Alma Media's interim report for January-March 2011: Growth driven by online media

Alma Media Corporation   Interim Report    April 29, 2011 at 9:00am (EEST)

 

ALMA MEDIA'S INTERIM REPORT FOR JANUARY-MARCH 2011:
Growth driven by online media

 

Financial performance January-March 2011:

 

  • Revenue was MEUR 77.1 (74.4), up 3.7%.  

  • Circulation revenue was MEUR 30.7 (30.6), up 0,1%, advertising revenue MEUR 37.7 (34.8), up 8.2% and content and service revenue MEUR 8.8 (8.9), down 1.7% 

  • Operating profit excluding non-recurring items was MEUR 9.3 (8.3), 12.1% (11.2%) of revenue, up 12.0%. 

  • Operating profit was MEUR 9.0 (8.2), 11.7% (11.1%) of revenue, up 9.1%. 

  • Profit for the period was MEUR 6.9 (6.3), up 10.8%. 

  • Earnings per share were EUR 0.09 (0.08). 

 

Key figures20112010201020102010
MEURQ1Q4Q3Q2Q1
Revenue77.183.075.278.774.4
  Circulation revenue30.731.832.130.730.6
  Advertising revenue37.741.133.838.634.8
  Content and service revenue *)8.810.29.39.58.9
Total expenses excluding non-recurring items67.872.061.967.766.1
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items9.311.013.411.38.3
 % of revenue12.113.217.814.311.2
Operating profit9.010.713.610.98.2
 % of revenue11.712.918.013.811.1
Profit for the period6.99.29.87.86.3
Earnings per share, EUR (basic)0.090.120.130.100.08
Earnings per share, EUR (diluted)0.090.120.130.100.08

 

*) Content and service revenue includes among others the online service and custom media revenue as well as the external rental, distribution and printing revenue.

 

Outlook for 2011:

 

Alma Media expects its full-year revenue and operating profit excluding non-recurring items to increase from the 2010 level. Full-year revenue for 2010 was MEUR 311.4, operating profit excluding non-recurring items MEUR 43.9 and operating profit MEUR 43.4.

 

Kai Telanne, President and CEO:

 

According to TNS Gallup, the total market for the newspaper advertising grew by 9.7% (0.7%). The spending on newspaper advertising grew by 4.6% to MEUR 110.0 (105.1). Strong development of the online advertising continued during the first quarter as the spending by the advertisers grew by 32.5% (17.7%). Printed newspaper retains its position as the most prominent advertising media when measured in euros.

 

The advertising sales of Alma Media increased by 8.2% to MEUR 37.7. The advertising sales in the printed newspapers remained on the comparison period's level, whereas the online advertising sales grew strongly, by 31.4%, mainly driven by Iltalehti.fi, Etuovi.com and Monster.fi.

 

The circulation revenue of Alma Media remained close to the level of the comparison period. Thanks to the price increases, the circulation revenue of the Newspapers segment remained on the level of the comparison period. The circulation revenue of the Kauppalehti Group decreased slightly. Due to the recession that followed the financial crisis, the decline in the circulation of our regional newspapers and Kauppalehti has been slightly faster than the long-term trend.

 

Our investment in the renewal of the printing facility in Tampere is proceeding according to the plan. In March 2011 we ordered a new printing machine from manroland AG.

 

Our printing and distribution company Alma Manu Oy initiated in April a programme to develop and rationalise its operations. The programme includes a plan to discontinue printing operations in Pori, Finland. Due to this plan, Alma Manu has started cooperation negotiations with its personnel. According to preliminary estimates of the company, the number of personnel in printing operations may decrease by a maximum of 32 full-time work years. In distribution, the decrease in workload may be at most 50 full-time work years.

The Satakunnan Kansa newspaper as well as its online service will be renewed in January 2012. The printed paper will be redesigned to tabloid format. The transformation to tabloid format by our three regional newspapers in North Finland was positively received, which encouraged us to go ahead with the renewal of Satakunnan Kansa as well.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Kai Telanne, President and CEO, telephone +358 10 665 3500
Tuomas Itkonen, CFO, telephone +358 10 665 2244

 

Conference, webcast and conference call:

 

The company will hold a conference in Finnish concerning its January-March 2011 results in the Gustaf conference room of the Hotel Scandic Marski, Mannerheimintie 10, Helsinki, from 11:15 am to 12:15 noon (EEST) on April 29, 2011. The results will be presented by Kai Telanne, President and CEO, and Tuomas Itkonen, CFO. Presentation materials for the event will be available online at www.almamedia.fi/calendar from 11:15 am on the same day.

 

A webcast and conference call in English will start at 2:00 pm (EEST) on April 29, 2011. You may participate in the conference call by calling +44 (0) 20 7806 1957 (confirmation code 6200456), or follow the event online at www.almamedia.fi/investors (audio webcast).

 

Rauno Heinonen
Vice President, Corporate Communications and IR
Alma Media Corporation

 

DISTRIBUTION: NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, principal media

 

 

ALMA MEDIA GROUP INTERIM REPORT JANUARY 1 - MARCH 31, 2011

 

The descriptive part of this review focuses on the result of January - March 2011. The figures are compared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) with those of the corresponding period in 2010, unless otherwise stated. The figures in the tables are independently rounded.

 

KEY FIGURES20112010 Change20102009
MEURQ1Q1 %Q1-Q4Q1-Q4
Revenue77.174.4 3.7311.4307.8
Total expenses excluding non-recurring items67.866.1 2.7267.6265.3
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items9.38.3 12.043.942.6
 % of revenue12.111.2  14.113.9
Operating profit9.08.2 9.143.440.4
 % of revenue11.711.1  13.913.1
Profit before tax9.38.6 8.645.039.7
Profit for the period6.96.3 10.833.228.3
Return on Equity/ROE (Annual)*33.733.7 0.131.630.8
Return on Invets/ROI (Annual)*31.232.8 -4.831.128.3
Net financial expenses0.1-0.1 285.7-0.90.3
Net financial expenses, % of revenue0.1-0.1  -0.30.1
Balance sheet total170.0147.1 15.6184.5154.4
Capital expenditure1.43.0 -51.812.98.2
Capital expenditure, % of revenue1.94.0 -53.54.12.7
Equity ratio48.659.2 -17.967.166.9
Gearing, %-11.4-11.0 3.4-28.2-17.3
Interest-bearing net debt-7.9-7.9 0.3-32.4-16.5
Interest-bearing liabilities18.94.4 326.04.04.6
Non-interest-bearing liabilities81.771.1 14.865.754.9
Average no. of  personnel, calculated as full-time employees, excl. delivery staff1,7941,739 3.11,8061,888
Average no. of delivery staff917940 -2.4962969
Share indicators      
Earnings per share, EUR (basic)0.090.08 4.60.440.38
Earnings per share, EUR (diluted)0.090.08 4.40.440.38
Cash flow from operating activities/share, EUR0.370.30 22.00.610.58
Shareholders' equity per share, EUR0.900.96 -6.11.501.27
Dividend per share    0.700.40
Effective dividend yield    8.55.3
P/E Ratio    18.919.8
Market capitalization611.6543.2 12.6621.4558.1
       
Average no. of shares (1,000 shares)      
- basic75,07674,613  74,89474,613
- diluted75,50774,895  75,08674,859
No. of shares at end of period (1,000 shares)75,13074,613  75,05374,613
       
*) see Main Accounting Principles of the Interim Report      

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKET CONDITIONS

 

The GDP of Finland is expected to grow by 2-3% in 2011. According to TNS Media Intelligence, total advertising volume grew by 9.7% (0.7%) in the first quarter of the year. Advertising in newspapers increased by 4.6% (down 0.6%) and advertising in online media by 32.5% (17.7%) compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

 

The total market of the afternoon papers decreased by 6.7% (down 2.4%) during the first quarter of 2011.

 

CHANGES IN GROUP STRUCTURE 2011

 

In February 2011 Alma Media acquired the majority (51%) of Mascus A/S in Denmark. The company is reported as part of the Marketplaces segment in Alma Media's consolidated financial statements.

 

Further details of the business combinations are given in the notes.

 

REVENUE AND RESULT JANUARY - MARCH 2011

 

The Group's revenue grew by 3.7% (down 2.7%) and totalled MEUR 77.1 (74.4). The revenue from the printed media was MEUR 57.3 (57.0), representing 74.3% (76.7%) of the Group's revenue. The revenue from the online business was MEUR 14.1 (11.4) showing a growth of 23.6%. The share of the online business in the Group's revenue grew to 18.3% (15.3%).

 

The Group's advertising sales grew by 8.2% to MEUR 37.7 (34.8), representing 48.9% (46.9%) of the total sales. The advertising sales for printed media remained at comparison period's level. The online advertising sales grew by 31.4% to MEUR 10.8 (8.2).

 

The circulation revenue remained close to the level of the comparison period during the first quarter of 2011. Thanks to the price increases, the circulation revenue of the Newspapers segment were on the comparison year's level, while the circulation volumes continued to fall. Circulation sales for Kauppalehti decreased slightly from the comparison year's level.

 

The content and service revenue were on the previous year's level at MEUR 8.8 (8.9).

 

Total expenses excluding non-recurring items grew by 2.7% and totalled MEUR 67.8 (66.1). Total expenses grew by 3.3% to MEUR 68.3 (66.1).

 

The operating profit excluding non-recurring items increased by 12.0% (10.6%) and amounted to MEUR 9.3 (8.3). The operating profit excluding non-recurring items was 12.1% (11.2%) of revenue. The operating profit was MEUR 9.0 (8.2). The operating profit increased to 11.7% (11.1%) of revenue.

 

The operating profit includes MEUR -0.3 (-0.1) in net non-recurring items. The details of the non-recurring items are explained under Non-recurring items on page 9.

 

Profit before taxes for January- March 2011 was MEUR 9.3 (8.6). Profit before taxes excluding non-recurring items was MEUR 9.5 (8.6).

 

BUSINESS SEGMENTS

 

The business segments of Alma Media are Newspapers, Kauppalehti Group, Marketplaces and Other operations. The business segments are reported according to the Group's internal organisational structure in this interim report.

 

REVENUE AND OPERATING PROFIT/LOSS BY SEGMENT   
      
REVENUE BY SEGMENT,20112010 Change2010
MEURQ1Q1 %Q1-Q4
Newspapers     
   External 52.851.1  215.1
   Inter-segments 1.01.0  4.1
Newspapers total  53.852.2 3.2219.3
Kauppalehti Group     
   External 13.714.0  57.2
   Inter-segments 0.20.1  0.7
Kauppalehti Group total  13.914.1 -1.057.9
Marketplaces     
   External 9.27.6  32.3
   Inter-segments -0.00.0  -0.3
Marketplace total  9.17.6 20.032.1
Other operations     
   External 1.41.7  6.7
   Inter-segments 18.117.6  71.9
Other operations total  19.619.3 1.478.5
Elimination-19.3-18.8  -76.4
Total77.174.4 3.7311.4
      
      
OPERATING PROFIT/LOSS BY SEGMENT, 20112010 Change2010
MEUR *)Q1Q1 %Q1-Q4
  Newspapers6.26.9 -9.532.9
  Kauppalehti Group1.21.5 -22.88.2
  Marketplaces1.60.0 5106.90.4
  Other operations-0.1-0.1 157.01.9
Total9.08.2 10.743.4
*) including non-recurring items     

 

Newspapers

 

The Newspapers segment reports the publishing activities of 34 newspapers. The largest titles are Aamulehti and Iltalehti.

 

Newspapers20112010 Change2010
Key figures, MEURQ1Q1 %Q1-Q4
Revenue53.852.2 3.2219.3
  Circulation revenue26.926.8 0.4110.3
  Advertising revenue26.024.6 5.6104.9
Content and service revenue0.90.7 22.24.1
Total expenses excluding non-recurring items47.245.3 4.2186.3
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items6.76.9 -3.633.1
Operating profit, %12.413.3  15.1
Operating profit 6.26.9 -9.532.9
Operating profit, %11.513.2  15.0
Average no. of personnel, calculated as full-time employees excl. delivery staff958918 4972
Average no. of delivery staff *10398 599
 
      
 20112010  2010
Operational key figuresQ1Q1  Q1-Q4
Audited circulation     
Iltalehti    107,052
Aamulehti    131,539
      
Online services, unique browsers, weekly average
Iltalehti.fi2,781,8132,182,908  2,276,375
Telkku.com675,612640,393  616,325
Aamulehti.fi316,245275,435  299,467

 

January - March 2011

 

The Newspapers segment's revenue increased to MEUR 53.8 (52.2). Advertising sales in the segment totalled MEUR 26.0 (24.6), up 5.6% (up 0.9%) on the previous year. Advertising sales in printed media increased by 1.9% (decreased by 1.4%). Advertising sales in online media grew by 40.8% (28.6%). The segment's circulation sales remained at the comparison period's level as a result of the price increases of regional and local papers. The popularity of the biggest online service in Finland, Iltalehti.fi, continued to grow. During week 11, it broke again the Finnish records with 3.1 million unique browsers visiting the site.

 

Total expenses excluding non-recurring items of the segment were MEUR 47.2 (45.3). Total expenses were MEUR 47.6 (45.3).

 

Statutory personnel negotiations at Satakunnan Kirjateollisuus Oy and Porin Sanomat Oy, both belonging to the Newspapers segment, were completed in March. As a result of the negotiations, MEUR 0.5 were booked as non-recurring restructuring costs. The number of employees at Satakunnan Kirjateollisuus Oy will decrease by 18 man-years.

 

The Newspapers segment's operating profit excluding non-recurring items was MEUR 6.7 (6.9) and 12.4% (13.3%) of revenue. The operating profit was MEUR 6.2 (6.9), 11.5% (13.2%) of revenue.

 

Kauppalehti Group

 

The Kauppalehti Group specialises in the production of business and financial information as well as in provision of marketing solutions. Its best known title is Finland's leading business paper, Kauppalehti. The group also includes the custom media house Alma 360 Custom Media (former Alma Media Lehdentekijät, Suomen Businessviestintä and TTNK Helsinki), and the news agency and media monitoring unit BNS Group that operates in the Baltic countries.

 

Kauppalehti Group20112010 Change2010
Key figures, MEURQ1Q1 %Q1-Q4
Revenue13.914.1 -1.057.9
  Circulation revenue3.83.8 -2.115.0
  Advertising revenue4.14.2 -1.817.7
  Content and service revenue6.16.0 0.225.2
Total expenses excluding non-recurring items12.712.5 1.749.7
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items1.21.5 -22.88.2
Operating margin excluding non-recurring items, %8.611.0 -22.014.2
Operating profit1.21.5 -22.88.2
Operating profit, %8.611.0 -22.014.2
Average no. of personnel, calculated as full-time employees        435428 1.6437
      
 20112010  2010
Operational key figuresQ1Q1  Q1-Q4
Audited circulation     
Kauppalehti    70,118
      
Online services, unique browsers, weekly
Kauppalehti.fi811,857629,960  615,354

 

January - March 2011

 

The revenue of the Kauppalehti Group amounted to MEUR 13.9 (14.1) in the first quarter. The revenue decreased by 1.0% (down 0.4%). Online business accounted for 24.8% (23.8%) of the segment's revenue.

 

The segment's advertising sales decreased by 1.8% (down 3.3%) to MEUR 4.1 (4.2). Online advertising sales increased by 1.5% (up 29.9%) from the comparison period.

 

The segment's circulation revenue remained at the previous year's level at MEUR 3.8 (3.8). The audited circulation in 2010 was 70,118 (78,731). The decrease in the circulation was due to the cancellations of corporate subscriptions in an economic downturn and the cut of the free group subscriptions to student organizations. The content and service revenue of the segment was on the previous year's level, MEUR 6.1 (6.0).

 

Total expenses of the segment were MEUR 12.7 (12.5).

 

There were no non-recurring items recognized during the review period.

 

The operating profit excluding non-recurring items of the Kauppalehti Group was MEUR 1.2 (1.5) and the operating profit MEUR 1.2 (1.5). The operating margin excluding non-recurring items was 8.6% (11.0%), and the operating margin 8.6% (11.0%).

 

Marketplaces

 

The Marketplaces segment reports classified services produced on the internet and supported by printed products. The services in Finland are Etuovi.com, Vuokraovi.com, Monster.fi, Autotalli.com, Mascus.fi and Mikko.fi. The services outside Finland are Mascus, Bovision, Objektvision and City24.

 

Marketplaces20112010 Change2010
Key figures, MEURQ1Q1 %Q1-Q4
Revenue9.17.6 20.032.1
  Operations in Finland7.86.5 20.327.5
  Operations outside Finland1.41.2 16.74.9
Total expenses excluding non-recurring items7.77.6 1.131.3
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items1.50.1 1477.70.8
Operating margin excluding non-recurring items, %16.21.2 1225.92.6
Operating profit1.60.0 5106.90.4
Operating margin, %17.9-0.4 4272.31.2
Average no. of personnel, calculated as full-time employees179181 -1180
      
 20112010  2010
Operational key figuresQ1Q1  Q1-Q4
Online services, unique browsers, weekly
Etuovi.com468,514410,061  413,044
Autotalli.com108,515100,797  91,182
Monster.fi107,94798,601  85,911
Mikko.fi45,37680,762  59,349
Mascus.com (Finland)303,372201,791  190,320
City24153,503208,516  190,842
Bovision83,57496,684  96,706

 

 

 

January - March 2011

 

The first-quarter revenue of the Marketplaces segment amounted to MEUR 9.1 (7.6), up 20.0 % (up 5.7%). The advertising sales of the segment were MEUR 8.1 (6.7). The positive development was mainly due to growth in advertising for recruitment and online advertising for housing.

 

Total expenses during the period remained flat at MEUR 7.7 (7.6). There were no non-recurring items recognized in the segment during the review period.

 

The operating profit of the Marketplaces segment increased to MEUR 1.6 (0.0) in the first quarter. The operating profit excluding non-recurring items was MEUR 1.5 (0.1).The non-recurring gains of the period were generated by corporate transactions.  The non-recurring item of MEUR -0.1 in the comparison period consisted of restructuring costs.

 

 

Other operations

 

The Other operations segment reports the operations of the Group's printing and distribution unit as well as parent company. The financial characteristics of both are similar as they primarily provide services for the other business segments.

 

Other operations20112010 Change2010
Key figures, MEURQ1Q1 %Q1-Q4
Revenue19.619.3 1.478.5
  External 1.41.7 -14.26.7
  Inter-segments 18.117.6 2.971.9
Total expenses excluding non-recurring items19.619.5 0.776.7
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items-0.1-0.3 80.51.8
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items, %-0.3-1.4 80.92.3
Operating profit-0.1-0.1 63.11.9
Operating profit, %-0.3-0.7 63.62.5
Average no. of personnel, calculated as full-time employees221213 4217
Average no. of delivery staff814842 -3863
      
 20112010  2010
Operational key figuresQ1Q1  Q1-Q4
Printing volume (thousand units)59,91460,426  237,532
Paper usage (tons)7,4677,649  32,000

 

In January 2011, Alma Media Corporation concluded an agreement with OP Pohjola Bank plc to lease machinery and movables to the new printing facility. The maximum amount of the agreed financing is EUR 50 million. The printing press will be ordered from manroland AG. The deliverer of the mailing equipment will be selected during 2011. The facility will be operational in early 2013.

 

ASSOCIATED COMPANIES

 

Share of profit of associated companies201120102010
MEURQ1Q1Q1-Q4
Newspapers0.0-0.00.1
Kauppalehti Group   
  Talentum Oyj 0.30.10.0
Marketplaces-0.0 -0.1
Other operations   
   Other associated companies 0.10.20.6
Total0.40.30.7

 

Alma Media Group holds a 32.14-% stake in Talentum Oyj, which is reported under the Kauppalehti Group. The company's own shares in the possession of Talentum are here included in the total number of shares. In the consolidated financial statements of Alma Media the own shares held by Talentum itself are not included in the total number of shares. Alma Media's shareholding in Talentum is stated as 32.64% in its consolidated financial statements of December 31, 2010 and in this interim report.

 

NON-RECURRING ITEMS

 

Non-recurring item is an income or expense arising from non-recurring or rear events. Gains or losses from the sale of business operations or assets, gains or losses from discontinuing or restructuring business operations as well as impairment losses of goodwill and other assets are recognized as non-recurring items. Non-recurring items are recognized within the corresponding income or expense group.

 

NON-RECURRING ITEMS201120102010
MEURQ1Q1Q1-Q4
Newspapers   
  Restructuring-0.5-0.1-0.4
  Gains on sales of assets  0.2
Marketplaces   
  Restructuring -0.1-0.5
  Gains on sales of assets0.2  
Other operations   
  Restructuring 0.10.1
  Gains on sales of assets  0.0
NON-RECURRING ITEMS IN OPERATING PROFIT-0.3-0.1-0.5
  Translation differences0.1 -0.1
NON-RECURRING ITEMS IN FINANCIAL ITEMS0.1 -0.1

 

 

BALANCE SHEET AND FINANCIAL POSITION

 

The consolidated balance sheet at the end of March 2011 stood at MEUR 170.0 (147.1). Alma Media's equity ratio at the end of March was 48.6% (59.2%) and equity per share decreased to EUR 0.90 (0.96).

 

The Group's interest-bearing net debt at the end of March was MEUR -7.9 (-7.9). The fair value of the contingent considerations due to the acquisitions and business arrangements, i.e. financial assets recognized at fair value through profit or loss, as at March 31, 2011 was MEUR 7.3, and that of the liabilities MEUR 2.9.

 

The consolidated cash flow from operations in January-March was MEUR 27.5 (22.4). Cash flow before financing was MEUR 28.8 (21.4). Cash flow from investing activities was affected primarily by the mergers and acquisitions implemented in the current year.

 

The Group currently has a MEUR 100.0 commercial paper programme in Finland under which it is permitted to issue papers to a total amount of MEUR 0-100. The unused part of the programme was MEUR 85.0 on March 31, 2011. In addition, the Group has a credit limit in the amount of MEUR 50.0 for the period August 6, 2009-August 6, 2011, which on March 31, 2011 was totally unused.

 

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

 

Alma Media Group's capital expenditure in January-March 2011 totalled MEUR 1.4 (3.0). They comprised mainly of development projects related with digital services. Other expenditure was related with normal operational and replacement investments.

 

The investment in the printing facilities in Tampere is proceeding according to the plan. The new printing facility will be operational in early 2013.

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

Alma Media Corporation's ordinary Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on March 17, 2011 elected Timo Aukia, Petri Niemisvirta, Seppo Paatelainen, Kai Seikku, Erkki Solja, Catharina Stackelberg-Hammarén and Harri Suutari as members of the company's Board of Directors. In its constitutive meeting held after the AGM, the Board of Directors elected Seppo Paatelainen its Chairman.

 

The Board also elected the members of its committees. Timo Aukia, Kai Seikku, Catharina Stackelberg-Hammarén and Harri Suutari as chairman were elected members of the Audit Committee. Petri Niemisvirta and Erkki Solja, as well as Seppo Paatelainen as Chairman, were elected members of the Nomination and Compensation Committee.

 

The Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation has evaluated that Timo Aukia, Petri Niemisvirta and Seppo Paatelainen are independent of the company but dependent on its significant shareholders. The other members of the Board of Directors are evaluated to be independent of the company and its significant shareholders.

 

Mikko Korttila, General Counsel of Alma Media Corporation, was appointed secretary to the Board of Directors.

 

The AGM appointed Ernst & Young Oy as the company's auditors.

 

The Supreme Court ruled in February 2011 that it does not grant Pohjois-Suomen Media Oy, a subsidiary of Alma Media Group, a leave to appeal on the ruling given by the Helsinki Court of Appeal on March 18, 2010 for the termination of a director contract with Johanna Korhonen. Thus the ruling given by the Helsinki Court of Appeal remains unchanged.

 

Alma Media Corporation applies the Finnish Corporate Governance Code for listed companies, issued by the Securities Market Association on June 15, 2010, in its unaltered form. The Corporate Governance Statement for 2010 is published separately at www.almamedia.fi/corporate_governance.

 

DIVIDENDS

 

The Annual General Meeting resolved to distribute a dividend of EUR 0.70 per share for the financial year 2010 in accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors. The dividend was paid on March 29, 2011 to shareholders who were registered in Alma Media Corporation's shareholder register maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy on the record date, March 22, 2011. The company paid a total of MEUR 52.5 (29.8) in dividends to its shareholders in March.

 

THE ALMA MEDIA SHARE

 

In January - March, altogether 2,375,944 Alma Media shares were traded at NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange, representing 3.2% of the total number of shares. The closing price of the Alma Media share at the end of the last trading day of the reporting period, March 31, 2011, was EUR 8.14. The lowest quotation during the first quarter was EUR 7.65 and the highest EUR 9.44. Alma Media Corporation's market capitalization at the end of the review period was MEUR 611.6.

 

The Annual General Meeting on March 17, 2011 authorized the Board of Directors to decide on a share issue. The authorization would entitle the Board to issue a maximum of 7,500,000 shares. This maximum amount of shares corresponds to approximately 10% of the total number of shares of the company. The share issue can be implemented by issuing new shares or transferring shares presently in possession of the company. The authorization entitles the Board to decide on a directed share issue, which would entail deviating from the pre-emption rights of shareholders. The Board may use the authorization in one or more parts.

 

The Board may use the authorization for developing the capital structure of the company, widening the ownership base, financing or realising acquisitions or other similar arrangements, or for other purposes decided upon by the Board. The authorization may not be used for the incentive and commitment systems for the company's management, though. The authorisation is in effect until March 17, 2013.

 

A total of 77,000 shares have been subscribed by using the option rights granted under the option programme 2006B. Due to the subscriptions the share capital of the company increased by EUR 46,200 to EUR 45,077,713.80. EUR 535,150 was transferred into the share premium reserve. The issued shares were taken into public trading on March 24, 2011 at NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange along with the shares issued before. After the issuance the total number of shares of Alma Media Corporation is 75,129,523.

 

OPTION RIGHTS

 

Alma Media has option programmes 2006 and 2009. The programmes are incentive and commitment systems for the company's management. If all the subscription rights are exercised, the programmes 2006 and 2009 will dilute the holdings of the earlier shareholders at least by 2.73%. Further details about the programmes are given in the notes of this interim report.

 

OTHER AUTHORISATIONS TO THE BOARD

 

The AGM authorized the Board of Directors on March 17, 2011 to decide on a donation of no more than 150,000 euro to universities for supporting sciences and art. The authorization entitles the Board to make a more detailed decision on whether the sum is donated to one or more universities, as well as on other terms and conditions of the donation. The authorization is effective until the next AGM, however no longer than June 30, 2012.

 

The Board of Directors has no other current authorisations.

 

MARKET LIQUIDITY GUARANTEE

 

There is no market liquidity guarantee in effect for the Alma Media share.

 

FLAGGING NOTICES

 

In January-March 2011, Alma Media has not received notices of changes in shareholdings pursuant to Chapter 2, Section 9 of the Securities Markets Act.

 

RISKS AND RISK MANAGEMENT

 

The purpose of Alma Media Group's risk management activities is to continuously evaluate and manage all opportunities, threats and risks in conjunction with the company's operations to enable the company to reach its set objectives and to secure business continuity.

 

The risk management process identifies the risks, develops appropriate risk management methods and regularly reports on risk issues to the risk management organisation. Risk management is part of Alma Media's internal audit function and thereby part of good corporate governance. Limits and processing methods are set for quantitative and qualitative risk methods by the corporate risk management system.

 

The most critical strategic risks for Alma Media are a significant drop in the readership of its publications, a decline in advertising sales and a significant increase in distribution and delivery costs. Fluctuating economic cycles are reflected on the development of advertising sales, which accounts for approximately half of the Group's revenue. Developing businesses outside Finland such as in the Baltic countries and other East European countries include country-specific risks relating to market development and economic growth.

 

In the long term, the media business will undergo changes along with the transformation in media consumption and technological developments. The Group's strategic objective is to meet this challenge through renewal and the development of new business operations in online media. The most important operational risks are disturbances in information technology systems and telecommunication, and an interruption of printing operations.

 

OUTLOOK FOR 2011

 

Alma Media expects newspaper and online advertising to grow in 2011 compared with the previous year. Alma Media expects the single-copy sales of afternoon papers to decline further. The circulation revenue of regional and local papers as well as Kauppalehti is expected to remain on the comparison period's level. The material and delivery costs of the Group are expected to increase from the level of the comparison period.

 

Alma Media estimates that its full-year revenue and operating profit excluding non-recurring items will grow from the 2010 levels. Revenue in 2010 totalled MEUR 311.4, operating profit excluding non-recurring items MEUR 43.9 and operating profit was MEUR 43.4.

 

 

EVENTS AFTER THE REVIEW PERIOD

 

Alma Media has initiated a program to develop and rationalise its printing and distribution operations, including a plan to discontinue printing operations in Pori, Finland, in January 2012. Due to this plan, Alma Media's printing and distribution company Alma Manu Oy starts cooperation negotiations with its personnel. According to preliminary estimates of Alma Manu, the number of personnel in printing operations may decrease by a maximum of 32 full-time work years. In distribution, the decrease in workload may be at most 50 full-time work years.

 

SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND NOTES

 

 20112010 Change2010 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME STATEMENT, MEURQ1Q1 %Q1-Q4 
REVENUE77.174.4 3.7311.4 
Other operating income0.20.0 1707.70.4 
Materials and services21.8-22.5 -3.5-89.4 
Employee benefits expense30.3-28.6 5.8-117.2 
Depreciation, amortization and
impairment
2.3-2.2 3.0-9.5 
Other operating expenses14.0-12.7 9.6-52.4 
OPERATING PROFIT9.08.2 9.143.4 
Finance income0.50.2 108.61.5 
Finance expenses0.6-0.2 208.0-0.6 
Share of profit of associated companies0.40.3 48.90.7 
PROFIT BEFORE TAX9.38.6 8.645.0 
Income tax2.4-2.3 2.5-11.8 
PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD6.96.3 10.833.2 
       
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME      
Change in translation differences-0.1-0.1 24.70.6 
Share of other comprehensive income of associated companies0.00.3 -98.00.9 
Income tax relating to components of other comprehensive income       
Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax-0.10.2  1.5 
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD6.96.5 5.834.7 
       
Profit for the period attributable to      
Owners of the parent6.66.3  32.8 
Non-controlling interest0.4-0.0  0.3 
       
Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to    
Owners of the parent6.56.5  34.4     
Non-controlling interest0.4-0.0  0.3     
           
Earnings per share calculated from the profit for the period
attributable to the parent company shareholders
          
Earnings per share (basic), EUR0.090.08  0.44     
Earnings per share (diluted), EUR0.090.08  0.44     

 

 

 

BALANCE SHEET, MEURMar 31 2011Mar 31 201031 Dec 2010
ASSETS   
NON-CURRENT ASSETS   
Goodwill30.628.030.4
Other intangible assets10.410.110.5
Tangible assets26.630.927.8
Investments in associated companies34.131.833.6
Other non-current financial assets8.54.211.8
Deferred tax assets0.20.70.2
    
CURRENT ASSETS   
Inventories1.01.01.0
Current tax assets0.40.03.5
Trade receivable and other  receivables28.227.027.0
Other current financial assets3.31.02.3
Cash and cash equivalents26.812.336.3
TOTAL ASSETS170.0147.1184.5
    
    
BALANCE SHEET, MEURMar 31 2011Mar 31 201031 Dec 2010
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   
Share capital45.144.845.0
Share premium reserve5.32.84.7
Foreign currency translation reserve0.3-0.40.4
Retained earnings17.024.362.7
Equity attributable to owners of the parent67.671.5112.8
Non-controlling interest1.80.02.0
TOTAL EQUITY69.471.5114.8
    
LIABILITIES   
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES   
Non-current interest-bearing liabilities2.42.82.4
Deferred tax liabilities2.42.62.4
Pension obligations2.73.02.8
Provisions0.10.20.1
Other financial liabilities1.21.72.5
Other non-current liabilities0.30.00.4
    
CURRENT LIABILITIES   
Current interest-bearing liabilities16.51.71.6
Advances received27.226.213.4
Income tax liability2.41.83.6
Provisions0.80.90.6
Trade and other payables44.534.739.9
TOTAL LIABILITIES100.675.669.7
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES170.0147.1184.5

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGE IN EQUITY      
        
 Attributable to equity holders of the Parent Company  
MEURA BCDEFG
Equity Jan 1 201145.04.70.462.7112.82.0114.8
Profit for the period   6.66.60.46.9
Other comprehensive income  -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Transactions with equity holders of the parent and non-controlling interest       
Dividends paid by parent    -52.4-52.4 -52.4
Dividends paid by subsidiaries     -0.7-0.7
Share-based payments   0.20.2 0.2
Exercised share options0.00.5  0.6 0.6
Business combinations     0.10.1
Equity Mar 31 201145.15.30.317.067.61.869.4
        
 Attributable to equity holders of the Parent Company  
        
MEURABCDEFG
Equity Jan 1 201044.82.8-0.347.494.70.294.9
Profit for the period   6.36.3-0.06.2
Other comprehensive income  -0.10.30.2 0.2
Transactions with equity holders of the parent and non-controlling interest       
Dividends paid by parent    -29.8-29.8 -29.8
Dividends paid by subsidiaries     -0.2-0.2
Share-based payments   0.20.2 0.2
Share of items recognized directly in associated company's equity       
Equity Mar 31 201044.82.8-0.424.371.50.071.5
        
Column headings on Consolidated Statement of Change in Equity    
A=Share capital       
B=Share premium reserve       
C=Translation difference       
D=Retained earnings       
E=Total       
F=Non-controlling interest       
G=Equity total       

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 

 201120102010
CASH FLOW STATEMENT, MEURQ1Q1Q1-Q4
Operating activities   
Profit for the period6.96.333.2
Adjustments4.14.120.3
Change in working capital19.714.15.3
Dividends received0.20.11.0
Interest received0.30.10.3
Interest paid and other finance expenses-0.3-0.1-0.7
Income taxes paid-3.5-2.1-13.2
Net cash flows from operating activities27.522.446.1
    
Investing activities   
Acquisitions of tangible and intangible assets-0.7-0.4-3.3
Proceeds from sale of other investments0.10.00.0
Change in loan receivables0.00.00.1
Acquisition of subsidiaries0.1-0.5-2.3
Acquisition of associated companies-0.3-0.1-0.8
Proceeds from sale of subsidiaries2.10.03.9
Net cash flows from / (used in) investing activities1.3-1.0-2.4
    
Cash flow before financing activities28.821.443.7
    
Financing activities   
Proceeds from exercise of share options0.60.02.1
Current loans taken15.00.00.0
Repayment of current loans-0.4-0.4-1.6
Change in interest-bearing receivables0.00.20.8
Dividends paid-53.2-30.0-30.0
Net cash flows from / (used in) financing activities-38.0-30.2-28.6
    
Change in cash and cash equivalent funds (increase + / decrease -) -9.3-8.815.1
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period36.321.121.1
Effect of change in foreign exchange rates-0.3-0.10.2
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period26.812.336.3

 

 

ACQUIRED BUSINESSES IN 2011

 

In February 2011 Alma Media acquired the majority (51%) of Mascus A/S in Denmark.

 

The goodwill arising at the business combinations is mainly arising from the expected synergies. No change in fair values of the assets was recognized at the acquisition. The acquisition had no major impact on the consolidated financial statements.

 

CONTINGENT CONSIDERATIONS

 

Contingent considerations are classified as financial assets and liabilities recognized at fair value through profit or loss. The amount of the contingent considerations due to the acquisitions and business arrangements in 2010 is based on the revenue and operating profits of the acquired business during 2010-13. The fair values are the estimated final considerations discounted to the balance sheet date. The minimum realizable value of the contingent considerations is 0.2 MEUR.

 

CONTINGENT CONSIDERATION ASSETS 
Intial recognition of the assets8.4
Change in fair value during previous financial years0.8
Considerations, settled in cash-2.1
Change in fair value during the financial year0.2
Fair value of the contingent consideration assets in the end of the period7.3
  
CONTINGENT CONSIDERATION LIABILITY 
Intial recognition of the liability2.8
Change in fair value during previous financial years-0.1
Considerations, settled in cash-0.2
Change in fair value during the financial year0.4
Fair value of the contingent consideration liability in the end of the period2.9

 

 

REVENUE BY GEOGRAPHICAL AREA,201120102010
MEURQ1Q1Q1-Q4
  Finland73.771.3298.4
  Other EU countries3.02.812.1
  Other countries0.30.30.8
Total77.174.4311.4

 

INFORMATION BY SEGMENT

 

The business segments of Alma Media are Newspapers, Kauppalehti Group, Marketplaces and Other operations. The descriptive section of the financial statements presents the revenue and operating profits of the segments and the allocation of the associated companies' results to the reporting segments.

 

The following table presents the assets and liabilities by segment as well as the non-allocated asset and liability items.

 

 

ASSETS BY SEGMENT, MEURMar 31 2011Mar 31 201031 Dec 2010
Newspapers46.142.646.3
Kauppalehti Group43.244.141.3
Marketplaces23.213.321.7
Other operations 23.329.028.5
Non-allocated assets and eliminations34.218.246.7
Total170.0147.1184.5
    
LIABILITIES BY SEGMENT, MEURMar 31 2011Mar 31 201031 Dec 2010
Newspapers39.137.627.4
Kauppalehti Group12.512.510.4
Marketplaces8.14.07.7
Other operations 17.112.714.3
Non-allocated liabilities and
eliminations
23.78.810.0
Total100.675.669.7

 

 201120102010
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE, MEURQ1Q1Q1-Q4
    
  Newspapers0,60,64,0
  Kauppalehti Group0,20,11,4
  Marketplaces0,51,85,6
  Others0,10,41,8
Total1,43,012,9

 

 

PROVISIONS

 

The company's provisions totalled MEUR 0.9 (1.1) on March 31, 2011. The major part of the provisions concern restructuring provisions. It has not been necessary to change the estimates made when the provisions were entered.

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES, MEURMar31
2011
Mar 31 201031 Dec 2010
Other commitments   
  Commitments based on agreements0.11.40.1
    
Minimum lease payments on other lease agreements:   
  Within one year6.66.36.7
  Within 1-5 years21.815.621.1
  After 5 years47.019.348.2
  Total75.441.275.9
    
The Group has purchase agreements that based on IFRIC 4   
include a lease component as per IAS 17. Minimum payments based on these agreements:2.00.11.2

 

Changes in commitments and contingencies are mainly due to the new and prolonged lease contracts made during 2010 for the real estates.

 

Additionally, the company has signed a lease contract for the real estate of the printing facilities. According to the IAS 17 standard, the contract will be recognized as a finance lease contract when the printing facility will be operational. The printing facility is estimated to be operational in early 2013. The balance sheet values recognised in financial year 2013 are expected to be in maximum MEUR 70.

 

DERIVATIVE CONTRACTS, MEURMar 31 2011Mar 31 201031 Dec 2010
Commodity derivate contracts, electricity
derivatives
   
  Fair value *1.1-0.00.3
  Nominal value0.21.01.0
* The fair-value represents the return that would have arisen if the derivative had been cleared on the balance sheet date. 

 

RELATED PARTIES

 

Alma Media Group's related parties are the major shareholders of the parent company, associated companies and companies owned by them. Related parties also include the company's senior management and their related parties (members of the Board of Directors, presidents and the Group Executive Team). The following table summarises the business operations undertaken between Alma Media and its related parties and the status of their receivables and liabilities:

 

 201120102010
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS, MEURQ1Q1Q1-Q4
Sales of goods and services0.10.00.2
Purchases of goods and services1.00.93.6
Trade receivable, loan and other
receivables at the end of reporting period
0.0 0.0
Trade payable at the reporting date0.1 0.1

 

 

OPTION RIGHTS

 

Alma Media has option programmes 2006 and 2009. The programmes are incentive and commitment systems for the company's management.

 

The option programme 2006A has expired.

 

A total of 515,000 options under the 2006B scheme have been issued. Share subscription period for 2006B is April 1, 2009-April 30, 2011. The share subscription price has been reduced annually by the dividend per share, and was 7.55 EUR on March 31, 2011. A total of 77.000 shares have been subscribed to by March 31, 2011 under the programme 2006B.  The management has sold 291,079 2006B options of the total it had in its possession. After the sales the management has 173,921 options in its possession.

 

A total of 520,000 options have been issued under the 2006C programme. Share subscription period for 2006C is April 1, 2010-April 30, 2012. The management has 470,000 options in its possession. The share subscription price has been reduced annually by the dividend per share, and was 7.66 EUR on March 31, 2011. No shares have been subscribed by March 31, 2011 under the programme 2006C.

 

If all the subscription rights are exercised, the programme 2006 will dilute the holdings of the earlier shareholders by 1.13%.

 

Under option programme 2009 a total of 2,130,000 stock options may be granted during 2009-2011, and these may be exercised to subscribe to a maximum of 2,130,000 Alma Media shares. Of the total number of options, 710,000 were marked 2009A, 710,000 were marked 2009B and 710,000 were marked 2009C.

 

A total of 640,000 options have been issued under the 2009A programme. Share subscription period for 2009A is April 1, 2012-April 30, 2014. The management has 610,000 options in its possession. The share subscription price has been reduced annually by the dividend per share, and was 4.11 EUR on March 31, 2011.

 

A total of 610,000 options have been issued under the 2009B programme. Share subscription period for 2009B is April 1, 2013-April 30, 2015. The management has 610,000 options in its possession. The share subscription price has been reduced annually by the dividend per share, and was 6.63 EUR on March 31, 2011.

 

No options under the programme 2009C have been granted yet.

 

If all the subscription rights are exercised, the programmes 2006 and 2009 will dilute the holdings of the earlier shareholders at least by 2.73%.

 

 

QUARTERLY INFORMATION         
          
 201120102010201020102009200920092009
MEURQ1Q4Q3Q2Q1Q4Q3Q2Q1
Revenue         
Newspapers53,858,153,555,452,255,951,755,552,4
Kauppalehti Group13,916,113,314,414,115,814,616,016,2
Marketplaces9,18,47,98,27,66,56,27,07,2
Other operations19,620,419,619,319,318,317,718,418,2
Eliminations-19,3-19,9-19,0-18,7-18,8-17,6-17,2-17,6-17,6
REVENUE77,183,075,278,774,479,073,079,376,4
Total expenses excluding non-recurring items         
Newspapers47,249,245,446,545,347,344,846,246,5
Kauppalehti Group12,714,410,911,912,513,912,314,615,3
Marketplaces7,78,47,08,37,66,86,17,37,4
Other operations19,619,917,719,619,517,415,416,917,4
TOTAL EXPENSES EXCLUDING NON-RECURRING ITEMS67,872,061,967,766,167,861,367,269,1
Operating profit excluding non-recurring items         
Newspapers6,78,78,29,26,98,66,99,45,9
Kauppalehti Group1,21,72,42,51,52,02,31,60,9
Marketplaces1,50,00,9-0,10,1-0,30,2-0,2-0,2
Other operations-0,10,51,9-0,3-0,31,02,41,50,9
OPERATING PROFIT EXCLUDING NON-RECURRING ITEMS9,311,013,411,38,311,311,712,27,5
% of revenue         
Newspapers12,415,015,316,513,315,413,416,811,3
Kauppalehti Group8,610,818,217,311,012,515,59,75,6
Marketplaces16,20,210,9-1,51,2-4,52,4-3,2-2,6
Other operations-0,32,39,7-1,5-1,45,213,48,04,7
% OF REVENUE12,113,217,814,311,214,316,015,39,8
Non-recurring items         
Newspapers-0,5-0,20,10,0-0,10,2-0,4-0,1-0,7
Kauppalehti Group0,00,00,00,00,00,40,0-0,1-0,3
Marketplaces0,2-0,10,3-0,5-0,1-1,0-0,10,00,0
Other operations0,00,0-0,20,20,10,00,00,00,0
NON-RECURRING ITEMS-0,3-0,30,2-0,4-0,1-0,5-0,5-0,2-1,0
Operating profit           
Newspapers6,28,58,39,26,98,86,59,25,2
Kauppalehti Group1,21,72,42,51,52,32,31,40,6
Marketplaces1,60,01,1-0,70,0-1,30,0-0,2-0,2
Other operations-0,10,51,7-0,1-0,11,02,41,50,9
OPERATING PROFIT9,010,713,610,98,210,811,111,96,5
Finance income0,51,00,10,20,20,10,10,20,4
Finance expenses-0,60,0-0,3-0,2-0,2-0,3-0,2-0,2-0,5
Share of profit of associated companies0,40,4-0,10,10,30,1-0,1-0,40,1
PROFIT BEFORE TAX9,312,113,411,08,610,810,911,56,5
Income tax-2,4-2,9-3,5-3,1-2,3-3,1-3,2-3,3-2,0
PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD6,99,29,87,86,37,77,78,34,7

 

 

MAIN ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES (IFRS)

 

This interim report has been prepared according to IFRS standards (IAS 34). The release applies the same accounting principles and calculation methods as the annual accounts dated December 31, 2010, with the exception of the standards and interpretations applied from January 2011 as listed below. The interim report does not, however, contain all the information or notes to the accounts included in the annual financial statements. This interim report should therefore be read in conjunction with the company's financial statements for 2010. The accounting principles of the financial years 2011 and 2010 are comparable. The company has no discontinued operations to report in the 2010-2011 financial periods.

 

The key indicators are calculated using the same formulae as applied in the previous annual financial statements. The quarterly percentages of Return on Investment (ROI) and Return on Equity (ROE) have been annualised using the formula ((1+quarterly return)4)-1). The figures in this financial statement release are independently rounded.

 

The Group has applied the following standards and interpretations from January 1, 2011:

 

IAS 24 Related Party Disclosures (revised)
IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation: Classification of Right Issues
IFRIC 14 IAS 19 The Limit of a Defined Benefit Assets, Minimum Funding Requirements and their Interaction
IFRIC 19 Extinguishing Financial Liabilities with Equity Instruments

 

The impact of the above new standards and IFRIC interpretations on the Group has been marginal.

 

The figures in this interim report are unaudited.

 

SEASONALITY

 

The Group recognizes its circulation revenues as paid. For this reason circulation revenues accrue in the income statement fairly evenly during the four quarters of the year. The bulk of circulation invoicing takes place at the beginning of the year and therefore the cash flow from operating activities is strongest in the first and second quarters. This also affects the company's balance sheet position in different quarters.

 

GENERAL STATEMENT

 

This report contains certain statements that are estimates based on the management's best knowledge at the time they were made. For this reason they contain a certain amount of risk and uncertainty. The estimates may change in the event of significant changes in the general economic conditions.

 

NEXT INTERIM REPORT

 

Alma Media will publish its interim report for January-July, 2011 on Friday, July 22, 2011, approximately at 9 a.m.

 

ALMA MEDIA CORPORATION
Board of Directors

 

  • Date: 29.4.2011, 10:59
  • News type: Stock exchange release

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