INNOVATION, QUALITY, EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE KEY FACTORS BEHIND THE CHOICE OF THE WINNERS
SPECIALISTS IN LOGISTICS, CYBER SECURITY, MACHINERY, MOULDS, AND EVENTS ALSO REWARDED
Milan, September 8, 2017 – The quality of any product always begins with the choice and characteristics of its primary materials: all the more so when we are talking about a tyre made up of many different ingredients, all which have a crucial impact on safety and performance. This was the key consideration that guided Pirelli’s cross-departmental team when it came to deciding the winners of this year’s Supplier Awards. In this, the sixth year of the annual awards, it is the suppliers of primary materials who have been the most successful, scooping four prizes of the nine available. This emphasis is justified by the numbers: 46% of Pirelli’s total expenditure (equivalent to 1.54 billion euros in 2016) goes towards primary materials.
Handing out the prizes to the suppliers who have shone throughout last year, delivering on-time quality to the supply chain or end product, was Pirelli’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera, as well as Pirelli’s Head of Purchasing Pier Luigi de Cancellis, in a ceremony that took place at the Italian firm’s headquarters in Milan. The recipients of the awards, as well as primary materials suppliers, included producers of machinery and moulds, cyber security experts, logistics firms, and event management companies. The winners came from three continents – Europe, Asia and America – and six countries (China, Italy, Germany, Japan, Romania, the United States, and Thailand).
These are the companies who won the 2017 Supplier Awards:
Jiangsu Xingda Steel Tyre Cord Co Ltd (China): one of the premier producers of metallic reinforcements; Cabot Corporation: an American group which is a leader in carbon black production; Zeon Corporation: a Japanese company that supplies synthetic rubber; Thai Eastern Innovation: an important producer and exporter of natural rubber headquartered in Chonburi; Karl Eugen Fischer GmbH: a German supplier of tyre production machinery; Himile Mechanical Science and Technology: the world’s most important producer and supplier of tyre moulds; Com Divers Logistic Srl (Romania): a key player in the logistics sector; Reply: an Italian firm specialising in cyber security and IT services, and finally Newtonlab: an events company from Italy.
De Cancellis commented: “Pirelli’s corporate strategy, focused principally on the top of the range, is shared with all our suppliers, whom we consider to be genuine partners working towards common goals in terms of innovation, transparency, quality, flexibility and sustainability. To maintain the high standards that have always characterised our brand, it’s essential for us to have primary materials, services, and production systems that are at the very highest level, while complying with the stringent sustainability regulations we have set ourselves. With these objectives always in mind, Pirelli is constantly looking all over the world for the very best suppliers, which are continually verified.”
Pirelli’s purchasing department is made up of around 175 worldwide specialists. They manage more than 9500 global suppliers who are specially selected according to criteria such as capacity for innovation, quality of goods and services, sustainability, and efficiency within the supply chain. Pirelli’s constant analysis does not just stop at the suppliers themselves but also considers the suppliers of the suppliers.
- Revenues increased 13.4% to 1,339.3 million euro (1,180.9 million on March 31, 2016)
- Further strengthening of Premium: volumes grew 15.3% and revenues increased 16%. As a percentage of total revenues, rose to 67.8% (66.2% on March 31, 2016)
- Improvement of price/mix: +5.5% – top in the industry – thanks above all to the sales’ mix
- Ebitda 270.3 million euro (261.5 million on March 31, 2016)
- Adjusted Ebit 205.0 million euro (203.6 million on March 31, 2016)
- Adjusted Ebit Margin impacted by launch of new projects and increased raw material costs
- Investments 98.3 million euro (70 million on March 31, 2016)
- Net income before discontinued operations : +49.5 million euro (-30.4 million on March 31, 2016)
- Apac and Nafta confirmed as most profitable areas
As an effect of the assignment by Pirelli & C. S.p.A. to Marco Polo International Italy S.r.l. of the shares of TP Industrial Holding, the company into which Pirelli’s Industrial activities had been conferred, the Industrial business is qualified as a “discontinued operation”. The result for the year of the discontinued operation has been reclassified in the income statement under the heading “results of disposed operating activities”. The comparable economic data for 2016 have been thus restated.
The Board of Directors of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. reviewed and approved group results for the quarter ending on March 31, 2017, which reflect the launch of Pirelli as a “Pure Consumer Tyre Player”, with the implementation of new projects aimed at strengthening its positioning in high-value segments with higher profitability and the development of new activities to take advantage of new trends in mobility.
The results for the first quarter of 2017 were characterized by the following elements:
Revenues totaled 1,339.3 million euro, an increase of 13.4% compared with 1,180.9 million euro in the same period of 2016 once again driven by the focus on the Premium segment and its positive performance. Organic growth was 8.4% and excluding forex impacts (+4%) and the consolidation of the car activities of Jiaozou Aeolus Car (+1%), whose reconversion to the Pirelli brand began in the last quarter of 2016, with the aim of accelerating development in China, the area which will be the Premium segment’s growth driver at the world level. The revenue trend benefitted from the strong growth of the price/mix component (+5.5%, the highest level among peers) due in particular to the improved sales’ mix, thanks to the success of high end products, and price increases in emerging markets.
Premium revenues rose 16% to 907.4 million euro, compared with 782.2 million euro in the same period of 2016. As a percentage of total revenues, Premium revenues grew further and reached 67.8%, compared with 66.2% in the first quarter of 2016.
Volumes in the Premiumsegment saw significant growth of 15.3% – which involved all Regions reaching levels above the market trend (+11%) – which underpinned the trend of total volumes, which increased 2.9% over the period. The progressive reduction of exposure to segments of lower profitability, in particular in Russia and Latam, brought, on the other hand, a reduction of 9.1% in non-Premium volumes.
Ebitda before non-recurring items and restructuring costs was 270.3 million euro at March 31, 2017, an increase of 3.4% compared with 261.5 million euro in the same period of 2016.
Adjusted Ebit (operating income before non-recurring items and restructuring costs and amortization of intangible fixed assets included in the PPA) amounted to 205 million euro, an increase of 1.4 million euro compared with 203.6 million euro recorded for the corresponding period of 2016. The improved result was linked to the effect of internal levers such as price/mix, volumes and efficiencies, which more than compensated for the increased cost of raw materials, costs inflation (particularly in emerging markets), higher amortization and depreciation and other costs related to business development.
The Adjusted Ebit margin was 15.3% compared with 17.2% on March 31, 2016 and predominantly reflects new programs that will deliver value in the medium term, as well as the effect of increased raw material costs. In particular:
- the above mentioned consolidation of the car activities of Jiaozou Aeolus Car in China;
- the strengthening of Premium segment positioning along the entire value chain,
- the effort to accelerate the reduction of exposure to segments with low profitability;
- the launch of new activities which meet new end-customer needs such as connectivity and the return to the bicycle business through the Velo project;
- one-off costs attributable to the separation of the Industrial business;
- The time lag between price increases which were effective as of April 1, 2017 for all products and the increase in the cost of raw materials
The operating result (Ebit) amounted to 168.7 million euro (166.1 million euro in the corresponding period of the previous financial year) and was impacted by:
non-recurring and restructuring charges of 10.1 million euro due to rationalization processes, costs relating to the reorganization activities of the Industrial segment and 26.2 million euro relative to amortization of intangible assets identified in the context of PPA deriving from the acquisition of Pirelli assets by Marco Polo.
The result from equity investments was negative in the amount of 3.1 million euro (-42.5 million euro at March 31, 2016) and was mainly related to the pro-quota result of the Indonesian Joint Venture PT Evoluzione Tyres.
The net income before discontinued operations on March 31, 2017 amounted to 49.5 million euro compared with a loss of 30.4 million euro in the first quarter of 2016. Other than the improvement in the operating income and net income from equity investments, the result also reflects the reduction in net financial expenses of , 56.7 million euro (77.0 million euro for first quarter 2017 compared with 133.7 million euro for first quarter 2016, impacted by 25.4 million euro linked to the extinction of the US Private Placement bond loan). The reduction of net financial expenses was mainly attributable to the lower cost of debt (5.42% for the first quarter 2017 compared with 5.98% for the first quarter 2016).
The operating cash flow on March 31, 2017 was negative 720.1 million euro (-592.3 million in the same period of 2016). The figure reflects, among other things, growth of investments – 98.3 million euro compared with 70 million euro at March 31, 2016 – mainly aimed at increasing Premium segment capacity in Europe and Nafta and at the continuous improvement of the mix and quality.
Net cash flow before dividends and extraordinary operations was negative in the amount of 881.7 million euro compared with a negative result of 838.3 million euro recorded for 2016. The total cash flow was negative in the amount of 612.4 million euro (negative in the amount of 779.0 million euro in 2016) and includes the positive effect of 269.3 million euro resulting from the finalization of the Industrial business reorganization.
The net financial position on March 31, 2017 was negative in the amount of 5,525.2 million euro (-4,912.8 million euro at December 31, 2016).
At the geographical level, Apac registered, along with Nafta, the highest profitability among all the macro-areas, staying at the twenties levels. Revenues in the Apac area, above all thanks to the performance of Premium, increased by 26.6% compared with the same period of 2016. Excluding the positive effects of forex (+0.7%) and variation in the perimeter deriving from the consolidation of Aeolus Car (+3.2%) organic revenue growth was +22.7%. Nafta registered an Ebit margin in the twenties levels, with organic growth in revenues of 16.5% (+13.7% excluding the positive forex effect) thanks to the good performance of Premium and SuperPremium. Europe registered profitability in the mid-teens level, with revenue growing by 7.8% (+8.9% excluding the negative forex effect), underpinned by the positive performance of Premium. Meai registered profitability in the mid-teens level, with total revenue growth of 2.4%.
The decline in profitability in South America (Ebit margin mid-single-digit) was mainly due to a fall in sales in the Argentine market and continuing actions to improve and reconvert the mix. In the course of the quarter, revenues grew by 18.8% (-3.2% at the organic level excluding forex and perimeter variations).
This performance reflects the ongoing focus on the mix, with the progressive reduction of sales in the non-premium segment, the destination of part of the production for exports to North America in consideration of the growing demand for Pirelli Premium products and the shrinking of the car market in Argentina. Russia registered growth in profitability (Ebit margin high single digit compared with a negative margin in the first quarter of 2016). Total revenues grew by 14.3%: excluding the positive impact of forex, revenues fell 16.9%. This dynamic reflects the strategic focus on more profitable segments, with the progressive reduction in the production and sales of products of brands other than Pirelli.
- Further strengthening of Premium: volumes grow by 14.2% and revenues represent 64.0% of the Consumer business (61.5% in 2015)
- Improvement of price/mix: +5.0% thanks above all to the sales mix
- Progressive improvement in volumes, growth of 2.1% (+5.1% in fourth quarter)
- Efficiencies of 90.5 million euro: reaching 79% of 4-year 2014-2017 target of 350 million euro
- Profitability growth, with a total Adjusted Ebit margin of 14.8% (14.4% in 2015 on like-for-like basis). Record profitability for the Consumer business with an adjusted Ebit margin of 16.8% for the year (16.2% in 2015 on like-for-like basis)
- Significant improvement of net financial position
- Europe sees increased profitability. Apac and Nafta remain most profitable areas
- Investment in Research & Development of 228.1 million euro, equal to about 4% of total revenues (6% of Premium segment revenues)
- The process of Pirelli’s transformation continues
As an effect of the acquisition by Marco Polo Industrial Holding S.p.a. of Pirelli and its subsequent merger by incorporation of Marco Polo Industrial Holding S.p.A. into Pirelli, following the Purchase Price Allocation (PPA) conducted on the basis of that which is established in the relevant accounting principles, greater amortizations were booked mainly referable to immaterial assets identified in the context of this operation. The “EBIT adjusted” excludes – beyond non-recurring and restructuring charges – also amortization that refer to intangible assets identified in the PPA.
The Board of Directors of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has reviewed and approved the group’s results for the year ended on December 31, 2016. The results for 2016 show growth in the main economic indicators.
Revenues amounted to 6,058.4 million euro, with organic growth of 7% at the annual level (on a like-for-like basis and net of forex effects, which were negative 5.4%) and of 8.7% in the fourth quarter. The revenue trend benefitted from strong growth – both in the Consumer and Industrial businesses – of the price/mix component (+5.0%) in particular thanks to improvement in the sales mix, as well as price increases in emerging markets.
Volumes’ performance was positive (+2.1% in 2016, +5.1% in the fourth quarter) thanks to the Consumer business (+3.5% during the year, +4.8% in the fourth quarter). The performance of Industrial volumes, negative at the annual level (-3.8%) as a result of the weakness of the South American market, registered growth in the fourth quarter of 6.5% thanks to the business’s recovery in the region, above all in the Replacement channel.
Premium saw improvement with volume growth of 14.2%, above the Premium market’s global trend (+9.4%). The segment posted organic growth of 12.3% to 3,244.6 million euro, accounting for a total of 64% of Consumer revenues, up from 61.5% in 2015 on a like-for-like basis.
The Adjusted Ebit (operating result before non-recurring and restructuring charges and amortization of intangible assets identified in the context of PPA)was 896.6 million euro (860.5 million in 2015 on a like-for-like basis), with an Adjusted Ebit margin growing to 14.8% compared with 14.4% in 2015 on a like-for-like basis. The improvement can be attributed to internal levers such as volumes’ growth, price/mix and efficiencies achieved to contrast forex volatility, increased raw material costs and inflation in emerging markets. Efficiencies totaled 90.5 million euro, bringing the total of efficiencies achieved since 2014 to 277.3 million euro, equal to 79% of the 4-year 2014-2017 target of 350 million euro.
The operating result (Ebit) was 724.2 million euro (compared with 786.1 million in 2015 on a like-for-like basis) and mainly reflects 66.6 million in non-recurring and restructuring charges linked to rationalization processes and costs related to reorganization activities of the Industrial segment and 105.8 million euro relative to amortizations for intangible assets resulting from the acquisition of Pirelli assets by Marco Polo.
The total net result was 147.6 million euro compared with -383.5 million in 2015. This figure included a loss of 559.5 million for the de-consolidation of Venezuela and a negative impact of 14.6 million euro deriving from the operational activities disposed of. The result from equity investments was negative 20 million euro (-41.4 million euro in the same period of 2015).
The net cash flow from operations shows a net improvement, passing from 701.4 million in 2015 to 882.7 million euro in 2016, thanks to the management of working capital, and after having sustained investments of 372.2 million euro (391.4 million in 2015), mainly earmarked for increases of Premium capacity in Europe, Nafta and China, as well as improvements in the mix.
The total net cash flow – before dividends and the effects deriving from the merger with Marco Polo Industrial Holding and from the re-organization of the industrial activities – was positive for 383.1 million euro (192.1 million euro in 2015) and include approximately 200 million euro of inflows deriving from the sale of some shareholdings (mainly the disposal of the investment held by Eurostazioni S,p.A. in Grandi Stazioni Retail) and real estate assets.
The net financial position on 31 December 2016 was negative 4,912.8 million euro, an improvement of 418.2 million compared with 5,331.0 million euro at the end of 2015. The positive performance stems mainly from the high level of cash generation, as well as an inflow of 266 million euro deriving from the entry, with a stake of 38%, of the Chinese fund Cinda into the capital of Pirelli Industrial in the context of the reorganization project of the industrial business.
Investments in Research & Development totaled 228.1 million euro, equal to about 4% of total sales, of which 191.0 million euro for activities linked to Premium products (about 6% of the segment’s sales).
At the geographic level, Apac registered, together with Nafta, the highest profitability of all the macro-areas, remaining at the twenties level. Revenue performance improved (organic growth +12.1% in 2016 and +25.4% in the fourth quarter) which include the sales of Jiaozou Aeolus Tyre from October 1, 2016. On a like-for-like basis, growth was 9% at the annual level and 17.9% in the fourth quarter, thanks to the positive performance of the Consumer business and the strengthening of the Original Equipment channel thanks to new homologations with European and local brands.
Nafta posted an Ebit margin at the twenties level, in line with 2015, with organic revenue growth of 12.0% in 2016 (+18.6% in the fourth quarter) thanks to the good performance of Premium and Super Premium.
Profitability in Europe improved to mid-teens level thanks to the 10.0% Premium revenue growth, supported by the good performance of sales both in the Original Equipment and Replacement channels. Organic revenues grew by 5.1%.
Meai registered stable profitability at the high-teens level, with organic revenues growth of 7.2%.
The reduction of profitability in South America (mid-single-digit) was mainly due to the performance of the Industrial business which discounted the market’s weakness, while profitability in the Consumer segment was confirmed at the high single-digit level. During the year, revenues at the organic level registered progress of 6.0% (-6.6% including forex effect of -12.6%). There was a marked improvement in performance in the fourth quarter with revenues growing 12%, in particular in the industrial business, with a volume increase above the market’s.
Forex volatility and the weakness of the market had a negative impact on the results in Russia (revenues down 1.0% net of forex) with profitability at break-even level, an improvement compared with the first nine months of 2016 thanks to a marked recovery in the fourth quarter (organic revenue growth of 9.6%, underpinned above all by the good performance of price/mix and a forex effect of +6.5%.