DGAP-News: CEWE on target for 2014 after first half year

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CEWE on target for 2014 after first half year

13.08.2014 / 07:00


CEWE on target for 2014 after first half year

  - CEWE PHOTO BOOK continues to increase  

  - Online printing grows by 24.8% in the first half year

  - Return on equity continues to improve: ROCE increases to 17.0%

  - Capital ratio rises to 53.4%

Oldenburg, 13 August 2014. CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA (SDAX, ISIN: DE
0005403901) is on track to reach its targets for the current business year
after the first six months of 2014: Income compared to the target figures
for 2013 is to be improved on average by around 3 million euros, in terms
of EBIT and EBT and of after-tax earnings. As expected, turnover in the
first half year, which is typically weak and loss-generating for seasonal
reasons, was reduced from 218.2 million to 204.2 million euros. In addition
to the continuing seasonal shift to the fourth quarter, one of the main
reasons is the scheduled reduction in turnover from wholesale business in
the business segment of retailing, which only generated minimal margins in
the previous years. EBIT improved by around three million euros in the
first six months of 2014 in comparison to the same period of the previous
year, which had continued to be negatively affected by expenditure for
restructuring, to amount to -7.3 million euros (1 H 2013:  -10.3 million
euros), and is thus fully in line with targets. In the case of EBIT on a
rolling 12-month basis, which does not reflect seasonal fluctuations, CEWE
achieved EBIT of 32.4 million euros (target for 2014: 30-36 million euros).
CEWE is now generating by far the greatest share of its earnings in the
fourth quarter, with EBIT in the Christmas quarter of 2013 amounting to
33.5 million euros. "We have set ourselves ambitious targets for 2014:
continuing with our dynamic growth in online printing and at the same time
strengthening our earning power throughout the company. The first half year
has shown that we are well on the way to achieving both targets," says Dr.
Rolf Hollander, Chairman of the Board of Management of CEWE Stiftung & Co.

Online printing grows even more than anticipated
Online printing grew by 24.8% to 33.9 million euros in the first six months
of 2014, which was an even greater increase than had been expected. CEWE is
aiming for an increase in turnover of more than 17% in this business
segment for 2014 as a whole. EBIT in the segment improved slightly in spite
of increased start-up investments for marketing expenses and depreciation
on machinery, from - 2.0 million euros to -1,9 million euros. The EBIT
margin improved markedly due to the higher level of turnover, from -7.2% in
the same quarter of the previous year to -5.7% in the first six months of
2014.  "The increase in the number of new customers and our satisfied
regular customers are an excellent basis for our future growth," Dr.
Hollander emphasises.

Photofinishing EBIT improved by around 3 million euros
In the first half year of 2014, the CEWE PHOTO BOOK volume, with an
increase of 2.9% to 2.26 million, exceeded the target corridor of an
increase of 1 to 2% for the year as a whole. This is again confirmation of
the trend towards added value products, which has once again largely
compensated for the 3.7% decrease in the absolute number of photos
produced, to 932.2 million. Due to the renewed increase in the turnover per
photo, of 2.8% to 14.75 euro cents, turnover in the photofinishing segment
remained virtually consistent at 137.5 million euros (1H 2013: 138.8
million euros). In spite of the continuing seasonal shift to the fourth
quarter - demand for photo products in the photofinishing segment which are
to be used as Christmas gifts is increasing - the EBIT improved by around
three million euros to - 4.3 million euros, also because of the expenditure
for restructuring included in the previous year.

Retailing EBIT almost stable in spite of scheduled decrease in turnover
As already announced, CEWE retailing discontinued its hardware wholesale
business in the first half year of 2014. The high volume of turnover
relating to the business hardly contributed to earnings in the previous
year. With turnover reduced by 37.3% to 32.7 million euros, the retailing
segment EBIT, at - 1.1 million euros, was almost the same as in the
previous year.

Return on equity rises significantly: ROCE improves to an extremely sound
After 13.7% in the previous year, the return on capital employed (ROCE) on
a 12-month basis reached an extremely sound level of 17.0% as at 30 June
2014.  The capital ratio was 53.4%. CFO Dr. Olaf Holzkämper: "By selling
our own shares we have not only raised our free float to 70.1%; we have at
the same time continued to increase our capital ratio and reduce our debts.
We have thus increased our strategic scope and are now in a position to
strengthen the company through acquisitions when attractive opportunities
arise, in the business segments of online printing and photofinishing, as
well as in the neighbouring business segments.

Outlook: 2014 targets reaffirmed 
On the basis of the first half year, the Board of Management confirms its
earnings targets defined for 2014. Target earnings corridors are all three
million euros higher than in the previous year. EBIT in 2014 is to be in
the range of 30 million to 36 million euros, and the EBT is to amount to 28
million to 34 million euros. After-tax earnings are to be in the range of
19 million to 23 million euros. Earnings per share are to amount to 2.84 to
3.45 euros, thus making it possible to raise the dividend for the sixth
year in succession.



CEWE business segments [EUR million]   1H 2013  1H 2014  2H 2013  2H 2014
(1) Photofinishing (PF)
Turnover                               138.8    137.5    69.7     69.1
EBIT                                   -7.4     -4.3     -2.9     -2.2
EBIT margin [%]                        -5.3%    -3.1%    -4.2%    -3.1%
(2) Retailing (R)
Turnover                               52.2     32.7     27.6     16.3
EBIT                                   -0.9     -1.1     -0.3     -0.4
EBIT margin [%]                        -1.8%    -3.3%    -1.0%    -2.4%
Core business (PF + R)
Turnover                               191.0    170.2    97.3     85.4
EBIT                                   -8.3     -5.3     -3.2     -2.5
EBIT margin [%]                        -4.4%    -3.1%    -3.3%    -3.0%
(3) Online printing
Turnover                               27.2     33.9     14.3     17.6
EBIT                                   -2.0     -1.9     -0.7     -0.7
EBIT margin [%]                        -7.2%    -5.7%    -5.2%    -4.0%
CEWE Group [EUR million]
Turnover                               218.2    204.2    111.6    102.9
EBIT                                   -10.3    -7.3     -3.9     -3.3
EBIT margin [%]                        -4.7%    -3.6%    -3.5%    -3.2%
ROCE [%]                               13.7%    17.0%    -        -



(1) Photofinishing: Production and sale of photo products such as CEWE
(analogue and digital) photos as well as other photo products.

(2) Retailing: Trade with photo hardware such as cameras and lenses in
CEWE's own retail stores in Norway, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and

Core business: Aggregate of photofinishing and retailing

(3) Online printing: Production and sale of commercial print products in
the online printing portals at CEWE-PRINT.de, Saxoprint.de and
Viaprinto.de, and their international portals

Percentage deviations have all been calculated at the exact values.


Should you have any queries, please contact:
CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA, Axel Weber (Investor Relations)
Tel.: 0441 / 404 - 2288, Fax: 0441 / 404 - 421, Email: IR@cewe.de

Internet: www.cewe.de , www.cewe-fotobuch.de , www.cewe-print.de ,
www.viaprinto.de , www.saxoprint.de

In den App Stores verfügbar: The CEWE Investor Relations app for your
iPad(R) or Android tablet, including annual reports and quarterly reports
as well as sustainability reports.

Financial schedule:
13 August 2014 Analysts' telephone conference on 1H 
19 September 2014 Capital Market Day @ photokina, Cologne
24 September 2014 Capital market conferences, Munich
12 November 2014 Publication of the Q3 2014 interim report 
12 November 2014 Analysts' telephone conference on Q3
24 November 2014 German Equity Forum, Frankfurt

About CEWE: The photo and online print service company CEWE, with 11
highly-technical production operations and a staff of around 3,200
employees in 24 European countries, is both market and technological
leader. In 2013 CEWE delivered around 2.37 billion prints, 5.8 million
copies of the CEWE PHOTO BOOK and photo gift articles to around 30,000
retail stores, to generate consolidated turnover of 528.6 million euros.
CEWE is continuously generating new impulses in the photographic industry
with innovations for people who enjoy taking photos.   In the new business
segment of online printing, printed material for advertising is marketed
through the CEWE-PRINT, Saxoprint and Viaprinto sales platforms. In 1961
CEWE was founded by Senator h. c. Heinz Neumüller. The company went public
under the leadership of Hubert Rothärmel in 1993. CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA
is listed on the SDAX.


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Company:     CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA                                  
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             26133 Oldenburg                                           
Phone:       +49 (0)441 40 4-1                                         
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ISIN:        DE0005403901                                              
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