August 22, 2013 // Franchising.com // Pullach – Sixt Group closed out a good first half year 2013 with business performance in line with company expectations. The international mobility service provider's two business units, Vehicle Rental and Leasing, recorded revenue growth. Consolidated operating revenue for the first half year climbed 2.7% to EUR 704.3 million. Group earnings were on a high level, though slightly below the previous year, as had been forecast, because of a weak economic environment in Europe and the start-up costs for strategic growth initiatives. The Managing Board confirms its previous projections for the full year 2013.
Erich Sixt, Chairman of the Managing Board of Sixt SE: "After the first half of the year Sixt is fully on track. We have managed to more than compensate for a drop in domestic demand through numerous measures for expansion abroad. As far as profitability is concerned, Sixt remains industry leader with a pre-tax return on revenue of more than 8%. We are staying the course for the second half of the year and will utilize growth opportunities with all due caution. Despite the recession in Europe, we expect once again to see a satisfactory result for this year."
In the first half of this year Sixt added 82,900 vehicles with a total value of EUR 2.04 billion to the rental and leasing fleets at home and abroad, after having added some 85,800 vehicles, also with a value of EUR 2.04 billion, over the same period the year before. This is a decrease of 3.4% in the number of vehicles, while the total value of vehicles remains the same. During the first half of the year Sixt generally maintained its principle of pursuing a cautious and demand-driven fleet policy given the general economic situation in Europe.
The Sixt Group's equity totalled EUR 621.7 million as per the middle of the year 2013, after EUR 632.8 million as per 31 December 2012 (- EUR 11.1 million). Due account must be taken, however, of the June payment of dividends for fiscal year 2012 in the total amount of EUR 48.2 million. At 25.6% the equity ratio continues as top rating for the rental and leasing industry (31 December 2012: 29.1%).
The conversion of Sixt Aktiengesellschaft as the holding company for the Sixt Group into a European Stock Corporation (SE) has been completed with entry into the commercial register. This means that the corresponding resolution taken by the Annual General Meeting on 20 June 2013 has been enacted. Choosing SE, which is internationally more recognized than the German AG, as the legal form is a commitment for the further international expansion of the Sixt Group.
The Managing Board affirms its previous expectations for the full year 2013: while it estimates that domestic demand for the Vehicle Rental Business Unit will remain weak due to economic conditions, the Board expects dynamic growth in the rest of Europe and the USA. All in all, the Managing Board expects that consolidated rental revenues for 2013 will stay stable, and at most contract slightly. In the Leasing Business Unit, Sixt expects marginally higher revenues.
Subject to the general economic outlook in Europe not worsening further than projected, Sixt expects consolidated EBT for 2013 to be slightly lower than last year but expects once again to see a good earnings position in the prevailing market conditions.
Sixt covers more than 70% of the European rental market with its own subsidiary companies. In addition, the company has an active presence in the USA through its own rental stations. In the other European countries and in other global regions, the Sixt brand is represented by a close-knit network of franchisees. Overall, in the Vehicle Rental Business Unit Sixt is now active in over 100 countries.
The expansion in the USA continued in the first half of 2013, so that Sixt meanwhile has 15 of its own stations in the world's biggest vehicle rental market. Parallel to this, the company started to set-up a network of efficient franchisees.
The premium carsharing joint venture DriveNow continues its expansion drive with the number of registered users now reaching around 140,000. The premium carsharing service offers around 1,700 top-quality BMW and MINI cars in the Metropolitan cities of Berlin, Munich, Cologne, and Düsseldorf. Since June the fleets stationed in Berlin and Munich have included more than 50 fully electric BMW ActiveE models.
All in all, the Vehicle Rental Business Unit had an average of 72,500 vehicles in operation during the first half of the year (excluding franchisees), which was around 5.6% fewer than the annual average for 2012.
The Vehicle Rental Business Unit generated rental revenue of EUR 465.9 million during the first six months of 2013 (+2.9%). In Germany, where Sixt has been unrivalled market leader for many years, rental revenue decreased by 4.2% because of the general economic climate, while the many expansion activities abroad meant dynamic growth for foreign operations, up by 16.6%. Revenue for the Business Unit rose 2.3% during the first half of 2013 to a total of
EUR 509.3 million (H1 2012: EUR 497.7 million).
EBT for the first half year came to EUR 50.9 million, only EUR 3.0 million below last year's total of EUR 53.9 million.
Sixt Leasing is one of Germany’s largest vendor-neutral, non-bank full-service leasing companies, whose services extend not only to classic finance leasing but also to a broad range of services for efficient fleet management that reduces the customers' mobility costs.
In an environment that continues to be characterized by stiff competition, the Business Unit's contract portfolio at home and abroad (excluding franchisees) as per the middle of 2013 stood at 63,900 contracts, around 3% higher than the level at the end of 2012 (62,200).
Leasing revenue rose 3.6% during the first half of 2013 to EUR 195.0 million (H1 2012: EUR 188.3 million). The Business Unit's total revenue (including the revenues from the sale of used leasing vehicles) amounted to
EUR 268.7 million (H1 2012: EUR 275.0 million; -2.3%).
For the first six months the Business Unit reports EBT of EUR 9.1 million (H1 2012: EUR 9.6 million).
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Note to editors: The Sixt SE report on the First Six Months of 2013 can now be downloaded at http://se.sixt.de/en/.