Tinexta — Mixed performance in Q223

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Tinexta — Mixed performance in Q223

Tinexta’s revenue and adjusted EBITDA year-on-year growth slowed a little in Q223 after a strong start to the year, but there was improving momentum in revenue and profitability from the two divisions that are forecast to generate the fastest growth in FY23. Of most significance was the acceleration by the Cyber Security (CS) division, which appears to have turned a corner since the start of the year following relatively disappointing growth post the acquisitions. The low net debt position leaves the company well placed to take advantage of M&A opportunities. The shares remain at a significant discount to our unchanged DCF-based valuation of €30.4 per share.

Russell Pointon

Written by

Russell Pointon

Director, Consumer

TMT

Tinexta

Mixed performance in Q223

H123 results

Professional services

3 August 2023

Price

€17.9

Market cap

€845m

Net debt (€m) at 30 June 2023

52.6

Shares in issue

47.2

Free float

44.3%

Code

TNXT

Primary exchange

Euronext STAR Milan

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

0.1

(8.5)

(30.5)

Rel (local)

(1.5)

(15.0)

(45.2)

52-week high/low

€26.1

€16.1

Business description

Tinexta offers innovative solutions for the digital transformation and growth of companies, professionals and institutions. It has three divisions: Digital Trust, Business Innovation and Cyber Security.

Next events

Q323 results

10 November 2023

Analysts

Russell Pointon

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Max Hayes

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Tinexta is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Tinexta’s revenue and adjusted EBITDA year-on-year growth slowed a little in Q223 after a strong start to the year, but there was improving momentum in revenue and profitability from the two divisions that are forecast to generate the fastest growth in FY23. Of most significance was the acceleration by the Cyber Security (CS) division, which appears to have turned a corner since the start of the year following relatively disappointing growth post the acquisitions. The low net debt position leaves the company well placed to take advantage of M&A opportunities. The shares remain at a significant discount to our unchanged DCF-based valuation of €30.4 per share.

Year end

Revenue
(€m)

PBT*
(€m)

EPS*
(€)

DPS
(€)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/21

301.5

57.5

0.83

0.30

21.6

1.7

12/22

357.2

73.6

1.07

0.51

16.8

2.8

12/23e

410.4

80.8

1.05

0.48

17.0

2.7

12/24e

456.7

95.0

1.20

0.26

14.9

1.5

12/25e

501.5

110.6

1.44

0.34

12.5

1.9

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

Growth where it counts at this stage of the year

Tinexta’s revenue grew year-on-year by c 7% in Q223 to €96.4m, following 10% growth in Q123. There was a sequential, ie quarter-on-quarter, acceleration in growth by Digital Trust (DT) to 13.3% and CS to 16.6%. Within each division, the broad-based growth was encouraging. These were offset by Business Innovation’s (BI’s) 2% decline, including a number of positives and negatives by the individual business. The declines were either due to phasing and the expected reduction of government initiatives, with the former being resolved in H223, or some macro weakness. Adjusted EBITDA year-on-year growth of 2% to €23.0m (23.8% margin, Q222 25.1%) included operational leverage by DT and CS, offset by BI’s decline, Tinexta’s highest-margin division (35.5% in Q223), a function of mix changes and the lower revenue growth. A busy period for M&A, and most importantly, strong free cash generation led to lower net debt of c €53m by 30 June (c €78m end FY22).

FY23: Incorporating M&A on reiterated guidance

Management reiterated its FY23 guidance, emphasising a clear path to recovery for BI’s lower growth in Q2 and Tinexta’s typical high weighting to profit generation in Q4 of any year, with Q4 providing c 40% of annual EBITDA in FY21 and FY22. Our underlying assumptions are unchanged but we include new estimates for the July 2023 acquisition of the majority (65%) stake in Ascertia, which increases end FY23 net debt/EBITDA to 0.5x, in line with management’s underlying guidance of 0.2–0.3x.

Valuation: DCF-based valuation of €30.4 per share

The share price has been weak since the recent highs in February 2023, increasing the discount to our unchanged DCF-based valuation of €30.4 per share, which has been updated for the acquisition of Ascertia.

Exhibit 1: Financial summary

€m

2021

2022

2023e

2024e

2025e

31-December

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue

 

 

301.5

357.2

410.4

456.7

501.5

Operating costs

(225.1)

(262.4)

(306.4)

(337.0)

(364.8)

EBITDA

 

 

76.5

94.8

104.1

119.8

136.7

EBITDA (not adjusted)

 

 

71.3

86.3

94.1

109.8

128.7

Operating profit (before amort. and excepts.)

 

 

61.1

77.6

83.1

96.7

111.3

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(11.0)

(17.5)

(17.5)

(17.5)

(17.5)

Exceptionals

(2.6)

(6.4)

(6.0)

(5.0)

(4.0)

Share-based payments

(2.6)

(2.1)

(4.0)

(5.0)

(4.0)

Reported operating profit

45.0

51.6

55.6

69.2

85.8

Net Interest

(3.1)

(6.2)

(2.8)

(2.2)

(1.2)

Joint ventures & associates (post tax)

(0.2)

(0.2)

0.5

0.5

0.5

Exceptionals

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

57.5

73.6

80.8

95.0

110.6

Profit Before Tax (reported)

 

 

41.7

45.1

53.3

67.5

85.1

Reported tax

(13.0)

(12.5)

(16.5)

(20.3)

(24.7)

Profit After Tax (norm)

40.3

52.4

55.7

66.5

78.5

Profit After Tax (reported)

28.7

32.6

36.8

47.3

60.4

Minority interests

(1.2)

(2.4)

(6.7)

(10.8)

(12.4)

Discontinued operations

10.0

45.5

37.6

0.0

0.0

Net income (normalised)

39.1

50.0

49.0

55.7

66.2

Net income (reported)

37.5

75.7

67.7

36.5

48.0

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

47.2

46.8

46.5

46.3

46.1

EPS - normalised (c)

 

 

84.7

108.8

107.5

122.8

146.5

EPS - normalised fully diluted (c)

 

 

82.8

106.7

105.4

120.3

143.6

EPS - basic reported (€)

 

 

0.81

1.65

1.48

0.80

1.06

Dividend (c)

30.00

51.00

48.04

26.00

34.42

Revenue growth (%)

12.1

18.4

14.9

11.3

9.8

EBITDA Margin before non-recurring costs (%)

25.4

26.5

25.4

26.2

27.2

Normalised Operating Margin

20.3

21.7

20.2

21.2

22.2

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

602.9

574.0

629.9

617.8

605.6

Intangible Assets

550.4

487.3

524.2

520.1

517.0

Tangible Assets

25.2

48.4

42.4

34.4

25.4

Investments & other

27.4

38.3

63.3

63.3

63.3

Current Assets

 

 

213.2

403.5

432.0

466.3

521.2

Stocks

1.3

1.9

1.9

1.9

1.9

Debtors

119.5

129.5

143.4

160.2

175.9

Cash & cash equivalents

68.3

115.3

140.8

158.3

197.5

Other financial assets

4.1

125.8

125.8

125.8

125.8

Other

20.0

31.0

20.2

20.2

20.2

Current Liabilities

 

 

(207.5)

(260.9)

(269.3)

(281.2)

(292.7)

Creditors

(146.8)

(156.4)

(169.8)

(181.7)

(193.2)

Tax and social security

(3.6)

(2.9)

(2.9)

(2.9)

(2.9)

Short term borrowings

(54.1)

(93.6)

(93.6)

(93.6)

(93.6)

Other

(3.1)

(8.0)

(3.0)

(3.0)

(3.0)

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(357.9)

(314.6)

(314.6)

(314.6)

(314.6)

Long term borrowings

(281.5)

(235.2)

(235.2)

(235.2)

(235.2)

Other long term liabilities

(35.0)

(42.4)

(42.4)

(42.4)

(42.4)

Net Assets

 

 

250.8

402.0

478.0

488.3

519.5

Minority interests

(46.9)

(36.4)

(67.0)

(68.1)

(69.3)

Shareholders' equity

 

 

203.9

365.7

411.0

420.2

450.2

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

72.5

72.8

70.3

77.7

90.6

Capex and intangibles

(16.2)

(24.1)

(23.0)

(16.0)

(17.0)

Acquisitions/disposals

(92.8)

84.5

5.8

0.0

0.0

Net interest

(2.3)

(2.4)

(2.8)

(2.2)

(1.2)

Equity financing

(9.3)

(8.1)

(3.0)

(10.0)

(10.0)

Dividends

(12.5)

(20.8)

(28.4)

(32.0)

(23.2)

Borrowings

42.9

(40.2)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

6.6

1.4

30.0

0.0

0.0

Net Cash Flow

(24.6)

48.6

23.9

17.5

39.2

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

91.9

264.4

77.6

53.6

36.1

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

264.4

77.6

53.6

36.1

(3.1)

Source: Tinexta accounts, Edison Investment Research


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