The Board of Directors, chaired by Robert Peugeot, met on 16 September 2021 and approved the financial statements for the first half of 2021.
At 30 June 2021, net asset value (NAV) per share was €227.4 as opposed to €179.6 at 31 December 2020, representing a return (dividend included) of 27.9% in the first half of 2021 and outperforming the financial markets. The 28.8% rise in Stellantis’ share price helped drive NAV to an all-time high. The value of Investments rose by 17.3%. Most investments in listed companies rose significantly in value due to good operational performance and a context of favourable market rally. Unlisted assets also contributed fully to the strong returns achieved in the first half of 2021.
Consolidated net profit attributable to the group was €368.3 million in the first half of 2021, compared to a loss of €32.2 million in the first half of 2020.
This was mainly due to the resumption of dividend payments from investments in non-consolidated companies, which amounted to €293.9 million (including a €173m dividend in Faurecia shares from Stellantis). Dividends received in 2020 totalled only €11.3 million because of the Covid-19 crisis, which prompted most companies to cancel or reduce their announced dividend payments.
Following shareholder approval on 31 March 2021, FFP changed its company name to Peugeot Invest. The new name better reflects the connection between the company’s family history and its investment activities, and particularly its industrial, entrepreneurial, responsible and long-term DNA.
Its subsidiary that holds stakes in Stellantis and Faurecia has also been renamed Peugeot 1810, marking its attachment to the Peugeot family’s entrepreneurial history stretching back more than 200 years.
Via its Investments, Peugeot Invest is developing a diversified portfolio that creates value in many business sectors including manufacturing, business services, personal services, consumer goods and real estate, in various geographies.
Peugeot Invest focuses on businesses that are driven by long-term growth trends such as the expansion of the middle class in emerging-market countries or the ageing of the population.
The Stellantis group, resulting from the merger between Peugeot SA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, came into being on 16 January 2021. Stellantis has large market shares in Europe and North America, and benefits from the excellent fit between the two merged groups in terms of technologies and product ranges.
It reported proforma sales of €75.3 billion in the first half of 2021, up 46% compared with the same period last year. In Europe, the group’s market share was 23.1%. The merger has already produced €1.3 billion of synergies in the first half of the year, with €3.7 billion expected in full-year 2021.
Through its 76.5%-owned subsidiary Peugeot 1810, Peugeot Invest currently owns 7.2% of Stellantis’ capital and voting rights.
Through its portfolio of shareholdings, Peugeot Invest invests in companies’ equity and provides support to their management teams, playing an active role on their boards of directors and board committees and sharing its expertise with a long-term perspective.
In February 2021, Peugeot Invest acquired a minority stake in International SOS for $306 million. International SOS was founded in Singapore in 1985, and provides medical prevention, security, healthcare access and emergency response services to international companies and government organisations.
In February 2021, Peugeot Invest sold all of its 10.1% stake in IDI for €27.2 million, representing a return of 2.3x its investment. That share sale allowed Peugeot Invest to lock in the value created, while remaining an investor in the IDI Emerging Markets funds in partnership with IDI.
After selling part of its stake in Safran in November 2020 (through a forward sale agreement), Peugeot Invest continued its divestment and sold an additional 1.7 million shares for €208 million, taking the total amount raised from Safran share sales since 2018 to €340 million, with an IRR of 14.4%.
Peugeot Invest works with various partners specialising in specific sectors or geographical areas and takes equity stakes in some of their holdings.
The first half of 2021 was another busy period in terms of co-investments with both new and existing partners.
In May 2021, Peugeot Invest once again reasserted its ambition of being a responsible investor and of having a long-term impact with a €10 million co-investment in French company Ynsect, a leading player in farming and processing insects to produce ingredients used as alternatives to traditional animal proteins.
Peugeot Invest made a commitment to the Singapore-based Venturi co-investment platform. The platform invests in high-growth companies in India and Southeast Asia, focusing on consumer themes. Peugeot Invest will act as sponsor and committed $25 million.
Peugeot Invest also continued to support its existing partners by reinvesting alongside JAB Holdings and in Lineage.
Peugeot Invest commits to private equity funds to make its portfolio more diverse in geographical and sector terms, and to seize new opportunities to create value.
Peugeot Invest continued its strategy in the first half of 2021 by making €50 million of new commitments to four funds: Veritas Capital Vantage (United States), Quad VI (United States), Adagia Capital Europe (Western Europe) and C Bridge Healthcare Fund V (Asia).
In the first half of 2021, capital calls amounted to €60 million. Funds carried out a number of disposals with high valuation multiples, leading to distributions of around €41 million for Peugeot Invest.
Peugeot Invest invests in real-estate development and asset transformation projects that complement the group’s diversification over long, low-volatility cycles while targeting attractive returns.
In the first half of 2021, Peugeot Invest purchased a 5% stake in Austrian company SIGNA Development (sister company of SIGNA Prime Selection, in which Peugeot Invest has been an investor since 2019) for €75 million, thereby reasserting its ambition to strengthen its position in the real-estate sector. SIGNA Development’s strategy is to develop premium real-estate projects (residential, office and retail), most of which are located in city centres in Germany and Austria, with the aim of marketing them and then selling them to investors (mainly pension funds and insurance companies). The portfolio consists of around 50 projects currently underway, with a projected completion value of around €8 billion.
Peugeot Invest continued to invest in the United States alongside ELV Associates, in two new projects: one in the Boston area and the other in Atlanta, for a total amount of $3.6 million. ELV also sold two projects in the first half of the year, representing a total of $14.5 million for Peugeot Invest.
At 30 June 2021, Peugeot Invest’s net debt amounted to €980 million as opposed to €1,023 million at 31 December 2020. Its loan-to-value was 16% at 30 June 2021, lower than at the start of the year. Unused credit facilities amounted to €845 million at 30 June 2021.
The French automotive supplier Faurecia announced in mid-August that it had taken over its German competitor Hella, which specialises in lighting systems and on-board electronics. This acquisition makes Faurecia the seventh largest automotive supplier in the world and the fourth in Europe.
Peugeot Invest’s distribution policy aims to ensure a consistent and rising dividend. In this respect and given the environment, dividends paid in 2021 with respect to 2020 amounted to €58.3 million, or €2.35 per share, up 9.3% compared with 2020.