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Underlying revenues down 0.2% to €1,022 million
Underlying cash operating income €10 million
Net debt increased by €129 million versus end 2011 to €1,131 million
Performance Mail in the Netherlands impacted by additional costs and delay of letter mail reorganisation
Good performance Parcels and International
Interim dividend 2012: €0.181 per share to be paid fully in shares
Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL, states: "The second quarter continued the weaker than anticipated start to the year. Parcels showed good volume and revenue growth in all business lines and a strong operational performance. Trans o flex contributed positively to revenue and results. Also, International contributed positively to overall underlying cash operating income. The quality issues that had started in March in Mail in the Netherlands resulted in additional costs and in the delay of the letter mail reorganisation, both clearly impacting the Q2 performance.
In April, the decision was taken to stop the roll out temporarily because of larger than expected problems resulting in quality issues. During my first full quarter as CEO of PostNL, my priorities were to improve quality in order to retain customers. We established measures and solutions to facilitate a controlled roll out of the letter mail reorganisation. We are currently piloting these solutions, which we developed in dialogue with the Works Council. After a careful review of the results, we will take a decision with respect to the further roll out of the reorganisation at the latest in Q4. We remain confident we will reach our longer term savings targets.
Looking at our performance during the first two quarters of the year, we reaffirm our underlying cash operating income outlook for the year, although we expect that the full year result will be at the bottom half of the range. The outlook is sensitive to further developments in the roll out of Master plans and the sale of real estate.
We announce an interim dividend of €75 million to be paid fully in shares."
Note: underlying figures are at constant currency and exclude one-offs as detailed on page 4
PostNL is the inventive partner in the world of sending and receiving. We have been so for 200 years already. We are primarily active in the fields of mail, parcels and e-commerce, but we also offer services in the areas of data and document management, direct marketing and fulfilment. Outside the Netherlands, we are active in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Luxemburg. PostNL employs a total of more than 59,000 people. In 2013 our revenues reached € 4.3 billion.
We like to stay ahead of things. We are the most modern postal company in the world. We are proud of that. As the first listed postal company, we are an example to the rest of the world in automatic letter sorting. And our innovative parcels network is completely adapted to the wishes of web retailers.