Detection Technology Plc Company Announcement April 26, 2016 at 09.00 (CET +1)
DETECTION TECHNOLOGY PLC BUSINESS REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2016
Detection Technology Q1: Net sales grew significantly, result at target level
First quarter 2016 highlights
(Figures in brackets refer to the corresponding period of the previous year.)
|(EUR 1 000)||Q1 2016||Q1 2015||Change %||2015|
|Net sales||15 373||8 973||71.3 %||42 782|
|Net sales growth %||71.3 %||29.5 %||29.2 %|
|Operating profit (EBIT) excl. NRI||2 287||1 139||100.8 %||4 534|
|Operating margin (EBIT-%) excl. NRI||14.9 %||12.7 %||10.6 %|
|NRI costs||0||398||1 098|
|Operating profit (EBIT)||2 287||741||208.6 %||3 437|
|Operating margin (EBIT-%)||14.9 %||8.3 %||8.0 %|
|R&D costs||1 623||1 178||37.8 %||5 696|
|R&D costs, % of net sales||10.6 %||13.1 %||13.3 %|
|Cash flow from operating activities||325||570||-43.0 %||2 622|
|Net interest bearing debt at end of period||-3 987||-9 256||-56.9 %||-5 444|
|Capital expenditure||875||547||60.0 %||4 770|
|Gearing, %||-18.9 %||-46.9 %||-25.8 %|
|Earnings per share, EUR||0.11||-0.03||0.07|
|Number of shares at the end of the period||12 950 975||12 950 975||12 950 975|
President and CEO, Hannu Martola:
"The first quarter of 2016 was a strong start to the new year. Detection Technology's net sales grew 71 %, and operating profit totaled 2.3 million euros, 15 % of net sales. However, high quarterly volatility is typical for our business.
The growth was driven by strong demand for our security products in Asia. Especially in China the increased need to scan a variety of parcels has temporarily boosted our customers' equipment sales faster than forecasted. SBU's net sales grew 116 % from the last year due to the increased demand.
MBU's net sales increased only 0.2 %. The new customer projects of MBU still proceeded according to the plan and some of them will be transferred into production at end of the year.
The exceptional demand for security X-ray imaging systems, which started at the end of last year, continued in the beginning of the year. We expect that the demand will return to normal during the rest of the year.
We continue to invest based on our strategy and the results generated will be seen in our other businesses both geographically and by product groups in the medium term."
Detection Technology estimates that during the first quarter the global security X-ray market grew slightly more than the annual growth estimation (5-7 %) of Homeland Security Research Corporation as a result of the demand in Asia. In the industrial applications the growth rate was 5 %. Net sales of Security and Industrial Business Unit (SBU) grew significantly faster than the market in the first quarter, 116 % from the corresponding period (55 %) and totaled EUR 11.9 million (5.5). SBU's share of total net sales was 77 % (61 %).
The company estimates that the global computed tomography (CT) market in the medical segment grew 2-3 % in the review period, slower than Frost & Sullivan's annual growth estimation of 5 %. Medical Business Unit's (MBU) net sales grew from the corresponding period 0 % (3 %) totaling EUR 3.5 million (3.5). MBU's share of total net sales was 23 % (39 %).
Geographically Asia's share of net sales increased to 76 % (53 %) in the first quarter. Net sales totaled from Europe 13 % (24 %) and from Americas 12 % (23 %).
The company estimates that the annual growth rate will be around 7 % in the security and 5 % in the industrial X-ray imaging market. The global medical CT equipment market is expected to grow at approximately 5 % annually.
Detection Technology's strategy implementation is proceeding as planned. The company has continued to broaden its technology and customer bases during the first quarter of 2016.
Detection Technology's business outlook is unchanged. The company aims to increase sales by at least 15 per cent per annum and to achieve an operating margin at or above 15 per cent during the medium term.
Detection Technology Plc
Board of Directors
For more information:
President and CEO Hannu Martola will be available for interviews and further information on the release date at 1-2 p.m. (CET+1).
Hannu Martola, President and CEO
+358 500 449 475
Nordea is the company's Certified Advisor under First North rules.
Detection Technology Plc
Detection Technology is a global provider of X-ray imaging subsystems and components for medical, security and industrial applications. Detection Technology's net sales totaled EUR 43 million in 2015. The company has around 160 active customers in 40 countries. Detection Technology employs 340 people in Finland, China and the US. The company's shares are listed on the Nasdaq First North Finland market place.
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