RISK MANAGEMENT

EXTERNAL FACTORS AFFECTING THE GROUP’S BUSINESS:

  • Broader collaboration with customers, based on long-term framework agreements, providing the parties with assurance of stable cooperation and long-term development.
  • Customer insolvency risk – the Group monitors the financial liquidity of its customers on an ongoing basis, and mitigates the risk by using trade credit insurance.
  • Close cooperation with suppliers – key raw materials purchased by the Group include wood and wood waste, decorative paper, chemical substances, and machine parts. The Group mitigates the related risk by using diversified sources of supplies. Increases in the prices of the raw materials affect the Group as well as its competitors and therefore have no adverse impact on the Group’s competitive position.
  • Currency risk – the Group monitors its exposure to exchange-rate fluctuations on an ongoing basis and relies on natural hedging and forward transactions to hedge the risk.
  • Seasonality – sales typically fall in the second quarter and peak in the second half of the calendar year. Seasonal changes do not give rise to a significant risk for the Group as lower sales in the period are accompanied by lower purchases of raw materials. The Group’s liquidity remains stable in the second quarter.

INTERNAL FACTORS AFFECTING THE GROUP’S BUSINESS:

  • Technological process – the technologies implemented by the Group result in exposure to fire hazard. To mitigate the risk, the Group uses a number of technical and organisational safeguards. The risk of unplanned downtime is reduced through the implementation of an annual maintenance and modernization as well as maintaining a strategic stock of spare parts.
  • Liquidity risk – as the Parent, Pfleiderer Grajewo S.A. bears all the burdens related to the financing of investment projects. The debt level is monitored on an ongoing basis. To mitigate the liquidity risk, the Group uses a full spectrum of available financial instruments.

RISK MANAGEMENT

The Pfleiderer Group is currently reorganizing and repositioning itself on the market. This is particularly reflected in a Group-wide, fundamental project to reorganize business and operating activities. This project with the name “ONE PFLEIDERER” has the objective of harmonizing and optimizing operational business processes such as procurement, supply chain management, sales, production planning etc. and the administrative processes of the two existing divisions “Core West” and “Core East” under the management of the new parent company Pfleiderer GroupS.A. This will be visible not least in a uniform collection for the entire Capital Group that will be offered in both Eastern and Western Europe starting next year. Processes will be standardized and improved for the entire Pfleiderer Group in order to reduce and overcome duplications and inefficiencies, not only in operations but also in the administrative area. Pfleiderer “West” and “East” will grow together – as ONE PFLEIDERER – if we:

  • coordinate our brand presentation with one another,
  • improve our competitiveness and growth rates,
  • have a more extensive presence in our core markets,
  • utilize existing advantages with the aid of shared supplier management,
  • adapt more quickly to market conditions on the basis of a leaner and more dynamic organization,
  • break down internal “borders” and tap existing skills transnationally, and
  • optimize the performance of individual units, thereby boosting profitability.

In light of the expected general macroeconomic and sector-specific development and the measures mentioned, we expect our revenues to increase. In the 2016 financial year, we expect sales revenues for continuing operations to record growth in the low single-digit percentage range. As a result of the measures initiated, we expect sustainable EBITDA to increase by a low double-digit percentage. Net debt of the continuing operations is expected to remain virtually constant. This will result in a further improvement
in leverage and gearing. Cash and cash equivalents will increase by around one-tenth in line with our plans as a result of the planned business development. The equity ratio will increase slightly again, primarily due to the anticipated positive development of earnings.

The accuracy of these forecasts and opportunities largely depends upon successful implementation of the projects and measures described, and upon the accuracy of the macroeconomic and industry-specific forecasts.

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