DGAP-News: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: HEIDELBERG successfully closes fiscal year 2021/22 with after-tax profit – highest order backlog in 10 years

2022. május 06., péntek, 08:02







DGAP-News: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: HEIDELBERG successfully closes fiscal year 2021/22 with after-tax profit – highest order backlog in 10 years








06.05.2022 / 08:02




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  • Sales in FY 2021/22 up 14 percent to €2.183 billion

  • Order intake up by more than 23 percent to €2.454 billion

  • Highest order backlog in more than 10 years at around €900 million

  • Significantly improved EBITDA margin of 7.3 percent

  • Net result after taxes amount to €33 million

  • Positive free cash flow of €88 million - net financial debt completely reduced

According to preliminary calculations (unaudited), Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) achieved its own forecast for sales and EBITDA margin for the past financial year 2021/22 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) and returned to profitability. At €2.183 billion, sales were around 14 percent higher than the previous year, thus meeting the target of at least €2.1 billion. The reporting period showed a clear recovery from the previous year, which had been particularly hard hit by the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. The noticeable improvement in the investment climate was reflected in particular in the increase in incoming orders received by more than €450 million year-on-year to €2.454 billion.



Both commercial printing and packaging printing recorded significant year-on-year growth in the past financial year, with the increase in commercial printing being stronger due to the particularly weak comparative period. Demand picked up across almost all products and in all regions, with investments in new presses being the main driver. As of March 31, 2022, the order backlog stood at around € 900 million, the highest level in more than 10 years (previous year: € 636 million).



Strong business development in the e-mobility segment

In percentage terms, the still young business unit saw the strongest growth in the electromobility market. Demand for charging stations for electric vehicles, known as wallboxes, picked up strongly, with sales increasing by more than 120 percent to around €50 million in the past fiscal year. Despite increased investments in growth, the operating margin increased significantly compared to the previous year. Having started out as a supplier to the automotive industry, HEIDELBERG is now one of the major suppliers in this sector, with over 165,000 units sold.



"In a challenging environment, we have grown in all core business areas, both in terms of sales and earnings," said Dr. Ludwin Monz, Chairman of the Executive Board of HEIDELBERG. "The high order backlog resulting from the noticeable market recovery in the past fiscal year provides a good foundation for sales in the new fiscal year. However, the effects of the war in Ukraine are currently presenting us, like most other companies, with challenges. We have to deal with the economic uncertainty and the significant increase in raw material and energy prices.” Monz, who took over as CEO on April 1, 2022, adds with regard to the further development of HEIDELBERG: "HEIDELBERG has been extremely successful in coming out of the trough of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to work on strengthening our core business in the printing sector. This will free us up to expand into new markets at the same time."



The positive development of sales and a significant improvement in cost efficiency also had a strong impact on the development of earnings. EBITDA increased to €160 million in the financial year (previous year: €95 million). In addition to the operating improvements, income from asset management, in particular the sale of docufy (around €22 million) and a property in the United Kingdom (around €26 million), also made a positive contribution. Adjusted for comparable effects from the previous year, the operating improvement underlying EBITDA alone amounted to more than €100 million. The EBITDA margin in relation to sales was around 7.3 percent, well above the previous year"s figure of 5.0 percent and within the target corridor.



"In recent years, we have significantly reduced our cost base, turned free cash flow positive and completely eliminated net financial debt. This is benefiting us today in these uncertain times," said Marcus A. Wassenberg, the company"s Chief Financial Officer. "However, we must not rest on our laurels and must continue to work on increasing our profitability."



As expected, preliminary net result after taxes improved significantly year-on-year to €33 million in fiscal 2021/22 (prior year: €-43 million). Mainly as a result of the sharp reduction in net working capital and proceeds from asset disposals in the reporting period, free cash flow for the full year is clearly positive at €88 million.



The company will publish its annual financial statements and annual report for fiscal year 2021/22 on June 9, 2022.



Image material, and further information about the company are available in the Investor Relations and Press Lounge of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG at www.heidelberg.com.




Heidelberg IR also on Twitter:


Link to the IR Twitter channel: https://twitter.com/Heidelberg_IR

On Twitter under the name: @Heidelberg_IR

Further information:



Corporate Communications

Thomas Fichtl

Phone: +49 6222 82-67123

Fax: +49 6222 82-67129

E-mail: Thomas.Fichtl@heidelberg.com



Investor Relations

Maximilian Beyer

Phone: +49 6222 82-67120

Fax: +49 6222 82-99 67120

E-mail: maximilian.beyer@heidelberg.com



Important note:



This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimations by the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft. Even though the Management Board is of the opinion that those assumptions and estimations are realistic, the actual future development and results may deviate substantially from these forward-looking statements due to various factors, such as changes in the macro-economic situation, in the exchange rates, in the interest rates, and in the print media industry. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft gives no warranty and does not assume liability for any damages in case the future development and the projected results do not correspond with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.



Preliminary key figures FY 2021/22 at a glance






























Figures in € millions 2020/2021 2021/2022
Incoming orders 2,000 2,454
Order backlog (as of 3/31/2022) 636 901
Net sales 1,913 2,183
EBITDA 95 160
in percent of sales 5.0 7.3
Net result after taxes -43 33
Free cash flow 40 88
Employees 10,212 9,811

 
















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Language: English
Company: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Kurfürsten-Anlage 52–60

69115 Heidelberg

Germany
Phone: +49 (0)6222 82-67121
Fax: +49 (0)6222 82-67129
E-mail: investorrelations@heidelberg.com
Internet: www.heidelberg.com
ISIN: DE0007314007
WKN: 731400
Indices: SDAX
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1345217





 
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