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    11.08.2022

    Solteq Plc Half-Year Report January 1 – June 30, 2022

    Solteq Plc Stock Exchange Bulletin August 11, 2022 at 8.00 am

    Challenges in the Utilities Business Weakened the Profitability of Solteq

     

    April–June

    • Revenue totaled EUR 17.9 million (18.5) and decreased by 3.0 percent

    • EBITDA was EUR 1.8 million (3.7) and EBITDA percent was 9.9 (20.2)

    • Operating profit was EUR 0.4 million (2.4) and operating profit percent was 2.3 (13.2)

    • Earnings per share was EUR 0.00 (0.08)

     

    January–June

    • Revenue totaled EUR 37.2 million (35.9) and increased by 3.6 percent

    • EBITDA was EUR 4.5 million (7.2) and EBITDA percent was 12.1 (20.1)

    • Operating profit was EUR 1.8 million (4.7) and operating profit percent was 4.8 (13.0)

    • Earnings per share was EUR 0.04 (0.16)

    • Solteq Group’s equity ratio was 35.4 percent (35.3)

    • Net cash flow from operating activities was EUR 1.6 million (7.8)

     

    Key figures

      4-6/2022 4-6/2021 Change % 1-6/2022 1-6/2021 Change % 1-12/2021 Rolling 12mos
    Revenue, TEUR 17,937 18,487 -3.0 37,176 35,870 3.6 69,055 70,361
    EBITDA, TEUR 1,776 3,726 -52.3 4,496 7,217 -37.7 12,267 9,547
    Comparable EBITDA, TEUR 1,946 3,767 -48.3 4,868 7,322 -33.5 12,556 10,103
    Operating profit, TEUR 414 2,440 -83.0 1,798 4,672 -61.5 7,123 4,249
    Comparable operating profit, TEUR 585 2,481 -76.4 2,170 4,777 -54.6 7,412 4,805
    Result for the financial period, TEUR -90 1,551 -105.8 705 3,007 -76.6 4,100 1,798
    Earnings per share, EUR 0.00 0.08 -105.8 0.04 0.16 -76.6 0.21 0.09
    Operating profit, % 2.3 13.2   4.8 13.0   10.3 6.0
    Comparable operating profit, % 3.3 13.4   5.8 13.3   10.7 6.8
    Equity ratio, %       35.4 35.3   36.9 35.3

    CEO Aarne Aktan: Challenges in the Utilities Business Weakened the Profitability of Solteq

    The second quarter of the year was challenging for Solteq. The Group’s revenue was EUR 17.9 million, with operating profit of EUR 0.4 million. The revenue decreased by 3.0 percent and operating profit by 83.0 percent from the comparison period.

    The difficulties were mainly caused by challenges in the development of software products. This increased delivery costs for projects and decreased customer invoicing relative to the comparison period. Due to these factors, Solteq published a profit warning on May 25, 2022, and lowered its guidance for both revenue and operating profit.

    The Solteq Software segment accounted for just over one-third of the Group’s revenue, and the Solteq Digital segment for just under two-thirds. Solteq Software’s profitability was affected by challenges in product development in the Solteq Utilities business area and the resulting increase in project delivery costs. The revenue and profitability of Solteq Digital were weakened by slower than expected sales and delays in the commencement of certain customer projects. Foreign subsidiaries accounted for 22.7 percent of the Group’s revenue.

    Russian invasion of Ukraine, increasing inflation, and changes in the energy sector caused insecurities in the operating environment during the second quarter. Changes in the operating environment were not significantly reflected in the Group’s operations yet. In the long run, Russian invasion of Ukraine causes economic uncertainty, which will affect the investment capabilities of customer organizations. In addition, the high inflation will affect the Group’s cost level going forward.

    Despite some growing pains and changes in the operating environment, the outlook for Solteq Group’s international and domestic business is estimated to remain positive. Demand in the key solution areas of Solteq Software is expected to create significant growth opportunities, especially in the energy sector. In Solteq Digital, growth will be driven by the internationalizing customer base and new technological solutions. Solteq Group is updating its business strategy and will release it within the current half-year period. Solteq continues to strengthen its international operations and to develop the Utilities business for profitable, international growth.

     

    Profit Guidance 2022 (updated on May 25, 2022)

    Solteq Group’s revenue is expected to grow and profit to weaken.

     

    Attachments:

    Solteq Plc Half-Year Report January 1 – June 30, 2022

     

    Further information:

    CEO Aarne Aktan
    Tel: +358 40 342 4440
    E-mail: aarne.aktan@solteq.com

    CFO Kari Lehtosalo
    Tel: +358 40 701 0338
    E-mail: kari.lehtosalo@solteq.com

     

    Distribution:

    NASDAQ OMX Helsinki
    Key media
    www.solteq.com

     

    About Solteq

    Solteq is a provider of IT services and software solutions specializing in the digitalization of business and industry-specific software. The key sectors in which the company has long-term experience are retail, manufacturing, utilities, and services. The company employs over 650 professionals with offices in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, and the UK, with a customer base throughout Europe.