Capio AB (publ) Full year report January – December 2015

October – December 2015

  • Net sales were MSEK 3,512 (3,452). Organic sales growth was 2.7% (3.2) and total sales growth was 1.7% (5.2)
  • Operating result (EBITDA) was MSEK 285 (293)[1] with an operating margin of 8.1% (8.6)[1]. EBITDA decreased by -2.7% on an adjusted basis
  • Operating result (EBITA) was MSEK 179 (181)[1] with an operating margin of 5.1% (5.3)[1]. EBITA decreased by -1.1% on an adjusted basis
  • Earnings per share[2] was SEK 0.88 (-0.65) and adjusted earnings per share[2] was SEK 0.90 (1.13)

January – December 2015

  • ŸNet sales were MSEK 13,486 (13,200). Organic sales growth was 2.9% (4.0) and total sales growth was 2.2% (6.3)
  • ŸOperating result (EBITDA) was MSEK 1,001 (972)[1] with an operating margin of 7.4% (7.4)[1]. EBITDA increased by 3.0% on an adjusted basis
  • Operating result (EBITA) was MSEK 592 (544)[1] with an operating margin of 4.4% (4.1)[1]. EBITA increased by 8.8% on an adjusted basis
  • Earnings per share[2] was SEK 1.45 (-0.04) and adjusted earnings per share[2] was SEK 2.44 (2.29)
  • Proposed dividend SEK 0.50 per share (0.00)
  • Proposal to issue a convertible debenture loan to employees

[1]   For reported numbers for 2014 refer to page 2. Refer to page 30 for definitions of EBITDA and EBITA.
[2]   Earnings per share and adjusted earnings per share before and after dilution were the same. Refer to note 2 for calculations of earnings per share.

CEO comments:

“Capio Nordic and Capio Germany continued with good margin improvement – in Capio France all but four out of 22 hospitals have together fully compensated for the government’s price reduction and two national strikes in the private healthcare sector.”

We have a clear strategy and focus: In continental Europe, Modern Medicine is driving Rapid Recovery with shorter treatment times and a higher proportion of outpatient treat­ments. In the Nordics, Modern Management will increase the direct patient time for medical staff thus driving higher produc­tivity through empowered people.

In financial terms this translates for the Group into 2.9% organic sales growth for the full year (2.7% in the quarter) and an improvement in adjusted operating result (EBITA) of 8.8% (-1,1% in the quarter). The operating margin was 4.4% in 2015 (4.1% in 2014)[1].

In the Nordics
the focus is on more patient time for doctors and nurses through less administrative duties. Several projects are currently under implementation in order to speed up this development in 2016.

Organic sales growth was 4.6% for the full year (4.1% in the quarter) and the adjusted operating result (EBITA) was up 20.6% (22.5% in the quarter). There was good sales growth and positive development of operating results in Capio St. Göran’s Hospital, Specialist Clinics and Norway. In order to increase productivity (more visits per doctor and nurse) within Proximity Care, a program has been initiated during the fourth quarter res­ulting in a staff reduction of 90 FTEs (out of ~2,000), of which the majority relates to temporary staff positions. The number of listed patients is foreseen to remain stable or grow slightly. Half the program is effective from January 2016 and the remaining reductions are planned to come gradually over the year.

In France
the number of patients operated on increased by 2.2%, including a 6.1% outpatient growth and a -5.0% inpatient decrease in 2015. This means that we are succ­ess­ful in Rapid Recovery moving patients from in- to outpatient treatments in line with our strategy. The share of outpatients op­erated on in­creased by 2 p.p. compared to 2014 and corresponded to 67% out of the total num­ber of patients operated on. The average out­patient surgery rate in French hospitals was 45% in 2014. We have also seen that the average length of stay (AVLOS) is cont­inuing to decrease with 2.9% for comparable DRGs (Diagnosis Related Groups) within MSO (Medicine, Surgery and Obstetric) during the year. The total patient growth of almost 4% has been achieved with only a 2% increase in staff.

The newly opened Belharra hospital in Bayonne has developed according to plan. The ongoing integration of the Parisis hospital impacted the result negatively during the second half of the year with the bulk of the integration costs now taken. In the fourth quarter there was a short political strike among doctors protesting against certain government actions.

The French government made an unusually large general price reduction of 2.5% on medical sales from March 1, 2015. In December the Government also withdrew an expected price reimbursement, which also impacted the quarter negatively. All but four hospitals out of 22 have together fully compensated for the neg­ative effects from both prices and strikes during the year. These four hospitals, where the Tonkin hospital in Lyon and the Cèdres hospital in Toulouse are the most significant, are under intense treatment of organization, management and medical development resulting in higher productivity.

Organic sales growth in Capio France of 0.7% in 2015 (0.9% in the quarter) included the above mention­ed effects and the strike effects in the first and fourth quarters. In 2015, the adjusted operating result (EBITA) was down with 8.9% (-32.0% in the quarter) also reflecting the above mentioned eff­­ects.

In Germany
the organic sales growth was 2.0% for the full year (2.1% in the quarter) and operating result (EBITA) was up with 34.5% in 2015 (68.4% in the quarter), reflecting mainly an im­proved performance in the Dannenberg hospital.

Thomas Berglund

President and CEO


Presentation of the full year report

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About Capio

Capio AB (publ) is a leading, pan-European healthcare provider offering a broad range of high quality medical, surgical and psychiatric healthcare services in four countries through its hospitals, specialist clinics and primary care units. In 2015, Capio’s 12,360 employees provided healthcare services during 4.6 million patient visits across the Group’s facilities in Sweden, Norway, France and Germany, generating net sales of MSEK 13,486. Capio operates across three geographic segments: Nordic (54 percent of Group net sales 2015), France (38 percent of Group net sales 2015) and Germany (8 percent of Group net sales 2015). For more information about Capio, please see