Q1 2021 RESULTS
Steinhausen, 25 May 2021, Selecta, Europe’s leading route-based self-service retailer, announces its results for the three months ended 31 March 2021.
Q1 Performance Summary1
The Group´s financial performance continued to be impacted by COVID-19 as lockdown measures have again been in place across most European countries during the quarter.
- Q1 results were strongly ahead of last year and ahead of our expectations, despite the impact of COVID-19:
- Although, quarterly Sales5 of €234.5 million continue to be down -26.6% versus last year, March 2021 Sales5 have been positive versus last year for the first time since the pandemic started
- Sales still impacted by different lockdown measures, with toughest conditions seen in Spain, the UK, and France, while Italy and Switzerland were the most resilient. The Public channel has been the most resilient business channel of the Group, driven by the petrol business. Different trends impacted the Private channel, more challenged in the service industry, better in manufacturing and small businesses. The Semi-public channel was particularly impacted by partial closures in universities, schools and hospitals
- Adjusted EBITDA2,3 of €33.8 million up 17.9% versus last year, strongly ahead of last year with margin reaching 14.4% and a total cost reduction of over €50 million versus last year. Last Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDA2,3 increased to €90.3 million
- Reported EBITDA3 of €26.6 million and free cash flow of -€12.4 million continue to be impacted, as planned, by the one-off costs related to the rightsizing of the organization
- Liquidity headroom4 of €167.7 million, which reflects strong cash discipline
- Strong confidence in achieving the strategic plan in 2021 and beyond and focus on the execution of the `ONE Selecta´ vision to transform and grow our business
1At actual exchange rates. There is no material difference from constant currency rates 2Adjusted EBITDA: Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization and prior to one-off items (external and internal costs which are not related to the on-going business) 32021 numbers include the effects of IFRS 16, which was adopted from 1 Jan 2020 4Cash at Bank of €58.1 million plus €109.6 million available RCF 5Sales: Revenue after payment of vending fees
Joe Plumeri, Executive Chairman, said:
“We continue to make strong progress in the execution our ONE Selecta transformation vision. Our new go-to-market strategy is based on a client-focused, needs-based sales and service approach. Coupled with investments in technology and training, this allows us to deliver upon our purpose of creating millions of moments of joy and happiness for our clients and their consumers every day.”
Christian Schmitz, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are very encouraged by the increased rate of vaccinations around the world and the gradual return of employees to the office. While the pandemic has brought real and permanent change in what will become the ‘new normal’ of hybrid and flexible working solutions, Selecta is superbly positioned to meet the needs of the post COVID-19 world. We are engaging in very constructive dialogue with our clients around their needs as they plan to welcome their people back to the workplace. We will make the necessary investments while conforming to Selecta’s strong commitment to cost discipline.”