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DGAP-News: MAX Automation SE / Key word(s): Quarter Results/Quarterly / Interim Statement
MAX Automation starts financial year 2022 successfully and continues its strategic realignment
Düsseldorf, 12 May 2022 - MAX Automation SE (ISIN DE000A2DA588), a company listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has gotten off to a successful start to financial year 2022 and achieved significant increases in sales on the basis of high order backlogs at the beginning of the financial year and continued good order intake. While the liquidation of iNDAT Robotics, in particular provisions, burdened the operating result before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), the other MAX investments developed in line with the company’s strategy.
Positive order development in particular from Vecoplan, NSM + Jücker and Elwema segments
The MAX Group’s consolidated order intake increased by 52.6% to EUR 112.3 million in the first quarter of 2022 (3M 2021: EUR 73.6 million). This positive development was mainly driven by the Vecoplan Group, NSM + Jücker and Elwema segments that offer solutions for environmental technology, the food industry, and the automotive industry. The bdtronic Group also experienced a solid development due to demand for dispensing and hot riveting technology from the automotive industry. After the high order intake in the previous quarters, the order intake of the MA micro Group was below the previous year’s level while the order backlog remains high. AIM Micro received a major order for 2023. Following the closure of the iNDAT segment resolved in February, only a small number of service orders were taken, therefore order intake fell accordingly. The order development in the Other segment was characterised by the winding down and liquidation of the IWM companies. Overall, the MAX Group’s order backlog rose by 41.8% to EUR 302.2 million as of 31 March 2022 (31 December 2021: EUR 213.1 million).
Operating result burdened by provisions for the liquidation of iNDAT
MAX Group’s sales revenue increased by 28.7% to EUR 91.1 million in the first quarter of 2022 (3M 2021: EUR 70.8 million). The increase is due to the high order backlog at the end of 2021 and strong order intake in the first quarter. In the bdtronic Group segment, dispensing technology and the strong service business were key drivers of sales revenue, while project delays led to a minor overall decline. Vecoplan Group, MA micro Group and AIM Micro as well as NSM + Jücker and Elwema recorded high sales on the basis of the good order situation, while iNDAT and Other segments posted declines in sales as expected.
The liquidation of the loss-making iNDAT segment, which was initiated as part of the change in strategy, had a negative impact on the operating result before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of the MAX Group, particularly due to provisions. The MAX Group EBITDA amounted to EUR 2.0 million (3M 2021: EUR 3.6 million). The other investments of the MAX Group developed as planned and in part better than expected. The bdtronic Group and Vecoplan Group segments developed as expected. MA micro and NSM + Jücker benefited from higher sales with high-margin projects, while Elwema improved to a positive operating result through optimization measures in project handling and cost savings. In the Other segment, the winding down and liquidation costs of the IWM companies had a negative impact.
The MAX Group recorded a cash outflow from operating cash flow of EUR 6.4 million in the first quarter of 2022 due to the working capital requirements of the increased project volume (3M 2021: cash outflow of EUR 8.2 million). This is due in particular to the increase in inventories. Net debt as of 31 March 2021 reflects the further decrease in bank loans to EUR 83.1 million compared to the same quarter of last year (31 March 2021: EUR 93.4 million). However, bank loans increased by EUR 14.9 million compared to the end of 2021 due to increased operational financing needs. Working capital declined to EUR 40.6 million (31 March 2021: EUR 51.5 million) with a simultaneous increase in inventories due to high advance payments in the past financial year. Cash and cash equivalents increased to EUR 34.1 million in the first quarter of 2022 (31 December 2021: EUR 30.1 million), in particular due to the use of the new syndicated loan.
“We started financial year 2022 with operational and strategic successes and have achieved significant milestones. These include the early agreement of a new syndicated loan of EUR 190 million in the first quarter and the capital increase against cash and non-cash contributions successfully placed after the end of the reporting period. We have thus secured the financial stability for the implementation of our strategy and significantly strengthened the capital structure of the MAX Group. Operationally, order development and sales revenue have increased significantly. Adjusted for the provisions for the liquidation of iNDAT, profitability is also developing in line with the company’s expectations,” said Dr. Christian Diekmann, Managing Director and CEO/CFO of MAX Automation SE.
Outlook for 2022 confirmed
In view of the successful development in the first quarter of 2022 and the order backlog that is higher than in the same quarter of the previous year, the Managing Directors see a solid basis for the current financial year and confirm the outlook for 2022. Assuming that the current situation in Ukraine and possible sanctions do not have a significant impact on the economic development of the Group, MAX Automation remains committed to achieving sales revenue of between approximately EUR 360.0 million and EUR 420.0 million in financial year 2022. For operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of the MAX Group, the Managing Directors expect a range of approximately EUR 23.0 million to EUR 29.0 million, taking the liquidation costs for iNDAT into account.
Detailed financial information
The complete quarterly statement for the first quarter of 2022 of MAX Automation SE is available for download at https://www.maxautomation.com/en/investor-relations/financial-reports/.
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