Innofactor Plc's Half-Yearly Report for January 1–June 30, 2019 (IFRS)

23.07.2019 09:00 EEST (UTC +3)

Innofactor Plc Half-Yearly Report July 23, 2019, at 9:00 Finnish time

 

Innofactor's operating margin and order backlog significantly better than in comparison periods


January–June 2019 in brief:

  • The net sales were approximately EUR 32.8 million (2018: 33.5), which shows a decrease of 2.0%
  • The operating margin was approximately EUR 2.0 million (2018: 0.4), which shows an increase of 431%
  • Operating profit was EUR 63 thousand (2018: -992), improving by 106%
  • The order backlog at the end of the review period was EUR 44.2 million (2018: 23.6), which shows an increase of 87%
  • The measures for improving profitability, carried out near the end of 2018, started to take an effect in the first quarter as planned and continued in the second quarter of 2019
  • Innofactor got several significant orders in the first half of the year, for example, Traficom VISA, approximately EUR 5.0 million; a decision-making system for the City of Espoo, approximately EUR 1.5 million; a membership management project for a Swedish organization, approximately EUR 1.3 million, and several other, smaller orders

April–June 2019 in brief:

  • The net sales were approximately EUR 16.7 million (2018: 17.0), which shows a decrease of 2.1%
  • The operating margin was approximately EUR 1.1 million (2018: EUR 36 thousand), showing growth of 3032%
  • Operating profit was EUR 153 thousand (2018: -630), improving by 124%

 

 

 

Apr 1–Jun 30, 2019

Apr 1–Jun 30, 2018

Change

 

Jan 1–Jun 30, 2019

Jan 1–Jun 30, 2018

Change

Net sales, EUR thousand

 

 

16,651

17,010

-2.1%

 

32,799

33,480

-2.0%

Growth of net sales

 

 

-2.1%

-0.8%

 

 

-2.0%

-2.7%

 

Operating profit before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), EUR thousand*

 

 

1,127

36

3031.7%

 

1,997

376

431.1%

percentage of net sales*

 

 

6.8%

0.2%

 

 

6.1%

1.1%

 

Operating profit/loss (EBIT), EUR thousand*

 

 

153

-630

124.2%

 

63

-994

106.3%

percentage of net sales*

 

 

0.9%

-3.7%

 

 

0.2%

-3.0%

 

Earnings before taxes, EUR thousand*

 

 

-104

-782

86.7%

 

-301

-1,259

76.1%

percentage of net sales*

 

 

-0.6%

-4.6%

 

 

-0.9%

-3.8%

 

Earnings, EUR thousand*

 

 

-233

-768

69.6%

 

-276

-1,467

81.2%

percentage of net sales*

 

 

-1.4%

-3.7%

 

 

-0.8%

-3.0%

 

Order backlog***

 

 

44,170

23,646

86.8%

 

44,170

23,646

86.8%

Net gearing*

 

 

63.3%

58.0%

 

 

63.3%

58.0%

 

Equity ratio****

 

 

39.7%

42.6%

 

 

39.7%

42.6%

 

Active personnel on average during the review period**

 

 

540

597

-9.5%

 

542

597

-9.2%

Active personnel at the end of the review period**

 

 

538

588

-8.5%

 

538

588

-8.5%

Earnings per share (EUR)

 

 

-0.0000

-0.0278

100.2%

 

-0.0023

-0.0278

91.7%


*) In accordance with IFRS 3, the operating result for April 1–June 30, 2019, includes EUR 507 thousand (2018: 507) and the operating result for January 1-June 30, 2019 includes EUR 1015 thousand (2018: 1015) in depreciations related to acquisitions, consisting of allocations of the purchase price to intangible assets. The implementation of the IFRS 16 standard affects extensively different figures for 2019. Additional information on the standard's implementation and effects can be found in the "Accounting policies" section of "Financial statement summary and appendixes January 1–June 30, 2019 (IFRS)."

**) The Innofactor Group monitors the number of active personnel. The number of active personnel does not include employees who are on a leave of over 3 months.

***) Before implementing the common ERP system in two stages in Sweden on July 1, 2018, and October 1, 2018, the figures there are partly based on management estimates.

****) The handling of lease liabilities in a new way in accordance with IFRS 16 had an effect of EUR 320 thousand in the operating margin (EBITDA) and approximately 4.3 percentage point negative effect in the equity ratio for April 1–June 30, 2019. For Januray 1–June 30, 2019 IFRS 16 had an effect of EUR 620 thousand in the operating margin (EBITDA) and approximately 4.3 percentage point negative effect in the equity ratio.

 

Innofactor's future outlook for 2019

Innofactor's net sales in 2019 are estimated to increase from 2018, during which the net sales were EUR 63.1 million, and the operating margin (EBITDA) in 2019 is estimated to grow to EUR 4–6 million, while the operating margin in 2018 was EUR -1.0 million.

 

CEO Sami Ensio's review: The corrective actions are having the planned effect – the operating margin and order backlog in the first half of the year are the best in Innofactor's history

The net sales in the first half of 2019 were EUR 32.8 million, which shows a decrease of 2.0 percent compared to the previous year. The net sales grew in Finland and Norway, but decreased in Sweden and Denmark. The weaker than expected net sales were partly due to the lower exchange rates of Swedish krona and Norwegian krone in relation to euro. This had an effect of approximately EUR 0.25 million. Due to the taken corrective actions to increase efficiency the net sales per employee grew by 8.3% from the previous year.

The operating margin (EBITDA) grew by 431 percent from the previous year and was EUR 2.0 million (6.1 percent of the net sales). Compared to the second half of 2018, the operating margin improved by EUR 3.4 million (H2/2018: -1.4). The improvement in the operating margin was especially due to the measures in the last quarter of 2018 for reorganizing operation and making it more efficient, cost-cutting, and the changes in handling lease liabilities due to IFRS 16, which had an effect of EUR 0.6 million in the operating margin. Historically, Innofactor's operating margin has improved in every quarter towards the end of the year.

In the second quarter, the order backlog again grew to a record-breaking amount and was EUR 44.2 million at the end of the quarter (2018: 23.6), which shows an increase of 87% compared to the same time in the previous year.

As regards Sweden and Denmark, measures aiming at increasing net sales have already been started. Our goal is to turn the net sales in the countries into growth in the last quarter of 2019 at the latest. In Sweden, the search for a new Country Manager has started, and our goal is to select a new Country Manager during the third quarter.

Innofactor has hired a new CFO for the Group, Markku Puolanne, who will start work on August 12, 2019, and a new General Counsel, Michaela Skrabb, who will start work on August 14, 2019. I am very glad that we will have both of them as it will strengthen the Innofactor team.

The Board of Directors of Innofactor has decided on May 2019 on a share issue of 1.2 million shares directed at the personnel, which was realized in full by the end of June 2019. Subscription contracts were made by a total of 116 persons, and they came from all of the countries Innofactor operates in: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. For me personally, it has always been important that a large part of the personnel are owners of the company. I believe that this will further improve the commitment of our brilliant employees to being part of Innofactor's success.

Innofactor's vision is to be the leading implementer of digitalization in each of the Nordic countries. We believe in our chosen Nordic strategy and in reaching our long-term goals. This requires perseverance and determination from the company's management and employees as well as investors. Innofactor is still actively looking for new strategic partnerships in the Nordic countries. The Group's goal is to grow both organically and through acquisitions (however, these are not a priority in 2019).

 

Strategy and its realization in the review period

Innofactor's vision is to be the leading provider of organizations' digital transformation in each of the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway) The long-term financial goal is to grow profitably by achieving an annual growth of approximately 20 percent, of which majority is intended to be achieved by organic growth, by achieving approximately 20 percent operating margin (EBITDA) in relation to the net sales, and by keeping the cash flow positive and by securing solid financial standing in all situations. In 2019, Innofactor will focus especially on improving its profitability.

In the first half of the year, the operating margin (EBITDA) grew 431 percent from the previous year and was EUR 2.0 million (6.1 percent of the net sales). As regards profitability, Innofactor was able to again improve its performance substantially, but a significant effort is still needed in order to reach the long-term goal of approximately 20 percent.

Innofactor's net sales in the first half of the year were EUR 32.8 million (2018: 33.5), which shows a decrease of 2.0 percent compared to the previous year. The net sales grew in Finland and Norway, but decreased in Sweden and Denmark. It is essential for Innofactor's strategy to gain growth also in Sweden and Denmark. Our goal is to turn the net sales in Sweden and Denmark into growth in the last quarter of 2019 at the latest. The goal of getting the net sales to grow is also supported by the record-breaking order backlog of EUR 44.2 million (2018: 23.6).

Innofactor's operating cash flow in the review period of January 1–June 30, 2019, was EUR 2.1 million (2018: EUR 0.5 million) and the equity ratio at the end of the review period was 39.7 percent (2018: 42.6 percent). The handling of lease liabilities in a new way in accordance with IFRS 16 had a positive effect of approximately EUR 0,6 million in the operating cash flow and approximately 4.3 percentage point negative effect in the equity ratio. The strong operating cash flow supports Innofactor's strategic goal of profitable growth and securing solid financial standing in all situations.

 

Espoo, July 23, 2019

INNOFACTOR PLC

Board of Directors

 

Additional information:
CEO Sami Ensio, Innofactor Plc
Tel. +358 50 584 2029
sami.ensio@innofactor.com

 

Briefings concerning the Half-Yearly Report January 1–June 30, 2019

A briefing in Finnish concerning the half-yearly report will be held for media, investors and analysts on July 23, 2019, at 10:00 Finnish time, at the company's premises at Keilaranta 9, Espoo. The report will be presented by CEO Sami Ensio. The corresponding conference call in English will be held at 12:00 Finnish time.

Please register for the briefings beforehand by sending email to ir@innofactor.com.

The presentations will be available on Innofactor's web site after the briefings.

 

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Innofactor is the leading driver of the modern digital organization in the Nordic Countries for its over 1,500 customers in commercial, public and third sector. Innofactor has the widest solution offering and leading know-how in the Microsoft ecosystem in the Nordics. Innofactor has approximately 600 enthusiastic and motivated top specialists in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. In 2014–2018, the annual growth of Innofactor's net sales has been approximately over 14%. The Innofactor Plc share is listed in the technology section of the main list of NASDAQ Helsinki Oy. www.innofactor.com #ModernDigitalOrganization

 

Attachment: Innofactor Plc's Half-Yearly Report for January 1–June 30, 2019 (IFRS).pdf

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