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DGAP-Adhoc: Kardex AG: Half Year Results 2014
Successful first half year for Kardex
Kardex AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results 21.08.2014 06:25 Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Media information - Half Year Results 2014 Zurich, 21 August 2014 Successful first half year for Kardex The Kardex Group achieved an encouraging overall result in the first half of the 2014 financial year, benefiting from solid market conditions and, above all, from profitable growth in its larger division, Kardex Remstar. Kardex Mlog Division is currently working on cementing its turnaround. In the following report, the year-on-year comparison of Group results refers to continued operations, i.e. the revenues and results of Stow Division (sold at the end of July 2013) have not been factored in. The detailed figures can be found in the segment report contained in the Interim Report. At EUR 153.0 million, the bookings reported by the Kardex Group were generally on a par with the previous year's level (EUR 153.4 million), while the posted revenues of EUR 147.2 million were 2.8% up on the figure for the first half of 2013 (EUR 143.2 million). The operating result (EBIT) increased by around 22% from EUR 9.9 million to EUR 12.1 million, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 8.2% (6.9%). Net profit came to EUR 9.5 million (6.5% of revenues), 33.8% higher than the previous year's figure of EUR 7.1 million. Return on capital employed exceeded the 30% mark. Profitable growth momentum at Kardex Remstar In the first half of the year, Kardex Remstar Division benefited from efforts as of mid-2013 to step up capital expenditure and investments in personnel resources. The 7.3% year-on-year rise in operating costs reflects the targeted expansion of the sales organization, efforts to strengthen R&D activities as well as non-capitalized IT project costs. The globally reinforced sales team succeeded in increasing bookings from new business by some 7% compared with the year-back period. Central Europe and Asia saw above-average double-digit growth in bookings. A sizeable increase in new orders was also reported by the service business. The newly established OEM business won its first contracts. Overall, bookings were up by 5.8% to EUR 131.1 million (EUR 124.0 million), while the order backlog of EUR 88.6 million was close to 9% higher than in the same period one year ago (EUR 81.5 million). Net revenues grew by 4.6% to EUR 116.6 million with an above-average 7.3% increase reported by the service business. Recording an operating result of EUR 12.8 million and an EBIT margin of 11.0%, the division again achieved a solid EBIT, once again an improvement of the previous year's figure. Kardex Mlog cements turnaround in first half Kardex Mlog's objective for 2014 is to cement the turnaround achieved in 2013. In the first half, the division achieved a positive, albeit modest, operating result of EUR 0.4 million (EUR 0.2 million) on revenues down 3.5% at EUR 31 million. There is, however, a price to pay for taking a consistently risk-aware approach to project delivery and for the company's heightened focus on product and service orders: project bookings in the first half were roughly 46% lower than in the previous year. The marked upturn in bookings in the strategically important modernization business (+21.5%) and in the service segment (+9.5%) was not sufficient to fully offset this decrease. Total bookings were down almost 26% against the previous year. Kardex Mlog launched a number of new and innovative products in 2014, further strengthening its sound position in the market. Management is confident that its new business model will soon yield the desired results. However, proof still needs to be provided that this can be accomplished on a sustainable basis. Solid balance sheet despite high distributions The Kardex Group has a sound balance sheet, is debt-free and has the necessary flexibility to seize any opportunities arising in the market. The Annual General Meeting of Kardex AG on 24 April approved the distribution of CHF 2.65 per share (CHF 1.25 ordinary dividend, CHF 1.40 special dividend from the sale of Stow Division), corresponding to a total pay-out to the shareholders of EUR 16.8 million. This outflow of funds was offset more than half by the free cash flow of EUR 9.4 million generated in the first half of the year. Since the beginning of 2013, a total of around EUR 50 million has been channeled back to shareholders. Despite these repayments, the Group's equity ratio was held at a comfortable 55.9% as at the end of the period under review. Cautiously optimistic outlook The Kardex Group expects to turn in a solid performance on the back of continuing solid market conditions. The favorable outlook for Kardex Remstar is clouded solely by the sluggish volume of project bookings reported by Kardex Mlog, which could temporarily curb the latter division's positive performance. The Board of Directors is currently looking into a number of smaller acquisitions to systematically strengthen Kardex Remstar. A PDF version of the Interim Report, is available on our website at http://www.kardex.com/index.php?id=2182&no_cache=1&L=0 Today, 21 August 2014, at 3:00 pm (CET), there will held an analyst conference call with Executive Director Felix Thöni, Head of Finance and Controlling Thomas Reist and Investor Relations Contact Officer Edwin van der Geest to discuss the half-year results. The conference call is expected to be held in English. The corresponding presentation is available at http://www.kardex.com/index.php?id=56&no_cache=1&L=0. Please dial-in approx. 5 minutes prior to the conference. To take part, dial-in: +41 (0)22 592 73 12 Conference-ID: 4691685 Contact for media and investors: Edwin van der Geest firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. +41(0) 44 419 44 79 Tel. +41 (0)79 330 55 22 Agenda 12 March 2015 Publication Annual Report 2014 Media and Analysts Conference year-end 2014 SIX Swiss Exchange, Zurich 23 April 2015 Annual General Meeting SIX Swiss Exchange, Zurich 13 August 2015 Publication Interim Report 2015 Conference Call for Media and Analysts Key figures (Continued Operations) EUR millions 1.1. - 30.6. 2014 (%) 2013 (%) +/-% Bookings 153.0 103.9% 153.4 107.1% -0.3% Order backlog (30.6.) 110.0 74.7% 116.1 81.1% -5.3% Net revenues 147.2 100.0% 143.2 100.0% 2.8% Gross Profit 48.8 33.2% 44.4 31.0% 9.9% OPEX 36.7 24.9% 34.5 24.1% 6.4% Operating result (EBIT) 12.1 8.2% 9.9 6.9% 22.2% EBITDA 15.1 10.3% 12.7 8.9% 18.9% ROCE 31.1% 22.6% 37.6% 30.6.2014 31.12.2013 +/- % Net working capital 55.4 54.4 1.8% Net cash 69.8 77.0 -9.4% Equity/Equity ratio 99.6 55.9% 106.9 55.9% -6.8% Employees (FTE) 1'448 1'447 0.1% Kardex Group - Corporate Profile The Kardex Group is a global industry partner for intra-logistic solutions and a leading supplier of automated storage solutions and material handling systems. The Group consists of two entrepreneurially managed divisions, Kardex Remstar and Kardex Mlog. Kardex Remstar develops, produces and maintains shuttles and dynamic storage and retrieval systems and Kardex Mlog offers integrated materials handling systems and automated high-bay warehouses. The two divisions are partners for their customers over the entire life cycle of a product or solution. This begins with the assessment of customer requirements and continues through planning, realization and maintenance of customer-specific systems. It ensures a high level of availability combined with low total cost of ownership and operation. Around 1 500 employees in over 30 countries work for the Kardex Group. Disclaimer This communication contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements". In this communication, such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements relating to our financial condition, results of operations and business and certain of our strategic plans and objectives. Because these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual future results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors which are beyond Kardex's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions, currency fluctuations, the behavior of other market participants, the actions of governmental regulators and other risk factors detailed in Kardex's past and future filings and reports and in past and future filings, press releases, reports and other information posted on Kardex Group companies' websites. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only of the date of this communication. 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The Swiss news archive can be found at www.equitystory.ch/news --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: Kardex AG Thurgauerstrasse 40 8050 Zürich Switzerland Phone: +41 (0)44 419 44 79 Fax: E-mail: email@example.com Internet: www.kardex.com ISIN: CH0100837282 Valor: 100837282 Listed: Freiverkehr in Berlin, München, Stuttgart; Frankfurt in Open Market ; SIX End of Announcement EQS Group News-Service ---------------------------------------------------------------------------