Agfa-Gevaert in 2019: Strong cash generation - Group margins resilient in spite of offset headwinds - Regulated information – March 11, 2020 - 7:45 a.m. CET


Key strategic highlights

·Sale of part of Agfa HealthCare’s IT business: regulatory approvals received and employee consultation procedures concluded

·Strategic portfolio and business orientation decisions

·Measures to tackle challenges in offset industry

Financial highlights

·Strong cash generation and lower net financial debt, fueled by strong working capital improvements, more than offsetting pension de-risking effects

·All divisions but Offset Solutions delivered underlying profit growth

·Impairment loss of 66.7 million Euro booked following evolution in offset industry

·Net result at 19 million Euro before impairment loss and minus 48 million Euro including impairment loss (including IFRS 16)

 

Mortsel (Belgium), March 11, 2020 - Agfa-Gevaert today commented on its results in 2019.  

KEY STRATEGIC HIGHLIGHTS

Sale of part of Agfa HealthCare’s IT business
The sale of part of Agfa HealthCare’s IT activities to Dedalus Holding S.p.A. is well on track. The parties received all regulatory approvals and all employee consultation requirements have been met. Both parties aim to close the transaction in the course of the second quarter of 2020. The business that is to be sold consists of the Healthcare Information Solutions and Integrated Care activities, as well as the Imaging IT activities to the extent that these activities are tightly integrated into the Healthcare Information Solutions activities. This is the case mainly in the DACH region, France and Brazil.
“The sale of this business will be a major step in our transformation process. Going forward, Agfa HealthCare will focus on Imaging IT Solutions. Based on our flagship Enterprise Imaging platform and the IMPAX solutions, we will continue to deliver superior value to our Imaging IT customers. Imaging IT Solutions performed well in 2019, positively contributing to our profitability growth. Furthermore, the proceeds of the sale will allow us to further execute the strategies of our other divisions, to address long term liabilities and to reward our shareholders,” said Pascal Juéry, President and CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.

Strategic portfolio and business orientation decisions
In 2019, the Digital Print & Chemicals division decided to terminate its inkjet media reseller activities in the United States. The termination of these low-margin activities will allow the division to fully focus on selling its own inkjet solutions in the highly competitive US market. To allow correct comparison, the 2018 and 2019 numbers in this document have been restated, excluding the inkjet media reseller activities in the USA.

The HealthCare IT division decided to strengthen the focus of the Imaging IT Solutions on certain core customer segments and geographies and to wind down these solutions from certain less sustainable geographies and market segments. This decision already had a positive impact on the division’s profitability in 2019.

Measures to tackle challenges in offset industry
Headwinds related to the printing industry incited Agfa to take a more cautious stand towards its future offset activities and to book an impairment loss of 66.7 million Euro.
The Offset Solutions division operates in a market that is characterized by multiple challenges, including a strong decline in demand for analog prepress technology, decreasing newspaper and commercial print volumes, price pressure caused by intense competition and high aluminum costs.
As a large part of the division’s printing plates are manufactured in China, the recent corona virus outbreak is also likely to have an impact on the business. The supply chain in China is disrupted and the outbreak is also delaying the further implementation of the offset alliance with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics. This alliance was signed in 2018 and further implemented in 2019. It is an industrial partnership aimed at optimizing Agfa’s manufacturing footprint competitiveness. Furthermore, it also includes the implementation of a common sales platform for the Chinese market.
One of the main priorities of the Agfa-Gevaert Group is to implement a comprehensive plan to improve the profitability of the Offset Solutions division.


FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
In 2019, the Agfa-Gevaert Group generated strong cash flows and a dedicated program allowed it to substantially decrease the working capital. As a result, the net financial debt decreased by 38 million Euro, in spite of the implementation of pension de-risking measures.

Both the Radiology Solutions division and the HealthCare IT division delivered profitable growth. Excluding the fading of the positive effects of the alliance with Siegwerk, the core businesses of the Digital Print & Chemicals division were also able to substantially improve their profitability. As a result, the Agfa-Gevaert Group recorded a gross profit increase and a stable adjusted EBITDA in spite of the deteriorated conditions in the offset markets.

“As newly appointed CEO, I am happy to see that the Agfa-Gevaert Group was able to generate strong cash flows and that all divisions but Offset Solutions delivered underlying profit growth. In the next quarters, we will focus on our actions to tackle the offset headwinds and on facilitating our growth engines to realize their full potential,” said Pascal Juéry, President and CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.

Statement on IFRS 16 and 2018 restated profit and loss numbers
Several factors influence the way the Agfa-Gevaert Group reports its financial results as from the first quarter of 2019.
The activities of the Agfa-Gevaert Group have been regrouped into four divisions. To allow for a more accurate assessment of the business performances, some costs of corporate functions at Group level are no longer attributed to the business divisions. For 2019, these costs amounted to 17 million Euro (2018: 14 million Euro). These costs are now grouped under Corporate Services. To allow comparison, the 2018 profit and loss numbers have been restated.
As from 2019, the Agfa-Gevaert Group has adopted the IFRS 16 accounting rules. However, to allow correct comparison with 2018, the tables below present the 2019 profit and loss numbers excluding the impact of IFRS 16.
In 2019, the Group terminated its inkjet media reseller activities in the USA. To allow correct comparison, the 2018 and 2019 numbers have been restated.  


Agfa-Gevaert Group – full year 2019

in million Euro2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue2,2392,1912.2% (0.6%)
Gross profit (*)7297102.8%
% of revenue32.6%32.4% 
Adjusted EBITDA (*)180**182-1.1%
% of revenue8.1%8.3% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)124**128-3.0%
% of revenue5.5%5.8% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 220 million Euro
2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 126 million Euro

Based on the solid performances of the growth engines and the hardcopy product line, the Agfa-Gevaert Group’s top line grew by 2.2%. As from the second half of the year, the consolidation of the sales coming from the offset alliance with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics also started to show in the Group’s top line.

The Group’s gross profit grew from 710 million Euro (32.4% of revenue) in 2018 to 729 million Euro (32.6% of revenue).

Selling and General Administration expenses remained almost stable at 461 million Euro (20.6% of revenue).

R&D expenses amounted to 148 million Euro, versus 141 million Euro in 2018.

Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA remained stable at 180 million Euro (8.1% of revenue). Adjusted EBIT reached 124 million Euro (5.5% of revenue), versus 128 million Euro (5.8% of revenue) in 2018.

Restructuring and non-recurring items (including IFRS 16) resulted in an expense of 112 million Euro, versus an expense of 66 million Euro in 2018. This amount includes an impairment loss of 66.7 million Euro that was booked to reflect the evolution of the offset industry.

The net finance costs (including IFRS 16) amounted to 38 million Euro.
                   
Income tax expenses (including IFRS 16) amounted to 28 million Euro, versus 34 million Euro in 2018.

As a result of the elements mentioned above, the Agfa-Gevaert Group posted a net result of minus 48 million Euro (including IFRS 16).

Financial position and cash flow (including IFRS 16)

  • At the end of 2019, total assets were 2,294 million Euro (comprising right-of-use assets compliant with the new accounting standard on leases: 110 million Euro at the end of 2019), compared to 2,367 million Euro at the end of 2018.
  • Trade working capital moved from 653 million Euro (29% of sales) at the end of 2018 to 579 million Euro (26% of sales) at the end of 2019 (excluding restatement for termination of inkjet media reseller activities in the USA).
  • Net financial debt amounted to 219 million Euro (or 106 million Euro excluding the impact of IFRS 16), versus 144 million Euro at the end of 2018.
  • Net cash from operating activities amounted to 123 million Euro.

HealthCare IT – full year 2019

in million Euro2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue5054903.0% (1.6%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)63.2**48.729.8%
% of revenue12.5%9.9% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)48.6**34.441.1%
% of revenue9.6%7.0% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 78.6 million Euro
2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 49.7 million Euro

The HealthCare IT division’s top line increased by 3.0%. Throughout the year, the Healthcare Information Solutions business continuously recorded solid top line growth, confirming its leading position in the German speaking countries of Europe and in France. For the Imaging IT Solutions business, the division focuses on generating ‘quality turnover’ in selected geographies and segments to further improve profitability. In spite of the decision to wind down the Imaging IT Solutions from certain less sustainable markets and segments, this business’ top line remained stable versus the previous year.    

The gross profit margin improved strongly from 44.2% of revenue in 2018 to 46.6%. Significant service efficiency improvements, strong software sales and the decision to refocus the Imaging IT Solutions business had a positive effect on profitability. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA increased from 48.7 million Euro (9.9% of revenue) in 2018 to 63.2 million Euro (12.5% of revenue). Adjusted EBIT reached 48.6 million Euro (9.6% of revenue), versus 34.4 million Euro (7.0% of revenue) in the previous year.

Radiology Solutions – full year 2019

in million Euro2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue5365144.2% (3.2%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)88.5**72.721.7%
% of revenue16.5%14.1% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)72.0**59.820.4%
% of revenue13.4%11.6% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 97.1 million Euro
2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 72.4 million Euro

In the Radiology Solutions division, the top line growth of the hardcopy and Direct Radiography ranges was partly counterbalanced by the market-driven decline in Computed Radiography sales. Clearly benefiting from the reorganization of the distribution channels in China, the hardcopy business posted double-digit revenue growth. The top line growth of the innovative Direct Radiography solutions range was also based on increased service revenues.

Partly due to improved service efficiencies and the effects of the reorganization of the hardcopy distribution channels, the division’s gross profit margin increased from 34.7% of revenue in 2018 to 37.4%. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA increased from 72.7 million Euro (14.1% of revenue) in 2018 to 88.5 million Euro (16.5% of revenue). Adjusted EBIT reached 72.0 million Euro (13.4% of revenue), versus 59.8 million Euro (11.6% of revenue) in the previous year.


Digital Print & Chemicals – full year 2019

in million Euro2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue3553375.5% (4.1%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)29.3**34.0-14.0%
% of revenue8.2%10.1% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)22.3**28.1-20.7%
% of revenue6.3%8.4% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 33.9 million Euro
2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 22.5 million Euro

Based on the strong performance of its core businesses, the Digital Print & Chemicals division’s top line increased by 5.5%.  
In inkjet, the ink product ranges posted volume and revenue growth. Large-format equipment sales were also up, based on the success of high-end systems such as the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED.
In the Industrial Films and Foils segment, the Synaps Synthetic Paper range performed well, as Agfa’s paper range is being distributed in an increasing number of geographies. The Electronic Print segment’s Orgacon Electronic Materials range also reported good sales figures. Furthermore, the division is making progress in a number of promising new business areas. For instance, the rise of the hydrogen economy is leading to an increased interest in Agfa’s membranes for alkaline water electrolysis.

The division’s gross profit margin improved from 27.7% of revenue in 2018 to 28.4%. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, the division’s adjusted EBITDA reached 29.3 million Euro (8.2% of revenue), versus 34.0 million Euro (10.1% of revenue) in 2018. Adjusted EBIT amounted to 22.3 million Euro (6.3% of revenue), versus 28.1 million Euro (8.4% of revenue). As the main effect of the strategic alliance for UV digital packaging inks with Siegwerk Druckfarben has come to an end, the 2019 adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively influenced. Excluding this effect, the adjusted EBITDA margin would have increased substantially.


Offset Solutions – full year 2019

in million Euro2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue843850-0.8% (-2.5%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)16.5**41.0-59.8%
% of revenue2.0%4.8% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)(1.4)**19.7 
% of revenue(0.2%)2.3% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 27.9 million Euro
2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: minus 1 million Euro

The Offset Solutions division’s revenue remained almost stable at 843 million Euro. Mid 2019, the consolidation of the sales coming from the alliance with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics started to show in the division’s top line.
The Offset Solutions division is active in structurally declining markets. The offset industry is marked by the strong decline in demand for analog prepress technology and decreasing newspaper and commercial print volumes. The division also continues to face price pressure, caused by intense competition, as well as high aluminum costs. Going forward, new challenges such as the corona virus outbreak could also affect the division’s results. The developments in the offset industry explain the booking of an impairment loss by the Group in the fourth quarter.

The Offset Solutions division’s gross profit margin decreased from 26.1% of revenue in 2018 to 22.9%. Part of the decrease was due to the dilutive effect related to the consolidation of the sales coming from the Lucky alliance. In addition, adverse product and regional mix effects, increased idle time due to overcapacity and high aluminum costs also impacted the gross profit margin. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA amounted to 16.5 million Euro (2.0% of revenue), versus 41.0 million Euro (4.8% of revenue) in 2018 and adjusted EBIT amounted to minus 1.4 million Euro (minus 0.2% of revenue), versus 19.7 million Euro (2.3% of revenue).

Corporate Services – full year 2019

in million Euro2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)(17.2)**(14.3)
Adjusted EBIT (*)(17.4)**(14.3)

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: minus 17.2 million Euro
2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: minus 17.4 million Euro

To allow for a more accurate assessment of the business performances, costs of corporate functions at Group level are grouped under Corporate Services.
The increase in costs related to Corporate Services versus 2018 is mainly due to the creation of the new Innovation Office.

Fourth quarter results
Agfa-Gevaert Group – fourth quarter 2019

in million EuroQ4 2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Q4 2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects
Revenue5995872.1% (0.8%)
Gross profit (*)1941902.1%
% of revenue32.4%32.4% 
Adjusted EBITDA (*)52**59-11.3%
% of revenue8.7%10.1% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)38**45-14.4%
% of revenue6.4%7.6% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   Q4 2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 62 million Euro
Q4 2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 39 million Euro

In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Agfa-Gevaert Group’s top line increased by 2.1%. The hardcopy business posted significant revenue growth and several growth engines also performed well. The Offset Solutions division’s top line was influenced by the consolidation of the sales related to the alliance with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics.

The Group’s gross profit margin remained stable at 32.4%. 

Selling and General Administration expenses decreased slightly from 117 million Euro (20.0% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 116 million Euro (19.4% of revenue).

R&D expenses amounted to 39 million Euro, versus 36 million Euro in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Although the HealthCare IT and Radiology Solutions divisions, as well as the core activities of the Digital Print & Chemicals division were able to improve their profitability, adjusted EBITDA (excluding the effects of IFRS 16) decreased from 59 million Euro (10.1% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 52 million Euro (8.7% of revenue). The reasons for this decrease are the offset related elements mentioned above and the fading of the effects of the Siegwerk alliance. Adjusted EBIT reached 38 million Euro (6.4% of revenue), versus 45 million Euro (7.6% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Including an impairment loss of 66.7 million Euro that was booked to reflect the evolution of the offset industry, restructuring and non-recurring items (including IFRS 16) resulted in an expense of 84 million Euro, versus an expense of 37 million Euro in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The net finance costs (including IFRS 16) amounted to 8 million Euro.

Income tax expenses (including IFRS 16) amounted to 4 million Euro.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Agfa-Gevaert Group posted a net loss of 57 million Euro (including IFRS 16).

HealthCare IT – fourth quarter 2019

in million EuroQ4 2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Q4 2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue1311300.7% (-0.3%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)17.9**16.49.5%
% of revenue13.7%12.6% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)14.1**12.314.4%
% of revenue10.7%9.5% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   Q4 2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 21.5 million Euro
Q4 2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 14.4 million Euro

The HealthCare IT division’s top line increased by 0.7%. Like in the previous quarters, the Healthcare Information Solutions business recorded strong sales growth. Following two strong quarters, sales in the Imaging IT Solutions business were down compared to a very strong Q4 2018, but remained higher than average throughout 2019. This business’ top line was influenced by the decision to focus the Imaging IT Solutions on selected sustainable markets and segments.

The gross profit margin improved from 45.5% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 47.3%. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA increased from 16.4 million Euro (12.6% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 17.9 million Euro (13.7% of revenue). Adjusted EBIT reached 14.1 million Euro (10.7% of revenue), versus 12.3 million Euro (9.5% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2018.

At the RSNA 2019 trade event in November, Agfa HealthCare showcased the latest release of its Enterprise Imaging platform. Visitors learned how this unified imaging platform with a powerful workflow engine enhances productivity and boosts clinical confidence.

Radiology Solutions – fourth quarter 2019

in million EuroQ4 2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Q4 2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue1531501.8% (-0.7%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)31.6**25.424.6%
% of revenue20.7%16.9% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)27.3**21.825.4%
% of revenue17.9%14.5% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   Q4 2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 33.7 million Euro
Q4 2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 27.5 million Euro

Influenced by positive currency effects, the Radiology Solutions division’s revenue increased by 1.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. Like in the previous quarters, the hardcopy business continued to benefit from the effects of the reorganization of the distribution channels in China.

The division’s gross profit margin improved from 34.2% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 39.7%. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA increased strongly from 25.4 million Euro (16.9% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 31.6 million Euro (20.7% of revenue). Adjusted EBIT reached 27.3 million Euro (17.9% of revenue), versus 21.8 million Euro (14.5% of revenue) in the previous year.

In December, Agfa launched its new mobile direct radiography system DR 100s. The system improves productivity and supports enhanced patient care, offering an ergonomic design, agility, excellent DR image quality, fast image preview and a broad range of applications. 
Agfa extended its partnership with the Kostanay region of Kazakhstan. In 2018, Agfa delivered seven DX-D 300 DR systems to hospitals around the region. In 2019, four additional units were installed in hospitals in more remote areas. In the UK, Sunderland Royal Hospital installed two fully automated DR 600 X-ray rooms. Furthermore, Agfa signed a new two-year agreement with China Meheco Corporation. The contract extends the previous agreement for the distribution of Agfa’s DRYSTAR and kiosk hardcopy solutions. 

Digital Print & Chemicals – fourth quarter 2019

in million EuroQ4 2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Q4 2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue89881.5% (0.8%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)4.4**10.3-57.6%
% of revenue4.9%11.7% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)2.7**8.8-69.7%
% of revenue3.0%10.0% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   Q4 2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 5.5 million Euro
Q4 2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: 2.7 million Euro

The Digital Print & Chemicals division recorded a 1.5% revenue growth.
In inkjet, the wide-format business performed well based on the success of its high-end print engines.
The Synaps Synthetic Paper range and the range of materials for the production of printed circuit boards also reported good sales figures.

The division’s gross profit margin decreased from 27.1% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 25.5%. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, the division’s adjusted EBITDA reached 4.4 million Euro (4.9% of revenue), versus 10.3 million Euro (11.7% of revenue) in 2018. Adjusted EBIT amounted to 2.7 million Euro (3.0% of revenue), versus 8.8 million Euro (10.0% of revenue). As the main effect of the strategic alliance for UV digital packaging inks with Siegwerk Druckfarben has come to an end, the adjusted EBITDA margin was negatively influenced. Excluding this effect, the adjusted EBITDA margin would have increased.

Recently, Agfa’s Anuvia 1250/1551 and Anapurna 1200/1501 UV LED inkjet inks for sign&display printing received the GREENGUARD Gold certification in recognition of their environmental friendliness.
In October, Agfa announced that its Jeti Mira 2732 HS LM LED printing system was named as the winner of the 2019 Product of the Year award by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) in the UV/Latex Flatbed ($200,000-$500,000) category.
At the InPrint 2019 trade fair held in November, Agfa showed how inkjet printing lends itself perfectly to integration in a wide variety of highly demanding industrial production environments. A good example is the solution for high-volume production printing of laminate flooring and furniture that Agfa developed together with UNILIN. The solution combines UNILIN’s conventionally coated primers with Agfa’s perfectly matched inkjet inks.

Offset Solutions – fourth quarter 2019

in million EuroQ4 2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Q4 2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
% change
(excl.
FX effects)
Revenue2262183.3% (1.9%)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)3.5**10.2-65.3%
% of revenue1.6%4.7% 
Adjusted EBIT (*)(0.7)**5.1 
% of revenue(0.3%)2.3% 

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   Q4 2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: 6.4 million Euro
Q4 2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: minus 0.5 million Euro

Due to the consolidation of the sales from the alliance with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics, the Offset Solutions division’s top line increased by 3.3% (1.9% excluding currency effects) compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.

Partly due to the dilutive effect related to the consolidation of the sales coming from the Lucky alliance, the division’s gross profit margin decreased from 25.4% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 21.4%. Excluding the effects of IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA amounted to 3.5 million Euro (1.6% of revenue), versus 10.2 million Euro (4.7% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2018 and adjusted EBIT amounted to minus 0.7 million Euro (minus 0.3% of revenue), versus 5.1 million Euro (2.3% of revenue).

In October, Agfa introduced its direct-on-press process-free printing plate: Eclipse. Like other process-free printing plates, Eclipse eliminates the need for a processor using chemicals. It thus reduces printers’ capex and prepress costs. However, Eclipse distinguishes itself from other process-free plates by being just as easy to use as a conventional plate. Firstly, the plate keeps the press as clean as can be. Eclipse also provides excellent and stable image contrast and it also is highly scratch resistant. 


Corporate Services – fourth quarter 2019

in million EuroQ4 2019
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Q4 2018
Restated
(excl.
IFRS 16)
Adjusted EBITDA (*)(5.1)**(3.4)
Adjusted EBIT (*)(5.1)**(3.4)

(*)     before restructuring and non-recurring items
(**)   Q4 2019 Adjusted EBITDA including IFRS 16: minus 5.1 million Euro
Q4 2019 Adjusted EBIT including IFRS 16: minus 5.1 million Euro

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Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss (in million Euro)

Consolidated figures following IFRS accounting policies.

 FY 2019

 
FY 2018
Restated
Q4 2019
unaudited
Q4 2018
Restated
Continuing operations    
Revenue2,2392,191599587
Cost of sales(1,510)(1,489)(406)(405)
Gross profit729701193182
Selling expenses(299)(306)(76)(77)
Administrative expenses(176)(172)(47)(44)
R&D expenses(147)(141)(39)(36)
Net impairment loss on trade and other receivables, including contract assets(4)(5)-(2)
Other operating income4256611
Other operating expenses(131)(73)(83)(27)
Results from operating activities1462(46)7
Interest income (expense) - net(8)(8)(2)(3)
Interest income221-
Interest expense(10)(10)(3)(3)
Other finance income (expense) - net(30)(31)(5)(6)
Other finance income8543
Other finance expense(38)(36)(9)(8)
Net finance costs(38)(39)(8)(8)
Share of profit of associates, net of tax(1)(1)--
Profit (loss) before income taxes(25)22(53)(1)
Income tax expenses(28)(34)(4)(21)
Profit from continuing operations(53)(12)(57)(22)
Discontinued operation    
Profit (loss) from discontinued operation, net of tax5(3)-(1)
Profit (loss) for the period(48)(15)(57)(23)
Profit (loss) attributable to:    
  Owners of the Company(53)(24)(59)(28)
  Non-controlling interests5925
     
Results from operating activities1462(46)7
Restructuring and non-recurring items(112)(66)(84)(37)
Adjusted EBIT1261283945
     
Earnings per share (Euro)(0.32)(0.14)(0.36)(0.16)

The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated. There has been no impact to retained earnings of initially applying IFRS 16 at the date of initial application.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for year ending December 2018 / December 2019 (in million Euro) 
Consolidated figures following IFRS accounting policies

 2019

 
2018
Profit / (loss) for the period(48)(15)
Other Comprehensive Income, net of tax  
Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:  
Exchange differences:7(1)
  Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations7(1)
Cash flow hedges: 10(22)
  Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges(7)(18)
  Changes in the fair value of cash flow hedges reclassified to profit or loss3(4)
Adjustments for amounts transferred to initial carrying amount of hedged items14(4)
  Income taxes-4
Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:(132)24
Equity investments at fair value through OCI – change in fair value(1)(2)
Remeasurements of the net defined benefit liability(139)26
Income tax on remeasurements of the net defined benefit liability8-
Total other Comprehensive Income for the period, net of tax(114)1
   
Total Comprehensive Income for the period attributable to:(162)(14)
Owners of the Company(168)(23)
Non-controlling interests59



Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the quarter ending December 2018 / December 2019 (in million Euro) 
Consolidated figures following IFRS accounting policies

 Q4 2019
unaudited
Q4 2018
Profit / (loss) for the period(57)(23)
Other Comprehensive Income, net of tax  
Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:  
Exchange differences:(10)-
  Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations(10)-
Cash flow hedges: 6(8)
  Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges2(10)
  Changes in the fair value of cash flow hedges reclassified to profit or loss-1
Adjustments for amounts transferred to initial carrying amount of hedged items41
   Income taxes--
Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:(132)26
Equity investments at fair value through OCI – change in fair value(1)(1)
Remeasurements of the net defined benefit liability(139)26
Income tax on remeasurements of the net defined benefit liability81
Total other Comprehensive Income for the period, net of tax(134)18
   
Total Comprehensive Income for the period attributable to:(191)(5)
Owners of the Company(194)(10)
Non-controlling interests25



Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (in million Euro)

Consolidated figures following IFRS accounting policies.

 

 
31/12/2019

 
31/12/2018

 
Non-current assets1,0601,019
Goodwill492523
Intangible assets7493
Property, plant & equipment142174
Right-of-use assets110-
Investments in associates44
Other financial assets89
Trade receivables 2116
Receivables under finance leases 6262
Other assets2424
Deferred tax assets125114
Current assets1,2341,348
Inventories436498
Trade receivables408420
Contract assets100105
Current income tax assets7571
Other tax receivables2525
Receivables under finance lease 3430
Other receivables1514
Other assets2134
Derivative financial instruments 11
Cash and cash equivalents107141
Non-current assets held for sale1010
TOTAL ASSETS2,2942,367



 

 
31/12/2019

 
31/12/2018

 
Total equity130290
Equity attributable to owners of the company83252
Share capital187187
Share premium210210
Retained earnings803854
Other reserves(84)(93)
Translation reserve(5)(9)
Post-employment benefits: remeasurements of the net defined benefit liability(1,028)(897)
Non-controlling interests4738
Non-current liabilities1,4021,336
Liabilities for post-employment and long-term termination benefit plans1,1371,066
Other employee benefits1213
Loans and borrowings225219
Provisions59
Deferred tax liabilities1922
Trade payables22
Contract liabilities 13
Other non-current liabilities12
Current liabilities761740
Loans and borrowings10166
Provisions4552
Trade payables232217
Contract liabilities151163
Current income tax liabilities4947
Other tax liabilities3827
Other payables917
Employee benefits130134
Other current liabilities14
Derivative financial instruments513
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES2,2942,367

The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. 
Under this approach, comparative information is not restated. 
There has been no impact to retained earnings of initially applying IFRS 16 at the date of initial application.
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (in million Euro) Consolidated figures following IFRS accounting policies.

 2019

2018

 
Q4 2019
unaudited
Q4 2018

 
Profit (loss) for the period(48)(15)(57)(23)
Income taxes2834421
Share of (profit)/loss of associates, net of tax11--
Net finance costs383988
Operating result1959(46)6
Depreciation & amortization (excluding D&A on right-of-use assets)56541414
Depreciation & amortization on right-of-use assets38-9-
Impairment losses on goodwill351311
Impairment losses on intangibles11-10-
Impairment losses on PP&E275275
Impairment losses on right-of-use assets (*)4---
Exchange results and changes in fair value of derivates1(2)(4)1
Recycling of hedge reserve3(4)11
Government grants and subsidies(9)(14)(1)(1)
(Gains)/losses on the sale of intangible assets and PP&E and remeasurement of leases-(2)62
Result on the disposal of discontinued operations(6)-(6)-
Expenses for defined benefit plans & long-term termination benefits363868
Accrued expenses for personnel commitments91942527
Write-downs/reversal of write-downs on inventories1423412
Impairments/reversal of impairments on receivables45-2
Additions/reversals of provisions24301215
Other non-cash expenses1591684367
Change in inventories50(57)6126
Change in trade receivables4(8)(33)(24)
Change in contract assets742021
Change in trade working capital assets62(61)4823
Change in trade payables19(4)7(25)
Change in contract liabilities(13)25(16)(4)
Changes in trade working capital liabilities 621(9)(29)
Changes in trade working capital68(40)39(6)
Cash out for employee benefits(226)(209)(51)(54)
Cash out for provisions(36)(25)(10)(7)
Changes in lease portfolio(9)(11)(4)(1)
Changes in other working capital18(29)18(34)
Cash settled operating derivatives(16)13(4)(3)
Cash generated from operating activities147(14)77(11)
Income taxes paid(24)(30)(10)(14)
Net cash from / (used in) operating activities123(44)67(25)



 2019

2018

 
Q4 2019
unaudited
Q4 2018

 
Capital expenditure(38)(40)(13)(9)
Proceeds from sale of intangible assets and PP&E75(4)(2)
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired(16)(25)(2)(5)
Disposal of discontinued operations, net of cash (**)16-16-
Proceeds from sale of other investments and non-current assets held for sale1-1-
Interests received3311
Dividends received----
Net cash from / (used in) investing activities(28)(57)(1)(16)
Interests paid(15)(15)(3)(5)
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests-(3)--
Proceeds from borrowings1272272396
Repayment of borrowings(201)(34)(51)-
Payment of finance leases(42)(1)(10)-
Proceeds / (payment) of derivatives3(1)(38)1
Other financing income / (costs) incurred(3)(2)1-
Other financial flows-2(1)-
Net cash from/ used in financing activities(131)175(40)92
Net increase / (decrease) in cash & cash equivalents(36)742551
     
Cash & cash equivalents at the start of the period13667  
Net increase / (decrease) in cash & cash equivalents(36)74  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held(1)(5)  
Cash & cash equivalents at the end of the period (**)99136  

The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at January 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. 
Under this approach, comparative information is not restated. 
(*) Partially offset by 3 million Euro reversal of provision for onerous rent.
(**) The Group has elected to present a statement of cash flows that includes all cash flows, including both continuing and discontinued operations.                                             
Consolidated Statement of changes in Equity (in million Euro)

Consolidated figures following IFRS accounting policies.

ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY  

 


in million Euro
Share capitalShare premiumRetained earningsReserve for own sharesRevaluation reserve Hedging reserveRemeasurements of the net defined benefit liabilityTranslation reserveTotalNON-CONTROLLING INTERESTSTOTAL EQUITY
 

Balance at January 1, 2018
187210878(82)310(923)(8)27532307
            
Comprehensive income for the period           
Profit (loss) for the period--(24)-----(24)9(15)
Other comprehensive income, net of tax----(2)(22)26(1)1-1
Total comprehensive income for the period--(24)-(2)(22)26(1)(23)9(14)
            
Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity           
Dividends---------(3)(3)
Total transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity---------(3)(3)
            
Balance at December 31, 2018187210854(82)1(12)(897)(9)25238290
            
Balance at January 1, 2019187210854(82)1(12)(897)(9)25238290
            
Comprehensive income for the period           
Profit (loss) for the period--(53)-----(53)5(48)
Other comprehensive income, net of tax----(1)10(131)7(114)-(114)
Total comprehensive income for the period--(53)-(1)10(131)7(168)5(162)
            
Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity ‘changes in ownership’           
Transfer of business to NCI without loss of control--2----(3)(1)1-
Establishment of subsidiary with NCI---------22
Total transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity--2----(3)(1)32
            
Balance at December 31, 2019187210803(82)1(3)(1,028)(5)8347130

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