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Interim report 2022, January – June

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HMS Networks AB
HMS Networks AB

Second quarter

  • Net sales for the second quarter reached SEK 601 m (474), corresponding to an increase of 27%. Currency translations had a positive effect of SEK 30 m on net sales

  • Order intake was SEK 815 m (606), corresponding to an increase of 35%

  • Operating profit reached SEK 143 m (121), equal to a 23.7% (25.5) operating margin

  • Profit after taxes totalled SEK 109 m (98) and earnings per share was SEK 2.33 (2.02)

  • Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 56 m (126)

  • Acquisition of the remaining 30% of the shares in Procentec B.V.

First six months

  • Net sales for the first six months reached SEK 1,118 m (929), corresponding to a 20% increase. Currency translations had a positive effect of SEK 51 m on net sales

  • Order intake was SEK 1,671 m (1,170), corresponding to an increase of 43%

  • Operating profit reached SEK 282 m (235), equal to a 25.2% (25.3) operating margin. Adjusted operating profit reached SEK 255 m, equal to a 22.8% adjusted operating margin

  • Profit after taxes totalled SEK 221 m (192) and earnings per share was SEK 4.74 (3.94). Adjusted profit after taxes totalled SEK 195 m and adjusted earnings per share was SEK 4.17

  • Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 136 m (257)

Subsequent events

  • Acquisition of all shares in the Australian company Global M2M Pty Ltd

Comment from the CEO

Demand continues at a high and stable level

The second quarter of the year represents another quarter with solid demand across all our markets. Order intake continues to be strong with SEK 815 m, corresponding to an organic growth of 16%. We are still experiencing a somewhat boosted order intake from our customers due to the uncertainties in the global supply chain of electronic components. We estimate the boost effect to be SEK 150 m, which is less compared to previous quarter, but still a significant part of the order intake.

The significant deprecation of the Swedish Krona against most other currencies leads to a revaluation of our record-high orderbook, impacting the reported order intake positively by SEK 50 m.

We report a new all-time high revenue of SEK 601 m in the quarter, corresponding to an organic growth of 17%. This is partly driven by a better-than-expected component availability during the latter part of the quarter. The general situation in the supply chain is starting to become more predictable but it is far from good. We still have challenges with lead times and our backlog of orders is larger than ever. This is an industry-wide challenge and most of our customers have understanding for the longer lead-times. We see less allocations and reconfirmations from our semiconductor suppliers, but several key components are still very challenging to source, and we expect it to be so for the rest of this year.

Navigating the cost inflation
As in previous quarters, we continue to see a significant cost inflation in raw material. To protect our gross margin, we have been working actively with a combination of long-term price increases and a short-term surcharge on booked orders. We are now starting to see the effects of this work. Our gross margins are going in the right direction during the quarter with 62.2% (63.7%) even if it still is a way to go to come back to the levels before the supply chain issues started in 2021.

Record result
As a result of the high delivery volumes and stable gross margins, we reached a new record result in the second quarter with an EBIT of SEK 143 m (121) corresponding to an EBIT margin of 23.7%.

We continue to build component inventory to be able to deliver our backlog when key components are becoming available. The inventory build-up is SEK 50 m which impacts our cash flow negatively in the quarter. The cash flow totals SEK 56 m for the quarter.

Acquisition of the remaining 30% of the shares in Procentec
As reported in Q1-report, HMS acquired the remaining 30% in Dutch Procentec during the beginning of the quarter, making HMS 100% owner of Procentec. The purpose of the acquisition is to accelerate the integration work with rest of HMS organization. We see the main future synergies on the market side in North America and Asia.

Acquisition of Australian distributor Global M2M
Australia is becoming a more interesting market for HMS. To accelerate the market penetration, HMS came to an agreement with our main distributor in Australia, Global M2M, to acquire the company. The business consists of four employees and represent most of HMS’ brands. Australia is now HMS’ 17th country with its own sales organization.

New product releases
During the quarter we released the next generation of our leading Remote Access product line, Ewon Cosy+, with new world-class security features to meet customers’ future expectations of solid cyber security for industrial applications.

We are also starting to see a wider interest in our new AI-based software product for analysing network failures, SNAP Analysis from Procentec. SNAP is a subscription service that identifies the reason for network failure based on advanced signal interpretation and analysis, allowing the customer to drastically minimize network downtime.

Continued positive outlook despite a challenging macro situation
There are several challenges and risks ahead with the uncertain development of the global economy, for example continued covid concerns and the war in Ukraine. We also continue to have the uncertainties in the supply of electronic components.

Despite the macroeconomic risks, HMS sees a good market ahead and believes that the coming quarters will be solid in terms of sales and profitability, but with a dependency on the availability of key semiconductor components.

Looking further ahead, HMS is of course dependent on the general development of the global economy, but we think that our customers’ continued investments in increased automation and digitalization, increasing energy prices that are accelerating electrification and energy storage demand are all areas where we see more demands for industrial communication solutions, which will support the long-term growth of HMS.

In the long term, we continue to believe that the market for Industrial ICT (Information & Communication Technology) will be an interesting area, both in terms of organic growth and acquisitions.

Halmstad July 14, 2022

Staffan Dahlström                 Charlotte Brogren

Chief Executive Officer         Chairman of the Board

Niklas Edling                         Fredrik Hansson                 
Board member                      Board member

Anna Kleine                           Anders Mörck
Board member                      Board member

Cecilia Wachtmeister
Board member

Mikael Mårtensson                Freddy Dahlberg
Employee representative      Employee representative                

Further information can be obtained from:
Staffan Dahlström, CEO, +46 (0) 35 17 2901
Joakim Nideborn, CFO, +46 (0) 35 710 6983

This information is such that HMS Networks AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the contact persons set out above, at 07.30 CET on July 14, 2022.

HMS Networks AB (publ) is a market-leading provider of solutions in industrial information and communication technology (Industrial ICT). HMS develops and manufactures products under the Anybus®, Ixxat®, Ewon® and Intesis® brands. Development takes place at the headquarter in Halmstad and also in Ravensburg, Nivelles, Bilbao, Igualada, Wetzlar, Buchen and Delft. Local sales and support are handled by branch offices in Germany, USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, India, UK, Sweden, South Korea and UAE, as well as through a worldwide network of distributors and partners. HMS employs about 750 people and reported sales of SEK 1,972 million in 2021. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm, category Large Cap, Information Technology.



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