Strong sales growth, but margin temporarily pressured by supply chain disruption
- Sales rose by 30 percent to SEK 1,138m (875). Organic growth was 42 percent.
- Gross margin increased by 1.4 percentage points to 27.5 percent (26.1).
- Adjusted operating income increased to SEK 82m (-3), equivalent to an adjusted operating margin of 7.2 percent (-0.3).
- Reported operating income totaled SEK 79m (-151). Restructuring costs of SEK 3m related to the strategic review of the company impacted profit.
- Changes in exchange rates had a negative impact on operating income of SEK -9m (-8).
- Profit after tax was SEK 54m (-139). Tax totaled SEK -22m (+24).
- Earnings per share were SEK 1.11 (-2.95).
- Cash flow from operating activities totaled SEK 19m (-96).
- The savings programs developed according to plan and reduced expenses by SEK 27m net, of which the structural programs contributed SEK 55m.
- Jean-Luc Desire took over as CEO on June 14, 2021.
- Håkan Karlsson was elected as the new Chairman of the Board at the AGM on 26 May, 2021.
- A joint venture has been formed with FAST Group to produce and sell disc brakes for both new production and the aftermarket, focusing initially on China.
- The financial targets and dividend policy have been updated.
- The supply chain is strained due to increased raw material and freight costs as well as component shortages. The company has been actively working to mitigate some of the effects and this is expected to have a positive effect from the third quarter. There is great shortage of semiconductors, which will have an impact on some of Haldex products for at least the second half of 2021.
EVENTS AFTER THE END OF THE QUARTER
- Haldex’s financing maturing in April 2022 has been extended after the balance sheet date to April 2023
- An agreement has been signed with one of the world's largest manufacturers of heavy trucks for our ADB product.
|First half of the year||Rolling 12 m||Full year|
|Group overview, SEKm||Apr-Jun 2021||Apr-Jun 2020||∆||Jan-Jun
|∆||Jul 2020 - Jun 2021||2020|
|Net sales, SEKm||1,138||875||30%||2,218||2,055||8%||4,171||4,007|
|Organic growth, %||42||-37||-||19||-26||-||-||-20|
|Operating income, SEKm||79||-151||nm||221||-121||nm||242||-100|
|Adjusted operating income, SEKm||82||-3||nm||197||39||409%||321||163|
|Operating margin, %||6.9||-17.2||24.2||10.0||-5.9||15.9||5.8||-2.5|
|Adjusted operating margin, %||7.2||-0.3||7.5||8.9||1.9||7.0||7.7||4.1|
|Return on capital employed % 1||8.3||-6.4||14.7||8.3||-6.4||14.7||8.3||-3.8|
|Return on capital employed excluding non-recurring items % 1||11.0||5.2||5.8||11.0||5.2||5.8||11.0||5.0|
|Profit after tax, SEKm||54||-139||nm||149||-136||nm||-15||-300|
|Earnings per share, SEK||1.11||-2.95||nm||3.05||-3.01||nm||-0.37||-6.44|
|Cash flow, operating activities, SEKm||19||-96||115||-11||-139||128||343||215|
|1 Rolling twelve months. The effect of IFRS16 Leases has been excluded.|
Comment from Jean-Luc Desire, President & CEO:
In mid-June I took over the role of CEO of Haldex after 20 years of global experience from the automotive industry. Over the past 30 days, I have had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of employees across the organization, and I have been truly impressed by their commitment and professionalism. During customer meetings, workshops, operating reviews and deep dives into our businesses I have gained a better understanding of both the opportunities and challenges we face and have identified areas where we can further drive improved performance.
STRONG ORGANIC GROWTH
Net sales showed strong improvement, despite continued constraints in the supply chain, and totaled SEK 1,138m (875) in the second quarter, equivalent to an organic growth of 42 percent compared to the same period last year. The strong growth is partly due to higher demand from our customers but mainly due to the vast drop in sales last year. Net sales for the half-year amounted to SEK 2,218m (2,055), corresponding to organic growth of 19 percent.
A strong organic sales growth was reported by Region Americas and Europe, while Asia reported a negative growth. The decline in Asia is mainly explained by high government support in China last year and the fact that the extremely high demand in China last year has now normalised.
The trailer segment showed strong organic growth, which is a result of our increased focus on the trailer market as well as the vast sales drop last year. The truck segment also noted strong organic growth, mainly due to the large sales decline last year. The aftermarket segment was generally less affected by COVID-19 last year and hence organic sales growth was somewhat smaller in this customer segment than in the other two.
MARGIN PRESSURED BY THE STRAINED SUPPLY CHAIN
Adjusted operating profit totalled SEK 82m (-3), and the equivalent margin was 7.2 percent (-0.3). The margin was lower than in the previous quarter as it was impacted by significantly higher commodity prices, higher freight costs and a somewhat lower share of aftermarket sales. For the half-year, adjusted operating profit amounted to SEK 197m (39), corresponding to a strong margin of 8.9 percent (1.9).
PRODUCT AND OFFERING
The development of our proposition focusing on the trailer segment and aftermarket continues. As well as growing our position as an Air Disc Brake supplier of specific applications addressing both trucks and bus OEMs.
In mid-April we announced the agreement to form a joint venture company with FAST Group to produce and sell Air Disc Brakes and provide aftermarket service with initial focus on the Chinese market. The formation of the new JV is proceeding according to plan.
Our key focus on electrification and our EMB product has proved successful. We are in close dialog with several key OEMs in Europe and are seeing increasing interest in the United States. I am also pleased to report that our EMB product has successfully passed validation through homologation with a customer in China. These are significant steps for EMB which will build confidence in this system with more customers.
I am also pleased to announce that we after the reporting period have closed an agreement with one of the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy trucks for our ADB product. The deal is an important milestone to grow in the truck segment besides our excellent position in the trailer market. In particular we would like to mention the strategic importance of an embedded additional agreement, which include to equip a showcase truck with our new EMB product. This breakthrough of introducing our next generation product on the European market strengthens our confidence in our market opportunities and ability to meet new demands on braking systems in connected, electric trucks and trailers.
Although the second quarter noted a recovery from the challenging last year, there are still a lot of uncertainties left. During the second quarter, we see increased costs for commodities, semiconductors and freight. From the third quarter onwards, we expect to mitigate large parts of the additional costs in terms of increased material costs by adjusting raw material prices between our suppliers and customers. We estimate that increased freight costs will continue throughout the year. However, there is great uncertainty about these external factors and we are following market developments closely.
In addition to increased costs, there is also a significant lack of access to semiconductors, which will have an impact on some of Haldex products for at least the second half of 2021.
We are taking strong measures to improve our supply chain processes and in addition to this, my focus for the coming months will be on performance management, people development, and meeting with customers. Our work on the strategic review is also continuing and I will provide an update during the second half of 2021. I am confident we will see solid results from these efforts and I look forward to great collaborations and an exciting journey ahead.
For further information,visit https://haldex.com/sv/corporate/investerare/ or contact:
Jean-Luc Desire, President & CEO. Telephone: +46 (0) 418-47 60 00
Lottie Saks, CFO and IR. Telephone: +46 (0)418-47 60 00
This report has not been reviewed by the company’s auditors.
This information is such that Haldex AB (publ) is obliged to publish under the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication through contacts on Friday July 16, 2021 at 7.20 am.
Investors, analysts and media are invited to a presentation of the report on Friday July 16, at 11.00 am, together with CEO Jean-Luc Desire and CFO Lottie Saks.
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Over 100 years of powerful innovation gives Haldex unsurpassed expertise when it comes to braking systems and air suspension systems for heavy trucks, trailers and buses. We live and breathe our business with the goal to deliver robust and technically superior solutions which is founded in a deep insight in our customer’s reality. Through focusing on our core competences and the passion we all share, we achieve the agility and flexibility that the market demands. Innovative collaborations aren’t only the core of our products, but our philosophy. Our 2200 employees, spread out across four continents, challenge the conventional on a daily basis in order to secure that the products we deliver create a unique value to our customers and the end users. We are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and have a turnover of approx. 4 billion SEK.
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