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Smurfit Kappa Group plc ('SKG' or 'the Group') today announced results for the half year ending 30 June 2021.

 

2021 Half Year | Key Financial Performance Measures

 
                                                H1        H1 
EURm                                             2021      2020     Change 
Revenue                                         EUR4,679  EUR4,203  11% 
EBITDA (1)                                      EUR781    EUR735    6% 
EBITDA Margin (1)                               16.7%     17.5% 
Operating Profit before Exceptional Items (1)   EUR477    EUR450    6% 
Profit before Income Tax                        EUR413    EUR383    8% 
Basic EPS (cent)                                119.9     116.9     3% 
Pre-exceptional Basic EPS (cent) (1)            119.9     116.9     3% 
Free Cash Flow (1)                              EUR117    EUR238    (51%) 
Return on Capital Employed (1)                  14.8%     14.8% 
 
Net Debt (1)                                    EUR2,549  EUR3,257 
Net Debt to EBITDA (LTM) (1)                    1.6x      2.1x 
 

Key Points:

   -- Revenue growth of 11% 
 
   -- EBITDA of EUR781 million with an EBITDA margin of 16.7% 
 
   -- Corrugated growth of over 10% and over 9% versus 2020 and 2019 
      respectively 
 
   -- Accelerating investment plans to meet customer needs and capitalise on 
      growth 
 
   -- Agreement to acquire 600,000 tonne recycled containerboard mill 
 
   -- Strong and progressive corrugated price recovery offsetting significant 
      input cost increases 
 
   -- Interim dividend increased by 5% to 29.3 cent per share 
 

Performance Review and Outlook

 

Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, commented:

 

"I am pleased to report a strong first half performance with revenue growth of 11%, EBITDA of EUR781 million and an EBITDA margin of 16.7%. Growth in corrugated was over 10% against the same period in 2020 and over 9% on 2019 and we continue to see strong demand for our core products.

 

"As a result of our past and current capital investments in our integrated business model, we have, for the most part, been able to fulfil our customers' needs during this period of exceptionally strong demand. It has also been a period of significant input cost pressures which we have and will continue to recover through corrugated price increases.

 

"Against this backdrop our European business delivered a strong performance with EBITDA of EUR591 million and an EBITDA margin of 16.2%. Our Americas business equally delivered a strong performance with EBITDA of EUR211 million and an EBITDA margin of 20.4%. These performances reflect the benefits of our integrated business model, our investment programmes, strong market positions and our performance culture which has come to the fore during these high pressured times. I would like to pay a special tribute to all our people who are going the extra mile to satisfy customer demands.

 

"To further strengthen the integration of the Group and the security of supply for our customers we are pleased to announce today the acquisition, subject to customary closing conditions, of a world-class recycled containerboard mill with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes. This mill is strategically well positioned in Northern Italy, it is highly complementary to our existing operational footprint and will support the acceleration of the significant investments we are making in our converting operations.

 

"In addition to our announced acquisition in Italy we were also delighted to complete the acquisition of two operations in our Americas region in Peru and Mexico. These two businesses further add to our geographic footprint, including a new market through Peru, and customer offering, and I am delighted to welcome a further 608 employees to Smurfit Kappa. We continue to be excited by the opportunities presented by this region.

 

"We are accelerating our investment plans to capitalise on the significant growth opportunities available to us. This growth is coming from the structural drivers of paper-based packaging, as the sustainable product of choice by consumers and customers alike, as well as the continued strong growth in e-commerce. I am very proud of our product development teams in SKG who have ensured our product offering in innovation and design is the best in the industry globally.

 

"During the first half we also published our 14(th) Sustainable Development Report, independently assured for over 10 years. Amongst the highlights of the 2020 report was significant action across our key metrics, such as, a further 7% reduction in our carbon intensity, an 18% reduction in waste to landfill intensity and a 29% improvement in safety performance.

 

"I am also happy to report that both Moody's and Standard & Poor's have upgraded our credit rating to Baa3 and BBB- respectively, in addition to Fitch's BBB- rating.

 

"The second half has continued the trend of strong demand and corrugated price recovery. SKG remains very confident in our prospects and excited about the opportunities for our business. Our first half performance has established a platform for strong and accelerated earnings growth through the remainder of 2021.

 

"Reflecting this and the future prospects of the business the Board is recommending a 5% increase in the interim dividend."

 

About Smurfit Kappa

 

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 36 countries and with revenue of EUR8.5 billion in 2020. We are located in 23 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America. Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

 

With our proactive team, we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-based packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

 

We have a proud tradition supporting social, environmental and community initiatives in the countries where we operate. Through these projects we support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on where we believe we can have the greatest impact.

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Forward Looking Statements

 

This Announcement contains certain statements that are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are prospective in nature and are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations of the Group about future events, and involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. Although the Group believes that current expectations and assumptions with respect to these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should therefore be construed in the light of such factors. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Other than in accordance with legal or regulatory obligations, the Group is not under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 
Contacts 
Ciarán Potts        Melanie Farrell 
 Smurfit Kappa            FTI Consulting 
 T: +353 1 202 71 27      T: +353 1 765 08 00 
 E: ir@smurfitkappa.com   E: smurfitkappa@fticonsulting.com 
 

2021 First Half | Performance Overview

 

The Group reported EBITDA for the first half of EUR781 million, up 6% on 2020. The Group EBITDA margin was 16.7%, down from 17.5% in the first half of 2020. The result reflects the resilience of the Group's integrated model and the benefits of our customer-focused innovation and capital spend programme, offset by higher year-on-year recovered fibre, energy and other raw material costs.

 

The second half has continued the trend of strong demand and corrugated price recovery.

 

In Europe, EBITDA increased by 3% on the first half of 2020 to EUR591 million. The EBITDA margin was 16.2%, down from 17.6% on the same period in 2020. Corrugated demand was up approximately 10% on 2020 and 9% on 2019. Corrugated pricing has continued to improve in line with expectations with continued progression into the second half.

 

European pricing for testliner and kraftliner has increased by EUR220 per tonne and EUR200 per tonne respectively from the low of September 2020 to June 2021. As we begin the second half of the year, inventories remain extremely tight and demand remains strong.

 

Our European business continued to strengthen its operating platform in the first half with the commencement of a number of significant projects across our paper and corrugated divisions. In our paper division we announced growth projects in Germany and a significant sustainability investment, also in Germany, which upon completion will reduce our Group CO(2) emissions intensity by 2%. In our corrugated division we announced significant expansion projects in France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and the UK. We have also recently announced the completion of an increased capacity investment in our Spanish bag-in-box plant.

 

In the Americas, EBITDA increased by 19% on the first half of 2020 to EUR211 million. The EBITDA margin increased from 19.0% in the first half of 2020 to 20.4% in the first half of 2021, delivered against a backdrop of difficult weather conditions in the Southern US in the first quarter and a challenging second quarter in Colombia due to national strikes. Colombia, Mexico and the US accounted for over 78% of the region's earnings with strong performances in all three countries. Corrugated demand for the first half was up 11% year-on-year.

 

We have recently announced the acquisition of two operations in the Americas, in Peru and Mexico. We have also recently announced significant expansion and sustainability focused projects in our paper, corrugated and sack businesses in Colombia, North America and Central America.

 

The Group reported free cash flow of EUR117 million in the first half of 2021 compared to EUR238 million in the first half of 2020. The average maturity profile of the Group's debt was 4.4 years at 30 June 2021 with an average interest rate of 3.17%. Net debt to EBITDA was 1.6x at the half year, in line with the year end. The Group remains strongly positioned within its BBB-/BBB-/Baa3 credit rating.

 

2021 First Half | Financial Performance

 

Revenue for the first half was EUR4,679 million, up 11% on the first half of 2020 or 13% on an underlying (2) basis.

 

EBITDA for the first half was EUR781 million, 6% up on the first half of 2020. On an underlying basis, Group EBITDA was up 8% year-on-year, with Europe up 3% and the Americas up 26%.

 

Operating profit before exceptional items for the first half of 2021 at EUR477 million was 6% higher than the EUR450 million for the same period of 2020.

 

There were no exceptional items charged within operating profit and no exceptional finance items in the first half of both 2021 and 2020.

 

Net finance costs at EUR64 million were EUR4 million lower than 2020, reflecting a decrease in both cash interest and interest cost on net pension liabilities along with the positive swing from a fair value loss on financial assets/liabilities in 2020 to a gain in 2021, partly offset by a negative swing from a foreign currency translation gain on debt in 2020 to a loss in 2021.

 

With the EUR27 million increase in operating profit together with the EUR4 million decrease in net finance costs, partly offset by a EUR1 million move in share of associates' profit, the profit before income tax was EUR413 million, EUR30 million higher than in 2020.The income tax expense of EUR105 million was in line with 2020, resulting in a profit of EUR308 million for 2021 compared to a profit of EUR278 million in 2020.

 

Basic EPS for the first half of 2021 was 119.9 cent, compared to 116.9 cent in 2020.

 

2021 First Half | Free Cash Flow

 

Free cash flow in the first half of 2021 was EUR117 million compared to EUR238 million for 2020, a decrease of EUR121 million. An EBITDA increase of EUR46 million and lower capital outflows of EUR26 million was more than offset by higher outflows for working capital and tax payments of EUR163 million and EUR24 million respectively.

 

Working capital increased by EUR280 million in the half year mainly due to the significant increase in debtors and to a lesser extent, stock, partly offset by the increase in creditors. Working capital amounted to EUR781 million at June 2021, representing 8.1% of annualised revenue compared to 8.4% at June 2020 and 5.6% at December 2020.

 

Capital expenditure in 2021 amounted to EUR175 million (equating to 63% of depreciation) compared to EUR230 million (equating to 84% of depreciation) in 2020.

 

Cash interest amounted to EUR54 million in 2021 compared to EUR61 million in 2020, with the decrease primarily relating to a lower average level of borrowing.

 

Tax payments of EUR122 million in 2021 were EUR24 million higher than in 2020.

 

2021 First Half | Capital Structure

 

Net debt was EUR2,549 million at the end of June, resulting in a net debt to EBITDA ratio of 1.6x compared to 1.6x at the end of December 2020 and 2.1x at the end of June 2020. The Group's balance sheet continues to provide considerable financial strategic flexibility, subject to the stated leverage range of 1.5x to 2.0x through the cycle and SKG's BBB-/BBB-/Baa3 credit rating.

 

At 30 June 2021, the Group's average interest rate was 3.17% compared to 3.13% at 31 December 2020. The Group's diversified funding base and long-dated maturity profile of 4.4 years provide a stable funding outlook. In terms of liquidity, the Group held cash balances of EUR637 million at the end of June, which were further supplemented by available commitments of EUR1.34 billion under its Sustainability Linked Revolving Credit Facility ('RCF') and EUR312 million under its securitisation programmes.

 

Dividends

 

The Board has decided to pay an interim dividend of 29.3 cent per share (approximately EUR76 million). It is proposed to pay this dividend on 22 October 2021 to all ordinary shareholders on the share register at the close of business on 24 September 2021.

 

2021 First Half | Sustainability

 

Smurfit Kappa continues to make significant and tangible progress on achieving its sustainability targets as outlined in its 14(th) Sustainable Development Report ('SDR'). It highlights the Group's long-standing objective to drive change and nurture a greener planet through the three key pillars of Planet, People and Impactful Business. Furthermore, Smurfit Kappa's end-to-end approach to sustainability is evident in its innovative products and processes that support customers and positively impact the entire value chain.

 

In our 2020 SDR Smurfit Kappa reported significant progress in reducing its fossil CO(2) emission intensity. The Group is the first in its industry to have announced targeting at least net zero emissions by 2050 and, compared to its baseline year 2005, it reduced its emissions intensity by 37.3% by the end of 2020. The reduction in 2020 versus 2019 was 7% which is an acceleration compared with the previous year. The Group is well on its way to reach its intermediate 2030 target of 55% reduction, in line with the EU Green Deal objectives.

 

Compared with 2019, the Group also made continued progress during 2020 on a number of its other key sustainability targets:

   -- Water discharge quality improved by 5% 
 
   -- Waste to landfill intensity decreased by 18% 
 
   -- Chain of Custody certified packaging deliveries to customers increased by 
      2% 
 
   -- Safety performance improved by 29% 
 
   -- Social projects received EUR7.7 million in donations, including EUR3 
      million in various COVID-related projects during the financial year 
 

While the SDR has been independently assured since 2009, the 2020 SDR is the Group's first to report in line with recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate related Financial Disclosures ('TCFD') and the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board ('SASB') criteria.

 

Smurfit Kappa also aligned its sustainability ambitions and targets into its financing by embedding its sustainability targets via Key Performance Indicators ('KPIs') into its existing EUR1.35 billion RCF, creating a Sustainability Linked RCF, at the end of 2020.

 

Smurfit Kappa has been contributing to making the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals ('SDGs') a reality since 2015. This contribution was recognised by the Support the Goals movement in 2021 when the Group became the first FTSE 100 company to receive a five-star rating.

 

By committing to these sustainability targets, the Group's Better Planet Packaging portfolio of sustainable products will continue to help its customers to deliver on their own short and long-term sustainability goals.

 

SKG continues to be listed on various environmental, social and governance indices and disclosure programmes, such as FTSE4Good, the Green Economy Mark from the London Stock Exchange, Euronext Vigeo Europe 120, STOXX Global ESG Leaders, ISS Solactive, Ethibel's sustainable investment register, CDP, SEDEX and EcoVadis. SKG also performs strongly across a number of third party certification bodies, including MSCI, ISS ESG and Sustainalytics.

 

2021 First Half | Commercial Offering and Innovation

 

SKG continues to lead the industry in its market offering, helping our customers win in their marketplace. Our unique insights and capabilities allow our customers to increase sales, reduce costs and mitigate risk in an ever more complex world where reputation is key.

 

The Group continued to deliver innovation for our customers through the pandemic, adapting ways of working and moving most of our activity onto virtual platforms. This was best captured by our first virtual Better Planet Packaging event held in March which hosted over 2,700 attendees.

 

During the first half the Group launched a world first, a pre-certified, Frustration Free Packaging ('FFP') compliant packaging for Amazon supply-chains. This means customers can access one of the world's leading trading platforms quicker and in confidence of meeting Amazon's strict packaging requirements, a significant advantage as global e-commerce sales continue to grow.

 

In April the Group's Brazilian business won a prestigious Red Dot Award in the area of product design. The packaging challenge came from Wine & Bite Box to secure and protect bottles of wine and food for a growing trend of tasting boxes being delivered to customers for an at home gourmet experience. The award recognises this packaging as one of the most innovative design projects in the world.

 

The Group continues to experience intense levels of pipeline development across our business as customers strive for more sustainable packaging solutions. This structural trend towards more sustainable solutions is expected to be a multi-year trend given the need in many cases for changes to our customers' manufacturing halls to accommodate a move to paper-based packaging. Some examples are outlined below.

 

The unique TopClip product that was launched last year continues to grow with the first fully automated packing line being commissioned at a customer's site in the second quarter. This provides an exciting proof of concept for other prospective customers as they look for more sustainable packaging solutions.

 

The launch of our Safe & Closed product, a sustainable corrugated alternative to rigid plastic tubs has also generated significant interest through the first half and we expect to deliver proof of concept to the market by the end of the year.

 
Summary Cash Flow 
 
Summary cash flows for the first half are set out in the following table. 
 
 
                                                   6 months to  6 months to 
                                                   30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                                   EURm         EURm 
EBITDA                                             781          735 
Cash interest expense                              (54)         (61) 
Working capital change                             (195)        (32) 
Capital expenditure                                (175)        (230) 
Change in capital creditors                        (80)         (51) 
Tax paid                                           (122)        (98) 
Change in employee benefits and other provisions   (43)         (26) 
Other                                              5            1 
Free cash flow                                     117          238 
 
Purchase of own shares (net)                       (22)         (16) 
Sale of businesses and investments                 37           - 
Purchase of businesses, investments and NCI*       (55)         (21) 
Dividends                                          (226)        - 
Derivative termination receipts                    10           9 
Net cash (outflow)/inflow                          (139)        210 
 
Acquired net (debt)/cash                           (13)         (1) 
Disposed net (cash)/debt                           (1)          - 
Deferred debt issue costs amortised                (4)          (4) 
Currency translation adjustment                    (17)         21 
(Increase)/decrease in net debt                    (174)        226 
 

* 'NCI' refers to non-controlling interests

 

A reconciliation of the Summary Cash Flow to the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows and a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Cash Generated from Operations are included in sections K and L in Alternative Performance Measures in the Supplementary Financial Information on pages 30 to 36.

 

Funding and Liquidity

 

The Group's primary sources of liquidity are cash flow from operations and borrowings under the RCF. The Group's primary uses of cash are for funding day to day operations, capital expenditure, debt service, dividends and other investment activity including acquisitions.

 

Borrowings under the RCF are available to fund the Group's working capital requirements, capital expenditure and other general corporate purposes.

 

At 30 June 2021, the Group had outstanding, EUR500 million 2.375% senior notes due 2024, EUR250 million 2.75% senior notes due 2025, US$292.3 million 7.50% senior debentures due 2025, EUR1,000 million 2.875% senior notes due 2026 and EUR750 million 1.5% senior notes due 2027.

 

At 30 June 2021, the Group had outstanding EUR12.6 million variable funding notes issued under the EUR230 million trade receivables securitisation programme maturing in June 2023 and EUR5 million variable funding notes issued under the EUR100 million trade receivables securitisation programme maturing in January 2026.

 

In April 2021, the Group amended and extended its EUR200 million 2022 trade receivables securitisation programme, which utilises the Group's receivables in Austria, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. The programme was extended to January 2026 at a reduced facility size of EUR100 million and with a margin reduction from 1.375% to 1.1%.

 

Funding and Liquidity (continued)

 

As part of the amendment process, the Group further aligned its sustainability ambitions and targets into its financing by embedding its sustainability targets via KPIs into the amended and extended trade receivables programme. The 2026 trade receivables securitisation programme incorporates five KPIs spanning the Group's sustainability objectives regarding climate change, forests, water, waste and people, with the level of KPI achievement linked to the pricing on the programme.

 

The Group also has a EUR1,350 million Sustainability Linked RCF with a maturity date of 28 January 2026, which incorporates five KPIs spanning the Group's sustainability objectives regarding climate change, forests, water, waste and people, with the level of KPI achievement linked to the pricing on the facility. At 30 June 2021, the Group's drawings on this facility were US$8 million, at an interest rate of 0.732%.

 

Market Risk and Risk Management Policies

 

The Group is exposed to the impact of interest rate changes and foreign currency fluctuations due to its investing and funding activities and its operations in different foreign currencies. Interest rate risk exposure is managed by achieving an appropriate balance of fixed and variable rate funding. As at 30 June 2021, the Group had fixed an average of 97% of its interest cost on borrowings over the following 12 months.

 

The Group's fixed rate debt comprised EUR500 million 2.375% senior notes due 2024, EUR250 million 2.75% senior notes due 2025, US$292.3 million 7.50% senior debentures due 2025, EUR1,000 million 2.875% senior notes due 2026 and EUR750 million 1.5% senior notes due 2027. EUR100 million in interest rate swaps converting variable rate borrowings to fixed rate matured in January 2021.

 

The Group's earnings are affected by changes in short-term interest rates on its floating rate borrowings and cash balances. If interest rates for these borrowings increased by one percent, the Group's interest expense would increase, and income before taxes would decrease, by approximately EUR2 million over the following 12 months. Interest income on the Group's cash balances would increase by approximately EUR6 million assuming a one percent increase in interest rates earned on such balances over the following 12 months.

 

The Group uses foreign currency borrowings, currency swaps and forward contracts in the management of its foreign currency exposures.

 

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

Risk assessment and evaluation is an integral part of the management process throughout the Group. Risks are identified, evaluated and appropriate risk management strategies are implemented at each level in the organisation.

 

The Board, in conjunction with senior management, identifies major business risks faced by the Group and determines the appropriate course of action to manage these risks.

 

The Board regularly monitors all of the Group's risks and appropriate actions are taken to mitigate those risks or address their potential adverse consequences. As part of the half year risk assessment, the Board has again considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the principal risks of the Group.

 

The Group is an integral part of the supply chain for essential and critical supplies and as a result there has been no significant impact on any of our risks for the half year ended 30 June 2021. The measures and mitigations introduced as a result of the pandemic continue to be maintained and further enhanced across the Group's operations to ensure the ongoing safety of our employees.

 

Our assessment has concluded that our principal risks remain unchanged. The Board will continue to monitor any future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year are summarised below.

   -- If the current economic climate were to deteriorate, for example as a 
      result of geopolitical uncertainty, trade tensions and/or the current 
      COVID-19 pandemic, it could result in an increased economic slowdown 
      which, if sustained over any significant length of time, could adversely 
      affect the Group's financial position and results of operations. 
   -- The cyclical nature of the packaging industry could result in 
      overcapacity and consequently threaten the Group's pricing structure. 
   -- If operations at any of the Group's facilities (in particular its key 
      mills) were interrupted for any significant length of time, it could 
      adversely affect the Group's financial position and results of 
      operations. 
   -- Price fluctuations in energy and raw materials costs could adversely 
      affect the Group's manufacturing costs. 
   -- The Group is exposed to currency exchange rate fluctuations. 
   -- The Group may not be able to attract, develop and retain suitably 
      qualified employees as required for its business. 
   -- Failure to maintain good health and safety practices may have an adverse 
      effect on the Group's business. 
   -- The Group is subject to a growing number of environmental laws and 
      regulations, and the cost of compliance or the failure to comply with 
      current and future laws and regulations may negatively affect the Group's 
      business. 
   -- The Group is subject to anti-trust and similar legislation in the 
      jurisdictions in which it operates. 
   -- The Group, similar to other large global companies, is susceptible to 
      cyber-attacks with the threat to the confidentiality, integrity and 
      availability of data in its systems. 
 

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Group were outlined in our 2020 Annual Report on pages 34--35. The Annual Report is available on our website; smurfitkappa.com.

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

 
                   6 months to 30-Jun-21                   6 months to 30-Jun-20 
                   Unaudited                               Unaudited 
                   Pre-exceptional   Exceptional   Total   Pre-exceptional   Exceptional   Total 
                   EURm             EURm          EURm     EURm             EURm          EURm 
Revenue            4,679            -             4,679    4,203            -             4,203 
Cost of sales      (3,226)          -             (3,226)  (2,794)          -             (2,794) 
Gross profit       1,453            -             1,453    1,409            -             1,409 
Distribution 
 costs             (390)            -             (390)    (357)            -             (357) 
Administrative 
 expenses          (586)            -             (586)    (602)            -             (602) 
Operating profit   477              -             477      450              -             450 
Finance costs      (73)             -             (73)     (85)             -             (85) 
Finance income     9                -             9        17               -             17 
Share of 
 associates' 
 profit (after 
 tax)              -                -             -        1                -             1 
Profit before 
 income tax        413              -             413      383              -             383 
Income tax 
 expense                                          (105)                                   (105) 
Profit for the financial period                   308                                     278 
 
Attributable to: 
Owners of the parent                              308                                     277 
Non-controlling 
 interests                                        -                                       1 
Profit for the financial period                   308                                     278 
 
Earnings per 
share 
Basic earnings per share - cent                   119.9                                   116.9 
Diluted earnings per share - cent                 119.2                                   116.4 
 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                                      Unaudited    Unaudited 
                                                      EURm         EURm 
 
Profit for the financial period                       308          278 
 
Other comprehensive income: 
Items that may be subsequently reclassified to 
profit or loss 
Foreign currency translation adjustments: 
- Arising in the financial period                     9            (181) 
- Recycled to Condensed Consolidated Income 
 Statement                                            1            1 
 
Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash 
flow hedges: 
- Movement out of reserve                             (2)          1 
- Fair value gain on cash flow hedges                 -            8 
- Movement in deferred tax                            -            (1) 
 
Changes in fair value of cost of hedging: 
- New fair value adjustments into reserve             -            (1) 
                                                      8            (173) 
Items which will not be subsequently reclassified to 
profit or loss 
Defined benefit pension plans: 
- Actuarial gain/(loss)                               125          (29) 
- Movement in deferred tax                            (15)         9 
 
                                                      110          (20) 
 
Total other comprehensive income/(expense)            118          (193) 
 
Total comprehensive income for the financial period   426          85 
 
Attributable to: 
Owners of the parent                                  426          87 
Non-controlling interests                             -            (2) 
Total comprehensive income for the financial period   426          85 
 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

 
 
                                               30-Jun-21  30-Jun-20  31-Dec-20 
                                               Unaudited  Unaudited  Audited 
                                               EURm       EURm       EURm 
ASSETS 
Non-current assets 
Property, plant and equipment                  3,795      3,779      3,839 
Right-of-use assets                            298        321        311 
Goodwill and intangible assets                 2,556      2,572      2,552 
Other investments                              11         10         11 
Investment in associates                       12         12         12 
Biological assets                              105        96         107 
Other receivables                              26         29         28 
Deferred income tax assets                     160        220        172 
                                               6,963      7,039      7,032 
Current assets 
Inventories                                    860        832        773 
Biological assets                              8          10         11 
Trade and other receivables                    1,901      1,585      1,535 
Derivative financial instruments               6          29         38 
Restricted cash                                16         7          10 
Cash and cash equivalents                      621        639        891 
                                               3,412      3,102      3,258 
Total assets                                   10,375     10,141     10,290 
 
EQUITY 
Capital and reserves attributable to owners 
of the parent 
Equity share capital                           -          -          - 
Share premium                                  2,646      1,986      2,646 
Other reserves                                 219        169        207 
Retained earnings                              1,126      894        917 
Total equity attributable to owners of the 
 parent                                        3,991      3,049      3,770 
Non-controlling interests                      13         14         13 
Total equity                                   4,004      3,063      3,783 
 
LIABILITIES 
Non-current liabilities 
Borrowings                                     3,033      3,729      3,122 
Employee benefits                              707        900        853 
Derivative financial instruments               13         3          17 
Deferred income tax liabilities                172        212        191 
Non-current income tax liabilities             10         25         14 
Provisions for liabilities                     49         76         50 
Capital grants                                 21         16         21 
Other payables                                 11         9          9 
                                               4,016      4,970      4,277 
Current liabilities 
Borrowings                                     153        174        154 
Trade and other payables                       2,006      1,767      1,835 
Current income tax liabilities                 15         19         7 
Derivative financial instruments               8          8          13 
Provisions for liabilities                     173        140        221 
                                               2,355      2,108      2,230 
Total liabilities                              6,371      7,078      6,507 
Total equity and liabilities                   10,375     10,141     10,290 
 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 
 Attributable to owners of the parent 
                    Equity 
                    share    Share    Other     Retained         Non-controlling  Total 
                    capital  premium  reserves  earnings  Total   interests       equity 
 EURm                        EURm     EURm      EURm      EURm   EURm             EURm 
Unaudited 
At 1 January 2021   -        2,646    207       917       3,770  13               3,783 
 
Profit for the 
 financial period   -        -        -         308       308    -                308 
Other 
comprehensive 
income 
Foreign currency 
 translation 
 adjustments        -        -        10        -         10     -                10 
Defined benefit 
 pension plans      -        -        -         110       110    -                110 
Effective portion 
 of changes in 
 fair value of 
 cash flow hedges   -        -        (2)       -         (2)    -                (2) 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 income for the 
 financial period   -        -        8         418       426    -                426 
 
Hyperinflation 
 adjustment         -        -        -         17        17     -                17 
Dividends paid      -        -        -         (226)     (226)  -                (226) 
Share--based 
 payment            -        -        26        -         26     -                26 
Net shares 
 acquired by SKG 
 Employee Trust     -        -        (22)      -         (22)   -                (22) 
At 30 June 2021     -        2,646    219       1,126     3,991  13               4,004 
 
Unaudited 
At 1 January 2020   -        1,986    351       615       2,952  41               2,993 
 
Profit for the 
 financial period   -        -        -         277       277    1                278 
Other 
comprehensive 
income 
Foreign currency 
 translation 
 adjustments        -        -        (177)     -         (177)  (3)              (180) 
Defined benefit 
 pension plans      -        -        -         (20)      (20)   -                (20) 
Effective portion 
 of changes in 
 fair value of 
 cash flow hedges   -        -        8         -         8      -                8 
Changes in fair 
 value of cost of 
 hedging            -        -        (1)       -         (1)    -                (1) 
Total 
 comprehensive 
 (expense)/income 
 for the financial 
 period             -        -        (170)     257       87     (2)              85 
 
Purchase of 
 non-controlling 
 interests          -        -        (7)       12        5      (25)             (20) 
Hyperinflation 
 adjustment         -        -        -         10        10     -                10 
Share--based 
 payment            -        -        11        -         11     -                11 
Net Shares 
 acquired by SKG 
 Employee Trust     -        -        (16)      -         (16)   -                (16) 
At 30 June 2020     -        1,986    169       894       3,049  14               3,063 
 
 
 

An analysis of Other reserves is provided in Note 12

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                                      Unaudited    Unaudited 
                                                      EURm         EURm 
Cash flows from operating activities 
Profit before income tax                              413          383 
 
Net finance costs                                     64           68 
Depreciation charge                                   254          251 
Amortisation of intangible assets                     19           22 
Amortisation of capital grants                        (1)          (2) 
Share--based payment expense                          28           11 
Profit on sale of property, plant and equipment       (5)          - 
Profit on purchase of businesses                      -            (4) 
Share of associates' profit (after tax)               -            (1) 
Net movement in working capital                       (195)        (33) 
Change in biological assets                           3            1 
Change in employee benefits and other provisions      (43)         (26) 
Other (primarily hyperinflation adjustments)          3            3 
Cash generated from operations                        540          673 
Interest paid                                         (55)         (63) 
Income taxes paid: 
Irish corporation tax (net of tax refunds) paid       (9)          (6) 
Overseas corporation tax (net of tax refunds) paid    (113)        (92) 
Net cash inflow from operating activities             363          512 
 
Cash flows from investing activities 
Interest received                                     1            1 
Business disposals (net of disposed cash)             33           - 
Additions to property, plant and equipment and 
 biological assets                                    (228)        (246) 
Additions to intangible assets                        (6)          (9) 
Receipt of capital grants                             1            - 
(Increase)/decrease in restricted cash                (6)          7 
Disposal of property, plant and equipment             7            1 
Dividends received from associates                    1            - 
Purchase of subsidiaries (net of acquired cash)       (20)         (1) 
Deferred consideration paid                           (35)         - 
Net cash outflow from investing activities            (252)        (247) 
 
Cash flows from financing activities 
Purchase of own shares (net)                          (22)         (16) 
Purchase of non-controlling interests                 -            (20) 
(Decrease)/increase in other interest-bearing 
 borrowings                                           (100)        241 
Repayment of lease liabilities                        (41)         (35) 
Derivative termination receipts                       10           9 
Deferred debt issue costs paid                        (1)          (1) 
Dividends paid to shareholders                        (226)        - 
Net cash (outflow)/inflow from financing activities   (380)        178 
(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents      (269)        443 
 
Reconciliation of opening to closing cash and cash 
equivalents 
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January                876          172 
Currency translation adjustment                       (2)          12 
(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents      (269)        443 
Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June                  605          627 
 

An analysis of the Net movement in working capital is provided in Note 10.

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1. General Information

 

Smurfit Kappa Group plc ('SKG plc' or 'the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'SKG' or 'the Group') primarily manufacture, distribute and sell containerboard, corrugated containers and other paper-based packaging products. The Company is a public limited company with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on Euronext Dublin. It is incorporated and domiciled in Ireland. The address of its registered office is Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4, D04 N2R2, Ireland.

 

2. Basis of Preparation and Accounting Policies

 

Basis of preparation and accounting policies

 

The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements included in this report have been prepared in accordance with the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007, the related Transparency Rules of the Central Bank of Ireland and with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the European Union. This report should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2020 included in the Group's 2020 Annual Report which is available on the Group's website; smurfitkappa.com.

 

The accounting policies adopted by the Group and the significant accounting judgements, estimates and assumptions made by management in the preparation of the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those described and applied in the Annual Report for the financial year ended 31 December 2020. A number of changes to IFRS became effective in 2021, however, they did not have a material effect on the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements included in this report.

 

Impact of COVID-19

 

The Group has again considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to all judgements and estimates it makes in the application of its accounting policies. This included assessing the recoverability of trade receivables and inventory. The Group's customers primarily operate in the FMCG sector, which has proved resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic to date. There has been no significant deterioration in the aging of trade receivables or extension of debtor days in the period. As a result of these reviews, there was no material increase in the trade receivables or inventory provisions. The Group also assessed non-financial assets for indicators of impairment. No impairments were identified.

 

Going concern

 

The Group is a highly integrated manufacturer of paper-based packaging solutions with leading market positions, quality assets and broad geographic reach. The financial position of the Group, its cash generation, capital resources and liquidity continue to provide a stable financing platform.

 

The Directors have assessed the principal risks and uncertainties outlined on page 10, which include the deterioration of the current economic climate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Group is an integral part of the supply chain for essential and critical supplies and as a result there continues to be no significant disruption to our business to date. The measures and mitigations introduced as a result of the pandemic continue to be maintained and further enhanced across the Group's operations to ensure the ongoing safety of our employees. The Group took into consideration the potential impact of the pandemic and the effect that it could have on the Group's financial position and results of operations. The Group continues to have significant headroom in relation to its financial covenants.

 

The Group's diversified funding base and long dated maturity profile of 4.4 years provide a stable funding outlook. At 30 June 2021, the Group had a very strong liquidity position of approximately EUR2.3 billion comprising cash balances of EUR637 million (including EUR16 million of restricted cash), undrawn available committed facilities of EUR1.34 billion under its RCF and EUR312 million under its securitisation programmes. At 30 June 2021, the strength of the Group's balance sheet, a net debt to EBITDA ratio of 1.6x (31 December 2020: 1.6x) and the upgrading by Moody's and Standard & Poor's of our credit rating to Baa3 and BBB- respectively, in addition to Fitch's BBB- rating, continues to secure long-term strategic flexibility.

 

Having assessed the principal risks facing the Group, together with the Group's forecasts and significant financial headroom, the Directors believe that the Group is well placed to manage these risks successfully and have a reasonable expectation that the Company, and the Group as a whole, have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.

 

2. Basis of Preparation and Accounting Policies (continued)

 

Statutory financial statements and audit opinion

 

The Group's auditors have not audited or reviewed the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements contained in this report.

 

The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements presented do not constitute full statutory financial statements. Full statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 will be filed with the Irish Registrar of Companies in due course. The audit report on those statutory financial statements was unqualified.

 

3. Segment and Revenue Information

 

The Group has identified operating segments based on the manner in which reports are reviewed by the Chief Operating Decision Maker ('CODM'). The CODM is determined to be the executive management team responsible for assessing performance, allocating resources and making strategic decisions. The Group has identified two operating segments: 1) Europe and 2) the Americas.

 

The Europe and the Americas segments are each highly integrated. They include a system of mills and plants that primarily produce a full line of containerboard that is converted into corrugated containers within each segment. In addition, the Europe segment also produces other types of paper, such as solidboard, sack kraft paper and graphic paper; and other paper-based packaging, such as solidboard packaging and folding cartons; and bag-in-box packaging. The Americas segment, which includes a number of Latin American countries and the United States, also comprises forestry; other types of paper, such as boxboard, sack paper and graphic paper; and paper-based packaging, such as folding cartons and paper sacks. Inter--segment revenue is not material. No operating segments have been aggregated for disclosure purposes.

 

Segment profit is measured based on EBITDA.

 
                    6 months to 30-Jun-21        6 months to 30-Jun-20 
                    Europe  The Americas  Total  Europe  The Americas  Total 
                    EURm    EURm          EURm   EURm    EURm          EURm 
Revenue and results 
Revenue             3,649   1,030         4,679  3,268   935           4,203 
 
EBITDA              591     211           802    575     178           753 
 
Unallocated centre costs                  (21)                         (18) 
Share-based payment 
 expense                                  (28)                         (11) 
Depreciation and depletion 
 (net)                                    (257)                        (252) 
Amortisation                              (19)                         (22) 
Finance costs                             (73)                         (85) 
Finance income                            9                            17 
Share of 
 associates' 
 profit (after 
 tax)                                     -                            1 
Profit before income tax                  413                          383 
Income tax expense                        (105)                        (105) 
Profit for the financial 
 period                                   308                          278 
 
 

3. Segment and Revenue Information (continued)

 

Revenue information about geographical areas

 

The Group has a presence in 36 countries worldwide. The following information is a geographical revenue analysis about country of domicile (Ireland) and countries with material revenue.

 
                                  6 months to 30-Jun-21  6 months to 30-Jun-20 
                                  EURm                   EURm 
 
Ireland                           55                     52 
Germany                           658                    604 
France                            527                    474 
Mexico                            466                    418 
The Netherlands                   421                    373 
United Kingdom                    416                    355 
Rest of world                     2,136                  1,927 
Total revenue by geographical 
 area                             4,679                  4,203 
 

Revenue is derived almost entirely from the sale of goods and is disclosed based on the location of production.

 

Disaggregation of revenue

 

The Group derives revenue from the following major product lines. The economic factors which affect the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows from the sub categories of both paper and packaging products are similar.

 
                          6 months to 30-Jun-21      6 months to 30-Jun-20 
                          Paper   Packaging   Total  Paper   Packaging   Total 
                          EURm    EURm        EURm   EURm    EURm        EURm 
Europe                    577     3,072       3,649  499     2,769       3,268 
The Americas              86      944         1,030  106     829         935 
Total revenue by product  663     4,016       4,679  605     3,598       4,203 
 

Packaging revenue is derived mainly from the sale of corrugated products. The remainder of packaging revenue is comprised of bag-in-box and other paper-based packaging products.

 

4. Finance Costs and Income

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                                      EURm         EURm 
Finance costs: 
Interest payable on bank loans and overdrafts         12           16 
Interest payable on leases                            5            5 
Interest payable on other borrowings                  43           45 
Foreign currency translation loss on debt             7            10 
Fair value loss on derivatives not designated as 
 hedges                                               -            1 
Fair value loss on financial assets                   -            1 
Net interest cost on net pension liability            4            6 
Net monetary loss - hyperinflation                    2            1 
Total finance costs                                   73           85 
 
Finance income: 
Other interest receivable                             (1)          (1) 
Foreign currency translation gain on debt             (6)          (15) 
Fair value gain on derivatives not designated as 
 hedges                                               -            (1) 
Fair value gain on financial assets/liabilities       (2)          - 
Total finance income                                  (9)          (17) 
Net finance costs                                     64           68 
 

5. Income Tax Expense

 

Income tax expense recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

 
                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                      EURm         EURm 
Current tax: 
Europe                                89           74 
The Americas                          37           30 
                                      126          104 
Deferred tax                          (21)         1 
Income tax expense                    105          105 
 
Current tax is analysed as follows: 
Ireland                               7            8 
Foreign                               119          96 
                                      126          104 
 

Income tax recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 
                                           6 months to  6 months to 
                                           30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                           EURm         EURm 
Arising on defined benefit pension plans   (15)         (9) 
Arising on derivative cash flow hedges     -            1 
                                           (15)         (8) 
 

The income tax expense in 2021 is the same as the income tax expense in the comparable period in 2020.

 

There is a EUR22 million increase in the current tax expense. In Europe the expense is EUR15 million higher and in the Americas the current tax expense is EUR7 million higher. This mainly reflects the tax effects of higher profitability and other timing differences.

 

The EUR22 million reduction in deferred tax includes the effects from the reversal of timing differences on which deferred tax has been previously recorded, the recognition of tax benefits on losses and other tax credits which were partly offset by a non-recurring deferred tax expense as a result of tax law changes.

 

6. Employee Benefits -- Defined Benefit Plans

 

Analysis of the defined benefit cost charged in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement:

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                                      EURm         EURm 
 
Current service cost                                  18           17 
Actuarial loss arising on other long-term employee 
 benefits                                             -            1 
Gain on settlement                                    (3)          - 
Net interest cost on net pension liability            4            6 
Defined benefit cost                                  19           24 
 

Analysis of actuarial gains/(losses) recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income:

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                                      EURm         EURm 
Return on plan assets (excluding interest income)     3            22 
Actuarial gain due to experience adjustments          2            - 
Actuarial gain/(loss) due to changes in financial 
 assumptions                                          120          (50) 
Actuarial loss due to changes in demographic 
 assumptions                                          -            (1) 
Total gain/(loss) recognised in the Condensed 
 Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income       125          (29) 
 

The amounts recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet were as follows:

 
                                                          30-Jun-21  31-Dec-20 
                                                          EURm       EURm 
Present value of funded or partially funded obligations   (2,325)    (2,529) 
Fair value of plan assets                                 2,138      2,224 
Deficit in funded or partially funded plans               (187)      (305) 
Present value of wholly unfunded obligations              (518)      (546) 
Amounts not recognised as assets due to asset ceiling     (2)        (2) 
Net pension liability                                     (707)      (853) 
 

The key assumptions relating to discount and inflation rates were reassessed at 30 June 2021 and updated to reflect market conditions at that date.

 

7. Earnings per Share ('EPS')

 

Basic

 

Basic EPS is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to owners of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period less own shares.

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
Profit attributable to owners of the parent (EUR 
 million)                                             308          277 
 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue 
 (million)                                            257          237 
 
Basic EPS (cent)                                      119.9        116.9 
 

Diluted

 

Diluted EPS is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. These comprise convertible and deferred shares issued under the Group's long-term incentive plans. Where the conditions governing exercisability and vesting of these shares have been satisfied as at the end of the reporting period, they are included in the computation of diluted earnings per ordinary share.

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
Profit attributable to owners of the parent (EUR 
 million)                                             308          277 
 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue 
 (million)                                            257          237 
Potential dilutive ordinary shares assumed (million)  1            1 
Diluted weighted average ordinary shares (million)    258          238 
 
Diluted EPS (cent)                                    119.2        116.4 
 

Pre-exceptional

 

With no exceptional items reported in the first half of 2021 or 2020, pre-exceptional basic and diluted EPS were 119.9 cent (2020: 116.9 cent) and 119.2 cent (2020: 116.4 cent) respectively.

 

8. Dividends

 

During the period, the final dividend for 2020 of 87.4 cent per share was paid to the holders of ordinary shares. The Board has decided to pay an interim dividend of 29.3 cent per share for 2021 (approximately EUR76 million) and it is proposed to pay this dividend on 22 October 2021 to all ordinary shareholders on the share register at the close of business on 24 September 2021.

 

9. Property, Plant and Equipment

 
                      Land and buildings  Plant and equipment  Total 
                      EURm                EURm                 EURm 
Six months ended 30 
June 2021 
Opening net book 
 amount               1,090               2,749                3,839 
Reclassifications     22                  (22)                 - 
Additions             -                   143                  143 
Acquisitions          5                   11                   16 
Depreciation charge   (27)                (184)                (211) 
Retirements and 
 disposals            (4)                 (16)                 (20) 
Hyperinflation 
 adjustment           2                   5                    7 
Foreign currency 
 translation 
 adjustment           5                   16                   21 
At 30 June 2021       1,093               2,702                3,795 
 
Financial year ended 
31 December 2020 
Opening net book 
 amount               1,106               2,814                3,920 
Reclassifications     73                  (68)                 5 
Additions             1                   465                  466 
Acquisitions          2                   1                    3 
Depreciation charge   (56)                (373)                (429) 
Retirements and 
 disposals            (1)                 (2)                  (3) 
Hyperinflation 
 adjustment           2                   6                    8 
Foreign currency 
 translation 
 adjustment           (37)                (94)                 (131) 
At 31 December 2020   1,090               2,749                3,839 
 

10. Net Movement in Working Capital

 
                                        6 months to  6 months to 
                                        30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                        EURm         EURm 
 
Change in inventories                   (78)         (37) 
Change in trade and other receivables   (306)        2 
Change in trade and other payables      189          2 
Net movement in working capital         (195)        (33) 
 

11. Analysis of Net Debt

 
                                                          30-Jun-21  31-Dec-20 
                                                          EURm       EURm 
Revolving credit facility -- interest at relevant 
 interbank rate (interest rate floor of 0%) + 0.65%(1) 
 (2)                                                      1          89 
US$292.3 million 7.5% senior debentures due 2025 
 (including accrued interest)                             248        240 
Bank loans and overdrafts                                 82         83 
EUR230 million receivables securitisation variable 
 funding notes due 2023                                   12         11 
EUR100 million receivables securitisation variable 
 funding notes due 2026 (including accrued interest)(3)   4          4 
EUR500 million 2.375% senior notes due 2024 (including 
 accrued interest)                                        502        501 
EUR250 million 2.75% senior notes due 2025 (including 
 accrued interest)                                        251        251 
EUR1,000 million 2.875% senior notes due 2026 (including 
 accrued interest)                                        1,006      1,005 
EUR750 million 1.5% senior notes due 2027 (including 
 accrued interest)                                        746        746 
Gross debt before leases                                  2,852      2,930 
Leases                                                    334        346 
Gross debt including leases                               3,186      3,276 
Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash)     (637)      (901) 
Net debt including leases                                 2,549      2,375 
 
   1. The Group's RCF has a maturity date of January 2026. At 30 June 2021, the 
      following amounts were drawn under this facility: 
 
          1. Revolver loans - EUR7 million 
 
          2. Drawn under ancillary facilities and facilities supported by 
             letters of credit -- nil 
 
          3. Other operational facilities including letters of credit - nil 
 
   2. Following the upgrade to Baa3 and BBB- by Moody's and Standard & Poor's 
      respectively in February 2021, the margin on the RCF reduced from 0.817% 
      to 0.65%. 
 
   3. In April 2021, the Group amended and extended its EUR200 million 2022 
      trade receivables securitisation programme, which utilises the Group's 
      receivables in Austria, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. The programme 
      was extended to January 2026 at a reduced facility size of EUR100 million 
      and with a margin reduction from 1.375% to 1.1%. As part of the amendment 
      process, the Group further aligned its sustainability ambitions and 
      targets into its financing by embedding its sustainability targets via 
      KPIs into the amended and extended trade receivables programme. The 2026 
      trade receivables securitisation programme incorporates five KPIs 
      spanning the Group's sustainability objectives regarding climate change, 
      forests, water, waste and people, with the level of KPI achievement 
      linked to the pricing on the programme. 
 

12. Other Reserves

 

Other reserves included in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity are comprised of the following:

 
                                Cash              Foreign      Share- 
                   Reverse      flow     Cost of  currency     based 
                   acquisition  hedging  hedging  translation  payment  Own     FVOCI 
                   reserve      reserve  reserve  reserve      reserve  shares  reserve  Total 
                   EURm         EURm     EURm     EURm         EURm     EURm    EURm     EURm 
 
At 1 January 2021  575          4        2        (556)        241      (49)    (10)     207 
Other 
comprehensive 
income 
Foreign currency 
 translation 
 adjustments       -            -        -        10           -        -       -        10 
Effective portion 
 of changes in 
 fair value of 
 cash flow 
 hedges            -            (2)      -        -            -        -       -        (2) 
Total other 
 comprehensive 
 (expense)/income  -            (2)      -        10           -        -       -        8 
Share--based 
 payment           -            -        -        -            26       -       -        26 
Net shares 
 acquired by SKG 
 Employee Trust    -            -        -        -            -        (22)    -        (22) 
Shares 
 distributed by 
 SKG Employee 
 Trust             -            -        -        -            (12)     12      -        - 
At 30 June 2021    575          2        2        (546)        255      (59)    (10)     219 
 
At 1 January 2020  575          (2)      2        (387)        215      (42)    (10)     351 
Other 
comprehensive 
income 
Foreign currency 
 translation 
 adjustments       -            -        -        (177)        -        -       -        (177) 
Effective portion 
 of changes in 
 fair value of 
 cash flow 
 hedges            -            8        -        -            -        -       -        8 
Changes in fair 
 value of cost of 
 hedging           -            -        (1)      -            -        -       -        (1) 
Total other 
 comprehensive 
 income/(expense)  -            8        (1)      (177)        -        -       -        (170) 
Purchase of 
 non-controlling 
 interest          -            -        -        (7)          -        -       -        (7) 
Share--based 
 payment           -            -        -        -            11       -       -        11 
Net shares 
 acquired by SKG 
 Employee Trust    -            -        -        -            -        (16)    -        (16) 
Shares 
 distributed by 
 SKG Employee 
 Trust             -            -        -        -            (9)      9       -        - 
At 30 June 2020    575          6        1        (571)        217      (49)    (10)     169 
 

13. Fair Value Hierarchy

 

The following table presents the Group's financial assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value at 30 June 2021:

 
                                              Level 1  Level 2  Level 3  Total 
                                              EURm     EURm     EURm     EURm 
Other investments: 
Listed                                        2        -        -        2 
Unlisted                                      -        9        -        9 
Derivative financial instruments: 
Assets at fair value through Condensed 
 Consolidated Income Statement                -        4        -        4 
Derivatives used for hedging                  -        2        -        2 
Derivative financial instruments: 
Liabilities at fair value through Condensed 
 Consolidated Income Statement                -        (7)      -        (7) 
Derivatives used for hedging                  -        (14)     -        (14) 
                                              2        (6)      -        (4) 
 

The following table presents the Group's financial assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value at 31 December 2020:

 
                                              Level 1  Level 2  Level 3  Total 
                                              EURm     EURm     EURm     EURm 
Other investments: 
Listed                                        2        -        -        2 
Unlisted                                      -        9        -        9 
Derivative financial instruments: 
Assets at fair value through Condensed 
 Consolidated Income Statement                -        19       -        19 
Derivatives used for hedging                  -        19       -        19 
Derivative financial instruments: 
Liabilities at fair value through Condensed 
 Consolidated Income Statement                -        (9)      -        (9) 
Derivatives used for hedging                  -        (21)     -        (21) 
Deferred contingent consideration             -        -        (35)     (35) 
                                              2        17       (35)     (16) 
 

The fair value of listed investments is determined by reference to their bid price at the reporting date. Unlisted investments are valued using recognised valuation techniques for the underlying security, including discounted cash flows and similar unlisted equity valuation models.

 

The fair value of the derivative financial instruments set out above has been measured in accordance with level 2 of the fair value hierarchy. All are plain derivative instruments, valued with reference to observable foreign exchange rates, interest rates or broker prices.

 

Deferred contingent consideration arose in relation to the put option on our Serbian acquisition in 2019. During the second quarter of 2021, the Group purchased the remaining 25% of the company to which the put option related. A fair value gain of EUR1 million has been recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement in 2021 in respect of this deferred contingent consideration and is included within finance income.

 

There were no reclassifications or transfers between the levels of the fair value hierarchy during the period.

 

14. Fair Value

 

The following table sets out the fair value of the Group's principal financial assets and liabilities. The determination of these fair values is based on the descriptions set out within Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group's 2020 Annual Report.

 
                        30-Jun-21                   31-Dec-20 
                        Carrying value  Fair value  Carrying value  Fair value 
                        EURm            EURm        EURm            EURm 
 
Trade and other 
 receivables (1)        1,759           1,759       1,465           1,465 
Listed and unlisted 
 debt instruments(2)    11              11          11              11 
Cash and cash 
 equivalents (3)        621             621         891             891 
Derivative assets (4)   6               6           38              38 
Restricted cash(3)      16              16          10              10 
                        2,413           2,413       2,415           2,415 
 
Trade and other 
 payables(1)            1,557           1,557       1,408           1,408 
Revolving credit 
 facility(5)            1               1           89              89 
2026 receivables 
 securitisation(3)      4               4           4               4 
2023 receivables 
 securitisation(3)      12              12          11              11 
Bank overdrafts(3)      82              82          83              83 
2025 debentures(6)      248             308         240             298 
2024 notes(6)           502             532         501             535 
2025 notes(6)           251             274         251             274 
2026 notes(6)           1,006           1,115       1,005           1,118 
2027 notes (6)          746             792         746             786 
                        4,409           4,677       4,338           4,606 
Derivative 
 liabilities(4)         21              21          30              30 
Deferred 
 consideration(7)       11              11          12              12 
Deferred contingent 
 consideration(8)       -               -           35              35 
                        4,441           4,709       4,415           4,683 
Total net position      (2,028)         (2,296)     (2,000)         (2,268) 
 
 
(1)  The fair value of trade and other receivables and payables is estimated 
     as the present value of future cash flows, discounted at the market rate 
     of interest at the reporting date. 
(2)  The fair value of listed financial assets is determined by reference to 
     their bid price at the reporting date. Unlisted financial assets are 
     valued using recognised valuation techniques for the underlying security 
     including discounted cash flows and similar unlisted equity valuation 
     models. 
(3)  The carrying amount reported in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet 
     is estimated to approximate to fair value because of the short-term 
     maturity of these instruments and, in the case of the receivables 
     securitisation, the variable nature of the facility and repricing dates. 
(4)  The fair value of forward foreign currency, energy and commodity 
     contracts is based on their listed market price if available. If a listed 
     market price is not available, then fair value is estimated by 
     discounting the difference between the contractual forward price and the 
     current forward price for the residual maturity of the contract using a 
     risk-free interest rate (based on government bonds). The fair value of 
     interest rate swaps is based on discounting estimated future cash flows 
     based on the terms and maturity of each contract and using market 
     interest rates for a similar instrument at the measurement date. 
(5)  The fair value (level 2) of the RCF is based on the present value of its 
     estimated future cash flows discounted at an appropriate market discount 
     rate at the balance sheet date. 
(6)  Fair value (level 2) is based on broker prices at the balance sheet date. 
(7)  The fair value of deferred consideration is based on the present value of 
     the expected payment, discounted using an appropriate market discount 
     rate as at the balance sheet date. 
(8)  The fair value of deferred contingent consideration at 31 December 2020 
     was based on the present value of the expected payment, discounted using 
     a risk-adjusted discount rate. During the second quarter of 2021, the 
     Group purchased the remaining 25% of the company to which the deferred 
     contingent consideration related. 
 

15. Related Party Transactions

 

Details of related party transactions in respect of the year ended 31 December 2020 are contained in Note 30 to the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group's 2020 Annual Report. The Group continued to enter into transactions in the normal course of business with its associates and other related parties during the period. There were no transactions with related parties in the first half of 2021 or changes to transactions with related parties disclosed in the 2020 Consolidated Financial Statements that had a material effect on the financial position or the performance of the Group.

 

16. Events after the Balance Sheet date

 

On 28 July, the Group announced its agreement to acquire Verzuolo, a recycled containerboard business in Northern Italy, for a cash consideration of EUR360 million. It is expected that the acquisition will complete during the fourth quarter, subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval.

 

17. Board Approval

 

This interim report was approved by the Board of Directors on 27 July 2021.

 

18. Distribution of the Interim Report

 

This 2021 interim report is available on the Group's website; smurfitkappa.com.

 

Responsibility Statement in Respect of the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

 

The Directors, whose names and functions are listed on pages 64 to 67 in the Group's 2020 Annual Report, are responsible for preparing this interim management report and the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements in accordance with the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007, the related Transparency Rules of the Central Bank of Ireland and with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the European Union.

 

The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:

   -- the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the half year 
      ended 30 June 2021 have been prepared in accordance with the 
      international accounting standard applicable to interim financial 
      reporting, IAS 34, adopted pursuant to the procedure provided for under 
      Article 6 of the Regulation (EC) No. 1606/2002 of the European Parliament 
      and of the Council of 19 July 2002; 
   -- the interim management report includes a fair review of the important 
      events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial 
      year, and their impact on the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial 
      Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2021, and a description of the 
      principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months; 
   -- the interim management report includes a fair review of related party 
      transactions that have occurred during the first six months of the 
      current financial year and that have materially affected the financial 
      position or the performance of the Group during that period, and any 
      changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual 
      Report that could have a material effect on the financial position or 
      performance of the Group in the first six months of the current financial 
      year. 
 

Signed on behalf of the Board

A. Smurfit, Director and Chief Executive Officer

 

K. Bowles, Director and Chief Financial Officer

 

27 July 2021.

 

Supplementary Financial Information

 

Alternative Performance Measures

 

The Group uses certain financial measures as set out below in order to evaluate the Group's financial performance. These Alternative Performance Measures ('APMs') are not defined under IFRS and are presented because we believe that they, and similar measures, provide both SKG management and users of the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements with useful additional financial information when evaluating the Group's operating and financial performance.

 

These measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies, and are not measurements under IFRS or other generally accepted accounting principles, and they should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for the information contained in our Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.

 

Please note where referenced 'CIS' refers to Condensed Consolidated Income Statement, 'CBS' refers to Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet and 'CSCF' refers to Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

 

The principal APMs used by the Group, together with reconciliations where the non-IFRS measures are not readily identifiable from the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements, are as follows:

A. EBITDA

 

Definition

 

EBITDA is earnings before exceptional items, share-based payment expense, share of associates' profit (after tax), net finance costs, income tax expense, depreciation and depletion (net) and intangible assets amortisation. It is an appropriate and useful measure used to compare recurring financial performance between periods.

 

Reconciliation of Profit to EBITDA

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Profit for the financial period           CIS         308          278 
Income tax expense (after exceptional 
 items)                                   CIS         105          105 
Net finance costs (after exceptional 
 items)                                   Note 4      64           68 
Share of associates' profit (after tax)   CIS         -            (1) 
Share-based payment expense               Note 3      28           11 
Depreciation, depletion (net) and 
 amortisation                             Note 3      276          274 
EBITDA                                                781          735 
 

B. EBITDA margin

 

Definition

 

EBITDA margin is a measure of profitability by taking our EBITDA divided by revenue.

 
                            6 months to  6 months to 
                             30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                Reference    EURm         EURm 
EBITDA          A           781          735 
Revenue         CIS         4,679        4,203 
EBITDA margin               16.7%        17.5% 
 

Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

C. Operating profit before exceptional items

 

Definition

 

Operating profit before exceptional items represents operating profit as reported in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement before exceptional items. Exceptional items are excluded in order to assess the underlying financial performance of our operations.

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Operating profit                          CIS         477          450 
Exceptional items                         CIS         -            - 
Operating profit before exceptional 
 items                                    CIS         477          450 
 

D. Pre-exceptional basic earnings per share

 

Definition

 

Pre-exceptional basic EPS serves as an effective indicator of our profitability as it excludes exceptional one--off items and, in conjunction with other metrics such as ROCE, is a measure of our financial strength. Pre--exceptional basic EPS is calculated by dividing profit attributable to owners of the parent, adjusted for exceptional items included in profit before income tax and income tax on exceptional items, by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue.

E. Underlying EBITDA and revenue

 

Definition

 

Underlying EBITDA and revenue are arrived at by excluding the incremental EBITDA and revenue contributions from current and prior year acquisitions and disposals and the impact of currency translation, hyperinflation and any non-recurring items.

 

The Group uses underlying EBITDA and underlying revenue as additional performance indicators to assess performance on a like-for-like basis each year.

 
                                    The                              The 
                         Europe     Americas   Total      Europe     Americas   Total 
                         30-Jun-21  30-Jun-21  30-Jun-21  30-Jun-20  30-Jun-20  30-Jun-20 
EBITDA 
Currency                 -          (7%)       (2%)       -          (6%)       (1%) 
Underlying EBITDA 
 change                  3%         26%        8%         (16%)      5%         (12%) 
Reported EBITDA change   3%         19%        6%         (16%)      (1%)       (13%) 
 
Revenue 
Currency                 -          (9%)       (2%)       -          (8%)       (2%) 
Acquisitions/disposals   -          1%         -          -          -          - 
Underlying revenue 
 change                  12%        18%        13%        (9%)       (3%)       (7%) 
Reported revenue change  12%        10%        11%        (9%)       (11%)      (9%) 
 

Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

F. Net debt

 

Definition

 

Net debt comprises borrowings net of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash. We believe that this measure highlights the overall movement resulting from our operating and financial performance.

 
 
                                         30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20    31-Dec-20 
                            Reference    EURm         EURm         EURm 
Borrowings                  Note 11     3,186        3,903        3,276 
Less: 
Restricted cash             CBS         (16)         (7)          (10) 
Cash and cash equivalents   CBS         (621)        (639)        (891) 
Net debt                                2,549        3,257        2,375 
 

G. Net debt to EBITDA

 

Definition

 

Leverage (ratio of net debt to EBITDA for the last twelve months ('LTM')) is an important measure of our overall financial position.

 
 
                                          30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20    30-Dec-20 
                             Reference    EURm         EURm         EURm 
Net debt                     F           2,549        3,257        2,375 
EBITDA LTM                               1,556        1,538        1,510 
Net debt to EBITDA (times)               1.6          2.1          1.6 
 

H. Return on capital employed ('ROCE')

 

Definition

 

ROCE measures profit from capital employed. It is calculated as operating profit before exceptional items plus share of associates' profit (after tax) LTM divided by the average capital employed (where average capital employed is the average of total equity and net debt at the current and prior period-end).

 
 
                                                        30-Jun-21   30-Jun-20 
                                            Reference    EURm       EURm 
Operating profit before exceptional items plus share 
 of associates' profit (after tax) LTM                  950        957 
 
 
Total equity -- current period-end          CBS         4,004      3,063 
Net debt -- current period-end              F           2,549      3,257 
Capital employed -- current period-end                  6,553      6,320 
 
Total equity -- prior period-end            CBS         3,063      2,902 
Net debt -- prior period-end                F           3,257      3,751 
Capital employed -- prior period-end                    6,320      6,653 
 
Average capital employed                                6,436      6,486 
 
Return on capital employed                              14.8%      14.8% 
 

Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

I. Working capital

 

Definition

 

Working capital represents total inventories, trade and other receivables and trade and other payables.

 
                                                          30-Jun-21  30-Jun-20 
                                              Reference    EURm       EURm 
Inventories                                   CBS         860        832 
Trade and other receivables (current and 
 non-current)                                 CBS         1,927      1,614 
Trade and other payables                      CBS         (2,006)    (1,767) 
Working capital                                           781        679 
 

J. Working capital as a percentage of sales

 

Definition

 

Working capital as a percentage of sales represents working capital as defined above shown as a percentage of annualised quarterly revenue.

 
                                                       30-Jun-21  30-Jun-20 
                                           Reference    EURm       EURm 
Working capital                            I           781        679 
Annualised revenue                                     9,640      8,038 
Working capital as a percentage of sales               8.1%       8.4% 
 

Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

K. Summary cash flow

 

Definition

 

The summary cash flow is prepared on a different basis to the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows and as such the reconciling items between EBITDA and (increase)/decrease in net debt may differ from amounts presented in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. The summary cash flow details movements in net debt. The Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows details movements in cash and cash equivalents.

 

Reconciliation of the summary cash flow to the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                      30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference   EURm         EURm 
EBITDA                                    A           781          735 
Cash interest expense                     K.1         (54)         (61) 
Working capital change                    K.2         (195)        (32) 
Capital expenditure                       K.3         (175)        (230) 
Change in capital creditors               K.3         (80)         (51) 
Tax paid                                  CSCF        (122)        (98) 
Change in employee benefits and other 
 provisions                               CSCF        (43)         (26) 
Other                                     K.5         5            1 
Free cash flow                            L           117          238 
 
Purchase of own shares (net)              CSCF        (22)         (16) 
Sale of businesses and investments        K.6         37           - 
Purchase of businesses, investments and 
 NCI                                      K.7         (55)         (21) 
Dividends                                 CSCF        (226)        - 
Derivative termination receipts           CSCF        10           9 
Net cash (outflow)/inflow                             (139)        210 
 
Acquired net (debt)/cash                              (13)         (1) 
Disposed net (cash)/debt                  K.8         (1)          - 
Deferred debt issue costs amortised                   (4)          (4) 
Currency translation adjustment                       (17)         21 
(Increase)/decrease in net debt                       (174)        226 
 

K.1 Cash interest expense

 
                                       6 months to  6 months to 
                                        30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                           Reference    EURm         EURm 
Interest paid              CSCF        (55)         (63) 
Interest received          CSCF        1            1 
Move in accrued interest               -            1 
Per summary cash flow                  (54)         (61) 
 

Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

 

K.2 Working capital change

 
                                              6 months to  6 months to 
                                               30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                  Reference    EURm         EURm 
Net movement in working capital   CSCF        (195)        (33) 
Other                                         -            1 
Per summary cash flow                         (195)        (32) 
 

K.3 Capital expenditure

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Additions to property, plant and 
 equipment and biological assets          CSCF        (228)        (246) 
Additions to intangible assets            CSCF        (6)          (9) 
Additions to right-of-use assets                      (21)         (26) 
Change in capital creditors               K           80           51 
Per summary cash flow                                 (175)        (230) 
 

K.4 Capital expenditure as a percentage of depreciation

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Capital expenditure                       K.3         175          230 
Depreciation, depletion (net) and 
 amortisation                             A           276          274 
Capital expenditure as a percentage of depreciation   63%          84% 
 

K.5 Other

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Other within the summary cash flow 
comprises the following 
Amortisation of capital grants            CSCF        (1)          (2) 
Profit on sale of property, plant and 
 equipment                                CSCF        (5)          - 
Profit on purchase of businesses          CSCF        -            (4) 
Other (primarily hyperinflation 
 adjustments)                             CSCF        3            3 
Receipt of capital grants                 CSCF        1            - 
Disposal of property, plant and 
 equipment                                CSCF        7            1 
Dividends received from associates        CSCF        1            - 
Lease terminations/modifications          L           (1)          3 
Per summary cash flow                                 5            1 
 

Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

 

K.6 Sale of businesses and investments

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Business disposals (net of disposed 
 cash)                                    CSCF        33           - 
Disposed cash and cash equivalents        K.8         4            - 
Per summary cash flow                                 37           - 
 

K.7 Purchase of businesses, investments and NCI

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Purchase of subsidiaries (net of 
 acquired cash)                           CSCF        (20)         (1) 
Purchase of non-controlling interests     CSCF        -            (20) 
Deferred consideration paid               CSCF        (35)         - 
Per summary cash flow                                 (55)         (21) 
 

K.8 Disposed net (cash)/debt

 
                                                 6 months to  6 months to 
                                                  30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                     Reference    EURm         EURm 
Disposed debt                                    3            - 
Disposed cash and cash equivalents   K.6         (4)          - 
Per summary cash flow                            (1)          - 
 

L. Free cash flow ('FCF')

 

Definition

 

FCF is the result of the cash inflows and outflows from our operating activities, and is before those arising from acquisition and disposal of businesses. We use FCF to assess and understand the total operating performance of the business and to identify underlying trends.

 

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Cash Generated from Operations

 
                                                      6 months to  6 months to 
                                                       30-Jun-21    30-Jun-20 
                                          Reference    EURm         EURm 
Free cash flow                            K           117          238 
 
Reconciling items: 
Cash interest expense                     K.1         54           61 
Capital expenditure (net of change in 
 capital creditors)                       K.3         255          281 
Tax payments                              CSCF        122          98 
Disposal of property, plant and 
 equipment                                CSCF        (7)          (1) 
Lease terminations/modifications          K.5         1            (3) 
Receipt of capital grants                 CSCF        (1)          - 
Dividends received from associates        CSCF        (1)          - 
Non-cash financing activities                         -            (1) 
Cash generated from operations            CSCF        540          673 
 

(1) Additional information in relation to these Alternative Performance Measures ('APMs') is set out in Supplementary Financial Information on pages 30 to 36.

 

(2) Additional information on underlying performance is set out within Supplementary Financial Information on pages 30 to 36.

 

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