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    Persbericht

    29/07/2015

    Halfjaarlijkse resultaten 2015

    • H1 revenues reached €12.8bn up 9.8%, flat org. in Q2 
    • Adj. EBITA reached €1.6bn, up 6.4%, Adj. EBITA margin flat excl. Invensys in a challenging environment 
    • 2015 targets: Around flat organic growth in revenues and a significant growth in adj. EBITA at current FX rates, with a stable to moderate decline in adj. EBITA margin vs. 2014 

    Rueil-Malmaison (France), July 29, 2015 - Schneider Electric announced today its second quarter revenues and first half results for the period ending June 30, 2015.

    Key figures (€ million)

    2014 HY

    2015 HY

    Change

     

     

     

     

    Revenues

     

    11,700

    12,848

    +9.8%

    Organic growth (%)

     

    -0.9%

     

    Organic growth (%) w/o Invensys

     

    0%

     

    SFC ratio (% of revenues)

    25.2%

    24.5%

    -70 bps

    Adjusted EBITA

    1,504

    1,601

    +6.4%

    % of revenues

    12.9 %

    12.5%

    - 40 bps

     

     

     

     

    Net Income (Group share)

    821

    719

    -12%

    Adjusted Net Income[1]

    879

    912

    +4%



    [1].   See appendix p.13 

    Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, commented: "In the first half we focus on deploying our strategy with ‘Schneider is On’ in an environment where headwinds from O&G and China are higher than expected. These headwinds, along with a high base of comparison for Invensys, particularly impact our Industry business, which drags down the Group performance. However we see solid growth in the U.S. construction market, improvements in Western Europe, good progress in adapting costs and in achieving Invensys synergies.

    In the second half our focus will be on driving the recovery of our Industry business, executing growth initiatives, delivering cost efficiency, and improving project margin. We expect continued growth in the U.S. construction market, sustained improvement in Western Europe, persistent weakness in China and in O&G related investments. Therefore, we target around flat organic growth in revenues, and a significant growth in adjusted EBITA at current FX rates, with a stable to moderate decline in adjusted EBITA margin versus 2014.

    As announced, we are working on a combination of a selected part of our industrial software assets with AVEVA to create a global leader in industrial software, and accelerate our development in this field.

    I. SECOND QUARTER REVENUES WERE UP 0.1% ORGANICALLY

    2015 Q2 revenues were €6,852 million, up +0.1% organically and +11.7% on a reported basis.

    Organic growth by business

    € million

    HY 2015

    Q2 2015

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Organic growth (ex. Invensys)

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Buildings & Partner

    5,763

    +0.4%

    +0.4%

    3,062

    +0.5%

    Industry

    2,834

    -5.3%

    -2.4%

    1,463

    -4.2%

    Infrastructure

    2,516

    +0.7%

    +0.7%

    1,367

    +1.2%

    IT

    1,735

    +0.5%

    +0.5%

    960

    +4.8%

    Group

    12,848

    -0.9%

    0%

    6,852

    +0.1%

    Buildings & Partner (45% of Q2 revenues) grew +0.5% organically. North America was up driven by continued growth in construction markets in the U.S. and Mexico. Western Europe grew thanks to good execution in France, and improvement in Spain and Italy. Asia-Pacific was down. China declined as expected, reflecting continued weakness in the construction market, while Australia and India grew. Rest of the World performed well, driven by infrastructure investment in the Middle East.

    Industry (21% of Q2 revenues) was down -4.2% year-on-year, temporarily impacted by the Invensys integration. Western Europe was flat as growth in Italy and Spain, driven by OEM exports, was offset by a soft market in Germany and France. North America was down due to lower industrial investments related to the decline in oil prices and strong U.S. dollar. Asia Pacific declined, penalized by the slowdown in China while Japan performed well. Rest of the world was slightly up.

    Infrastructure (20% of Q2 revenues) was up +1.2% in the second quarter. Western Europe grew from a low base thanks to improvement in Spain, Italy and the U.K. North America was up driven by project execution in Canada, while the U.S. was penalized by lower investment in Oil & Gas and delays in data center investments. Asia Pacific was down due to weakness in China and a high base of comparison in Australia while East Asia posted growth. Rest of the World was slightly up as infrastructure investments in the Middle East more than offset the decline in Russia. Services remained a growth engine, up double-digit.

    IT (14% of Q2 revenues), was up +4.8% organically in the second quarter. India posted strong growth after a one-off impact in Q1. The U.S. grew driven by channel initiatives and project execution in a slow market. IT investment in Western Europe remained positive. Rest of the world performed well as continued weakness in Russia was more than offset by growth in the Middle-East and Africa.

    In the second quarter, Solutions business was up +1% organically while services¹ were up +7% organically in Q2.Solutions represented 41% of 2015 Q2 revenues.

    Organic growth by geography

    € million

    HY 2015

    Q2 2015

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Organic growth (ex. Invensys)

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Western Europe

    3,378

     +1%

     +2%

    1,719

     +2%

    Asia-Pacific

    3,678

    -5%

    -4%

    2,013

    -5%

    North America

    3,491

    -1%

    0%

    1,871

    0%

    Rest of the World

    2,301

    +2%

    +3%

    1,249

    +6%

    Group

    12,848

    -0.9%[1]

    0%

    6,852

    +0.1%



    [1]  Excluding China, Group organic growth is +1.1%

    Western Europe (25% of Q2 revenues), was up +2% organically. Spain and Italy grew, driven by exports and progressive recovery in domestic markets. In a challenging market, France was up due to good execution. The U.K. grew while Germany experienced mixed trends.

    Asia-Pacific (29% of Q2 revenues), was down -5%, with contrasting trends. China declined across businesses due to weak construction and industrial markets. India was up as the country’s economy accelerated. Australia was flat as the improvement in residential construction and growth in IT was offset by weakness in natural resource investments and a high base of comparison.

    North America (27% of Q2 revenues), was flat for Q2. The U.S. was about flat as growth from construction market was offset by lower industrial investment and data center investment delays. Mexico was up driven by the recovery of the construction market.

    Rest of the World (19% of Q2 revenues), was up +6% organically in the second quarter. Growth in the Middle East, thanks to infrastructure investments, more than offset continued weakness in Russia. Africa grew and South America was up with contrasting trends.

    Revenues in new economies were down -1% organically and represented 44% of total second quarter 2015 revenues.

    Consolidation and foreign exchange impacts

    Net acquisitions contributed €8 million or +0.1% of growth compared to Q2 2014, mainly reflecting the acquisition of Günsan Elektrik.

    The impact of currency fluctuations was positive at €698² million or +11.5%, as the positive effect of the stronger US dollar and Chinese Yuan compared to the Euro, more than offset the negative impact due to depreciation of the Russian Ruble. Based on current rates, the positive FX impact on 2015 revenues is estimated to be c. €2bn. In this volatile FX environment, the Group continues to expect a limited impact on the 2015 adjusted EBITA margin.

    II. FIRST HALF 2015 KEY RESULTS

    € million

    2014 HY

    2015 HY

    Change

    Gross Profit

    4,457

    4,752

    +7%

    Support Function Costs

    (2,953)

    (3,151)

    +7%

    Adjusted EBITA

    1,504

    1,601

    +6%

    Restructuring costs

    (71)

    (158)

     

     

     

     

     

    Other operating income

    & expenses

    (57)

    (75)

     

     

     

     

     

    EBITA

    1,376

    1,368

    -1%

     

     

     

     

    Amortization & impairment of purchase accounting intangibles

    (127)

    (138)

     

     

     

     

     

    Net income (Group share)

    821

    719

    -12%

    Adjusted Net Income[1]

    879

    912

    +4%

     

     

     

     

    Free cash flow

    179

    216

    +21%



    [1].  See appendix p.13

    • ADJUSTED EBITA MARGIN AT 12.5%, DOWN -0.4 POINT VERSUS 2014, FLAT EXCLUDING INVENSYS³ 

    Gross profit was up +6.6%.

    Gross margin declined -1.1pt. H1 2015 positive net pricing* and productivity partially offset negative mix and increased R&D costs:

    • Net price contributed +0.4pt and productivity contributed +1.2pt.
    • Negative mix of -1.6pt comprised -1pt due to pricing of large projects (impacted by competitive pressure and investment for future service business) and a few project one-offs, and -0.6pt due to geography, business, and product/solution mix.
    • New product launches drove up R&D depreciation, impacting margin by -0.4pt. COGS inflation & others had a negative impact of -0.5pt. Currency and scope had a negative impact of -0.2pt.

    Support function costs declined -2.1% organically, and grew +6.7% on a reported basis, 3pts less than revenue growth.

    2015 Adjusted EBITA reached €1,601 million, up 6.4%.

    The key drivers contributing to the earnings change were the following:

    • Volume impact was negative €45 million in the first half.
    • Consistent execution of tailored supply chain initiatives contributed €151 million in the first half. Good contribution from supplier negotiation and industrial footprint optimization was partially offset by lower fixed cost absorption due to negative volume.
    • The net price impact was positive at €44 million, as the favorable raw materials environment with a tailwind of €77 million compensated for the negative pricing of €33 million, mainly due to China. Full year positive raw material impact is expected to be around €100 million.
    • Production, labor & other costs increased by €86 million, of which production labor inflation was €38 million and R&D increase in COGS was €48 million.
    • Support function costs had a positive impact of €67 million in the first half, reflecting the Group’s good progress of simplification initiatives.
    • Currency had a €200 million positive impact on the adjusted EBITA, mainly driven by the depreciation of the euro against the U.S. dollar and Chinese Yuan.
    • Mix was negative at €219 million.
    • Acquisitions, net of divestments, were minimal at €5 million for the first half.

    By business, adjusted EBITA of Buildings & Partner 2015 amounted to €1,031 million, or 17.9% of revenues, slightly up +0.3 point year-on-year thanks to better support function cost control. Industry generated an adjusted EBITA of €440 million, or 15.5% of revenues, down -2.7 points, penalized by volume decline, especially in Invensys, negative FX transaction impact, mix and higher R&D investment. Infrastructure adjusted EBITA was €156 million, or 6.2% of revenues, up +0.6 point benefiting from good control of SFC. IT business reported an adjusted EBITA of €279 million, 16.1% of revenues, down -0.8 point compared to 2014, penalized by FX transaction impact.

    Corporate costs in 2015 amounted to €305 million or 2.4% of revenues, at the same level as in the previous year.

    Reported EBITA was €1,368 million, after accounting for €158 million of restructuring costs. For the full year the restructuring costs are expected to be €300-€350 million, higher than previous years, attributed to SFC improvement initiatives. Other operating income and expenses were €75 million of which losses on business disposals amounted to €55 million, mainly related to the disposal of Telvent Global Services.

    • ADJUSTED NET INCOME** UP +4% 

    The amortization and depreciation of intangibles was €138 million, compared to €127 million last year, up slightly.

    Net financial expenses were €226 million, with a stable cost of debt.

    Income tax amounted to €231 million corresponding to an effective tax rate of 23.0%, stable vs. previous H1, benefiting from Invensys.

    The Adjusted Net Income was €912 million in H1 2015, up +4%. The Adjusted Net Income will be one of the key elements for dividend consideration.

    • FREE CASH FLOW OF €216 million, up 21% from H1 2014 

    Free cash flow was reported at €216 million. It included net capital expenditure of €382 million, representing 3.0% of revenues. The trade working capital increased by €283 million compared to €385 million in H1 2014 thanks to better control on account receivables and payables.

    • BALANCE SHEET REMAINS SOLID 

    Schneider Electric’s net debt at June 30, 2015 amounted to €6,468 million, an increase since the beginning of the year, mainly due to dividend payment and FX.

    III. INVENSYS UPDATE

    Invensys synergy execution is on track in the first half. Over 50% of the planned 2015 cost synergies were realized thanks to well structured initiatives. Revenue synergies are progressing well, with c. 50% of targeted 2015 orders booked, and opportunities coming from diversified end-markets. 2015 H1 integration costs amounted to €21 million.

    Performance in the first half was penalized by Oil & Gas and one-offs. Revenues were impacted by the ramping down of the China Nuclear project as well as the change in fiscal year closing in Q1. Underlying performance was slightly down as field devices declined ~20% due to Oil & Gas headwinds while the project business was flat to slightly down in H1, but improved in Q2. Software orders were up in Q2. Margin was penalized by the one-off impact, decline in volume, negative mix and continued R&D investment for future growth. However, margin is expected to improve in H2.

    IV. CREATING A LEADING INDUSTRIAL SOFTWARE BUSINESS WITH AVEVA***

    Schneider Electric announced a non-binding agreement for the combination of selected software assets with AVEVA Group to create a global leader in industrial software with a unique portfolio from design & build to operations. The proposed transaction9 aims to realize the full value of contributed industrial software assets and unlock additional value through the potential for material cost synergies as well as revenue synergies for the enlarged AVEVA and Schneider Electric. It would also create a platform for potential industrial software consolidation.

    The enlarged AVEVA would have a balanced geographical and end-market exposure and would generate combined revenues and Adjusted EBITA of c. £534 million and c. £130 million, respectively. Schneider Electric would have a majority stake of 53.5% in the enlarged AVEVA Group and would fully consolidate the business in its Group financials.

    V. SHARE BUY BACK

    In line with the plan to buy back between €1 billion and €1.5 billion worth of shares by 2016, the Group has repurchased 1,364,929 shares for a total amount of c. €90 million in the first half of 2015. The Group intends to accelerate the share buy-back in the second half. As of 30th June 2015, the total number of shares outstanding was 585,159,105.

    VI. 2015 TARGETS

    In the first half, the Group saw stabilization of the Infrastructure business, improvement in Western Europe, and good progress in adapting costs and in achieving Invensys synergies. However the Group’s performance was impacted by stronger than expected headwinds from O&G and China, and one–offs in Invensys

    In the second half the Group expects continued growth in the U.S. construction market, sustained improvement in Western Europe, persistent weakness in China and in O&G related investments.

    Therefore the Group now targets for 2015:

    • Around flat organic growth in revenues.
    • A significant growth in adjusted EBITA at current FX rates, and a stable to moderate decline in adjusted EBITA margin versus 2014.

    ____________________________________________________
    ¹ Within H1, services out-grew the rest of the group by 6pts
    ² Excludes the positive impact of €15 million related to the price increase adjusting for the depreciation of the Rouble against the U.S. Dollar for IT business in Russia.
    ³ 12.6% H1 2015 vs. 12.7% H1 2014
    * Price less raw material impact
    ** See appendix p.13
    *** The transaction remains subject to, amongst other things, the completion of mutual due diligence to the satisfaction of both parties, agreement on the terms of definitive legal documentation, the approval of the respective Boards of Schneider Electric and AVEVA, AVEVA shareholder approval and relevant anti-trust and regulatory approvals (if required).

    *******************


    The financial statements of the period ending June 30, 2015 were established by Board of directors on July 28, 2015 and certified by the Group auditors on July 28, 2015.

    The half year 2015 consolidated financial statements and the interim result presentation are available at www.schneider-electric.com

    Third quarter 2015 revenues will be released on October 29, 2015.

    About Schneider Electric
    As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 25 billion euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
    www.schneider-electric.com

    Appendix – Revenues breakdown by business

    Second quarter 2015 revenues by business were as follows:

    € million

    Q2 2015

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Changes in scope of consolidation

    Currency effect

    Reported growth

    Buildings & Partner

    3,062

    +0.5%

    +0.6%

     +13.2%

     +14.3%

    Industry

    1,463

    -4.2%

    -0.1%

     +11.2%

    +6.9%

    Infrastructure

    1,367

    +1.2%

     -0.7%

     +6.7%

     +7.2%

    IT

    960

    +4.8%

     0%

     +13.1%

     +17.9%

    Group

    6,852

    +0.1%

    +0.1%

    +11.5%

    +11.7%

    Half year 2015 revenues by business were as follows:

    € million

    HY 2015

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Organic growth (ex. Invensys)

    Changes in scope of consolidation

    Currency effect

    Reported growth

    Buildings & Partner

    5,763

    +0.4%

    +0.4%

    +0.6%

     +12.0%

    +13.0%

    Industry

    2,834

    -5.3%

    -2.4%

    -0.1%

     +10.2%

    +4.8%

    Infrastructure

    2,516

    +0.7%

    +0.7%

    -0.1%

     +5.8%

     +6.4%

    IT

    1,735

    +0.5%

    +0.5%

     -0.1%

     +13.0%

     +13.4%

    Group

    12,848

    -0.9%

    0%

    +0.2%

    +10.5%

    +9.8%

    Appendix – Breakdown by geography

    Second quarter 2015 revenues by geographical region were as follows:

    € million

    Q2 2015

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Reported growth

    Western Europe

    1,719

     +2%

    +4%

    Asia-Pacific

    2,013

    -5%

     +13%

    North America

    1,871

    0%

    +22%

    Rest of the World

    1,249

    +6%

     +6%

    Group

    6,852

    +0.1%

    +11.7%


    Half year 2015 revenues by geographical region were as follows:

    € million

    HY 2015

    Revenues

    Organic growth

    Organic growth (ex. Invensys)

    Reported growth

    Western Europe

    3,378

     +1%

     +2%

    +3%

    Asia-Pacific

    3,678

    -5%

    -4%

    +12%

    North America

    3,491

    -1%

    0%

    +20%

    Rest of the World

    2,301

    +2%

    +3%

    +3%

    Group

    12,848

    -0.9%

    0%

    +9.8%



    Appendix – Consolidation impact on revenues and EBITA

    In number of months

     

    2014

    Q1

     

    Q2

     

    Q3

     

    Q4

    2015

    Q1

     

    Q2

     

    Q3

     

    Q4

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Electroshield-TM Samara

    Infrastructure business

    Average annual revenue of more than RUB 20 billion since acquisition of 50% stake in 2010

    3m

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Invensys

    Industry business (+ partly Buildings & Partner business)
    FY 30/9/13 revenue £1,450 million excluding Appliance

    3m

    3m

    3m

    3m

     

     

     

     

    Gunsan Elektrik

    Buildings & Partner business
    TRY 100 million revenue in 2013

     

     

     

     

    3m

    3m

    3m

    3m

    Appendix - Results breakdown by division

     € million

    2014 HY

    2015 HY

    Revenues

    11,700

    12,848

    Buildings & Partner

    5,102

    5,763

    Industry

    2,704

    2,834

    Infrastructure

    2,364

    2,516

    IT

    1,530

    1,735

    Adjusted EBITA

    1,504

    1,601

    Buildings & Partner

    898

    1,031

    Industry

    493

    440

    Infrastructure

    132

    156

    IT

    258

    279

    Corporate

    (277)

    (305)

    - Other operating income and expenses

    (57)

    (75)

    Buildings & Partner

    (1)

    (12)

    Industry

    (37)

    (3)

    Infrastructure

    (9)

    (51)

    IT

    (5)

    (1)

    Corporate

    (5)

    (8)

    - Restructuring

    (71)

    (158)

    Buildings & Partner

    (31)

    (70)

    Industry

    (10)

    (27)

    Infrastructure

    (28)

    (46)

    IT

    (1)

    (6)

    Corporate

    (1)

    (9)

    EBITA

    1,376

    1,368

    Buildings & Partner

    866

    949

    Industry

    446

    410

    Infrastructure

    95

    59

    IT

    252

    272

    Corporate

    (283)

    (322)

    Appendix – Adjusted Net Income

    Key figures (€ million)

    2014 HY

    2015 HY

    Change

     

     

     

     

    EBIT

    1,249

    1,230

    -2%

    Net financial expense

    (201)

    (226)

     

    Income tax

    (241)

    (231)

     

    Discontinued operations

    70

    0

     

    - of which gains from business disposals

    25

    0

     

    Equity investments

    6

    (1)

     

    Minority interests

    (62)

    (53)

     

    Net income (Group share)

    821

    719

    -12%

    Invensys integration cost post-tax (calculated at Group effective tax rate)

    28

    16

     

    Gain/losses on business disposals
    (from OOIE & discontinued operations)

    (25)

    55

     

    Restructuring charges post-tax
    (calculated at Group effective tax rate)

     

    55

    122

     

    Adjusted Net income

    879

    912

    +4%


    Appendix – Free Cash Flow

    Analysis of debt change in €m

    H1 2014  

    H1 2015 

    Net debt at opening (Dec. 31st)

    (3,326)

    (5,022)

    Operating cash flow

    1,083

    1,134

    Capital expenditure – net

    (386)

    (382)

    Change in trade working capital

    (385)

    (283)

    Change in non-trade working capital

    (133)

    (253)

    Free cash flow

    179

    216

    Dividends

    (1,095)

    (1,109)

    Acquisitions – net

    (2,257)

    (77)

    Net capital increase

    64

    (72)

    FX & other

    (112)

    (404)

    (Increase) / Decrease in net debt

    (3,221)

    (1,446)

    Net debt at June 30

    (6,547)

    (6,468)

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