ECA Group (Euronext Paris: ECASA) reports its 2018 second quarter and first half year revenue today.
|(in € millions)1||H1
|H1 2017 restated
|H1 2017 reported||Change2||Q2
|Q2 2017 restated
|Q2 2017 reported||Change2|
|Adjusted revenue 3||50.1||53.5||52.7||-6.3%||27.5||29.7||28.8||-7.2%|
1 Unaudited 2018 figures
2 As of January 1, 2018, the Group applies IFRS 15 "Revenue from Contracts with Customers." All the changes referred to in this press release are calculated in relation to the restated figures for 2017 in application of this standard. Detailed reconciliations will be given in the financial report for the first half of 2018
3 In order to assess the performance of its ongoing activities, the Group has decided to present and comment on the adjusted results in addition to the reported figures. The adjustments concern the contribution of ECA Sindel (deconsolidated at January 1, 2018) and the contribution of SSI, currently being disposed of, within the Simulation division. The figures in this press release are not expressed as adjusted figures, unless otherwise specified.
In the first half of 2018, ECA Group revenue was €50.4 million, down 8.6% compared with the first half of 2017 restated under IFRS 15. This decline can be attributed to the insufficient level of order intake recorded before the end of 2017. The strong performance of the Simulation division since the start of the year and that of the Aerospace division in the second quarter partially offset the performance of the Robotics division. Adjusted for the contribution of a deconsolidated subsidiary in 2018 and one being disposed of, the Group's revenue was €50.1 million, down 6.3% compared with the first half of 2017.
In the first half year, revenue of the Robotics division was €27.7 million, down 17.9% compared with the first half of 2017 and 14.4% at comparable scope (deconsolidation of ECA Sindel at January 1, 2018). This performance is the result of delays in orders before the end of 2017 that penalized the first months of 2018.
During the second quarter, the division announced that it had been awarded a contract to supply static converters for four submarines for the Peruvian navy (see the press release of June 18, 2018).
Revenue from the Aerospace division was €16.8 million, a decrease of 4.7% compared with the first half of 2017. Nevertheless, revenue was up 3.1% over the second quarter, sustained by the robust performance of the on-board equipment activity.
Lastly, Simulation posted growth of 54.2% compared with the first half of 2017, at €5.9 million, driven by the execution of the second contract for military vehicle driving simulators, which will continue over the second half year. The disposal or closure of the division's subsidiary, which had become non-strategic, is under way and should be finalized in the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted for the contribution of this subsidiary, the division's revenue was €5.6 million in the first half of 2018, versus €3.6 million for the same period last year.
At June 30, 2018, ECA Group's backlog stood at €97 million compared with €96 million at December 31, 2017. The level of order intake in the half year was up close to 50% compared with the same period last year, particularly due to the strong order intake recorded in the Robotics division during the period.
During the 2018 financial year, ECA Group is expected to continue to grow as it markets products developed in recent years, and it expects to ramp up initiatives aimed at increasing its profitability, with an emphasis on improving operating efficiency and reducing costs. The Group thus aims to generate full-year savings of €4 million starting 2019. The Group is responding to significant calls for tenders in the Robotics and Aerospace divisions
In this context, ECA Group confirms its target of slightly higher revenue in 2018 compared with 2017 and, above all, a target of improved profitability over the year.
Half-year results released on Friday, September 14, 2018 before market opening.
The ECA Group
Recognized for its expertise in robotics, automation systems, simulation and industrial processes, the ECA Group has been developing complete, innovative technological solutions for complex missions in hostile and confined environments since 1936. Its product offering is designed for an international client base that is demanding, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. The Group's main markets are in the defense, maritime, aeronautics, simulation, industrial and energy sectors.
In 2017, the Group reported revenue of €112 million across its three divisions: Robotics, Aerospace and Simulation.
The ECA Group is a Groupe Gorgé company.
The ECA Group is listed on Euronext Paris Compartment B.
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