Further growth and improvement in results in 2014 – Cicor switches from IFRS to Swiss GAAP FER

Fri, 20 Feb 2015

Zurich, 20 February 2015 – Cicor (SIX Swiss Exchange: CICN), a leading, international high-tech industrial group in the field of circuit boards, microelectronics and electronic solutions based in Boudry (Switzerland), again achieved profitable growth in 2014. According to provisional, unaudited figures, consolidated net sales amounted to around CHF 203 million, an increase of more than 6 % on the already pleasing prior year, and a growth of more than 7 % in local currencies. Cicor was thus able to exploit the market dynamics in the 2014 financial year and increased its market share.

As a result of higher sales volumes, the EBIT and EBITDA margins will be slightly up on the previous year (2013: EBIT 4.5 %; EBITDA 9.2 %). Based on the provisional results, Group Management also expects net profit to be higher than in 2013 (CHF 4.5 million). The audited annual financial statements for 2014 and detailed results will be published on 11 March 2015. On the same date, Cicor will publish its outlook for 2015 and with it information on how the discontinuation of the EUR/CHF peg may affect Cicor.

Reporting changed to Swiss GAAP FER
The Cicor Group's Board of Directors has decided to change the Group's financial reporting to Swiss GAAP FER with retroactive effect from 1 January 2015. Following the Board's decision, the respective application will be submitted to SIX Swiss Exchange Ltd for approval. Since 1998, the Cicor Group had applied International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to its financial reporting. The change to Swiss GAAP FER marks a decision by Cicor for a more pragmatic standard of comparative informational value that meets the requirements of an international, medium-sized company while being less complex and thus reducing costs. The application of Swiss GAAP FER continues to guarantee transparent reporting in accordance with the principle of a true and fair view.

In application of the new reporting standard, Cicor will offset all goodwill against equity. This will result in a shorter balance sheet and lower equity ratio. It is expected that the equity ratio per 31 December 2014 would be around 45 %. The balance sheet will also no longer include pension obligations under IAS 19R, and also the related actuarial valuations will not be necessary in the future. The change would have an expected positive impact on the net profit of 2014 of around CHF 1.1 million. The interim report for the first half of 2015 will contain reconciled financial statements..

The change in reporting standard to Swiss GAAP FER also means that, in accordance with the regulations of SIX Swiss Exchange, Cicor Technologies Ltd. will be transferred from Main Standard to Domestic Standard.

 

Contact:
Antoine Kohler
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Tel. +41 43 811 44 05
E-mail: media@remove-this-text.cicor.com

Patric Schoch
Acting CEO
Tel. +41 43 811 44 05
E-mail: media@remove-this-text.cicor.com

Cicor Management AG
Leutschenbachstrasse 95
8050 Zurich
Switzerland