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Edenred : First-quarter 2020 revenue – Edenred reports further strong growth, partly offset by the initial lockdown measures introduced in response to the Covid‑19 epidemic

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April 23, 2020
First-quarter 2020 revenueEdenred reports further strong growth, partly offset by the initial lockdown measures introduced in response to the Covid‑19 epidemicFIRST-QUARTER 2020 TOTAL REVENUEDue to the current situation in Venezuela, the like-for-like performance and the currency effect are temporarily calculated excluding the country. Changes are calculated based on 2019 pro forma figures, which reflect the change in the breakdown between operating revenue and other revenue within total revenue in Brazil, effective since fourth-quarter 2019 and with no impact on full-year 2019 total revenue. See the appendix, page 11.First-quarter 2020 key financial metrics:·Total revenue: up 6.3% like-for-like to €395 millionTotal revenue for first-quarter 2020 amounted to €395 million, up 6.3% like-for-like. Reported growth was 3.1% for the period, including a positive 0.5% scope effect and an unfavorable 3.7% currency effect primarily linked to the Brazilian and Argentine currencies.·Operating revenue: up 6.6% like-for-like to €383 millionOperating revenue for first-quarter 2020 came in at €383 million, up 6.6% like-for-like. Reported growth was 3.5% for the period, including a slightly positive 0.6% scope effect and a negative 3.7% currency effect.The 6.6% like-for-like increase reflects double‑digit growth until the introduction of stay-at-home measures in March, first in most of the European countries where Edenred operates and in the United States and then across Latin America.Thanks to its highly digitalized offering and multilocal organization, the Group adapted rapidly to the situation: with more than 95% of employees working from home and digital solutions representing 83% of consolidated business volume, the Group can continue to operate and provide high-quality services.Amid the crisis, Edenred is demonstrating the usefulness of its purpose, which consists in organizing the distribution of earmarked funds (i.e., funds dedicated to specific purposes) to cover fundamental needs (Eat, Move, Care, Pay). In all countries, teams are working hard to agilely implement new digital solutions in record time and thereby meet the urgent needs of certain governments and organizations, notably in Italy, Brazil and France. These programs for earmarked funds make it possible to provide targeted support to the communities hardest hit by the crisis, while stimulating the local economy by restricting use of the funds to the purchase of staples from a network of local partner merchants, whether in store or online.·Operating revenue by business lineOperating revenue for the Employee Benefits business line was €238 million, representing a like-for-like increase of 3.2% (+1.0% as reported) and 62% of total consolidated operating revenue. This family of solutions enjoyed robust growth until the implementation of lockdown measures in Europe in March, illustrating the successful execution of the business drivers of the Next Frontier strategic plan.With the introduction of these measures in Europe and then Latin America, work practices and consumption patterns have changed:In most countries, employees who are working from home continue to receive their benefits, such as Ticket Restaurant. Although usage rates for these benefits are decreasing (at varying speeds, depending on the country), users in most countries have up to 12 months from the loading date to spend the funds. Accordingly, the Group expects a time delay in the recognition of a significant portion of revenue generated with partner merchants.Employees subject to short-time working arrangements receive their benefits pro rata to the days worked, leading – in the current environment – to a decline in issue volume, which will subsequently have an impact on the revenue generated with partner merchants.Thanks to its digital expertise and technological leadership, Edenred can meet the expectations of clients and users in the current specific public health situation, notably via contactless payment (online, by mobile or by NFC card) and app-to-app payment (with 50 partnerships with meal delivery platforms in 11 countries).In the Fleet & Mobility Solutions business line, which accounts for 26% of the Group’s business, operating revenue rose by 12.8% like-for-like in the first quarter (+7.3% as reported) to €99 million. This double-digit like-for-like growth reflects the good momentum developed by sales teams, notably in Brazil, as well as the successful integration of companies such as TRFC in Europe and the ramp-up of value-added services (maintenance, toll payment).The various public health measures implemented in March have had consequences on Fleet & Mobility Solutions activities in Europe, in particular solutions for light vehicle fleets (short-time working, remote working, reduced business travel). While the heavy vehicle business is more resilient, it is, however, being impacted by the economic slowdown and the drop in fuel prices.The Complementary Solutions business line, which includes Corporate Payment Services, Incentive & Rewards Solutions and Public Social Programs, generated operating revenue of €46 million for the period, up 12.1% like-for-like (+9.1% as reported).This double-digit growth reflects both the commercial success of the payroll cards offering in the United Arab Emirates and the sales momentum of CSI, a North American fintech specialized in optimizing accounts payable processes. Like other Corporate Payment Services offered by Edenred in Europe, CSI is feeling the effects of the public health measures linked to the epidemic, notably in the hotel, travel and media segments. In contrast, some segments such as telecoms are more resilient.·Operating revenue by regionIn Europe, operating revenue rose by 5.9% like-for-like (+6.9% as reported) to €228 million. Europe represented 59% of total consolidated operating revenue in first-quarter 2020.In France, operating revenue amounted to €70 million for the first quarter, an increase of 2.0% like-for-like (+2.0% as reported). Until March, Employee Benefits (Ticket Restaurant, ProwebCE) and Fleet & Mobility Solutions dedicated to light vehicle fleets enjoyed solid growth, linked to the successful execution of the business drivers of the Next Frontier strategic plan, such as increased penetration, a broader client base and innovation.Among the Group’s markets, France has been the most affected by strict lockdown measures, in both Employee Benefits (rate of employees subject to short-time working arrangements above the European average, a particularly low usage rate for preloaded funds and a resulting delay in the recognition of “merchant” revenue) and Fleet & Mobility Solutions (high exposure to the light vehicle segment).Operating revenue in Europe excluding France was up 7.8% like-for-like (+9.3% as reported) to €158 million in the first three months of 2020.The Group’s two main business lines posted double-digit growth in the region until March, notably thanks to further new client wins. Employee Benefits reported an increase during the period in the digital adoption rate and in certain face values, notably in Italy. As from March, most countries in the region have gradually introduced public health measures, of varying strictness. For example, Northern Europe and Eastern Europe have so far placed fewer restrictions on movement than Southern Europe. Consequently, certain businesses, such as UTA, are demonstrating resilience in the current circumstances.Operating revenue amounted to €121 million in Latin America, up 5.2% like-for-like (-5.6% as reported). The region accounted for 32% of the Group’s operating revenue in the first quarter.In Brazil, operating revenue rose by 7.1% like-for-like during the first three months of the year, reflecting double-digit organic growth until March, notably thanks to the good sales performance of value-added services in Fleet & Mobility Solutions. The first stay-at-home measures were introduced in the country in the last few days of March, with a negative impact visible in particular on Employee Benefits and to a lesser extent on Fleet & Mobility Solutions.In Hispanic Latin America, operating revenue rose slightly by 0.6% like-for-like in first-quarter 2020, due, as expected, to the business slowdown in Mexico. In a challenging economic environment, lower volumes are being spent in the country under the Navideños program compared with the same period in 2019. Moreover, in Fleet & Mobility Solutions, the fall in fuel prices had a negative impact on operating revenue in several countries in the area. In March, however, this region was still relatively unaffected by stay-at-home measures.Operating revenue in the Rest of the World region rose by 18.4% like-for-like (+18.9% as reported) to €34 million, representing 9% of the Group’s operating revenue in first-quarter 2020. This growth was driven notably by the good performance of the payroll cards business in the United Arab Emirates, the strong sales momentum achieved by CSI and robust business in Taiwan.·Other revenue: €12 millionOther revenue for the first three months of the year totaled €12 million, down 3.4% like-for-like due to the widespread drop in interest rates, particularly outside Europe. On a reported basis, other revenue declined by 8.4%, a performance compounded by the negative currency effects in Latin America.
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR·Edenred ties social and environmental criteria to one of its financing instruments for the first timeIn February 2020, Edenred renegotiated its syndicated credit facility, increasing it to €750 million, extending its maturity to February 2025 – with extension options to February 2027 – and improving the financial conditions. For the first time, Edenred introduced environmental and social performance criteria into the calculation of the financing costs:
–       promoting healthy and sustainable eating habits – Edenred aims by 2030 to reach an 85% nutrition awareness rate among merchants and employees using its solutions (versus 30% in 2018);
–       combating global warming – Edenred is targeting a 52% cut in greenhouse gas emissions intensity1 by 2030 compared with 2013 (26% reduction in 2018).
·Edenred expands its Fleet & Mobility Solutions offering in EuropeIn February 2020, Edenred finalized the agreement signed in September 2019 to acquire EBV Finance, a Lithuanian company specialized in tax refunds for European transportation companies.·Appointment to the Executive CommitteeIn March 2020, Patrick Rouvillois was appointed Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy of Edenred, and became a member of the Group Executive Committee. Patrick will be in charge of driving the Group’s strategy, transformation and innovation in line with the roadmap set out under the Next Frontier plan for 2019-2022.·First measures taken by the Group in response to the consequences of Covid-19 epidemicOn March 25, due to the uncertain environment resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic, the Group suspended its targets for full-year 2020 until it had better visibility of the financial impacts of the epidemic.On April 6, in response to the unprecedented scale of the crisis, Edenred launched the “More than Ever” relief plan, through which the Group pledged to commit up to €15 million to mitigate the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic on its ecosystem, and in particular to:protect Edenred employees, notably the most vulnerable, in countries with little or no healthcare coverage or social safety net;support partner restaurant owners, who have been severely impacted by strict stay-at-home orders in the various countries where the Group operates.“More than Ever” will notably be financed through:the 20% decrease in the dividend proposed2 for 2019, to €0.7 per share;the reduction in the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s compensation in line with AFEP recommendations;the reduction in the compensation of the members of the Group’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.2020 OUTLOOKEdenred expects a marked decrease in business in the second quarter, primarily due to a portion of the revenue generated with partner merchants being delayed to the second half of the year in Employee Benefits. In addition, the Group’s business will be impacted by the extension of stay-at-home measures in Europe and in the United States and their introduction in Latin America, leading to an increase in short-time working and a decline in business at some of the Group’s clients.To mitigate the consequences of the epidemic on its business and earnings, Edenred has launched a €100 million cost-saving plan in 2020 and revising intended capital expenditure for the year.Edenred can rely on strong fundamentals to ensure good resilience and create new opportunities from the crisis:a high-growth profile and robust financial position;offers covering essential needs (Eat, Move, Care, Pay);a leading position on vastly underpenetrated markets in 46 countries;an agile, multilocal organization;a highly digitalized model ensuring relentless innovation around specific-purpose payment solutions.UPCOMING EVENTSMay 7, 2020: General Meeting (behind closed doors)
July 27, 2020: First-half 2020 results
October 22, 2020: Third-quarter 2020 revenue
▬▬Edenred is a leading services and payments platform and the everyday companion for people at work, connecting 50 million employees and 2 million partner merchants in 46 countries via more than 850,000 corporate clients.Edenred offers specific-purpose payment solutions for food (meal vouchers), fleet and mobility (fuel cards, commuter vouchers), incentives (gift vouchers, employee engagement platforms) and corporate payments (virtual cards). These solutions enhance employee well-being and purchasing power, improve companies’ attractiveness and efficiency, and vitalize the employment market and the local economy.Edenred’s 10,000 employees are committed to making the world of work a connected ecosystem that is safer, more efficient and more user-friendly every day.In 2019, thanks to its global technology assets, the Group managed €31 billion in business volume, primarily carried out via mobile applications, online platforms and cards.Edenred is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and included in the following indices: CAC Next 20, FTSE4Good, DJSI Europe and MSCI Europe.For more information: www.edenred.comThe logos and other trademarks mentioned and featured in this press release are registered trademarks of Edenred S.A., its subsidiaries or third parties. They may not be used for commercial purposes without prior written consent from their owners.Edenred is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020.▬▬CONTACTS
APPENDICESOperating revenue
Other revenue
Pro forma 2019 operating revenue and other revenue by quarter following the classification change for revenue related to merchants’ fast reimbursement in Brazil

Total revenue
1 Targets calculated using the Science Based Targets initiative methodology in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.2 This decision will be submitted to shareholders for approval at the Combined General Meeting on May 7, 2020, which will be held behind closed doors. The dividend payment options remain unchanged. Attachment2020 04 23 – Edenred Q1 2020 Revenue

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