Published: 2019-07-31 07:00:00 CEST
Harju Elekter
Quarterly report

Harju Elekter Group financial results, 1-6/2019

Estonia, 2019-07-31 07:00 CEST --

Commentary from Management
The first half of the year has been successful for the Group's Lithuanian, Finnish and Swedish companies that have experienced strong sales growth. At the same time, the year has been much more modest for the Estonian companies, mainly due to the slowing down of the Finnish electricity network renovation plan which has kept orders from the Finnish distribution network substations lower than originally planned. The consolidated sales revenue of AS Harju Elekter in Q2 was 40.6 million euros and its 6 month sales revenue amounted to 69.9 million euros. The operating profit in Q2 was 1.2 million euros and in the first half of the year, 1.5 million euros. Profitability was significantly affected by two legal disputes that were reflected in the reporting quarter, totalling 0.4 million euros; actual gains/losses will become apparent at the end of the process.

  Change January - June Change April - June Year
(thousand euros) H1/H1 2019 2018 Q2/Q2 2019 2018 2018
Sales revenue 16.8% 69,889 59,837 20.0% 40,606 33,851 120,804
Gross profit 8.9% 8,875 8,146 5.9% 5,087 4,802 15,976
EBITDA 22.1% 3,232 2,647 14.9% 2,065 1,797 5,001
EBIT 7.4% 1,502 1,398 2.5% 1,195 1,166 2,413
Profit for the period -12.8% 994 1,140 -20.1% 829 1,038 1,514
incl attributed to Owners of the Company -13.1% 1,025 1,180 -19.5% 843 1,047 1,546

Revenue and profit
The Group manufactures and sells electrical, control and power automation devices and various metal products. In addition, sales revenue is also earnt from the rental of industrial property and electricity works in the shipbuilding sector. The consolidated unaudited revenue for the second quarter of 2019 was 40.6 (Q2 2018: 33.9) million euros, an increase of 20.0% over the comparable period. This is mainly due to the increase in the sale of electrical equipment, which increased by 7.9 million euros in the reporting quarter and by 13.7 million euros in 6 months and accounted the sale of electrical equipment for 88.0 % of the Group's sales revenue. Consolidated revenue for the first half-year increased by 16.8%, reaching 69.9 (6m 2018: 59.8) million euros.

The consolidated gross profit for the reporting quarter was 5,087 (Q2 2018: 4,802) thousand euros, the gross margin was 12.5% (Q2 2018: 14.2%). Consolidated operating profit (EBIT) for the second quarter was 1,195 (Q2 2018: 1,166) thousand euros and the consolidated net profit was 829 (Q2 2018: 1,038) thousand euros. Earnings per share (EPS) was 0.05 (Q2 2018: 0.06) in the reporting quarter. The consolidated gross profit for the first half-year was 8,875 (6m 2018: 8,146) thousand euros and the gross margin was 12.7% (6m 2018: 13.6%). Consolidated operating profit (EBIT) was earned in 6 months 1,502 (6m 2018: 1,398) thousand euros. The consolidated net profit of the first half-year 2019 was 994 (6m 2018: 1,140) thousand euros. And earnings per share (EPS) was 0.06 (6m 2018: 0.07).

Markets
Sales to the Estonian market grew up to 5.0 (Q2 2018: 3.5) million euros in Q2 and to 8.6 (6m 2018: 6.4) million euros in 6 months and accounting for 12.3% (Q2 and 6m 2018: 10.5%) of the consolidated sales revenue of both reporting period. The Group's Estonian companies make a significant contribution to increasing our market share in the Estonian market, both in potential procurements and in offering rental premises to corporate customers.

Sales on the Group’s largest market, Finland, have decreased insignificantly compared to the reference period. Revenue in the reporting quarter decreased by 1.5 million euros to 22.2 million euros and by 3.3 million euros to 38.3 million euros in 6 months and was mainly affected by the adjustment of the renovation plan of Finnish power and network construction projects  to a smaller volume than originally planned. In the reporting quarter, Finland accounted for 54.7% (Q2 2018: 70.0%) and in the first half of the year, 54.8% (6m 2018:  69.6 %) of the Group's products and services. The decrease in the Finnish market share of the Group's sales revenue was affected by the growth of sales revenue in both Sweden and Norway.

In the reporting quarter, sales in Sweden were 5.6 million euros and in the first half of the year 9.4 million euros, increasing by 2.7 million euros and 4.4 million euros, respectively. The share of the Swedish market in the consolidated sales revenue continues rose, reaching 13.9% (Q2 2018: 8.8%) in the reporting quarter and 13.4% (6m 2018: 8.3%) in the 6 months. The growth was due to the added sales revenue of the Swedish subsidiaries as well as the goal-orientated work of other subsidiaries towards Sweden. We expect Swedish sales volumes to increase further in the coming quarters, as indicated by the continued growth of orders from Sweden's largest distribution network company E.ON Energidistribution AB, as well as several new major projects with orders starting from the second quarter. 

Sales to the Norwegian market increased the most, having quadrupled to 5.5 (Q2 2018: 1.2) million euros compared to the same period last year and accounting for 13.5% (Q2 2018: 3.7%) of the consolidated revenue in the reporting quarter. Within 6 months, 9.5 million euros has been sold to the Norwegian market.

The Group continued deliveries and supplies to the Netherlands, where we have managed to retain a stable sales revenue for the fourth quarter in a row. The Netherlands made up 4.6% (2018 Q2: 1.2%) of the consolidated sales revenue in the reporting quarter and 4.9% (2018 6m: 0.9%) in the first half of the year and sales revenue earned there were 1.9 million euros and 3.5 million euros respectively.

Business segments
The sales revenue in the Production segment increased by 8.4 million euros, to 35.9 million euros in the reporting quarter and by 13.3 to 61.5 million euros in the first half of the year. Main share of the sales revenue (99%) in the Production segment comes from the sale of electrical equipment. Sales growth in the Real Estate segment is similar to the first quarter, with quarterly sales increasing from 0.2 million euros to 0.8 million euros. In the first half of the year, Real Estate segment sales totalled 1.7 million euros, accounting for 2.4% of the Group's six-month sales revenue. Rental income is earnt on new rental premises in the Allika industrial park and from the tenants in the territory of Keila and Haapsalu industrial parks. The sales revenue of Unallocated activities has declined by 1.8 million euros, to 3.8 million year-on year and by 3.8 million euros to 6.7 million euros for the first half of the year. The decline is mainly related to decreased volumes of electrical works in the ship-building sector.

Operating expenses
Operating expenses of the reporting quarter were 39.4 (Q2 2018: 32.8) million euros and of the 6-months period were 68,3 (6m 2018: 58.4) million euros in total. The principal part of the cost increase is attributable to the higher ex-penses on cost of sales: 6.5 million euros in the quarterly and 9.3 million euros in the yearly comparison, out-pacing the growth rate of sales revenues and reducing the gross profit margin in relation to the comparable period by 1.7 and 0.9 percentage points. The Group’s distribution costs comprised 1.5 million euros in the reporting quarter, increasing only marginally (3%). At the same time, both the share of distribution cost and administrative cost decreased by 0.6 percentage points to 3.6 % and by 0.5 percentage points to 6.0% year-on-year and by 0.5 percentage points to 3.8 % and 0.3 percentage points to 6.6% half-year comparison, respectively.

The addition of new employees to expand operations in the Lithuanian subsidiary, the wage pressure resulting from the demand for local skilled labour, as well as the increased number of employees in Finland and Sweden where salary levels are significantly higher than in the other Group companies, have increased labour costs in the reporting period. Labour costs increased by 5.0%, to 6.9 million euros year-on-year and by 8.6% to 13.2 million euros in the 6 months. The labour cost rate accounted for 16.9% (Q2 2018: 19.3%) of the sales revenue in the reporting quarter and 19.0% (Q2 2018: 20.4%) of the first 6-months period sales revenue.

The innovative production line and buildings that were taken into use increased the depreciation of non-current assets by 0.2 million euros, to 0.9 million euros year-on-year and by 0.5 million euros to 1.7 million euros in the 6 months.

Employees and remuneration
As at the end of the reporting period, the Group had 848 employees, being 96 employees more than a year ago. Most of the employees (75 people) were hired to handle the significantly increased production volumes in the Lithuanian subsidiary. In the second quarter, the Group employed an average of 779 people, which was an average of 66 employees more than in the comparable period. In the reporting quarter, 5.5 (Q2 2018: 4.9) and during the 6 months 10.6 (6m 2018: 9.3) million euros were paid to the employees in salaries and remuneration. Average wages per Group employee was 2,335 euros, an increase of 5.1% to the comparable period. The cost of wages was affected by the hiring of new workers in Sweden, but also by the decision of the Republic of Lithuania to calculate part of the social tax as the gross salary of the employee. The last amendment did not have a significant impact on the labour costs of the Group.

Investments
In the reporting period, the Group invested a total of 3.0 million euros in non-current assets, incl. 0.2 million euros in investment properties, 2.6 million euros in property, plant and equipment and 0.2 million euros in intangible assets. The vast majority of the investments, i.e. 1.8 million euros, was aimed at the expansion of the production facilities of the Lithuanian subsidiary. The rest of the investments were placed into integration of the new flagship store of the Estonian subsidiary and the central warehouse, and into the development projects of the Group’s companies and industrial parks. In the comparable period, a total of 4.6 million euros were invested in non-current assets, of which 1.0 million was acquired through business combinations.

Main events in the second quarter

  • The Supervisory Board and Management Board of AS Harju Elekter have decided to bring all companies of the Group under the single Harju Elekter trademark. Using a common logo helps to strengthen the Group's competitiveness and creates additional benefits and opportunities for marketing, providing a clear image of the capabilities of Harju Elekter Group. Based on the above, the Lithuanian subsidiary RIFAS UAB was renamed HARJU ELEKTER UAB. The entry was made into the Lithuanian Register of Legal Entities on 2 July 2019.
  • In May, subsidiaries of the Group participated the largest Nordic electricity fair Elfack in Gothenburg and showcased the HECON line system of the MCC, developed for 2500A-4000A solutions, and the HEKA 1VM SS2 prefabricated substation dedicated to the needs of the Swedish market. In the trade fair for electricity and distribution networks, the Verkosto in Tampere, introduced products directed to the energy distribution sector; and in April, the construction fair Eesti Ehitab in Tallinn displayed the product range of the Group’s stores.
  • The expansion works of the production facility of the Lithuanian subsidiary in Panevežys are nearing the end. For today, the new production hall is complete and production in part 1 is already in going. The expanded factory will be open in September, whereupon the subsidiary will have 9,000 sq.m of office and production space, instead of the former 3,500 sq.m. The total volume of investments is 3.5 million euros. Investments in the expansion of the production facility and upgrade of technology enable on to add notable production capacity to secure supplies for the customers of the subsidiary in the segments of ship-building and industry. In addition, 1.9 hectares of land adjacent to the already existing properties were purchased in Lithuanian to ensure the possibility of future expansion.
  • On 2 May 2019, the AGM of shareholders of AS Harju Elekter was held; it approved the 2018 annual report and distribution of profit and decided to pay shareholders a dividend of 0.18 euro per share for 2018, totaling 3.2 million euros. The shareholders registered in the shareholders’ registry on 16 May 2019 as of the end of the business day in the accounting system, entitled to dividend. The dividends paid to the shareholders on 24 May 2019 by a transfer to the bank account of the shareholder.
  • On 1 April, the subsidiary Energo Veritas OÜ opened a new sales office and central warehouse at 19 Tuisu Street, Tallinn. The assortment of products in the area of electricity and low voltage materials, construction of telecom and power grid expand notably, and the sales capability of products in Estonia increase.The atractive location and larger premises create better possibilities for customer service and quicker issuing of goods.
  • Energo Veritas OÜ, a project and retailer of electrical installation goods, won the procurement of transformers for the distribution network Elektrilevi worth 1.3 million euros.
  • In connection with the restructuring of the activities of Harju Elekter Group in Finland and consolidation of Satmatic Oy and Finnkumu Oy under one common management, the Group appointed Jan Osa, the former manager of AS Harju Elekter Elektrotehnika, as the new CEO of Satmatic Oy and Finnkumu Oy, who started in this position at Satmatic Oy from 1 April 2019 and at Finnkumu Oy from 1 July 2019. The former head of the sales department Indrek Ulmas was appointed as the managing director of AS Harju Elekter Elektrotehnika starting from 1 April 2019.

The share
The company's share price on the last trading day of the reporting quarter on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange closed at 4.12 euros.

Andres Allikmäe
Chairman of the Management Board
+372 674 7400

For more information: Tiit Atso, CFO, +372 674 7400 or Interim report 1-6/2019

AS HARJU ELEKTER        
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET, 30.06.2019        
Unaudited        
         
EUR'000        
ASSETS                                                   30.06.19 31.12.18    
Cash and cash equivalents 1,978 3,142    
Trade receivables and other receivables 29,894 22,218    
Prepayments 1,728 1,173    
Inventories 23,113 17,468    
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                     56,713 44,001    
Deferred income tax asset 97 98    
Other long-term financial investments 10,245 9,587    
Investment property 19,61 19,804    
Property, plant and equipment 20,916 17,403    
Intangible assets 7,214 7,260    
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS 58,082 54,152    
TOTAL ASSETS                              114,795 98,153    
LIABILITIES AND OWNERS' EQUITY                   
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings 12,299 6,470    
Advances from customers 2,536 1,740    
Trade payables and other payables 22,738 14,911    
Tax liabilities   3,259 2,409    
Short-term provision 32 14    
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                 40,864 25,544    
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings 8,577 5,635    
Other long-term liabilities 66 35    
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES             8,643 5,670    
TOTAL LIABILITIES                         49,507 31,214    
Share capital                             11,176 11,176    
Share premium 804 804    
Reserves 3,213 2,665    
Retained earnings                         50,148 52,316    
TOTAL OWNERS' EQUITY                       65,341 66,961    
Non-controlling interests -53 -22    
TOTAL EQUITY                       65,288 66,939    
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND OWNERS' EQUITY      114,795 98,153    
         
         
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT,  
1-6/2019
       
Unaudited        
         
EUR’000 Q2 2019 Q2 2018 6m 2019 6m 2018
         
Revenue 40,606 33,851 69,889 59,837
Cost of sales -35,519 -29,049 -61,014 -51,691
Gross profit 5,087 4,802 8,875 8,146
Distribution costs -1,474 -1,431 -2,682 -2,592
Administrative expenses -2,450 -2,187 -4,634 -4,116
Other income 83 29 131 43
Other expenses -51 -47 -188 -83
Operating profit 1,195 1,166 1,502 1,398
Finance income 24 342 125 353
Finance costs -61 -11 -104 -25
Profit before tax 1,158 1,497 1,523 1,726
Income tax expense -329 -459 -529 -586
Profit for the period, attributable to 829 1,038 994 1,140
   owners of the Company 843 1,047 1,025 1,180
   non-controlling interests -14 -9 -31 -40
Basic earnings per share  (EUR) 0.05 0.06 0.06 0.07
Diluted earnings per share  (EUR) 0.05 0.06 0.06 0.07

Tiit Atso
CFO
+372 674 7400


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