discoverIE Group — Accretive acquisition drives FY19 growth

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discoverIE Group — Accretive acquisition drives FY19 growth

discoverIE has further expanded its design and manufacturing business with the acquisition of Santon, a Dutch DC switch manufacturer, for initial consideration of €27m/£23.7m. The deal nearly doubles discoverIE’s sales into the renewables sector as well as increasing the level of business from Asia. Management expects the deal to be earnings accretive in FY19. We forecast that the acquisition will increase FY19e normalised EPS by 9% and will result in a net debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.7x by the end of FY19.

Katherine Thompson

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Katherine Thompson

Director

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Accretive acquisition drives FY19 growth

Acquisition

Electronic & electrical equipment

5 February 2018

Price

375p

Market cap

£266m

€1.14:NOK10.92:£1

Net debt (£m) at end H118

37.6

Shares in issue

70.9m

Free float

96%

Code

DSCV

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

0.8

15.3

64.5

Rel (local)

3.7

17.1

56.2

52-week high/low

398p

213p

Business description

discoverIE (formerly Acal plc) is a leading international designer and manufacturer of customised electronics to industry, supplying customer-specific electronic products and solutions to 25,000 industrial manufacturers.

Next events

Capital markets day

15 March 2018

FY18 trading update

April 2018

Analysts

Katherine Thompson

+44 (0)20 3077 5730

Dan Ridsdale

+44 (0)20 3077 5729

discoverIE Group is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

discoverIE has further expanded its design and manufacturing business with the acquisition of Santon, a Dutch DC switch manufacturer, for initial consideration of €27m/£23.7m. The deal nearly doubles discoverIE’s sales into the renewables sector as well as increasing the level of business from Asia. Management expects the deal to be earnings accretive in FY19. We forecast that the acquisition will increase FY19e normalised EPS by 9% and will result in a net debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.7x by the end of FY19.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

EPS*
(p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

03/16

287.7

15.2

17.8

8.1

21.0

2.1

03/17

338.2

17.8

19.9

8.5

18.9

2.3

03/18e

391.0

21.6

21.6

9.0

17.4

2.4

03/19e

427.6

25.0

24.6

9.5

15.3

2.5

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Acquisition of Dutch DC switch manufacturer

discoverIE has acquired Santon Group, a designer and manufacturer of custom switches for electronic applications. Its DC switches are used to isolate electrical circuits; for example, they are used in solar panel systems to isolate the power-generating solar panels from the AC network (ie the grid). Santon is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where it also has its manufacturing facility and it has sales offices in Wales and Germany. discoverIE is paying €27m/£23.7m initial consideration (€26m/£22.8m cash plus €1m/£0.9m from the issue of 0.22m shares) and will also reimburse the vendor €2.5m/£2.2m for a recently undertaken manufacturing automation project. Contingent consideration of €22.5m/£19.9m is payable over three years, subject to achieving growth targets. The deal was funded using the existing debt facility.

Earnings accretive from FY19

Santon generated CY16 revenues of €24.4m/£20.0m and grew in CY17. CY16 normalised operating profit (excluding finance charges, exceptional items and shareholder costs) was €3.2m/£2.6m (13.1% margin vs FY17 group margin of 5.9% and D&M margin of 11.5%). We have revised our forecasts, with revenues up 0.8% in FY18 and 6.2% in FY19. While FY18 normalised EPS is unchanged, we lift our FY19 forecast by 8.9%. We forecast end-FY19 net debt to increase from £24.4m to £58.6m, which equates to a net debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.7x, within the company’s target gearing range of 1.5-2.0x.

Valuation: Still trading at a discount

On our revised forecasts, the stock is trading on an FY19e P/E of 15.3x, at a c 23% discount to the peer group average. Continued growth in the proportion of revenue generated from design and manufacturing should support operating margin expansion, and should help to reduce the valuation discount. The stock is also supported by a dividend yield of more than 2%.

Changes to forecasts

The table below summarises the changes to our estimates.

Exhibit 1: Changes to forecasts

£m

FY18e old

FY18e new

Change

y-o-y

FY19e old

FY19e new

Change

y-o-y

Revenues

388.0

391.0

0.8%

15.6%

402.6

427.6

6.2%

9.4%

Design & manufacturing

217.1

220.1

1.4%

25.4%

228.0

253.0

11.0%

14.9%

Custom supply

170.8

170.8

0.0%

5.1%

174.6

174.6

0.0%

2.2%

Gross margin

32.2%

32.2%

0.0%

(0.6%)

32.4%

32.4%

0.0%

0.2%

EBITDA

28.6

29.0

1.4%

19.3%

29.9

34.4

15.0%

18.6%

EBITDA margin

7.4%

7.4%

0.0%

0.2%

7.4%

8.0%

0.6%

0.6%

Underlying operating profit*

23.9

24.2

1.0%

20.8%

24.9

28.4

14.0%

17.4%

Underlying operating profit margin*

6.2%

6.2%

0.0%

0.3%

6.2%

6.6%

0.5%

0.5%

Normalised operating profit

24.5

24.8

1.0%

20.2%

25.7

29.2

13.6%

17.8%

Normalised operating margin

6.3%

6.3%

0.0%

0.2%

6.4%

6.8%

0.4%

0.5%

Normalised PBT

21.6

21.6

0.0%

21.5%

22.9

25.0

9.1%

15.5%

Normalised net income

16.2

16.2

0.0%

19.5%

17.1

18.7

9.2%

15.5%

Normalised EPS (p)

21.6

21.6

(0.0%)

8.7%

22.6

24.6

8.9%

13.7%

Reported EPS (p)

13.6

12.1

(11.1%)

126.8%

17.7

13.9

(21.2%)

14.9%

Net (debt)/cash

(29.9)

(56.2)

87.9%

87.3%

(24.4)

(58.6)

140.3%

4.3%

Net debt/EBITDA (x)

1.0

1.7

0.8

1.7

Source: Edison Investment Research. Note: *Includes share-based payments.


Exhibit 2: Financial summary

£m

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018e

2019e

Year end 31 March

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

PROFIT & LOSS

Revenue

 

 

177.4

211.6

271.1

287.7

338.2

391.0

427.6

Cost of Sales

(123.0)

(148.6)

(186.7)

(195.1)

(227.2)

(264.9)

(289.1)

Gross Profit

54.4

63.0

84.4

92.6

111.0

126.1

138.6

EBITDA

 

 

7.4

9.1

16.6

19.8

24.3

29.0

34.4

Operating Profit (before am, SBP and except.)

6.1

7.7

14.0

17.0

20.6

24.8

29.2

Operating Profit (before am. and except.)

 

5.5

7.1

13.4

16.3

20.0

24.2

28.4

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(0.7)

(1.0)

(2.1)

(2.8)

(3.9)

(4.9)

(7.4)

Exceptionals

(3.4)

(0.9)

(5.2)

(2.1)

(8.4)

(3.9)

(3.2)

Share-based payments

(0.6)

(0.6)

(0.6)

(0.7)

(0.6)

(0.6)

(0.8)

Operating Profit

1.4

5.2

6.1

11.4

7.7

15.4

17.7

Net Interest

(0.5)

(0.8)

(1.6)

(1.8)

(2.8)

(3.1)

(4.2)

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

5.6

6.9

12.4

15.2

17.8

21.6

25.0

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

0.7

4.2

4.3

9.4

4.8

12.1

13.3

Tax

1.4

(0.5)

(1.4)

(2.2)

(1.3)

(3.5)

(3.5)

Profit After Tax (norm)

4.6

6.0

10.0

11.8

13.6

16.2

18.7

Profit After Tax (FRS 3)

2.1

3.7

2.9

7.2

3.5

8.6

9.9

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

39.2

43.1

57.6

63.3

65.4

70.7

70.9

EPS - normalised & diluted (p)

 

 

11.3

13.1

16.4

17.8

19.9

21.6

24.6

EPS - IFRS basic (p)

 

 

(4.8)

3.0

5.0

11.4

5.3

12.1

13.9

EPS - IFRS diluted (p)

 

 

(4.7)

2.8

4.8

10.9

5.1

11.4

13.0

Dividend per share (p)

6.2

6.8

7.6

8.1

8.5

9.0

9.5

Gross Margin (%)

30.7

29.8

31.1

32.2

32.8

32.2

32.4

EBITDA Margin (%)

4.2

4.3

6.1

6.9

7.2

7.4

8.0

Operating Margin (before am, SBP and except.) (%)

3.4

3.6

5.2

5.9

6.1

6.3

6.8

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

30.9

33.1

88.6

108.4

122.2

147.9

141.5

Intangible Assets

24.2

25.5

69.9

88.2

100.7

126.6

118.8

Tangible Assets

3.1

3.5

13.8

14.7

16.0

15.8

17.3

Deferred tax assets

3.6

4.1

4.9

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

Current Assets

 

 

81.8

92.7

127.3

128.3

149.6

164.6

170.7

Stocks

19.3

19.4

39.8

42.9

50.1

57.8

63.3

Debtors

44.7

48.3

60.2

65.5

77.3

86.8

94.9

Cash

17.8

18.1

26.7

19.9

22.2

20.0

12.6

Current Liabilities

 

 

(50.9)

(58.3)

(62.1)

(61.7)

(78.4)

(95.2)

(101.6)

Creditors

(46.6)

(51.5)

(61.9)

(60.9)

(77.1)

(89.9)

(96.3)

Short term borrowings

(4.3)

(6.8)

(0.2)

(0.8)

(1.3)

(5.3)

(5.3)

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(10.3)

(19.0)

(61.1)

(73.1)

(69.6)

(93.3)

(86.5)

Long term borrowings

(1.7)

(9.5)

(45.5)

(57.2)

(50.9)

(70.9)

(65.9)

Other long term liabilities

(8.6)

(9.5)

(15.6)

(15.9)

(18.7)

(22.4)

(20.6)

Net Assets

 

 

51.5

48.5

92.7

101.9

123.8

124.1

124.2

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

5.7

6.1

6.6

14.6

20.3

19.2

27.1

Net Interest

(0.6)

(0.8)

(1.6)

(1.8)

(2.8)

(3.1)

(4.2)

Tax

(1.4)

(0.9)

(3.3)

(4.3)

(3.0)

(5.4)

(6.3)

Capex

(1.3)

(1.4)

(2.5)

(2.3)

(3.4)

(3.7)

(6.2)

Acquisitions/disposals

(0.5)

(9.2)

(37.3)

(19.8)

(11.8)

(27.0)

(6.4)

Financing

5.7

0.1

52.7

0.0

13.6

0.0

0.0

Dividends

(2.3)

(2.7)

(3.6)

(4.9)

(5.2)

(6.2)

(6.5)

Net Cash Flow

5.3

(8.8)

11.0

(18.5)

7.7

(26.2)

(2.4)

Opening net cash/(debt)

 

 

6.3

11.8

1.8

(19.0)

(38.1)

(30.0)

(56.2)

HP finance leases initiated

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

0.2

(1.2)

(31.8)

(0.6)

0.4

0.0

0.0

Closing net cash/(debt)

 

 

11.8

1.8

(19.0)

(38.1)

(30.0)

(56.2)

(58.6)

Source: discoverIE, Edison Investment Research

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