Nexans' estimated 2004 results

Solid results and a highly encouraging performance

  • Memorandum of Understanding to pursue the transfer of a controlling interest in European and Chinese Winding Wires operations
  • Estimated impact of transition to IFRS standards

Paris, February 3, 2005 - The Nexans Board of Directors, chaired by Gérard Hauser, met on February 2, 2005 and reviewed the estimated accounts for 2004.

  • Sales in 2004 totaled 4.8 billion euros.
  • Sales calculated at constant non-ferrous metal prices were 4.159* billion euros compared to 3.859 billion euros in 2003 (at constant exchange rates), i.e. an increase of 7.8% (+6.6% on a comparable consolidation scope).
  • Operating profit stood at 135 million euros, an increase of 48% compared with 2003. The operating margin was 3.3% compared with 2.3% in the previous year.
  • All product lines and all geographic areas were profitable.
  • Net debt increased from 23 million in 2003 to 188 million euros at December 31, 2004, reflecting the impact of the strong increase in copper prices (+37% in one year) and of acquisitions made during the year.
  • Net income was 57 million euros, compared with 1 million euros in 2003 and net income per share reached 2.38 euros compared with 0.06 euro in 2003. Excluding exceptional items, net income for the year was 36 million euros.
  • On a preliminary basis, the Board of Directors is in favor of proposing a dividend of 0.50 euro per share, more than double the dividend paid in 2003 (0.20 euro), for decision by the General Shareholders' Meeting.

Pursuing the policy implemented in the US in the first part of the year, and in line with the planned withdrawal from the winding wire sector announced in early 2004, Nexans announces the signature of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Superior Essex regarding a joint-venture combining Nexans' European winding wires and enamel businesses with Superior Essex's UK winding wires business. The combined entity would be majority owned and controlled by Superior Essex, with Nexans retaining a significant minority interest.

In addition the MOU includes negotiations for the purchase by Superior Essex of Nexans' 80% interest in Nexans Tianjin, a Chinese winding wires joint-venture.

The transaction is subject to workers consultations, successful due diligence, execution of a definitive binding purchase agreement, approval of certain third parties, regulatory approvals, and other customary conditions.

If closed, the transaction would result in removing these activities from Nexans' consolidation scope (approximately 250 million euros of sales) and a debt reduction of approximately 50 to 60 million euros.

Commenting on these preliminary results, Nexans Chairman and CEO Gérard Hauser said:

"In 2004 Nexans reaped the fruits of its dedicated drive over the last three years to restructure, reorient its portfolio of businesses, and to develop in growth markets. The increase in sales across all business sectors and geographic areas where the Group operates, was accompanied by a satisfactory increase in profitability. Assuming costs of raw materials and energy stabilize, Nexans is confident that it will be able to pursue its development strategy to build sustainable profitability and develop the growth drivers it has identified in order to further improve its attractiveness. The encouraging results for 2004 mean that we can anticipate growth in our business in 2005 between 3 and 4% at constant exchange rates and metal prices, with further improvement in the operating margin.

Such advances will constitute the first step toward achieving our medium-term goals: sales of 4.7 to 4.8 billion euros, assuming equivalent conditions in the economy, in 2007, with an operating margin of 5% and a return on capital employed of 9.5% and higher than the weighted average cost of capital."

This outlook for the future encouraged the Board of Directors' favorable view on the management's proposal to pay out a dividend of 0.50 euros per share. The dividend proposal for the General Shareholders' Meeting will be finalized when the Board meets to approve the definitive financial statements.

Sales 2004

Q4.03

Q4.04

in millions of euros

2003

2004

1,089

1,336

Sales

4,046

4,900

1,035

1,124

Sales

(at constant metal prices)

3,924

4,159

1,026

1,124

Sales

(at constant metal prices and exchange rates)

3,859

4,159

644

72

722

78

Energy

of which Distribution

2,382

267

2,593

286

134

148

Telecom

527

570

246

251

Electrical wires

945

985

Following a faster growth in the second half of the year, full-year sales for 2004, at constant non-ferrous metal prices, totaled 4,159 million euros, an increase of 7.8% at constant exchange rates compared to 2003. Full year sales include those of the Liban Cables group as from July 1, and reflect the sale of the American Winding Wires business, taken into account as from September 30. Excluding changes in consolidation scope, organic growth for the year was 6.6%.

Preliminary consolidated income by business sector

in millions of euros
(at constant metal prices )

2003

2004

% change

EBITDA*

190

228

+20

Operating Profit:

Energy

of which Distribution

Telecom

Electrical wires

Other

 

91

13

(1)

10

(9)

 

116

16

17

14

(12)

 

+27.5

+26.4

-

+40

n/s

Operating Profit

91

135

+48

Net income

1

57

-

Earnings per share (in euros)

0.06

2.38

-

Net debt

23

188

-

* Operating Profit before depreciation

Restructuring costs were 36 million euros.

Net income reached 57 million euros, after the release of a financial provision of 8 million euros and badwill totaling 4 million euros, and other exceptional items of 9 million euros. Net income before exceptional items was therefore 36 million euros.

Taking into account the diluted weighted average number of shares during FY 2004, net earnings per share stood at 2.38 euros compared with 0.06 euros in 2003.

Analysis of sales* and income from operations by business sector

Energy cables:

Sales in the Energy sector increased by 8.9% compared with 2003, reaching 2,593 million euros.

Operating profit was 116 million euros, an increase of 27.5% compared with 2003. The operating margin improved from 3.8% in 2003 to 4.5% in 2004. High Voltage, accessories and umbilical cables once again recorded impressive results. Cables for the building market were boosted by the buoyancy of the North American market and by the positive effects of price increases and restructuring measures in Europe. Cables for industry achieved a turnaround in operating profitability, although this was offset by a provision for claims.

Telecommunications cables:

Sales in the Telecom sector increased by 8.2% to 570 million euros, reflecting an improved performance in the second half of the year.

Following three years of crisis, this business returned to profitability in 2004 (with an operating margin of 3%), recording operational profits of 17 million euros compared with a loss of 1 million euros in 2003. Growth in ADSL in Europe boosted the infrastructure business. Private Local Area Network (LAN) cables continued to perform well in the United States and Brazil, while the first signs of a recovery for these products appeared in Europe.

Electrical wires:

Sales in the Electrical Wires sector totaled 985 million euros in 2004 compared to 945 million euros at December 31, 2003, i.e. an increase of 4.2%.

Operating Profit stood at 14 million euros, compared to 10 million euros in 2003. In the Wirerod market, the Group was able to maintain its market share despite strong pressure on prices and unfavorable exchange rates between the US and Canadian dollars.

The Winding Wires business returned to profitability following the sale of the American activity and the restructuring programs implemented in Europe.

*Sales at constant metal prices and exchange rates

Analysis of sales and income from operations by geographic area

Sales at constant metal prices and exchange rates (in m€)

2003

2004

 

Sales

OP

OP/Sales

Sales

OP

OP/Sales

Europe

2,943

54

1.8%

3,048

84

2.8%

North America

624

22

3.5%

697

32

4.6%

Asia

163

12

7.4%

214

10

4.7%

Rest of the World

129

3

2.3%

200

9

4.5%

TOTAL

3,859

91

2.3%

4,159

135

3.3%

Europe

Sales totaled 3,048 million euros, an increase of 3.6% compared with 2003, while profits increased by 56%. This improvement primarily reflects the impact of the restructuring programs, especially in France, Spain and Italy, while the economic recovery globally remained stifled. Results in this area were boosted by excellent performances in the Scandinavian markets and in Switzerland, and by good results from High Voltage cables and cables for the automotive sector.

North America

Sales reached 697 million euros, compared with 624 million euros in 2003, reflecting improvements across all activity sectors.

Operating Profit was 32 million euros compared with 22 million euros in 2003. High value-added products (private Local Area Network (LAN) cables, energy infrastructure cables) recorded especially strong growth.

Asia

Sales grew strongly in 2004 (+31%) reaching a total of 214 million euros (+ 18% at constant consolidation scope).

Operating Profit for the area remained stable compared with 2003.  Good performances by naval industry cables and the Vietnamese activities were not enough to offset the weakness in infrastructure cables and the impact of the price pressure in the Chinese ADSL cable market.

Impact of IFRS standards

The Group has also undertaken an assessment of the impact of transition to IFRS standards on its financial statements and has outlined the main estimated impacts in a presentation for analysts and the press which is available on its Web site: www.nexans.com

Financial calendar
  • March 10, 2005: publication of the definitive financial statements for 2004 on the Nexans Web site at www.nexans.com
  • April 20, 2005 : Publication of the first quarter sales
  • April 21, 2005: Individual shareholders' information meeting in Nice
  • June 2, 2005: Annual Shareholders' Meeting
  • June 16, 2005: Individual shareholders' information meeting in Toulon
  • July 21, 2005: Publication of first-half sales and results
  • November 14, 2005: Individual shareholders' information meeting in Grenoble
  • December 5, 2005: Individual shareholders' information meeting in Lille

A full set of slides for the presentation of the results as well as a detailed presentation of the accounts are available on the Nexans Web site at www.nexans.com

 

Appendices
  1. Consolidated income statement
  2. Consolidated balance sheet
  3. Consolidated statement of cash flows
  4. Information by sector

Consolidated income statement
at December 31, in millions of euros

2004

2003

2002

Net sales

4,900

4,046

4,302

Metal price effect

(740)

(123)

(206)

Net sales at constant metal price

4,159

3,924

4,096

Cost of sales

(3,584)

(3,383)

(3,571)

Gross profit

576

541

525

Administrative and selling expenses

(394)

(402)

(421)

R&D costs

(47)

(47)

(48)

Income from operations

135

91

56

Financial income (loss)

(30)

(31)

(31)

Restructuring costs

(36)

(41)

(90)

Other revenues (expenses)

9

(2)

23

Income before taxes

78

18

(43)

Income tax

(20)

8

10

Share in net income of equity affiliates

0

(1)

-

Consolidated net income before amortization of goodwill

58

25

(33)

Amortization and depreciation of goodwill

4

(14)

(2)

Minority interests

(5)

(10)

(5)

Net income (Group share)

57

1

(40)

       
Earnings per share (in euros)

2.71

0.06

(1.78)

Diluted earnings per share (in euros)

2.39

0.06

(1.74)

 
Consolidated balance sheet
 
ASSETS

     
at December 31, in millions of euros

2004

2003

2002

Goodwill, net

 74

 23

39

Other intangible assets, net

7

4

7

Intangible assets, net

82

27

45

Property, plant and equipment

2,843

2,843

2,870

Amortization and depreciation

(2,047)

(2,059)

(2,071)

Property, plant and equipment, net

796

784

799

Share in net assets of equity affiliates

1

3

4

Other investments and miscellaneous, net

59

65

63

Investments and other non-current assets

60

68

67

TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS, NET

937

879

911

Inventories and work in progress, net

678

556

628

Trade receivables and related accounts, net

798

744

761

Other accounts receivable, net

213

170

133

Accounts receivable, net

1,011

914

894

Cash and cash equivalents

121

104

167

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

1,811

1,574

1,689

TOTAL ASSETS

2,748

2,453

2,600

       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

     
at December 31, in millions of euros

2 004

2 003

2 002

Capital Stock

(EUR 1 nominal value; 23,189,947 shares issued at December 31, 2004)

23

23

23

Additional paid-in capital

1,014

1,014

1,014

Retained earnings

(52)

(40)

(7)

Cumulative translation adjustments

(32)

(28)

26

Net income

57

1

(40)

Treasury stock

(28)

(28)

(25)

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

982

942

991

MINORITY INTERESTS

71

103

88

Accrued pension and retirement obligations

266

260

253

Accrued contract costs and other reserves

108

120

143

TOTAL RESERVES FOR LIABILITIES AND CHARGES

373

380

396

TOTAL FINANCIAL DEBT

310

126

219

Customers' deposits and advances

46

51

37

Trade payables and related accounts

549

463

485

Other payables

417

387

384

TOTAL OTHER PAYABLES

1,012

901

905

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

2,748

2,453

2,600

 
Consolidated statement of cash flows
in millions of euros

2004

2003

2002

Net income

57

1

(40)

Minority interests

5

10

6

Depreciation and amortization

87

113

148

Changes in reserves and deferred taxes

(25)

(33)

(4)

Net (gain) loss on disposal of non-current assets

(7)

2

(23)

Share in net income of equity affiliates (net of dividends received)

0

1

-

Other non-cash items

1

-

-

Cash flow provided by operations

118

93

87

Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable

(64)

17

112

Decrease (increase) in inventories

(117)

69

1

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses

75

(15)

(60)

Changes in reserves on current assets (including accrued contract costs)

3

(24)

(14)

Net change in current assets and liabilities

(103)

47

39

Net cash provided (used) by operating activities

15

140

126

Proceeds from disposal of fixed assets

19

15

12

Capital expenditure

(97)

(67)

(96)

Decrease (increase) in loans

(0)

(3)

(1)

Cash expenditures for acquisition of consolidated companies, net of cash acquired, and for acquisition of unconsolidated companies

(113)

(35)

(64)

Cash proceeds from sale of previously consolidated companies, net of cash sold, and from sale of unconsolidated companies

16

-

41

Net cash provided (used) by investing activities

(175)

(90)

(108)

Net cash flow after investment

(160)

50

18

Proceeds from issuance of shares

1

-

1

Dividends paid

(9)

(8)

(15)

Net cash provided (used) by financing activities

(8)

(8)

(15)

Net effect of currency translation differences

2

(13)

16

Net increase (decrease) in net debt/cash

(165)

29

20

       
Net (debt)/cash at beginning of year

(23)

(52)

(71)

Net (debt)/cash at end of year

(188)

(23)

(52)


Information by sector

 

By geographical areas

             

2004            
in millions of euros

Europe

North America

Asia

Rest of the World

 

Total
Group

Sales at current metal prices

3,483

956

239

222

 

4,900

Sales at constant metal prices

3,048

697

214

200

 

4,159

Sales at constant metal prices and 2004 exchange rates

3,048

697

214

200

 

4,159

             

2003           
in millions of euros

Europe

North America

Asia

Rest of the World

 

Total
Group

Sales at current metal prices

3,015

715

185

131

 

4,046

Sales at constant metal prices

2,959

658

175

132

 

3,924

Sales at constant metal prices and 2004 exchange rates

2,943

624

163

129

 

3,859

             
             
 

By business

             

2004             
in millions of euros

Electrical wires

Energy

Telecom

Distribution

Other

Total     Group

Sales at current metal prices

1,429

2,585

588

286

11

4,900

Sales at constant metal prices

985

2,307

570

286

11


4,159

Sales at constant metal prices and 2004 exchange rates

985

2,307

570

286

11

4,159

             

2003           
in millions of euros

Electrical wires

Energy

Telecom

Distribution

Other

Total     Group     

Sales at current metal prices

1,029

2,189

549

274

5

4,046

Sales at constant metal prices

956

2,143

546

274

5

3,924

Sales at constant metal prices and 2004 exchange rates

945

2,115

527

267

5

3,859


* To neutralize the effect of variations in the purchase price of non-ferrous metals and thus measure the underlying sales trend, Nexans also calculates its sales using a constant price for copper and aluminum.

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