Value creation

Last updated: March 4, 2021

Huhtamaki’s ambition is to be the first choice in sustainable packaging solutions. With our strategy focused on four pillars we aim to deliver sustainable profitable growth. As a publicly listed company, Huhtamaki is committed to earning profit for its shareholders. Huhtamaki has several financial long-term ambitions. The most important of these are our growth ambition of 5+% comparable growth and our profitability ambition of 10+% Adjusted EBIT margin. In addition, our ambition is to have Net debt/Adjusted EBITDA of 2–3 and pay 40–50% of our profit as dividend to our shareholders.

Huhtamaki’s economic responsibility in 2020

In 2020, the economic value generated by the Group was EUR 1,220 million (EUR 1,209 million) of which EUR 895 million (EUR 861 million) was distributed to stakeholders and EUR 325 million (EUR 348 million) retained in the Group for operational development and further growth. The Group achieved -2% organic and 2% acquisitive growth. Adjusted EBIT margin, excluding items affecting comparability (IAC) of EUR -36.8 million, was 9.1%. Dividends paid to shareholders correspond to a 47% payout ratio (of 2019 profit).

Huhtamaki as a tax payer

Huhtamaki is committed to paying all taxes and complying with other related obligations according to local laws and regulations. Moreover, the Huhtamaki values, the requirements of our Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for Huhtamaki Suppliers transcend national
boundaries and complement the framework for our business operations. Huhtamaki’s Public Tax Strategy is available on our website.

One of our operating principles is to ensure the predictability and optimization of taxation. In addition to ensuring that taxes are paid correctly in all locations, we also seek to ensure that we do not pay excess taxes and that we capitalize on tax deductions enabled by local tax regulations. The Group’s tax expenses in 2020 decreased to EUR 53 million (EUR 58 million) and paid taxes amounted to EUR 45 million (EUR 39 million). The corresponding tax rate was 23% (23%).

In intercompany business transactions, we comply with the OECD guidelines on transfer pricing. Intersegment net sales were EUR 25 million (EUR 20 million), less than 1% of the Group’s net sales. Our business decisions are made keeping our strategy, financial ambitions and commercial environment in mind whilst at the same time aiming to serve our customers better. While taxation is one factor to be considered, it is not a dominant factor.

Direct economic value generated and distributed

MEUR 2020 2019
Customers Net sales 3,302 3,399
Suppliers Purchases* 2,082 2,190
Economic value generated* 1,220 1,209
Personnel Personnel expenses 721 686
Shareholders Dividends 93 88
Debt investors Net financial expenses* 28 29
Public sector Taxes* 53 58
Economic value distributed* 895 861
Economic value retainded in the Group* 325 348