Since its initial public offering (IPO), the KION Group has improved its funding structure and is now on an even stronger footing for implementing its growth strategy. On 2 July 2013, the outstanding proceeds were received from the IPO and the capital increase from Weichai Power. They totalled € 701.6 million after deduction of banking fees. As part of the IPO, the KION Group had also agreed a new revolving credit facility with a group of banks for € 995.0 million with a term to maturity of five years after the IPO. Combined with the lower interest margins, this credit facility offers more favourable credit terms in line with those typically available to comparable listed companies.
As soon as all the proceeds from the IPO had been received, the KION Group used this cash, along with part of the new credit facility and existing cash reserves, to repay in full the long-term bank loans under the acquisition finance arrangements (Senior Facilities Agreement or SFA). In addition, the floating rate note, which was due to mature in 2018 and amounted to € 175.0 million, was also repaid in full in July 2013. Following completion of the main funding activities in the first nine months of 2013, the KION Group can report a healthy equity ratio of 26.4 per cent. As at the reporting date, net debt was roughly 1.5 times adjusted EBITDA for the past twelve months (excluding the hydraulics business). Long-term borrowing now comprises the new revolving credit facility plus secured floating-rate and fixed-interest corporate bonds with a total value of € 975.0 million, which are due to mature in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
Key strategic initiatives
Further progress was made with reorganising the container handler and heavy truck businesses in the third quarter. Following the successful sale of the container handler business to Konecranes, a large part of Linde Material Handling’s production of heavy trucks has now been transferred to a contract production facility in the Czech Republic.
In August, the KION Group passed a significant milestone in expanding its sales activities in the fast-growing market of south-east Europe. STILL’s acquisition of 51.0 per cent of the Turkish company Arser İş Makineleri Servis ve Ticaret A.Ş., which had been agreed in May 2013, was completed on 14 August 2013. This will enable the KION Group to step up its business in the Turkish market, a major hub for European trade with the Middle East.
The KION Group has also strengthened its presence in the French market by purchasing the remaining shares in two dealers: the outstanding 45.7 per cent stake in Bretagne Manutention S.A. was acquired on 23 July 2013, followed by the outstanding stake of 49.9 per cent in Manusom SAS on 11 September 2013.
Group structure, organisation, management
Ms Alexandra Schädler has been an employee representative on the Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG since 2 October 2013. Dr Roland Köstler stepped down from the Supervisory Board on 1 October 2013.