Daldrup & Soehne — Increased profits and business activity

Daldrup & Söhne (DB: 4DS)

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Daldrup & Soehne — Increased profits and business activity

Daldrup & Söhne made progress in building its presence in geothermal generation during FY17 and this is expected to yield additional benefits in FY18. A stable regulatory framework, an order book at record levels and additional geothermal projects under development (Neuried and Puchheim) are also expected to contribute to growing profitability in the forecast period (see consensus forecasts).

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Daldrup & Söhne

Increased profits and business activity

Alternative energy

Scale research report - Update

26 June 2018

Price

€10.65

Market cap

€64m

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Share details

Code

4DS

Listing

Deutsche Börse Scale

Shares in issue

6.0m

Last reported net debt at 31 December 2017

€13.1m

Business description

Daldrup & Söhne AG is an onshore drilling and environmental services company with vertically integrated competencies in geothermal projects (from feasibility study, permitting and constructing to power supply contracting). It is seeking to create predictable revenue streams as an independent power producer.

Bull

Emission reduction and renewable energy targets provide a helpful macro environment.

Favourable feed-in tariffs in Germany for geothermal energy.

Increased focus on operational plant should reduce financial volatility.

Bear

Investment in geothermal projects likely to increase the capital intensity of the business.

The time frame for the development of geothermal energy projects is longer than for some other renewable technologies.

FY17 EBIT did not cover interest charge for year.

Analyst

Graeme Moyse

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Daldrup & Söhne made progress in building its presence in geothermal generation during FY17 and this is expected to yield additional benefits in FY18. A stable regulatory framework, an order book at record levels and additional geothermal projects under development (Neuried and Puchheim) are also expected to contribute to growing profitability in the forecast period (see consensus forecasts).

FY17 results: Targets met, growth achieved

FY17 results from Daldrup & Söhne revealed total output of €43m (target €40m) and an EBIT margin of 2.6% (target 2.0-5.0%). In addition to meeting its overall financial targets, the results demonstrated year-on-year growth. Total output rose by 9.1% to €43m, although sales revenue fell due to the delayed completion of a significant drilling project in the Netherlands – the project has since been invoiced. EBIT increased by c 20% to €1.1m, although it did not cover interest costs of €1.8m. Net debt rose to €13.1m (from €7.9m), however a capital increase (€6.3m gross) post the year-end has strengthened the balance sheet.

Operational progress and favourable outlook

FY17 was also a year of operational progress, with Daldrup & Söhne increasing its holding in two geothermal projects, namely Landau and Taufkirchen. These two plants are expected to significantly increase their contribution in FY18 (first full year of consolidation), with EBIT in the region of €1m (according to management). In addition, with a stable regulatory framework and buoyant order volumes (the FY17 order book stood at c €49m), the prospects for FY18 appear promising. The company’s financial target for FY18 is for total output of at least €40m and an EBIT margin of between 2% and 5%.

Valuation: Premium rating

Our valuation analysis is based on management’s FY18 projections for revenue (€40m) and EBIT margin (2-5%). Daldrup & Söhne is trading on a FY18 EV/sales ratio of c 2x, assuming revenue of €40m. The figure of 2x represents a premium to the wider market but a discount to the selected group of renewable and drilling companies.

Historic figures

Year
end

Revenue
(€m)

EBIT
(€m)

PBT
(€m)

EPS
(€)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/16

31.1

1.0

(0.2)

0.03

355

N/A

12/17

24.8

1.1

0.0

0.00

N/A

N/A

Source: Daldrup & Söhne

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FY17 results: Meet targets and demonstrate growth

Daldrup & Söhne’s FY17 results exceeded its self-imposed targets, with total output of €43m (target €40m) and an EBIT margin of 2.6% (target 2.0-5.0%). At this point it is worth reiterating that the company reports according to German GAAP and as such all costs and expenses are recognised immediately when they are incurred, but profitability is based on output (invoiced revenue plus change in work in progress). The inclusion of the change in work in progress helps to smooth out the timing difference between revenue recognition and cash flows. The delay in invoicing a significant drilling project led to a decline in sales volume in FY17, but did not adversely affect total output.

In addition to meeting its financial targets, Daldrup & Söhne demonstrated strong year-on-year growth. Output rose by 9.1%, to €43m, and EBIT achieved an increase of c 20%, to €1.1m, although it remained below the level required to cover total interest costs (€1.8m). Of the total sales revenue of c €24.8m, €12.4m, or c 50%, was accounted for by the geothermics business. Drilling and exploration contributed €5.3m, water €4.1m and the environmental business, EDS, €2.9m. Of the total revenue, 85% related to operations located in Germany. The main driver of the increase in profitability, aside from the increase in gross revenue, was the reduction in the cost of raw materials (in part offset by a slight rise in employee costs).

At the year-end the balance sheet showed a significant increase (+€11.3m) due to the first time consolidation of geox GmbH, the operating and holding company for the Landau geothermal plant. The consolidation of Landau also accounted for a significant rise in the balance sheet total for technical equipment and machinery (+67.1% to €22.7m). The year-end FY17 balance sheet also showed cash at bank of €1.5m (FY16: €0.8m) and an equity ratio of 45.3% (FY16: 50.4%).

Exhibit 1: FY16 vs FY17 results – key highlights

€m

FY16

FY17

% change

Comment

Sales

31.137

24.758

-20.5%

Increase in work in progress

8.321

18.286

+119.7%

Delay in invoicing Dutch drilling project

Output

39.458

43.044

+9.1%

Increase in output reflecting increase in activity and order book

EBITDA

4.557

4.743

+4.1%

Despite higher employee costs higher revenue- feeds through to higher EBITDA

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(3.605)

(3.604)

NM

EBIT

0.951

1.139

+19.8%

EBIT Margin (%)

2.4%

2.6%

N/A

EBIT margin increase and within target range helped by flat D&A

Interest expenses

(1.354)

(1.797)

+32.7%

Rise in indebtedness

Net profits

(0.228)

(0.025)

-89.0%

Cash flow

From operating activities

3.654

9.897

+170.8%

Significant improvement in w/k cap. movements

From investing activities

(1.130)

(13.151)

NM

Large increase in investment in PPE

From financing activities

(2.304)

(1.298)

+43.7%

Increased issue of bonds and loans

Net Debt

(7,863)

(13,059)

Source: Daldrup & Söhne

Post year-end developments

Since the year-end Daldrup & Söhne has successfully issued fresh equity, raising €6.4m (gross) in February. As a result of the issue, the number of shares has increased to 6m and the share of the equity held by the Daldrup family has fallen from 65% at the year-end to 59% post the issue. Since the year end the company has continued to receive drilling orders and has raised its holding in the Taufkirchen geothermal plant to 55.2% at the group level (from 29%) via the acquisition of Axpo Power’s 35% holding. In FY17 Daldrup & Söhne raised its holding (at the group level) in the Landau geothermal plant to 67% (from 30%), although this deal was concluded in February 2018.

Exhibit 2: Post year-end developments

Date

Event

4 May 2018

Order for geothermal drilling from Stadtwerke Schwerin

9 April 2018

Stadtwerke München commissions six deep geothermal drillings

27 February 2018

Issue of 544,500 shares raising €6.4m

5 February 2018

Concludes Increase in stake in Landau geothermal plant to 67%

25 January 2018

Increase in stake in Taufkirchen geothermal plant 55.21%

Date

4 May 2018

9 April 2018

27 February 2018

5 February 2018

25 January 2018

Event

Order for geothermal drilling from Stadtwerke Schwerin

Stadtwerke München commissions six deep geothermal drillings

Issue of 544,500 shares raising €6.4m

Concludes Increase in stake in Landau geothermal plant to 67%

Increase in stake in Taufkirchen geothermal plant 55.21%

Source: Daldrup & Söhne

Outlook

The outlook for Daldrup & Söhne appears favourable. The regulatory framework remains relatively benign, with geothermal energy plants receiving a feed-in tariff (FiT) of 25.2 cents/kWh. The company now enjoys a strengthened balance sheet, post the rights issue, with an ability to develop the projects at Puchheim and Neuried. There is also the prospect of a significantly increased contribution from Landau and Taufkirchen geothermal plants in FY18. The potential revenue contribution from the two geothermal plants is expected to be in the region of €5m, with EBIT of c €1m. Order volume at the end of FY17 stood at c €49m (a record) and the total order pipeline at €98m. The company’s financial target for FY18 is for total output of at least €40m and an EBIT margin of between 2% and 5%. Both of these targets are below consensus forecasts.

Valuation

We base our valuation commentary on management’s FY18 projections for revenue (€40m) and EBIT margin (2-5%). Our analysis compares Daldrup & Söhne to the wider market and a list of comparable companies.

Daldrup & Söhne is trading on a FY18 EV/revenue ratio of c 2x assuming a revenue figure of €40m. The figure of 2.0x represents a premium to the wider market but a discount to the selected group of renewable and drilling companies (see Exhibit 3). By way of illustration, assuming a revenue figure of €45m, D&S’s forecast EV/revenue multiple declines to 1.8x.

Exhibit 3: Daldrup & Söhne – comparable valuation analysis

P/E

18

(x)

P/E

19

(x)

EV/Sales

18

(x

EV/Sales

19

(x))

EV/EBIT

18

(x)

EV/EBIT

19

(x)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ STOXX 600

SXXP

14.5

13.3

1.6

1.5

N/A

N/A

Drilling companies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAUER

BSA GY

11.2

7.99

0.6

0.6

10.1

9.1

Odfjell Drilling

ODL NO

114.3

21.7

3.0

2.6

27.1

17.3

Average

 

62.8

14.8

1.8

1.6

18.6

13.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renewable companies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7C Solarparken

HRPK GY

25.7

25.7

7.8

7.5

24.4

22.4

Energy Development Corporation

EDC PM

9.7

8.8

4.2

4.0

10.0

9.6

Enrgiekontor

EKT GY

34.3

10.7

3.2

1.6

14.4

7.5

Good Energy

GOOD LN

10.7

8.2

0.7

0.7

 

 

Ormat Technology

ORA US

22.6

21.5

5.1

4.8

16.2

14.2

Polish Energy Partners

PEP PW

43.6

15.8

0.5

0.5

20.7

14.2

Average

 

24.4

15.1

3.6

3.2

17.1

13.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combined average

 

34.0

15.0

3.1

2.8

15.4

11.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Bloomberg. Note: Priced at 25 June 2018.

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