February 25, 2022
Recticel Annual Results 2021
Regulated information, Brussels, 25/02/2022 — 07:00 CET, 25.02.2022
- Net sales increase from EUR 616.9 million to EUR 1,032.8 million (+67.4%), of which +34.0% organic growth, +0.6% currency effect and a +32.8% contribution from FoamPartner
- Adjusted EBITDA: from EUR 44.4 million to EUR 109.2 million (+145.9%)
- Result of the period (share of the Group): from EUR 63.2 million to EUR 53.5 million (-15.3%), including EUR 4.9 million result from discontinued operations (2020: EUR 71.3 million)
- Net financial debt: EUR 147.8 million (30 September 2021 : EUR 189.0 million)
- Proposal to pay a gross dividend of EUR 0.29 per share
Olivier Chapelle (CEO): “We are happy with the very positive sales and profitability development in 2021, a year marked by deep changes in our Company. Changes which were planned and announced, such as the acquisition and integration of FoamPartner and the divestment of the Bedding activities. Changes which came as a consequence of the unsolicited takeover bid by Greiner AG, such as the divestment of our newly created Engineered Foams business segment.
The Insulation and Engineered Foams businesses performed very well in a very volatile environment. The chemical raw materials supply remains tight, and prices are showing little signs of stabilisation. Transportation and labour costs are increasing at an unprecedented rate, while the steep energy cost inflation has a minor impact given the very low energy intensity of our business. Our commercial teams continue to adapt pricing where necessary. Moreover, lockdowns or mobility restrictions in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, coupled with direct or indirect supply chain shortages (microchips) have added further challenges to the business environment. In that context, Recticel showed strong resilience and generated solid profitability and free cash flow.
The integration of FoamPartner in Engineered Foams is continuing according to plan, and we confirm the targets to close the Bedding divestment to Aquinos Group and the Engineered Foams divestment to Carpenter Co. respectively before the end of 1Q2022 and around mid-2022.
I am grateful and proud of all Recticel teams and employees, who during this extremely busy year 2021, characterised by a challenging business environment, big M&A projects, and an unexpected takeover bid, have remained focussed, committed, positive, and extremely professional. They have enabled Recticel to generate this strong performance.”
Given the important scope changes expected in Recticel during 1H2022, with the closing of the Bedding and Engineered Foams divestments, the variability linked to the timing of these closings and the subsequent alignment of our organization setup, the Group does not provide an outlook for the full year at this stage. However, the business continues to develop well in 2022 with top and bottom line growth, and as Recticel is now becoming a pure Insulation player, we are working on an accelerated growth plan in order to double the Insulation sales by 2025.