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1. Position as a global leader in relatively untapped markets with excellent development prospects 1. Position as a global leader
Edenred is a leading digital platform for services and payments and the everyday companion for people at work, connecting more than 50 million users and 2 million partner merchants in 46 countries via more than 850,000 corporate clients.
Edenred offers specific-purpose payment solutions for food, fleet and mobility, incentives and corporate payments. These solutions enhance employee well-being and purchasing power, improve companies’ attractiveness and efficiency, and vitalize the employment market and the local economy. They also foster access to healthier food, more environmentally friendly products and softer mobility.
Thanks to its global technology assets, Edenred managed close to €30 billion in business volume in 2020, primarily via mobile applications, online platforms and cards.
Thanks to its agile, innovative approach, leading-edge technological expertise and close contact with each local ecosystem, Edenred seizes opportunities for development in all countries and all of its business lines. These offer significant potential, as the Group operates in underpenetrated markets and benefits from favorable demographic and social fundamentals, such as the formalization of the economy and increasing numbers of people in work worldwide; the impact of digitalization on the way we work, consume and interact; changes to urbanization and the way we relate to distance, which are generating more mobility needs and new ways of getting around; and lastly, global awareness of the climate emergency, which has led society to question the industrialization of farming and food production.
To connect the fast-changing world of work, Edenred monitors and analyzes economic, social and environmental trends everywhere it operates so that it can develop the required solutions.
2. A strategy of sustainable and profitable growth 2. A strategy of growth
The strategic plan “Next Frontier” (2019-2022) launches a new phase of profitable and sustainable growth. It leverages the unique nature of the Edenred platform to provide people in the world of work with the full range of services and payment solutions they need to make their working lives easier.
Edenred harnesses a virtuous business model, combining a low user acquisition cost with high levels of user adoption and retention. Operating exclusively in the working world and serving specific purposes, the Group is able to screen transactions and earmark funds for selected merchants, who appreciate the extra revenue that Edenred sends their way.
The platform model, coupled with the shift to digitalized processes and pooled support services, gives rise to significant scale effects, making it possible both to bring new solutions to market and to swiftly, extensively and cost-effectively roll out innovation and thereby generate profitable growth.
Edenred has based its strategic plan, “Next Frontier" (2019-2022), on several drivers of profitable and sustainable growth:
Scale, by continuing its pursuit of business excellence and harnessing opportunities in underpenetrated markets, while rolling out solutions in new regions and implementing a targeted M&A policy.
Innovation, a new-generation mobile experience for users through an omni-channel portfolio bringing together all Edenred solutions, developing new services and using cutting-edge technology.
Transformation, by intensifying corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, inspiring a passion for customers in all employees and boosting the commitment of teams while promoting diversity.
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3. A business model generating strong cash flows 3. Business model
Edenred’s business model is underpinned by a profitable and sustainable growth profile with significant operating leverage. Its operations are not capital-intensive and generate substantial cash flows.
Despite the pandemic, Edenred’s business model enabled it to generate funds from operations before other income and expenses (FFO) of €475 million in 2020, an increase of 2.7% like-for-like and a decrease of 9.4% as reported. Despite the negative currency effect, the float2 increased by €685 million over the period thanks to the upturn in business in the second half and the extension of retention times for prepaid funds by about one week. This phenomenon is due to lesser usage of solutions during lockdown periods and is expected to gradually dissipate in 2021. 2 The float corresponds to a portion of the operating working capital from the preloading of funds by corporate clients.
At December 31, 2020, Edenred had a float of €3.7 billion.
Thanks to the high level of cash generated from operations, combined with an increase in the structurally negative working capital requirement, the Group generated €640 million in free cash flow in 2020, while continuing to invest in its technology assets to pave the way for future growth, notably in the areas of cybersecurity and compliance. Recurring capital expenditure totaled €104 million in 2020, versus €98 million in 2019, representing an increase of 6%
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4. Considerable technological expertise and strong innovation capacity in payments 4. Technological and innovative expertise
Continuously striving to improve user experience, Edenred has developed a leading-edge technology platform for payments. Thanks to this B2B2C platform, the Group managed close to €30 billion in business volume in 2020 via its payment solutions, thanks to transactions carried out primarily by card, mobile or online platforms.
Edenred’s technological expertise is a major competitive advantage, giving it an unparalleled capacity for innovation in its markets and a high level of agility in terms of deployment processes for value-added services, while keeping transactions totally secure.
5. A generous shareholder value policy based on a solid financial position 5. Shareholder value policy
The Group recommends a dividend of €0.75 in respect of the fiscal year 2020. Consistent with the Group’s growth profile, performance and solid financial position, the dividend is up 7.1% from last year. Shareholders may opt to receive the dividend 100% in cash or 100% in shares, with a 10% discount. The dividend will be submitted to the shareholders’ approval at Edenred’s Annual General Meeting to be held on May 11, 2021.
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6. 10,000 employees driving forward a Group committed to society 6. 10,000 committed employees
Edenred’s 10,000 employees are committed to making the world of work a better place for everyone by transforming it into a connected ecosystem that is safer, more efficient and more user-friendly.
The solutions they imagine, develop and propose to corporate clients have a positive impact on their 50 million end users and promote more environmentally responsible practices, every day and over the long term. Edenred’s programs notably encourage employees to eat a balanced diet and opt for eco-friendly modes of transportation for their daily commute.
These positive impacts on society reflect the objectives set out in the Group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy, “Ideal”: improve the lives of individuals, protect the planet and create value responsibly. Edenred’s employees are ambassadors for its ambitions.
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7. A responsible governance structure that creates value 7. A responsible governance
Edenred’s governance bodies guarantee the relevance and compliance of all decisions made by the Group and actions carried out as part of its strategy.
The 11-member Executive Committee brings together operational representatives from the major regions of the world, as well as functional managers who provide expertise to support operations.
The Board of Directors strives to ensure that its membership and that of its committees is balanced in terms of independence, experience, skills, professional expertise, international exposure, age and gender.
Experience, skills and professional expertise are fundamental criteria in the selection of directors, particularly in the fields of B2B2C relationships, digital technology, international experience, finance and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The profiles of the directors selected must be complementary, so that the combination of their individual skills and expertise covers all of the Group’s operations.
In order to support the Group’s international dimension, the Board of Directors ensures that it includes international profiles (nationality, experience). As of December 31, 2019, the Board of Directors includes one Italian citizen, one Brazilian citizen and seven members with extensive international experience.
Moreover, all directors appointed by the General Meeting (excluding the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) are members of at least one committee of the Board of Directors.