Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG continued its strong start to the year in the second quarter and has significantly improved its sales and result for the first
half-year. Partly due to the exchange rate situation, for instance, sales climbed to €590 million in the second quarter (previous year: €542 million). At €1,120 million, sales for the first half-year are around 14 percent up on the previous year. The Packaging Solutions segment enjoyed particularly strong growth, from a modest €415 million in the previous year to €535 million. Due to the higher sales, EBITDA improved to €68 million in the second quarter. This far exceeded the previous year’s figure of €38 million, which was adjusted for non-recurring income (unadjusted figure: €60 million). A better price quality of sales that countered the substantial increases in the costs of raw materials and intermediate products also contributed to the higher EBITDA, which reached €104 million for the half-year (previous year’s (unadjusted) figure: €75 million). The net result after taxes after six months climbed from €13 million to €44 million, increasing from €27 million to €39 million in the second quarter. Just six months into the year, this exceeds the level for the whole of the previous year.
In the second quarter, incoming orders also continued rising, to some €622 million (up 5 percent). This was supported by currency effects, and by high demand from Central Europe and North America. Half-year incoming orders reached a level of €1,229 million, as a result of which the order backlog is above €1 billion for the first time in years. This high order backlog and the half-year figures create an excellent basis to achieve the targets for the year as a whole. In the second half-year, however, HEIDELBERG is expecting further increases in personnel and energy costs in particular.
“Despite a difficult environment, we have successfully overcome the challenges in the first half-year and achieved further growth. We remain cautious, though, because it’s not yet entirely clear how the global situation will develop,” said the company’s CEO, Dr. Ludwin Monz. “During the first half-year, HEIDELBERG has laid a good foundation for achieving our financial targets. With this in mind, we are focusing on maintaining our supply chains, safeguarding our margin through higher sales prices, and continuing our cost discipline,” he added.
Forecast for 2022/23 financial year confirmed
HEIDELBERG stands by its forecast for financial year 2022/23. The company continues to expect sales figures to increase to around €2.3 billion (2021/22: €2.183 billion), provided there is no significant downturn in the general economic environment. Despite the cost increases that can be expected, profitability is also set to improve further in the second half-year. HEIDELBERG is still predicting a further rise in the EBITDA margin to at least 8 percent for the 2022/23 financial year (2021/22: 7.3 percent). The net result after taxes is also expected to climb slightly compared to 2021/22 (€ 33 million).
Strong growth in packaging printing
The Print Solutions and Packaging Solutions segments increased their sales in the first half-year. Packaging Solutions enjoyed particularly strong growth of just under 30 percent, following more modest progress in the previous year. Technology Solutions, which is responsible for the company’s wallbox business, was unable to continue the previous year’s exceptional growth in both incoming orders and sales. Together with the end of funding for private charging stations in Germany, longer delivery times for new electric cars had a particular impact. This resulted in weaker growth in the short term and will continue to have a slight weakening effect for the time being.
Low net financial debt – equity ratio increases to 20 percent
After six months, the free cash flow amounted to €–13 million (previous year: €74 million). This lower figure is mainly due to the usual production-related increase in inventories. As expected, revenues from the sale of assets in the first half-year also fell. Due to the slightly negative free cash flow, the half-year net financial debt was €23 million and therefore remained at a low level (March 31, 2022: €–4 million). HEIDELBERG is making increasing progress with its equity ratio, too. Alongside the higher actuarial interest rate for pensions in Germany, this is above all due to the rise in the quarterly profit to around 20 percent.
“We are seeing that the transformation is having an impact, and HEIDELBERG is in good shape for the future. In the first half-year, we were able to further improve our baseline,” said CFO Marcus A. Wassenberg. “Our low net financial debt and improved equity ratio places us on a stable footing,” he concluded.