Published: 2020-07-29 07:00:00 CEST
Harju Elekter
Quarterly report

Harju Elekter Group financial results, 1-6/2020

Estonia, 2020-07-29 07:00 CEST -- Revenue and profit

The global and Estonian coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic did not significantly affect the Group's revenue in the reporting quarter. The consolidated unaudited revenue for the second quarter 2020 was 39.0 (Q2 2019: 40.6) million euros. Some decline in revenue was due to delays in the delivery of some materials and components, which delayed the completion of some orders to the next quarter. Consolidated revenue for the first half of the year increased by 5.9% and reached 74.0 (6m 2019: 69.9) million euros. All in all, the consolidated revenue of the Group in the first half of the year increased by a total of 4.1 million euros to 74.0 million euros in all business activities. Despite the uncertainty in the economic environment, the volume of new orders and cooperation with important customers with framework agreements have persisted. Many of the clients' new potential projects are in the decision-making stage.

  change January - June change     April - June     year
(EUR´000) 6m/6m  2020  2019 Q2/Q2  2020  2019    2019
Revenue    5.9% 74,012 69,889    -3.9% 39,014 40,606 143,397
Gross profit  17.1% 10,391   8,875     7.5%   5,468   5,087   18,244
EBITDA  55.5%   5,027   3,232   49.3%   3,084   2,065     6,791
Operating profit (EBIT) 113.6%   3,209   1,502   80.4%   2,156   1,195     3,273
Profit for the period 169.0%   2,674      994 137.8%   1,971      829     2,367
Incl. attributed to Owners of the Company 164.1%   2,708   1,025 134.8%   1,979      843     2,460
Earnings per share (EPS) 164.1%    0.15     0.06 134.8%     0.11     0.05       0.14

The consolidated gross profit for the reporting quarter was 5,468 (Q2 2019: 5,087) thousand euros, the gross margin was 14.0% (Q2 2019: 12.5%). Consolidated operating profit (EBIT) was 2,156 (Q2 2019: 1,195). The operating margin for the second quarter was 5.5%. The consolidated net profit for the reporting quarter was 1,971 (Q2 2019: 829) thousand euros of which the share of the owners of the Parent company amounted to 1,979 (Q2 2019: 843) thousand euros. Earnings per share (EPS) was 0.11 (Q2 2019: 0.05) euros in the first quarter. While the low profitability in the Q2 of 2019 was affected by the increase in production input prices and wages, as well as the underload of production due to the lower than expected order volume of Finnish electricity networks, then in the reporting quarter the Group has taken a substantial step forward towards improving profitability, doubling operating profit.

The consolidated gross profit for the first half of the year was 10,391 (6m 2019: 8,875) thousand euros and the gross profit margin was 14.0% (6m 2019: 12.7%). In the first six months, the consolidated operating profit (EBIT) was 3,209 (6m 2019: 1,502) thousand euros. In total, the Group's net profit for the first half of the year was 2,674 (6m 2019: 994) thousand euros. Net profit per share increased by 164.1% compared to the comparable period and reached 0.15 (6m 2019: 0.06) euros.

Markets

Sales to the Estonian market increased to 5.7 (Q2 2019: 5.0) million euros in year-on-year comparison, accounting for 14.7% (Q2 2019: 12.4%) of consolidated revenue for the reporting quarter. The servicing of the framework procurement for Elektrilevi OÜ's new substations has started, but some supply difficulties of materials and components caused by the crisis situation have slowed down the growth of the expected revenue on the Estonian market. In total, sales to the Estonian market have increased by 0.8 million euros to 9.4 million euros in six months, accounting for 12.6% of the 6-month consolidated revenue.

Sales in the Group's largest market, Finland, have been declining year-on-year. The revenue of the reporting quarter decreased by 3.2 million euros to 19.0 million euros and was mostly affected by the delay in the supply of equipment. There was no major change in the revenue compared to the first half of the previous year, the six-month revenue to the Finnish market was 38.5 million euros, accounting for 52.0% of the consolidated revenue. Production of the Finnish power grid companies comprised the greater part of the sales volume. The Group has reached the delivery of the first projects in Finland with the solutions of the HECON row cabinet system product line, that was developed within the Group,  and where customers have provided positive feedback. 

The revenue earned from the Swedish market in the reporting quarter was 5.9 million euros, which is 0.3 million euros more than in the second quarter of 2019. The share of the Swedish market in consolidated sales increased by 1.3 percentage points to 15.2% in the reporting quarter. In the first half of the year, revenue in Sweden increased by 1.5 million euros to 10.9 million euros, remaining as the third market. The growth was primarily ensured by the increase in sale of substations in Sweden. As at the end of the quarter, 86.2% of the orders in the framework agreement entered into in 2018 with E.ON Energidistribution AB, the largest distribution company in Sweden, had been delivered. In addition, ten compact substations were delivered to the Ellevio AB network on the Swedish market during the reporting period.

Norway ranks fourth of the Group's markets, accounting for 11.2% of the Group's revenue in the second quarter. The revenue earned in the reporting quarter was 4.4 million euros, decreasing by 1.1 million euros compared to the second quarter of 2019. In contrast, the Norwegian market earned 9.8 million euros in the first half of the year, an increase of 0.3 million euros. The majority of the sales volume on the Norwegian market originated from the sale of products directed at the shipbuilding sector. In addition to the Lithuanian subsidiary, the Estonian manufacturing company also contributed to the growth of the Norwegian market, sending three HEKA1SB substations to Norway in the reporting quarter.

In a quarterly comparison, sales to the Netherlands market remained at the same level, amounting to 1.8 million euros. In a six-month comparison, sales to the Netherlands market have fallen by 0.4 million euros to 3.1 million euros.

Sales to other markets increased the most, by 1.7 million euros year-on-year and in six-month. The largest of the Group's other markets were Denmark, Germany and Poland, which generated revenue of 1.3 million, 0.3 million and 0.6 million euros, respectively, in six months.

Business segments

As is tradition, the largest part of the revenue, 85.0% in the reporting quarter and 85.4% in the first half of the year, was generated by Production, which is the main business activity of the Group. Some supply difficulties due to the special situation reduced the revenue of the Production segment by 2.8 to 33.1 million euros on a quarterly basis Supported by the increase in sales volumes of the companies of the Group that manufacture electrical equipment, the sales volume of the production segment increased by 1.7 million euros to 63.2 million euros in six months.

The revenue of the Real estate segment has decreased compared to previous periods. This is due to the temporary rent reduction agreements to ensure the tenants’ coping with the difficult situation. In Q2, lease income from the rental premises of Keila, Allika and Haapsalu Industrial Parks was earned in the amount of 0.77 (6m 2019: 0.83) million euros and 1.61 (6m 2019: 1.70) million euros in six months.

The revenue of Other activities was 5.1 million euros in the Q1, which is 1.3 million more than in the second quarter of 2019. The six-month revenue has also increased significantly: 2.5 million euros. The revenue of the project sales of electrical goods mainly originated from customers in the power network and other infrastructure fields, construction companies and the public sector; revenue of electrical installation works originated from the shipbuilding sector.

Operating expenses

Operating expenses for the reporting quarter have decreased in all expense groups - a total of 2.4 million euros. The decrease in the cost of sales outpaced the decrease in revenue by 1.7 percentage points, increasing the gross profit margin by 1.5 percentage points compared to the second quarter of 2019. Distribution expenses have decreased the most compared to the comparable quarter, by 0.3 million to 1.2 million euros, accounting for 3.2% of the Group's operating expenses in the second quarter. The share of distribution expenses in the Group's revenue has decreased by 0.6 percentage points year-on-year to 3.0%. While the increase in distribution costs in the comparable period was caused by the focus on export growth, then due to the global coronavirus (Covid-19), most sales work has been done virtually in the period under review. To prevent the loss-making consequences, special attention is given to the availability of materials in production units and security of supply regarding purchase and procurement activities.

Overall, the increase in operating expenses compared to the first half of the year was 2.0 percentage points lower than the increase in revenue. Operating expenses for the first half of the year totalled 71.0 (6m 2019: 68.3) million euros, of which the largest increase - 2.6 million euros was the cost of sales. The gross profit margin increased by 1.3 percentage points to 14.0 compared to the comparable period. The share of administrative expenses in the Group's revenue was 6.0% of the revenue of the reporting quarter and 6.6% in the first six months, remaining at the same level of the Group's operating expenses compared to both periods of the previous year.

Compared to the second quarter of 2019, labour costs for the last quarter decreased by 0.1 million euros to 6.7 million euros and increased by 0.1 million euros compared to six months. The ratio of labour costs to the Group's revenue decreased to 18.1% (6m 2019: 19.0%) in the first half of the year. In the first six months, the cost of share option programs in the amount of 120 (6m 2019: 89) thousand euros has been recognized as labour costs.

Depreciation of non-current assets totalled 0.9 million euros in the second quarter and 1.8 million euros in the first half of the year, increasing by 58 and 88 thousand euros, respectively, compared to the comparable period.

Personnel

In order to service the increased production volumes in the new production building, the number of employees of the Lithuanian subsidiary has increased by 18 people during the year. At the same time, Estonian companies have hired less seasonal labour in the reporting quarter than in the comparable period, partly due to the restructuring and postponement of holidays. At the end of the reporting period, the Group had 829 employees, which was 19 employees less than a year ago. During the reporting quarter, the Group employed an average of 789 people, which was an average of 10 employees more than in the comparable period. In the reporting quarter, 5.3 (Q2 2019: 5.5) million euros were paid to the employees in salaries and remuneration. Average wages per Group employee was 2,195 (Q2 2019: 2,335) euros.

Investments

In the reporting period, the Group invested a total of 2.2 (6m 2019: 3.0) million euros in non-current assets, incl. 1.3 (6m 2019: 0.2) million euros in investment properties, 0.8 (6m 2019: 2.6) million euros in property, plant and equipment and 0.1 (6m 2019: 0.2) million euros in intangible assets. In Q1, preparations for the construction of the fourth stage of expansion of the production and office building in Lithuania were started. In addition, investments were made in the construction of a production facility in the Allika Industrial Park, and plots of land were purchased.

Changes in the management of Group companies

The Supervisory Board of AS Harju Elekter decided at its meeting held on March 16, 2020 to appoint the current member of the Management Board, Tiit Atso, as Chairman of the Management Board as of May 4, 2020. The former Chairman of the Management Board, Andres Allikmäe, took the position of Head of Business Development at AS Harju Elekter, following the expiration of his Management Board member contract at 3 May 2020. The Management Board of AS Harju Elekter will continue with two members – Tiit Atso (Chairman of the Board) and Aron Kuhi-Thalfeldt (Member of the Board).

As of 1 January 2020, a new CEO has been appointed for Swedish subsidiaries SEBAB AB and Grytek AB. Mikael Schwartz Jonsson started working with the Harju Elekter Group on 1 October 2019. The long-term CEO of SEBAB AB and Grytek AB, Thomas Andersson, took the position of Sales and Marketing Director in Sweden from 1 January 2020.

Main events in the second quarter

In order to simplify the coordination of sales and marketing work and the management of Swedish subsidiaries, Harju Elekter decided to merge its Swedish subsidiaries SEBAB AB and Grytek AB during 2020 into one company of Harju Elekter Group.

The Finnish business newspaper Kauppalehti awarded Finnkumu Oy with the "Achievers 2020" title. Such acknowledgement is given to companies with a well-established economic activity, stable growth, good results and profitability, strong financial structure, and liquidity to ensure sustainable activity.

On 22 May 2020, the cornerstone was laid for AS Harju Elekter's Laohotell II in Saue Parish, Allika Industrial Park. The total area of the building, which will be completed this autumn, is 3,877 square metres. Laohotell II is the fifth real estate of AS Harju Elekter to be taken into use in the 30 ha with 18 land plots Allika Industrial Park in Harku near Paldiski Road.

Energo Veritas OÜ closed its unprofitable Keila store as of 31 May 2020, and customer service throughout North Estonia was transferred to the company's new sales office in Tallinn, Tuisu 19.

On 30 June 2020, the AGM of shareholders of AS Harju Elekter was held; it approved the 2019 annual report and the proposal for distribution of the profit and decided to pay shareholders a dividend of 0.14 euro per share for 2019, totalling 2.5 million euros. Dividends were transferred to shareholders' bank accounts on July 21, 2020.

Events after the reporting period

In July 2020, it was decided that in September, the Lithuanian subsidiary of AS Harju Elekter, Harju Elekter UAB, will commence Step 4 of expanding its factory in Panevėžys. The construction works will be performed by Kaminta UAB and the works are scheduled to be finished in March 2021. After the construction works have been completed, the office and manufacturing area of the Lithuanian subsidiary will increase from the current 8,765 m2 to 16,761 m2. The total cost of the investment is up to 6 million euros, of which 70% will be financed by bank loan and 30% from own resources.

Investments directed at expanding the factory enable Harju Elekter UAB to double the factory revenues. Following enlargement, the number of employees will increase from the current 241 to 350.

Harju Elekter UAB focuses on providing detailed engineering of products, services and solutions and production for export for the marine and industrial sector system integrators, with delivering client-specific solutions of frequency inverters and power distribution systems. Harju Elekter UAB has DNV GL and RINA certificates.

The share

The company's share price on the last trading day of the reporting quarter on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange closed at 4.39 euros.

 

AS HARJU ELEKTER

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION,30.06.2020    
Unaudited        
         
         
EUR'000        
ASSETS                                                   30.06.20 31.12.19    
Cash and cash equivalents      3,906      4,878    
Trade receivables and other receivables    26,788    22,958    
Prepayments      1,879      1,166    
Inventories    21,958    19,010    
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                        54,531    48,012    
Deferred income tax asset           517         472    
Non-current financial investments       8,047    10,494    
Investment property    22,173    21,259    
Property, plant and equipment    19,918    20,402    
Intangible assets      7,199      7,260    
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS    57,854    59,887    
TOTAL ASSETS                                112,385  107,899    
LIABILITIES AND OWNERS' EQUITY                   
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings      6,772    11,305    
Advances from customers      2,824      2,212    
Trade payables and other payables    24,202    16,448    
Tax liabilities        3,559      2,959    
Short-term provision         160           34    
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                    37,517    32,958    
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings      8,264      7,901    
Other long-term liabilities           97           64    
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES                  8,361      7,965    
TOTAL LIABILITIES                            45,878    40,923    
Share capital                                 11,176    11,176    
Share premium         804         804    
Reserves      2,673      3,412    
Retained earnings                            52,003    51,699    
TOTAL OWNERS' EQUITY                          66,656    67,091    
Non-controlling interests        -149        -115    
TOTAL EQUITY                           66,507    66,976    
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND OWNERS' EQUITY                   112,385       107,899    
         
         
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT AND LOSS             
1-6/2020          
Unaudited        
         
EUR’000 Q2 2020              Q2 2019         6M 2020           6M 2019        
         
Revenue     39,014   40,606    74,012    69,889
Cost of sales    -33,546  -35,519   -63,621   -61,014
Gross profit       5,468     5,087    10,391      8,875
Distribution costs      -1,180    -1,474     -2,488     -2,682
Administrative expenses      -2,333    -2,450     -4,895     -4,634
Other income          275          83         327         131
Other expenses            -74         -51        -126        -188
Operating profit       2,156     1,195      3,209      1,502
Finance income            71          24         108         125
Finance costs           -46         -61        -147        -104
Profit before tax       2,181     1,158      3,170      1,523
Income tax expense         -210       -329       -496         -529
Profit for the period, attributable to       1,971        829      2,674         994
   owners of the Company       1,979        843      2,708      1,025
   non-controlling interests             -8         -14          -34          -31
Basic earnings per share  (EUR)         0.11        0.05        0.15        0.06
Diluted earnings per share  (EUR)         0.11        0.05        0.15        0.06

 

Tiit Atso

Chairman of the Management Board
+372 674 7400

 


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