FP announced financial results 2023

Berlin, April 25, 2024 – Today, Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG (ISIN DE000FPH9000) announced its unaudited figures for the 2023 financial year.

In 2023 revenue decreased by 3.7% to EUR 241.8 million compared to EUR 251.0 million in 2022. On a constant currency basis, revenue amounted to EUR 245.9 million. This was at the lower end of the forecast range of EUR 245 to 255 million, as most recently specified.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) reached EUR 31.0 million compared to EUR 27.6 million in the previous year, with an EBITDA margin of 12.8%. On a constant currency basis, EBITDA was EUR 33.4 million. This exceeded the original forecast of EUR 28 to 31 million. EBITDA in 2023 includes the release of provisions in the amount of EUR 4.8 million due to changes and progress in restructuring plans. EBITDA in 2022 was also influenced by positive one-off effects.

Free cash flow increased to EUR 9.1 million in 2023 compared to EUR 8.1 million in the previous year due to the improved operating cash flow despite higher investments. Net debt was reduced by further 20.4% to EUR 14.4 million.

Solid business performance in all three business areas

Revenue development in all three business areas was largely in line with expectations.

Mailing, Shipping & Office Solutions generated revenue of 146.8 million euros compared to 148.4 million euros in the previous year. On a constant currency basis, revenue amounted to 150.4 million euros, slightly up on the previous year (1.3%). In addition, the previous year was positively impacted by one-off effects of 2.9 million euros due to the postal rate change in Germany. FP expanded its range of solutions in 2023 to include two new franking machine models, giving it an attractive product portfolio to hold its own in a challenging market environment.

In the Mail Services business area, which focuses on the collection, franking and consolidation of business mail, FP generated revenue of EUR 66.8 million after EUR 73.4 million in 2022. Previous year had benefited from pandemic-related special effects of EUR 10 million.

Revenue in Digital Business Solutions reached 27.9 million euros compared to 28.8 million euros in the previous year. Output Management saw a downward trend in the second half of the year, primarily due to the decline in business from a major customer, which could not be compensated for in the short term. In addition, the sharp decline in mail volumes in Germany was also felt by existing customers, as fewer volumes were processed. The SaaS-solutions continued to show steady growth of 13.7% and the solution portfolio was significantly enhanced in 2023. FP Sign was expanded with new functionalities, especially for enterprise customers, and continues to show positive business development. In the Shipping & Logistics segment, the FP Parcel Shipping solutions launched in Norway and the Netherlands in 2023 made a positive contribution to revenue. The FP TRAXsuite solution for inbound parcel management also recorded revenue growth due to the onboarding of new customers and is increasingly being marketed internationally.

Earnings per share rise to EUR 0.67

In 2023, the FP Group generated EBITDA of € 31.0 million compared to € 27.6 million in the previous year. The FP Group's EBITDA margin improved to 12.8% from 11.0% in 2022.

The cost of materials fell by 9.5% to 112.8 million euros compared to 124.7 million euros in the previous year. The reduction corresponds to the decline in sales, particularly in the Mail Services division, while price changes only played a minor role. The cost of materials ratio, i.e. the ratio of cost of materials to revenue, fell to 46.6% (previous year: 49.7%). Personnel expenses increased slightly by 0.8% to EUR 66.2 million in 2023 compared to EUR 65.7 million in the previous year. The personnel expenses ratio thus increased to 27.4% compared to 26.2% in the previous year. The increase is due to the higher salary level in the Group, partly to compensate for inflation, which partially offset the positive effects from the continuation of the transformation program.

Other operating expenses decreased by 3.5% to EUR 38.9 million in 2023 compared to EUR 40.3 million in the previous year. The increase in various types of expenses is offset by a one-off effect from the release of restructuring provisions totaling EUR 4.8 million. In the FP Group, the further implementation of the transformation program required significantly lower expenses than calculated in previous years.

Depreciation, amortization and impairments decreased by 14.3% to EUR 18.0 million compared to EUR 21.0 million in the previous year. This was primarily the result of lower impairments on internally generated intangible assets.

Consolidated net income consequently improved to EUR 10.5 million in 2023 compared to EUR 8.0 million in the previous year. Earnings per share (EPS) rose to EUR 0.67 compared to EUR 0.50 in the previous year.

The comparative period 2022 was adjusted in the consolidated financial statements as at 31.12.2023. The adjustment relates to the measurement of tax effects from intra-Group service relationships in the comparative period 2022. This correction led to a reduced tax expense of EUR 2.5 million in 2022.

Transformation program: optimize and accelerate implementation

FP CFO Ralf Spielberger says: "With revenue of EUR 245.9 million as constant currency, the revenue target was achieved at the lower end of expectations. EBITDA developed somewhat more positively than expected - also due to one-off effects - and reached EUR 31.0 million, or even EUR 33.4 million on a constant currency basis. In view of these figures, the financial year as a whole can be described as satisfactory. However, the business development shows that we need to accelerate the transformation in order to grow in the medium to long term."

The new FP CEO Friedrich Conzen explains: "We will improve the transformation process through centralized control in order to achieve sustainable growth in the coming years. To this end, we will identify the key value drivers for the positive development of the respective business divisions. We will optimize and accelerate implementation along the path we have chosen. The foundations of our business model are excellent and provide a good basis for the transformation to succeed."

Forecast for 2024

Business performance in 2024 will continue to be influenced by the difficult macroeconomic conditions. In addition, market-specific developments in the mail market remain challenging. Therefore, the Management Board expects for the fiscal year 2024 for the Group a revenue and EBITDA at the level of 2023 or slightly below.

The expected development of the financial performance indicators for the 2024 financial year is generally based on the assumption of constant exchange rates.

The audited annual financial statements and the audited consolidated financial statements for the 2023 financial year will be published on April 30, 2024. The reason for the delay is the time required in view of the increased requirements under the ESEF Regulation.

Key figures at a glance:

in EUR million20232022Change
Revenue 241,.
-3.7 %
Cost of materials
-9.5 %
Employee benefit expenses
+0.8 %
Other operating expenses
-3.5 %
EBITDA as reported
+12.3 %
Amortisation, Depreciation and Impairment
-14.3 %
Consolidated profit
+31.3 %
Earnings per share (in EUR)
+34.0 %
Free Cashflow
+12.4 %


Statements in this press release relating to the future development and forecasts of the Group are based on our careful assessment of future events and economic forecasts. Any negative macroeconomic developments beyond this may cause actual results for 2024 to differ from the forecast figures.

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About Francotyp-Postalia:

Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG, a listed company based in Berlin, is the holding company of the globally operating FP Group (FP). FP is an expert in solutions that make office and work life easier and more efficient. FP has the following business areas: Digital Business Solutions, Mailing, Shipping & Office Solutions and Mail Services. In the Digital Business Solutions business area, FP improves customers' business processes with solutions for document workflow management, business process management & automation and shipping & logistics. In the Mailing, Shipping & Office Solutions business areas, FP is the world’s third-largest provider of mailing systems and is also the market leader in Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Italy. FP has subsidiaries based in 15 countries and is represented by its own trading network in many other countries. In the Mail Services business areas, FP offers the consolidation of business mail and is among the leading providers in Germany. In 2023, FP generated revenue of more than EUR 240 million.