Barry Callebaut reports full-year results for fiscal year 2007/08 ended August 31, 2008

Dynamic business growth, targets confirmed
  • Sales volumes rose 10.1% to 1,166,007 tonnes 
  • Sales revenue increased strongly by 17.3% to CHF 4,815.4 million, as a result of higher volumes and higher raw material prices
  • Operating profit (EBIT) up 5.3% to CHF 341.1 million, acceleration in second semester compared to the same prior-year period
  • Net profit for the year, incl. discontinued operations, up 65.6% to CHF 205.5 million, net profit from continuing operations rose 1.0% to CHF 209.1 million
  • Four-year financial targets1 2007/08 through 2010/11 confirmed
  • Board of Directors proposes capital repayment of CHF 11.50 per share
  • James 'Jim' L. Donald, former President and CEO of Starbucks Corporation,  proposed for election to the Board

Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has successfully continued its dynamic growth in fiscal year 2007/08 ended August 31, 2008. Sales volumes rose 10.1% to 1,166,007 tonnes, driven by additional business with existing and new customers. Sales revenue increased strongly by 17.3% to CHF 4,815.4 million, mostly due to higher volumes and partly due to higher raw material prices. Excluding cocoa price and exchange rate effects, sales revenue rose 14.3%. As communicated in April 2008, the factors that slowed EBIT growth in the first semester did not reoccur. As a result of this and ongoing cost saving programs, EBIT growth accelerated in the second semester. For the fiscal year as a whole, operating profit (EBIT) rose 5.3% to CHF 341.1 million. Net profit for the year, including discontinued operations, increased 65.6% to CHF 205.5 million. Net profit from continuing operations rose by 1.0% to CHF 209.1 million. A loss on the sale of financial assets and higher financial expenses had a negative impact on net profit in fiscal year 2007/08.

Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said: “I am satisfied with the sales and profit growth generated in the past fiscal year, which was in line with our expectations. Thanks to our robust business model and our ability to adapt quickly to changing market conditions, we were able to offset record-high raw material costs and accelerate our operating profit growth in the second semester. Additionally, we continued to grow more than three times as fast as the global chocolate market. These achievements, especially in the face of a challenging market environment, underline the effectiveness of our growth strategy.”

Outlook

Looking ahead, CEO Patrick De Maeseneire said: “The robustness of Barry Callebaut’s business model, the proven success of our growth strategy and our position as the global market leader will enable us to perform in line with our growth targets in the current fiscal year. Additionally, chocolate is a defensive industry and consumption has proven resilient in previous economic downturns. Indeed, we continued to see good growth in the first two months of the current fiscal year. Thanks to our targeted expansion into high-growth markets, we now have an unrivalled global presence. In addition, we benefit from long-term supply contracts, a diversified product offering and a solid financial structure. All these factors, combined with our ongoing cost savings and efficiency initiatives, make us confident that we will reach our four-year financial targets1, barring any major unforeseen events."

Group key figures for fiscal year 2007/08

 

 

 

Change (%)

 12 months up to
 Aug 31, 2008

12 months up to

 Aug 31, 2007

Sales volumes

tonnes

10.1

1,166,007

     1,059,200

Sales revenue

CHF m

17.3

 4,815.4

   4,106.8

Operating profit (EBIT)

CHF m

5.3

   341.1

      324.0

EBIT / Tonne

CHF

-4.4

292.5

305.9

Net profit from continuing operations

CHF m

    1.0

   209.1

     207.0

Net profit for the year

CHF m

65.6

205.5

124.1

Value generation and stable financing situation

In the year under review, capital expenditure was CHF 249.9 million (prior year: CHF 153.1 million) to support Barry Callebaut’s global expansion. Despite these significant investments, the return on invested capital (ROIC) remained stable at 14.0% (prior year: 14.3%). As a result, the Economic Value Added (EVA) generated by Barry Callebaut increased to CHF 126.3 million (prior year: CHF 122.9 million).

Barry Callebaut has solid long-term committed financing facilities of EUR 1.2 billion (approximately CHF 2 billion) with an average tenor of 7 years. With a net debt position of CHF 1,041.2 million as per August 2008, Barry Callebaut has only used debt in the amount of around 50-55% of these lines.

Overview of performance by region in fiscal year 2007/08

Region Europe

Strengthened leadership position; expansion in Eastern Europe 
Additional outsourcing volumes in Western Europe and new business in Eastern Europe led to a 6.5% rise in sales volumes to786,698 tonnes. Sales volumes grew more than three times as fast as the regional chocolate market despite a challenging economic environment. Sales revenue increased by 15.8% to CHF 3,530.5 million, driven by higher sales volumes and higher sales prices related to higher raw material prices.Operating profit (EBIT) decreased by 4.3% to CHF 277.6 million. Profitability in the region was affected by three factors during the first six months of the fiscal year: start-up costs at the new chocolate factory in Russia; high initial fixed costs and low capacity utilization associated with the gradual phasing-in of large outsourcing volumes and a delay in price adjustments in the branded consumer business as raw material prices moved higher.

As the preferred outsourcing partner in the chocolate industry Barry Callebaut’s Food Manufacturers business unit in Europe continued to benefit from additional outsourcing volumes from existing and new customers. The implementation of the long-term supply agreements with Nestlé and Cadbury is on track. Barry Callebaut has significantly increased its presence in Eastern Europe. This promising region delivered very good growth rates, especially once the new chocolate factory in Russia was fully operational.

The Gourmet & Specialties business unit reinforced its sales teams and launched promotional activities in key markets, which led to market share gains. To strengthen relationships with customers the Gourmet business unit opened a new Chocolate Academy in Zundert, the Netherlands, in May 2008. To meet the growing demand for convenience products, Barry Callebaut built a specialty factory for ready-to-serve decorated frozen desserts in Alicante, Spain, as part of its joint venture with world-famous pastry chefs Paco and Jacob Torreblanca. In September 2008, Barry Callebaut acquired IBC in Belgium, a company that specializes in chocolate decorations. In October 2008, Barry Callebaut also signed a four-year agreement with Nestlé Italia S.p.A for the exclusive distribution of world-famous Perugina-branded professional chocolate products through the Food Service channel.

Over the past 12 months, the entire confectionery industry in Western Europe faced a double challenge of extraordinary high raw material prices and a slowdown in consumer spending. The Consumer Products business unit was not left unaffected. The sale of biscuit factory Wurzener Dauerbackwaren in Germany also had a negative impact on the sales revenue of this unit.

Region Americas

Transformed operational footprint
In Region Americas, sales volumes were driven by deliveries to Hershey’s under a long-term supply agreement signed last year as well as gains in new business with large and mid-sized customers. All business units contributed to a remarkable increase in sales volumes of 20.6% to 292,614 tonnes. Sales revenue rose 23.1% to CHF 931.6 million on higher volumes. Operating profit increased by 18.4% to CHF 79.5 million despite unfavorable exchange rate developments, which led to a negative translation effect into Swiss francs.

Barry Callebaut has transformed its manufacturing network in the Americas by acquiring production capacity in Robinson, Illinois, and a cocoa factory in Eddystone, Pennsylvania. Its newly built factory in Mexico provides access to new customers in Central America. The improved operational footprint has led to greater customer proximity and strengthened the company’s market position in the region. The significant growth in the Food Manufacturers business unit was driven by additional outsourcing volumes from new and existing large and mid-sized industrial customers.

The Gourmet & Specialties business unit also recorded good growth despite unfavorable exchange rates as the strong euro relative to the US dollar increased the cost of Gourmet products that were imported from Europe. In order to strengthen the relationship with artisanal customers, a new Chocolate Academy opened in Chicago in September 2008. The business unit successfully launched a product range produced in the United States under the brand name “Van Leer”to capture opportunities in the price-sensitive market segment.

Region Asia-Pacific and Rest of World

Capacity expansion in fastest growing region 
Barry Callebaut’s sales volumes in the region grew by 11.8% to 86,695 tonnes – outpacing the growth registered in the regional chocolate market. Sales revenue rose by 17.1% to CHF 353.3 million. Operating profit went up by 57.1% to CHF 51.7 million, driven by the expansion in Asia and one-off effects related to the sale of the consumer business in Africa. Barry Callebaut sold its entire African consumer business to focus on cocoa sourcing and processing in the region.

Volumes at the Food Manufacturers business unit grew exponentially during the second half of the year when additional production capacities came on stream in China. Food safety is Barry Callebaut’s top priority. The new chocolate factory in China therefore applies the same high quality standards and quality controls as all other Barry Callebaut factories worldwide. The capacity expansion in Asia is in line with Barry Callebaut’s strategy to strengthen its presence in fast-growing markets to offset slowing growth in mature markets.In Japan, preparations for the initial chocolate deliveries to Japanese confectionery company Morinaga are underway.

The Gourmet & Specialties business unit continues to grow. Two new Chocolate Academies in China and in India allow Barry Callebaut to leverage its potential in the region’s promising artisanal market. To capture the price-sensitive market Barry Callebaut launched a locally produced brand, “Van Houten Professional”, earlier this year.

Key figures by region for fiscal year 2007/08

EUROPE

 

Change (%)

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2008

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2007

Sales volumes

tonnes

6.5

786,698

738,983

Sales revenue

CHF m

15.8

3,530.5

3,048.4

Operating profit (EBIT)

CHF m

-4.3

277.6

290.2

AMERICAS

 

Change (%)

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2008

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2007

Sales volumes

tonnes

20.6

292,614

242,696

Sales revenue

CHF m

23.1

931.6

756.8

Operating profit (EBIT)

CHF m

18.4

79.5

67.1

ASIA/RoW  

Change (%)

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2008

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2007

Sales volumes

tonnes

11.8

86,695

77,521

Sales revenue

CHF m

17.1

353.3

301.6

Operating profit (EBIT)

CHF m

57.1

51.7

32.

Development of business segments in fiscal year 2007/08

Industrial business segment

Benefiting from outsourcing trend
The Industrial business segment focuses on selling cocoa and chocolate products to industrial food processors and consumer goods manufacturers worldwide. It consists of the Cocoa and the Food Manufacturers business units.

Cocoa products sold to third-party customers in the Cocoa business unit increased strongly. The combined (cocoa) ratio2 had a positive impact on Barry Callebaut’s operations as of February 2008. Barry Callebaut increased its global cocoa processing capacity by acquiring a factory in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, U.S. and by buying a 60% stake in KLK Cocoa in Malaysia, now renamed Barry Callebaut Malaysia. The Food Manufacturers business unit continues to see good growth momentum as it benefits from a trend towards outsourcing and from additional business with existing and new customers.

Food Service/Retail business segment

Focus on service excellence in Gourmet
The Food Service/Retail business segment serves a broad range of customers, from local craftsmen (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, caterers) to global retailers. It consists of the Gourmet & Specialties and the Consumer Products business units.

A solid performance by the Gourmet & Specialties business unit was offset by a negative effect related to the delay in passing on high raw material costs at theConsumer Products business unit. Sales prices for branded consumer products could not be raised until January 2008.Sales revenue of the business unit was also affected by the sale of the biscuit factory Wurzener Dauerbackwaren in Germany and the divestment of the consumer products business in Africa.

Key figures per business segment for fiscal year 2007/08

INDUSTRIAL

 

Change (%)

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2008

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2007

Sales volumes

tonnes

    14.5

911,819

   796,458

Sales revenue

CHF m

    26.6

3,258.3

 2,574.2

Operating profit (EBIT)

CHF m

    7.1

247.1

 230.8

FOOD SERVICE/

RETAIL

 

Change (%)

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2008

12 months up to

Aug 31, 2007

Sales revenue

CHF m

    1.6

1,557.1

 1,532.6

Operating profit (EBIT)

CHF m

    1.4

161.7

   159.4

Proposals to the Annual General Meeting

Par value reduction in lieu of a dividend
The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting of December 4, 2008 to maintain the repayment to shareholders at CHF 11.50 per share, representing a payout ratio of 28%. Instead of a dividend payment, the Board of Directors proposes to reduce the share capital of the company through the reduction of the par value per share from CHF 62.20 to CHF 50.70.The par value reduction of CHF 11.50 will be paid out to shareholders free of cost and net of withholding tax in March 2009.

Board of Directors
All Board members will stand for re-election for another term of office of one year. Further, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that Mr. James 'Jim' L. Donald, former President & Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Corporation, be elected as new member of the Board of Directors (see separate CV).

 

1 Growth targets on average for 2007/08 - 2010/11: Volumes: 9-11%, EBIT: 11-14%, net profit 13-16%

2 The “combined cocoa ratio” is the combined sales price for cocoa butter and cocoa powder relative to the cocoa bean price

 

Barry Callebaut:

With annual sales of more than CHF 4.8 billion for fiscal year 2007/08, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean to the finished product on the store shelf. Barry Callebaut is present in 26 countries, operates about 40 production facilities and employs more than 7,000 people. The company serves the entire food industry, from food manufacturers to professional users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), to global retailers. It also provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.

 

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Key Figures for Barry Callebaut
 

 

Change (%)

FY 07/08

FY 06/07

Income Statement

 

 

 

 

Sales volumes

tonnes

10.1%

1,166,007

1,059,200

Sales revenue

in local currencies

CHF m

17.3%

19.1%

4,815.4

4,891.2

4,106.8

Gross profit

in local currencies

CHF m

7.2%

8.3%

700.8

708.2

653.8

EBITDA (1)

in local currencies

CHF m

3.9%

4.2%

443.7

445.8

427.1

Operating profit (EBIT)

in local currencies

CHF m

5.3%

5.6%

341.1

342.1

324.0

EBIT per tonne

in local currencies

CHF

-4.4%

-4.1%

292.5

293.4

305.9

Net profit from continuing operations (2)

CHF m

1.0%

209.1

207.0

Net profit for the year

in local currencies

CHF m

65.6%

67.0%

205.5

207.2

124.1

Cash flow (3)

CHF m

6.8%

434.3

406.8

Balance Sheet  

 

Aug 31, 2008

Aug 31, 2007

Total assets

CHF m

17.0%

 3,729.5  

3,186.7

Net working capital (4)

CHF m

17.3%

 1,037.1  

883.9

Non-current assets

CHF m

17.5%

 1,423.7  

1,211.3

Net debt

CHF m

11.9%

 1,041.2  

930.2

Shareholders’ equity (5)

CHF m

11.0%

 1,175.9  

1,059.1

Ratios  

 

 

 

Economic Value Added

CHF m

2.8%

126.3

122.9

Return on invested capital (ROIC) (6)

 

-2.1%

14.0%

14.3%

Return on equity (ROE)

 

-9.2%

17.7%

19.5%

Shares  

 

 

 

EBIT per share (issued)

CHF

5.3%

66.0

62.7

Basic earnings per share (7)

CHF

0.6%

40.4

40.2

Cash earnings per share (8)

CHF

6.7%

83.9

78.6

Other

 

 

 

 

Employees

 

-4.1%

7,281

7,592

 
1) EBIT + depreciation on property, plant and equipment + amortization of intangibles
2) Net profit from continuing operations (before minorities)
3) Operating cash flow before working capital changes
4) Includes current assets and liabilities related to continuing commercial activities and current provisions
5) Total equity attributable to the shareholders of the parent company
6) EBIT x (1-effective tax rate)/average capital employed
7) Based on the net profit for the period attributable to the shareholders of the parent company excluding the net loss from discontinued operations/basic shares outstanding
8) Operating cash flow before working capital changes/basic shares outstanding
Key figures by region and by business segment
 

 

Change (%)

FY 07/08

FY 06/07

Key figures by region

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

 

 

 

Sales volumes

tonnes

6.5%

786,698

738,983

Sales revenue

CHF m

15.8%

3,530.5

3,048.4

EBITDA

CHF m

-1.8%

356.5

363.2

EBIT

CHF m

-4.3%

277.6

290.2

Americas

 

 

 

 

Sales volumes

tonnes

20.6%

292,614

242,696

Sales revenue

CHF m

23.1%

931.6

756.8

EBITDA

CHF m

12.8%

94.4

83.7

EBIT

CHF m

18.4%

79.5

67.1

Asia/Rest of World

 

 

 

 

Sales volume

tonnes

11.8%

86,695

77,521

Sales revenue

CHF m

17.1%

353.3

301.6

EBITDA

CHF m

33.2%

56.2

42.2

EBIT

CHF m

57.1%

51.7

32.9

Key figures by business segment

 

 

 

 

Industrial Business Segment

 

 

 

 

Sales volumes

tonnes

14.5%

911,819

796,458

   - Cocoa

tonnes

13.9%

161,811

142,062

   - Food Manufacturers

tonnes

14.6%

750,008

654,396

Sales revenue

CHF m

26.6%

3,258.3

2,574.2

   - Cocoa

CHF m

33.1%

603.7

453.6

   - Food Manufacturers

CHF m

25.2%

2,654.6

2,120.6

EBITDA

CHF m

5.8%

304.4

287.8

EBIT

CHF m

7.1%

247.1

230.8

Food Service/Retail Business Segment

 

 

 

 

Sales revenue

CHF m

 1.6%

1,557.1

1,532.6

   - Gourmet & Specialties

CHF m

10.2%

 650.7

590.7

   - Consumer Products

CHF m

-3.8%

906.4

941.9

EBITDA

CHF m

0.7%

202.7

201.3

EBIT

CHF m

1.4%

161.7

159.4

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Head of Investor Relations
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