H1 RESULTS IN LINE WITH GROUP’S ANTICIPATIONS
REVENUE: €1,038 million (vs €1,193 million in H1 2022)
ADJUSTED EBITDA: €49 million (vs €73 million in H1 2022)
FCF : – €74 million (vs -€21 million in H1 2022)
GUIDANCE 2023 MAINTAINED
Paris (France) – July 27, 2023 – Vantiva (Euronext Paris: VANTI) is announcing its results for the first half of 2023. These results have been approved by the Board of Directors today and limited review procedures on the consolidated financial statements have been carried out.
Vantiva’s results for the first half of 2023 are in line with the Group’s expectations, but as anticipated down on last year. The decline stems mainly from weaker activity in both divisions due to less favorable economic conditions and a high basis of comparison. Connected Home’s customers are experiencing a high level of inventories due to weaker demand, and SCS is suffering lower DVD demand than expected. The Group continues to apply strict cost control and efficiency measures to offset the impact of the lower volumes. Therefore, the full-year guidance is maintained.
• Revenues decreased by 12.9% to €1,038 million (-13.3% at constant exchange rate).
• Adjusted EBITDA at €49 million vs €73 million in H1 2022, representing 4.7% of revenues (vs 6.1% in H1 2022) largely explained by lower volume.
• Adjusted EBITA at €9 million (vs €22 million in H1 2022).
• The structural decrease in the DVD demand was stronger than expected and triggered a review of SCS’ legacy and growth activities assumptions. This review has led to a €133 million impairment of SCS’ goodwill.
• Net result from continuing operations was negative at -€227 million vs -75 million in H1 2022.
• Group net result was negative at €229 million vs -14 million in H1 2022 as loss from discontinued operations stood at -€2 million versus a gain of €62 million in H1 2022.
• Capex increased by 37.9% to €44 million to support new products development at Connected Home and to increase vinyl capacity.
• Free Cash Flow, before financial and tax, was negative at – €74 million vs – €21 million in H1 2022.
• At the end of the semester, Vantiva held a cash position of €39 million.
• Total net debt (w/o capital lease) amounted to €378 million in nominal terms.
• The Group is working on new sources of financing, better suited to the seasonal nature of its business than the current line of credit.
Luis Martinez-Amago, Chief Executive Officer of Vantiva, said:
“Our first-half results in line with our expectations, but down compared to last year. As anticipated, we experienced a more difficult environment and weaker demand from some of our clients in the Connected Home sector. The latter are seeing high inventory levels coming from a strong 2022, and weaker consumer demand this year. The DVD activity is still suffering from a structural decline, more severe than expected in H1. However, our productivity improvements and diversification strategy will gradually turn around this activity. We expect some recovery in H2 and this combined with the positive impact of the efficiency measures taken allow us to confirm the guidance for the full year. Moreover, I would like to thank all our employees for their contribution to this goal. The Group is fully focused on implementing our diversification plans, productivity improvements and preparing the next generation of products that will drive the business in the future as proven by the first successes of our Wi-Fi 7 and DOCSIS 4.0 offers.”
H1 2023 Key Highlights & 2023 Outlook
H1 2023 Key Highlights
The demand from some of our large Connected Home customers has been lower than in the previous year as the global economic environment makes them cautious, especially regarding their inventory management. This has been particularly true in the North America and APAC regions which had enjoyed strong business trends a year ago. The decrease in optical discs demand has been more severe than expected. Beyond the structural decline, demand suffered from excess inventory built by our customers during the chips crisis. On the other hand, the ramp up of vinyl production ramp up has mitigated this negative effect to some extent. The Group continues to take the measures necessary to defend its profitability.
Vantiva revenues totaled €1,038 million, down 12.9% (-13.3% at constant exchange rate).
Connected Home revenues amounted to €807 million for the half, a decrease of 10% (-10.3% at constant exchange rate). Supply Chain Solutions revenues were €231 million, down 21.9% (-22.4% at constant exchange rate).
Adjusted EBITDA, despite strict cost control in both divisions, has been negatively impacted by this volume decline and fell by €24 million to amount to €49 million in the semester vs €73 million in H1 2022.
Connected Home contributed €56 million (versus €70 million in the previous year) to adjusted EBITDA while Supply Chain Solutions contributed €7 million (versus €15 million in H1 last year).
FCF, before financial and tax for the half was negative by -€74 million, showing a €53 million deterioration over last year, due to lower EBITDA, higher capex and a less favorable change in working capital.
For the second part of the year Vantiva expects some recovery in demand and positive impact from the actions implemented to preserve profitability.
Revenues of Connected Home division, as planned, are expected to be down compared to last year. Broadband products should grow somewhat but video devices will continue to decline.
The DVD business will still be under pressure, but we expect some normalization in the demand in H2. SCS’ full year revenue is likely to remain below last year’s level.
Against this backdrop and, thanks to its operational efficiency, the Group is maintaining its targets for FY 2023:
• EBITDA > €140m
• EBITA > €45m
• FCF > €50m
Segment Review – H1 2023 Results Highlights
Revenues breakdown by product
Connected Home revenues contributed 78% of Group revenues (75% in H1 22) and totaled €807 million in the semester, down 10%. At constant exchange rate, the decrease would have been -10.3% compared with H1 2022. Sales of broadband products in our largest region, North America, were down as operators cautiously managed their level of inventories and in Asia Pacific revenues have been penalized by a change of product generation. LATAM and EMEA reported double digit growth thanks to fiber which remains the growth driver. Cable demand has been slightly down and xDSL in decline. Globally Broadband revenues were down 6.8% in the period, whereas Video revenues decreased by 20.8%. LATAM has been particularly hit by weak demand for satellite TV devices.
Adjusted EBITDA of the division amounted to €56 million (vs €70 million in H1 22), or 7% of revenues (vs 7.8% in H1 22). Despite the drop in revenues, the division has been able to limit the margin decline to 80 basis points thanks to strict cost control and operational efficiency. Chips availability has improved materially and lead-times are getting better, but prices remain high.
Supply chain Solutions
Supply Chain Solutions revenues totaled €231 million in the period, down 21.9% from H1 2022. At constant exchange rate the decline would have been 22.4%. The structural decline of the optical disc activity, has been amplified by a less favorable economic environment and inventory adjustments, especially in the US. This has led the major studios to reduce orders for optical discs and associated services. Globally Discs revenues were down 27.1% in the half.
The diversification activities performed better showing 24.0% revenue growth, but this was not enough to compensate for the 40% volume decline in discs. In contrast, the production of vinyl has benefited from higher capacity and the ramp up is accelerating.
Adjusted EBITDA of the division amounted to €7 million (vs €15m in H1 22), or 3.0% of revenues (5.2% in H1 22). Margin decline came from the lower volumes in optical discs, distribution and freight activities while the development of the diversification activities has not been strong enough to offset the impact of the optical discs decline.
Corporate & Other
H1 Revenues stood at €1,038 million, representing a 12.9% decrease (-13.3% at constant exchange rate) The decrease of Connected Home (-10%) was driven by the North America and APAC regions where some large customers reduced their business in order to avoid developing a too high level of inventories. SCS suffered from the decrease of DVD demand, largely in the US partly due to inventories adjustment from the major studios.
H1 Adjusted EBITDA amounted to €49 million, down 32,4% year-on-year and represented 4,7% of the revenues. Both division’s contributions fell in the first half, being impacted by lower volume, and the corporate costs were slightly higher than a year ago.
H1 Adjusted EBITA of €9 million represented a €13 million year-on-year decrease, despite lower depreciation.
PPA amortization was slightly down at -€13 million versus -€16 in H1 2022.
Non-recurring items amounted to -€146 million versus -€17 million a year ago:
• restructuring costs accounting for -€8 million versus -€6 million in H1 2022.
• other income and expenses of -€4 million showed an improvement over H1 2022 of €5 million.
• net impairment stood at -€135 million (versus -€2 million) mostly because of the €133 million impairment of SCS’ goodwill.
EBIT from continuing operations was a -€150 million loss compared to -€11 million.
The financial result totaled -€55 million in the first half, compared to -€61 million in H1 2022. This improvement stems from the financial interest costs, which decreased by €34 million. However, part of this improvement has been offset by the fair value adjustment of the TCS’ shares from the date of their deconsolidation, the 8th of June, to the end of the semester.
Income tax is a positive of €3 million, thanks to deferred tax in Mexico, whereas it was a negative of €4 million a year ago.
Result from associated is negative of 25 million mostly resulting from a depreciation of our stake in TCS from the first of January to the deconsolidation date.
Net loss from continued operations amounted to -€227 million compared to -€75 million in H1 2022.
Result of discontinued operations showed a small loss of €2 million.
Group net result therefore is a loss of €229 million in the half, compared to a loss of -€14 million in H1 2022.
FCF and debt analysis
Capex increased 37.9% and reached €44 million in the semester as Connected Home is investing in new products, including IOT for verticals, and SCS in additional capacity for vinyl production.
Free Cash Flow went from -€21 million to -€74 million. This significant downgrade reflects the lower EBITDA (-€24 million), higher capex (-€12 million) and other change in working capital (-€20 million).
The cash position at the end of June 2023 was €39 million reflecting the working capital seasonality.
Reconciliation of adjusted operating indicators
In addition to published results, and with the aim of providing a more comparable view of the evolution of its operating performance in H1 2023 compared to last year. Vantiva is presenting a set of adjusted indicators which exclude the following items as per the statement of operations of the Group’s consolidated financial statements:
• net restructuring costs;
• net impairment charges;
• other income and expenses (other non-current items).
The caption “Adjusted EBITDA” corresponds to the profit (loss) from continuing operations before tax and net financial income (expense), net of other income (expense), depreciation and amortization (including impact of provision for risks, litigation and warranties).
The caption “Adjusted EBITA” corresponds to the profit (loss) from continuing operations before tax and net financial income (expense), net of other income (expense) and amortization of purchase accounting items.
Termination of ADS program (TCLRY)
The Company terminated the Deposit Agreement relating to its American Depositary Shares (ADS).
As a result of such termination and in accordance with the provisions of the depositary agreement, ADS holders are required to exchange their ADS against Company shares prior to August 15, 2023, date of effectiveness of the termination.
ADS holders are requested to organize the exchange of their ADS with the depositary prior to August 15, 2023.
If you have any questions about such termination, please call Citibank, N.A. at 1-877-248-4237.
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