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Interim report for Duni AB (publ) 1 january – 31 march 2019

Regulatory press release 24 Apr 2019 07:45
Growth and improved operating income

1 january – 31 march

  • Net sales amounted to SEK 1,264 m (1,080), which corresponds to a net sales increase of 17%. Adjusted for exchange rate movements, net sales increased by 12.5%.
  • Underlying growth in all business areas except in Consumer. Organic growth totaled 0.3% while organic pro forma growth1) was 3.2%.
  • Pulp prices fell slightly but are still substantially higher than the same period last year.
  • Price increases to compensate for higher costs have been implemented during the quarter.
  • Increased competition for high-volume business and challenges in the form of capacity shortages in the logistics market.
  • Earnings per share after dilution amounted to SEK 1.08 (1.22).
SEK m3 months
3 months 
12 months
12 months 
Net sales1,2641,0805,1114,927
Organic growth0.3%2.2%1.1%1.5%
Organic pro forma growth1)3.2%2.2%2.7%2.5%
Operating income2,3)9390432430
Operating margin2,3)7.3%8.4%8.5%8.7%
Income after financial items6778317328
Net income5259243249

1) Currency-adjusted growth including acquired companies, which are compared with the previous year’s pro forma figures. 
2) For key financials, definitions and reconciliation of alternative key financials, see pages 26-27.
3) For impact of the new leasing standard as of 1 January 2019, see Note 1.


Increasing growth rate  
“With sales growth of 17% in the quarter, Duni has now exceeded SEK 5,000 m in sales for the past 12 months. When recalculated using the over 25% growth rate of our acquired companies, organic pro forma growth1) totaled 3.2% in the quarter.

We see broad growth in nearly every geographic market. In terms of product segments, we continue to experience solid growth in premium napkins along with very strong growth in sustainable packaging. The table covers product segment continues to perform negatively.

Our most recent acquisitions, BioPak in Australia and New Zealand and Biopac in the UK, have both continued their positive performance and contributed to higher overall growth for the quarter.

Positive impact of margin program 
Operating income for the quarter was SEK 93 m (90). Several parts of our ongoing program to strengthen margins have already had an impact in the first quarter:

1. Price increases due to the high level of pulp prices have gradually had a positive impact in the quarter. They have now largely been implemented according to plan.

2. As planned, our program to rationalize indirect costs made a positive contribution to income for the quarter.

3. A capacity shortage in the distribution market increased distribution costs. As a result, Q1 did not see any positive net effect of our initiative to improve our logistics flow.

High yet falling pulp prices 
Pulp prices for the first quarter were up 10% compared to the same quarter in the previous year but have exhibited a slow downward trend. In the second quarter, Duni’s price compensation in the market will be fully implemented. If pulp prices are stable, this will make a positive contribution to income in Q2,” says Johan Sundelin, President and CEO, Duni.

1) Currency-adjusted growth including acquired companies, which are compared with the previous year’s pro forma figures. 


Additional information is provided by:
Johan Sundelin, President and CEO, +46 40 10 62 00
Mats Lindroth, CFO, +46 40 10 62 00
Helena Haglund, Group Accounting Manager, +46 734 19 63 04

Duni AB (publ)
Box 237
SE-201 22 Malmö
Tel.: +46 40 10 62 00
Business registration number: 556536-7488


Duni is a leading supplier of attractive and convenient products for table setting and take-away. The Duni brand name is sold in more than 40 markets and enjoys a number one position in Central and Northern Europe. Duni has around 2,500 employees in 24 countries, headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, and production units in Sweden, Germany, Poland, Thailand and New Zealand. Duni is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm under the ticker name “DUNI”. The ISIN code is SE0000616716. This information is information that Duni AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 07:45 CET on 24 April 2019.