JCDecaux SA (Euronext Paris: DEC), the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced this week its 2017 half year financial results.
Jean-François Decaux, Chairman of the Executive Board and Co-CEO of JCDecaux, said “Our H1 2017 revenue of €1,641.4 million which is up +1.5% on a reported basis and +0.4% on an organic basis was driven by a better than expected Q2 with an organic growth rate of +1.5% reflecting a solid June with an improvement of our Chinese business. Street Furniture’s good performance was mainly due to a very strong increase in our digital revenue coming from the ongoing digitisation of our premium Street Furniture assets around the world including London and New York City while our Transport segment was virtually flat being negatively impacted by the revenue decline in both Greater China and the Rest of the World. Our Billboard segment declined despite a good performance from our digital billboards reflecting the lack of consolidation of the Billboard market in Europe. Our digital revenue, which now represent 15.6% of our total revenue, continued to grow strongly leading to market share gains especially in the UK and in the US”.
“As anticipated, our Street Furniture operating margin increased by +100bp to 23.4% due to both the strong digital revenue increase of our bus-shelter contract in London where we now operate nearly 700 84ʺ screens and the positive impact of the ongoing turnaround of CEMUSA. However, the overall operating margin declined by -90bp to 15.5% being negatively impacted by a margin reduction in both Transport and Billboard.
As far as organic growth is concerned, we won several significant advertising contracts in faster-growth markets such as the Guangzhou Baiyun International airport (Terminal 2), São Paulo-Guarulhos International airport, São Paulo metro, Tocumen International airport in Panama and Street Furniture in Dubai as well as the global franchise for Rotterdam bus shelters, buses, trams and metro.
Following our merger with Top Media in December 2016 in Central America, we continued to further consolidate the Latin American fragmented OOH market with the merger of our OOH business into a joint-venture with América Móvil in Mexico in order to strengthen our position in the 2nd largest advertising market in the region. The closing of this transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including the approval of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission.
Bearing in mind the reduced visibility, we currently expect our Q3 adjusted organic revenue growth rate to accelerate to reach around +3%, reflecting the return to growth in China and the good momentum in both the US and Europe, while France remains challenging and the UK starts to slow down.
In a media landscape increasingly fragmented, out-of-home advertising reinforces its attractiveness. With our accelerating exposure to faster-growth markets, our growing premium digital portfolio combined with a new data-led audience targeting platform, our ability to win new contracts and the high quality of our teams across the world, we believe we are well positioned to outperform the advertising market and increase our leadership position in the outdoor advertising industry through profitable market share gains. The strength of our balance sheet is a key competitive advantage that will allow us to pursue further external growth opportunities as they arise.”
Adjusted revenue for the six months ending June 30, 2017 increased by +1.5% to €1,641.4 million from €1,617.3 million in the same period last year. On an organic basis (i.e. excluding the positive impact from foreign exchange variations and the positive impact from changes in perimeter), adjusted revenue grew by +0.4%. Adjusted advertising revenue, excluding revenue related to sale, rental and maintenance, increased by +0.5% on an organic basis in the first half of 2017.
In the second quarter, adjusted revenue increased by +1.7% to €883.8 million. On an organic basis, adjusted revenue grew by +1.5% compared to Q2 2016.
Adjusted advertising revenue, excluding revenue related to sale, rental and maintenance, increased by +1.3% on an organic basis in Q2 2017.
|€m||H1 2017||H1 2016||Change 17/16|
Adjusted organic revenue growth (a)
(a) Excluding acquisitions/divestitures and the impact of foreign exchange
Adjusted revenue by geographic area
|€m||H1 2017||H1 2016||Reported growth||Organic growth(a)|
|Rest of the World||216.6||183.8||+17.8%||-0.9%|
(a) Excluding acquisitions/divestitures and the impact of foreign exchange
(b) Excluding France and the United Kingdom
Note that the geographic comments below refer to organic revenue growth.
First half adjusted revenue increased by +2.8% to €746.5 million (+2.4% on an organic basis), driven by Europe and the Rest of the World.
First half adjusted advertising revenue, excluding revenue related to sale, rental and maintenance were up +2.3% on an organic basis compared to the first half of 2016.
In the second quarter, adjusted revenue increased by +2.8% to €403.4 million. On an organic basis, adjusted revenue increased by +2.8% compared to the same period last year. Adjusted advertising revenue, excluding revenue related to sale, rental and maintenance were up +2.4% on an organic basis in Q2 2017 compared to Q2 2016.
First half adjusted revenue decreased by -0.5% to €651.2 million (-0.2% on an organic basis), mainly due to a revenue decline in Greater China and in the Middle East partially offset by a good performance in Europe and a strong double-digit growth in North America.
In the second quarter, adjusted revenue increased by +1.9% to €349.1 million. On an organic basis, adjusted revenue increased by +2.6 % compared to the same period last year.
First half adjusted revenue increased by +3.0% to €243.7 million (-4.3% on an organic basis). Reported growth was fuelled by the contribution of OUTFRONT Media Latam in Q1 2017 (consolidated in our accounts since 1st April, 2016).
In the second quarter, adjusted revenue decreased by -1.7% to €131.3 million. On an organic basis, adjusted revenue decreased by -5.0% compared to the same period last year.
ADJUSTED OPERATING MARGIN (1)
In the first half of 2017, adjusted operating margin decreased by -3.6% to €255.0 million from €264.5 million in the first half of 2016. The adjusted operating margin as a percentage of revenue was 15.5%, -90bp below prior year.
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Street Furniture: In the first half of 2017, adjusted operating margin increased by +7.6% to €174.9 million. As a percentage of revenue, the adjusted operating margin increased by +100bp to 23.4%, compared to the first half of 2016, driven by the turnaround of CEMUSA and the ramp-up of the world’s largest bus shelter advertising franchise with TfL in London, however offset by the impact of a revenue decrease in France.
Transport: In the first half of 2017, adjusted operating margin decreased by -20.2% to €66.0 million. As a percentage of revenue, the adjusted operating margin decreased by -250bp to 10.1% compared to the first half of 2016, primarily due to the revenue decrease in Greater China and in the Middle East.
Billboard: In the first half of 2017, adjusted operating margin decreased by -26.6% to €14.1 million. As a percentage of revenue, adjusted operating margin decreased by -230bp to 5.8% compared to the first half of 2016, driven by a revenue decline in Europe and in the Rest of the World.
ADJUSTED EBIT (2)
In the first half of 2017, adjusted EBIT before impairment charge decreased by -4.5% to €115.1 million compared to €120.5 million in the first half of 2016. As a percentage of revenue, this represented a
-50bp decrease to 7.0%, from 7.5% in H1 2016. The consumption of maintenance spare parts was slightly up in H1 2017 compared to H1 2016. Net amortization and provisions were up compared to the same period last year, due to a less important reversal on provisions for onerous contracts in H1 2017, related to the Purchase Accounting of CEMUSA than in H1 2016. Other operating income and expenses impacted the P&L positively, mainly due to lower restructuring costs booked in H1 2017 compared to those booked in H1 2016, mostly relating to CEMUSA’s turnaround, and due to some assets disposals.
No impairment charge on goodwill and tangible, intangible assets and investments under equity method has been recorded in the first half of 2017 like in H1 2016. A €3.0 million reversal of amortization of tangible and intangible assets and a €0.6 million reversal on provisions for onerous contracts have been recognized in H1 2017 (a €0.6 million reversal on provisions for onerous contracts and a €0.1 million reversal of amortization of tangible and intangible assets were booked in H1 2016).
Adjusted EBIT, after impairment charge decreased by -2.1% to €118.7 million compared to €121.2 million in H1 2016.
NET FINANCIAL INCOME / (LOSS) (3)
In the first half of 2017, net financial income was -€15.3 million compared to -€13.2 million in the first half of 2016, mainly due to net interest expenses of the new bond of €750 million issued in June 2016.
In the first half of 2017, the share of net profit from equity affiliates was €46.5 million, higher compared to the same period last year (€45.7 million).
NET INCOME GROUP SHARE
In the first half of 2017, net income Group share before impairment charge decreased by -10.0% to €72.0 million compared to €80.0 million in H1 2016.
Taking into account the impact from the impairment charge, net income Group share decreased by
-7.8% to €74.1 million compared to €80.4 million in H1 2016.
ADJUSTED CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
In the first half of 2017, adjusted net capex (acquisition of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, net of disposals of assets) was at €93.2 million compared to €78.9 million during the same period last year, mainly due to the digitisation across all segments.
ADJUSTED FREE CASH FLOW (4)
In the first half of 2017, adjusted free cash flow was €30.1 million compared to €98.3 million in the same period last year. This decrease is mainly due to a lower operating margin, an increase in our working capital requirements and higher capex.
The dividend of €0.56 per share for the 2016 financial year, approved at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 11th May 2017, was paid on 18th May 2017, for a total amount of €119.0 million.
NET DEBT (5)
Net debt as of 30th June 2017 amounted to €551.4 million compared to a net debt position of €547.0 million as of 30th June 2016.
Under IFRS 11, applicable from 1st January, 2014, companies under joint control are accounted for using the equity method.
However in order to reflect the business reality of the Group, operating data of the companies under joint control continue to be proportionately integrated in the operating management reports used to monitor the activity, allocate resources and measure performance.
Consequently, pursuant to IFRS 8, Segment Reporting presented in the financial statements complies with the Group’s internal information, and the Group’s external financial communication therefore relies on this operating financial information. Financial information and comments are therefore based on “adjusted” data which are reconciled with IFRS financial statements. As regards the P&L, it concerns all aggregates down to the EBIT. As regards the cash flow statement, it concerns all aggregates down to the free cash flow.
In the first half of 2017, the impact of IFRS 11 on our adjusted aggregates is:
- -€200.6 million on adjusted revenue (-€202.6 million in H1 2016) leaving IFRS revenue at €1,440.8 million (€1,414.7 million in H1 2016).
- -€59.0 million on adjusted operating margin (-€54.6 million in H1 2016) leaving IFRS operating margin at €196.0 million (€209.9 million in H1 2016).
- -€51.5 million on adjusted EBIT before impairment charge (-€45.8 million in H1 2016) leaving IFRS EBIT before impairment charge at €63.6 million (€74.7 million in H1 2016).
- -€51.5 million on adjusted EBIT after impairment charge (-€45.8 million in H1 2016) leaving IFRS EBIT after impairment charge at €67.2 million (€75.4 million in H1 2016).
- -€6.4 million on adjusted capital expenditure (-€5.4 million in H1 2016) leaving IFRS capital expenditure at €86.8 million (€73.5 million in H1 2016).
- -€31.5 million on adjusted free cash flow (-€36.7 million in H1 2016) leaving IFRS free cash flow at -€1.4 million (€61.6 million in H1 2016).
ORGANIC GROWTH DEFINITION
The Group’s organic growth corresponds to the adjusted revenue growth excluding foreign exchange impact and perimeter effect. The reference fiscal year remains unchanged regarding the reported figures, and the organic growth is calculated by converting the revenue of the current fiscal year at the average exchange rates of the previous year and taking into account the perimeter variations prorata temporis, but including revenue variations from the gains of new contracts and the losses of contracts previously held in our portfolio.