PB Holding — Net loss of €2.6m in FY23

PB Holding (AMS: PBH)

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PB Holding — Net loss of €2.6m in FY23

PB Holding reported FY23 results on 26 April. The company’s most important asset, the 5.3% stake in insurer for the mobility sector Bovemij, reported its FY23 results in March. Dividends from this participation are the main source of liquidity and income for PB Holding. In FY23, Bovemij paid an anniversary dividend amounting to €0.3m (FY22: €0.5m) for PB Holding. PB Holding wants to have enough liquidity to cover at least two years of its expenses (approximately €0.25m per year), which we believe is prudent. The FY23 net cash position of €0.6m could cover two to three years without dividend income at current burn rates. At the end of FY23, PB Holding’s book value was €3.17 per share (FY22: €3.61), of which the impaired stake in Bovemij of €2.99 (FY22: €3.34) is by far the largest part.

Edwin de Jong

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Edwin De Jong

Analyst

Industrials

PB Holding

Net loss of €2.6m in FY23

FY23 results

Insurance

7 May 2024

Price

€2.80

Market cap

€15m

Net cash (€m) at end FY23

0.6

Shares in issue

5.35m

Free float

38.6%

Code

PBH

Primary exchange

Euronext

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

After the sale of Stern’s operational activities to Hedin in H122, PB Holding only holds a 5.3% stake in unlisted insurance company Bovemij, a loss compensation and cash.

Next events

AGM

26 June 2024

H123 results

27 September 2024

Analyst

Edwin De Jong

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

PB Holding is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

PB Holding reported FY23 results on 26 April. The company's most important asset, the 5.3% stake in insurer for the mobility sector Bovemij, reported its FY23 results in March. Dividends from this participation are the main source of liquidity and income for PB Holding. In FY23, Bovemij paid an anniversary dividend amounting to €0.3m (FY22: €0.5m) for PB Holding. PB Holding wants to have enough liquidity to cover at least two years of its expenses (approximately €0.25m per year), which we believe is prudent. The FY23 net cash position of €0.6m could cover two to three years without dividend income at current burn rates. At the end of FY23, PB Holding’s book value was €3.17 per share (FY22: €3.61), of which the impaired stake in Bovemij of €2.99 (FY22: €3.34) is by far the largest part.

Year end

Revenue (€m)

EBITDA
(€m)

PBT
(€m)

EPS
(€)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/21

0.0

0.0

1.4

(4.12)

N/A

28.9

12/22

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.11

27.8

N/A

12/23

0.3

(0.3)

(2.6)

(0.46)

N/A

N/A

Note: Due to the change in PB Holding’s profile, we have suspended our forecasts.

After several very healthy operational and financial years during and following the COVID-19 crisis, PB Holding’s 5.3% participation in unlisted insurance company for the mobility sector Bovemij has had challenging years in FY22 and FY23. This was driven by higher claim payments, as a result of a higher number of fires, increased costs for personal injuries and the theft of e-bikes. As a result, the combined ratio (claim losses + operational costs/earned premium) for the insurer has increased from a still relatively healthy 90% in FY22 to an unhealthy 108.6% in FY23. Various measures have been taken to bring the combined ratio back to 90%. All in all, Bovemij reported an FY23 net loss of €15.6m, compared to a net loss in FY22 of €14.4m, which had been affected by negative investment income.

Nevertheless, Bovemij decided to pay out a dividend in relation to its 60th anniversary in FY23. Bovemij’s dividend is PB Holding’s main source of liquidity and the dividend income amounted to €0.3m. However, PB Holding reported negative income from investments in FY23, as the losses of Bovemij led to an impairment charge to the stake of €2.6m. After including the €0.3m dividend income, the company reported a total loss from investments of €2.3m. Operational and financial costs amounted to €0.3m, resulting in a net loss of €2.6m.

Last year and early this year, a large part of the holding’s liquidity was used to buy back PB Holding stock. This has resulted in a decrease in the number of outstanding PB Holding shares to 5.35m, from 5.675m at FY22. At end FY23, net cash amounted to €0.6m. PB Holding has no interest-bearing debt.

In its outlook, PB Holding stated that it expects financial markets to stay volatile for the time being. In April, Bovemij indicated that it will not pay a dividend in 2024 and, as such, no dividend income in FY24 is expected for PB Holding and PB Holding does not intend to pay a dividend.

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