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GRENKE AG: GRENKE reports preliminary results for 2020: Solid numbers despite pandemic with net profit of EUR 79.9 million

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DGAP-News: GRENKE AG / Key word(s): Preliminary Results
30.04.2021 / 07:02
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

GRENKE reports preliminary results for 2020: Solid numbers despite pandemic with net profit of EUR 79.9 million

Baden-Baden, April 30, 2021: GRENKE AG, a global financing partner for small and medium-sized enterprises, generated a net profit of EUR 79.9 million in financial year 2020 (20191: EUR 135.9 million) according to preliminary figures. The results meet the Company's forecast of a net profit "in the upper double-digit-million range" last published on February 26, 2021. Earnings per share correspond to EUR 1.67 (20191: EUR 2.95). The 2020 Annual Report, including the audit opinion, is scheduled to be published on May 21, 2021.

"2020 was a tremendous challenge for GRENKE," commented Antje Leminsky, Chair of the Board of Directors of GRENKE AG. "We mastered it with unity and persistence and are now again looking ahead. In the second half of the year, we want to return to a growth mode."

Sebastian Hirsch, Chief Financial Officer of GRENKE AG, adds: "Intelligent liquidity management is of existential importance during such an unprecedented crisis. At the onset of the corona pandemic, we very deliberately built ourselves a liquidity buffer. Only as a result of this were we able to gain the necessary operating leeway to strategically manage our business in such an extraordinary period and close this exceptional year with decent results."

Higher proceeds from lease contracts

Payments by lessees rose by 11.5 percent to EUR 2.3 billion in the 2020 financial year (20191: EUR 2.1 billion). GRENKE benefited from the strong new business of prior years as leases have an average of around four years. Net interest income, therefore, increased by 6.7 percent to EUR 407.1 million in the reporting year (20191: EUR 381.5 million).

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting deterioration in the economic environment overall led to higher expenses for the settlement of claims and risk provision. As a result, this expense item increased by 62.1 percent to EUR 216.0 million (20191: EUR 133.3 million).

To support lessees during the COVID-19 pandemic, GRENKE granted the option to defer up to two lease instalments. In September 2020, GRENKE recorded its highest level of outstanding and deferred instalments of EUR 84.2 million. By the end of the year, this deferral volume had already declined significantly, so that as of December 31, 2020, a total of EUR 24.0 million of instalments was still outstanding for the relevant lease agreements.

Audit and consulting fees soared to EUR 24.2 million as of December 31, 2020 (20191: EUR 14.9 million) as a result of the report of a short seller published in September 2020. For the same reason, the Company incurred additional expenses of roughly EUR 6.7 million in the 2021 financial year to date as of the March 31, 2021 reporting date.

Refinancing using matching maturities and a stable equity ratio

External refinancing requirements declined by EUR 0.4 billion in the 2020 financial year. New borrowings amounted to EUR 1.8 billion (20191: EUR 2.3 billion) via the capital market and GRENKE Bank's deposit business.

GRENKE continues to refinance using matching maturities, which means receivables in 2020 were once again largely in line with liabilities in terms of their amounts and maturities. As of the reporting date of December 31, 2020, non-current lease receivables of EUR 3.6 billion (20191: EUR 3.8 billion) had been offset by a total of EUR 3.9 billion in non-current financial liabilities (20191: EUR 3.9 billion). Current lease receivables of EUR 2.1 billion (20191: EUR 2.0 billion) were also at a similar level to current financial liabilities of EUR 1.9 billion (20191: EUR 1.7 billion).

The equity ratio as of December 31, 2020 was 16.3 percent (20191: 16.2 percent) and thus still above the Company's target of at least 16 percent.

Outlook for the 2021 financial year

2021 is a transitional year for GRENKE. The Board of Directors currently assumes the volume of new leasing business to be between EUR 1.7 billion and EUR 2.0 billion in 2021 after amounting to EUR 2.0 billion in the prior year primarily as a result of the pandemic and burdens from the audits. Due to corona, the 2021 financial year got off to a muted start, with the first quarter of 2021 on a par with the fourth quarter of 2020. The Board of Directors expects the markets to pick up in the further course of this year and anticipates stronger business than in the first half-year.

The measures from the special audits are to be largely implemented in the current financial year. The first franchise companies are also planned to be acquired by the end of 2021. The entire acquisition process is expected to be completed in 2022.

The lower level of new business in the previous quarters, as well as the level expected in the coming months, will also be reflected in the income from operating business for full-year 2021. In addition, the Board of Directors currently expects costs to rise slightly despite lower business volumes. Overall, the Board of Directors expects net profit in 2021 in the range of EUR 50 million to EUR 70 million due to the high profitability of the existing portfolio of contracts and new business.

The Company will submit a dividend proposal upon the publication of the audited annual report.

Measures to advance processes

The Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board have actively addressed the points of criticism from the ongoing special audits, have initiated numerous changes, and are vigorously pursuing their implementation. Isabel Rösler was added to the Board of Directors at the end of the year. The level below the Board of Directors was also strengthened, specifically by hiring externally to newly fill the executive positions in Corporate Compliance and Group Auditing.

Money laundering prevention was significantly intensified through the monitoring of transactions at GRENKE Bank. In addition, the control and audit processes, as well as risk analysis, are being optimised.

Accounting changes affecting the year 2019

As announced in the ad hoc notification dated February 26, 2021, all franchise companies have been consolidated, reducing net profit by a single-digit million euro amount. The consolidation resulted in a reduction of equity of EUR 87.9 million, of which EUR 67.4 million was attributable to the previously reported goodwill and intangible assets. The remaining EUR 20.5 million is attributable in particular to first-time consolidation effects for the not yet acquired companies.

Further accounting changes for 2019 relate to the retrospective increase of impairments for lease receivables (EUR 4.1 million), the goodwill impairment for the business in Poland (EUR 4.2 million) and the correction of the goodwill for the business in Portugal (EUR 2.0 million). In total, equity as of December 31, 2019 fell by EUR 10.3 million.

The reduction in equity has only a marginal effect on the regulatory equity ratio as goodwill requires full equity underlying.

As already announced in the release dated February 26, 2021, the valuation model used to calculate the level of risk provisions in accordance with IFRS 9 in 2020 was enhanced by the integration of macroeconomic parameters.

In addition, the model used to measure receivables in settlement was adjusted and improved. GRENKE AG has currently accounted for this by increasing the level of risk provision by EUR 14 million in the past financial year. Regardless of the final assessment of the matter, there will be no change made to the 2020 year-end balance sheet as the amount and methodology of the risk provision have already been determined. The question remains in which year the change in the risk provision will be recognised. This matter is currently being discussed by the auditor KMPG and the special auditor Mazars. A change in the current assessment would lead to an increase in the net profit of approximately EUR 11 million in 2020, combined with a corresponding reduction in equity as of January 1, 2019.

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1All figures for 2019 in this press release have been adjusted in accordance with IAS 8.42 (including the consolidation of the franchise companies). For explanations, please see section "Accounting changes". The table with an overview of the figures can be found at the end of the text.

Overview of preliminary, unaudited group figures according to IFRS (in EUR million)

 

2020

20191
Restated

2020 vs. 20191
restated
(∆ in %)

2019 as reported

Income statement

 

 

 

 

Jan. 1 - Dec. 31

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

407.1

381.5

6.7

368.9

Settlement of claims and risk provision

216.0

133.3

62.0

125.9

Net interest income settlement of claims and risk provision

191.1

248.2

-23.0

243.0

Income from operating business

346.7

403.0

-14.0

396.7

Staff costs

119.8

120.8

-0.8

115.8

Consulting and audit fees

24.2

14.9

62.4

14.0

Other costs and depreciation/impairment

88.3

97.3

-9.2

92.5

Operating result

114.5

170.0

-32.6

174.3

Earnings before taxes

104.6

166.1

-37.0

170.7

Net profit

79.9

135.9

-41.2

142.1

EPS in Euro

1.67

2.95

-43.3

2.92

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of financial position as of Dec. 31

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

944.7

446.0

111.8

434.4

Lease receivables

5,636.3

5,789.2

-2.6

5,645.9

Intangible assets

67.5

70.9

-4.8

144.5

Other assets

684.7

805.4

-15.0

922.7

Total assets

7,333.2

7,111.5

3.1

7,147.5

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities

5,810.0

5,677.7

2.3

5,639.8

Other liabilities

328.0

280.0

17.1

258.9

Total equity

1,195.2

1,153.8

3.6

1,248.8

Total equity and liabilities

7,333.2

7,111.5

3.1

7,147.5

 

 

 

 

 

Equity ratio

16.3

16.2

n.a.

17.5


Statement of cash flows

 

 

 

 

Jan. 1 - Dec. 31

 

 

 

 

Payments by lessees

2,318.7

2,080.2

11.5

1,654.8

Payments for refinancing

1,485.2

1,323.8

12.2

1,441.1

Proceeds from refinancing

1,123.5

2,153.0

-47.8

2,071.4

1All figures for 2019 in this press release have been adjusted in accordance with IAS 8.42 (including the consolidation of the franchise companies). For explanations, please see section "Accounting changes". The table with an overview of the figures can be found at the end of the text.

The figures contained in this press release are preliminary and unaudited. The publication of the Annual Report 2020 is scheduled for May 21, 2021. The Annual Report will be made available on the Company's website at https://www.grenke.com/investor-relations/reports-and-presentations.

For more information, please contact:

GRENKE AG

 

Team Investor Relations

Press contact
Stefan Wichmann
Executive Communications Consulting

Neuer Markt 2

Neuer Markt 2

76532 Baden-Baden

76532 Baden-Baden

Phone: +49 7221 5007-204

Mobile: +49 (0) 171 20 20 300

Email: investor@grenke.de

Email: presse@grenke.de

Internet: www.grenke.com

 

 

About GRENKE

The GRENKE Group (GRENKE) is a global financing partner for small and medium-sized companies. As a one-stop shop for customers, GRENKE's products range from flexible small-ticket leasing and demand-driven bank products to convenient factoring. Fast and easy processing and personal contact with customers and partners are at the centre of GRENKE's activities.

Founded in 1978 in Baden-Baden, the Consolidated Group operates in 33 countries and employs more than 1,800 staff (full-time equivalent) worldwide. GRENKE shares are listed in the SDAX on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN DE000A161N30).


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Company:

GRENKE AG

Neuer Markt 2

76532 Baden-Baden

Germany

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E-mail:

investor@grenke.de

Internet:

www.grenke.de

ISIN:

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WKN:

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