Business in the first quarter 2022
Market environment. According to estimates by the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) and the German Rubber Industry Association (WdK), a total of 1.7 % fewer passenger car tyres were sold by retailers to consumers in Germany in the first three months of the current year. A decrease in business with summer tyres by 3.2 % and winter tyres by 12.6 % compared to the first three months of 2021 contrasts with an increase in business with all-season tyres by 8.6 %.
According to the Association for Consumer Research (GfK), the sentiment of German consumers has recently clouded over considerably. In February, there was still hope that the planned easing of the pandemic-related restrictions would also lead to a significant recovery in consumer sentiment. However, the start of the Ukraine war is increasingly unsettling consumers, according to the experts. The energy price increases associated with the sanctions against Russia, among other things, are increasingly depressing general consumer sentiment.
Sale of the US business. Delticom AG sold its 75 % shares in Delticom North America Inc. at the beginning of the current fiscal year. In this context, a one-off income in the amount of € 2.5 million was realised. The business development adjusted for the US business is referred to as “core business” in the following.
Revenues. In the first decade of March, it remained relatively cold in Germany despite a lot of sunshine, and the nights were frosty almost all over the country. Even though high pressure “Peter” subsequently ensured a spring-like level, colder air masses from the north led to a change in the weather towards the end of the month, which in some cases caused fresh snow. Accordingly, in contrast to last year, the summer tyre business was unable to benefit from an early start to the season. In addition, Easter fell in mid-April this year, two weeks later than last year. In the first quarter, Delticom Group recorded revenues of € 90.5 million. In the same period of the previous year, the US subsidiary had contributed around € 16 million to consolidated revenues of € 102.2 million. Accordingly, the company was able to achieve revenues growth of 4.4 % in its core business in the first three months of the current fiscal year.
Other operating income. Other operating income amounted to € 9.5 million in the reporting period (Q1 2021: € 5.5 million). The 74.1 % increase is mainly due to the one-off income of € 2.5 million in connection with the sale of the US subsidiary.
Gross margin before other operating income. The cost of goods sold (COGS) is the largest expense item; it considers the purchase price of sold products. It amounted to € 72.5 million in the period under review (Q1 2021: € 79.6 million). Sales-related mix effects due to the delayed start of the season compared to the previous year led to a decrease in gross margin from 22.1 % to 19.9 % in the reporting period.
Gross profit. Gross profit amounted to € 27.6 million in the first three months of the current fiscal year (Q1 2021: € 28.1 million). Gross profit in relation to total income amounted to 27.5 % (Q1 2021: 26.1 %). In a year-on-year comparison, excluding the US business and the earnings contribution realised in the first quarter of the current year, gross profit margin in relation to total income for the core business was 25.7 % after 26.9 % in the previous year. Part of this decrease is due to reduced earnings contributions in comparison to the previous year amounting to a total of € 0.8 million. In addition to the loss of income from the sale of land by a subsidiary, decreasing currency gains were also recorded in the first quarter of the current year.
Transportation costs. Transport costs amounted to € 7.8 million in the reporting period (Q1 2021: € 9.4 million). The decrease of 17.4 % is mainly due to the sale of the US business. In the core business, transport costs in the first quarter were almost at the previous year’s level.
Personnel expenses. As of the reporting date 31.03.2022, a total of 183 people were employed in the Group (31.03.2021: 175). Personnel expenses amounted to € 3.1 million after € 3.2 million in the first quarter of 2021 (-2.0 %). In view of the large number of strategic projects, the company hired additional talents last year.
Marketing. Marketing expenses amounted to € 2.8 million in the period under review, after € 3.2 million in the previous year (-13,7 %). In the core business, the marketing expense ratio in the first three months was above the previous year at 3.1 % of revenues (Q1 2021: 2.8 %). Against the backdrop of the inflationary price environment and the weather-related delay in the start of the season, more was invested in marketing measures to promote an early start to the summer tyre season.
Warehousing. Stocking costs amounted to € 2.8 million, compared to € 2.1 million in the same period of the previous year. The increase of 32.4 % is mainly due to a higher volume of incoming goods compared to the previous year as a result of early stocking for the summer tyre business.
Financial and legal. Finance and legal expenses amounted to € 1.8 million after € 2.2 million in the previous year. The decrease of 21.0 % is mainly due to the discontinuation of restructuring costs.
EBITDA. EBITDA for the first three months amounted to € 1.7 million, an increase of 61.9 % compared to the same quarter the year before (Q1 2021: € 1.1 million). The earnings contribution from the sale of the US business helped to compensate for the decrease in gross margin before operating income due to sales-related mix effects. The EBITDA margin for the first quarter is 1.9 % (Q1 2021: 1.1 %).
Depreciation. Depreciation and amortisation amounted to € 2.5 million after € 2.7 million in Q1 2021 (-10.6 %).
EBIT. EBIT amounted to € -0.7 million, an improvement of € 1.0 million after € -1.7 million in the first quarter of 2021.
Net income. At € -0.5 million, net income for the first three months of 2021 improved by € 1.9 million compared to Q1 2021 (€ -2.4 million).
Working Capital Management. Among the current assets, inventories is the biggest line item. As of the balance sheet date 31.03.2022, inventories amounted to € 78.6 million. The increase in comparison to the reporting date (31.03.2021: € 58.4 million) is mainly due to a delayed start to the season as well as an earlier start to stockpiling compared to the previous year due to the inflationary price environment. At € 24.7 million, trade receivables were at the same level as in the previous year (31.03.2021: € 24.7 million). Trade payables amounted to € 108.1 million as at the balance sheet date (31.03.2021: € 99.4 million).
Outlook. The provided outlook for the full year 2022 in terms of revenues in a range of € 480-520 million and operative EBITDA of € 12-15 million remains unchanged.
Delticom will report on the further course of the summer tyre business in its half-year report on August 11, 2022.
With the brand Reifendirekt, Delticom AG is the leading company in Europe for the online distribution of tyres and complete wheels.
The product portfolio for private and business customers comprises an unparalleled range of more than 600 brands and around 40,000 tyre models for cars and motorcycles. Complete wheels and rims complete the product range. The company operates 359 online shops and online distribution platforms in 73 countries, serving more than 16 million customers.
As part of the service, the ordered products can be sent to one of Delticom’s approximately 37,000 service partners worldwide for mounting at the customer’s request.
Based in Hanover, Germany, the company operates primarily in Europe and has extensive expertise in the development and operation of online shops, internet customer acquisition, internet marketing and the establishment of partner networks.
Since its foundation in 1999, Delticom has built up comprehensive expertise in designing efficient and fully integrated ordering and logistics processes. The company’s own warehouses are among its most important assets.
In fiscal year 2021, Delticom AG generated revenues of around 585 million euros. At the end of last year, the company employed 174 people.
The shares of Delticom AG have been listed in the Prime Standard of the German Stock Exchange since October 2006 (ISIN DE0005146807).
On the internet at: www.delti.com