DGAP-News: technotrans SE / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement
technotrans starts the 2021 financial year with revenue and earnings growth
2021-05-04 / 07:00
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technotrans starts the 2021 financial year with revenue and earnings growth
. Revenue of EUR 52.8 million is 1.3 % above pre-Corona 2020 level
. Strategy "Future Ready 2025" shows first successes
. Group operating profit (EBIT) rises by 63.2 % to EUR 2.9 million
. Board of Management confirms 2021 annual forecast and medium-term targets
Sassenberg, May 4, 2021 - technotrans SE has made a positive start to the 2021 financial year despite the continuing
challenges posed by the Corona pandemic. In the first three months, a consolidated turnover of EUR 52.8 million was
achieved. With the increase of 1.3 % compared to the same period of the previous year, this even exceeded the
pre-Corona level. Consolidated EBIT increased substantially by 63.2 % and reached EUR 2.9 million (previous year EUR 1.8
million). The EBIT margin of the group improved significantly from 3.4% to 5.4%. The Board of Management confirms its
forecast for the 2021 financial year of consolidated revenue of EUR 195 to 205 million with an EBIT margin between 4.5
and 5.5 %.
"With flexibility and innovation, technotrans has found the right answers to the ongoing pandemic-related challenges.
We are very satisfied with the business performance in the first quarter under the given general conditions. The
structural measures already introduced last year and the strategic realignment 'Future Ready 2025' are having an
effect. We are right on schedule," says Michael Finger, Spokesman of the Board of Management of technotrans SE.
Turnover and profitability increased
The technotrans group realised consolidated revenue of EUR 52.8 million in the first three months of the 2021 financial
year, which was 1.3 % up on the previous year's figure of EUR 52.2 million. Consolidated EBIT reached EUR 2.9 million in
the first quarter (previous year: EUR 1.8 million). The 63.2 % increase proves the effectiveness of the structural and
strategic measures introduced. The EBIT margin developed as expected - also due to the increased fixed cost degression
- from 3.4 % to 5.4 %. ROCE has also improved and reached 9.1% at the end of the first quarter, being 1.6 percentage
points above the previous year. As at March 31, the group achieved a consolidated net profit of EUR 1.9 million. The
increase of around 67% is reflected in earnings per share of EUR 0.27 (previous year: EUR 0.16).
Substantially positive free cash flow
As expected, the asset and financial situation also developed solidly. The equity ratio remained in line with the
target at 51.9% despite an extension of the balance sheet as at the reporting date (December 31, 2020: 53.6 %). Net
debt decreased by 20.8 % to EUR 17.1 million in the first quarter. The group was able to meet all its financing
requirements for the first quarter from its operating business. Accordingly, technotrans generated a positive free cash
flow of EUR 4.9 million, a sharp improvement on the negative prior-year figure of EUR -2.1 million.
Profitability generated in both reporting segments
In the Technology segment, revenue of EUR 38.9 million was almost at the previous year's level. After the
pandemic-related slump in the second quarter of the previous year, revenue in this segment has now risen for three
quarters in a row. The Technology segment's share of revenue remained almost unchanged at 74% (previous year: 75 %).
The segment EBIT developed very positively. Compared to the previous year, it improved by around EUR 1.0 million to EUR 0.8
million. This was reflected in a positive segment margin of 2.1% (previous year: -0,5 %). The Services segment
generated a turnover of EUR 13.9 million. Compared to the previous year's value of EUR 13.1 million, it recorded an
increase of 6.2 %. This shows the moderate relaxation of Corona-related travel restrictions. The segment EBIT increased
by EUR 0.1 million to EUR 2.1 million. Segment return reached 14.9 % (previous year: 15.2 %).
Strategic target markets pick up speed
The target markets according to the group strategy "Future Ready 2025" developed positively in the first quarter, as
expected. Healthcare & Analytics realised an increase in revenue of more than 40 %, driven in particular by sales of
cooling systems for analytical equipment and baggage scanners. The newly created Energy Management segment
(electromobility, high-power charging stations, data centres) generated growth of more than 10 %, especially in rail
transport, due to the increasing demand for temperature control devices for traction batteries, so-called Battery
Thermal Management Systems (BTMS). As a building block for future growth, technotrans also acquired two significant
series orders via BTMS for electric trains in Europe in the period under review, with a medium-term order volume in the
seven-figure range. The focus market Plastics also recorded double-digit sales growth of around 10 %. Here the
technotrans engineers scored with a newly developed generation of temperature control units. Positive impulses were
also generated by the film extrusion business, among other things due to the increased demand for packaging for medical
and hygiene products. The Laser & Machine Tool Industry remained an important business area. While revenue of cooling
systems for classic laser applications declined, the strategic focus on the project business in the metal and forming
industry generated additional revenue potential. Overall, revenue in this area was on a par with the previous
year. Revenue of EUR 16.8 million was achieved with customers in the printing industry, being 13.1% below the previous
year. The pandemic-related investment restraint continued and could not be compensated by the moderately increasing
service business. In total, the Print segment's share of group revenue fell by 5.3 percentage points to 31.7%.
Based on the raised forecasts of leading institutions such as the IMF and VDMA, as well as the positive business
performance in the first quarter, the Board of Management also expects an increasing recovery in the further course of
the financial year and hopes for a sustained trend reversal in the relevant markets. This assessment assumes that no
new setbacks will occur in the pandemic response.
The structural measures already implemented in the previous year showed first successes in the reporting period, both
on revenue and profitability side. All other steps initiated on the basis of the "Future Ready 2025" strategy for the
2021 financial year, such as the merger of individual group companies, are on schedule.
The order situation is also encouraging: The book-to-bill ratio of 1.1 at the end of the quarter indicates growth. The
Board of Management expects further impetus in the following months, especially from the target markets Plastics,
Energy Management and Healthcare & Analytics. Provided the picture in the print sector actually brightens, as forecast
by the industry, technotrans' revenue situation will also stabilise here. The Laser & Machine Tool Industry market, on
the other hand, remains demanding. technotrans puts the focus on customers with individual requirements in order to
make the best possible use of its strength as a competent systems partner.
The Board of Management confirms its forecast of achieving consolidated revenue of between EUR 195 million and EUR 205
million in the 2021 financial year with an EBIT margin of between 4.5 and 5.5 %. The forecast is subject to the proviso
that the relevant markets continue to recover in the course of the year and that no additional burdens result from the
Corona pandemic. Furthermore, the Board of Management confirms the medium-term goals of achieving revenue in a range of
EUR 265 to 285 million in the financial year 2025 with an EBIT margin between 9.0 and 12.0 % to be achieved. Acquisitions
are not included in these forecasts.
"Following the positive start to the year for the technotrans group, we are optimistic and confident about the rest of
the year. We will continue to consistently drive forward the 'Future Ready 2025' strategy," says Michael Finger.
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About technotrans SE:
technotrans SE is a global technology and service group with its headquarters in Sassenberg in the German Münsterland
region. Its application-specific thermal management solutions are the core competence of the company. This also
includes the energetic optimisation and control of the temperature of sophisticated technological applications. With 17
sites, the company has a presence in all the major markets worldwide. technotrans SE is among others active in the
sectors plastics, energy management (including e-mobility, high power charging stations and data centres), healthcare &
analytics, print as well as the laser & machine tool industry. In addition, technotrans offers a wide range of services
including, for example, construction site installations, maintenance, repairs and 24/7 spare parts supply. As of 2021,
the individual companies of the group - technotrans SE, gwk Gesellschaft für Wärme Kältetechnik mbH, termotek GmbH, klh
Kältetechnik GmbH and Reisner Cooling Solutions GmbH - are unified under the technotrans umbrella brand. An exception
is gds GmbH, with its headquarters in Sassenberg, as a full-service supplier of technical documentation services which
will remain a separate brand within the group of companies. technotrans SE is listed on the Prime Standard segment
(ISIN: DE000A0XYGA7 / WKN: A0X YGA) and has a global workforce of more than 1,400 employees. In the 2020 financial
year, the group generated a turnover of EUR 190.5 million.
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