BRUSSELS, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Emakina Group (Alternext Brussels: ALEMK) published its annual results for 2013 today. Consolidated sales rose by 2.7% compared with 2012. At the same time, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell from 7.7% of total sales in 2012 to 6.1% in 2013. Finally, the consolidated net profit (excluding amortisation of goodwill) rose by 12% from EUR 1,052,780 in 2012 to EUR 1,176,999 in 2013. As in previous years, the Board of Directors is to put a proposal to the general meeting to be held on 22 April 2014 not to distribute a dividend so as to further support the development of the group.
Increase in sales outside Belgium of 22%
In 2013, Emakina Group sales amounted to EUR 50,117,336, compared with EUR 48,783,064 in 2012, up 3%. At constant scope, the level of sales was maintained in 2013.
The growth rate of activities in entities "outside Belgium" amounted to 22%. Meanwhile, the group's activity on the Belgian market has reached a stage of maturity given the significant level of its market share. Consequently, now more than ever European expansion remains a strategic priority for the group.
It should be remembered that in October 2013, Emakina Group announced the takeover of 54.5% of the capital of the Dutch digital communication agency Relephant (through the holding company Den Gulden Winckel B.V). With a total staff of about 80 people at its Dutch branch, Emakina is becoming a leading agency in the Netherlands. After the takeover of the Merge Media agency earlier this year, Emakina is now present in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague. The subsidiary Relephant Turkey, with around 20 members of staff, has also become fully integrated into the scope of the Emakina group further to this transaction.
In 2013, new national and international key accounts such as Air Canada, DG ECFIN (European Commission), i24News.tv, Lindemans, L'Oréal, Longines, Ogone, Oris, Rituals, Samsung Europe, Starwood Hotels & Resorts chose an Emakina Group agency as their communication partner.
Reduced operating profit (before amortisation) of 19%
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) contracted by 19% in absolute terms and as a percentage of total sales, falling from 7.7% in 2012 to 6.1% in 2013. At constant scope, the EBITDA fell from 7.7% of sales in 2012 to 5.6% of sales in 2013. This scope effect is reflected in the integration of the Dutch activities of Merge Media and the Relephant group, the positive effects of which can already be seen in the consolidated results of the last quarter of 2013.
The level of the EBITDA margin during the year 2013 may be explained by a number of factors:
- The acquisition of multiannual contracts on key accounts requires a great deal of effort from sales and marketing.
- The deferral of major projects impacted on resource scheduling in the first half of the year.
- The need to continue to invest in new, innovative skills.
Current earnings before amortisation of goodwill contracted by 12%
The current result (before amortisation of consolidation differences) fell by EUR 247,210 following the decline in the EBITDA, partially offset by the strong progress in the financial result due to the capital gain of EUR 700,000 on the disposal 45.5% of the capital of the Rotterdam subsidiary Emakina.NL.
Net profit of EUR 1,176,999 before amortisation of goodwill up 12%
The net result in 2013 (before amortisation of consolidation differences) rose by EUR 124,219 owing to lower tax charges and a relatively insignificant exceptional result in 2013. The amortisation of consolidation differences (imposed by Belgian accounting standards) had a negative impact on the net result of the company of EUR 1,028,432 for 2013. This element of Belgian accounting law, which imposes systematic amortisation, weighs significantly on the consolidated net result.
Compared with the end of 2012 and excluding the changes in the scope, the group's financial situation remained stable during 2013 thanks to a controlled level of financial debt, a stable working capital requirement and the availability of relevant and renewed credit lines.
Investments in innovation
In a competitive economic context, Emakina is continuing to invest in innovation in order to strengthen its service range and thus maintain its competitive advantage:
- The substantial investments made over the past few years in the social, mobile and integrated communication fields have made it possible to maintain growth in an economic context that continues to be difficult. The development in 2013 of expertise in commitment techniques related to "gamification" (with the support of Innoviris, the Brussels institute for research and innovation) as well as a skills centre focusing on the Adobe "AEM" technological solution are part of this process.
- The acquisition of the Dutch group Relephant in October 2013 is also part of this desire to expand the range of services by offering strong expertise in the field of E-commerce.
- Supporting "CRM" solutions for "B2C" brands such as Samsung and Audi is another major area of development that enables them to create a direct marketing relationship through digital media.
Outlook for 2014
Emakina Group's management team expects growth to continue at a slightly higher rate to that of last year in 2014 on the basis of the commercial debt and the European expansion of the group.
The auditor has confirmed that his audit of the consolidated account is complete in terms of substance and has not revealed any significant adjustment which should be made to the accounting data given in the press release.
Belgian accounting standards
All the consolidated figures have been established in accordance with Belgian accounting standards (in particular as regards the mandatory amortisation of goodwill). These figures provide a summary of the financial results that will be presented in detail in the annual report available as of 1 April 2014.
Annual general meeting 2014: 22 April 2014 at 4.00 pm.
Annual report 2013: 1 April 2014
Publication of 2014 half-yearly results: 12 September 2014
CONSOLIDATED FIGURES 2013 - EMAKINA GROUP SA
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT (EUR)* 31/12/2013 31/12/2012 31/12/2011 SALES AND SERVICES 50,117,336 48,783,064 41,337,106 Turnover 48,680,249 47,799,533 40,265,704 Variations in contracts in progress 298,779 612,880 452,051 Capitalised production 110,489 204,530 241,097 Other operating income 1,027,819 166,121 378,254 OPERATING CHARGES (BEFORE AMORTISATION) -47,060,983 -45,027,552 -38,587,823 Purchase of equipment and services linked to sales -24,146,466 -24,411,435 -21,129,943 Remuneration, social security charges and pensions -23,048,167 -20,416,416 -17,339,864 Other operating costs 133,650 -199,701 -118,016 EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTISATION = EBITDA 3,056,353 3,755,512 2,749,283 DEPRECIATION AND AMORTISATION -1,340,574 -1,361,478 -843,072 Amortisation of intangible and tangible fixed assets -1,370,127 -1,114,995 -861,492 Depreciation of trade receivables 24,553 -258,414 -13,746 Provisions for liabilities and charges 5,000 11,931 32,166 OPERATING PROFIT 1,715,779 2,394,034 1,906,211 FINANCIAL RESULTS 81,283 -349,762 -324,140 Financial income 754,798 77,064 74,884 Financial charges -673,515 -426,826 -399,024 CURRENT PROFIT BEFORE AMORTISATION OF CONSOLIDATED DIFFERENCES 1,797,062 2,044,272 1,582,071 AMORTISATION OF GOODWILL** -1,028,432 -1,507,875 -1,561,061 CURRENT PROFIT 768,630 536,397 21,010 EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS -43,782 42,971 -368,363 RESULT BEFORE TAXES 724,848 579,368 -347,353 DEFERRED TAXES -11,193 -217,783 -260,837 INCOME TAX -550,762 -822,927 -228,112 SHARE IN THE RESULTS OF COMPANIES IN CONSOLIDATION USING THE EQUITY METHOD -14,326 6,247 0 NET PROFIT BEFORE AMORTISATION OF CONSOLIDATED DIFFERENCES. 1,176,999 1,052,780 724,759 NET RESULTS 148,567 -455,095 -836,302 A. Share of minority interests 193,264 -31,762 32,041 B. Group share -44,697 -423,333 -868,343
DATA PER SHARE 31/12/2013 31/12/2012 31/12/2011 NUMBER OF SHARES 3,844,061 3,833,739 3,833,739 NUMBER OF SHARES AND WARRANTS 3,995,211 4,041,959 4,097,089 CURRENT RESULTS / SHARE (in EUR) 0.1999 0.1399 0.0055 CURRENT RESULTS/ SHARE AND WARRANT (in EUR) 0.1924 0.1327 0.0051 GROUP SHARE / SHARE (in EUR) -0.0116 -0.1104 -0.2265 GROUP SHARE / SHARE AND WARRANT (in EUR) -0.0112 -0.1047 -0.2119 NET RESULT / SHARE (in EUR) 0.0386 -0.1187 -0.2181 NET RESULT / SHARE AND WARRANT (in EUR) 0.0372 -0.1126 -0.2119
* Drawn up in accordance with Belgian accounting standards.
** In accordance with the valuation rules, the consolidation differences (or goodwill) are amortised over eight years, irrespective of all consideration of any excess value in accordance with Belgian accounting standards.
The 2013 consolidated income statement covers 12 months of all the entities in the group except for Den Gulden Winckel BV, consolidated since 1 October 2013, or the income statement for three months and Merge Media BV, consolidated since 1 July or the income statement for six months.
ASSETS (EUR) * 31/12/2013 31/12/2012 31/12/2011 FIXED ASSETS 11,171,038 9,518,823 8,873,387 Formation expenses 297,600 177,960 269,914 Intangible assets 2,038,425 2,001,937 836,213 Consolidation differences 7,084,341 5,880,872 6,438,421 Tangible assets 1,484,521 1,244,679 1,088,537 Fixed financial assets 266,151 213,375 240,302 CURRENT ASSETS 22,450,532 20,878,538 20,442,876 Stocks and contracts in progress 4,486,882 4,413,093 3,616,979 Deferred taxes 93,041 136,983 387,874 Amounts receivable within one year 13,845,816 14,221,489 13,826,031 Current investments 305,890 395,890 0 Cash at bank and in hand 2,863,659 1,151,398 2,203,255 Deferred charges and accrued income 855,244 559,685 408,737 TOTAL ASSETS 33,621,570 30,397,361 29,316,263 LIABILITIES (EUR) * 31/12/2013 31/12/2012 31/12/2011 CAPITAL AND RESERVES 10,266,607 9,665,965 10,097,133 MINORITY INTERESTS 338,629 8,634 7,460 PROVISIONS FOR LIABILITIES AND CHARGES 0 5,000 16,932 DEFERRED TAXES AND DEFERRED TAX LIABILITIES 44,645 77,394 110,502 DEBTS 22,971,689 20,640,368 19,084,236 Amounts payable after one year 2,186,146 1,508,623 443,356 Amounts payable within one year 20,243,085 18,510,802 18,412,781 Current portion of amounts payable after one year 889,396 604,125 1,215,005 Financial debts 6,148,109 4,385,622 2,064,400 Trade debts 3,964,507 3,555,991 4,723,962 Advances received 3,420,199 3,573,594 4,953,413 Taxes, wages and social security 4,443,701 4,825,306 3,638,534 Other debts 1,377,173 1,566,164 1,817,467 Accrued charges and deferred income 542,458 620,943 228,099 TOTAL LIABILITIES 33,621,570 30,397,361 29,316,263
* Drawn up in accordance with Belgian accounting standards.
In accordance with the Alternext Brussels regulations, this annual press release is optional. This will be followed by the publication of the Emakina Group annual financial report 2013 which contains all the regulatory information. This report will be available on our website, http://www.emakina.com (section "Financial - Reports") as of 1 April 2014 in accordance with the legal provisions on this matter.
About the Emakina Group
Emakina is a European group of digital agencies that support their clients in maximising the opportunities of the new digital era. Its service portfolio is centred on five core activities: Integrated Communication, Web Building, Interactive Communication, Applications and Commerce. The group's agencies are Emakina (Brussels, Paris, Limoges, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Geneva and Izmir), Your Agency (Waterloo), Robert & Marien (Brussels), The Reference (Ghent) and Design is Dead (Antwerp).
Emakina's clients include many leading businesses, such as Audi, Baume & Mercier, Bavaria, BNP Paribas Fortis, Brussels Airlines, Caran d'Ache, Deutsche Bank, GDF Suez, Girard-Perregaux, i24News.tv, ING, Karl Lagerfeld, KPN, L'Oréal, Longines, Microsoft, Orange, Peugeot, Samsung Europe, Seat, SNCF, Thomas Cook, Volkswagen, and international institutions, such as the European Commission. The Emakina Group employs a staff of over 500 people, reported annual sales of €50.1 m in 2013 and is listed on Alternext of Euronext Brussels (mnemo: ALEMK - ISIN: BE0003843605). For more information visit: http://www.emakina.com
Emakina Group S.A.
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This regulatory information press release is a translation of the official French version.
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