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Bergs Timber

Timber pure-play

Bergs Timber is the only listed timber pure-play in Sweden. It sells sawn and processed wood products. ~80% of the group’s products are exported, mainly to the UK, US and other European countries. In January 2018, the company announced its intention to acquire Norvik Timber, a transformational acquisition that will approximately double the group’s production capacity and revenues. Norvik Timber is a vertically integrated group with sawmills, production of processed wood products like windows, houses and furniture, and distribution of own and third-party products.

Historically, Bergs Timber has been a typical sawmill group with a high degree of commoditised wood products. Going forward, however, the group’s strategy is to increase focus on value-added processing and perform complementary acquisitions. Combined with strong macroeconomic fundamentals, industry consolidation and improvement programs there should be room for earnings uplift over the coming years. The acquisition of Norvik Timber will transform the group into a more vertically integrated player with potential for margin improvement and a higher degree of earnings stability.

The primary end-market for the group’s products is the building and construction industry. As a result, demand for the group’s products is cyclical and depends on global economic developments. Due to a high degree of commoditised products, the group’s earnings are highly sensitive to the market prices of its products. An increase in the price of saw logs could have negative impact the group’s earnings since it is the most important input factor in its operations. ~80% of the group’s products are sold in foreign currencies like GDP, EUR and USD. Currency fluctuations is therefore another major risk factor.

SEKm 2018 2019e 2020e
Sales 3064 3367 3378
Sales growth (%) 151,9 9,9 0,3
EBITDA 307 210 267
EBITDA margin (%) 10 6,2 7,9
EBIT adj 236 124 179
EBIT adj margin (%) 7,7 3,7 5,3
Pretax profit 214 114 161
EPS rep 0,77 0,3 0,37
EPS growth (%) 407,2 -61,2 24,7
EPS adj 0,8 0,27 0,37
DPS 0,1 0,12 0,15
EV/EBITDA (x) 5,2 7,8 5,9
EV/EBIT adj (x) 6,8 13,1 8,8
P/E (x) 3,9 8,8 7,1
P/E adj (x) 3,7 9,9 7,1
EV/sales (x) 0,5 0,5 0,5
FCF yield (%) -5 -2,8 11,9
Dividend yield (%) 3,4 4,6 5,6
Net IB debt/EBITDA 1,9 3,4 2,5
SEKm 2018 2019e 2020e
Sales 3064 3367 3378
COGS -2021 -2246 -2075
Gross profit 1044 1121 1303
Other operating items -737 -911 -1036
EBITDA 307 210 267
Depreciation on tangibles -71 -85 -88
Depreciation on intangibles 0 0 0
EBITA 236 124 179
Goodwill impairment charges 0 0 0
Other impairment and amortisation 0 0 0
EBIT 236 124 179
Other financial items 0 0 0
Net financial items -15 -21 -18
Associated income 0 0 0
Other EO items -7 11 0
Pretax profit 214 114 161
Tax -26 -12 -32
Net profit 188 103 129
Minority interest 0 0 0
Net profit discontinued 0 0 0
Net profit to shareholders 188 103 129
EPS 0,77 0,3 0,37
EPS Adj 0,8 0,27 0,37
Total extraordinary items after tax -6,5 11 0
Tax rate (%) -12,1 -10,2 -20
Gross margin (%) 34,1 33,3 38,6
EBITDA margin (%) 10 6,2 7,9
EBITA margin (%) 7,7 3,7 5,3
EBIT margin (%) 7,7 3,7 5,3
Pretax margin (%) 7 3,4 4,8
Net margin (%) 6,1 3 3,8
Growth rates Y/Y 2018 2019 2020
Sales growth (%) 151,9 9,9 0,3
EBITDA growth (%) 278 -31,5 27,1
EBIT growth (%) 554,7 -47,3 44,3
Net profit growth (%) 646 -45,4 25,8
EPS growth (%) 407,2 -61,2 24,7
Profitability 2018 2019 2020
ROE (%) 25,9 9,3 10,7
ROE Adj (%) 26,8 8,3 10,7
ROCE (%) 20,6 7,5 8,9
ROCE Adj(%) 21,2 6,9 8,9
ROIC (%) 19,2 6,3 7,4
ROIC Adj (%) 19,2 6,3 7,4
Adj earnings numbers 2018 2019 2020
EBITDA Adj 307 210 267
EBITDA Adj margin (%) 10 6,2 7,9
EBITA Adj 236 124 179
EBITA Adj margin (%) 7,7 3,7 5,3
EBIT Adj 236 124 179
EBIT Adj margin (%) 7,7 3,7 5,3
Pretax profit Adj 220 103 161
Net profit Adj 195 92 129
Net profit to shareholders Adj 195 92 129
Net Adj margin (%) 6,3 2,7 3,8
SEKm 2018 2019e 2020e
EBITDA 307 210 267
Net financial items -15 -21 -18
Paid tax -26 -12 -32
Non-cash items 0 0 0
Cash flow before change in WC 266 178 217
Change in WC -435 -92 -20
Operating cash flow 236 102 197
CAPEX tangible fixed assets -273 -127 -88
CAPEX intangible fixed assets 0 0 0
Acquisitions and disposals 0 0 0
Free cash flow -37 -25 109
Dividend paid -9 -34 -42
Share issues and buybacks 0 0 0
Other non cash items -419 -115 0
Decrease in net IB debt -458 -144 67
Balance Sheet (SEKm) 2018 2019 2020
Goodwill 0 0 0
Indefinite intangible assets 191 194 194
Definite intangible assets 0 0 0
Tangible fixed assets 771 947 947
Other fixed assets 8 8 20
Fixed assets 970 1149 1161
Inventories 653 655 670
Receivables 377 456 444
Other current assets 0 0 0
Cash and liquid assets 74 125 192
Total assets 2074 2385 2467
Shareholders equity 1052 1161 1248
Minority 0 0 0
Total equity 1052 1161 1248
Long-term debt 238 674 744
Pension debt 0 0 0
Convertible debt 0 0 0
Deferred tax 0 0 0
Other long-term liabilities 7 37 37
Short-term debt 416 175 105
Accounts payable 361 350 333
Other current liabilities 0 0 0
Total liabilities and equity 663 693 2074
Net IB debt 580 724 657
Net IB debt excl. pension debt 580 724 657
Capital invested 1639 1910 1942
Working capital 669 761 781
EV breakdown 2018 2019 2020
Market cap. diluted (m) 1021 906 914
Net IB debt Adj 580 724 657
Market value of minority 0 0 0
Reversal of shares and participations 0 0 0
Reversal of conv. debt assumed equity 0 0 0
EV 1601 1630 1571
Capital efficiency (%) 2018 2019 2020
Total assets turnover (%) 221,5 151 139,2
Capital invested turnover (%) 283,7 189,8 175,4
Capital employed turnover (%) 275,1 181,3 164,5
Inventories / sales (%) 14,3 19,4 19,6
Customer advances / sales (%) 0 0 0
Payables / sales (%) 8,7 10,6 10,1
Working capital / sales (%) 14,7 21,2 22,8
Financial risk and debt service 2018 2019 2020
Net debt / equity (%) 55,1 62,4 52,6
Net debt / market cap (%) 57,1 79,9 71,9
Equity ratio (%) 50,7 48,7 50,6
Net IB debt adj. / equity (%) 55,1 62,4 52,6
Current ratio (%) 142,1 235,3 298,1
EBITDA / net interest (%) 2005,9 1001 1484,7
Net IB debt / EBITDA (%) 189 344,5 245,8
Interest cover (%) 1531,2 512,8 832,9
SEKm 2018 2019e 2020e
Shares outstanding adj. 344 344 347
Fully diluted shares Adj 344 344 347
EPS 0,77 0,3 0,37
Dividend per share Adj 0,1 0,1 0,1
EPS Adj 0,8 0,27 0,37
BVPS 3,06 3,38 3,6
BVPS Adj 3,06 3,38 3,6
Net IB debt / share 1,7 2,1 1,9
Share price 2,95 2,63 2,63
Market cap. (m) 1016 906 914
Valuation 2018 2019 2020
P/E 3,9 8,8 7,1
EV/sales 0,52 0,48 0,46
EV/EBITDA 5,2 7,8 5,9
EV/EBITA 6,8 13,1 8,8
EV/EBIT 6,8 13,1 8,8
Dividend yield (%) 3,4 4,6 5,6
FCF yield (%) -5 -2,8 11,9
P/BVPS 0,97 0,78 0,73
P/BVPS Adj 0,97 0,78 0,73
P/E Adj 3,7 9,9 7,1
EV/EBITDA Adj 5,2 7,8 5,9
EV/EBITA Adj 6,8 13,1 8,8
EV/EBIT Adj 6,8 13,1 8,8
EV/cap. employed 0,9 0,8 0,7
Investment ratios 2018 2019 2020
Capex / sales 8,9 3,8 2,6
Capex / depreciation 382,9 149,4 100
Capex tangibles / tangible fixed assets 35,4 13,4 9,3
Capex intangibles / definite intangibles N/A N/A N/A
Depreciation on intangibles / definite intangibles N/A N/A N/A
Depreciation on tangibles / tangibles 9,2 9 9,3

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Main shareholders

Bergs Timber

Main shareholders Share capital % Voting shares % Verified
Norvik Hf 64.7 % 64.7 % 30 Jun 2019
Danica Pension 4.9 % 4.9 % 18 Apr 2019
Åke Bergh 3.1 % 3.1 % 30 Jun 2019
Niklas Sjöfors 2.9 % 2.9 % 30 Jun 2019
Setra Trävaror AB 1.8 % 1.8 % 30 Jun 2019
Per Anders Bendt 1.4 % 1.4 % 30 Jun 2019
Swedbank Försäkring 1.2 % 1.2 % 30 Jun 2019
Nordnet Pensionsförsäkring 0.8 % 0.8 % 30 Jun 2019
Islandsbanki Hf 0.7 % 0.7 % 30 Jun 2019
Avanza Pension 0.6 % 0.6 % 30 Jun 2019
Source: Holdings by Modular Finance AB

Insider list

Bergs Timber

Name Quantity Code Date
Patrik Ivarsson - 20 336 SELL 28 Mar 2019
Patrik Ivarsson - 5 239 SELL 18 Mar 2019
Peter Nilsson + 50 000 BUY 11 Mar 2019
Patrik Ivarsson - 7 425 SELL 25 Oct 2018
Patrik Ivarsson - 9 000 SELL 15 Oct 2018
Christina Marianne Brav + 7 000 BUY 11 Oct 2018
Anders Marklund + 25 000 BUY 5 Oct 2018
Norvik hf. +170 000 000 BUY 8 Jun 2018
Patrik Larsson + 1 000 BUY 28 Feb 2018
Sampsa Auvinen + 500 000 BUY 1 Sep 2017

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