Benefit Systems, the organiser of the MultiSport programme and the owner of fitness clubs in Poland and abroad, carries out activities aimed at rebuilding the Capital Group's results after the lockdown. Currently, there are over a million sports card users in Poland and abroad. Most contracts with customers have already been reactivated but a significant number of users have postponed their decision to return to the programme to the post-holiday period. Therefore, the company expects a further increase in the number of sports cards in autumn, provided that the stable epidemic situation continues. In the summer season, when most of the sports partners have resumed their activities, Benefit Systems also conducts extensive communication activities encouraging people to return to training in sports facilities.
Benefit Systems Group felt the financial effects of the closure of sports facilities during the pandemic, which is reflected in the results of the second quarter of this year. In the second quarter consolidated sales revenues decreased by 57%, to the level of PLN 161.4 million. The Group recorded an operating loss of PLN -33.9 million (compared to PLN 37.9 million of operating profit a year earlier) and PLN -40.8 million of net loss attributable to the shareholders of the parent entity (compared to PLN 40 million of net profit a year earlier). In the entire first half of 2020, Benefit Systems generated PLN 547.5 million in sales revenues (a decrease by 25% year on year), an operating profit of PLN 9.1 million (compared to PLN 69.8 million a year earlier) and a net loss attributable to the shareholders of the parent company with a value of PLN -38.8 million (compared to PLN 56.2 million of profit for the first half of 2019). Despite the operating losses, the net debt of the Benefit Systems Group in the second quarter of 2020 decreased by PLN 22 million, and the net debt/EBITDA ratio remained at the level of 0.3x.
The revenues of the Poland segment in the second quarter of 2020 decreased to PLN 65 million (decrease by 78% year on year) and to PLN 364.3 million on the scale of the first half of 2020 (decrease by 37% year on year). The results of this segment in the second quarter were charged to the costs of activities supporting Benefit Systems' sports partners, including financial support for sports facilities resuming operation after the epidemic. Defrosting of the Polish fitness market took place on June 6, when 115 clubs within the group were opened in Poland (approx. 70% of the chain). As part of optimisation activities in the second quarter of this year Benefit Systems decided to close four clubs in Poland that were considered permanently unprofitable, while three more are at the stage of detailed analyses. Other clubs are systematically opened. Currently, Benefit Systems has 184 its own clubs, including 159 in Poland and 25 on foreign markets.
In the Foreign Countries segment, in the second quarter of this year revenues increased to PLN 90.6 million (i.e. by 15% year on year) and to PLN 171.4 million in the first half of this year (i.e. by 13% year on year). – The results abroad are better than we assumed, which was influenced by, among others, faster reopening of sports and recreational facilities than in Poland. In the case of the Czech Republic, our largest foreign market, the opening took place at the end of April, so we recorded good results in May and June. In addition, the interpretation of VAT in this country, which is favourable for us, also had a positive impact on the results. Good results on foreign markets after the lockdown period confirm our belief that these countries have great potential for further growth – comments Bartosz Józefiak.
In the Cafeteria segment, in which the number of users increased by 20% year on year (from 400,500 to 481,100), the turnover amounted to PLN 148.6 million, which means a decrease by 4% compared to the first half of 2019. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the results of this segment of operations in the first half of this year was relatively small.
– We continue our activities that aim at optimising costs and ensuring liquidity within the Group, especially securing for the time of a possible second wave of infections and another lockdown in Poland or in other markets where we operate. Therefore, further diversification of financing sources is also planned. We work intensively within the Group on projects increasing the attractiveness of our flagship product. We also undertake new sales activities and activate the MultiSport Programme users, undertaking such initiatives as the Summer Game with prizes and “We’re glad you’re here!", which promotes safe return to training in partner facilities – adds Bartosz Józefiak.
The interim consolidated report of the Benefit Systems Capital Group is available at https://www.benefitsystems.pl/dla-inwestora/artykul/grupa-kapitalowa-benefit-systems-srodroczne-skonsolidowane-sprawozdanie-finansowe-2020-roku/