- Net sales amounted to EUR 287.5 million (239.0), up 23.2%* in local currencies, organic net sales decreased by 0.4%*
- Operative EBITA amounted to EUR 3.2 million (5.3) or 1.1% of net sales (2.2)
- No non-recurring items (-2.6)
- EBITA amounted to EUR 3.2 million (2.7) or 1.1% of net sales (1.1)
- Net financial expenses decreased to EUR -3.7 million (-7.9)
- The net result amounted to EUR -3.6 million (-7.5)
- Earnings per share was EUR -0.06 (-0.14)
- Operative cash flow amounted to EUR -37.4 million (-59.9), cash conversion was 112.1% on a rolling 12-month basis
Unless otherwise stated, figures in brackets refer to the same period in the previous year
* Organic net sales excludes Norwegian Communication business and the Edi.Son, Sønnico and Vete acquisitions in 2015 and is presented using comparable exchange rates.
Comments by the CEO
Continued growth with weather affecting profitability
Eltel’s growth trajectory continued in the first quarter 2016, with a solid 20-percent increase in net sales driven by acquisitions made in 2015. The long-term positive drivers in the Infranet market remained visible, and Eltel won some exciting new contracts during and after the reporting period. Our committed order backlog continued to show a positive trend and increased during the quarter. However, from an Eltel perspective, organic growth was hampered by less favourable weather conditions in the first quarter.
Since the first quarter is Eltel’s weakest in seasonal terms, fluctuations in production and delivery volumes have the biggest impact on our profitability. Weather effects, combined with the business mix, particularly in our Transport & Security segment, resulted in a lower consolidated operative EBITA margin compared with the same period in 2015.
Our second quarter started with three new acquisitions – Celer in Finland and U-Serv and the field service activities of EVB in Germany. These are all prime examples of acquisitions that expand our local platforms and add critical mass in our new markets. Taking into account our recent achievements and the advances made last year, Germany is expected to account for a more sizeable portion of Group revenues in 2016 and onwards.
In the short term, we can still see room for improvements, especially in our rail and power transmission business. These operations also account for the most cyclical parts of our business where timing of orders and deliveries may cause fluctuations between individual quarters.
We remain dedicated to our mid to long-term targets regarding profitable growth. The selected acquisitions we have completed will serve as important drivers for our revenue growth moving forward. Organic growth continues to be supported by a solid market outlook and a historically strong committed order backlog, with production and delivery volumes normally increasing in the second half of the year. Our focus on continued operational efficiency is being further enhanced with several organisational initiatives and investments planned for 2016 – to build on The Eltel Way. One good example of this is the two-year project we have launched to utilise best practice and scale synergies within our centralised support functions.
In our society, where an efficient and more sustainable infrastructure is playing an increasingly important role,
Eltel will continue to be the forerunner in transforming the Infranet industry.
–Axel Hjärne, President and CEO
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