|Bid||160.40 x N/A|
|Ask||160.50 x N/A|
|Day's range||159.60 - 162.70|
|52-week range||79.35 - 165.40|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.93|
|PE ratio (TTM)||38.39|
|Earnings date||12 Aug 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||1.20 (0.75%)|
|Ex-dividend date||28 May 2020|
|1y target est||84.24|
DGAP-News: Bechtle AG / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement/Quarter Results 08.05.2020 / 07:30 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. Bechtle Reports Strong First Quarter \- Revenue up 9.3 per cent to €1.36 billion\- EBT grows 13.4 per cent, improved margin\- Robust liquidity situationNeckarsulm, 8 May 2020 - Bechtle AG has made a very good start to 2020. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the framework conditions have been very bad especially since March. Nevertheless, the IT company was able to boost its revenue in the first quarter of 2020 by 9.3 per cent to €1,355.7 million. Earnings before taxes (EBT) even underwent disproportionately high growth of 13.4 per cent to €51.1 million. The EBT margin thus improved to 3.8 per cent. As of 31 March 2020, Bechtle had 11,768 employees, an increase of 1,434 or 13.9 per cent. In Germany, the revenue growth reached a remarkable 10.6 per cent. Though faced with some even more drastic measures to control the spread of Covid-19, the locations abroad achieved revenue growth of 7.3 per cent. The group's organic revenue growth amounted to 8.2 per cent. "In the first quarter, we already struggled with the negative impact of the pandemic. Many projects were postponed, some vendors had supply difficulties, and our employees' work at the customer locations was much more difficult. On the other hand, we noticed a significant surge in demand in the industry and from our public-sector clients, especially for home office equipment and technical solutions for the implementation of virtual collaboration setups," explains Dr Thomas Olemotz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Bechtle AG.Above-Average Earnings Growth in System House Business In the IT System House & Managed Services segment, Bechtle increased its revenue in the first three months of 2020 by 9.8 per cent to €859.1 million. The organic growth rate was 8.1 per cent. Both the project business with modern IT architectures - a key precondition for the digital transformation - and the business with cloud managed services contributed to the profitable growth. Additional momentum was generated by the higher demand for the equipment and operation of home office and collaboration solutions. Accordingly, EBIT went up 23.2 per cent to €32.5 million. The EBIT margin rose from 3.4 per cent to 3.8 per cent.E-Commerce Especially Strong in Germany In the IT E-Commerce segment, the revenue in the first quarter of 2020 grew 8.5 per cent to €496.6 million. At 20.4 per cent, the growth in Germany was particularly strong. This especially reflected the high demand for home office equipment. Due to impairment recognised under consideration of the expected economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, EBIT merely increased 1.2 per cent to €20.1 million. The margin declined from 4.3 per cent to 4.1 per cent.Cash Positions Up In the first quarter of 2020, the operating cash flow of Bechtle AG performed very well, climbing to €22.8 million (previous year: -€22.1 million). Bechtle AG has also further optimised its working capital. At €636.9 million, this item remained below the figure of 31 December 2019 despite the strong growth. The total liquidity is at a very comfortable level of €285.1 million. Targets Confirmed Despite Major Uncertainty The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic are looming massively over the further development of the macroeconomic framework conditions, which is thus more uncertain than ever. However, owing to the positive performance in the first quarter and the expectation that the framework conditions will return to normal in the course of the year, Bechtle confirms its revenue and earnings growth target of at least 5 per cent, respectively, which the company had published in March. "Though a reliable forecast is presently impossible and we expected a rather reluctant second quarter, we are sticking to our goals for this year. Currently, we believe that our business will move on under increasingly normalised framework conditions in the course of the third quarter. Despite the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Bechtle's medium to long-term outlook remains positive in view of the ongoing digitisation," says Dr Thomas Olemotz. Bechtle KPIs for the First Quarter of 2020 Q1/2020 Q1/2019 +/- Revenue €k 1,355,674 1,239,948 +9.3% Domestic €k 828,748 749,079 +10.6% Abroad €k 526,926 490,869 +7.3% IT System House €k 859,116 782,219 +9.8% IT E-Commerce €k 496,558 457,729 +8.5% EBIT €k 52,627 46,278 +13.7% IT System House €k 32,489 26,370 +23.2% IT E-Commerce €k 20,138 19,908 +1.2% EBIT margin % 3.9 3.7 EBT €k 51,055 45,006 +13.4% EBT margin % 3.8 3.6 Earnings after taxes €k 36,468 31,677 +15.1% Earnings per share € 0.87 0.75 +15.1% Cash flow from operating activities €k 22,757 -22,112 +202.9% Number of employees (as of 31 March) 11,768 10,334 +13.9% 31.3.2020 31.12.2019 +/- Liquidity* €k 285,060 272,197 +4.7% Equity ratio % 43.0 42.4 * Incl. time deposits and securities ***The interim report for the first quarter of 2020 is available for download at bechtle.com/reports.About Bechtle: Bechtle AG has 75 IT system houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With 24 e-commerce companies in 14 countries, Bechtle is one of Europe's leading online IT enterprises. Founded in 1983, the group is headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany, and currently has about 11,800 employees. Bechtle offers its more than 70,000 customers from the fields of industry and trade, the public sector and the financial market a comprehensive, cross-vendor portfolio of IT infrastructure and IT operation solutions. Bechtle is listed in the MDAX and TecDAX indexes. In 2019, the company's revenue amounted to more than €5.37 billion. For more information, see bechtle.comContactInvestor Relations Corporate Communications/Press Martin Link Sabine Brand email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +49 7132 981-4149 Phone: +49 7132 981-4115 * * *08.05.2020 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Archive at www.dgap.de * * * Language: English Company: Bechtle AG Bechtle Platz 1 74172 Neckarsulm Germany Phone: +49 7132 981-0 Fax: +49 7132 981-8000 E-mail: email@example.com Internet: bechtle.com ISIN: DE0005158703 WKN: 515870 Indices: MDAX, TecDAX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange EQS News ID: 1038517 End of News DGAP News Service
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