2002 Results

Category

Finance

Paris, March 17, 2003

At its meeting on March 14th, 2003, the Supervisory Board reviewed the Full Year 2002 Financial Statements of LAGARDERE SCA.

CONSOLIDATED REVENUE

The consolidated revenue for the year 2002 attained 13,216 M€ (compared to 2001 revenue of 13,295 M€).

  • Lagardère Media revenue rose 5.6% (7.8% on a comparable basis) to 8,095 M€. This increase comes from the solid performance realized by the “Distribution & Services”, “Lagardere Active” and “Book” divisions.
  • Matra Automobile sales declined by 31.4%. The Espace minivan production was phased out in October 2002. In addition to that, the Espace experienced, for the months before, a significant erosion of its market share that is typical for a model that has reached the end of its cycle. Launched at the end of 2001, the new Avantime vehicle has not enjoyed the anticipated commercial success. Volumes delivered in 2002 are materially below expectations -including for the second half despite the entire product range being on the market.
    Lancée fin 2001, l’Avantime n’a pas rencontré le succès commercial attendu. Les quantités livrées au cours de l’exercice 2002 sont sensiblement inférieures aux prévisions -y compris sur le second semestre, en dépit d’une gamme produits désormais complète.
  • Full year 2002 EADS revenue was in line with its target of reaching a level close to 2001. The slight decline came, as expected, from the Airbus branch which delivered 303 aircrafts versus 325 the year before.

CONSOLIDATED OPERATING INCOME

  • Lagardère Media Operating Income

    Lagardère Media contributed +385 M€ of operating income, and grew by 9%. Excluding the additional three months in 2001 (December close instead of a September close historically) of the “Lagardere Active Broadcast” activity (“Radio” and “Audiovisual”), the operating income growth for Lagardère Media is 15.6%.

    “Hachette Livre” achieved an excellent performance in nearly all the publishing segments in France as well as in the U.K. with its operating income growing by +40%.

    “Lagardere Active” continued improving its results. Following the return to profitability in 2001, margins increased significantly in 2002. During the second half, the radio business segment benefited from the recovery in the advertising market. Moreover, the losses generated by the “Lagardere Active Broadband” branch (digital activities excluding Radio and Television) were once again significantly reduced.

    Given its strong internal growth, notably in its national distribution activity (particularly in the US and in Spain) and despite the Virgin Megastore Network related development costs, “Hachette Distribution Services” increased its operating income by nearly 9%.

    The US advertising market gradually showed signs of recovery in 2002, but was still in decline on a full year basis. Up against this unfavourable economic conditions, “Hachette Filipacchi Médias” managed to increase its operating income margin (9.1% versus 8.7% in 2001), as the result of the continued implementation of the profitability improvement plan.

In conclusion, across these globally more difficult markets, the significant increase in operating income of Lagardère Media reflects the intrinsic qualities of its lines of businesses (first class competitive positions, strong internationalisation, balance cyclical and non cyclical activities) and the solid execution of the organic growth and profitability improvement plans.

  • Other activities Operating Income

    In 2002, LAGARDERE SCA consolidated proportionally the EADS Group Income Statement at 15.10% and its Balance Sheet Statement at 15.07%.

    The EADS accounts have been restated in order to comply with LAGARDERE SCA French GAAP.

    Despite a difficult environment, especially for the civil aviation market and the space industry, EADS achieved its operational performance objective, that is an EBIT (Earnings before Interest and Taxes, pre-goodwill amortization and exceptionals) over 1.4 billion euros.

    In total, the EADS contribution to the LAGARDERE SCA consolidated accounts was +63 M€ in operating income (compared to +104 M€ in 2001). This decline derives, as expected, from the Airbus branch which delivered 303 aircrafts versus 325 the year before.

    The Automobile segment reported an Operating Income of +7 M€ (versus +66 M€ prior year). The automobile Segment faced a steep and strong decline of its activities. This decrease stems from the end of the Espace model (Third generation), which production was stopped in October 2002 and from the commercial failure of the Avantime. At the end of February 2003, the decision was taken to stop the production of the Avantime.

The Consolidated Operating Income for 2002 amounts to +440 M€ (versus +514 M€ in 2001).

INTEREST EXPENSE

The Interest Expense in 2002 was -331 M€ versus -15 M€ for 2001. The 2002 figure includes an additional provision for depreciation of the T-Online shares of -278 M€ before taxes (complementary to the -157 M€ before taxes 2001 depreciation). The 2001 figure included the gain recorded on the sale of the EADS “Excess Shares” in 2001 (+ 210 M€).

Excluding these non-recurring amounts, the financial expense decreased to -53 M€ (versus -68 M€ in 2001) primarily as a result of the reduction of the cost of debt.

NON OPERATING INCOME (EXPENSE)

Non operating expense of -371 M€ in 2002 includes -266 M€ from Matra Automobile for the restructuring operations implemented in 2002 and the exit related costs.

It also reflects the impairment of goodwill and other intangibles for -40 M€, restructuring charges for -38 M€ (essentially media activities), and a -21 M€ EADS contribution.

INCOME TAXES

The income tax is a positive 143 M€ in 2002. This reflects a profit of +195 M€ , related to the reduction in the provision for the capital gains tax accrued following the sale of Club Internet in April 2000.
This adjustment is primarily the result of the reduction of the capital gain tax rate to the long term rate of 20.2%. The original provision was established based on the short term capital gains tax rate of 36.43%. This tax will come due when the T-Online shares will be sold. It is now certain that the shares will not be sold before end of April 2003 which means that the group will benefit from the reduced capital gains tax rate.

GOODWILL AMORTIZATION and MINORITY INTERESTS in Net Income do not present any significant variances.

INCOME FROM COMPANIES (ASSOCIATES) CONSOLIDATED BY THE EQUITY METHOD

This line amounts to -33 M€ versus +77 M€ in 2001.
It includes a depreciation of the MultiThématiques stake for -68 M€.
The CanalSatellite contribution has increased to +16.5 M€ (compared to +11 M€ in 2001 -before non recurring items of +39 M€).

In summary, the Consolidated Net Loss is -291 M€ (compared to +616 M€ Net Income in 2001).

 

2002

2001

In millions of Euros

Lagardère
excluding EADS

EADS

Total Lagardère

Lagardère excluding EADS

EADS

Total Lagardère

Consolidated Revenue

8,877

4,339

13,216

8,810

4,486

13,295

Operating Income

377

63

440

410

104

514

Interest Expense

(302)

(29)

(331)

(4)

(11)

(15)

Operating Income after Interest Expense

75

34

108

406

93

499

Non Operating Income / (loss) (Expense)

(350)

(21)

(371)

(109)

462

353

Preferred Remuneration

(11)

(11)

(14)

(14)

Income Tax

163

(20)

143

(102)

(66)

(168)

Goodwill Amortization

(79)

(46)

(125)

(75)

(46)

(121)

Net Income before Minority Interests and Associates

(201)

(53)

(254)

106

444

550

Income from Associates

(53)

20

(33)

58

19

77

Minority Interests

(8)

4

(4)

(18)

7

(11)

Net Income (Loss)

(262)

(29)

(291) (*)

146

470

616

(*) Excluding EADS contribution, LAGARDERE Consolidated Net Income, after neutralizing the impacts from Matra Automobile and the T-Online stake, is +67 M€ in 2002 -stable with 2001 (+70 M€), when restated on the same basis (and excluding the net capital gain realized on EADS “excess shares”).

 

2002

2001

Net Income (Loss) excl. EADS

(262)

146

Matra Automobile impact neutralization

246

(34)

T-Online impact neutralization

83

130

EADS “Excess Shares” impact neutralization

_

(172)

Net Income – adjusted

67

70

BALANCE SHEET

The net bank debt at 2002 year end of 1,394 M€ includes the December 2002 financing of the ongoing Vivendi Universal Publishing assets acquisition of 1.2 billion euros. The net bank debt is to be compared with the Consolidated Net Worth of 3,914 M€.

DIVIDEND

The Company’s managing partners decided to propose at the General Shareholders Meeting a net dividend of 0.82 € / share (plus a tax credit of 0,41 €) identical to the prior year distribution.

(*) This rate is calculated using comparable accounting periods (January to December 2002 versus January to December 2001).
Including the impact of the additional 3 months of activity in 2001 for Lagardere Active Broadcast (Dec. close instead of a Sept. close historically), Lagardère Media published operating income growth is 9%.

Press Contacts :

Thierry Funck-Brentano - Tel : 33 1 40 69 16 34 - tfb@lagardere.fr

Arnaud Molinié - Tel : 33 1 40 69 16 72 - amolinie@lagardere.fr

Investor Relations Contact :

Alain Lemarchand - Tel : 33 1 40 69 18 02 - alemarchand@lagardere.fr

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