Piaggio Group: first nine months of 2012

Oct 26 2012 12:48
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Consolidated net sales € 1,112.3 million (1,200.2 million in the first nine months of 2011)

Net profit at 4.0% in terms of turnover (3.9% in the first 9 months of 2011) 

 Net profit € 44.4 million (47.1 million in the first nine months of 2011)

EBITDA margin at 14.0% (14.3% in the first nine months of 2011) 

EBITDA € 156.0 million (171.8 million in the first nine months of 2011)

EBIT margin at 8.6% (8.7% in the first nine months of 2011) 

Consolidated EBIT € 95.8 million (104.0 million in the first nine months of 2011) 

Gross margin at 30.3% in terms of turnover (30.6% in the first 9 months of 2011) 

Gross margin € 337.3 million (367.6 million in the first nine months of 2011) 

Net financial position € -365.3 million 


Mantua, 26 October, 2012  - At a meeting today in Mantua chaired by Roberto Colaninno, the Board of Directors of Piaggio & C. SpA has reviewed and approved the quarterly report of September 30, 2012.

The indisputably positive performance of the Piaggio Group takes on even greater significance when compared with the 2012 macroeconomic scenario -  extremely challenging and demanding for most industrial sectors - with areas of outstanding difficulty in the two wheeler and commercial vehicle markets and segments in which the Group operates.

Despite the difficulties presented by these scenarios, the performance of the Piaggio Group in the western markets highlights the continued consolidation of European leadership in the two-wheeler sector - with the European scooter share growing for the sixth consecutive quarter - and steady growth in the United States - one of the few western two-wheeler markets showing a positive trend. In Asian countries, the Group continues to reap the benefits of its strategy of investment globalization, productive assets and commercial activities, developed with the utmost determination since 2003.

Rigorous cost reduction and productivity improvement have maintained the high profitability levels of the Group, without slowing down the implementation of the global expansion strategies defined in the Strategic Plan 2011-2014. The focus remains the same: brand policies and premium price, and growth in emerging markets - which are the basis of the positive results today approved.


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The consolidated net sales of the Group in the first nine months of 2012 amounted to 1,112.3 million euro, compared to 1,200.2 million euro in the first nine months of 2011.

In the first nine months of 2012, the Piaggio Group sold 475,200 vehicles around the world, compared to 512,200 vehicles sold in the first nine months of 2011.

In the two-wheeler business, the Piaggio Group in the first nine months of 2012 sold 321,300 vehicles, with a turnover of 706.3 million euro (compared to 332,800 units and 777.2 million euro in the first nine months of 2011).

The drop in sales in Europe - where the two-wheeler market recorded an overall decrease of 12.8% in scooters and 11.7% in bikes compared to the first nine months of 2011 - was partly offset by the Piaggio Group's increased share on the continent and by its strong growth in the Asia Pacific area, with units sold and Group turnover growing by 15.0% and 20.2% respectively, and in America, where units sold and revenue was up by 42.8% and 108.0% respectively.  On the Vietnamese scooter market, Piaggio rose to an 18.8% share in the automatic scooter segment - an increase of 0.8 percentage points compared to January-September 2011. On the U.S. market, the Piaggio Group consolidated its position as a primary scooter manufacturer with a share of over 25%.

The Group also consolidated its leadership of the two-wheeler industry in Europe, taking 19.8% of the total market and rising further to 28.2% in the scooter sector (+0.6 percentage points compared to the first nine months of 2011). The Poste Italiane order pushed the overall Italian market share up to 31.1%, increasing the Group's leadership by 3.1 percentage points compared to January-September 2011.

Indian market sales of Vespa scooters, produced at the new plant in Baramati, amounted to approximately 13,000 units at 30 September of this year. They were introduced to this market in May.  The start up of this new and important area of Piaggio ​​Group operations in India has been supported by, among other things, a marketing and communications campaign recently launched on the major Indian television networks, focusing on a strategy of brand premium positioning and the Vespa product, and targeted at a young Indian consumer class and cosmopolitan culture.

Also in the first nine months of 2012, the Vespa brand confirmed the steady growth of its worldwide sales - more than tripling from 2003 to 2011, from about 50,000 to over 150,000 - reaching approximately 121,000 units sold from January to September 2012.

One of the Group's brands is Moto Guzzi. In the first nine months of the year the success of its new V7 range helped it achieve an increase of 13.7% in units sold (from 4,800 to 5,400 vehicles), confirming the success of the range's development strategies, which will be crowned with the imminent launch of the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 in two distinct models.

The recent success of Aprilia in the Superbike World Championship has boosted sales in the sports bike segment. As in the 2010 season, Aprilia ended the 2012 WSBK Championship winning both the Manufacturers' Championship and the Drivers' title with Max Biaggi. This brought it to a total of 51 titles on its list of world championship victories (making Aprilia the most successful Italian and European manufacturer of all those active in racing). For the Piaggio Group, it means 101 world titles overall with Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Gilera and Derbi.

In the commercial vehicle business, Group sales were affected by the sharp decline of all markets at the same time (with decreases of 36% in Italy and 11.5% for Europe, and a decline of 2.8% for the Indian three-wheeler market).  In this business, the Piaggio Group sold a total of 153,900 vehicles in the first nine months of 2012 (179,400 in the first nine months of 2011) with a turnover of 307.5 million euro in that period (375.9 in the first nine months of 2011).

On the Indian market for three-wheeler commercial vehicles, Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd.  (PVPL) proved to be a leading player with a market share of 34.6%.  It is also important to state that in this segment in the fourth quarter, PVPL gave further impetus to the positive performance record made in recent months in the very important Passengers segment (up 5.4% in August and up 4.2% in September compared to the corresponding months of 2011) with the upcoming launch of the new three-wheeler Apé City Passenger, powered by a new 200cc engine developed entirely by Piaggio.  The new model will help entry into what was an entirely unknown market segment for PVPL: with more than 200 thousand units sold in 2011, it has gained about 50% of the total market.

In addition, the field of four- wheeled commercial vehicles sees Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd launch two new models with car-type cabs, developed on the commercial Piaggio Porter and Quargo platform: a new commercial vehicle in the segment with payload less than 0.5 tonnes, fitted with a 510cc diesel engine; also, a new commercial vehicle in the 0.5 to 1 ton payload segment, equipped with the new twin-cylinder 1.000cc diesel engine, developed entirely by the Piaggio Group and manufactured in the new Baramati Engine Plant. The two new commercial vehicles will allow the Piaggio Group to further expand and strengthen its offering in a market segment that, in India in recent years, has recorded double-digit growth rates (+12% from January to August 2012 compared to the first eight months of 2011).

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The period gross margin revenue in relation to net turnover stood at 30.3% (30.6% in the first nine months of 2011); a result of particular importance in view of the macroeconomic and market environment of the period and the resulting decline in sales.  The absolute value amounted to 337.3 million euro, compared with 367.6 million euro in the first nine months of 2011.

The EBITDA margin in the first nine months of 2012 amounted to 14% (14.3% in the first nine months of 2011).  In absolute value figures, the consolidated EBITDA stood at 156.0 million euro, compared to 171.8 in the first nine months of 2011. In terms of consolidated EBIT, the performance of the Piaggio Group in the first nine months of 2012 amounted to 95.8 million euro, compared to 104.0  million euro in the first nine months of 2011. If compared to sales, the consolidated EBIT was substantially in line with the figure for the previous year, amounting to 8.6% compared with 8.7% in the first nine months of 2011.

Operating expenses incurred during the first nine months of 2012 totalled EUR 241.5 million, down by approximately 22.1 million euro compared to the same period last year (263.6 million euro). This confirms the Group's continued focus on reducing costs and maintaining high levels of profitability and productivity.

In the first nine months of 2012 the Piaggio Group reported profit before tax of 71.6 million euro, compared with 87.3 million euro in the same period of 2011.

The first nine months of 2012 closed with a net profit of 44.4 million euro, compared to 47.1 million euro in the first nine months of 2011.  In terms of turnover, net profit in the first nine months of the current year rose to 4.0% from 3.9% in the corresponding period of 2011.

The net debt on 30 September 2012 amounted to 365.3 million euro. In a uniform year-on-year comparison, net debt on 30 September 2012  showed an increase of 35.2 million euro, a figure that marks a net recovery compared to a year-on-year comparison recorded in the six month period (an increase of 51.9 on 30.06.2012 compared to 30.06.2011).

Compared to figures for 31 December 2011 (335.9 million euro), the increase in net debt is due both to investment - up from 87.1 million in the first nine months of 2011 to 107.1 million in same period of 2012 - made by the Piaggio Group for the international development of industrial and commercial operations, and to the impact of the11 April 2012 acquisition of a business complex in Pontedera.

Shareholders' equity on 20 September 2012 amounted to 450.0 million euro, against 446.2 million euro at 31 December 2011.


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Events after 30 September 2012 and outlook

4 October 2012 – The new super sport bike Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2013 ABS and the new Piaggio Fly scooter, with 50cc and 125cc engines, were presented at the Intermot 2012 Fair in Cologne.

8 October 2012 – The Californian company Piaggio Advanced Design Center Corp. was set up. Owned entirely by Piaggio & C. S.p.A., it has registered offices in Pasadena, California.

With regard to the business outlook, in an increasing complex market scenario, the Group will continue to pursue the objectives that have characterised the first nine months of 2012, with the goal of generating continued value for all stakeholders.

From the perspective of commercial and industrial activities we expect:

  • in the Asia – Pacific area, the expansion of the range of two-wheeler vehicles and engines, with the imminent launch of the new Vespa LX - fitted with the new 4-stroke 3-valve engine that offers low fuel consumption and emission levels - as well as the completion of the entry into the Indonesian and the other Asian markets;
  • completion of entry into the rapidly growing Indian scooter market - which shows high annual growth rates - with the Vespa premium brand;
  • in the mature western markets, further confirmation of the Group's European leadership in the overall market for two-wheeler vehicles and in the scooter sector, is the growth of sales and margins in the motorbike sectors thanks to the Aprilia and Moto Guzzi ranges;
  • in the commercial vehicles sector, we aim to maintain the sales levels and market shares in India (thanks also the introduction of new 3 and 4 wheel vehicles in the fastest growing segments) and in emerging Countries, and the maintenance of the current positions in the European markets, with an additional development of exports to the African, Asian and South American markets.


From a technological perspective, the Piaggio Group is strongly focused on the development – for two- wheelers and commercial vehicles – of new, highly innovative thermal motors that are characterised by greatly reduced fuel consumption and emission levels.


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We report that starting with the 2012 interim report, the Piaggio Group has adopted the IAS 19 revised accounting principle. Therefore, in this press statement the figures from the income statement, which were published at the end of the first semester 2011 and on 31 December 2011, have been recalculated where necessary in order to allow uniform comparison.

The manager in charge of the preparation of the company accounts and documents, Alessandra Simonotto certifies, pursuant to paragraph 2 of art. 154 bis of Legislative Decree n. 58/1998 (Consolidated Law on Finance), that the accounting disclosures in this press statement correspond to the accounting documents, ledgers and entries.



Consolidated Income Statement

  First nine months of 2012 First nine months of  2011 Revised (1)
In thousands of euro Total of which related Parties  Total of which related Parties 
Net Sales 1,112,310 449 1,200,162 1,560
Cost of materials 655,497 27,859 717,736 32,269
Cost of services and use of third party assets 192,807 3,019 193,988 2,966
Employee expenses 170,490   190,575 0
Depreciation property, plant and equipment 27,151   26,231 0
Amortisation intangible assets 33,111   41,519 0
Other operating income 76,952 175 89,399 405
Other operating expense 14,424   15,497 0
EBIT 95,782   104,015  
Share of result of associates 3,565   3,382 0
Finance income 1,682   3,470 0
Finance expense 29,865 299 23,075 180
Net exchange rate gains/(losses) 415   (494) 0
Profit before tax 71,579   87,298  
Income tax 27,201   40,244 0
Result from ongoing operations 44,378   47,054  
Discontinued operations        
Profit or loss from discontinued operations        
Net profit (loss) for the period 44,378   47,054  
Attributable to:        
Equity holders of the parent 44,296   47,023  
Minority interests 82   31  
Earnings per share (in €) 0.119   0.127  
Diluted earnings per share (in €) 0.119   0.126  


(1) The values have been recalculated following the application of the IAS 19 revised accounting principle, which involves, amongst other things, the changing of the principle for reporting accounting profits and losses with regard to the employee severance fund and pension funds. For more details please refer to paragraph 2.1 Accounting principles, amendments and interpretations applied from the 1 January 2012 within the "Explanatory Notes".

Consolidated Balance Sheet

  At 30 September 2012    At 31 December 2011    
In thousands of euro Total of which related Parties  Total of which related Parties 
Non-current assets        
Intangible fixed assets 656,036   649,420  
Property, plant and equipment 311,470   274,871  
Investment property        
Equity investments 6,032   2,482  
Other financial assets 14,174   11,836  
Non current tax receivables 1,164   976  
Deferred tax assets 53,547   55,726  
Trade receivables        
Other receivables 13,481 403 15,165 405
Total non-current Assets 1,055,904   1,010,476  
Assets held for sale        
Current assets        
Trade receivables 98,146 1,417 65,560 2.453
Other receivables 26,575 6,485 28,028 6,456
Current tax receivables 29,627   27,245  
Inventories 253,635   236,988  
Other financial assets 27,265   0  
Cash and cash equivalents 122,154   151,887  
Total  Current Assets 557,402   509,708  
TOTAL ASSETS 1,613,306   1,520,184  
Shareholders’ equity        
Share capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of parent 448,705   445,036  
Share capital and reserves attributable to minority interests 1,279   1,182  
Total shareholders’ equity 449,984   446,218  
Non-current liabilities        
Financial liabilities due after one year 442,674 2,900 329,200 2,900
Trade payables 252   235  
Other non-current provisions 12,419   12,429  
Deferred tax liabilities 29,574   32,735  
Pension funds and employee benefits 49,534   46,603  
Non-current tax payables 605   2,539  
Other non-current payables 5,126   5,948  
Total non-current liabilities 540,184   429,689  
Current liabilities        
Financial liabilities due within one year 85,552   170,261  
Trade payables 445,878 21,873 375,263 18,903
Tax liabilities 29,281   20,920  
Other current liabilities 50,239 79 64,718 75
Current portion of other non-current provisions 12,188   13,115  
Total current liabilities 623,138   644,277  
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