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ANNUAL REPORT - Colruyt Group
ANNUAL REPORT
2014-2015
2
Creating sustainable
added value together
through value-driven
craftsmanship in retail
Halle, 19 June 2015
FINANCIAL YEAR 2014/2015
Annual report presented to the Ordinary General Assembly
of Shareholders on 30 September 2015
by the BOARD OF DIRECTORS and AUDITOR’S REPORT
The Dutch language version of this annual report is
the only official version.
Dit jaarverslag is ook verkrijgbaar in het Nederlands.
Ce rapport annuel est également disponible en français.
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In March 2015 we opened our
new distribution centre in Ath/Lessines.
Read more on pages 79 and 105.
Intro
Who are we?
A Word from the Chairman ...........08
Management Report ........................10
Key figures ............................................14
Activities ................................................16
Initiatives and Rwealisations .......18
Colruyt Group, a family
of companies .......................................23
Sustainable entrepreneurship
embedded in our DNA .....................27
The introduction is based on the Colruyt Group Management Report 2014-2015 that was prepared
by the Board of Directors of the company. The content of the corporate governance section forms an
integral part of the annual report of the Board of Directors on the individual financial statements of
the company over the financial year 2014-2015.
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Activities
Corporate
governance
Financial
report
Retail .......................................................50
Wholesale ...............................................80
Foodservice ..........................................87
Other activities ....................................92
Corporate activities ........................ 102
Colruyt Group in figures ................ 113
Management, Supervision
and Directorate ................................ 122
Responsible / Sustainable
Corporate Governance inclusive
of remuneration report ................ 124
Share Ownership –
Colruyt shares .................................. 134
Consolidated Income
Statement .......................................... 140
Consolidated Statement
of Comprehensive Income ......... 141
Consolidated Balance Sheet .... 142
Consolidated Statement of
Changes in Equity ........................... 143
Consolidated Statement of
Cash Flows ......................................... 144
Certification of Responsible
Persons and Auditor’s Report ... 146
Notes to the consolidated
financial statements ..................... 150
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INTRO
Word from the Chairman ......................................... 08
Management Report .................................................. 10
Key figures ...................................................................... 14
Activities ......................................................................... 16
Initiatives & Realisations .......................................... 18
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JEF COLRUYT
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF COLRUYT GROUP
WE WISH TO OFFER ‘SIMPLICITY
IN RETAIL’ NOW MORE THAN EVER
In the past year, Colruyt Group realised a satisfactory result in a
difficult market. Group revenue rose by 3,1%. The net result from
operating activities improved by 3,7%. This good performance was
realised by 28.117 employees, whom I would all like to thank for
their contribution and commitment.
By agreeing to a transaction with the Belgian Competition
Authority and paying a fine of EUR 31,6 million, the group can now
close a case that was initiated 10 years ago. As a result, the net
profit in the past financial year amounted to EUR 331,0 million.
Our stores and wholesale activities in Belgium, France and
Luxembourg continue to operate in an environment with fierce
price competition and low consumer confidence. The revenue
growth realised by the group is also partially due to our
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diversified store portfolio which covers the market better and
better and caters to the wide-ranging needs of the consumer. With
Cru, we created an innovative concept: a covered market place
with a passion for food. In addition, we acquired a 50% stake in
the Belgian clothing chain ZEB. And we opened 30 new stores and
renovated 25 existing stores. We will continue to follow this
ambitious path in the coming years.
We have invested considerably in order to accommodate our
growth both now and in the future. With the taking into use of its
new distribution centre and office building, our wholesale division
Retail Partners Colruyt Group completed the move to Mechelen.
We built a new, partially automated logistic centre in Ath/Lessines,
which already employs approximately 500 people.
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And in Halle, we started building an additional 20.000 m²
production site for our meat processing division Fine Food Meat.
better working conditions at our suppliers and partners in risk
countries.
‘Simplicity in Retail’ is what we wish to offer our customers
every day.
It is our task as a retailer to manage the many details in our business and their complex interrelationships and to make
it as easy as possible for our customers and other stakeholders.
In our company, this is reflected in the slogan that we use:
‘Manage complexity to offer simplicity!’.
In order to be able to offer simplicity, we are also focusing on
innovation.
This is why we are targeting retail solutions in the e-commerce
market and why we are the first Belgian distributor to make
mobile payments possible in all of our web shops and stores.
We are also pleased with the federal government’s plans to
amend the laws governing e-commerce so that we can become
a bit more competitive in relation to our neighbouring countries.
Our engineers and architects are using their expertise to design
buildings that are far more energy efficient than required by law.
And the still young Colruyt Group Academy attracts over 20.000
customers annually with its broad range of consumer workshops
bringing people together to discover, to learn and to put new skills
into practice.
In the past year, we have gained a number of new insights into
the complex society in which we operate, which is in the middle
of a transition and which is having to deal with weak economic
growth and uncertainty about the future of the welfare state.
Based on these macro trends and based on our mission and
values, we have more clearly defined our group ambitions and
objectives for the coming years. Concretely, this translates into
several development programmes and projects that thoroughly
renew and fortify the pillars of our organisation and that also
provide the foundation for our group motto ‘Simplicity in retail’.
Offering simplicity means, for example, helping consumers to
make healthy and sustainable choices. This is why we continue
to work on the quality and nutritional value of our own brand
products, and on a more sustainable range of fish products and
And finally: Colruyt Group invested nearly EUR 370 million in its
future in the past financial year and hired 1.000 additional employees. And, as was the case in previous years, around 50% of the
added value that we created, flowed back to the community via
the government. Therefore, we would like to ask the government
to make efficient use of these resources - with a.o. an urgent
focus on mobility - to create a setting in which we can
continue to grow together.
‘Manage complexity to offer simplicity’,
the slogan in all departments and on every level.
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MANAGEMENT REPORT
1. Overview financial year 2014/2015 - Key figures and headlines
001/04/2014
1/04
04//201
20144
331/03/2015
1/03/20155
1/03/201
01/04/2013
31/03/2014
VVariance
ariance
Revenue
8.916,8
8.916,8
8.652,0
3,1
3,1 %
Gross Profit
2.219,0
2.219,0
2.151,0
3,1
3,1 %
224,9
4,9 %
24,9 %
668,1
668,1
686,8
77,7,5
,5 %
7,9 %
699,7
699,7
686,8
% revenue
77,,9 %
7,9
7,9 %
Operating profit (EBIT)
463,8
463,8
488,1
% revenue
5,2
5,2 %
5,6 %
4495,4
95,4
95
,4
488,1
% revenue
5,
5,66 %
5,6 %
Profit before tax
4479,1
79,1
79
,1
497,1
% revenue
5,4
5,4 %
5,7 %
510,7
510,7
497,1
5,7 %
5,7
5,7 %
331,0
331,0
349,8
3,7
3,7 %
4,0 %
362,6
362,6
349,8
4,1 %
4,1
4,0 %
Earnings per share - basic and diluted (in EUR) (2)
2,21
2,21
2,24
-1,1
-1,,1 %
-1
Earnings per share excl. Settlement with the Investigation Service (in EUR) (2)
2,442
2,
2,42
2,24
+8,3
+8,,3 %
+8
(in EUR million)
% revenue
EBITDA
% revenue
EBITDA excl. Settlement with the Investigation Service (1)
Operating result (EBIT) excl. Settlement with the Investigation Service (1)
Profit before tax excl. Settlement with the Investigation Service (1)
% revenue
Profit for the financial year
% revenue
Profit of the financial year excl. Settlement with the Investigation Service (1)
% revenue
-2,7
-2,,7 %
-2
+1,9
+1,,9 %
+1
-5,0
-5,,0 %
-5
+1,5
+1,,5 %
+1
-3,6
-3,,6 %
-3
+2,7
+2,,7 %
+2
-5,4
-5,,4 %
-5
+3,7
+3,,7 %
+3
(1) “Settlement with the Investigation Service”: On 19 June 2015 Colruyt Group signed a settlement with the Investigation Service of the Belgian Competition Authority
(“the Investigation Service”) in relation to the period 2002-2007. By signing the settlement the group accepts to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine to the Belgian government.
This amount was charged against the 2014/15 operating expenses and was deducted in full from the EBITDA, EBIT, Profit before tax and Profit for the financial year.
To ensure comparability with last year, the consolidated key figures are provided both inclusive and exclusive of the effect of the settlement.
(2) The weighted average number of outstanding shares equals 149.419.713 in 2014/15 compared to 156.447.069 last year.
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settlement with the Investigation Service of
the Belgian Competition Authority (“the Investigation Service”) in relation to the period
2002-2007. By signing the settlement the
group accepts to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine
to the Belgian government. This amount was
charged against the operating expenses of
the financial year 2014/15 and was deducted
in full from the EBITDA, EBIT, Profit before tax
and Net result. To ensure comparability with
last year, all key figures are provided both
inclusive and exclusive of the EUR 31,6
million settlement.
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long-term strategy.
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strategy: craftsmanship and commitment of
all employees, efficiency, simplicity, quality
and innovation of products and services, consistent price positioning and expansion of the
store network and the distribution centres.
t*OWFTUNFOUTJOUIFTUSBUFHZSFTVMUJOBTUBCMF
gross margin of 24,9% of revenue and a stable
EBIT margin(1) of 5,6% of revenue. EBIT(1) grows
EUR 7,3 million compared to last year.
t/FUQSPmU(1) increases by EUR 12,8 million to
EUR 362,2 million (4,1% of revenue) as EBIT
growth(1) is raised by an improved result from
the participation in the Parkwind group. Net
profit including the EUR 31,6 million settlement decreases by EUR 18,8 million.
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by EUR 293,5 million to EUR 308,5 million,
mainly as a result of EUR 356,1 million
treasury shares purchases.
t&BSOJOHTQFSTIBSF(2) down 1,1% to EUR 2,21
per share.
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amount to EUR 368,9 million in 2014/15, exceeding last year’s capex by EUR 46,6 million.
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ployees (expressed in full-time equivalents),
a 3,9% net increase.
As from this reporting period the market share
is calculated based on the revenue figures of
the store concepts Colruyt Lowest Prices, Spar
and OKay. As from the current reporting period
OKay’s revenue is taken into account in the
group’s Belgian market share calculation.
As a result of ongoing traffic congestion
issues, proximity shopping continues to
gain importance. Hence the group has the
intention to focus expansion efforts even
more on its proximity store concept OKay.
2. Consolidated income
statement
The net effect of the above developments was
an increase of the operating profit (EBIT)(1) by
EUR 7,3 million to EUR 495,4 million. EBIT
margin(1) remained stable at 5,6% of revenue.
In a challenging market environment, revenue
increased by 3,1% to EUR 8.916,8 million. Due
to the pressure on the sales prices, the volume
growth was not fully reflected in revenue
growth. Price pressure was brought about by
price deflation, competition and the consumer
trend towards cheaper products.
In Belgium, Colruyt Group’s revenue growth
outperformed the market, resulting in a gain in
market share to 31,0%. This is a nice increase
by 49 basis points compared to last year.
Consolidated gross margin remained stable at
24,9% of revenue.
As last year, the Colruyt banner made significant price investments and in doing so consistently offered its customers the lowest price in
the market. The group nonetheless maintained
a stable gross margin compared to the prior
year, mainly driven by diminished promotional
competition in the 2nd year-half.
EBITDA(1) improved by EUR 12,9 million. In
2014/15 the group continued to invest in employees, processes and efficiency gains. These
investments and the fact that higher sales
volumes were not entirely reflected in revenue
growth, caused net operating expenses to rise
slightly more than revenue. With gross margin
being in line with prior year’s level, the EBITDA
margin(1) remained stable at 7,9% of revenue.
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment
costs amounted to EUR 204,3 million.
The implementation of the investment programmes led to an increase in depreciation
charges by EUR 8,2 million.
In 2014/15 the group recorded a EUR 4,3
million impairment in respect of the closure of
four stores in the centre of France. These stores
no longer fitted the French expansion strategy.
In the financial year 2013/14 impairment costs
mainly related to activated software
(EUR 5,6 million).
Financial result improved by EUR 1,4 million.
Financial income decreased by EUR 5,0 million,
while financial charges went down EUR 6,4
million. Last year’s financial charges included
a EUR 5,0 million impairment charge on the
investment in the supermarket chain IKI
in Lithuania.
The result from investments in associates
amounting to EUR 9,3 million mainly relates to
the participation in Parkwind group.
Profit before tax, including the impact of the
settlement(2), decreased by EUR 18,0 million to
EUR 479,1 million.
The increase of the effective tax rate(2) to 31,5%
in 2014/15 (versus 29,9% in 2013/14) is basically the net result of the following elements:
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is a non-deductible expense and resulted in a
2,0% tax rate increase.
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deduction led to an increase in the tax rate
by 1,0%.
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investments in employment, store concepts
and research & development of the Group,
are subject to a lower income tax rate.
Consequently the consolidated tax rate
decreased by 1,0%.
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carried forward, resulting in a 0,8% decrease
of the tax rate compared to last year.
Profit for the financial year(2) decreased by
EUR 18,8 million to EUR 331,0 million. Briefly,
this is the result of two elements: an improved
net result from business activities (EUR +12,8
million), which is offset by the settlement with
the Investigation Service amounting to
EUR -31,6 million.
3. Income statement per
segment
3.1 Retail
Revenue from the retail activities grew by 3,6%
to EUR 6.692,0 million (75,0% of the consolidated revenue). In 2014/15 the Belgian retail
market was mainly characterised by price
pressure, fierce competition and a persistently
difficult economic climate. Price deflation
slowed down revenue growth. There were few
signs of economic recovery.
Revenue of the Colruyt banner stores in
Belgium and Luxembourg climbed 2,3%. This
growth was driven by a further expansion of
the store network (new stores and extensions)
and volume growth in the existing stores. The
increase in revenue was partly offset by lower
sales prices.
Colruyt Lowest Prices consistently implemented
its lowest prices strategy. In the challenging
market environment Colruyt always delivered
on its brand promise to the customer: offering
the lowest price for every product at every
(1) Exclusive of the settlement with the Investigation Service.
(2) Inclusive of the settlement with the Investigation Service.
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moment. As always, price rebates and
promotions from other market players were
followed and taken into account in the sales
prices. Colruyt’s lowest prices guarantee was
confirmed by consumer organisations and
specialised trade press publications. The
communication on the lowest prices strategy
was sharpened during the financial year, which
positively impacted revenue and market share.
Colruyt Group has continued to invest in the
proximity store format OKay and in the bio supermarket Bio-Planet. A large number of store
openings and a strong inflow of new customers
resulted in a revenue increase of more than
12%. The revenue growth did not reflect the total volume increase as a result of price erosion.
Late November 2014 the first Cru market
opened in Overijse. Cru is a new concept
created for and by people with a passion for
nice food, pure tastes and authentic quality
products. The first results are in line with the
expectations.
Simplicity in the product range to facilitate
the customer’s choice remains the objective.
With a view to product range simplification,
existing private labels were grouped under the
“home brand” Boni Selection. The transition of
the private labels to Boni Selection has made
substantial progress and will be completed
by the end of 2015. The results of the brand
transition are satisfactory. Colruyt Group wants
to offer 3 clearly distinguishable brand layers to
the customer: (inter)national brands, products
labelled Boni Selection (the “home brand”) and
products labelled Everyday Selection
(the group’s discount brand).
In the French retail market margins remained
under pressure due to negative market volume
growth, price deflation and strong price competition. At macroeconomic level no improvement was observed either.
The Colruyt stores recorded a revenue growth
of 9,8% in a highly deflationary market. This
growth is attributable to the expansion and
modernisation of the store network, organic
growth and continuous investment in price
positioning. The Colruyt stores lived up to their
brand promise “lowest prices for national
brands” every single day and as a result, the
formula remained attractive to the French
consumer.
The group decided to close down four Colruyt
stores in the centre of France. These stores no
longer fitted the French expansion strategy of
Colruyt. The group’s expansion strategy is to
open five to ten new stores per year in France.
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The segment Dreamland and Dreambaby had
an excellent year. Revenue increased by 2,8%
and profitability improved. During the financial
year two new Dreamland stores were opened
and four Dreambaby departments of
Dreamland stores were transferred to
individual Dreambaby stores.
Colruyt Group’s online activities achieved nice
growth in 2014/15. Colruyt Group continues to
develop E-commerce services in retail.
3.2 Wholesale & Foodservice
This financial year the wholesale and foodservice segment accounted for 17,1% of the
consolidated revenue. Revenue from these
activities increased by 3,5% to EUR 1.523,5
million.
The wholesale segment includes the deliveries
to independent storekeepers in Belgium
(Retail Partners Colruyt Group) and France
(Coccinelle, CocciMarket and Panier Sympa).
Wholesale revenue declined slightly (-0,5%)
due to food price deflation.
Retail Partners Colruyt Group combines the
wholesale activities in Belgium. It comprises
the collaboration with Spar entrepreneurs,
as well as the deliveries to Alvo, independent
Mini Markets and independent storekeepers.
The new distribution centre for the wholesale
activities is operational and all employees are
now working under the same roof. A new SPAR
logo, with a clear reference to the Colruyt Group
partnership, is rolled out. The profitability of
the independent Spar entrepreneurs still ranks
among the best on the market.
The Belgian and French foodservice activities
achieved a 7,7% revenue growth in a stagnating market. The clear and consistent market
positioning of Solucious with a special focus
on reliable deliveries, service, product quality
and personal contact created a strong brand
awareness in Belgium. Pro à Pro’s revenue
growth in France was fuelled by an important
new foodservice contract that started in the
first semester of last year.
Symeta, the print and document management
specialist of the group, recorded a revenue of
EUR 5,6 million. The revenue decrease by
EUR 5,9 million is the result of the discontinuation of unprofitable offset printing activities
at the end of last year. Symeta now specialises
fully in personalised customer communication
and document management.
4. Cash flow and balance
sheet
The net carrying amount of the tangible and intangible assets increased by EUR 161,6 million
to EUR 1.951,5 million. This increase results
from the investments of the financial year
(EUR 368,9 million), while depreciation,
amortisation and impairment costs amounted
to EUR 204,3 million.
The new distribution centre and office building
for Retail Partners Colruyt Group in Mechelen
and the new logistic centre in Ath/Lessines
became operational during the financial year
2014/15. These investments will enable
Colruyt Group to continue its growth in the
years to come.
Net cash and cash equivalents amount to
EUR 308,5 million at year-end. The decrease by
EUR 293,5 million compared to prior year-end
mainly results from EUR 356,1 million treasury
shares purchases.
As at 31 March 2015 the company held
9.791.743 treasury shares or 6,3% of the total
number of shares issued.
5. Events after balance
sheet date
Revenue from the other activities decreased by
2,3% to EUR 701,3 million (7,9% of the consolidated revenue).
On 19 June 2015, Colruyt Group signed a settlement with the Investigation Service of the
Belgian Competition Authority (the “Investigation Service”). This settlement relates to
infringements of the Belgian competition rules
in the period 2002-2007. The Investigation
Service deems that the Belgian distribution
sector, with the help of suppliers, breached the
Belgian competition rules for branded perfumery, cosmetics and chemist’s products. In relation thereto, the Investigation Service proposed
a settlement, in order to end all pending legal
proceedings subject to the payment of a fine.
The other activities basically comprise the
DATS 24 petrol stations in Belgium and France.
The revenue of DATS 24 fell 1,5% to EUR 695,7
million as the nice volume growth was fully
offset by lower average oil prices.
By signing the settlement Colruyt Group
accepts that infringements of the Belgian
competition rules were committed in the
period 2002-2007. However, the group assures
that it did not set up a price-fixing scheme with
3.3 Other activities
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other distributors and suppliers. The group
also stresses that Colruyt has always honoured
its lowest prices guarantee.
Colruyt Group wants to refrain from engaging
in years of legal wrangling with the government over the substance of the case and over
facts that date back more than 10 years. It has
therefore decided to sign the Investigation
Service’s settlement.
By signing this settlement Colruyt Group
agrees to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine to the
Belgian government. This full amount was
charged against the net result of the financial
year 2014/15.
6. Outlook
7. Dividend
We expect market conditions to remain
challenging in 2015/16.
The Board of Directors will propose an
unchanged gross dividend of EUR 1,00 per
share to the General Meeting of Shareholders.
The amount is the result of the consistent
application of the group’s dividend
pay-out policy.
Colruyt Group will retain its long-term focus
and continue to invest in the essence of its
strategy: craftsmanship and commitment of
all employees, efficiency, simplicity, quality and
innovation of products and services, price positioning and expansion of the store network
and the distribution centres. At the same time,
operating expenses will be kept under control.
Colruyt Group will present its full-year 2015/16
guidance at the General Meeting of Shareholders on 30 September 2015.
For more information we refer to our press
release of 22 June 2015, available on
colruytgroup.com.
8. Segment information
(in million EUR)
I. RETAIL
Retail Food
- Colruyt Belgium (1)
- OKay, Bio-Planet and Cru (2)
- Colruyt France
Retail Non-food
- Dreamland Belgium and France and Dreambaby
- Transactions with other operating segments
II. WHOLESALE AND FOODSERVICE
- Wholesale
- Foodservice
- Transactions with other operating segments
III. OTHER ACTIVITIES
- DATS 24 Belgium and France
- Printing and document management solutions
- Transactions with other operating segments
IV. TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN OPERATING SEGMENTS
V. CORPORATE (not allocated)
Total Colruyt Group consolidated
Revenue
EBITDA (3)
EBIT (3)
6.770,3
585,7
436,8
44,9
24,5
24,7
12,5
5.479,4
668,1
292,5
252,0
78,3
1.540,8
753,9
769,6
17,3
749,6
695,7
5,6
48,3
(143,9)
0,0
8.916,8
(0,6)
45,0
699,7
(0,6)
22,2
495,4
(1) Inclusive of the revenue of the webshops (Collect&Go, Bio-Planet, Collishop, Dreamland and Dreambaby) realised by the Colruyt stores.
(2) Inclusive of the revenue of Collishop and Dreambaby realised by the OKay and Bio-Planet stores and inclusive of the revenue of the Cru activity.
(3) EBITDA and EBIT are exclusive of the transaction amount of EUR 31,6 million with the Investigation Service.
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KEY FIGURES
Colruyt Group revenue (in EUR million)
8652,0
75 %
75
8916,8
RE
RETAIL
R
ET
ETAIL
E
TAIL
TA
8311,6
7847,6
6261,1
5208,6
6752,6
7280,1
5673,8
17 %
WHOLESALE +
FOODSERVICE
06/07
07/08
08/09
09/10 10/11
11/12
12/13
13/14
8%
14/15
OTHER
ACTIVITIES
Colruyt Group results (in EUR million)
88
8
88,2
8,2
8, 2 %
R
RE
RETAIL
ET
E
ETAIL
TAIL
TA
372,5
262,6
401,6
288,2
469,9
472,2
485,2
329,6
338,0
342,9
515,1
488,1
495,4
430,2
304,4
353,7
349,8
362,6
WHOLESALE +
FOODSERVICE
06/07
07/08
EBIT
08/09
09/10 10/11
11/12
12/13
13/14
14/15
For comparability reason, the figures of the financial year 2014/2015 are exclusive of
the settlement with the Investigation Service of EUR 31,6 million.
Earnings and gross dividend per share (in EUR)
1,77
2,26
2,24
44,2%
44,6%
0,95
1,00
1,00
1,00
11/12
12/13
13/14
14/15
2,14
2,18
42,9%
43,6%
42,5%
43,0%
41,5%
0,90
0,92
0,65
0,74
0,81
06/07
07/08
08/09
Earnings per share
09/10 10/11
Gross dividend per share
45,2%
Dividend pay-out ratio
The earnings per share includes the settlement with the Investigation Service of EUR 31,6 million.
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2,21
1,90
1,59
40,8%
CORPORATE
2,5 %
OTHER
ACTIVITIES
Profit for the financial year
2,09
4,4 %
4,9 %
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30
543
498
STORE
OPENINGS
INDEPENDENT
STOREKEEPERS IN BELGIUM
AND AFFILIATED
OWN STORES
622.000
M2 STORE SURFACE AREA
OF OWN STORES
STORES IN FRANCE
€369
MILLION
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ACTIVITIES
Colruyt Group’s operating activities can be divided into retail, wholesale, foodservice, other activities and
the corporate activities. The retail store formulas and the deliveries to independent storekeepers and to
professional clients in foodservice represent the majority of our operating activities. DATS 24, Symeta,
WE-Power and our financial participations are grouped together under other activities.
75 %
of group revenue
Retail
17 %
of group revenue
Wholesale and
Foodservice
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of group revenue
Other
activities
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Geographic segmentation
The geographic segmentation is based
on the various locations of the parent
company and its subsidiaries, which is
based on our strategy that we wish to
provide services to our customers in their
own region to the greatest extent possible.
Therefore, our trading activities and group
corporate services are mainly located in
Belgium, Luxembourg, France, India and
Hong Kong.
PARTICIPATIONS
Belgium: all activities
Luxembourg: retail, re-insurance company
France: retail, wholesale, foodservice and
DATS 24
French overseas territories:
retail, wholesale, foodservice and DATS 24
India: own IT department
Hong Kong: own purchasing support
The list of all companies included in the
consolidation can be found in note 34.2
in the financial section.
Geographic segmentation of revenue:
86,92 %
FRANCE
WHOLESALE
Belgium
FRANCE
FOODSERVICE
Codifrance
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12,77 % 0,32
Other
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PARTICIPATIONS
Corporate activities
The corporate activities comprise
all corporate services including Technics,
Real Estate & Energy, Business Processes &
Systems, Finance, People & Organisation,
Colruyt Group Academy, Corporate Marketing
and Premedia.
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Colruyt Group
invests
EUR 188.000
in social audits
Colruyt Group
acquires 50 %
of ZEB
Mobile payments in
web shops and stores
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09
2014
OKay opens
100th store
59
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Fine Food Bread bakes its
first loaves of bread
for Colruyt and OKay
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Support for pear
and apple growers
and pig farmers
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Spar Retail becomes
Retail Partners
Colruyt Group
Towards a sustainable
range of fish products
Colruyt France:
first store with
new store concept
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store concept
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centre in
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WHO ARE WE?
Colruyt Group, a family of companies ................ 23
Sustainable entrepreneurship
embedded in our DNA .............................................. 27
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8)0"3&8&t COLRUYT GROUP A FAMILY OF COMPANIES
COLRUYT GROUP,
A FAMILY
OF COMPANIES
What once started out as a small family-owned company has now
expanded into a family of companies. Today, Colruyt Group is active
in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, with ten strong store formulas
as well as wholesale, food service, distribution of fuels, production
of green electricity and digital printing.
Colruyt Group has experienced an enormous
growth and a rapid development over the
past years propelled by two drivers. On the
one hand, it has always been part of our
DNA - there where we can deliver added
value with our expertise and highly efficient
approach - to do things ourselves based on
a certain professional pride and a belief in
our people. As a result, for example, we still
have our own coffee roasting facility, a meat
processing company and an architect firm.
On the other hand, we have diversified our
commercial activities over the last 20 years.
For a long time, we only had the Colruyt
Lowest Prices store formula. Gradually,
other store formulas were added with each
a separate market position, brand promise
and target group. Our stores and the corresponding web shops are complementary
to each other and jointly cater to the needs
of a very wide target group. For instance,
Colruyt Lowest Prices is the undisputed
leader where prices are concerned, whereas
the OKay neighbourhood stores focus more
on proximity and convenience. Bio-Planet
is the specialist in biological and ecological products. On the other hand, the Spar
stores distinguish themselves with personal
service and specialities.
For a long time, Colruyt served as the parent
company for the newer activities. Today,
most of these activities have developed into
mature companies that operate independently. Together, they form a family of companies: Colruyt Group. All of the companies
and supporting activities have one common
identity and culture which can be summarised in our mission and nine values.
Our mission
Creating sustainable
added value together
through value-driven
craftsmanship in retail
It is not simply a coincidence that Colruyt
Group’s mission statement contains the
word together. As we do business on behalf
of and with our stakeholders: customers,
employees, suppliers, manufacturers, shareholders, etc. In our organisation, we pay a lot
of attention to the individual employee and
his or her team. It is the extent in which all
of these individual employees and teams are
able to grow together that determines the
growth of our companies. These different
activities, in turn, form the Colruyt Group,
a large organisation in which ultimately
28.000 employees - each in their own way make the difference together.
Furthermore, we aim to do business in a
sustainable manner: creating maximum
added value for the economy, people and
the environment with the resources, energy
and human effort that we invest. In other
words: starting with an economic impulse,
we also aim to bring about a positive
dynamic in the social and ecological field.
We are well aware that added value can
mean something different for different
stakeholders, and that we often have to
settle for a compromise, taking into
account the consequences on the long term.
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are pleased to be of service to their customers and colleagues and
they clearly enjoy their work. Loyal to tradition, we continue to invest
substantially in education and training, so that our employees can
grow personally and in their field.
The growth of our company is mainly the result of the fact that we
stimulate creativity. Employees are given the possibility in every
position and at every level to demonstrate entrepreneurship and to
develop leadership. At the same time we realise that not every
initiative will be a success or has to be a success.
At Colruyt Group, we regard CRAFTsmanship as more than simply
performing your job correctly. Craftsmen possess the necessary skills,
attitude and knowledge. They are proud of their skills and knowledge,
Retail is the origin and remains the core business of our company,
ever since Franz Colruyt started out as wholesaler in colonial goods in
1928. Last but not least, we are also a value-driven company.
Our values
Respect
Simplicity
Readiness to serve
Togetherness
Faith
Hope
Space
Colruyt Group’s nine core values are rooted in our past and offer a
guideline for the future. They reflect our common identity and they
are the drivers behind our daily actions. In this manner, everyone
is towing the same line, even though we are not all engaged in
the same activities. And we maintain the advantages of a familyowned company: even with 28.000 employees, we still speak the
same language, so that we can communicate and work together
efficiently.
We consider respect for the individual to be essential. Everyone
is equal and will be given equal opportunities. And we stimulate
working together at all levels. As a result, we operate efficiently
and we increase the job satisfaction and inspiration of all of our
employees. Already at the time when Colruyt Lowest Prices was
launched, efficiency was an important issue. We could and can
only guarantee the lowest prices with the lowest costs, this is why
this efficiency drive has gradually evolved into simplicity.
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Courage
Strength
Furthermore, we consider readiness to serve to be very important:
we believe that it is not only important to help customers, but also
to help colleagues.
Moreover, we have faith in every employee, as mutual trust
generates positive energy. Of course, we hope that all our initiatives
succeed and we aim to provide sufficient resources to enable
this. At Colruyt Group we also give everyone the space and the
opportunity to reflect on their job. As a result, employees can grow
professionally and personally.
Only when there is a balance between all of the above values, will
the employee have the necessary energy and courage to demonstrate initiative. And the strength to really dedicate himself to
his job and experience job satisfaction. All of this in order to serve
satisfied customers.
8)0"3&8&t COLRUYT GROUP A FAMILY OF COMPANIES
Defining our ambitions more clearly
In the past financial year, we completed a thorough vision exercise
in which we focused on social, economic, cultural and other
developments taking place within society. We examined what has
changed in recent years, we looked ahead and we considered what
these changes could possibly mean for our organisation.
First, we identified around 50 drivers or phenomena that play a
determining role with regard to the future: the increasing ageing
and urbanisation, the scarcity of natural resources, the rapid technological evolution and the shift towards the east. Combinations
of these trends have given rise to a number of macro trends that
are relevant for retailers and that we therefore wish to anticipate.
These macro trends often also contain a paradox.
For example, the scarcity of natural resources leads to people
regarding sustainability as increasingly important as well as an
increase in the demand for ecological and/or ethically responsible
products. At the same time, there are also conscious consumers
who consider the health aspect to be of primary importance. It is
up to the retailer, to reconcile these wishes in an optimal manner.
The rapid technological evolution also gives rise to a dual, and
somewhat contradictory trend. For instance, many people welcome
(on-line) technology that makes life easier. However, the complexity of technology also gives rise to a counter trend, a demand for
more authenticity and transparency. Concretely, this means that
e-commerce must offer speed and efficiency, but that it also
requires simplicity and a personal touch.
This personal aspect will only become more important as the
ageing process continues. Ageing, in combination with urbanisation, leads to proximity, convenience and a relaxed atmosphere
becoming more important aspects in determining the store choice.
In addition, cities have a huge cultural diversity and a growing
concentration of singles and one-parent families, each with their
own purchasing behaviour. It is up to the retailer to cater to this
diversity with the appropriate store formulas and product ranges.
All of these trends combined produce the image of a complex
society that is going through a process of transition. Moreover,
society is being confronted with weak economic growth and
uncertainty about the future of the welfare state.
In such a context, as Colruyt Group, we wish to provide a certitude
which is epitomised in the brand promise ‘Simplicity in retail’. We
reconfirmed that our group mission remains a relevant compass.
In the course of 2014, we thoroughly examined our ambitions and
objectives and defined them more clearly. For example, now more
than ever, we wish to bring simplicity to the complex society and
thus to contribute to the quality of life. With our family of companies we operate with a long-term horizon, we aim to make a meaningful difference and offer relevant solutions for each phase in our
customer’s life cycle. In order to realise this, we continue to invest
in innovation and we have launched ten programmes with which
we intend to further expand the Colruyt Group in the coming years.
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8)0"3&8& t SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP EMBEDDED IN OUR DNA
SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
EMBEDDED IN OUR DNA
Already for many years, sustainable entrepreneurship has
been embedded in the Colruyt Group’s DNA as an essential
part of our business culture. We aim to set a positive spiral
in motion from an economic perspective but also to create
added value in the social and ecological field.
Product, environment, people
We are now focusing increasingly on making our own brand
products more sustainable. A complex and long story, because, in
this process, we are examining all aspects of the production and
distribution chain: from raw materials to production methods,
from nutritional value for the consumer to recyclability of the
packaging.
In recent years, we have also made a lot of progress in areas such
as energy, mobility and waste. These and other environmental
themes will also remain high on the agenda in the future.
As products are only sustainable when they are produced in good
working conditions. Therefore, it is logical that where sustainability is concerned we also always focus on the human aspect and
these such as well-being, training and personal growth.
Inspiring
Our sustainable entrepreneurship tradition goes back 50 years,
when we had to aim for simplicity and efficiency in order to survive. An aim that became a permanent objective in our activities
over the years and developed into a broader, ethical awareness.
We wish to make responsible use of natural resources, energy and
human capital, simply because we wish to contribute to a better
world also for the generations to come.
We are making progress and at the same time we realise that this
is an ongoing process. Sometimes, we have to settle for a compromise due to technical or economic factors. Society is becoming increasingly complex and international and Colruyt Group is
only a link in the chain often with a limited direct impact on the
other links in the chain. This is why we are working more and more
closely together with other parties and organisations. In order to
make faster progress, we have hired a number of employees who
focus solely on increasing the sustainability of our activities.
From our unique position between the producer and the
consumer, we aim to actively contribute to a larger sustainability awareness among partners, customers, and employees. We
believe that we can inspire them with our initiatives to take action
themselves. In this manner, we make the difference together step
by step, bit by bit.
More stories online
Hereafter, we provide a small selection from what we have realised in the past financial year. A more comprehensive reporting
is available on our website that focuses completely on sustainable entrepreneurship: simplysustainable.com. The stories are
divided into three categories, depending on where the main focus lies:
Product
Environment
People
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Product
Colruyt Group is working on making a few
thousand food and non-food products of
our own brands more sustainable. We have
a very broad perspective on sustainability
and we wish to make a very economical
use of natural resources and minimise the
ecological impact of the extraction, cultivation and growth of natural resources. For
instance, we only want wood from sustainably managed forests used in our nonfood and paper products. We only want
sustainable palm oil in our food products
that comes from cultivation that does not
lead to deforestation. And concerning our
cultivated fish, sustainability means that
the fish farms do not have an impact on
the wild fauna and flora.
In addition, we are focusing increasingly on
animal welfare. For example, for wild fish,
we opt for fast catching methods whereby
the period that the fish lies alive on the
boat is very short. We have also already
made a big effort to improve the welfare
of rabbits, horses, pigs and chickens. In addition, we are working more and more on
the health aspect, for example, by lowering
the salt, sugar and fat content of our own
brand products. Finally, we also have social
requirements and we want our producers
to provide acceptable working conditions
(see page 43).
Making products more sustainable is complex, also because the production chain
from raw materials to final product is very
complicated. Therefore, we are active in
several areas at the same time and cannot
score equally well on all criteria. However,
we make the most progress when we work
together with other links in the chains,
from farmer to consumer.
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Together with our pig farmers, we tested
soy for the first time as an alternative feed for pigs.
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INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Towards a sustainable range of fish and seafood products
More sustainably cultivated fish
100 % ASC certified salmon by 2017
For cultivated fish, we adhere to the standards of the independent
organisation Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), which
imposes very strict standards on the fish farms with regard to
fish feed, the use of medication, working conditions and water
management. The fish farms are subject to a full audit every three
years and are checked annually. For that matter, the range of wild
fish products of our own brand has no longer included any
threatened fish species since the end of 2013.
At the end of 2014, Colruyt Group was the first Belgian distributor
to introduce ASC certified salmon, only a few months after the first
salmon farms were ASC certified. Seven salmon products were
added to this in 2015. Colruyt Group aims to have an ASC certification for 40% of its salmon sales by the end of 2015 and
100% by 2017.
9 new ASC products in 2015
First ASC scampi in Belgium
Colruyt Group had already received an ASC certification for the
sustainability of its range of cultivated fish products for the species
pangasius (fresh and frozen, 2012) and tilapia (frozen, 2013). In
2014, a frozen scampi and a frozen salmon product were added.
By the end of 2015, another nine scampi and salmon products
were added from ASC certified fish farms.
At the end of 2014, Colruyt Group introduced its first frozen scampi
with an ASC label of the brand Vannameï. In June 2015, two new
products were added of the brand Black Tiger. These scampi have
a traditionally longer cultivation process which has a positive effect
on the size and the quality. In order to qualify for the ASC label,
the fish farms must comply with the strictest standards for
the environment, hygiene, health and working conditions.
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Less palm oil and more sustainable palm oil in own brand products
Dual action plan
In view of the advantages (storage characteristics, low price, etc.)
and disadvantages (deforestation, saturated fats, etc.) of palm oil,
Colruyt Group drew up a dual action plan at the end of 2013. On the
one hand, we are examining in which food products palm oil can
be replaced by other types of oil with fewer saturated fats. On the
other hand, we want to only make use of sustainable palm oil for
products in which palm oil is indispensable. To this end, we work
together with the certification system of the internationally recognised Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) foundation. This
organisation determines the sustainability of palm oil according
to standards for deforestation, climate change, and respect for the
native population.
Over 50 % is already RSPO certified
of Green Palm certificates. In this manner, we have been able to
already make 94% of our palm oil volume sustainable in 2014.
Aiming for 100 % certification
We will continue our sustainability drive and we aim for 75%
certified palm oil in our own brands as from the end of 2015. By
the end of 2018, we aim to only use 100% segregated palm oil.
This means that all palm oil used in the end products is guaranteed
100% sustainable.
The road to realising this is still long as it concerns many different
products from many different suppliers who in turn purchase palm
oil from numerous manufacturers. Nevertheless, we are committed
to realising our objectives to the maximum extent, together with
our suppliers and in a dialogue with NGOs and governments.
For part of the over 600 own brand products such as potato chips
and frozen fries, we already replaced palm oil with other oils in
2014. Where we cannot replace the palm oil, we first focused on
the categories that together contain approximately 80% of all of
the palm oil in our products: frying oil, margarine and cookies.
The result: as planned over half of all palm oil in our own brand
products has been RSPO certified since the end of 2014 and thus
now comes from sustainable sources. For our frying oil, we make
use of 100% segregated certified palm oil, from a completely segregated, sustainable production and distribution chain. All the palm
oil in our margarine and almost 10% of the oil in cookies is now
‘mass balance’ certified.
We have compensated the volume of palm oil for which we have
not yet been able to switch to RSPO certification with the purchase
50 %
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IS CERTIFIED SINCE
YEAR-END 2014
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Successful pilot project with Flemish soy as pig feed
Local soy reduces dependence on import
Colruyt Group participated in a pilot project whereby 100 pigs were
fed with imported soy and as many animals were fed with the first
soy produced on Flemish soil. The pork was processed and tested by
our meat processing company Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat. From
the analysis, it appeared that the type of soy hardly made any difference for the health, growth and yield of the pigs, and also did not
make a difference for the quality and the taste of the meat.
Colruyt Group participated in the pilot because locally grown soy
makes the Belgian pig farmers less dependent on import soy from
South America where the large-scale cultivation of soy has a big
impact on people and the environment. The Flemish soy, on the
other hand, reduces the amount of transport, protects farmers
against possible scarcity on the global market and thus contributes
to a sustainable future for pig farmers. The pilot was carried out in
cooperation with Aveve, Bemefa and IIvo and was part of the
transformation project ‘A more sustainable food chain’.
Second pilot and further research
The results of the first pilot were sufficient for Colruyt Group to
participate in a second pilot in 2015. The harvest was better than
expected; however, the yield per acre is lower at present than, for
example, for corn. The group is therefore participating in further
research, also into which soy species would produce the best yield
on Flemish soil. In order to further increase the sustainability of the
animal feed flows, we are also looking into other options that could
(partially) replace soy as a source of protein in animal feed such as
insects. At the same time, we strive to ensure that our meat, egg and
dairy suppliers only use socially responsible soy.
Participating in a European environmental footprint pilot project
Colruyt Group is active in the European project OEF SR (Organisation
Environmental Footprint Sector Rules), which aims to arrive at a
harmonised method to calculate the environmental impact of
production and distribution chains from extracting natural resources
to waste processing. Together with other retailers, we are helping to
draft the European directive for the retail sector.
We are even going a step further and also testing the CHAIN OEF
method that aims to determine and reduce the footprint of all
parties in the chain. For instance, in 2014, we started to identify the
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environmental footprint of the product category pork and the most
critical issues together with our meat suppliers.
We have also been participating in European tests already for some
time regarding the environmental footprint of individual products
and companies. The projects form part of the ‘Single Market for Green
Products’ initiative of the European Commission. The European
Commission wishes to give citizens and governments the means by
2020 to make the most sustainable choices, which will automatically
stimulate companies to make their products more sustainable.
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Towards 100%
sustainable
wood by 2017
Colruyt Group has drawn up an action
plan to ensure that the group only uses
sustainable hard wood by 2017 in a broad
range of non-food products. The commitment applies to all products that consist
for at least 60% of hard wood and that
the group has produced under its own
brands or imports directly. Concretely, this
mainly concerns garden furniture, toys
and cupboards that are sold at Colruyt,
Dreamland, Dreambaby and Collishop.
Golden eggs in France and Belgium
The French Colruyt stores were awarded a ‘Golden Egg’ because they no longer sell fresh
eggs from chickens held in cage systems (code 3). Customers can only purchase bio-eggs
(code 0) and eggs from barn-roaming (code 2) or free-range (code 1) chickens.
This commitment for the fresh eggs from all national brands and own brands is a first for
the French large-scale distribution.
Colruyt Group also received a ‘Good Egg Award’ in Belgium for increasing the sustainability
of over 1.000 own brand products of Boni Selection, Everyday and Econom. The eggs in
these products are exclusively from barn-roaming or free-range chickens. This step had
already been set for fresh eggs in 2005, which also resulted in a Golden Egg Award in 2007.
The organisation CIWF (Compassion in World Farming) has awarded Golden Eggs since
2007 to European retailers and processing companies that use eggs from chickens
that are not held in cages.
The group only accepts products with
wood from sustainable managed forests.
The wood may not come from illegal
logging, nor be listed on the CITES list of
threatened plant and wood species.
In order to realise this commitment, the
group always requests information from
the producer regarding the origin, the type
and the certification of the wood. We only
accept the recognised wood certificates
FSC and PEFC and we wish to realise 50%
of our goal by 2016.
All paper products
certified by 2017
Colruyt Group aims to have all paper
products of the own brands Boni Selection
and Everyday made from wood from
sustainably managed forests by 2017. All
products must be certified by then and
have an internationally recognised sustainability label of FSC or PEFC. It concerns a
broad range of products from paper towels,
toilet paper and nappies to note pads and
envelopes and from coffee filters to waxed
paper. At present, we already have certificates for approximately 40% of these
products, including high volume products
such as toilet paper, tissues and print
paper.
In addition, we are also continuing to work
on increasing the sustainability of our
paper packaging and communication. For
instance, the bread bags and tetra briks
of our own brands are already certified.
We also use sustainable paper for the
Colruyt cookbooks, while our folders have
been printed exclusively on recycled paper
already since 1992.
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Environment
We aim to minimise the ecological impact
of our activities. For instance, we strive
to reduce our energy consumption also
by constructing buildings that are much
more energy efficient than required by law.
We also stimulate our employees to be
economical with electricity, gas and water
and we carefully monitor our consumption.
We also save fuel in commuter traffic and
goods transport, for instance, by limiting the number of transport kilometres,
avoiding traffic jams and by increasing the
sustainability of our vehicle fleet. Initiatives
that help ensure that we are on schedule
to achieve our reduction targets for energy
consumption and greenhouse gas
emissions by 2020.
The group has been a pioneer in green
energy already for many years with wind
turbines, solar panels and recently also
co-generation. Our internal energy
producer WE-Power currently already
covers 15% of Colruyt Group’s electricity
requirement, the aim is to eventually cover
100%. And we are experimenting with
hydrogen as a storage buffer for green
electricity, which is an important step
towards a future smart electricity grid that
coordinates supply and demand optimally.
Furthermore, we are getting better at
sorting our waste and, as a result, less
residual waste remains that has to be
incinerated (with heat recuperation).
Due to this reduction, we can now recycle
nearly 80% of all of our waste, which is
a target that we set in 2009 and that we
wanted to realise by 2017.
By sorting our waste better, we can now
already recycle 80% of our waste.
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ENVIRONMENT
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Towards a smaller greenhouse gas footprint
Decrease in 2014
Ambition: 20% less by 2020
The relative greenhouse gas emissions of the Colruyt Group in 2014
amounted to 19,65 tons per one million euros of turnover being
3,8% less than in 2013. On the one hand, this decrease is the result
of many projects that reduce our carbon footprint, such as faster
detection and fixing of leaks in our cooling systems. All of our new
construction projects are also very energy efficient due to good
insulation, efficient ventilation, heating and cooling, economical
LED lighting, etc. On the other hand, the decrease in emissions was
also a result of the mild winter as a consequence of which we had
to heat the buildings less.
We intend to launch a number of projects to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, we plan to replace the existing
mobile cooling units which are cooled with CO2 by models that do
not emit any greenhouse gasses. In addition, in our stores as well,
we want to switch to cooling with natural cooling agents, which will
reduce the greenhouse gas emissions for cooling by more than 90%
(see page 104). As a result of these measures, in combination with
projects in heating, construction and passenger transport, we aim
to reduce our relative greenhouse gas emission by 20% by 2020 in
comparison to 2008. An ambitious target.
Greener vehicle fleet
Energy reduction plan on schedule
Although our vehicle fleet grew by 7%, it did also become greener.
The average fuel consumption decreased by 2%, also due to the fact
that employees and the company opted more often for economical
cars and specifically for cars that run on natural gas (CNG). Vehicles
that run on natural gas emit less CO2 and 95% less fine dust than
comparable vehicles that run on diesel or petrol. Our vehicle fleet
now includes 300 passenger cars and trucks that run on natural gas.
Finally, we are also working on changing behaviour, also by means
of an intensive course on ecological driving and monitoring
fuel consumption.
As greenhouse gas emissions depend to a large extent on energy
consumption, we are taking many measures to reduce our energy
consumption. As a result, the relative energy consumption of the
Colruyt Group in Belgium decreased by 6,2% in 2014 compared to
the base year 2009. A good result, certainly also because the
calculation does not take into account the favourable effect of
the relatively mild winter. With this result, the group is almost on
schedule to achieve the target of its energy reduction plan: 20% less
relative energy consumption by 2020. This plan focuses on heating,
cooling, lighting and passenger transport and is supported by our
own energy measurement system Eco2. This system enables us to
detect abnormal consumption quickly and the results of projects
are made visible quickly and clearly.
For new buildings and renovations,
we opt for energy-efficient LED lighting.
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Intelligent energy storing and saving
From green electricity to
hydrogen and back
Our internal energy producer and supplier
WE-Power is experimenting with hydrogen as
a means of storage for the green electricity
that we produce ourselves. Energy from wind
turbines and solar panels is converted into
hydrogen via electrolysis and compressed
in the hydrogen station in Halle. Two forklift trucks, nine transpallets and a hydrogen
vehicle are now obtaining their fuel from this
station (see page 98).
As part of the European Don Quichote project,
we are looking into how we can increase
the efficiency of the electrolysis (hydrogen
production) and the compression (storage of
hydrogen). In addition, we want to examine
the economic criteria to convert the stored
hydrogen back into electricity. This is especially
interesting when wind turbines and solar
panels produce too little and the market prices
for electricity are high. On the other hand, if
we produce more green electricity than we
consume locally, the surplus can be stored in
the hydrogen buffer. This is more interesting
than feeding the surplus energy into the public
grid at a low price.
In order to be able to test this system on a
larger scale, we expanded the hydrogen station considerably in June 2015. The hydrogen
buffer is one of the elements with which we
wish to build a ‘smart grid’ in the future: a
smart electricity grid that coordinates the supply of and the demand for energy optimally.
The Don Quichote project has received support
from Europe and is also being carried out in
cooperation with WaterstofNet and
Hydrogenics Europe.
Less energy consumption with more energy awareness
In order to make optimal use of electricity, gas and water, the
energy measurement system Eco2, which we developed ourselves,
measures the consumption of energy accurately in most of our
buildings.
We have recently developed a user-friendly monthly report for the
Colruyt stores with which the manager can more easily monitor
the store’s energy consumption history.
In order to arrive at better results, we are focusing on changing
behaviour. This is why the stores are given a check list with concrete actions, such as defrosting the freezers, closing the windows
or turning off the lights. After his periodical tour of the store, the
person responsible for the building enters the results online,
so that these can easily be monitored later.
Our meat processing company Fine Food Meat drew up a top five
of simple actions that everyone can carry out and that together
make a real difference. The actions (closing doors, turning off
machines, etc.) were visualised in clear pictograms and hung up
in all relevant areas. The behaviour in these areas was measured,
monitored and discussed with the employees. Employees were
also invited to make suggestions themselves for energy savings,
which resulted in around 50 useful ideas. All departments have
already appointed Green Helmets for some time, i.e. ambassadors
for energy awareness who stimulate colleagues to change their
behaviour. Also thanks to these efforts, the energy consumption
decreased slightly while the production increased.
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Less environmental impact by transport
Limiting kilometres
Cleaner energy sources
In order to lower the impact of the transport of goods, we strive
to limit the number of truck kilometres as much as possible. This
is why our trucks are loaded for at least 95% and we continue to
invest in intelligent software for transport planning. For instance,
we have saved around 7,5 million kilometres per year since 1994,
and that number continues to rise.
We are focusing on various clean energy sources, as one single
technology alone cannot provide all the solutions.
For instance, our fuel division DATS 24 is the driving force in
Belgium for the commercialisation of CNG or natural gas for vehicles, at present the most ecological fossil fuel on the market
(see page 94). DATS 24 intends to open 50 new natural gas stations
in the coming three years and advocates more (fiscal) support for
the purchase and use of natural gas vehicles. The Colruyt Group
vehicle fleet already includes 300 vehicles that run on natural gas.
In international truck transport, we are increasingly switching to
alternative means of transport such as by train and by ship. The
share of sustainable transport rose in 2014 by 4,61 million ton/km
compared to 2013, which equals 440 additional tons of
CO2 reduction.
Avoiding peak times
In order to further increase the sustainability of our truck transport,
we try to avoid rush hours and traffic jams. This is not only more
(cost) efficient, but also avoids unnecessary fuel consumption and
is good for the traffic safety.
Today, already 20% of the deliveries take place at dawn or at night
and we wish to increase this further to one third. In order to ensure
that these deliveries take place as quietly as possible, we have
invested around EUR 3,5 million in recent years in equipment,
infrastructure and training. We also participated in quiet deliveries
pilot projects and are looking forward hopefully to further steps of
the various governments (see page 78).
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We are also pioneering with hydrogen and we have our own hydrogen station with a high availability of 95% (see pages 37 and 98). By
the end of March 2015, already over 2.000 kg hydrogen had been
tanked for 11 goods transport vehicles and one passenger vehicle.
We are also the first company in Belgium to test the Hyundai ix35
FCEV, the first hydrogen vehicle built in a series. This vehicle does
not emit any hazardous emissions and performs well with regard
to consumption, independence and maintenance. As the filling
station and the equipment are functioning as expected, we are
considering an expansion of the filling station and the hydrogen
fleet.
For moving trailers at our own logistic sites, we are testing the first
electrical terminal puller, powered by green energy produced by
ourselves. With this clean and low-noise puller, the work is more
pleasant for the driver and the environment.
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Nearly 80% of the waste is recycled
Make better use of residual waste
By taking a second return centre into use in Ath/Lessines, Colruyt
Group is now able to sort the residual waste of stores, production
and distribution centres and office buildings even better. The waste
is placed on a new sorting platform, where employees retrieve the
recyclable materials such as plastic, hard plastic, cardboard, wood,
metal and glass. In this manner, the amount of residual waste that we
have incinerated with heat recuperation is decreasing. This decrease
contributes to the group being able to recycle nearly 80% of all of its
waste. A target from 2009 that we wished to achieve by 2017.
Better sorting at the source
Logically, the amount of recyclable (packaging) waste such as
plastic and cardboard has increased in line with the increase in
turnover in recent years. However, the volume of residual waste has
remained more or less the same also because we are sorting better at the source. For example, PMD, bread and waste that can be
fermented do not end up in the residual waste but are channelled
into separate waste flows that are made maximum use of.
Over 1.000 employees opt for
electric company bicycles
At the beginning of 2015, 1.000 employees had already received an electric company bicycle
on loan, in addition to the 1.900 colleagues with a traditional company bicycle. They may also
use their bicycles privately, they receive a complete bicycle equipment set and a tax-free bike
allowance. In addition, at the beginning of 2015, around 1.200 enjoyed the possibility of
making free use of public transport by train, tram or bus, whether or not in combination
with a normal or foldable bike made available by the company. If we also include the number
of carpoolers, one-fifth of the 28.000 employees in Belgium leaves the car at home and
travels in an alternative manner. Together, they avoid around 25 million car kilometres
annually. Colruyt Group is one of the employers that stimulates sustainable transport
alternatives the most.
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becoming
increasingly popular
The number of carpoolers rose considerably
in 2014, also thanks to the introduction of
a matching tool Carpool Plaza and also due
to organisational measures. The production
and distribution centres switched from four
or three shifts to two shifts in April 2014.
As a result, the number of employees who
were employed in the same area and worked
the same hours increased and thus also the
number of potential carpoolers. Information
sessions were organised about the advantages of carpooling and measures were taken
to facilitate the system. For example, in order
to match carpoolers better with each other
teams were composed differently, often in
consultation with various departments. With
as a result: the number of carpoolers in the
production and distribution centres rose
from 19,2% in 2011 to 24,7% in 2014, with
peaks of up to 36% at more isolated sites.
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People
It is the employees who make our company
what it is. Therefore, we treat our employees with respect and we aim to create
an environment in which they can derive
enjoyment and satisfaction from their work.
We work based on trust as, based on our
positive view of human beings, we believe
that people are intrinsically motivated to
perform their work to the best of their abilities and to develop themselves. We also
believe that the organisation will grow to the
extent that the employees grow. This is why
we invest 3,2 % of the payroll in training and
education annually and we offer employees
the opportunity to grow personally and
professionally. We offer an environment in
which everyone can be themselves and we
continue to invest in well-being, safety and
health.
We propagate our vision on development
more and more in the outside world, especially via the Colruyt Group Academy workshops. In these workshops, we actively share
useful information in an accessible manner
with the public, and we offer solutions and
inspiration for everyday life. We wish to contribute to society by stimulating connections
between the participants themselves and
between participants and teachers, partner
companies and ourselves.
Education and training are also the main
activities of the Collibri Foundation. Via this
fund, we support seven education projects
for underprivileged youth, especially in
developing countries in the South and now
also in Belgium. Finally, we also continue to
work on improving the working conditions
at our suppliers in risk countries. With extra
social audits, international cooperation and
more support of the producers, we also
aim to make more of a difference in these
countries.
We wish to share useful information with
the general public via the Colruyt Group Academy workshops.
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PEOPLE
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Experiments
for the further
optimisation of
the checkout
Colruyt Group started a project in 2014
to draw up a detailed inventory of the
checkout and to make this work less
strenuous where possible. A survey was
carried out among employees in a pilot
store and the physical strain was measured with electrodes that recorded the
muscle strain. In order to determine the
mental stress factors objectively, we tested a revolutionary method in the store.
This method examines which heartbeat
increases are caused by physical exertion
and which by other factors.
After interviews and video analysis, we
were able to identify the main stress
factors. Contrary to our expectations, the
checkout work turned out to be more
mentally than physically burdensome.
For instance, stress was mainly caused by
elements that had a negative effect on the
contact with customers and colleagues,
such as unreadable bar codes or unclear
arrangements.
Based on the results, we are looking into
taking measures with regard to the checkout design, work planning, and communication training.
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Investing more in better working conditions
187 own audits and 334 external audits
Colruyt Group had the working conditions audited at 187 suppliers
in risk countries in 2014, which represents an investment of EUR
188.000. We also accepted 334 audit reports supplied by other
retailers, which brings the number of audits to 521. Independent
audit firms visited food and non-food producers from which we
import directly or that produce for our own brands such as
Dreamland and Boni Selection. Most producers attained an
acceptable score; the collaboration was terminated with 23
producers that scored very badly or refused to have an audit.
More frequent audits
Of the 372 non-food manufacturers, 85% scored average, which
means that small or larger improvements are necessary. They
received an improvement plan and will be audited again within
one or two years.
At the 149 agricultural or food processing companies, (major)
improvements were often necessary or the results were unacceptable. As we only started carrying out audits in the food sector
in 2013, it is logical that the producers have to go through an
improvement process. Therefore, we gave most of the producers
a second chance and we audited them again within three to six
months. A successful approach, as most of the scores improved. In
general, we see that the audits do really lead to an improvement
of the working conditions but that they still remain necessary. In
order to continue to ensure the progress, we intend to audit well
scoring producers every two years instead of every three years.
More support and joint initiatives
Colruyt Group plans to carry out at least 270 audits in 2015, which
represents an investment of over EUR 200.000. With this, we are
well on our way to achieving our targets: all food-processing companies have to be audited at least once by June 2016 and all
vegetable and fruit producers have to be audited at least once
by June 2018. Thus we continue to focus on audits, although we
realise that this in itself is not sufficient to solve the structural
problems. In order to solve these structural problems, all
parties involved must assume their responsibility. For instance,
local governments should supervise the compliance with their own
laws more strictly.
For our part, we plan to support and motivate the producers more
intensively and help them to find solutions. For example, we visited
a number of shrimp factories in Bangladesh at the end of 2014
in order to gain more insight into the problems and to provide
guidance to the producers in their improvement process. For that
matter, we have a local team in Hong Kong that supports the
factories with advice and assistance. Finally, we would also like
to focus more on training projects and joint initiatives with other
retailers, governments and NGOs.
Our quality supervisors gained many new insights
when visiting shrimp producers in Bangladesh.
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Now also in Belgium
Since its foundation in 2003, Collibri always focused on education and development in developing countries in the South. Since 2014,
the fund also supports an education project in Belgium: ‘Boost’ of the King Boudewijn Foundation. This programme provides assistance to
25 students from financially vulnerable families in Brussels for a period of four years with the objective that they succeed in their first year
of higher education. Collibri donates EUR 125.000 annually and will also provide practical assistance by means of visits to companies,
vacation jobs, traineeships, etc.
Strong focus on young
people
Colruyt Group’s education fund was restyled
at the beginning of 2015 in order to make
the link with the group and the mission
clearer. The key words educate, develop and
empower in the new logo clearly convey
that Collibri now focuses on education,
specifically of underprivileged children
and young people. The objective is to help
young people increase their knowledge and
develop their personalities so that they will
be able to contribute to the sustainable
growth of their country.
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More projects, other funding
Employee engagement
Collibri supports seven education projects and aims to increase
this to ten in the near future. Collibri will also re-examine its funding, together with the Colruyt Group, the store formulas and the
own brand Boni Selection. At present, the funding mainly comes
from the sale of around a dozen own brand products with the
Collibri seal. Five percent of the sales price goes to the fund,
which is managed by the King Boudewijn Foundation.
With a new dynamic, it is now time for Collibri to present itself
more actively to the outside world. For instance, five employees
have volunteered to take on the role of Collibri ambassadors. In the
next two years, they will each follow a project closely and they have
entered into the engagement to share the results of the projects
within the Colruyt Group. More involvement and a larger base of
support among colleagues can in turn lead to more awareness and
participation of a larger public.
Connecting young people
Collibri Foundation strives for more connection between young people worldwide. For instance, the group participated for the ninth time in
the annual South Day and put around 170 students to work for one day in stores and central services. The students donated the 50 euros
that they received as compensation to the South Day, which used this money to support a theatre project for young people in Palestine.
Collibri will also organise traineeships again this year for three Indonesian university students that studied with a scholarship from
the fund.
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PARTICIPANTS IN THE
16.000 COLRUYT
GROUP
ACADEMY IN 2014
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‘Meeting, discovering, undertaking’ is the motto of Colruyt Group Academy (CGA). The Academy aims to make a contribution to society
by actively sharing useful information with the public in an accessible manner and providing solutions and inspiration for everyday life
via inexpensively priced workshops. In addition, the Academy also provides for all of the education and training programmes for
the employees of the group.
30 new themes for private individuals
In 2014, 16.000 customers participated in a workshop. This is twice as much as the year before. The workshops ‘Sowing for beginners’,
‘Initiation single malt whiskey’ and ‘Sushi surprisingly simple’ were among the most popular workshops. The number of participants will be
even higher in 2015 as the spring programme 2015 listed over 30 new themes, such as ‘The Creole kitchen’, ‘Baby carrying wraps’ and
‘Gardening for kids’. The Academy also launched programmes for groups, whereby family members, friends or colleagues could get to know
each other in a different way. The workshops fill up remarkably quickly, score high in satisfaction surveys and regularly receive positive press
coverage. Colruyt Group employees can choose from over 100 internal training programmes and courses.
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Academy facilitates
connection
The Academy also wishes to bring people
together and to stimulate connections
between the participants themselves and
between participants and teachers, partner
companies and Colruyt Group itself. In
order to stimulate this interaction,
the Academy is also active on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram since the beginning
of 2015. The six meeting centres also play a
connecting role: they integrate themselves
in their region and become a fully-fledged
meeting place for individuals, companies,
cities and municipalities, associations, etc.
Customisation for
companies
The Academy has recently also become
better known among companies and
organisations that often combine their
own meeting or event with an activity from
the Academy programme. The Academy
has also started to market its services
among prospective clients and wishes
to offer more customisation as long as
this remains in line with its mission and
values. The synergy is also increasing more
and more: people who participate in a
workshop as part of a group later on also
participate in workshops individually and
vice versa.
Growing positive impact
The Academy does not offer any products
for sale, but does have a growing indirect
positive impact on the group and provides
for a deeper connection with various stakeholders. Colruyt Group keeps in touch with
what is going on in society and strengthens the contact with suppliers that work
together with the Academy practically or
financially. For them as well, the workshops
are a unique platform to receive direct
feedback from the consumer.
You can read more about the Colruyt Group Academy in the section ‘Activities’ on page 110.
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ACTIVITIES
2014-2015
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Wholesale ....................................................................... 80
Foodservice .................................................................... 87
Other activities .............................................................. 92
Corporate activities ................................................. 102
Colruyt Group in figures ........................................ 113
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RETAIL
These activities realised a 3,6 % growth in revenue to
EUR 6.770,3 million in this financial year.
Retail comprises the following store formulas:
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COLRUYT LOWEST PRICES
Colruyt Lowest Prices mainly
targets families with children,
who spend their money carefully. The supermarket chain is
well-known for its high quality
products, skilled and serviceoriented personnel, transparent
communication, efficient working methods, plain store design
and energy efficient operations.
Colruyt Lowest Prices offers the
lowest prices for each
product at each moment. In order to be able to offer the lowest
prices for national brands, home
brands and discount brands, the
supermarket chain monitors the
prices and special offers of other
stores on a daily basis. Every
day, Colruyt staff record more
than 62.000 prices in stores all
over the country. Colruyt Lowest
Prices then calculates all of the
prices. If a product is cheaper
elsewhere, then Colruyt Lowest
Prices will lower its price in the
surrounding stores.
1976
EUR 5.479,4 MILLION
Two new stores were opened during this
financial year of which one in Luxembourg.
21 stores were either renovated or enlarged. Nine stores were closed for renovation works at the end of the financial year.
The Colruyt stores in Belgium and
Luxembourg realised a slight growth. In a
deflationary market with waning consumer
confidence, the revenue increased as a
result of the increase in store surface area
in existing stores, two new stores and an
increase in the number of customers. The
average shopping cart value remained stable. A good performance in a contracting
market in which the average Belgian spent
less money on food and the gross margins
remained under pressure.
The supermarket chain began the financial
year hesitatingly, also due to competitors
that were working on their price perception. Colruyt Lowest Prices then reacted
to this with a large-scale image campaign
which clearly communicated the lowest price guarantee. This campaign was
a success. In the second half of the year,
customers reconfirmed their confidence,
which resulted in a structural growth of the
market share.
€5.479,4
MILLION REVENUE,
AN INCREASE OF
2,3 %
COMPARED TO THE LAST YEAR
The lowest prices
For the sixth year in a row, it appeared from
the annual price survey of the consumer
organisation Test-Aankoop that Colruyt
Lowest Prices is the cheapest store for the
three brand categories. The supermarket chain also achieved first place in the
summer and winter report of the research
agency GfK. This is mainly due to the store’s
lowest prices and attractive special offers,
its fresh foods department and its friendly
personnel. In addition, Colruyt Lowest
Prices was awarded again in the election of
REVENUE (+2,3 %)
236 STORES
(INCLUDING THREE IN LUXEMBOURG)
1.500 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
7.600 FOOD /
5.800 NON-FOOD
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
16.855
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+668)
LOWEST PRICES
COLRUYT.BE
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the ‘Best supermarket chain of Belgium 2014-2015’. As was the
case last year, the store formula won in the category ‘Supermarkets’.
You can read more about this on page 72.
In order to make the price difference with other stores even more
clearly visible for the consumer, Colruyt Lowest Prices also includes
the newcomer Albert Heijn in its Price Barometer as of this finan–
cial year. This barometer shows the price difference for each Colruyt
store compared to another store in the area. In addition, the supermarket chain also accelerated the roll out of its own brand
Boni Selection. In this manner, customers can easily ascertain that
Colruyt Lowest Prices offers the lowest price for national brands,
the own brand Boni Selection and the discount brand Everyday.
Focus on cost efficiency and
customer friendliness
Colruyt Lowest Prices launched a number of initiatives during this
financial year to further increase its cost efficiency. The introduction of the PDA, a new display cart in the fresh market and better
streamlined communication to the stores are good examples of
this. You can read more about this on page 56 and 57. In addition,
the store formula focusses on customer friendliness to make the
shopping for the customer as comfortable and efficient as possible.
For example, Colruyt personnel pay extra attention to the sample
dishes and a free path through the store.
Third store in Luxembourg
Colruyt Lowest Prices opened a third store in Luxembourg in
October 2014. After Mersch and Gasperich a store was now also
opened in Sanem. The supermarket chain also appointed a re–
gional manager for its Luxembourg stores. It is his task to manage
the stores and to ensure that the organisation caters to the local
needs. Colruyt Lowest Prices is noticing that its name awareness is
increasing and is focusing increasingly on online sales. New stores
are also growing faster than the first store. Colruyt Lowest Prices
intends to maintain a growth strategy in the coming years, also by
opening new stores. The opening of a fourth store is planned for
the coming years.
Roll-out of fourth generation stores
Colruyt Lowest Prices is rollingout the fourth generation of its
stores step by step. The fourth generation stores are brighter and
more accessible, offer various innovations for customers and
personnel and focus on the essence of the supermarket chain: the
lowest prices, simplicity, readiness to serve and craftsmanship.
Various modifications have been made. The colours in the store are
more functional: orange at the entrance, neutral grey in the store
and red for the red prices. In order to inform the customers even
better, there are new price labels, cards with product information
and price barometers at the entrance. The blue uniforms were
replaced by grey uniforms. The uniforms are lighter, more
comfortable and more functional, with a pocket for the PDA. The
model for women and the summer version with air zones are new.
The checkouts are simpler and plainer. And cardboard folding boxes
are available to take your shopping home. They are convenient and
strong and cost one euro. All of the existing stores will be given the
look and feel of the fourth generation stores step by step.
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Open butcher shop
The butcher shop also looks different in the fourth generation
stores. The easily accessible self-service display cabinets contain
fresh meat products in convenient, pre-packaged portions listing
the price and the amount. In this manner, customers can easily
take exactly what they need. In order to make these cabinets even
more energy-efficient, they are equipped with glass doors. In addition, the butchers work in an open shop where they cut up the
meat on site. Customers can ask the butchers questions and at the
same time they can show their craftsmanship.
Meat sales are rising
Customers are buying more and more meat in the Colruyt butcher
shops. A good performance in view to the general decreasing trend
in meat consumption and the rising sales of veggie and bio. Fine
Food Meat, the meat processing division of Colruyt Group, is building a new site to accommodate this growth. You can find more
information on page 77.
Restyling of our own brands
The Boni Selection roll-out was completed in the summer of
2015. This own brand replaces more than 50 former Colruyt Group
brands and stands for affordable, household quality products.
In addition, the restyling of the discount brand Everyday is still
under way. Everyday, in turn, stands for a good quality and reliable
discount brand for every day. You can find more information on
page 111. Every day, Colruyt Group works on a better and more
well-balanced composition of the products of its own brands.
The amount of sugar and salt is limited as much as possible.
The breakfast cereals and a large share of the canned goods of
Boni Selection now already contain less sugar and salt, while
the quality remains the same. For example, the sugar content
of the Choco Clams was reduced from 32 g to 18 g per 100 g.
And the fibre content in the muesli was increased from 8,8 g
to 13,1 g per 100 g.
Member of the purchasing group CORE
Colruyt Group was also a member of a strategic European association in the past financial year together with the independent
distributors REWE (Germany), Conad (Italy) and Coop (Switzerland).
By participating in a European collaboration, Colruyt Group can
offer consumers access to the widest possible range of products
at the lowest prices. In addition, in this manner, the group is better
equipped to deal with the growing competition in Europe and the
increasing internationalisation of the food industry. The company
shares know-how and is able to reduce logistic costs. At the same
time, the CORE management is building strong international partnerships and suppliers are offered attractive growth perspectives.
Continuing to grow
Colruyt Lowest Prices intends to continue its successful approach.
In a further contracting market with fierce competition, the supermarket chain continues to pursue its lowest prices strategy. Colruyt
Lowest Prices expects to open two to three new stores each year.
In addition, Colruyt Lowest Prices intends to increase the average
store surface area of its existing stores to 1.800 m2, which is the
ideal surface area to offer its total product range to customers.
Colruyt Lowest Prices aims to eventually operate 260 stores.
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COLLECT&GO
Collect&Go is an online shopping service that distinguishes
itself with its reliability, friendly
personnel and good quality
and fresh products. Customers
can purchase products from
the Colruyt product range 24/7
and they are certain to pay the
lowest price online. Customers
can order their shopping online
and pick up their reservation at
a collection point at a time of
their choice.
Collect&Go has a total of 171
collection points in Belgium
and Luxembourg, 161 of which
are located at Colruyt stores. In
addition there are 10 standalone collection points. At 168
points customers pick up their
orders and put them in their car
themselves. At the 3 Collect&Go
drives in Sint-Niklaas, Roeselare
and Boom, customers do not
even have to step out of their
car: Collect&Go personnel put
the shopping into the car and
payment is done electronically.
Collect&Go collects the orders in
the stores and in the distribution centres in Zaventem and
Erpe-Mere which were set up
specifically for this purpose.
Collect&Go is the market leader in a rapidly
growing business and continues to maintain its growth path. During the past financial year, the average shopping cart value
remained stable, 60.000 new customers
were added and revenue rose again by 15
percent. An excellent result that the online
shopping service aims to achieve in the
coming years as well, also by opening new
collection points.
Twenty-two new collection points were
added this financial year. Five new collection points are planned for the next
financial year. By increasing its national
coverage, Collect&Go wishes to be accessible for all of its customers. The online
shopping service aims to eventually offer
around 200 collection points.
Structural obstacles for
Belgian e-commerce
Belgium is faced with a number of structural obstacles in the field of e-commerce:
high wage costs, unequal taxation and VAT
and strict rules regarding working at night.
As a result, Belgian online shops have a
competitive disadvantage compared to
their foreign competitors. Together with the
online web shop Collishop, Collect&Go are
calling on government institutions to take
structural measures to improve
the competitiveness.
Flexible order picking
system
Collect&Go is constantly investing in the
quality of its services. The online shopping
service is also looking into how it could
further shorten the waiting times for its
customers. In order to serve its customers
even better and to unburden the stores,
Collect&Go introduced a hybrid order
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picking system. The order picking for part
of the orders takes place in a distribution
centre (DC) for some of the stores. If there
are more orders, then the store does the
order picking.
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20% of the orders are placed
via a smartphone
Customers send nearly 20% of their orders via the Collect&Go
App on their smartphones. This percentage increases each year.
The Collect&Go App was the first application in July 2011 to order
shopping products. Collect&Go plans to renew its four-year-old App
in the next financial year and, in doing so, it will make use of the
newest technological developments.
Second distribution centre
The second Collect&Go distribution centre has been operational
since October 2014. The DC in Erpe-Mere has a surface area of
9.000 m2. Around 100 employees prepare orders for the collection
points.
With this second distribution centre, Collect&Go can handle the
supply in the west of the country better and can meet the needs
of its customers better and more efficiently. In addition, the DC
in Erpe-Mere also provides the extra capacity to deal with the
increase in the number of orders.
More efficient shopping via new web site
Collect&Go renewed its website completely in the beginning of
February 2015. The site has become more user friendly, clearer and
more visual, with large pictograms and large images that portray
the products better. Furthermore, the personalisation was also extended. For each product category, the customer is presented with
a further selection. The search function for the collection point was
simplified and there is now also a search filter for Boni Selection
products. Finally, there are two week menus every week. Customers
can enter the number of persons after which the site automatically
adjusts the list of ingredients.
20 %
OF THE ORDERS ARE
PLACED VIA THE
COLLECT&GO APP
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COLRUYT
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Price blocking of pork
In order to support the Belgian pig farmers, Colruyt blocked the purchase price of pork
for a period of two months. In addition, Belgian pork was promoted with special offers in
customer communications and in the store, for instance by means of a system of volume
discounts. In this manner the pig farmers, who operate in accordance with the group’s
specifications, were able to keep their heads above water. The pig sector is going through
a difficult period due to the imbalance between supply and demand. The pig farmers have
surpluses and the prices are low on the international market.
165.000 bottles of freshly
pressed apple juice
Colruyt and OKay supported the Belgian
growers of Jonagold apples with a shortterm campaign at the beginning of November 2014. Due to the abundant harvest and
export problems with Russia, the Belgian
apple growers were faced with a surplus.
Colruyt and OKay offered pure pressed
apple juice made from 100% Belgian Jonagold apples. The apple juice was sold under
the own brand Boni Selection. Each store
was supplied with around 500 bottles,
which amounted to a total of
165.000 bottles.
SUPPORT
FOR
pear growers
Efficient communication
with the stores
Colruyt Lowest Prices reviewed the communication between the central services and
the stores this financial year. The different
communications are now combined more
and sent at fixed times. In this manner, the
communication in the stores is given more
attention and it is easier for sales staff to
look up things. The weekly video news
programme Link was also supplemented
with the new paper magazine Link Print.
This weekly newsletter replaces information that used to be communicated in a
fragmented manner.
A large-scale campaign was started at the end of August 2014 to promote the sale of Belgian pears. The Belgian pear growers had a surplus
of pears due to the Russian import ban on European agricultural products. The group purchased 160 tons of pears of Belgian growers
at the fruit auction. Around 550 stores of Colruyt, OKay and Spar offered the pears to their customers.
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Digital assistant for
every employee
All of the store employees received a
personal digital assistant (PDA). This
pocket computer and bar code scanner
optimises the work processes and makes
the work more pleasant. Employees can
increase the stock on site themselves,
request labels, perform counts and price
checks, etc. The PDA also increases the
service level for customers. Employees
can check when a sold-out product will
arrive again and inform the customer
immediately.
Large-scale image
campaign ‘lowest prices’
Colruyt Lowest Prices launched a largescale campaign in the summer of 2014
to draw extra attention to its lowest price
guarantee. The main message: customers can find all the special offers of other
stores under one roof at Colruyt Lowest
Prices. There were also advertisements in
which the supermarket chain compared
their prices to special offers of national
competitors. The campaign ran in various
media and was repeated regularly. Colruyt
Lowest Prices will continue to consequently
pursue its lowest prices policy in the future
as well.
New trolley in the fresh market
The stores have been using a new trolley in the fresh market since September 2014. This makes the most important tasks of
the store personnel easier. The ergonomic trolley has three racks so that it is easier to place articles in the shelves. The store
personnel can replenish various products at the same time and can temporarily place empty packages on the racks.
In addition, it is easier to replenish the stock on top of the shelves.
‘Pottenkijken’: a unique
birthday cookbook
The Good Cooking [Lekker Koken] culinary
team celebrated its 30th birthday with a
birthday cookbook: Pottenkijken [gazing
into pots]. Over 1.000 customers and
employees sent in their favourite recipes
and added personal anecdotes. The Good
Cooking team selected 350 recipes from
the entries. A good example of co-creation
together with the customer. ‘Pottenkijken’
was presented to the media in the beginning of November in the presence of 513
customers.
The Good Cooking team has been inspiring
customers since the beginning of the
1980s with simple recipes. Colruyt has
already sold nearly four million cookbooks.
The culinary website contains over 5.000
recipes.
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Colruyt Group’s neighbourhood store formula focuses on
convenience for the customer
and customer friendliness. The
stores are located at access
roads, offer a good product
range on a compact surface
area and have extended opening hours and well-designed
parking areas. Moreover, OKay
guarantees the lowest prices in
the neighbourhood.
OKay offers a well-balanced mix
of A brands, own brands and
discount brands. The extensive
range of fresh products is one
of OKay’s unique selling points.
Roecol, Colruyt Group’s bakery
and Bakery Roelandt supply the
stores with fresh bread on a
daily basis. A number of
speciality products are also
baked off in the store.
There are also two OKay Compact stores. These are small
neighbourhood stores in the city
centre.
1998
EUR 668,1 MILLION
COMBINED REVENUE OKAY,
BIO-PLANET AND CRU (+12,5 %)
110 STORES
(INCLUDING 2 OKAY COMPACT
STORES)
580 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
6.400
Strong increase in revenue
OKay’s revenue increased again by 10%. This
is a strong performance in a deflationary
market with fierce competition, an aggressive
promotion policy and margins that are under
pressure. By opening new stores and due to
the further growth of the existing stores, the
neighbourhood supermarket is attracting
more and more customers. The number of
store visits and the average spending per
shopping cart remained stable. Moreover, by
continuing to focus on efficiency, OKay has
succeeded in increasing its profitability in
line with its revenue growth.
Convenience and proximity
Convenience and proximity are becoming
increasingly important for customers. The
neighbourhood supermarket caters to this
trend by offering more convenience food
products: re-sealable packaging, prepared
meals and pre-packaged salads. The festive
menus at the end of the year are also geared
to convenience for the customer. The special
menus for children were new this year. In addition, more and more customers are opting
for picking up their Collishop orders at OKay.
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
New distribution centre
1.467
OKay will be taking a new distribution
centre of 40.000 m2 into use in Lot (Beersel)
in the coming financial year. With its own
distribution centre, the neighbourhood
supermarket formula will be able to further
increase its efficiency and tailor its product
range better to the customer’s needs.
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+140)
FAST, INEXPENSIVE AND
CONVENIENT
OKAY.COLRUYTGROUP.BE
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OKay opened 11 new stores in the past
financial year, among which five in Wallonia.
Furthermore, three stores were renovated
and a second OKay Compact opened its
doors in Liège. The store surface was thus
expanded by in total 7.000 m².
Change in the management
Farbrice Gobbato was appointed as General
Manager of OKay and OKay Compact as of
1 March 2015. Gobbato will take over from
Chris Van Wettere who was the General
Manager of OKay and will now become the
General Manager of Colruyt Lowest Prices.
Gobbato has been working at Colruyt Group
already for 15 years and previously held the
position of sales and marketing communications manager at OKay. Gobbato will
continue to supervise the rapid growth that
OKay experienced under the management
of Van Wettere over the last 12 years.
A REVENUE INCREASE OF
12,5 %
AT OKAY,
BIO-PLANET
AND CRU
Expansion in Wallonia
The neighbourhood supermarket formula
aims to open 8 to 10 new stores and three
new Compact stores in the next financial
year. As about 75% of the existing stores are
located in Flanders, OKay plans to focus on
expansion in Wallonia in the next few years.
The neighbourhood supermarket envisages
a potential of around 180 stores in Belgium
in the future. OKay is also looking into what
it should do to ensure that its stores remain
attractive and modern in the future.
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OKAY
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Second OKay Compact
100th store in De Pinte
The second Compact store was opened in the
centre of Liège in December 2014. This small
neighbourhood supermarket is 330 m2 and
targets mainly a city public that does its
shopping on foot or by bike. OKay Compact
has longer opening hours, a customised
checkout system, a specific product range
and smaller packaging units. The first OKay
Compact was opened in Elsene in 2012 and
over 10.000 customers do their shopping
there every week. Based on its positive experiences in Elsene, OKay Compact opened a
new city store in Antwerp.
The 100th OKay store opened its doors in De Pinte in East Flanders in June 2014. Since the
first store opened its doors in 1998, on average, seven new stores were opened each year.
In connection with the opening of the 100th store, OKay launched its largest media campaign ever. OKay had its first radio commercial and large 20 m2 billboards were placed at
the major access roads. Customers received EUR 100 in discounts during a period of
10 days.
Fastest growing company
in Flemish Brabant
In the beginning of March 2015, OKay was
nominated Trends Gazelle 2015 for the
province Flemish-Brabant in the category
Large Companies. According to the business
magazine Trends, the neighbourhood supermarket chain was the fastest growing company of the top 200 companies. The nomination takes place based on three parameters:
sales, cash flow and employee growth.
Good survey results
The OKay stores were awarded twice in
the supermarket reports of the market
research agency GfK Belgium. OKay ended
second after Colruyt twice in the summer and winter reports. OKay also scored
the best for ‘Friendliness’ each time. In
addition, in the winter report, OKay also
obtained first place for ‘Promotions’. The
neighbourhood supermarket formula also
achieved very good scores in the annual
price survey of the consumer organisation
Test-Aankoop. OKay obtained third place in
the general classification and in the classification for the average shopping cart,
which contained both national brands and
own brands.
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The complete bio-supermarket
inspires its customers to consciously make use of biological
food products. Bio-Planet has
a wide range of affordable biological and ecological products
and distinguishes itself with its
knowledgeable and hospital
store personnel. Spear points
are the fresh market and the
self-service counter with meat
products, vegetarian products
and cheese. Customers can
order around 3.500 products
in the web shop and then pick
these products up at a Colruyt
or OKay store.
The progressive bio-supermarket is a precursor for Colruyt
Group in biological food and
sustainability. For instance, the
bio-supermarket makes use
of the newest environmentally
friendly techniques for each new
store.
2001
EUR 668,1 MILLION
COMBINED REVENUE OKAY,
BIO-PLANET AND CRU (+12,5 %)
13 STORES
650 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
7.000
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
313
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+ 75)
CONSCIOUS ENJOYMENT
BIOPLANET.BE
60
The demand for bio-products in Belgium
continues to grow. The market share of the
total Belgian bio-market now amounts to
1,8%. The bio products expenditure of the
Belgians increased by nearly 4% last year.
The fastest growing category is bio dairy
products with a market share of 11%. The
sales figures of Bio-Planet have also shown
strong growth for a number of years.
Moreover, the market share of Bio-Planet
is growing faster than the bio market as
a whole. Bio-Planet realised this increase
in revenue by attracting new customers in
the existing stores and by opening two new
stores, in Destelbergen and Grimbergen. In
addition, the value of the average shopping
cart remained stable in spite of the difficult economic climate with a decreasing
purchasing power.
Own distribution centre
Bio-Planet will take its own distribution
centre into use in the coming financial
year. The bio-supermarket can thus
accommodate the steady increase of the
number of stores. In the coming years,
Bio-Planet expects to open four or five
stores a year in Flanders, Wallonia and
Brussels. After the end of the financial year,
stores were already opened in
Groot-Bijgaarden, Halle and Aalst. The
second Bio-Planet in Wallonia, in Mons,
will open its doors this fall. The bio
supermarket intends to operate around
forty stores eventually.
Positive test with
fresh products
An online test project with fresh products is
going well and will be continued. Customers
can order bread, products from the fresh
market and the self-service counter online
and pick these products up in 12 Collect&Go
collection points.
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BIO-PLANET
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Gluten-free product range
100% biological
First national
image campaign
There are bio versions of more and more products.
A positive trend which Bio-Planet eagerly capitalises
on, in order to tailor its product range even better to
the customer’s needs. For instance, the bio supermarket only offers biological gluten-free products since
April 2104. The last non-biological products have been
removed from the product range. The 350 gluten-free
articles are available within the product categories in
the same row, so the gluten-free pasta with the other
pasta. This helps customers to choose more consciously for gluten-free products, as does the information on the price label and the gluten-free search filter
in the web shop.
Bio-Planet launched its first
national image campaign this
financial year. For the first
time, radio commercials were
broadcasted at Dutch and
French speaking radio stations.
And advertisements were
also placed online in order to
increase the name awareness.
With a positive effect as more
people now know Bio-Planet
and online sales rose further.
Less packaging
thanks to
customers
In connection with Earth Day,
Bio-Planet asked its customers to increase the sustainability of the stores. Around
800 customers came up with
more than 1.000 ideas. Many
customers suggested that
customers should bring their
own re-usable packaging to the
store. In the Bio-Planet stores
in Wilrijk and Grimbergen,
customers can bring
containers from home and
have them filled at the service
counter with cheese, meat or
vegetarian food products.
The customers can have
their own containers filled at the
service counter in the Bio-Planet
stores in Grimbergen and Wilrijk.
In addition, a test project is
being carried out in
Grimbergen to reduce packaging material and waste.
Muesli, nuts and grains are
offered in bulk. Customers
take a recyclable bag and fill it
themselves and have it
weighed at the checkout.
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Cru is a covered market place for
people with a passion for good
food, pure tastes and high quality
products. Cru aims to do everyday
things exceptionally well and offer
authenticity in a contemporary way.
Specialised employees tell the story
behind each product from the field
to the table.
The market offers a special selection
of fresh seasonal products: meat
and meat products, poultry, fish,
vegetables and fruit, but also cheese,
wine, flowers, bread baked on site
and coffee roasted on site. In addition the market offers a changing
range of convenience products: high
quality semi-prepared meals and
ready-to-eat meals from Cru’s own
kitchen.
The first Cru opened its doors at the end of November in a farmhouse in Overijse. Cru plans
to open two new stores in the near future, one in Gent and one in Antwerp. In this way,
Cru can test its store concept on a large scale and further tailor its formula to the customer’s needs, preferences and taste. Each Cru store aims to develop its identity together
with its customers, partners and personnel and in doing so caters to the local needs. In this
manner, each Cru aims to develop into a ‘product of the region’. Cru is constantly looking for
enthusiastic craftsmen for its stores.
CRU
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
The covered market makes good
use of modern technology. Cru uses
modern packaging and cooking
technology, for example to pre-cook
meals or to vacuum package meals.
In addition, customers scan and pay
for their shopping themselves.
2014
1 STORE
650 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
823
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
35
EMPLOYEES IN FTE
CRU.BE
62
Customers inspire Cru
In order to capitalise more on the trend towards convenience, Cru Overijse made a few
modifications in the spring of 2015. It now has convenient refrigerated cabinets for both
self-service and service by store personnel. The range of meals prepared in Cru’s own
kitchen was expanded, the fish department was enlarged and there are more possibilities
to eat or drink something on site. In addition, the packaging now contains more information and Cru also offers artisan chocolate and the checkout system is faster. Finally, the
bakery is now also open in the weekend and on holidays as from 7:30 am.
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In the east of France (on the axis
Metz-Lyon), Codifrance operates the
integrated Colruyt supermarkets. The
neighbourhood supermarkets
distinguish themselves with their fresh
products and regional products,
a complete wine and cheese product
range and a traditional butcher’s shop.
In addition, customers can count on
friendly and helpful store personnel.
The French stores offer the lowest price
for all national brands and all other
comparable products. In this manner,
Colruyt is the cheapest for over
3.500 products.
Besides national brands, Colruyt France
also offers the discount brand Everyday
Selection and own brand products of
Belle France and Les Délices de
Belle France.
The integrated Colruyt supermarkets in
France are operated by Codifrance.
1996
(ACQUISITION)
EUR 292,5 MILLION
REVENUE (+9,8 %) (1)
73 STORES
1.000 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
7.000 FOOD /
3.500 NON-FOOD
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
1.412
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+ 114)
ALL MAJOR BRANDS AT
THE LOWEST PRICES
COLRUYT.FR
The French Colruyt stores have had a
good financial year. Colruyt continues to
grow faster than the market: the revenue
of the supermarket chain rose by nearly
10% whereas the total market turnover
increased by only 1,4%. Colruyt France
realised this strong increase in revenue by
opening six new stores and by attracting
more and more customers in its existing stores. This sales growth is a strong
performance in the deflationary French
market. Consumer confidence is still at a
low level. In addition, the French retailers
have already been engaged in a fierce price
war for a number of years. The price cuts
are putting pressure on the profit margins
of most supermarket chains so that
profitability is not easily attainable.
Due to higher sales of own brands, Colruyt
France is realising increasingly better
margins. Furthermore, the supermarket
chain introduced the Colruyt Plus Card,
49 Collect&Go collection points were
opened and the supermarket continues to
pursue an aggressive price policy. Colruyt
France increased the number of promotions and communicates its lowest price
guarantee more forcefully. Due to all of
these elements, the French supermarket
chain expects to be able to make a positive
contribution to the group result in the
relatively short term.
In the spring of 2015, Colruyt decided to
close three stores in the centre of France in
the near future: Selles-sur-Cher, Romorantin and Meung-sur-Loire. In addition,
the store in Saint-Avold will also close its
doors. Besides the profitability, the logistic
cost efficiency also played an important
role in this decision. The stores are not in
line with the expansion policy.
Change in the management
Bart De Schutter succeeded Dries Colpaert
as the General Manager of the French
Colruyt stores on 1 April 2015.
De Schutter was the regional manager of
Colruyt Lowest Prices since 2010. Dries
Colpaert remains the General Manager of
the French wholesale activity, the Belgian
and France foodservice, the expansion
policy in France and of the export.
Positive pilot with
traditional bakery
Colruyt France continued the positive pilot
with a traditional bakery. The supermarket
chain is testing the profitability of a traditional bakery, which bakes fresh bread all
day long, in six stores. In the next financial
year, a traditional bakery will also be opened
in the supermarket in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
In addition, the supermarket is looking into
the possibility of baking off bread on site. In
France, they call this a ‘point chaud’.
Expansion policy
The supermarket chain opens 5 to
10 stores each year with a surface area of
750 to 1.000 m2 in ‘le Grand-Est’ of France:
from the border with Luxembourg up to
south of Lyon. Colruyt France plans to open
four new stores and renovate four existing
stores in 2015.
Continuing with zeal
Colruyt France firmly believes in its lowest
prices strategy and expansion policy. The
supermarket chain is attracting more and
more customers and has succeeded in increasing its revenue per m2 year after year.
In addition, the supermarket chain also
pays a lot of attention to cost efficiency in
order to further increase its profitability.
(1) Financial year from 1/1/2014 to 31/12/2014
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COLRUYT
FRANCE
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
First store with
new store concept
The first store of the new generation of
stores was opened in Dôle, in the department Jura, on 1 April 2015. With the new
store concept, Colruyt France wishes to
increase the shopping convenience for
its customers and give its stores a more
modern look. An overview of the most
important changes:
tTraditional bakery: Customers can buy
fresh bread all day long, baked according to the French tradition based on
traditional flour. In addition, there are
baguettes and special rolls as well as
pies and homemade pastry.
tModernised butcher’s shop: The butchers work in a spacious atelier that has
an opening towards the store. In this
manner, they can show their expertise
and, at the same time, can be in close
contact with customers. The butchers
process beef from the Charolais breed of
cattle and also sell regional products.
tWarm ambiance: The store in Dôle
is modern and easily accessible. The
colour combination was a deliberate
choice and contributes to a warm
ambiance.
tMore light and space: This is due to a lot
of light in the store which give a more
spacious feeling. The wide aisles and the
large racks also contribute to this.
tUnique checkout system: The userfriendly checkout system combines the
advantages of the traditional conveyor
belt with transferring the shopping from
one cart to the other. The first reactions
are positive. Both employees and customers both clearly show their appreciation. Moreover, digital screens above the
checkout inform the customers about
Colruyt’s lowest prices.
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49 new Collect&Go collection points
Collect&Go opened 49 new collection points in France last year. As a result, already 67 of
the 73 stores now have their own collection point. It is not convenient to open a collection point in all stores. The strong increase in the number of collection points resulted
in a 20% increase in the number of orders and a substantial revenue growth of 26%.
In addition, the average shopping basket of a Collect&Go customer is larger than that of a
Colruyt customer.
Awards for direct
marketing campaigns
The French Colruyt stores won awards with
their campaigns Win-Up and Web-Key at
the Trophées du Média Courier (for the
region East France). Colruyt was awarded
the creativity prize for the use of innovative
tools to attract new customers. Via the two
campaigns, the supermarket presented
the stores and the online shopping service
Collect&Go to potential customers.
Win-Up is a leaflet with special weekly
offers spread over six weeks. Web-Key
is a USB stick which connects the user
directly with the Collect&Go website. The
campaigns were carried out in cooperation with the advertising agency Groupe
Eléphant.
Overwhelming success of
the Colruyt Plus card
Colruyt France launched the Colruyt Plus
customer card on 24 September 2014.
With this card, customers receive a 5%
discount on the purchase of Colruyt’s
own brands during the whole year. A
large-scale communication campaign via
posters and radio commercials supported
the launch. And this was a success. By the
end of 2014, over 200.000 customers had
already applied for a card. The card is used
during more than 60% of the visits to the
store. Moreover, customers with a Colruyt
Plus card spend more.
Kiosque Prix in every store
The roll-out of Kiosque Prix was completed during this financial year. Displays have now
been installed in all of the stores at the checkouts where the customers can compare
Colruyt’s prices to the prices of other stores in the region. A convenient way for Colruyt to
strengthen its lowest prices image. Colruyt is constantly comparing the prices of around
4.000 products and displays price comparisons in the store of 608 psychologically
important references. By recording prices every week, the supermarket will eventually
record 29 million prices every year.
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The Dreamland and
Dreambaby stores book
a revenue increase of
2,8 % to EUR 252,0 million
Dreamland is a family and seasonal
store. The store targets children
between the ages of 0 and 14 and
their families. Dreamland caters to
different age groups and lifestyles.
The store offers a wide range of
(outdoor) toys, carriages, books,
comic books, school supplies, gifts
and seasonal articles. In addition,
there is a wide multi-media and
gaming range, rooms for children
and teenagers and room decoration
material. Dreamland closely monitors the market trends and offers the
newest licenses and brands. In this
manner, Dreamland has become the
market leader of brand book bags
and rucksacks.
Dreamland guarantees the lowest
prices in the region and adjusts its
prices daily. Customers who order
online can have their products
delivered at home or can collect their
products in one of the 343 Colruyt
and OKay stores.
Dreamland was able to record a strong
financial year. The value of the shopping
cart remained stable in difficult economic
times. The family and seasonal store
enjoyed an excellent spring, also because
it was able to capitalise successfully on a
number of hypes. This compensated the
less positive summer sales that suffered
from the changeable weather. In addition,
the fall period was very strong and peaked
in December due to the postponement
behaviour of customers. Dreamland’s Saint
Nicholas campaign had an important role
in the strong sales figures. The family and
seasonal store capitalised successfully on
the various hypes, such as the Football
World Championship and gardening for
kids, with a special product range and a
marketing campaign. Finally, the supermarket chain paid extra attention to cost
awareness. Dreamland booked a good efficiency gain by optimising various internal
processes.
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ACQUISITION OF DROOMLAND,
RENAMED DREAMLAND IN 2002
EUR 252,0 MILLION
COMBINED REVENUE DREAMLAND
AND DREAMBABY (+ 2,8 %)
43 STORES
TO EUR 252,0 MILLION
1.600 M2
Dreamland also scored better than the
market this year in the sale of toys. Its market share even increased to 24%. However,
the gaming, software and multi-media
product range still experience difficulties.
The sold volumes of smartphones and tablets remained stable, but the sales prices
decreased strongly. In addition, the whole
gaming market is having a difficult time as
more and more gamers are downloading
games via online platforms. As Dreamland
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
1.030
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+44)
(DREAMLAND AND DREAMBABY)
DREAMLAND.BE
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INCREASED BY 2,8 %
Market leader in toys
75.000 (INCLUDING
ONLINE)
Focus on lowest price
strategy
The family and seasonal store focused on
its lowest price strategy in this financial
year. All of the stores now have a label
printer so that they can adapt their prices
to the competitor’s prices even faster.
The lowest price strategy was also a
spear point in the new marketing communication. In this manner, Dreamland
is responding adequately to the current
economic context and the price-conscious
consumer. Dreamland is increasingly
profiling itself as a multi-channel company
with a transparent and simple purchasing
process. To this end, the family and seasonal store aims to align its physical stores
and online channels as well as possible. In
addition, Dreamland is constantly looking
into how it can increase the performance
and user friendliness of its website.
DREAMLAND AND DREAMBABY
(41 IN BELGIUM,
2 IN FRANCE)
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
also wishes to continue to offer a wide and
specialised range of toys in the future, the
family and seasonal store is examining the
best way to hedge the exchange rate risks.
Dreamland imports a large part of its toys
from the Far East.
Two new stores
Two new stores were opened this financial
year. In Mechelen, a new store was opened
on a combination site with Dreambaby.
Dreamland is testing the needs and requirements of a city store in Ninove, with
regard to surface area and product mix.
Furthermore, four Dreambaby departments moved out of Dreamland stores and
became independent stores. The store
formula aims to open two to three new
stores every year. Two new stores will be
opened in Ronse and Namur in the coming
financial year. Dreamland aims to
eventually operate 60 stores.
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DREAMLAND
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
The cheapest according
to Test-Aankoop
Crash course Football
World Cup
It appears from the price survey held by
the consumer organisation Test-Aankoop
that Dreamland is the cheapest store,
both in the store and online. To this end,
the consumer organisation compared the
prices of 225 toys in 155 stores. In addition, Dreamland won the ‘Best Store Chain
2014’ election again. This is the eighth time
in a row that Dreamland won. Read more
about the ‘Election of the Best Store Chain
2014’ on page 72.
In connection with the Football World Cup,
Dreamland organised a free crash course for
young football supporters. During the first
lesson, they learned everything about the participating countries. During the second lesson,
they learned a number of football techniques.
The third and last lesson was about the ultimate supporters outfit. In addition, Dreamland
organised two exchange events for Panini
stickers. Supporters’ items, such as face painting
sets, flags and wigs were among the best selling
products in the period around the World Cup.
The sale of football goals increased by 60%.
77.000 letters from
Saint Nicholas
The Saint Nicholas campaign was a big success for the second year in a row. The number
of visitors to the web shop rose by no less
than 60% compared to last year. As a result,
the share of the web shop in the total revenue
grew to more than 10%.
No less than 77.000 parents had a personalised letter made in the name of Saint
Nicholas via the website. This amounted
to ten times more than in 2013. Children
received the personalised letter from Saint
Nicholas within one week by post. In this
project, Dreamland worked together again
with Symeta, Colruyt Group’s print and
document manager.
The online video clips on ‘vraaghetaandesint.
be’ were also a success again. Saint Nicholas
and Black Pete answered all sorts of questions
which parents often do not have an answer to
in around twenty short video clips. All of the
video clips were watched more than 100.000
times in each language. Nearly 20.000 customers participated in the competition ‘Win
the value of your shopping cart’ and 33.000
children visited Saint Nicholas and Black Pete
in a Dreamland store.
Child-size
garden product range
Dreamland expanded its child-size garden
product range in the spring of 2015.
The expansion of the product range was a
logical step after last year’s good sales
figures. The family and seasonal store
wishes to inspire parents and children with
a broad and diverse garden product range.
The articles with which you can garden
yourself, such as seed sets, garden gloves
and the one square meter garden box,
are popular.
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Almost 4.500 children learn to bike with Let’s Bike
During the fifth edition of Let’s Bike, Dreamland taught approximately 4.500 children how
to bike. Dreamland fulfils a coaching role via workshops such as Let’s Bike. Children are
taught step-by-step how to bike independently and parents are given advice on how to
help their children at home. Dreamland organises these workshops in cooperation with
Colruyt Group Academy. Following the success of Let’s Bike, Dreamland launched Let’s Step
in May 2015. Dreamland personnel teach children the basic techniques of stepping.
200 new articles in
Dreamland’s own brand
At the end of March 2015, Dreamland
expanded the product range of toys of its
own brand by 200 new articles and three
new categories: wooden toys, dress-up
clothes and outdoor toys. Dreamland
developed and designed each product and
the packaging itself. The toys of
Dreamland’s own brand belong, together
with the national brands, to the bestselling
brands of the store. For instance, no less
than 40% of the 50 bestselling dolls during
the Saint Nicholas period was of
Dreamland’s own brand. The store also
receives a lot of positive feedback from
customers. The own brand bears the
Dreamland logo, is the cheapest in its
product range and offers reliable quality.
Gift lists for
Holy Communions
increasingly popular
Year after year, the number of children who
have a gift list at Dreamland for their Holy
Communion or Spring ceremony.
This amounted to 17% more in 2014 than
in 2013. The average value of a gift list
easily exceeds EUR 500. Gift lists were
placed in particular for First Communions.
The number of Holy Communions is
increasing. They often save for a tablet
or smartphone via the saving system.
Dreamland is one of the few stores in the
sector that offers gift lists for communions
or Spring parties.
Loom bands
completely safe
Puzzle tiles comply with laws and regulations
It appears from an investigation conducted by Test-Aankoop that Dreamland and
Dreambaby only sell puzzle tiles that comply with the laws and regulations. The puzzle
tiles of Dreamland’s own brand do not contain formamide. The puzzle tiles of the suppliers are in accordance with the French laws, which are much stricter than the Belgian laws.
Toys for 7.500 underprivileged children
Under the name ‘Dreamland is looking for Toy Savers’ Dreamland collected toys for 7.500
underprivileged children. 35 charities receive a tailor-made package. It was the third time
that children could hand in old but still reusable toys at the store.
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An extra quality investigation confirmed
that the loom bands sold at Dreamland,
Colruyt, OKay and Spar are completely
safe. None of the loom bands contained
hazardous substances. Dreamland considers safe and high quality toys to be
extremely important and invests considerable amounts in quality tests. Colruyt
Group also pays a lot of attention to the
working conditions at its suppliers. You
can read more about the social audits that
the group carries out at its suppliers on
page 43.
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Dreambaby helps pregnant women
to get a good start as mothers. The
baby specialist offers a complete
and high quality product range at
competitive prices and distinguishes
itself with its service and coaching
role. In addition, Dreambaby inspires
its customers via its own brand
Dreambee, the dreambaby2community and the dreambaby2magazine. Customers can order
nearly 4.000 products online and
collect their orders at Colruyt and
OKay.
Baby gift lists are a spear point of
the baby specialist. Customers can
draw up and manage their lists
either online or in the store. They can
pick up the chosen articles at one
of the 270 collection points. Family
members and friends can also order
articles both in the store and at
home. The average value of a baby
gift list is EUR 1.800.
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EUR 252,0 MILLION
COMBINED REVENUE DREAMLAND
AND DREAMBABY (+ 2,8 %)
Dreambaby removed four Dreambaby departments from the Dreamland stores in this
financial year. They became independent
stores in Doornik, Meslin-l’évêque, Wilrijk
and Roeselare. Dreambaby still has ten
departments in Dreamland stores. Furthermore, a new store was opened in Mechelen
at a combination site with a Dreamland
store. The number of births is stagnating in
Belgium... However, Dreambaby continues
to grow each year in this contracting market.
The baby specialist does this by expanding its store network and by attracting new
customers. In addition, the value of the
average shopping basket has risen slightly.
Furthermore, more and more customers are
drawing up baby gift lists at Dreambaby and
the baby specialist is strengthening its market leader position in child care products.
Finally, Dreambaby caters as well as possible
to the different needs and preferences of
today’s multicultural society.
The baby specialist will open more and more
independent stores in the coming years.
Dreambaby stores attract a significantly
higher number of customers and realise
better sales figures than the departments
in Dreamland stores. In a quiet atmosphere,
customers receive personal advice and a
high degree of service from specialised staff.
Where possible Dreambaby and Dreamland
stores are located at the same site as both
store formulas strengthen each other.
Dreambaby plans to open a new store in
Namur in the coming financial year.
Dreambaby foresees a potential of around
35 independent stores.
Personal customer
communication
The baby specialist started with a new
communication strategy in which it enters
into contact with customers in a personal
manner. Dreambaby does this in its stores
and via its community, magazine and
social media. Dreambaby inspires, informs
and coaches its customers in this manner
and is also stimulated by its customers.
Customers share experiences, tips and trick
with each other and with Dreambaby2 staff
in the community. After one year, the community already has over 50.000 members.
Each month, 4.000 to 5.000 new member
join the community. Dreambaby2.be
has around 25.000 visitors each month.
The dreambaby2 magazine takes a more
in-depth look at the themes and questions
that are discussed in the community and
on the Facebook page. 50.000 copies of
this magazine are published.
22 STORES
650 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
5.000 (STORES AND
ONLINE)
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
1.030
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+44)
(DREAMLAND AND DREAMBABY)
IT’S GREAT TO BE A MOM
DREAMBABY.BE
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DREAMBABY
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
New uniforms
New own brand collection
Dreambaby staff have been wearing
new uniforms since November 2014.
The new uniforms are modern, simple
and inspiring, cost less and reflect pride.
The role of specialist of the Dreambaby
staff is emphasised. Moreover, the new
uniform is more comfortable due to the
elastic material, the longer sleeves and
the adjusted cut.
Dreambee, Dreambaby’s own brand, launched a new collection in the beginning of 2015.
This collection contains around 80 articles with as central theme the figure ‘Otto the octopus’. The new product range is available in addition to the ‘Circus’ collection that Dreambee
introduced in 2014. Both collections guarantee an excellent quality for a competitive price.
Dreambaby launches a new product range every year. This product range is available for a
two-year period so that there are always two different product ranges in the racks.
Best store chain
Dreambaby was awarded again during the
election of the ‘Best store chain of
Belgium 2014-2015’. As was the case last
year, the store formula won in the category
‘Specialised Baby Stores’. As has been the
tradition for many years, Dreamland and
Colruyt also won prizes. Dreamland won
in the category ‘Toy Specialist’ and Colruyt
won in the category ‘Supermarkets’.
190 store formulas participated in the
competition in 25 categories. The store
formulas are assessed based on nine
criteria in connection with price, service
and product range.
Training for store staff
The baby specialist paid a lot of attention
to the training and coaching of its staff
during this financial year. Dreambaby
does this to ensure that its staff have
the necessary specialised expertise and
knowledge. As it opens around four stores
each year, Dreambaby is constantly
looking for motivated employees.
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"$5*7*5*&4t3&5"*-t DREAMBABY / COLLISHOP
The online store Collishop distinguishes itself with its lowest price
guarantee, its strong service and
its extensive network of collection
points. Moreover, customers are
assured of the lowest price. To this
end, Collishop constantly compares
its prices to the prices of online and
offline competitors in Belgium. Most
customers place their orders online.
In addition, customers place orders
via telephone, in a Colruyt store or
in a showroom. A permanent showroom of 3.000 m2 is located in Halle.
Collishop also opens temporary
showrooms with seasonal product
ranges.
Collishop Professional offers an
exclusive B2B product range for
companies and government services
that wish to offer their employees
extra advantages.
The revenue and contribution of
Collishop and Collishop Professional
are included in the retail section.
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343 COLLECTION POINTS
COLRUYT AND OKAY STORES
20.000 NON-FOOD
ARTICLES
TERRACE & GARDEN, TOYS,
GAMING & MULTIMEDIA, SPORT,
TRAVEL & LEISURE, COOKING &
DINING, BED & BATH, WELLNESS
& CARE, HOME & STORAGE AND
OUTLET.
NOWHERE AS CHEAP
COLLISHOP.BE
E-commerce in Belgium is rapidly gaining
ground. Online sales in Belgium increased
in the past year by 15%. The expectation is
that this trend will continue in the coming
years as Belgians buy a lot more online in
Belgium today than consumers do in the
neighbouring countries. Collishop did well
this financial year in the growing online
market which was also characterised
by fierce competition. The restyled and
more user-friendly website led to a good
increase in the online orders. In addition,
the number of home deliveries, via bpost,
continues to grow steadily. In addition,
more and more customers are opting for
picking up their orders at an OKay store.
The web shop increased the efficiency of
its internal processes and strengthened its
partnerships with Colruyt and OKay.
Need for European
legislative framework
for e-commerce
Collishop strives for a profitable business model in the Belgian online market
and hopes that the Belgian government
will take measures to remove a number
of structural obstacles. It is currently very
difficult for Belgian web shops to operate
profitably due to high wage costs, taxes
and VAT. The legislative framework for
working in a distribution centre is insufficiently geared to the needs of e-commerce.
42% of the Belgian online purchases take
place currently at foreign web shops.
Structural measures are necessary in order
to ensure that Belgian web shops can
compete with the foreign web shops that
are conquering a large part of the Belgian
market.
New customers for
Collishop Professional
Collishop Professional is working hard
at attracting new customers by entering into collaborations with companies,
associations and government institutions.
In addition, the web shop has developed
itself further as a primary business partner
for Collishop, Dreamland and Dreambaby.
Collishop Professional combines the
existing product range of Dreamland,
Collishop and Dreambaby supplemented
with a specific product range for day care
centres and children’s parties. In addition,
Collishop Professional offers (digital) gift
cards, incentives for business parties and
loyalty cards with which companies can
buy material from the retail product range.
Collishop Professional will continue to
focus on the cooperation with companies
and attracting new customers in the coming years. The web shop will also further increase its expertise in day care for children
in order to strengthen its market position.
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COLLISHOP
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Restyled web site
Collishop restyled its website at the end of 2014. In addition to a new lay-out, the site
has also become more user friendly, intuitive and more efficient. Customers can navigate
more easily and find articles in the eight product categories faster via the improved search
function. Special offers, toppers, promotions and other news are now clearly visible on the
home page. The order process has also been simplified and the site is more easily found
by search engines such as Google following a number of technical improvements. These
adjustments have paid off. Collishop observed a considerable increase in the number of
orders via its website in the spring of 2015.
Successful temporary showrooms
Just before the end of the financial year, Collishop started the garden season strongly with two temporary showrooms in Mechelen and
Tongerlo. In these showrooms, customers could find nearly the whole Terrace and Garden product range with, for instance, garden furniture,
garden decorations, barbecues and even garden sheds. The two pop-up stores remained open until the end of May 2015 and attracted
15.000 visitors in 2,5 months. This increase in sales demonstrates that customers clearly appreciate the temporary showrooms with a
seasonal product range. They can discover, feel and test the extensive product range and let themselves be inspired. In addition, this is an
ideal way for Collishop to further increase its name awareness and accessibility.
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"$5*7*5*&4t3&5"*-t COLLISHOP / ZEB
ZEB
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
ZEB is the leading multi-brand
specialist for men’s and women’s
fashion in Belgium. The chain store
sells more than 50 top brands and
distinguishes itself with competitive
prices, both in the stores and online.
In addition, customers can count
on special discounts throughout
the year.
The 55 ZEB stores have spacious
parking areas, are all located at
easily accessible access roads and
are designed according to a modern
loft style. Customers can count on
knowledgeable advice from staff in
the stores. The chain store has also
successfully taken its first steps in
e-commerce and has its own
clothing line.
Colruyt Group acquires an interest of 50 % in ZEB
Colruyt Group acquired a 50% stake in the Belgian clothing chain ZEB in 2014. The group
purchased the shares from the venture capital fund Vendis Capital. The management under
the supervision of founder Luc Van Mol remained on board and retained its participation of
50%. Further share purchase and sales options have been agreed between the Colruyt Group
and the management. These agreements give the group the possibility, in a period of ten
years, to acquire the control over ZEB.
The investment in ZEB reflects Colruyt Group’s ambition to cater to the consumer’s needs
in all the stages of his life with the right store concepts. With ZEB, the group is taking a step
further on familiar retail ground and can learn a lot from this young and dynamic player in,
for instance, the field of online sales. Other reasons for the investment are the strong ZEB
concept, the strong management surrounding founder Luc Van Mol and the fact that the
group recognises itself in the value-driven and unique company culture.
Colruyt Group and ZEB already worked together in a number of areas. For example, our print
and document manager Symeta has already produced the personalised ZEB magazine for a
number of years.
In recent years, ZEB has opened
around ten stores a year, which
accounts for an annual turnover
growth of approximately 20%. ZEB
aims to ultimately operate around
70 stores.
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55 STORES
785 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
22.000
NUMBER OF ARTICLES
220
EMPLOYEES IN FTE
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Colruyt Group Fine Food combines the
production divisions for meat, wine,
cheese, coffee and bread. This craftsmanship allows the group to work more
efficiently, save costs, guarantee quality
and create added value for its
customers.
Fine Food Meat: Our meat processing
division slices, processes and packages
beef, veal and pork in Halle every day.
The division in Wommelgem delivers
poultry and poultry products. Fine Food
Meat has 880 employees of which over
200 are certified butchers.
Fine Food Wine: Our wine division in
Ghislenghien buys, assembles and bottles wine. We produce 13 million litres
of wine in bottles and four million party
boxes each year. One out of every four
bottles of wine sold in Belgium is a bottle produced by Colruyt Group.
Fine Food Cheese: The largest cheese
processing production division in
Belgium produces around 70 different
cheeses and was the first supplier to
produce and package cheese cut in
small squares.
Fine Food Coffee: The only coffee roasting facility among the Belgian distributors to roast, mix and package around
50 types of coffee. We roast 5.400 tons
of coffee each year.
Fine Food Bread: Roecol is the bakery
of Colruyt Group and Bakkerij Roelandt.
Both parties participate in this joint
venture for 50%. The 45 employees oversee the whole production process. Two
bakeries produce up to 7.000 loaves of
bread an hour, in a traditional manner.
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Our production divisions continue to grow
steadily. The number of Colruyt and OKay
stores are continuing to increase and
Colruyt Group Fine Food is also producing
increasingly for other Colruyt Group store
formulas. For instance, since this financial
year, Colruyt Group Fine Food also supplies
wine and coffee to Colruyt France.
Capitalising on trends
Colruyt Group Fine Food keeps it product
range fresh and contemporary by capitalising on technological developments,
regional preferences and social trends. Our
production divisions also do this by developing new products. For instance, Colruyt
Groups own brand Graindor coffee is available in cups since November 2014.
Prepared products
increasingly popular
There is a general tendency in Belgium to
eat less meat. Fine Food Meat is capitalising on this trend by decreasing the size of
its portions. On the other hand, our meat
processing business notices that prepared
products, poultry and game sales are
continuing to rise.
New IT platform
Colruyt Group Fine Food started with the
roll-out of a new IT platform during this
financial year. This platform integrates
all of its systems and documents for
tracing, production planning and processing expenses. This is more efficient and
also makes it easier to monitor production costs and price developments. The
introduction at the poultry division of Fine
Food Meat in Wommelgem has already
taken place. The introduction of the new IT
platform at other production divisions is
scheduled to take place.
Fine Food Cheese and
Meat joining forces
The production divisions are constantly
examining how they can work together and
save costs. For instance, Fine Food Meat
makes use of residual cheese of Fine Food
Cheese in the production of meat products
since November 2014. An excellent winwin situation: our meat processing division
no longer has to purchase cheese externally and the residual cheese that results
from slicing Affligem and Grimbergen is
given a new use.
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COLRUYT GROUP
FINE FOOD
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Good start
for Fine Food Bread
Second edition of
Meatland
Fine Food Bread has been delivering
sliced and unsliced freshly baked bread
to all Colruyt and OKay stores since May
2014. The company combines the expertise of a distributor with the craftsmanship of a third generation traditional
baker. The bread is popular with customers. Bread sales continue to rise at Colruyt
and OKay. Moreover, Fine Food Bread succeeded in optimising the order process
for the stores by further computerising a
number of processes.
With 175 vacancies, the profession of
butcher remains a difficult profession to
fill at Colruyt Group. In order to attract
butchers, Fine Food Meat offers internal
training programmes and works together
with a number of external partners. In
addition, Colruyt Group organised Meatland for the second time. Meatland is an
interactive exploratory journey for young
butchers with the emphasis on pride
in their work and craftsmanship. Nearly
300 student-butchers from Flanders and
Wallonia visited Fine Food Meat and the
Colruyt store in Halle. After which they
rolled up their sleeves and prepared a
brochette. At present 1.850 butchers work
in our Belgian store butcher shops and in
the meat processing division.
New seal for production divisions
For the sake of synergy, efficiency and quality gains, Colruyt Group brought its production
divisions together under one name in the fall of 2014: Colruyt Group Fine Food.
The group also introduced a seal to demonstrate its craftsmanship. The seal symbolises
the knowledge, experience and drive of the employees and illustrate how proud they are of
their work. Each division received its own version of the seal, in a matching colour and with
the year in which the activity was started.
Fine Food Meat purifies waste water
Fine Food Meat has been purifying its waste water into drinking water since the summer
of 2014. The meat processing division then reuses this water in its production process. The
new water purifying station produces 80.000 m3 drinking water on an annual basis. This
equals the consumption of 2.180 Flemish citizens. As the owner and operator of the drinking water station, De Watergroep guarantees the quality of the purified water. Colruyt Group
is the first distributor in Belgium to reuse waste water in the production of food.
New production site Fine Food Meat
The construction of the new, more automated, production site for Fine Food Meat is
proceeding according to plan. Our meat processing division will take the building into use
in the spring of 2016. The new site has a floor space of 18.000 m2 and will be located next
to the current location in Halle. The expansion is necessary in order to meet the increased
demand.
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LOGISTICS
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
From our distribution centres
(DCs) in Halle, Ghislenghien,
Lot and Ath/Lessines we make
around 1.000 deliveries to our
stores every day. Each store receives on average 2,5 deliveries a
day. To this end, the trucks drive
a little over 130.000 kilometers.
Our automatic supply system
opts for the most efficient and
sustainable solution possible.
In this manner, we save on
kilometers and fuel and we
reduce emissions. We load our
trucks optimally in order to limit
the number of transports. We
monitor the load percentage in
order to ensure that it amounts
to 95%. We not only deliver
during the day, but also in the
morning, in the evening and
at night if this is permitted by
law. Various products, especially
products from the Far East, are
transported to Belgium by boat
or train and are then transported
to our DCs by trucks. Finally,
Colruyt Group is experimenting
with cleaner fuels such as CNG
(natural gas for vehicles) and
hydrogen. You can read more
about this on pages 37, 38, 94,
95, 98 and 104.
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Legal framework
for silent deliveries
Colruyt Group is looking forward hopefully to the next
steps that governments and policy makers will take
for a legal framework for silent deliveries at dawn and
nightfall. The group became convinced of the many
advantages after its participation in the two PIEK
projects in the three regions. In addition, the group is
thus able to spread its deliveries to points of sale better
and to make more efficient use of its logistic means. In
addition, this increases traffic safety and fewer trucks
are caught in traffic jams, which leads to lower fuel
consumption and fewer emissions. In order to reduce
noise nuisance when the trucks are being unloaded,
the group has already invested EUR 3 million in training
programmes for drivers, covered unloading stations
and quiet equipment, such as trans-pallets and trucks.
At present, the group is still bound to the delivery times
of the municipalities. And these time frames differ from
municipality to municipality.
More efficient loading and unloading
Colruyt Group started an investigation in its DC in
Ghislenghien in July 2014 to have deliveries delivered
more efficiently. To this end, the group analysed the
loading and unloading process of it suppliers on the
site. The objective: optimising the through-processing
time. Colruyt Group also installed a screen at the
entrance with which truck drivers can report in 10 different languages. The DC in Ath/Lessines is also participating in this project since the spring of 2015. Colruyt
Group plans to expand this investigation to all other
logistic sites in the coming financial year. The group
regularly informs its suppliers about the results.
DC Ghislenghien
wins second edition
of Speed Docking
The distribution centre in
Ghislenghien won the Speed
Docking competition for the
second time in a row in July
2014. The Speed Docking competition is a competition to
unload trucks as fast as possible. With an average per truck of
1 hour and 29 minutes total
time on the site, DC Ghislenghien was the fastest in the
category dry goods.
New pallet
sorting system in
Ghislenghien and
Halle
The distribution centres
Ghislenghien and Dassenveld in
Halle started using a new sorting installation in the spring
of 2014 to separate good
pallets from bad pallets. The
good pallets are immediately
reused in the logistic flow. The
bad pallets are first returned
to the pallet supplier. The new
installations are more efficient,
can process a larger volume
and thus also help to reduce
the number of kilometers that
trucks drive with empty pallets.
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New logistic centre in Ath/Lessines
The new logistic centre in Ath/Lessines has been operational since
the spring of 2015. Colruyt Group can continue to grow further with
this investment of EUR 79 million. The new distribution centre (DC)
also unburdens the other distribution centres and thus increases
the efficiency and the safety.
The new logistic centre also received EUR 15 million in financial
support from the Walloon Region and the European Union.
350 new employees started working there immediately. Eventually
around 1.000 employees will be working on the site. More than
3.600 people work for Colruyt Group in the province Hainaut, (in
the stores and distribution centres).
The most computerised DC of the group has a surface of
28.000 m2 and is used for products with a high rotation: beverages,
milk, crisps and paper (toilet paper, kitchen towels, and napkins).
The logistic site consists of a traditional distribution centre, a highbay warehouse and a return centre. A T&I department also carries
out maintenance work on trucks, rolling stock and installations.
A local office of the transport department is also located on site.
The high-bay warehouse has a surface of 5.000 m2, has 11 levels
and processes large volumes of pallets automatically.
The traditional DC has a storage capacity of 15.000 pallets on
5 levels and can handle in total 200.000 orders a day. The return
centre sorts empty pallets and materials such as cardboard and
plastic for reuse. Read more about the sustainable character of the
new logistic centre on page 105.
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WHOLESALE
The combined sales of the wholesale activities
this financial year amounted to EUR 753,9 million (-0,5%).
Wholesale comprises:
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Retail Partners Colruyt Group
(RPCG) combines all activities of the group in Belgium in
connection with independent
storekeepers.
There is a very close cooperation
with the 210 independent Spar
storekeepers: supply, complete
support and a far-reaching consultation model. A delegation of
the storekeepers participates in
consultative bodies such as the
Future Board, the product group
plateaus and the working group
Commercial Plan. In this way,
they also help determine the
product range, the commercial
focus and the future of Spar.
Retail Partners Colruyt Group
supplies fresh products and dry
goods to 79 Alvo stores and it
also offers a number of services
and basic advice such as
product range and promotion
policy.
Finally, they also supply 140
independent storekeepers, of
which 28 Mini Markets.
2014
RETAIL PARTNERS
COLRUYT GROUP
2003
SPAR RETAIL, LICENCE HOLDER OF
THE SPAR FORMULA IN BELGIUM
1932
THE SPAR, THE PRESENT SPAR
INTERNATIONAL
210 SPAR STORES,
79 ALVO STORES AND
140 INDEPENDENT
STOREKEEPERS (OF WHICH
28 MINI MARKETS)
697
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (- 19)
RETAILPARTNERSCOLRUYTGROUP.BE
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The market share of Retail Partners
Colruyt Group remained stable this
financial year. The Spar stores succeeded
in maintaining their revenue, the average
shopping basket value and their customer
base at the same level in difficult market
conditions. A good performance, considering that there are five stores less.
The profitability of the Spar independent
storekeepers is among the best in the
Belgian market. In addition, Retail Partners
Colruyt Group also sees a positive growth
among its independent storekeepers. They
account for 10% of total sales.
Collaboration with
independent storekeepers
Retail Partners Colruyt Group worked hard
on the partnerships with its independent
storekeepers in the past financial year. For
instance, the independent storekeepers’
organisation, together with the Future
Board of the independent storekeepers,
drafted a document with guidelines and
criteria for the collaboration and customer
orientation. The document outlines the
common values and objectives to realise
sustainable growth and success together.
Looking for independent
storekeepers
Retail Partners Colruyt Group is constantly looking for motivated and capable
candidate independent storekeepers. The
independent storekeepers’ organisation
offers starting storekeepers extensive support, training and advice, also by a company
advisor. This manner of working together is
unique and goes further than a traditional
franchise system. For instance, starting
storekeepers can take out a loan under welldefined conditions through a starter’s kit. In
addition, they receive financial advice and
technical support. Moreover, the storekeepers are assured of competitive purchasing
conditions via Retail Partners.
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RETAIL PARTNERS
COLRUYT GROUP
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
New logo
Change of name to Retail Partners Colruyt Group
The logo and the house style were also
changed, together with the name. The
three symbols represent the consumer, the
independent storekeeper and Retail
Partners Colruyt Group. They look like
geese flying in formation. They often
change places but they all fly in the same
direction.
Spar Retail changed its name into Retail Partners Colruyt Group in November. The new
name reflects the activities of the company better which, in addition to the 210 Spar
stores, works together with a large number of other independent supermarkets. With the
name change, Colruyt Group indicates that it believes in the cooperation with independent
storekeepers and that it wishes to continue to grow in this market. In addition, there is the
underlying message: Retail Partners Colruyt Group is open to different forms of collaboration with independent storekeepers, also in other areas than in food.
Opening Head Office
in Mechelen
Retail Partners Colruyt Group finalised
the relocation to the new head office in
Mechelen at the end of October 2014. Two
automations were also implemented in the
high-tech distribution centre, in the empty
goods section and in the collection circuit
for vegetables and fruit. The new head
office increases the efficiency and improves
the cooperation, communication and service. The offices and the DCs were located
in three different locations previously. In
addition, the relocation enables Retail
Partners Colruyt Group to grow further.
Bringing together the offices and the two
DCs went smoothly, without inconvenience
for the independent storekeepers. The
offices and the distribution centre have a
combined surface area of 62.100 m2.
Awarded
‘Retailer of the year’
The professional magazine Gondola
awarded Retail Partners Colruyt Group
‘Retailer of the year’ in December. The title
is awarded each year to a retail organisation that has proven that it can rediscover
itself and prepare itself for the future.
Retail Partners Colruyt Group was awarded
a prize for the unique partnerships that it
sets up with its independent storekeepers
and the ambition that it demonstrates
when doing so.
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The Spar stores are friendly neighbourhood stores that distinguish themselves
with their fresh products, competitive
prices and appreciation for good food.
The Spar stores are operated by highly
capable independent storekeepers who
make their own stores unique by adding
their own identity. The store surface area
varies from 200 to 1.200 m2. The baseline: My Spar, pleasant and delicious.
Five new Spar stores
Five new Spar stores were opened during
the past financial year. Five stores left the
Spar formula and became free customers.
The relationship was terminated with five
stores. 14 supermarkets were restyled, of
which five were also expanded. Eight new
Spar stores will be opened and 15 stores
will be given a new look in the coming
financial year.
SPAR WORLDWIDE
Spar was established in 1932 in the
Netherlands as a first form of collaboration between independent storekeepers:
‘Spar’ stands for ‘By working together in
unison all will profit regularly.’ With over
12.000 affiliated stores in 37 countries,
Spar has grown into the world’s largest
retail organisation with the highest
number of stores that serves over
10 million customers daily. The cumulative annual turnover amounts to over
EUR 32 billion. Spar International supports the national organisations from
a central office in Amsterdam.
ALVO
Alvo is a Belgian purchasing group
of independent supermarkets. The
joint company Alvocol NV is active in
purchasing, delivery and logistics. Retail
Partners Colruyt Group delivers dry
goods and fresh products to the
48 affiliated Alvo members and their
79 supermarkets.
INDEPENDENT STOREKEEPERS
AND MINI MARKETS
Retail Partners Colruyt Group supplies
140 independent storekeepers of which
28 Mini Market stores. Mini Market
stores are small self-service stores (F3
sector) with a surface area of between
70 and 300 m2. The stores link their
name to the Mini Market sign and determine their price policy themselves.
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Good end of year period
The Spar neighbourhood stores focussed
on fresh products, traiteur and ready-made
meals during the end of the year period.
And this was a success. They realised good
sales and continued to operate positively
in the following months.
Moreover, they succeeded in offsetting the
disappointing summer months and the
negative effects of the extra competition
and the many road works.
Competitive prices and
open on Sunday
Spar adjusts its prices daily, so that customers can always count on competitive
prices. The neighbourhood supermarkets
also communicate extensively about this.
In addition, Spar communicated more
clearly this year that the stores are open on
Sunday, also by means of advertisements
in newspapers. The neighbourhood store
formula stimulated Sunday customers to
return during the week by means of
various special offers.
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SPAR
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Restyled brand image of Spar stores
The logo for the Colruyt Group Spar stores has been restyled. The red letters are printed on a white background with the Colruyt Group logo
next to it. In this manner, it is clear for the consumer which Spar stores are part of the group and which are not. There is a second licence
holder in Belgium. The Colruyt Group Spar stores distinguishes themselves from the other Spar stores with lower prices, a slightly different
product range (including Colruyt Group brands) and a different promotional policy. The new logo will be installed at every Spar store. The
gradual roll-out was started in March 2015.
Third place in GfK winter report
Change in the management of Alvo
The Belgian consumer placed Spar for the first time on the stage in
the winter report of the research agency GfK. The Spar stores were
awarded third place, after Colruyt and OKay. The formula of independent storekeepers made progress in practically all criteria and
scored above all with its neat stores and quality products.
Jan Pelgrims is the general manager of Alvo since 2015. Pelgrims
was deputy manager Purchasing at Retail Partners Colruyt Group.
Retail Partners Colruyt Group sees this switch as an illustration for
the good relationship between both partners and as a stimulation
to continue the positive collaboration.
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Codifrance
D I S T R I B U T I O N
In France, Codifrance supplies
the affiliated independent
stores Coccinelle, Coccimarket
and Panier Sympa. These small
supermarkets of the F4 segment are located in city centres
and have an average surface
area of 200 m2. These small city
stores mainly target customers that do their daily shopping
and distinguish themselves
with their fresh products, their
hospitable staff and an very
good product range of own
brands. In addition to supplying, Codifrance also provides
support in the field of marketing
and communication. In addition, Codifrance supplies 700
independent storekeepers.
1996
(COCCINELLE AND COCCIMARKET)
2003
(PANIER SYMPA)
254 AFFILIATED STORES
OF PANIER SYMPA, COCCIMARKET
AND COCCINELLE
700 INDEPENDENT
STORES
100-400 M2
AVERAGE STORE SURFACE AREA
TWO-THIRDS
OF FRANCE
237
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+ 9)
CODIFRANCE.FR
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Supplying independent stores in France
realised a slight increase in sales again
this financial year in a market with fierce
competition and strong price pressure.
Codifrance thus once again made a
positive contribution to the group result.
Codifrance continued to work on the
restyling of the Coccinelle and Coccimarket
stores this financial year. The small supermarkets will be given a modern look and
dynamic style. This restyling takes place
in consultation with the purchasing group
Francap.
Focus on solvency
The independent storekeepers’ organisation
is constantly looking for motivated and
capable candidate independent store-
keepers for the neighbourhood stores.
Codifrance screens the future independent
storekeepers and their solvency very
thoroughly before entering into a partnership. In addition, Codifrance invests a lot of
energy in the existing collaborations. The
company strives to establish and maintain
long-term sustainable relationships.
Further increasing
profitability
Codifrance aims to open new stores in the
coming years and to further increase its
revenue. Codifrance also aims to further
increase its profitability. In addition to
constantly paying attention to the solvency
of its customers, Codifrance also focuses
strongly on cost efficiency and the service
of its logistic chain.
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FOODSERVICE
The combined revenue of the foodservice activity this financial year
amounted to EUR 769,6 million (+7,7 %). Foodservice comprises
Solucious in Belgium, Pro à Pro in France and the export activity Colex.
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Solucious is the Belgian
foodservice company of Colruyt
Group and delivers food pro–
ducts throughout the whole of
Belgium. The company offers
a complete foodservice and a
wide retail product range: fresh
products, dry goods, frozen
products and non-food products. Solucious helps unburden
its customers by means of its
user friendliness, fast service,
reliability and transparent and
competitive prices. In addition, the employees distinguish
themselves by means of their
personal service and thorough
product knowledge.
The foodservice company
offers both national brands
and its own brand for industrial
kitchens, Econom. It also offers
a fair trade product range. There
are specific product ranges
on the website for 12 different
customer segments such as
schools, day care centres and
the hospitality industry. 70% of
the customers order online.
2013
(MERGER BETWEEN FOODINVEST
AND COLLIVERY)
26.000
CUSTOMERS (SOCIAL CATERING,
SME COMPANIES, HOTELS,
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS, I.E.
THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY)
12.000
Focus on
the hospitality industry
Solucious worked hard in the past financial
year on attracting new hospitality industry
customers. And this was a success. The sales
in the hospitality industry segment rose by
30%. Since the introduction of the registered
checkout, more and more companies
are opting for the user-friendly order
process and Solucious’s competitive and
transparent prices. The foodservice company
is convinced that it will be able to attract
even more hospitality industry customers
in the coming years. The purchase price is
becoming increasingly decisive for hospitality industry companies instead of the
fact whether or not deliveries can be made
in accordance with the legal obligations.
Furthermore, Solucious intends to cater even
better to the needs of its hospitality industry
customers by expanding its frozen food
product range.
DRY, FRESH AND DEEP-FROZEN
61 new trucks
2 DISTRIBUTION CENTRES,
6 HUBS,
107 TRUCKS/LIGHT VANS
Solucious bought 61 trucks and vans during
this financial year for the transport of goods
to its customers. The vehicles have three
temperature zones and can transport frozen
products, dry goods and fresh products in
one trip. To this end, the foodservice company also equipped its hubs with a refrigerator
and freezer area. This investment provides
added value for both the customer
WHOLE OF BELGIUM
391
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+12)
A TASTE FOR SOLUTIONS
SOLUCIOUS.BE
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Solucious realised a considerable increase
in sales in a slightly contracting market.
The reliable service, personal approach
and transparent pricing led to more and
more customers opting for Solucious. The
increase in sales is the largest in the customer segments on which the foodservice
company is focusing. For instance, the
sales of the social catering rose by 20% and
that of the hospitality industry by 30%.
and Solucious. All the goods are delivered to
the customer via one truck and the logistic
costs are lower. In addition, this investment
is also in line with Solucious’ sustainability
policy. The trucks consume less fuel and emit
less fine particles. The implementation of the
integrated transport system was completed
in June 2015.
+7,7 %
THE COMBINED REVENUE OF
SOLUCIOUS,
PRO À PRO
AND COLEX
AMOUNTED TO
EUR 769,6 MILLION
Transporting more
efficiently
The foodservice company pays a lot of
attention to the efficiency of its transport
organisation. In the coming financial year,
Solucious is starting with one planning
organisation for its deliveries. As a result,
Solucious will be able to deliver supplies to
its customers more efficiently.
Further increasing
market share
Solucious aims to increase its name awareness and market share in the coming years.
The foodservice company will continue to
focus on its transparent price policy, userfriendly order process, personal service and
reliable deliveries.
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SOLUCIOUS
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Own brand for industrial
kitchens: Econom
Econom has been the own brand for
foodservice products at Solucious, Pro à
Pro and Colruyt Professional since the fall
of 2014. Econom is the cheapest brand
within the product range and offers a wide
range of good and inexpensive basic
products in wholesale packaging. The
product range consists of both fresh
products and dry goods and frozen
product. Econom has approximately
200 articles as of mid-2015.
Econom aims to contribute to productivity
and food safety in the kitchen. This is why
the labels have large pictograms and clear,
readable information and guidelines for
cooking times, preparation method and
freshness.
Expansion of
fair trade product range
Under the name SOfairtrade, Solucious
launched a completely new fair trade
product range in the spring of 2015 with
85 articles. The product range comprises
hot and cold beverages, breakfast cereals
and snacks of (mainly) Oxfam Fairtrade,
Ethiquable and Colruyt Group brands such
as Bio-Time. There are also five biological
fair trade coffee products of the group’s
Graindor brand. With SOfairtrade, Solucious
is even more committed to supporting
sustainable worldwide trade and it provides
a response to the growing demand for fair
trade products among municipalities,
companies and day care centres.
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The foodservice company Pro à
Pro is active throughout France
and in the French overseas territories Guadeloupe, Martinique,
Réunion and French Guyana.
Pro à Pro distinguishes itself in
the French foodservice market,
which is also referred to in
France as ‘RHD’ or ‘restauration
hors domicile’, with its reliability, and its fast and personal
service.
Pro à Pro caters to the different
needs and expectations of its
diverse professional customers
with its extensive product range.
Pro à Pro supplies, among other
products, dry goods, beverages, fresh products, meat, fish
and maintenance products to
schools, hospitals, day care
centres, hotels, restaurants,
cafés and caterers. Pro à Pro
also offers frozen products in
the French overseas territories.
2001
(ACQUISITION)
18 DISTRIBUTION CENTRES,
12 TRANSHIPMENT PLATFORMS
350 TRUCKS
42.000
CUSTOMERS (CATERING,
CAFETERIAS, HOTELS,
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS, AND
WHOLESALERS)
DRY GOODS, FRESH
AND DEEP-FROZEN
PRODUCTS
WHOLE OF FRANCE
1.672
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (-)
LE GOÛT DE
L’ENGAGEMENT
PROAPRO.FR
90
Pro à Pro was able to show good growth
figures again in a stagnating market. Pro
à Pro realises three-fourth of its revenue
through social catering (hospitals, schools,
company cafeterias, etc.) and this remains
stable in France. However, the hospitality
industry (restauration commerciale) has
been negatively impacted by the crisis.
French people go out to dinner less, spend
less and more often opt for a quick snack.
The margins in the foodservice market
are constantly under pressure. Nevertheless, Pro à Pro succeeded in improving its
operating result by constantly focusing
on cost efficiency. The French foodservice
company does not expect that market
conditions will improve in the coming
financial year. However, it does expect to be
able to increase its profitability. To this end,
Pro à Pro will also pay extra attention to its
operational excellence.
Focus on cost efficiency
The foodservice company is constantly focusing on cost efficiency. Pro à Pro went one
step further this year in the optimisation of
its logistic planning and the load percentage of its trucks. As a result, the foodservice
company can serve its customers in the
region Île de France with four trucks less.
Investing
in logistic centres
Pro à Pro took a brand new distribution
centre into use in Guadeloupe this financial
year. The DC has a surface area of 2.000 m2
and can store dry goods, fresh products
and deep-frozen products. In addition, Pro
à Pro started with the construction of a
transhipment platform in the town Gap in
the department Hautes Alpes. This hub will
become operational in September 2015.
With this platform, Pro à Pro will be even
better able to make deliveries to the south.
In Chaponnay, just under Lyon, there are
plans to expand the distribution centre by
3.000 m2 in the coming financial year.
Finally, Pro à Pro plans to open a new
distribution centre on the island Martinique
before the end of 2015.
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Colex (Colruyt Export) is the
export division of Colruyt Group
and combines the Belgian and
French export activities of
Solucious and Pro à Pro. Colruyt
Export delivers 7.000 food products and 23.000 non-food products by container or plane over
the whole world. Storekeepers,
wholesalers and supermarkets
in Africa are the largest clients.
Colruyt Export distinguishes
itself with its competitive prices
and its high service level.
Customers are offered a full
service, as from the purchase to
the airport or sea port of destination, including customs forms
and licenses.
The revenue of Colex continues to grow
steadily. Africa remains the biggest market.
In addition, Colex is looking into more and
more other markets. The company is also
exporting more to China and is gaining
a foothold in Australia. Colruyt Export
expects to maintain its growth path in the
coming years. To this end, the company is
also expanding its sales department.
year. The central operational management
from Belgium was also optimised. Most of
the containers leave from the port of Antwerp. Containers with a lot of foodservice
products usually leave from the French
port Le Havre.
One export activity
for the group
At the request of its customers, Colex has
now also included Belle France products in
its product range since this financial year.
Belle France is a brand of our purchasing
group Francap Distribution and it has an
extensive product range and guarantees a
reliable quality.
Colruyt Group grouped together the Belgian
and the French export activities under the
name Colex (Colruyt Export) this financial
Belle France-products
in the product range
Colex offers a good and diverse
range of national brands and
own brands. The discount
brands Everyday Selection and
Econom offer good quality basic
products at competitive prices.
Especially for the export market,
Econom products provide the
product information in five
languages on the packaging: English, French, Spanish,
Portuguese and Arabic. In addition, it offers 1.300 Belle France
products, including dry goods
and beverages.
1995
350
CUSTOMERS
7.000 FOOD
23.000 NON-FOOD
THE WHOLE WORLD
COLEX-EXPORT.COM
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OTHER
ACTIVITIES
The revenue of the other activities amounted to
EUR 749,6 million (-1,8%). The other activities comprise:
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DATS 24 (Discount Automatic
Tanking Service) offers quality
fuels at low prices. The supplier
stands for smart fueling. 70%
of the stations are located next
to Colruyt Group stores. In this
manner, customers save time
and kilometers. Customers can
pump up their tyres for free at
every filling station. In addition,
DATS 24 gives tips to its customers on how to drive in a more
environmentally and budget
friendly way. DATS 24 is pioneering in Belgium with natural gas
for vehicles (CNG). Natural gas
vehicles emit up to 95% less
fine dust than vehicles that run
on petrol or diesel, have lower
CO2 emissions and drive a lot
quieter. Moreover, natural gas is
significantly cheaper.
DATS 24 also has 40 filling stations in France. They are all located next to a Colruyt store and
are in the first place an extra
service for Colruyt customers.
The sold volumes increased in the past
financial year due to the opening of six
new filling stations in Belgium. In addition,
the fuel supplier attracted more new customers. In view of the challenging market
conditions this is a very good performance.
Fuel prices are low, vehicles are becoming
increasingly fuel efficient and the market
continues to contract due to the crisis.
Furthermore, there is also fierce competition. All of these factors caused the sales to
decrease slightly to EUR 695,7 million and
the profitability remains under pressure.
50 extra CNG stations
DATS 24 aims to have 65 CNG stations by
March 2018. The fuel specialist also offers
natural gas since this financial year in Diest,
Overijse, Hasselt and Grimbergen, which
brings the number of stations up to 15.
This will be increased to 25 in the coming
financial year. At present, over 2.000
vehicles are running on natural gas in
Belgium. This number will increase in the
coming years due to an increasingly large
range of vehicles.
Appeal to the government
1972
EUR 695,7 MILLION
REVENUE (-1,5%)
105 FILLING STATIONS IN
BELGIUM
40 FILLING STATIONS IN FRANCE
41
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (+2)
SMART PETROL
DATS24.BE
94
The fuel supplier appeals to the government
to stimulate the distribution and awareness
of natural gas for vehicles more. A further
expansion of the network of pipes is necessary. In addition, DATS 24 asks for more (tax)
measures to stimulate the purchase and
use of natural gas vehicles. Finally, the fuel
specialist urges the government to promote
the advantages of the most ecological fossil
fuel more among car drivers.
Constant focus
on the environment
DATS 24 received the ISO 14001-certificate
for the second time in a row in 2014 for its
environment management system. An external audit reconfirmed the efforts for the
environment that the fuel specialist takes
every day. DATS 24 is one of the few fuel
suppliers in Belgium with such a certificate.
Expansion in Wallonia
DATS 24 plans to open its first CNG filling
stations in Wallonia in the near future. The
fuel specialist currently has a number of
permit applications that are being processed and hopes to further increase this
number. DATS 24 is urging the Wallonian
government to accelerate the introduction
of sectoral conditions that would speed up
the granting of permits.
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DATS 24
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
100th filling station
New logo and house style
DATS 24 opened its 100th filling station
in Belgium in Sint-Katelijne-Waver in
April 2014. A milestone that the fuel
supplier celebrated with its customers.
DATS 24 in Sint-Katelijne-Waver gave an
exceptional discount of 20 cents a litre
during the opening week. In addition, 100
customers throughout Belgium could win
a free tank of fuel. The competition, with
no less than 25.000 participants, was a
big success.
DATS 24 restyled its logo and house style to bring them more in line with its brand
promise: simple and efficient fueling at low prices. Green remains the main colour in the
new logo. DATS 24 added blue and white to this. White stands for simplicity. Blue stands for
joining economy and ecology.
Traffic safety campaigns
The new house style is being rolled out gradually. The website and all of the marketing
communication have already been restyled. The first filling station in the new house style
was opened in December 2014 in Grimbergen. All filling stations will be given the look and
feel of the new style by the end of 2018. The new house style comprises various changes
and offers customers even more tranquillity, user friendliness and simplicity. For instance
the labels were simplified and mini totems have been placed near the entrance way.
Furthermore, the rubbish bins were replaced by rubbish bin cabinets. Finally, DATS 24 also
pays more attention to the landscaping and to sustainable environmental aspects.
Technical areas are lined with evergreen hedges and where possible trees are planted.
DATS 24 considers traffic safety to be
very important and to this end it works
together with organisations such as
XIU/JTVOI, the Flemish Foundation for
Traffic Science and TFSR vzw. DATS 24
organised a campaign this financial year
together with XIU/JTVOI to increase the
visibility in traffic of high school students.
The fluo-rap contest invited high school
students to make a rap video. 100.000
students from 140 schools participated.
Good score in
tyre pressure test
Test-Aankoop and VAB organised a largescale test of the equipment to check tyre
pressure at 200 different filling stations.
DATS 24 scored well in the test. All
DATS 24 tyre pumps are checked at least
once a week by the internal technical
service. The fuel supplier also stimulates
its customer to pump up their tyres. The
fuel consumption decreases and the
brake distance is shorter with a correct
tyre pressure. Pumping up tyres remains
a free service at DATS 24 whereas more
and more filling stations are demanding
payment for a tyre pressure check.
Workshops with Colruyt Group Academy are popular
The DATS 24 workshop Alternative Vehicles at Colruyt Group Academy is very popular. More
and more consumers are interested in being informed about how they can travel in a
more sustainable and less expensive. DATS 24 provides information on alternative vehicles
and advice on reducing fuel consumption. To this end, the fuel specialist works together
with external partners.
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Symeta is an important player
in the market for specialised
marketing communication.
With its wide range of print and
document management services, the company is a reliable
guide in the complex business
communication market. The
print and document manager
focuses on mailings, personalised communication and
digital handling of documents
(dematerialisation).
Symeta deliberately chooses for
a clearly defined, but exclusive,
range of own products and
services. The company outsources other activities such
as traditional printing. Both
internal and external customers
turn to Symeta for its specialised know-how and unique print
technology. Internal customers
account for 80% of sales,
external customers account
for 20%.
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MERGER OF DRUCO (1979), MITTO
(2010), DEMATERIALISATION &
INTERNAL PRINTING (2011)
EUR 5,6 MILLION
REVENUE EXTERNALLY (- 51,1 %)
160
EMPLOYEES IN FTE (-95)
SMART PRINT +
DOC SOLUTIONS
SYMETA.BE
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Symeta produces more and more personalised market communication items
for the Colruyt Group store formulas. In
addition to the section ‘Selection for you’
which is included in Colruyt’s two-weekly
folder, Symeta is also developing personalised marketing communication items for,
for example, OKay, Bio-Planet, Collishop,
DATS 24.
A growing number of external customers
are also opting for Symeta for targeted and
relevant customer communication. Symeta
thus has a profitable customer-driven
business activity in the difficult printing
market. Moreover, by working for external
customers, the company can continue
to benchmark itself against other service
providers in the sector and it obliges itself
to keep track of the latest technological
innovations. Most of its external customers are medium-sized to large companies
and organisations such as banks, retailers,
utility companies and NGOs.
Conscious choices
Symeta has worked hard on its business
plan this financial year and has optimised
its processes. In the coming years, the print
and document manager plans to focus
exclusively on activities with which the
company is certain that it can create added
value. From the first results of this financial
year, it is clear that it was a good decision
to no longer continue with its own offset
production.
Joint management
with Premedia
As from 1 February 2015, Symeta and
Premedia, Colruyt Group’s internal communication agency, operate under a joint
management structure. In this manner, both
corporate partners wish to operate with an
even stronger customer focus and more
efficiently, in order to support the different
store formulas better with strong marketing
communication. The synergy between both
corporate partners will be expanded further
in the coming years.
SYMETA
SYMETA
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Maximum re-employment
of former employees of
the offset printing division
Symeta announced its intention to terminate the offset activities on 14 February
2014. A reorganisation was necessary in
order to maintain the profitability of its
business activities.
270.000 unique holiday brochures for Kazou
Symeta has been producing personalised holiday brochures for Kazou, the youth service
of the Christelijke Mutualiteit (CM), already for many years. The contents of the brochures,
the titles, texts and photographs vary depending on the profile of the children and young
people: the number of children per family, age, first name, horoscope, holiday destinations,
etc. Symeta is further increasing the personalisation each year. The young people who
went on holiday last year with Kazou now even received a brochure with on the cover the
group photograph of their last holiday. The youth holidays are always fully booked in no
time. Moreover, they also attract a lot of comments on social media.
At the end of this financial year, a solution
had been found for 100 out of the 108
former employees of the offset printing division. On 31 March, 59 of these
former employees had found a new job
within Colruyt Group. Four others found a
temporary internal solution. Twenty-eight
opted for a different job with another
company. Eight former employees opted
for early retirement. Another two opted for
following a training programme and four
people have been occupationally disabled
for a longer period of time. The remaining
eight former employees are being assisted
by the VDAB.
Innovative coater
Symeta installed an in-line coater at its
largest digital printer in December 2014. This
coater optimises the production process and
improves the quality of the end products. For
instance, Symeta can now adjust the sliding
resistance of paper and also did that for the
price labels in the stores. As the labels stick
together less now, employees can stick them
in the shelves easier and faster. Symeta will
further expand the various applications of
this innovative device in the coming years.
Unique Mailing for Mercedes awarded with Award for Excellence
In December, Symeta won a Graphic News Award for Excellence in the category Direct Mail, a competition organised by the magazine
Grafisch Nieuws. Mercedes, marketing agency VVL-BBDO and Symeta produced 1.000 personalised front pages for the newspapers
De Standaard and La Libre Belgique. With this unique mailing, Mercedes invited fleet managers for the presentation of the new C-class
at the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
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WE-Power is the internal
producer and supplier of green
energy within Colruyt Group.
The autonomous business
activity groups all sustainable
energy production on land. In
order to ensure a stable energy
production, WE-Power works
with different forms of energy
and a wide range of technologies: wind turbines, solar panels,
combined heat and power units
and biomass. WE-Power will
also experiment with other types
of energy and new technologies
in the future.
WE-Power supplies sustainable
energy to internal Colruyt Group
companies and divisions and
to independent storekeepers of
Spar Retail and Alvo. WE-Power
distinguishes itself as a reliable
and transparent supplier and
aims to optimise the energy
consumption of its customers.
Around 15% of the energy that
WE-Power offers originates
from its own production. The
group buys the other 85% on
the wholesale market. Eventually it is the intention to supply
exclusively self-produced green
electricity.
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WIND TURBINES
ONSHORE
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Combined heat and power
unit at DC Dassenveld
The combined heat and power unit in the
distribution centre Dassenveld has been
operating full power since June 2015. There
is a constant large demand in this DC for
heating and warm water for cleaning the
containers. The combined heat and power
units produce electricity and heat at the
same time using natural gas. An engine
drives a generator for the production of
electricity. The warmth that is released
is used for heating. As a result of this cogeneration, the energy in the fuel is used
more efficiently. Less fuel is required than in
the event of a separate production of heat
and electricity.
Good start as
energy supplier
WE-Power can look back at a good first year
as an energy supplier. The energy company
succeeded to provide insight into the supply
and demand of energy within the group and
to match this as well as possible.
Experiments with smart
grid
WE-Power is working on ‘smart grid’
applications. Such a smart electricity grid
optimally gears the production of energy to
the demand. WE-Power is looking into the
possibilities of hydrogen as a green energy
buffer. Hydrogen can store green electricity
and only emits condensation and now CO2
or fine dust when it is used. The sustainable energy that WE-Power converts into
hydrogen is therefore not only used as fuel
for fork-lift trucks and the hydrogen vehicle.
Within the framework of the European Don
Quichote project, WE-Power is also testing
how it can reconvert hydrogen into electricity. You can read more about the
Don Quichote project on page 37.
Gearing solar panel
installations to the local
demand
WE-Power analysed its existing installations
this financial year and examined where
extra solar panels would be opportune. The
energy producer never installs more solar
panels than necessary for the electricity
requirement of a store, office building or
distribution centre. For new construction
and renovation projects, WE-Power also
examines systematically whether it is technically and economically feasible to install
solar panels. WE-Power has been investing
in solar energy for a number of years as the
production pattern of solar energy is nicely
synchronised with the consumer profile in
the stores. Forty stores and eight central
buildings had a solar panel installation in
March 2015.
Four new turbines in
the coming financial year
WE-Power started to build two wind
turbines on the site Laekebeek in Lot and
three turbines in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, next to
the canal Brussels - Charleroi in May 2015.
WE-Power will be the owner of one turbine
in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, the other two are
owned by the electricity company
Ecopower. WE-Power will start with the
building of a turbine at the distribution
centre Stroppen in the fall of 2015. This turbine will supply electricity to the production
centre of Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat, the
group’s meat processing company. In addition, WE-Power is working on the permit
applications for seven wind turbines in the
Province Hainaut, four in Frasnes and three
in Ostiches. Furthermore, there are also a
number of other projects in the pipeline.
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WE-POWER
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Offering tertiary energy
reserve
WE-Power receives an availability fee since
this financial year from grid operator Elia
for the tertiary reserve that WE-Power can
offer in the event of a possible electricity
shortage. WE-Power carried out a complete
inventory of its energy consumption and
production based on its voluntary switchoff plan and determined which capacities
it can switch off in the event of a possible
black-out. In the coming financial year,
WE-Power will further examine which
additional capacities it can switch off.
Test with charging stations for electric vehicles
WE-Power is also experimenting with different types of charging stations for electric cars.
For instance, ‘fast’ charging stations have been installed at the Bio-Planet stores in Nossegem,
Grimbergen and Destelbergen. Customers can recharge their batteries for 80% in one hour.
‘Smart’ charging stations will be installed at the new Phase 1 at the head office in Wilgenveld.
These charging stations will charge the batteries of vehicles at the times when the energy
price is the cheapest. The tests with electric charging stations fit in with WE-Power’s learning
process on how to organise ‘production and demand steering’ and the storage of renewable
energy.
Starting with supplying
natural gas
WE-Power has applied for the necessary
permits to start as a supplier of natural gas
in 2016. WE-Power has carried out the necessary exploratory research and is convinced
that this expansion will be a profitable
activity. Of course, the increasing volume of
natural gas sold by DATS 24 also plays a role
in this decision.
One new wind turbine
in Spy
Two extra turbines in Halle
WE-Power built two extra wind turbines next to the distribution centre Dassenveld in Halle.
The two turbines have been operational since May 2014 and can provide electricity for approximately 2.600 households. In this manner, they avoid 4.300 tons of CO2 emissions each year.
The wind turbines are located between the motorway A8-E429 (Halle-Doornik) and railroad
line Halle-Edingen, next to the very first turbine built by Colruyt Group in 1999. WE-Power
delivers the electricity produced by the three turbines directly to the distribution centre.
The three new wind turbines in Spy, in the
Province Namur, have been operational
since November 2014. The three turbines
each have a capacity of 3,4 MW and can
produce sufficient electricity to cover the
consumption of 5.400 households. They
avoid 3.000 tons of CO2 emissions each
year. One wind turbine is owned by
WE-Power, the other two are owned by
electricity company EDF Luminus.
WE-Power provided for the building of
the turbines and is responsible for the
operation of the turbines
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OFFSHORE
WIND PARKS
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Colruyt Group will continue to
participate in offshore wind
energy in the coming years. In
addition, thanks to Parkwind, the
group is gaining expertise in the
development, construction and
operation of offshore turbines.
Colruyt Group is further expanding its expertise in the coming
years together with its external
partners.
Colruyt Group is also assuming
a responsible role in society with
its participation in Parkwind. The
group is contributing actively to
the Belgian energy balance and
in this manner it helps to gear
the energy supply to the demand
on a national level.
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Good production for Belwind
The profitability of the Belwind park is developing as budgeted. The high availability rate
of the turbines offset the weaker wind months in the past financial year. Belwind was
founded in 2010 and it has 55 wind turbines on the Bligh sandbank with an installed
capacity of 165 MW (megawatt). The turbine of 6 MW that was installed by the French company Alstom in Belwind’s concession zone was connected to the grid during this financial
year. Parkwind has an interest of 41,08% in Belwind. The share of the Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation is 39,02% and the share of the Dutch investment fund Meewind
is 19,90%.
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Colruyt Group fulfils a pioneer’s
role in regard to offshore wind
energy and invests in wind
parks off the Belgian coast.
The group holds an interest of
60,13% in the holding Parkwind: an industrial company
specialised in the development,
tendering, financing, construction and operation of offshore
wind parks, in which it is also
shareholder. Colruyt Group
has an indirect interest in two
operational wind parks in the
North Sea via the participation in
Parkwind: Belwind (24,70 %) and
Northwind (18,04 %). The family
holding company Korys and the
Flemish government (ParticipatieMaatschappij Vlaanderen)
also participate in Parkwind.
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Preparations
Nobelwind
Parkwind is working together
intensively with Sumitomo
Corporation and Meewind on
the development of Nobelwind
(Belwind phase 2). It is expected
that the wind park on the Bligh
sandbank off the Belgian coast
will be completed during 2017.
Nobelwind will consist of 50
wind turbines of each 3,3 MW.
The total capacity will amount
to 165 MW. In the meantime,
the authorities have approved
the splitting up of the Belwind
concession and the partial
transfer to Nobelwind. The goal
now, together with the external
partners, is to arrange for the
bank funding of the project
by no later than the beginning
of 2016.
A restructuring of the financial instruments took place in the past financial year. On the one hand, the
guarantees to the shareholders of the wind parks were reallocated in accordance with their shares in
the equity of the wind parks. On the other hand, the outstanding shareholders’ loans were restructured
on the level of Parkwind.
Good start for Northwind
The wind park Northwind has been operating at full power since the summer of 2014. The energy production is developing slightly better than the projections. Northwind is located on the Lodewijk-bank and has
72 turbines of each 3 MW. These turbines can supply green electricity for 250.000 households. Aspiravi is
the largest shareholder with a 40 % interest. Parkwind and Sumitomo Corporation each hold 30 %.
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The consortium Northwester
2 acquired a concession for
the construction of a windmill
park off the Belgian coast in
the summer of 2014. This
concerns half of the concession zone that the consortium
Mermaid acquired in 2013.
After that, Mermaid and
Northwester 2 concluded
an agreement to divide the
concession. Northwester 2 will
build a maximum capacity of
224 MW. Mermaid itself will
maintain a section of maximum 266 MW. This largest
concession zone in the North
Sea is located to the north of
the Bligh bank, 60 kilometers
off the Belgian coast. The zone
is located at the furthest distance at sea and also has the
deepest water. Colruyt Group
has a direct interest of 30% in
Northwester 2. TTR Energy is
the largest shareholder with
an interest of 48%. Colruyt
Group is looking into how it
can further optimise its
interest in Northwester 2.
Restructuring of financial instruments
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Consortium
Mermaid and
Northwester 2
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ACTIVITIES
The corporate activities comprise all supporting
departments and services. All of the Belgian
corporate services are linked to their counterparts
in the foreign branches.
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TECHNICS, REAL
ESTATE & ENERGY
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Technics, Real Estate & Energy
(T&I) is the internal technical
service department of Colruyt
Group in Belgium, Luxembourg
and the Dreamland stores in
France. T&I offers a complete
service: from research to design to
purchase, construction, installation and maintenance. T&I makes
use of the services of external
parties for specific projects.
The 1.300 employees are specialists and deliver fast and efficient
high quality work. The employees
have very different job profiles.
T&I has technicians, shelf builders
and mechanics, but also architects, engineers and electricians.
They design, build and renovate
buildings such as stores, distribution centres and filling stations
and they also protect these buildings against fire and theft. In addition, they make buildings more
energy efficient by systematically
applying environmental-friendly
and sustainable technology.
Finally, the T&I personnel is also
responsible for the maintenance
of vehicles and installation and
they monitor the environmental
systems.
7.000
50 extra CNG vehicles
Colruyt Group purchased 50 new natural gas (CNG) vehicles during this financial year and
will thus replace its oldest and least clean spare vehicles. These 50 vehicles constitute
nearly half of the spare vehicle part and reduce the ecological footprint. At present, CNG is
the cleanest fossil engine fuel. Colruyt Group is a pioneer with vehicles on natural gas.
The group’s vehicle fleet already includes 300 vehicles that run on natural gas.
Positive test with combined
heating and cooling system
in OKay Compact Luik
After the positive test in OKay Compact
Liège, all new OKay Compact stores will
now be equipped with a combined heating
and cooling system. Technics, Real Estate &
Energy installed the system in the OKay
Compact store in Liège and then compared
the installation costs and the energy consumption with the separate installation for
heating and cooling in the OKay Compact
Elsene. The test showed that not only were
the installation costs of a combined heating and cooling system considerably lower,
but the annual energy consumption was
lower than that of two separate installations for cooling and heating.
TRANS-PALLETS
Offices of the future
T&I worked on the dismantling and construction of Phase 1 of the head office in
Wilgenveld in Halle this financial year.
Phase 1 dates from 1978 and it was the
oldest building of the head office. Renovation was necessary in order to accommodate
Colruyt Group’s growth. At the same time, the
group wishes to stimulate the creativity of
its employees with this innovative building.
T&I applies various sustainable and
energy-saving technologies and, at the same
time, it also focuses on ergonomics. For
examples, employees can adjust the temperature and ventilation themselves. In
addition, different types of office space will
be made available that can be used in multifunctional manner. Employees will take the
new building into use in the summer of 2016.
A step further than the law
T&I goes a step further than the legal requirements and tries to make as much use as
possible of the newest technologies. For instance, all of the new stores are energy efficient
and satisfy the European energy regulations for 2020. After the positive test with propane
cooling in OKay Roeselare, T&I will apply this natural refrigerant in new Bio-Planet stores in
the next financial year. Natural refrigerants will probably be encouraged by the
government in the near future.
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Sustainable
logistic centre
in Ath/Lessines
During the construction of the
logistic centre in Ath/Lessines,
Colruyt Group opted as much as
possible for sustainable technologies and materials that limit
the impact on the environment.
t Solar panels: 1.544 solar
panels have been installed on
the roof of the return centre
with a combined capacity of
248,92 KW. The expected annual production of this installation equals the consumption of approximately
70 households.
t Heating and insulation: The
logistic centre has a highly
sophisticated heating and
ventilation system that
reduces the cost of energy
by 15%.
t LED lighting: The logistic centre consumes 30% less energy
due to the LED lighting with
movement sensors. Moreover,
the lighting lasts 50% longer
and the light intensity is also
adjustable.
t Rain water: Rain water is
captured and reused for the
truck wash.
t Saving system for water: The
reservoirs of the toilets have a
saving system that uses 20%
less water than traditional
systems.
t Buffer basins: There are
buffer basins that ensure that
the public sewer network does
not become overburdened. In
addition, these serve as extra
fire extinguishing water and as
a habitat for birds.
t Trees and plants: The site
contains 16.000 trees and
plants. In addition, it has
a lawn of 12.500 m2 and a
flower meadow of 32.000 m2.
There are also insect hotels
with butterflies and bees.
Read more about the new
logistic centre on page 79.
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BP&S
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Business Processes & Systems
(BP&S) provides high quality and
efficient business processes, information flows and communication
systems. BP&S provides support
to all divisions and companies
of the group in the area of IT and
process optimisation. BP&S has
very different job profiles within
its ranks, from business process
analysts to IT architects and from
system engineers to project
managers. The department
closely monitors the rapid
technological developments and
translates these to provide for
Colruyt Group’s specific needs.
In addition to 920 employees in
Belgium, BP&S also has departments in France and India with 50
and 270 IT employees respectively. The department in India also
helps alleviate the shortage of
IT personnel in Belgium.
8.000
BAR CODE READERS
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One purchasing department
Since this financial year, there is only one department within BP&S that provides for the
purchasing of service products, services and software. This centralisation has already led to
a savings of over EUR 3 million in just one financial year.
Second data centre operational
Colruyt Group took a new data centre into use in the spring of 2015, the second one in
two years. All IT systems are now housed in two high-tech data centres with the necessary
back-up facilities. Due to this investment, the IT capacity and performance has been increased and Colruyt Group is better able to capitalise on new technological developments.
Moreover, by opting for the newest technologies, they have also reduced their operating
costs. The lessons learned in the construction of the first data centre in 2013 were taken
into account in the construction of the second data centre. As a result, the construction
costs were considerably lower.
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FINANCE
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Finance is a support service for
all business activities within Colruyt Group and offers a complete
service package. This includes invoicing support and accounting,
financial reporting and budgeting, risk management and legal
support. The finance department
employs approximately 400
employees in Belgium, France,
India and Luxembourg.
Finance is constantly striving to
improve its efficiency. To this end,
the management is constantly
looking for innovative solutions
to modernise, fine-tune and
further simplify the support
provided to the store formulas.
Mobile payment
in web shops and stores
Customers in the web shops Collishop,
Dreamland and Dreambaby can pay with
their smartphones since September 2014.
This is also possible in all of the physical
stores of Colruyt Group since May 2015.
The group is the first retailer in Belgium
to offer the possibility of mobile payment
to customers in the web shops and in the
regular stores. With this investment,
Colruyt Group demonstrates that paying
can be easier, faster and cheaper, both for
the customer and for the company, and
that it plays a leading role in this.
The payment application is fast, userfriendly and secure. The customer downloads the app for free and links this once
only to a bank account number regardless
of with which bank he has an account. In
the store or on the screen of his PC, laptop
or tablet, the customer scans the QR code
and enters his PIN code. In this manner,
he approves the payment of the amount
due. The amount will be debited from his
account on the next day.
This is not the first time that Colruyt Group
assumes a pioneering role. The group also
puts a lot of effort into the introduction
of the electronic meal voucher in view of
the advantages for the user, the employer
and the distributor. The administration is
simpler, the convenience for the user has
been increased and the electronic meal
vouchers are safer for customers and
employees.
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PEOPLE &
ORGANISATION
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
People & Organisation is
responsible for the personnel
management of Colruyt Group.
The common objective of the
five departments: bringing
craftsmanship into the sustainable support, development and
connection of people, teams
and the organisation. The HR
partner offers full support, from
payroll services to prevention
and medical services, to communication and negotiations
with the social partners. There is
also a knowledge centre with HR
domains such as personal and
team development, remuneration, personal growth, health and
craftsmanship.
9.035
2.742
HIRINGS
115 students at fourth job day
The fourth job day was a success. No less than 115 master’s and bachelor’s students in
their final course year visited the event. The students visited the distribution centre
Dassenveld, attended panel meetings about leadership and participated in workshops
on job interview training. They were able to view job vacancies in the job café and apply
directly. Around 70 students made an appointment for a job interview. Colruyt Group
generates enthusiasm among young people for its diverse job opportunities in different
ways. There is a cooperation with the Odisee and the Antwerp student association Unifac.
In addition, Colruyt Group also organises workshops for university and college students in
their final year to make their search for a suitable job easier. The group has over 100 vacancies for junior job profiles in sales, logistics and corporate services.
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Intranet accessible at home
Since this financial year, all the Colruyt Group employees use the same intranet system
that is also accessible at home. The new intranet system is user friendly and flexible and
it is also cost efficient to work with one system. Moreover, it also contributes to the group
feeling. On the intranet, employees can find news, an overview of the personnel benefits
and a lot of practical information and documentation about, for example, payments,
courses and internal job applications. Not all of the functionalities are available to
employees at home as Colruyt Group does not promote working from home. Portal Extern
serves mainly to allow employee to gear their private activities to their work. In this manner,
employees can view their schedules, but not plan meetings.
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Framework age-conscious personnel policy
During this financial year, People & Organisation worked on establishing a framework for
an age-conscious personnel policy. This guiding instrument aims to create a win-win situation for the company and the employees by taking the different needs and requirements
of each age group into account. This positive and pro-active policy framework is based on
the talents and competencies of all employees and aims to keep everyone working in a
motivated and healthy way.
Investing
in software tools
People & Organisation invests in three
important software tools. The supporting business partner thus increases its
efficiency, capitalises on the most recent
technological developments and also
facilitates the growth of the company.
People & Organisation has been using one
single IT application for the recruitment
process since this financial year. In addition, Colruyt Group Academy implements a
software programme for the registrations
for the training programmes for employees. They can now manage their training
programmes via this tool. Finally, People
& Organisation are working on the roll-out
of a software tool for personnel and remuneration management.
Awarded for
attractive image
Colruyt Group was the first to receive the
new Outperformer Award from temporary
jobs agency Randstad. The reason is the
image of the group, which is much more
attractive than the average in the retail
sector. Randstad considers it noteworthy
that Colruyt Group has been regarded
as a good employer among the general
public for many years. The group regards
the award received from Randstad as an
acknowledgement of its personnel policy.
The Outperformer Award awards the
company that shows the largest difference
in attractiveness in comparison with the
sector. Together with Corporate Marketing,
People & Organisation worked on establishing a uniform and group-wide image
for Colruyt Group as an employer. You can
read more about this on page 111.
New job site
The job site has been restyled
since November 2014. The new
job site is designed from the
viewpoint of the job applicant
and is very user friendly, intuitive
and well-structured. The search
function was also improved and
the broad and diverse job opportunities within Colruyt Group are
presented better. In this manner,
the group wishes to increase the
quality of its job applications and
to reach more candidates.
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COLRUYT GROUP
ACADEMY
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Colruyt Group Academy groups
together all the internal training programmes and external workshops of
Colruyt Group.
Colruyt Group invests around 3,2 %
of its payroll in the training and
education of its employees. This
is based on the belief that the
company grows to the extent that
its employees grow, in knowledge,
skills and personality. Therefore, employees follow job-specific courses,
job-related technical courses, as
well as training programmes for
personal development. 14.941
employees participated in a training
programme in 2014.
New logo and house style
Colruyt Group Academy has a new logo and house style
since this financial year. The two links in the logo
symbolise the connection and the exchange of ideas.
At the same time, they also express the connection
between the internal and the external activities.
A new logo was necessary as the old logo was based
on Colruyt Group’s old logo. This also included the diamond from the logo of Colruyt Lowest Prices. However,
Colruyt Group Academy works together with all of the
store formulas for its workshops. And, of course, the
internal training programmes are intended for all of
the group’s employees. A new logo also requires a new
house style. This is young, dynamic and makes use of
new colours. Orange is warm. Blue projects trust and
certainty.
Since 2012, Colruyt Group Academy
offers a wider range of workshops
for private individuals. Meeting
other people and inspiration are
the central focal points in an open
and informal learning environment.
The 1.200 workshops take place at
six meeting centres and are divided
into six categories: Eating & Drinking, House & Garden, Well-being &
Leisure, Society, Kids & Co and Babies.
The low-threshold workshops are
inexpensive and are supported by
suppliers and are always linked to a
store formula.
New location in Namur
Workshops have been held in Namur since the spring of 2015. In 2016, this will also be the
case in Ukkel. It is Colruyt Group Academy’s ambition to offer workshops in 12 academies
spread over the whole country by 2018. These workshops are an ideal instrument for the
group to feel what people consider important in their lives and what they need. At the same
time, the consumer is discovering what Colruyt Group stands for via Colruyt Group Academy.
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CORPORATE
MARKETING
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Corporate Marketing is a support
service within Colruyt Group with
three specific tasks. First,
Corporate Marketing provides
strategic support to the management and the marketing
departments of the store formulas, also in France. In addition,
Corporate Marketing determines
the marketing strategy of Colruyt
Group and of sub-brands such
as Colruyt Group Academy and
Collibri Foundation. Finally,
Corporate Marketing is responsible for the brand management
of own brands such as Boni
Selection, Everyday, Dreamland,
Kangourou, and Dreambee.
Cheapest own brand
Everyday restyled
Everyday, Colruyt Group’s cheapest own
brand had been restyled and is now
presented in a new, fresh packaging. The
packaging is mainly white so that customers can find Everyday even easier on the
store shelves. The packaging only contains
the necessary information with in the front
in large letters the name and a picture or
a window that clearly shows the product.
Everyday offers around 650 basic products
and is available in the Colruyt, OKay, Spar
and Dreamland stores.
This restyling is the last step in a major
simplification of the product range with
the objective of having three clearly distinguishable brand layers. Customers can
thus easily choose between the national
brands, the own brand Boni Selection and
the cheapest own brand Everyday.
Uniform position as employer
Corporate Marketing worked together with People & Organisation to create a uniform and
group-wide positioning for Colruyt Group as an employer and a value-driven family-owned
company where employees can build a lasting career, take initiatives and are given the
opportunity to learn and to develop themselves. At the same time the group is a unique
and innovative company that considers working together to be very important.
The brand identity forms the basis for the recruitment and retention policy. Colruyt Group
wants to be top of mind as an employer and thus generate a large and high quality inflow
of candidates. In addition, a uniform image makes it easier for employees of the group to
identify with their employer.
Corporate Marketing has also created a visualisation of the positioning as an employer.
This starts each time with a selfie image of an employee. In the accompanying tweet,
the employee tells why he is proud of his job and how Colruyt Group makes the difference
as an employer.
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PREMEDIA
The internal communication
agency translates the marketing
strategy of Colruyt Group into
communication strategies.
Together with Premedia, Symeta
helps the store formulas to
evolve from mass communication to personalised and targeted customer communication.
Premedia succeeds in catering
to the needs and wishes of its
customers in a fast and accurate
manner. As internal communication agency, Premedia understands the needs of its partners
perfectly and gears its way of
working to this. In addition, there
is a close cooperation between
the various internal departments
and the customer. Finally, Premedia closely monitors the most
recent market developments.
Premedia is one of the largest
communication agencies in
Belgium and offers a wide
variety of services. This includes
folders, mailings, the annual report, packaging and websites as
well as video news updates, apps
and strategies for social media.
Premedia paid extra attention to the requirements of consumer-driven communication.
The communication agency constantly reexamines how it can ensure that its organisation can capitalise on the newest trends and
technological developments in an optimal,
flexible and fast way. Premedia intends to
involve the consumer more in the creation of
its communication strategies in order to fulfil
the consumer’s needs even better. Personalisation and customer segmentation play an
important role in this.
PREMEDIA
INITIATIVES AND
REALISATIONS
Strong campaign for
100th OKay store
For the 100th OKay store, Premedia developed a
successful media campaign together with OKay.
This consisted of posters, the first radio commercial
and a customer folder with a 1 euro discount on 100
products. The message was more than ever: you can do
your shopping fast, cheap and easy at OKay. The objective: on the one hand, to attract new customers and to
thank our loyal customers and, on the other hand, to
increase the number of visits to the store and stimulate
customers to use the card. And it was a success. This
led to an increase in sales during this period and it also
increased the name awareness.
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©Outdoor Services
ACTIVITIES
COLRUYT GROUP IN FIGURES
1. Activities
1.1. Realised investments
(In EUR million)
I. Retail
Colruyt stores Belgium
OKay, Bio-Planet and Cru
Dreamland Belgium and France and Dreambaby
Colruyt France
Retail other and real estate
2014/2015
2013/2014
272,0
112,6
21,5
4,8
10,6
122,5
216,0
92,3
15,0
7,5
11,3
89,9
II. Wholesale and Foodservice
Wholesale
Foodservice
Real estate
49,1
8,5
14,4
26,3
47,9
9,4
7,6
30,9
III. Other activities
10,0
22,7
IV. Unallocated corporate activities
37,8
35,7
368,9
322,3
Total group consolidated
The increase in the investments during the reporting period was mainly due to:
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Excluding possible acquisitions or participations, Colruyt Group expects to realise an investment programme of maximum EUR 400 million
for the financial year 2015/2016. The majority of this amount is intended for new or to be renovated stores and stations in Belgium and in
France as well as for investments in green energy. The increase in the to be expected investments is mainly due to the completion of the
Colruyt distribution centre in Ath/Lessines, the OKay and Bio-Planet distribution centre in Lot, the construction of an additional production
facility for Colruyt Group Fine Food in Halle and the construction of a new administrative wing at the site Wilgenveld in Halle.
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1.2. Distribution centres and administrative buildings
m²
Production /distribution centres
Belgium (1)
France
Food retail
Deliveries to independent storekeepers
Foodservice
Redistribution platforms
Administrative buildings (office floor space) in Belgium (1) (2)
number
566.599
23
29.160
25.000
91.602
16.169
129.211
2
1
18
22
27 sites
(1) Including the Symeta and Colruyt Group Fine Food sites.
(2) In connection with the demolition works and the construction of phase 1 on the site Wilgenveld in Halle, a number of corporate services have also been housed temporarily
in a leased building in Huizingen with an office space of 2.860 m².
1.3 Integrated stores of Colruyt Group at the end of the reporting period
BELGIUM + LUXEMBOURG
Colruyt
- number (1)
Of which leased externally
- in ‘000 m²
OKay (2)
- number
Of which leased externally
- in ‘000 m²
Bio-Planet
- number
Of which leased externally
- in ‘000 m²
Dreamland
- number
Of which leased externally
- in ‘000 m²
Dreambaby
- number
Of which leased externally
- in ‘000 m²
Cru
- number
Of which leased externally
- in ‘000 m²
FRANCE (3)
Colruyt
- number
Of which leased externally
- in ‘000 m²
Coccinelle (4)
- number
- in ‘000 m²
Dreamland (5)
- number
- in ‘000 m²
14/15
13/14
12/13
11/12
10/11
09/10
236
21
384
234
19
373
227
22
349
221
22
343
217
21
325
214
28
317
110
19
63
98
12
56
88
11
49
80
11
44
74
10
39
66
9
34
13
7
9
11
5
8
8
3
6
7
3
5
7
3
5
6
3
4
41
16
77
39
15
74
38
13
72
35
12
68
34
13
63
29
13
58
22
11
13
17
11
10
11
6
7
9
4
5
6
4
3
6
4
3
73
4
70
67
5
64
62
4
60
58
5
57
47
4
45
41
4
39
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
3
7
3
7
3
2
4
2
4
2
4
2
4
2
4
1
2
1
0
1
(1) Our three stores in Luxembourg also form part of the total number of stores. As from the financial year 2013/14, the stores that were closed at the end of the period under review due
to renovation works are included in the total. In the previous financial years, the temporarily closed stores at the end of the period under review were not included in the total.
(2) Figures include two OKay Compact stores.
(3) For France, this concerns the situation as at the end of the financial year on 31/12. At the end of March 2015, there were 73 integrated stores, amounting to a total of 70.000 m².
(4) As from the financial year 12/13, the remaining five Coccinelle stores were transferred to the wholesale segment.
(5) The two Dreamland stores in France are leased externally.
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2. Personnel
2.1. Job creation
Number of employees
In full-time equivalents
Distribution per segment
31.03.15
31.03.14
Variance versus
last year
31.03.15
31.03.14
Retail
Wholesale and foodservice
Other activities
Corporate (unallocated)
Total group
- Belgium (1)
- Luxembourg
- France (2)
- Other countries
22.623
3.056
227
2.211
28.117
24.107
78
3.649
283
21.455
3.050
318
2.226
27.049
23.223
55
3.529
242
+ 1.168
+6
- 91 (3)
- 15
+ 1.068
+ 884
+ 23
+ 120
+ 41
21.129
2.996
216
2.150
26.491
22.781
78
3.350
283
20.043
2.995
304
2.155
25.497
21.976
54
3.225
242
Variance versus
last year
+ 1.086
+1
- 88 (3)
-5
+ 994
+ 805
+ 24
+ 124
+ 41
(1) These figures do not take into account the working students who are employed in the weekends or during the school holiday. (4.629 on 31.03.2015 and 4.374 on 31.03.2014).
(2) For France, the number of employees at the end of the year on 31/12 are taken into account in the table. France employed 3.591 employees on 31 March 2015
(or 3.388 in full-time equivalents). France employed 77 job students in the weekends and during school holidays at the end of the period under review.
(3) The decrease can be attributed to the termination of the offset activities at Symeta.
2.2. Development of Colruyt Group workforce (number of employees)
+1.274
+1.553
+1.804
+1.892
+1.541
+2.783
+1.214
+959
10.497
+913
11.410
+992
15.185
+972
+442
16.157 16.599
+730
24.119
+1.086
+570
27.049
+1.068
28.117
25.205 25.775
22.566
20.762
18.870
17.329
12.402
9.283
99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07
07/08
08/09 09/10 10/11
41,5%
11/12 12/13 13/14
14/15
2.3. Nationalities
At the end of the financial year, the workforce in Belgium consisted of 77 nationalities among which 144 Dutch employees, 159 French,
143 Italian, 45 from Spain and Portugal, 23 from Poland and Romania, 18 from Germany, 10 from Greece and 36 employees from other
European countries. In addition, 411 employees are African nationals, 86 are Asian nationals and 21 are American nationals.
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2.4. Number of employees at the end of the financial year
The number of employees in the group at the end of the period under review amounted to 28.117 of which:
men
17.219
women
10.898
61,24 %
38,76 %
office workers
labourers
5.695
79,75 %
22.271
79,21 %
20,25 %
full time
5.846
part time
22.422
20,79 %
Dutch language
15.422
speakers
French or other
language speakers
12.695
54,85 %
45,15 %
The number of employees who worked in Belgium at the end of the period under review amounted to 24.107 of which:
Dutch language
speakers
15.419
French language
speakers
8.688
36,04 %
15.685
living in Flanders
6.807
living in Wallonia
living in Brussels
outside of Belgium
1.425
190
65,06 %
28,24 %
5,91 %
0,79 %
2.5. Training and
education in Belgium
2.6. Salary costs and
net salary in Belgium
Colruyt Group pays a lot of attention to the
training and education of its employees.
The total education and training expenses
in Belgium, in relation to the total Belgian
personnel expenses, amounted to 3,17%
last year. The main focus was on training programmes for strategic leadership,
dealing with changes, working effectively
and the development of professional
knowledge.
The total annual payroll costs in
Belgium for Colruyt Group amounted to
EUR 1.071,94 million, consisting of EUR
241,73 million in employer’s contributions
for NOSS and other statutory insurance
and EUR 830,20 million in gross wages and
salaries. Of the EUR 830,20 million gross
wages, an amount of EUR 91,32 million
was paid to social security and EUR 131,20
million was paid on to the withholding tax.
The employees ultimately received a net
amount of EUR 607,68 million or 56,69%
of the total employer’s payroll costs.
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63,96 %
In the financial year 2014/2015,
Colruyt Group paid an amount of
EUR 317,03 million to social security, being
EUR 225,71 million in employer’s
contributions and EUR 91,32 million in
employees’ contributions.
Total salary costs
(in EUR million)
Total salary costs
Employer's contributions
NOSS and insurance
Gross wages or salaries
Employer's contributions NOSS
Withholding tax on salaries
(including reduced charges)
Net wages or salaries
1.071,94 (100 %)
241,73 (22,55 %)
830,20 (77,45 %)
91,32 (8,52 %)
131,20 (12,24 %)
607,68 (56,69 %)
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2.7. Contributions paid to the Belgian treasury in relation to the added value
In the past financial year, all of the Belgian companies of Colruyt Group combined paid an amount of EUR 898,83 million in social, fiscal
and product related taxes to the Belgian treasury. In addition, the net payment of VAT (the difference between payable and deductible VAT)
paid to the fiscal government amounted to EUR 296,51 million.
Contributions paid to the Belgian Treasury
In EUR million
Social Security (1)
Withholding tax on salaries (1)
Corporation tax on profits
Product-related taxes (customs, excise duties)
Withholding tax on income from moveable assets
Withholding tax on income from property
Registration rights, provincial and municipal taxes and other federal taxes
Total
317,03
131,20
137,80
278,83
16,75
7,82
9,41
898,83
(1) Including the reduction in charges on the federal and regional level.
All of these taxes are the result of the added value created by the group. The net added value (2) generated by Colruyt Group in Belgium
amounted to EUR 1,87 billion. Of this amount, 48,16% in taxes flows to the various local and federal governments and 32,98% is paid out to
the employees for the work that they have performed. 6,77% was paid out to the shareholders (3) and the remaining 12,09% will be invested
back in the group to finance future projects.
Distribution of the net added value generated by Colruyt Group in Belgium:
12,09 %
RESERVED PROFIT
6,77 %
SHAREHOLDERS
48,16 %
LOCAL AND FEDERAL
GOVERNMENTS
32,98 %
COLRUYT GROUP
EMPLOYEES
(2) The excise duties paid were included in the net added value in order to be able to express the total contribution to the Treasury of EUR 898,83 million
as a percentage of thus adjusted net added value.
(3) The purchase or the cancellation of treasury shares is not taken into account in this calculation.
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2.8. Financial
involvement
tion in the capital and in the profit of the companies. The Collective Labour Agreement has
already been extended a number of times.
regarding the non-recurrent results-linked
benefits. The benefits of the CAO 90 can only
be paid out in cash.
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tem was expanded to include all companies
within the group, for the employees working in
Belgium. The share in the profits varies in accordance with the operating result of the past
financial year. The basic amount is multiplied
by coefficients for salary, seniority and position. Part of this is paid out at the option of the
recipient in money or in shares of the parent
company. In this manner, in total EUR 152,46
million was paid out to the personnel working
in Belgium in the period 2002 to 2010.
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13,07% is withheld on results-linked bonuses
due to a change in the legal framework.
2.8.1. Profit participation
As a token of appreciation for everyone’s
contribution and efforts, Colruyt Group allows
all the employees in Belgium to share in
the profit. A different system applies to our
employees in France in accordance with the
French laws.
History of the profit participation in Belgium
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a system of profit participation together with
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of 22 May 2001 regarding the profit participa-
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profit participation is determined in accordance with the Act of 22 May 2001 regarding
employee participation in the capital and
in the profit of the companies, as well as
in accordance with the Collective Labour
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Shareholders’ Meeting, a profit share of EUR
7,02 million will be paid out for the financial
year 2014/2015, of which 67% in cash and
33% in shares, determined in accordance with
the law of 22 May 2001 regarding employee
participation in the equity and the profit of
the companies. In addition, an amount of EUR
18,82 million will be distributed in accordance
with the CAO90 of 20 December 2007 regarding non-recurrent results-linked benefits.
Therefore, the total participation in the profit
amounts to EUR 25,84 million. This profit
participation has been calculated based on
the operating profit excluding the transaction
amount with the Investigation Service.
Overview of the profit participation since financial year 2001/2002
Cash
Year
From 2001 to 2010
2010 - 2011
2011 - 2012
2012 - 2013
2013 - 2014
2014 - 2015
TOTAL
Shares
Amount
Profit participation
in EUR million (1)
Total
employees
In EUR
million
Number
employees
In EUR
million
Number
shares
Number
employees
152,46
9,89
14,95
----------24,84
8,97
15,62
----------24,59
7,46
18,56
----------26,02
5,43
16,95 (2)
----------22,38
7,02
18,82 (2)
----------25,84
276,13
101.136
79,61
5,54
14,95
----------20,49
5,55
15,62
----------21,17
4,64
18,56
----------23,20
3,66
16,95
----------20,61
4,71
18,82
----------23,53
188,61
61.763
11.985
72,85
4,35
2.504.540
101.339
39.373
7.620
13.797
3,42
97.196
7.080
13.807
2,82
63.921
7.396
14.948
1,77
37.378
7.301
15.404
2,31
47.942
7.476
87,41
2.852.323
19.605
20.877
21.203
22.249
22.880
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2.8.2. Capital increase
reserved for the personnel
In order to allow the employees to share in
the growth of the company, we have been
stimulating our employees to participate in
the company’s capital since 1987. Through
an annual capital increase reserved for the
personnel, the personnel can subscribe
to shares of the parent company Etn.
Fr. Colruyt NV at an advantageous price
(within the statutory framework), which
are blocked for five years. These capital
increases are proposed by the Board of
Directors and approved by the
Extraordinary General Assembly.
Capital Increases reserved for employees,
since 1987
During the most recent capital increase
(in November 2014) 2.420 employees
subscribed for 466.754 shares, which
represents a capital contribution of EUR
14,0 million. Since 1987, the employees
of Colruyt Group have already subscribed
to recalculated 20.778.428 shares in their
own company or in their parent company
for a total amount of EUR 182,98 million.
Year
Amount in
EUR million
From 1987 to 2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
TOTAL
103,69
13,74
23,90
6,19
10,05
11,41
14,00
182,98
Number
of shares
18.214.375
506.895
715.585
225.194
332.725
316.900
466.754
20.778.428
3. Key figures over five years
(in EUR million)
2014/15
2013/14
2012/13
2011/12
2010/11
Revenue
Retail
Wholesale and Foodservice
Other activities
Inter-segment
8.916,8
6.770,3
1.540,8
749,6
-143,9
8.652,0
6.534,6
1.490,0
763,5
-136,1
8.311,6
6.309,4
1.380,1
750,5
-128,4
7.847,6
5.996,7
1.290,6
686,3
-126,1
7.280,1
5.613,5
1.263,4
548,0
-144,8
Gross profit
EBITDA (1)
EBITDA margin (1)
EBIT (1)
EBIT margin (1)
Profit before taxes (1)
Taxes
Net profit (1)
Net profit margin (1)
Cash flow from operating activities
Free cash flow
2.219,0
699,7
7,9 %
495,4
5,6 %
510,7
148,1
362,6
4,1 %
570,1
202,6
2.151,0
686,8
7,9 %
488,1
5,6 %
497,1
147,3
349,8
4,0 %
605,7
284,1
2.106,3
699,9
8,4 %
515,1
6,2 %
502,5
148,9
353,6
4,3 %
655,0
345,5
2.008,6
681,4
8,7 %
485,2
6,2 %
488,8
145,9
342,9
4,4 %
541,0
237,4
1.867,5
621,1
8,5 %
472,2
6,5 %
477,7
139,7
337,9
4,6 %
489,6
178,3
Total equity
Balance sheet total as at 31 March
1.800,7
3.661,2
1.966,9
3.721,8
1.792,9
3.443,3
1.617,3
3.167,0
1.488,8
3.017,3
Investments
368,9
ROCE (1)
21,7 %
Market capitalisation at the end of the financial year 6.350,04
322,3
24,0 %
6.606,79
248,5
27,1 %
6.218,25
298,2
23,5 %
5.079,2
301,8
25,1 %
6.253,84
149.419.713
156.636.503
2,21
1,00
2,47 %
156.447.069
165.169.749
2,24
1,00
2,50 %
156.217.581
164.852.849
2,26
1,00
2,65 %
157.391.224
168.520.124
2,18
0,95
3,15 %
158.032.176
168.294.930
2,14
0,92
2,48 %
28.117
26.491
27.049
25.497
25.775
24.287
25.205
23.555
24.119
22.588
498
622
468
590
436
547
418
529
394
488
Weighted average number of
issued shares
Number of outstanding shares
Earnings per share (EPS)
Dividend per share
Dividend yield (gross dividend/share price)
Number of employees
Number of employees in FTE
Number of integrated stores
Store surface of integrated stores in '000 m2
(1) To maintain comparability, the figures of financial year 2014/15 exclude the settlement amount with the Investigation Service of EUR 31,6 million.
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CORPORATE
GOVERNANCE
Management, Supervision and Directorate .............................122
Responsible/Sustainable Corporate Governance
inclusive of remuneration report ................................................ 124
Share Ownership – Colruyt shares ...............................................134
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MANAGEMENT, SUPERVISION AND
DIRECTORATE
1. Board of Directors
1.1. Composition
Capacity
Representatives
of the main shareholders,
executive directors
Representatives of
the main shareholder,
non-executive directors
Name
Member Audit
Committee
Member
Remuneration
Committee
Jef COLRUYT
Frans COLRUYT
François GILLET - Chief
Investment Officer and Member of
Executive Committee at SA Sofina
2018
2017
X
2016
ANIMA for which acts as permanent
representative: Jef Colruyt (Chairman)
HERBECO for which acts as
permanent representative: Piet Colruyt
2016
X
2017
FARIK for which acts as permanent
representative: Frans Colruyt
Independent directors
Wim COLRUYT
BVBA DELVAUX TRANSFER,
for which acts as permanent
representative: Willy Delvaux
2017
X
Astrid De Lathauwer
Secretary
Year of end
of mandate
X
X
2018
2017
X
2017
Jean de LEU de CECIL
Jef Colruyt, Frans Colruyt, Piet Colruyt, Wim Colruyt, Willy Delvaux and François Gillet also hold other directorships in addition to the directorships in
the companies of Colruyt Group.
1.2. Auditor
1.3. Mandates
1.4. Honorary Director
CVBA KLYNVELD PEAT MARWICK GOERDELER –
Company auditors represented by Ludo
RUYSEN [00949]. The auditor’s mandate
expires after the General Assembly of 2016.
No directors have to be reappointed and no
new directors have to be appointed.
Leo DESCHUYTENEER
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2. Directorate
2.1. Colruyt Group
Directorate
2.2.2. Retail
Retail France and Foodservice
Belgium and France
Jef COLRUYT
Frans COLRUYT
Dries COLPAERT
Delegated director,
CEO and COO Services
COO Retail
General Manager Colruyt France and Foodservice
Frans COLRUYT
Laurent FRANSIOLI
Colruyt Lowest Prices
Finance and Administration Manager
Delegated director and COO Retail
Chris VAN WETTERE (1)
Antonio LOPEZ
Dries COLPAERT
General Manager Colruyt (as from 01/03/2015)
Deputy Manager Sales Integrated Stores
General Manager Colruyt France and Foodservice
Tony DEBOCK
Gilles POINSOT
Dirk DEPOORTER
Product Group Promotion Manager
Deputy Manager Purchasing Integrated Stores
Anthony MEILLER
General Manager Retail Partners Colruyt Group
Christophe DEHANDSCHUTTER
Chris VAN WETTERE (1)
Purchasing Manager
Deputy Manager Affiliated Stores
General Manager Colruyt (as from 01/03/2015)
Martine PAUWELS
Geert ROELS
Dirk BERTELOOT
Logistics and Transport Manager
Deputy Manager T&I and Logistics
General Manager of Dreamland, Dreambaby and
Collishop
Claude ROMAIN
Pascal DUBOIS
Sales Manager Colruyt
Operational Manager Foodservice France (RHD)
Marc HOFMAN
Guido SORET
Jean-Claude LEROY
Finance Manager
Deputy Sales Manager Colruyt West
Deputy Manager Purchasing (RHD)
Koen DE MAESSCHALCK
Rudi DEWULF
Colruyt Group Fine Food
People & Organisation Manager
Deputy Sales Manager Colruyt Centre
Peter VANBELLINGEN
Bart DE SCHUTTER
Stefan GOETHAERT
Business Processes and Systems Manager
Deputy Sales Manager Colruyt Centre West
Manager Production divisions
Koen BAETENS
Christian BOURG
Technics, Real Estate & Energy (T&I) and WE Power
Manager
Deputy Sales Manager Colruyt South East
Cru
Jean-Pierre ROELANDS
OKay and Bio-Planet
Manager Store Concepts
Fabrice GOBBATO (2)
2.2. Colruyt Group Future
Board
General Manager OKay (as from 01/03/2015)
Frans COLRUYT
General Manager Bio-Planet (as from 01/03/2015)
Jef Colruyt
CEO
Dreamland, Dreambaby and
Collishop
2.2.1. Colruyt Group Services
Dirk BERTELOOT
Jef Colruyt
André CERON
COO Services
Deputy Manager Logistics and Administrative
Services
General Manager
Marc HOFMAN
Finance Manager
Koen DE MAESSCHALCK
People & Organisation Manager
Retail Partners Colruyt Group
Dirk DEPOORTER
Wim MERTENS
General Manager
Deputy Manager Social Relations
Jean-François STEVENS
Peter VANBELLINGEN
Sales Manager
Business Processes and Systems Manager
Erik PAPPAERT
Philip D’HOOGE
Deputy Manager Logistics
Manager of Premedia and Symeta
Jan PELGRIMS (3)
Koen BAETENS
Deputy Manager Purchasing (until 31/12/2014)
Technics, Real Estate & Energy (T&I) and WE Power
Manager
Filip VAN LANDEGHEM
2.3. Changes in the
Directorate and the
Future Board
Reporting period 2014/2015
(1) Chris Van Wettere has been appointed
General Manager of Colruyt Lowest Prices as
of 1 March 2015. He thus succeeds Luc Rogge
who went into retirement in January 2014.
During the transition period from January 2014
to February 2015, Frans Colruyt, COO Retail,
temporarily took over his duties.
(2) Chris Van Wettere was replaced at OKay
by Fabrice Gobbato, who became the General
Manager of the OKay and OKay Compact stores.
The group would like to thank Chris van
Wettere for his contribution to the strong
growth of OKay in the last 12 years. As from
1 March 2015, Frans Colruyt manages the
Bio-Planet directly. Frans Colruyt will also
remain the COO Retail of the Colruyt Group.
Deputy Manager of Real Estate and DATS 24
(3) Jan Pelgrims left Colruyt Group on 1 January
2015 to become the General Manager of Alvo.
The group would like to thank him for his years
of service within the purchasing departments
of Colruyt Lowest Prices and later Retail
Partners Colruyt Group.
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RESPONSIBLE / SUSTAINABLE
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
1. Responsible /
Sustainable
Corporate Governance
Statement
1.1. Reference code
The act of 6 April 2010 to strengthen the
responsible corporate governance at stocklisted companies was published in the Belgian
Official Gazette on 23 April 2010. Most of
the new obligations stipulated in the act
applied as from the financial year 2011/2012.
This mainly concerns the appointment of a
Remuneration Committee within the Board
of Directors and the provisions regarding the
remuneration of directors and the senior
management.
The Board of Directors has decided to adopt
the Belgian Corporate Governance Code 2009
as reference for the sustainable corporate
governance within Colruyt Group as from the
publication of the act. This code has now
been designated as the compulsory reference
framework by the Royal Decree of 6 June 2010.
The code and the Royal Decree of 6 June 2010
were published in the Belgian Official Gazette
of 28 June 2010.
In accordance with the ‘comply or explain’
principle, below we will describe where Colruyt
Group has departed from the Code’s
recommendations during this financial year.
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composed of two executive directors and
seven non-executive directors, two of which
are independent directors. The Board of
Directors beliefs that an increase in the
number of members must be associated
with an enrichment in experience and
competencies, without having a negative
effect on its efficient functioning.
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female member. The Board of Directors is
working on ensuring that at least one third
of the members of the Board of Directors are
female within the statutory period.
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Audit Committee composed of one
independent director and two non-executive
directors. Based on the current composition
of the Board of Directors as well as the
different competencies that are represented,
this composition is optimal for an efficient
functioning of this committee.
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Appointment Committee. The appointments
therefore remain the competence of the
plenary Board of Directors. The candidatedirectors are presented to the General
Assembly by the plenary Board of Directors.
The appointment of Managers takes place at
the proposal of the Chairman of the
Directorate with the approval of the plenary
Board of Directors.
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tradition, Jef Colruyt is the CEO (as permanent
representative of Anima NV) and Chairman of
the Colruyt Group Directorate and the Future
Board. This deviation from the
recommendations of the Belgian Corporate
Governance Code for companies quoted
on the stock exchange is justified in light of
Colruyt Group’s history and the desire of the
reference shareholders to entrust one of the
reference shareholders with the leadership of
the Directorate.
1.2. Charter
1.2.1. General Assembly
The annual General Assembly of Shareholders
takes place on the last Wednesday of the
month of September at 4 pm at the
company headquarters. If that day is a holiday,
the assembly will be held on the first business
day thereafter.
The Board of Directors and the Auditor may
convene the General Assembly and determine
the agenda.
The General Assembly must also be convened
within one month of an appeal or written
request from shareholders representing jointly
at least 1/5th of the company capital.
All General Assemblies are convened in
accordance with the law. One or several
shareholders who together hold at least 3%
of the authorised capital, and who satisfy the
statutory formalities regarding participation
in the assembly, can have items placed on the
agenda of the assembly and submit proposals
for resolutions. The formalities to submit and
register agenda items and proposals must
take place in accordance with the statutory
provisions and must be made known to the
company no later than the 22nd day before
the assembly of the company.
Each share entitles the holder to one vote. In
order to be admitted to the assembly, each
owner of shares must, before the opening of
the assembly, provide evidence of his capacity
as shareholder by registering his shares administratively no later than on the registration
date and he must inform the company of his
intention to participate in the assembly no
later than the sixth day before the date of the
assembly.
The shares are either registered shares or
dematerialised shares.
The registered shares are registered in the
shareholder register at the company and the
dematerialised shares must be registered on
an account of an acknowledged account
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holder or clearing institution in accordance
with Section 474 of the Belgian Company
Code.
Shareholders shall vote in person or through
a proxy. The proxy holder must be designated
in accordance with Article 20 of the Articles of
Association. Each proxy holder must meet the
conditions to gain access to the assembly.
Shareholders who satisfy the statutory
formalities to be admitted to the assembly
as stipulated in Article 20 of the Articles of
Association, can address their questions to the
registered office of the company or
electronically as soon as the convocation is
published and no later than the sixth day
before the beginning of the assembly. This
right to put questions is regulated in Article
20bis of the articles of association.
The General Assembly may not deliberate
on matters that are not announced on the
agenda.
1.2.2. Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is of the opinion that an
increase in the number of members must also
constitute an enrichment in experience and
competencies that supports the development
of the Colruyt Group.
In line with the Colruyt Group’s long-standing
tradition, Jef Colruyt is currently the
Chairman of the Board of Directors (as
permanent representative of Anima NV) and
Chairman of the Colruyt Group Directorate
and the Future Board. This deviation from the
recommendations of the Belgian Corporate
Governance Code for companies quoted
on the stock exchange is justified in light of
Colruyt Group’s history and the desire of the
reference shareholders to entrust one of the
reference shareholders with the leadership of
the Directorate.
Functioning of the Board of
Directors
The Board of Directors meets every quarter
in accordance with a previously determined
schedule. The meetings are always held during
the second half of the months September,
November, March and June.
Composition
The composition of the Board of Directors
is the result of the structure of the share
ownership in the company in which the family
shareholders, with the support of NV Sofina,
are reference shareholders. As in the past, the
family shareholders ensure the stability and
continuity of the company and in this manner,
they promote the interests of all shareholders.
They choose to propose the role of directors to
a limited group of representatives with diverse
backgrounds, broad experience and thorough
knowledge of the company. The directors form
a small team with the necessary flexibility and
efficiency to be able to adapt to events and to
capitalise on the opportunities in the market.
No rules are specified in the articles of
association for the appointment of the
directors and the renewal of their mandate.
The Board of Directors has decided to propose
candidates for possibly renewable terms of no
more than four years.
The General Assembly of Shareholders has the
exclusive right to appoint (and if necessary to
dismiss) the directors.
At this time, the Board of Directors is
composed of two executive directors and
seven non-executive directors, two of which
are independent directors.
When necessary, interim meetings are held to
discuss specific subjects or to make decisions
within specific time frames.
The decisions of the Board of Directors are
only valid if at least half of the members of the
Board are present or represented. All decisions
of the Board of Directors are taken by an
absolute majority of votes. In the event of a tie,
the Chairman’s vote is decisive.
During the quarterly meetings of the Board of
Directors, ideas are exchanged and decisions
are taken on general strategic, cultural,
economic, commercial, financial and
accounting issues affecting the companies
that belong to the group. This takes place
based on a dossier, which, in addition to the
consolidated information about Colruyt Group,
also contains detailed information on each of
the sectors within the group and the various
group companies.
Fixed items on the agenda include financial
results, financial forecasts, investment
prospects and activities reports per sector
within Colruyt Group.
The directors receive their dossiers at least five
days prior to the meeting.
Committees within the Board of
Directors
The Board of Directors has appointed an Audit
Committee composed of one independent
director and two non-executive directors. This
committee works together with the Group
Directorate and the Auditor.
The Audit Committee has drafted an internal
code. This code is published on our website:
colruytgroup.com/financial/shareholders info.
The members of the Audit Committee receive
no special remuneration as members of this
committee.
The Board of Directors also appointed a
Remuneration Committee composed of two
independent directors and one non-executive
director.
The Remuneration Committee fulfils the tasks
described in Section 526 quater § 5 of the
Belgian Company Code on the remuneration
policy (in the broadest sense) of the directors
and the members of the Directorate.
The Remuneration Committee will also
prepare the remuneration report for the Board
of Directors each year. After approval by the
plenary Board, this remuneration report will be
included in the corporate governance
statement. Providing an explanation of the
remuneration report before the General
Assembly of Shareholders, as well as notifying
the Works Council are also among the
responsibilities of the Remuneration
Committee.
The members of the Remuneration Committee
receive no special remuneration as members
of this committee.
In view of the small number of members of
the Board of Directors, there is no
Appointment Committee at present.
Remuneration
There is no protocol regarding exercising the
position of Director. It is not common policy
to grant loans or advances to Directors. The
Directors do not receive bonuses or sharerelated incentive programmes or advantages
in kind or advantages related to a pension
plan.
In their capacity as managers, the executive
directors receive the same remuneration
components and advantages as the executive
management of Colruyt Group.
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The remuneration of directors (individual) and
of members of the Directorate (collectively) is
published in the remuneration report that is
included under item 2.4.
1.2.3. Day-to-Day Management
Under the Chairmanship of Jef Colruyt, the
Colruyt Group Directorate is composed of the
general managers of the various sectors within
the group and the Chief Financial Officer, the
Human Resources Manager, the Technology,
Real Estate and Energy Manager and the
Business Processes and Systems Manager
of the group.
The Colruyt Group Directorate determines
the general strategy and policy options at the
group level and ensures coordination between
the various sectors of the group.
Future Board and Strategy meetings are held
for each sub-activity on specific themes such
as ‘sustainable business practices,
communication, marketing, human resources
policy, etc.
The General Future Board consists of all the
managers of Colruyt Group. As consultation
and connection platform, the Future Board
mainly focuses on the development of the
group’s long-term strategy and discusses the
common vision and objectives of the group.
conventional provisions and is responsible in
the event of a breach thereof.
Inside Information - Measures
to prevent market abuse and the
use of inside information
With the exception of Jef Colruyt and Frans
Colruyt, the members of the Colruyt Group
Directorate are bound to their employer by an
employment contract.
Etn Franz Colruyt NV has drawn up trading
regulations in which measures have been
taken to prevent market abuse and the use of
inside information.
1.2.4. Profit Appropriation –
Dividend Policy
Regarding transactions for their own account
in shares of the company or in derivatives or
other financial instruments connected thereto
by directors or other persons with a
managerial responsibility, the Board of
Directors of Etn. Franz Colruyt has drawn up a
series of rules regarding the execution of such
transactions and the publication thereof
(hereinafter referred to as trading regulations).
The General Assembly may, at the proposal
of the Board of Directors, decide to fully or
partially allocate distributable profits to a free
reserve or to carry them over to the following
financial year.
The Board of Directors strives to at least
increase the annual dividend per share in
proportion with the increase in group profits.
Though this is not a set rule, at least 1/3rd
of the group’s economic profits are paid out
annually in the form of dividends and bonuses.
Pursuant to the provisions in the company’s
articles of association, at least 90% of
distributable profits (excluding the profit
participation of the employees) is reserved
for the shareholders and no more than 10% is
reserved for the Directors.
1.2.5. Shareholders / Shares
The trading regulations apply to the members
of the Board of Directors, the Directorate and
all key employees of Etn. Franz Colruyt NV and
its subsidiaries, who, as a consequence of
their position or employment at Colruyt Group
regularly or incidentally, in connection with
their involvement in an operation to which
price-sensitive information is connected have
access to inside information (hereinafter
referred to as insiders).
The insiders of Etn. Franz Colruyt NV and
its subsidiaries are absolutely forbidden to
engage in insider trading or to share this inside
information with other persons.
Transparency notification
These meetings are scheduled at fixed times,
every four and eight weeks respectively and
are chaired by Jef Colruyt, Chairman of the
Directorate.
There are also biweekly/monthly meetings
under the chairmanship of the general
managers, with the managers of the various
sectors. These meetings are devoted to the
concrete implementation of the chosen policy
options.
The day-to-day management of the company
is in the hands of the delegated directors Jef
Colruyt and Frans Colruyt, who in turn have
mandate a number of responsibilities to the
General Managers of the brands and to the
directors of the group services (Finance,
People & Organisation, Business Processes &
Systems and Technics, Real Estate & Energy).
Each manager listed as a member of the
Future Board has the obligation, within his
individual department, to ensure compliance
with all legal, regulatory, organic and
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Each shareholder holding at least 5% of the
voting rights must comply with the act of
2 May 2007 on the disclosure of significant
participations, the Royal Decree of 14 February
2008 and the Belgian Company Code.
The statutory thresholds per bracket of 5%
apply. Those concerned must send a notification to the Financial Services and Markets
Authority (FSMA) and the company.
The most recent transparency notification is
published in the company’s annual report and
on the website at colruytgroup.com/financial/
shareholders info.
The most recent transparency notification
shows the existence of a reference
shareholder group in the share ownership
structure. The Colruyt family and the Sofina
Group are shareholders who act by mutual
agreement. These shareholders have also
reported that they held more than 30% of the
shares issued with voting rights, pursuant to
the act of 1 April 2007 on public offerings.
Etn. Franz Colruyt NV has appointed a
supervisor who is responsible for the
supervision of the compliance with these
trading regulations. Unless otherwise
announced, the supervisor is the Secretary of
the Board of Directors. His task also includes
drawing up and maintaining a list of insiders,
to also determine the closed and restricted
periods, check the transactions, grant clearing,
etc.
In its trading regulations, Etn Franz Colruyt NV
has provided for a number of periods during
which transactions in financial instruments
are prohibited. The periods in which no trading
of shares may take place are determined by
the CFO. In addition, the supervisor has the
possibility during all other periods that are
regarded as sensitive, when people have
knowledge of sensitive information that
has not yet been made public, to announce
additional restricted periods. Insiders are
regularly informed of the existence of closed
and restricted periods and the statutory and
administrative law obligations in connection
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with this that are connected to the abuse or
the non-permitted publication of this
confidential information.
Outside of the restricted periods, the key
employees must inform the supervisor
before concluding a transaction in financial
instruments of the company. In addition, for
members of the Board of Directors and the
Group Directorate, the trading regulations also
stipulate that the supervisor must be informed
before they wish to buy or sell financial
instruments directly or indirectly. Once the
transaction has been concluded, the directors
and the members of the Group Directorate also inform the supervisor about this in
writing.
All persons with managerial responsibility
within the Etn. Franz Colruyt NV and/or its
subsidiaries and, if that should be the case, the
persons that are closely connected to these
persons, inform the Financial Services and
Markets Authority (FSMA) about transactions
executed in their name (or for their account)
in shares, derivatives or other related financial
instruments of the company.
Finally, Etn. Franz Colruyt NV, in accordance
with the Act of 2 August 2002 and the Royal
Decree of 5 March 2006, maintains lists of
employees or persons who work for the
company and/or its subsidiaries by virtue of an
employment agreement or such, and that in
one manner or another regularly or incidentally, due to their involvement in an operation to
which price-sensitive information is connected, have access to inside information.
Each person whose name is on the list(s), is
informed of this and is requested to read and
sign the trading regulations. By doing this, they
acknowledge that they are aware of the position as insider and that they are aware of the
statutory and administrative law obligations
connected to this inside information.
1.2.6. Information for the
shareholders
All useful information for the shareholders is
published on our website colruytgroup.com/
financial. All interested parties may register
with the company to receive email alerts to be
notified automatically each time the website is
modified or when new financial information is
published on the website.
2. Events during the
financial year
2.1. Audit Committee
The Audit Committee has drafted an internal
code, which is published on our website
colruytgroup.com/financial/
shareholdersinfo.
François Gillet, Piet Colruyt (Herbeco NV),
Non-Executive Directors and Independent
Director Willy Delvaux (BVBA Delvaux Transfer)
form the Audit Committee.
Under the chairmanship of François Gillet,
the committee met on 13 June 2014,
12 September 2014, 14 November 2014 and
18 March 2015. During each meeting, the
financial figures in the working document for
the meeting of the Board of Directors were
examined in detail and explained by the
Financial Management. The auditors also
presented their audit of the semi-annual
and annual results at each meeting. The risk
management team (internal audit) of Colruyt
Group also drafted a quarterly report for the
Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee’s recommendations and
findings are fixed items on the agenda for the
meeting of the Board of Directors.
All members of the Audit Committee were
present at every meeting with the exception
of the meeting in September 2014 where one
member was absent but had himself
represented by a colleague director.
2.2. Remuneration
Committee
The Remuneration Committee was appointed
in September 2011. Astrid De Lathauwer and
Willy Delvaux (BVBA Delvaux Transfer),
independent directors, and Wim Colruyt,
non-executive director, form the Remuneration
Committee.
The Remuneration Committee has drafted an
internal code, which is published on our
website colruytgroup.com/financial/
shareholders info.
Under the chairmanship of Astrid
De Lathauwer, the Remuneration Committee
met on 13 June 2014, 12 September 2014,
14 November 2014 and 20 March 2015. The
main objective of these meetings was to describe and formalise the group’s
remuneration policy at the proposal of the
Chairman of the Directorate of Colruyt Group.
The remuneration of the CEO (Jef Colruyt) and
of the COO Retail (Frans Colruyt) was also
discussed by the Committee. Last year the
Remuneration Committee has also drafted the
cooperation agreements with Jef Colruyt and
Frans Colruyt and has had these approved by
the Board of Directors.
The Committee also formulated proposals for
the remuneration of the members of the Board
of Directors. These activities have resulted
in the remuneration report that is published
integrally under item 2.4.
This report was finalised during the meeting of
the Remuneration Committee on 12 June 2015.
The Compensation and Benefits team of the
Human Resources & Organisation department
provided assistance to the Committee at every
meeting.
All the members of the Remuneration
Committee were present at each meeting.
2.3. Meetings of the
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors held four ordinary
meetings during this financial year: in June
2014, September 2014, November 2014
and March 2015. The first three meetings
each took up two days and the main points
were the discussion and development of the
services provided by the various banners and
the group’s trading activities. The meeting in
March 2014 was held in France over two days
in Rochefort-sur-Nenon (Dole, France). The
directors were given an overview of the
activities in France and met the local
management. The directors also visited a
number of Colruyt stores.
The meetings of June and November were
preceded by a half a day of information on the
semi-annual and annual results by the Chief
Financial Officer.
With the exception of the agreement, the
remuneration and the variable
compensation of Jef Colruyt and Frans Colruyt,
no other possible conflict of interest situations
by the directors were reported. The agreement,
the remuneration and the variable
compensation of Jef Colruyt and Frans Colruyt
were discussed and finalised by the
Remuneration Committee and approved by
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the Board of Directors always in the absence
of the two persons concerned who did not
participate in the discussion and in the
decision-making process. The outcome of
these decisions is described in the
Remuneration Report.
In the summer of 2011, the Chairman also
organised several days to perform a thorough
evaluation of the Board, the Directors and their
interactions with the shareholders,
the Directorate, the Committees and the
Auditor. After the prior preparatory individual
consultations, this process was started on
1 June 2012 and it will run until end 2014.
During this process, the directors
evaluated the manner in which they work
together in the Board itself, as well as the
interaction with the Audit Committee and the
Remuneration Committee. The functioning
of the Board in the light of the mission and
corporate values of the group was also an
important item on the agenda.
The criteria that were applied in the evaluation
process were: individual competencies of the
directors, efficiency and effectiveness of the
decision-making process as well as information
and communication between the members of
the Board.
The insights gained provide inspiration and
input for the future meetings of the Board.
The directors intend to hold such evaluation
sessions and to discuss the strategic themes
together with the Directorate periodically.
All directors were present at each meeting.
2.4. Remuneration
Report for the financial
year 2014 - 2015
The Remuneration Committee made
recommendations regarding the level of the
remuneration of directors, including the
Chairman of the Board of Directors. These
recommendations are subject to the approval
of the plenary Board of Directors and
subsequently the General Assembly.
The Remuneration Committee has submitted
recommendations to the Board of Directors
for approval regarding the remuneration of
the CEO and, on the recommendation of the
Chairman of the Directorate, with regard to the
other members of the Directorate.
Information regarding the general
principles of the remuneration
policy
Directors
The Remuneration Committee has opted
to pay out emoluments for directorships,
irrespective of the number of meetings of the
Board of Directors or one of its committees.
In addition, it is proposed to the General
Assembly to pay out part of the profit in the
form of bonuses to the Board of Directors.
Directorate
A basic principle in the remuneration of the
members of the Directorate is paying out a
fair basic salary that is in line with the practice
of a relevant basket of companies, and a
variable salary depending on the company
and individual results. This remuneration is
supplemented with a group insurance policy,
a disability insurance policy and a hospitalisation insurance policy on market terms.
The companies with which the remuneration
policy is compared, include large Belgian
companies and foreign companies with
important activities in Belgium, and that are
sufficiently comparable with Colruyt Group
with respect to the size and nature of their
activities.
Another basic principle in the remuneration of
the members of the Directorate, who are
currently all based in Belgium, is applying a
number of principles which apply to all
members of the group in Belgium (1). For
instance, all of these employees receive a
profit participation as stipulated in the Act
on the participation in the profit and capital
of the company of 2001, as well as a bonus
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related to non-recurring results as stipulated
in the Act of 21 December 2007.
Finally, the remuneration of the members of
the Directorate is composed in such a manner
that the group is able to ensure the recruitment and retention of competent managers.
(1) One member of the Directorate has a ‘split-pay’
scheme in accordance with the division of his
responsibilities and activities over Belgium and France.
Information regarding the
composition of the remuneration
of the members of the Board of
Directors and the Directorate
Board of Directors
All directors of the group receive emoluments
as remuneration for their directorships. At the
advice of the Remuneration Committee, the
Board of Directors has decided to increase
the remuneration for directors by 1 % for the
financial year 2014/2015 taking into account
the index.
In 2014/2015, the members of the Board of
Directors received the following remuneration:
Remuneration received in 2014/2015
(3)
(2)
Anima
Herbeco
Farik
François Gillet (4)
Jef Colruyt
Frans Colruyt
Wim Colruyt
Willy Delvaux
(BVBA Delvaux Transfer,
273.000 EUR
91.000 EUR
91.000 EUR
91.000 EUR
91.000 EUR
91.000 EUR
91.000 EUR
independent director)
Astrid De Lathauwer
(independent director)
91.000 EUR
91.000 EUR
(2) Gross amounts on an annual basis.
(3) Anima NV, 100% subsidiary of the family holding
company Korys (that controls 49,81 % of the shares by
mutual agreement), assumes the role of chairman of
the Board of Directors with Jef Colruyt as the permanent
representative.
(4) François Gillet’s remuneration is paid to Rebelco SA
(a subsidiary of Group Sofina), his employer.
At the advice of the Remuneration Committee,
the Board of Directors decided to lower the
remuneration of the members of the Board of
Directors for the next financial year 2015/16
by once-only EUR 5.000 per director on an
annual basis.
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Profit appropriation
Pursuant to the provisions in the company’s
articles of association, at least 90 % of
distributable profits is reserved for the
shareholders and no more than 10 % is
reserved for the Directors
The Board of Directors shall propose to the
General Assembly of Shareholders of
30 September 2015 the allocation of
EUR 3.310.089 as bonuses to the directors,
representing the reference shareholders of
the group:
Bonuses financial year 2014/2015
Anima (5)
Herbeco (5)
Farik (5)
François Gillet (6)
938.682 EUR
790.469 EUR
790.469 EUR
790.469 EUR
(5) Anima, Herbeco and Farik are 100% subsidiaries of the
family holding Korys (that controls 49,81 % of the shares
by mutual agreement).
(6) The remuneration of François Gillet, who as a director
represents the reference shareholder group Sofina,
was paid to the S.A. Rebelco (a subsidiary of the Sofina
Group), his employer.
These bonuses are not linked to the
individual performance of the directors. There
is also no promise or contractual obligation to
allocate bonuses. Therefore, these bonuses do
not constitute variable remuneration. These
bonuses represent 1% of the net profit of the
financial year 2014-2015 and are allocated to
ensure the stability in the Board of Directors
of the company. These bonuses represent
0,0529% of the market value of the company
on 31 March 2015.
The profit taken into account is the profit after
the processing of the EUR 31,6 million fine,
which the group has to pay to the Belgian
government in connection with the acceptance of a transaction with the Belgian
Competition Authority. The total decrease of
bonuses and remuneration paid to the
Directors as a result of this transaction
amounts to EUR 361.001.
Directorate
For the CEO, the on-target variable salary
equals 85% of the base salary.
The on-target variable salary of the other
members of the Directorate amounts to:
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members of the Directorate.
The variable salary shall not amount to more
than 1,75 times the variable salary on target
level.
The variable salary of the members of the
Directorate does not include a share-based
remuneration. In this manner, the Board of
Directors wishes to avoid any
motivation to engage in speculative behaviour.
Insofar as the variable salary of the members
of the Directorate consists of the profit
participation, which is allocated to them based
on the profit-participation plan that is in effect
for the financial year concerned, this is paid
out in cash or in shares, without a discount, at
the choice of the member of the Directorate.
No significant adjustments of the remuneration policy are expected in the next two
financial years in comparison to the financial
year under review. However, the payment of
the variable salary for members of the
Directorate for their performance in the
financial year 2014-2015 will be reduced due
to the transaction fine of EUR 31,6 million to
be paid to the Belgian Competition Authority.
No arrangement has been provided for the
right of retention, in favour of the company,
of variable remuneration that was allocated
based on incorrect financial information.
Information regarding
the performance-linked
remuneration of the members
of the Directorate
The variable salary of the CEO and the other
members of the Directorate is determined for
70% by collective criteria based on the operating profit of Colruyt Group. This variable salary
is determined for 30% by individual criteria
with in particular
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culture
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atmosphere, staff turnover, team building,
the employees’ readiness to serve,
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work, etc
The Chairman of the Directorate has the
possibility to award an extra bonus in addition
to these amounts in the event of an exceptional
performance of one or several directors.
The variable remuneration that results from
the realisation of the collective performance
criteria can only be allocated for a maximum
of 50% in the event that the member of the
Directorate has only realised the performance
criteria on an individual basis for 50%.
If the group EBIT drops below a specific
threshold value, then a variable remuneration
will no longer be paid out.
The performance of the CEO and the
performance of the members of the
Directorate are appraised annually, in the
course of the first three months following the
end of the financial year. This appraisal regards
the performance in the past financial year and
the development of individual competencies
and performance targets over the last three
years.
Information regarding the
remuneration of the Chairman
of the Directorate and the
members of the Directorate
The remuneration, paid directly or indirectly
to the CEO, comprises the following in the
financial year 2014-2015:
Base salary
Variable remuneration in cash
Contributions paid for
group insurance
Other components
623.580 EUR
593.458 EUR
112.244 EUR
7.920 EUR
The base salary of the CEO was increased, as of
the financial year 2014-2015, after a decision
taken by the Board of Directors in September
2014, which followed the recommendations of
the Remuneration Committee. The committee
argued that the increase of the base salary was
appropriate in view of, on the one hand, the
level of the remuneration of the CEO in relation
to the market practice, and, on the other hand,
the step that group has been able to set under
the leadership of the CEO in order to further
prepare itself as group for the future.
The variable remuneration in cash for the
performance in the financial year 2013-2014
paid in the financial year 2014-2015 to the
CEO remained stable in comparison to the
variable remuneration in cash paid in the
financial year 2013-2014. The reason for this
lies, on the one hand, in the strong performance on individual performance criteria over the
past three years and, on the other hand, is also
the consequence of a decrease of the EBIT% in
relation to the past financial year.
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The Extraordinary General Assembly of
13 October 2011 resolved to make use of the
option provided for in Section 520ter of the
Belgian Company Code and explicitly decided
not to apply the provision regarding the
definite acquisition of shares and share
options as well as not to apply the provision
regarding the spreading over time of the
payment of the variable remuneration to all
persons who fall within the scope of these
provisions. To this end, article 13 of the Articles
of Association was amended. The company
shall therefore not be bound to the limitations
as laid down in Section 520ter of the Belgian
Company Code.
The remuneration, paid directly or indirectly
to the other members of the Directorate,
comprises approximately the following in the
financial year 2014-2015:
Base salary
Variable remuneration in cash
Contributions paid for
group insurance
Other components
2.173.521 EUR
1.406.248 EUR
284.758 EUR
30.240 EUR
These figures show gross amounts on an
annual basis. In comparison to the previous
year, one member of the Board of Directors left
the group. The figures show the
remuneration for a full financial year.
The variable salary comprises remuneration
for the work performed for the group during
the financial year 2013-2014. For one member
of the Board of Directors, the financial year
2014-2015 was the first financial year in which
variable salary was paid in view of insufficient
years of service in the previous financial years.
With the exception of Frans Colruyt, COO Retail,
all members of the Directorate, included in
the above overview, are wage earners. Colruyt
Group pays social security contributions over
their gross salaries.
The variable remuneration to be paid in
2015-2016 for the CEO and the other
members of the Directorate for their
performance during the financial year
2014/2015 will be calculated based on the net
profit including the effect of the transaction
amount of EUR 31,6 million that the group is
obliged to pay to the Investigation Service in
connection with the acceptance of a
transaction with the Belgian Competition
Authority.
The members of the Directorate can opt to
receive their participation in profits in the
form of shares, in accordance with the law of
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22 May 2001. 215 shares were acquired in the
financial year 2014-2015 with profit
participation. The value of these shares is
included in the above calculation.
The Board of Directors has opted not to
allocate a share-based remuneration, with
the exception of shares that the members of
the Directorate can acquire under the Profit
Participation Plan. These shares are blocked
for a period of two years.
Information regarding severance
pay
The members of the Directorate do not have
any individual contractual agreements with
Colruyt Group regarding severance pay.
3. Risk management
and internal control
3.1. General
In accordance with its mission, Colruyt Group
aims to carry out a policy of ‘sustainable
entrepreneurship’. This policy is translated
concretely into the strategic and operational
objectives of the group and of each division
within the group. The group is exposed to a
number of business-related risks within the
context of its normal business operations that
can result in the aforementioned objectives
being affected or not achieved. Controlling
these risks is a core task of each member of
the Directorate and this within his/her area of
responsibility. In order to support the members of the Directorate in bearing their
responsibility, the group has set up risk
management systems with the aim to provide
reasonable certainty in the following fields:
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regulations.
The most important features of these systems
as well as the most relevant risks for the group
are discussed in this section of the annual
report.
The principles of the COSO reference
framework have served as a source of
inspiration to the group in setting up its risk
management systems.
3.2. Components of the
risk management
systems and internal
control systems
3.2.1. Control environment
The group’s control environment forms the
basis for all other components of the risk
management systems and is mainly
represented by the company culture.
The uniqueness of this is based on a number
of pillars such as our group mission, values,
employees and organisational structure, which
are geared to each other (the group’s ‘organisation model’) and which contribute to the fact
that within the context of “craftsmanship” and
“entrepreneurship” risks and risk management
are dealt with consciously when weighing
possibilities and taking decisions. In this
context, we also refer to section 01 of this
annual report where the mission and values of
the group are set out in detail.
Concretely, the control environment of the
group comprises, amongst others,
the following elements:
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values, the policy lines and the codes of
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(‘decision matrix’);
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descriptions, selection process, competencies management through development
interviews and education and training plans).
The pillars of the control environment are
currently being further elaborated and
strengthened in the context of a programme
of 12 strategic themes that was launched in
2013 as part of the group strategy.
3.2.2. Risk management
process
3.2.2.1. Background and
objective
Colruyt Group has developed a number of
group-wide processes for structured and
systematic risk management which are
based on the principles of Enterprise Risk
Management (ERM). This initiative is being
carried out under the project name ‘Coris’
(Colruyt Group Risk management). The
objective of this project is to increase the risk
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awareness of all employees and to draw up
an inventory of the risks that we are exposed
to in order to control these risks. We wish to
encourage our employees to take controlled
risks as entrepreneurship is based on taking
risks. To this end all, supervisors and the
employees concerned follow the Coris training
sessions. All activities of the group have gone
through the Coris process - as described .
3.2.2.2. Process and
methodology
The whole group is divided into 25 domains.
Each domain must go through the following
process steps in a structured manner: risk
identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation,
risk response (implement additional control
measures if necessary), monitoring and
corrective measures. This process is supervised
by the Directorate and coordinated and
facilitated by the Risk Management team,
which reports on this to the Directorate and,
via the Audit Committee, to the Board of
Directors.
higher risks: this is an action plan to bring the
risk score below the tolerations limits that
have been set. The high and average risks are
also monitored.
3.2.3.2. Most important risks and
control measures Colruyt Group
All risks are recorded in the risk register of the
domain in question with a specification of the
risk tolerance and the relevant KRIs (Key Risk
Indicators). In addition, each risk is allocated to
a risk owner who is responsible for setting up
and implementing action plans (if necessary)
and for the monitoring and follow-up of his/
her risks. A risk coordinator is appointed
for each domain who is responsible for the
administration of the risk register and provides
for the follow-up and who ensures that risk
management receives the necessary attention
within the domain.
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An important strategic risk of the group
mainly concerns the development of
consumer spending and cost-induced
inflation. As Colruyt Lowest Prices strives to
guarantee the lowest prices on the market
to the consumer, the actions of competitors
can influence the profitability of the group.
Therefore, the group constantly seeks to
monitor and analyse its cost structure and to
implement measures to improve efficiency
where possible.
Board members are required to add risk
management to their periodic activity report
as a separate section.
3.2.2.3. Most important risks of
Colruyt Group
The most important risks in connection with
the activities of Colruyt Group are specified
in a risk universe that is divided into five
categories:
The most important risks of the group and the
internal control and management measures
in connection with these risks are discussed
below in paragraph 3.2.3.2.
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governance, planning and the allocation of
resources, important initiatives, acquisitions
and communication;
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and sales, purchasing, stocks and production,
human resources and organisation,
information technology, fixed assets and
theft;
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connected to the financial markets (interest
rates, currencies, and commodities), liquidity
and loans, capital structure, accounting and
financial reporting;
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legal risks, laws and regulations;
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terrorist acts and power failures.
3.2.3. Measures in connection
with risk management and
internal control
In order to allocate a risk score to the
identified risks in a consistent manner, scales
have been elaborated for “probability”, on the
one hand, and “impact”, on the other hand. The
scale for impact is based on the risk appetite
that is determined by the Board of Directors
of the group. A risk matrix is drawn up for
each group domain based on the risk scores,
whereby risks are classified as high, average
or low. A risk response is provided for the
3.2.3.1. General: process and
system methodology
Risk management and internal controls have
been incorporated into processes and systems
in order to provide a risk response to risks. For
new processes and systems, this takes place
at the time of design and development; with
regard to existing processes and systems, new
emerging risks are controlled by means of implementing additional measures and internal
controls (process and system optimisation).
The Business Processes & Systems department
supports the setting up and optimisation
of processes and systems and thus also the
integration of risk management and internal
controls in these processes and systems, while
those responsible for the process are the risk
owners and therefore they bear the ultimate
responsibility for the process being “under
control”.
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The group is committed to a growth strategy
that also includes growth through
acquisitions in addition to organic growth.
The success of this growth depends
therefore also on the degree in which the
group succeeds in making acquisitions that
it is able to integrate successfully with its
existing activities. In the event of crossborder acquisitions, the group is also
exposed to the economic, social and political
risks connected to the activities in these
countries. The group strives to mitigate the
above-mentioned risks as much as possible
through a formalised acquisition process,
including thorough due diligence activities.
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The constant supplying of the distribution
centres and stores of the group is of vital
importance to be able to realise our results
objectives. In order to limit the supply chain
risks, the group strives to establish a
transparent relationship with all of its
suppliers. Furthermore, no single supplier
has a dominant position that could
jeopardise the supply process. Finally,
scarcity problems or supply problems can
be absorbed within the network of the
purchasing group Core. In order to limit the
supply chain risk as much as possible,
the group strives for long-term contracts with
its suppliers. The non-availability or
inaccessibility of distribution centres can
also have an important impact on the
continuity of our activities. With regard to this
risk, the group has provided for the necessary
continuity programmes and contingency
measures.
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The group has trade union representatives in
most of its activities in Belgium and France.
A positive and constructive social climate
contributes to the growth and development
of the company. Social actions within or
outside our organisation can have a negative
effect on the continuity of the activities of the
group, in the sense that supply, sales, production or supporting corporate services can be
disrupted temporarily. Colruyt Group strives to
minimise this risk by maintaining a strategy
of open and transparent communication with
all employees as well as entering into a
constructive dialogue with all social partners.
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The group is dependent to an important
extent on its IT systems, i.e. infrastructure,
networks, operating systems, applications
and data banks. Although these systems are
maintained by a team of experienced specialists, the failure thereof, even for one day, can
result in an immediate loss of revenue for
the group. The group strives to safeguard the
continuity of the data processing through
various mirror and back-up systems,
continuity plans and contingency back-up
scenarios.
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The risk management systems and internal
control systems with regard to the process
of financial reporting are described in detail
below in paragraph 3.3.
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In view of the nature and structure of its
activities, the group is only exposed to these
financial risks to a limited extent, with the
exception of the credit risk. These financial
risks are described in more detail in the
Notes to the consolidated financial
statements in the chapter “Risks connected
to financial instruments”.
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The production, packaging and selling of
food products and other trading goods can
entail risks of product liability, obligations
to take back and/or replace goods. Products
can be soiled, infected or defective or could
contain foreign objects and nevertheless be
distributed by the group unintentionally. As
a result, the group can be exposed to claims
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in connection with product liability. Even if the
claims with regard to product liability are
not successful, the group could suffer from
the negative impact on its reputation in
connection with such a claim. The group has
concluded insurance policies to insure itself
against the risks of product liability and recalls.
The group is also active is the area of food
safety and carries out extensive quality
audits on products that are intended for sale
and sets up programmes together with its
suppliers to monitor the quality consistently.
As far as non-food products are concerned,
the group requires that its suppliers adhere
to the agreed return and/or replacement
obligations agreed in advance.
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In general, the group can always be held
responsible for repairing accidental damage
to the environment, regardless whether this
damage to the environment was caused
by the group or by a previous owner or
tenant. The group has concluded insurance
policies for these types of risks. As far as its
petrol station activities are concerned, the
group adheres to the statutory inspection
obligations and it also carries out additional
inspections to detect pollution timely. A
decontamination plan is immediately drawn
up for pollution that has been detected.
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The group is subject to the applicable laws and
regulations of each country in which it is active
as well as to the laws and regulations imposed
by the European Union. As a result of its listing
on Euronext Brussels, the group is subject to
Belgian and European corporate governance
laws that apply to stock-listed companies.
The group strives to respect its statutory
obligations. Due to changing laws and
regulations, the group may have to invest
further in its administrative or other processes,
each time that the legal framework changes.
wind energy. Furthermore, changes in tax
laws can influence the realised profit of the
group both positively and negatively.
In order to control the regulatory risks, the
group has set up the necessary competence
centres and compliance activities.
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Since 2007, a number of new and specific
control measures have been developed and
implemented in order to monitor the group’s
compliance with regulations regarding
competition.
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The risks in connection with work-related
accidents and obligations in connection with
personnel are covered by insurance policies
with external insurers. In addition, the group
strives to avoid health and safety incidents
as much as possible by implementing extensive safety and prevention programmes.
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Given the business model, the group is
exposed to risks in connection with bribery
and corruption, mainly in connection with
purchasing. The most important pillar to
control this risk is the corporate culture and
values such as set out above in paragraph
3.2.1. In addition specific internal control
measures have been set up such as the
ethical charter that has to be signed by each
procurement officer of the group when
entering the company’s employment, the
screening of suppliers in high risk countries,
the job rotation of procurement officers, the
division of tasks regarding the various steps
in the purchasing process and the centralisation and applying the four-eyes principle
with regard to outgoing payments. The
group’s employment regulations also specify
the codes of conduct that the employees are
required to respect.
3.2.3.2.5. Force majeure risks
Changes in the laws and regulations in a
country or region where the group operates
can have an effect on the results of Colruyt
Group. To the extent possible, the group
strives to accommodate changes in a proactive manner, in other words, by adopting
an innovative and progressive approach.
The best examples of this approach are the
environmental laws, where possible more
stringent emission standards are already
accommodated by the group by means of
proactive investments in solar energy and
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The group manages these insurable risks
through a combination of external insurance
and own cover. The group bases its decision
on its safety and prevention programmes, on
the one hand, and the cost price of external
cover, on the other hand. External insurance
is used when available at a reasonable cost
on the insurance market or when insurance
policies are mandatory.
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The group also makes use of its reinsurance
company Locré, which is a wholly-owned
subsidiary. The objective of this reinsurance
programme is to provide permanent flexibility in its risk programme and to optimise the
costs thereof in the function of the risks.
The group seeks to avoid damage to
buildings and the interruption of
operations due to fire, explosions or other
dangers as much as possible by
implementing fire safety and prevention
programmes.
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The negative consequences of these risks are
covered by insurance policies.
In addition, the group has a number of
continuity programmes and contingency
back-up plans and means (such as mobile
electricity and cooling units) in the event that
an incident occurs.
3.2.4. Information and
communication
In order to enable employees within the
various hierarchical levels to perform their jobs
properly and to assume their responsibilities,
the group has extensive and advanced
information and communication flows. This
ranges from transaction data, which serves
to support the settlement of individual
transactions, to operational and financial
information with regard to the performance of
processes and activities and this from service
level to group level. The general principal that
applies in this case is that employees receive
the information that they require to perform
their tasks while supervisors receive
information regarding the elements on which
they have an impact.
The main steering information is the cockpit
reporting: realisation versus forecast of the
most important financial and operational KPIs:
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profit, payroll costs, other direct and indirect
costs and depreciation, EBIT and EBITDA;
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regarding turnover, gross profit, salary costs,
store contribution, store productivity;
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monitoring of projects.
3.2.5. Monitoring
The monitoring concerns the monitoring of
the effective functioning of the risk
management systems.
The Board of Directors supervises the proper
functioning of the risk management systems
via the Audit Committee (see also the Financial
section, paragraph B.1. of this annual report).
To this end, the Audit Committee also makes
use of information provided by the external
auditors. In addition, the Audit Committee
meets on a quarterly basis with the Risk
Management team (internal audit) whereby
the work carried out by this team and their
results are reported and the planning is
adjusted by the Audit Committee if necessary.
Both external audit and risk management
assess the organisation and functioning of the
internal controls contained in the processes
and systems, and this from their respective
perspectives: for external audit this concerns
the certification of the group financial statements, the emphasis for risk management lies
more on controlling the process risks and the
possible negative consequences of these risks.
The day-to-day monitoring is carried out by
the management itself based on supervision,
analysis and monitoring the information
mentioned in the previous paragraph,
monitoring of exception reports and the
monitoring in connection with the Coris
programme (KRIs). If necessary corrective
measures are initiated. It is usually the person
who is responsible for the process who carries
out these monitoring activities. In this context,
the company analysts fulfil a signal and advice
function vis-à-vis the officers who hold operational responsibility.
3.3. Risk management
and internal control
regarding the process of
financial reporting
The non-timely or incorrect reporting of
financial figures can have a large impact
on the reputation of Colruyt Group. In order
to ensure the quality and timeliness of the
produced and reported financial figures, the
group has implemented the following risk
management and internal control measures:
3.3.1. Closing process
While the accounting is closed monthly, mainly
for the management reporting, the financial
figures of the group are consolidated quarterly
based on a formalised closing process. This
process specifies the various process steps
and the time line for each step, the to be
delivered financial figures and other
information, as well as the roles and
responsibilities of and interaction between the
different parties in the process. The process is
monitored by a closing coordinator, who is not
himself involved in the process. At the end
of each closing, the process is evaluated and
if necessary corrective measures are taken.
During the semi-annual and annual closing,
the process also provides for coordination
with external auditors at regular intervals.
To support the closing process, a reporting
manual has been prepared and implemented
and an IFRS competency team has been set up.
3.3.2. Monitoring the quality of
financial figures
The closing process goes through different
departments such as Accounting, Business
Analysis, Consolidation and Corporate
Controlling, the last department in connection
with the information provided to the Board
of Directors. Each department carries out
quality controls in segregation of duties, both
with regard to financial figures obtained from
the previous process step as to the financial
figures that they produce themselves. These
quality controls mainly concern reconciliation
(for example, of the different general ledgers
and accounts), alignment of financial reporting
with management and operational reporting,
variation analyses and validation rules (for
example of consolidation flows and balances).
At the end of the closing process, the consolidated financial figures are analysed in relation
to previous periods and the fluctuations must
be substantiated. Furthermore, the realised
financial results are checked against the
expectations. For the to be published financial
figures, the printer’s proofs are compared to
the financial figures provided by the system.
Finally, a final check takes place for validation
by the CFO.
3.3.3. Communication financial
reporting
In order to communicate and provide
information as transparently as possible,
Colruyt Group publishes financial press
releases on dates agreed in advance.
In addition, the communication efforts of the
management take the form of road shows and
regular telephone contacts as well as actual
visits of and with investors and analysts.
Finally, more than 20 analysts publish reports
at regular intervals with financial information
about Colruyt Group.
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SHARE OWNERSHIP –
COLRUYT SHARES
Calendar for the shareholders
16/09
16/09/2015
09//2015
Registration date for deposition of shares for participation in the annual General Assembly of Shareholders
30/09/2015 (4 pm)
pm)
General Assembly of Shareholders for the 2014/2015 financial year
Dividend (coupon 5)
ex- date (detaching of the coupons)
record date (centralisation of the coupons)
payment
Certificates for exemption from or reduction of withholding tax on movables for dividends in our possession
Extraordinary General Assembly
Capital increase Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV reserved for personnel of Colruyt Group (Section 609 of the Belgian Company Code)
002/10/2015
2/10/2015
05/10/2015
05/10/2015
06/10
06/10/2015
10//2015
16/10/2015
16/10/2015
12/10
12/10/2015
10//2015
114/12/2015
4/12/2015 (5:45 ppm)
m)
Publication of the semi-annual information on the 2015/2016 financial year
115/12/2015
5/12
12//2015
Informative meeting with financial analysts
221/06/2016
1/06/2016 (5:45 pm)
Publication of the result of the 2015/2016 financial year
222/06/2016
2/06
06//2016
Informative meeting with financial analysts
229/07/2016
9/07
07//2016
Publication annual report for the 2015/2016 financial year on our website colruytgroup.com
28/09/2016 (4 pm)
General Assembly of Shareholders for the 2015/2016 financial year
3.1. Dividends from
the Financial(1)Year
2014/2015
The Board of Directors proposes to pay a
gross dividend of EUR 1,00 to shares of Etn. Fr.
Colruyt NV participating in the profits of the
2014/2015 financial year.
Of the gross dividend of EUR 1,00 shareholders
will receive a net amount of EUR 0,75 after
deduction of 25% withholding tax on movable
assets.
Since the Programme Act of 27/12/2012
(Belgian Official Gazette 31/12/2012 the tax
rate of the withholding tax on movables for
dividends on all types of shares, that are
allocated or made payable as from
01/01/2013, has been set at 25%. For foreign
shareholders, the amount of the net dividend
may differ depending on the taxation treaties
between Belgium and the various countries.
The necessary certificates must be in our
possession no later than on 16 October 2015.
The dividend of the financial year 2014/2015
will be made available for payment as from
6 October 2015 against the exchange of
coupon number 5 at the counters of the
financial institutions. BNP Paribas Fortis Bank
will act as the principal paying agent of the
dividend payments.
(1) Subject to approval by the General Assembly of 30 September 2015
134
The Colruyt share has already been split several
times since the stock market flotation in 1976.
The last split took place on 15 October 2010,
whereby the share was divided by five. Since
15 October 2010, only the shares with the
ISIN code BE0974256852 are listed on
Euronext Brussels. With reference to the act
of 14 December 2005 on the termination of
the bearer shares and as amended by the
act of 21 December 2013, Colruyt has sold
the remaining bearer shares (in total 28.395
shares) of which the holders have not made
themselves known on 27 February 2015, on
the date of 24 March 2015 on the regulated
market of Euronext Brussels.
The net proceeds from the sale of these shares has been transferred to
the Deposito- en Consignatiekas of Brussels. Persons who still possess
old paper Colruyt shares and who can demonstrate their capacity as
shareholder of the (sold) shares can receive the counter value in cash as
from 1 January 2016 at the Deposito- en Consignatiekas. For the possible
collection of dividend on these (sold) paper shares (with attached
coupons) they can turn to the issuer.
Development of the stock price over the past financial year
Development of the stock price over the last five financial years compared to
the Bel20
Information on the Colruyt share
COLR
Stock exchange listing
Euronext Brussels (since 1976)
Member of Bel20-index
LISTED
NYSE
EURONEXT
SM
Share ticker
COLR
ISIN-code
BE0974256852
Colruyt
Bel 20
SOURCE: EURONEXT.COM
3.2. Overview shares of Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV
2014/2015
2013/2014
Number of shares
Ordinary
Profit-sharing shares
Treasury shares
Shares owned by subsidiaries
Total profit sharing shares as of 1 June (1)
Data per share (in euros) on the closing date of the period under review (31 March)
Gross dividend
Net dividend/ordinary share
Profit (2)
Calculation base (weighted average on 31/03) (3)
Share price in Brussels (in euros)
Stock market price on 31/03
Highest price of the year (closing price)
Lowest price of the year (closing price)
Stock exchange value on 31/03 (in EUR million)
156.636.503
156.636.503
9.791.743
0
146.844.760
156.169.749
156.169.749
412.088
0
155.757.661
1,00
0,75
2,21
149.419.713 shares
1,00
0,75
2,24
156.447.069 shares
40,54
42,60
32,935
6.350,04
40,00
44,15
36,055
6.606,79
(1) Situation on 01/06/2015 and 01/06/2014 respectively.
(2) Inclusive of the settlement of EUR 31,6 million with the Investigation Service.
(3) Calculated based on the number of profit-sharing shares, after deduction of profit-sharing shares owned by the company and by subsidiaries.
135
3.3. Purchase of the
company’s own shares
For several years, the Extraordinary General
Assembly of Shareholders has granted the
authorisation to the Board of Directors of Etn.
Fr. Colruyt NV to purchase the company’s own
shares. The purchase of the company’s own
shares takes place in accordance with Section
620 of the Belgian Company Code, as well as in
accordance with the Sections 205 up to 207 of
the Royal Decree of 30 January 2001.
The Extraordinary General Assembly of
Shareholders of 14 October 2014 has decided
to renew the aforementioned authorisation of
the Board of Directors for a period of five years.
The Board of Directors has already made use
of the authorisation that was granted to it
several times by purchasing the company’s
own shares on the stock exchange via financial
institutions. The Board of Directors authorises
the Chairman and the CFO of the company
within which execution terms and conditions
the company’s own shares can be purchased.
In accordance with Section 207 of the Royal
Decree of 30 January 2001, the information
about the purchases of own shares that have
taken place is published no later than on
the seventh market day following the day of
execution of the transaction to the Authority
for Financial Services and Markets and at the
same time published by the company via a
press release on our website colruytgroup.com.
In the past financial year, the Board of
Directors made use of the authorisation
granted to it. 9.644.369 treasury shares were
purchased, amounting to a total investment
of EUR 356,02 million. In accordance with the
authorisation granted by the Extraordinary
General Assembly of 16 October 2009, the
Board of Directors decided on 26 May 2014
to have in total nine million treasury shares
cancelled.
136
On 31 March 2015, Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV owned
9.791.743 of its own shares. This represents
6,25% of the total number of shares issued
(156.636.503) at the end of the reporting
period. For an overview of the treasury shares
on 1 June 2015 reference is made to the table
below.
Under the suspensive condition of approval by
the General Assembly, 47.942 treasury shares
will be given to employees who wish to receive
their profit participation 2014/2015 in the
form of shares.
In accordance with article 622, paragraph
1 of the Belgian Company Code, the Board
of Directors decides that the dividends of
the shares or certificates that are held by
Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV have been suspended and
are expired for the period that they are held.
Consequently no dividends are paid and the
voting rights connected to these shares have
also been suspended.
2014/2015
The company has no knowledge of other
agreements between shareholders.
+ 9.184.747
The statutory thresholds per bracket of 5%
apply.
- 37.373
Purchased in 2014/2015
+ 9.644.369
Cancelled treasury shares
by notarial deed 26/05/2014
- 9.000.000
Total treasury shares held by
the company at the end of
the period under review (31/03/2015 ) 9.791.743
After the period under review
Purchase of treasury shares
in the period from
01/04/2015 to 01/06/2015
Treasury shares held by
the company on 01/06/2015
Pursuant to the act of 2 May 2007 and the
Royal Decree of 14 February 2008 (publication
of significant participations in companies
quoted on the stock exchange), we received an
updated notification of participation from the
Colruyt family, Sofina Group and Colruyt Group
on 18 December 2014. Shares were traded
between members of the “Colruyt family and
relatives’ on 18 December 2014.
This denominator takes into account the
cancellation of 9 million treasury shares as
decided by the Board of Directors on 26 May
2014 as well as the creation of 466.754 shares
on 19 December 2014, following the capital
increase reserved for employees of Colruyt
Group.
Overview of the purchase
of treasury shares
During the period under review
Treasury shares held by the company
at the beginning of the period
under review (01/04/2014)
Granted to employees for the
2013/2014 participation in
profits on 30/09/2014
3.4. Structure of the
share ownership
of Etn. Fr. Colruyt
NV according to the
last transparency
notification dated
18/12/2014
0
9.791.743
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Transparency notification
18/12/2014
Number
%
I. Colruyt Family and
Relatives
1. Stichting
Administratiekantoor Cozin 0
2. Colruyt Family
9.505.969
3. Korys NV
17.051.498
4. H.I.M. NV
17.039.783
5. D.I.M. NV
17.042.500
6. H.I.M. TWEE NV
0
7. H.I.M. DRIE NV
17.130.124
8. D.H.A.M. NV
0
9. ANIMA NV
1
10. HERBECO NV
1
11. FARIK NV
1
12. Stiftung Pro Creatura
149.605
13. Impact Capital NV
100.000
TOTAL FAMILY COLRUYT ACTING
BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT
78.019.482
0,00
6,07
10,89
10,88
10,88
0,00
10,94
0,00
0,00
0,00
0,00
0,10
0,06
49,81
II. Colruyt Group
Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV
(treasury shares purchased)
TOTAL COLRUYT GROUP
9.491.743
9.491.743
6,06
6,06
III. Sofina Group
Rebelco NV
TOTAL GROUP SOFINA
8.500.000
8.500.000
TOTAL COLRUYT FAMILY, COLRUYT
GROUP AND
SOFINA GROUP ACTING
BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT
96.011.225
5,43
5,43
61,30
Denominator: 156.636.503 (situation on
19/12/2014)
Chain of controlled companies:
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and HIM NV (and HIM Twee, HIM Drie NV and
DHAM NV), which are directly and/or
indirectly controlled by Korys NV, which in
turn is controlled by Stichting
Administratiekantoor Cozin.
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turn is controlled by Stichting
Administratiekantoor Cozin.
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turn is controlled by Stichting
Administratiekantoor Cozin.
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turn is controlled by Stichting
Administratiekantoor Cozin.
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is controlled by Korys NV, which in turn is
controlled by Stichting Administratiekantoor
Cozin.
t%)"./7JTDPOUSPMMFECZ%*./7XIJDI
is controlled by Korys NV, which in turn is
controlled by Stichting Administratiekantoor
Cozin.
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Administratiekantoor Cozin.
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accordance with Swiss law, and Impact
Capital NV, are controlled by natural persons
(who directly or indirectly own less than
3 % of the shares of the Company with voting
rights).
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its Colruyt shares to its 100 % subsidiary
Rebelco NV.
3.5. Communication of
Agreement by Mutual
Consent (Section 74 of the
Act of 1 April 2007)
The same parties also have an agreement of
mutual consent in the sense of Section 74 of
the Act of 1 April 2007 on the public takeover
bids announced to the company and to the
Authority for Financial Services and Markets
(FSMA).
HIM NV sent an update of the participations to
the company and to the FSMA on 27 August
2014 on behalf of all parties acting by mutual
agreement. On 27 August 2014, the number
of shares involved in the mutual agreement
amounted to 94.965.731 or 60,81 % of the
total number of outstanding Colruyt shares on
that date (156.169.749).
3.6. Ethibel
Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV was reconfirmed as a
component of the Ethibel Sustainability Index
(ESI) Excellence Europe since 23 March 2015.
The Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Europe
contains 200 shares that are all top
performers in the field of corporate social
responsibility (CSR). That Colruyt has been
selected by the Ethibel Forum demonstrates
that the company performs strongly within the
sector in the field of corporate social
responsibility (CSR) and that it maintains a
balance between economic progress,
protection of the environment and social
justice.
The selection by the Ethibel Forum takes place
largely based on research by the European
rating agency Vigeo, which is responsible for
the collection and processing of information,
the analysis of the results and the industrial
benchmarking.
The ETHIBEL Forum is an independent Belgian
association which was founded in 1992 and
is recognised as an expert in the field of
rating, independent audits and certification
of products and services which satisfy ethical
and social criteria and standards in the field
of the environment and corporate governance
(forumethibel.org).
The complete letter can be found on our
website colruytgroup.com/financial.
According to the law, an update of the
participations concerned must be
communicated once a year at the end of
August.
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FINANCIAL
REPORT
Consolidated income statement .........................140
Consolidated statement of
comprehensive income ......................................... 141
Consolidated statement of
financial position ........................................................142
Consolidated statement of cash flows .............143
Consolidated statement
of changes in equity ..................................................144
Certification of responsible persons ..................146
Independent auditor’s report ................................147
Notes to the consolidated
financial statements .................................................150
139
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
Note
2014/15
2013/14 (1)
3.
3.
3.
4.
5.
6.
8.916,8
8.916,
8.916
,8
(6.697,8)
2.219,0
72,7
(399,3)
(1.166,6)
(204,3)
(57,7
57,7))
(57,7)
(26,1)
(31,6)
(31,,6)
(31
463,8
495,4
495,4
10,,4
10
10,4
(4
(4,,4)
(4,4)
6,0
9,3
479,1
510,7
510,
51
0,77
0,
(148,1
148,1))
(148,1)
331,0
362,,6
362
362,6
8.652,0
(6.501,0)
2.151,0
66,5
(407,6)
(1.100,2)
(198,7)
(22,9)
(22,9)
488,1
488,1
15,4
(10,8)
4,6
4,4
497,1
497,1
(147,3)
349,8
349,8
0,6
330,4
2,21
2,4
2,42
,422
(0,2)
350,0
2,24
2,24
(in million EUR)
Revenue
Cost of goods sold
Gross profit
Other operating income
Services and miscellaneous goods
Employee benefit expenses
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment of non-current assets
Other operating expenses
Other operating expenses
Settlement (2)
Operating profit (EBIT)
Operating profit (EBIT) excl. settlement (2)
Finance income
Finance costs
Net financial result
Share in the result of investments accounted for by using the equity method
Profit before tax
Profit before tax excl. settlement (2)
Income tax expense
Profit for the financial year
Profit for the financial year excl. settlement (2)
Attributable to:
Non-controlling interests
Owners of the parent company
Earnings per share (EPS) – basic and diluted (in EUR)
Earnings per share (EPS) – basic and diluted (in EUR) excl. settlement (2)
4.
7.
7.
7.
12., 13.
8.
22.
(1) Some figures for the financial year 2013/14 are reclassified as described in note 1.1. Basis of presentation.
(2) “Settlement”: On 19 June 2015 Colruyt Group signed a settlement with the Investigation Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (“the Investigation Service”) in relation to the
period 2002-2007. By signing the settlement the group accepts to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine to the Belgian government. This amount was charged against the 2014/15 operating
expenses and was deducted in full from the EBITDA, EBIT, Profit before tax and Profit for the financial year. To ensure comparability with last year, some consolidated subtotals are
provided both inclusive and exclusive of the effect of the settlement.
140
'*/"/$*"-3&1035t CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT/CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
Note
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
331,0
349,8
(8,0)
(8,,0)
(8
(8,0)
(0,6)
(0,6)
1,4
((3,0)
3,0))
3,0
(1,6
1,6))
(1,6)
(9,6)
(0,6)
6,8
6,2
5,6
Total comprehensive income for the financial year
321,4
355,4
Attributable to:
Non-controlling interests
Owners of the parent company
0,6
320,8
(0,2)
355,6
(in million EUR)
Profit for the financial year
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss
Actuarial profit/(loss) on liabilities related to long-term employee benefits
Total of the items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss
Profit/(loss) from currency translation of foreign subsidiaries
Share in other comprehensive income of investments accounted for by using the equity method
Total of the items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss
Other comprehensive income for the financial year
8., 24.
12., 13.
All components of the above statement of comprehensive income are presented net of tax impacts.
141
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF
FINANCIAL POSITION
Note
31.03.15
31.03.
.03.15
15
31.03.14 (1)
Goodwill
Intangible assets
Property, plant and equipment
Investments in associates
Investments in joint ventures
Financial assets
Deferred tax assets
Other receivables
Total non-current assets
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
17.
19.
89,3
89,3
89,
59,5
1.802,7
0,1
156,9
26,6
33,2
,2
41,,9
41
41,9
2.180,2
89,3
52,9
1.647,7
0,1
130,3
29,7
3,3
26,6
1.979,9
Inventories
Trade receivables
Current tax assets
Other receivables
Financial assets
Cash and cash equivalents
Assets held for sale
Total current assets
18.
19.
602,7
602,
602
,7
478,,2
478
478,2
17,0
17
,0
49,,0
49
49,0
23,,6
23
23,6
309,2
1,3
1.481,0
1.481,
1.481
,0
574,7
490,7
5,0
41,3
25,4
602,6
2,2
1.741,9
TOTAL ASSETS
3.661,2
3.721,8
Share capital
Reserves and retained earnings
Total equity attributable to owners of the parent company
Non-controlling interests
Total equity
274,6
1.523,7
1.798,3
2,4
1.800,7
260,6
1.704,5
1.965,1
1,8
1.966,9
23.
24.
17.
25., 26.
14,5
14,
14
,5
72,2
65,,7
65
65,7
33,6
186,0
13,4
56,0
59,4
28,5
157,3
23.
20.
25.
26.
32,2
32,
32
,2
00,7
,7
4,4
1.081,7
67,8
487,7
1.674,5
4,9
0,6
3,1
1.063,5
55,9
469,6
1.597,6
Total liabilities
1.860,5
1.754,9
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
3.661,2
3.721,8
(in million EUR)
Provisions
Liabilities related to employee benefits
Deferred tax liabilities
Interest-bearing and other liabilities
Total non-current liabilities
Provisions
Bank overdrafts
Interest-bearing liabilities
Trade payables
Current tax liabilities
Liabilities related to employee benefits and other liabilities
Total current liabilities
(1) Some figures for the financial year 2013/14 are reclassified as described in note 1.1. Basis of presentation.
142
19.
14.
20.
16.
21.
26.
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF
CASH FLOWS
Note
2014/15
2014
2014//15
2013/14
331,0
349,8
204,3
(4,6)
148,1
(10,3
(10,3)
10,3))
668,5
2,3
2,3
(28,,8)
(28
(28,8)
14,0
54,1
(1,7
1,7))
(1,7)
77,,1
7,1
(145,4)
570,1
198,7
(9,4)
147,3
2,8
689,2
(24,8)
(23,5)
101,4
4,5
(1,5)
8,3
0,5
(148,4)
605,7
(359,4)
(336,9)
(20,3)
6,4
6,4
(8,5
8,5))
(8,5)
14,3
((367,5
367,5)
367,5)
(367,5)
(1,1)
(0,1)
(1,1)
2,9
14,7
(321,6)
14,0
(356,1
356,1))
(356,1)
(3,3)
(151,2
151,2))
(151,2)
(496,6)
11,4
0,1
(35,7)
1,0
(2,6)
(160,1)
(185,9)
(294,0)
602,0
0,5
308,5
98,2
503,9
(0,1)
602,0
(in million EUR)
Operating activities
Profit for the financial year
Adjustments for:
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment of non-current assets
Income from investments and interest expenses
Income tax expense
Other (1)
Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital and provisions
Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables
Decrease/(increase) in inventories
(Decrease)/increase in trade payables and other liabilities
(Decrease)/increase in provisions and liabilities related to employee benefits
Interest paid
Interest received
Dividends received
Income tax paid
Cash flow from operating activities
Investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
Business combinations (net of cash and cash equivalents acquired)
and business disposals (net of cash and cash equivalents disposed of)
(Increase in investment in)/proceeds from capital reimbursements of associates and joint ventures
(Purchases)/sales of financial assets
(Payment of)/proceeds from repayment of loans granted
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
Cash flow from investing activities
Financing activities
Proceeds from the issue of share capital
Proceeds from capital increase by non-controlling interests
Purchase of treasury shares
New/(Repayment of) borrowings
Payment of finance lease liabilities
Dividends and bonuses paid
Cash flow from financing activities
Net increase/(decrease) of cash and cash equivalents
Net cash and cash equivalents at 1 April
Effect of changes in foreign currency rates
Net cash and cash equivalents at 31 March
8.
12., 13.
14.
21.
20.
(1) The category ‘Other’ includes amongst others losses/(gains) on the sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, losses/(gains) on the sale of current assets, the
share in the results of investments accounted for by using the equity method, employee benefits in the context of share-based payments and capital increases reserved for employees and losses/(gains) on financial assets.
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT
OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
Attributable to the owners of the parent company (2)
Note
Number of
shares
Share Capital
Number of
treasury shares
Treasury
shares
Actuarial
reserves
(in million EUR, except number of shares)
At 1 April 2014
165.169.749
260,6
9.184.747
(296,7)
(0,6)
-
-
-
-
(8,0)
(8,0)
(8.533.246)
466.754
(9.000.000)
-
14,0
14,0
-
606.996
9.644.369
(37.373)
(9.000.000)
-
(65,2)
(356,1)
1,5
289,4
-
-
At 31 March 2015
156.636.503
274,6
9.791.743
(361,9)
(8,6)
At 1 April 2013
164.852.849
249,2
8.350.868
(262,7)
-
-
-
-
-
(0,6)
(0,6)
316.900
316.900
-
11,4
11,4
-
833.879
897.800
(63.921)
-
(34,0)
(35,7)
1,9
(0,2)
-
165.169.749
260,6
9.184.747
(296,7)
(0,6)
Total comprehensive income for the financial year
Profit for the financial year
Other comprehensive income for the financial year
Transactions with the owners
Capital increase
Treasury shares purchased
Treasury shares distributed as profit-sharing
Dividends and bonuses
Cancellation of treasury shares
Other
21.
21.
21.
Total comprehensive income for the financial year
Profit for the financial year
Other comprehensive income for the financial year
Transactions with the owners
Capital increase
Treasury shares purchased
Treasury shares distributed as profit-sharing
Dividends and bonuses
Non-controlling interests resulting from paid-up capital
Other
At 31 March 2014
21.
21.
21.
(1) Only the entities included in the Parkwind Group have cash flow hedging instruments.
(2) Some numbers for the financial year 2013/14 are reclassified as described in note 1.1. Basis of presentation
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Other reserves
Retained
earnings
Total
Noncontrolling
interests
Total
equity
Cumulative
translation
adjustment
Cash flow
hedge
reserves (1)
Financial
assets
available
for sale
reserves
(1,0)
(3,9)
1,8
2.004,9
1.965,1
1,8
1.966,9
1,4
1,4
(3,0)
(3,0)
-
330,4
330,4
-
320,8
330,4
((9,6)
9,6))
9,6
0,6
0,6
-
321,4
331,0
(9,6)
-
-
(1,8)
(1,8)
(434,6)
2,4
0,5
(151,2)
(289,4)
3,1
(487,6)
((487,6
487,6)
16,4
(356,1
(356,1)
356,1))
2,0
((151,2)
151,,2)
151
1,3
-
(487,6)
16,4
(356,1)
2,0
(151,2)
1,3
0,4
(6,9)
-
1.900,7
1.798,3
2,4
1.800,7
(0,4)
(10,7)
1,8
1.814,0
1.791,2
1,7
1.792,9
(0,6)
(0,6)
6,8
6,8
-
350,0
350,0
-
355,6
350,0
5,6
(0,2)
(0,2)
-
355,4
349,8
5,6
-
-
-
(159,1)
1,9
(1,1)
(160,1)
0,2
(181,7)
((181
181,77))
13,3
(35,7)
0,8
((160,1)
160,1))
160,1
-
0,3
0,3
-
(181,4)
13,3
(35,7)
0,8
(160,1)
0,3
-
(1,0)
(3,9)
1,8
2.004,9
1.965,1
1,8
1.966,9
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CERTIFICATION OF
RESPONSIBLE PERSONS
Jef Colruyt, Director-Chairman of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. and Marc Hofman, CFO of Colruyt Group, declare in title and for the entity,
that to the best of their knowledge:
tUIFDPOTPMJEBUFEmOBODJBMTUBUFNFOUTGPSUIFmOBODJBMZFBSTBOEQSFQBSFEJOBDDPSEBODFXJUIA*OUFSOBUJPOBM
Financial Reporting Standards’ (IFRS) as accepted by the European Union up until 31 March 2015, give a true and fair view of
the net assets, the financial position and the results of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. and the entities included in the consolidation scope.
tUIFNBOBHFNFOUSFQPSUSFMBUFEUPUIFDPOTPMJEBUFEmOBODJBMTUBUFNFOUTHJWFTBUSVFBOEGBJSWJFXPGUIFEFWFMPQNFOUBOE
the results of Colruyt Group’s activities, as well as of the position of the Company and the entities that are included in the
consolidation scope, together with a description of the main risks and uncertainties that Colruyt Group faces.
Jef Colruyt
Director-Chairman
Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.
146
Marc Hofman
CFO
Colruyt Group
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INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT
147
148
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149
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1. Significant accounting policies ..................................................................................................... 151
2. Segment information......................................................................................................................... 162
3. Revenue and gross profit ................................................................................................................. 165
4. Other operating income and expenses ...................................................................................... 166
5. Services and miscellaneous goods .............................................................................................. 167
6. Employee benefit expenses ............................................................................................................ 167
7. Net financial result .............................................................................................................................. 168
8. Income tax expense ............................................................................................................................ 168
9. Goodwill ................................................................................................................................................... 169
10. Intangible assets................................................................................................................................ 170
11. Property, plant and equipment ................................................................................................... 172
12. Investments in associates ............................................................................................................. 174
13. Investments in joint ventures accounted for by using the equity method ............ 174
14. Financial assets.................................................................................................................................. 176
15. Business combinations .................................................................................................................. 176
16. Disposal groups classified as held for sale and disposal of subsidiaries ................ 176
17. Deferred tax assets and liabilities .............................................................................................. 177
18. Inventories ........................................................................................................................................... 178
19. Trade and other receivables ......................................................................................................... 178
20. Cash and cash equivalents ........................................................................................................... 180
21. Equity...................................................................................................................................................... 180
22. Earnings per share ............................................................................................................................ 181
23. Provisions ............................................................................................................................................. 182
24. Non-current liabilities related to employee benefits ....................................................... 182
25. Interest-bearing liabilities ............................................................................................................. 184
26. Trade payables, liabilities related to employee benefits and other liabilities....... 185
27. Risk management.............................................................................................................................. 185
28. Off-balance sheet rights and commitments......................................................................... 188
29. Contingent liabilities and contingent assets ........................................................................ 189
30. Dividends paid and proposed...................................................................................................... 189
31. Related parties ................................................................................................................................... 190
32. Events after the reporting date ................................................................................................... 191
33. Independent auditor’s remuneration ...................................................................................... 191
34. List of consolidated entities......................................................................................................... 192
35. Condensed (non-consolidated) financial statements of
Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V., in accordance with Belgian accounting standards.................... 193
150
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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
The following notes to the consolidated financial statements are an
integral part of the consolidated
financial statements.
1. Significant accounting
policies
Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. (hereinafter referred
to as ‘the Company’) is domiciled in
1500 Halle, Belgium and is publicly
traded on NYSE Euronext Brussels
under the code COLR. The consolidated financial statements for the
2014/15 financial year which closed
on 31 March 2015, cover the Company,
its subsidiaries (hereinafter referred
to collectively as ‘Colruyt Group’) and
Colruyt Group’s interests in associates
and joint ventures.
The consolidated financial statements for the 2014/15 financial year
were authorised for issue by the
Board of Directors on 19 June 2015,
subject to approval of the statutory
non-consolidated financial statements by the shareholders during the
General Shareholders’ Assembly on 30
September 2015. In accordance with
Belgian law, the consolidated financial
statements will be presented for information purposes to the shareholders
of Colruyt Group during that same
meeting. The consolidated financial
statements are not subject to changes,
unless decisions of the shareholders
regarding the statutory non-consolidated financial statements impact the
consolidated financial statements.
differ slightly.
The consolidated financial statements
describe the financial position as of
31 March and are prepared using the
historical cost method, with the exception of derivatives and financial assets
available for sale and held for trading,
which are measured at their fair value.
The consolidated financial statements
are prepared before any distribution
of profits of the parent company as
proposed to the General Shareholders’
Assembly.
Preparing the consolidated financial
statements in accordance with IFRS
requires Colruyt Group’s management
to make judgements, estimates and
assumptions. These affect the application of policies and principles and consequently affect the reported amounts
of assets and liabilities and of income
and expenses. Amongst others, this is
the case for goodwill (note 9. Goodwill),
financial assets (note 14. Financial
assets), for deferred taxes (note 17.
Deferred tax assets and liabilities),
inventories (note 18. Inventories), provisions (note 23. Provisions) and for employee benefits (notes 24. Non-current
liabilities related to employee benefits
and 26. Liabilities related to employee
benefits and other liabilities).
The estimates and related assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are
believed to be reasonable given the
circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates.
1.1. Basis of presentation
The consolidated financial statements are expressed in millions of EUR
rounded to one decimal place which
means that totals and subtotals may
The estimates and underlying assumptions are assessed and adjusted
annually. Revisions to accounting
estimates are recognised in the period
in which the estimate is revised, if the
revision affects only that period, or in
the period of the revision and future
period(s) if the revision affects both
current and future period(s).
Colruyt Group has decided to make a
number of changes in the presentation
of its consolidated financial statements.
As of the financial year 2014/15,
the additions, uses and reversals of
provisions as well as the write-offs
of current assets are included in the
different cost categories in the income
statement to which they apply. The line
items that are affected were adjusted
for the comparative financial year
2013/14 by means of a reclassification in the income statement for an
amount of EUR 5,7 million. This leads
to an increase in the costs included
in ‘Services and miscellaneous goods’
of EUR 3,7 million, an increase in the
costs included in ‘Employee benefit
expenses’ of EUR 3,1 million and a
decrease of ‘Other operating expenses’
of EUR 1,1 million. As a consequence,
the line item ‘Provisions and write-offs
of current assets’ has been omitted.
Furthermore, as of the financial year
2014/15, the current provisions are
presented separately from the noncurrent provisions in the consolidated
statement of financial position. In the
comparative figures for the financial
year 2013/14, an amount of EUR 4,9
million has been reclassified to the
current provisions.
The two changes mentioned above
have no impact on the gross profit, the
operating profit (EBIT) or the profit for
the financial year.
Finally, the presentation of the ‘consol-
151
idated statement of changes in equity’
has been modified. This modification
resulted in a reclassification within the
opening balances for the comparative
financial year for an amount of EUR 7,7
million. More specifically, the opening
balances of ‘Discount on capital increase’, ‘Result on shares distributed as
profit-sharing’ and ‘Variance of provision
for profit-sharing in shares’, which were
presented under the ‘Other reserves’ in
the annual report of the financial year
2013/14, have been transferred to ‘Retained earnings’. Additionally, an amount
of EUR 0,5 million was transferred from
the line ‘Treasury shares purchased’ to
‘Treasury shares distributed as profitsharing’. This concerns results on shares
distributed as profit-sharing. For a description of the contents of each reserve,
please refer to note 1.4. Other significant
accounting policies.
Except for the reclassifications listed
above, the significant accounting policies listed below are applied consistently for all the periods presented in these
consolidated financial statements.
1.2. Statement of compliance
Colruyt Group’s consolidated financial
statements are prepared in accordance
with the ‘International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)’, as issued by the
‘International Accounting Standards
Board (IASB)’ and adopted by the European Union up to 31 March 2015.
The following (amended) standards,
interpretations and improvements are
effective for Colruyt Group as of 1 April
2014, none of which have a significant
impact on Colruyt Group’s consolidated
financial statements:
t*"4"NFOENFOU
‘Investments
in associates and joint ventures’. The
amendment mainly relates to the accounting for joint ventures according
to the equity method. This amendment
clarifies that IFRS 5 ‘Non-current assets
held for sale and discontinued operations’ applies to an investment, or a
portion of an investment, in an associate or a joint venture that meets the
criteria to be classified as held for sale.
In addition, an entity shall not remeasure the retained interest on termination of the significant influence or the
joint control, even if the investment in
152
an associate becomes an investment
in a joint venture or vice versa.
t*"4"NFOENFOU
‘Financial
instruments: presentation - Offsetting
financial assets and financial liabilities’.
The amendment clarifies the criteria
for offsetting financial assets and
financial liabilities.
t*"4"NFOENFOU
AImpairment of
assets – Recoverable amount disclosures
for non-financial assets’. The mandatory
disclosure of recoverable amounts is
limited to the cases in which an
impairment loss was recognised or
reversed. Additional disclosures are
required in respect of the valuation
at fair value minus costs of disposal.
t*"4"NFOENFOU
AFinancial
instruments: recognition and
measurement - Novation of derivatives
and continuation of hedge accounting’.
The novation of a derivative designated
as a hedging instrument should not be
treated as an event that leads to the
discontinuation of hedge accounting,
when certain conditions are met.
t*'34‘Consolidated financial
statements’. IFRS 10 replaces the
requirements regarding consolidated
financial statements in IAS 27, ‘Consolidated and separate financial statements’.
SIC 12, ‘Consolidation - Special purpose
entities’, was withdrawn with the publication of IFRS 10. In accordance with
IFRS 10, control is the only determining factor for consolidation. The new
definition of control consists of three
elements:
(a) power over an entity;
(b) exposure to, or rights to variable returns as a result from an involvement
in an entity;
(c) the ability to use power over an entity
in order to affect the amount of these
returns.
t*'34AJoint arrangements’. IFRS 11
replaces IAS 31, ‘Interests in joint ventures’. The standard treats the classification of joint arrangements in which
two or more parties have joint control.
SIC 13, ‘Jointly controlled entities –
Non-monetary contributions by
venturers’, was withdrawn with the
publication of IFRS 11. IFRS 11
classifies joint arrangements into:
tKPJOUPQFSBUJPOTPS
tKPJOUWFOUVSFT
IAS 31, however, distinguished three
types of joint arrangements: jointly
controlled entities, jointly controlled
assets and jointly controlled operations. All joint ventures must be accounted for using the equity method.
t*'34‘Disclosure of interests in other
entities’. This standard contains the
disclosure requirements for entities
that have interests in subsidiaries, joint
arrangements (i.e. joint operations
or joint ventures), associates and/or
unconsolidated structured entities.
For Colruyt Group, this standard only
impacts the disclosures to the financial
statements.
t*'34BOE"NFOENFOU
AConsolidated financial statements, Joint arrangements and Disclosures of interests
in other entities: Transition guidance’.
This amendment limits the possible
restatements as a result of the application of IFRS 10, IFRS 11 and IFRS 12 to
one year.
t*'34BOE*"4"NFOENFOU
‘Investment Entities’. Certain investment
entities are exempted from consolidation and should instead report their
investments on one line in the statement of financial position, at fair value.
New disclosures are also introduced
for investment entities in IFRS 12 and
IAS 27.
The following (amended) standards,
interpretations and improvements
relevant to the group, which were already published when the consolidated
financial statements were approved,
were not adopted early by Colruyt Group:
t*"4"NFOENFOU
APresentation of
financial statements – Disclosure initiative’ (effective date for Colruyt Group 1
April 2016). The amendment clarifies
the guidance regarding the principle
of materiality, the presentation of
the statement of financial position
and the statement of comprehensive
income and the order of the notes.
This amendment has no impact on
Colruyt Group’s consolidated financial
statements.
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t*"4BOE*"4"NFOENFOU
AProperty, plant and equipment and intangible
assets – Clarification of acceptable methods of depreciation and amortisation’
(effective date for Colruyt Group 1 April
2016). This amendment clarifies that
the depreciation method of property,
plant and equipment cannot be based
on the revenue pattern that is generated over time. For intangible assets,
such an amortisation method is only
allowed under limited circumstances.
This amendment has no impact on
Colruyt Group’s consolidated financial
statements.
t*"4"NFOENFOU
AEmployee benefits – employee contributions’ (effective
date for Colruyt Group 1 April 2015).
The accounting for contributions by
employees or third parties to defined
benefit plans has been simplified.
When the contributions are independent of the number of years of service,
they can be recognised as a reduction
of the service cost in the period in
which the related service is rendered
(this method is permitted, but not
mandatory). This amendment has no
impact on Colruyt Group’s consolidated
financial statements.
t*'34‘Financial instruments’ (effective date for Colruyt Group 1 April
2018). This standard will replace IAS 39
‘Financial instruments: recognition and
measurement’. IFRS 9 introduces a new
model regarding the recognition of
impairments based on the “expected”
losses and introduces limited amendments to the classification and measurement of financial assets. IFRS 9 also
contains new general requirements for
hedge accounting that further align
hedge accounting with risk management. The potential impact of this
standard has not been assessed yet.
t*'34*'34BOE*"4"NFOE
ment), ‘Investment entities – Applying
the consolidation exception’ (effective
date for Colruyt Group 1 April 2016).
This amendment clarifies when the
exemptions from consolidation can
be applied by investment entities. This
amendment has no impact on Colruyt
Group’s consolidated financial statements.
t*'34BOE*"4"NFOENFOU
‘Sale
or contribution of assets between an
investor and its associate or joint venture’
(effective date for Colruyt Group 1
April 2016). The amendment resolves
a conflict between IFRS 10 and IAS 28.
The amendments clarify that, when
assets are sold or contributed to a
joint venture or associate, the accounting for the gain or loss depends on
whether the assets meet the definition
of a business under IFRS 3 ‘Business combinations’. When the assets
represent a business, the gain or loss
is recognised in full. If this is not the
case, the investor’s share in the gain
or loss is eliminated. This amendment
is not expected to have an impact on
Colruyt Group’s consolidated financial
statements.
t*'34"NFOENFOU
AJoint arrangements – Accounting for acquisitions of interests in joint operations’ (effective date
for Colruyt Group 1 April 2016). When
an entity acquires an initial or an additional interest in a joint operation and
this joint operation represents a business as defined under IFRS 3 ’Business
combinations’, the principles described
in IFRS 3 ‘Business combinations’ need
to be applied to the transaction. The
disclosures generally required for
business combinations also need to be
prepared in this case. This amendment
is not expected to have an impact on
Colruyt Group’s consolidated financial
statements.
t*'34ARevenue from contracts with
customers’ (effective date for Colruyt
Group 1 April 2017). This new standard
will replace the existing standards IAS
18 ‘Revenue’ and IAS 11 ’Construction
contracts’, as well as certain related
IFRIC interpretations, such as IFRIC
13 ‘Customer loyalty programmes’. This
standard introduces a new model
consisting of five steps for the recognition of revenue from contracts with
customers. The core principle of this
standard is that an entity recognises
revenue to the extent it represents the
transfer of promised goods or services
to customers for a consideration that
is the reflection of the remuneration to
which the entity expects to be entitled
in exchange for those goods or services. In addition, the standard introduces
extended disclosure requirements
regarding revenue. The assessment of
the potential impact of this standard
for Colruyt Group is currently ongoing.
t*NQSPWFNFOUTUP*'34DZDMF
2012, published in December 2013
(effective date for Colruyt Group 1 April
2015) consist of a series of minor
improvements to existing standards:
IFRS 2 ‘Share-based payment’, IFRS 3
‘Business Combinations’, IFRS 8 ‘Operating segments’, IFRS 13 ‘Fair value
measurement’, IAS 16 ‘Property, plant
and equipment’, IAS 24 ‘Related party
disclosures’ and IAS 38 ‘Intangible assets’. These improvements do not have
a material impact on the consolidated
financial statements of Colruyt Group.
t*NQSPWFNFOUTUP*'34DZDMF
2013, published in December 2013
(effective date for Colruyt Group 1
April 2015) consist of a series of minor
improvements to existing standards:
IFRS 1 ‘First-time adoption of international financial reporting standards’, IFRS
3 ‘Business combinations’, IFRS 13 ‘Fair
value measurement’ and IAS 40 ‘Investment property’. These improvements
do not have a material impact on the
consolidated financial statements of
Colruyt Group.
t*NQSPWFNFOUTUP*'34DZDMF
2014, published in September 2014
(effective date for Colruyt Group 1
April 2016) consist of a series of minor
improvements to existing standards:
IFRS 5 ‘Non-current assets held for sale
and discontinued operations’, IFRS 7 ‘Financial instruments: Disclosures’, IAS 19
‘Employee benefits’ and IAS 34 ‘Interim
financial reporting’. These improvements do not have a material impact
on the consolidated financial statements of Colruyt Group.
t*'3*$ALevies’ (effective date for
Colruyt Group 1 April 2015). This
interpretation clarifies when a levy
imposed by a government should be
recognised in accordance with IAS 37
‘Provisions, contingent liabilities and
contingent assets’. The application of
this interpretation has no impact on
Colruyt Group’s consolidated financial
statements.
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1.3. Consolidation principles
Colruyt Group’s consolidated financial
statements include the financial statements of the Company, the financial
statements of its subsidiaries after
elimination of intragroup transactions
and balances and the investment of
Colruyt Group in associated entities and
joint ventures.
When Colruyt Group loses control of a
subsidiary, the profit or loss on disposal
is calculated as the difference between:
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consideration received and the fair
value of any retained interest; and
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assets (including goodwill) and liabilities of the subsidiary and any noncontrolling interests.
a. Subsidiaries
Subsidiaries are those entities over
which Colruyt Group has control. Control
exists when Colruyt Group is exposed
to, or has rights to variable returns from
its involvement with the investee and
when Colruyt Group has the ability to
use its power over the investee to affect
the amount of these returns. In assessing whether control exists, all facts
and circumstances are considered. The
financial statements of subsidiaries are
included in the consolidated financial
statements from the date that control
effectively commences until the date
that control effectively ceases.
Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries
are identified separately from Colruyt
Group’s equity. The interest of noncontrolling shareholders is initially
measured at fair value or at the noncontrolling interests’ proportionate
share of the fair value of the acquiree’s
identifiable net assets. The choice of
measurement basis is made on an
acquisition-by-acquisition basis. Subsequent to the acquisition, the carrying
amount of non-controlling interests is
the amount of those interests at initial
recognition plus the non-controlling
interests’ share of subsequent
changes in equity. The total
comprehensive income is attributed
to non-controlling interests even if
this results in the non-controlling
interests having a deficit balance.
Changes in Colruyt Group’s interest in a
subsidiary that do not result in a loss
of control are accounted for as
transactions between owners. The
carrying amounts of Colruyt Group’s
interests and the non-controlling interests are adjusted directly in equity to
reflect the changes in their relative interests in the subsidiary.
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Amounts previously recognised in other
comprehensive income in relation to the
subsidiary are accounted for in the same
manner (i.e. reclassified to profit or loss
or transferred directly to retained earnings) as would be required if the relevant
assets or liabilities were disposed of. The
fair value of any investment retained in
the former subsidiary at the date when
control is lost, is regarded as the fair value on initial recognition for subsequent
accounting under IAS 39 ‘Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement’ or,
if applicable, the cost on initial recognition of an investment in an associate or
jointly controlled entity.
c. Joint ventures
Joint ventures are those entities in which
Colruyt Group has joint control and
where such control is established by an
agreement. Joint control implies that the
decisions about the relevant activities
require the unanimous consent of all
parties sharing control.
Colruyt Group’s interests in joint ventures are accounted for using the equity
method, from the date that joint control
first exists until the date it ceases. When,
after the application of the equity method, there is an indication of impairment,
Colruyt Group calculates the amount of
the impairment loss as the difference
between the recoverable amount and
the carrying amount of the investment
in the joint venture.
d. Transactions eliminated in
consolidation
Intragroup balances and transactions,
including unrealised profits on
intragroup transactions, are eliminated
when preparing the consolidated
financial statements.
b. Associates
Associates are those entities in which
Colruyt Group has significant influence
on the financial and operational policies
but which it does not control or jointly
control.
Unrealised gains from transactions
with associates or joint ventures are
eliminated in proportion to Colruyt
Group’s interest in the associate
or joint venture.
These investments are incorporated into
the consolidated financial statements
according to the equity method from
the date on which the significant
influence begins until the date on which
the significant influence ceases. When,
after the application of the equity method, an indication of impairment arises,
Colruyt Group calculates the amount of
the impairment loss as the difference
between the recoverable amount and
the carrying amount of the investment
in the associate. When Colruyt Group’s
share of the associate’s losses exceeds
the carrying amount of Colruyt Group’s
interests in the associate, the carrying amount is reduced to nil in Colruyt
Group’s statement of financial position
and no further losses are taken into account, except to the extent that
Colruyt Group has incurred obligations
in respect of that associate.
Unrealised losses are eliminated in the
same way as unrealised gains, except
that they are only eliminated to the
extent that there is no evidence of
impairment.
e. Business combinations
Acquisitions of businesses (as defined
by IFRS 3 ‘Business Combinations’) are
accounted for using the acquisition
method. The consideration for each
business combination is measured as
the aggregate of the fair values at the
acquisition date of assets transferred,
liabilities incurred or assumed, and equity instruments issued by Colruyt Group
in exchange for control of the acquiree.
Acquisition-related costs are recognised
in profit or loss as incurred, except when
they relate to the issue of debt or equity
instruments. In this case, these costs
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are deducted from the debt instruments
and from equity, respectively.
If applicable, the consideration for the
acquisition’s consideration includes
any asset or liability resulting from a
contingent consideration arrangement,
measured at its fair value on acquisition
date. Subsequent changes in such fair
values are adjusted against the cost
of acquisition when they qualify as
measurement period adjustments
(see below). All other subsequent
changes in the fair value of contingent
consideration classified as an asset or
liability are accounted for in accordance
with relevant IFRSs. When an obligation
to pay contingent consideration meets
the definition of a financial instrument
classified as equity, it is not remeasured
and its subsequent settlement is accounted for within equity.
Where a business combination is
achieved in stages, Colruyt Group’s
previously held interests in the acquired
entity are remeasured to fair value at the
acquisition date (i.e. the date the group
attains control) and the resulting gain or
loss, if any, is recognised in profit or loss.
Amounts arising from interests in the
acquiree prior to the acquisition date
that have previously been
recognised in other comprehensive
income are processed, on the same
basis as if that interest was disposed of.
The acquiree’s identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities that
meet the conditions for recognition
under IFRS 3 ‘Business Combinations’
are recognised at their fair value at the
acquisition date, except that:
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liabilities or assets related to employee
benefit arrangements are recognised
and measured in accordance with IAS
12 ‘Income Taxes’ and IAS 19 ‘Employee
Benefits’ respectively;
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to the replacement by Colruyt Group
of an acquiree’s share-based payment
awards are measured in accordance
with IFRS 2 ‘Share-based Payment’; and
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classified as held for sale in accordance with IFRS 5 ‘Non-current Assets
Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations’, are measured in accordance with
that Standard.
If the initial accounting for a business
combination is incomplete by the end
of the financial year in which the
combination occurs, Colruyt Group
reports provisional amounts for the
items for which the accounting is
incomplete. Those provisional amounts
are adjusted during the measurement
period (see below), and/or additional
assets and/or liabilities are recognised,
to reflect new information obtained
about facts and circumstances that
existed as of the acquisition date that,
if known, would have affected the
amounts recognised as of that date.
The measurement period is the period
from the acquisition date to the date
Colruyt Group obtains complete information about facts and circumstances
that existed as of the acquisition date.
The measurement period shall not exceed one year from the acquisition date.
f. Financial statements of
foreign companies in foreign
currency
To consolidate Colruyt Group and each
of its subsidiaries, the financial
statements of the individual subsidiaries
are translated into euro, the functional
currency of the Entity and the
presentation currency of the group.
The translation is performed as follows:
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exchange rate of the European Central
Bank at the reporting date;
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the average exchange rate for the
financial year (which approximates the
exchange rate at date of transaction);
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the historical exchange rate.
Exchange rate differences arising from
the translation of net investments in
foreign subsidiaries, associates and
joint ventures at the year-end exchange
rate are recorded as part of other
comprehensive income, under ‘Cumulative translation adjustment’ in ‘Other
reserves’, except for the part attributed
to non-controlling interests.
Upon the disposal of a foreign operation
(i.e. a disposal of Colruyt Group’s entire
interest in a foreign operation, or a
disposal involving loss of control over a
subsidiary that includes a foreign
operation, loss of joint control over a
joint venture that includes a foreign
operation, or loss of significant influence
over an associate that includes a foreign
operation), all of the exchange
differences accumulated in equity in
respect of that foreign operation attributable to Colruyt Group are reclassified
to profit or loss as part of the financial
result. Any exchange differences that
have previously been attributed to
non-controlling interests are
derecognised and are not reclassified
to profit or loss.
In the case of a partial disposal of a
subsidiary (i.e. no loss of control over
the subsidiary by Colruyt Group) that
includes a foreign operation, the
proportionate share of cumulative
exchange differences is reattributed
to non-controlling interests and is not
recognised in profit or loss. For all other
partial disposals (i.e. of associates or
joint ventures not involving a change
of accounting basis), the proportionate
share of the cumulative translation adjustments is reclassified to profit or loss.
g. Foreign currency transactions
Transactions in foreign currencies are
translated to the functional currency of
the entity at the exchange rate prevailing
at the date of the transaction.
Subsequently all monetary assets and
liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated at the closing rate
at the reporting date.
Gains and losses resulting from
transactions in foreign currency and
from the translation of monetary assets
and liabilities denominated in foreign
currencies are recognised in profit or
loss.
Non-monetary assets and liabilities
denominated in foreign currencies and
valued on a historical cost basis are
translated at the exchange rate at the
transaction date. Non-monetary assets
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and liabilities in foreign currencies at
fair value are translated at the exchange
rate applicable at the date on which the
fair value was determined.
1.4. Other significant
accounting policies
a. Goodwill
Goodwill resulting from business
combinations is recognised as an asset
as from the date control is obtained
(the acquisition date). Colruyt Group
measures goodwill as the difference
between:
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consideration transferred, the amount
of any non-controlling interest in the
acquiree, and in a business combination achieved in stages, the fair value
of the previously held equity interest in
the acquiree; and
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assets acquired and the liabilities assumed at acquisition date.
If this excess is negative, the resulting
gain from a bargain purchase is
recognised immediately in profit or loss.
For investments in associates and joint
ventures, the goodwill is included within
the carrying amount of the investment.
Goodwill is not amortised but is
reviewed for impairment. Impairment is
tested annually and more frequently if
there are indications for impairment.
b. Intangible Assets
Research and development
Expenses from research activities are
recognised in profit or loss when
incurred.
Expenditure on development activities
of which the findings are used for a plan
or design intended for the production of
new or substantially improved products
or processes, are capitalised if the
following conditions are met:
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carefully described and the expenses
can be separately identified and can
be measured reliably;
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ity of the product or process has been
demonstrated and the product or
process will be commercialised or will
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be used internally;
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future economic benefits; and
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technical, financial and other
resources to complete and use or
sell the development.
The capitalised expenditure is the
result of the valuation at full cost and
therefore includes the cost of materials,
direct labour and an appropriate
proportion of overheads.
Development costs that do not satisfy
these conditions are recognised in profit
or loss when incurred.
Capitalised development expenditure
is stated at cost less accumulated
amortisation and impairment losses.
Other intangible assets
Other intangible assets are recognised at
cost less accumulated amortisation and
impairment losses.
Subsequent expenditure
Subsequent expenditure on intangible
assets is capitalised only when it results
in an increase of future economic
benefits derived from the use of the
specific asset to which the subsequent
expenditure is related. All other
expenditure is expensed as incurred.
Amortisation
Intangible assets with a finite useful life
are subject to straight-line amortisation
over their estimated useful lives.
Amortisation of intangible assets only
begins when assets are available for
intended use.
Intangible assets that are not yet ready
for their intended use and intangible
assets with an indefinite useful life are
tested for impairment at least annually.
For intangible assets, Colruyt Group
makes a distinction between software,
licences, permits, customer portfolios,
developed intangible assets and other
intangible assets. This distinction is
expressed in a different useful life per
type of intangible asset:
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contractually defined period;
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acquisition of points of sale: indefinite
useful life;
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c. Property, plant and equipment
Property, plant and equipment are
recorded at cost less accumulated
depreciation and impairment losses.
The cost of self-constructed assets
includes direct labour costs in addition
to the direct cost of material and a
reasonable proportion of indirect
manufacturing costs which are necessary to bring the asset into its location
and state that are required for the asset
to function in the intended way. The
depreciation method, the residual value
and the useful life are reviewed annually
and amended if necessary.
Colruyt Group has opted to recognise
capital grants as a deduction to the cost
of property, plant and equipment. These
grants are taken into profit and loss over
the useful life of the asset by reducing
the depreciation charge.
In certain circumstances obligations
exist to restore items of property, plant
and equipment in their original state.
The costs relating to this restoration
are recognised as part of the cost of
property, plant and equipment.
A provision is recognised in the
statement of financial position.
Subsequent expenditure
Costs for the replacement of a
component of property, plant and equipment are capitalised provided that the
cost to be capitalised can be reliably
determined and that the expenditure
will result in a future economic benefit.
Costs which do not meet these
conditions are recognised in profit
or loss when incurred.
Depreciation
Property, plant and equipment are
subject to straight line depreciation in
profit or loss based on the estimated
useful life of each component.
Tangible assets with an indefinite
useful life are not depreciated.
The estimated useful lives are defined
as follows:
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furnishings and vehicles: 3 to 20 years;
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When property, plant and equipment
consist of components with differing
useful lives, these are recorded as
separate items under property, plant
and equipment.
d. Lease agreements
Lease agreements are classified as
finance leases whenever the terms of
the lease substantially transfer all the
risks and rewards of ownership to the
lessee. All other leases are classified as
operating leases.
Assets held under finance lease
agreements are recorded in the
consolidated statement of financial
position at the commencement of the
lease term at the lower of the asset’s
fair value and the present value of the
minimum lease payments determined at
inception of the lease. The corresponding liability to the lessor is included in
the consolidated statement of financial
position as a finance lease liability.
When ownership is almost certainly
transferred at the end of the contract,
the leased assets are depreciated
over the same period of time as an
equivalent owned asset; otherwise
they are depreciated over the duration
of the lease agreement if the latter is
shorter.
Lease payments are apportioned
between finance expenses and
reduction of the finance lease liability
so as to achieve a constant rate of
interest on the remaining balance of
the liability. Finance expenses are recognised immediately in profit or loss.
Contingent lease payments are
recognised as expenses in the period
in which they are incurred.
Operating lease payments are recognised as an expense on a straight-line
basis over the lease term, unless
another systematic basis is more
representative of the time pattern in
which economic benefits from the
leased asset are consumed. Contingent
lease payments arising under operating
leases are recognised as an expense in
the period in which they are incurred.
In the event that lease incentives are
received to enter into operating leases,
such incentives are recognised as an
integral part of the total of lease
expenses. The aggregate benefit of
incentives is recognised as a reduction
of lease expense on a straight-line basis,
except where another systematic basis is
more representative of the time pattern
in which economic benefits from the
leased asset are consumed.
e. Financial assets
Colruyt Group determines the classification of its financial assets at inception.
Non-current investments
Non-current investments include shares
held in entities which are not subsidiaries, nor associates or joint ventures.
These investments are initially
recognised at fair value, including any
transaction costs that are directly
attributable. These investments are
classified as financial assets available
for sale. After initial recognition the
investments are measured at fair
value if the fair value is reliably determinable. If the fair value cannot be reliably
determined, the investment is measured
at cost.
Changes in the carrying amount of these
investments which are not the result of
an impairment loss are recognised
immediately in equity. For investments
in equity instruments, Colruyt Group
treats a significant or prolonged
decrease of the fair value of the
instrument below its cost as an
indication of impairment.
Loans and receivables
Loans and receivables are non-derivative financial instruments with fixed
or determinable payments that are
not quoted in an active market. Such
financial assets are recognised at the
transaction date at fair value, including
any transaction costs that are directly
attributable. Subsequently, these assets
are measured at amortised cost using
the effective interest method, after
deductions for impairments. If there is
objective evidence that an impairment
loss has been incurred on loans and
receivables, the amount of the impairment loss is measured as the difference
between the asset’s carrying amount
and the present value of estimated
future cash flows (excluding future
credit losses that have not been
incurred) discounted at the financial
asset’s original effective interest rate.
The effective interest method is a
method of calculating the amortised
cost of a debt instrument and of
allocating interest income over the
relevant period. The effective interest
rate is the rate that exactly discounts
estimated future cash receipts or
payments (including all fees on items
paid or received that form an integral
part of the effective interest rate, as
well as transaction costs and other
premiums or discounts) through the
expected life of the debt instrument,
or, where appropriate, a shorter period,
to the net carrying amount on initial
recognition.
Current investments
Investments in securities held for
trading are classified as current assets
at transaction date and are initially
recognised at fair value. Subsequently,
these assets are measured at fair value
with any resulting gains or losses
recognised in profit or loss when
incurred.
An impairment loss, along with the
cumulative changes in fair value already
recognised in other comprehensive
income, is recognised in profit or loss.
Investments in securities are recognised
at the transaction date.
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Cash and cash equivalents
Cash includes cash balances and
bank deposits. These are recognised at
transaction date. Cash equivalents comprise term deposits that can be called
upon almost immediately and do not
entail any material risk of impairment.
Bank overdrafts are classified as current
liabilities and are presented net of cash
and cash equivalents for the purpose of
the statement of cash flows.
f. Assets held for sale and
discontinued operations
An asset or a disposal group (groups of
assets and related liabilities) that are
being disposed of, are classified as held
for sale if their carrying amount will be
recovered principally through a sale
transaction rather than through
continuing use. This condition is
regarded as met only when the sale
is highly probable and the asset
(or disposal group) is available for
immediate sale in its present condition.
For a sale to be highly probable,
management should be committed
to a plan to sell the asset (or disposal
group), and an active program to locate
a buyer and to complete the sale should
be initiated. The asset (or disposal
group) should be actively marketed at a
price which is reasonable in relation to
its current fair value, and the sale should
be expected to be completed within one
year from the date of classification.
When classified as ‘held for sale’, assets
or disposal groups are valued at the
lower of their carrying amount and their
fair value less costs to sell, including any
impairment that might be required and
which is included in profit or loss. As
from the moment that property, plant
and equipment and intangible assets
are classified as held for sale, they are
no longer depreciated or amortised.
Comparative balance sheet information
for prior periods is not restated to reflect
the new classification in the consolidated statement of financial position.
A discontinued operation is a component of an entity that the entity has
disposed of or that is classified as held
for sale, which represents a separate
major line of business or geographical
area of operations that can be
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distinguished operationally as well as
for financial reporting purposes from
the rest of the entity. The profit or
loss after taxes, that arises from
discontinued operations, is separately
reported in the consolidated income
statement. When operations are
labelled as discontinued operations,
the comparative figures in the statement
of comprehensive income are restated
to reflect a situation as if the operations
had been discontinued as of the
beginning of the comparative period.
of an asset or of the cash-generating
unit to which it belongs, is lower than
the carrying amount, an impairment loss
is recognised in the income statement
for the amount of the difference.
Impairment losses relating to cashgenerating units are first deducted from
the carrying amount of any goodwill
attributed to the cash-generating (or
groups of) units and then deducted pro
rata from the carrying amount of the
other assets of the (groups of) cashgenerating units.
g. Impairment
A recognised impairment may be
reversed if it ceases to exist. An impairment loss is reversed only to the extent
that the asset’s carrying amount does
not exceed the carrying amount that
would have been determined, net of
depreciation or amortisation, if no
impairment loss had been recognised.
Goodwill impairment is not reversed.
The carrying amount of all assets,
with the exception of inventories and
deferred tax assets, is reviewed at least
once a year and examined for any
indications of impairment. If such
indications exist, the related asset’s
recoverable amount is estimated.
Goodwill, intangible assets with
indefinite useful lives and intangible
assets not available for use are tested
for impairment at least annually
(irrespective of whether indications of
impairment exist or not). The recoverable amount is the higher of the fair value
less costs to sell and the value in use.
The value in use is the present value of
expected future cash flows. In assessing
the value in use, the estimated future
cash flows are discounted to their
present value using a pre-tax discount
rate that reflects current market
assessments of the time value of
money as well as the risks specific to
the asset. For an asset for which no
independent cash inflows are available,
the recoverable amount is determined
for the cash-generating unit to which
the asset belongs. For impairment
testing, goodwill is always allocated to
(a group of) cash-generating units.
A cash-generating unit is the
smallest identifiable group of assets
that generates cash inflows that are
largely independent of the cash inflows
from other assets or groups of assets.
Colruyt Group has defined a ‘cash-generating unit’ as the operating unit to which
the asset can unequivocally be allocated.
An operating unit can include a branch
of the business or a business entity.
If the recoverable consolidated amount
h. Inventories
Inventories are measured at the
lower of cost and net realisable value.
The net realisable value is the estimated
selling price in the normal course of
business, less the estimated completion
and costs to sell.
The cost of inventories is based on
the ‘first in, first out’ (FIFO) principle and
includes all direct and indirect costs
that are required to bring the goods to
their state at the reporting date, less
discounts and compensations received
from suppliers.
Rebates and incentives that Colruyt
Group receives from its suppliers,
mainly for promotions in stores, joint
publicity, introductions of new products
and volume incentives, are included in
the inventory cost and are recognised in
profit or loss as and when the product
is sold, except when it relates to a
repayment of specific, additional and
identifiable costs which Colruyt Group
has incurred in order to sell the supplier’s product. In that case the rebates
and incentives are immediately recognised as a decrease of the respective
costs incurred. The estimation of such
supplier rebates is predominantly based
on real turnover figures of the related
period, but requires in certain cases the
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use of assumptions and estimations of
specific purchasing or sales levels.
i. Contracts in progress
Contracts in progress are measured
at cost plus recognised profits, less a
provision for expected losses and less
progress billings relative to the contract.
When the outcome of a contract cannot
be estimated reliably, contract revenue
shall be recognised only to the extent
that it is probable that contract costs
incurred will be recovered. On top of
all expenditure directly connected with
specific contracts, the cost also includes
an apportionment of the fixed and
variable indirect costs incurred in
connection with Colruyt Group’s
contracting activities, based on a
normal production capacity.
j. Equity
Capital and retained earnings
Dividends proposed by the Board of
Directors are only recognised as
liabilities after approval by the General
Shareholders’ Assembly. Until such
formal approval, the proposed dividends
are included in Colruyt Group’s consolidated equity. Transaction costs of capital
transactions are deducted from equity.
Treasury shares
Shares of Colruyt Group purchased by
the Company or entities belonging to
Colruyt Group, including directly
attributable transaction costs, net of
tax impact are recognised as a
deduction from equity. In case of a
cancellation or sale of treasury shares,
the result of the transaction is included
in retained earnings.
translation differences that arise on
consolidation of entities that are part of
Colruyt Group and that have a functional
currency that is different from the euro.
Cash flow hedge reserves
This reserve contains the effective portion of the cumulative net change in the
fair value of cash flow hedge instruments related to hedged transactions.
Financial assets available for sale
reserves
This reserve contains unrealised fair
value changes on financial assets
classified as available for sale.
Non-controlling interests
Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries not fully owned by Colruyt Group
are presented separately from Colruyt
Group’s equity. The interest of noncontrolling shareholders can initially
be measured at fair value or at the
non-controlling interests’ proportionate
share of the fair value of the acquiree’s
identifiable net assets. The choice of
measurement basis is made on an
acquisition-by-acquisition basis.
Subsequent to the acquisition, the
carrying amount of non-controlling
interests is the amount of those
interests at initial recognition plus
the non-controlling interests’ share of
subsequent changes in equity. The total
comprehensive income is attributed to
non-controlling interests even if this
results in the non-controlling interests
having a deficit balance.
using a discount rate that reflects
current market assessments of
the time value of money.
Restructuring provisions are recognised
when Colruyt Group has approved a
detailed, formalised restructuring plan
and has made a start on restructuring or
made it publicly known before reporting date. These provisions only include
direct expenditures that are necessarily
entailed by the restructuring and that
are not associated with the ongoing
activities of the entity.
Environmental provisions are recognised
in accordance with legal requirements
on the one hand and the environmental
policy established by Colruyt Group on
the other.
Provisions for warranty obligations are
recognised on products sold that are
still under warranty at the reporting
date. The valuation is based on historical
figures relating to repair and replacement.
For onerous contracts, a provision is recognised on the consolidated statement
of financial position for the difference
between the unavoidable cost of meeting the obligations under the contract
and the expected benefits to be derived
from the contract. Before a provision
for an onerous contract is established,
Colruyt Group recognises any impairment loss that has occurred on assets
dedicated to that contract.
k. Provisions
l. Employee benefits
Actuarial reserves
The actuarial reserves contain the
cumulative actuarial profits and losses
related to the system of unemployment
with company compensation, the
long-service benefits (Belgian entities)
and the legal compensations (French
entities). The actuarial profits and losses
comprise the experience adjustments
and the effects of changes in actuarial
assumptions.
Provisions are recognised in the
consolidated statement of financial
position when Colruyt Group has a
present obligation (legal or constructive)
as a result of a past event, it is probable
that a future outflow of resources will
be required to settle the obligation, and
a reliable estimate can be made of the
amount of the obligation. The amount
recognised as a provision is the best
estimate of the expenditure required
to settle the present obligation at the
reporting date.
Cumulative translation adjustment
The cumulative translation adjustment
represents the cumulative currency
If the effect of discounting the future
cash outflows is material, the
provisions are annually discounted
Post-employment benefits: Defined
contribution plans with a legally guaranteed return
In Belgium, employers are obliged to
guarantee a minimum return on defined
contribution plans throughout the
employee’s career. To the extent that the
legally guaranteed return is adequately
covered by the insurance company,
Colruyt Group has no further payment
liability towards the insurance company
or the employee beyond the pension
contributions included in profit or loss
for the year in which they are owed.
Until the IASB and the IFRS IC take a final
position regarding the accounting for
this type of pension plans, Colruyt Group
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measures the liability at its intrinsic
value. This implies that the calculation
of the liability takes into account the
guaranteed minimum return only until
the reporting date.
Post-employment benefits: System of
‘Unemployment with company
compensation’
The possibility for early retirement,
as it exists within Colruyt Group for
employees of Belgian entities, is based
on the Belgian system of ‘unemployment with company compensation’.
The early retirement plan and the
conditions regarding the required age
and performed service period, are
described in a collective labour agreement (Collectieve Arbeidsovereenkomst/
Convention Collective de Travail or CAO/
CCT), more specific in collective labour
agreement No. 17, as established by
the National Labour Council (Nationale
Arbeidsraad/Conseil National du Travail)
and in the Royal Decree of 3 May 2007
which regulates the system of unemployment with company compensation
(Belgian Official Gazette 8 June 2007).
Other collective labour agreements
negotiated by the National Labour
Council or within Colruyt Group for
specific entities or industries may be
applicable, but have similar benefits as
collective labour agreement No. 17.
These benefits must be paid if a company decides to terminate an employee’s
employment before the normal
retirement date. Given that a reasonable
expectation is created towards the
employees at the moment of their
recruitment or during the period of
service, that they are entitled to join
the system of unemployment with
company compensation before the
legal retirement age, these benefits are
treated as post-employment benefits
(defined benefit plan).
The liabilities arising from this system
and the related costs are determined
using the ‘projected unit credit’ method,
based on actuarial calculations that are
executed at the end of the financial year.
These liabilities are calculated as the
present value of estimated future cash
outflows, based on a discount rate at the
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reporting date which corresponds to
the market yield of high quality
corporate bonds with a remaining
maturity that approaches the
maturity of these liabilities. These
liabilities are recognised for the
population of employees for which
can be reliably assumed that it will
use the unemployment with company
compensation system.
The costs related to this system consist
of the following items:
tUIFDVSSFOUTFSWJDFDPTUXIJDIJODMVEFT
the increase in the present value of
the liability resulting from employee
service in the current reporting period;
tUIFQBTUTFSWJDFDPTUXIJDIJODMVEFT
the change in the present value of the
defined benefit obligation for employee service in prior reporting periods,
resulting from a plan amendment or a
curtailment;
tHBJOTPSMPTTFTPOTFUUMFNFOUPGUIF
plan, if any;
tUIFOFUJOUFSFTUPOUIFOFUMJBCJMJUZ
which is a consequence of the passage
of time;
tUIFBDUVBSJBMHBJOTBOEMPTTFTDPNQSJT
ing the effect of differences between
the previous actuarial assumptions
and what has actually occurred and
the effect of changes in actuarial
assumptions.
The first three items are recognised
in profit or loss as ‘Employee benefit
expenses’. The net interest on the net
liability is included in profit or loss in
the ‘Net financial result’. Actuarial gains
and losses are recognised in other
comprehensive income.
Other post-employment benefits
Other post-employment benefits include
long-service benefits (Belgian entities)
and legal compensations (French entities). These benefits are also treated as
defined benefit plans.
Profit-sharing
In accordance with the law of 22 May
2001 concerning employee participation in capital and profit of the entities, Colruyt Group grants its personnel,
based in Belgium, the choice to receive
profit-sharing either in shares or in cash.
These transactions are recognised in the
consolidated financial statements at fair
value.
Discounts on share capital increases
In accordance with art. 609 of the
Companies Code, Colruyt Group gives a
discount to its employees on its yearly
share capital increase reserved for its
employees. This discount is recognised
as an employee benefit expense in the
period of the share capital increase.
m. Financial liabilities
Financial liabilities are initially
measured at fair value, net of
transaction costs.
After initial recognition, the financial
liabilities are subsequently measured
at amortised cost using the effective
interest method, with interest expense
recognised on an effective yield basis.
The effective interest method is a
method of calculating the amortised
cost of a financial liability and of
allocating interest expense over the
relevant period. The effective interest
rate is the rate that exactly discounts
estimated future cash payments
through the expected life of the financial
liability, or, where appropriate, a shorter
period, to the net carrying amount on
initial recognition.
The financial liabilities of Colruyt Group
measured at amortised cost comprise
‘Interest-bearing loans’, ‘Trade payables’
and ‘Other liabilities’.
n. Revenue recognition
Revenue from the sale of goods
The revenue from the sale of goods
is recognised in profit or loss as from
the moment that the significant risks
and rewards of ownership have been
transferred, that Colruyt Group does
not retain either continuing managerial involvement to the degree usually
associated with ownership nor effective
control over the goods sold, that the
amount of revenue can be measured
reliably, that it is probable that the
economic benefits associated with the
transaction will flow to the entity and
that the costs incurred or to be incurred
in respect of the transaction can be
measured reliably. Revenue is measured
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at the fair value of the consideration
received or receivable, excluding
discounts and rebates. Discount
coupons issued by suppliers and
remitted by clients are treated as a
payment instrument and recognised as
such in the consolidated statement of
financial position.
For certain products or services, such as
phone cards and tickets for amusement
parks, Colruyt Group acts as an agent. As
a consequence, only the commission is
included in the revenue.
Colruyt Group runs customer loyalty
programmes whereby customers receive
discounts on future purchases. Part
of the fair value of the discounts is
deferred and is recognised as revenue
when the discount is cashed in.
In the segment ‘Retail’, the sale of
products is recognised when the
consideration is received at the cash
desk and at the moment the products
are delivered to those clients who
ordered through internet and telephone.
Revenue from the sale of gift cards and
gift certificates is recognised when the
gift card or gift certificate is redeemed
by the customer.
come resulting from these certificates is
recognised in the consolidated income
statement at the moment of production
as ‘Other operating income’.
For the supplier activities, Colruyt Group
is required to hand in certificates from
time to time, so as to satisfy the quotas
imposed by the regional governments.
For this purpose, certificates are used
that were obtained through the production activities as well as certificates that
were purchased on the market.
In the consolidated statement of
financial position, certificates that have
not been used at the reporting date
are recognised in the line item ‘Prepaid
expenses’. Certificates that were purchased are measured at the purchase
price, certificates granted as a result of
the production activity are measured at
the minimum price guaranteed by the
regional governments.
Dividend income and interest income
Dividends are recognised in profit or loss
when the shareholder’s right to receive
payment is established. Interest income
is recognised based on the effective
interest method.
o. Expenses
The sale of products in the segment
‘Wholesale and Foodservice’ is
recognised upon delivery to, or
pick-up by, the ‘Wholesale and
Foodservice’ customer.
Revenue from services rendered
Revenue from services rendered is
recognised in profit or loss by reference
to the stage of completion of the
transaction at the reporting date.
This stage of completion is based
on judgements of activities completed
to date.
Rental income
Rental income is recognised in other
operating income on a straight-line
basis over the term of the lease.
Income from green certificates
For the production of electricity the
regional governments award Colruyt
Group with green certificates. The in-
Reimbursements by suppliers
Reimbursements by suppliers are
recognised net of expenses. If such
reimbursements are specifically received
for the reimbursement of particular
publicity expenses incurred, the reimbursements are deducted from those
particular expenses. In all other cases
the reimbursements are recognised as a
deduction from cost of goods sold.
Rental payments
Operating lease payments are
recognised in profit or loss on a
straight-line basis over the term of
the lease.
Finance costs
Finance costs comprise interest on
borrowings and interest on repayments
of finance leases. Interest expense is
recognised based on the effective interest method. All other finance costs are
recognised when incurred. The unwind-
ing of the discount on non-current provisions is recognised as a finance cost.
p. Income taxes
Income tax for the financial year
comprises current and deferred taxes
and is presented in accordance with
IAS 12, ‘Income Taxes’. Taxes are
presented in profit or loss, except for
taxes that relate to transactions not
recognised in the consolidated income
statement.
Current tax is the expected tax payable
on the taxable profit for the financial
year, using tax rates and tax laws enacted or enacted substantively at
the end of the reporting period, and
any adjustment to tax payable (or receivable) in respect of previous years.
These taxes are calculated in accordance
with the respective tax laws applicable
in all countries in which Colruyt Group
operates.
Deferred tax is calculated using ‘the
balance sheet liability method’, providing
for temporary differences between the
tax base of the assets and liabilities and
the carrying amount of assets and
liabilities for financial reporting
purposes. The following differences
are however not provided for: the initial
recognition of goodwill, the initial
recognition of assets or liabilities that
are not resulting from a business
combination and that do not affect
profit before tax or taxable profit and
the differences relating to investments
in subsidiaries to the extent that they
will probably not reverse in the
foreseeable future.
Deferred taxes are calculated, using
tax rates and tax laws enacted or
substantively enacted at the reporting
date. A deferred tax asset is recognised
only to the extent that it is probable that
future taxable profits will be available
against which the deductible temporary
differences, unused tax losses and
credits can be utilised. Deferred tax
assets are reduced to the extent that
it is no longer probable that the related
tax benefit will be realised.
Additional income taxes that arise
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from the distribution of dividends or
gains on shares in subsidiaries are only
recognised respectively at the moment
of the decision to pay the related
dividend and at the moment of the
realisation of the gain.
q. Transfer pricing
The prices for transactions between
subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures
and therefore also between operating
segments are conducted at arm’s length.
2. Segment information
Colruyt Group reports its operating
segments based on the nature of its
activities. Next to the information on the
operating segments, Colruyt Group also
provides geographical information on
the regions in which it operates.
2.1. Operating segments
Colruyt Group distinguishes three operating segments within its activities.
While determining the operating segments, Colruyt Group considered the
operational characteristics of every
activity. This led to the identification
of two important business segments:
‘Retail’ on the one hand and ‘Wholesale
and Foodservice’ on the other hand.
The difference between both operating
segments can be found in differences
in markets and business models. The
other identifiable segments do not meet
the quantitative thresholds determined
by IFRS 8 ‘Operating segments’ and were
reported together under ‘Other activities’.
The group support activities combine
various departments and supply services
to the different brands within Colruyt
Group. These activities, which include
marketing and communication, IT, human resources and recruitment, finance
and other central services, are reported
as an element which cannot be allocated.
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Retail:
Stores under Colruyt Group’s own
management which directly sell to retail
customers and bulk consumers.
Wholesale and Foodservice:
Supply to wholesalers, commercial
customers and affiliated independent
merchants.
Other activities:
Gas stations, printing and document
management and alternative energy.
The results, assets and liabilities of an
operating segment contain elements
which are directly attributable or which
are reasonably attributable to the operating segments.
The revenues of each operating segment
include revenues from sales to external
clients and revenues from transactions
with other operating segments. More
information can be found in note 3.1.
Revenue by cash-generating unit.
The results of the operating segments
are evaluated based on operating profit
(EBIT).
The financial result and income taxes
are managed at Colruyt Group level and
are not allocated to the operating segments.
The segment assets mainly include
goodwill, intangible assets, property,
plant and equipment, inventories and
trade receivables. Unallocated assets
include financial assets, cash and cash
equivalents, interest-bearing loans, VAT
receivables, tax assets and investments
in associates (which have no activities
similar to the operating segments).
The segment liabilities include mainly
provisions, employee benefit liabilities
and trade payables. Unallocated liabilities mainly consist of interest-bearing
liabilities and tax and VAT liabilities.
Non-cash items in the income statement consist mainly of depreciation,
amortisation, impairment of noncurrent assets, provisions and impairment of current assets. The line items
‘Depreciation and amortisation’ and ‘Impairment of non-current assets’ are the
most significant ones and are therefore
included in the segment information.
The operating segment information and
Colruyt Group’s consolidated figures can
be reconciled by adding the information
in the different operating segments with
the non-allocated elements - including
corporate staff activities - and eliminating the transactions within Colruyt
Group.
Given the type of its activities, Colruyt
Group does not rely on a limited number
of major customers.
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Retail Wholesale and
Foodservice
2014/15
2014/15
Other
activities
2014/15
Operating
segments
2014/15
(in million EUR)
Revenue - external
6.692,0
1.523,5
701,3
8.916,8
Revenue - internal
78,3
17,3
48,3
143,9
405,2
436,8
(0,9)
2.305,4
19,3
1,3
1.288,4
24,5
24,5
535,6
248,9
12,5
12,5
10,2
279,1
137,6
69,1
442,2
473,8
9,3
3.120,1
156,9
1,3
1.606,4
272,0
144,2
4,7
49,1
19,8
0,6
10,0
11,7
0,6
331,1
175,7
5,9
Operating Transactions
between
segments
operating
segments
2014/15
2014/15
2014
2014//15
Unallocated
ConsoliConso
Consol
lidate
dated
atedd
2014/15
2014/15
Operating profit (EBIT)
Operating profit (EBIT) excl. settlement (1)
Share in the result of investments accounted for by using the equity method
Segment assets
Of which investments accounted for by using the equity method
Of which assets held for sale
Segment liabilities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
Depreciation and amortisation
Impairment of non-current assets
(in million EUR)
Revenue - external
8.916,8
8.916,,8
8.916
-
-
8.916,8
8.916,8
Revenue - internal
143,,9
143
143,9
(143,9)
-
-
Operating profit (EBIT)
Operating profit (EBIT) excl. settlement (1)
Share in the result of investments accounted for by using the equity method
Net financial result
Income tax expense
Profit for the financial year
Profit for the financial year excl. settlement (1)
442,2
473,8
9,3
(0,6)
(0,6)
-
22,2
22,2
6,0
(148,1)
463,8
463,8
495,4
9,3
9,3
6,0
6,0
(148,1)
(148,1)
331,0
331,0
362,6
Total assets
3.120,1
(126,4)
667,5
3.661,2
3.661,2
Total liabilities
1.606,4
(126,4)
380,5
1.860,5
1.860,5
331,1
175,7
5,9
-
37,8
22,7
-
368,9
368,9
198,4
198,4
5,9
5,9
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
Depreciation and amortisation
Impairment of non-current assets
(1) “Settlement”: On 19 June 2015 Colruyt Group signed a settlement with the Investigation Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (“the Investigation Service”) in relation to the
period 2002-2007. By signing the settlement the group accepts to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine to the Belgian government. This amount was charged against the 2014/15 operating
expenses and was deducted in full from the EBITDA, EBIT, Profit before tax and Profit for the financial year. To ensure comparability with last year, some consolidated subtotals are
provided both inclusive and exclusive of the effect of the settlement.
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Retail Wholesale and
Foodservice
2013/14
2013/14
Other
activities
2013/14
Operating
Operating
seggments
se
segments
2013//14
2013
2013/14
(in million EUR)
Revenue – external (2)
6.461,8
1.472,2
718,0
8.652,0
8.652,0
Revenue – internal (2)
72,8
17,8
45,5
136,
136,1
6,11
453,4
2.116,5
1,3
1.192,6
23,8
523,9
248,6
(0,8)
4,4
278,1
130,3
0,9
83,5
476,4
4,4
2.918,5
2.918,5
130,3
2,2
1.524,7
1.524,7
216,0
137,9
6,3
47,9
17,4
0,5
22,7
13,3
1,7
286,6
286,6
168,6
8,5
Operating
Operatin
eratingg Transactions
between
segments
operating
segments
2013
2013/14
2013/
/14
2013/14
Unallocated
ConsoliConsoliddated
atedd
ate
2013/14
2013/14
2013/
2013
/14
Operating profit (EBIT)
Share in the result of investments accounted for by using the equity method
Segment assets
Of which investments accounted for by using the equity method
Of which assets held for sale
Segment liabilities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
Depreciation and amortisation
Impairment of non-current assets
(in million EUR)
Revenue - external
8.652,0
-
-
8.652,0
Revenue – internal
136,1
136,
136
,1
(136,1)
-
-
Operating profit (EBIT)
Share in the result of investments accounted for by using the equity method
Net financial result
Income tax expense
Profit for the financial year
476,4
4,4
(0,3)
-
12,0
4,6
(147,3)
488,1
4,4
4,6
(147,3)
349,8
Total assets
2.918,5
(84,9)
888,2
3.721,8
Total liabilities
1.524,7
(84,9)
315,1
1.754,9
286,6
168,6
8,5
-
35,7
21,6
-
322,3
322,3
190,2
8,5
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
Depreciation and amortisation
Impairment of non-current assets
(2) Due to a refinement of the elimination process in France in the current reporting period, the figures of the comparative reporting period have been adjusted.
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2.2. Geographical information
Belgium:
Location of the Company and of a large
number of its subsidiaries. These entities
are active in all operating segments as
well as in the corporate activities.
As clients are mostly serviced in their
own geographical areas, the geographical information is based on the location
of the Company and its subsidiaries.
The geographical information contains
the contribution in Colruyt Group of the
countries in which the entities are domiciled. The geographical information contains all of Colruyt Group’s entities which
are active in the operating segments, as
well as in the corporate activities.
France:
Location of the French holding company
and its subsidiaries. Similar to the Belgian entities, these entities are active in
all operating segments as well as in the
corporate activities.
Other:
The other entities can be found in
countries such as The Netherlands, Grand
Duchy of Luxembourg, Hong Kong and India. The reinsurance company Locré S.A.
(Grand Duchy of Luxembourg), the retail
activities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the internal IT supplier Colruyt
IT India Ltd (India) are the most important activities within this geographical
information.
Geographical assets consist of goodwill, property, plant and equipment and
intangible assets.
Geographical information
Belgium
France
Other
Total
2014/15
2014//15
2014
2013/14
2014/15
2014/
2014
/15
2013/14
2014/15
2014/
2014
/15
2013/14
2014/15
2014/
2014
/15
2013/14
7.750,4
7.750,
7.75
0,44
0,
1.712,3
7.575,5
1.567,5
1.138,3
1.138
1.138,
,3
222,6
1.058,4
211,1
28,1
28,
28
,1
16,6
18,1
11,3
8.916,8
8.916,,8
8.916
1.951,5
8.652,0
1.789,9
326,3
283,2
37,3
34,4
5,3
4,7
368,9
322,3
2014/15
2014
2014//15
2013/14
8.916,8
(6.697,8)
2.219,0
24,9 %
8.652,0
(6.501,0)
2.151,0
24,9 %
(in million EUR)
Revenue
Geographical assets
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
and intangible assets
3. Revenue and gross profit
(in million EUR)
Revenue
Cost of goods sold
Gross profit
As a % of revenue
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3.1. Revenue by cash-generating unit
2014
2014/15
2014//15
2013/14 (1)
Retail Food
Colruyt Belgium (*)
OKay, Bio-Planet and Cru (**)
Colruyt France
Retail Non-food
Dreamland Belgium and France and Dreambaby (***)
Transactions with other operating segments
Retail
Wholesale
Foodservice
Transactions with other operating segments
Wholesale and Foodservice
DATS 24 Belgium and France
Printing and document management solutions
Transactions with other operating segments
Other activities
6.440,0
5.479,4
668,1
292,5
252,0
252,0
78,3
6.770,3
753,,9
753
753,9
769,6
17,3
1.540,,8
1.540
1.540,8
695,7
5,6
48,3
749,,6
749
749,6
6.216,6
5.356,2
594,0
266,4
245,2
245,2
72,8
6.534,6
757,5
714,7
17,8
1.490,0
706,5
11,5
45,5
763,5
Total operating segments
Transactions between operating segments
Consolidated
9.060,7
(143,9)
8.916,8
8.788,1
(136,1)
8.652,0
(in million EUR)
(1) Due to a refinement of the elimination process in France in the current reporting period, the figures of the comparative reporting period have been adjusted.
The activity Colruyt Belgium (*) includes the revenue of the web shops Collect&Go, Bio-Planet, Dreamland and Dreambaby, realised by Colruyt stores.
The revenue of the web shops Collishop and Dreambaby, realised by stores of OKay and Bio-Planet, are included in the activity OKay and Bio-Planet (**).
The revenue of the two Dreamland stores in France, are included in the activity Dreamland and Dreambaby (***).
4. Other operating income and expenses
2014
2014/15
2014//15
2013/14
10,1
10,
10
,1
9,9
40,,6
40
40,6
12,1
72,7
9,1
5,9
39,9
11,6
66,5
(in million EUR)
Rental and rental-related income
Gains on disposal of non-current assets
Remuneration received
Other
Total other operating income
Remuneration received includes, amongst others, services rendered to third parties, grants and commissions received, revenue
from waste recycling, income originating from dispute settlements and income from green certificates.
2014
2014/15
2014//15
2013/14 (1)
13,3
9,9
1,5
1,4
1,4
31,6
31,
31
,6
57,7
12,6
7,7
1,9
0,7
22,9
(in million EUR)
Operating taxes
Property withholding tax
Losses on disposal of non-current assets
Other
Settlement (2)
Total other operating expenses
(1) Some figures for the financial year 2013/14 are reclassified as described in note 1.1. Basis of presentation.
(2) “Settlement”: On 19 June 2015 Colruyt Group signed a settlement with the Investigation Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (“the Investigation Service”) in relation to the
period 2002-2007. By signing the settlement the group accepts to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine to the Belgian government. This amount was charged against the 2014/15 operating
expenses and was deducted in full from the EBITDA, EBIT, Profit before tax and Profit for the financial year.
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5. Services and miscellaneous goods
2014/15
2014
2014//15
2013/14 (1)
28,4
23,6
64,0
34,5
125,6
28,,2
28
28,2
53,7
5,8
7,6
3,9
24,0
399,3
28,4
22,7
63,8
34,8
120,9
24,7
67,2
6,1
7,8
4,5
26,7
407,6
2014/15
2014
2014//15
2013/14 (1)
Wages and salaries (2)
Social security contributions
Contributions to defined contribution plans
Other post-employment benefits
Profit-sharing schemes for employees
Discount on capital increase reserved for personnel
Hired and interim personnel
Other personnel costs
Compensatory amounts
Total employee benefit expenses
869,2
226,6
12,3
4,7
32,1
2,4
33,9
51,0
(65,6)
1.166,6
829,9
214,3
12,0
4,1
28,0
1,9
25,6
53,4
(69,0)
1.100,2
Number of staff employed (FTE) at reporting date
26.491
25.497
(in million EUR)
Rental and rental-related charges (immovables)
Rental and rental-related charges (movables)
Maintenance and major repairs
Utilities
Transport
Fees
Telecommunication, postal services, office supplies, IT and small material
Insurance
Training
Impairment of current assets
Other
Total services and miscellaneous goods
(1) Some figures for the financial year 2013/14 are reclassified as described in note 1.1. Basis of presentation.
6. Employee benefit expenses
(in million EUR)
(1) Some figures for the financial year 2013/14 are reclassified as described in note 1.1. Basis of presentation.
(2) Of which EUR 772,1 million for the Belgian salary pool for financial year 2014/15 (EUR 739,3 million for financial year 2013/14).
Capital increase reserved for employees
Colruyt Group offers the opportunity to its employees to subscribe to an annual capital increase of the parent company Etn. Fr.
Colruyt N.V. The discount which is granted on this capital increase is in accordance with art. 609 of the Company Code. For the most
recent capital increase, 2.420 employees subscribed to 466.754 shares, which represents a capital contribution of EUR 14,0 million.
The discount granted on this was EUR 2,4 million and is accounted for as an employee benefit.
Number of shares subscribed
Discount per share (in EUR)
Total discount (in million EUR)
2014/15
2014
2014//15
2013/14
466.754
466..754
466
5,1
2,4
316.900
6,2
1,9
Compensatory amounts
Employee benefit expenses are presented free of compensatory amounts. Compensatory amounts relate mainly to employee costs
capitalised in the context of fixed assets constructed by Colruyt Group.
Number of employees
The number of employees in full-time equivalents (FTE) includes only employees which have a fixed employee contract. Members
of the Board of Directors, interim personnel, consultants and students working under specific student conditions are not included
in full-time equivalents.
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7. Net financial result
2014
2014/15
2014//15
2013/14
Interest income on unimpaired customer loans and other loans
Dividends received
Interest income on current bank deposits
Interest income on fixed-income securities held for trading
Fair value adjustments of financial assets held for trading
Gains on disposal of financial assets held for trading
Exchange gains
Other
Finance income
Interest expense on current and non-current loans
Interest expense on lease liabilities
Fair value adjustments of financial assets held for trading
Impairment on equity securities available for sale
Losses on disposal of financial assets held for trading
Unwinding of discount on liabilities
Exchange losses
Other
Finance costs
3,1
0,1
1,5
0,5
1,2
1,1
1,1
1,8
10,4
0,6
0,5
0,7
0,1
1,8
0,5
0,2
0,2
44,4
,4
2,6
0,5
3,0
0,7
1,4
0,9
0,2
6,1
15,4
0,6
0,4
0,9
5,3
0,8
1,7
0,9
0,2
10,8
Net financial result
6,0
4,6
2014
2014/15
2014//15
2013/14
469,8
5501,4
01,4
148,1
148
14
8,1
31,53 %
29,54
29,
29
,54 %
492,7
492,7
147,3
29,90 %
29,90 %
33,64
33,,64 %
33
469,8
157,9
15,8
33,2
,2
(0,3)
(28,,7)
(28
(28,7)
0,2
0,2
148,1
31,53 %
33,94 %
492,7
167,2
3,2
2,1
0,4
(25,6)
147,3
29,90 %
1138,6
38,,6
38
10,,2
10
10,2
(0,7)
148,1
139,8
8,6
(1,1)
147,3
(in million EUR)
8. Income tax expense
8.1. Income taxes recognised in profit or loss
(in million EUR)
A) Effective tax rate
Profit before tax (excluding share of results of investments accounted for by using the equity method)
Profit before tax (excluding share of results of investments accounted for by using the equity method) excl. settlement (1)
Income tax expense
Effective tax rate
Effective tax rate excl. settlement (1)
B) Reconciliation between the effective tax rate and the applicable tax rate (2)
Profit before tax (excluding share of results of investments accounted for by using the equity method)
Income tax expense (based on applicable tax rate)
Non-taxable income/non tax-deductible expenses
Permanent differences
Impact of specific tax regulations
Impact of tax deductions (3)
Other
Income tax expense
Effective tax rate
C) Income tax expense recognised in profit or loss
Current year taxes
Deferred taxes
Adjustments relating to prior years
Total income tax expense
(1) “Settlement”: On 19 June 2015 Colruyt Group signed a settlement with the Investigation Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (“the Investigation Service”) in relation to the period
2002-2007. By signing the settlement the group accepts to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine to the Belgian government. This amount was charged against the 2014/15 operating expenses and
was deducted in full from the EBITDA, EBIT, Profit before tax and Profit for the financial year. To ensure comparability with last year, some consolidated subtotals are provided both inclusive
and exclusive of the effect of the settlement.
(2) The applicable tax rate is the weighted average tax rate for the Company and all its consolidated subsidiaries in different jurisdictions (Belgium: 33,99 %, France: 33,33 %, Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg: 29,22 %, The Netherlands: 25,00 %, India: 33,99 % and Hong Kong: 16,50 %).
(3) Includes the impact of - amongst others - the dividend received deduction, the deduction for risk capital, the deduction for compensatory losses and the increased deduction for
investment.
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8.2. Tax impacts recognised in other comprehensive income
Some tax effects have not been recognised in the income statement, but are included in the statement of comprehensive income.
2014/15
2014
2014//15
2013/14
3,8
3,8
0,5
0,5
(in million EUR)
Tax impact on actuarial profit/(loss) on liabilities related to long-term employee benefits
Total tax impacts recognised in other comprehensive income
9. Goodwill
The recognised goodwill only relates to
goodwill arising from the acquisition of
complete business entities. For more
information regarding the definition,
recognition and valuation of goodwill we
refer to 1. Significant accounting policies
within this current financial report.
In accordance with the described
principles, goodwill is not amortised
but tested annually for impairment at
the level of the cash-generating unit
(CGU). Colruyt Group considers the
business segments or the business
entities as CGUs.
The recoverable amount of each
business unit is the value in use or, if
higher, the fair value less costs to sell.
In preparing the cash flow forecasts,
Colruyt Group uses estimated growth
rates and expected future margins
based on actual figures of the most
recent financial year and forecasts for
the next 5 years. The growth rates take
into account expected inflation but do
not include non-organic growth. Given
the importance of these operational parameters for the calculation of the value
in use, Colruyt Group carefully reviews
these assumptions on a global level
through review and validation processes,
and uses external information to determine these parameters.
To determine the discount rate, Colruyt
Group uses the Capital Asset Pricing
Model. For the current period the following components were used in the
model: a Risk Free Interest rate of 2 %,
a Market Risk Premium of 6 % and an
‘unlevered’ Beta of 0,6. For Colruyt Group
this resulted in a weighted average cost
of capital (WACC) for its two main operating segments between 5 % and 6 %.
The discount rates are reviewed at least
annually.
Colruyt Group used assumptions
adapted to the characteristics of the
different underlying cash-generating
units. For the main cash-generating
units, belonging to the following three
operating segments, Colruyt Group uses
the following expected average growth
percentages for the revenues of the next
five years:
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2 % and 4 %;
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maximal growth of 0 %.
To determine the residual value using
discounted cash flows, the Gordon
growth model was used. The share of
discounted residual value is within a
range of 65 % and 80 % of the calculated
value in use. For the main activities this
percentage is below 75 % of the value
in use.
The management is of the opinion that
the assumptions as described above,
used for calculating the value in use,
provide the best estimation of future
developments. When using a terminal
growth percentage of 0 % (instead of
1 %) in the calculation or a WACC of 8 %,
this has only a minimal effect on the
calculated value in use. As a result the
conclusions regarding the impairment
test on all cash-generating units remain
unchanged.
Goodwill by cash-generating unit can be
presented as follows:
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
Colruyt Belgium
Colruyt France
Retail
Wholesale
Foodservice
Wholesale and Foodservice
Printing and document management solutions
Other activities
44,8
0,2
45,,0
45
45,0
7,5
35
35,2
35,
,2
42,7
1,6
11,6
,6
44,7
0,3
45,0
7,8
34,9
42,7
1,6
1,6
Consolidated
89,3
89,3
(in million EUR)
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The changes in ‘Goodwill’ can be explained as follows:
Gross Amortisation
book
and
book
and
value impairment
2014/15
2014/15
Net
book
book
value
2014/15
Gross Amortisation
book
and
value impairment
2013/14
2013/14
Net
book
value
2013/14
(in million EUR)
At 1 April
Sales and disposals
Impairment
At 31 March
111,7
(0,8
(0,8)
0,8))
110,9
(22,4)
0,8
(21,6)
89,3
89,3
112,1
(0,4)
111,7
(22,5)
0,2
(0,1)
(22,4)
89,6
(0,2)
(0,1)
89,3
In the course of this financial year the consolidation goodwill belonging to the cash-generating unit ‘Alternative energy’
(operating segment ‘Other activities’), on which an impairment charge of EUR 0,8 million was accounted for during the
financial year 2011/12, was derecognised.
During the previous financial year two points of sale, acquired before 1 April 2005, were sold externally for an amount of
EUR 0,2 million.
10. Intangible assets
Developed
intangible
assets
Concessions,
software,
licences
and similar
rights
Customer
portfolios
Intangible
assets under
development
and other
intangible
assets
Total
Total
Acquisition value:
At 1 April 2014
Acquisitions
Sales and disposals
Reclassification
Other
At 31 March 2015
2,7
1,6
(0,1)
(1,8)
0,2
2,6
73,3
6,7
(1,1)
3,0
81,9
5,9
5,9
11,3
8,9
(0,2)
(1,2)
0,1
18,9
93,22
93,
17,2
(1,4)
0,3
109,3
109,3
Amortisations:
At 1 April 2014
Amortisations
Sales and disposals
At 31 March 2015
(2,0)
(0,1)
0,1
(2,0)
(37,2)
(10,8)
0,2
(47,8)
-
-
((39,2
(39,2)
39,2)
39,2)
((10,9)
10,,9)
10
0,3
(49,,8)
(49
(49,8)
Impairment:
At 1 April 2014
Sales and disposals
At 31 March 2015
-
(0,9)
0,9
-
-
(0,2)
0,2
-
(1,1)
1,1
-
0,6
34,1
5,9
18,9
59,5
(in million EUR)
Net carrying amount at 31 March 2015
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Developed
intangible
assets
Concessions,
software,
licences
and similar
rights
Customer
portfolios
Intangible
assets under
development
and other
intangible
assets
Total
Total
1,9
0,7
0,1
2,7
61,5
1,1
8,9
(9,0)
10,8
73,3
6,5
0,2
(0,7)
(0,1)
5,9
15,6
8,0
(1,5)
(10,8)
11,3
85,55
85,
1,1
17,8
(11,2)
93,2
93,2
Amortisations:
At 1 April 2013
Amortisations
Sales and disposals
At 31 March 2014
(1,9)
(0,1)
(2,0)
(31,8)
(11,4)
6,0
(37,2)
-
-
(33,7)
(11,5)
(11,
(11
,5)
6,0
(39,,2)
(39
(39,2)
Impairment:
At 1 April 2013
Impairment
Sales and disposals
At 31 March 2014
-
(3,8)
2,9
(0,9)
(0,2)
0,2
-
(0,2)
(1,5)
1,5
(0,2)
(0,2)
(5,5
(5,5)
5,5))
4,6
(1,,1)
(1
(1,1)
0,7
35,2
5,9
11,1
52,9
(in million EUR)
Acquisition value:
At 1 April 2013
Acquisitions through business combinations
Acquisitions
Sales and disposals
Reclassification
Other
At 31 March 2014
Net carrying amount at 31 March 2014
The concessions, software, licences and similar rights which amount to EUR 34,1 million (35,2 million for the previous reporting period) mainly consist of permits and software that was mainly internally generated by the IT department of the group. The internally
generated software which is still in development at the end of this financial year amounts to EUR 18,9 million (compared to EUR
11,0 million for the previous financial year).
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11. Property, plant and equipment
Land
Plant,
and machinery and
buildings
equipment
Furniture
Finance
Other pro- Assets under
and
leases and perty, plant & construction
vehicles similar rights
equipment
Total
Total
(in million EUR)
Acquisition value:
At 1 April 2014
Acquisitions
Sales and disposals
Reclassification
Currency translation differences
Other
At 31 March 2015
1.846,9
164,2
(13,1)
60,2
1,2
0,9
2.060,3
484,8
64,0
(22,8)
22,5
0,6
(0,1)
549,0
381,6
48,9
(22,5)
(1,1)
0,1
407,0
41,4
8,5
(2,4)
0,2
47,7
101,5
17,5
(2,2)
3,0
(0,5)
119,3
93,8
48,6
(82,2)
(0,1)
60,1
2.950,0
2.950,0
351,7
(60,6
60,6))
(60,6)
1,9
0,4
3.243,4
3.243,4
Depreciation:
At 1 April 2014
Depreciation
Sales and disposals
Reclassification
Currency translation differences
Other
At 31 March 2015
(655,3)
(95,5)
10,8
(1,0)
(0,1)
(741,1)
(308,4)
(42,5)
21,2
(0,2)
(0,3)
(0,1)
(330,3)
(274,7)
(39,8)
21,0
0,7
(0,1)
0,1
(292,8)
(13,8)
(2,4)
1,3
(0,2)
(15,1)
(45,5)
(7,3)
1,5
(0,8)
(0,1)
(52,2)
-
(1.297,7)
((187,5)
187,5))
187,5
54,5
(0,5
0,5))
(0,5)
(0,,3)
(0
(0,3)
(1.431,5)
(1.431,
(1.431
,5)
(4,6)
(4,4)
0,1
(8,9)
(0,6)
0,3
(0,3)
(0,1)
0,1
-
-
-
-
(4,6)
(5,1)
0,5
(9,2)
1.310,3
218,4
114,2
32,6
67,1
60,1
1.802,7
Impairment:
At 1 April 2014
Impairment
Sales and disposals
At 31 March 2015
Net carrying amount at 31 March 2015
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Land
Plant,
and machinery and
buildings
equipment
Furniture
Finance
Other pro- Assets under
and
leases and perty, plant & construction
vehicles similar rights
equipment
Total
(in million EUR)
Acquisition value:
At 1 April 2013
Acquisitions
Contribution by third parties
Sales and disposals
Classification as held for sale
Reclassification
Currency translation differences
Other
At 31 March 2014
1.722,6
119,7
0,2
(18,8)
24,1
(0,9)
1.846,9
432,3
44,7
(8,0)
16,2
(0,5)
0,1
484,8
361,1
41,6
(22,1)
(0,1)
1,2
(0,1)
381,6
42,0
0,8
(1,4)
41,4
105,8
16,0
(6,0)
(15,7)
1,5
(0,1)
101,5
54,0
81,7
(41,7)
(0,2)
93,8
2.717,88
2.717,
304,5
0,2
(54,9
54,9))
(54,9)
(15,8
15,8))
(15,8)
(0,1)
(1,5)
(0,2)
2.950,0
2.950,0
Depreciation:
At 1 April 2013
Depreciation
Sales and disposals
Classification as held for sale
Reclassification
Currency translation differences
At 31 March 2014
(579,0)
(89,2)
12,9
(655,3)
(273,7)
(41,4)
6,8
(0,3)
0,2
(308,4)
(254,4)
(38,8)
18,7
(0,2)
(274,7)
(12,4)
(1,8)
0,4
(13,8)
(44,6)
(7,5)
1,4
5,0
0,2
(45,5)
-
(1.164,1)
(178,7)
39,8
5,0
5,0
0,1
0,1
0,2
(1.2977)
(1.297,
(1.297
,7)
(1.297,7)
(5,9)
(0,7)
2,0
(4,6)
(0,1)
0,1
-
-
-
(12,7)
(1,1)
3,8
9,9
0,1
-
-
(18,6)
(1,9)
5,9
99,9
,9
00,1
,1
((44,66))
(4,6)
1.187,0
176,4
106,9
27,6
56,0
93,8
1.647,7
Impairment:
At 1 April 2013
Impairment
Sales and disposals
Classification as held for sale
Other
At 31 March 2014
Net carrying amount at 31 March 2014
The net carrying amount of property,
plant and equipment pledged as collateral for liabilities amounts to EUR 9,8
million (compared to EUR 9,4 million in
the previous reporting period) (note 25.
Interest-bearing liabilities). In addition
there is also collateral for a net carrying amount of EUR 93,7 million, that no
longer corresponds to any outstanding
liability.
The line item ‘Finance leases and similar
rights’ consists mainly of land (net carrying amount of EUR 6,8 million), buildings (net carrying amount of EUR 15,6
million) and machinery and vehicles
(net carrying amount of EUR 10,2 mil-
lion). The total net carrying amount for
this financial year amounts to EUR 32,6
million (compared to EUR 27,6 million
for the previous reporting period). This
line item includes amongst others the
logistics site in Mechelen to reinforce
the Retail Partners Colruyt Group activities within the operating segment
‘Wholesale and Foodservice’, but also
the installations of bakery Roecol. This
bakery supplies to the stores of Colruyt
and OKay within the operating segment
‘Retail’.
mainly relates to land and buildings and
was recognised as a result of the closure
of Colruyt stores in the centre of France.
These stores no longer fitted in Colruyt’s
French expansion strategy. This impairment was recognised in the income
statement of the current financial year
in ‘Depreciation, amortisation and impairment of non-current assets’ within
the operating segment ‘Retail’.
On property, plant and equipment, an
impairment loss has been recognised
of EUR 5,1 million. The impairment loss
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The grants received are deducted from the cost of property, plant and equipment. The net amount of grants received can be
detailed as follows:
Land
Plant,
and machinery and
buildings
equipment
Furniture
Finance
Other pro- Assets under
and
leases and perty, plant & construction
vehicles similar rights
equipment
Total
Total
(in million EUR)
At 31 March 2014
(3,4)
(1,2)
-
-
-
(15,4)
(20,0)
(20,0)
At 31 March 2015
(10,8)
(1,5)
-
-
-
(7,6)
(19,9)
(19,
(19
,99))
Profit or loss in relation to grants amounted to EUR 0,5 million (EUR 0,5 million in the previous reporting period).
The grants mainly relate to the grant awarded for the construction of the logistics site in Ath/Lessines. The main condition for
granting this grant is the condition of employment, for which reasonable assurance still exists that it will be complied with.
12. Investments in associates
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
0,1
0,1
0,3
0,1
(0,3)
0,1
(in million EUR)
Carrying amount at 1 April
Acquisitions/capital increases
Disposals/deconsolidation
Carrying amount at 31 March
The investments in associates for the financial year 2014/15 as well as for the financial year 2013/2014 relate to the non-quoted
entities Core S.C.R.L. (25 %) and Xenarjo C.V.B.A. (24,99 %).
13. Investments in joint ventures accounted for by using the equity method
2014/15
2013/14
130,3
9,3
(3,0)
20,3
156,9
119,0
4,4
6,8
0,1
130,3
(in million EUR)
Carrying amount at 1 April
Share in the result for the financial year
Share of the other comprehensive income
Newly established joint venture
Other
Carrying amount at 31 March
The investments in joint ventures for
the financial year 2014/15 consist of
the non-quoted entities Parkwind N.V.
(60,13 %) and Fraluc N.V. (50 %). As Colruyt Group shares the control over these
entities with other parties, these joint
ventures are included in the consolidated financial statements by using the
equity method. The investment in Fraluc
N.V. is presented within the operating
segment ‘Retail’ and the investment in
Parkwind is presented within the operating segment ‘Other activities’.
The investment holding Parkwind N.V.
develops, builds and operates offshore
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wind farms. On 30 September 2014
the Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo
Corporation took an equity interest in
Belwind N.V. and Northwind N.V., two
companies that belong to the Parkwind
N.V. joint venture. As a result, the indirect
share of Colruyt Group in Belwind N.V.
and Northwind N.V. was diluted respectively from 48,16 % to 24,70 % and from
40,08 % to 18,04 %.
On 21 June 2014 Colruyt Group signed
an agreement to acquire a share of 50 %
in ZEB, a Belgian clothing retail chain.
The acquisition was made through the
newly created company Fraluc N.V. On 22
August 2014 the first step of the transaction (40 % share) was completed, after
the prior approval by the Belgian Competition Authority. On 6 October 2014
Colruyt Group exercised a call option,
as a result of which its share increased
to 50 %, as planned. Between Colruyt
Group and the management, call and
put options continue to exist which, over
a period of at least 10 years, will provide
the opportunity for Colruyt Group to
obtain control over ZEB. IFRS 3 ‘Business
combinations’ applies for determining
the opening balance sheet of Fraluc N.V.
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The joint ventures’ consolidated figures are as follows:
2014/15
Parkwind N.V.
Fraluc N.V
N.V..
130,1
131,0
123,9
25,5
25,5
6,7
228,,9
228
228,9
137,6
60,3
26,4
23,4
1,7
25,6
20,6
19,4
1,6
38,,7
38
38,7
19,3
6,7
(0,6)
1,2
(2,3)
17,0
(5,0
5,0))
(5,0)
12,0
7,2
39,9
(2,9)
0,1
(0,5)
(1,9
1,9))
(1,9)
(1,9)
(0,9)
(0,9)
Parkwind N.V.
Fraluc N.V.
205,6
25,0
17,1
2,0
2,0
11,8
216,8
130,3
-
4,3
(0,6)
3,6
(0,5)
7,4
11,3
18,7
11,2
-
(in million EUR)
Non-current assets
Including goodwill
Current assets
Including cash and cash equivalents
Non-current liabilities
Including non-current financial liabilities (trade payables and other liabilities and provisions excluded)
Current liabilities
Including current financial liabilities (trade payables and other liabilities and provisions excluded)
Net assets
Share of Colruyt Group in net assets
Revenue
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment of non-current assets
Finance income
Finance costs
Profit from continuing operations
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income
Share of Colruyt Group in total comprehensive income
2013/14
(in million EUR)
Non-current assets
Current assets
Including cash and cash equivalents
Non-current liabilities
Including non-current financial liabilities (trade payables and other liabilities and provisions excluded)
Current liabilities
Net assets
Share of Colruyt Group in net assets
Revenue
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment of non-current assets
Finance income
Finance costs
Profit from continuing operations
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income
Share of Colruyt Group in total comprehensive income
According to contractual agreements, Colruyt Group has made the commitment to grant a loan to Belwind N.V. and Northwind N.V.,
two companies belonging to the joint venture Parkwind N.V. The loan is to be granted if requested by Belwind N.V. and Northwind
N.V., for respective amounts of maximum EUR 3,7 million (EUR 5,6 million for the previous reporting period) and maximum EUR 5,6
million (EUR 70,0 million for the previous reporting period). The decrease can be explained by the entry of Sumitomo Corporation.
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14. Financial assets
14.1. Non-current assets
331.03.15
1.03.
.03.15
15
31.03.14
(in million EUR)
Equity securities
available for sale
Total
26,6
26,6
26,6
26,
15. Business combinations
14.2. Current assets
29,7
29,7
The non-current financial assets have
changed as follows during the financial
year:
2014/15
2014//15
2014
2013/14
29,7
-
35,7
1,8
(3,1)
(3,
(3
,1)
26,6
26,
26
,6
(2,5)
(5,3)
29,7
31.03.15
31.03.14
7,8
8,4
15,7
16,9
0,1
23,,6
23
23,6
0,1
25,4
(in million EUR)
Equity securities
held for trading
Fixed-income securities
held for trading
Other current financial
assets held for trading
Total
The current financial assets have
changed as follows during the financial
year:
(in million EUR)
At 1 April
Acquisitions
Disposals and capital
decreases
Impairment
At 31 March
2014/15
2014
2014/
/15
2013/14
25,4
3,5
(5,8)
25,0
8,8
(8,9)
0,5
23,,6
23
23,6
0,5
25,4
16. Disposal groups
classified as held for
sale and disposal of
subsidiaries
16.1. Disposal groups classified
as held for sale
During the financial year 2014/15 no
additional assets were classified as held
for sale.
(in million EUR)
This line item consists mainly of the
investment in the Baltic Retail Group IKI
and investments in the holding companies Sofindev II S.A., Sofindev III S.A. and
Vendis Capital N.V.
During the current reporting period,
the group decreased its investments in
holding companies by EUR 3,1 million.
During the previous reporting period,
the investments had decreased by a net
amount of EUR 1,0 million. Moreover, an
impairment of EUR 5,0 million was also
recorded during that period in respect of
the Baltic retail group IKI.
At 1 April
Acquisitions
Disposals
Fair value adjustments
through profit or loss
At 31 March
The current investments mainly consist
of investments held by Locré S.A., the
Luxembourg reinsurance company (EUR
22,8 million for the current period). The
investments presented as current assets
are valued at their closing price on 31
March 2015. Fair value adjustments are
recognised in profit or loss. The return on
the fixed-income securities is between
1,5 % and 6,5 %, with an average of 3,8 %.
The maturities of these investments vary
between 5 and 30 years, with an average
maturity of 10 years.
More information regarding Colruyt
Group’s risk management approach to
investments can be found in note 27.
Risk management. The adjustment to fair
value of the current financial assets as at
31 March 2015 resulted in a net profit of
EUR 0,5 million for the current financial
year (compared to a net profit of EUR 0,5
million for the financial year 2013/14).
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No new business combinations occurred
during the financial year 2014/15. The
business combinations of the financial
year 2013/14 related to the acquisition
of two stores of the frozen food retailer
O’Cool and the acquisition of one store of
the toy retailer Fun.
The change from the previous reporting period to the current one by EUR 0,9
million can be explained by the recognition of an additional impairment loss
for an amount of EUR 0,4 million on an
asset belonging to the segment ‘Other
activities’, as well as by a sale of EUR 0,2
million and a reclassification to property,
plant and equipment for EUR 0,3 million.
In addition, a non-current asset (with a
carrying amount of EUR 1,3 million) belonging to the operating segment ‘Retail’,
was presented as held for sale. No additional impairment loss was recognised
on this non-current asset. The initial
sales plan was not modified.
The following assets and liabilities (after
elimination of intragroup items) are classified as held for sale:
2014/15
2013/14
Total non-current assets
1,3
2,2
TOTAL ASSETS
1,3
2,2
(in million EUR)
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16.2. Disposal of subsidiaries
There have been no disposals of subsidiaries in the course of the financial year 2014/15.
During the previous reporting period Colruyt Group reached an agreement with the management of Dimaco UK Limited on
30 August 2013 regarding the sale of the activities of this company. This investment had already been deconsolidated
at the end of the financial year 2012/13.
17. Deferred tax assets and liabilities
Deferred tax assets and liabilities can be detailed as follows:
17.1. Net carrying amount
Assets
Liabilities
Balance
2014
2014//15
2014/15
2013/14
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
3,6
0,3
0,6
0,6
1,4
1,4
21,3
2,6
2,6
2,6
38,5
70,9
(43,2)
(24,5)
3,2
2,1
0,6
0,5
1,7
16,7
2,2
2,3
36,5
62,6
(37,2)
(22,1)
3,3
(0,5)
(71,5
71,5))
(71,5)
(0,1)
(0,1)
(0
(0,,2)
(0,2)
(20,3
20,3))
(20,3)
(0,,1)
(0
(0,1)
(3,1
(3,1)
3,1))
(95,8)
(95,8)
95,8)
5,6
24,5
((65,7
(65,7)
65,7
65,7))
(70,3)
(1,1)
(12,2)
(0,3)
(3,0)
(86,9)
5,4
22,1
(59,4)
3,1
(71,2
71,2))
(71,2)
00,5
,5
11,2
,2
21,3
(17,7
17,7))
(17,7)
2,5
2,5
35,4
(24,9)
((24,9
24,9)
24,9)
(37,6)
((62,5
(62,5)
62,5
62,5))
2,1
(69,7)
0,5
0,6
16,7
(10,0)
2,0
33,5
(24,3)
(31,8)
(56,1)
(in million EUR)
Intangible assets
Property, plant and equipment
Inventories
Receivables
Liabilities related to employee benefits
Other provisions
Other liabilities
Tax losses carry-forward, deductible items and reclaimable tax paid
Deferred tax assets/(liabilities)
Unrecognised tax assets/liabilities
Offsetting tax assets/liabilities
Net deferred tax assets/(liabilities)
17.2. Change in net carrying amount
Assets
Liabilities
Balance
2014
2014//15
2014/15
2013/14
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
3,3
(0,1)
3,2
10,3
(7,0)
3,3
(59,4)
((59,4
59,4)
59,4)
(10,1)
3,8
(65,7)
(57,3)
(1,6)
(0,5)
(59,4)
(56,1)
((56,1
56,1)
(10,2)
3,8
(62,5)
(47,0)
(8,6)
(0,5)
(56,1)
(in million EUR)
Net carrying amount at 1 April
Increase/(decrease) recognised in profit or loss
Increase/(decrease) recognised in other comprehensive income
Net carrying amount at 31 March
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On 31 March 2015 Colruyt Group did
not recognise deferred tax assets for an
amount of EUR 37,6 million (compared
to EUR 31,8 million on 31 March 2014).
This amount relates to temporary differences as well as tax losses and unused
tax credits carried forward for a total
amount of EUR 111,5 million of which
EUR 109,3 million can be carried forward
indefinitely to future reporting periods.
Colruyt Group only recognises deferred
tax assets to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profit will be
available against which the unused tax
losses and unused tax credits can be utilised. Colruyt Group sets a time horizon
of five years for these estimations.
Within Colruyt Group there is no fixed
policy in respect of dividend distributions by subsidiaries to the mother
company. Had such a policy been in
place for all subsidiaries, then an additional deferred tax liability in respect
of Dividend Received Deduction (DRD)
would have had to be accounted for
of EUR 19,0 million for the financial
year 2014/15 (EUR 16,5 million for the
financial year 2013/2014). In addition,
a deferred tax liability could arise in
respect of taxes due by the subsidiary in
relation to the distribution. In this case,
the type and amount of tax depends on
the jurisdiction and specific tax position
of the distributing entity.
As from assessment year 2014, capital
gains on shares realised by large companies are taxable at 0,412 %. For the
investments held within Colruyt Group,
the unrecognised tax debt calculated
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on the difference between the carrying amount of the investments and the
equity of the subsidiaries would amount
to EUR 1,2 million (EUR 3,5 million on 31
March 2014).
18. Inventories
Inventories mainly represent trade
goods. The accumulated impairment on
inventories of trade goods amounted to
EUR 5,5 million for the current financial
year compared to EUR 5,1 million for the
previous financial year.
The amount of inventories recognised as
an expense in the income statement of
2014/15 amounts to EUR 6.697,8 million
and was presented as ‘Cost of goods
sold’. Last year this expense was EUR
6.501,0 million.
Colruyt Group granted a subordinated
interest-bearing loan to Parkwind N.V.
for an amount of EUR 10,7 million. The
group also granted an interest-bearing
loan to Fraluc N.V. for an amount of EUR
4,1 million and to Savanne N.V., which is
part of the joint venture Fraluc N.V., for
an amount of EUR 0,4 million.
The ‘Other receivables’ mainly consist of
receivables related to capital grants for
an amount of EUR 9,2 million and of receivables from the French authorities in
respect of social security for an amount
of EUR 7,5 million.
19. Trade and other
receivables
19.1. Other non-current
receivables
31.03.15
31.003.15
31.
31.03.14
8,1
8,1
15,2
18,,6
18
18,6
41,9
7,7
7,4
11,5
26,6
(in million EUR)
Loans to customers
Loans to joint ventures
Other receivables
Total other receivables
Loans granted to customers mainly
comprise loans to independent storekeepers of Retail Partners Colruyt Group
N.V. The loans granted to customers are
presented net of any impairment losses.
At 31 March 2015, these impairment
losses amount to EUR 1,3 million (compared to EUR 0,9 million at 31 March
2014). These loans are usually granted
for a period of 2 to 15 years and are at
an interest rate of between 4 % and 8 %.
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19.2. Current trade and other receivables
31.03.
31.03.15
.03.15
15
31.03.14
477,9
0,3
478,2
4,3
16,7
1,3
1,8
7,2
17,7
49,0
490,2
0,5
490,7
2,2
12,8
1,0
2,3
7,5
15,5
41,3
(in million EUR)
Trade receivables
Guarantees granted
Total trade receivables
VAT
Prepaid expenses
Loans granted to customers that expire within 1 year
Guarantees granted
Interest
Other receivables
Total other current receivables
Trade receivables
Trade receivables are presented net of impairment allowance. The impairment allowance amounts to EUR 14,5 million on 31 March
2015 (compared to EUR 14,9 million on 31 March 2014).
Other receivables
Other receivables are presented net of impairment allowance. The impairment allowance amounts to EUR 1,4 million on 31 March
2015 (compared to EUR 1,6 million on 31 March 2014).
The aging of trade receivables is as follows:
31.03.15
31.03.14
Gross
Impairment
Imp
Im
pairment
429,8
44,,5
44
44,5
18,1
492,4
(4
(4,,6)
(4,6)
(9,9
9,9))
(9,9)
(14,5)
((14,5
14,5)
14,5)
Gross Impairment
(in million EUR)
Not past due
Past due between 1 and 6 months
Past due for more than 6 months
Total
436,2
50,1
18,8
505,1
(4,0)
(10,9)
(14,9)
The movement in impairment allowance on trade and other receivables is as follows:
Impairment trade
receivables
Impairment other
receivables
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
(14,9)
(8
(8,8)
(8,
,8)
4,9
4,2
0,1
0,1
(14,5)
((14,5
14,5)
14,5)
(13,4)
(8,1)
2,6
3,8
0,2
(14,9)
(1,6)
(0
(0,5)
(0,
,5)
0,4
0,6
0,6
(0,,3)
(0
(0,3)
(1,4)
((1,4
1,4)
1,4)
(3,1)
(0,3)
0,1
1,6
0,1
(1,6)
(in million EUR)
At 1 April
Addition
Reversal
Use
Other
At 31 March
Colruyt Group monitors trade receivables based on the characteristics of its business segments and the nature of its client portfolio.
In this context Colruyt Group uses credit ratings provided by external parties.
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20. Cash and cash equivalents
31.03.15
31.03.
.03.15
15
31.03.14
70,1
239,1
309,2
375,1
227,5
602,6
0,7
0,7
00,
,7
0,6
0,6
308,5
602,0
(in million EUR)
Term deposits with an original maturity of three months or less
Other cash and cash equivalents
Total assets
Bank overdrafts
Total liabilities
Net cash and cash equivalents
There are no material unavailable balances of cash and cash equivalents.
21. Equity
Colruyt Group’s aim in managing its
equity is to maintain a healthy financial
structure with a minimal dependency on
external financing as well as to create
shareholders’ value. The Board of Directors strives to at least increase the annual
dividend per share in proportion with
the increase in group profits. The payout ratio over the past years was always
higher than one third of the group’s profit
and amounts to 45,2 % this financial
year. Pursuant to the bylaws, at least 90 %
of distributable profits are reserved for
shareholders and a maximum of 10 %
can be reserved for Directors. Furthermore, in addition to its organic growth,
Colruyt Group seeks to increase shareholders’ value by purchasing treasury
shares. The Board of Directors is authorised to acquire treasury shares up to a
maximum of 20 % of the shares issued.
As employee commitment to the group’s
growth is one of Colruyt Group’s priorities, an annual capital increase reserved
for employees has been organised since
1987.
shares except treasury shares participate
in the profits.
The Board of Directors is authorised to
increase the share capital in one or more
times by a total amount of EUR 200 million.
The capital increases executed under
this authorisation can be performed by a
contribution in cash or kind, by converting any reserves, by issuing convertible
bonds, and can generally be organised
in any given way, provided that legal
prescriptions are respected. The conditions of the capital increases executed
under this authorisation, and the rights
and obligations attached to the new
shares are determined by the Board of
Directors, taking into account the legal
prescriptions. This authorisation is valid
for a period of five years starting from
the announcement of the current change
to the bylaws. This authorisation can be
extended one or more times, each time
for a maximum period of five years, by
means of a decision from the General
Shareholder’s Assembly, deliberating
according to the guidelines that apply for
changes in bylaws. The current authorisation will come to an end in October 2015.
21.2. Share capital
21.3. Treasury shares
As a result of the resolution of the Extraordinary General Shareholder’s Meeting on 14 October 2014, the capital was
increased by 466.754 shares; the related
capital increase amounted to EUR 14,0
million.
The Company’s share capital on 31 March
2015 amounted to EUR 274,6 million
divided into 156.636.503 fully paid up
ordinary shares without par value. All
Treasury shares are recognised at the cost
of the treasury shares purchased. On 31
March 2015 Colruyt Group held 9.791.743
treasury shares; this represents 6,25 % of
the shares issued at the reporting date.
For many years the Extraordinary General
Shareholder’s Meeting has authorised
the Board of Directors to acquire treasury
shares up to 20 % of the number of
shares issued. The Board of Directors
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regularly discusses its buy-in policy. The
time of purchase is dependent, amongst
other things, on the share price evolution.
Between 1 April 2015 and 1 June 2015
no treasury shares were purchased. In
accordance with Art. 622, paragraph 1 of
the Companies Code, the voting rights of
shares held by the company or its subsidiaries are suspended.
21.4. Dividends
On 19 June 2015 a gross dividend of
EUR 146,9 million or EUR 1,00 per share
was proposed by the Board of Directors.
Last year the gross dividend amounted
to EUR 155,8 million or EUR 1,00 per
share. The gross dividend takes into account the number of treasury shares, if
applicable, up until 1 June 2015 and the
number of shares reserved for distribution in September 2015. The dividend
was not incorporated in the consolidated
financial statements for the financial year
2014/15.
21.5. Shares granted to
employees as part of the profitsharing scheme
In accordance with the law of 22 May
2001 in respect of the participation in
the share capital and in the profit of
companies (Belgian Official Gazette
9 June 2001) and CAO No. 90 of 20
December 2007 regarding non-recurrent
profit related benefits, Colruyt Group
agreed to a plan for profit-sharing with
the social partners. Employees have
the opportunity to receive their profitsharing in shares of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.
and benefit from the tax advantages
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provided by the law. The attribution of
shares is based on market conditions:
for this year the share price is fixed at
EUR 40,952 per share. These shares are
blocked for a period of two years (starting from the date of attribution) and
deposited on a collective account managed by Colruyt. The management and
costs related to this account are borne
by the Company.
On 31 March 2015 an amount of EUR
32,1 million (including withholding tax
and social security charges) was made
available for profit-sharing, subject to
the approval of the General Shareholders’ Assembly. This year 7.476 employees accepted shares as part of their
profit-sharing scheme. The value of this
scheme amounts to EUR 2,0 million
(excluding withholding tax) and 47.942
shares.
On 31 March 2014 an amount of EUR
28,0 million (including withholding tax
and social security charges) was reserved for profit-sharing. Of this amount
a total of EUR 1,5 million (excluding
withholding taxes) was reserved under
the form of shares, which corresponds
to 37.378 shares, of which 37.373 shares
were distributed.
21.6. Shareholders’ structure
In accordance with the most recent transparency notification of 18 December 2014, the composition of the shareholders of Etn. Fr.
Colruyt N.V. is as follows:
Shares
Colruyt family and relatives
Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. (treasury shares)
Sofina Group
Total of parties that act in deliberation
78.019.482
9.491.743
8.500.000
96.011.225
The remainder of the total shares issued (156.636.503 shares per 31 March 2015), being 60.625.278 shares or 38,70 % are publicly
held. For more details we refer to the section Corporate governance.
22. Earnings per share
2014/15
2014
2014//15
Total operating activity
Profit for the financial year (group share) (in million EUR)
Weighted average number of outstanding shares
Earnings per share – basic and diluted (in EUR)
2013/14
330,4
350,0
149.419.713 156.447.069
2,21
2,24
As there are no discontinued operations in either of the reporting periods, the above table is also valid for information in respect of
continuing operations.
Weighted average number of outstanding shares
2014/15
2014
2014//15
Number of outstanding shares at 1 April
Effect of capital increase
Effect of shares granted to employees (profit-sharing scheme)
Effect of shares purchased
Weighted average number of outstanding shares at 31 March
2013/14
155.985.002 156.501.981
130.950
88.028
18.687
31.961
(6.714.926)
(174.901)
149.419.713 156.447.069
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23. Provisions
Environmental
risks
Other
risks
Total
TTot
otal ((2)2)
2,4
2,4
12,1
32,2
44,3
14,5
14,5
32,2
32,2
46,7
3,3
0,3
(0,7)
(0,5)
2,4
15,0
4,7
(4,6)
(2,4)
31,6
44,3
18,3
5,0
(5,,3)
(5
(5,3)
((2,9)
2,9))
2,9
31,6
31,6
46,7
3,3
3,3
10,1
4,9
15,0
13,4
13,4
4,9
4,9
18,3
18,
18
,3
3,3
0,4
(0,4)
3,3
12,7
8,1
(2,4)
(3,4)
15,0
16,0
88,5
,5
(2,8)
(2,8)
(3,4
(3,4)
3,4))
18,3
18,
18
,3
(in million EUR)
Non-current provisions
Current provisions
At 31 March 2015
At 1 April 2014
Addition
Use
Reversal
Settlement (1)
At 31 March 2015
Non-current provisions
Current provisions
At 31 March 2014
At 1 April 2013
Addition
Use
Reversal
At 31 March 2014
(1) “Settlement”: On 19 June 2015 Colruyt Group signed a settlement with the Investigation Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (“the Investigation Service”) in relation to the
period 2002-2007. By signing the settlement the group accepts to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine to the Belgian government.
(2) Some figures for the financial year 2013/14 are reclassified as described in note 1.1. Basis of presentation.
The provision for environmental risks has been set up in respect of clean-up costs within the DATS 24 gasoline station activity as
well as for the clean-up of land (at acquisition and for the store activity).
The other provisions consist mainly of provisions for claims, decommissioning of wind turbines, re-insurance and vacant properties.
24. Non-current liabilities related to employee benefits
Benefits
Other
related to
post‘unemployment employment
with company
benefits
compensation’
Total
Total
(in million EUR)
At 1 April 2014
Addition (1)
Use
Unwinding of discount (2)
Experience adjustments (3)
Change of assumptions (3)
At 31 March 2015
48,4
3,8
(1,9)
1,5
(1,0)
11,8
62,6
7,6
0,9
(0,1)
0,2
0,5
0,5
9,6
56,0
4,7
4,7
(2,0)
1,7
1,7
((0,5)
0,5))
0,5
12,3
12,3
72,2
72,2
At 1 April 2013
Addition (1)
Use
Unwinding of discount (2)
Experience adjustments (3)
Change of assumptions (3)
At 31 March 2014
43,9
3,4
(1,9)
1,4
1,6
48,4
7,4
0,7
(0,1)
0,1
(0,5)
7,6
51,3
4,1
4,1
(2,0)
(2,
(2
,0)
1,5
1,5
1,6
1,6
(0,5
(0,5)
0,5))
56,0
56,0
(1) included in the line item ‘Employee benefit expenses’ of the consolidated income statement
(2) included in the line item ‘Net financial result’ of the consolidated income statement
(3) included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income
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Defined contribution plans with a
legally guaranteed return
For its defined contribution plans,
Colruyt Group pays fixed contributions
to certain insurance entities. These contributions are recognised in the income
statement in the year in which they are
due. During the 2014/15 financial year,
this cost amounted to EUR 12,3 million
(compared to EUR 12,0 million last reporting period) of which EUR 0,2 million
was paid into the financing fund. Colruyt
Group expects to contribute EUR 12,7
million to these plans in the course of
the next financial year.
In Belgium, employers are required to
guarantee a minimum return on defined
contribution schemes over the course
of the career, which is 3,25 % on the
employer contributions (net of costs)
and 3,75 % on employee contributions
as a result of the law regarding supplementary pensions (WAP). On 31 March
2015, the guarantee given by insurers
on accumulated reserves for defined
contribution plans is 4,75 % or 3,25 %,
depending on the generation.
In anticipation of a final position from
the IASB and the IFRS IC regarding the
accounting treatment of this type of
pension plans, Colruyt Group measures
the liability at its intrinsic value. This
implies that the calculation of the liability takes into account the guaranteed
minimum return only until the reporting date. There was no deficit as per 31
March 2015.
The accumulated mathematical reserve
with the insurers for these plans,
changed as follows this financial year:
Mathematical reserves
(in million EUR)
At 1 April 2014
Benefits distributed
Premiums
Return on assets
At 31 March 2015
108,1
(3,3)
12,1
3,3
120,2
At the reporting date, the status of these
plans can be summarised as follows:
31.03.15
31.003.1
31.
3.155
31.03.14
120,,2
120
120,2
108,1
120,9
108,7
(in million EUR)
Mathematical reserves
Guaranteed minimum
reserves (Art. 24 WAP)
Difference between the
mathematical reserves
and the guaranteed
minimum reserves
Financing fund
Total surplus/(deficit)
(0,,7)
(0
(0,7)
0,8
0,1
(0,6)
0,5
(0,1)
Colruyt Group regularly reviews the longterm assumptions in respect of these
liabilities. For this financial year the following assumptions were used:
tEJTDPVOUSBUFDPNQBSFEUP
previous financial year;
tTBMBSZJOnBUJPODPNQBSFEUP
2,5 % previous financial year.
The changes made to the actuarial
parameters this financial year have
impacted the liabilities related to the
benefits under the ‘Employment with
company compensation’ system by EUR
11,8 million. The main changes relate
to a change in the discount rate as well
as to the change in inflation and salary
inflation.
The average duration of the liability for
benefits under the ‘Unemployment with
company compensation system’ is 14,0
years.
The average number of years to retirement age of the plan’s participants at
the reporting date is 25 years.
Other post-employment benefits
Other post employment benefits consist
of long-service benefits (Belgian entities) and legal compensations (French
entities).
Benefits related to ‘Unemployment
with company compensation’
The possibility to retire early, as it exists
within Colruyt Group for employees
of its Belgian entities, is based on the
‘Unemployment with company compensation system’ applicable in Belgium.
The accounting principles in respect of
the liabilities and costs related to this
system are included in note 1.4. Other
significant accounting policies.
For the long-service benefits (Belgian
companies), Colruyt Group uses the
parameters mentioned above under
‘Benefits related to Unemployment with
company compensation’. For the legal
compensations (French entities) the following parameters are used:
tEJTDPVOUSBUFDPNQBSFEUP
previous financial year;
tTBMBSZJOnBUJPODPNQBSFEUP
2,0 % previous financial year.
Changes to the main assumptions impact the group’s main liabilities as follows:
Benefits related to
‘unemployment with
company compensation’
Long-service benefits
(Belgian entities)
Legal compensations
(French entities)
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2013/14
62,,6
62
62,6
58,1
67,5
675
67
67,
,5
72,6
54,0
48,4
45,3
51,8
55,6
42,2
22,9
,9
2,7
3,1
3,1
2,9
2,9
2,2
2,1
2,3
2,2
2,2
66,7
,7
6,3
77,,3
7,3
7,3
6,3
5,4
5,1
5,9
5,9
5,1
(in million EUR)
Base scenario
Discount rate + 0,5 %
Discount rate - 0,5 %
Salary inflation + 0,5 %
Salary inflation - 0,5 %
In the sensitivity table above, it is assumed that only one assumption is changed, while the other assumptions remain constant.
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The expected payment schedule for these plans over the next 10 years can be summarised as follows:
Benefits related to
‘unemployment with
company compensation’
Long-service benefits
(Belgian entities)
Legal compensations
(French entities)
1,9
1,8
1,9
2,0
2,4
19,4
0,1
0,1
0,2
1,2
0,1
2,4
(in million EUR)
Within the next year
In 2 years
In 3 years
In 4 years
In 5 years
In 6-10 years
25. Interest-bearing liabilities
25.1. Terms and repayment schedule
< 1 year
1-5 year
> 5 year
Total
Total
Finance leases and similar liabilities
Non-current bank borrowings
Other
Total at 31 March 2015
2,9
1,1
0,4
4,4
13,0
3,0
8,3
24,3
8,7
0,1
8,8
24,6
24
24,
,6
4,2
88,7
,7
37,5
Finance leases and similar liabilities
Non-current bank borrowings
Other
Total at 31 March 2014
2,3
0,3
0,5
3,1
7,0
2,3
8,6
17,9
10,1
0,4
10,5
19,4
19
19,
,4
3,0
99,1
,1
31,5
31,
31
,5
Interest
Principal
2013/14
2013/14
(in million EUR)
25.2. Finance lease liabilities
Leasepayment
paymen
aymentt
2014
2014//15
2014/15
Interest
Principal
Principal
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
Lease
payment
2013/14
3,4
14,1
8,9
26,4
26,
26
,4
00,5
,5
1,1
0,2
1,8
1,8
2,9
13,0
13,0
8,7
24,6
24,
24
,6
2,6
7,9
10,5
21,0
0,3
0,9
0,4
1,6
2,3
7,0
10,1
19,4
Instalments
Insta
Instal
lments
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
Interest
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
Capital
Cap
Ca
pita
itall
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
Instalments
2013/14
Interest
2013/14
Capital
2013/14
1,6
11,5
0,1
13,2
0,1
00,2
,2
0,3
1,5
11,3
0,1
12,9
0,9
11,1
0,4
12,4
0,1
0,2
0,3
0,8
10,9
0,4
12,1
(in million EUR)
< 1 year
1-5 years
> 5 years
Total
25.3. Bank borrowings and others
(in million EUR)
< 1 year
1-5 years
> 5 years
Total
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The interest-bearing liabilities mainly consist of finance lease liabilities and other liabilities. The finance lease liabilities have
increased by EUR 5,2 million this year mainly due to new finance lease arrangements for the acquisition of vehicles and machines
for an amount of EUR 8,5 million. The lease terms of the new finance lease arrangements for vehicles are mainly shorter than five
years whereas those for machines are mainly longer than five years. The other liabilities are mainly liabilities linked with business
combinations for which the duration, in the meantime, is shorter than five years.
Part of the balance of current and non-current interest-bearing loans, i.e. an amount of EUR 4,0 million, is covered by collateral
securities. The net carrying amount of the collateralised assets amounts to EUR 9,8 million (note 11. Property, plant and equipment).
26. Trade payables, liabilities related to employee benefits and other liabilities
31.03.
.03.15
15
31.03.15
31.03.14
0,5
00,,5
0,5
1.062,3
19,4
1.081,7
406,7
58,6
0,6
0,6
18,1
3,7
3,7
487,7
0,1
0,1
1.046,7
16,8
1.063,5
383,8
62,5
1,8
16,0
5,5
469,6
< 1 year
year
1-5 years
year
earss
Other liabilities (non-current)
Trade payables
Liabilities related to employee benefits and other liabilities
Total at 31 March 2015
1.081,7
487,7
1.569,,4
1.569
1.569,4
00,5
,5
00,,5
0,5
Other liabilities (non-current)
Trade payables
Liabilities related to employee benefits and other liabilities
Total at 31 March 2014
1.063,5
469,6
1.533,1
0,1
0,1
(in million EUR)
Other non-current liabilities
Total other liabilities (non-current)
Trade payables
Guarantees received and advances on work in progress
Total trade payables (current)
Current liabilities related to employee benefits
VAT, duties and other operating taxes
Dividends
Deferred income and accrued costs
Other
Total liabilities related to employee benefits and other liabilities (current)
Terms and repayment schedule
(in million EUR)
27. Risk management
27.1. Risks related to financial
instruments
a. Currency risk
Colruyt Group’s operational entities are
located in the euro zone, except for
the activities in India and Hong Kong.
The exchange rate risk incurred when
consolidating revenues and costs of
subsidiaries not reporting in euro is
not hedged. In addition, Colruyt Group
incurs a transactional currency risk on
purchases in foreign currency. Colruyt
Group does not hedge purchase transactions in foreign currency.
Exchange results incurred when settling purchase transactions in foreign
currency are recognised immediately in
profit or loss.
Colruyt Group’s exposure to exchange
rate fluctuations is based on the following positions in foreign currencies:
Net position
31.03.15
31.03.14
(0,1)
(2,,8)
(2
(2,8)
0,1
0,1
(2,,2)
(2
(2,2)
(0,1)
(5,1)
(5,
(5,1)
(0,1)
(1,4)
(0,1)
(0,8)
(0,1)
(2,5)
(in million EUR)
AUD/EUR
EUR/INR
GBP/EUR
HKD/EUR
USD/EUR
ZAR/EUR
Total
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As from the current financial reporting
period the net positions per currency are
presented before intragroup eliminations. A positive amount implies that
Colruyt Group has a net receivable in the
first currency. The second currency of
the pair is the functional currency of the
concerned entity of Colruyt Group.
The impact of exchange rate changes
compared to the euro is relatively
limited.
Colruyt Group’s finance lease liabilities
amounted to EUR 24,6 million on 31
March 2015 (compared to EUR 19,4 million on 31 March 2014) and are mainly
contracted at a variable interest rate.
Colruyt Group generally invests its excess
cash in term deposits. A change in interest rate would not have a material effect
on comprehensive income or on future
cash flows of Colruyt Group.
In addition, Colruyt Group requires
bank guarantees for independent
storekeepers or restricted cash for
large DATS 24 customers. Symeta N.V.,
the print and document management
entity of Colruyt Group, also uses
payment terms that are common for the
industry and regularly reviews the credit
rating of all (potential) new clients.
The credit risk is spread amongst a
large number of clients for the wholesale as well as for the other activities.
c. Credit risk
b. Interest rate risk
Given the limited size of borrowings and
finance lease liabilities in the statement
of financial position, Colruyt Group does
not hedge its interest rate risk. At 31
March 2015 the total amount of current
and non-current bank and other loans
was EUR 12,9 million or 0,4 % of total
assets (compared to EUR 12,1 million on
31 March 2014) and 4,3 % of the cash
and cash equivalents. Most of these borrowings are at fixed interest rate.
The credit risk in relation to trade
receivables is limited since most of the
retail customers of Colruyt Group pay
cash. The main part of Colruyt Group’s
receivables is linked with the wholesale
activity for which Colruyt Group applies
payment terms that are common for the
industry. Risks are mainly managed by
the regular follow-up of the credit rating
of the wholesale clients and the independent storekeepers to which goods or
services are delivered.
Gross
amount
Impairment
Net
carrying
amount
2014/15
2014
2014/
/15
2014/15
2014
2014/
/15
33,9
2,1
10,7
10,
10
,7
51,3
23,6
492,,4
492
492,4
47,2
309,2
970,4
(1,3)
(1,
(1
,3)
(24,7
(24,7)
24,7))
(14,,5)
(14
(14,5)
(1,4
(1,4)
1,4))
(41,9)
The carrying amount of the financial assets represents the maximum exposure
of Colruyt Group to credit risk. The carrying amount includes the recognised
impairment losses:
Gross
amount
Impairment
2014/15
2014
2014/
/15
Received
bank
guarantee
guarantee
ooff
ff-balance
2014/15
2014/
2014
/15
2013/14
2013/14
33,9
2,1
99,4
,4
26,6
23,6
477,9
4779
477,
477
,9
45,8
309,2
928,5
24,,4
24
24,4
24,4
19,6
2,8
9,6
54,6
25,4
505,1
38,9
602,6
1.258,6
(1,1)
(0,9)
(24,9)
(14,9)
(0,5)
(42,3)
Net
carrying
amount
Received
bank
guarantee
off-balance
2013/14
2013/14
(in million EUR)
Other interest-bearing receivables
Guarantees granted
Loans to customers
Financial assets available for sale
Financial assets held for trading
Trade receivables
Other receivables
Cash and cash equivalents
Total
Certain customers provide bank guarantees in order to secure the recovery
of Colruyt Group’s receivables. These
guarantees are not recognised in the
statement of financial position. For the
current reporting period bank guarantees
were received from several clients that
have outstanding debt for an amount of
EUR 34,1 million (compared to EUR 35,5
million last year). The collectability of this
amount was secured by bank guarantees
for an amount of EUR 24,4 million (compared to EUR 20,6 million last year).
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d. Liquidity risk
Finco N.V. is Colruyt Group’s financial
coordinator, and ensures that all entities of Colruyt Group have access to the
financial resources they need. Finco N.V.
applies a cash pooling system, i.e. any
excess in cash and cash equivalents
within entities of the group is used for
shortages in other entities of the group.
Finco N.V. is also responsible for the
investment of Colruyt Group’s cash and
cash equivalents, and does so by using
short-term term deposits. Finco N.V. uses
cash projections to follow up on Colruyt
18,5
2,8
8,7
29,7
25,4
490,2
38,4
602,6
1.216,3
20,6
20,6
Group’s liquidity. Over the past few years
Colruyt Group did not need to use any
form of external financing. Liabilities and
finance lease arrangements are mainly
the result of business combinations.
Colruyt Group’s policy is to settle these
liabilities as much as possible after the
business combination, provided that the
settling price is reasonable. The ratio of
the short-term investment portfolio to
net cash and cash equivalents of Colruyt
Group amounts to 7,7 % (4,2 % in the
preceding period).
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e. Other market risks
Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. and also Locré S.A.,
Colruyt Group’s reinsurance entity, manage a portfolio of financial instruments
(fixed interest-bearing instruments and
equity instruments). Locré S.A. uses
these investments to cover Colruyt
Group’s reinsurance risk. On 31 March
2015 the total value of Colruyt Group’s
current investment portfolio amounts
to EUR 23,6 million of which EUR 22,8
million belongs to Locré S.A.
Fluctuations in market values of these
instruments can therefore have an impact on Colruyt Group’s financial result.
However, Colruyt Group’s investment
portfolio was subject to only minor
fluctuations during the past financial
year. In total, Colruyt Group recognised
a revaluation of EUR 0,5 million during
this financial year (EUR 0,5 million for
the previous reporting period).
f. Financial assets and liabilities
per category and per class:
In accordance with IFRS 7 ‘Financial
instruments: Disclosures’ and IFRS 13 ‘Fair
value measurement’, financial instruments measured at fair value are classified using a fair value hierarchy.
At fair value
Historical
Histo
Hi
stori
sto
riccal or
ri
or
amortised
cost
Quoted
Quoted
prices
LLevel
evel 1
Observable
UnUnmarket
mark
mar
ket oobservable
bservable
inpputs
in
inputs
market
inputs
inputs
LLevel
evel 2
LLevel
evel 3
(in million EUR)
Financial assets:
Investments available for sale
Loans and receivables
Investments held for trading
Cash and cash equivalents
Total at 31 March 2015
0,4
00,,4
569,1
0,1
309,2
878,,8
878
878,8
23,5
23,5
23,
23
,5
-
26,2
26,2
26,2
26,2
Financial liabilities:
Interest-bearing liabilities
Finance lease liabilities
Trade payables
Bank overdrafts
Total at 31 March 2015
13,4
24,6
1.081,7
0,7
1.120,4
-
-
-
Financial assets:
Investments available for sale
Loans and receivables
Investments held for trading
Cash and cash equivalents
Total at 31 March 2014
0,4
558,6
0,1
602,6
1.161,7
25,3
25,3
-
29,3
29,3
Financial liabilities:
Interest-bearing liabilities
Finance lease liabilities
Trade payables
Bank overdrafts
Total at 31 March 2014
12,2
19,4
1.063,7
0,6
1.095,9
-
-
-
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The fair value hierarchy is based on the
inputs used to measure financial assets
and liabilities at measurement date. The
following three levels are distinguished:
t-FWFMJOQVUTVTFEGPSNFBTVSFNFOU
of fair value are officially quoted prices
(unadjusted) in active markets for
identical assets or liabilities.
t-FWFMUIFGBJSWBMVFPGmOBODJBM
instruments not traded on an active
market is determined using valuation
techniques. These techniques use
inputs of observable market prices as
much as possible and if available, and
avoid reliance on entity-specific estimations. Colruyt Group has no financial
instruments within this category.
t-FWFMmOBODJBMJOTUSVNFOUTGPSXIJDI
fair value is determined with valuation
techniques using certain parameters
not based on observable market data.
The investments available for sale
consist mainly of the participation in
the Baltic Group IKI (10,5 %) and investments in holding companies such as
Vendis Capital N.V., Sofindev II S.A. and
Sofindev III S.A. in which Colruyt Group
does not have a significant influence.
For the investment in the Baltic Group
IKI, classified under level 3, the fair value
consists of the present value of future
cash flows determined via a business
model based on non-observable inputs,
such as a time horizon, a growth rate
and a discount rate. This discount rate is
calculated based on the CAPM method
(Capital Asset Pricing Model).
For the investments in Vendis Capital
N.V., Sofindev II S.A. and Sofindev III
S.A., also classified under level 3, the
fair value consists of the acquisition
price adjusted for realised results and
dividends distributed by the respective companies. This fair value can be
different from a measurement based
on market multiples or market values.
During the current reporting period,
the investments in holding companies
decreased by EUR 3,1 million, which is
entirely due to capital decreases.
The opening and closing balance of the
investments classified under level 3 can
be reconciled as follows:
2014/15
2014//15
2014
2013/14
29,3
16,0
(3,1
3,1))
(3,1)
-
1,7
(2,4)
(5,3)
26,,2
26
26,2
19,3
29,3
(in million EUR)
At 1 April
Paying-up of
uncalled capital
Capital decreases
Impairments
Transfer from historical
cost to level 3
At 31 March
27.2. Other risks
Colruyt Group is further exposed to
various other risks that are not necessarily financial in nature, but which have
the potential to impact the financial
position of Colruyt Group. A description
of these risks and of how Colruyt Group
manages its exposure to these
risks is provided in the section Corporate
governance. In this respect we also refer
to the Audit Committee, which regularly discusses the risk reports of the
Risk Management department (internal
audit).
In general, the mission of the Audit
Committee is that of supervising the
exactness of the numerical (financial
and accounting related) information of
Colruyt Group for the Board of Directors,
the shareholders and third parties of the
financial world and to report its findings
in this respect to the Board of Directors.
One of the members of the Audit Committee is Delvaux Transfer B.V.B.A. (which
is permanently represented by Mr. W.
Delvaux), acting as an independent
board member in accordance with article 526 of the Belgian Companies Code.
Mr. W. Delvaux gained many years of
experience in general management and
acts and acted as an independent board
member with various other groups. For a
detailed description of the operations of
the Audit Committee, please refer to the
section Corporate governance.
28. Off-balance sheet
rights and commitments
Colruyt Group has a number of commitments which are not recognised in the
statement of financial position. On the
one hand Colruyt Group has real estate
rental commitments, on the other hand
Colruyt Group also has contractual obligations in relation to the acquisition of
property, plant and equipment and the
purchase of goods and services.
The amounts due in relation to these commitments are as follows:
31.03.15
31.003.15
31.
< 1 year
1-5 years
> 5 years
58,3
89,3
71,2
8,0
8,0
20,3
80,9
66,2
5,3
23,1
8,4
4,6
2,7
14,9
0,4
-
(in million EUR)
Lease arrangements as lessee
Commitments related to the acquisition of property, plant and equipment
Commitments related to purchases of goods
Other commitments
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31.03.14
< 1 year
1-5 years
> 5 years
66,4
144,5
114,4
10,,5
10
10,5
20,4
133,7
113,6
2,9
28,5
10,8
0,8
5,7
17,5
1,9
(in million EUR)
Lease arrangements as lessee
Commitments related to the acquisition of property, plant and equipment
Commitments related to purchases of goods
Other commitments
Commitments relating to operating lease
arrangements where Colruyt Group acts
as a lessee, relate only to obligations
as a result of non-cancellable lease arrangements for immovable fixed assets.
Rental and rental-related charges for
immovable fixed assets were recognised
in profit or loss for an amount of EUR
28,4 million (same as for the previous
financial year). The income statement
includes rental charges related to noncancellable leases together with other
rental-related costs (e.g. property withholding taxes) and rental charges from
cancellable lease arrangements.
The commitments related to the acquisition of property, plant and equipment for
an amount of EUR 89,3 million consist
mainly of contractual commitments for
the acquisition of land and buildings.
The commitments for the purchase
of trade goods for an amount of EUR
71,2 million are the result of forward
contracts concluded with suppliers in
order to ensure the supply of certain
trade goods as well as purchase commitments in respect of green certificates
and electricity.
Other commitments include a future
contract in respect of IT services for an
amount of EUR 8,0 million.
Next to these commitments Colruyt
Group also has certain rights which
are not recognised in the statement of
financial position. Occasionally Colruyt
Group leases out certain immovable assets under an operating lease arrangement.
31.03.15
< 1 year
1-5 years
> 5 years
14,8
8,0
6,8
-
31.03.14
31.003.14
31.
< 1 year
1-5 years
> 5 years
13,6
7,0
6,6
-
(in million EUR)
Lease arrangements as lessor
(in million EUR)
Lease arrangements as lessor
29. Contingent liabilities
and contingent assets
Contingent liabilities and contingent assets are items in relation to third parties
which are not recognised in the statement of financial position, in accordance with IAS 37, ‘Provisions, Contingent
Liabilities and Contingent Assets’.
The table below gives an overview of all
contingent liabilities of Colruyt Group.
31.03.15
31.0
31.
03.15
31.03.14
1,4
2,1
2,1
1,5
1,7
(in million EUR)
Disputes
Other
On 31 March 2015 there were a limited
number of legal actions outstanding
against Colruyt Group which, although
disputed, constitute together a contin-
gent liability of EUR 1,4 million (compared to EUR 1,5 million for the previous
reporting period). The pending cases
primarily concern commercial law claims
(EUR 1,0 million for the previous reporting period).
There are no contingent liabilities for
pending cases in respect of taxation law,
common law or social law (EUR 0,5 million for the previous reporting period).
‘Other’ contingent liabilities represent
buy-back commitments supplied by
Colruyt Group towards financial institutions as an additional guarantee for
the financing of affiliated independent
storekeepers. The total contingent liability amounts to EUR 2,1 million (compared to EUR 1,7 million in the previous
reporting period).
Colruyt Group expects no important
financial disadvantages to be derived
from these liabilities.
As from financial year 2014/15, the
guarantees in favour of joint ventures
are reported in note 13. Investments in
joint ventures accounted for by using the
equity method.
There are no material contingent assets
to be reported.
30. Dividends paid and
proposed
On 2 October 2014 a gross dividend of
EUR 1,00 was paid to the shareholders.
For the 2014/15 financial year, the Board
of Directors has also proposed a gross
dividend of EUR 1,00 per share, which
will be made payable on 6 October
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2015. As the decision to distribute a
dividend is to be considered an event
after reporting date which is not to be
included in the statement of financial
position, this dividend, which still must
be approved at the General Shareholders’ Assembly of 30 September 2015, is
therefore not recorded as a liability in
the statement of financial position.
Taken into account that the distribution proposed by the Board of Directors
relates to 146.892.702 shares (after
deduction of treasury shares and taking
into account the shares allocated to the
profit-sharing scheme), as determined
on 1 June 2015, the total amount of
proposed dividends amounts to EUR
146,9 million.
d) joint ventures (as disclosed in note
13. Investments in joint ventures
accounted for by using the equity
method); and
e) entities that are controlled by members of the key management personnel: Stonefund N.V., Stonefund II
N.V., Stonefund III N.V., COFIN C.V.B.A.,
Korys Management N.V., Korys Capital
S.A.R.L., Invictus Blauwe Toren N.V., FRI
N.V. and Real Dolmen N.V.
31.1. Related party
transactions excluding key
management personnel
compensation
2014/15
2014
2014/
/15
An overview of related party transactions
is given below. In this note, only the
transactions which were not eliminated
in the consolidated financial statements
are presented.
In accordance with IAS 24 ‘Related Party
Disclosures’, Colruyt Group identifies different categories of related parties:
a) Colruyt Group’s key managers (please
refer to the section Corporate governance) and close relatives;
b) entities that control Colruyt Group
(please refer to the section Corporate
governance);
c) associates (as disclosed in note 12.
Investments in associates);
Revenue
Costs
Receivables
Liabilities
Dividends paid
33,6
,6
3,55
3,
23,,8
23
23,8
1,3
86,7
The outstanding receivables with related
parties mainly relate to receivables in respect of joint ventures. At reporting date
Colruyt Group has EUR 15,3 million of
non-current interest-bearing receivables
at arm’s length conditions in respect of
joint ventures (compared to EUR 7,4 million for the previous reporting period). In
addition, Colruyt Group also has current
receivables, mostly on joint ventures, for
EUR 8,5 million.
2013/14
(in million EUR)
31. Related parties
The costs that were incurred from
transactions with various related parties amount to EUR 3,5 million and are
mainly related to purchases of trade
goods (EUR 0,9 million) and maintenance and IT costs (EUR 2,2 million).
7,1
3,6
14,6
0,8
87,4
The amounts disclosed above result
from transactions made on terms
equivalent to those that prevail in arm’s
length transactions.
Transactions with various related parties
generated revenue for an amount of
EUR 3,6 million (EUR 7,1 million in the
previous reporting period). This revenue
mainly relates to received finance
income from a joint venture (EUR 3,1
million).
The reported outstanding liabilities
towards related parties have increased
compared to the previous reporting
period and amount to EUR 1,3 million
(EUR 0,8 million for the previous reporting period).
Dividends were paid to Colruyt Group’s
reference shareholders (belonging to
categories a) and b) mentioned previously in this document) for an amount
of EUR 86,7 million (EUR 87,4 million for
the previous reporting period). These
dividends relate to the financial year
2013/14. Dividends paid are presented
gross, which means that the nature of
the shareholders is not taken into account.
31.2. Key management personnel compensation
The compensation awarded to key management personnel is summarised below. All amounts are gross amounts before taxes.
Social security contributions were paid on these amounts.
Remunerations
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
Number of
of
persons//
persons
shar
shares
hares
es
2014
2014/15
2014/
/15
Remunerations
2013/14
Number of
persons/
shares
2013/14
(in million EUR)
Board of Directors
Variable remuneration (bonuses)
Fixed remuneration (director’s fees)
Senior management
Salaries
Variable remuneration
Payments into defined contribution plans and other components
Share-based payments
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9
33,3
,3
1,0
1,0
9
3,5
1,0
10
2,80
2,00
2,00
0,44
0,01
215
11
2,89
2,17
0,47
0,02
431
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The directors’ variable remunerations
related to the financial year 2014/15 are
proposed by the Board of Directors and
are subject to approval by the General
Shareholders’ Assembly.
More information regarding the different
components of compensation for key
management personnel can be found
in the remuneration report (see section
Corporate governance) as prepared by
the Remuneration Committee.
32. Events after the
reporting date
On 19 June 2015, Colruyt Group signed
a settlement with the Investigation
Service of the Belgian Competition
Authority (the “Investigation Service”).
This settlement relates to infringements
of the Belgian competition rules in the
period 2002-2007. The Investigation
Service deems that the Belgian distribution sector, with the help of suppliers,
breached the Belgian competition rules
for branded perfumery, cosmetics and
chemist’s products. In relation thereto,
the Investigation Service proposed a settlement, in order to end all pending legal
proceedings subject to the payment of
a fine.
By signing the settlement Colruyt Group
accepts that infringements of the
Belgian competition rules were committed in the period 2002-2007. However,
the group assures that it did not set
up a price-fixing scheme with other
distributors and suppliers. The group
also stresses that Colruyt has always
honoured its lowest prices guarantee.
33. Independent auditor’s
remuneration
The table below provides an overview of
remuneration paid to the independent
auditor and his associated parties for
services rendered to Colruyt Group.
2014/15
2013/14
0,9
0,7
11,6
,6
0,9
1,1
2,0
(in million EUR)
Colruyt Group wants to refrain from
engaging in years of legal wrangling with
the government over the substance of
the case and over facts that date back
more than 10 years. It has therefore decided to sign the Investigation Service’s
settlement.
By signing this settlement Colruyt Group
agrees to pay a EUR 31,6 million fine
to the Belgian government. This full
amount was charged against the net
result of the financial year 2014/15.
For more information we refer to our
press release of 22 June 2015, available
on www.colruytgroup.com.
Audit assignments
Other assignments
Total
The consideration paid for audit services
was EUR 0,9 million, of which EUR 0,2
million was recognised at the level of
the Company and EUR 0,7 million was
recognised at the level of its subsidiaries.
For non-audit services, such as other
control assignments, tax advice and
other assignments, Colruyt Group
recognised a cost of EUR 0,7 million.
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34. List of consolidated entities
34.1. Company
Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.
Halle, Belgium
-
34.2. Subsidiaries
Alvocol N.V.
Anthyllis N.V.
Aubépine S.A.R.L. (1)
Bio-Planet N.V.
Blin Etablissements S.A.S. (1)
Buurtwinkels Okay N.V.
Codifrais S.A.S. (1)
Colim C.V.B.A.
Colimpo Limited
Colruyt Distribution France S.A.S. (1)
Colruyt France S.A. (1)
Colruyt Gestion S.A.
Halle, Belgium
59,88 %
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Chalette S/L, France
100 %
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Saint Gilles, France
100 %
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Longueil St M, France
100 %
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Hong Kong, China
100 %
Rochefort sur Nenon, France 100 %
Rungis, France
100 %
Luxemburg,
Grand Duchy of Luxemburg
100 %
Colruyt Group Services N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Colruyt IT Consultancy India Private Limited Hyderabad, India
100 %
Colruyt Luxembourg S.A.
Luxemburg,
Grand Duchy of Luxemburg
100 %
Colruyt Retail S.A.
Ciney, Belgium
100 %
Colruyt Vastgoed Nederland B.V.
Hillegom, The Netherlands
100 %
Comant N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Comels N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Comlie N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
DATS24 N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Davytrans N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
DreamBaby N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Rochefort sur Nenon, France 100 %
Dreamland France S.A.S. (1)
DreamLand N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
E-Logistics N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Enco Retail N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Filantwe N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Filleuve N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Filooste N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Finco N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Fleetco N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Foodlines B.V.B.A.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Rochefort sur Nenon, France 100 %
Immo Colruyt France S.A.S. (1)
Immo Colruyt Luxembourg S.A.
Luxemburg,
Grand Duchy of Luxemburg
100 %
Immo Dassenveld N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Immobilière Rutten N.V.
Ciney, Belgium
100 %
Rochefort sur Nenon, France 100 %
Immoco S.A.R.L. (1)
Imo Louvferdis B.V.B.A.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Locré S.A.
Luxemburg,
Grand Duchy of Luxemburg
100 %
Montauban, France
100 %
Pro à Pro Distribution Export S.A.S. (1)
Chalette S/L, France
100 %
Pro à Pro Distribution Nord S.A.S. (1)
Montauban, France
100 %
Pro à Pro Distribution Sud S.A.S. (1)
Puur N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Retail Partners Colruyt Group N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Boissy Saint Leger, France
100 %
R.H.C. S.A.S. (1)
Roecol N.V.
Lokeren, Belgium
50 %
Château Gontier, France
100 %
Sodeger S.A.S. (1)
Solucious N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
Symeta N.V.
Halle, Belgium
100 %
La Possession, France
100 %
Transpro S.A.S. (1)
Aiton (Savoie), France
100 %
Transpro France S.A.S. (1)
Estillac, France
99,12 %
U.C.G.A. Unifrais S.A. (1)
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Vlevico N.V.
Walcodis S.A.
Waldico S.A.
Wasserij Schepens B.V.B.A.
WE Power N.V.
Halle, Belgium
Ath, Belgium
Ath, Belgium
Halle, Belgium
Halle, Belgium
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
100 %
(1) These companies close their financial year on 31 December and are included in the
consolidated financial statements on that date.
34.3. Joint Ventures
Parkwind N.V.
Fraluc N.V. (1)
Leuven, Belgium
Merchtem, Belgium
60,13 %
50,00 %
(1) This company closes its financial year for the first time on 31 July 2015. Fraluc N.V. is
included in the consolidated financial statements based on intermediate financial statements as per 31 March 2015.
34.4. Associates
Core S.C.R.L. (1)
Xenarjo C.V.B.A. (1)
Brussel, Belgium
Mechelen, Belgium
25,00 %
24,99 %
(1) These companies close their financial year on 31 December and are included in
the consolidated financial statements on that date.
34.5. Changes in consolidation scope
a. New investments in subsidiaries and joint
ventures
During the financial year the acquisition of three companies
was finalised, i.e. Imo Louvferdis B.V.B.A. (June 2014), Wasserij
Schepens B.V.B.A. (November 2014) and Anthyllis N.V. (January
2015).
In 2014 Colruyt Group has taken a 50 % share in the Belgian
clothing retailer ZEB through a newly established company
Fraluc N.V.
b. Mergers
In Belgium, from 1 April 2014 onwards, the companies Fildiest
N.V., Filkwaad N.V., Fillange N.V., Fillouva N.V., Filnoord N.V., Filquare N.V. and Filroeul N.V. merged with Retail Partners Colruyt
Group N.V. (previously Spar Retail N.V.).
c. Newly established companies
On 28 August 2014 and on 12 March 2015 respectively, the
companies Comlie N.V. and Comant N.V. were established.
In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Immo Colruyt Luxembourg
S.A. was established on 26 March 2015.
d. Other changes
In August and December 2014 the liquidations of, respectively,
Vaucamps N.V. and Colruyt Mobile N.V. were finalised.
Infoco N.V. changed its name into Fleetco N.V.
The name of Spar Retail N.V. was changed into Retail Partners
Colruyt Group N.V.
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35. Condensed (non-consolidated) financial statements of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V., in
accordance with Belgian accounting standards
The financial statements of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. are presented below in condensed form.
The annual report, the annual financial statements of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. and the independent auditor’s report were filed with the
National Bank of Belgium, in accordance with Art. 98 and 100 of the Companies Code. A copy of these documents can be obtained
there on request.
These documents can also be obtained on request at the Company’s registered office:
Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V. – Edingensesteenweg 196, 1500 Halle
Tel. +32 (2) 363 55 45
Internet: www.colruytgroup.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Condensed statement of financial position of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.
31.03.15
31.03.
.03.15
15
31.03.14
Non-current assets
II. Intangible assets
III. Property, plant and equipment
IV. Financial non-current assets
Current assets
V. Receivables exceeding one year
VI. Inventories and work in progress
VII. Receivables for less than one year
VIII. Cash investments
IX. Cash and cash equivalents
X. Prepayments and accrued income
Total assets
4.0076
4.
4.076,2
76,,2
25,8
164,1
3.886,,3
3.886
3.886,3
1.352,5
1.352,5
1.3
5,9
344,7
369,0
362,,5
362
362,5
262,2
8,2
5.428,7
4.045,0
21,3
162,3
3.861,4
1.169,5
0,2
330,3
338,8
297,4
195,5
7,3
5.214,5
Equity
I. Share capital
IV. Reserves
V. Profit carried forward
Provisions and deferred taxes
1.135,2
274,6
391,,5
391
391,5
469,,1
469
469,1
39,8
1.299,8
260,6
325,4
713,8
7,4
Liabilities
VIII. Liabilities exceeding one year
IX. Liabilities for less than one year
X. Accruals and deferred income
Total liabilities
4.253,,7
4.253
4.253,7
2.957,7
1.273,4
22,6
5.428,,7
5.428
5.428,7
3.907,3
2.647,7
1.243,5
16,1
5.214,5
(in million EUR)
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Condensed income statement of Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.
2014
2014/15
2014//15
2013/14
6.370,4
((6.051,6)
6.051,6))
6.051,6
318,8
165,5
(118,3
(118,3)
118,3))
366,0
13,3
(51,7
(51,7)
51,7))
327,6
(69,1
(69,1)
69,1))
258,5
(0,1)
258,4
6.160,5
(5.809,8)
350,7
8,9
(102,4)
257,2
30,5
(47,5)
240,2
(75,2)
165,0
(0,1)
164,9
(in million EUR)
I. Operating income
II. Operating expenses
III. Operating profit
IV. Finance income
V. Finance expenses
VI. Profit from ordinary operations, before tax
VII. Extraordinary income
VIII. Extraordinary expenses
IX. Profit for the financial year, before tax
X. Income tax
XI. Profit for the financial year
XII. Transfer to the tax exempt reserves
XIII. Profit for the financial year available for appropriation
Profit appropriation Etn. Fr. Colruyt N.V.
The Board of Directors will propose to the General Shareholders’ Assembly on 30 September 2015 to distribute the profit for the
2014/15 financial year as follows:
2014/15
2014
2014//15
2013/14
258,4
713,8
972,2
1,4
353,9
469,1
137,5
1375
137,
137
,5
3,3
3,3
7,0
164,9
740,5
905,4
1,1
25,8
713,8
155,8
3,5
5,4
(in million EUR)
Profit for the financial year available for appropriation
Profit carried forward from previous financial year
Profit available for appropriation
Transfer to the legal reserve
Addition to other reserves
Result to be carried forward
Dividend to owners
Bonuses
Other debts
Dividend to owners
This line item is calculated considering the number of treasury shares on 1 June 2015 and taking into account the shares reserved
for distribution as part of the profit-sharing plan in September 2015.
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DEFINITIONS
Share of the group
Interest that can be attributed to the owners of the parent company.
pendent storekeepers’ (wholesale and foodservice segment) and for
the DATS 24 petrol stations (other activities segment).
Capital employed
The value of the assets and liabilities that contribute to generating
income.
Market capitalisation
Closing price multiplied with the number of issued shares at the
reporting date.
Operating profit (EBIT or earnings before interest and taxes)
The operating income less all operating costs (cost of goods sold,
services and miscellaneous goods, employee benefit expenses, depreciation, amortisation, impairments and other operating expenses).
Net added value
Consists of the gross added value less depreciation, amortisation, impairments on fixed assets, provisions and write-offs of current assets.
Gross added value
The realisable value of the manufactured goods less the value of
the raw materials and the auxiliary materials used in the production
process and the procured services.
Gross profit
Revenue minus cost of goods sold.
Gross profit margin
Gross profit divided by revenue.
Dividend pay-out ratio
Gross dividend per share divided by the profit for the financial year
(group share) per share.
EBIT margin
EBIT divided by revenue.
EBITDA
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, or
operating profit (EBIT) plus depreciation, amortisation and impairments.
EBITDA margin
EBITDA divided by revenue.
Weighted average number of outstanding shares
The number of outstanding shares at the beginning of the period, adjusted for the number of shares cancelled, treasury shares purchased
or shares issued during the period multiplied by a time-correcting
factor.
GMS
‘Grandes et moyennes surfaces’ is a term used in France for store
surfaces > 400m² (retail segment), for the activity ‘deliveries to inde-
Net profit
Profit for the financial year (after tax).
Net profit margin
Net profit divided by revenue.
Revenue
Revenue comprises the sale of goods and services provided to our
own customers, affiliated customers and wholesale customers, after
the deduction of discounts and commissions allocated to these
customers.
RHD
‘Restauration hors domicile’ concerns the foodservice in France
which delivers to the hotel, restaurant and café sector (commercial)
and to collectives, such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes
(social).
ROCE
Return on capital employed, or operating profit (EBIT) after tax
divided by the capital employed.
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets also
includes finance leases, but excludes acquisitions through business
combinations and contributions by third parties.
Free cash flow
Free cash flow is defined as the sum of the cash flow from operating
activities and the cash flow from investing activities.
FTE
Full-time equivalent; unit of account with which the workforce is
expressed by dividing the contractual working time by full-time working time.
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59
80
02
76
08
60
50
29
14
27
22
35
53
10
72
44
70
21
36
03
01
87
16
39
71
23
17
73
19
07
46
05
12
82
30
84
04
06
81
32
34
31
65
26
48
47
64
38
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74
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42
63
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90
25
58
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86
68
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79
67
88
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41
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85
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28
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51
Ile de France
61
09
13
83
11
66
55
MEUSE
57
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94
VAL DE
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91
ESSONNE
54
MEURTHE ET
MOSELLE
77
SEINE-ETMARNE
10
L’AUBE
88
VOSGES
52
HAUTE MARNE
41
LOIR-ET-CHER
45
LOIRET
70
HAUTE SAONE
90
TERRITOIRE
DE BELFORT
21
COTE D’OR
25
DOUBS
18
CHER
03
ALLIER
39
JURA
71
SAONE ET LOIRE
01
AIN
43
HAUTE-LOIRE
38
ISERE
Colruyt prix qualité stores
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199
Bredene
red
Westerlo
o
Gouvy
BUURTWINKELS
Eurospar stores
Spar stores
Spar neighbourhood stores
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distribution centre
hubs
Contact Solucious via TPMVDJPVTCF
200
6 CocciMarket
ark
7 Panier Sympa
mpa
2 CocciMarket
2 Panier Sympa
1 CocciMarket
7 Panier Sympaa
6 CocciMarket
a
16 Panierr Sym
SSympa
1 Coccinelle
1 CocciMarkett
5 Coccinelle
6 Panier Sympa
13 CocciMarket
ke
1 Coccinelle
elle
12 Panier Sympa
m
1 CocciMarket
ket
2 Panier Sympaa
1 Coccinelle
3 CocciMarket
2 Panier Sympa
4 CocciMarket
4 Panier Sympa
3 Coccinelle
17 CocciMarket
59 Panier Sympa
2 Coccinelle
5 CocciMarket
9 Panier Sympa
5 Panier Sympaa
1 Coccinelle
e
1 CocciMarket
3 Panier
nier Sympa
2 Coccinelle
C
1 Panier
P
Sympa
3 Coccinelle
le
12 CocciMarket
iM
7 Panier
e Sympa
2 Coccinelle
27 CocciMarket
26 Panier Sympa
1 Coccinelle
3 CocciMarket
3 Panier Sympa
1 Coccinelle
1 CocciMarket
M
Coccinelle
CocciMarket
Panier Sympa
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59
60
50
57
94
29
67
53
35
Martinique
45
Guadeloupe
39
69
Guyane
Réunion
05
82
66
20
DC fresh products
DC dry food
DC fresh products / dry food
Transshipment platforms
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201
DATS 24-stations/Stations DATS 24
= CNG
= diesel - euro 95 - euro 98
= diesel - euro 95 - euro 98 - CNG
= diesel - euro 95 - euro 98 - vergund
= diesel - euro 95 - euro 98 - CNG - vergund
= diesel - euro 95 - euro 98 - niet vergund
= diesel - euro 95 - euro 98 - CNG - niet vergund
Situatie / Situation 9/2014
CNG
diesel - euro 95 - euro 98
diesel - euro 95 - euro 98 - CNG
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Limited liability company Etn. Fr. Colruyt
Headquarters:
Wilgenveld
Edingensesteenweg 196
B- 1500 HALLE
RPR Brussels
VAT: BE 400.378.485
Enterprise number: 0400.378.485
Phone: +32 (2) 363 55 45
Internet: colruytgroup.com
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Risks relating to forecasts
Statements by Colruyt Group included in this publication, along with references to this publication in other written
or verbal statements of the group which refer to future expectations with regard to activities, events and strategic
developments of Colruyt Group, are predictions and as such contain risk and uncertainties. The information
communicated relates to information available at the present time, which can differ from the ultimate outcomes. Factors
that can cause any differences between expectations and reality are: changes in the microeconomic or macroeconomic
context, changing market situations, changes in the competitive climate, unfavourable rulings regarding the construction
and/or expansion of new or existing stores, procurement problems with suppliers, as well as other factors that can
have an impact on the group’s result. Colruyt Group does not enter into any obligation with respect to future reporting
that might have an influence on the group’s result or that could cause a deviation from the forecasts included in this
publication or in other group communications, whether written or oral.
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