €0.4 million. The total impact on EBIT is €-0.3 million compared to Q111 and €-1.1m compared to Q210
For further details on the impact of foreign exchange movements on the Company’s results, please refer to the tables provided in the appendix on page 21.
Debt & Financing
In April 2012, the Revolving Credit Facility matures and therefore the outstanding amount is now recorded as short term debt. Due to the impact on cash driven by the lower performance in the context of the restructuring plan, the Group has negotiated and obtained a formal agreement from its banking syndicate to increase the Net Debt / EBITDA thresholds in the covenants.
Interest expenses amounted to €0.9 million in Q211. For Q311 and Q411, the expenses related to the Revolving Credit Facility are estimated to increase by €0.2 million per quarter.
On a rolling 12-month basis, the Net Debt/EBITDA ratio at the end of Q211 was 4.2, compared to 2.6 for Q1 2011. The ratio for Q211 remains within the new covenant thresholds and is expected to remain within the agreed thresholds for the remainder of 2011.
Effective Tax Rate
Transcom reported a tax expense of €1.1 million in the quarter, compared to a tax income of €0.4 million in Q1.
The €1.1 million tax expense in Q2 mainly stems from:
- reduced current tax charges because of the tax deductibility of most of the restructuring provisions booked in Q2;
- a write-off for €1.1 million of a deferred tax asset in Canada, as a direct consequence of the restructuring plan in Canada.
Due to the restructuring impacts and the lower profitability outlook as well as the potential negative outcome of ongoing tax audits, on an annualized basis, the Group effective tax rate for 2011 is forecast to increase up to a range between 25 and 30% of operating profits.
SEGMENTAL OPERATING REVIEW – EXCLUDING RESTRUCTURING COSTS IN Q2 2011 AND Q4 2010
North America & Asia Pacific
Revenue in the North America & Asia Pacific region amounted to €20.5 million in the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of 15.6% compared to the previous quarter, and a decrease of 42.7% compared to Q210. Transcom experienced significant volume reductions in the installed client base in the region during the quarter driven by customer decisions to bring volumes in-house, consolidate vendors or accelerate off-shore moves. Approximately 60% of the decrease occurred in our North American operations, and the rest in Asia. In H2 2011, we expect most of these volumes to ramp up again, mostly off-shore. We are therefore in a transition period, ramping down volumes in North America, and ramping up volumes in Asia. Net of currency effects, revenue decreased by 11.1% to €21.6 million sequentially and by 36.9% to €22.6 million year-on-year.
During the quarter we experienced operational inefficiencies related to the revenue reduction that we estimate to be in the range of €0.6 million. The installed base volume shifts led us to decide to accelerate the rationalization of our footprint. We decided to close 4 sites in Canada through Q211 and Q311 and to adjust the remaining capacity to better reflect our current book of business.
Gross margin fell to 14.8% in Q211, compared to 19.8% in Q111 and 20.7% in Q210.
The region’s EBITA was €-2.2 million in Q211, down from €-0.6 million in the previous quarter and from €0.9 million in Q210. €1.0 million of the quarterly margin decrease is driven by the revenue erosion, and the rest is related to lower productivity. The restructuring plan is expected to bring €1.0 million in quarterly savings once implemented.
West & Central
Revenue in the West & Central region was €27.5 million, down by 6.8% compared to Q111 and by 14.9% compared to Q210. While we experienced some revenue growth from new sales in Germany and the Netherlands during the quarter, overall revenue from our installed client base in the region showed a net decrease, mainly driven by weaker volumes. Revenue in the quarter was impacted by the reassessment of the accrued revenue in our collection business.
During the quarter we incurred an incremental €0.2 million cost to consolidate two sites in the UK.
EBITA in the second quarter was €0.6 million, compared to €2.0 million in Q111 and €2.4 million in Q210. EBITA in the quarter declined by €1.4 million, of which €0.6 million is due to the revenue erosion and €0.8 million to the one-off charges explained above.
Revenue in the Iberian region was €26.7 million in the second quarter of 2011, down by 1.1% compared to Q111 and up by 2.7% compared to Q210. While revenue benefited from the ramp-up of new volumes, as well as from higher productivity and increasing volumes from our installed base clients, this positive effect was more than offset by lower demand in the quarter.
The region’s gross margin was 19.9% in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 20.0% in Q111 and 15.4% in Q210, above last year average.
EBITA for the region was €1.0 million, down by €0.5 million compared to the previous quarter and up by €0.6 million compared to Q210. SG&A costs increased in the quarter due to €0.2 million higher support costs as a result of the ramp-up of the Valdivia site in Chile, which we expect to be fully operational in Q311, as well as €0.3 million higher corporate cost allocation to the Iberia region due to the change of the revenue mix across the Group. These costs are of a temporary nature and are expected to progressively decrease during Q311.
Revenue in the North Region was €34.6 million in the second quarter of 2011, down from €37.4 million in Q111 and almost flat compared to Q210. Compared to the first quarter, revenue was mainly impacted by fewer business days in the quarter, lower demand and a new delivery model with one of Transcom’s largest clients in the region.
Net of currency effects, revenue decreased by 7.2% to €34.7 million sequentially and by 6.9% to €32.6 million year-on-year.
The region’s gross margin was 12.7% in the second quarter, 4.4pp below Q111 and 7.0pp below Q210. Margins were negatively impacted by three factors
- €0.6 million operational investments related to the implementation of changes to a major contract
- €0.3 million bad debt write off
- Operational inefficiencies related to summer temporary staff ramp-up and site consolidation for a total value of €0.9 million.
We expect operational performance to improve in Q311.
The North region reported EBITA of €0.0 million in the quarter, compared to €2.5 million in Q111 and €2.9 million in Q210. On top of the operational items highlighted above, €0.6 million of the EBITA decrease is driven by volume erosion.
Revenue in the South region was €25.0 million in the second quarter of 2011, compared to €25.9 million in Q111 and €19.7 million in Q210. In fact, revenue decreased by €1.7 million due to the disposals of the Tulle and Roanne sites in France, but increased by €0.8 million due to higher volumes from our installed client base in Italy. The net revenue decrease is €0.9 million.
In Q311, the full effect of the site disposal on the South region revenue run rate will be approximately €3.8 million.
Gross margin increased to 8.8% from 3.9% in Q111, and from 8.1% in Q210. The gross margin improvement compared to the previous quarter was partly due to the fact that direct costs in France decreased to a greater extent than the corresponding revenues did. This was driven by lower costs following the disposal of the sites in Roanne and Tulle, as well as by increased operational efficiency and decreased personnel costs.
EBITA was €-1.4 million, compared to €-2.2 million in Q111 and €-2.2 million in Q210.
The financial information in this press release has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as endorsed by the European Union. While the interim financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as defined in International Accounting Standards 34, “Interim Financial Reporting”. Unless otherwise noted, the numbers in the press release have not been audited. The financial information and certain other information presented in a number of tables in this press release have been rounded to the nearest whole number or the nearest decimal. Therefore, the sum of the numbers in a column may not conform exactly to the total figure given for that column. In addition, certain percentages presented in the tables in this press release reflect calculations based upon the underlying information prior to rounding and, accordingly, may not conform exactly to the percentages that would be derived if the relevant calculations were based upon the rounded numbers.
Results Conference Call and Webcast
Transcom will host a conference call at 11.00 am CET (10:00 am UK time) on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. The conference call will be held in English and will also be available as webcast on Transcom’s website, www.transcom.com.
To ensure that you are connected to the conference call, please dial in a few minutes before the start in order to register your attendance.
Sweden: 08-503 364 34
UK: +44 (0) 1452 555 566
US: +1 631 510 7498
For a replay of the results conference call, please visit www.transcom.com to view the webcast of the event.
Notice of Financial Results
Transcom's financial results for the third quarter of 2011 will be published on 19 October 2011.
20 July 2011
Transcom WorldWide S.A.
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+352 27 755 000
Company registration number: RCS B59528
Notes to Editors:
The following provides a breakdown of which countries are included in each geographical region.
- North: Denmark, Norway and Sweden
- West & Central: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
- South: France, Italy and Tunisia
- Iberia: Chile, Portugal and Spain
- North America & Asia Pacific: Canada, Philippines and the United States of America
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For further information please contact:
Pablo Sánchez–Lozano, President and CEO +352 27 755 000
Aïssa Azzouzi, CFO +352 27 755 013
Stefan Pettersson, Head of Investor Relations +46 70 776 80 88