Arval 2021 Full Year Results
Rueil-Malmaison, 7 March 2022
|VERY STRONG PERFORMANCE
CONTINUED GOOD GROWTH OF THE ACTIVITY, OUTPERFORMING THE MARKET
LEASED FLEET: +6.4% vs. 31/12/2020
|STRONG INCREASE IN GROSS OPERATING INCOME DRIVEN BY THE EXPANSION OF THE ACTIVITY AND THE POSITIVE EVOLUTION OF THE USED CAR MARKET
GROSS OPERATING INCOME: +26.4% vs. 2020
|OPERATING EXPENSES INCREASE IN CONNECTION WITH ACTIVITY GROWTH AND INVESTMENTS IN 2025 ARVAL BEYOND PLAN STRONG IMPROVEMENT OF COST INCOME RATIO
OPERATING EXPENSES: +9.9% vs. 2020
COST INCOME: 46.5% vs 53.5% in 2020
|DECREASE IN THE COST OF RISK
-43.1% vs. 2020 (15 bp)1
|STRONG RISE OF NET INCOME
NET INCOME2: €720.5m (+52.8% vs. 2020)
|CONTINUED GOOD BUSINESS GROWTH STRONG RISE OF NET INCOME|
The Board of Directors of Arval Service Lease met on 3 March 2022. The meeting was chaired by Alain van Groenendael and the Board approved Arval Group’s results for 2021.
STRONG INCREASE OF NET INCOME DRIVEN BY THE CONTINUED EXPANSION OF THE ACTIVITY AND THE POSITIVE EVOLUTION OF THE USED CAR MARKET
Once again in 2021, Arval’s activity continued to outperform the market thanks to the quality of its customer-centric approach and its ambitious 2025 strategic plan, Arval Beyond. The leased fleet grew by 6.4%3 compared to the end of December 2020, reaching 1,469,753 vehicles, despite the pandemic, the shortage of semi-conductors and a challenging overall context in the automotive sector. The Corporate leased fleet reached 1,032,065 vehicles at the end of December 2021 (+2.9% compared to the end of December 2020). The Retail segment grew by 15.2% compared to the end of December 2020, reaching 399,796 vehicles of which 130,119 on private lease (+24.4% compared to the end of 2020). The Mid-term Rental segment grew by 20.1% compared to 2020 reaching 37,394 vehicles.
Throughout 2021, the company put the Arval Beyond strategic plan into action with a number of remarkable achievements in line with Arval’s ambition to become a leader in sustainable mobility. Considerable progress has been made on each of the four Arval Beyond offers:
- The transformation related to mobility solutions (360° Mobility) has begun to bear fruit: E-bike leasing is operational in 10 countries and the number of bike-leasing contracts grew by 54%, the number of MaaS users increased tenfold and the number of rented months with Mid Term Rental rose by 34% with strong utilization rate.
- Arval’s connected fleet (Connected & Flexible) now comprises around 400,000 vehicles, making Arval one of the three leading European players in this field.
- Arval’s partnerships (Arval Inside) have gained significant momentum in 2021. Beyond the existing agreements with banks (Caixabank in Spain and Portugal, UniCredit Bank in Austria, Erste Bank in Slovakia), the company continues to work with automotive players in the frame of international partnerships (Hyundai, Kia, Honda, Sixt, Astara, Emil Frey France, MG and Volvo Cars). Furthermore, in conjunction with its historical partner, Element, Arval extended its geographic coverage to include Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
- To provide even better support to its clients in their energy transition (Good for you, good for all), Arval has revised its objective for 2025 upwards: to lease 700,000 electrified vehicles4, representing 35% of Arval’s total leased fleet. In the year 2021, 30% of Arval’s new orders were for electrified vehicles and at the end of December 2021, Arval Group’s leased fleet included 204,500 electrified vehicles, up by 80.5% compared to the end of December 2020.
- Also, Arval’s new offer for used vehicle leasing service, “Arval Re-Lease”, is now live in seven countries.
Arval designed and executed its new and ambitious global CSR strategy. To accompany Arval’s ambitious targets on electrified vehicles, since June 2021, one tree has been planted for each electrified vehicle leased by Arval: the company’s first international biodiversity project. As at the end of 2021, more than 97,000 trees have already been planted.
In 2021, gross operating income totalled 1,736.2 million euros, up by 26.4% compared to the year 2020, illustrating the good development of the activity and the very good evolution of the used car market.
Supported by the growth of the leased fleet, gross operating income excluding car sales results increased overall by 12.5%: at 720.5 million euros, the lease contract margin rose by 15.0% compared to 2020 and the lease service margin amounted to 646.0 million euros, up by 9.8% compared to 2020.
The car sales result reached 369.7 million euros in 2021 (158.7 million euros in 2020). The number of vehicles disposed increased to 298,853 (+12.6% compared to 2020). The car sales result benefited from the very positive evolution of the used car market in terms of demand and prices. This high level of used cars prices, observed in almost all countries, is linked to the evolution of supply and demand in connection with longer delivery times for new vehicles where the supply of used cars is impacted by fewer dehires from customers and where demand is sustained by a lower availability of new vehicles.
At 807.8 million euros, Arval Group’s operating expenses were up by 9.9% (compared to a low base in 2020) in relation to the growth of the activity and the implementation costs of the Arval Beyond strategic plan. Arval Group’s generated in 2021 a very positive jaw effect (+2.6 pts excluding car sales results and +16.5 pts including car sales result) with a strong improvement of Cost/Income ratio to 46.5% in 2021 (53.5% in 2020).
The cost of risk was down at 34.2 million euros compared to a high base in 2020 in relation to the Covid crisis (60.2 million euros). It was 15 basis points of financial outstanding5 (-15 bp compared to 2020) with a decrease (-13 bp) in the cost of risk of the Corporate activity and of the Retail activity (-21 bp).
The Arval Group’s operating result, at 894.2 million euros (578.4 million euros in 2020), thus increased sharply by 54.6%.
Non-operating items totalled 16.5 million euros (1.5 million euros in 2020) with a good performance of subsidiaries consolidated under the equity method.
Profit before tax, which came to 910.6 million euros in 2021 (579.8 million euros in 2020), was thus up by 57.0%.
Arval Group’s net income amounted to 720.5 million euros in 2021 (471.4 million euros in 2020), up by 52.8% and net income attributable to equity holders was 699.0 million euros, up by 52.0% compared to 2020.
This very strong performance, supported by the current high level of used car prices, reflects the strength of the Arval business model despite the health crisis, as well as the success of its long-term rental business model and its customer, geographical and product diversification.
The total balance sheet grew by 10.8% compared to the end of 2020 to reach 29.317 million euros at the end of December 2021 in relation to the growth of the rental fleet (+11.0% compared to the end of December 2020). Total equity amounted to 2,545 million euros at the end of December 2021 (2,072 million euros at the end of December 2020).
Challenges and goals for 2022
2022 will herald a transformation of the mobility sector within a changing environment. In this context, Arval can draw on its solid foundation, with the backing of BNP Paribas Group, combined with its agility. Its performance in 2021, with good organic growth despite the challenging landscape, offers tangible proof of its resilience and capabilities.
In 2022, Arval will continue to support its customers with:
- specific consulting services, “The Journey Goes On”, to assist customers with planning ahead and finding the most appropriate sustainable solutions in view of the current situation in the automotive sector,
- strategic partnerships to guarantee end-to-end offers: with a state-of-the-art carsharing platform being launched early in the year with the mobility company Ridecell, and a new partnership with Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC on mobility financing solutions where Arval will provide the leasing and fleet management component of its alliance with BNP Paribas Group.
- connected services to help clients optimise the use of their fleets, improve safety and accelerate their energy transition, by developing a range of innovative and differentiating offers.
- the extended geographical reach of the Element-Arval Global Alliance (more than 3 million vehicles altogether) and a unique value proposition for Arval’s international clients.
“Arval’s activity continued to develop well in 2021 with our leased fleet up by 6.4% compared to the end of December 2020. Supported by the high level of used car prices, it resulted in a very strong increase in our gross operating income.
Cost/income ratio improved strongly and the cost of risk was down compared to last year when it was impacted by the Covid crisis. Thus, in 2021, Arval reported a net income of 720 million, sharply up compared to last year.
We continued to implement our 2025 plan Arval Beyond with significant progress having already being made in all its dimensions. I would like to thank all Arval employees for their dedicated efforts in achieving this very good performance and delivering our ambitious targets for 2025”, says Alain van Groenendael, Arval Chairman and CEO.
1 MCalculated on average Financial Outstanding where financial outstanding (management data) represents the value of the rental fleet based on a financial amortisation, annualised bp
2 Before net income attributable to minority interests
3 Growth rate for the end of the period 2020-2021 (6.3% at constant scope)
4 Battery electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles
5 Financial outstanding (management data) represents the value of the rental fleet based on a financial amortisation