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Vopak reports on 2016 and sets direction towards growth and productivity improvement
Highlights for the year 2016 -excluding exceptional items-:
- EBITDA increased by 1% to EUR 822 million (2015: EUR 812 million).
- Adjusted for currency translation effects and divestments in 2015 and early 2016, EBITDA increased by 7%.
- EBIT increased by 1% to EUR 558 million (2015: EUR 556 million).
- Net profit attributable to holders of ordinary shares of EUR 326 million was in line with prior year (2015: EUR 325 million). Earnings per ordinary share (EPS) of EUR 2.56 was comparable to prior year (2015: EUR 2.55).
- Cash Flow Return On Gross Assets (CFROGA) after tax was 10.5% in line with prior year (2015: 10.4%).
- Worldwide storage capacity on a 100% basis increased by 0.4 million cbm to 34.7 million cbm compared to year-end 2015, despite the completed divestments of the UK assets and the Japan terminals.
A dividend of EUR 1.05 (2015: EUR 1.00) per ordinary share, payable in cash, will be proposed during the Annual General Meeting on 19 April 2017.
- Total exceptional gain before finance costs and taxation amounts to EUR 201 million (2015: loss of EUR 6 million) which mainly comprises of the divestment of the UK assets and an impairment in the EMEA division.
2016 was a year in which we celebrated our 400-year history. A milestone for our company. Instilling a sense of pride in all of us. Our 2016 results show that we are on the right track in our pursuit of leadership in our industry. We operated the Group's network above 90% occupancy levels, accomplished better safety performance levels, higher customer satisfaction scores and an employee engagement score at par with high performance companies in the survey database. Regretfully, the new year started with a fatal accident involving a contractor at one of our terminals in Belgium. This tragic incident reminds us again that ensuring a safe workplace for all, is our first priority.
- Vopak is well-positioned to take several investment decisions in the 2017-2019 period to capture growth.
- In addition to growth capex and in line with the previous 2014-2016 capex program,
- Vopak aims to spend a maximum of approximately EUR 750 million on sustaining and service improvement capex for the period 2017-2019.
- To support margin developments, Vopak aims to drive further productivity through organizational and operational efficiency resulting, among others, in a reduction of the cost base with at least EUR 25 million by 2019.
- Vopak has decided to invest approximately EUR 100 million in the period 2017-2019 in new technology and innovation programs as well as replacing its IT systems.
After carefully assessing the likelihood and timing of new expansion projects, we have clarity on our ability to take several investment decisions in the 2017-2019 period and thereafter. Based on extensive market studies, and as explained during the 2016 Capital Markets Day, we see clear growth opportunities resulting from the growing global demand for plastics, chemicals, food and agricultural products, as well as an increasing demand for energy, particularly in non-OECD countries. We will continue directing our business development efforts even more on chemical (industrial) terminals and gas markets, through regasification assets, while pursuing oil related opportunities in emerging markets. Regions of specific interest for growth include the Americas, Middle East and Asia.
In the last years Vopak has focused on effectiveness of its organization, processes and assets. With this foundation in place, Vopak seeks now to further improve its efficiency. New technologies will enable this by speeding up operations, increasing safety and improving services for our customers. We will accelerate investments to experiment with new technologies and, if attractive, scale these capabilities to our network. We aim to leverage on the maturity levels of our enhanced functional capabilities to increase productivity and improve organizational efficiency to support margin developments.
During the period 2017-2019, Vopak anticipates volatility in energy, commodity, financial markets and unpredictable geopolitical developments. Notwithstanding inherent short-term effects, Vopak believes it will be able to continue its long-term growth journey and positive EPS development while maintaining a Cash Flow Return On Gross Assets after tax (CFROGA) between 9% and 11%.
With a solid foundation we are overall well-positioned to successfully set out in our strategic direction for the period 2017-2019 towards disciplined capacity growth and productivity improvements.
Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Royal Vopak
For more information please contact:
Liesbeth Lans, Manager external communications
Telephone: +31 (0)10 400 2777
Investor Relations contact:
Chiel Rietvelt, Head of Investor Relations
Telephone: +31 (0)10 400 2776
The analysts' presentation will be given via an on-demand video webcast on Vopak's corporate website www.vopak.com starting at 11:00 AM CET on 17 February 2017.
Annual report 2016 and financial statements
The Annual Report 2016 and financial statements, prepared by the Executive Board and to be presented to the Annual General Meeting of 19 April 2017 for adoption, are published on Vopak's website (www.vopak.com/investors/reports-and-presentation).
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