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Landis+Gyr Announces First Half FY 2021 Financial Results

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Landis+Gyr Group AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results/Sustainability

28-Oct-2021 / 06:56 CET/CEST
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Cham, Switzerland - October 28th, 2021 - Landis+Gyr (SIX: LAND) today announced unaudited financial results for the first half of financial year 2021 (April 1st - September 30th, 2021). Key highlights included:

'Landis+Gyr delivered respectable results in the first half of our financial year 2021 in a very challenging global environment dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic and global supply chain constraints. We are especially proud of the wins of major orders in the United States, which, after regulatory delays, finally came through and are proof of our industry-leading expertise and technology helping our customers manage energy in a more informed and sustainable way. Together with other relevant contract wins, this leads to a record-high backlog, further supporting solid business performance in the mid- and long-term and our teams all over the world remain dedicated and passionate to enable our customers' success', said Werner Lieberherr, Chief Executive Officer of Landis+Gyr.

'We are also excited about the progress of our ongoing transformation in H1, including several strategic acquisitions, which will enable additional growth in new segments and geographies. However, the global supply chain constraints negatively impacted our positive development and we expect the negative financial impact from the supply chain situation to increase in H2 compared to H1 of FY 2021. With various measures in place, we confirm our guidance for FY 2021 and expect results towards the lower end of the guided ranges', Lieberherr concluded.

Constrained global supply chain situation
As already highlighted at the occasion of the FY 2020 results publication in May 2021, the global and cross-industry supply chain constraints, in particular shortages and price increases of electronic components, material non-availability as well as increased freight rates, continue to pose challenges to the business. In H1 FY 2021, this resulted in both higher cost and revenue pushouts as customer demand could not be fully satisfied. The company expects the negative financial impact from the supply chain situation to increase in H2 compared to H1 of FY 2021.

Acquisitions and transformation
In the six months under review, Landis+Gyr announced the acquisitions of Etrel and True Energy in the electric vehicle (EV) charging space, Telia's meter reading business and, subject to closing, of Luna Elektrik, which is expected to add a cost-competitive metering platform, as well as a strategic investment in the charge point operator Allego, also subject to closing. In combination with investments in strategic initiatives initiated in FY 2020, the company is progressing on its transformation toward grid edge intelligence and smart infrastructure and these investments are expected to support growth in the mid-term.

Orde r Intake, Committed Backlog and Net Revenue
Order intake for the first half of FY 2021 almost quadrupled to USD 1,786.9 million, representing a book-to-bill ratio of 2.55. The positive development was driven by major contract wins in the Americas and EMEA regions. Committed backlog was up 55.5% reaching USD 3,235.6 million, the highest level in the Company's history. Committed backlog in the Americas rose by 74.1% to USD 2,320.8 million, in EMEA by 21.2% to USD 803.9 million and in Asia Pacific by 31.4% to USD 110.8 million.

In H1 FY 2021, net revenue increased 12.4%, or 9.1% in constant currency, to USD 700.9 million. Recently acquired businesses contributed USD 3.4 million to net revenue.

Net revenue to external customers per segment was as follows (in USD millions, except where indicated):

Segment

H1 FY 2021
Net revenue

H1 FY 2020
Net revenue

Percentage change

Percentage change in constant currencies

Americas

325.4

332.6

(2.2)

(2.4)

EMEA

300.1

213.9

40.3

31.4

Asia Pacific

75.4

77.0

(2.1)

(6.7)

Group

700.9

623.5

12.4

9.1

The Americas region delivered slightly lower net revenue, down 2.4% YoY in constant currency, of USD 325.4 million due to challenging component availability partially offset by a strong performance in Brazil and Japan.

Business in the EMEA region recovered strongly compared to the COVID-19 impacted prior year period with net revenue up 40.3%, or 31.4% in constant currency, to USD 300.1 million with particularly strong development in the UK, Sweden and Austria.

Asia Pacific sales were down 6.7% YoY in constant currency to USD 75.4 million as a result of COVID-19 related lockdowns in various countries and non-availability of certain components.

Adjusted and Reported EBITDA*
The Adjusted EBITDA by segment was as follows (in USD millions, except where indicated):

Segment

H1 FY 2021
Adjusted
EBITDA

H1 FY 2021 Percentage
of net revenue

H1 FY 2020
Adjusted
EBITDA

H1 FY 2020 Percentage
of net revenue

Americas

50.2

15.4%

40.7

12.2%

EMEA

13.1

4.4%

(4.3)

(2.0%)

Asia Pacific

3.3

4.4%

5.7

7.4%

Corporate unallocated

4.2

8.0

Group

70.8

10.1%

50.1

8.0%

H1 FY 2021 Adjusted EBITDA was USD 70.8 million (up 41.3% YoY). The Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 210 basis points to 10.1% from 8.0% in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA increased due to operating leverage as a result of higher revenues in EMEA and product mix particularly in the Americas, partially offset by higher adjusted operating expenses.

Adjusted operating expenses increased USD 28.2 million compared to H1 FY 2020. The increase is mainly attributable to higher R&D spend as part of the announced additional investments to support strategic initiatives and due to higher general & administrative expenses (including reversal of 2020 one-off benefits). Adjusted R&D expenses accounted for 11.1% of net revenues in the period under review.

In H1 FY 2021, the operating income was USD 46.3 million compared to an operating loss of USD (9.9) million in H1 FY 2020. Reported EBITDA for the period under review was USD 86.2 million versus USD 31.8 million in H1 FY 2020, an increase of 171.1%.

The adjustments to bridge between reported EBITDA in the Group's financial statements and Adjusted EBITDA are as follows (in USD millions):

H1 FY 2021

H1 FY 2020

Reported EBITDA

86.2

31.8

Adjustments

Restructuring Charges

0.2

15.4

Warranty Normalization Adjustments

(7.2)

(6.7)

Timing Difference on FX Derivatives

(8.5)

9.7

Adjusted EBITDA

70.8

50.1

In the first half of FY 2021, the adjustments were in three categories. Firstly, minor restructuring charges of USD 0.2 million. Secondly, the warranty normalization adjustments of USD (7.2) million representing the amount of warranty provisions made relative to the average actual warranty utilization for the last three years. Thirdly, the timing difference on FX derivatives adjustment of USD (8.5) million relating to mark to market differences on hedges, primarily as a result of GBP exchange rate movements.

Net Income / (Loss) and EPS
Net income attributable to Landis+Gyr Group shareholders for H1 FY 2021 was USD 35.0 million translating into earnings per share of USD 1.21, compared to a net loss of USD (2.0) million or USD (0.07) per share for H1 FY 2020.

Cash Flow and Net Debt
Net cash provided by operating activities was USD 50.4 million in H1 FY 2021 compared to USD 56.6 million in the prior year period. Free Cash Flow (excl. M&A) was USD 41.6 million, a decrease of USD 3.7 million compared to H1 FY 2020, impacted by operating working capital and higher income taxes. In H1 FY 2021, capital expenditure amounted to USD 8.9 million (down 21.2% YoY), consistent with the Company's asset-light business model.

As of September 30, 2021, the ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 0.5 times, with net debt of USD 79.3 million, after the dividend payment of USD 65.9 million in July and the acquisitions of Etrel and True Energy, net of gain on sale of investments, totaling USD 41.4 million in H1 FY 2021.

Sustainability Report
Landis+Gyr also issued its 2020/21 Sustainability Report on the Company's website today (www.landisgyr.com/about/corporate-social-responsibility/). The report provides a detailed overview of the Group's Environmental, Social and Governmental (ESG) initiatives. Highlights include the introduction of a Green Design Manual for all new designs or redesigns and the launch of an Eco-Portfolio, which includes a set of ESG criteria to be met by Landis+Gyr's products. During the reporting period, Landis+Gyr enabled 8.5 million tons of direct CO2 emission avoidance through the installed smart meter base. Furthermore, supported by the effects of the pandemic, Landis+Gyr reduced its own CO2 emissions by 47%, water consumption by 12%, chemicals by 26% and waste by 27% YoY.

The Company exceeded its Short-Term-Incentive-linked ESG targets for FY 2020 and has taken the decision to increase the number of targets from three to eleven and the ESG component weight as part of the Short-Term-Incentive for all bonus-eligible employees from 10% to 20%. Furthermore, Landis+Gyr set up a COVID-19 fund, consisting of the 10% voluntary Board of Directors and Executive Management's salary reduction in FY 2020, to provide financial relief, medical care and vaccines to its staff and their relatives in India.

"Our strategic vision is driven by the desire to provide unrivaled customer value as the leading partner for integrated energy and resource management solutions with sustainability at the heart of everything we do," said Werner Lieberherr, Chief Executive Officer of Landis+Gyr. "Holding ourselves to very high standards, we are committed to the principles defined in the UN Global Compact as the foundation of our efforts to establish a culture of integrity and to act responsibly - today and tomorrow."

Outlook for FY 2021
Landis+Gyr confirms its guidance for FY 2021 provided in May 2021 with 7-11% organic net revenue growth, an Adjusted EBITDA margin between 9.0-10.5% and a Free Cash Flow (excl. M&A) of between USD 80-100 million, but expects results at the lower end of the guided ranges due to the ongoing constrained supply chain situation. The company expects the negative financial impact from the supply chain situation to increase in H2 compared to H1 of FY 2021.

Mid-term targets through FY 2023, communicated during the Capital Markets Day in January 2021, are confirmed and the share buyback program, which expires in January 2022, remains suspended.

The H1 FY 2021 earnings presentation, which forms part of this ad hoc announcement, is available on the Company's website at www.landisgyr.com/investors/results-center/.

Investor Webcast and Telephone Conference
The management of Landis+Gyr will host an investor/analyst call to discuss the Company's results.

Date and time: October 28th, 2021 at 10:00 am CET

Speakers: Werner Lieberherr, Chief Executive Officer
Elodie Cingari, Chief Financial Officer

Audio webcast: www.landisgyr.com/investors/results-center/

Telephone: Europe: +41 (0)58 310 5000
UK: +44 (0)207 107 0613
US: +1 (1)631 570 5613

Please dial in 10 minutes before the start of the presentation and ask for 'Landis+Gyrʼs first half year results 2021'.

Contact Media
Melissa van Anraad
Head of PR
Phone +41 41 935 6398
Melissa.vanAnraad@landisgyr.com

Eva Borowski
SVP Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Phone +41 41 935 6396
Eva.Borowski@landisgyr.com

Contact Investors
Christian Waelti
Head of Investor Relations
Phone +41 41 935 6331

Christian.Waelti@landisgyr.com

Key dates

Release of Results for Financial Year 2021

May 5th, 2022

Publication of Annual Report 2021 and Invitation to AGM 2022

May 30th, 2022

Annual General Meeting 2022

June 24th, 2022

Release of Half Year Results 2022

October 26th, 2022

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is a leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios, we deliver innovative and flexible solutions to help utilities solve their complex challenges in Smart Metering, Grid Edge Intelligence and Smart Infrastructure. With sales of USD 1.4 billion in FY 2020, Landis+Gyr employs around 5,000 people in over 30 countries across five continents, with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. For more information, please visit our website www.landisgyr.com.

Disclaimer
This ad hoc announcement and information referred to herein contains (a) preliminary, unaudited numbers that may be subject to change and (b) information regarding alternative performance measures or non USGAAP measures, such as Reported EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Research and Development, Adjusted Sales, General and Administrative, and Adjusted Operating Expenses. Definitions of these measures and reconciliations between such measures and their USGAAP counterparts if not defined in this release may be found on pages 28 to 30 of the Landis+Gyr Half Year Financial Report Fiscal Year 2021 on our website at www.landisgyr.com/investors.

Forward-looking Information
This ad hoc announcement includes forward-looking information and statements, including statements concerning the outlook for Landis+Gyr Group AGʼs (hereinafter also the 'Company' or 'Landis+Gyr') businesses. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the factors that may affect the Companyʼs future performance, including global economic conditions, and the economic conditions of the regions and industries that are major markets for Landis+Gyr. These expectations, estimates and projections are generally identifiable by statements containing words such as 'expects', 'believes', 'estimates', 'targets', 'plans', 'outlook', 'guidance' or similar expressions. There are numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond Landis+Gyrʼs control, that could cause the Companyʼs actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information and statements made in this presentation and which could affect the Companyʼs ability to achieve its stated targets. The important factors that could cause such differences include, among others: the duration, severity and geographic spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, government actions to address or mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy, the Company's operations and those of its customers and suppliers; global shortage of supplied components as well as increased freight rates, business risks associated with the volatile global economic environment and political conditions; costs associated with compliance activities; market acceptance of new products and services; changes in governmental regulations and currency exchange rates; estimates of future warranty claims and expenses and sufficiency of accruals; and other such factors as may be discussed from time to time in Landis+Gyr filings with the SIX Swiss Exchange. Although Landis+Gyr believes that its expectations reflected in any such forward-looking statement are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that those expectations will be achieved.

* For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures, see chapter 'Supplemental Reconciliations and Definitions (unaudited)' in this ad hoc announcement.


End of ad hoc announcement

Language:

English

Company:

Landis+Gyr Group AG

Alte Steinhauserstrasse 18

6330 Cham

Switzerland

E-mail:

ir@landisgyr.com

Internet:

www.landisgyr.com

ISIN:

CH0371153492

Valor:

37115349

Listed:

SIX Swiss Exchange

EQS News ID:

1244189


 

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