NORMA Group achieves solid growth in the first half of 2016

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Sales increased by 1.9 percent to EUR 462.8 million in the first half of 2016
Adjusted EBITA rose by 3.1 percent to EUR 83.9 million
Adjusted EBITA margin climbed to 18.1 percent
Outlook for fiscal year 2016 confirmed

Maintal, Germany, 3 August 2016 – NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, posted solid growth in the first half of its current fiscal year 2016. Sales rose by 1.9 percent to EUR 462.8 million in the first half of the year compared to the first six months of the previous year (H1 2015: EUR 454.3 million). Organic growth of 2.8 percent was achieved while currency effects contributed negatively at minus 0.9 percent. From January to June 2016, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortization of intangible assets (adjusted EBITA) increased by 3.1 percent to EUR 83.9 million compared to the first half of the previous year (H1 2015: EUR 81.4 million). The adjusted EBITA margin for the period January to June of 2016 improved to 18.1 percent compared to the first six months of the previous year (H1 2015: 17.9 percent).

“We look back on a good first half of 2016,” said Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “Earnings and the Group's organic growth were in line with our expectations. Despite the sluggish macroeconomic environment and negative currency effects, we are satisfied with how the business developed in the first six months of the year. The US market for commercial vehicles is still weak and the business in China has developed slightly weaker than expected. We are sticking to our forecast for the Group for financial year 2016.”

Group sales in the second quarter of 2016 increased by 1.4 percent to EUR 236.2 million compared to the same quarter of the previous year (Q2 2015: EUR 232.9 million). The adjusted EBITA reached EUR 43.8 million from April to June 2016, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to the second quarter of 2015 (Q2 2015: EUR 42.1 million). The adjusted EBITA margin increased to 18.5 percent in the second quarter of 2016 (Q2 2015: 18.1 percent).

Strong sales growth in the EMEA region

In the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), NORMA Group increased its sales by 7.1 percent in the first six months of 2016 to EUR 227.3 million compared to the same period last year (H1 2015: EUR 212.3 million). This was due, among other factors, to the continued recovery of the overall economic situation and the good order situation, particularly in the Western European automotive business.

Sales in the Americas region declined by 3.1 percent to EUR 198.5 million compared to the first half of 2015 (H1 2015: EUR 204.9 million) in the first half of 2016 due to the continued weak environment in the area of commercial vehicles as well as agricultural and construction machines.
In the Asia-Pacific region, NORMA Group recorded a slight 0.4 percent decline in sales from January to June 2016 to EUR 37.0 million (H1 2015: EUR 37.2 million). This was mainly due to negative currency effects.

Agreement to acquire Parker Autoline

In June 2016, NORMA Group signed an agreement to acquire all assets of the Autoline business from Parker’s Fluid System Connectors Division ("Parker Autoline"). Parker Autoline develops, manufactures and markets quick connectors for connecting fluid lines in motor vehicles. By acquiring Parker Autoline, NORMA Group plans to expand its product portfolio in the area of quick connectors and thereby to strengthen its market position. The completion of the transaction depends on the usual closing conditions and is expected in the second half of 2016.

Successful placement of promissory note

NORMA Group issued a promissory note in the amount of EUR 150 million on 1 August, 2016 and increased the scope to strategically develop the Group. The promissory note will be used to finance the planned acquisition of Parker Autoline in the medium term. In addition, the company will repay a share of the promissory note that has been issued in 2013.

Group equity amounted to EUR 433.4 million as of 30 June 2016, and was thus 0.8 percent higher compared to the end of the previous year (31 December 2015: EUR 429.8 million). The equity ratio was at 36.9 percent as of 30 June 2016 (31 December 2015: 36.8 percent) despite the dividend payment totaling EUR 28.7 million in June 2016. Net debt including hedging instruments decreased to EUR 354.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2016 compared to the end of 2015 (31 December 2015: EUR 360.9 million).

Including temporary workers, NORMA Group employed a total staff of 6,435 on June 30, 2016. This represents an increase of 129 employees compared to the end of the previous year (December 31, 2015: 6,306 employees).

Outlook for 2016 confirmed

NORMA Group confirms the forecast for the Group for fiscal year 2016. Compared to 2015, the company expects solid organic consolidated sales growth of between 2 and 5 percent in 2016. NORMA Group will strive to achieve a sustainable adjusted EBITA margin at the same level of previous years of over 17.0 percent (2015: 17.6 percent; 2014: 17.5 percent; 2013: 17.7 percent).


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