SIG Combibloc Group AG

  • WKN: A2N5NU
  • ISIN: CH0435377954
  • Land: Switzerland

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SIG Combibloc Group AG: Solid growth momentum continues

SIG Combibloc Group AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures

30-Oct-2018 / 07:00 CET/CEST
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.




SIG Combibloc Group ("SIG")

Solid growth momentum continues

Nine months 2018 highlights

- Core revenue for first nine months up 7% at constant currency, up 4% at actual rates
- Adjusted EBITDA for first nine months up 5% at actual rates: cost efficiencies
- Net total debt reduced by >EUR1 billion post IPO resulting in leverage of 3.2x


SIG Combibloc Group        
In EUR million 9 months 2018
Pro forma1
9 months 2018 9 months 2017 Ytd Change
Total Revenue   1,173 1,166 1% / 4%
Core Revenue3   1,146 1,106 4% / 7%
Adj. EBITDA   311 295 5%
Adj. EBITDA Margin   26% 25% +120bps
Adj. Net Income 140 76 41  
Gross Total Debt 1,624 2,655 2,688  
Cash4 132 132 93  
Net Total Debt 1,492 2,523 2,595  
Total Net Leverage Ratio5 3.2x 5.4x 5.8x (0.4x)
  Q3 2018
Pro forma1
Q3 2018 Q3 2017 Ytd Change
Total Revenue   409 410 0% / 2%
Core Revenue3   403 398 1% / 4%
Adj. EBITDA   113 122 -8%
Adj. EBITDA Margin   28% 30% -220bps
Adj. Net Income   27 28 -5%

1 Pro forma taking account of IPO proceeds received on 2 October 2018
2 At constant currency
3 Core revenue represents the revenue to external customers and excludes (i) sales of laminated board ("LB") to the Middle East joint venture and (ii) sales of folding box board ("FBB") to third parties
4 Cash presented before transaction costs and net of restricted cash amounting to EUR4 million as of September 30, 2018; EUR0 million as of September 30, 2017
5 Based on last twelve months ended September 30, 2018 adjusted EBITDA of EUR471 million
Business Performance

First nine months 2018
Core revenue for the first nine months of 2018 was up 7% at constant currency and up 4% at actual rates. Growth was broad-based with a particularly strong performance across the Asia Pacific region. In China, the business is well positioned to meet market trends such as urbanization and convenience, and is seeing strong demand for products with particulates (such as cereals and fruit pieces). The adjusted EBITDA margin for the period increased from 25% to 26%, with the contribution from top line growth more than offsetting higher raw material costs and an adverse impact from currency. In addition, profitability benefited from production efficiencies and lower selling, general & administrative costs following a major product launch in 2017, as well as the relocation of some R&D activities to be closer to the market.

Third quarter 2018
Core revenue in the third quarter of 2018 was up 4% at constant currency and up 1% at actual rates. The difference between actual and constant currency revenue growth was mainly due to the depreciation of the Brazilian Real against the Euro, as was the case for the first nine months. Core revenue growth in the quarter was driven largely by the Asia Pacific region. After a strong first half, performance in the Americas slowed in the third quarter but underlying demand remains strong. Adjusted EBITDA was 8% lower reflecting the impact of currency, resulting in an adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter of 28% compared with 30% in the third quarter of 2017.

Pro forma net debt and balance sheet

On 28 September SIG announced the pricing of its IPO at CHF11.25 per share and was listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. The proceeds from the sale of new shares in the offering have been used to pay down debt as reflected in pro forma figures for gross and total net debt. Total net leverage at end-September 2018 on a pro forma basis, taking into account the IPO proceeds received on 2 October 2018, was 3.2x compared with 5.4x before receipt of the IPO proceeds. The company plans to reduce net leverage towards 2x in the mid-term while targeting a dividend payout equivalent to 50 - 60% of adjusted net income.

Full year outlook

The company maintains its guidance for the full year 2018 and expects core revenue growth at constant currency of 4 - 6%. The adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be 28%+.

Rolf Stangl, CEO of SIG, said: "Demand for our products remains strong and is supported by non-discretionary consumer spending and favorable demographics in growth regions. Our diverse geographic footprint and focus on innovation will enable us to sustain a long-term growth trajectory."
Investor contact:

Jennifer Gough +41 52 674 6508
Director Investor Relations
SIG Combibloc Group AG
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

Media contacts:

Brunswick Group
Charlie Pretzlik +44 20 7396 7436
Sabine Morgenthal +49 69 2400 5517

Lemongrass Communications
Andreas Hildenbrand +41 44 202 5238

About SIG
SIG is a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic carton packaging. We work in partnership with our customers to bring food and beverage products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and affordable way. Our unique technology and outstanding innovation capacity enable us to provide our customers with end-to-end solutions for differentiated products, smarter factories and connected packs, all to address the ever-changing needs of consumers.

Founded 1853, SIG is headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The skills and experience of our 5,000-plus employees worldwide enable us to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of our customers in over 60 countries. In 2017, SIG produced approximately 34 billion carton packs and generated EUR1.7 billion in revenue. For more information, visit

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EBITDA, a measure used by our management to measure operating performance, is defined as profit (loss) from continuing operations plus income tax, net financial expenses, depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets.
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Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income are not presentations made in accordance with IFRS, are not measures of financial condition, liquidity or profitability and should not be considered as alternatives to profit (loss) for the period, operating profit or any other performance measures determined or derived in accordance with IFRS or operating cash flows determined in accordance with IFRS.
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