Incap Corporation: Incap Group Half-Year Financial Report for January-June 2019 - Strong growth in revenue and profitability continued

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Incap Corporation                                            Half-Year Financial Report             14 August 2019 at 8.30 a.m. (EEST)                              

Unless otherwise stated, the comparison figures refer to the corresponding period in the previous year. This half-year financial report is unaudited.

"Incap's second quarter was strong again. In January-June our revenues increased by 38 percent compared to the first half of the previous year, and operating profit (EBIT) margin increased to 15.5 per cent.

The growth of sales was mainly due to deliveries to new customers. We managed to broaden our customer base especially in the area of IoT (Internet of things) and light vehicles. At the same time, the business continued smoothly with our long-term established customers both in our production units in India and Estonia.

For good profitability, our lean organization structure, flexibility, and continuous improvements in the production lines together with increased volumes are the key elements. On top of that, we have highly professional and efficient teams in both units who want to offer superior service to our customers.

In general, the growth of contract manufacturing in electronics is expected to continue. The growth is based not only on the increasing interest in the contract manufacturing business model, but also on the growing market for IoT and new types of electronic gadgets manufactured globally.

Even though the competition in electronic manufacturing is harsh and the problems with component availability still remain, I am confident that with our focus on efficiency, we are able to maintain our strong position in the markets. We aim to continue to grow our business organically. However, should suitable opportunities arise, with our good financial position it is also possible to grow our business through acquisitions."

The business environment and the general cost level of Incap Group remained stable during the first half of the 2019. The customers are very price-conscious and expect that their manufacturing partners increase efficiency continuously.

Despite the fact that the electronics manufacturing services business has suffered from problems in component availability due to high demand, the prices of components and raw materials showed only a moderate trend of increase. The shortage is expected to continue, and the impacts of the trade war between the USA and China on the component availability are still unclear. Incap is monitoring carefully the situation.

In the long run, Incap sees the market development positive as electronics is used more and more in industry also in new areas such as in light vehicles and other everyday items. The growing environmental technology sector will also offer market opportunities.

Revenue for January-June amounted to EUR 37.2 million, showing an increase of 38% year-on-year (1-6/2018: EUR 27.0 million). The revenue increased mainly due to deliveries to new customers, in addition to which the business developed favourably also with the long-term established customers.

The profitability of the Incap Group remained solid. The operating profit (EBIT) for January-June amounted to EUR 5.7 million (EUR 3.1 million) which was 15.5% of revenues (11.4%). This is generally considered to be a good level in electronics manufacturing. The good profitability was achieved by keeping the organization structure lean and overhead costs low, together with the state-of-the-art machinery and growing volumes.

Personnel expenses in the report period increased slightly amounted to approximately EUR 2.7 million (EUR 2.4 million). Other business costs remained at EUR 1.7 million (EUR 1.7 million). As a result of the growing business volumes the material costs increased from EUR 20.2 million to EUR 26.5 million. The value of inventories was EUR 10.5 million at the end of the reporting period (EUR 9.2 million). 

Net financial expenses amounted to EUR 0.3 million (EUR 0.3 million). Depreciations were EUR 0.7 million (EUR 0.2 million) where an increase of EUR 0.3 million is due to adoption of IFRS 16.

Net profit for the period was EUR 4.3 million (EUR 2.1 million). Earnings per share were EUR 0.99 (EUR 0.48). 

The revenue of the second quarter amounted to EUR 18.7 million (4-6/2018: EUR 14.5 million). Operating profit (EBIT) for the second quarter was EUR 2.9 million (4-6/2018: EUR 1.9 million).

Investments in the report period totalled EUR 0.5 million (EUR 0.5 million), and they were connected to the production lines mainly in India.

The Group adopted IFRS 16 on 1 January 2019 using the modified retrospective method where comparative information will not be restated.

The adoption of IFRS 16 has no material impact on group’s EBIT even though the interest component on the lease payments is recognized in financial income and expenses. The impact of IFRS 16 adoption on the level of total equity is not material. 

The amendment increases the volumes of rental contracts and liabilities recorded in the consolidated balance sheet by EUR 2.2 million in the second quarter and by EUR 2.8 million in the first half of 2019. This is reported in non-current interest-bearing liabilities (EUR 2.4 million) and in current interest-bearing liabilities (EUR 0.4 million). The increase in depreciations due to this change was EUR 0.3 million.

Incap will not adapt IFRS 16 to leasing agreements with rental period 12 months or less or when the contracts notice period is less than 12 months without sanctions. Most of Incap's leasing commitments are short term or low value agreements, which are handled as operating lease contracts. Incap has, at the moment, no activities as a lessor. 

The balance sheet total on 30 June 2019 stood at EUR 35.6 million (EUR 27.7 million) and the Group's equity was EUR 20.3 million (EUR 12.0 million).

The equity ratio further improved from the comparison period and was 57.1% (43.4%). Net gearing markedly improved and was 4.2% (27.4%).

Liabilities decreased slightly from the comparison period to EUR 15.3 million (EUR 15.6 million), of which EUR 5.6 million (EUR 5.6 million) were interest-bearing liabilities. Interest-bearing net debt significantly decreased to EUR 0.8 million (EUR 3.3 million).

The Group’s non-current interest-bearing liabilities amounted to EUR 3.2 million (EUR 1.0 million) and non-interest-bearing liabilities amounted to EUR 0.5 million (EUR 0.0 million). The current interest-bearing liabilities were EUR 2.4 million (EUR 4.6 million). Approximately EUR 1.4 million of interest-bearing liabilities concern the Indian subsidiary (EUR 2.0 million). Other liabilities include EUR 0.7 million of bank loans and limits granted by the company’s Finnish bank (EUR 1.7 million) and EUR 0.8 million of factoring financing used in Estonia (EUR 2.0 million).

The main covenants of the company’s loans are equity ratio and the Group’s interest-bearing debt in relation to EBITDA, and their status is reviewed every six months. In the review on 30 June 2019 the target level of interest-bearing debt in relation to EBITDA was below 2.5 and the target for equity ratio 25.0%. The company met these covenants as the actual interest-bearing debt/EBITDA on the review date was 0.9 and the equity ratio 57.1%.

As to the loans granted by the Indian bank, the company has committed to follow ordinary covenants and the bank’s general loan conditions. 

The Group’s cash position during the report period was solid. The Group’s quick ratio was 1.4 (0.9), and the current ratio was 2.3 (1.6).

Cash flow from operations was EUR 5.5 million (EUR 1.5 million). On 30 June 2019, the Group’s cash and cash equivalents totalled EUR 4.8 million (EUR 2.3 million). The change in cash and cash equivalents showed an increase of EUR 1.9 million.

At the end of report period, Incap Group had a payroll of 830 employees (667). 89.3% (89%) of the personnel worked in India, 10.5% (10%) in Estonia and 0.2% (0.4%) in Finland. The average number of personnel during the report period was 815 (628).

Incap Group’s President and CEO is Otto Pukk, who is also Managing Director for Incap’s subsidiary in Estonia. The other members of the management team are Murthy Munipalli, Director – Operations India and Sales Asia, and Antti Pynnönen, CFO.

The Group has business units in Estonia and in India and sourcing operations in Hong Kong. Business units in Estonia and in India operate as profit centres and are responsible, besides for the actual order-delivery process, also for the quotations and pricing in accordance with the corporate guidelines. Finance and administration, sourcing, sales, IT and communications are coordinated by the corporate office.

The Annual General Meeting resolved that the number of members of the Board of Directors is three (3). Carl-Gustaf von Troil, Päivi Jokinen and Ville Vuori were re-elected as members to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors elected amongst its members Ville Vuori as the Chairman of the Board.

The Annual General Meeting re-elected the firm of independent accountants Ernst & Young Oy as the company's auditor, and the principal auditor will be Bengt Nyholm, Authorised Public Accountant.

The Annual General Meeting authorised the Board of Directors to decide to issue new shares either against payment or without payment. The authorisation entitles to a maximum quantity of 436,516 new shares. The new shares may be issued to the company's shareholders in proportion to their current shareholdings in the company or deviating from the shareholders' pre-emptive right through one or more directed share issue, if the company has a weighty financial reason to do so. Based on the authorisation, the Board of Directors can, pursuant to chapter 10, section 1, of the Companies Act, also decide on issuing other special rights entitling to new shares of the company. The subscription price of the new shares can be recorded partly or fully to the invested unrestricted equity reserves or to equity according to the decision of the Board of Directors.

The authorisation is valid for one year from the Annual General Meeting. The Board has not exercised the authorisation.

Incap Corporation has one series of shares, and the number of shares at the end of the period was 4,365,168 (30 June 2018: 4,365,168).

The Annual General Meeting 2019 authorised the Board of Directors to decide to issue new shares. The authorisation entitles to a maximum quantity of 436,516 new shares.

During the report period, the share price varied between EUR 15.05 and 7.18 (EUR 6.80 and 5.70). The closing price for the period was EUR 13.35 (EUR 5.78). The market capitalisation on 30 June 2019 was EUR 58.3 million (EUR 25.2 million). At the end of report period, the company had 2,707 shareholders (2,615). Nominee-registered or foreign owners held 4.5% (3.5%) of all shares. The company does not hold any of its own shares.

General risks related to the company’s business operations and sector include the development of customer demand, price competition in contract manufacturing, success in acquirement of new customers, availability and price development of raw material and components, sufficiency of funding, liquidity and exchange rate fluctuations.

At the moment the financing position of the company is good and the sufficiency of financing and working capital is posing no significant risk.  

In the definition of the volumes of internal transactions the actual value added and the so-called “arm’s length” principle are considered. After the cumulative losses in India were covered during the latter half of 2015, it is possible to repatriate profits also through dividends.

The value of the shares in subsidiaries in the parent group has a significant impact on the parent company’s equity and therefore on, for example, equity ratio. Based on the impairment calculations in connection with the financial statements for 2018 there is no need for any write-down of the value of the shares in subsidiaries. However, based on the company’s estimate there is a risk connected with the valuation of the shares of the Estonian subsidiary because of the previous unprofitable operations of the subsidiary. There is no such risk in the valuation of the subsidiary in India. 

Demand for Incap’s services and the company’s financial position are affected by global economic trends and the fluctuation among customer industries. The risks connected with the customer demand and the solvency of customers are monitored and evaluated separately for each customer. The management considers the customer relationship management to be of utmost importance and is paying special attention to it.

The company’s sales are spread over several customer sectors balancing out the impact of the economic fluctuation in different industrial sectors. Four biggest customers contributed to 80,6% (84,8%) of revenue in January-June 2019. Out of the total revenue in first half of 2019, 7 customers (4) exceeded EUR 1 Million revenue.

The company’s business segment, electronics manufacturing services, is highly competitive and there are major pressures on cost level management. The company has succeeded in increasing the efficiency of its operations and in lowering the costs. Furthermore, the company’s production is located in countries with competitive levels of wage and general costs.

The most significant exchange rate risk of the company is related to the Indian subsidiary. A large part of the Group’s operations is located in India, and the fluctuation in the exchange rates between Indian Rupee and Euro may have a big effect on revenue and results.

The Indian subsidiary of the company had a tax audit in 2016, and based on the audit, the tax authorities do not approve the depreciations made on the capitalized customer contracts during accounting periods 2008/2009-2012/2013 and the transfer costs during the accounting period 2011/2012. The estimated effect with eventual interest is amounting to a maximum of EUR 0.6 million. The company’s complaint is still in the process of tax authorities. The tax debt has been presented in the off-balance sheet liabilities.

In tax audit conducted by Indian tax authorities for period 2015-2016 the deductibility of group costs are being investigated. Group has recorded a reservation for tax and interest totalling EUR 0.5 million for the financial period 2018. The case is still under preliminary investigation and if an agreement cannot be settled with a local tax authority the company’s point of view will be processed.

There have been no significant issues to report after the reporting period.

Incap’s good profitability trend has enabled the strong operations development, which ensures the stable organic growth. The efficient operational model of the company embraces fast decision-making and high operational flexibility.

Incap's estimates for future business development are based both on its customers' forecasts and on the company's own assessments.

The company keeps the guidance for 2019 same: The company estimates that the Group’s full-year revenue and operating profit (EBIT) for 2019 will be higher than in 2018, provided that there are no major changes in currency exchange rates or in component availability.

Incap Group’s business review for January-September 2019 will be published on 6 November 2019.

In Helsinki, 14 August 2019

INCAP CORPORATIONBoard of Directors

For additional information, please contact:Otto Pukk, President and CEO, tel. +372 508 0798

Distribution:Nasdaq Helsinki LtdPrincipal mediaThe company’s home page www.incapcorp.com

ANNEXES1 Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income2 Consolidated Balance Sheet3 Consolidated Cash Flow Statement4 Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity5 Group Key Figures and Contingent Liabilities6 Calculations of Key Figures

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