ATRIA GROUP PLC'S INTERIM REPORT 1 JANUARY - 31 MARCH 2006 * Group turnover for the period was 244.9 million euro (221.7 million euro), representing growth of 10.5 per cent * Operating profit was 4.5 million euro during the period (6.3 million euro) and profit before tax was 3.8 million euro (5.8 million euro) * Earnings per share amounted to 0.13 euro (0.20 euro) Group earnings were in line with expectations Atria Group's first quarter turnover and earnings were at the expected level. The fact that the Easter season fell in the second quarter had a weakening effect on group earnings in Finland and Sweden. The closing of the Kuopio pig slaughterhouse and combining its operations with the Nurmo slaughterhouse resulted in overlapping one-time costs during the first quarter. The company was not able to pass on the general increase in production investment costs in Sweden and Finland to sales prices in full. The Baltic development programme progressed as planned, which was visible as improved earnings. In Russia, sales grew in line with expectations and resulted in positive earnings. Finland Atria Group's supplier share continued developing positively and amounted to 29 per cent (Source: AC Nielsen Scantrack YTD 2006). The most positive market share development was seen in poultry products and retail-packed meat. The fact that the Easter season, when highly profitable products are in demand, fell in the second quarter had a weakening effect on first quarter earnings. During the period the Kuopio pig slaughterhouse was closed and its operations were transferred to the Nurmo production plant, where a new pig slaughtering line worth 22 million euro was introduced. Pig slaughtering caused overlapping costs when both lines were in use during the implementation stage of the new line. During the first quarter Atria's procurement volumes for pork and beef have developed positively, the procurement volume for beef increased by nearly 7 per cent and the procurement volume for pork increased by over 13 per cent compared to last year. Atria's convenience food and meat product operations were reorganised in Finland from the beginning of 2006. Atria's meal solutions became a new business unit that, in addition to Atria's operations, also comprise the operations of Atria's subsidiary Liha ja Säilyke Oy, located in Forssa. The management of Forssa's meat product operations also became the responsibility of Atria's meat product industry. These changes aim to further improve Atria's business renewal ability, profitability and business growth. Atria has estimated that the effects of the news on avian influenza (bird flu) on poultry consumption will be limited. In January-March, the consumption of poultry decreased in Finland by 5 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year (Source: Suomen Gallup Elintarviketieto Oy). Simultaneously, Atria's supplier volume in retail-packed poultry increased by more than 7 per cent (Source: AC Nielsen Scantrack YTD 2006). The decrease in consumption concerned mainly imported meat. The share of the poultry industry in Atria Group's turnover is below 10 per cent. The construction and installation of the expansion of Nurmo's logistics centre are progressing according to schedule. The construction of the logistics centre began in July 2005 and the expansion should be completed and ready for use by the spring of 2007. The expansion investment for the logistics centre comes to approximately 37 million euro. In Finland, the pressure to increase sales prices due to increased costs is strong. Atria has not yet been able to transfer the price increases to sales prices in full. Sweden Lithells Group's first quarter sales and earnings were at anticipated levels. However, the fact that the Easter season fell in the second quarter weakened earnings when compared to the previous year. During the review period Lithells AB's subsidiary Atria Concept AB expanded its operations to St. Petersburg, Russia, where eight Sibylla Is Inside sales counters were opened. The price of meat raw material was still at a high level during the period. Prices are, however, expected to stabilise during the year. Baltic States In the Baltic States the turnover of Lithuanian operations decreased slightly due to the closing of the unprofitable meat cutting operations; however, earnings increased. The development programme has been forcefully pushed forward, which is visible as better cost control and a sales increase in meat products in particular. In Estonia, development of primary production has continued through the expansion of pig houses. This expansion and development investments will be completed by the end of this year. Sales of retail-packed meat developed positively during the period. Traditionally, sales has been weak in the Baltic markets during the first quarter. The demand peak in meat products is seen in the summer. Russia Pit-Product's turnover developed positively during the period and earnings were also positive despite the traditionally slow demand in the first quarter and the long local holidays in January. The takeover process has progressed quickly and will be completed soon. A temporary increase in production capacity and the design project for the new production plant and logistics centre were the main projects in Russia during the period. Personnel Matti Tikkakoski, MSc (Econ.), took over as the new President & CEO of the group on 1 February 2006. Christer Åberg took over as the Managing Director of Lithells AB on 1 April 2006. Atria's meat product industry director, Juha Ruohola, was appointed as the Director of the Pit-Product takeover process. During the period Atria Group's personnel numbered 5,293. Investments The pig slaughterhouse expansions, which cost 22 million euro during the period, was completed at the beginning of April. The implementation of the new expansion continues during the second quarter. Another major construction project concerns the expansion of the logistics centre, which has progressed according to plan and will be opened in the spring of 2007. The approximately 70 million euro investment programme in Nurmo will be completed during 2007. Of this investment, 20 million euro is directed at 2006 and the remaining 10 million euro at 2007. In Russia, the possibility to build a new production plant and logistics centre in St. Petersburg has been investigated. The results will be reported later this year. Financing During the period interest-bearing liabilities increased by 16.8 million euro (+8.1%). Financing has been carried out by utilising the parent company's financing limits. The Board's valid issue authorisations The AGM has authorised the Board of Directors to decide on increasing the company's share capital by means of one or more subscription issues, so that the maximum number of the company's A Series shares, with a nominal value of EUR 1.70, should not exceed a total of 4,218,545 shares, thereby increasing the company's share capital by a maximum of EUR 7,171,526.50. The authorisation is valid for one year from the empowerment decision taken by the AGM, until the AGM arranged for 3 May 2006. The Board of Directors has decided to present to the AGM a similar authorisation request, valid for one year from the empowerment decision. Changes in the operating environment During the period avian influenza (bird flu) has been found around Europe. In Finland, the issue was visible in the news in early 2006. This lead, on the one hand, to a slight, approximately 5 per cent, decrease in the consumption in poultry compared to the year before, and, on the other hand, to a heavy decrease in poultry imports. The industry and authorities have emphasised that the Finnish poultry production chain is safe. In Finland, productive animals are kept indoors, completely isolated from wild birds. According to a poll carried out in week 9 by Suomen Gallup Elintarviketieto, 99 per cent of respondents believed that Finnish poultry is safe for food. 61 per cent found it very safe, while 52 per cent felt this way in early March. Consumers are also increasingly satisfied with the steps taken by the meat industry and authorities to ensure safety. According to research, 95 per cent of Finns eat chicken and 74 per cent eat turkey. More than four out of five consumers continue to eat poultry products as before. There are more people that have increased than decreased their consumption. (Source: Suomen Gallup Elintarviketieto, press release 13 April 2006). Outlook for the rest of the year Completion of the pig slaughterhouse expansion so that the operations can be introduced fully is expected to take place by the beginning of the third quarter. The integration project of Liha ja Säilyke Oy's and Atria's convenience food production with all its changes will depress earnings slightly in the second quarter. The effects of the news on avian influenza (bird flu) on domestic poultry consumption are limited. We expect demand to decrease by only a couple of percentage points during the rest of the year. Research into improving the profitability of the loss-making turkey operations will continue. Domestic sales in the main product groups will continue developing positively, but at the same time the pressure to raise sales prices will increase strongly due to increased raw-material costs. The earnings of Atria's domestic operations are expected to be slightly weaker during the second quarter than in the corresponding period last year. In Sweden, Lithells AB's operations will continue stably and the full year earnings are expected to be at last year's level. The increase in prices of meat raw materials is expected to stabilise during the year. Pit-Product sales will continue developing positively and turnover is expected to amount to approximately 75 million euro in 2006. Operating result in Russia will be slightly in the black. Baltic operations are expected to continue developing positively and full year earnings are expected to improve slightly from last year. KEY INDICATORS mill. EUR 1-3/2006 1-3/2005 1-12/2005 Equity/share, 12.21 12.71 12.08 Interest-bearing liabilities 223.6 146.9 206.9 Equity ratio, % 43.4 50.1 43.0 Gross investments 13.9 23.0 107.3 Gross investments of turnover, % 5.7 10.4 11.0 Average personnel 5,293 4,090 4,433 Principles applied in preparing the interim report This interim report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The firm has applied the same principles in preparing this interim report as in preparing the 2005 annual financial statements. This interim report is unaudited. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET Assets EUR million 31-3-06 31-3-05 31-12-05 Non-current assets Property, plant and equipment 332.7 276.4 329.3 Goodwill 52.0 34.5 50.1 Other intangible assets 22.7 21.0 22.7 Loan assets and other receivables 5.6 4.6 5.1 Other financial assets 6.3 7.3 5.8 Total 419.3 343.8 413.0 Current assets Inventories 64.5 54.4 58.6 Trade and other receivables 143.8 127.2 151.0 Cash and cash equivalents 13.2 10.7 17.5 Total 221.5 192.3 227.1 Total assets 640.8 536.1 640.1 Equity and liabilities EUR million 31-3-06 31-3-05 31-12-05 Equity belonging to parent companys shareholders 257.5 248.7 254.8 Minority interests 20.3 19.5 20.2 Equity, total 277.8 268.2 275.0 Long-term liabilities Interest-bearing liabilities 125.2 84.5 115.5 Deferred tax liabilities 22.9 18.5 22.5 Pension obligations 0.4 0.4 0.4 Total 148.5 103.4 138.4 Current liabilities Interest-bearing liabilities 98.4 62.3 91.4 Trade and other payables 116.1 102.2 135.3 Total 214.5 164.5 226.7 Total, liabilities 363.0 267.9 365.1 Equity and liabilities, total 640.8 536.1 640.1 CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT EUR million 1-3/06 1-3/05 1-12/05 Turnover 244.9 221.7 976.9 Expenses -231.8 -207.4 -905.2 Depreciations -8.6 -8.0 -31.5 Operating profit 4.5 6.3 40.2 * of turnover 1.8 2.8 4.1 Income from associates 0.5 0.3 0.8 Financial income and expenses -1.2 -0.8 -3.2 Profit before taxes 3.8 5.8 37.8 * of turnover 1.6 2.6 3.9 Income taxes -1.0 -1.6 -10.8 Profit for the period 2.8 4.2 27.0 * of turnover 1.1 1.9 2.8 Profit distribution for the period: To parent company shareholders 2.8 4.2 26.2 To minority shares 0.8 Total 2.8 4.2 27.0 Basic earnings/share, 0.13 0.20 1.24 Diluted earnings/share, 0.13 0.20 1.24 CALCULATION OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY EUR million Equity belonging to the owners of the parent company Mino Equity, rity's total interest Share Share Trans Retained Total equity premium lation earnings diff. Shareholders' equity 1-1-2005 35.8 104.4 0.5 103.7 244.4 19.5 263.9 Translation differences 0.1 0.1 0.1 Profit for the period 4.2 4.2 4.2 Shareholders' equity 31-3-2005 35.8 104.4 0.6 107.9 248.7 19.5 268.2 Shareholders' equity 1-1-2006 35.8 104.4 -0.9 115.5 254.8 20.2 275.0 Translation differences -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0 Profit for the period 2.8 2.8 2.8 Shareholders' equity 31-3-2006 35.8 104.4 -1.0 118.3 257.5 20.3 277.8 CASH FLOW STATEMENT FOR THE GROUP EUR million 1-3/06 1-3/05 1-12/05 Cash flow from operations -5.6 -2.1 59.3 Financial items and taxes -1.0 -1.3 -12.4 Cash flow from operations -6.6 -3.4 46.9 Investments Investments in tangible and intangible assets -14.0 -23.0 -98.3 Investments -0.6 -2.5 -3.5 Cash flow from investments -14.6 -25.5 -101.8 Loans drawn down 28.8 32.9 91.4 Loans repaid -11.9 -6.0 -19.2 Dividends paid -12.7 Cash flow from financing 16.9 26.9 59.5 Change in liquid funds -4.3 -2.0 4.6 SEGMENT INFORMATION GEOGRAPHICAL EUR million 1-3/06 % 1-3/05 % 1-12/05 % Turnover Finland 156.8 64.0 144.7 65.3 634.3 64.9 Sweden 70.5 28.8 74.0 33.4 314.0 32.1 Russia 15.4 6.3 Others and eliminations 2.2 0.9 3.0 1.4 28.6 2.9 Total 244.9 100.0 221.7 100.0 976.9 100.0 Operating profit Finland 4.0 88.9 5.8 92.1 31.6 78.6 Sweden 0.3 6.7 0.7 11.1 7.1 17.7 Russia 0.3 6.7 Others and eliminations -0.1 -2.2 -0.2 -3.2 1.5 3.7 Total 4.5 100.0 6.3 100.0 40.2 100.0 LIABILITIES EUR million 31-3-06 31-3-05 31-12-05 Debts for which collateral has been provided in the form of mortgages and other securities Loans from financial institutions 86.4 76.5 79.8 Pension fund loans 6.3 6.1 6.2 Total 92.7 86.0 86.0 Mortgages and other securities given as comprehensive security Real-estate mortgages 77.6 77.5 78.7 Corporate mortgages 44.5 43.7 44.2 Other security 42.7 40.6 47.3 Total 164.8 161.8 170.2 Guarantee engagements not included in the balance sheet Unused limits 97.6 85.5 107.8 Guarantees 13.7 3.1 13.5 For additional information, please contact Mr Matti Tikkakoski, President & CEO, tel. +358 50 2582. 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