Delticom publishes Q1 business development
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Hannover, May 13, 2016 – Delticom AG (WKN 514680, ISIN DE0005146807, ticker symbol DEX), Europe’s leading online retailer of tyres and automotive accessories as well as efood specialist recognized in Q1 16 revenues of € 105.8 million including the food companies (Gourmondo and ES Food) acquired on 23.02.2016. Compared to the previous year group revenues decreased in the reporting period by 5.0 % (Q1 15: € 111.3 million). EBITDA came in at € -0.4 million (Q1 15: € 0.8 million). This drop is mainly attributable to closing-date related shifts in revenues. During the first four months of the current year, group revenues of more than € 180 million were achieved, an increase of more than 5.0 % yoy. EBITDA for the period from January till April remained at the previous year’s level. The company has successfully grown tyre unit sales by almost 10 % during the first four months.
Business performance and earnings situation
Market environment. This year’s start to the summer tyre season in Germany has shifted to the end of March due to persistently cold temperatures. According to initial estimates by industry experts, German tyre dealers sold around 10 % fewer car tyres to motorists during the first three months of this year. Although the weather in March of last year was also changeable, some mild days nevertheless prompted an earlier start to the season last year. Experts assume that unit sales figures in German tyre retailing will prove more positive by the end of the first four months.
Cost of goods sold. The cost of goods sold decreased in the reporting period from € 28.7 million by 2.2 % to € 28.1 million.
Personnel expenses. In the reporting period Delticom group employed an average of 128 staff members (Q1 15: 140). Personnel expenses increased slightly due to the initial consolidation of the food companies.
Other operating expenses. Other operating expenses increased during the first three months from € 25.8 million by 1.7 % to € 26.2 million. Higher transportation costs and the first-time consolidation of the food companies outweighted the savings on warehousing costs.
Marketing. Group marketing expenses in Q1 16 decreased by 7.2 % from € 5.3 million to € 4.9 million.
EBITDA. EBITDA came down from € 0.8 million to € -0.4 million. This decrease is mainly attributable to the accrual effect in revenues. The sales relating to some of the costs incurred in the first quarter were only recognized beginning of April in accounting terms.
Financial and assets position
Inventories. Among the current assets, inventories is the biggest line item. Since the beginning of the year stock grew by € 27.5 million or 44.5 % to € 89.4 million. Inventories by closing-date comparison as of the end of March were € 15.8 million higher compared to the previous year (31.03.2015: € 73.7 million) due to the delayed start into the summer season.
Receivables. Trade receivables usually follow the seasons, but reporting date effects are often unavoidable. At the end of the quarter, the accounts receivable amounted to € 32.8 million (31.12.2015: € 18.6 million, 31.03.2015: € 23.0 million). Part of the orders received end of March was only paid by customers after delivery of the tyres in April.
Payables. In the wake of this inventory build-up, the accounts payable increased from an open-ing balance of € 78.2 million by 52.9 % to € 119.6 million (31.03.2015: € 96.6 million).
Liquidity position. Even after having paid in cash € 18.5 million of the purchase price for the two food companies, liquidity (cash and cash equivalents plus liquidity reserve) on 31.03.2016 stood at € 13.2 million (31.12.2015: € 11.5 million, 31.03.2015: € 20.7 million). The company’s net cash position amounted to € -4.4 million (liquidity less liabilities from current accounts, 31.12.2015: € 7.1 million, 31.03.2015: € 14.8 million).
Balance sheet total. As of 31.03.2016 the balance sheet total amounted to € 226.6 million (31.12.2015: € 160.0 million).
The Management of Delticom AG confirms the full-year guidance provided in March as follows:
Tyres & Accessories
– Revenues: around € 600 million
– EBITDA: € 18 million if business performance is positive
– Revenues: € 20 – 30 million
– EBITDA: € -2 million
Delticom is Europe´s leading online retailer for tyres and car parts and accessories. Founded in 1999, the Hanover-based company has more than 300 online shops and websites in 45 countries, among others ReifenDirekt in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Delticom group also includes the online shops of Tirendo. Delticom offers a wide range of products for its private and business customers: more than 25,000 models from over 100 tyre brands for cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and buses, but also complete wheels.
Customers enjoy all the advantages of modern E-Commerce: convenience in order placing, quick, efficient delivery, clear cost information and, last but not least, low prices. The products are delivered in two business days to any address the customer chooses. Alternatively, Delticom delivers the tyres to one of more than 42,000 service partners (9,500 in Germany alone) for professional fitting directly on to the customer’s vehicle at a reasonable price. More than 300,000 car parts, including motor oil, replacement parts and accessories, complement the product portfolio.
In the field of eFood the Delticom group offers a wide range of products as well: At the gourmet online supermarket Gourmondo.de alone, more than 17,000 articles are available. With the focus on gourmet and organic food as well as delicacies the online food shops of Delticom pick up current trends. Further-more, Delticom take account of the future market organic food through the online store of the organic food supermarket chain Alnatura among others.