ALD: reports first half 2021 results
03-Aug-2021 / 07:30 CET/CEST
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Paris, 3 August 2021
HALF-YEARLY FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ALD reports first half 2021 results ? NET INCOME (GROUP SHARE) UP 70% AT EUR 352.0 MILLION ? OUTSTANDING REMARKETING PERFORMANCE, UCS RESULT PER UNIT AT EUR 740 ? TOTAL CONTRACTS STABLE AT 1.76 MILLION ? 26% EV DELIVERIES IN EUROPE ? COST INCOME (EXCL UCS RESULT) RATIO AT 49.1%
H1 2021 Results highlights ? Leasing Contract and Services Margins at EUR 671.6 million ? Used Car Sales result at EUR 125.3 million ? Cost of Risk at 16 bps vs. 46bps in H1 2020 ? Total Equity/Asset ratio at 16.7%, up from 15.6% at end June 2020
New Guidance for 2021 ? Funded fleet to grow between 1% and 3% vs. 2020 ? Used Car Sales result per vehicle to be between EUR 600 and EUR 900 ? Improvement in Cost/Income (excluding Used Car Sales result) ratio vs. 2020
On 3 August 2021, Tim Albertsen, ALD CEO, commenting on the H1 2021 Group Results, stated:
"During the second quarter, optimism has come back at several levels, with many countries starting to see the beginning of the exit of the COVID crisis. Although the level of uncertainty remains high, the hard part seems to be behind us. The shortage of semiconductors has impacted multiple aspects of our activity, making the delivery delays of new cars longer, but also influencing positively price levels on used car markets. Although this is not yet visible in the evolution of our Total Contracts, commercial dynamics were good, and the order bank is strong. We are proud to see a breakthrough in vehicle electrification, with our share of EV deliveries increasing at a fast pace. H1 2021 was a strong semester for ALD in terms of financial performance. Remarketing results in particular, were outstanding. In line with our Move 2025 strategic plan to become a fully integrated sustainable mobility provider and the global leader in our industry, ALD is working hard at developing its offer to employees and we saw two important milestones this quarter: the first start-up participation in a MaaS app called skipr, and the cooperation with Corporate Benefits. Overall, we feel we now have sufficient visibility to issue a guidance for 2021."
Dynamic commercial activity
Commercial dynamics were strong, leading to a strong order bank at quarter end and expectations of a gradual pick up in funded fleet growth during the second semester.
The shortage in the supply of semiconductors observed since the beginning of 2021 has continued to limit the production capacity of OEMs, causing increased delays in the delivery of new cars, including by ALD. As a result, ALD's Total Contracts rose only marginally over H1 21 to 1,761 thousand units at end of June, virtually unchanged from a year earlier. Full-Service lease contracts reached 1,374 thousand units and Fleet management 388 thousand units. ALD Flex commercial offer is a success and shows a high growth pace.
This half year also saw the confirmation of the breakthrough of electrification started in 2020, with 26% of ALD deliveries of Passenger Cars in Europe being EVs, and 23% globally. For the first time ever, average CO2 emissions of PC delivered by ALD fell below 100g (WLTP norm) at 99g vs. 116g in 2019, a decrease of 15%. These achievements pave the way to reaching Move 2025 targets of 30% EVs by 2025 and -40% on CO2 emissions.
ALD is fully up to speed to meet this shift in demand thanks to the continued enlargement of its ecosystem. The combined ALD Electric offer developed in this framework includes charging stations and is now available in 8 countries.
Following the same ambition, Move 2025 CO2 emissions and electrification objectives are consistent with the EU Commission « Fit for 55 » climate package on CO2 emissions and electrification targets.
Bansabadell Renting, Purchase agreement signed in April, will be integrated in H2 2021 and add c. 20 thousand vehicles to the Funded Fleet.
Taking account of this acquisition and the positive trend in commercial activity, ALD is anticipating a Funded Fleet growth for 2021 of between 1% and 3% vs. 2020.
Strong financial performance
Over H1 21, Leasing Contract Margin reached EUR 371.6 million and Services Margin EUR 299.9 million.
Leasing contract and services margins include a EUR 12.7 million excess depreciation release resulting from the half-yearly fleet revaluation process. H1 20 included a EUR 30.0 million excess depreciation charge. Leasing contract margin growth over the period is partly offset by lower volume discounts, and less excess mileage billing, together with a specific tax provision of EUR 12.8 million. Taken together and excluding the above one-off impacts, Leasing contract and Services margins grew by EUR 25.7m vs. H1 20.
The contribution to Gross Operating Income from Used Car Sales result reached EUR 125.3 million in H1 21. This performance can be explained by the increasingly favourable conditions in used car markets. Demand for used cars is currently at a very high level due to the extended delivery delays of new cars. Supply is low, as short-term rental companies still fail to feed the used car markets the way they did before the pandemic.
Taking advantage of these conditions, and underpinned by the efficiency of its remarketing tools, ALD sold 169 thousand units over the first half of 2021, a record volume. Average sales margin on used vehicles for the half-year came in at EUR 740 per unit, and EUR 1,058 over the second quarter.
ALD's Gross Operating Income reached EUR 796.9 million in H1 21, up 31.9% vs. H1 20.
Operating Expenses reached EUR 329.9 million, and the Cost to income (excl. UCS result) ratio improved at 49.1%.
Impairment charges on receivables reached EUR 16.6 million, decreasing by EUR 31.0 million vs. H1 20. The relatively low charge in H1 21 is principally explained by the strong support measures put in place by governments. The assumptions used for the forward-looking component of the IFRS 9 provision are unchanged. The cost of risk reached 16 bps in H1 21, vs. 46 bps in H1 20.
Effective tax rate stood at 21.2%, gradually normalising after a several years which benefited from the Italian Stability law.
As a result, ALD's Net Income (Group Share) stood at EUR 352.0 million in H1 21, up from EUR 206.8 million in H1 20, boosted by the outstanding remarketing performance.
Earning Assets increased by 3.6% at the end of June 2021 vs. the end of the previous year, reaching EUR 21.6 billion, reflecting the increasing share of higher value vehicles (EV) within new deliveries.
The higher value of new vehicles, and hence earning assets, also explains the increase in Other assets and Other liabilities.
Total funding at the end of June 2021 stood at EUR 18.0 billion (up slightly from EUR 17.6 billion at the end of 2020) of which 69% consisted of loans from Societe Generale. Over the course of H1 2021, EUR 800 million of bonds matured and were refinanced for EUR 500 million in the context of lower funding needs in 2021 due to limited funded fleet growth.
The Group's Total Equity to Total Assets ratio stood at 16.7% at the end of June 2021, stable vs. end 2020 reflecting strong earnings compensating for the 2020 dividend payment in Q2 2021 (EUR 254 million).
Key strategic initiatives
Strategic investment in MaaS startup, 'skipr'
In July 2021, ALD acquired 17% share capital in 'skipr', a Belgian MaaS startup, alongside existing investors Belfius Bank, Lab Box and 'skipr' management. This strategic investment will allow ALD to consolidate and accelerate ALD Move, its Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offering, a key objective within its Move 2025 strategy.
Future collaboration will enable both parties to seize significant growth opportunities by combining consultancy services for mobility transformation with digital access to multimodal, flexible and responsible mobility solutions for employees. Initial focus will be to develop in the French and Belgium markets with further expansion in Europe from 2023.
In July 2021, ALD signed a new partnership with 'smart' Europe GmbH which is responsible for all sales, marketing and after-sales activities and which is one of the first 100% EV players in Europe. This partnership covers 17 countries in Europe.
Volvo selects ALD in Ireland
In July 2021, ALD signed a partnership agreement with Volvo to provide white-labelled operational leasing services products for Volvo's full range of vehicles in the country. This new agreement reinforces ALD's existing successful global partnership dating back to 2010 between the two companies as ALD also provides full-service leasing services for Volvo through its dealership networks in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia and Switzerland.
Cooperation with Corporate Benefits to supply customers' employees with mobility solutions
In the first half of 2021, ALD has developed an international cooperation with Corporate Benefits in 5 countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands) to supply employee mobility solutions to Corporate Benefits customers.
On the current geographical scope, ALD is the only leasing actor to provide Corporate Benefits with mobility solutions giving ALD access to more than 8,840 companies representing a total of close to 7 million users.
Third-party used car lease offering via Stern network in the Netherlands
ALD Netherlands went live with the Stern Used Lease platform. This means that besides offering 2nd life lease of ex-ALD vehicles, ALD will now offer used car lease on the full inventory (selection criteria in place) of Stern's 80 dealerships, who sell c. 15.000 used cars per year. The Stern inventory is accessible, and a full digital journey is in place.
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