11/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/06/2019 00:36
06 Nov 2019 07:30 CET
Paris, 6 November2019
ALD TRADING UPDATE ON 9M AND Q32019RESULTS
ALD Q3& 9MRESULTSHIGHLIGHTS
KEY STRATEGIC INITIATIVES & OPERATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS
On 6 November 2019, MikeMasterson, ALD CEO, commentingon the Group Results, stated:
'In Q3 19, ALD's fleet grewat a sustained pacein all regions. Fleet growth in the private lease segment remaineddynamic, supported by our expanding partnership networkand our state-of-the-art digital tools. Significant commercial achievements and the launch of several new productsfurther underpinned our operating performance in Q3, supporting margin growth. At the same time ALD's operating leverage improved furtherthanks to ourrigorous cost control and a continuous focus on efficiency gains. Overall, our achievements during the first nine months of the year make us confident we will reach the financial guidance we have provided for 2019, which should allowus to increase our dividendper share.'
CONTINUED STRONG BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
ALD Total Fleet reached 1.73million at the end of September2019, up 6.7% vs. the end of September 2018. Integration of the Stern Lease fleetexplained +0.9% ofTotal Fleet growthover this period. Fundedfleet growth showed particularly strong dynamics,reaching8.0% year on year, of which 1.1% came from Stern Lease. All regions contributed to fleet growth. These trends are in line withthe fleet growth guidance provided at the start of the year.
Private lease fleet grew strongly in 9M 2019,at 39%, reaching 145K contracts at the end of September 2019. ALD continues to leverage its extensive partnershipnetworkto drivegrowth inthis segment. ALD is on track to reachitstarget of 150K contracts with private individuals by year end.
SOLID OPERATING AND FINANCIALRESULTS
Leasing Contract and Services Margins taken together rose by 4.8% in the first 9 monthsof 2019 vs. the same periodlast year. This performance was achieved despitethe continued pressure on margin growth in the context of Diesel residual values repricing.
Demand for used cars continued to support pricesin Q3 19. Car Sales Result per unit reached EUR 285 in Q319, down from EUR 346in Q219but remaining close to the upper bound of the 2019 guidance. In the first 9 monthsof 2019, CSR per unit7 averagedEUR 295, in line with the guidancerange of EUR 100 to EUR 300 per vehiclefor the full year.
The number of used cars sold7in Q319 reached c. 74K, vs. c. 70K in Q318. In line with previous quarters, more than 60% of used cars were sold via electronic platforms. Average stock turnover remained stable over the quarter.
Car Sales Result in Q319 remained resilient at EUR 21.1million, though down from EUR 24.4millionin the previous quarterand EUR 25.7million in Q3 2018.
Gross Operating Income for the first 9 monthsof 2019 came in at EUR 1,028.8million, up 2.4% from EUR 1,005.1million a year earlier.
ALD showeda moderate rise in its Operating Expenses to EUR 475.6 million in 9M19, up 3.0% vs. 9M18. As a result, the Cost-Income ratio excluding Car Sales Resultimproved significantly to 49.1%, from 50.5% recorded a year earlier. The continuing improvement in this ratio is driven by scale benefits and automation of processes throughout the organization, combined with astrong cost control culture, enabling ALD to maintain its investment in technology and digital platforms.
Impairment charges on receivables amounted toEUR 10.6million in Q319, in line withpreceding quarters.
ALD's effective tax rate stood at a low 17.4%, reflecting the continued favourableimpact of the Italian Stability Law.
ALD's solid operating performance for the quarter resulted in Net Income (Group share) rising by 7.9% vs Q3 18, and Net Income (Group share) for 9M19 of EUR 426.8 million, up 2.7% vs. 415.4million in 9M18.
KEY STRATEGIC INITIATIVES& OPERATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS
Creation of a digitalpartnership with Polestar
ALD has established an innovative digital partnership with Polestar, the Swedish electric performance vehicle brand. The partnership will provide leasing offers and services to clients of Polestar through a fully digital online solution offering a range of products for private individuals and corporate customers. Thecustomerjourney will be seamless and digitalbetween Polestar and ALDecosystems, fromconfiguration of the vehicletocredit assessment and e-signing of the contract. The launch is planned for January 2020 with a range of offers to support the Polestar 2, the latest model produced by the new brand. This partnership will broaden ALD'selectric offer and contribute to the development of innovative mobility offerings for customers in Europe.
Launch of ALD Move in the Netherlands
On 11 September2019, ALD launchedALD Move. This app usesMicrosoft's secure Azure Cloud platform and digital services, andis aimed at fostering a holistic, flexible approach to travel. ALD Move provides a combination of real time travel insight and advice and a range of mobility offerings to improve efficiency and encourage responsible mobility behaviour.
Launch of ALD POP GO, an exclusive peer to peer product for the POP MOVEcommunityin Italy
In December 2018 ALDItaly signed a partnership with the digital start-up POP MOVE to develop peer to peer car sharing within a community of drivers engaged through a fully digital experience. Withinthe partnership ALD Italy promotes POP GO, the full serviceleasing product 'ready to share', to the POP MOVE community managed by the POP MOVE partner. The POP GO product, launched in September 2019, is exclusively dedicated to ALD private customers,allowing them to share their vehicles and saveon their monthly rental fee. The POP GO product and POP MOVE community aim to optimisefleet rotation and efficiency, opening multi-segment peer to peer sharing opportunities on the Italian market, exclusively managed through ALD cars.
ALD France awarded best customer service award for the 12th year in a row
For the 12th year in a row, ALD France was awarded 'Best Customer Service Award' in the Full ServiceLeasing category. Commitment, training and digitalisationwere the key success factors highlighted.
Partnership with EIB to accelerate the growth of hybrid and EV fleet
On 30 September 2019, the EIB (European Investment Bank) granted a EUR 250m credit envelope (on favourablefinancial conditions) to ALD to enable the development of its range of hybrid and electric vehicles across the EU, particularly in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The operation is part of the Cleaner Transport Facility programme, a joint initiative launched by the European Commission and the EIB in December 2016and will contribute to ALD's sustainable mobility strategy.
Fitch Ratings affirmed ALD's Long-Term Issued Default Rating of A- with stable outlook
On 27 September 2019, Fitch Ratings affirmedALD'sLong Term Issuer Default Rating of A- with stable outlook.
Significant factors highlighted by the credit rating agency in its opinion are parental support from ALD's majority shareholder, Societe Generale, and ALD's sound stand-alone credit profile, underpinned by its well-established, leading franchise in European car leasing, its well-articulated and soundly executed strategy and ordinary support from Societe Generalein its funding profile.
For 2019, the Group expects 5-7% organic growth in Total Fleet. Bolt-on acquisitions might add to this growth, as opportunities arise.
Car Sales Result per unit is expected to average between EUR 100 and EUR 300.
In addition, the Group aims to improve its Cost/Income (excluding Car Sales Result) ratio further and expects it to reach c. 49% in 2019 (vs. 50% in 2018).
Given the strong capital generation from its activities, the Group targets a pay-out ratio of 40-50% for 2019, a level which allows it to maintain a high rate of growth without significantly impacting its total equity to total assets ratio.
To summariseALD's guidance for 2019:
CONFERENCE CALL FOR INVESTORS AND ANALYSTS
Date: 6 November2019, at 10:00am Paris time - 9:00am London time
Speakers: Mike Masterson, CEO, and Gilles Momper, CFO
6 February 2020 Q4 and FY 2019 Results
6 May 2020 Trading update and Q1 results
20 May 2020 General assembly of shareholders
3 August 2020 Q2 and H1 2020 results
5 November 2020 Trading update and Q3 results
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ALD is a global leader in mobility solutions providing full service leasing and fleet management services across 43 countries to a client base of large corporates, SMEs, professionals and private individuals. A leader in its industry, ALD places sustainable mobility at the heart of its strategy, delivering innovative mobility solutions and technology-enabled services to its clients, helping them focus on their everyday business.
With over 6,500 employees worldwide, ALD manages 1.73million vehicles (at end September2019).
ALD is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A (ISIN: FR0013258662; Ticker: ALD) and its share is included in the SBF120 index. ALD's controlling shareholder is Societe Generale.
This document contains forward-looking statements relating to the targets and strategies of ALD SA (the 'Company') and its subsidiaries (together with the Company, the 'Group'). These forward-looking statements are based on a series of assumptions, both general and specific, in particular theapplication of accounting principles and methods in accordance with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) as adopted in the European Union. These forward-looking statements have also been developed from scenarios based on a number ofeconomic assumptions in the context of a given competitive and regulatory environment. The Group may be unable to: - anticipate all the risks, uncertainties or other factors likely to affect its business and to appraise their potential consequences; - evaluate the extent to which the occurrence of a risk or a combination of risks could cause actual results to differ materially from those provided in this document and the related presentation. Therefore, although the Company believes that these statements are based on reasonable assumptions, these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including matters not yet known to it or its management or not currently considered material, and there can be no assurance that anticipated events will occur or that the objectives set out will actually beachieved. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, overall trends in general economic activity and in the Group's markets in particular, regulatory changes, and the success of the Company's strategic, operating and financial initiatives. More detailed information on the potential risks that could affect the Company's financial results can be found in the Registration Document and in the Last Financial Report filed with the French Autoritédes MarchésFinanciers. Investors are advised to take into accountfactors of uncertainty and risk likely to impact the operations of the Group when considering the information contained in such forward-looking statements. Other than as required by applicable law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements. Unless otherwise specified, the sources for the business rankings and market positions are internal. The financial information presented for the quarter ending 30 September2019was reviewed by the Company's Board of Directors on 5 November 2019and has beenprepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted in the European Union and applicable at this date.
1 All figures include Stern Lease from 1June 2019
 4-quarter rolling average
 IncludingStern Lease from 1June 2019
 Integration of Stern Leaserepresenting 1.1% of fundedfleet growth
 Annualised ratio
 Unless stated otherwise, all figures include Stern Lease from 1June 2019
 Management information
 Calculated as a 4-quarter rolling average
Document title: PR ALD Q3 2019 Results
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