Funkwerk increases sales and earnings by more than 25 per cent
- Third quarter significantly better than previous year
- EBIT as at the end of September improves to 4.0 mill. Euro (2006:
1.6 mill. Euro)
- Order volume of 150 mill. Euro (2006: 90 mill. Euro) promises sales
of over 100 mill. Euro in fourth quarter
- Sales and earnings targets likely to be achieved
Kölleda, 13 November 2007. In the third quarter of 2007, Funkwerk AG
(ISIN: DE0005753149) performed significantly better in terms of
overall sales and earnings than in the previous year. According to
the nine-month figures presented today, quarterly sales rose by a
good 25 per cent on the previous year, to 66.8 mill. Euro (2006: 53.3
mill. Euro). The result of operations (EBIT) improved to 2.3 mill.
Euro (2006: 0.2 mill. Euro). "In the third quarter, Funkwerk pushed
ahead with its change of strategies previously initiated, turning
from its former niche policy to expanding the market to comprehensive
problem solutions. Due to the completion of major projects by the end
of the year, we anticipate sales to top 100 mill. Euro in the last
quarter of fiscal 2007," explained Funkwerk Chairman Dr. Hans
Grundner. This would in all likelihood enable Funkwerk to reach its
targets set for 2007, with sales of 300 mill. Euro and earnings
(EBIT) of 15 mill. Euro.
Reorganisation of TCC bears fruit
Over the nine-month period, sales of the Thuringian technology group
listed in the Prime Standard rose to over 193 mill. Euro (2006: 164
mill. Euro). "The integration of acquisitions made early in the year
are progressing according to plan and will largely be finalised by
the year-end. The positive completion of critical projects taken over
still remains a risk for the group's earnings situation. However, we
can currently assume that despite the integration-related burdens,
these acquisitions will make a positive contribution to our
consolidated earnings, " stated Dr. Grundner.
The earnings from operations before interest and taxes on income
(EBIT) increased to 4.0 mill. Euro by the end of September (2006: 1.6
mill. Euro). The consolidated net income improved on the previous
year, from 0.1 mill. Euro in 2006 to 0.5 mill. Euro. The earnings per
share stood at 0.06 Euro (2006: 0.01 Euro).
This significant improvement in the earnings position was due,
predominantly, to Traffic & Control Communication. While still
reporting a deficit in the previous year, this segment generated the
lion share of revenues in 2007 (EBIT of 3.7 mill. Euro, 2006: -3.1
mill. Euro). Dr. Grundner: "The successes of restructuring measures
introduced in the previous year and the smooth integration of our
acquisitions, along with satisfactory progress in major projects
played a key role here."
Trend in individual segments uneven
In the third quarter, the business trend by segment proved uneven.
While Traffic & Control Communication (communication solutions for
transport and industry), after completion of its reorganisation
measures commenced in 2006, was back on course for profitable growth,
Enterprise Communication (messaging and network solutions for
companies and institutions) once again failed to achieve its sales
target. Thus, TCC doubled its sales on the previous year from just
under 17 mill. Euro to over 34 mill. Euro, while revenues at EC fell
to 18 mill. Euro (2006: 23 mill. Euro). "In our Enterprise
Communication segment, delays in the conclusion of cooperation
contracts and in product placement have resulted in the loss of a
sizeable number of orders. Consequently, this segment will now also
be restructured. The negative impact on earnings (EBIT of -0.5 mill.
Euro, 2006: 1.6 mill. Euro) resulting from missing our targets here
can, however, be compensated by the positive development of TCC,"
explained Dr. Grundner.
In the Automotive Communication segment (communication equipment for
vehicles), delays in product placement led to margin pressures (EBIT
of 0.9 mill. Euro, 2006: 3.2 mill. Euro), while the revenues (14
mill. Euro, 2006: 14 mill. Euro) largely developed according to plan.
"A restructuring of the organisation into individual profit centres
for the OEM and after-sales markets should in future keep us even
closer to the market and help us focus more strongly on results."
Disproportionate earnings rise anticipated for last quarter
While the inflow of orders slackened somewhat in the third quarter,
new contracts worth around 60 mill. Euro still exceeded the
prior-year figure (50 mill. Euro) quite significantly. As at the end
of September, the volume of orders thus totalled 150 mill. Euro,
which is over 60 per cent more than in the same period last year
(2006: 90 mill. Euro). By the end of the year, around 100 mill. Euro
of this amount will be realised as planned, so that the sales targets
for the last quarter are already virtually secured. Dr. Grundner:
"Since many start-up expenses and advance payments have already been
posted, the operating result in the last quarter is likely to rise
The lion share will be contributed by the Traffic & Control
Communication segment. The growth driver here, to an increasing
degree, is the video systems product sector. The current major
projects involving property protection, in particular, will affect
both sales and earnings largely before the end of the year.
Cash flow in third quarter positive again - further improvement by
In terms of cash flow, the company reported an equally positive
trend. On balance, the inflow of funds from operations in the third
quarter totalled 1.2 mill. Euro. The cash flow made up of the
consolidated net profit plus depreciation amounted to 11.4 mill. Euro
as at the end of September and thus was well above the prior-year
figure (9.8 mill. Euro). Dr. Grundner: "Due to the high potential of
orders to be processed, we expect to see a further significant
improvement in our cash flow."
The full nine-month report of Funkwerk AG is available for
downloading on the Internet at www.funkwerk.com.
For further information contact
Im Funkwerk 5
Telephone: 0 36 35/458-356
Fax: 0 36 35/6 00 -507
rw konzept GmbH
Tel: 0 89/13 95 96 -33
Fax: 0 89/13 95 96 -34
Mobile: 01 75/5 60 46 73
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