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The Bobst Group
The Bobst Group is the world's foremost supplier of products and
services in the field of solid board, corrugated board and flexible
A dedicated sales and service network with offices in more than
100 countries is able to provide the advice and assistance to users,
whatever the regional characteristics involved.
TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS
After strong bookings during the first quarter, and this despite
the economic slowdown in North America, the second quarter has
registered a decrease in order entry. The good growth of turnover
during the first half-year 2001 will not continue during the second
half-year. An increase of the net profit is nonetheless expected.
Evolution of the activity during the first half-year
The bookings for the majority of the Bobst Group product lines
have increased during the first quarter of this year compared with
the same period last year. Thus, the economic slowdown in North
America could be comensated by the good situation in the other
regions of the world.
However, the persistence of this slowdown combined with the
difficult economic situation in certain Latin American countries and
the gloomy economic climate in Japan has had a negative impact on
bookings during the second quarter. For the whole of the first
half-year 2001, the bookings are lower compared with the same period
last year. This comparison should however be put into perspective, as
the first half-year 2000 was marked by an exceptionally strong
business activity in our customers' industries.
The turnover has progressed by 6.5% during the first six months of
2001 and has reached CHF 675.7m compared with CHF 634.5m in 2000.
This improvement is due to three factors: 1.0% increase in volume,
6.5% rise as a result of the change in the scope of the
consolidation, and 1.0% decrease due to the evolution of the exchange
The operating result amounts to CHF 57.8m compared with CHF 57.2m
last year. It is strongly influenced by the product and geographical
mix of the turnover, as well as by operating costs incurred during
the first six months, which will not be recurrent during the second
The net profit has increased by a very satisfactory 8.6% to reach
The consolidated Balance Sheet shows a decrease of the equity and
an increase of the debts due to the repurchase of shares associated
with the issue of put options to all shareholders for a total amount
of CHF 235.5m.
As already announced, the second phase of the capital
restructuring will take place this autumn with a public offer to
exchange shares, accompanied by an exchange premium for the
shareholders who participate in the exchange. The objectives of this
transaction are to reduce the equity by about CHF 88.0m and to
introduce the single registered share.
Outlook for the second half-year 2001
In view of the present economic situation, the forecast for the
next few months is uncertain. A continuation of the temporary
contraction in the field of the packaging industry is probable. The
hesitations regarding investment decisions observed during the second
quarter are likely to continue.
The Group turnover will probably reach a level similar to the one
in 2000. However, due to the change in the scope of the consolidation
in relation with last year's acquisition/alliance (Fairfield
Enterprises Inc. and BHS Corrugated GmbH), the turnover will still
increase by 1 to 2%.
The evolution of the exchange rates is not foreseeable. An
increase in net profit is expected. The year 2001 will not have to
absorb extraordinary restructuring costs, and the profitability in
several business areas is improving. This evolution, together with
the reduction of the equity which will be accomplished this year,
will considerably increase the return on equity. Thus, the single
registered share should get the attention it deserves on the stock
The Half Year Report 2001 can be downloaded from the enclosed
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