AS Merko Ehitus consolidated audited financial results for 2020 remain unchanged compared to the preliminary disclosure on 11 February 2021.
STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD
2020 was a successful year for Merko – we managed to reach our financial goals and finished the financial year with the best result we have seen in recent years, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Our earlier strategic decision to focus more on apartment development has borne fruit – we sold a total of 900 new homes in the three Baltic states combined. This is more than ever and it is the result of our team’s efforts over several years as well as our customers’ continued trust in Merko. Our goal is to keep this trust going forward as we continue to invest in creating new homes and a better living environment.
Although many new investments in the construction market were put on hold due to the pandemic, the group’s new construction contracts’ volume grew higher in 2020. A strong contract portfolio ensures us steady business volumes in a persistently difficult economic environment. However, risks in construction have increased further: the pandemic has increased uncertainty as to economic development, possible disruptions in supply chains, unexpected price changes and availability of manpower. In such circumstances we aim to keep the company’s financial status strong and be prepared to make quick decisions.
The COVID-19 crisis brought into spotlight the need to maintain the health of one’s employees and business partners as well as to ensure a safe working environment, but also a safe apartment purchase process. In the early weeks of the pandemic we quickly developed a corona prevention action plan that was implemented in our group companies and we are proud to state that other construction companies also followed suit.
In 2020 Merko celebrated 30 years in the business. Today, we are an international company that does half of its business outside Estonia. Over decades we have built a multitude of modern and lasting buildings as well as life quality improving civil engineering objects in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and for the past five years also in Norway. We focus on a long-term outlook, lasting solutions, and quality. We uphold the same values when contributing to society. We are a supporter of Estonian art, we collaborate with universities, and through developing the health trails network we help to acknowledge the importance of regular exercise. The world is changing rapidly and so we build with the future in mind. Digital solutions, changing consumer behaviour, increasingly more environmental-friendly way of thinking and a new professional generation will help us succeed also in the decades to come.
I would like to thank all of Merko’s employees and business partners for a productive year as well as our clients and home buyers who have put their faith in Merko. I would also like to extend my gratitude to all the shareholders who believe in Merko’s future.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
in thousand euros
|Cost of goods sold||(272,169)||(291,958)|
|General and administrative expenses||(13,412)||(12,988)|
|Other operating income||2,320||2,983|
|Other operating expenses||(2,979)||(1,318)|
|Profit (loss) from joint ventures||(144)||1,766|
|Profit before tax||24,457||20,323|
|Corporate income tax expense||(1,954)||(3,833)|
|Net profit for financial year||22,503||16,490|
|incl. net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent||22,994||16,270|
|net profit attributable to non-controlling interest||(491)||220|
|Other comprehensive income (loss), which can subsequently be classified in the income statement|
|Currency translation differences of foreign entities||(115)||13|
|Comprehensive income for the period||22,388||16,503|
|incl. attributable to equity holders of the parent||22,890||16,281|
|attributable to non-controlling interest||(502)||222|
|Earnings per share for profit attributable to equity holders of the parent (basic and diluted, in EUR)||1.30||0.92|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
in thousand euros
|Cash and cash equivalents||47,480||24,749|
|Trade and other receivables||32,657||50,413|
|Prepaid corporate income tax||306||104|
|Investments in joint ventures||2,354||2,498|
|Other long-term loans and receivables||17,979||11,094|
|Deferred income tax assets||653||–|
|Property, plant and equipment||14,521||11,919|
|Payables and prepayments||55,846||69,585|
|Income tax liability||1,202||812|
|Deferred income tax liability||3,001||1,682|
|Other long-term payables||4,026||3,491|
|Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent|
|Statutory reserve capital||793||793|
|Currency translation differences||(814)||(710)|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||256,915||281,827|