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Gofore Plc: Gofore Plc's Business Review 1 July – 30 September 2021: Net sales and profitability improved – Net sales in September surpassed EUR 10 million

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GOFORE PLC STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE INSIDE INFORMATION 14 OCTOBER 2021 AT 8:00

Gofore Plc's Business Review 1 July – 30 September 2021: Net sales and profitability improved – Net sales in September surpassed EUR 10 million

Gofore Plc’s net sales in the third quarter of 2021 (1 July – 30 September 2021) amounted to EUR 21.6 million (2020: EUR 16.3 million), totalling a growth of 32.7% from last year.

The group’s adjusted EBITA for the third quarter amounted to EUR 2.7 million (EUR 1.9 million), corresponding to 12.5% of net sales (11.5%). The adjusted EBITA for the quarter increased by 44.3% from last year. The group EBITA for the quarter amounted to EUR 2.7 million (EUR 1.6 million), corresponding to 12.5% of net sales (9.7%).

The group's net sales for January–September (1 January – 30 September 2021) were EUR 73.3 million (EUR 53.7 million), up by 36.6%. The group's adjusted EBITA for the period was EUR 9.6 million (EUR 7.5 million), corresponding to 13.2% of net sales (14.0%). The group's EBITA amounted to EUR 9.5 million (EUR 6.5 million), corresponding to 12.9% of net sales (12.1%).

Gofore’s net sales in September 2021 amounted to EUR 10.4 million (EUR 8.3 million). At the end of September, the group employed a total of 814 persons (716 persons).

CEO Mikael Nylund comments:

“In September, we achieved a colossal symbolic milestone, as our monthly net sales for the very first time surpassed EUR 10 million. Net sales for September grew by 25% from last year. Most of the growth in September was organic. Growth for the entire quarter was solid at 32%. Taking into account the summer holiday period included in the third quarter, also profitability was at a good level. Adjusted EBITA grew by 44% year-on-year.

During the autumn, a profuse discourse has been ongoing in our industry concerning recruitment challenges, increased employee turnover and the post-corona turmoil in the labour market. However, even in September, we recruited new experts and our number of employees is increasing steadily, albeit the market situation is not easy. We have welcomed new faces in many different areas of expertise, including test automation and advisory services, along with technical and software development expertise.

In the market relevant to Gofore, the favourable development has persisted throughout the year and continues to be discernible. The demand for our services is strong and customers are investing in digital transformation, undoubtedly partly driven by the experiences gained during the coronavirus pandemic.

The social and health care reform that is of great importance for us was launched in Finland in the summer, and is in full swing. In terms of their backgrounds, the new welfare areas are all at slightly different starting points both in terms of their capabilities and their execution. The work has started on a broad front and the areas have applied for government grants related to the ICT transformation to support this change. Our experts are also already involved in the ICT and other projects in several different areas.

From the customer front, I would also like to highlight the nationally significant AuroraAI development work. In April, we announced that we had signed an agreement with DigiFinland Oy for the implementation of a chatbot software platform that utilises artificial intelligence as part of the national AuroraAI programme and its implementation phase in 2021–2022. This autumn, our role in implementing the programme was further solidified, as we agreed with DigiFinland on chatbot service design and cloud environment development, and, during the summer and early autumn, our team commenced their work with the AuroraAI project of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in core component development tasks. The objective of the national AuroraAI programme is to facilitate citizens’ access to the services of different organisations in a timely and personalised manner in different situations of life and to improve the cost-efficiency and effectiveness of the provision of public services. We have participated in the programme from the very beginning.

Gofore's investments in developing employee experience and employer image are consistently reflected in its success in surveys measuring employer brand. We have ranked in the top 10 in the Young Professional Attraction Index (YPAI) 2021, which lists Finland's most attractive employers. In the September survey, we ranked seventh. The survey, carried out by Academic Work, highlights young people's desire to work for well-known brands with a promising future and the reputation of an innovative employer”.

The company complies with the half-yearly reporting stipulated by the Finnish Securities Market Act. In addition, Gofore publishes a monthly business review, containing the net sales and the number of personnel for the month ended, along with the comparison figures. The reviews also contain other key indicators and a comparison of the key figures between different periods, which facilitates the monitoring of the company’s growth strategy. The featured figures include the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) overall capacity and the FTE figures for subcontracting. Furthermore, in connection with the business reviews for March and September, also EBITA, adjusted EBITA and EBITA, % for the quarter ending in that month, along with the comparison figures are published. The figures presented in the reviews are unaudited. Business reviews are published as soon as possible after the figures are confirmed at the beginning of the following month. The exception is the figures for January which are included in the financial statements release and July figures, which are included in the half-year report. This business review was not devised in accordance with the IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting standard.

The company uses adjusted EBITA as an indicator of operative profitability. The calculation formulas for the key figures have been published in Gofore's financial statements for 2020 and can also be found on the company's website under calculation formulas for key figures: https://gofore.com/en/invest/gofore-as-an-investment/key-figures/.

Quarterly development

Group

Q1/20211

Q2/2021

Q3/2021

Q4/2021

Net sales, MEUR

25.2

26.4

21.6

EBITA, MEUR, adjusted

3.5

3.4

2.7

EBITA-%, adjusted

13.9%

13.0%

12.5%

Group

Q1/2020

Q2/2020

Q3/20202

Q4/2020

Net sales, MEUR

18.8

18.6

16.3

24.3

EBITA, MEUR, adjusted

3.2

2.5

1.9

3.3

EBITA-%, adjusted

16.8%

13.3%

11.5%

13.5%

Growth-%

Q1/2021

Q2/2021

Q3/2021

Q4/2021

Net sales, growth-%

34.1%

42.5%

32.7%

EBITA, adjusted, growth-%

10.7%

39.5%

44.3%

1 CCEA Oy’s figures have been consolidated into those of the Gofore Group since 1 March 2021.
2 Qentinel Finland Oy figures have been consolidated into those of the Gofore Group since 1 September 2020.


The table is updated as the year progresses.

Month (2021)

Net sales,
MEUR

Number of employees at end of period

Number of working days in Finland

Overall capacity,
FTE1

Subcontracting, FTE2

September

10.4 (8.3)

814

22 (22)

757

119

August

8.5 (5.6)

803

22 (21)

746

105

July

2.7 (2.4)

797

22 (23)

746

38

June

9.1 (6.1)

803

21 (21)

755

108

May

8.8 (6.0)

799

20 (19)

755

109

April

8.5 (6.4)

791

20 (20)

743

112

March

9.7 (6.8)

790

23 (22)

735

118

February

8.1 (5.9)

736

20 (20)

689

111

January

7.5 (6.1)

727

19 (21)

679

109

Unless otherwise stated, the comparison figures in brackets refer to the corresponding period of the previous year. CCEA Oy’s figures have been consolidated with those of the Gofore Group since 1 March 2021.

1 The overall capacity, FTE (Full Time Equivalent) figure shows the overall capacity of the Group's personnel, converted into a value corresponding to the number of full-time employees. The figure includes the entire personnel, regardless of their role. The figure is not affected by annual leave, time-off in lieu of overtime, sick leave or other short-term absences. Part-time agreements and other long-term deviations from normal working hours reduce the amount of overall capacity in comparison with the total number of employees.
2 The subcontracting, FTE (Full Time Equivalent) figure shows the overall amount of subcontracting used in invoiced work, converted into a value corresponding to the number of full-time employees.

Further enquiries:
Mikael Nylund, CEO, Gofore Plc
tel. +358 40 540 2280
mikael.nylund@gofore.com

Gofore Plc is a digital transformation consultancy with some 800 impact-driven employees across Finland, Germany, Spain, and Estonia – top experts in our industry who are our company’s heart, brain, and hands. We use our holistic service offering – consulting, coding, design and verification – as tools to incite positive change. We care for our people, our customers, and the surrounding world. Our values guide our business: Gofore is a great workplace that thrives on customer success. In 2020, our net sales amounted to EUR 78 million. Gofore Plc’s share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland. Get to know us better at www.gofore.com.


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