At the end of February, SIG paid EUR167 million to OIG, representing the cash component of the consideration for OIG's 50% share in the Middle East joint ventures. The Company also assumed EUR36 million of net indebtedness (excluding lease liabilities) from the Middle East joint ventures. Notwithstanding these movements, net leverage at end-March 2021 was unchanged compared with end-December 2020.
As of As of
31 March 31 Dec.
(In EUR million) 2021 2020
Gross total debt 1,831.5 1,697.0
Cash and cash equivalents^1 255.0 355.1
Net total debt 1,576.5 1,341.9
Total net leverage ratio (last twelve months)^2 2.7x 2.7x ^2 Net total debt divided by LTM adjusted EBITDA. LTM adjusted EBITDA for 2021 includes the LTM adjusted EBITDA of the acquired joint ventures and SIG and deducts the dividend SIG received from the joint ventures in the LTM period. ^
In April the Company announced that it will construct a new plant in Queretaro, Mexico to serve North American markets. The plant will further expand SIG's global production network and will enable the Company to build on its strong track record of growth in North America. SIG will invest around EUR40 million in the new plant over the period 2021-2023, with the land and buildings financed through a long-term lease with a net present value currently estimated at approximately EUR20 million. The investment will cover state-of-the-art production capacity for the printing, cutting and finishing of carton packs.
The Company has reviewed its APAC production assets in the light of the recent opening of its new plant in China. The decision has been taken to close the production plant in Melbourne, Australia which was part of the Visy Cartons acquisition in 2019. A consultation process with employees regarding the proposed closure has commenced. The Australia and New Zealand markets can be efficiently supplied from the plants in China and Thailand. Production is expected to finish by the end of 2021 with the site vacated during 2022.
Full year outlook
The factors driving strong revenue growth in the first quarter of 2021, notably re-stocking in APAC and the Americas, are not expected to continue for the rest of the year. In Europe and the Americas, where the business has benefited from high at-home consumption, performance from the second quarter onwards will be measured against a high base in 2020. COVID-19 restrictions and economic uncertainty in South East Asia continue to affect on-the-go consumption in this region.
Full year guidance is therefore unchanged. On a like-for-like basis the combined business, including the MEA business from March onwards, is expected to achieve core revenue growth at constant currency in the lower half of the 4-6% range. Assuming no major deterioration in exchange rates, the adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be in the 27-28% range. Net capital expenditure is forecast to be within the targeted 8-10% of revenue range in 2020 and mid-term.
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About SIG SIG is a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic carton packaging. We work in partnership with our customers to bring food and beverage products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way. Our unique technology and outstanding innovation capacity enable us to provide our customers with end-to-end solutions for differentiated products, smarter factories and connected packs, all to address the ever-changing needs of consumers. Sustainability is integral to our business and we are going Way Beyond Good to create a net positive food packaging system.
Founded in 1853, SIG is headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The skills and experience of our more than 5,500 employees worldwide enable us to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of our customers in over 60 countries. In 2020, SIG produced 38 billion carton packs and generated EUR1.8 billion in revenue. SIG has an AA ESG rating by MSCI, an 18.8 (low risk) score by Sustainalytics and a Platinum CSR rating by EcoVadis. For more information, visit www.sig.biz.
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The following table reconciles profit or loss to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.
31 March 31 March
(In EUR million) 2021 2020
Profit / (loss) for the period 2.9 (25.5)
Net finance expense 8.4 19.7
Income tax expense 10.0 1.9
Depreciation and amortisation 71.8 71.1
EBITDA 93.1 67.2
Adjustments to EBITDA:
Replacement of share of profit of joint ventures with
cash dividends received from joint ventures 1.9 (0.9)
Restructuring costs, net of reversals 28.2 0.3
Unrealised gain on derivatives (13.1) 15.3
Transaction- and acquisition-related costs 6.0 0.8
Impairment losses 0.6 -
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