Paris, March 12, 2019, 17.35
After a mixed first half-year, the results for 2018 as a whole ultimately proved stable relative to the previous year - excluding the non-recurring items related to the withdrawal from Iran - for a 6% rise in Ebit.
Various factors affected the Group in 2018 but the core business represented by Rubis Énergie's distribution and support and services activities (75% of Group's Ebit), excluding Madagascar and Haiti, posted a healthy 13% rise in Ebit, whereas the storage business (12% of Group's Ebit) posted a 33% decline due to a number of external factors: regional geopolitics affecting flows in Northern Iraq, the absence of contango-related activity affecting activity levels in both Turkey and France, temporary disruption to the competitive positioning in Normandy, navigation difficulties on the Rhine and unfavorable environmental taxes relative to Germany reducing transit in the Eastern region.
Lastly, although the political, economic and social environment in Haiti and Madagascar was detrimental to the contribution from the two subsidiaries acquired in 2017, their 2018 results nevertheless show an overall net income acquisition multiple of 13x.
The Group posted a 6% rise in Ebit (stable at constant scope):
The forced withdrawal from Iran and the partnerships from India as a result of U.S. sanctions generated an after-tax loss of EUR15 million. Net income, Group share after adjusting for this non-recurring amount reached EUR270 million, relatively stable (+2%) relative to 2017.
These results, obtained in a challenging environment, demonstrate the solidity of Rubis' business model with its particularly diversified risk structure.
The Group's financial position at the end of the fiscal year remained strong, with a net debt to Ebitda ratio of 1.39.
Balance sheet extracts
The cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax declined by 3% to EUR386 million.
The working capital requirement was stable, representing 10% of revenue. Receipt of a cargo of crude during the last week of December generated an exceptional cash requirement of EUR32 million (increase in WCR) taking the change in WCR to EUR81 million during the fiscal year.
The main items of capital expenditure were as follows:
The EUR159 million increase in shareholders' equity comprises an EUR86 million capital increase resulting from payment of the dividend in shares (48.2% paid in shares), drawings on capital lines for EUR67 million and the annual subscription to the company savings plan reserved for employees of EUR6 million.
Net acquisitions of financial assets comprise the purchase of Repsol's LPG distribution assets in the Azores and Madeira, and a 25% holding in KenolKobil, a petroleum products distribution company listed in Kenya. Following the launch of the public offer in early 2019, Rubis holds 97.6% of the capital and the mandatory de-listing of the company will take place in the near future.
The first weeks of the 2019 fiscal year have shown good overall momentum. The Group is confident of its ability to continue generating organic growth and pursue its acquisitions policy.
With this in mind, a resolution will be submitted to the forthcoming General Meeting to increase the unit dividend by 6% to EUR1.59.
The 2018 financial statements were approved by the Board of Management at its meeting on March 11, 2019, and by the Supervisory Board on March 12, 2019. The Statutory Auditors are in the process of issuing a report without reservations.
First-quarter revenue on May 13, 2019 (after the close of the market)
Regulatory filing PDF file
Document title: RUBIS: Fiscal year 2018 demonstrated the solidity of Rubis' business model - Ebit +6% - Dividend +6%
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