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Leisure Goods 381.6 83.7 19.5 13.3 882.44

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07/12/2016
08:20
Card Factory Daily Update: Card Factory is listed in the Leisure Goods sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker CARD. The last closing price for Card Factory was 252.90p.
Card Factory has a 4 week average price of 250.16p and a 12 week average price of 274.53p.
The 1 year high share price is 388.70p while the 1 year low share price is currently 238.70p.
There are currently 340,843,676 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 556,247 shares. The market capitalisation of Card Factory is £882,444,277.16.
11/8/2016
08:16
aishah: Average greeting card price of 80p against industry avg of 138p. So room for passing on extra $ cost imo.
26/1/2016
08:11
paleje: Steady as she goes. http://uk.advfn.com/stock-market/london/card-factory-CARD/share-news/Card-Factory-PLC-Trading-update/70123210
06/1/2016
07:37
paleje: Nice RNS this morning, CEO retiring and replacement looks good, all nice and orderly, also confirms xmas trading in line. No warm weather problems with cards:) http://uk.advfn.com/stock-market/london/card-factory-CARD/share-news/Card-Factory-PLC-Retirement-and-succession-of-CEO/69900746
27/9/2015
13:08
mike740: CARD Card Factory PLC Stock in a bullish uptrend channel. More conservative traders/investors might like to place an order to buy just above 389p prev bullish candle, but if the stock looks bullish monday after the first 45 minutes a physical market order may be the best course of action. Card Factory share price information Name Card Factory Epic CARD Sector General Retailers ISIN GB00BLY2F708 Activites Card Factory plc is the UK's leading specialist retailer of greeting cards. The Group's key focus is to produce a wide range of quality cards and products at exceptional value. Card Factory customers can shop through the nationwide chain of over 700 stores, as well as the company's online offerings www.cardfactory.eu.com, which sells a selection of products available in Card Factory stores, and www.gettingpersonal.co.uk for personalised cards and gifts. Index FTSE 250 Latest share price (p) 399.00 Net gearing (%) 30.26 Market cap (£m) 1,300.44 Gross gearing (%) 43.94 Shares in issue (m) 340.70 Debt ratio 37.06 P/E ratio 0.00 Debt to equity ratio 0.75 Divs per share (p) 6.80 Assets / equity ratio 1.78 Dividend yield (%) 0.00 Price to book value 4.60 Dividend cover 0.00 ROCE 9.50 Earning per share (p) 0.00 EPS growth (%) n/a 52-week high / low (p) 389.90 / 209.50 DPS growth (%) n/a
22/1/2015
17:43
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22/1/2015
13:44
dasv: Canaccord downgrade only because share price target already hit. -- LONDON (ShareCast) - Card Factory (LSE: CARD.L - news) 's share price dropped on Thursday morning despite an in-line trading statement from the greeting cards and gifts retailer, with broker Canaccord Geunity weighing on the stock after downgrading its recommendation to 'hold'. Canaccord said that even though trading over Christmas was "solid", the shares have performed well since Card Factory's flotation last May and have risen by 15% since November alone. As such, the stock has recently surpassed the broker's 270p target price - shares closed at 275.7p on Wednesday - prompting it to remove its 'buy' recommendation. Nevertheless, analysts Mark Photiades and David Jeary remained optimistic about the company's future growth after an 8.1% rise in sales in the 11 months to 31 December and 1.8% growth on a like-for-like basis. They said they didn't expect any major changes to consensus estimates for the financial year ending January 2015, with pre-tax profit still expected to be around £73m. "Card Factory floated in May'14 and offers a combination of several years of further space expansion of its eponymous fascia alongside multi-channel growth from the nascent Getting Personal business. "This growth potential, coupled with a strong and established vertically integrated business model and a market-leading low-price 'value' orientated offer in a growing and still fragmented greetings card market, are key drivers of the investment case." Https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/canaccord-cuts-card-factory-hold-111600334.html
09/2/2006
06:33
waldron: Gemplus Reports Strong Improvement in Results for Fiscal Year 2005 LUXEMBOURG, February 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Full year 2005 highlights: - Revenue increased by 8.5% to 939 million euros: growth sustained in all core businesses. - Operating income at 67 million euros: a 2.5 fold increase, driven by good overall Company performance. - Very strong net income1, at 90 million euros. - Robust free cash flow, at 85 million euros, excluding non-recurring items. Fourth quarter 2005 highlights: - Operating margin at 6.0%, despite impact related to a quality issue with a specific chip. - Strong net income1, at 40 million euros, boosted by recognition of deferred tax assets of 25.6 million euros. Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), the world's leading provider of smart card solutions, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2005. In millions of Q4 Q4 2004 Year-on-year FY FY Year-on-year euros 2005 change 2005 2004 change Net sales 261.7 242.5 +7.9% 938.9 865.0 +8.5% Adjusted for currency -1.5% +3.6% fluctuations, discontinued operations and acquisitions Gross profit 85.2 77.3 +10.3% 309.9 270.5 +14.6% Gross margin as a 32.6% 31.9% +0.7 ppt 33.0% 31.3% +1.7 ppt % of sales Operating income 15.6 16.1 -3.0% 66.8 26.3 +153.7% Operating margin 6.0% 6.6% -0.6 ppt 7.1% 3.0% +4.1 ppts Net income[1] 40.0 11.8 +239% 89.9 4.7 NM Free cash flow 21.5 11.3 +90% 85.3 58.8 +45% excluding non recurring items Free cash flow[2] 19.6 1.7 NM 95.7 5.5 NM Cash and cash 418.4 388.4 +7.7% 418.4 388.4 +7.7% equivalents Per share data (in euros) Earnings per 0.06 0.02 +224% 0.14 0.01 NM share (fully diluted) Commenting on the performance for the fiscal year 2005, Alex Mandl, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "2005 was another year of substantial achievements for Gemplus: we reinforced the Group's leadership, notably in high-end wireless and financial services, and strongly improved our financial performance, especially in terms of margin and cash flow. At the same time, we undertook two very important strategic moves: the Setec acquisition, which strengthens our position in the Government ID space, and the proposed Gemalto merger which will create a world-class leader in digital security. We feel very excited about this project which will take the Company to new horizons." Full Year 2005 financial review Highlights: - Revenue up 8.5%: growth sustained in all core businesses. - Operating income at 67 million euros: a 2.5 fold increase, driven by good overall Company performance: - Gross margin up 1.7 percentage points. - Operating expenses flat. - Very strong net income1, at 90 million euros. - Robust free cash flow, at 85 million euros, excluding non-recurring items. In millions of euros FY 2005 FY 2004 Year-on-year Adjusted change change[3] Group revenue 938.9 865.0 +8.5% +3.6% Telecom 654.5 641.8 +2.0% +0.5% of which Wireless products & 600.4 558.5 +7.5% NA services of which Prepaid phone cards & 54.1 83.3 -35.1% NA scratchcards Financial Services 202.9 182.2 +11.3% +4.9% ID and Security 81.5 41.0 +98.7% +46.6% On a segment and geographical basis for the full year: - Telecom revenue was driven by Wireless. Wireless revenue was up 7.5% (up 7.2% currency adjusted), to 600.4 million euros, confirming the Group's leading position in this sub-segment. Wireless card shipments rose 34% to 342 million units, due to strong growth in EMEA[4] and the Americas. The Group's focus on value creation drove a substantial shift toward high-end cards, now considered only 3G and above, with their share increasing from 6.0% in 2004 of total shipments to 10% in 2005. The share of 64Kb, 128Kb, 3G cards and above rose from 34% in 2004 to 47% in 2005. The average selling price declined 20%, currency adjusted. - Financial Services revenue was driven by the EMV migration, with substantial rollouts in many European countries and ramp-up in Latin America and Japan. Gemplus shipped 70 million payment microprocessor cards (up 36%), with revenue up 25%. - ID and Security revenue was driven by the Setec acquisition, Government ID projects, particularly, in the Middle East, and Corporate Security projects, notably in the Americas. - On a geographical basis, revenue from the Americas was up 21.0%, currency and acquisition adjusted, driven by Wireless. The EMEA4 region was up 1.8%, led by Financial Services. Asia was down 12.5% reflecting Wireless price pressure. In millions of euros FY 2005 As a % of FY 2004 As a % revenue of revenue Group gross profit 309.9 33.0% 270.5 31.3% Telecom 241.5 36.9% 220.8 34.4% of which Wireless products & services 236.6 39.4% 215.6 38.6% of which Prepaid phone cards & 4.9 9.1% 5.2 6.2% scratchcards Financial Services 41.9 20.6% 37.7 20.7% ID and Security 26.5 32.5% 12.0 29.4% Gross margin increased by 1.7 percentage points, mainly driven by a favourable business mix as well as improvement in Telecom and ID & Security. In millions of euros FY 2005 As a % of FY 2004 As a % revenue of revenue Operating expenses 243.2 25.9% 244.2 28.2% Operating income 66.8 7.1% 26.3 3.0% Financial income & expenses 7.7 5.7 Share of profit (loss) of associates -0.5 -6.0 Other non operating income (expenses), -2.3 -6.8 net Income tax 19.8 -13.0 Minority interests -1.5 -1.6 Net income1 89.9 4.7 Operating expenses were stable, despite the overall growth in the business and the Setec acquisition. Operating expenses represented 25.9% of sales, compared to 28.2% the previous year, reflecting good cost control and a reduction in restructuring expenses. Consequently, operating income rose substantially, to 66.8 million euros, taking the operating margin to 7.1%. Income tax reflects the recognition of deferred tax assets of 26.9 million euros. This contributed to the Company reporting net income1 of 89.9 million euros, an increase of 85.2 million euros over last year, mainly due to improved operating income. The Company generated free cash flow of 85.3 million euros, up 45% compared with last year, excluding non-recurring items. Net cash flow was 30 million euros, which included the cash outlay of 63 million euros related to the Setec acquisition. Fourth quarter 2005 financial review - Income statement Fourth quarter 2005 highlights: - Revenue up 7.9% year-on-year (down 1.5% adjusted3). - Operating margin at 6.0%, despite impact related to a quality issue with a specific chip. - Strong net income1, at 40.0 million euros, boosted by recognition of deferred tax assets of 25.6 million euros. In millions of euros Q4 2005 Q4 2004 % change Adjusted(3) change (%) Net sales 261.7 242.5 +7.9% -1.5% Gross profit 85.2 77.3 +10.3% Gross margin as a % of sales 32.6% 31.9% +0.7 ppt Operating income 15.6 16.1 -3.0% Net income1 40.0 11.8 +239% Revenue was up 7.9%, driven by the Setec acquisition. Price pressure in Wireless, combined with some softness in this sub-segment and the quality issue in Telecom, translated into a 1.5% decline in revenue, after restating for acquisitions and currency fluctuations. On a geographical basis, adjusted3 revenue was up 0.8% in the Americas and down 0.9% in EMEA4. In both regions, strong growth in ID & Security and Financial Services was offset by a decline in Telecom revenue. In Asia, revenue was down 6.6%. Gross profit was up 10.3%, despite the Telecom quality issue. Gross margin was up 0.7 percentage point year-on-year, due to improved business mix and manufacturing efficiency in Telecom. Operating expenses increased 13.8% year-on-year, to 69.6 million euros, mainly due to the Setec acquisition and severance packages. Consequently, operating income for the fourth quarter was down 3%, at 15.6 million euros. Net income1 rose to 40.0 million euros, including the recognition of deferred tax assets of 25.6 million euros. - Balance sheet and cash flow statement Fourth quarter 2005 highlights: - Robust free cash flow of 21.5 million euros, excluding non-recurring items. - Strong cash position, at 418.4 million euros. The Group's cash position is up 17.6 million euros compared to September 30, 2005. Segment analysis - Telecom Fourth quarter 2005 highlights: - Record wireless shipments, at 101 million units, mainly driven by emerging countries. - Wireless ASP down 28.4% year-on-year, currency adjusted, reflecting an unfavorable regional mix and price pressure. In millions of euros Q4 2005 Q4 2004 % change Adjusted change(3) (%) Wireless products & services net sales 163.6 165.3 -1.0% Wireless gross profit 62.6 62.4 +0.3% Wireless gross margin 38.2% 37.7% +0.5 ppt Prepaid phone cards & scratchcards net 15.9 22.6 -29.6% sales Prepaid phone cards & scratchcards 2.0 1.9 +5.0% gross profit Prepaid phone cards & scratchcards 12.8% 8.6% +4.2 ppts gross margin Telecom net sales 179.5 187.9 -4.5% -7.9% Telecom gross profit 64.6 64.3 +0.3% Telecom gross margin 36.0% 34.2% +1.8 ppt Telecom operating expenses 44.5 39.1 +14.0% As a % of sales 24.8% 20.8% +4.0 ppts Telecom operating income 20.1 25.2 -20.4% Operating margin 11.2% 13.4% -2.2 ppts Wireless revenue: - Wireless products & services revenue[5] was down 1.0% year-on-year (down 4.6%, currency adjusted), to 163.6 million euros. - Fourth quarter Wireless shipments grew 35% year-on-year, to 101 million units, mostly driven by emerging countries in all regions: Latin America, Eastern Europe, China, South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa. - The Wireless mix notably improved in EMEA4 and North America, driven by momentum in 3G cards. High-end card shipments (3G and above) accounted for 15% of the fourth quarter total, compared to 8% a year ago. - Wireless average selling price (ASP) was down 7.7% quarter-on-quarter and 28.4% year-on-year, both currency adjusted, reflecting ongoing price pressure and a substantial unfavorable change in the regional mix. Wireless gross margin rose 0.5 percentage point, despite a quality issue with a specific chip. This issue should have minimal impact on financial statements of fiscal year 2006. - Financial Services Fourth quarter 2005 highlights: - Very strong growth in payment microprocessor cards: shipments up 70%, to 18.1 million units. - EMV[6] roll-out gained further momentum in Eastern Europe and Latin America. In millions of euros Q4 2005 Q4 2004 % change Adjusted(3) change (%) Net sales 55.8 44.2 +26.3% +10.8% Gross profit 12.2 9.7 +26.0% Gross margin as a % of sales 21.8% 21.9% -0.1 ppt Operating expenses 12.5 13.7 -9.0% As a % of sales 22.3% 31.0% -8.7 ppts Operating income -0.3 -4.0 NM Operating margin as a % of sales -0.5% -9.1% NM Revenue reflects very strong growth in payment microprocessor cards as well as the Setec acquisition. Payment microprocessor card revenue rose 45% year-on-year. Shipments of payment microprocessor cards grew 70% to 18.1 million units. ASP decline reflects a greater share of modules in the sales mix. The strong performance in payment cards was mainly driven by the EMV roll-out, which gained momentum in Eastern Europe and Latin America, and sales growth in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. In addition, this quarter saw the first shipments of EMV cards to China. - Identity and Security Fourth quarter 2005 highlights: - Very strong growth, driven by Government ID and Corporate Security projects. - On-going roll-out of e-passports in Singapore, Sweden and Norway. In millions of euros Q4 2005 Q4 2004 % change Adjusted(3) change (%) Net sales 26.4 10.4 +152.5% +61.3% Gross profit 8.4 3.3 +157.1% Gross margin as a % of sales 32.0% 31.5% +0.5 ppt Operating expenses 12.6 8.4 +50.3% As a % of sales 47.9% 80.5% -32.6 ppts Operating income -4.2 -5.1 NM Operating margin as a % of sales -15.9% -49.0% +33.1 ppts Strong growth was driven by a substantial increase in Government ID projects, notably in the Middle East, and Corporate Security projects, particularly in the United States, in addition to those from Setec. Outlook The Group continues to see strong momentum in its core segments and will maintain its focus on cost efficiency. Gemplus confirms that it is firmly on track to realize its mid-term objective to achieve a 10% operating margin in 2007. The Group remains confident in its ability to further strongly improve its operating income in 2006 taking into account the usual seasonality effect of stronger organic growth in the second half than in the first half. Gemplus also continues to expect the Financial Services and ID & Security segments to turn profitable in 2006. Fourth Quarter 2005 Business Highlights - Telecom During the fourth quarter 2005, Orange included in its Orange Intense campaign a bundle of multimedia services for the youth segment with SIM+. This was the first commercial launch of Gemplus's multimedia SIMs and endorsed its strategy to bring SIM cards into the multimedia era. Within a record time of nine months, Gemplus went from proof of concept to commercial deployment for a range of SIMs, with one of the most advanced mobile operators. Gemplus was also selected by Optimus Portugal for its device management solution, GemConnect Device Manager, to improve customer care and boost data traffic. - Financial Services In China, Gemplus was the first smart card manufacturer to deliver chip banking cards for ICBC's EMV migration. The cards were produced locally by Gemplus's joint venture with Goldpac and complied with MasterCard specifications, MCHIP/4.0. Gemplus also announced the launch of a new range of products designed to help card issuers differentiate their service offerings and attract new clients. The Caisse d'Epargne was one of the first banks to deploy this marketing strategy in France, with the roll-out of mandarin-tinted transparent cards targeted at young customers. Within the contactless segment, Gemplus moved forward with the delivery in the USA of GemInstant cards for MasterCard(R) PayPass(TM) contactless payment to one of the top ten leading banks in North America. Gemplus was also the first smart card manufacturer to achieve the certification for the MasterCard OneSMART(TM) Chip Authentication Program for its GemAuthenticate(TM) server, which enables financial institutions to secure customer access to online banking services and online purchases using two-factor authentication. - Identity and Security For the enterprise security sector, Gemplus was selected by Pfizer to deploy Gemplus's SafesITe solution for network access and digital signature. Gemplus has shipped over 100,000 cards to Pfizer as part of its Global Identity Services program. Lastly, in a recent report by Frost & Sullivan, Gemplus came out top in the smart card readers and chipsets segment, with a 34.8% share in 2004, up from 20.8% in 2003 (Source Frost & Sullivan, January 2006). - Research and Development Gemplus R&D teams were rewarded for their innovation with the win of the Sesames 2005 award for Best Software at the Cartes 2005 Conference and Exhibition. Gemplus innovated with the most compact implementation of the .NET platform for networked secure devices, such as USB dongles, secure MMC and smart cards. Financial calendar The ordinary shareholders meeting relating to the proposed Gemalto merger is scheduled to take place on February 28, 2006. First quarter 2006 results are scheduled to be reported on April 24, 2006, before the opening of Euronext Paris. Conference Call: The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 2:30 pm CET (1:30 pm London time and 8:30 am New-York time). Callers may participate in the live conference call by dialing: +44-(0)207-784-1018 or +1-718-354-1171, access code 5438605. The slide show will be available on the web site at 12:30 p.m. CET (11:30 a.m. London time). The webcast will also be available on the IR section of http://www.gemplus.com/. Replays of the conference call will be available approximately 5 hours after the conclusion of the conference call until February 24, 2006 midnight by dialing: +44-(0)207-784-1024 or +1-718-354-11-12, access Code: 5438605#. About Gemplus Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP) is the world's leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest 2005, Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor.). It has sold over 5.5 billion smart cards. Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalized solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control. Gemplus' revenue in 2005 was 939 million euros. http://www.gemplus.com/ For more information: Press Gemplus Investor Relations Jane Strachey Gemplus Tel: +33-(0)-4-42-36-46-61 Celine Berthier Mob: +33-(0)-6-79-46-35-93 Tel: +41-(0)-22-544-5054 Email: Email: Edelman Fineo Frederic Boullard Tel: +33-(0)-1-56-69-73-95 Tel: +33-(0)-1-56-33-32-31 Email: Email: (c)2004 Gemplus. All rights reserved. Gemplus, the Gemplus logo, are trademarks and service marks of Gemplus S.A. and are registered in certain countries. All other trademarks and service marks, whether registered or not in specific countries, are the property of their respective owners. Some of the statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activities, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by the forward-looking statements contained in this release include, but are not limited to: trends in wireless communication and mobile commerce sectors; our ability to develop new technology, and the effects of competing technologies developed and expected intense competition generally in our main segments; profitability of our expansion strategy; challenges to or loss of our intellectual property rights; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships in our major businesses; our ability to develop and take advantage of new software and services; and the effect of future acquisitions and investments on our share price. Moreover, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of this release. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after this date to conform such statements to actual results or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated results. Gemplus International SA Press Release - Financial statements For the quarterly period ended December 31, 2005 Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands of euros, except shares and per share amounts) Three months ended Twelve months ended December 31, December 31, 2005 2004 2005 2004 (unaudited) Net sales 261,703 242,542 938,875 865,034 Cost of sales 176,475) (165,278) (628,967) (594,533) Gross Profit 85,228 77,264 309,908 270,501 Research and (17,882) (14,893) (62,269) (62,592) development expenses Selling and (31,851) (27,129) (116,088) (101,493) marketing expenses General and (21,982) (17,298) (67,983) (63,895) administrative expenses Restructuring 1,713 227 3,235 (8,384) expenses Other 391 (101) (48) (101) operating income (expense), net Goodwill - (1,970) - (7,718) amortization and impairment Operating 15,617 16,100 66,755 26,318 income Financial 2,289 1,364 7,659 5,653 income (expense), net Share of 662 (947) (531) (5,970) profit (loss) of associates Other (2,373) (2,158) (2,301) (6,757) non-operating income (expense), net Income before 16,195 14,359 71,582 19,244 taxes Income tax 24,219 (2,676) 19,816 (12,953) expense NET INCOME 40,414 11,683 91,398 6,291 Attributable to: Equity holders 40,013 11,806 89,890 4,674 of the Company Minority 401 (123) 1508 1,617 interest Net income per share attributable to equity holders of the Company (in euros) Basic 0.06 0.02 0.15 0.01 Diluted 0.06 0.02 0.14 0.01 Shares used in net income per share calculation: Basic 628,003,671 606,933,869 618,285,864 606,672,060 Diluted 647,413,175 618,170,575 634,742,894 619,022,472 Due to the adoption of IAS 1 (revised 2003) Presentation of Financial Statements, the Company has modified its Consolidated Balance Sheet and its Consolidated Statement of Income. Please refer to Note 2.23 "Comparatives" of our 2004 Annual Report for further details. Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands of euros) December 31, December 31, 2005 2004 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents 418,365 388,430 Trade accounts receivable, net 183,022 148,512 Inventory, net 107,673 115,610 Derivative financial instruments 4,187 33,387 Other current receivables 82,128 66,160 Total current assets 795,375 752,099 Non-current assets: Property, plant and equipment, 158,284 148,916 net Goodwill, net 90,826 28,197 Deferred development costs, net 21,227 19,222 Other intangible assets, net 23,600 8,965 Deferred income tax assets 32,788 6,264 Investments in associates 16,309 12,864 Available-for-sale financial 2,469 4,752 assets, net Other non-current receivables, 40,846 43,900 net Total non-current assets 386,349 273,080 TOTAL ASSETS 1,181,724 1,025,179 LIABILITIES Current liabilities: Accounts payable 106,085 94,025 Derivative financial instruments 2,592 - Salaries, wages and related items 62,641 55,199 Current portion of provisions and 73,434 50,217 other liabilities Current income tax liabilities 5,228 6,581 Other current tax liabilities 20,821 19,127 Current obligations under finance 5,539 6,005 leases Total current liabilities 276,340 231,154 Non-current liabilities: Non-current obligations under 26,425 33,663 finance leases Non-current portion of provisions 23,482 25,696 Other non-current liabilities 13,417 13,353 Deferred income tax liabilities 4,354 - Total non-current liabilities 67,678 72,712 Shareholders' equity: Ordinary shares 133,466 128,643 Additional paid-in capital 1,071,388 1,031,558 Retained earnings (374,183) (459,560) Other comprehensive income (4,407) 11,956 Less, cost of treasury shares (1,395) (1,985) Equity attributable to equity holders of 824,869 710,612 the Company Minority interest 12,837 10,701 Total shareholders' equity 837,706 721,313 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' 1,181,724 1,025,179 EQUITY Due to the adoption of IAS 1 (revised 2003) Presentation of Financial Statements, the Company has modified its Consolidated Balance Sheet and its Consolidated Statement of Income. Please refer to Note 2.23 "Comparatives" of our 2004 Annual Report for further details. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands of euros) Twelve months ended December 31, 2005 2004 Cash flow from operating activities : Net income (loss) 91,398 6,291 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash from operating activities: Depreciation, amortization and impairment 41,369 56,691 Changes in non-current portion of provisions and (3,367) (32,930) other liabilities, excluding restructuring Deferred income taxes (28,372) 3,661 (Gain) / loss on sale and disposal of assets (4,612) 2,582 Share of (profit) loss of associates 571 5,970 Share-based compensation 4,320 - Other, net (2,130) (2,700) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Trade accounts receivable and related current (12,133) (2,962) liabilities Trade accounts payable and related current assets 822 20,774 Inventories 22,661 (19,466) Value-added and income taxes (1,021) 21,288 Salaries, wages and other 4,429 14,161 Restricted cash 23,277 (28,018) Restructuring reserve payable (15,847) (18,307) Net cash from operating activities 121,365 27,035 Cash flows from investing activities: Sale / (purchase) of activites net of cash (63,457) (2,898) (disposed) / acquired Other investments (1,674) (2,982) Purchase of property, plant and equipment (25,078) (22,888) Purchase of other assets (2,693) (1,725) Proceeds from sale of non-current assets 7,025 1,300 Change in non-trade accounts payable and other 2,074 3,064 Net cash used for investing activities (83,803) (26,129) Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from exercise of share options 2,790 1,479 Payments on long-term borrowings (1,231) - Proceeds from sales-leaseback operations - 956 Principal payments on obligations under finance (5,938) (5,827) leases Increase (decrease) in bank overdrafts (2,657) 1,660 Dividends paid by subsidiaries to minority (1,307) (1,724) shareholders Change in treasury shares - 90 Changes in non-trade acounts payables on 19 - financing activities Net cash used for financing activites (8,324) (3,366) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 697 207 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash 29,238 (2,461) equivalents Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the 388,430 390,684 period Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period 418,365 388,430 1) Accounting principles: 2) Segment information 2.1) Fourth Quarter 2005 compared with Fourth Quarter 2004 2.1.1) Operating Segments Three months ended (in millions of euros) Net sales December 31, 2005 December % Adjusted 31, 2004 change change (%) (i) Telecommunications 179.5 187.9 -4% -8% Financial Services 55.8 44.2 26% 11% Identity and 26.4 10.4 153% 61% Security Total 261.7 242.5 8% -2% (in millions of euros) Gross profit December (% of net December (% of % change 31, 2005 sales) 31, 2004 net sales) Telecommunications 64.6 36% 64.3 34% 0% Financial Services 12.2 22% 9.7 22% 26% Identity and 8.4 32% 3.3 31% 157% Security Total 85.2 33% 77.3 32% 10% (in millions of euros) Operating expenses December (% of net December (% of % change 31, 2005 sales) 31, 2004 net sales) Telecommunications (44.5) 25% (39.1) 21% 14% Financial Services (12.5) 22% (13.7) 31% -9% Identity and (12.6) 48% (8.4) 81% 50% Security Total (69.6) 27% (61.2) 25% 14% (in millions of euros) Operating income December 31, 2005 December 31, Change in (loss) 2004 Operating income (loss) Telecommunications 20.1 25.2 -5.1 Financial Services (0.3) (4.0) 3.7 Identity and (4.2) (5.1) 0.9 Security Total 15.6 16.1 -0.5 (i) Adjusted for currency fluctuations, disposals & acquisitions 2.1.2) Geographical Segments Three months ended (in millions of euros) Net sales December 31, 2005 December % Adjusted 31, 2004 change change (%) (i) Europe, Middle 137.4 122.2 12% -1% East and Africa Asia 45.5 46.5 -2% -7% Americas 78.8 73.8 7% 1% Total 261.7 242.5 8% -2% (i) Adjusted for currency fluctuations, disposals & acquisitions The consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). 2.2) Twelve months 2005 compared with Twelve months 2004 2.2.1) Operating Segments Twelve months (in ended millions of euros) Net sales December 31, 2005 December % Adjusted 31, 2004 change change (%) (i) Telecommunications 654.5 641.8 2% 1% Financial Services 202.9 182.2 11% 5% Identity and 81.5 41.0 99% 47% Security Total 938.9 865.0 9% 4% (in millions of euros) Gross profit December (% of net December (% of % change 31, 2005 sales) 31, 2004 net sales) Telecommunications 241.5 37% 220.8 34% 9% Financial Services 41.9 21% 37.7 21% 11% Identity and 26.5 33% 12.0 29% 120% Security Total 309.9 33% 270.5 31% 15% (in millions of euros) Operating expenses December (% of net December (% of % change 31, 2005 sales) 31, 2004 net sales) Telecommunications (158.7) 24% (149.0) 23% 6% Financial Services (43.2) 21% (63.9) 35% -32% Identity and (41.3) 51% (31.3) 76% 32% Security Total (243.2) 26% (244.2) 28% 0% (in millions of euros) Operating income December 31, 2005 December 31, Change in (loss) 2004 Operating income (loss) Telecommunications 82.9 71.8 11.1 Financial Services (1.3) (26.3) 25.0 Identity and (14.8) (19.2) 4.4 Security Total 66.8 26.3 40.4 (i) Adjusted for currency fluctuations, disposals & acquisitions 2.2.2) Geographical Segments Twelve months (in ended millions of euros) Net sales December 31, 2005 December % Adjusted 31, 2004 change change (%) (i) Europe, Middle 491.0 443.1 11% 2% East and Africa Asia 172.7 194.3 -11% -13% Americas 275.2 227.6 21% 21% Total 938.9 865.0 9% 4% (i) Adjusted for currency fluctuations, disposals & acquisitions [1] Net Income attributable to Equity Holders [2] Free cash flow is defined as net cash flow from operating activities less the purchase of property, plant and equipment and other investments related to the operating cycle (excluding acquisitions and financial investments). [3] Adjusted for currency fluctuations, discontinued operations & acquisitions. [4] Europe, Middle East and Africa [5] Wireless products & services revenue comprises wireless microprocessor cards and related applications (embedded software and Over The Air platforms) and services (system integration and operated services). [6] EMV is a jointly defined set of specifications adopted by Europay, MasterCard and Visa for the migration of bank cards to smart card technology. DATASOURCE: Gemplus SA
10/2/2005
06:54
ariane: Gemplus Reports A Return To Profit Smart card vendor Gemplus International today said its revenue climbed by more than 15% in 2004 to 865 million euros (US$1.08 billion) and reported its first yearly net profit since 2000. The France-based vendor credited higher sales of subscriber identity module cards for mobile phones along with banking smart cards for the revenue increase, which topped 20% after adjusting for currency fluctuations. Combined with cost cuts from past restructurings, the higher sales yielded a 4.7-million-euro-net profit, compared with a net loss of 161.1 million euros for 2003. "Certainly the market environment has been favorable during the year, and I think we have taken good advantage of that market environment," CEO Alex Mandl told financial analysts today. Despite this and an increase in operating income of nearly 42 million euros, investors were looking for more. They dropped Gemplus' share price by nearly 6% in trading on the bourse in Paris and by nearly 3% on Nasdaq in the United States. The revenue gains, however, were enough to allow Gemplus to hold onto its position as the world's largest vendor of smart cards in terms of revenue, topping its chief rival France-based Axalto. Axalto, which reports its results in U.S. dollars, last week posted sales of $883.1 million-not counting its point-of-sales terminal unit-an increase of 23%. Gemplus also bested Axalto in revenue from the industry's largest market segment, SIM cards. Gemplus reported sales of 558.5 million euros ($701 million), up 33.7% after adjusting for currency fluctuations, versus SIM revenue of just under $549 million for Axalto. An precise comparison is difficult because Gemplus' SIM sales figures may include revenue from related services. Axalto again edged out Gemplus in SIM shipments, reporting deliveries of 257 million units last year, an increase of 38.2%. Gemplus today said it shipped 255.4 million SIMs during 2004, up 39% from 2003. The figures indicate Gemplus' average selling price was higher, thanks to a higher-end product mix. This was especially true during the fourth quarter, in which Gemplus says just under 47% of the 75 million SIMs it shipped carried rewritable memory of 64 kilobytes or more or packed an application for 3G network access. This helped moderate the fall in average prices to 10.5% compared with the same period in 2003, after accounting for changes in currency rates. By comparison, while Axalto shipped an all time industry record of 84.1 million SIMs during the fourth quarter, it saw prices plummet by 16.7% from a year earlier. Axalto did not release its ratio of low-end-to-high-end SIMs, but many of the cards went to India and other developing Asian markets known for buying 16K cards. Gemplus, on the other hand, says a third of its SIMs went to the higher-end U.S. market. It also shipped SIMs to Latin American, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. All told, Gemplus reported revenue from SIMs and related services of 165.3 million euros for the fourth quarter, up by 9.3% from last year. That is part of total revenue in the quarter of 242.5 million euros, up by just 4.3% before adjusting for currency fluctuations. Gemplus attributed the modest quarterly growth to a particularly good fourth quarter of 2003. In its other major segment, financial services, Gemplus reported sales of 182.2 million euros in 2004, on shipments of about 51 million banking cards. The revenue represents an increase of 8.4% versus 2003. Sales actually declined by 2.3% during the fourth quarter to 44.2 million euros, before adjusting for currency. The vendor noted it shipped credit and debit chip cards complying with the international EMV standard to the United Kingdom, but also France, Turkey, Norway and Malaysia during the quarter. Gemplus trails far behind Axalto in the banking segment, with the latter reporting shipments of 71.6 million chip-based banking cards for 2004, an increase of around 24%. Gemplus also posted 41 million euros in revenue for ID cards and related services in 2004, an increase of 6.5%. It said revenue fell in the segment by about 6% to just over 10 million euros. The vendor shipped cards and supplied services for national ID projects in the Persian Gulf and for an Indian vehicle registration project during the year. It says it also began supplying cards to the U.S. federal government and had orders for more. But it also trailed Axalto and other competitors in business with the U.S. government. (2005-02-09) http://www.cardtechnology.com/cgi-bin/readstory.pl?story=20050209CTDN965.xml
16/11/2004
12:13
grupo guitarlumber: Gemplus Launches Identity Management System for the US Government LUXEMBOURG and WASHINGTON D.C., November 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - 'SafesITe Government' Helps Federal Agencies Rapidly Comply With Homeland Security Presidential Directive Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM; NASDAQ: GEMP), the world's leading provider of smart card solutions, today announces the launch of 'SafesITe Government', its smart ID management system designed to help US Federal agencies quickly comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-12. A fast track to HSPD-12 Issued by US President Bush on August 27, 2004, HSPD-12 requires that all Federal executive departments and agencies issue 'secure and reliable forms of identification' to employees and contractors for physical access to all Federally controlled facilities and logical access to Federally controlled information systems during 2005. In order to help agencies prepare for future compliance with HSPD-12, Gemplus has assembled, pre-integrated, tested, and packaged its core products with those from top identity management and security vendors, resulting in 'SafesITe Government'. This smart card-based identity management system embraces interoperability and allows systems integrators to concentrate upon their core capabilities: integration and delivery of the total identity management solution within the Federal agency legacy environment. 'SafesITe Government' includes Gemplus's industry-leading smart cards, readers, personalisation, issuance, and professional services, as well as applets, desktop, and card management system software from Dreifus Associates, LITRONIC/SAFLINK, and Bell ID. The integrated system allows Federal agencies to enrol employees, personalise and issue smart ID badges, as well as update and manage the badges post-issuance. "Gemplus understands the budgetary, scheduling, and compatibility challenges involved in implementing a large-scale ID system. We have strategically chosen the industry's best ID management technologies and integrated and packaged them with our core products to interchangeably meet the US government's needs," said Dave Ludin, Vice-President of Gemplus's ID & Security business unit in North America. "Already selected within a large Federal smart ID program deployment, 'SafesITe Government' offers government primes and system integrators a flexible and compliant solution that mitigates complexity and risk." Compliant with US Federal standards All 'SafesITe Government' components - smart cards, applets, desktop software, card management system, and services - are interoperable and in compliance with existing US Federal standards, including FIPS 140-2 and GSCIS 2.1. Furthermore, Gemplus is committed to evolving Federal standards, such as FIPS 201, offering agencies a way to meet government requirements today and ensure compliance in the future. 'SafesITe Government' ID cards use two-factor authentication, which requires users to prove their identities in two ways: using something they have (a secure and personalised ID card) and something they know (their PIN). This results in a higher level of security and authentication that protects sensitive ID data. When optional biometric functionality is added, agencies benefit from increased security using a third-factor of authentication. Combines physical and logical security 'SafesITe Government' combines physical and logical access onto a single, secure ID badge that can also be enhanced through additional applications such as cafeteria payment, vending, and medical processing. To learn more about 'SafesITe Government', please visit the Gemplus booth #307 at Inside ID 2004 in Washington, D.C. from November 16-17. About Gemplus Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM; NASDAQ: GEMP) is the world's leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest (2004), Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor.). It has sold over 4 billion smart cards. With security at its core, and 2400 patents produced by its innovative R&D team, Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalised solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control. Gemplus' revenue in 2003 was 749 million Euros. http://www.gemplus.com (c)2004 Gemplus. All rights reserved. Gemplus, the Gemplus logo, and SafesITe Government are trademarks and service marks of Gemplus S.A. and are registered in certain countries. All other trademarks and service marks, whether registered or not in specific countries, are the property of their respective owners. Some of the statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activities, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by the forward-looking statements contained in this release include, but are not limited to: trends in wireless communication and mobile commerce markets; our ability to develop new technology, and the effects of competing technologies developed and expected intense competition generally in our main markets; profitability of our expansion strategy; challenges to or loss of our intellectual property rights; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships in our major businesses; our ability to develop and take advantage of new software and services; and the effect of future acquisitions and investments on our share price. Moreover, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of this release. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after this date to conform such statements to actual results or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated results. SOURCE Gemplus http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-16-2004/0002457786&EDATE=
06/5/2004
11:02
grupo guitarlumber: RNS Number:3585Y Bell Group PLC 06 May 2004 6 May 2004 Bell Group plc ("Bell" or the "Company") Statement regarding recent share price movement The Board of Bell notes the recent rise in the Company's share price. The Board announces that Bell is in advanced discussions that may or may not lead to an offer for the Company. A further announcement will be made when appropriate. Enquiries: Hoare Govett Limited 020 7678 8000 Ranald McGregor-Smith Justin Jones
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