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The Group’s two business segments both performed well in the fourth quarter, with growth of 14% across retail distribution volumes at Rubis Énergie and storage revenues at Rubis Terminal (all terminals).

Consolidated revenue totaled €712 million (+5%), factoring in the effect of the fall in prices of petroleum products, unfavorable weather conditions and changes in scope (Portugal and Switzerland). At constant scope, revenue was stable.

Business trends over the period prompt the following comments:

  • Rubis Énergie recorded volume growth of 15% (+1% at constant scope). This includes growth linked to acquisitions in Europe (Portugal and Switzerland);
  • Rubis Terminal continued to grow, with an 11% increase in storage revenue – scope under management, taking into account 100% of all terminals – driven by a sharp increase in activity at the Ceyhan terminal (Turkey).

The decline in prices of petroleum products accelerated during the period (propane: -44%), resulting in a favorable configuration for unit margins during the quarter.

Over the 2014 financial year, revenue increased by 1%, on a 2% increase in overall volumes (+2% for Rubis Énergie and +3% for Rubis Terminal). At constant scope, revenue was stable.

There were no events after the release of the interim financial statements liable to significantly alter the Group’s financial position, which remained strong at the end of the year.

Reported revenue complies with the new IFRS regarding control and partnerships. Rubis Terminal subsidiaries located in Belgium and Turkey (co-ownership) are now consolidated using the equity method (proportionate consolidation previously), and their sales revenue is excluded from the Group's consolidated sales revenue. For purposes of comparison, historical data have been restated.

RUBIS ÉNERGIE: Distribution of LPG and petroleum products

Rubis Énergie comprises the LPG distribution and petroleum products businesses: networks of gas stations, heating oil, aviation and marine fuel, lubricants, bitumen.

Geographical breakdown of volumes
(Retail distribution)

In the fourth quarter, retail distribution volumes totaled 657,000 m3, an increase of 15%. At constant scope of consolidation, volumes grew by 1%, prompting the following comments:

  • Europe: volumes sold in retail distribution totaled 222,000 m3, an increase of 43% (scope extensions in Portugal and Switzerland), but a decline of 9% at constant scope attributable to particularly unfavorable weather conditions (climate index down 12 points).
  • Caribbean: distributed volumes totaled 365,000 m3, an increase of 4%. Volumes of fuel oil for large accounts and aviation fuel were particularly strong thanks to new contracts, the network segments being stable or edging down respectively (-2%).
  • The Africa region posted retail LPG distribution volumes of 70,000 m3 (+4%), driven notably by growth in the packaging segment in South Africa (+16%), resulting from the introduction of a new commercial policy.

Over the 2014 financial year, volumes totaled 2.4 million m3, an increase of 2% on a reported basis and a decline of 2% on a comparable basis, due to unfavorable weather in Europe in both the first and fourth quarters.

RUBIS TERMINAL: Bulk liquid storage

In the fourth quarter, Rubis Terminal’s main activity, bulk liquid storage, recorded stable revenue of €34.5 million:

  • 1.4% increase in the petroleum products activity in France, in a French market characterized by stable consumption of petroleum products overall;
  • positive trend (+1.6%) on other products – fertilizers, chemicals, heavy fuel oils and molasses – in France, with the exception of edible oils (-36%), where the anticipated structural decline has now ended;
  • 3% increase in revenue at the Rotterdam terminal: the chemical part grew by 13% thanks to capacity expansion, while heavy fuel oil revenues were impacted by the difficulties of a customer at the end of the period (facilities were let to a new tenant during the first quarter of 2015).

Antwerp and Ceyhan (Turkey), the revenues of which are no longer consolidated, recorded growth of 76%, driven by strong business growth in Turkey.

Over the same period, wholesale revenue totaled €54 million.

Over the 2014 financial year, storage revenues increased by 3% to €132 million, and wholesale revenue fell by 14% to €184 million.


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RUBIS has made an irrevocable offer to the SHELL Group and the TOTAL Group, each 50% shareholder of the SRPP (Société Réunionnaise de Produits Pétroliers), to purchase the entire share capital of this company.

In reply to this offer, SHELL and TOTAL have accepted to open an exclusive period of negotiation.

SRPP markets fuels, LPG and lubricants in La Réunion. With a retail network of 51 petrol stations, SRPP is the local market leader. The company owns and operates the main storage facility and other logistics used to supply the Island. In 2014, its turnover has reached € 250 million. A new decree issued in February 2014, setting local prices and margins for the petroleum industry, will allow SRPP to generate a normative EBITDA of near € 22 million.

This offer will trigger the consultation of employee representatives of SRPP and the selling shareholders and, if accepted, completion of the transaction would be subject to the review of the French Competition Authority.

Through this projected debt-financed acquisition, RUBIS would build up its presence in the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Comoros, southern Africa) and extend its activity to fuel distribution with the advantage of an integrated logistics.


Upcoming events :

2014 annual results on March 11, 2015 (after market)

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