PRESS RELEASE: A.S. Création Tapeten AG: Successful fiscal year 2020

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A.S. Création Tapeten AG: Successful fiscal year 2020
2021-03-25 / 10:00
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A.S. Création Tapeten AG, Gummersbach
Successful fiscal year 2020
Increased revenues
In spite of the difficult environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, A.S. Création was able to clearly grow its
revenues in the fiscal year 2020. At EUR 144.9 million, consolidated revenues were up by 2.7% on the previous year's EUR
141.1 million. The successful revenue trend was primarily supported by strong growth in Germany.
Greatly improved results from operations
Earnings before interest and taxes stood at EUR 4.4 million (previous year: EUR 4.5 million) and earnings after taxes from
continuing operations at EUR 1.5 million (previous year: EUR 2.4 million). As the Russian and Belarusian roubles
depreciated against the euro in the course of 2020, A.S. Création had to absorb significant exchange losses in the year
under review, compared to exchange gains in the previous year. Adjusted for these non-cash currency effects, earnings
before interest and taxes for 2020 stood at EUR 8.8 million (previous year: EUR 3.4 million) and earnings after taxes from
continuing operations at EUR 5.5 million (previous year: EUR 1.4 million). The clearly improved result is primarily due to
the increase in revenues, which was achieved with a simultaneous increase in the gross profit margin from 50.5% in the
previous year to 53.0% in the fiscal year 2020. This growth primarily reflects the expansion of the share of
higher-value products in the total product range as well as the increased share of high-margin low-volume business in
Constant dividend of EUR 0.90 per share planned
Against the background of the improved results from operations, the very good financial position and the positive
outlook, the Managing Board and the Supervisory Board propose to distribute an unchanged dividend of EUR 0.90 per share
to the shareholders for the fiscal year 2020. A decision on this proposal will be made by the Annual General Meeting of
Shareholders scheduled for May 6, 2021.
Positive outlook
Despite all the short-term uncertainties and risks, the Managing Board believes that A.S. Création is very well
positioned for the medium term, i.e. for post-COVID times. Wallpapers and furnishing fabrics benefit from mega trends
such as individualisation or people's growing appreciation of their own home. A.S. Création has made great strides in
its own internationalisation, both in terms of product portfolio and organisation, and is therefore in a position to
react quickly to market changes and to take advantage of growth opportunities. What is more, the investments made in
the modernisation of logistics and in an innovative digital printing press as well as the planned future investments in
digitalisation and modernisation will additionally stimulate growth.
It is currently not possible to make a reliable estimate of the effects the coronavirus pandemic will have in the short
term, i.e. the current fiscal year 2021. In spite of the uncertainty, however, the Managing Board sticks to its plans
and budgets for the fiscal year 2021, which provide for sales revenues of between EUR 147 million and EUR 157 million,
earnings before interest and taxes adjusted for currency effects of between EUR 9 million and EUR 11 million and earnings
after taxes of between EUR 6 million and EUR 7.5 million. The critical question is how long the renewed COVID-19
restrictions in the private, public and commercial sectors will last and whether there will be any catch-up effects
later in the year - similar to the fiscal year 2020 - once the lockdowns are lifted.
Gummersbach, March 25, 2021
A.S. Création Tapeten AG
The Managing Board
Maik Krämer, Director of Finance and Controlling, phone +49-2261-542 387, e-mail:
The 2020 Annual Report is available at or from:
A.S. Création Tapeten AG, Frau Börngen, Südstr. 47, D - 51645 Gummersbach, phone +49-2261-542 350,
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Phone: +49 22 61 54 2-0
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