XP Power — Demand remains strong despite supply issues

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XP Power — Demand remains strong despite supply issues

The continuation of component shortages and further COVID-19 disruption reduced the amount of product XP Power could ship in H122, weighing on gross margins and adjusted operating profit. At the same time, customer demand remains strong and the company has a record order backlog. With component availability improving, XP is already seeing better financial performance and expects a much stronger H2. We have revised our forecasts to reflect H122 results and the strengthening US dollar, resulting in an 8.7% cut to our FY22 normalised EPS and a 0.5% increase for FY23.

Katherine Thompson

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Katherine Thompson

Director

TMT

XP Power

Demand remains strong despite supply issues

H122 results

Tech hardware and equipment

1 August 2022

Price

3,040p

Market cap

£597m

US$1.20/£

Net debt (£m) at end H122

102.0

Shares in issue

19.6m

Free float

90%

Code

XPP

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

3.6

(5.6)

(39.9)

Rel (local)

1.4

(3.8)

(40.7)

52-week high/low

5,630p

2,730p

Business description

XP Power is a developer and designer of power control solutions, with production facilities in China, Vietnam, Germany and the United States and design, service and sales teams across Europe, the United States and Asia.

Next events

Q322 trading update

October

Analyst

Katherine Thompson

+44 (0)20 3077 5730

XP Power is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

The continuation of component shortages and further COVID-19 disruption reduced the amount of product XP Power could ship in H122, weighing on gross margins and adjusted operating profit. At the same time, customer demand remains strong and the company has a record order backlog. With component availability improving, XP is already seeing better financial performance and expects a much stronger H2. We have revised our forecasts to reflect H122 results and the strengthening US dollar, resulting in an 8.7% cut to our FY22 normalised EPS and a 0.5% increase for FY23.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

Diluted EPS*
(p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/20

233.3

44.3

198.4

74

15.3

2.4

12/21

240.3

43.8

176.3

94

17.2

3.1

12/22e

271.6

42.9

172.8

94

17.6

3.1

12/23e

295.8

54.8

221.0

97

13.8

3.2

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

Component shortages weigh on H122 results

H122 revenue of £123.6m was 3% higher year-on-year and 7% lower on a constant currency, organic basis. Component shortages and a Chinese COVID-19 lockdown combined to reduce the amount of product XP was able to ship in H122, with the company estimating a £15m revenue shortfall in Q222 from these factors. Lower factory utilisation combined with higher freight and component costs weighed on gross margins, which dipped to 40.2% (H121: 46.6%), and adjusted operating profit, which declined 35% y-o-y. Demand continued to outpace supply during H122: order intake was up 23% y-o-y, book-to-bill was 1.56x and the record backlog of £285m was 31% higher half-on-half. End H122 net debt increased to £102m (net debt/EBITDA 2.1x) after paying for the FuG and Guth acquisitions and higher working capital.

Factoring in currency and supply chain issues

XP is already seeing improvements in the supply chain and expects production to ramp up in H2. We have revised our forecasts to reflect H122 results and the stronger US dollar versus sterling (85% of XP revenue is dollar-based). The currency translation effect outweighs revenue slippage, resulting in our revenue upgrades of 4% in FY22 and 5% in FY23. We reduce our gross margin assumption for FY22 and FY23 reflecting higher component and freight costs. We cut our normalised diluted EPS forecast by 8.7% in FY22 and increase it by 0.5% in FY23. We forecast net debt/EBITDA of 2.2x by the end of FY22, reducing to 1.7x by the end of FY23.

Valuation: Pressured by supply chain & legal issues

On a P/E basis for FY22, XP is trading in line with global power solution companies and at a discount to UK electronics companies, with a dividend yield at the upper end of the range. XP generates EBITDA and EBIT margins at the top end of both peer groups, even after our FY22 estimate cuts, and has a record order book entering Q322. In our view, evidence that supply chain issues are abating and litigation has been resolved will be key drivers of the share price.

Review of H122 results

Exhibit 1: H122 financial highlights

£m

H122

H121

y-o-y

Revenues

123.6

119.9

3.1%

Gross profit

49.7

55.9

-11.1%

Gross margin

40.2%

46.6%

-6.4%

EBITDA

20.6

28.3

-27.2%

EBITDA margin

16.7%

23.6%

-6.9%

Normalised operating profit

15.0

23.2

-35.3%

Normalised operating margin

12.1%

19.3%

-7.2%

Reported operating profit

(45.2)

17.1

N/A

Reported operating margin

-36.6%

14.3%

-50.8%

Normalised PBT

13.8

22.5

-38.7%

Normalised net income, after minority interest (MI)

10.3

18.5

-44.3%

Reported net income, after MI

-35.6

13.5

N/A

Normalised diluted EPS (p)

52.2

93.3

-44.1%

Reported basic EPS (p)

-181.4

69.3

N/A

Net debt

102.0

20.3

402.5%

Dividend per share (p)

37.0

37.0

0.0%

Source: XP Power. Note: Edison normalised and XP adjusted profit measures are on the same basis.

XP Power reported H122 revenue of £123.6m (Q122 £61.8m, Q222 £61.8m), which included a £7.8m contribution from FuG and Guth (acquired 30 January). This equated to year-on-year growth of 3%, constant currency (cc) growth of -1% and like-for-like growth of -7%.

Several factors that affected Q122 production continued into Q222, with industry-wide component shortages and extended component lead times. The company also experienced challenges with logistics, which resulted in more finished product being shipped via air freight than via the sea to meet customer demand and to avoid the disruption at ports (air freight costs c 5x sea freight and sea freight rates are at 2–3x pre-COVID-19 levels). During the five-week lockdown in China the Kunshan facility could not operate, although staff were retained so that production could be ramped up once allowed.

The company estimates that these factors resulted in a revenue shortfall of c £15m in Q222 with a follow-on impact on gross margins. Lower production volumes meant lower factory utilisation, inflation, higher prices paid to get hold of components that are in short supply, and higher logistics costs all contributed to the H122 gross margin decline to 40.2% from 46.6% in H121 and 45.1% in FY21. The company noted that product prices were increased in Q321, but this takes time to work through the order backlog, so the company should start to see the benefit in H222. A further price increase in Q222 should benefit FY23 financials. Where possible, the company passes increased freight and material costs to customers in the form of surcharges. The company is also working with customers to qualify alternative components and to redesign to mitigate shortages.

Operating costs excluding depreciation and amortisation increased 5% y-o-y to £29.1m, resulting in adjusted operating profit of £15.0m (12.1% margin), down 35% y-o-y or 44% cc.

Reported operating profit is after charging specific items totalling £60.2m, made up of the following costs/credits:

provision for the COMET damages award plus related legal fees: £47.8m (we forecast £50m for the full year);

a £7.5m write down of capitalised development costs for products related to the COMET case;

ERP implementation project: £2.5m;

acquisition-related costs: £0.9m;

amortisation of acquired intangibles: £2.1m;

currency gain of £2.4m on euro-based debt for the acquisitions of FuG and Guth; and

other costs: £1.8m.

XP reported financing costs of £2.2m, of which £1m has been treated as a specific item (loss on refinancing debt), resulting in adjusted PBT of £13.8m and reported PBT of -£47.4m.

Net debt at the end of H122 was £102.0m, up from £24.6m at the end of FY21.

Key cash outflows included:

Working capital consumed £22.1m (excluding the provision made for the COMET case) as XP built component inventory at higher prices and the US dollar strengthened against sterling (most components are priced in dollars).

£32.3m/€39.0m to acquire FuG and Guth in January.

Capex totalling £10.3m.

Dividend paid of £11.5m.

As debt is US dollar-denominated, translation added £8.1m at the end of H122.

Net debt/EBITDA increased to 2.1x at the end of H122 and management expects this to remain at c 2x at year-end after paying the potential damages claim.

The company announced a Q222 dividend of 19p per share, flat year-on-year and in line with our forecast.

Divisional revenue performance mixed

Exhibit 2: Revenue by vertical and geography

£m

H122

H121

y-o-y

H122

H121

y-o-y

Europe

Asia

Semi manufacturing

1.4

1.5

-7%

Semi manufacturing

6.9

6.6

5%

Industrial technology

28.2

22.1

28%

Industrial technology

5.7

5.5

4%

Healthcare

9.3

11.0

-15%

Healthcare

2.6

2.8

-7%

Total

38.9

34.6

12%

Total

15.2

14.9

2%

North America

Group

Semi manufacturing

40.0

36.4

10%

Semi manufacturing

48.3

44.5

9%

Industrial technology

19.0

17.8

7%

Industrial technology

52.9

45.4

17%

Healthcare

10.5

16.2

-35%

Healthcare

22.4

30.0

-25%

Total

69.5

70.4

-1%

Total

123.6

119.9

3%

Source: XP Power

Semiconductor manufacturing equipment (39% of H122 revenue): revenue increased 9% yo-y or 4% cc. Order intake increased 8% y-o-y or 3% cc. While there have been some reports of softening demand for PCs and smartphones, XP continues to see strong demand from its customer base, which themselves are forecasting continued demand growth through 2023.

Industrial technology (43%): revenue increased 17% y-o-y or 13% cc. This division contains the majority of FuG and Guth revenues; on a like-for-like basis, this division saw a 2% cc revenue decline. Orders grew by 9% y-o-y or 6% cc. Distribution, which makes up 12% of group revenue, grew 29% y-o-y.

Healthcare (18%): revenue declined 25% y-o-y or 32% cc, reflecting lower order intake in 2021 as COVID-19 related demand dropped and the shortage of components that affected shipments. Order intake has picked up again (+49% y-o-y, +45% cc) as health providers work through the backlog of operations that were delayed due to COVID-19 and invest in areas such as robotics.

Demand remains strong across all segments

H122 order intake of £193.1m was up 23% y-o-y and 18% cc. On a quarterly basis, XP received orders worth £102.4m in Q122 (+39% y-o-y) and £90.7m in Q222 (+8% y-o-y). Book-to-bill was 1.56:1 for H122. The company has seen positive momentum in all segments (which has continued into Q3), particularly Healthcare (Exhibit 3) and has not seen any evidence of double-stocking or over-ordering. FuG and Guth combined contributed orders worth £10.4m, which implies like-for-like order growth of 12%. The committed record order book at end H122 of £285.2m was up 31% h-o-h.

Exhibit 3: Order intake by vertical

£m

H120

H220

H121

H221

H122

Industrial technology

50.7

46.3

67.6

65.3

73.8

Semi fab

44.7

44.0

61.8

84.8

66.6

Healthcare

50.4

21.9

28.2

35.7

42.3

FuG & Guth

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

10.4

Total orders

145.8

112.2

157.6

185.8

193.1

Growth y-o-y

Industrial technology

-14%

-25%

33%

41%

9%

Semi fab

118%

66%

38%

93%

8%

Healthcare

140%

-17%

-44%

63%

49%

FuG & Guth

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total

45%

-2%

8%

66%

23%

Growth h-o-h

Industrial technology

-18%

-9%

46%

-3%

13%

Semi fab

69%

-2%

40%

37%

-21%

Healthcare

90%

-57%

29%

27%

18%

FuG & Guth

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total

27%

-23%

40%

18%

4%

Source: XP Power

Continuing to invest across the business

The company is currently constructing a third Asian manufacturing facility in Malaysia; this is targeted to have a final capacity potential of $300–400m (in revenue) and is due to go live in Q124. XP has also expanded capacity at all other sites so that when component shortages are resolved, the company can rapidly ramp up manufacturing to deliver the backlog of orders. The roll out of the SAP ERP system to Asian manufacturing sites is substantially complete, with only the US and German sites still to adopt the software. XP is also investing in its design centres globally.

Debt refinanced

The company refinanced its debt during H122, increasing its revolving credit facility (RCF) from $150m to $255m and the accordion option from $30m to $75m, due in 2026 with an extension option to 2027.

COMET case: Awaiting judge’s ruling

In March, in a trade secrets misappropriation case brought by COMET, a jury awarded damages of $40m against XP. As of 1 August, the judge has not yet filed a ruling on the jury’s decision or subsequent filings. The board will assess the next steps once the ruling has been made. The company has outlined the appeals process, estimating that it would cost $0.5–1.0m in total. The company has accrued the $40m damages award and related legal costs (included in Specific items for a total of £47.8m).

Outlook and changes to forecasts

XP has seen improving financial performance metrics in July, so expects a significantly improved performance in H222 as committed components are delivered and expanded capacity is used. Management notes that while it is confident of a better performance in H222 supported by inventory on hand and a record, committed order book, there remains a wider range of full year outcomes than in prior years, including scenarios where the full year outturn is at the lower end of current analyst expectations. On 30 July, analyst forecasts ranged from £257–282m for revenue and £46.4–53.4m for adjusted operating profit.

We have revised our forecasts to reflect the H122 results and the strengthening of the US dollar versus sterling. As 85% of XP’s revenue is US dollar-denominated, the business saw a £1m benefit at the operating profit level in H122. The change in currency rates more than offsets the revenue slippage in H122, resulting in our revenue upgrade of 4% for FY22 and 5% for FY23. We have reduced our gross margin forecast for FY22 to reflect the lower level in H122 and forecast improving margins in H222. Overall, we reduce our normalised operating profit forecast by 7% in FY22 and increase it by 1% in FY23. Given the strong order intake over the last 18 months, we continue to expect some normalisation in FY23.

Exhibit 4: Changes to forecasts

£'m

FY22e

FY22e

FY23e

FY23e

Old

New

Change

y-o-y

Old

New

Change

y-o-y

Revenues

260.2

271.6

4.4%

13.0%

282.2

295.8

4.8%

8.9%

Gross profit

120.1

117.3

(2.3%)

8.3%

132.7

135.5

2.1%

15.5%

Gross margin

46.1%

43.2%

(3.0%)

(1.9%)

47.0%

45.8%

(1.2%)

2.6%

EBITDA

61.5

57.9

(5.8%)

4.4%

70.2

70.8

0.9%

22.3%

EBITDA margin

23.6%

21.3%

(2.3%)

(1.8%)

24.9%

23.9%

(0.9%)

2.6%

Normalised operating profit

49.0

45.4

(7.2%)

0.7%

56.6

57.2

1.1%

26.0%

Normalised operating margin

18.8%

16.7%

(2.1%)

(2.0%)

20.0%

19.3%

(0.7%)

2.6%

Reported operating profit

(1.4)

(20.1)

1362.6%

(167.6%)

53.4

53.0

(0.7%)

N/A

Reported operating margin

(0.5%)

(7.4%)

(6.9%)

(19.7%)

18.9%

17.9%

(1.0%)

25.3%

Normalised PBT

47.0

42.9

(8.6%)

(2.0%)

54.6

54.8

0.4%

27.7%

Reported PBT

(3.4)

(23.6)

598.9%

(183.0%)

51.4

50.6

(1.5%)

N/A

Normalised net income

37.8

34.5

(8.7%)

(1.4%)

44.0

44.2

0.5%

27.9%

Reported net income

(3.0)

(19.4)

548.7%

(185.7%)

41.4

40.8

(1.5%)

N/A

Normalised basic EPS (p)

192.5

175.8

(8.7%)

(2.0%)

223.9

224.9

0.5%

27.9%

Normalised diluted EPS (p)

189.2

172.8

(8.7%)

(2.0%)

220.0

221.0

0.5%

27.9%

Reported basic EPS (p)

(15.2)

(98.6)

548.7%

(185.1%)

210.9

207.8

(1.5%)

N/A

Dividend per share (p)

94.0

94.0

0.0%

0.0%

97.0

97.0

0.0%

3.2%

Net debt/(cash)

106.4

125.2

17.7%

408.9%

98.7

116.0

17.5%

(7.3%)

Orders

365.3

361.1

-1.1%

5.2%

326.0

320.9

-1.6%

-11.1%

Net debt/EBITDA (x)

1.8

2.2

1.4

1.7

Source: Edison Investment Research

Valuation

On our revised forecasts, XP is trading in line with global power converter peers on FY22e P/E and at a discount to UK electronics peers, with a dividend yield at the upper end of the range. Even after the reduction in our estimates for FY22, the company generates underlying EBITDA and EBIT margins at the top end of both peer groups. Evidence that the component supply situation is improving and that the COMET litigation has been resolved would be key triggers for upside.

Exhibit 5: Peer group financial and valuation metrics

Revenue growth

EBITDA margin

EBIT margin

P/E (x)

EV/EBIT (x)

Dividend yield

CY

NY

CY

NY

CY

NY

CY

NY

CY

NY

CY

NY

XP Power

13.0%

8.9%

21.3%

23.9%

16.7%

19.3%

17.6

13.8

15.4

12.2

3.1%

3.2%

Cosel

15.6%

8.3%

14.8%

16.2%

N/A

N/A

12.7

10.2

N/A

N/A

3.2%

3.6%

Delta Electronics

13.7%

9.2%

15.6%

16.5%

10.5%

11.4%

22.3

18.9

18.9

15.9

2.4%

2.7%

Advanced Energy Industries

12.8%

4.1%

17.0%

18.9%

14.8%

16.7%

17.0

14.2

12.9

10.9

0.5%

0.5%

Comet Holdings

8.6%

9.7%

20.2%

21.8%

16.4%

17.9%

17.1

14.4

13.2

11.1

2.1%

2.6%

Diploma

22.1%

10.7%

21.3%

20.8%

17.7%

17.5%

25.5

23.7

21.0

19.2

1.9%

2.0%

DiscoverIE

6.6%

3.3%

14.2%

14.2%

11.1%

11.2%

21.9

20.9

15.6

14.9

1.6%

1.7%

Electrocomponents

9.1%

4.2%

14.7%

15.1%

12.7%

13.0%

17.4

16.5

13.2

12.4

2.1%

2.2%

Gooch & Housego

1.6%

11.9%

15.6%

16.9%

9.0%

10.7%

24.5

18.7

20.8

15.7

1.4%

1.5%

TT Electronics

10.8%

5.0%

11.0%

12.1%

8.0%

9.1%

10.9

9.3

10.3

8.6

3.4%

3.9%

Average power converter companies

12.7%

7.8%

16.9%

18.4%

13.9%

15.3%

17.3

14.4

15.0

12.6

2.0%

2.3%

Premium/(discount)

2%

-5%

3%

-3%

Average UK electronics companies

10.1%

7.0%

15.4%

15.8%

11.7%

12.3%

20.1

17.8

16.2

14.2

2.1%

2.3%

Premium/(discount)

-12%

-23%

-5%

-14%

Source: Edison Investment Research, Refinitiv (as at 28 July)

Exhibit 6: Financial summary

£'m

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022e

2023e

Year end 31 December

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue

 

 

109.7

129.8

166.8

195.1

199.9

233.3

240.3

271.6

295.8

Cost of Sales

(55.1)

(67.8)

(89.2)

(102.8)

(109.8)

(123.2)

(132.0)

(154.3)

(160.4)

Gross Profit

54.6

62.0

77.6

92.3

90.1

110.1

108.3

117.3

135.5

EBITDA

 

 

29.7

33.0

41.7

49.2

44.5

56.8

55.5

57.9

70.8

Normalised operating profit

 

 

25.9

28.8

36.4

42.9

35.0

46.0

45.1

45.4

57.2

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

0.0

(0.4)

(0.6)

(2.8)

(3.2)

(3.2)

(2.8)

(4.2)

(4.2)

Exceptionals

(0.3)

(0.4)

(3.3)

(0.8)

(5.1)

(5.4)

(12.6)

(61.3)

0.0

Share-based payments

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Reported operating profit

25.6

28.0

32.5

39.3

26.7

37.4

29.7

(20.1)

53.0

Net Interest

(0.2)

(0.2)

(0.3)

(1.7)

(2.7)

(1.7)

(1.3)

(2.5)

(2.4)

Joint ventures & associates (post tax)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Exceptional & other financial

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

(1.0)

0.0

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

25.7

28.6

36.1

41.2

32.3

44.3

43.8

42.9

54.8

Profit Before Tax (reported)

 

 

25.4

27.8

32.2

37.6

24.0

35.7

28.4

(23.6)

50.6

Reported tax

(5.5)

(6.3)

(3.6)

(7.2)

(3.2)

(4.0)

(5.4)

4.5

(9.6)

Profit After Tax (norm)

20.2

22.3

28.8

33.9

27.9

39.2

35.4

34.8

44.4

Profit After Tax (reported)

19.9

21.5

28.6

30.4

20.8

31.7

23.0

(19.1)

41.1

Minority interests

(0.2)

(0.2)

(0.3)

(0.2)

(0.3)

(0.2)

(0.4)

(0.3)

(0.3)

Discontinued operations

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Net income (normalised)

20.0

22.1

28.5

33.7

27.6

39.0

35.0

34.5

44.2

Net income (reported)

19.7

21.3

28.3

30.2

20.5

31.5

22.6

(19.4)

40.8

Basic average number of shares outstanding (m)

19.0

19.0

19.1

19.1

19.2

19.3

19.5

19.6

19.6

EPS - basic normalised (p)

 

 

105.3

116.2

149.4

176.1

144.1

201.8

179.4

175.8

224.9

EPS - diluted normalised (p)

 

 

104.3

115.3

147.0

172.8

141.4

198.4

176.3

172.8

221.0

EPS - basic reported (p)

 

 

103.7

112.0

148.3

157.8

107.0

163.0

115.8

(98.6)

207.8

Dividend (p)

66

71

78

85

55

74

94

94

97

Revenue growth (%)

8.5

18.3

28.5

17.0

2.5

16.7

3.0

13.0

8.9

Gross Margin (%)

49.8

47.8

46.5

47.3

45.1

47.2

45.1

43.2

45.8

EBITDA Margin (%)

27.0

25.4

25.0

25.2

22.3

24.3

23.1

21.3

23.9

Normalised Operating Margin

23.6

22.2

21.8

22.0

17.5

19.7

18.8

16.7

19.3

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

65.4

73.2

88.1

129.2

137.4

135.2

150.5

198.3

205.0

Intangible Assets

48.2

53.0

63.9

97.7

99.6

98.8

108.8

144.2

146.0

Tangible Assets

16.1

19.1

22.5

30.7

35.9

33.5

38.5

50.9

55.8

Investments & other

1.1

1.1

1.7

0.8

1.9

2.9

3.2

3.2

3.2

Current Assets

 

 

53.5

65.7

83.5

105.1

96.0

107.0

121.7

123.1

124.4

Stocks

28.7

32.2

37.8

56.5

44.1

54.2

74.0

84.6

79.1

Debtors

17.5

21.5

23.8

33.0

34.8

30.2

30.8

39.4

47.0

Cash & cash equivalents

4.9

9.2

15.0

11.5

11.2

13.9

9.0

(8.8)

(9.6)

Other

2.4

2.8

6.9

4.1

5.9

8.7

7.9

7.9

7.9

Current Liabilities

 

 

(19.8)

(25.8)

(25.1)

(26.8)

(30.4)

(34.7)

(49.0)

(48.2)

(44.4)

Creditors

(14.6)

(16.1)

(21.4)

(22.4)

(25.2)

(28.3)

(44.7)

(43.9)

(40.1)

Tax and social security

(1.2)

(3.3)

(3.5)

(4.2)

(3.1)

(4.9)

(2.5)

(2.5)

(2.5)

Short term borrowings

(4.0)

(5.5)

0.0

0.0

(1.6)

(1.5)

(1.8)

(1.8)

(1.8)

Other

0.0

(0.9)

(0.2)

(0.2)

(0.5)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(10.0)

(6.2)

(29.6)

(70.1)

(64.1)

(43.0)

(50.8)

(133.4)

(123.2)

Long term borrowings

(4.6)

0.0

(24.0)

(63.5)

(57.3)

(35.2)

(39.9)

(122.5)

(112.3)

Other long term liabilities

(5.4)

(6.2)

(5.6)

(6.6)

(6.8)

(7.8)

(10.9)

(10.9)

(10.9)

Net Assets

 

 

89.1

106.9

116.9

137.4

138.9

164.5

172.4

139.7

161.8

Minority interests

(0.8)

(0.8)

(0.9)

(1.0)

(0.7)

(0.7)

(0.9)

(1.0)

(1.0)

Shareholders' equity

 

 

88.3

106.1

116.0

136.4

138.2

163.8

171.5

138.8

160.8

CASH FLOW

Op Cash Flow before WC and tax

29.7

33.0

41.7

49.2

44.5

56.8

55.5

57.9

70.8

Working capital

(4.6)

(6.1)

0.4

(21.6)

10.6

(6.2)

(4.0)

(20.0)

(5.9)

Exceptional & other

0.6

5.1

(6.3)

3.2

(4.4)

(1.7)

(10.9)

(53.8)

0.0

Tax

(4.7)

(4.1)

(6.1)

(4.1)

(4.5)

(3.3)

(4.2)

4.5

(9.6)

Net operating cash flow

 

 

21.0

27.9

29.7

26.7

46.2

45.6

36.4

(11.4)

55.3

Capex

(5.4)

(6.8)

(10.1)

(15.0)

(16.3)

(14.9)

(21.9)

(34.0)

(23.0)

Acquisitions/disposals

(8.3)

0.1

(18.3)

(35.4)

0.0

(0.5)

0.0

(32.3)

0.0

Net interest

(0.1)

(0.2)

(0.2)

(1.5)

(2.7)

(1.3)

(0.9)

(2.5)

(2.4)

Equity financing

0.0

0.2

(0.2)

0.6

0.5

3.5

0.6

0.0

0.0

Dividends

(12.2)

(13.1)

(14.2)

(15.6)

(17.2)

(7.3)

(18.4)

(18.7)

(19.0)

Other

0.2

0.0

0.0

0.0

(1.5)

(1.7)

(1.7)

(1.7)

(1.7)

Net Cash Flow

(4.8)

8.1

(13.3)

(40.2)

9.0

23.4

(5.9)

(100.6)

9.2

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

(1.3)

3.7

(3.7)

9.0

52.0

41.3

17.9

24.6

125.2

FX

(0.2)

(0.5)

0.6

(2.7)

1.7

0.0

(0.8)

0.0

0.0

Other non-cash movements

0.1

(0.2)

0.0

(0.1)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

3.7

(3.7)

9.0

52.0

41.3

17.9

24.6

125.2

116.0

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