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exceet Group SE: Financial Results First Quarter 2015, Slow but robust start into 2015

Montag, 04.05.2015 19:10

(DGAP-Media / 04.05.2015 / 19:07)
 
 Financial Results First Quarter 2015 
 
 Slow but robust start into 2015
 
   - Net Sales of EUR 46.0 million (Q1/2014: EUR 48.4 million) 
 
   - Investments lead to EBITDA Margin of 6.5% (Q1/2014: 10.3%)
 
   - Promising project pipeline strengthens management's confidence for the
     year
 
 Luxembourg, 04 May 2015 - 06.30 p.m. - exceet started slow but robust into
 2015. Revenue for the first three months 2015 reached EUR 46.0 million (Q1
 2014: EUR 48.4 million) representing a decline of 5.0%. The first quarter
 2015 was as expected below the strong first quarter of the prior year and
 in addition influenced by the postponement of loyalty card projects in the
 volume of about EUR 1.5 million.
 
 As announced earlier, exceet continued its investments in human capital to
 develop the business activities for instance in industrial Internet of
 Things (IoT), multi identity solutions and e-health as well as into product
 development and the strengthening of the sales force. In combination with
 the lower sales level exceet achieved an EBITDA of EUR 3.0 million (6.5% of
 net sales) compared to EUR 5.0 million (10.3% of net sales) in Q1 2014.
 
 Electronic Components, Modules & Systems (ECMS) contributed 71.9% to
 overall Group sales. The Net Sales decreased slightly to EUR 33.1 million
 during the first three month of 2015, against EUR 33.7 million during the
 first three month of 2014. The ECMS segment achieved an EBITDA of EUR 4.3
 million, accounting for an EBITDA margin of 13.1%, compared to 5.7 million
 or a margin of 16.9% in  the same period of the previous year.
 
 ECMS strengthened its market position in the field of products with high
 reliability and comprehensive documentation requirements. ECMS rolled out
 the Product-Lifecycle-Management (PLM) solution "Polarion". The
 documentation software perfectly supports approval processes and
 certifications, e.g. FDA compliance. ECMS improves its position for
 upcoming projects and will also be able to acquire new customers by
 offering PLM as a service for their own development projects.
 
 In Q1 ECMS received different follow-up orders from Biovotion. They
 supplement the order of 2014 for the development, industrialization and
 production of the new Biovotion bodymonitor. ECMS also received an order
 from SoNovum AG for the development of electronic components and
 industrialization of a mobile stroke diagnosis device. Besides development
 and industrialization, ECMS will support the certification process which is
 expected to be already finalized in 2015. exceet was also assigned to
 develop a prototype for a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator. The
 customer is one of the largest suppliers in this market.
 
 ID Management & Systems (IDMS) accounted for 22.6% of the group-wide sales.
 The revenue in Q1 2015 amounted to EUR 10.4 million, which represents a
 decrease of 19.5% compared to EUR 12.9 million in Q1 2014. IDMS reported an
 EBITDA of EUR 0.5 million for the first quarter 2015 which results in an
 EBITDA Margin of 4.8%. In the same period of the previous year the segment
 achieved an EBITDA of EUR 0.9 million (representing 6.9% EBITDA Margin).
 
 IDMS intensified the activities in the loyalty segment; some large projects
 have been postponed to the second half-year. A new loyalty project with
 ARAL was started and will be used to further increase marketing and sales
 activities in this profitable market segment. The ARAL collectible cards
 campaign is a project with promising volumes. IDMS expects first follow-up
 orders in the coming quarter and will supply high quality printed cards and
 cash-back functionality.
 
 exceet Secure Solutions (ESS) accounted for 5.5% of total group sales. In
 Q1 2015 the segment generated revenues of EUR 2.5 million. This reflects an
 improvement compared to Q1 2014 of EUR 0.7 million. The EBITDA for this
 reporting period reached minus EUR 0.1 million (Q1 2014: minus EUR 0.2
 million). This included all the ongoing costs to develop the described
 markets.
 
 In the reporting period ESS received follow-up orders in context with the
 German electronic health card (eGK) and could already execute some of them
 in Q1 2015. Furthermore ESS was assigned to deliver Hardware Security
 Modules (HSM) including implementation and related consulting services for
 a smart meter project of E.ON in UK. The segment also won another HSM
 project and received an order from a large worldwide automotive supplier.
 ESS will deliver the hardware and related services. The solution will be
 used for secure electrical locking systems for the automotive industry.
 These HSM projects will positively impact the industrial IoT activities of
 ESS.
 Outlook for 2015
 
 Industrial IoT and wearable solutions demand extreme levels of precision,
 miniaturization and security. The positive market perspectives for these
 segments make exceet's management strongly confident to be able to
 participate in the substantial growth potential that lies in the structural
 transformation of the relevant sectors. The ongoing sales and market
 development efforts and the promising project pipeline of the card business
 will allow a profitable growth for 2015 based on exceet's portfolio of
 product solutions and competences. However, as the group has substantial
 operations in Switzerland, exceet faces some uncertainties concerning the
 impact of a stronger CHF against the EUR in some of its markets.
 
 Greenock S.à r.l. a major shareholder of exceet Group SE had informed the
 company in Q1 2014 that they are assessing their strategic options related
 to their shareholding in exceet Group SE, including a possible disposal of
 such shareholding to a third party. Pursuant to the updated information
 provided by Greenock S.à r.l., no final decision has still been taken
 regarding the form and timing of a potential transaction.
 
 Annex: Performance and Structural Data Q1 2015
 Complete Interim Management Report on the first three month 2015 and actual
 Investor Relation Presentation available at www.exceet.lu
 
 Please contact for further information:
 
 Wolf-Günter Freese, CFO - Email: Investor.relations@exceet.lu 
 exceet Group SE
 115 avenue Gaston Diderich
 L-1420 Luxembourg
 Phone +352 26 29 91 22
 
 ISIN LU0472835155 (Public Shares), Regulated Market, Prime Standard,
 Frankfurt/Main
 ISIN LU0472839819 (Public Warrants), Regulated Market, General Standard,
 Frankfurt/Main
 
 exceet will announce half-year results for 2015 on 07 August 2015 (after
 closing of the market)
  
 About exceet  
 exceet is an international technology group, which is specialized in the
 development and production of intelligent, complex and secure electronics.
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Language: English Company: exceet Group SE 115, avenue Gaston Diderich L-1420 Luxemburg Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Phone: +352 2629 9122 Fax: +352 2629 9150 E-mail: info@exceet.ch Internet: www.exceet.ch ISIN: LU0472835155, LU0472839819 WKN: A0YF5P, A1BFHT Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Munich End of News DGAP-Media
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