DGAP-News: AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA
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AURELIUS Equity Opportunities begins the 2022 financial year with a robust first quarter
Munich, May 12, 2022 – AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (“AURELIUS”; ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) publishes its results for the first quarter of 2022. Total consolidated revenues came to EUR 759.9 million (Q1 2021: EUR 809.7 million). The decline from the first quarter of last year is largely attributable to the sale of Office Depot Europe in the fourth quarter of 2021. Nonetheless, annualized consolidated revenues from continued operations rose further to EUR 2,975.8 million (Q1 2021: EUR 2,673.2 million).
Solid operating EBITDA of EUR 49.7 million
Gains on exits amounted to EUR 38.2 million (Q1 2021: EUR 37.8 million). They mainly consisted of the proceeds from the sale of AKAD University, which had been significantly improved during the time it belonged to AURELIUS. The EBITDA of the combined Group rose to EUR 79.1 million (Q1 2021: EUR 74.2 million).
Modest increase in net asset value despite uncertain market environment
The ongoing geopolitical uncertainties associated with the war in Ukraine made it necessary to apply a flat-rate safety discount at the end of 2021. At the reporting date of 3/31/2022, this safety discount is included in the valuations of the portfolio companies.
At EUR 403.0 million, Group-level cash and cash equivalents were satisfactory as of March 31, 2022 (12/13/2021: EUR 444.0 million), especially considering the cash outflows of approx. EUR 70 million for acquisitions and the still active share buyback program with a volume of more than EUR 10 million at the reporting date. The equity ratio rose slightly to 26.5 percent (12/13/2021: 26.0 percent).
Significant transactions, sharpened portfolio focus, and enhanced ESG commitment
In the category of add-on acquisitions to strengthen existing portfolio companies, AURELIUS Equity Opportunities acquired five new companies. In January, BGP Building Partners Group acquired the container trading firm Container Handelsbüro Peter Bonitz e. K. End of March, BMC Benelux acquired De Rycke Baumaterialien and the European Imaging Group acquired CameraNU.nl B.V. Furthermore, VAG acquired RTS a Brazilian supplier of valve solutions. After that, the European Imaging Group also purchased a majority interest in Cyfrowe.pl. upon the closing date in May 2022.
Acting together with AURELIUS European Opportunities Fund IV, AURELIUS Equity Opportunities also expanded the jointly held portfolio through additional acquisitions. In February, Minova was purchased from the Australian company Orica Limited as part of a global carve-out transaction. Minova is a globally active manufacturer and supplier of ground support and bolting systems and services to mining and infrastructure customers. After that, Ceramic Tile Distributors (CTD) was purchased from Saint-Gobain as part of a global carve-out transaction. CTD is a specialized British supplier of premium-quality ceramic tiles with a leading position in the B2B market. The acquisition closed at the start of April 2022.
The largest acquisition in the company’s history to date was completed with the acquisition of the British operations of McKesson Corporation, including the brands LloydsPharmacy, John Bell & Croyden, and AAH Pharmaceuticals. This transaction was successfully finalized at the start of April 2022. Of particular interest is the highly successful sale of AKAD University, Germany’s oldest private distance university, to Galileo Global Education, Europe’s biggest education group, in the first quarter of 2022.
“Also in the past quarter, our ability to sustainably and successfully drive strategic growth and enhance shareholder value is attested by the strength of our portfolio, including both new acquisitions and exits. We strive every day to offset macroeconomic imbalances and navigate uncertainties also by leveraging the operational closeness to our portfolio companies,” Täubl said.
AURELIUS Equity Opportunities is also further sharpening its focus on ESG topics. AURELIUS deepened its own commitment by joining the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s most important initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance, as well as the national subsidiary German Global Compact Network, as announced in April 2022.
Outlook: Exact developments are hard to predict in the current market environment, additional analyst firm commences coverage
“We have brought the challenging first quarter to a successful conclusion. What this means for AURELIUS Equity Opportunities is that we are pursuing the exact right strategy. This was also proven by the acquisition of the UK operations of McKesson Corporation under the co-investment structure – the biggest transaction in the history of our company. Moreover, an additional analyst firm, Pareto Securities, has commenced coverage of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities with a buy recommendation. This expert assessment also proves that our untapped potential is high. Nonetheless, we must remain vigilant because the outlook is subject to a high degree of macroeconomic uncertainty,” Täubl comments.
AURELIUS Equity Opportunities will hold its 2022 annual general meeting on June 21, 2022.
1) The prior-year consolidated statement of comprehensive income has been adjusted for comparison purposes in accordance with IFRS 5.
Net Asset Value of the AURELIUS Portfolio (in EUR millions)
NAV has been presented on a net basis since December 31, 2021. For this purpose, expected transaction costs to be incurred upon the sale of portfolio companies and all expected management compensation attributable to individual portfolio companies are deducted from the gross NAV figure. This methodology is now separately applied to calculate the NAVs of the portfolio companies instead of deducting an aggregate figure. Thus, the total NAV for the first quarter of 2022 is exactly equivalent to the potential net cash inflows of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities.
Our key investment platforms are AURELIUS European Opportunities IV fund and the listed AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8, Ticker Symbol: AR4), which specialise in corporate carve-out transactions and acquiring companies with development potential in the mid-market. The investment strategy’s core element is growth of its portfolio companies, supported by a team of almost 100 operating taskforce experts.
AURELIUS Group additionally operates in the areas of growth capital, real estate and alternative lending solutions. AURELIUS Growth Investments participates in leveraged buyouts in mid-market succession situations. AURELIUS Real Estate Opportunities focuses on real estate investments, the value of which can be increased in the long-term by means of active management. AURELIUS Finance Company provides flexible lending solutions to firms across Europe.
With its group charity AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V., AURELIUS provides comprehensive support to refugees on their way towards a better life.
To find out more, visit www.aurelius-group.com
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