KEY FIGURES FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013
Good resilience in a difficult environment
Adjusted operating income -1.5% to €405 million
New step in the group’s transformation
Launch of a new organizational structure project
Increasing the 2015 cost reduction objective to €750 million
Antoine Frérot, Veolia Environnement’s Chairman and CEO indicated: “First quarter results marked the Company’s resilience in a difficult economic environment due to the positive impact of the first phase of transformation decided in 2011. The new organizational structure project announced today should drive more ambitious costs reductions to €750 million in 2014, compared to the prior €470 million objective.”Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was €5,757 million compared to re-presented €5,991 million for the prior year periodWater: revenue declined by 3.8% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates to €2,494 million
Environmental Services: Revenue declined by 4.6% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates to €1,932 million given the economic slowdown
- Favorable indexation, but timing of the end of certain contracts resulted in a slowdown in construction activity, while contractual erosion continued in France. Good operational performance in Central and Eastern Europe and the United States.
- Decline in Technologies and Networks revenue related to the phasing of Design and Build contracts.
Energy Services: Revenue increased 0.4% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates to €1,268 million
- Impact of lower volumes and activity levels on revenue growth was -3.5% due to the economic environment, while revenue was also negatively impacted by lower recycled raw material prices.
- Decrease in France, Germany and the United States, while the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific grew.
Adjusted operating cash flow for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was €542 million compared to re-presented €581 million for prior year period
- Stability in France (-0.7% at constant scope) and significant growth in the United States.
Resilience of adjusted operating income, which amounted to €405 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to re-presented €411 million for the prior year period
- Down due to the impact of contractual erosion in France in the Water division and the decline in Environmental Services activity.
- Satisfactory contribution from the Convergence Plan: €31 million, net of implementation costs.
- Good performance in France in Energy Services, despite the end of gas cogeneration contracts.
Net financial debt declined to €10.1 billion at March 31, 2013 versus re-presented €10.8 billion at December 31, 2012.
- Share of net income from joint ventures and associates increased by 4.8% to €113 million, mainly due to Dalkia International, which increased more than 20%.
- Positive impact of the closure of the defined benefit plan for executive managers.
Adjusted net financial debt declined to €6.8 billion at March 31, 2013 versus re-presented €7.8 billion at December 31, 2012.New step in Transformation: New organizational structure project and increase in cost reduction objective
The Company is launching a project which envisions the replacement of the current organization centered on Divisions with an integrated organization deployed by geography. This new, simpler, more reactive and nimble organization should allow the Company to:
- adapt to new market characteristics and client demands;
- have a more systemic approach to commercial development to drive increased growth;
- to standardize and mutualize processes to drive greater efficiency;
- and generate additional cost savings.
The 2015 net cost reduction objective is being increased to €750 million5 versus the prior €470 million target, amounting to a €280 million increase, which breaks down as follows: € 70 million related to the reinforcement of mutualization and IT efforts, €100 million related to purchasing and €110 million associated with transverse efficiency projects in the businesses and headquarters.
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