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CPH Chemie + Papier : 2021 Half-Year Report (pdf)

07/21/2021 | 01:40am EDT

2021 Half-Year Report

CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG (SIX CPHN)

CPH GROUP

Chemistry and Packaging on track; Paper under pressure

The CPH Group raised its first-half net sales by 5.1% in 2021 to CHF 243.7 million. The Chemistry and the Packaging divisions performed on-track, while the Paper ­Division felt the impact of higher raw materials costs. Group EBIT declined as expected to CHF 5.7 million. The first-half net result amounted to CHF 5.9 million.

The restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic were gradually eased in many countries in the first half of 2021, and economies showed some signs of recovery. CPH's Chemistry Division benefited from customers' action backlogs and saw high order

volumes­ for various product lines, especially the molecular sieves used in oxygen concentration. The impact on the Packaging Division was more mixed. Demand for its products declined in western countries, where pharmaceuticals manufacturers had built up stocks in 2020 and were more restrained in their new order placements. At the same time, the extensive mask-wearing requirements prompted declines in the prevalence of other viral infections such as colds and influenza, which in turn substantially depressed the sales volumes of over-the- counter self-medication products. Both trends were more than offset, ­however, through double-digit percentage net sales growth in Latin America and Asia. The Paper Division sold higher volumes of its

products­ than it had in the first half of 2020, when the pandemic and its repercussions had kept its paper machines idle for extended ­periods. But with paper prices simultaneously declining as a result of growing overcapacities, first-half net sales were below their prior-year level, despite the higher sales volumes. Group net sales for the first half of 2021 totalled CHF 243.7 million, an increase of 5.1% on the ­prior-year period, or of 5.7% excluding currency factors.

The increase in demand - steep in some cases - led to delivery shortages of certain raw materials and massive hikes in their prices. Many of the plastics used in the Packaging Division were in short supply, and their prices rose dramatically. The cost increases could only be passed on to the markets with some delay, and margins were pressured ­accordingly. Recovered paper is the key raw material for the Paper Division. But the declines in the production volumes of graphic printing paper during the pandemic reduced the amounts of waste paper collected. The resulting lower recovered paper volumes coincided in spring with a pick-up in demand for newsprint and magazine paper. The situation was exacerbated by a high demand for the mixed paper used by the cardboard industry for packagings for the booming online sales segment. Recovered paper prices rose accordingly, and first-half earnings for the Paper Division were negative as expected.

Group EBIT for the first-half period declined 67.8% to CHF 5.7 million. The net result amounted to CHF 5.9 million, which is around one-third of its prior-year level (excluding prior-year extraordinary income of CHF 12.0 million).

Cash flow for the first-half period decreased accordingly, declining 43.8% to CHF 15.4 million. With a balance sheet equity ratio of 65%, the CPH Group remains in sound financial health, with liquid funds of CHF 113.2 million.

To protect its many employees who are involved in production at its various sites and thus cannot work temporarily from home, the CPH Group has developed and consistently applies hygiene and ­protection concepts to prevent coronavirus infection. At the Group's Perlen site, several hundred employees participated in a pilot scheme by Canton Lucerne in spring under which weekly mass COVID testing was ­conducted throughout the operation. The Perlen operation played a further pioneering role in June by offering on-site COVID vaccinations.

Full-yearoutlook - Should the coronavirus pandemic be effectively contained through the current vaccination programmes, economies are likely to show further positive developments in the rest of 2021 in many parts of the world. On the expenditure side, high raw materials costs (especially for recovered paper) must continue to be expected, and can only be partially passed on to the markets concerned. The CPH Group is confident of achieving increased net sales for 2021 as a whole. As already announced in February, however, the annual EBIT

result is likely­ to be substantially below its prior-year level. Based on current knowledge, though, the Group still expects to report a ­marginally ­positive net result for the year.

Perlen, 21 July 2021

Peter Schaub

Dr. Peter Schildknecht

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Group CEO

1.01.-30.06. in CHF thousand

2021

2020

Change (%)

Net sales

243 681

231 752

5.1

EBITDA

19 976

33 516

-40.4

in % of net sales

8.2

14.5

EBIT

5 736

17 800

-67.8

in % of net sales

2.4

7.7

Earnings before taxes and non-operating/

extraordinary items

4 223

15 365

-72.5

in % of net sales

1.7

6.6

Net result (including minorities)

5 898

27 152

-78.3

in % of net sales

2.4

11.7

Earnings per share (CHF)

0.97

4.56

-78.7

Cash flow

15 448

27 467

-43.8

in % of net sales

6.3

11.9

Number of employees

1 101

1 095

0.5

The CPH Group 2021 Half-Year Report 1

CHEMISTRY Substantially increased profitability

With the easing of actions taken in response to the coronavirus

pandemic,­ the global economy began to pick up again - and with it the orders for the products of CPH's Chemistry Division. The sales of the lithium-based molecular sieves which are used to concentrate medical oxygen and in the production of industrial oxygen saw a ­particular surge. In these applications the division has developed a leading market­ position through its innovative product range. The

division's­ sales of ­molecular sieve powders and of special products also showed encouraging trends. Only the deliveries to the energy industry have not yet returned to their pre-pandemic levels. Production ­facilities were well utilized at all operating sites. Order volumes reached record new highs, and the net first-half sales of CHF 47.5 million were 31.1% up on the prior-year period (or 36.7% up excluding currency factors). The availability of raw materials was predominantly good, though earnings were depressed by higher ­transport costs. First-half EBIT was almost tripled from its 2020 level, with an EBIT margin of 15.7%.

Full-yearoutlook - The rest of 2021 is likely to see an end to the current catch-up effect, and demand should return to normal levels. To meet the growing need for lithium-based products and molecular sieve powders, investments will be made in expanding capacities at the Louisville and Zvornik sites. The division expects to post higher net sales and a double-digit EBIT margin for 2021 as a whole.

01.01.-30.06. in CHF thousand

2021

2020

Change (%)

Net sales

47 469

36 198

31.1

EBITDA

9 887

4 954

99.6

in % of net sales

20.8

13.7

EBIT

7 442

2 521

195.2

in % of net sales

15.7

7.0

Number of employees

289

283

2.1

In thrall to recovered paper prices

PAPER

The demand for graphic printing paper declined by 12-15% in Western­ Europe in the first six months of 2021. Alongside structural factors, the restrictions imposed to counter the coronavirus pandemic continued to play their part. Compared to the prior-year period, when the demand for paper had slumped as a result of the lockdowns ordered, the

division's­ paper machines were better utilized, and this in turn enabled higher product volumes to be sold. But with paper prices declining further from their 2020 levels, the net sales for the period of CHF 105.4 million still represented a 3.2% year-on-year decline (or a 3.1% decline excluding currency factors). The division also generated other ­operating income of CHF 12.8 million, largely through the sale of carbon emission­ certificates. The pick-up in demand coincided with a shortage of recovered paper, the division's prime raw material. This was partly due to growing demand from the cardboard industry for mixed waste paper from which to make packagings for the online sales segment. As a ­result, recovered paper prices rose to historically high levels. Despite optimizations and cost-saving actions, EBIT for the period declined to CHF -10.1 million.

Full-yearoutlook - Some 3.3 million tonnes of graphic printing ­paper production capacity will have been removed from the market in 2020 and 2021 through intensified predatory competition. In view of this, paper prices might be raised again in the second-half period. Such increases will not be sufficient, however, to offset the rising

recovered­ paper prices. The division thus expects to post slightly ­higher net sales but a clearly negative EBIT result for the full year.

1.01.-30.06. in CHF thousand

2021

2020

Change (%)

Net sales

105 397

108 845

-3.2

EBITDA

-1 536

12 493

n.a.

in % of net sales

-1.5

11.5

EBIT

-10 134

2 323

n.a.

in % of net sales

-9.6

2.1

Number of employees

359

364

-1.4

PACKAGING Focus on Latin America and Asia

While demand in Europe for pharmaceutical packagings had rocketed in first half of 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic, it showed a slight decline in the period under review. One of the reasons for this was the absence of the usual seasonal flu because of the protective actions taken to stop the coronavirus spread, which translated into lower demand for medicines from pharmacies. The slight year-on-year declines in sales volumes in Europe and North America were more than offset, however, by double-digit percentage sales growth in Latin America and Asia, though this overseas business was increasingly

adversely­ impacted by steep rises in transport costs. The division-wide net sales for the period of CHF 90.8 million were 4.7% up on the first half of 2020, or a 3.8% improvement excluding currency factors. In addition to transport costs, sizeable increases were also seen in the prices of key raw materials such as PVC. The price of numerous raw materials has risen to historically high levels in the past few months. First-half EBIT margin declined to 9.3%, because the higher costs ­incurred can only be passed onto the markets with a certain delay.

Full-yearoutlook - The division is further adjusting its prices in ­response to its higher costs, and is intensifying the expansion of its markets overseas, including the provision of a new coating plant in Brazil which should open in the second quarter of 2022. Given the factors cited, the division expects to report a slight increase in net sales for 2021 as a whole and an EBIT margin below its prior-year level.

1.01.-30.06. in CHF thousand

2021

2020

Change (%)

Net sales

90 815

86 709

4.7

EBITDA

11 549

16 140

-28.4

in % of net sales

12.7

18.6

EBIT

8 419

13 045

-35.5

in % of net sales

9.3

15.0

Number of employees

446

442

0.9

The CPH Group 2021 Half-Year Report 2

Consolidated income statement

01.01.-30.06. in CHF thousand

2021

2020

Net sales

243 681

231 752

Changes to semi-finished, finished inventories/

other operating income/goods, services on own

account

11 726

1 854

Total income

255 407

233 606

Cost of materials and energy cost

-168 404

-133 092

Personal cost and other operating expenses

-67 027

-66 998

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation

and amortization (EBITDA)

19 976

33 516

Depreciation and value adjustments

-14 240

-15 716

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)

5 736

17 800

Financial result

-1 513

-2 435

Earnings before taxes and non-operating/

extraordinary items

4 223

15 365

Non-operating result

3 111

2 019

Extraordinary result

0

12 000

Earnings before taxes

7 334

29 384

Income tax

-1 436

-2 232

Net result

5 898

27 152

- attributable to shareholders of CPH AG

5 831

27 359

- attributable to minorities

67

-207

Earnings per share (CHF)

0.97

4.56

Consolidated

cash flow statement

01.01.-30.06. in CHF thousand

2021

2020

Net result for the period (including minorities)

5 898

27 152

Depreciation, further non-cash income/expense

9 550

315

Cash flow

15 448

27 467

Changes in net current assets

35

2 937

Cash flow from operating activities

15 483

30 404

Cash flow from investment activities

-6 807

-7 532

Free cash flow

8 676

22 872

Financial liabilities/other long-term liabilities

-1 060

-2 726

Dividends/Repayment of reduction in nominal

value

-10 798

-10 798

Cash flow from financing activities

-11 858

-13 524

Currency translation effects

144

534

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

-3 038

9 882

Cash and cash equivalents 1.1.

116 265

93 096

Cash and cash equivalents 30.6.

113 227

102 978

Consolidated balance sheet

in CHF thousand

30.06.2021 in % 31.12.2020 in %

Cash and cash equivalents

113 227

16

116 265

17

Other current assets

183 444

24

155 075

22

Fixed assets

425 457

59

432 893

61

Total assets

722 128

100

704 233

100

Current liabilities

115 458

16

89 561

13

Long-term liabilities

135 083

19

142 805

20

Total equity including minorities

471 587

65

471 867

67

Total equity and liabilities

722 128

100

704 233

100

Net financial liabilities

1 647

1 549

Net debt ratio

0.0

0.0

Consolidated equity

in CHF thousand

30.06.2021

31.12.2020

Share capital

1 200

1 200

Capital reserves

7

4 150

Treasury shares

0

-27

Goodwill

-63 021

-63 021

Retained earnings

532 114

528 414

Equity excluding minorities

470 300

470 716

Minorities

1 287

1 151

Equity including minorities

471 587

471 867

Income statement by division

Chemistry

Paper

Packaging

Other/consolidation

CPH Group

01.01.-30.06. in CHF thousand

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net sales

47 469

36 198

105 397

108 845

90 815

86 709

243 681

231 752

EBITDA

9 887

4 954

-1 536

12 493

11 549

16 140

76

-71

19 976

33 516

in % of net sales

20.8

13.7

-1.5

11.5

12.7

18.6

8.2

14.5

EBIT

7 442

2 521

-10 134

2 323

8 419

13 045

9

-89

5 736

17 800

in % of net sales

15.7

7.0

-9.6

2.1

9.3

15.0

2.4

7.7

The CPH Group 2021 Half-Year Report 3

Notes

Foreign currency translation

Positions in foreign currencies were translated at the following rates:

Balance sheets: period-end rates

30.06.2021

31.12.2020

EUR

1.096

1.082

USD

0.924

0.884

CNY (CHF per 100 CNY)

14.31

13.52

Income/cash flow statements: average rates

30.06.2021

30.06.2020

EUR

1.095

1.064

USD

0.908

0.966

CNY (CHF per 100 CNY)

14.04

13.73

Key management assessments

In compiling the first-half consolidated financial statements, estimates and assumptions are made that may have an impact on the accounting principles to be applied and on the assets and liabilities presented and the income and expenditure reported. Some possible impacts were considered more extensively in the prior-year statements in view of the coronavirus crisis. On the basis of these, the Board of Directors and Group Executive Management have studied various scenarios, and have found no limitation to the Group's ability to remain a going concern. The situation will continue to be closely monitored in 2021.

Valuation of production facilities

The calculations for possible impairments to assets of the Paper Division as of 30 June 2021 confirmed the present valuations of the assets concerned.

Long-term provisions

The CPH Group gained no new knowledge with regard to long-term provisions in the first half of 2021. These provisions thus remain broadly unchanged from those shown in the 2020 annual financial statements. In the first half of 2020, the provisions made for the lake bed clean-up at the former Uetikon site were reduced by CHF 12.0 million on the basis of new estimates of the costs involved, with the amount taken to the income statement as extraordinary income.

Other operating income

Other operating income totalled CHF 14.8 million for the first half of 2021 (compared to CHF 2.4 million for the prior-year period). It consisted primarily of income from the sales of carbon emission certificates (CHF 11.6 million; prior-year period CHF 0.0 million). These

certificates­ had been issued free of charge by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment in prior accounting periods, and had thus been reported to date under intangible assets at their zero acquisition cost. Further other operating income derived from energy sales, state ­subsidies, the renting-out of operational premises and the sales of production waste.

Non-operating result

The CHF 3.1 million (prior year: CHF 2.0 million) non-operating result contains income and expenditure relating to real estate in Uetikon, Buchrain and Full-Reuenthal which is not required for business operations.

Changes in the scope of consolidation

CPH Immobilien AG was founded on 29 April 2021. It acquired UBV ­Immobilien Treuhand Perlen AG with the merger of Uetikon ­Industrie- holding AG into CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG on 11 June 2021.

Merger with main shareholder Uetikon Industrieholding AG CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG acquired Uetikon Industrieholding AG, which had previously been its main shareholder with 49.99% of shares, via a merger by absorption on 11 June 2021. The transaction­ saw the previous shareholders of Uetikon Industrieholding AG acquire commen‑­ surate shareholdings in CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG, giving them a direct holding in CPH. In the course of the merger transaction, further assets and liabilities amounting to CHF 0.2 million net were acquired for a payment of CHF 0.2 million. As of 30 June 2021, the significant shareholders of CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG consisted of the Ella Schnorf- Schmid estate (with 17.6% of shares), Swiss Industrial Finance AG (with 14.8% of shares) and J. Safra Sarasin Investmentfonds AG (with 5.0% of shares). The two anchor shareholders of the Ella Schnorf-Schmidestate and Swiss Industrial Finance AG have concluded a shareholders' agreement to ensure a stable shareholder base that ­accounts for 32.4% of all shares.

Subsequent events

No significant events have occurred since the balance-sheet date.

Compliance with Swiss GAAP ARR 31

The present Half-Year Report is an unaudited interim report as defined in Swiss GAAP ARR 31, which permits an abridged presentation and disclosure compared to annual accounting requirements. All the ­presentations and calculations have been effected with due and full regard to the Consistency Principle.

Future-oriented statements

This Half-Year Report contains forward-looking statements. These

reflect­ the management's current assessment of market conditions and future events and developments, and are thus subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Unforeseen events can result in actual developments deviating from the statements made in this ­report and from other published information. To this extent, all the forward-looking statements contained in this report are made with this proviso.

Agenda

15 September 2021

Investora Swiss share conference

3- 4 November 2021

ZKB Equity Conference 2021 in Zurich

12 January 2022

Baader Helvea Equity Conference in Bad Ragaz

22 February 2022

Annual Results Media Conference and Investors' Meeting in Perlen

17 March 2022

Annual General Meeting in Lucerne

Investor Relations contact

Richard Unterhuber, CFO

CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG

CH-6035 Perlen

Phone +41 41 455 8000, investor.relations@cph.ch

The CPH Group 2021 Half-Year Report 4

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