Orkla's operating profit (EBITA) totalled NOK 1,103 million in the fourth
quarter of 2012, up from NOK 873 million in the corresponding period of 2011.
The Nordic branded consumer goods businesses and Sapa Heat Transfer achieved
For continuing operations, Orkla's fourth-quarter operating revenues totalled
NOKÂ 8,457Â million, compared with NOK 8,124 in the corresponding period of 2011.
Full-year operating revenues amounted to NOK 30 billion. Operating profit was
NOKÂ 3,295Â million in 2012, compared with NOK 2,872 million in 2011.
"Simultaneously with implementing comprehensive structural changes, we achieved
profit growth in our core business. I am particularly pleased that many of our
large branded consumer goods companies in the Nordic region reported improvement
in the latter part of the year. Orkla now has a single strategic agenda:
building up our position as the leading Nordic branded consumer goods company,"
says President and CEO Ã…ge Korsvold.
The branded consumer goods business
The Nordic food companies achieved sales growth in the grocery channel in the
fourth quarter. Operating profit in Orkla Foods Nordic amounted to NOK 392
million, a rise of 11% in relation to comparable operating profit in the fourth
quarter of 2011. Stabburet continued to improve its performance in the Norwegian
market. Abba Seafood (Sweden), Beauvais foods (Denmark) and the Baltic
businesses also delivered profit growth. The Finnish businesses posted operating
profit on a par with the fourth quarter of 2011. Abba Seafood and Procordia are
to be integrated and will form one of Sweden's leading food companies. Following
completion of the acquisition of Rieber & SÃ¸n, Orkla will establish national
food companies in Norway and Denmark as well. This is subject to the approval of
the competition authorities.
Orkla Brands Nordic also achieved sales growth in the grocery channel. Operating
profit in the business area amounted to NOK 408 million, an improvement of 16%
in relation to comparable operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Lilleborg and Nidar reported both sales and profit improvement in the Norwegian
market. Profit also increased for large Nordic businesses such as the Chips
Group and the Axellus Group. GÃ¶teborgs/SÃ¦tre saw a decline in profit as a result
of high factory costs related to ongoing restructuring and demanding conditions
in the Norwegian grocery market. Jordan became part of Orkla Brands Nordic on
1Â September 2012. The company, which is market leader in the Nordic region for
oral hygiene and paintbrushes, is performing in accordance with expectations.
Orkla Brands International posted operating profit of NOK 62 million, compared
with NOKÂ 87Â million in the corresponding period of 2011. MTR Foods continued to
increase its sales in India, even though growth was lower than at the start of
2012. Orkla Brands Russia is undergoing a demanding adjustment process. Changes
in the market situation, where nation-wide grocery chains in particular are
taking market shares, necessitates significant restructuring of operations.
Orkla Food Ingredients reported operating profit of NOK 74 million, an
improvement of 8% in relation to comparable operating profit in the fourth
quarter of 2011. Despite weak markets in Southern and Eastern Europe, both
operating revenues and operating profit increased.
Sapa Heat Transfer posted fourth-quarter operating profit of NOK 73 million, up
from NOKÂ 6Â million in the corresponding period of 2011. This improvement is the
result of a comprehensive improvement programme implemented in the Swedish
production operations. The company had lower deliveries to the European
automotive industry, but this was largely offset by increased demand in the USA
and China. Orkla's goal is to divest Sapa Heat Transfer in the first quarter of
Operating profit for Orkla Eiendom in the fourth quarter was NOK 104 million,
compared with NOK 28 million in the corresponding period of 2011. Hydro Power
reported fourth-quarter operating profit on a par with the same period of 2011.
Profit from associates amounted to NOK 47 million in the fourth quarter,
compared with NOK 59 million in the corresponding period of 2011. Profit was
mainly linked to Jotun, which achieved satisfactory sales growth in the quarter.
Sales of shares totalled NOK 436 million in the fourth quarter. As at 31
December 2012, the market value of the share portfolio was NOK 2,630 million.
The portfolio is expected to be sold in the first half of 2014.
Together with Norsk Hydro, Orkla aims to establish a globally leading provider
of aluminium solutions. The establishment of the joint venture is subject to the
approval of the competition authorities. The Sapa operations that will be part
of the joint venture were highly negatively impacted by weak European markets,
while there was improvement in North America.
In the fourth quarter, 81% of the shares in Borregaard Chemicals were sold in
connection with the company's listing on the stock exchange, generating a total
accounting gain of NOKÂ 110Â million. NOK 412 million related to the adjustment of
the value of the investment in REC was expensed in the quarter.
Orkla's profit before tax amounted to NOK 638 million in the fourth quarter,
compared with NOK 1,317 million in the corresponding period of 2011. The Board
of Directors of OrklaÂ ASA proposes to pay a dividend of NOK 2.50 per share for
the 2012 financial year.
Oslo, 7 February 2013
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