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PRESS RELEASE: INDUS Holding AG: INDUS acquires hidden champion in growing construction industry

03/23/2021 | 01:46am EDT
DGAP-News: INDUS Holding AG / Key word(s): Annual Report/Investment 
INDUS Holding AG: INDUS acquires hidden champion in growing construction industry 
2021-03-23 / 07:43 
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. 
INDUS acquires hidden champion in growing construction industry 
  . Solid financial year 2020 in line with expectations 
  . Proposed dividend of EUR 0.80 at prior year level 
  . Noticeable recovery expected in transition year 2021; good start to the year 
Bergisch Gladbach, 23 March 2021 - INDUS Holding AG, a German exchange-listed company, will acquire 70 percent of the 
shares in WIRUS Fenster GmbH & Co. KG (WIRUS) headquartered in Rietberg-Mastholte in the district of Gütersloh. 
Employing some 245 people, the highly profitable window manufacturer generated sales revenues of approx. EUR 56 million 
in 2020. The WIRUS product range comprises plastic and aluminum windows, sliding, front and side entrance doors as well 
as privacy shields and sun protection systems. Following the latest acquisitions of JST and WIRUS, INDUS now has 48 
investments in its portfolio. 
"The general conditions for attractive acquisitions have improved noticeably," says Dr. Johannes Schmidt, Chairman of 
the Board of Management of the INDUS Group. "By making the second acquisition within the past four months, we clearly 
underline our growth ambitions." WIRUS complements the INDUS portfolio in the Construction/Infrastructure segment. 
There is still good potential for growth in the construction industry. "With an above-average level of digitalization 
in sales, production and logistics as well as strong growth, WIRUS embodies the hidden champion we are looking for in 
our portfolio," says Dr. Schmidt. "Lean manufacturing, just-in-time delivery without intermediate storage and the 
networking of the complete supply chain via the ERP system make the organization of WIRUS so efficient." Christoph 
Ruoff, Managing Director and principal owner since 2002, will stay at the company's helm as Managing Director. The 
Ruoff family will continue to hold 30 percent of the shares in WIRUS. The acquisition is subject to approval by the 
antitrust authorities. 
Solid business performance in FY 2020 thanks to broad-based portfolio 
In the financial year 2020, INDUS Holding AG generated sales of EUR 1.56 billion (previous year: EUR 1.74 billion) and 
thus achieved its forecast (EUR 1.45 billion - EUR 1.6 billion) confirmed in the interim report for the third quarter 
of 2020 in spite of the sharp drop caused by the coronavirus crisis. Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic 
and the structural transformation in the automotive industry, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) stood at EUR 
25.1 million (previous year EUR 117.9 million). The EBIT margin was 1.6% (previous year 6.8%). Non-cash impairment 
losses on goodwill, property, plant and equipment and intangible assets totaling EUR 40.6 million were recognized in 
the INDUS Group's profit/loss already in the second and third quarters. The EBIT margin before impairment losses stood 
at 4.2% (previous year 7.8%). 
Earnings before taxes (EBT) came in at EUR 9.6 million (previous year EUR 99.0 million). Earnings after taxes amounted 
to EUR -26.9 million (previous year EUR 60.1 million). 
Total assets stood at EUR 1.73 billion at the reporting date, and were thus below the prior year level (EUR 1.81 
billion) due to impairment losses, a deliberately restrictive investment policy in the COVID-19 year as well as active 
working capital management. With equity at EUR 676.4 million (previous year EUR 727.7 million), the equity ratio 
reached 39.1%, which was only slightly lower than in the previous year (40.2%). Net debt amounted to EUR 518.9 million 
at the end of the year (previous year EUR 546.2 million). The repayment term (net debt/EBITDA) is 3.3 years (previous 
year 2.4 years), while gearing (net debt/equity) is 77% (previous year 75%). "INDUS was able to maintain high cash flow 
and stable balance sheet ratios even in the difficult financial year 2020," says Rudolf Weichert, Chief Financial 
Officer of INDUS. "This is also the result of the measures defined in the PARKOUR strategy program aimed at increasing 
financial excellence." 
Investments in the total amount of EUR 53.5 million (previous year EUR 107.5 million) focused on the selective 
improvement of value-added processes through investments in property, plant and equipment (EUR 44.1 million). An amount 
of EUR 8.4 million was invested in intangible assets such as new ERP systems. 
Construction/Infrastructure segment again posts record results; performance of other segments impeded by COVID-19 
The INDUS portfolio comprised 46 companies as of the reporting date. Unimpressed by the coronavirus crisis, the EBIT 
margin in the most profitable segment, Construction/Infrastructure, reached a new high of 16.8% in 2020. By contrast, 
the Automotive Technology segment's sales and earning were adversely affected by strong effects of the coronavirus 
pandemic and the structural transformation of the automotive industry. In the context of the INTERIM SPRINT program, 
one direct investment and one sub-subsidiary were sold. The repositioning exercises of the two largest series suppliers 
continue to proceed according to plan; new contracts have been won, also in the important e-mobility segment. While 
portfolio companies in the Engineering segment held up well during the crisis, they were unable to fully offset the 
COVID-related market slump in the second quarter although the market started to recover in the fall. The Medical 
Engineering / Life Science segment also felt the effects of the two lockdowns on sales and earnings. The Metals 
Technology segment, which now generates the highest sales revenues of all segments, suffered only slight losses in 2020 
as international sales of carbide products picked up. The measures taken in the context of the shutdown of BACHER AG 
reduced the segment's operating result. The shutdown will be completed by mid-2021. 
High operating cash flow secures liquidity also in times of crisis 
Operating cash flow in the past financial year increased to EUR 174.4 million (previous year EUR 167.7 million). This 
is primarily attributable to the fact that working capital declined noticeably by approx. EUR 64 million due to the 
reduction in inventories. The company deliberately built up a liquidity buffer in 2020 as a precaution against the 
potential effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Cash and cash equivalents totaled EUR 194.7 million as of the reporting 
date (previous year EUR 135.1 million). The INDUS Group used part of these fund to finance the acquisition of control 
room specialist JST in January 2021. 
Divided at prior year level 
Against the background of the strong cash flow and the improved outlook for the financial year 2021, the Board of 
Management and the Supervisory Board will propose a dividend at the prior year level of EUR 0.80 per share to the 
Annual Shareholders' Meeting on 26 May 2021. This means that around 55% of INDUS Holding AG's distributable profit will 
be paid out. The dividend proposal takes into account the forecast for 2021 and thus a significant improvement of the 
financial position compared with the previous year. 
Outlook on 2021: Noticeable recovery while uncertainty remains high 
"2021 will be a year of transition for the INDUS Group - with the improving macroeconomic trend and the effects of the 
INTERIM SPRINT set of measures providing tailwind for our portfolio companies," says Dr. Johannes Schmidt, Chairman of 
the INDUS Board of Management. "We aim to further increase the performance of our portfolio companies in 2021 with the 
help of our PARKOUR strategy program. Besides the core points of the program, "Strengthen the portfolio structure", 
"Promote innovation" and "Increase performance", we will place an even stronger focus on promoting sustainable 
operation in all INDUS companies." 
Given the overall environment, the forecast for the financial year 2021 is still subject to uncertainty. In view of the 
good start in January and February 2021, the Board of Management projects sales of between EUR 1.55 billion and EUR 
1.70 billion and a return to clearly higher earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 95 billion to EUR 110 
billion. This forecast does not take into account new acquisitions at the first and second tier. "The recent 
acquisitions of JST and WIRUS show that the M&A market is picking up again and offers further attractive targets for 
our Group," says Dr. Johannes Schmidt. 
Click here for the full Annual Report of INDUS Holding AG. An overview of the key performance indicators is available 
Nina Wolf, Jana Külschbach & Dafne Sanac 
Public Relations & Investor Relations 
INDUS Holding AG 
Kölner Straße 32 
51429 Bergisch Gladbach 
Tel +49 (0) 022 04 / 40 00-73, -35 
Tel +49 (0) 022 04 / 40 00-32 
E-mail presse@indus.de 
E-mail investor.relations@indus.de 
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Language:     English 
Company:      INDUS Holding AG 
              Kölner Straße 32 
              51429 Bergisch Gladbach 
Phone:        +49 (0)2204 40 00-0 
Fax:          +49 (0)2204 40 00-20 
E-mail:       indus@indus.de 
Internet:     www.indus.de 
ISIN:         DE0006200108 
WKN:          620010 
Indices:      SDAX 

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Net income 2021 61,4 M 73,1 M 73,1 M
Net Debt 2021 500 M 595 M 595 M
P/E ratio 2021 13,5x
Yield 2021 3,35%
Capitalization 923 M 1 099 M 1 098 M
EV / Sales 2021 0,86x
EV / Sales 2022 0,78x
Nbr of Employees 10 605
Free-Float 65,3%
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