Solid State — Positive trading momentum carried into FY24

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Solid State — Positive trading momentum carried into FY24

Solid State confirmed record revenues and adjusted PBT in FY23. The positive momentum is continuing into FY24 with a consequent increase in guidance for revenue growth of c 15% and adjusted PBT of c 10%. As a result, consensus estimates for FY24 revenue have increased by 11% to £147m and adjusted PBT has been raised by c 5% to £11.9m.

Andy Chambers

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Solid State

Positive trading momentum carried into FY24

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10 July 2023

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1,260p

Market cap

£142m

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SOLI

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AIM

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11.3m

Business description

Solid State is a specialist value-added component supplier and design-in manufacturer of computing, power and communications products. It supplies the commercial, industrial and military markets with durable components, assemblies and manufactured units for use in specialist and harsh environments.

Bull

Ambition to deliver a CAGR of 20% in TSR to 2030 supported by targeted 17% CAGR revenue and increase in adjusted operating margin to 12%.

Sustainable growth strategy driven by organic investment and strategic M&A with a good track record of identifying and integrating acquisitions.

Added-value design capability supports long-term customer relationships and higher margins with core competence in computer power and communications serving growing markets.

Bear

Revenue development dependent on OEM customers’ sales and marketing activity.

Some potential for customer destocking at customers as supply chain confidence improves.

Inflation challenges need navigating and order book may shorten as ordering cycles normalise.

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Solid State is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Solid State confirmed record revenues and adjusted PBT in FY23. The positive momentum is continuing into FY24 with a consequent increase in guidance for revenue growth of c 15% and adjusted PBT of c 10%. As a result, consensus estimates for FY24 revenue have increased by 11% to £147m and adjusted PBT has been raised by c 5% to £11.9m.

Record performance delivered in FY23

Strong growth continued in FY23 with revenues up by 18% organically (£15.6m); this was enhanced by the initial £16.6m contribution from Custom Power, acquired for £32.6m in August 2022, which performed to plan. The FX tailwind added £9.3m. Adjusted operating margin continued to develop positively, reaching 9.2% (FY22: 8.7%) and return on capital employed started to recover to 14.2%, even as Solid State continued to invest to support growth. The order book increased by 34% to £120.1m (FY22: £85.5m) with positive organic development and Custom Power adding $18.6m (£14.6m). Cash flow was better than originally expected with net debt only increasing to £8.1m (FY22: £5.2m) despite the acquisitions and increased working capital to support growth. Net debt included the remaining contingent considerations for acquisition of £5.7m that should be paid in H124.

Strong start to FY24

The strong organic growth has continued into Q124 boosted by new contracts and augmented by a first-time contribution from Custom Power, driving a further record revenue performance. By nature, some of the organic development, such as the NATO communications contract signed in November 2022, carry lower initial margins with shipments commencing in Q124. In addition, there are other challenges to be faced as FY24 progresses. The normalisation of customer order cycles as confidence in the supply chain slowly returns requires proactive management and FX fluctuations seem likely to be a revenue headwind. Management’s FY24e guidance is for a healthy revenue increase with a modest margin squeeze, implying limited progress for EPS (due to higher share count).

Valuation: Progressively challenging the discount

Having delivered total shareholder returns (TSR) averaging 29% annually since FY19, management is seeking to maintain a CAGR of 20% to 2030. Augmenting organic development with strategic M&A should continue to support expansion in Solid State’s fast-growing market segments, with a broadening geographic footprint and increasing products and applications. Successful delivery of the strategy should see the FY25e P/E discount to peers of c17% progressively diminish.

Consensus estimates

Year
end

Revenue
(£m)

PBT
(£m)

EPS
(p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

03/22

85.0

7.2

70.6

19.5

17.8

1.6

03/23

126.5

10.8

80.7

20.0

15.6

1.6

03/24e

147.3

11.9

81.2

21.0

15.5

1.7

03/25e

152.3

12.5

83.2

22.0

15.1

1.8

Source: Company reports, broker consensus estimates

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