DGAP-News: Berentzen Group publishes Interim Report for the first quarter of 2021: Positive operating result despite ongoing lockdown

2021. május 04., kedd, 07:10

DGAP-News: Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft

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Berentzen Group publishes Interim Report for the first quarter of 2021: Positive operating result despite ongoing lockdown

04.05.2021 / 07:10

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Press release No. 10/2021

Berentzen Group publishes Interim Report for the first quarter of 2021
Positive operating result despite ongoing lockdown

- Consolidated revenues of EUR 31.4 million achieved

- Consolidated EBIT and consolidated EBITDA are positive but lower than in Q1 2020, as anticipated

- Forecast for the 2021 financial year confirmed

Haselünne, May 4, 2021 - Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft, which is listed on the Regulated Market (General Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE0005201602), today presented its Interim Report for the first quarter of the 2021 financial year. Over the first three months of this year, the corporate group generated consolidated revenues of EUR 31.4 million (Q1 2020: EUR 36.2 million). Consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (consolidated EBIT) for the first quarter stood at EUR 0.5 million (Q1 2020: EUR 1.1 million). Consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (consolidated EBITDA) came to EUR 2.7 million (Q1 2020: EUR 3.2 million).

"As expected, and as we already communicated at the beginning of the year, the coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on our business activities in the first quarter of the 2021 financial year," explained Oliver Schwegmann, one of the members of the Executive Board of Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft. The ongoing lockdown has placed massive restrictions on public and private life over all three months of the quarter, he continued, pointing out the contrast to the equivalent quarter in the previous year, when the pandemic only resulted in dampening effects lasting several weeks - starting in mid-March. "Despite this challenging economic and social situation, we still managed to close the first quarter of 2021 profitably and achieve a positive consolidated operating result", said Schwegmann.

All segments across the Berentzen Group experienced declines in revenues, although to widely varying extents. The Fresh Juice Systems segment continued to record the strongest fall in revenues. Developments were also very heterogeneous within the segments. "While in the Spirits segment, for example, revenues from our core brands Berentzen and Puschkin continue to suffer massively from the cancellation of consumption occasions, such as public and private celebrations, we achieved significant growth among our premium spirits as well as in the area of brands and private-label brands", explained Schwegmann, adding: "Despite the challenging times we are facing, our Non-alcoholic Beverages segment again recorded double-digit revenue growth thanks to the Mio Mio brand. However, the franchise business" significant slump in restaurants coupled with lower revenues from the contract bottling business in particular resulted in an overall decline in revenues in this segment."

Further outlook for the 2021 financial year

Given the current rate of infection and the ongoing lockdown situation, the Berentzen Group anticipates challenges in the second quarter of the financial year, too. However, as the vaccination programme progresses and steps are taken to return to normality, the corporate group expects to see a gradual recovery in its business activities over the further course of the year. The corporate group therefore confirms its annual forecast again today. Specifically, the corporate group expects to achieve consolidated revenues in the range of EUR 152.0 million to EUR 158.0 million, a consolidated EBIT between EUR 4.0 million and EUR 6.0 million and a consolidated EBITDA between EUR 13.0 million and EUR 15.0 million.

About the Berentzen Group:

The Berentzen Group is a broad-based beverage company operating in the following three segments: Spirits, Non-alcoholic Beverages and Fresh Juice Systems. The Berentzen Group is one of the oldest producers of spirits in Germany with a corporate history going back over 250 years. Today, it has a presence in more than 60 countries around the world with well-known brands like Berentzen and Puschkin and attractively priced private label products. In its Non-alcoholic Beverages segment, the corporate group produces mineral waters, carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks under its own brands and also boasts more than 50 years of experience in the franchise business for soft drinks, currently acting as franchisee for the Sinalco brand. In addition, the Berentzen Group markets innovative fresh juice systems under the Citrocasa brand in its third segment, thus serving the fast-growing market for modern, health-oriented drinks. The Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft share (ISIN DE0005201602) is listed on the regulated market (General Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Further information is available at

Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft

Thorsten Schmitt

Corporate Communications

& Investor Relations

Tel. +49 (0) 5961 502 215

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Language: English
Company: Berentzen-Gruppe Aktiengesellschaft

Ritterstraße 7

49740 Haselünne

Phone: +49 (0)5961 502-0
Fax: +49 (0)5961 502-550
E-mail: ir@berentzen.de
Internet: www.berentzen-gruppe.de
ISIN: DE0005201602, ,
WKN: 520160
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (General Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1192016

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