Net financial result and taxes

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€ million

2014/15

2015/16

Earnings before interest and taxes EBIT

711

1,513

Earnings share of non-operating companies recognised at equity

2

3

Other investment result

0

−4

Interest income/expenses (interest result)

−282

−221

Other financial result

−172

−124

Net financial result

−452

−346

Earnings before taxes EBT

259

1,167

Income taxes

−480

−559

Profit or loss for the period from continuing operations

−221

608

Profit or loss for the period from discontinued operations after taxes

935

49

Profit or loss for the period

714

657

Net financial result

The net financial result primarily comprises the interest result of €−221 million (2014/15: €−282 million) and the other financial result of €−124 million (2014/15: €−172 million). The interest result improved thanks, in particular, to the lower level of interest rates, declining debt and interest income from tax refunds relating to other periods. The positive change in other financial result of €48 million essentially resulted from lower negative currency effects, particularly in Russia and Kazakhstan, compared with the previous year.

For more information about the net financial result, see the notes to the consolidated financial statements in nos. 6 to 9 – earnings share of operating / non-operating companies recognised at equity, other investment result net, interest income/interest expenses and other financial result.

Taxes

At €559 million (2014/15: €480 million), reported income tax expenses are €79 million higher than in the previous year and essentially concern deferred taxes.

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€ million

2014/15

2015/16

Actual taxes

444

449

thereof Germany

(118)

(151)

thereof international

(326)

(298)

thereof tax expenses/income of current period

(454)

(488)

thereof tax expenses/income of previous periods

(−10)

(−39)

Deferred taxes

36

110

thereof Germany

(34)

(55)

thereof international

(2)

(55)

 

480

559

In the reporting period, the group tax rate from continuing operations stood at 47.9 per cent (2014/15: 185.5 per cent). The high group tax rate in the previous year is essentially due to the deconsolidation of the department store business. Before special items, the rate amounted to 41.5 per cent (2014/15: 48.6 per cent). The group tax rate represents the relationship between recognised income tax expenses and earnings before taxes. Including discontinued operations, the group tax rate stood at 46.0 per cent (2014/15: 42.0 per cent). Before special items, the group tax rate including discontinued operations amounted to 41.5 per cent (2014/15: 43.7 per cent).

For more information about income taxes, see the notes to the consolidated financial statements in no. 11 – income taxes.

Profit or loss for the period and earnings per share

Profit for the period in financial year 2015/16 totalled €657 million, a decline of €57 million compared with the previous year’s figure (2014/15: €714 million). Profit for the period from continuing operations, in turn, rose by €829 million (2015/16: €608 million; 2014/15: €−221 million).

Net of non-controlling interests, profit for the period attributable to the shareholders of METRO AG totalled €599 million (2014/15: €672 million). This corresponds to a decline of €73 million.

In financial year 2015/16, METRO GROUP recorded earnings per share of €1.83 (2014/15: €2.06). The calculation for the reporting period continued to be based on a weighted number of 326,787,529 shares. Profit for the period attributable to the shareholders of METRO AG of €599 million was distributed according to this number of shares. There was no dilution from so-called potential shares in financial year 2015/16 or in the previous year.

At €1.96, earnings per share before special items are €0.05 higher than in the previous year (2014/15: €1.91). This result forms the basis for the dividend recommendation.

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Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014/15

2015/16

absolute

%

1

After non-controlling interests

Profit or loss for the period from continuing operations

€ million

−221

608

829

Profit or loss for the period from discontinued operations after tax

€ million

935

49

886

Profit or loss for the period

€ million

714

657

−57

−8.0

Profit or loss for the period attributable to non-controlling interests

€ million

42

58

16

39.7

from continuing operations

€ million

42

58

16

39.7

from discontinued operations

€ million

0

0

0

Profit or loss for the period attributable to the shareholders of METRO AG

€ million

672

599

−73

−11.0

from continuing operations

€ million

−263

550

813

from discontinued operations

€ million

935

49

−886

Earnings per share (basic = diluted)1

2.06

1.83

−0.23

−11.0

from continuing operations

−0.80

1.68

2.48

from discontinued operations

2.86

0.15

−2.71

Earnings per share before special items1

1.91

1.96

0.05

2.4

from continuing operations

1.48

1.96

0.48

31.8

from discontinued operations

0.43

0.00

−0.43