“Seasonally, the first quarter is the weakest for our operations. Nevertheless, we have had a good start to the year and we have begun to see the effects of our work to improve operational efficiency in the group. We have continued to have high demand for our products and have maintained strong organic growth. We reached a net turnover of SEK 1,592 million (SEK 873 million) and an adjusted EBITDA of SEK 147 million (SEK 113 million), which corresponds to a margin of 9.2 percent. Although some of the companies have had some challenges in adapting to the tough market environment with high inflation and volatility, I am pleased with several of the group-wide initiatives that we have put in place to support our entrepreneurs. We are already starting to see the results from the work to improve cash flow and we will continue to prioritize actions that contribute to strengthening our liquidity and balance sheet. All in all, I have a positive view of 2023 and the opportunities that exist by growing the group with our attractive brands, innovations, and products.” – Simon Petrén, CEO Humble Group AB.
- Net sales amounted to 1 592 MSEK (873).
- EBITDA amounted to 156 MSEK (64)
- Adjusted EBITDA amounted to 147 MSEK (113)
- EBITA amounted to 130 MSEK (47).
- Adjusted EBITA amounted to 121 MSEK (95).
- EBIT amounted to 85 MSEK (14).
- Adjusted EBIT amounted to 76 MSEK (62).
- Adjusted EBIT per share amounted to 0,25 SEK (0,25).
- Cash flow from operating activities amounted to 183 MSEK (9).
- Earnings per share before and after dilution amounted to -0,01 SEK (-0,12) respectively.
DURING THE FIRST QUARTER
- Humble Group has completed the acquisitions of Privab Ystad, Privab Trollhättan, Privab Grossisterna AB and Napame Holding AB.
AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER
- Humble Group has given notice of the annual general meeting to be held on Friday May 19, 2023.
- Peter Werme, chairman of the board, has informed the nomination committee that he is not available for re-election as either board member or chairman of the board at the annual general meeting 2023.
CEO COMMENT FROM THE REPORT
” INTENSE FIRST QUARTER WITH FOCUS ON OPERATIONS
Seasonally, the first quarter is the weakest for our operations. Nevertheless, we have had a good start to the year and we have begun to see the effects of our work to improve operational efficiency in the group. We have continued to have high demand for our products and have maintained strong organic growth. We reached a net turnover of SEK 1,592 million (SEK 873 million) and an adjusted EBITDA of SEK 147 million (SEK 113 million), which corresponds to a margin of 9.2 percent. Although some of the companies have had some challenges in adapting to the tough market environment with high inflation and volatility, I am pleased with several of the group-wide initiatives that we have put in place to support our entrepreneurs. We are already starting to see the results from the work to improve cash flow and we will continue to prioritize actions that contribute to strengthening our liquidity and balance sheet. All in all, I have a positive view of 2023 and the opportunities that exist by growing the group with our attractive brands, innovations, and products.
During the quarter, we continued with the strategically important work of defending and strengthening our gross profit margins. We still have a way to go in order to reach the historically normal levels from before the shipping and inflation crisis. At the same time, I am convinced that the work we are doing will benefit us going forward and that with the right activities we have good possibilities to reach an even higher profitability margin than the standard for our companies in previous years.
Our objective is to optimize the group's working capital structure in order to convert the group's profit generation and assets into cash flow more quickly. It is of course challenging to reduce the working capital with the strong growth that many of our businesses have, but in the long term we should be able to reduce our inventory levels and become more efficient in the dynamics between accounts receivable and accounts payable.
The work to realize synergies within the operating segments continues. Quality Nutrition and Future Snacking have developed well during the quarter and we see great potential in acting on exciting business opportunities within both segments. One of the initiatives within Quality Nutrition, which we call Arena Nutrition, involves gathering the segment's commercial expertise under one and the same umbrella. In this way, it will be easier to attract new customers and offer an overall solution as a full-service supplier in sports nutrition. We are already starting to see the effect of the initiative and I am convinced that it is a model that we will be able to use in other areas of the group.
Within Future Snacking, we have carried out several successful launches. Pändy is the latest example in the group, whose sugar-reduced sweets have received strong listings in Sweden and rank high in the top lists of online pharmacies. It is proof that the concepts work and are gaining wider acceptance among modern consumers.
During the quarter, we completed the acquisition of a production property in Borås, which enables La Praline Scandinavia to keep long-term production within the group. We are today the owner of 15 properties that our manufacturing units produce in. Through a possible divestment of such properties, we have the flexibility to refine the group's focus and strengthen the balance sheet going forward if we desire to.
The Sustainable Care segment has performed a stable quarter with continued growth in most of the subsidiaries. In some of the companies that offer premium products, we have noticed to some extent price sensitivity among the consumers. In general, however, we have managed to handle the challenges well through, among other things, strategic price and packaging adjustments. We continuously evaluate how we can strengthen the product offering and supplement with white-label and price fighters to create an attractive overall mix for our retailers.
For the Nordic Distribution segment, we have noted a certain margin pressure, where the transfer of increased input prices has not been executed at the desired rate. We work continuously to ensure long-term sustainable gross margins. The segment has performed very well historically and I feel confident that we will be successful in regaining the margin in the long term. We have several exciting ongoing synergy projects where we see an opportunity to consolidate sales force and centralize resources for increased efficiency.
During the quarter, we completed the previously communicated strategic acquisitions of the Privab companies and we are now fully focusing on developing the cooperation between the various units. We are also reviewing how we can further develop the group's distribution and channel strategy from a strategic perspective to become a comprehensive partner for both our internal and external brands. The goal is for us to be the preferred partner for brands to collaborate with in order to achieve successful distribution in the Nordics.
Consolidation of the operations is proceeding according to plan. With the slower pace of acquisitions, we can dedicate additional resources to optimize value creation for all our companies. In general, we have noted a change in behaviour among some of our suppliers in recent weeks, where many of the price increases that characterized the entire 2022 are now conspicuous by their absence. To the contrary, we see potential for a reverse development in the market with reduced purchase prices. This would mean that we can maintain a stable price position with our customers and at the same time be able to strengthen profitability going forward.
The work on the list change is progressing well and we have several exciting projects at group level to further enhance our sustainability development and follow-up. The challenging market climate is of course difficult to navigate, but we continue to work intensively towards our goal of growing Humble into the FMCG group of the future.”
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