RECORDATI SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE THE 2019 ACCOUNTS. DIVIDEND 1.00 PER SHARE (+8.7% vs 2018) | Financial Buzz

RECORDATI SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE THE 2019 ACCOUNTS. DIVIDEND 1.00 PER SHARE (+8.7% vs 2018)

RECORDATI SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE THE 2019 ACCOUNTS. DIVIDEND € 1.00 PER SHARE (+8.7% vs 2018).

  • Shareholders approve the 2019 results: consolidated revenues € 1,481.8 million (+9.6% vs 2018), EBITDA (1) € 544.0 million (+9.0%),operating income € 465,3 million (+5.2%), net income € 368,9 million (+18.1%), includes an extraordinary tax benefit of € 27.0 million from the so-called “patent box” agreed with the Italian tax authorities in December 2019. Excluding this benefit net income would have been € 341.9 million, +9.4%.
  • Dividend for 2019 € 1.00 per share (+8.7% vs 2018), of which € 0.48 already paid in November 2018.
  • Number of Board members increased from eleven to twelve. New members appointed: Francesco Balestrieri, Giorgio De Palma, Guido Guidi and Piergiorgio Peluso (independent).
  • Alfredo Altavilla appointed non executive Chairman of the Board of Directors; Guido Guidi appointed Vice Chairman; Michaela Castelli appointed lead independent director.
  • Statutory Auditors appointed for the 2020-2022 three-year period.
  • EY S.p.A. appointed external auditors for the 2020-2028 nine-year period.
  • Remuneration policy approved and favourable note taken of the 2019 remuneration.
  • Authorization to buy-back and dispose of Recordati shares renewed.
  • First quarter 2020 consolidated revenues € 429.3 million (+12.1% vs the first quarter of 2019) which include estimated € 20 million of stock purchases by wholesalers and pharmacies to face the Covid-19 emergency and are expected to lead to de-stocking in the second quarter.

Milan, 29 April 2020 – Today the Annual Meeting of Recordati S.p.A. Shareholders was held.

Recordati S.p.A.’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting approved the company’s 2019 financial accounts, which were prepared according to IFRS.  In addition, the Group’s consolidated statements, which were also prepared according to IFRS, and the consolidated non financial information disclosure pursuant to Legislative Decree n. 254 dated 30 December 2016, were presented.  The tables attached contain a summary of the 2019 financial statements which were commented in the press release issued on 18 March 2020. In 2019 consolidated revenues were € 1,481.8 million (+9.6%), EBITDA(1) was € 544.0 million (+9.0%), operating income was € 465,3 million (+5.2%), net income was € 368,9 million (+18.1%) and includes an extraordinary tax benefit of € 27.0 million from the so-called “patent box” agreed with the Italian tax authorities in December 2019. Excluding this benefit net income would have been € 341.9 million, +9.4%.  International sales account for 81.0% of total sales.

As proposed by the Board of Directors, the shareholders approved a dividend of € 0.52 per share, in full balance of the interim 2019 dividend of € 0.48, to be paid to all shares outstanding at ex-dividend date, excluding those in treasury stock, as from 20 May 2020 (record date 19 May 2020), with ex-dividend on 18 May 2020 (against presentation of coupon no. 25). The full 2019 dividend is therefore of € 1.00 per share (€ 0.92 per share in 2018).

(1) Net income before net interest, provision for taxes, depreciation, amortization and write down of both property, plant and equipment and intangible assets.

Further shareholder resolutions

Integration of the Board of Directors

The Recordati S.p.A. Shareholders’ meeting approved the increase of the number of Board members from eleven to twelve and, following the effective resignations of Flemming Ørnskov, Søren Vestergaard-Poulsen and Francisco Javier de Jaime Guijarro presented on 18 March 2020, upon proposal by the majority shareholder FIMEI S.p.A., appointed Francesco Balestrieri, Giorgio De Palma, Guido Guidi and Piergiorgio Peluso as new members of the Board of Directors, who will remain in office until the expiry of the mandate of the current Board, that is until the Shareholders’ meeting that will approve the financial accounts for the year ended 21 December 2021.

 

Among the new Board members, Piergiorgio Peluso qualified himself as independent pursuant to legislative decree 58/1998 (Consolidated Law on Finance) and the Borsa Italiana Spa Code of Corporate Governance, adopted by the Company.

 

The biographies of the Directors are available on the Company’s website www.recordati.com under the section relative to today’s Assembly (Investors section).

 

The new Directors declared that they do not own any Recordati shares.

 

The Shareholders’ meeting also approved the proposal made by the majority shareholder FIMEI S.p.A. to attribute to each of the newly appointed Directors, excluding Giorgio De Palma who declared he did not wish to receive any compensation, an annual gross compensation in the amount of € 60,000 (in line with that attributed to the Board members by the 5 February 2019 Assembly) irrespective of further compensation established by the Board of Directors, after having heard the opinion of the Board of Statutory Auditors, for Directors with particular assignments (including assignments to committees established within the Board of Directors) pursuant to art. 2389, comma 3, of the Civil Code.

Finally, the Shareholders’ meeting approved the proposal by the Board of Directors to authorize the exemption of the Board members from the non-compete obligations pursuant to art. 2390 of the Civil Code with reference to offices held in other companies and disclosed as of today.
               

Appointment of the Statutory Auditors and appointment of the external auditors for the years 2020-2028

 

The Shareholders’ meeting appointed the Board of Statutory Auditors for the period 2020-2022 (that is, until the Shareholders’ Meeting that will approve the financial statements as at 31 December 2022). The members elected were Livia Amidani Aliberti (Auditor), Ezio Simonelli (Auditor), Patrizia Paleologo Oriundi (Deputy Auditor), chosen from the slate presented by the majority shareholder FIMEI S.p.A.; Antonio Santi (Chairman) and Andrea Balelli (Deputy Auditor), chosen from the slate presented by other shareholders –  a group of asset management companies and other institutional investors – that hold 0.795% of the Company’s share capital. The Shareholders’ meeting also approved the compensation of the Board of Statutory Auditors.

 

The professional profiles of the members of the new Board of Statutory Auditors can be found on the Company’s website www.recordati.com in the section related to today’s Assembly (within the Investors section).

Furthermore, the Shareholders’ meeting appointed EY S.p.A. as external auditors for the years 2020-2028.

Remuneration policy and report on compensation for the year 2019

The Shareholders’ Meeting also expressed a favourable vote on the remuneration policies for the year 2020, in accordance with article 123ter of Legislative Decree No. 58/98 and favourable note was taken of the compensation report related to the execution during 2019 of the remuneration policy approved by the Shareholders’ meeting of 11 April 2019, both part of the Remuneration Report which can be found on the company’s website under Shareholders Meetings in the Investors section as well as under Remuneration Reports in the Corporate Governance section.

Authorization to buy-back and dispose of Recordati shares

The Shareholders’ Meeting authorized the buyback and disposal of Recordati shares until the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting which will approve the 2019 financial statements. The objective of the proposal is, as in previous years, to grant the Board the possibility of:
(i) fulfilling the obligations arising from the stock option plans already adopted by the Company and other stock option plans which might be approved in future;
(ii) carrying out industrial initiatives, since the authorization to purchase treasury stock will allow transactions such as the sale, contribution and exchange of treasury stock in order to acquire stakes in companies and/or to reach agreements with strategic partners within the Group’s expansion objectives;
(iii) supporting the Recordati shares’ liquidity, in order to promote the regular course of the shares’ negotiations and avoid price fluctuations inconsistent with the market trend.
The company would be allowed to purchase up to 5,000,000 shares, keeping in mind however, that the nominal value of treasury stock held by the Company must never exceed one fifth of the share capital, taking into account shares which could be held by subsidiaries, for a maximum cash outlay of € 200,000,000.  The purchase price must be at least equal to the shares’ nominal value (€ 0.125) and must not exceed the average official Stock Exchange price recorded over the 5 trading days prior to the transaction, plus 5%.  Possible purchases may be made by appointing specialized intermediaries and must be made in compliance with applicable legislation and can be done in line with the market practice approved by Consob according to art. 13 Reg. EU 596/2014 where applicable. At 28 April 2020 the company has 4,167,302 shares in Treasury stock which amounts to 1.993% of the current share capital.

Board of Directors meeting following the Shareholders’ Meeting

Following the Shareholders’ meeting the new Board of Directors met and appointed Alfredo Altavilla, non executive Chairman, Guido Guidi, Vice Chairman and Michaela Castelli Lead Independent Director.

Among the three new members who did not declare to be in possession of the independence requirements, the Board of Directors qualified Giorgio De Palma as executive Director as per the current Code of Corporate Governance, as he holds a management position in CVC Capital Partners which also concerns Recordati.  

Based on the declaration presented by the newly appointed Director Piergiorgio Peluso and on information available to the Company, the Board of Directors ascertained the existence of the requirements for independence according to both the legislative decree 58/1998 and the Code of Corporate Governance for listed companies adopted by Borsa Italiana.

Based on the declarations presented by the Auditors and on information available to the Company, the Board of Directors, furthermore, proceeded to ascertain the existence of the requirements for independence according to legislative decree 58/1998 and to the prescriptions of the Code of Corporate Governance regarding the Board of Statutory Auditors, and confirmed such qualification for all the members of the Board of Statutory Auditors, sharing the result of the verification of the effective existence of such requirements undertaken by the Board of Statutory Auditors following its appointment.

The Board of Directors then noted the resignation of Jo Le Couilliard as member of the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee and appointed Piergiorgio Peluso in substitution. The members of the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee are therefore the independent non executive Directors Michaela Castelli, Chairman, Silvia Candini and Piergiorgio Peluso. The composition of the Remuneration Committee (Jo Le Couilliard, Chairman, Silvia Candini and Michaela Castelli) remains unchanged.

Finally, the Board of Directors, following the proposal made by the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee, confirmed the “Organismo di Vigilanza” (Compliance Body pursuant to legislative decree 231/2001) reconfirming its existing composition (Silvano Corbella, Chairman and Andrea Scafidi, external components and Giovanni Minora, manager of Audit & Compliance at Recordati, internal component).

First quarter 2020

Group sales in the first quarter 2020 are € 429.2 million, an increase of 12.1% over those in the first quarter of the preceding year. This result includes an estimate of around € 20 million of stock purchases by wholesalers and pharmacies to face the Covid-19 emergency which are expected to lead to de-stocking in the second quarter.

Recordati, established in 1926, is an international pharmaceutical group, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (Reuters RECI.MI, Bloomberg REC IM, ISIN IT 0003828271), with a total staff of more than 4,300, dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Recordati has operations throughout the whole of Europe, including Russia, Turkey, North Africa, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, some South American countries, Japan and Australia.  An efficient field force of medical representatives promotes a wide range of innovative pharmaceuticals, both proprietary and under license, in a number of therapeutic areas including a specialized business dedicated to treatments for rare diseases. Recordati is a partner of choice for new product licenses for its territories. Recordati is committed to the research and development of new specialties with a focus on treatments for rare diseases.  Consolidated revenue for 2019 was € 1,481.8 million, operating income was € 465.3 million and net income was € 368.9 million.

For further information:

Recordati website:  www.recordati.com

Investor Relations                                                                 Media Relations                   
Marianne Tatschke                                                               Studio Noris Morano                                                            
(39)0248787393                                                                   (39)0276004736, (39)0276004745
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Statements contained in this release, other than historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements are based on currently available information, on current best estimates, and on assumptions believed to be reasonable. This information, these estimates and assumptions may prove to be incomplete or erroneous, and involve numerous risks and uncertainties, beyond the Company’s control. Hence, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All mentions and descriptions of Recordati products are intended solely as information on the general nature of the company’s activities and are not intended to indicate the advisability of administering any product in any particular instance.

RECORDATI GROUP
Summary of consolidated results prepared in accordance with the International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
(thousands of €)

INCOME STATEMENT 2019 2018* Change %
REVENUE 1,481,848 1,352,235 9.6
  Cost of sales (436,901) (395,569) 10.4
GROSS PROFIT 1,044,947 956,666 9.2
  Selling expenses (372,803) (333,497) 11.8
  Research and development expenses (129,681) (109,693) 18.2
  General & administrative expenses (72,783) (67,722) 7.5
  Other income (expenses), net (4,414) (3,535) 24.9
OPERATING INCOME 465,266 442,219 5.2
  Financial income (expenses), net (21,122) (24,284) (13.0)
PRE-TAX INCOME 444,144 417,935 6.3
  Provision for income taxes** (75,278) (105,513) (28.7)
NET INCOME 368,866 312,422 18.1
Attributable to:      
Equity holders of the parent 368,825 312,376 18.1
Minority interests 41 46 (10.9)

* The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated and the possible cumulative effect of initially applying IFRS 16, not significant for the Group, is recognised in retained earnings at the date of initial application.
**Provision for income taxes in 2019 includes a non-recurring tax benefit provided by the so-called “patent box”: € 27.0 million relative to previous years and € 8.3 million related to 2019.

EARNINGS PER SHARE 2019 2018 Change %
Basic € 1.800 € 1.529 17.7
Diluted € 1.764 € 1.494 18.1

Earnings per share (EPS) are based on average shares outstanding during each year, 204,959,193 in 2019 and 204,379,165 in 2018, net of average treasury stock which amounted to 4,165,963 shares in 2019 and 4,745,991 shares in 2018.

Diluted earnings per share is calculated taking into account stock options granted to company personnel.

COMPOSITION OF REVENUE 2019 2018 Change %
Total revenue 1,481,848 1,352,235 9.6
Italy 287,289 273,197 5.2
International 1,194,559 1,079,038 10.7

RECORDATI GROUP
Summary of consolidated results prepared in accordance with the International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
(thousands of €)

ASSETS 31.12.2019 31.12.2018*  
       
Property, plant and equipment 133,342 103,582  
Intangible assets 1,161,760 672,106 **
Goodwill 577,973 577,786 **
Equity investments 38,566 20,773  
Non-current receivables 16,426 5,860  
Deferred tax assets 71,513 81,227 **
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS 1,999,580 1,461,334  
       
Inventories 226,885 206,084  
Trade receivables 296,961 245,742  
Other receivables 79,949 38,462  
Other current assets 7,683 5,193  
Fair value of hedging derivatives (cash flow hedge) 9,949 6,414  
Short-term financial investments, cash and cash equivalents 187,923 198,036  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 809,350 699,931  
TOTAL ASSETS 2,808,930 2,161,265  

*The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated and the possible cumulative effect of initially applying IFRS 16, not significant for the Group, is recognised in retained earnings at the date of initial application.
** Restated amounts following the change in the allocation of the price paid for the acquisition of Tonipharm S.a.s.

RECORDATI GROUP
Summary of consolidated results prepared in accordance with the International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
(thousands of €)

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 31.12.2019 31.12.2018*  
       
Share capital 26,141 26,141  
Capital in excess of par value 83,719 83,719  
Treasury stock (93,480) (145,608)  
Hedging reserve (5,357) (8,399)  
Translation reserve (146,866) (154,146)  
Other reserves 64,651 43,081  
Retained earnings 999,708 897,990  
Net income for the period 368,825 312,376  
Interim dividend (98,764) (91,761)  
Equity attributable to the holders of the Parent 1,198,577 963,393  
Non-controlling interests 234 193  
TOTAL EQUITY 1,198,811 963,586  
       
Loans due after one year 937,344 640,647  
Employees’ termination pay 20,557 19,547  
Deferred tax liabilities 43,172 43,486 **
Other non-current liabilities 22,292 3,257  
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 1,023,365 706,937  
       
Trade payables 175,481 165,020  
Other payables 185,706 85,534  
Tax liabilities 21,094 42,149  
Other current liabilities 12,543 19,359  
Provisions 17,933 21,446  
Fair value of hedging derivatives (cash flow hedge) 10,788 9,746  
Loans due within one year 149,817 130,583  
Bank overdrafts and short-term loans 13,392 16,905  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 586,754 490,742  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 2,808,930 2,161,265  

*The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated and the possible cumulative effect of initially applying IFRS 16, not significant for the Group, is recognised in retained earnings at the date of initial application.
** Restated amounts following the change in the allocation of the price paid for the acquisition of Tonipharm S.a.s.

RECORDATI S.P.A.
Summary of consolidated results prepared in accordance with the International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
(thousands of €)

  2019 2018 Change %
Revenue 446,883 450,741 (0.9)
Operating income 132,065 152,175 (13.2)
Pre-tax income 240,781 263,896 (8.8)
Net income 241,092 217,330 10.9

  31.12.2019 31.12.2018
     
Non-current assets 1,597,320 1,253,889
Current assets 391,986 310,340
TOTAL ASSETS 1,989,306 1,564,229
     
Shareholders’ equity 435,426 336,058
Non-current liabilities 991,794 707,431
Current liabilities 562,086 520,740
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1,989,306 1,564,229

DECLARATION BY THE MANAGER RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPARING THE COMPANY’S FINANCIAL REPORTS

The manager responsible for preparing the company’s financial reports Luigi La Corte declares, pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 154-bis of the Consolidated Law on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this press release corresponds to the document results, books and accounting records.

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