Espoo, Finland, 2014-02-27 08:00 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Aspocomp Group Plc, Financial Statement release, February 27, 2014at 9:00 a.m.Key figures 2013 in brief - Net sales: EUR 19.3 million( EUR 23.4 million1-12/2012) - Operating result before depreciation (EBITDA): EUR 0.8 million(2.1) - Operating profit (EBIT): EUR -0.7 million(0.6) - Earnings per share (EPS): EUR -0.28(0.60) - Operational cash flow: EUR 0.7 million(1.2) Key figures 10-12/2013 in brief - Net sales: EUR 4.4 million( EUR 4.9 million10-12/2012) - Operating result before depreciation (EBITDA): EUR -0.1 million(-0.1) - Operating profit (EBIT): EUR -0.5 million(-0.5) - Earnings per share (EPS): EUR -0.24(0.42) In 2014, net sales are expected to be EUR 20-25 millionand operating profit without one-time items EUR -0.5-1.5 million.CEO’S REVIEW “2013 turned out to be a very difficult year. After the weak first half of the year, the demand situation improved slightly in the third quarter, but weakened again toward the end of the year. Subdued demand caused many customers to streamline their operations during the year-end holiday season. Coupled with the usual optimization of inventory levels, this led to a collapse in demand. Net sales amounted in the end to only EUR 19.3 million, 17 percent less than in 2012. Operating result was EUR 0.7 millionnegative. In spite of the tricky demand situation, the operational cash flow remained clearly positive at EUR 0.7 million. Aspocomp’s net debt is zero and its financial position has enabled the company to carry out important technology investments, which in 2013 amounted to nearly EUR 1.9 million. The company continues to face pressure to make further investments, but not quite to the same extent. In 2013, we increased our marketing efforts outside our traditional market areas in Scandinavia and Germany. We did manage to win new customers. Developing these new customer relationships is one of our most important targets in 2014. There are cautious signs of market recovery, opening up possibilities in both new and existing market areas.” THE GROUP’S KEY FIGURES 10-12/ 10-12/ Change 1-12/1 1-12/1 Change 13 12 3 2 Net sales, M€ 4.4 4.9 -10 % 19.3 23.4 -17 % EBITDA, M€ -0.1 -0.1 0.0 M€ 0.8 2.1 -1.3 M€ Operating profit, -0.5 -0.5 0.0 M€ -0.7 0.6 -1.4 M€ M€ % of net sales -12% -11% -1.5 ppts -4% 3% -6.4 ppts Pre-tax- profit, -0.5 2.7 -3.2 M€ -0.8 0.6 -1.4 M€ M€ % of net sales -12% 55% -67 ppts -4% 3% -7 ppts Profit/loss for -1.5 2.7 -4.2 M€ -1.8 3.8 -5.6 M€ the period, M€ % of net sales -34% 55% -89 ppts -9% 16% -26 ppts Earnings per -0.24 0.42 -0.66 € -0.28 0.60 -0.88 € share, € Investments, M€ 0.1 0.4 -0.3 M€ 1.9 1.4 0.4 M€ % of net sales 2.0 % 8.4 % -6.4 ppts 9.7 % 6.1 % 3.6 ppts Cash, end of the 2.4 2.0 0.4 M€ 2.4 2.0 0.4 M€ period Equity / share, € 1.96 2.23 -0.27 € 1.96 2.23 -0.27 € Equity ratio, % 71% 73% -2 ppts 71% 73% -2 ppts Gearing, % -3% -11% 8 ppts -3% -11% 8 ppts Personnel, end of 152 150 2 person 152 150 2 person the period s s Net sales for 2013 amounted to EUR 19.3 million, a year-on-year decrease of 17 percent. The level of demand remained unstable throughout the financial year. After the cautious recovery seen in the third quarter, the market situation weakened again and was very difficult during the year-end holiday season. In particular, net sales of the customers in the telecom infrastructure fell clearly short of the targeted. The actual sales of the other customers were also lower than targeted. Demand for quick-turn deliveries, which is essential for profitability, was also muted in all customer areas. The operating result was EUR -0.7 million( EUR 0.6 million1-12/2012). Both plants operated at low capacity utilization during most of the year. A partial summer standstill was started at the Teuva plant in late June and ended in September. For the duration of the standstill, most of the plant’s production was transferred to the company’s Oulu plant. After September, the Teuva plant has been operating in one shift, which is not optimal in terms of profitability. The Oulu plant has been operating normally in three shifts to ensure quick-turn delivery capabilities. The operating result is improved by a one-time item of approximately EUR 1.2 million, which is related to the reversal of a provision for closure expenses (see the section entitled “Compensation to the former employees of the bankrupt French subsidiary” in the complete financial statements bulletin). OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE As Aspocomp’s business focuses on prototypes and quick-turn deliveries, the company’s order book is very short. As a result, business development is difficult to predict and profit forecasts involve significant uncertainties. In 2014, net sales are expected to be EUR 20-25 millionand operating profit without one-time items EUR -0.5-1.5 million.DIVIDEND PROPOSAL AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting to be held on April 24, 2014, that no dividend be paid for the financial year January 1, 2013– December 31, 2013. Parent company’s distributable funds totaled approximately EUR 14.3 million. In December 2011, the Extraordinary General Meeting of the company decided to decrease its share capital and to use its share premium fund, its special reserve and its reserve for invested unrestricted equity to cover losses shown on the balance sheet. As a consequence, the company may distribute dividends without complying with a procedure for creditor protection only after December 29, 2014. PUBLICATION OF FINANCIAL RELEASES This stock exchangerelease is a summary of the Aspocomp Group’s financial statements bulletin 2013 and includes the most relevant information of the report. The complete report is attached to this release as a pdf file and is also available on the company’s website at www.aspocomp.com. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION For further information, please contact Sami Holopainen, CEO, tel. +358 20 775 6860, sami.holopainen(at)aspocomp.com. ASPOCOMP GROUP PLCBoard of Directors Aspocomp– PCB technology company Aspocompdevelops and sells PCB manufacturing services. Our seasoned professionals help customers to create the most optimal PCB designs, both in terms of performance and cost. Our trimmed production lines produce the most challenging designs with the shortest lead-times in the industry. Our volume supply services offer cost-efficient access to all PCB technologies. A printed circuit board (PCB) is the principal interconnection method in electronic devices. PCBs are used for electrical interconnection and as a component assembly platform in most electronic applications. Aspocomp’s PCBs are used in many applications, such as telecommunication networks and devices, automotive electronics, security and medical systems, chipset development and industrial automation. www.aspocomp.com Some statements in this stock exchange release are forecasts and actual results may differ materially from those stated. 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