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Press Release

8/30/2017

Kapsch TrafficCom – Mixed results in the first quarter, but promising new business opportunities

Highlights.

  • Revenues increased by 7.9% to EUR 164.3 million
  • EBIT is -33.4% below last year’s comparison value which included a one-time effect
  • Profit for the period has also dropped (-46.2%)
  • No net debt: net credit of EUR 13.4 million
  • After the end of the quarter: takeover of the remaining 67% of shares in SIMEX, Mexico

“Even though the results of the first quarter of 2017/18 were not satisfactory in my opinion, I am convinced that we are on the right path. Potential improvements have been recognized and are being implemented; promising new business opportunities are being processed by our teams with their full commitment,” says Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom.

Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1 2017/18 +/- Q1 2016/17
Revenues 164.3    7.9% 152.3
EBIT   11.7 -33.4%   17.6
    EBIT margin        7.1%   -4.4%      11.6%
Profit for the period     6.6 -46.7%   12.4
Earnings per share (EUR)       0.52 -46.2%       0.97

Vienna, August 30, 2017 – Kapsch TrafficCom had to accept a so-so start in the new fiscal year. On the one hand, the company was able to continue its growth course. The revenues gained ground in both segments and went up by 7.9% to EUR 164.3 million at the Group level. On the other hand, Kapsch TrafficCom recorded a decline in operating result (EBIT) of EUR 5.9 million (-33.4%) down to EUR 11.7 million. The EBIT margin was therefore 7.1% (Q1 2016/17: 11.6%). There were several reasons for the lower profitability:

  • In the course of extending the tolling project in the Czech Republic, it was necessary for the company to lower the prices. The aim is to offset the resulting decline in profits through profitable new business during the next quarters.
     
  • After the integration of the transportation business acquired from Schneider Electric, the synergies were not yet fully realized in the US.
     
  • Negative currency effects – mainly from the currency combinations EUR/USD and EUR/ZAR – placed a burden of EUR 3.8 million on the EBIT, i.e. EUR 2.5 million more than in Q1 2016/17.
     
  • Moreover, the EBIT contained a positive one-time effect in the amount of EUR 3.0 million in the first quarter 2016/17.

When adjusted by the last two points – i.e. the known one-time effect and the effects of exchange rate fluctuations, which can only be influenced to a limited extent – Kapsch TrafficCom was able to achieve a fairly stable EBIT development in the normal course of business.

The higher currency losses (of EUR 0.8 million) and lower currency gains (by EUR -0.7 million) compared to Q1 2016/17 were the main reasons for the decline in the financial result to EUR -2.3 million (Q1 2016/17: EUR -0.3 million). While the realized currency losses dropped by EUR 0.2 million, the unrealized currency losses went up by EUR 1.0 million. The profit for the period was EUR 6.6 million (Q1 2016/17: EUR 12.4 million), and the earnings per share was EUR 0.52 (Q1 2016/17: EUR 0.97).

Segment results.

In Q1 2017/18, 75.1% of the revenue fell to the ETC segment and 24.9% to the IMS segment.

ETC (Tolling Business).
Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million
Q1 2017/18 +/- Q1 2016/17
Revenues 123.4    9.7% 112.4
EBIT   14.6 -19.3%   18.1
    EBIT margin       11.9%    -4.3%p       16.1%

The EBIT in Q1 2016/17 included a positive one-time effect of EUR 0.9 million.
 

IMS (Intelligent Mobility Solutions).
Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million
Q1 2017/18 +/- Q1 2016/17
Revenues 40.9      2.7% 39.8
EBIT  -2.9 -440.6%  -0.5
    EBIT margin      -7.1%       -5.8%p      -1.4%

The EBIT in Q1 2016/17 included a positive one-time effect of EUR 2.1 million.
 

Balance sheet.

The free cash flow of the first quarter was negative at EUR -4,3 million. Consequently, the net credit of EUR 19.6 million on March 31, 2017, also sank to a still rock-solid amount of EUR 13.4 million on June 30, 2017. In the same period, the equity ratio rose from 35.0% to 36.2%.

Event after the quarterly closing date.

After the quarterly closing date, Kapsch TrafficCom has taken over the remaining 67% of Mexican intelligent transportation systems (ITS) company SIMEX. Kapsch TrafficCom was already in possession of 33% of the company since 2012. With more than 30 years on the market and 255 employees, SIMEX is an important player in the Mexican ITS market.

Outlook.

Based on the results of this first quarter, it will be a challenge in 2017/18 to achieve the EBIT that Kapsch TrafficCom had in the last fiscal year. This is all the more so if the effects of exchange rate fluctuations – which can only be influenced to a limited extent – will continue to work against the company. However, the management is convinced that the company is on the right path. Potential improvements have been recognized and are now being implemented; the new business opportunities are very promising.

You can find the report on the first quarter of 2017/18 at: www.kapsch.net/ktc/ir/reports


Kapsch TrafficCom is a supplier of Intelligent Transport Systems applied to toll collection, traffic management, intelligent urban mobility, safety as well as traffic protection and connected vehicles. As a unique solutions supplier, Kapsch TrafficCom offers complete solutions covering the entire supply chain of its customers, from components and design, to system implementation and commissioning. In addition to reducing contamination, the Kapsch TrafficCom mobility solutions turn traffic safer, more reliable and comfortable in any urban street or highway.

Kapsch TrafficCom is a recognised international supplier of intelligent transport systems thanks to the many successfully completed projects in over 50 countries worldwide. The family company, with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, celebrated this year 2017, 125 years of success developing and implementing new technologies to help its customers. As part of the Kapsch Group, Kapsch TrafficCom has affiliates and branches in over 30 countries. Since 2007, the company is listed in the Vienna Stock Exchange (KTCG). Today, Kapsch TrafficCom employs over 4,800 employees. The turnover of the company in fiscal year 2016/17 was approximately 648.5 million Euros.

 

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
Alexandra Vieh
Head of Marketing and PR, Global
Kapsch TrafficCom AG
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50811 1728
alexandra.vieh@kapsch.net

Investor contact:

Hans Lang
Investor Relations Officer
Kapsch TrafficCom AG
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50 811 1122
ir.kapschtraffic@kapsch.net