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Press Release

7/18/2016 - Company

Annual revenue of Kapsch Group breaks the one-billion-euro barrier for the first time in its history

Revenue in the past fiscal year rises to EUR 1,046.8 million (1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016)

Vienna, July 18, 2016 – Following EUR 1,046.8 million, the Kapsch Group, one of the most successful technology companies in Austria, has reported a 15 % increase in revenue compared to the prior fiscal year (EUR 908.8 million). EBIT rose to EUR 72.3 million (previous year: EUR 6.6 million) – more than a ten-fold increase. Revenue growth was reported in all regions – Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world – enabling the Group to achieve annual revenue of over one billion euro for the first time. The headcount also reached a new peak in the course of the past fiscal year. As at 31 March 2016, the Kapsch Group employed a total of 5,838 personnel, around 100 more than at the end of the prior fiscal year. The Central and Eastern Europe region saw the strongest growth, with an increase of 19 %. A breakdown of revenue by region highlights a slight increase in foreign markets: The largest single share, 36 % (2014/15: 33 %), is accounted for by the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, followed by the home market of Austria, 28 % (2014/15: 30 %). Around 11 % of revenue was generated in the Americas (2014/15: 10 %).

Expenses for research and development during the course of the fiscal year 2015/16 amounted to approximately EUR 98.2 million and, despite the higher revenue level, remained at around 10 % of Group revenue (2014/15: EUR 88.2 million or 9.7 %). This increase of 11 % relative to the prior year demonstrates that the Kapsch Group continues to invest in this area which is so strategically important to the future of the Group.

All subsidiaries enjoy success

Kapsch TrafficCom AG, listed in the Prime Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange (ISIN AT000KAPSCH9), a leading provider of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and a subsidiary of the Kapsch Group1, reported an increase in revenue of EUR 69.7 million or 15 % to EUR 526.1 million. As a result, Kapsch TrafficCom continues to account for the highest share, around 50 %, of overall Group revenue. Kapsch CarrierCom, which provides end-to-end telecommunication solutions for, among others, railway operators and public transport providers, was again able to increase revenue following a rise of EUR 42.5 million or 22 % to EUR 233.1 million, thereby contributing 22 % to Group revenue. A further 31 % of the revenue of the Kapsch Group was contributed by Kapsch BusinessCom. This leading digitalization partner in Austria and the CEE region was also able to reach a new revenue record of EUR 322.0 million (rising by EUR 20.1 million or 7 %).

One of the largest projects of Kapsch TrafficCom in the past fiscal year was the contract to supply the advanced traffic management system DYNAC® for the cross-border community program of the English and Dutch public authorities for road construction and operations, Highways England and Rijkswaterstaat. In addition, Kapsch TrafficCom was also able to extend existing or secure follow-on projects in Chile, Australia, and Italy, in both the highway as well as the urban sectors.

Kapsch CarrierCom won the contract to implement a countrywide communications network for the railway operator in Luxembourg based on GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway). This project spans 271 kilometers of railway tracks in Luxembourg and will be implemented by early 2017. Since the end of 2015, Kapsch CarrierCom has also be involved in the European rail joint technology initiative Shift2Rail. This joint initiative of the EU aims to drive the development of new technologies, products, and solutions for railways systems through research and innovation.

Kapsch BusinessCom succeeded in significantly growing its outsourcing business. Among others, the contract with Mediaprint was extended for five more years – covering the operation of network, security, telephony and all client database systems. At SK Rapid Vienna’s new Allianz stadium Kapsch now ensures smooth wireless internet access for 28,000 fans and 264 screens show state-of-the-art media technology. By acquiring shares of the research institution evolaris next level GmbH, Kapsch BusinessCom expands its offers and activities in the field of digitalizing customer value chains.

Kapsch Smart Energy GmbH and SDK GmbH have been strategic partners in Styria, Austria, since September 2015. This cooperation relates both to the integration of the software platforms of both providers as well as an in-depth coordination and integration of processes in the energy supply sector.

Outlook

The Kapsch Group remains optimistic with regard to developments in its key markets in the current fiscal year 2016/17 and aims to build on its success in the past fiscal year: “In keeping with the motto “challenging limits”, the Kapsch Group will forge ahead with the success enjoyed in the past fiscal year with unrelenting dedication and commercial foresight. In doing so, we will be guided by the needs of our customers, our responsibility to society, and our innovative strength”, comments Georg Kapsch, CEO of the Kapsch Group.

The following specific areas will be focused on in the various segments:

  • The further development of the Strategy 2020 program will be a key focus of Kapsch TrafficCom in the coming years. Kapsch TrafficCom will also extend its portfolio in terms of intelligent mobility solutions. Systems and data are being increasingly integrated and vehicles linked to their environment. Through the acquisitions of Streetline, a provider of mobile parking solutions, and the transportation division of Schneider Electric, Kapsch TrafficCom has taken a significant step in the direction of mobility concepts for urban areas.
     
  • Kapsch CarrierCom will continue to invest heavily in research and development to defend its position as a market leader in the railways segment and to further develop the high-growth public transport segment. The intention is also to accelerate the implementation of new carrier solutions such as customer experience management (CEM), software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). The focus of its growth strategy is on markets in Central and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
     
  • The focus of Kapsch BusinessCom continues to be on digitalization in sectors such as manufacturing industries, retail, healthcare, public, utility, and finance. The aim of this is to use ICT solutions to shape and develop the business processes of customers to a greater extent.
     

The Kapsch Group Annual Report 2015/16 is available online at: www.kapsch.net/KapschGroup/downloads/reports/Kapsch_Annual-report_2015-16.

1) KAPSCH-Group Beteiligungs GmbH currently holds a 63.28 % stake in Kapsch TrafficCom AG.

Kapsch is one of Austria’s most successful technology corporations to specialize in the future-oriented market segments of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Railway and Carrier Telecommunications Solutions as well as Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Kapsch is organized as a group of companies with the key entities Kapsch TrafficCom, Kapsch CarrierCom, and Kapsch BusinessCom. As a family-owned company headquartered in Vienna, Kapsch has been dedicated to the continuous development and implementation of new technologies for the benefit of its customers since 1892. With a wide range of innovative solutions and services, Kapsch makes a valuable contribution toward responsible approaches to a mobile and networked world. The companies of the Kapsch Group employ more than 5,800 people at subsidiaries and branch offices around the world.

 

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Press contact:

Alf Netek
Chief Marketing Officer & Press Officer
Kapsch Aktiengesellschaft
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50 811 1700
alf.netek@kapsch.net

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