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Novem Group plans Frankfurt Stock Exchange listing in July 2021
- Novem Group is a leading global supplier of premium decorative interior trim elements for automotive OEMs. With almost 100% premium exposure and the premium vehicle segment accounting for approximately 13% of global passenger car sales, the Company is well positioned in an attractive niche market that also represents an important and prestigious part of the OEM business.
- Novem Group focuses on the strongest premium brands with high volumes. As more and more manufacturers, especially in Asia, discover the premium segment, the Company's customer base is expanding. As of March 31, 2021, the Company's Awarded Business amounted to approximately €4.5 billion, representing more than 7.5 times its revenue for Fiscal Year 2020/21.
- Being one of only two full-line global suppliers, Novem Group supplies customers on more than 100 different platforms and has an exceptional market position. Based on sales, the Company has leading market shares in Europe, the Americas, and Asia culminating in an estimated global market share of 46% in Fiscal Year 2019/20.
- The Company's strong financial profile is supported by the historical resilience of the premium automotive market, ongoing productivity gains and a flexible cost base (76% of total costs are estimated to be variable).
- Over the last three financial years, Novem achieved Adjusted EBIT Margins of 14-18%, with the last financial year having been impacted by the pandemic, particularly in Novem's first quarter 2020. At the same time, Novem consistently achieved a strong cash conversion rate (FY 2020/21: 83.8%) with disciplined working capital management and limited maintenance capital expenditure requirements.
- The planned private placement will include newly issued shares by the Company of approximately EUR 50m and secondary shares from existing shareholders.
- The intended listing on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is expected to be completed in July 2021, subject to market conditions.
Günter Brenner, CEO of Novem Group: "Novem has been a leading supplier of premium decorative interior trim elements to premium OEMs for many years - offering products that combine high-quality raw materials with advanced technology and high-quality craftsmanship. The planned listing allows us to benefit from the market opportunities ahead of us. Our exceptional market position, our focus on the premium segment and our innovative solutions with light, sensors and functions as well as new materials form a compelling foundation for long-term growth."
Dr. Johannes Burtscher, CFO of Novem Group: "Novem Group's mission is to build perfect decorative trim elements for the best cars in the world. The planned listing will support us on our growth plans and enable us to achieve better access to the capital markets while at the same time optimizing our financing structure. After the placement of €400 million of senior secured notes in May 2019, the planned listing is a major strategic and next logical step in our focus on the international capital markets."
A leading global supplier of premium decorative interior trim elements, well positioned in an attractive niche market
Novem Group is a leading global supplier of premium decorative interior trim elements operating in an attractive niche market of the automotive industry. The Company is one of only two manufacturers with a truly global presence and an offering across all relevant premium surface material options. Based on sales, the Company has leading market shares in Europe, the Americas, and Asia culminating in an estimated global market share of 46% in Fiscal Year 2019/20.
Novem has achieved significant growth, with sales increasing at a CAGR of approximately 8% over the past 15 years.
Moreover, about 5,700 employees, eight global manufacturing plants and more than €600 million revenue in Fiscal Year 2020/21, combined with a product offering across all four major premium surface material options (wood, aluminum, carbon, premium synthetics) enable Novem Group to withstand market volatility. Customers benefit through a lower risk of supply chain interruptions as well as a high level of reliability. The global manufacturing footprint allows the Novem Group to supply OEM customers regionally from manufacturing facilities that are located close to their production plants in all relevant geographies. High quality, continuous design innovation as well as the position as a "full-liner" support Novem's long-term market leadership and make the company the supplier of choice for premium OEMs such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volvo.
Since 2011, Novem has been majority-owned by funds advised by Bregal, which has supported its growth and international expansion. Novem has been active in the market for decorative interior trim elements since it was founded in 1947 by Ernst Pelz. During the 1970s, the Company began producing trim elements for the prestigious BMW 7-series and opened its second manufacturing facility in Germany. With the opening of new manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, Honduras, and Italy, Novem Group started its international expansion in the 1990s. In 2007, Novem entered the Chinese market and opened a manufacturing facility in Langfang, near Beijing.
During the global financial and economic crisis in 2008, Novem was transferred to a trustee. Following a sales process started by the trustee to sell Novem to an investor, Bregal acquired Novem from the lender's trustee with the support of Novem's main OEM customers in 2011. Following the acquisition, Novem opened its newest manufacturing facility in Mexico, which has now become its largest facility. These expansion activities were supported by a significant investment by Bregal in 2015. In 2019, Novem opened its new design center 'Novem Interior World' in Vorbach underlining Novem's technology and innovation leadership.
A strong, entrenched market position ensures profitable growth, increased resilience as well as high visibility on future business
The high quality and craftsmanship of Novem's trim elements is an important part of delivering the resulting premium look and feel of premium vehicles and helps to enhance the margins of its customers' end products through components for which the end-customer is willing to pay extra.
Novem's long-standing, strong relationships with premium customers and the ability to meet the highest technology and quality requirements allow the company to achieve a high awarded business and thus planning stability for the coming years. Novem's strong relationships have created a deep understanding of its customers' needs or priorities and have also laid the basis for an early involvement in the design phase of a product platform or well in advance of a tender offer process.
Due to the complexity of the premium interior market and high quality requirements along the platform life cycle, OEMs rarely change their suppliers during the life cycle of a platform. Novem's strong market position, in combination with high barriers to entry, its unique know-how, long-term customer relationships, and complex manufacturing processes are a solid foundation for future growth.
A leader in engineering and design, capitalizing on new trends and technological / material developments
Customers benefit from strong engineering and design capabilities through considerable co-development activities for individual product platforms and continuous design innovation. The Novem Group is often engaged by OEMs to work on innovation projects, design concepts, and new engineering solutions during the pre-development phase up to four years prior to the start of production of a new platform. Being involved at such an early stage of development provides Novem with a competitive advantage compared to competitors.
The strong growth trajectory of the past years has been bolstered by megatrends such as technology-driven integration, individualization / premiumization as well as digitalization. The trend towards premiumization and individualization leads to a stronger focus on new high-end materials and the development of future technologies including hidden / integrated displays, acoustic trims, switches on demand and gesture control elements; increasing digitalization means that decorative functional elements in the vehicle interior are increasingly being merged with digital user experience (UX); and end customers are also placing increasing value on premium interiors - often making an active purchase decision for products supplied by Novem in the car configurator. In the context of electromobility or autonomous driving, decorative functional elements are also gaining in importance due to the innovative redesign of conventional control panels.
At the same time, Novem is not affected by negative effects resulting from changes in the automotive powertrain. The Company evaluates these developments positively as alternative drive concepts are expected to lead to an increase in interior surfaces due to a decrease of controls and switching elements. This development may also accelerate in line with the increasing demand for integrated functions and solutions.
A strong financial profile with strong growth, attractive margins and high cash conversion
Novem's strong financial profile is supported by the historical resilience of the premium automotive market compared to the overall passenger vehicle market, ongoing productivity gains, a flexible cost base, strong cash conversion with disciplined working capital management and limited maintenance capital expenditure requirements.
As of March 31, 2021, Novem's Awarded Business amounted to approximately €4.5 billion, representing more than 7.5 times its revenue for FY 2020/21. This is a result of the Group's past success in winning substantial business and key premium car model platforms and the high revenue visibility based on the scope of tender awards and projected volumes. As OEMs rarely change their suppliers following the start of production for a platform, Novem has significant mid-term visibility for its sales in the years to come, which allows the Company to plan investments, manufacturing levels and therefore optimize its cost structure. In the longer term, Novem has achieved significant growth, with sales increasing at a CAGR of approximately 8% over the past 15 years.
The business has been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, but the Company has proven its ability to sustain attractive margins and generate strong operating cash flows overall. Its adjusted EBIT decreased from €125.9 million for FY 2018/19 to €86.4 million for FY 2020/21. Its adjusted EBIT Margin declined from 17.7% for FY 2018/19, to 14.3% for FY 2019/20 and 14.3% for FY 2020/21. However, Novem will be able to maintain its leading adjusted EBIT margin despite the global pandemic. The Group has also historically achieved high cash conversion rates. In fiscal years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, it achieved cash conversion rates of 73.0%, 81.3% and 83.8%, respectively.
The Group's business model also benefits from a flexible cost base as approximately 76% of its total costs are estimated to be variable and the shift in production capacity to lower cost countries allows limited capital expenditure requirements in the near to medium term. Over the last ten years, the Group has also continuously implemented numerous efficiency measures and will continue to search for efficiencies and savings potential.
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