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Wessanen Q4/FY 2016 results: Sustaining strong profitable growth

Mittwoch, 15.02.2017 07:00

Sustaining strong profitable growth

2016: Another successful year in the transformation into a Champion of Healthy & Sustainable Food in Europe.

Q4 2016 highlights

  • Revenue growth of 9.6%
  • Autonomous growth in own brands 6.6%
  • EBITE of €6.2 million, in-line with prior year despite significantly higher marketing investments
  • Successful acquisition of Biogran in Spain, a dynamic organic growth market
  • Restructuring in Germany started in order to drive sustainable performance improvement

Full year 2016 highlights

  • Revenue growth of 9.0% to €570.0 million
  • Autonomous growth in own brands 8.5%
  • EBITE up 18.7% to €41.2 million
  • EBITE as % of Revenue up 60 bps versus last year to 7.2%, despite moderately increased marketing investments
  • Four acquisitions successfully completed

CEO statement

Christophe Barnouin (CEO) commented: "In 2016, we continued to make good progress on the transformation to a focused, fast growing, sustainable and profitable business. Our own brands performed ahead of a healthy market and grew 8.5%. Given that we reduced our Private Label and Distribution business, total autonomous growth was 6.0%, in-line with our long term guidance range of 5-7%. Our operating margin went up; EBITE as % of Revenue increased 60 bps to 7.2%.

In the fourth quarter we have taken further measures to restructure our German business in order to create a base for sustainable profitable growth.

We have landed four strategically important acquisitions in 2016. These will provide us with a further strengthened platform for profitable growth across core categories and geographies for the future. The market for healthy & sustainable, especially organic food continues to reflect the trend in consumer behaviour. Our strategy execution is on track and we are playing a leading role in helping consumers across Europe to change to Healthier Food for Healthier People and Planet.

Guidance FY 2017

  • Total reported growth is expected to be low double digit, with continued strong growth of own brands and the effect of 2016 acquisitions being partly offset by lower private label and distribution brand sales
  • We expect EBITE % of revenue to be above 8% for the full year
  • Net financing costs around €2.0-2.5 million
  • Tax rate around 30%
  • Capital expenditures €13-15 million
  • Depreciation and amortisation €8-9 million

Important dates 2017

12-04-2017  AGM (14h00 CET)
21-04-2017  Publication Q1 2017 trading update
25-07-2017  Publication Q2 2017 interim results
24-10-2017  Publication Q3 2017 trading update

Analyst & investor meeting

At 10h00 CET, an analyst & investor meeting will be hosted by Christophe Barnouin (CEO) and Ronald Merckx (CFO) at the Wessanen office in Amsterdam. The meeting can be followed via a live audio webcast at Those unable to attend can participate using the following telephone number: +31(0)20 531 5863.

The press release and presentation are available for download at

Media, investor & analyst enquiries

Ronald Merckx (CFO)
Phone   +31 (0)20 3122 126
Twitter   @Wessanen_250

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Source: Wessanen via Globenewswire