Reference is made to the stock exchange announcements “SATS has decided to
temporarily close all clubs” on 12 March 2020 and “SATS ASA – Update on the
temporary closure of clubs” on 13 March 2020 from SATS ASA (“the Company”).
SATS decided on the morning of March 12 to temporarily close down all clubs in
the Nordics to take social responsibility and contribute to limit the contagion
of COVID-19. On March 13, the Company updated the market on the status and the
financial effects. During the past week, the situation has developed differently
in the four Nordic countries, and the governmental decisions and actions have
also been different. The Company is in close dialogue with the health
authorities and will follow their advice on how to act after these two weeks of
The Company has continued working on finding ways to reduce costs and minimize
the revenue loss during the closure period. A significant effort is also put
into keeping the members active and introducing SATS to non-members through the
Online Training offering. We have made digital training programs, 100+
pre-recorded classes and many live classes every day available for the Nordic
population to continue to fulfil our vision of making people healthy and happy
even though our clubs are closed. The response has been overwhelming, with 50-60
000 users daily.
Since the update on 13 March, the governments in the Nordic countries have
announced various financial packages to support both companies and employees,
expanding SATS’ flexibility when it comes to scaling down costs:
The Danish government has announced a supporting initiative to cover parts of
the fixed costs for companies with an income loss of above 40%, which SATS might
be eligible to, dependent on the final revenue loss. SATS calls for the other
Nordic governments to consider similar supporting initiatives. Further on, the
Danish government has announced a package where companies who choose to send
employees home temporarily during the next three months will be refunded 75% of
the wage cost, which SATS has decided to take part in.
The Swedish government has announced a relief in the regulation of temporary
layoffs, which the company intend to take part of, but the Company awaits
clarity into the relevant terms and conditions. The company will decide on
further steps to reduce labor cost in Sweden.
The Finnish government has proposed several supporting packages, which are not
yet approved, with most important for SATS is a reduction in the notice period
for temporary layoffs. An invitation letter was sent to Finnish employees on 18
March and temporary layoffs can with the new package, if necessary, come into
force from 6 April.
The Norwegian government has announced several supporting packages. The most
important for SATS is the relief in the regulation of temporary layoffs,
reducing the layoff notice period from 15 to two days. In Norway, the majority
(more than 4000) of the employees, both in the operation and at the headquarter,
are temporarily laid off, which was also reflected in the estimate provided to
the market on 13 March.
The Company has also had positive dialogues with landlords to find constructive
solutions for lease payments during this extraordinary situation.
SATS has taken several measures on the member revenue side, reducing the
expected revenue loss to be around NOK 140 million, instead of the previously
estimated NOK 190 million. Actual effects on the profit and loss statement in Q1
is awaiting clarification regarding accounting principles.
The Company has a revolving credit facility with Swedbank with a leverage
covenant of 4.25x Adjusted EBITDA. The Company has a close dialogue with the
bank and expects flexibility should the temporary closure persist.
Cecilie Elde, Chief Financial Officer, phone: +47 924 14 195
Stine Klund, Finance and Investor Relations Manager, phone: +47 986 99 259
Malin Selander, Head of Communication & PR, phone: +46 70 426 40 06