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TX Group / Key word(s): Half Year Results

30-Aug-2022 / 06:34 CET/CEST
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
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"The environment currently holds many challenges: Pandemic, war, inflation. Coupled with the transformation of the media industry, these uncertainties are impacting the results of our traditional companies Goldbach, Tamedia and 20 Minuten, mainly in terms of profitability. It is in these difficult times that we are devoting our attention to the transformation in journalism and advertising. Sustainable business models must be developed and established so that we can fulfil our role in a free society - it is and remains both irreplaceable and indispensable."

 

Key Figures

2022 

in CHF mn 

2021 

in CHF mn

Change3

in per cent

 

TX Group

 

 

 

 

Revenues

445.7 

453.3

-1.7

 

Operating income / (loss) before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)

61.5

72.5

-15.1

 

    Margin in %

13.8

16.0

-2.2p

 

Operating income / (loss) before effects

of business combinations (EBIT b. PPA)

28.7

48.2

-40.4

 

    Margin in %

6.4

10.6

-4.2p

 

Operating income / (loss) (EBIT)

3.7

15.4

-76.2

 

    Margin in %

0.8

3.4

-2.6p

 

Operating income (EBIT adj.)

40.6

47.2

-13.9

 

    Margin in %

9.2

10.4

-1.3p

 

Net income / (loss) (EAT)

1.0

21.2

-95.2

 

  Margin in %

0.2

4.7

-4.5p

 

Cash flow from / (used in) operating activities

66.0

61.6

8.1

 

Cash flow after investing activities in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (FCF b. M&A)

50.3

49.3

2.0

 

Cash flow after investing activities (FCF)

89.8

45.3

98.3

 

Total assets

3 377.9

2 776.9

21.6

 

Equity ratio in %2

78.0

74.7

3.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

TX Markets

 

 

 

 

Revenues

71.2

108.4

-34.3

 

EBIT adj.

53.8

43.4

23.9

 

    Margin in %

75.6

40.1

35.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldbach

 

 

 

 

Revenues

83.6

74.0

12.9

 

EBIT (adj.)

0.9

9.4

-90.1

 

  Margin in %

1.1

12.8

-11.6p

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Minuten

 

 

 

 

Revenues

50.6

51.0

-0.8

 

EBIT (adj.)

2.5

1.4

82.7

 

  Margin in %

4.9

2.6

2.2p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tamedia

 

 

 

 

Revenues

227.7

222.4

2.4

 

EBIT (adj.)

0.7

7.5

-91.0

 

  Margin in %

0.3

3.4

-3.1p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group & Ventures

 

 

 

 

Revenues

92.2

88.6

4.0

 

EBIT (adj.)

-13.3

-9.0

47.4

 

  Margin in %

-14.4

-10.2

-4.2p

 

1 As a percentage of revenue
2 Equity to total assets

No indication is given for changes in comparative variables with different signs (n.a.). The change in relative values (e.g. margins) is given in  percentage points (p)

 

Alternative key performance figures
TX Group uses the following alternative key performance figures: Operating income / (loss) before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA),  Operating income / (loss) before effects of business combinations (EBIT b. PPA), Cash flow after investing activities in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (FCF b. M&A), Normalised consolidated income statement


Details about the segments

TX Markets: JobCloud performed exceptionally well
The TX Markets segment performed exceptionally well during the first half of the year, reaching an EBIT (adj.) of CHF 53.8 million. The job platforms of JobCloud (TX Group holds 50% in the joint venture, fully consolidated) contributed significantly to the result. JobCloud was able to grow both in terms of new orders (+36% year-on-year) and new customers (+23% year-on-year). As a result, the company's clear market leadership in Switzerland was expanded. The Austrian job platform Karriere.at (TX Group indirectly holds 24.5%, as JobCloud AG holds 49%) also developed very positively and grew strongly. The Swiss Marketplace Group (TX Group holds 30.76%) is also an important investment in the segment. Despite the dried-up markets in the vehicle and real estate sectors, SMG's operating business performed well during the first half of the year. In parallel, the young company is focusing on building up its management team and operational structures. Initial synergies were achieved by optimising marketing expenses and reorganisation. 

Goldbach: Significant increase in sales in out-of-home advertising
Goldbach experienced the adverse effects of the war and the pandemic on the advertising market as a whole during the first half of the year. EBIT (adj.) fell to CHF 0.9 million, while the margin was just over 1%.  Operating income rose to a good CHF 83.6 million. The increase was largely due to the marketing launch of the out-of-home advertising spaces in the newly acquired inventories.  At the earnings level, the out-of-home advertising and the new inventory have not yet had an impact. Not surprisingly, this area had a negative impact on the result in the first half of the year: many of the new inventories had to be digitalized before they could be marketed (start-up effect), and long-term experience shows that the second half of the year is more profitable than the first. The core businesses of print and TV are still under pressure. Revenues are slightly down on the previous year due to the current circumstances and loss of reach associated with time-shifted viewing (TV) and digital transformation (print). Compensation through new forms of advertising in the area of time-shifted use is being sought for the TV area. In the print segment, Goldbach is able to partially compensate for lower advertising expenses by expanding its third-party marketing business.

20 Minutes: The most widely used news offering in Switzerland
EBIT (adj.) amounted to CHF 2.5 million, with the margin at just under 5%. The earning results remain modest even in the second year after the outbreak of the pandemic. 20 Minuten felt the effects of the Corona crisis in both the advertising and user markets. The war in Ukraine and the uncertain economic situation also weighed on advertising revenues. Overall, operating income was virtually unchanged from the prior-year period at just over CHF 50 million. In the user market, the printed circulations slowly recovered and settled at nearly 20% below the value of 2019. 20 Minuten continues to be the most-used news offering in Switzerland. 20 Minuten's international business with stakes in the free newspaper Heute (publisher AHVV Verlag, TX Group holds 25.5%) and heute.at (publisher DJ Digitale Medien, TX Group holds 51%) in Austria and Edita/ L'essentiel (TX Group holds 50%) in Luxembourg performed well, while the digital offering in Austria was outstanding.

Tamedia: In the midst of transformation 
The economic effects of the Corona crisis and the Ukraine war had a significant impact on Tamedia. Ebit (adj.) decreased significantly in the first half of 2022 and amounted to CHF 0.7 million, while the margin was 0.3%. The high paper price and the payback to the federal government of the CHF 3.1 million "Corona emergency aid" received in 2021 strained the results in the first half of 2022. At the same time, economic uncertainty, problems in the supply chains and war reporting are having a negative effect on advertising sales. Revenues increased slightly, primarily as a result of the higher paper price in third-party business which internally led to higher production costs passed on to the third parties without margin. The digital transformation of its business remains the dominant theme for Tamedia. Customer retention across all channels and increasing the number of digital paid subscriptions are top priorities. At mid-year, the number of paid subscriptions was 646,000 and Tamedia recorded around 146,000 digital-only subscribers, a slight increase on the previous year. The successful introduction of new software in the subscription area at the end of 2021 contributed to this. It enables better segmentation and an optimised approach to the target groups. This helped to increase the number of new subscriptions in the first half, while in the spring an increased number of cancellations from the so-called "lockdown subscriptions" was recorded. 

Group & Ventures: Cost savings on targeted level at Group level.
The operating result (EBIT adj.) amounted to CHF -13.3 million (previous year CHF -9.0 million). 
The Group was able to further optimise costs thanks to ongoing flexibility enhancements to its offering and optimization of processes and systems. The goal communicated two years ago, whereby CHF 20 million in savings would be achieved at Group level by the end of 2023, continues to be in effect and is being implemented consistently. The simplification and digitalisation of processes and, where appropriate, the decentralisation of organisational units will continue to be driven forward in the future. Increased costs in the first half of the year compared with the same period of the previous year are mainly due to the establishment of the service centre in Belgrade, a resumption of travel activities, and del credere adjustments. In the first half of 2022, the TX Group made investments in both existing portfolio companies such as Selma and new start-ups such as Stableton. The exit from Moneypark in spring 2022 was a success. The two majority holdings, Doodle and Zattoo, can look back on an eventful first six months. Doodle was able to create the best conditions for product development and product innovations by switching to a new backend. The shift towards more B2B customers (subscription) is progressing. Zattoo continued to grow its user base in Switzerland, focusing on acquiring new customers in the B2B segment.

Contact
Ursula Nötzli, Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer TX Group, Member of the Executive Board
+41 79 462 52 45, ursula.noetzli@tx.group

About TX Group
The TX Group forms a network of platforms and participations that offers users information, orientation, entertainment and assistance for everyday life on a daily basis. Its roots lie in journalism with the diverse newspapers of Tamedia and the free media of 20 Minuten. The portfolio is complemented by the advertising marketer Goldbach. The TX Group is an anchor shareholder of the SMG Swiss Marketplace Group and JobCloud, holds majority stakes in Doodle and Zattoo and is an investor in the fintech sector through TX Ventures. Founded in 1893, the company has been listed on the Swiss stock exchange since 2000. 
www.tx.group


End of Inside Information

Language:

English

Company:

TX Group

Werdstrasse 21

8021 Zürich

Switzerland

Internet:

www.tx.group

ISIN:

CH0011178255

Valor:

1117825

Listed:

SIX Swiss Exchange

EQS News ID:

1430649


 

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