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EXEL Industries: 4th quarter 2021–2022 sales up 22.8%

EXEL INDUSTRIES
EXEL INDUSTRIES

Fourth quarter 20212022 sales up 22.8%

Record Q4 organic growth
driven by agricultural equipment


Q4 sales
(July 2022–September 2022)

20202021

20212022

Change in value
(€m)

Change
(%)

Reported

Reported

Reported

LFL*

Reported

LFL*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRICULTURAL SPRAYING

88.9

122.5

+33.6

+26.5

+37.8%

+29.9%

SUGAR BEET HARVESTERS

71.7

85.3

+13.5

+9.5

+18.9%

+13.3%

LEISURE



23.1

28.1

+5.0

-2.2

+21.7%

-9.6%

INDUSTRY



58.7

61.7

+3.0

+0.2

+5.1%

+0.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXEL Industries Group

242.4

297.5

+55.2

+34.0

+22.8% 

+14.0%

 

12-month sales
(October 2021–September 2022)

20202021

20212022

Change in value
(€m)

Change
(%)

Reported

Reported

Reported

LFL*

Reported 

LFL* 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRICULTURAL SPRAYING

380.9

442.3

+61.4

+48.2

+16.1% 

+12.7% 

SUGAR BEET HARVESTERS

135.5

146.3

+10.8

+5.2

+8.0% 

+3.8% 

LEISURE



132.4

138.9

+6.5

-26.9

+4.9% 

-20.3% 

INDUSTRY



227.9

249.5

+21.6

+12.5

+9.5% 

+5.5% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXEL Industries Group

876.8

977.0

+100.3

+39.0

+11.4%

+4.4% 

* Like-for-like (LFL) = at constant foreign exchange rates and scope


Q4 20212022 sales

The EXEL Industries Group posted record sales of €297.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021–2022, up 22.8%, driven by both external (changes in consolidation scope and foreign exchange rates, notably USD) and internal factors, mainly organic growth in agricultural equipment. At constant consolidation scope and foreign exchange rates, the Group recorded growth of 14.0%, despite persistent supply chain issues in its various businesses, particularly in agricultural spraying and sugar beet harvesters.

The change in consolidation scope arising from the Group’s two recent acquisitions (EXEL Yachting and G.F.) contributed €5.2 million to fourth quarter sales.

  • AGRICULTURAL SPRAYING: UP 37.8%

After peaking in spring 2022, accentuated by the conflict in Ukraine, agricultural commodity prices fell slightly during the summer and stabilized at levels still well above pre-COVID prices. Against this backdrop, demand remained strong in all regions, particularly North America, while the component shortage shows no sign of abating.
The exceptionally well-stocked order book enabled the various Group companies to mitigate sales seasonality and carry out a significant amount of billing during the quarter.

  • SUGAR BEET HARVESTERS: UP 18.9%

After a third quarter particularly impacted by component shortages and a resurgence of COVID in Germany, business caught up strongly in the fourth quarter, resulting in record billings for sales of sugar beet harvesters.

  • LEISURE: UP 21.7%

The garden equipment market declined in the Group’s three main operating regions (the United Kingdom, France and Italy). In this context and after a series of challenging quarters (IT migration), Q4 business came close to the previous year’s levels, bolstered by a more favorable basis of comparison than in previous quarters.
The EXEL Yachting business posted a satisfactory quarterly performance with deliveries in line with forecasts.

  • INDUSTRY: UP 5.1%

At constant consolidation scope and foreign exchange rates, business was stable during the quarter: technical hoses and industrial spraying saw a slight slowdown in volumes in Europe, offset by ongoing robust momentum in Asia and, to a lower extent, the USA.


Situation in Ukraine and Russia

The new sanctions announced in early October do not affect Group products any more than the previous sanctions. As previously announced, EXEL Industries has maintained its operations in Russia (agricultural equipment and industrial spraying) but has taken care to ensure that deliveries are made in compliance with international regulations. The Group has been able to maintain overall sales volumes in the region.


FY 20212022 sales

Full-year 2021–2022 sales amounted to €977.0 million, up 11.4%. Growth at constant consolidation scope and foreign exchange rates was 4.4%. EXEL Industries’ concern was to adjust prices across all of its business lines, in response to rising raw material and component costs. This policy implemented throughout the year offset certain volume declines due to shortages (mainly agricultural equipment) or to the market slowdown (gardening). The currency effect was particularly favorable to the agricultural spraying and industry segments.

The change in consolidation scope represented sales of €29.8 million for the year.

  • AGRICULTURAL SPRAYING: UP 16.1%

The agricultural spraying business was impacted by varying trends during the year: on the one hand, Group brands were hard hit by persisting component shortages despite very different production bases (Europe, the USA). Prices were increased throughout the period in order to pass on price increases implemented by supplier. On the other hand, order intake was boosted by the stabilization of agricultural commodity prices at globally high levels, giving the Group clear visibility over the coming fiscal year.

  • SUGAR BEET HARVESTERS: UP 8.0%

After recovering in 2020–2021, sales remained strong during the fiscal year ended. In addition, component shortages allowed the Group to clear a large volume of used machine inventories. Lastly, prices were increased to offset increases in production costs (steel and other components).

  • LEISURE: UP 4.9%

The gardening business was impacted by three factors during the year. After two exceptional years in terms of volumes, markets returned to pre-COVID levels. Meanwhile, challenges related to the migration of IT systems curbed leisure business volumes by around €10 million. Prices were increased during the year to offset significant increases in the cost of raw materials and logistics. Lastly, the acquisition of G.F. on February 15, 2022, resulted in a scope effect increasing sales for this activity by approximately €20 million.
A new sales, marketing and industrial drive launched in the nautical business is expected to impact the coming years.

  • INDUSTRY: UP 9.5%

The underlying markets (mainly automotive, furniture and industry) experienced contrasting trends. However, the industrial spraying business continued to post high volumes throughout the year in line with the previous year.
The technical hose division was impacted by declining volumes in the gardening business, while the B2B business was impacted by falling demand towards the end of the year.


Yves Belegaud, Chief Executive Officer of the EXEL Industries Group, said:

“The strong commitment of our teams in the fourth quarter and the successful integration of our latest acquisitions allowed us to post record sales. This excellent performance was achieved in a challenging and volatile environment in which shortages have not been recovered. However, the Group is confident in its ability to continue its development, underpinned by the various business sectors in which it operates and a well-stocked order book.”



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About EXEL Industries

EXEL Industries is a French family-owned group that designs, manufactures and markets capital equipment and provides associated services that enable its customers to improve efficiency and productivity or enhance their well-being while achieving their CSR objectives.        
Driven by an innovation strategy for 70 years, EXEL Industries has based its development on innovative ideas designed to offer customers unique, efficient, competitive and user-friendly products.        
Since its inception, the Group has recorded significant growth in each of its markets through both organic growth and corporate acquisitions, underpinned by a stable shareholder base guided by a long-term development strategy. EXEL Industries employs approximately 3,546 permanent employees spread across 27 countries and five continents.        
The Group posted FY 20202021 sales of €877 million.         
Euronext Paris, SRD Long only – compartment B (Mid Cap) EnterNext© PEA-PME 150 index (symbol: EXE/ISIN FR0004527638)

Press release available onsite www.EXEL-industries.com

Yves BELEGAUD
Chief Executive Officer
yves.belegaud@EXEL-industries.com

Thomas GERMAIN
Group Chief Financial Officer / Investor relations
direction.communication@EXEL-industries.com

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