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Landis+Gyr Group AG / Key word(s): Annual Results
Cham, Switzerland – May 5th, 2022 – Landis+Gyr (SIX: LAND) today announced unaudited financial results for financial year 2021 (April 1st, 2021 - March 31st, 2022). Key highlights included:
FY 2021 was a transformative year for us as we expand our reach in smart infrastructure and grid edge intelligence solutions. We have closed a number of important acquisitions, adding a cost-competitive metering platform and solidifying our position in the EV charging solutions market, while leveraging our co-innovation partnerships to expand our portfolio of holistic data analytics solutions and services”, said Werner Lieberherr, Chief Executive Officer of Landis+Gyr.
“While delivering a strong performance in FY 2021, as a result of the ongoing global supply chain challenges, we saw an impact of about USD 100 million of revenues being pushed out as well as additional costs of approximately USD 30 million. We expect FY 2022 to be a transition year with continued high investments and increasing supply chain and inflation headwinds before we see the benefits of our transformative initiatives in FY 2023. In this context, I would like to thank our customers and shareholders for their continued trust and our employees for their tireless efforts and outstanding level of commitment. Looking ahead, we are well positioned to drive our transformation forward and continue to take on a key role in decarbonizing the grid”, Lieberherr concluded.
Sustainability has been part of Landis+Gyr’s DNA, expressed in Sustainable Impact being one of its shared values. 20% of the Company’s short-term incentive targets are ESG driven. Having made the commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030 for scope 1 and 2, the Company is proud to be a part of the global efforts to decarbonize the grid and convinced that it is driving the right priorities to continue to support sustainable resource management all over the world. In FY 2021, Landis+Gyr's Smart Metering base ensured the avoidance of 9 million tons of CO2 - the equivalence of 2,460 wind turbines running for a year, while the percentage of products shipped as part of the Company’s Eco-Portfolio remained stable at 74%. To further drive measurable progress in its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) areas, Landis+Gyr has committed to the Science Based Target initiative.
Order Intake, Committed Backlog and Net Revenue
Order intake for FY 2021 more than doubled YoY to USD 2,665.5 million, representing a book-to-bill ratio of 1.82. The positive development was driven by major contract wins in the Americas and EMEA regions but also Asia Pacific contributed positively. Committed backlog was up 56.5% reaching a new record level of USD 3,338.6 million.
The Americas region recorded an order intake of USD 1,701.9 million (book-to-bill of 2.41) and the committed backlog rose by 70.6% to USD 2,435.0 million. In EMEA, orders of USD 724.6 million (book-to-bill of 1.23) were booked leading to a 22.7% higher committed backlog of USD 781.1 million. In Asia Pacific, order intake increased by 43.5% to USD 239.0 million (book-to-bill of 1.43) resulting in a 68.9% higher committed backlog of USD 172.5 million.
In FY 2021, net revenue rose 6.9% in constant currency to USD 1,464.0 million (5.1% organic) from reported USD 1,357.4 million in FY 2020. The businesses acquired during FY 2021 contributed USD 24.8 million to net revenues. In H2 FY 2021, net revenues were USD 763.1 million, up 8.9% from USD 700.9 million in H1 FY 2021 despite the ongoing supply chain challenges.
Net revenue per segment was as follows (in USD million, except where indicated):
The Americas region delivered higher net revenue, up 0.8% in constant currency, of USD 706.7 million driven by the strong performance in Brazil and Japan and despite a challenging component availability situation impacting predominantly North America.
Business in the EMEA region recovered strongly compared to prior year with net revenue up 17.4% in constant currency to USD 590.1 million. The growth was driven by the UK market recovery post COVID-19, the Nordics markets and further supported by the acquisitions.
Net revenue in the Asia Pacific region was up 1.0% in constant currency to USD 167.2 million with ANZ being the main driver and despite non-availability of certain components.
Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted and Reported EBITDA*
The Adjusted EBITDA by segment was as follows (in USD million, except where indicated):
Adjusted gross profit expanded by 10.2% to USD 494.9 million or by 71 basis points to a margin of 33.8%. This expansion was a result of favorable product mix in Americas and EMEA partially offset by increased supply chain cost.
Overall, the FY 2021 Adjusted EBITDA was USD 147.0 million (up 5.3% YoY) and the Adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.0% compared to 10.3% in FY 2020. Adjusted EBITDA increased due to higher volumes mainly in EMEA and the improved gross profit margin partially offset by higher adjusted operating expenses. Adjusted EBITDA in H2 FY 2021 was USD 76.2 million at a margin of 10.0% compared to USD 70.8 million in H1 at a margin of 10.1%.
Adjusted operating expenses in FY 2021 increased by USD 38.4 million versus FY 2020 to USD 347.9 million. This increase is mainly attributable to continued investments in R&D, the strategic transformation and acquisitions. Specifically, as part of that, Adjusted R&D expenses increased to 10.7% of net revenues.
In FY 2021, operating income was USD 88.8 million, a strong increase compared to a loss of USD 365.1 million in FY 2020 which included a goodwill impairment related to legacy Toshiba goodwill. Reported EBITDA for the period under review was USD 170.3 million versus USD 113.7 million in FY 2020, an increase of 49.7% YoY.
The adjustments to bridge between reported EBITDA in the Group’s financial statements and Adjusted EBITDA are as follows (in USD million):
In FY 2021, the adjustments were in three categories. First, with respect to restructuring charges no major restructuring occurred in FY 2021 whereas restructuring charges in FY 2020 were related to the global restructuring project Hermes. Secondly, the warranty normalization adjustments of USD (13.8) million represents the amount of warranty provisions made relative to the average actual warranty utilization for the last three years. This means warranty provisions in FY 2021 were again significantly below historical levels. Thirdly, the timing difference on FX derivatives adjustment was USD (12.4) million in FY 2021 and relates to mark to market differences on hedges, primarily as a result of the stronger US Dollar versus the British Pound and the Euro.
Net Income and EPS
Net income for FY 2021 was USD 79.4 million, or USD 2.59 per share, and compares to USD 3.6 million before the goodwill impairment, or USD 0.13 per share, for FY 2020.
Cash Flow and Net Debt
Cash provided by operating activities was USD 115.8 million in FY 2021 compared to USD 123.9 million in the prior year. Free Cash Flow (excl. M&A) was USD 89.0 million, a decrease of USD 8.6 million compared to prior year. While operating working capital developed in line with volume, impacts from derivative financial instruments were unfavorable YoY. In FY 2021, capital expenditure amounted to USD 27.1 million, a small increase of 1.9% versus FY 2020 and consistent with the Company’s asset-light business model.
As of March 31st, 2022, the ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 0.98 times, with net debt of USD 143.6 million, after the dividend payment in June 2021 and several acquisitions during the fiscal year. On April 1st, 2022, the divestment of the minority stake in Intellihub was successfully closed resulting in proceeds of more than USD 220 million (before taxes) to be accounted for in FY 2022. The proceeds will be reinvested in organic and inorganic growth areas.
Distributions to Shareholders
The Board of Directors will propose a distribution of CHF 2.15 per share to the Annual General Meeting on June 24th, 2022. The proposal equals a payout of approximately USD 67 million and equivalent to a payout of Free Cash Flow (excl. M&A) of approx. 76%. If approved, the distribution will be paid out entirely from statutory capital reserves and is exempt from Swiss withholding tax.
Outlook for FY 2022
While demand among customers remains high, the ongoing global supply chain constraints and the unstable geopolitical situation result in considerable uncertainties and low visibility for financial year 2022. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Landis+Gyr expects net revenue growth in FY 2022 of between 6% and 10%, including FY 2021 acquisitions.
As announced at the Capital Markets Day in January 2021, Landis+Gyr will continue to make significant additional strategic transformation investments of approximately 2% of net revenues in FY 2022. Together with higher expected costs from supply chain and cost inflation, the Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be between 5% and 8% of net revenues.
Free Cash Flow (excluding M&A) is expected to be between USD 30 million and USD 60 million.
Mid-term targets through FY 2023 are reconfirmed, assuming the supply chain situation normalizes.
Change to the Board of Directors
For the upcoming Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on June 24th, 2022, Dave Geary has decided he will not stand for re-election as member of the Board of Directors. As a result, the Board of Directors will be reduced to seven members. Andreas Umbach, Chairman of Landis+Gyr, said: “On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to thank Dave for his great dedication and valuable contribution to Landis+Gyr over the last five years. He played a key role in shaping Landis+Gyr’s development since the IPO, and we wish him all the best for his future.“
The 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: May 5th, 2022, 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 financial year 2021 results”.
Landis+Gyr is a leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions. We measure and analyze energy utilization to generate empowering analytics for smart grid and infrastructure management, enabling utilities and consumers to reduce energy consumption. Our innovative and proven portfolio of software, services and intelligent sensor technology is a key driver to decarbonize the grid. Having avoided more than 9 million tons of CO2 in FY 2021 and committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, Landis+Gyr manages energy better – since 1896. With sales of USD 1.5 billion in FY 2021, Landis+Gyr employs around 6,500 talented people across five continents.
This release 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.
This release includes forward-looking information and statements, including statements concerning the outlook for Landis+Gyr Group AGʼs 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, geographic spread and potential after effects 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, any of 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, unrests and/or wars; 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 Group AG filings with the SIX Swiss Exchange. Although Landis+Gyr Group AG 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
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