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Suominen Corporation’s Interim Report for January 1–September 30, 2021: Q3 volumes low as expected, recovery already ongoing

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Suominen Corporation Interim Report         October 28, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. (EET)

Suominen Corporation’s Interim Report for January 1–September 30, 2021:

Q3 volumes low as expected, recovery already ongoing

KEY FIGURES

  7-9/ 7-9/ 1-9/ 1-9/ 1-12/
  2021 2020 2021 2020 2020
Net sales, EUR million 98.7 115.4 327.6 347.8 458.9
Comparable EBITDA 4.2 18.1 38.1 47.4 60.9
Comparable EBITDA, % 4.3 15.7 11.6 13.6 13.3
EBITDA 4.2 18.1 38.1 47.4 60.9
Operating profit, EUR million -0.8 12.9 23.1 31.0 39.5
Operating profit, % -0.9 11.2 7.0 8.9 8.6
Profit for the period, EUR million -1.7 10.9 18.2 22.8 30.1
Cash flow from operations, EUR million -8.9 20.1 8.2 39.1 57.0
Cash flow from operations per share, EUR -0.16 0.35 0.14 0.68 0.99
Earnings per share, basic, EUR -0.03 0.19 0.32 0.40 0.52
Return on invested capital, rolling 12 months, % 11.8 13.8 16.7
Gearing, % 30.2 29.9 25.4



In this interim report, figures shown in brackets refer to the comparison period last year if not otherwise stated.

July–September 2021 in brief:

- Net sales decreased 14.5% from the corresponding period of 2020 and were EUR 98.7 million (115.4)
- Comparable EBITDA decreased to EUR 4.2 million (18.1)
- Cash flow from operations declined and was EUR -8.9 million (20.1)

January–September 2021 in brief:

- Net sales decreased 5.8% and were EUR 327.6 million (347.8)
- Comparable EBITDA decreased to EUR 38.1 million (47.4)
- Cash flow from operations declined and was EUR 8.2 million (39.1)

Outlook for 2021

Suominen repeats its outlook for 2021 but in light of the volatility of the markets and Suominen’s results, gives further detail on the outlook.

Suominen expects that its comparable EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in 2021 will decrease from 2020 due to the slowdown in the demand for nonwovens in the second half of 2021 as well as some continuing volatility in the raw material and transportation markets and will amount to EUR 47–53 million. In 2020, Suominen’s comparable EBITDA was EUR 60.9 million.

Petri Helsky, President & CEO:

“Suominen’s net sales were EUR 98.7 million (115.4) in the third quarter of 2021. As expected, sales volumes decreased clearly from the comparison period due to the sudden deceleration of demand we discussed in Suominen’s previous interim report.

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Our comparable EBITDA was EUR 4.2 million (18.1). The result was impacted especially by the lower sales and production volumes but also by higher raw material costs for which higher sales prices could compensate only partially. Cost savings actions supported the result to some extent.

Our earlier expectation was that the drop in demand would be temporary in nature. This indeed seems to be the case and the demand recovery has started already in late Q3, in some cases even quicker than previously assumed. We estimate that Suominen’s Q4 volumes will be slightly short of Q2/2021 but clearly above pre-COVID-19 levels. Also the global market expectation is that in the long run the end user demand for wipes will remain above pre-COVID-19 levels.

The investment project to upgrade and restart one of our existing production lines in Cressa was completed during the quarter slightly ahead of the original plan. This investment strengthens our capabilities in Europe and is made in line with our strategy aiming for growth. The two other ongoing investment projects, one in Italy and the other in the US, are proceeding as planned and will be finalized before the end of the year.

We have made strong progress towards our sustainability targets. As part of our continuous work to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions we are shifting entirely to fossil-free electricity in all our European plants. In our product offering we are targeting to launch at least 10 sustainable products per year. In 2021 we are well ahead of the target as we have already launched 13 sustainable products by the end of Q3. Thirdly, we are also actively researching new sustainable fibers to be able to serve the needs of our customers even better. In Q3 we have conducted test runs for example with hemp and have received excellent feedback from our customers on the products.

For the second consecutive year we were recognized by Rockline, one of our major customers. We were granted their RRITE Supplier Award 2021, which is given to the supplier who exemplifies their values of renew, respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence. 

Our financial performance was disappointing in the third quarter, but we are pleased that the recovery is already ongoing. We will diligently continue to focus on serving our customers, running our operations safely and efficiently, and improving our result in Q4 and beyond.”

NET SALES

JulySeptember 2021

In July–September 2021, Suominen’s net sales decreased from the comparison period by 14.5% to EUR 98.7 million (115.4). Currencies impacted the net sales by EUR 0.7 million.

Suominen has two business areas, Americas and Europe. Net sales of the Americas business area amounted to EUR 57.0 million (71.9) and net sales of the Europe business area to EUR 41.6 million (43.5).

January–September 2021

In January–September 2021, Suominen’s net sales decreased from the comparison period by 5.8% and amounted to EUR 327.6 million (347.8). Currencies impacted the net sales by EUR -13.9 million.

Net sales of the Americas business area amounted to EUR 196.4 million (222.3) and net sales of the Europe business area to EUR 131.3 million (125.6).

EBITDA, OPERATING PROFIT AND RESULT

JulySeptember 2021

EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was EUR 4.2 million (18.1). Currency impact on EBITDA was EUR -0.2 million.

Operating profit decreased from the comparison period and amounted to EUR -0.8 million (12.9).

Profit before income taxes was EUR -1.8 million (11.1), and profit for the reporting period was EUR -1.7 million (10.9). Income taxes for the period were EUR 0.1 million (-0.3). The income taxes of the comparison period were positively impacted by recognition of additional deferred tax assets from previous years’ losses as the possibility to utilize the losses had increased.  

JanuarySeptember 2021

EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was EUR 38.1 million (47.4). Currency impact on EBITDA was EUR -1.9 million.

Operating profit decreased and was EUR 23.1 million (31.0).

Profit before income taxes was EUR 23.8 million (25.4), and profit for the reporting period was EUR 18.2 million (22.8).

Income taxes for the period were EUR -5.6 million (-2.6). The income taxes of the comparison period were positively impacted by the recognition of additional deferred tax assets from previous years’ losses as the possibility to utilize the losses had increased. The corporate income taxes of 2020 were also positively impacted by the US tax reliefs enacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FINANCING

The Group’s net interest-bearing liabilities at nominal value amounted to EUR 48.2 million (43.1) at the end of the review period. The gearing ratio was 30.2% (29.9%) and the equity ratio 42.5% (46.0%).

In January–September, net financial expenses were EUR +0.7 million (-5.5), or +0.2% (-1.6%) of net sales. Fluctuations in exchange rates decreased the net financial expenses by EUR 1.2 million (in 2020, increased by EUR 1.6 million).

Suominen sold its minority share in Amerplast (Bright Maze Oy) in March. The transaction impacted Suominen’s net financial expenses positively by EUR 3.7 million. The amount consists of the gain on the sale of the shares as well as of the reversal of bad debt provisions recognized of the loan receivables. The effect on cash flow was EUR 11.6 million, consisting of the sales price of the shares and payment of the loan receivables and accrued interests.

Cash flow from operations in July–September was EUR -8.9 million (20.1) and in January–September EUR 8.2 million (39.1), representing a cash flow per share of EUR 0.14 (0.68). The decline in the cash flow from operations for January–September was driven by more cash being tied up in net working capital as well as the weaker result.

In the third quarter the change in net working capital was negative by EUR 11.4 million (+6.4). The change in net working capital in January-September was EUR -23.2 million (-2.3).

In May 2021, Suominen announced that it has extended by one year the maturity of the EUR 100 million syndicated revolving credit facility agreement signed in July 2020. The maturity of the facility is now extended to July 2024.

In June 2021, Suominen issued a senior unsecured bond of EUR 50 million. The six-year bond matures on June 11, 2027 and it carries a coupon interest of 1.5%. The offering was allocated to 19 investors. The bond is listed on the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. The debenture bond issued in 2017 will fall due in October 2022.


CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

In January–September, the gross capital expenditure totaled EUR 14.0 million (4.9) and the largest items were related to the growth investment initiatives in Italy and at the Bethune plant in the USA. Other investments were mainly for maintenance. Depreciation and amortization for the review period amounted to EUR 15.0 million (16.4).

IMPACTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON SUOMINEN

The pandemic has increased the demand for our products in all our markets. Towards the end of the second quarter of 2021 the demand started to decelerate especially in North America, but the demand has started to recover in late Q3. In the long run the market and Suominen’s expectation is that demand will remain above pre-COVID-19 levels.

Suominen’s financial position has remained strong throughout the pandemic.

The risks related to COVID-19 are described in the short-term risk and uncertainties section.

PROGRESS IN SUSTAINABILITY

We progressed well with the actions defined in our sustainability agenda during the third quarter.

We have strong focus on safety and accident prevention, and our long-term target is to have zero lost-time accidents. In the third quarter of 2021, there was zero lost-time accidents (LTA) at Suominen sites (0 in Q3/2020). In total by end of September the amount of LTA’s is 3 (1 in Q1–Q3/2020).

Our employee engagement survey, Suominen Vibe, is a tool to systematically measure and develop engagement. This year’s survey is now ongoing.

We are committed to continuously improving our production efficiency and the efficient utilization of natural resources. We continued our active measures towards our targets to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste to landfill by 20% per ton of product by 2025 compared to the base year of 2019. As part of our active work to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we are shifting entirely to fossil-free electricity in all our European plants.

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of sustainable nonwovens to our customers and we are continuously developing new and innovative solutions with a reduced environmental impact. Our target is a 50% increase in sales of sustainable nonwovens by 2025 compared to 2019, and to have at least 10 sustainable product launches per year. During the third quarter of the year, we launched four sustainable products. In 2021 we have launched 13 sustainable products in total.

A mandatory training program regarding our renewed Code of Conduct is ongoing and the target is that all Suominen employees will have completed the training by end of November.

Suominen reports progress in its key sustainability KPIs annually.

As part of our Annual Report 2020 published on March 3, 2021 we reported on the progress of our sustainability performance. Our sustainability reporting in 2020 is in accordance with the Core option of the GRI Standards by the Global Reporting Initiative.

INFORMATION ON SHARES AND SHARE CAPITAL

Share capital

The number of Suominen’s registered shares was 58,259,219 shares on September 30, 2021, equaling to a share capital of EUR 11,860,056.00.


Share trading and price

The number of Suominen Corporation shares traded on Nasdaq Helsinki from January 1 to September 30, 2021 was 15,570,116 shares, accounting for 27.0% of the average number of shares (excluding treasury shares). The highest price was EUR 6.41, the lowest EUR 4.37 and the volume-weighted average price EUR 5.57. The closing price at the end of review period was EUR 4.41. The market capitalization (excluding treasury shares) was EUR 254.1 million on September 30, 2021.

Treasury shares

On September 30, 2021, Suominen Corporation held 634,661 treasury shares.

As a share-based payment plan vested, in total 34,872 shares were transferred to the participants of the plan in February. In accordance with the decision made in the Annual General Meeting on March 25, 2021, 4,049 shares, which were still in the joint account, were transferred to Suominen Corporation’s treasury shares.

In accordance with the resolution by the Annual General Meeting, in total 16,042 shares were transferred to the members of the Board of Directors as their remuneration payable in shares during the reporting period.

In accordance with the matching share-based payment program, 9,352 shares were transferred to the participants of the program in September 2021.

The portion of the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors which shall be paid in shares

The Annual General Meeting held on March 25, 2021 decided that the remuneration payable to the members of the Board remains unchanged. 60% of the annual remuneration is paid in cash and 40% in Suominen Corporation’s shares.

The number of shares forming the remuneration portion payable in shares was determined based on the share value in the stock exchange trading maintained by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd, calculated as the trade volume-weighted average quotation of the share during the one month period immediately following the date on which the Interim Report of January‒March 2021 of the company was published. The shares were given out of the treasury shares held by the company by the decision of the Board of Directors on May 31, 2021.

Share-based incentive plans for the management and key employees

The Group management and key employees participate in the company’s share-based long-term incentive plans. The plans are described in more details in the Financial Statements and in the Remuneration Report, available on the company’s website www.suominen.fi.

Company's Performance Share Plan currently includes three 3-year performance periods, calendar years 2019–2021, 2020–2022 and 2021–2023. The aim of the Performance Share Plan is to combine the objectives of the shareholders and the persons participating in the plan in order to increase the value of the company in long-term, to build loyalty to the company and to offer them competitive reward plans based on earning and accumulating the company’s shares.

Performance Share Plan: Ongoing performance periods

Performance Period 2019–2021 2020–2022 2021–2023
Incentive based on Total Shareholder Return (TSR) Total Shareholder Return (TSR) Total Shareholder Return (TSR)
Potential reward payment Will be paid partly in Suominen shares and partly in cash in spring 2022 Will be paid partly in Suominen shares and partly in cash in spring 2023 Will be paid partly in Suominen shares and partly in cash in spring 2024
Participants 16 people 17 people 19 people
Maximum number of shares 546,000 756,500 470,000


The President & CEO of the company must hold 50% of the net number of shares given on the basis of the plan, as long as his or her shareholding in total corresponds to the value of his or her annual gross salary. A member of the Executive Team must hold 50% of the net number of shares given on the basis of the plan, as long as his or her shareholding in total corresponds to the value of half of his or her annual gross salary. Such a number of shares must be held as long as the participant’s employment or service in a group company continues.

Matching Restricted Share Plan 20192021

Suominen also had a Matching Restricted Share Plan for selected key employees in the Suominen Group. The aim of the MRSP was to align the objectives of the shareholders and key employees in order to increase the value of the company in the long-term, to retain key employees at the company, and to offer them a competitive reward plan that is based on acquiring, receiving and accumulating the company’s shares.

The second vesting period of the Matching Restricted Share Plan ended in September 2021 and in total 9,352 shares were transferred to the participants.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Suominen Corporation was held on March 25, 2021.

The AGM adopted the Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial Statements for the financial year 2020 and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the President & CEO from liability for the financial year 2020. The AGM approved the Remuneration Report for the governing bodies and the Board of Directors' proposals concerning forfeiture of the shares entered in a joint book-entry account and of the rights attached to such shares.

The AGM decided, in accordance with the proposal by the Board of Directors, that a dividend of EUR 0.10 and in addition, a return of capital of EUR 0.10 per share will be paid.

The AGM confirmed the remuneration of the Board of Directors remains unchanged. The Chair will be paid an annual fee of EUR 66,000 and the Deputy Chair and other Board members an annual fee of EUR 31,000. Chair of the Audit Committee will be paid an additional fee of EUR 10,000. Further, the members of the Board will receive a fee for each Board and Committee meeting as follows: EUR 500 for each meeting held in the home country of the respective member, EUR 1,000 for each meeting held elsewhere than in the home country of the respective member and EUR 500 for each meeting held as a telephone conference.

60% of the remuneration is paid in cash and 40% in Suominen Corporation’s shares. Compensation for expenses is paid in accordance with the company's valid travel policy.

The AGM decided that the number of Board members remains unchanged at six (6). Mr. Andreas Ahlström, Mr. Björn Borgman, Ms. Nina Linander, Ms. Sari Pajari-Sederholm and Ms. Laura Raitio were re-elected as members of the Board. Mr. Jaakko Eskola was elected as a new member of the Board.

Mr. Jaakko Eskola was elected as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

Ernst & Young Oy, Authorised Public Accountant firm, was re-elected as the auditor of the company for the next term of office in accordance with the Articles of Association. Ernst & Young Oy appointed Mr. Toni Halonen, Authorised Public Accountant, as the principally responsible auditor of the company.

The AGM authorized the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the company’s own shares and to resolve on the issuance of shares and granting of options and the issuance of special rights entitling to shares. The terms and conditions of the authorization are explained later in this interim report.

Suominen published a stock exchange release on March 25, 2021 concerning the resolutions of the Annual General Meeting and the organizing meeting of the Board of Directors. The stock exchange release and an introduction of the new Board members can be viewed on Suominen’s website at www.suominen.fi.

In compliance with the resolution of the Annual General Meeting, on April 8, 2021 Suominen paid out dividends and return of capital in total of EUR 11.5 million for 2020, corresponding to EUR 0.20 per share.

Organizing meeting and permanent committees of the Board of Directors

In its organizing meeting held after the AGM, the Board of Directors elected Andreas Ahlström as Deputy Chair of the Board.

The Board of Directors elected from among its members the members for the Audit Committee and Personnel and Remuneration Committee. Nina Linander was re-elected as the Chair of the Audit Committee and Andreas Ahlström and Laura Raitio were re-elected as members. Jaakko Eskola was elected as the Chair of the Personnel and Remuneration Committee and Björn Borgman and Sari Pajari-Sederholm were re-elected as members.

Authorizations of the Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on March 25, 2021 authorized the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase a maximum of 400,000 of the company’s own shares. The company’s own shares shall be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the holdings of the shareholders by using the non-restricted equity through trading on regulated market organized by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd at the market price prevailing at the time of acquisition. The shares shall be repurchased and paid in accordance with the rules of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd and Euroclear Finland Ltd. The shares shall be repurchased to be used in company’s share-based incentive programs, in order to disburse the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors, for use as consideration in acquisitions related to the company’s business, or to be held by the company, to be conveyed by other means or to be cancelled. The Board of Directors shall decide on other terms and conditions related to the repurchase of the company’s own shares. The repurchase authorization shall be valid until June 30, 2022 and it revokes all earlier authorizations to repurchase company’s own shares.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on March 25, 2021 authorized the Board of Directors to decide on issuing new shares and/or conveying the company’s own shares held by the company and/or granting options and other special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act. New shares may be issued, and the company’s own shares may be conveyed to the company’s shareholders in proportion to their current shareholdings in the company; or by waiving the shareholder’s pre-emption right, through a directed share issue if the company has a weighty financial reason to do so, such as, for example, using the shares as consideration in possible acquisitions or other arrangements related to the company’s business, as financing for investments, using shares as part of the company’s incentive program or using the shares for disbursing the portion of the Board members’ remuneration that is to be paid in shares. The new shares may also be issued without payment to the company itself. New shares may be issued and/or company’s own shares held by the company or its group company may be conveyed at the maximum amount of 5,000,000 shares in aggregate.

The Board of Directors may grant options and other special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act, which carry the right to receive against payment new shares or own shares held by the company. The right may also be granted to the company’s creditor in such a manner that the right is granted on condition that the creditor’s receivable is used to set off the subscription price (“Convertible Bond”). However, options and other special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Companies Act cannot be granted as part of the company’s remuneration plan.

The maximum number of new shares that may be subscribed and own shares held by the company that may be conveyed by virtue of the options and other special rights granted by the company is 5,000,000 shares in total which number is included in the maximum number stated above.

The authorizations shall revoke all earlier authorizations regarding share issue and issuance of special rights entitling to shares. The Board of Directors shall decide on all other terms and conditions related to the authorizations. The authorizations shall be valid until June 30, 2022.

NOTIFICATIONS UNDER CHAPTER 9, SECTION 5 OF THE SECURITIES MARKET ACT

During the review period Suominen received no notifications under Chapter 9, Section 5 of the Securities Market Act.

NOMINATION BOARD

Suominen’s three largest registered shareholders Ahlstrom Capital B.V., Oy Etra Invest Ab and Nordea Nordic Small Cap Fund have nominated the following members to the Shareholders’ Nomination Board:  

  • Lasse Heinonen, President & CEO of Ahlström Capital Oy, as a member appointed by Ahlstrom Capital B.V.;
  • Mikael Etola, CEO, Etola-Yhtiöt, as a member appointed by Oy Etra Invest Ab;
  • Jukka Perttula, Chair of Board of Directors, Nordea Funds, as a member appointed by Nordea Nordic Small Cap Fund.

Jaakko Eskola, Chair of Suominen’s Board of Directors, serves as the fourth member of the Nomination Board. The shareholders entitled to appoint members to the Nomination Board were determined on the basis of the registered holdings in the company’s shareholders' register on September 1, 2021.

SHORT TERM RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause uncertainty in Suominen’s business environment. The key risks related to the virus concern the health and safety of Suominen personnel and customers, possible shortages of raw materials and issues linked to logistics, as well as potential closures of customers’ or our own plants due to virus infections or authority decisions remain valid at least until there is broad enough vaccination coverage in the countries relevant to Suominen’s business.

We have implemented extensive precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees and to ensure business continuity and progress of our strategic projects during the pandemic. We continuously monitor the raw material situation closely and we have identified risk mitigation measures such as utilization of supplementary raw material sources.

The very recent demand slowdown has naturally affected some of our customers. So far we have not experienced significant issues with customer payments and hence we do not see that our customer credit risks would have materially increased. We continue to monitor the financial positions and payment behavior of our customers. The COVID-19 pandemic has not increased Suominen’s risk of impairment losses on non-current assets.

Suominen’s other risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks related to manufacturing, competition, raw material prices and availability and customer specific volumes and credits, changes in legislation, political environment or economic conditions and investments, and financial risks.

A more detailed description of risks is available in Suominen’s Annual Report 2020 at suominen.fi/investors.


BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Suominen’s nonwovens are, for the most part, used in daily consumer goods such as wet wipes as well as in hygiene and medical products. In these target markets of Suominen the general economic situation determines the development of consumer demand even though the demand for consumer goods is not very cyclical in nature. North America and Europe are the largest market areas for Suominen. In addition, the company operates in the South American markets. The growth in the demand for nonwovens has typically exceeded the growth of gross domestic product by a couple of percentage points.

The market expectation is that in the long run the end user demand for wipes will remain above pre-COVID-19 levels. However, towards the end of the second quarter, especially our North American customers started to experience a sudden deceleration of demand, which in combination with extraordinary stockpiling throughout the entire supply chain created an imbalance of inventories. This impacted also Suominen’s orders, although in several cases we were able to benefit from our position as the preferred supplier of our customers. The demand started to recover already in late Q3, in some cases even quicker than previously assumed.

In Europe, another specific factor impacting demand has been the earlier uncertainty regarding the final formulation of the Single-Use Plastic Directive (SUPD) that postponed our customers’ development projects. Now that the formulation became clear, our orders were affected as converters and retailers sought to sell out their existing stocks.


OUTLOOK FOR 2021

Suominen repeats its outlook for 2021 but in light of the volatility of the markets and Suominen’s results, gives further detail on the outlook.

Suominen expects that its comparable EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in 2021 will decrease from 2020 due to the slowdown in the demand for nonwovens in the second half of 2021 as well as some continuing volatility in the raw material and transportation markets and will amount to EUR 47–53 million. In 2020, Suominen’s comparable EBITDA was EUR 60.9 million.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND REMUNERATION REPORT

Suominen has prepared a separate Corporate Governance Statement and a Remuneration Report for
2020, which comply with the recommendations of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code for listed
companies. The statements also cover other central areas of corporate governance. The statements have been published on Suominen's website, separately from the Report of the Board of Directors, at www.suominen.fi

AUDIOCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL

Petri Helsky, President & CEO, and Toni Tamminen, CFO, will present the result in English in an audiocast for analyst, investors and media on October 28 at 11:00 a.m. (EEST). The audiocast can be followed at https://suominen.videosync.fi/2021-q3-results. The recording of the audiocast and the presentation material will be available after the event at www.suominen.fi.

Conference call participants are requested to dial on:
Sweden: +46 856642651 
United Kingdom: +44 3333000804 
United States: +1 6319131422 

The confirmation code for joining the conference call is 25932019#.

NEXT FINANCIAL REPORT

Suominen Corporation will publish its Financial Statements Release 2021 on February 3, 2022 approximately at 9:30 a.m. (EET)

SUOMINEN GROUP JANUARY 1 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

The figures in this interim report are mainly presented in EUR thousands. As a result of rounding differences, the figures presented in the tables do not necessarily add up to total.

This interim report has not been audited.

This interim report has been prepared in accordance with the principles defined in IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The principles for preparing the interim report are the same as those used for preparing the consolidated financial statements for 2020, with the exception of the effect of the new accounting standards and interpretations which have been applied from 1.1.2021.

The new or amended standards or interpretations applicable from 1.1.2021 are not material for Suominen Group.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

EUR thousand 30.9.2021 30.9.2020 31.12.2020
Assets      
Non-current assets      
Goodwill 15,496 15,496 15,496
Intangible assets 14,320 17,613 16,748
Property, plant and equipment 113,162 106,082 104,666
Right-of-use assets 16,344 14,309 17,784
Loan receivables 3,650 3,978
Equity instruments 421 777 768
Other non-current receivables 71 69 73
Deferred tax assets 1,299 2,647 4,034
Total non-current assets 161,112 160,642 163,548
       
Current assets      
Inventories 50,714 37,977 35,431
Trade receivables 52,959 53,671 51,128
Loan receivables 3,256 3,476
Other current receivables 5,615 5,693 5,675
Assets for current tax 2,855 3,652 247
Cash and cash equivalents 103,182 48,742 57,877
Total current assets 215,325 152,991 153,833
       
Total assets 376,437 313,633 317,381
       
Equity and liabilities      
Equity      
Share capital 11,860 11,860 11,860
Share premium account 24,681 24,681 24,681
Reserve for invested unrestricted equity 75,692 81,361 81,361
Treasury shares -44 -44
Fair value and other reserves -7 2 -7
Exchange differences -7,801 -8,131 -13,933
Retained earnings 55,257 34,344 41,962
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent 159,682 144,074 145,882
       
Liabilities      
Non-current liabilities      
Deferred tax liabilities 14,006 13,444 13,320
Liabilities from defined benefit plans 662 769 774
Non-current provisions 1,885 1,665 1,797
Non-current lease liabilities 13,706 10,914 14,892
Other non-current liabilities 4 17 17
Debentures 132,857 82,563 82,862
Total non-current liabilities 163,119 109,372 113,662
       
Current liabilities      
Current provisions 250
Current lease liabilities 2,723 2,817 2,539
Liabilities for current tax 1,018 787 415
Trade payables and other current liabilities 49,894 56,584 54,634
Total current liabilities 53,636 60,188 57,838
       
Total liabilities 216,755 169,559 171,499
       
Total equity and liabilities 376,437 313,633 317,381

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS

EUR thousand 7-9/2021 7-9/2020 1-9/2021 1-9/2020 1-12/2020
Net sales 98,654 115,435 327,634 347,808 458,893
Cost of goods sold -93,182 -95,751 -285,220 -295,320 -389,123
Gross profit 5,472 19,684 42,414 52,488 69,770
Other operating income 696 694 2,404 2,031 2,584
Sales, marketing and administration expenses -6,034 -6,450 -19,562 -20,740 -27,946
Research and development expenses -678 -807 -1,872 -2,131 -2,767
Other operating expenses -298 -215 -317 -685 -2,150
Operating profit -842 12,907 23,067 30,962 39,492
Net financial expenses -969 -1,761 684 -5,518 -5,582
Profit before income taxes -1,811 11,146 23,751 25,444 33,910
Income taxes 112 -270 -5,554 -2,622 -3,794
Profit for the period -1,699 10,877 18,197 22,822 30,116
           
Earnings per share, EUR          
Basic -0.03 0.19 0.32 0.40 0.52
Diluted -0.03 0.19 0.31 0.40 0.52

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

EUR thousand 7-9/2021 7-9/2020 1-9/2021 1-9/2020 1-12/2020
           
Profit for the period -1,699 10,877 18,197 22,822 30,116
           
Other comprehensive income:          
Other comprehensive income that will be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss          
Exchange differences 1,968 -5,976 6,691 -9,252 -15,504
Reclassified to profit or loss -327 -327
Income taxes related to other comprehensive income -255 447 -559 479 929
Total 1,713 -5,529 6,132 -9,100 -14,902
Other comprehensive income that will not be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss          
Fair value changes of equity instruments -8
Remeasurements of defined benefit plans -10
Income taxes related to other comprehensive income 3
Total -15
           
Total other comprehensive income 1,713 -5,529 6,132 -9,100 -14,917
           
Total comprehensive income for the period 14 5,347 24,329 13,722 15,199

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

EUR thousand Share capital Share premium account Reserve for invested unrestricted equity Treasury shares
Equity 1.1.2021 11,860 24,681 81,361 -44
Profit for the period
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income
Share-based payments
Conveyance of treasury shares 90 44
Dividends and return of capital -5,759
Equity 30.9.2021 11,860 24,681 75,692


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