NSG Group Announces Second Quarter Results

Date: 18 November 2009
Source: Pilkington
The NSG Group announced consolidated cumulative business results for the second quarter of FY 2010 (from 1 April 2009 to 30 September 2009) to the Tokyo Stock Exchange at 1500 Tokyo time, Thursday 12 November.

Cumulative results for the first two quarters, reflect recessionary global market conditions However, second-quarter, three month, results demonstrate improvement, with markets stabilizing Further reduction in net financial debt Restructuring on schedulte Fullyear forecast revised, with improved operating result.Cumulative results for the first two quarters, reflect recessionary global market conditions
Challenging conditions in all major Building Products and Automotive markets. Specialty Glass demand hit by strength of the Yen and sluggish export markets. Solar Energy business continuing with steady year-on-year volume growth. Robust performance in Automotive AGR, with results consistent with prior year. Cumulative Group revenues ¥ 293 billion (FY09: ¥ 431bn) and operating loss ¥ 7 billion (before amortization) (FY09: profit ¥ 29bn). Building Products revenues ¥ 126 billion and operating loss ¥ 4.2 billion (before amortization). Automotive revenues ¥ 130 billion and operating profit ¥ 2.8 billion (before amortization). Specialty Glass revenues ¥ 31 billion with a break even profit result.
However, second quarter, three month, results demonstrate improvement, with markets stabilizing
European Building Products market prices improved approximately 40 percent from end of May. Government incentives providing significant, but temporary, stimulus to Automotive OE markets. Specialty Glass business returned to profitability reflecting market improvements. Benefits from cost reduction programs helping all business line results. Second-quarter Group revenues ¥ 149 billion (Q1 FY10: ¥ 144bn) and operating loss ¥ 0.6 billion (before amortization) (Q1 FY10: operating loss ¥ 6.4bn).
Further reduction in net financial debt
Net financial indebtedness decreased from ¥ 331 billion at 31 March 2009 to ¥ 307 billion at the period end. Balance sheet strengthened with proceeds from ¥ 30 billion preference share issue during the quarter. Additionally, the Group has refinanced ¥ 77 billion of debt during the year. Capital expenditure rates continue to be below 60 percent of depreciation. Disposals of non-core businesses continue, with disposals in Japan, Switzerland and France.
Restructuring on schedule
Further 1,700 employees left the Group during the first two quarters, bringing the total to 6,200 out of the 6,700 planned reductions. Restructuring amount charged to the income statement of ¥ 6.6 billion for the first two quarters, in line with plan.
Full year forecast revised with improved operating result
Market conditions stabilizing following significant declines of previous quarters. Reduced input costs in line with general economic weakness. Building Products price increases since June should contribute further revenue and profitability. Business conditions expected to remain stable or improve gradually in line with global economy. Significant impact of government incentives in Automotive markets. Withdrawal of scrappage schemes creates uncertainty over Automotive demand, looking forward. Solar Energy business still key area for expansion, with NSG Group well placed to retain its leading position within the thin film market. Cost reduction programs still expected to contribute ¥ 14 billion of savings for financial year.
Third and fourth quarters expected to show slight improvement from second quarter, with further realization of cost savings and improvements in flat glass market prices.  

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