CEO of the Pfleiderer Group
2016 was not only the most exceptional year in the last 20 years of Pfleiderer Group, but also a significant milestone, we successfully completed the reorganization of the Group. The re-IPO process was finalized in January 2016 and lifted the Company to the next level. As a result of the merger of the Eastern and Western segments, ONE PFLEIDERER - one of the Europeans leading manufacturer of wood-based products was established. However, the history of our company is a history of pivotal moments, made to retain a leading position in the wood based panel industry and construction market – it starts more than 120 years ago. For us it is a starting point to develop our company successfully further. We want to continue to profitability growth in a sustainable way, as wood is probably the closest and the most natural materials for humans, the care for environment is encoded in the DNA of our company.
Business also developed to our complete satisfaction in 2016. Our already excellent positioning in the challenging market environment in Europe continued to improve and is supported by the growth of the national economies with positive outlook for the construction markets in both DACH and Poland. Today, we can declare that our concentration on premium strategy in value-added segment was a good decision, were successful and became the manufacturer of state-of-the-art, high-quality products that are used in prospective business sectors.
In the whole 2016 year, the Pfleiderer Group generated revenues of EUR 960 million against EUR 984.5 million (including old Pfleiderer Group) in revenues in 2015. This reduction was mainly affected by lower sales prices and a negative exchange rate effect by EUR 28.7 million, but was compensated by a stable volume growth in all product categories (EUR 19 million) and overall favorable material prices. Normalized EBITDA amounted to EUR 148.9 million and increased by 12.5% compared with 2015. The margin on normalized EBITDA was a record in the perspective of 20 years and amounted to 15.5%. The Group is well on track and we are expecting the sustainable EBITDA to increase further over this year. The Group’s business performance is supported by a strong volume demand across all product groups in particular value added products, such as HPL and laminated particleboard.
We successfully strengthened our ability to invest, reflected in capital expenditure in the amount of EUR 52 million in 2016. The implementation of strategic projects, such as 4-Pack Project in Grajewo, a new worktop line and Dynasteam in Wieruszów, sanding line in the biggest particleboard production plant in Neumarkt, as well as improved operational efficiency what in overall increases Pfleiderer’s competitiveness in the market.
Last year we changed the name of the company - Pfleiderer Grajewo SA has become the Pfleiderer Group SA - the new name reflects the international nature of the Group. At the same time the Company's main office was moved from Grajewo to Wroclaw. Strategic changes have been made in the structure of the Group, which is expected to increase management efficiency and force Group’s future development as an international entity.
In January 2017 during BAU Trade Fair in Munich one common collection “ONE COLLECTION” was first time presented, under our motto “Inspirations close to you”. It is a unique program of 360 different decors. The concept of "Inspirations close to you" covers besides new decors, also a number of new surface structures and new boards as well as worktops. In addition, Pfleiderer range also includes innovations like electrostatically dissipative wood-based panels, genuine metal finishes and customized digital prints.
This year, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first quotation of the Company’s shares on Warsaw Stock Exchange. This historic event for the Company took place on 6 May 1997. In March last year, we joined the mWIG40 index, the prestigious group of Polish issuers that can boast of such a long experience. The Company’s success was reflected in shares quotations which, beginning of this year, reached their maximum since almost 10 years and were priced at over 45 PLN, this means that the Company’s market capitalization has increased to almost PLN 2.8 billion. We would like to warmly thank our shareholders for the trust they have shown in our company. To allow you to participate in our success we shared our profit by paying the dividend last year in the amount of PLN 64.7 million, equal to 57.7% of the consolidated net profit earned in 2015.
Our 3,400 employees made a huge contribution to the particularly successful year. We would like to take this opportunity to especially thank them for their efforts in building value of the Pfleiderer Group.
President of the Management Board