Profit for the period
The Group saw a significant improvement in its operating performance in 2015, with operating profit of €880 million up 27% on 2014 (€691 million in 2014) and profit for the year of €552 million (€212 million in 2014).
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT AND LOSS
|for the year ended 31 December||Increase/(decrease)|
|Revenue from sales and services and insurance premium revenue||27,007||24,622||2,385||9.7%|
|Postal and Business Services||3,825||3,964||(139)||-3.5%|
|Insurance Services (*)||18,199||15,472||2,727||17.6%|
|Other income from financial and insurance activities||3,657||3,772||(115)||-3.0%|
|Other operating income||75||118||(43)||-36.4%|
|Postal and Business Services||68||110||(42)||-38.2%|
|Cost of goods and services||2,590||2,648||(58)||-2.2%|
|Net change in technical provisions for insurance business and other claims expenses||19,683||17,883||1,800||10.1%|
|Other expenses from financial and insurance activities||689||76||613||n/s|
|Capitalised costs and expenses||(33)||(30)||(3)||10.0%|
|Other operating costs||198||344||(146)||-42.4%|
|Depreciation, amortisation and impairments||581||671||(90)||-13.4%|
|Profit/(loss) on investments accounted for using the equity method||3||(1)||4||n/s|
|Profit/(Loss) before tax||933||697||236||33.9%|
|Income tax expense||381||485||(104)||-21.4%|
|Profit for the year||552||212||340||n/s|
n/s: not significant
(*) This item includes €18,197 million in insurance premiums and €2 million in revenue attributable to the SDS group, in which Poste Vita SpA acquired a controlling interest in 2015.
The contribution to operating profit from Financial Services is up 21% (€930 million in 2015, compared with €766 million in 2014). The Insurance Services segment recorded an excellent operating performance, with Poste Vita registering premium revenue of €18.2 billion (€15.5 billion in premium revenue in the previous year).
GROUP – TOTAL REVENUE BY OPERATING SEGMENT
(DATA IN MILLION EURO)
The Poste Italiane Group’s total revenue for the year amounts to €30,739 million, marking an increase of 7.8% on 2014.
Postal and Business Services: the growing popularity of digital media and communication has led to a progressive reduction in demand for traditional products and services, the operating performance has, for the first time in many years, seen a slowdown in the pace of decline in total revenue, which is down from the €4,074 million of 2014 to €3,893 million in 2015 (a reduction in revenue of €181 million compared with 2014, whilst the reduction in 2014, compared with the previous year, was €378 million).
Financial Services: total revenue amounts to €5,188 million, marking a reduction of 3.2%. This reflects the reduction in average interest rates on deposits invested in securities and on deposits with the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, in line with market trends, as well as a decrease in income from the distribution of postal savings products on behalf of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, linked to the agreed mechanism tying fees to the achievement of net savings inflow targets. The impact of the above was only partially offset by the positive performance of other income from financial activities, which is up from €404 million in 2014 to €442 million in 2015. This was primarily generated by the sale of available-for-sale financial assets, in the form of euro area government securities or, up to a maximum of 50%, of securities guaranteed by the Italian government8, in which the postal current account deposits of BancoPosta RFC’s private customers are invested.
Insurance Services: the segment delivered excellent results during the period, with Group companies (represented by Poste Vita and its subsidiary, Poste Assicura) recording premium revenue of €18.2 billion (premium revenue of €15.5 billion in 2014). This primarily reflects the performances of traditional Class I investment and savings products, where the Group has built up a strong presence. Other income from financial and insurance activities is, however, down from the €3,368 million of 2014 to €3,215 million in 2015, reflecting fair value losses on the financial instruments held to cover obligations to policyholders.
Other Services: total revenue is up €3 million (€243 million in 2015, compared with €240 million in 2014). This reflects improved operating results from Poste Mobile, making an important contribution to the Group’s operating result.
FINANCIAL POSITION AND CASH FLOW
The Poste Italiane Group’s net invested capital at 31 December 2015 amounts to €999 million, amply financed by equity.
Net funds amount to €8,659 million at 31 December 2015, marking a significant improvement on the figure for 31 December 2014 (when net funds totalled €4,741 million). This reflects, among other things:
- the component linked to fair value measurement of investments in securities, primarily by BancoPosta RFC, and,
- to a lesser extent, by the subsidiary, Poste Vita, amounting to approximately €3,775 million (€2,651 million at 31 December 2014).
|Balance at 31 December 2015||Postal and Business Services||Financial Services||Insurance Services||Other Services||Eliminations||Consolidated amounts|
|Postal current accounts||-||-||-||287||(43,468)|
|Borrowings from financial institutions||(917)||-||-||-||(7,018)|
|Derivative financial instruments||(52)||-||-||-||(1,599)|
|Other financial liabilities||(14)||(6)||-||-||(3,334)|
|Intersegment financial liabilities||(641)||(454)||-||1,309||-|
|Technical provisions for insurance business||-||(100,314)||-||-||(100,314)|
|Loans and receivables||141||66||-||-||10,508|
|Held-to-maturity financial assets||-||-||-||-||12,886|
|Available-for-sale financial assets||581||83,871||-||-||117,869|
|Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss||-||18,132||-||-||18,132|
|Derivative financial instruments||-||245||-||-||695|
|Intersegment financial assets||668||36||26||(1,309)||-|
|Technical provisions for claims attributable to reinsurers||-||58||-||-||58|
|Net financial assets/(liabilities)||(1,052)||876||22||287||2,356|
|Cash and deposits attributable to BancoPosta||-||-||-||-||3,161|
|Cash and cash equivalents||1,316||489||1,608||16||(287)||3,142|
|Balance at 31 December 2014||Postal and Business Services||Financial Services||Insurance Services||Other Services||Eliminations||Consolidated amounts|
|Postal current accounts||-||(40,927)||-||-||312||(40,615)|
|Borrowings from financial institutions||(1,751)||(6,660)||-||-||-||(8,411)|
|Derivative financial instruments||(58)||(1,721)||-||-||-||(1,779)|
|Other financial liabilities||(15)||(2,474)||(3)||-||-||(2,492)|
|Intersegment financial liabilities||(790)||(268)||(545)||-||1,603|
|Technical provisions for insurance business||-||-||(87,220)||-||-||(87,220)|
|Loans and receivables||256||8,618||23||-||-||8,897|
|Held-to-maturity financial assets||-||14,100||-||-||-||14,100|
|Available-for-sale financial assets||581||29,553||77,013||-||-||107,147|
|Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss||-||-||12,155||-||-||12,155|
|Derivative financial instruments||-||182||208||-||-||390|
|Intersegment financial assets||811||68||703||21||(1,603)||-|
|Technical provisions for claims attributable to reinsurers||-||-||54||-||-||54|
|Net financial assets/(liabilities)||(1,786)||(8)||1,631||15||312||164|
|Cash and deposits attributable to BancoPosta||-||2,873||-||-||-||2,873|
|Cash and cash equivalents||305||1,040||656||15||(312)||1,704|
A comparison with the end of the previous year, when the figure was €3,677 million, shows a significant reduction due to movements in working capital, following the collection of significant receivables.
|at 31 December (€m)||2015||2014||Increase/(decreas|
|Property, plant and equipment||2,190||2,296||(106)||-4.6%|
|Investments accounted for using the equity method||214||1||213||n/s|
|Total non-current assets (a)||3,010||2,893||117||4.0%|
|Trade receivables and other receivables and assets||5,546||7,247||(1,701)||-23.5%|
|Trade payables and other liabilities||(4,398)||(4,080)||(318)||7.8%|
|Current tax assets and liabilities||19||635||(616)||-97.0%|
|Total working capital: (b)||1,301||3,941||(2,640)||-67.0%|
|Gross invested capital (a+b)||4,311||6,834||(2,523)||-36.9%|
|Provisions for risks and charges||(1,397)||(1,334)||(63)||4.7%|
|Provisions for employee termination benefits and pension plans||(1,361)||(1,478)||117||-7.9%|
|Deferred tax assets/(liabilities)||(554)||(345)||(209)||60.6%|
|Net invested capital||999||3,677||(2,678)||-72.8%|
n/s: not significant
AREAS OF BUSINESS
The Group's operations are divided into four operating segments: Postal and Business Services, Financial Services, Insurance Services and Other Services, which are managed by dedicated Group functions and/or companies. The organisation is also based on two distribution channels for retail customers, on the one hand, and business and Public Administration customers, on the other. These channels operate alongside a series of Corporate functions responsible for policy, governance, controls and the provision of services supporting business processes.
The organisational model, which ensures the development of synergies within the Group as part of an integrated approach to operations, is applied via governance and operating models, characterised by:
- coherent and integrated management of the Group, ensuring a uniform and coordinated approach to the market, whilst taking into account the central importance of customers and exploiting potential synergies, assigning responsibility for coordinating subsidiaries to the relevant functions within the Parent Company according to business sector;
- an organisational structure focused on the core businesses: postal logistics, finance and insurance;
- Corporate functions capable of ensuring, through coordination and integration of their respective areas of expertise, coherent fulfilment of their assigned roles at Group level and the provision of shared services closely aligned with business needs, thus guaranteeing efficiency, economies of scale, quality and effective support for the different businesses.