NORMA Group SE to pay a dividend of EUR 0.90 per share
“Financial year 2015 was a successful year for us in which we achieved record figures for both sales and earnings,” said Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “By increasing our dividend again, we are sticking to our goal of a sustainable distribution ratio of 30 to 35 percent of adjusted net income and allowing our shareholders to take part in our growth.”
Solid growth in 2015
NORMA Group increased its sales by 28.0 percent to EUR 889.6 million in financial year 2015 (2014: EUR 694.7 million). Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortisation of intangible assets (adjusted EBITA) rose by 28.6 percent to EUR 156.3 million (2014: EUR 121.5 million). The adjusted EBITA margin was at a sustained high level of 17.6 percent (2014: 17.5 percent).
“In 2015, we continued with our diversification and set the course for the future. The many new awards and large orders we received underscore our customers’ satisfaction with the products and services NORMA Group offers,” Werner Deggim said.
Upward trend also for the share price
The positive trend in financial year 2015 was also reflected in the development of the share price. It rose by 29.0 percent in 2015. The benchmark index MDAX rose by 22.7 percent in the same period. “Five years after the IPO and ten years after the founding of NORMA Group, we have firmly established ourselves on the German stock market,” Werner Deggim said.
Successful start to financial year 2016
NORMA Group continued on its growth course in the first quarter of 2016. Sales increased by 2.3 percent over the first quarter of the previous year to EUR 226.6 million. The organic growth was 2.4 percent, which is in line with its expectations. Adjusted EBITA increased by 2.2 percent to EUR 40.1 million. The adjusted EBITA margin remained at a sustained high level of 17.7 percent.
“Based on our growth in the first quarter of 2016, we are sticking to our forecast for the full year 2016. We expect sales to grow solidly by around 2 to 5 percent in organic terms in 2016 compared to 2015,” Werner Deggim said. The goal is to achieve a sustainable adjusted EBITA margin at the level of previous years of over 17 percent (2015: 17.6 percent; 2014: 17.5 percent; 2013: 17.7 percent).
NORMA Group SE
NORMA Group is a global market leader in engineered joining technology. The company manufactures a wide range of innovative connecting solutions and water management technology offering more than 35,000 products to customers in 100 countries with around 6,500 employees. NORMA Group helps its customers and business partners to react to global challenges such as climate change and increasing scarcity of resources. NORMA Group joining products can be found in vehicles and trains, ships and aircraft, buildings and water management as well as in applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The company generated sales of around EUR 890 million in 2015. NORMA Group operates a global network of 22 production facilities as well as numerous sales and distribution sites across Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. NORMA Group has its headquarters in Maintal, Germany. NORMA Group SE is listed on the German stock exchange (Prime Standard) and included in the MDAX index.