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Ângelo Paupério
FY results 2016
16 March 2017

For Sonae 2016 was a year of significant progress in the implementation of corporate strategy and in the diverse areas of activity, culminating in important results in terms of growth and strengthening of competitive positions in main businesses.

Considering the companies we control or co-control, the turnover reached 7,100 million euros, growing more than 6% y.o.y., and EBITDA surpassed 1,000 million euros, increasing 4,2% when compared to the previous year. Total Capex reached almost 900 million euros.

We evolved towards an organisation of more autonomous, agile, and focused business areas, capable of better responding to the speed of change in the markets in which they operate. We paid particular attention to the strengthening of retail businesses, shopping centres and telecommunications, never, however, neglecting investment in avenues of growth that capitalise on the existing asset base and which further the development of competencies aligned with trends and needs of the markets of the future.

In retail, we surpassed 5,000 million euros in turnover for the first time, enjoying positive contributions from all businesses (even excluding acquisitions), and we increased the quality of the portfolio with the inclusion of Salsa and Go Natural, as well as with other participations of smaller dimension, which, however, bring with them high levels of competence in e-commerce, data analytics or energy management. Furthermore, it was also possible to negotiate an agreement with JD Sports for the creation of a strong Iberian sports operator, which will benefit from the dimension and strongly complementary contributions of each of the integrating companies.

At Sonae Sierra, we successfully continued the strategy of reducing capital allocated to mature assets for further investment in new shopping centres and acquisition of minority participations in funds that enhance our services business and the growth in the number of shopping centres under management. In this context, we highlight the opening of ParkLake Plaza shopping centre, with an innovative and outstanding concept that has introduced new standards in the Romanian market and received significant international recognition.

At NOS, we maintained our capacity to grow and improve profitability while simultaneously continuing to lead the evolution of telecommunications in Portugal, promoting valuable solutions for our customers and the entire value chain in this sector of crucial importance for the competitiveness of any country.

In the Investment Management division, we acquired relevant positions in three important investment funds with participations in some of the most promising Portuguese companies in the technology sector, such as Outsystems or Feedzai, while at the same time we further created an organisation capable of managing companies in diverse phases of their business life-cycle and in which the participation in global market consolidation movements presents a solid promise of value generation.

All this was achieved in a year in which we continued to reinforce our capital structure, as net debt was again reduced, along with the reduction of its cost and increased maturity.

We are thus fully aware that we enter 2017 as a better, stronger company, enjoying an improved portfolio and increasingly comfortable with our strategy. However, we know that our greatest confidence lies in the quality and dedication of our people who, every day, assuming with ease the values of Sonae, dedicate themselves to the accomplishment of the mission which inspires us.

Ângelo Paupério,
Co-CEO  of Sonae

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