DGAP-News: Viscom AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results/Interim Report
Viscom AG: Business performance in the first half of 2019 falls short of expectations, forecast for 2019 adjusted
Revenue: EUR 42,395 thousand (previous year: EUR 42,892 thousand)
Operating profit (EBIT) amounted to EUR 1,611 thousand in the first half of 2019 (previous year: EUR 4,602 thousand). This corresponds to an EBIT-Margin of 3.8 % (previous year: 10.7 %) and was therefore below the previous year's figure. Operating profit was mainly reduced by increased staff costs due to the capacity expansion, higher valuation allowances on inventories and lower own work capitalised. Net profit for the period fell from EUR 3,578 thousand in the previous year to EUR 1,322 thousand.
Europe was the Viscom Group's strongest region by some distance, generating revenue of EUR 27,330 thousand in the first six months of the 2019 financial year (previous year: EUR 25,724 thousand) and accounting for around 64 % of total revenue. Revenue increased by around 6 % as against the previous year. This was primarily due to higher system sales. Revenue in Germany amounted to EUR 15,399 thousand (previous year: EUR 12,556 thousand). Segment earnings in the Europe region totalled EUR 1,372 thousand (previous year: EUR 3,740 thousand), corresponding to a margin of 5.0 % (previous year: 14.5 %). This decrease was primarily attributable to the effects already discussed under operating profit.
The Viscom Group continued to register good demand in Mexico, the USA and Canada. Propensity to invest fluctuated in the automotive supply industry; demand from Viscom customers remained high in the other sectors. In the Americas region, segment revenue increased from EUR 4,198 thousand to EUR 5,838 thousand. Segment earnings in the region totalled EUR 180 thousand (previous year: EUR 16 thousand), corresponding to a margin of 3.1 % (previous year: 0.4 %).
Revenue in the Asia region amounted to EUR 9,227 thousand in the first half of 2019 (previous year: EUR 12,970 thousand). The first six months of the 2019 financial year were characterised by customers' reluctance to invest and geographical relocations of orders already placed to Europe. In addition, lower demand was observed for services and replacement parts. These factors resulted in lower half-year earnings of EUR 5 thousand (previous year: EUR 1,126 thousand). The corresponding EBIT-Margin therefore amounted to 0.1 % (previous year: 8.7 %). Compared to the first quarter with EBIT of EUR -194 thousand, EBIT of EUR 199 thousand was achieved in the second quarter, primarily due to a revenue increase.
Viscom AG is currently expecting global economic growth to weaken. The much weaker industrial production, primarily in the automotive sector, is indicative of lower volumes and especially margins in the second half of 2019 - including for the Viscom Group. Against this backdrop and the business performance of the first six months of the current financial year, the originally forecast earnings margin of 10 % to 13 % is no longer achievable. The Executive Board of Viscom AG now expects an EBIT-Margin of between 5 % and 9 % with consolidated revenue of between EUR 85 million and EUR 94 million (previous forecast: EUR 94 million to EUR 100 million). The achievement of the adjusted targets in the second half of 2019 is to be ensured by the cost reduction measures already initiated and a further intensification of sales activities, especially in the computer, communication and consumer (3C) and battery inspection sectors.
The consolidated interim report as of 30 June 2019 is now available in the Investor Relations of the website www.viscom.com.
13.08.2019 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
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