Sitowise’s Half-year Report January – June 2022: Double-digit growth in net sales continued
Interim reports - 17.8.2022 at 8.30 UTC+2
Sitowise Group Plc, Half-year Report 1 January – 30 June 2022, 17 August 2022 at 8:30 am
Q2: Double-digit growth in net sales continued
April–June in brief (Q2)
January–June in brief (H1)
The figures in this report are unaudited. Comparative figures for the corresponding period of the previous year are in brackets. This report has been published in Finnish and English. If there are any differences between the English translation and the original Finnish version, the Finnish report shall prevail.
CEO HEIKKI HAASMAA:
In the second quarter, Sitowise’s net sales grew by 11 percent, while organic growth was 4 percent. Overall growth was supported by the acquisitions completed after June in 2021, as the acquired companies have developed favorably also after the acquisitions.
During the quarter, we made exceptional investments in personnel events and training as well as customer meetings – this had a clear impact on our profitability due to both direct costs and the lower utilization rate. In the second quarter, adjusted EBITA declined to EUR 4.9 (5.9) million and represented 9.5% (12.7%) of net sales. In addition to the lower utilization rate, profitability was burdened by COVID-19 sickness absences, which remain high, but have leveled off after April.
In June, we announced three strategically significant acquisitions, thanks to which the Group grew by a total of 135 new experts. In our Digital Solutions business area, we achieved a major growth spurt and doubled the net sales of our SaaS business consisting of recurring revenue agreements by acquiring Bitcomp Oy, Finland’s leading pioneer in the forest and natural resources sector. In the Buildings business area we created Finland’s largest expert organization specializing in renovation by acquiring Rakennuttajakaari Oy. In Sweden, we continued to expand our service offering by acquiring the electrical design specialist E60 Elkonsult AB. Acquisitions will continue to play a key role in our strategy going forward, too. We are looking for growth-focused and financially well performing companies that are a good fit with our strategy and culture. This will enable us to serve our clients even better and to grow profitably.
After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been important to support employee encounters and customer work. For this reason, the above-mentioned significant internal investments in employees made during the quarter have been necessary and important both for personnel satisfaction and for supporting growth. Although the past two years have been challenging to employees, their satisfaction has remained high. Our employees’ willingness to recommend Sitowise as an employer increased for the fourth year running – in the personnel survey conducted this spring, our eNPS was 30 (28). An expert organization must pay particular attention to personnel satisfaction, and I’m pleased to see that our continued focus on our employees during the recent years has had visible results.
|% of net sales||9.5%||12.7%||10.1%||11.9%||11.8%|
|Result for the period||1.6||3.4||2.7||2.6||7.9|
|Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes||2.1||3.1||9.0||8.4||22.8|
|Net debt / EBITDA, adjusted||2.7x||1.5x||1.4x|
|Equity ratio, %||42.9%||47.8%||46.0%|
|Earnings per share (EPS), EUR||0.04||0.10||0.07||0.07||0.22|
|Number of personnel, average||2,115||1,960||2,080||1,935||1,969|
OUTLOOK, GUIDANCE AND FINANCIAL TARGETS
The stable growth in the demand for design and consulting services to create sustainable societies is supported by megatrends such as urbanization, renovation backlog, sustainability, and digitalization.
During the second quarter of the year, demand across all our business areas remained good. However, the uncertainty in the market brought by the war in Ukraine, material availability issues, energy availability challenges, and inflationary pressures could potentially affect the short-term decision-making of Sitowise’s clients.
Sitowise Group estimates that both net sales and adjusted EBITA in euros will increase compared to 2021.
Long-term financial targets (unchanged)
The Board of Directors of Sitowise Group has set the following long-term financial targets:
MAIN EVENTS AFTER PERIOD-END
There have been no significant events since the review period.
Sitowise Group’s Q3 interim report will be published on 2 November 2022.
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SITOWISE IN BRIEF:
Sitowise is a Nordic expert in the built environment and digital solutions. We provide design and consulting services to enable more responsible and smarter urban development as well as smooth transportation. We operate in three business areas in Finland and Sweden: real estate and buildings, infrastructure, and digital solutions.
We want to raise the bar for intelligence and sustainability, and that is why our vision is to be the most responsible partner in developing thriving and sustainable living environments. Sitowise has grown rapidly and profitably in recent years. The Group’s net sales in 2021 were approximately EUR 179 million and the company employs more than 2,000 experts. Sitowise Group Plc is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki under the trading symbol SITOWS.