Ducati: full year 2006 financial results
The Board of Directors of Ducati Motor Holding SpA (Borsa Italiana: DMH, NYSE: DMH) approved today the results for 2006 confirming the preliminary results previously reported on February 14, 2007.
The full year 2006 results show a significant reversal of the 2005 trend with a return to a positive operating result and a substantial improvement of the net financial position. The results are due to a successful relaunch strategy implemented at the end of 2005 which focused on the improvement of gross margin, reduction of dealer stock, reduction of fixed costs and working capital.
Revenues for 2006 are Euro 304.8 million, down 1.2% compared to 2005 with a decrease in the number of bikes sold and revenues partially offset by an improvement in bike mix and by an increase in sales of accessories and apparel.
32.312 bikes were sold in 2006 yielding revenues of Euro 239.7 million (bike units -6.4% with revenues down 3% versus 2005) while sales of spare parts, accessories and apparel and reached revenues of Euro 60.1 million (up 3.4% on 2005)
The decrease in the number of bikes sold, and the increase in the number of registrations (35.286 units, up by 2.1% over 2005), generated a network stock reduction of 3000 bikes equivalent to approximately 1 month of sales and in line with the relaunch strategy.
Registrations increased notably in the USA (+16.3%), in the non-subsidiary countries (+9.4%), in France (+1.5%), and in Japan (+0.8%) whilst they decreased in the UK (-16.5%), Benelux (-12.5%), Germany (-8.8%) and Italy (-3.9%). It is important to consider that the new Superbike 1098 has had very little impact on the 2006 registrations due to being distributed only during the last months of the year.
Gross margin for 2006 amounted to Euro 72.7 million or 23.9% of revenues versus Euro 47.3 million or 15.3% in 2005. The consistent increase is due to an improved product mix, fewer amortizations and the extraordinary devaluation in 2005.
EBITDA was Euro 27 million or 8.9% of revenues compared to a negative EBITDA in 2005 of Euro 0.3 million. The increase is due to the improved bike mix and to extraordinary accruals in 2005.
The operating result (EBIT) was positive at Euro 4.8 million versus a loss of euro 33.6 million the previous year, thanks to the improved EBITDA and lower accruals.
EBT was negative at Euro 1.6 million versus a loss of Euro 41 million the previous year, thanks to the improved operating result and reduced financial charges.
Net result was negative at Euro 8.5 million compared to a loss of Euro 41.5 million the previous year and includes the accrual of deferred taxes.
The Board of Directors of the company Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., taking into consideration that:
(i) the Board will expire upon the approval of the financial statements at 12/31/2006;
(ii) the Shareholders’ Meeting convened (by notice published on Finanza & Mercati on March 13, 2007) on April 13, 2007 on first call and, if necessary, on April 16, 2007 on second call, may approve the proposal to modify the Company’s corporate governance system by adopting the traditional corporate governance system (based on the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors) instead of the current one-tier system, and the consequential amendments of the by-laws; and
(iii) the Shareholders may be interested in appointing the Company’s boards according to the new corporate governance system that may be approved by the April 13-16, 2007
Shareholders’ Meeting has resolved to avail itself of the longer term pursuant to article 2364, second paragraph, of the Italian civil code and article 10.2 of the Company’s by-laws in order to convene the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting for the approval of the financial statements, i.e. 180 days from the end of the fiscal year.
The purpose is to give the Shareholders an adequate period of time to submit and deposit the lists of candidates as members of the Board of Directors and of the Board of Statutory Auditors in the event the April 13-16, 2007 Shareholders’ Meeting approves the adoption of the traditional corporate governance system and provided that - if said system is not approved - the Shareholders shall appoint the members of the Board of Directors according to the current one-tier system.
The Company will promptly and adequately disclose the resolutions of the April 13-16, 2007 Shareholders’ Meeting and the new text of the by-laws adopted by it, in order to allow the Shareholders to deposit at the Company’s registered office the lists of candidates in accordance with the applicable provisions of the by-laws, by a notice that will be published on the day following the April 13-16, 2007 Shareholders’ Meeting on Finanza & Mercati, made available to the public at the Company’s registered office and published on the website http://www.ducati.com.
Federico Minoli, Ducati’s President and CEO commented on the 2006 results: "I am extremely satisfied with the results brought by Ducati’s relaunch plan which is living up to our expectations and is producing results earlier than anticipated. In particular the decrease of dealer inventory is a good preparation for the sale of new products in 2007. The new Superbike 1098, Hypermotard, and Desmosedici are creating high expectations in the market and a significant number of orders. These products will further increase the gross margin.
On the race track 2006 was a year of unprecedented successes: World Champions of Superbike, and 4 victories and 9 podium places in the MotoGP Championship. The 2007 season opened with an outstanding victory in Qatar with the new GP800 and with Troy Bayliss’ first and second places at the Philip Island Superbike. A result that no other European manufacturer has ever achieved".
Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. The Company produces motorcycles in seven market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Supersport, Monster, Sport Touring, Multistrada SportClassic and the new Hypermotard. The Company’s motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, Japan and North American markets. Ducati has won fourteen of the last sixteen World Superbike Championship titles and more individual victories than the competition put together. Since 2003 Ducati has also been taking part in the MotoGP World Championship. For more information about the Company, please visit our web site at http://www.ducati.com