Adevinta reports resilient performance in Q2

Adevinta ASA (ADE) , Published 16/07/2020 05:00:00

  • Operational KPIs improving in all segments throughout Q2
  • Total revenues1 down 16% but performance improving month by month
  • Strong EBITDA1 performance
  • Strong financial position securing ability to invest organically and externally
  • Leverage ratio at 0.6x at end of June
  • Continued investment in product & technology

Oslo, 16 July 2020 – Adevinta ASA (ADE) (“Adevinta” or the Company”), completed its second quarter of 2020, ended 30 June, reporting a resilient performance across its business, particularly in France. The company saw a revenue decline of 16% in the quarter, compared to Q2 2019 (or -20% excluding l’Argus) due to the significant impact of Covid-19 in all markets.

After a decline in April, revenue trends improved month by month in all segments and France returned to positive year-on-year organic growth in June. Classifieds revenues were down 15% yoy, while display advertising revenues were down 32%. The acquisition of l’Argus added 3.9 points to total revenue growth, and exchange rate movements had a negative 1.5-point impact.

Gross operating profit (EBITDA) has been resilient in the quarter, decreasing by 15% yoy. Decisive action taken by management to pursue cost cutting initiatives across the group has partially offset the impact of Covid-19. In addition, there was continued investment in product & technology (at central and business levels) to drive future growth and operational efficiency. Net cash flow from operating activities was €56.0m for the first half of 2020, compared to €70.8m for the same period in 2019. At the end of June 2020, the Group benefited from a strong financial position with a leverage ratio of 0.6 times net interest-bearing debt over EBITDA.

As the acceleration in consumer behaviour trends makes online marketplaces increasingly relevant, Adevinta intends to continue creating value by focusing on and expanding in markets where it enjoys leading positions, as well as by exploring external growth opportunities with strong financial discipline.

Rolv Erik Ryssdal, CEO, commented:

“In recent months, Covid-19 has upended the daily lives of citizens and economies across the world. As anticipated, our Q2 performance was impacted negatively. Nonetheless, we have seen strong improvements throughout the quarter in all segments. We are now back to pre-covid levels and above last year’s level in terms of traffic and leads in most markets. We have even reached record high traffic in some countries like France and Austria. Our financial performance has recovered faster than expected, especially in France where we posted positive organic growth in June. 

“We successfully implemented cost saving initiatives, which has allowed us to mitigate to some extent the impact, while we continued to invest in product and technology to support future growth. 

“Consumer behaviour is changing at an accelerated pace. The demand for more convenience and transparency, as well as the shift toward more sustainable consumption, has amplified the role of trusted online marketplaces. As a leading player in our market and a highly trusted business partner, we have helped our clients to restart their activities. This puts us in an even better position for the years to come. 

“Looking ahead, we expect our recovery to continue, with positive growth in France and further improvements in other countries in the second half of the year. While the macro environment may be uncertain in the near term, we are excited about the long-term opportunities in our markets and remain confident about our long-term sustainable growth profile.” 

Q2 2020 Highlights

Stronger-than-expected recovery, especially in France

  • Operational KPIs improving in all segments
    throughout Q2
  • Total revenues down 16% but performance improving month by month
  • Online classifieds revenues decreased 12%
  • Display advertising revenues decreased 32%
  • France back to positive organic growth in June

Strong EBITDA2 performance despite significant drop in revenues and sustained investment in P&T

  • Margin flat yoy
  • Expected dilutive impact of acquisitions and of corporate functions set up
  • Sustained investment in P&T
  • Successful cost saving initiatives

Product & technology achievements

  • Deployment of end-to-end transactional solution in various markets
  • Increasing use of machine learning

Strong financial position securing ability to invest organically and externally

  • Leverage ratio of 0.6x at end of June
  • Cash & cash equivalent at €308m
  • Undrawn €400m RCF

Acceleration of favorable consumer behaviour

  • Sustainable ways of consuming
  • Digitisation
  • Convenient digital experience
  • Trust and transparency
  • Efficient professional tools

Further progress in the preparation for the acquisition of Grupo Za

Key financial numbers

Second quarter(€ million)YTD
yoy%2019202020202019yoy%
-16%184.6155.8Operating revenues incl. JVs343.8359.0-4%
-15%49.942.5EBITDA incl. JVs85.099.6-15%
27%27%EBITDA margin incl. JVs25%28%
EBITDA – segments
Cash flow
-33%19.813.3Net cash flow from operating activities56.070.8-21%

Invitation to the presentation of the Q2 2020 results
You are cordially invited to participate in the presentation of Adevinta ASA’s Q2 2020 report on Thursday, 16 July 2020.

Quarterly Earnings Release
When: 16 July 2020 at 07:00 CEST
Report for the first half and second quarter 2020, presentation materials, and spreadsheet with key figures and analytical information will be made available on the investor relations pages at https://www.adevinta.com/ir/.

Presentation of the Quarterly Results
When: 16 July 2020 at 08:30 CESTThe company will conduct the presentation as a live audio webcast and conference call, including a Q&A session. CEO Rolv Erik Ryssdal and CFO Uvashni Raman will present. The whole management team of Adevinta will participate in the Q&A session.

The webcast will be available on www.adevinta.com/ir and on this link: https://bit.ly/3eaVBV4. Participants are also invited to ask questions using the dial-in numbers below.

Dial-in details:
Norway: +47 2100 2610
UK: +44 (0)330 336 9126
USA: +1 720-543-0206
Confirmation code: 8319729

A recording of the presentation will be available on our website shortly after the live webcast has ended.

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Media contacts
Mélodie Laroche
Corporate Communications
T: +33 (0) 6 84 30 52 76
melodie.laroche@adevinta.com

Marie de Scobiac
Head of Investor Relations
ir@adevinta.com

About Adevinta
Adevinta is a global online classifieds specialist, operating digital marketplaces in 15 countries. The company provides technology-based services to connect buyers with sellers and to facilitate transactions, from job offers to real estate, cars, consumer goods and more. Adevinta’s portfolio spans 35 digital products and websites, attracting 1.5 billion average monthly visits. Leading brands include top-ranked leboncoin in France, InfoJobs and Milanuncios in Spain, and 50% of fast-growing OLX Brazil. Adevinta spun off from Schibsted ASA and publicly listed in Oslo, Norway in 2019. Adevinta is majority owned by Schibsted ASA and employs 4,700 people committed to supporting users and customers daily. Find out more at Adevinta.com.


1 Proportionate basis incl JVs. For definition of EBITDA please see section Definitions and reconciliations. Adevinta implemented IFRS 16 from 1 January 2019.

2 Proportionate basis incl JVs. For definition of EBITDA please see section Definitions and reconciliations. Adevinta implemented IFRS 16 from 1 January 2019.

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