Bechtle AG, DE0005158703

Bechtle AG, DE0005158703

10.08.2018 - 07:33:08

Bechtle reports extremely strong second quarter

Bechtle reports extremely strong second quarter  

- Revenues and earnings up by two-digit rate

- EBT margin above prior year

- Outlook for the year adjusted upwards  

Neckarsulm, 10 August 2018 - The high growth rate that Bechtle AG had exhibited since the beginning of the year continued in the second quarter. From April to June 2018, revenue surged 17.4 per cent to EUR965.0 million. Operating income (EBIT) grew even more, up 20.3 per cent to EUR43.9 million. Earnings before taxes (EBT) are at EUR43.6 million, and the EBT margin increased from 4.4 to 4.5 per cent. As of 30 June 2018, Bechtle had a total of 8,790 employees, 881 or 11.1 per cent more than in the prior year. "Profitable growth of almost 20 per cent in two consecutive quarters is an outstanding achievement. It is the result of our compelling solution competence and the high motivation of our team. Moreover, the more or less even distribution of the growth over the two business segments shows the broad basis of our customers' willingness to invest, which remains high," explains Dr. Thomas Olemotz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Bechtle AG.

IT System House & Managed Services Reports Further Dynamic Growth The IT system house & managed services segment increased its revenue 18.1 per cent to EUR676.8 million. Posting an increase of 31.4 per cent, our system houses in Austria and Switzerland recorded especially high growth. However, growth was at a very high level in Germany as well, reaching 16.3 per cent. Impulses came from the application solutions and managed services segments as well in the classic project business. Operating income climbed 17.0% to EUR28.8 million in the second quarter of 2018. The EBIT margin was 4.2 per cent, only slightly below the prior-year level.IT E-Commerce Performance Especially Strong Abroad In the IT e-commerce segment, revenue grew 15.6 per cent to EUR288.2 million second quarter of 2018. Here too, the growth rate was higher abroad, where it reached 23.3 per cent. Segment EBIT underwent a significantly higher increase of 27.0 per cent, resulting in a substantial margin increase from 4.8 per cent to 5.3 per cent. One of the factors that contributed to this positive development was the expansion of the international customer relationships by the ARP brand, which is represented in six countries.Acquisitions Highlight Growth Orientation In 2018, Bechtle has already performed two rather small, but strategically important acquisitions in Switzerland. Additionally, as already reported in July, the company plans to acquire the French Inmac Wstore. The company's employee representation has meanwhile agreed to the purchase; the purchase contract was signed on 30 July. Following the review by the French cartel authority, we are confident that we will be able to finalise the acquisition before the end of the third quarter.

Annual Forecast Adjusted Upwards With its strong revenue and earnings performance in the first half of 2018, Bechtle has exceeded its own expectations for 2018 as a whole. "Apart from the highly positive organic development, the purchase of Inmac Wstore will also help us to achieve further growth through acquisitions. Against this backdrop - and assuming that the economic framework conditions remain positive - we are stepping up our forecast for the year and now expect a two-digit growth rate for our revenue and earnings, i.e. a growth rate very significantly higher than that of the prior year," says Dr. Thomas Olemotz. As far as the margin is concerned, the Executive Board confirms its original forecast, which predicts a slight increase.Bechtle KPIs for the Second Quarter and First Half of 2018

    Q2/2018 Q2/2017 +/- H1/2018 H1/2017 +/- Revenue EURk 964,970 822,198 +17.4% 1,920,359 1,625,327 +18.2%   Domestic EURk 657,004 576,953 +13.9% 1,310,737 1,127,116 +16.3%   Abroad EURk 307,966 245,245 +25.6% 609,622 498,211 +22.4%   IT system house EURk 676,794 572,862 +18.1% 1,334,976 1,136,188 +17.5%   IT e-commerce EURk 288,176 249,336 +15.6% 585,383 489,139 +19.7% EBIT EURk 43,900 36,504 +20.3% 79,618 68,327 +16.5%   IT system house EURk 28,755 24,578 +17.0% 52,827 47,370 +11.5%   IT e-commerce EURk 15,145 11,926 +27.0% 26,791 20,957 +27.8% EBIT margin % 4.5 4.4   4.1 4.2   EBT EURk 43,560 36,230 +20.2% 78,960 67,705 +16.6% EBT margin % 4.5 4.4   4.1 4.2   Earnings after taxes EURk 30,704 25,390 +20.9% 55,553 47,488 +17.0% Earnings per share EUR 0.73 0.60 +20.9% 1.32 1.13 +17.0% Cash flow from operating activities EURk -6,586 -6,329 -4.1% 7,353 -23,283 +131.6% Employees (as of 30 June)   8,790 7,909 +11.1%  

    30.06.2018 31.12.2017 +/- Liquidity1 EURk 104,395 174,827 -40.3% Equity ratio % 56.5 53.9    

1 including time deposits and securities                                                                       ***  

The half-year financial report 2018 is available for download at bechtle.com/reports.

About Bechtle Bechtle AG has about 70 IT system houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With its e-commerce companies in 14 countries, Bechtle is one of Europe's leading IT enterprises. Founded in 1983, the group is headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany, and currently has about 8,800 employees. Bechtle offers its more than 70,000 customers from the fields of industry and trade, the public sector and the financial market a comprehensive, cross-vendor portfolio of IT infrastructure and IT operation solutions. Bechtle is listed in the technology index TecDAX. In 2017, the company's revenue amounted to approximately EUR3.6 billion. For more information, see bechtle.com.

Contact

Investor Relations Corporate Communications/Press Martin Link Sabine Brand martin.link@bechtle.com sabine.brand@bechtle.com Phone: +49 7132 981-4149      Phone: +49 7132 981-4115  

 

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