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Thursday 23 April, 2020

Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation’s Interim Report for January 1 – March 31, 2020: Operating profit nearly doubled, strong cash flow

Suominen Corporation’s Interim Report for January 1 – March 31, 2020: Operating profit nearly doubled, strong cash flow

Suominen Corporation’s Interim Report on April 23, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. (EEST)

Suominen Corporation’s Interim Report for January 1 – March 31, 2020:
Operating profit nearly doubled, strong cash flow


KEY FIGURES

  1-3/ 1-3/ 1-12/
  2020 2019 2019
Net sales, EUR million 110.2 109.8 411.4
EBITDA 11.3 9.3 33.7
EBITDA, % 10.2 8.5 8.2
Comparable operating profit, EUR million 5.7 3.0 8.1
Comparable operating profit, % 5.1 2.7 2.0
Operating profit, EUR million 5.7 3.0 8.1
Profit for the period, EUR million 3.5 1.1 0.2
Cash flow from operations, EUR million 9.4 -2.4 29.9
Earnings per share, basic, EUR 0.06 0.02 0.00
Cash flow from operations per share, EUR 0.16 -0.04 0.52
Return on invested capital, rolling 12 months, %  4.8 2.9 3.7
Gearing, % 43.7 68.3 50.7


In this financial report, figures shown in brackets refer to the comparison period last year if not otherwise stated.

January–March 2020 in brief:

- Net sales increased by 0.4% and amounted to EUR 110.2 million (109.8)
- Operating profit nearly doubled to EUR 5.7 million (3.0)
- Cash flow from operations improved to EUR 9.4 million (-2.4)

Outlook for 2020 updated

Suominen expects that in 2020 its comparable operating profit will improve clearly from 2019. However, it should be noted that the result estimate for the second half of the year is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Suominen’s operating profit amounted to EUR 8.1 million. In financial years 2020 and 2019 Suominen had no items affecting the comparability of the operating profit.

Previous outlook for 2020 on January 29, 2020:
Suominen expects that in 2020 its comparable operating profit will improve from 2019. In 2019, Suominen’s operating profit amounted to EUR 8.1 million.

Petri Helsky, President & CEO:

“Suominen’s operating profit nearly doubled to EUR 5.7 million (3.0) in the first quarter of 2020, mainly due to higher sales volumes, improved production efficiency, better raw material efficiency, and favorable raw material prices. The growth investment project concluded last year at our plant in Green Bay, WI, USA, was one of the factors enabling higher output. Currencies had a negative impact of EUR 0.6 million.

Our net sales remained at the same level as in the comparison period and amounted to EUR 110.2 million (109.8). Sales volumes increased but sales prices decreased following the lower raw material prices. The positive impact from currencies on net sales was EUR 1.4 million.

The COVID-19 pandemic increased sales volumes in all our markets towards the end of the quarter and in the short term the higher demand is expected to continue. However in the second half of the year this COVID-19 caused demand surge may already have calmed down. In the longer term the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to continued increased demand for nonwovens for cleaning and disinfection applications. The main risks posed by the pandemic for Suominen are possible shortages of raw materials, potential closures of customers’ or our own plants due to virus infections or authority decisions, and issues linked to logistics. So far we have been able to run our operations with limited impacts. This has been enabled by implementing, at a very early stage, strict safety procedures to minimize the risk of infection at workplace. Also the authorities have classified our nonwovens production as essential in fighting the pandemic in the jurisdictions where other business activities have been shut down. Regarding the raw material risks, we continuously monitor our raw material supply closely and we have identified risk mitigation measures such as utilization of supplementary raw material sources.  

We have made progress in line with our new strategy which was published in January 2020. One of the cornerstones of our new strategy is sustainability and to strengthen our leadership in sustainable nonwovens we have concluded a multi-year commercial cooperation agreement with Ahlstrom-Munksjö regarding our products made at the Ställdalen plant in Sweden. We also announced an investment to enhance one of our production lines in Italy. Both of these actions will increase our ability to respond to the growing demand for sustainable nonwovens.

During the quarter we received the first Fine to Flush certification granted to a nonwovens substrate manufacturer from Water UK with our HYDRASPUN® Royal, which is a dispersible nonwoven material especially designed for moist toilet tissues. Our HYDRASPUN® product line was the first dispersible product in the market, and producing sustainable, dispersible products is one of our core competencies.

Financially the year has started well and now our full focus is on keeping our people safe and healthy, supporting our customers, and continuing to implement our new strategy.”

NET SALES

In January–March 2020, Suominen’s net sales increased by 0.4% from the comparison period to EUR 110.2 million (109.8). Sales volumes increased but sales prices decreased following the lower raw material prices. The positive impact from currencies on net sales was EUR 1.4 million.

Suominen has two business areas, Americas and Europe. Net sales of the Americas business area were EUR 73.2 million (68.3) and net sales of the Europe business area were EUR 37.1 million (41.5).

OPERATING PROFIT AND RESULT

Operating profit nearly doubled from the corresponding period in the previous year and amounted to EUR 5.7 million (3.0) mainly due to higher sales volumes, improved production efficiency, better raw material efficiency, and favorable raw material prices. Currencies had a negative impact of EUR 0.6 million.

Profit before income taxes was EUR 3.7 million (1.7), and profit for the reporting period was EUR 3.5 million (1.1).  Corporate income taxes were positively impacted by the US tax reliefs enacted in the first quarter as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FINANCING

The Group’s net interest-bearing liabilities at nominal value amounted to EUR 59.3 million (91.4) at the end of the review period. The gearing ratio was 43.7% (68.3%) and the equity ratio 43.1% (39.9%).

In January–March, net financial expenses were EUR -1.9 million (-1.3), or 1.8% (1.2%) of net sales. Fluctuations in exchange rates increased the financial items by EUR 0.7 million. In the comparison period the fluctuations in exchange rates decreased the financial items by EUR 0.3 million. In addition, a bad debt provision based on expected credit losses totaling EUR 0.1 million was recognized from loan receivables.  

Cash flow from operations was EUR 9.4 million (-2.4), representing a cash flow per share of EUR 0.16 (-0.04). The improvement in the cash flow from operations was mainly due to the improved result and change in net working capital. Additional EUR 0.9 million was tied up in working capital (in Q1 2019: tied up additional EUR 10.4 million).

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

The gross capital expenditure totaled EUR 0.8 million (3.8) and was mainly related to normal maintenance investments.

Depreciation and amortization for the review period amounted to EUR 5.6 million (6.3).

PROGRESS IN SUSTAINABILITY

A safe workplace is one of our top priorities. We have strong focus on safety and accident prevention, and our long term target is to have zero lost-time accidents. In the first quarter of 2020 zero LTAs occurred at Suominen sites.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken strict proactive measures to protect our employees’ safety and wellbeing and to ensure our operations can be run safely.

As part of its Annual Report 2019 published on February 26, 2020 Suominen reported on the progress of its sustainability performance in 2019. Suominen's sustainability reporting in 2019 is in accordance with the Core option of the GRI Standards from the Global Reporting Initiative.

INFORMATION ON SHARES AND SHARE CAPITAL

Share capital

The number of Suominen’s registered shares was 58,259,219 shares on March 31, 2020, equaling to a share capital of EUR 11,860,056.00.


Share trading and price

The number of Suominen Corporation shares traded on Nasdaq Helsinki from January 1 to March 31,  2020 was 1,404,870 shares, accounting for 2.4% of the average number of shares (excluding treasury shares). The highest price was EUR 2.65, the lowest EUR 2.00 and the volume-weighted average price EUR 2.27. The closing price at the end of review period was EUR 2.45. The market capitalization (excluding treasury shares) was EUR 140.9 million on March 31, 2020.

Treasury shares

On March 31, 2020, Suominen Corporation held 729,351 treasury shares.

The portion of the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors which shall be paid in shares

The Annual General Meeting held on March 19, 2020 decided that 60% of the annual remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors is paid in cash and 40% in Suominen Corporation’s shares.

The number of shares forming the remuneration portion which is payable in shares will be determined based on the share value in the stock exchange trading maintained by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd, calculated as the trade volume weighted average quotation of the share during the one month period immediately following the date on which the Interim Report of January‒March 2020 of the company is published. The shares will be given out of the own shares held by the company by the decision of the Board of Directors by May 31, 2020 at the latest.

Share-based incentive plans for the management and key employees

The Group management and key employees participate in the company’s share-based incentive plan. The plans are described in detail in the Financial Statements 2019 and in the Remuneration Statement 2019, available on the company’s website www.suominen.fi.

Share-based Incentive Plan 2019-2021

The Board of Directors of Suominen Corporation approved on January 30, 2019 a new share-based incentive plan for the Group management and Group key employees. The aim of the new plan is to combine the objectives of the shareholders and the persons participating in the plan in order to increase the value of the company in the long-term, to bind the participants to the company, and to offer them competitive reward plans based on earning and accumulating the company´s shares. The new plan is a continuation of the share-based incentive plan, resolved by the Board of Directors in December 2017.

The new three-year earnings period of the plan includes calendar years 2019–2021. The Board of Directors decides on the plan’s performance criteria and required performance levels for each criterion at the beginning of an earnings period. The plan is directed to approximately 20 people.

The potential reward of the plan from the performance period 2019–2021 will be based on the relative Total Shareholder Return (TSR). The rewards to be paid on the basis of the performance period 2019–2021 correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 729,000 Suominen Corporation shares (including also the proportion to be settled in cash). The Board of Directors will be entitled to reduce the rewards agreed in the Performance Share Plan if the limits set by the Board of Directors for the share price are reached.

The potential rewards from the performance periods 2019–2021 will be settled partly in the company’s shares and partly in cash in 2022. The cash proportion is intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the participant. As a rule, no reward will be paid, if a participant´s employment or service ends before the reward payment.

A member of the Corporate Executive Team must hold 50% of the net number of shares given on the basis of the plan, as long as his or her shareholding in total corresponds to the value of half of his or her annual gross salary. The President & CEO of the Company must hold 50% of the net number of shares given on the basis of the plan, as long as his or her shareholding in total corresponds to the value of his or her annual gross salary. Such number of shares must be held as long as the participant’s employment or service in a group company continues.

Matching Restricted Share Plan 2019-2021

The Board of Directors of Suominen Corporation approved on June 4, 2019 a new share-based incentive plan for selected Group key employees. The aim is to align the objectives of the shareholders and key employees in order to increase the value of the Company in the long-term, to retain key employees at the Company, and to offer them a competitive reward plan that is based on acquiring, receiving and accumulating the company´s shares.

The Matching Restricted Share Plan is directed to selected key employees in the Suominen Group. The prerequisite for receiving a reward from the plan is that a participant acquires the company’s shares, amounting to the number resolved by the Board.

If the prerequisites set for a participant have been fulfilled and his or her employment or service in a company belonging to the Suominen Group is in force at the time of the reward payment, he or she will receive matching shares as a reward.

The plan includes vesting periods, the duration of which is resolved by the Board. The potential reward will be paid partly in shares and partly in cash after a vesting period. The cash proportion is intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the rewards to the plan participants.

The prerequisite for reward payment is that a participant’s employment or service is in force upon reward payment. The plan rewards to be allocated in 2019–2021 will amount to a maximum total of 200,000 Suominen Corporation shares including also the proportion to be paid in cash.

New earnings period for management's and key employees' incentive plan

On January 29, 2020 Suominen announced that the Board of Directors of Suominen resolved to continue Group management’s and key employees’ share-based incentive plan with a new earnings period.

The new three-year earnings period of the Performance Share Plan includes calendar years 2020-2022 and is directed to approximately 20 people.

The potential reward of the Plan from the performance period 2020–2022 will be based on the Relative Total Shareholder Return (TSR). The rewards to be paid on the basis of the performance period 2020–2022 correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 893,000 Suominen Corporation shares (including also the proportion to be paid in cash). The Board of Directors will be entitled to reduce the rewards agreed in the Performance Share Plan if the limits set by the Board of Directors for the share price are reached.

The potential rewards from the performance period 2020–2022 will be paid partly in the company’s shares and partly in cash in 2023. The cash proportion is intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the participant. As a rule, no reward will be paid, if a participant’s employment or service ends before the reward payment.

A member of the Executive Team must hold 50 % of the net number of shares given on the basis of the plan, as long as his or her shareholding in total corresponds to the value of half of his or her annual gross salary. The President & CEO of the company must hold 50 % of the net number of shares given on the basis of the plan, as long as his or her shareholding in total corresponds to the value of his or her annual gross salary. Such number of shares must be held as long as the participant’s employment or service in a group company continues.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Suominen Corporation was held on March 19, 2020.

The AGM adopted the Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial Statements for the financial year 2019 and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the President & CEO from liability for the financial year 2019. The AGM approved the Remuneration Policy for the governing bodies.

The AGM decided, in accordance with the proposal by the Board of Directors, that a dividend of EUR 0.05 per share will be paid.

The AGM confirmed the remuneration of the Board of Directors. The Chair will be paid an annual fee of EUR 66,000 and the Deputy Chair and other Board members an annual fee of EUR 31,000. Chair of the Audit Committee will be paid an additional fee of EUR 10,000. Further, the members of the Board will receive a fee for each Board and Committee meeting as follows: EUR 500 for each meeting held in the home country of the respective member, EUR 1,000 for each meeting held elsewhere than in the home country of the respective member and EUR 250 for each meeting held as telephone conference.
60% of the remuneration is paid in cash and 40% in Suominen Corporation’s shares. Compensation for expenses is paid in accordance with the company's valid travel policy.

The AGM decided that the number of Board members remains unchanged at six (6). Mr. Jan Johansson was re-elected as Chair of the Board of Directors and Mr. Andreas Ahlström, Ms. Sari Pajari and Ms. Laura Raitio were re-elected as members of the Board. Mr. Björn Borgman and Ms. Nina Linander were elected as new members of the Board.

Ernst & Young Oy, Authorised Public Accountant firm, was re-elected as the auditor of the company for the next term of office in accordance with the Articles of Association. Ernst & Young Oy appointed Mr. Toni Halonen, Authorised Public Accountant, as the principally responsible auditor of the company.

The AGM authorized the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the company’s own shares and to resolve on the issuance of shares and granting of options and the issuance of special rights entitling to shares. The terms and conditions of the authorization are explained later in this interim report.

Suominen published a stock exchange release on March 19, 2020 concerning the resolutions of the Annual General Meeting and the organizing meeting of the Board of Directors. The stock exchange release and an introduction of the new Board members can be viewed on Suominen’s website at www.suominen.fi.

In compliance with the resolution of the Annual General Meeting, on April 3, 2020 Suominen paid out dividends of EUR 2.9 million for 2019, corresponding to EUR 0.05 per share.

Organizing meeting and permanent committees of the Board of Directors

In its organizing meeting held after the AGM, the Board of Directors elected Andreas Ahlström as Deputy Chair of the Board.

The Board of Directors elected from among its members the members for the Audit Committee and Personnel and Remuneration Committee. Nina Linander was elected as the Chair of the Audit Committee and Andreas Ahlström and Laura Raitio were re-elected as members. Jan Johansson was re-elected as the Chair of the Personnel and Remuneration Committee and Sari Pajari was re-elected as a member. Björn Borgman was elected as a new member to the Personnel and Remuneration Committee.

Authorizations of the Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on March 19, 2020 authorized the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase a maximum of 400,000 of the company’s own shares. The company’s own shares shall be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the holdings of the shareholders by using the non-restricted equity through trading on regulated market organized by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd at the market price prevailing at the time of acquisition. The shares shall be repurchased and paid in accordance with the rules of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd and Euroclear Finland Ltd. The shares shall be repurchased to be used in company’s share-based incentive programs, in order to disburse the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors, for use as consideration in acquisitions related to the company’s business, or to be held by the company, to be conveyed by other means or to be cancelled. The Board of Directors shall decide on other terms and conditions related to the repurchase of the company’s own shares. The repurchase authorization shall be valid until June 30, 2021 and it revokes all earlier authorizations to repurchase company’s own shares.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on March 19, 2020 authorized the Board of Directors to decide on issuing new shares and/or conveying the company’s own shares held by the company and/or granting options and other special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act. New shares may be issued, and the company’s own shares may be conveyed to the company’s shareholders in proportion to their current shareholdings in the company; or by waiving the shareholder’s pre-emption right, through a directed share issue if the company has a weighty financial reason to do so, such as, for example, using the shares as consideration in possible acquisitions or other arrangements related to the company’s business, as financing for investments, using shares as part of the company’s incentive program or using the shares for disbursing the portion of the Board members’ remuneration that is to be paid in shares. The new shares may also be issued without payment to the company itself. New shares may be issued and/or company’s own shares held by the company or its group company may be conveyed at the maximum amount of 5,000,000 shares in aggregate.

The Board of Directors may grant options and other special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Companies Act, which carry the right to receive against payment new shares or own shares held by the company. The right may also be granted to the company’s creditor in such a manner that the right is granted on condition that the creditor’s receivable is used to set off the subscription price (“Convertible Bond”). However, options and other special rights referred to in Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Companies Act cannot be granted as part of the company’s remuneration plan.


The maximum number of new shares that may be subscribed and own shares held by the company that may be conveyed by virtue of the options and other special rights granted by the company is 5,000,000 shares in total which number is included in the maximum number stated above.


The authorizations shall revoke all earlier authorizations regarding share issue and issuance of special rights entitling to shares. The Board of Directors shall decide on all other terms and conditions related to the authorizations. The authorizations shall be valid until June 30, 2021.

CHANGES IN THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

Suominen announced on March 19, 2020 that Ernesto Levy, SVP Americas business area and member of the Executive Team will leave Suominen on April 6, 2020. Process to recruit a successor has already been initiated. Lynda Kelly will act as interim SVP, Americas business area in addition to her role as SVP, Business Development.

NOTIFICATIONS UNDER CHAPTER 9, SECTION 5 OF THE SECURITIES MARKET ACT

During the review period Suominen received no notifications under Chapter 9, Section 5 of the Securities Market Act.

BUSINESS RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

Manufacturing risks
Suominen has production plants in several European countries, United States and Brazil. Interruptions at the plants caused for example by machinery breakdown can cause production losses and delivery problems. Ongoing maintenance and investments aiming to extend the lifetime of the assets are an essential part of ensuring the operational efficiency of the existing production lines.

Suominen’s operations could be disrupted due to abrupt and unforeseen events beyond the company's control, such as power outages or fire and water damage. Suominen may not be able to control such events through predictive actions, which could lead to interruptions in business. Risks of this type are insured in order to guarantee the continuity of operations. As Suominen has valid damage and business interruption insurance, it is expected that the damage would be compensated, and the financial losses caused by the interruption of business would be covered.

The main risks to our manufacturing posed by COVID-19 pandemic are the potential closures of our plants due to virus infections or authority decisions. So far we have been able to run our operations with limited impacts. This has been enabled by implementing, at a very early stage, strict safety procedures to minimize the risk of infection at workplace. Also the authorities have classified our nonwovens production as essential in fighting the pandemic in jurisdictions where other business activities have been shut down.
Suominen uses certain technologies in its production. In the management’s view, the chosen technologies are competitive and there is no need to make major investments in new technologies. However, it cannot be excluded that the company’s technology choices could prove wrong, and the development of new or substitute technologies would then require investments.

Competition
Suominen has numerous regional, national and international competitors in its different product groups. There is currently oversupply in some product groups in Suominen’s principal markets. Products based on new technologies and imports from countries of lower production costs may reduce Suominen’s competitive edge. If Suominen is not able to compete with an attractive product offering, it may lose some of its market share. Competition may lead to increased pricing pressure on the company’s products.


Price and availability of raw materials
Suominen purchases significant amounts of pulp- and oil-based raw materials. Raw materials are the largest cost item for operations. Changes in the global market prices of raw materials can have an impact on the company’s profitability. Suominen’s stocks equal two to four weeks’ consumption and passing on the price changes of these raw materials to the prices Suominen charges its contract customers takes two to five months. Extended interruptions in the supply of Suominen’s main raw materials could disrupt production and have a negative impact on the Group’s overall business operations. As Suominen sources most of its raw materials from a number of major international suppliers, significant interruptions in the production of the majority of Suominen’s products are unlikely.

The COVID-19 pandemic might pose a risk of possible raw material shortage to Suominen. We continuously monitor the situation closely and we have identified risk mitigation measures such as utilization of supplementary raw material sources.  

Market and customer risks
Suominen’s customer base is fairly concentrated, which increases the potential impact of changes in customer specific sales volumes. In 2019, the Group’s ten largest customers accounted for 65% (65%) of the Group net sales. Long-term contracts are preferred with the largest customers. In practice the customer relationships are long-term and last for several years. Customer-related credit risks are managed in accordance with a credit policy approved by the Board of Directors. Credit limits are confirmed for customers on the basis of credit ratings and customer history.

The demand for Suominen’s products depends on the development of consumer preferences. Historically, changes in global consumer preferences have had mainly positive impact on Suominen, as they have resulted in the growing demand for products made of nonwovens. However, certain factors, including consumers’ attitude towards the use of products made even partially of oil-based raw materials, or their perception on the sustainability of disposable products in general, might rapidly change the consumers’ preferences and buying habits. Suominen monitors the consumer trends proactively and develops its product offering accordingly. The company has had biodegradable, 100% plant-based nonwovens in its portfolio for over 10 years.

Changes in legislation, political environment or economic conditions
Suominen’s business and products can be affected directly or indirectly by political decisions and changes in government regulations for example in areas such as environmental policy or waste legislation. An example of such legislation is the EU's Single-Use Plastics Directive that focuses on reducing marine litter. The potential exists for similar regulations to expand worldwide. This creates demand for more sustainable products, and Suominen is well placed to respond to this increasing demand.

Global political developments could have an adverse effect on Suominen. For instance, a political decision that constrains the global free trade may significantly impact the availability and price of certain raw materials, which would in turn affect Suominen’s business and profitability. Suominen’s geographical and customer-industry diversity provide partial protection against this risk.

The relevance of the United States in Suominen’s business operations increases the significance of the foreign exchange rate risk related to USD in the Group’s total exchange risk position. Suominen hedges this foreign exchange position in accordance with its hedging policy.

The risks that are characteristic to South American region, including significant changes in political environment or exchange rates, could have an impact on Suominen’s operations in Brazil.

Investments
Suominen continuously invests in its manufacturing facilities. The deployment of the investments may delay from what was planned, the costs of the investments may increase from what has been expected or the investments may create less business benefits than anticipated. The deployment phase of investments may cause temporary interruptions in operations.

Cyber and information security
Suominen’s operations are dependent on the integrity, security and stable operation of its ICT systems and software as well as on the successful management of cyber attack risks. If Suominen’s ICT systems and software were to become unusable or significantly impaired for an extended period of time, or the cyber attack risks are realized, Suominen’s reputation as well as ability to deliver products at the appointed time, order raw materials and handle inventory could be adversely impacted. Successful cyber attacks could also have a direct financial impact due to loss of funds. 

Financial risks
The Group is exposed to several financial risks, such as foreign exchange, interest rate, counterparty, liquidity and credit risks. The Group’s financial risks are managed in line with a policy confirmed by the Board of Directors. The financial risks are described in the note 3 of the Financial Statements.

Suominen is subject to corporate income taxes in numerous jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required to determine the total amount of corporate income tax at Group level. There are many transactions and calculations that leave room for uncertainty as to the final amount of the income tax. Tax risks relate also to changes in tax rates or tax legislation or misinterpretations, and materialization of the risks could result in increased payments or sanctions by the tax authorities, which in turn could lead to financial loss. Deferred tax assets included in the statement of financial position require that the deferred tax assets can be recovered against the future taxable income.

Suominen performs goodwill impairment testing annually. In impairment testing the recoverable amounts are determined as the value in use, which comprises of the discounted projected future cash flows. Actual cash flows can differ from the discounted projected future cash flows. Uncertainties related to the projected future cash flows include, among others, the long economic useful life of the assets and changes in the forecast sales prices of Suominen’s products, production costs as well as discount rates used in testing. Due to the uncertainty inherent in the future, it is possible that Suominen’s recoverable amounts will be insufficient to cover the carrying amounts of assets, particularly goodwill. If this happens, it will be necessary to recognize an impairment loss, which, when implemented, will weaken the result and equity. Goodwill impairment testing has been described in the consolidated financial statements.


BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT


Suominen’s nonwovens are, for the most part, used in daily consumer goods, such as wet wipes as well as in hygiene and medical products. In these target markets of Suominen, the general economic situation determines the development of consumer demand, even though the demand for consumer goods is not very cyclical in nature. North America and Europe are the largest market areas for Suominen. In addition, the company operates in South American markets. The growth in the demand for nonwovens has typically exceeded the growth of gross domestic product by a couple of percentage points.

The demand for nonwovens for medical and disinfection purposes has increased due to COVID-19 pandemic. We at Suominen have also seen the increase in demand and in the short term the higher demand is expected to continue. However, in the second half of the year this COVID-19 caused demand surge may already have calmed down. In the longer term the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to continued increased demand for nonwovens for cleaning and disinfection applications.

OUTLOOK FOR 2020

Suominen expects that in 2020 its comparable operating profit will improve clearly from 2019. However, it should be noted that the result estimate for the second half of the year is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Suominen’s operating profit amounted to EUR 8.1 million. In financial years 2020 and 2019 Suominen had no items affecting the comparability of the operating profit.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND REMUNERATION STATEMENTS

Suominen has prepared a separate Corporate Governance Statement and a Remuneration Statement for
2019, which comply with the recommendations of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code for listed
companies. The statements also cover other central areas of corporate governance. The statements have been published on Suominen's website, separately from the Report of the Board of Directors, at www.suominen.fi

AUDIOCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL

Petri Helsky, President & CEO, and Toni Tamminen, CFO, will present the result in English in an audiocast and a conference call for analyst, investors and media on April 23, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. (EEST). The audiocast can be followed at https://suominen.videosync.fi/2020-q1-results. The recording of the audiocast and the presentation material will be available after the event at www.suominen.fi.

Conference call participants are requested to dial on:
SE: +46 856 642 651
UK: +44 333 300 0804
US: +1 855 857 0686
The confirmation code for joining the conference call is 49472689#.


NEXT FINANCIAL REPORT

Suominen Corporation will publish its Half Year Report 2020 on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 approximately at 9:30 a.m. (EEST).

SUOMINEN GROUP 1.1–31.3.2020

The figures in these interim financial statements are mainly presented in EUR thousands. As a result of rounding differences, the figures presented in the tables do not necessarily add up to total.

This interim report has not been audited.

This interim report has been prepared in accordance with the principles defined in IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The principles for preparing the interim report are the same as those used for preparing the consolidated financial statements for 2019, with the exception of the effect of the new accounting standards and interpretations which have been applied from 1.1.2020.

The new or amended standards or interpretations applicable from 1.1.2020 are not material for Suominen Group.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

EUR thousand 31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Assets      
Non-current assets      
Goodwill 15,496 15,496 15,496
Intangible assets 19,151 21,478 20,020
Property, plant and equipment 116,181 129,366 121,584
Right-of-use assets 13,654 16,257 14,319
Loan receivables 3,650 3,348 3,650
Equity instruments 777 777 777
Other non-current receivables 65 1,040 70
Deferred tax assets 1,894 2,298 2,091
Total non-current assets 170,867 190,060 178,007
       
Current assets      
Inventories 38,609 50,699 39,257
Trade receivables 54,661 63,255 46,728
Loan receivables 3,753 4,017 3,845
Other current receivables 4,954 4,184 3,820
Assets for current tax 1,739 1,038 701
Cash and cash equivalents 41,190 21,881 37,741
Total current assets 144,905 145,074 132,093
       
Total assets 315,772 335,135 310,100
       
 

 

Equity and liabilities
     
Equity      
Share capital 11,860 11,860 11,860
Share premium account 24,681 24,681 24,681
Reserve for invested unrestricted equity 81,269 81,185 81,269
Treasury shares -44 -44 -44
Fair value and other reserves 264 264 264
Exchange differences 499 1,377 707
Retained earnings 17,339 14,453 13,715
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent 135,868 133,776 132,452
       
Liabilities      
Non-current liabilities      
Deferred tax liabilities 14,367 12,495 12,786
Liabilities from defined benefit plans 773 841 788
Provisions 1,640 1,539 1,608
Non-current lease liabilities 9,834 12,109 10,464
Other non-current liabilities 17 17 17
Debentures 81,994 80,883 81,714
Total non-current liabilities 108,624 107,883 107,375
       
Current liabilities      
Debentures 15,701
Current lease liabilities 3,066 2,791 2,986
Other current interest-bearing liabilities 10,000 5,000 14,000
Liabilities for current tax 69 196 5
Trade payables and other current liabilities 58,145 69,788 53,282
Total current liabilities 71,280 93,476 70,273
       
Total liabilities 179,904 201,359 177,648
       
Total equity and liabilities 315,772 335,135 310,100

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS

       
    Restated Restated
EUR thousand 1-3/2020 1-3/2019 1-12/2019
Net sales 110,203 109,766 411,412
Cost of goods sold -96,914 -100,142 -374,501
Gross profit 13,289 9,624 36,911
Other operating income 552 919 2,903
Sales, marketing and administration expenses -7,144 -6,661 -27,268
Research and development -680 -809 -3,376
Other operating expenses -353 -111 -1,041
Operating profit 5,664 2,961 8,129
Net financial expenses -1,945 -1,297 -5,998
Profit before income taxes 3,719 1,665 2,132
Income taxes -174 -539 -1,907
Profit / loss for the period 3,546 1,126 225
       
Earnings per share, EUR      
Basic 0.06 0.02 0.00
Diluted 0.06 0.02 0.00

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

EUR thousand 1-3/2020 1-3/2019 1-12/2019
       
Profit for the period 3,546 1,126 225
       
Other comprehensive income:      
Other comprehensive income that will be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss      
Exchange differences -468 2,238 1,570
Income taxes related to other comprehensive income 259 -192 -193
Total -208 2,046 1,377
Other comprehensive income that will not be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss      
Remeasurements of defined benefit plans 75
Income taxes related to other comprehensive income -21
Total 54
       
       
Total other comprehensive income -208 2,046 1,431
       
Total comprehensive income for the period 3,337 3,172 1,656


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

EUR thousand Share capital Share premium account Reserve for invested unrestricted equity Treasury shares
Equity 1.1.2020 11,860 24,681 81,269 -44
Profit / loss for the period
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income
Share-based payments
Equity 31.3.2020 11,860 24,681 81,269 -44


EUR thousand Exchange differences Fair value and other reserves Retained earnings Total equity attributable to owners of the parent
Equity 1.1.2020 707 264 13,715 132,452
Profit / loss for the period 3,546 3,546
Other comprehensive income -208 -208
Total comprehensive income -208 17,260 3,337
Share-based payments 79 79
Equity 31.3.2020 499 264 17,339 135,868


EUR thousand Share capital Share premium account Reserve for invested unrestricted equity Treasury shares
Equity 1.1.2019 11,860 24,681 81,185 -44
Profit / loss for the period
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income
Share-based payments
Equity 31.3.2019 11,860 24,681 81,185 -44


EUR thousand Exchange differences Fair value and other reserves Retained earnings Total equity attributable to owners of the parent
Equity 1.1.2019 -669 264 13,237 130,513
Profit / loss for the period 1,126 1,126
Other comprehensive income 2,046 2,046
Total comprehensive income 2,046 1,126 3,172
Share-based payments 91 91
Equity 31.3.2019 1,377 264 14,453 133,776


EUR thousand Share capital Share premium account Reserve for invested unrestricted equity Treasury shares
Equity 1.1.2019 11,860 24,681 81,185 -44
Profit / loss for the period
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income
Share-based payments
Conveyance of treasury shares 84
Equity 31.12.2019 11,860 24,681 81,269 -44


EUR thousand Exchange differences Fair value and other reserves Retained earnings Total equity attributable to owners of the parent
Equity 1.1.2019 -669 264 13,237 130,513
Profit / loss for the period 225 225
Other comprehensive income 1,377 54 1,431
Total comprehensive income 1,377 279 1,656
Share-based payments 198 198
Conveyance of treasury shares 84
Equity 31.12.2019 707 264 13,715 132,452

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

       
EUR thousand 1-3/2020 1-3/2019 1-12/2019
       
Cash flow from operations      
Profit for the period 3,546 1,126 225
Total adjustments to profit for the period 8,224 8,467 34,585
Cash flow before changes in net working capital 11,770 9,592 34,810
Change in net working capital -879 -10,443 1,631
Financial items -1,399 -944 -5,222
Income taxes -82 -557 -1,324
Cash flow from operations 9,410 -2,352 29,895
       
Cash flow from investments      
Investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets -1,666 -3,160 -10,520
Sales proceeds from property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 0 73
Cash flow from investments -1,666 -3,160 -10,447
       
Cash flow from financing      
Drawdown of current interest-bearing liabilities 10,000 5,000 38,000
Repayment of current interest-bearing liabilities -14,779 -5,715 -47,572
Cash flow from financing -4,779 -715 -9,572
       
Change in cash and cash equivalents 2,965 -6,226 9,875
       
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 37,741 27,757 27,757
Effect of changes in exchange rates 485 351 109
Change in cash and cash equivalents 2,965 -6,226 9,875
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 41,190 21,881 37,741

KEY RATIOS

  1-3/2020 1-3/2019 1-12/2019
Change in net sales, % * 0.4 3.0 -4.6
Gross profit, as percentage of net sales, %** 12.1 8.8 9.0
Operating profit, as percentage of net sales, % 5.1 2.7 2.0
Comparable operating profit, as percentage of net sales, % 5.1 2.7 2.0
Net financial items, as percentage of net sales, % -1.8 -1.2 -1.5
Profit before income taxes, as percentage of net sales, % 3.4 1.5 0.5
Profit for the period, as percentage of net sales, % 3.2 1.0 0.1
Gross capital expenditure, EUR thousand 849 3,794 11,198
Depreciation and amortization, EUR thousand 5,618 6,347 25,539
Return on equity, rolling 12 months, % 2.0 -0.2 0.2
Return on invested capital, rolling 12 months, % 4.8 2.9 3.7
Equity ratio, % 43.1 39.9 42.7
Gearing, % 43.7 68.3 50.7
Average number of personnel 678 690 685
Earnings per share, EUR, basic 0.06 0.02 0.00
Earnings per share, EUR, diluted 0.06 0.02 0.00
Cash flow from operations per share, EUR 0.16 -0.04 0.52
Equity per share, EUR 2.36 2.33 2.30
Number of shares, end of period, excluding treasury shares 57,529,868 57,496,249 57,529,868
Share price, end of period, EUR 2.45 2.24 2.31
Share price, period low, EUR 2.00 2.04 2.04
Share price, period high, EUR 2.65 2.69 2.70
Volume weighted average price during the period, EUR 2.27 2.40 2.38
Market capitalization, EUR million 140.9 128.8 132.9
Number of traded shares during the period 1,404,870 2,444,510 4,655,863
Number of traded shares during the period, % of average number of shares 2.4 4.3 8.1

*    Compared with the corresponding period in the previous year.
**  Restated

      31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Interest-bearing net debt, EUR thousands          
Non-current interest-bearing liabilities, nominal value     94,834 97,109 95,464
Current interest-bearing liabilities, nominal value     13,066 23,521 16,986
Interest-bearing receivables and cash and cash equivalents     -48,593 -29,247 -45,236
Interest-bearing net debt     59,307 91,383 67,213

CALCULATION OF KEY RATIOS AND ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES


Key ratios per share are either IFRS key ratios (earnings per share) or required by Ordinance of the Ministry of Finance in Finland or alternative performance measures (cash flow from operations per share).

Some of the other key ratios Suominen publishes are alternative performance measures. An alternative performance measure is a key ratio which has not been defined in IFRS standards. Suominen believes that the use of alternative performance measures provides useful information for example to investors regarding the Group's financial and operating performance and makes it easier to make comparisons between the reporting periods.

The link between the components of the key ratios per share and the consolidated financial statements is presented in the consolidated financial statements of 2019. The link between the components of the alternative performance measures and the consolidated financial statements is presented in Suominen’s Annual Report for 2019.

Calculation of key ratios per share

Earnings per share                                                                               
                                                                                      

Basic earnings per share (EPS)   Profit for the period. net of tax
= Share-issue adjusted average number of shares excluding treasury shares
 
       
       
Diluted earnings per share (EPS)   Profit for the period
= Average diluted share-issue adjusted number of shares excluding treasury shares
 


EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Profit for the period   3,546 1,126 225
         
         
Average share-issue adjusted number of shares   57,529,868 57,496,249 57,515,960
Average diluted share-issue adjusted number of shares excluding treasury shares   57,609,586 57,518,997 57,601,340
         
Earnings per share        
         
EUR        
Basic   0.06 0.02 0.00
Diluted   0.06 0.02 0.00

Cash flow from operations per share
                     

Cash flow from operations per share   Cash flow from operations
= Share-issue adjusted number of shares excluding treasury shares. end of reporting period
 


    31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Cash flow from operations, EUR thousand   9,410 -2,351 29,894
Share-issue adjusted number of shares excluding treasury shares, end of reporting period   57,529,868 57,496,249 57,529,868
Cash flow from operations per share, EUR   0.16 -0.04 0.52

                     
Equity per share

Equity per share   Total equity attributable to owners of the parent
= Share-issue adjusted number of shares excluding treasury shares. end of reporting period
 


    31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent, EUR thousand   135,868 133,776 132,452
Share-issue adjusted number of shares excluding treasury shares, end of reporting period   57,529,868 57,496,249 57,529,868
Equity per share, EUR   2.36 2.33 2.30

                                                                                                                                             

Market capitalization

Market capitalization = Number of shares at the end of reporting period excluding treasury shares x share price at the end of period


    31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Number of shares at the end of reporting period excluding treasury shares   57,529,868 57,496,249 57,529,868
Share price at end of the period, EUR 2.45 2.24 2.31
Market capitalization, EUR million   140.9 128.8 132.9

Share turnover

Share turnover = The proportion of number of shares traded during the period to weighted average number of shares excluding treasury shares


    31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Number of shares traded during the period   1,404,870 2,444,510 4 655 863
Average number of shares excluding treasury shares 57,529,868 57,496,249 57,515,960
Share turnover, %   2.4 4.3 8.1

Calculation of key ratios and alternative performance measures

Operating profit and comparable operating profit

Operating profit (EBIT) = Profit before income taxes + net financial expenses
         
Comparable operating profit (EBIT) = Profit before income taxes + net financial expenses. adjusted with items affecting comparability

In order to improve the comparability of result between reporting periods. Suominen presents comparable operating profit as an alternative performance measure. Operating profit is adjusted with material items that are considered to affect comparability between reporting periods. These items include, among others, impairment losses or reversals of impairment losses, gains or losses from the sales of property, plant and equipment or intangible assets or other assets and restructuring costs. Suominen did not have any items affecting comparability in 2020 or 2019.

EBITDA

EBITDA = EBIT + depreciation. amortization and impairment losses


EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Operating profit   5,664 2,961 8,129
+ Depreciation, amortization and impairment losses 5,618 6,347 25,539
EBITDA   11,282 9,309 33,668

Gross capital expenditure

EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Increases in intangible assets   21 1,000 2,224
Increases in property, plant and equipment 828 2,794 8,974
Gross capital expenditure   849 3,794 11,198

Interest-bearing net debt

It is the opinion of Suominen that presenting interest-bearing liabilities not only at amortized cost but also at nominal value gives relevant additional information to the investors.

Interest-bearing net debt = Interest-bearing liabilities at nominal value - interest-bearing receivables - cash and cash equivalents


EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Interest-bearing liabilities   104,893 116,483 109,163
Tender and issuance costs of the debentures   3,006 4,146 3,286
Interest bearing receivables   -7,403 -7,365 -7,495
Cash and cash equivalents -41 190 -21,881 -37,741
Interest-bearing net debt   59,307 91,383 67,213
         
Interest-bearing liabilities   104,893 116,483 109,163
Tender and issuance costs of the debentures   3,006 4,429 3,286
Nominal value of interest-bearing liabilities   107,900 120,912 112,450

Return on equity (ROE). %

Return on equity (ROE). % = Profit for the reporting period (rolling 12 months) x 100
    Total equity attributable to owners of the parent (quarterly average)


EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Profit for the reporting period (rolling 12 months)   2,645 -222 225
         
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent 31.3.2019 / 31.3.2018 / 31.12.2018   133,776 126,866 130,513
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent 30.6.2019 / 30.6.2018 / 31.3.2019   133,178 132,631 133,776
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent 30.9.2019 / 30.9.2018 / 30.6.2019   136,871 130,981 133,178
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent 31.12.2019 / 31.12.2018 / 30.9.2019   132,452 130,513 136,871
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent 31.3.2020 / 31.3.2019 / 31.12.2019   135,868 133,776 132,452
Average   134,429 130,954 133,358
         
Return on equity (ROE), %   2.0 -0.2 0.2

Invested capital

Invested capital = Total equity + interest-bearing liabilities


         
EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent   135,868 133,776 132,452
Interest-bearing liabilities   104,893 116,483 109,163
Invested capital   240,761 250,259 241,615

Return on invested capital (ROI). %

Return on invested capital (ROI). % = Operating profit + financial income (rolling 12 months) x 100
    Invested capital. quarterly average


EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Operating profit (rolling 12 months)   10,832 6,008 8,129
Financial income (rolling 12 months)   1,005 827 981
Total   11,837 6,834 9,110
         
Invested capital 31.3.2019 / 31.3.2018 / 31.12.2018   250,259 232,580 231,977
Invested capital 30.6.2019 / 30.6.2018 / 31.3.2019   249,752 238,589 250,259
Invested capital 30.9.2019 / 30.9.2018 / 30.6.2019   246,660 227,186 249,752
Invested capital 31.12.2019 / 31.12.2018 / 30.9.2019   241,615 231,977 246,660
Invested capital 31.3.2020 / 31.3.2019 / 31.12.2019   240,761 250,259 241,615
Average   245,809 236,118 244,053
         
Return on invested capital (ROI), %   4.8 2.9 3.7

Equity ratio. %

Equity ratio. % = Total equity attributable to owners of the parent x 100  
    Total assets - advances received  


EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent   135,868 133,776 132,452
         
Total assets   315,772 335,135 310,100
Advances received   -313 -48 -58
    315,459 335,087 310,042
         
Equity ratio, %   43.1 39.9 42.7

Gearing. %

Gearing. % = Interest-bearing net debt x 100  
    Total equity attributable to owners of the parent


EUR thousand   31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
Interest-bearing net debt   59,307 91,383 67,213
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent   135,868 133,776 132,452
Gearing, %   43.7 68.3 50.7

NET SALES BY GEOGRAPHICAL MARKET AREA

EUR thousand 1-3/2020 1-3/2019 1-12/2019
Finland 804 671 2,527
Rest of Europe 34,919 39,064 145,055
North and South America 73,677 69,037 259,560
Rest of the world 803 994 4,270
Total 110,203 109,766 411,412

NET SALES BY BUSINESS AREA

  2020 2019
EUR thousand 1-3 10-12 7-9 4-6 1-3
Americas 73,170 62,180 66,161 65,011 68,326
Europe 37,054 32,294 37,233 38,798 41,466
Unallocated exchange differences and eliminations -21 -15 -30 14 -25
Total 110,203 94,459 103,363 103,824 109,766

QUARTERLY DEVELOPMENT

  2020 2019
EUR thousand 1-3 10-12 7-9 4-6 1-3
Net sales 110,203 94,459 103,363 103,824 109,766
Comparable operating profit 5,664 1,405 1,108 2,655 2,961
as % of net sales 5.1 1.5 1.1 2.6 2.7
Items affecting comparability
Operating profit 5,664 1,405 1,108 2,655 2,961
as % of net sales 5.1 1.5 1.1 2.6 2.7
Net financial items -1,945 -1,926 -1,080 -1,695 -1,297
Profit before income taxes 3,719 -521 28 960 1,665
as % of net sales 3.4 -0.6 0.0 0.9 1.5

RELATED PARTY INFORMATION

The related parties of Suominen include the members of the Board of Directors, President & CEO and the members of the Executive Team as well as their family members and their controlled companies. In addition, shareholders who have a significant influence in Suominen through share ownership are included in related parties. Suominen has no associated companies.

In its transactions with related parties Suominen follows the same commercial terms as in transactions with third parties.



CHANGES IN PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, INTANGIBLE ASSETS AND RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS

  31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
EUR thousand Property, plant and equipment Intang. assets Property, plant and equipment Intang. assets Property, plant and equipment Intang. assets
Carrying amount at the beginning of the period 121,584 20,020 129,391 21,231 129,391 21,231
Application of IFRS 16 -149 -149
Capital expenditure and increases 828 21 2,794 1,000 8,974 2,224
Disposals and decreases -1 -1
Depreciation, amortization and impairment losses -3,822 -898 -4,728 -762 -18,608 -3,448
Exchange differences and other changes -2,410 9 1,910 10 1,977 12
Carrying amount at the end of the period 116,181 19,151 129,217 21,478 121,584 20,020


Goodwill is not included in intangible assets.

  31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
EUR thousand Right-of-use assets Right-of-use assets Right-of-use assets
Carrying amount at the beginning of the period 14,319 16,797 16,797
Application of IFRS 16 149 149
Increases 145 114 946
Disposals and decreases -60 -215
Depreciation, amortization and impairment losses -897 -857 -3,483
Exchange differences and other changes 87 264 125
Carrying amount at the end of the period 13,654 16,406 14,319


CHANGES IN INTEREST-BEARING LIABILITIES

EUR thousand 1-3/2020 1-3/2019 1-12/2019
Total interest-bearing liabilities at the beginning of the period 109,163 101,463 101,463
Current liabilities at the beginning of the period 16,986 20,765 20,765
Application of IFRS 16 2,664 2,664
Repayment of current liabilities, cash flow items -14,779 -5,715 -47,572
Drawdown of current liabilities, cash flow items 10,000 5,000 38,000
Increases in current liabilities, non-cash flow items 66 29 218
Decreases of current liabilities, non-cash flow items -1 -99
Reclassification from non-current liabilities 770 710 2,942
Periodization of debenture to amortized cost, non-cash flow items 14 43
Exchange rate difference, non-cash flow item 23 25 25
Current liabilities at the end of the period 13,066 23,492 16,986
       
Non-current liabilities at the beginning of the period 10,464 84 84
Application of IFRS 16 12,622 12,622
Increases in non-current liabilities, non-cash flow items 79 84 733
Decreases of non-current liabilities, non-cash flow items -59 -121
Reclassification to current liabilities -770 -710 -2,942
Exchange rate difference, non-cash flow item 61 88 88
Non-current liabilities at the end of the period 9,835 12,109 10,464
       
Non-current debentures at the beginning of the period 81,714 80,615 80,615
Periodization of debenture to amortized cost, non-cash flow items 280 268 1,099
Non-current debentures at the end of the period 81,994 80,883 81,714
Total interest-bearing liabilities at the end of the period 104,893 116,483 109,163

CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

         
EUR thousand 31.3.2020   31.3.2019 31.12.2019
         
Other commitments        
Leasing commitments 181   473 179
Contractual commitments to acquire property, plant and equipment   886
Commitments to leases not yet commenced   428 33
         
Guarantees        
On own behalf 8,492   10,584 9,906
Other own commitments 32,197   2,701 2,203
Total 40,689   13,285 12,108

NOMINAL AND FAIR VALUES OF DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS

  31.3.2020 31.3.2019 31.12.2019
EUR thousand Nominal value Fair
value
Nominal
value
Fair
value
Nominal
value
Fair
value
Currency forward contracts            
  Hedge accounting not applied 4,431 -44 2,777 -24

FINANCIAL ASSETS BY CATEGORY

a. Fair value through profit or loss
b. Financial assets at amortized cost
c. Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income
d. Carrying amount
e. Fair value


EUR thousand a. b. c. d. e.
Equity instruments 347 429 777 777
Loan receivables 3,753 3,650 7,403 7,403
Trade receivables 54,661 54,661 54,661
Interest and other financial receivables 442 442 442
Cash and cash equivalents 41,190 41,190 41,190
Total 31.3.2020 4,100 99,943 429 104,472 104,472


EUR thousand a. b. c. d. e.
Equity instruments 347 429 777 777
Loan receivables 3,845 3,650 7,495 7,495
Trade receivables 46,728 46,728 46,728
Interest and other financial receivables 313 313 313
Cash and cash equivalents 37,741 37,741 37,741
Total 31.12.2019 4,193 88,432 429 93,054 93,054

Principles in estimating fair value of financial assets for 2020 are the same as those used for preparing the consolidated financial statements for 2019.

FINANCIAL LIABILITIES

  31.3.2020 31.12.2019
             
EUR thousand Carrying amount Fair value Nominal value Carrying amount Fair value Nominal value
Non-current financial liabilities            
             
Debentures 81,994 77,775 85,000 81,714 86,063 85,000
Lease liabilities 9,834 9,834 9,834 10,464 10,464 10,464
Total non-current financial liabilities 91,828 87,609 94,834 92,177 96,526 95,464
             
Current financial liabilities            
             
Current loans from financial institutions 10,000 10,000 10,000 14,000 14,000 14,000
Lease liabilities 3,066 3,066 3,066 2,986 2,986 2,986
Interest accruals 1,078 1,078 1,078 551 551 551
Derivative liabilities 44 44 44
Other current liabilities 591 591 591 440 440 440
Trade payables 48,387 48,387 48,387 44,495 44,495 44,495
Total current financial liabilities 63,165 63,165 63,165 62,473 62,473 62,473
             
Total 154,993 150,774 157,999 154,650 158,999 157,936


Principles in estimating fair value for financial liabilities for 2020 are the same as those used for preparing the consolidated financial statements for 2019.

FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENT HIERARCHY

EUR thousands Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Financial assets and liabilities at fair value      
Loan receivables 3,753
Equity instruments 777
Total 4,530
       
Derivatives at fair value      
Currency forward contracts. liabilities -44
Total -44

Principles in estimating fair value of financial assets and their hierarchies for 2020 are the same as those used for preparing the consolidated financial statements for 2019.    

There were no transfers in the fair value measurement hierarchy levels during the reporting period.   

RESTATEMENT OF PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED FIGURES

Suominen has reclassified some overhead expenses from cost of goods sold to sales, marketing and administration expenses.

Consolidated statement of profit or loss

  Published Restatement Restated
EUR thousand 1-3/2019 1-3/2019 1-3/2019
Net sales 109,766 109,766
Cost of goods sold -100,822 679 -100,143
Gross profit 8,944 679 9,623
Other operating income 919 919
Sales, marketing and administration expenses -5,982 -679 -6,661
Research and development -809 -809
Other operating expenses -111 -111
Operating profit 2,961 2,961
Net financial expenses -1,297 -1,297
Profit before income taxes 1,665 1,665
Income taxes -539 -539
Profit / loss for the period 1,126 1,126
       
       
  Published Restatement Restated
EUR thousand 1-12/2019 1-12/2019 1-12/2019
Net sales 411,412 411,412
Cost of goods sold -377,255 2,754 -374,501
Gross profit 34,157 2,754 36,911
Other operating income 2,903 2,903
Sales, marketing and administration expenses -24,513 -2,754 -27,267
Research and development -3,376 -3,376
Other operating expenses -1,041 -1,041
Operating profit 8,129 8,129
Net financial expenses -5,998 -5,998
Profit before income taxes 2,132 2,132
Income taxes -1,907 -1,907
Profit / loss for the period 225 225

SUOMINEN CORPORATION
Board of Directors



For additional information, please contact:
Petri Helsky, President & CEO, tel. +358 10 214 3080
Toni Tamminen, CFO, tel. +358 10 214 3051

Suominen manufactures nonwovens as roll goods for wipes and other applications. Our vision is to be the frontrunner for nonwovens innovation and sustainability. The end products made of Suominen’s nonwovens, such as wet wipes, feminine care products and swabs, are present in people’s daily life worldwide. Suominen’s net sales in 2019 were EUR 411.4 million and we have nearly 700 professionals working in Europe and in the Americas. Suominen’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Read more at www.suominen.fi.

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