The EGGER Group, with headquarters in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria, has completed the first half of its 2019-20 financial year (reference date October 31, 2019) with consolidated revenues of 1.48 billion euro ($1.65 billion) and revenue increases of 3.4% as compared to the previous year. The result before interest, taxes and depreciation (EBITDA) is 220.1 million euro (-4.9% as compared to the previous year). These results should be taken into account alongside massive investments and associated set-up and start-up costs that are in line with the company's strategic growth plans. During the reporting period, EGGER started operating its 19th plant in Poland. The outlook for the second half of the year is also confident.
"Overall, we succeeded in making good use of our capacities in the last half-year and generating satisfactory sales and earnings with our 19 locations," said Thomas Leissing, Head of Finance / Administration / Logistics and spokesperson of the EGGER Group Management. "Between May and October 2019, the market environment in our core markets in Europe and Russia was satisfactory and enabled us to achieve stable development. We were challenged by the Argentine market, which was characterised by very high inflation and the currency depreciation of the Argentine peso and the associated economic recession."
The first half of the financial year was characterized above all by the continued high level of investment activity: In the past six months alone, 297.4 million euro was spent on growth and maintenance investments. At the end of June 2019, the 19th production site in Biskupiec, Poland, successfully went into operation. Production is to begin at the first U.S. site in Lexington, North Carolina, by the end of 2020.
Revenue increases were recorded in all EGGER divisions dedicated to the production and marketing of decorative products for furniture and interior design. The Decorative Products Central Division generated revenues of 447.0 million euro (+2.2% as compared to the previous year). The Decorative Products West Division also increased revenues by 2.2% to 364.7 million euro. Revenues in the Decorative Products East Division rose by 6.4% to 455.6 million euro. The latest division, Decorative Products Americas, increased revenues by 27.1% to 68.8 million euro. In addition to the South American site in Concordia, Argentina, this includes market development activities in North America for the plant under construction in Lexington.
The Flooring Products Division accounted for 14.0% of total reveenues and, at 231.2 million euro, was also up 2.6% as compared to the previous year. The Other segment, which in addition to the Brilon, Germany sawmill includes the Group functions and other independent areas, accounted for 88.1 million euro of total revenues, or 5.3%. Revenues in this segment fell by 9.1% as compared to the previous year, mainly due to lower sawn timber prices. A similar development was recorded in the OSB product area, the results of which are integrated in the Decorative Products East and Flooring Products divisions due to plant allocations.
Ulrich Bühler, Head of Sales/Marketing of the EGGER Group, is convinced that the new EGGER Decorative Collection, which will be launched to the market in February 2020, will provide a significant growth boost.
“The global collection for distributors, craftsmanship and architecture has made a fundamental contribution to our company’s success over the past three years," Bühler said. "With this new edition, we want to build on this success story for ourselves and our customers.“