Guidance is confirmed with Adjusted EBITDA(1) of €50 million in Q3 2022, Up 40% yoy. Solid Revenue Growth
Paris (France), December 1st, 2022 Vantiva (Euronext Paris: VANTI; OTCQX: TCLRY). Following the spin-off of Technicolor Creative Studios (TCS), Vantiva now comprises two separate business segments, each with solid fundamentals and leading positions in their respective markets: Connected Home and Supply Chain Solutions.
Vantiva achieved 45% growth in revenue in the quarter, achieving €765 million (+27.1% at constant exchange rate) and driven largely by performance of the Connected Home division, which continues to enjoy strong demand coupled with improved components availability.
Adjusted EBITDA amounted to €50 million (+40%), representing 6.5% of revenues (6.8% in Q3 2021). Despite challenging market conditions, including an inflationary environment, Vantiva has increased its adjusted EBITDA by €14 million. The margin dilution in the quarter came mostly from a higher share of Connected Home division in the group’s adjusted EBITDA.
Adjusted EBITA more than doubled to €21 million (versus €9 million in Q3 2021) thanks to improved growth and performance.
Free cash flow before financial and tax was positive at €10 million and showed a total €21 million improvement in the quarter. This is largely due to a higher adjusted EBITDA and lower restructuring, pensions and other costs.
At the end of Q3, Vantiva held a cash position of €83 million, and did not have any drawings on its available $125m credit line. Total net debt amounted to €369 million in nominal terms.
The group confirms its full year 2022 guidance, and management remains confident to meet 2023 forecasts.
Luis Martinez-Amago, Chief Executive Officer of Vantiva, said: “Our Q3 results confirm the soundness of our strategy and the positive outcome of the transformation plan executed over recent years. We are leading the industry in many areas, but most importantly, our speed, proximity to our customers and partners, and operational agility in front of supply challenges, are allowing us to keep serving our customers with the best products and leading technologies.
Connected Home division showed strong business in the quarter, reaching €1.6bn in revenues for the first 9 months. This is a strong quarter from a business point of view, with several highly relevant new product launches with key customers such as Vodafone, DTAG and others, and our technological leadership demonstrated by the very first fiber Wifi7 product in the market. All this demonstrates that we are staying on the right track to keep developing our market leadership.
We will continue to apply a strict execution discipline while looking to new business opportunities, and I am confident that our team is fully equipped for taking up the challenges ahead of us. Based on the current results achieved under challenging market conditions, I am confident in our future plans.
Vantiva Performance in Q3
The group’s growth has been fueled by higher volumes, adjusted prices to recover cost evolution, and improved product mix at Connected Home division. Supply Chain Solutions’ performance has been impacted by lower demand in its DVD activity, but with a strong Q3 2021 base of comparison.
Adjusted EBITDA improvement stems from volume effects, better pass through of additional costs versus last year, and the strict cost control in place.
- Vantiva Q3 revenues totaled €765 million, up 45% (+27.1% at constant exchange rate).
- Connected Home revenues amounted to €584 million in the quarter, an increase of 77% (+54.3% at constant exchange rate).
- Supply Chain Solutions revenues were €181m, down 8.6% (-18.2% at constant exchange rate).
- The group’s adjusted EBITDA reached €50 million in the quarter, a €14 million improvement over last year. The margin dilution, from 6.8% to 6.5%, came from the higher contribution of Connected Home division in the group’s adjusted EBITDA.
- Connected Home contributed €33 million (versus €16 million last year) to adjusted EBITDA and Supply Chain €25 million (versus €29 million last year).
- FCF before financial and tax in the quarter was €10 million, showing a €21 million increase.
Connected Home represented 76% of Vantiva revenues in Q3 (versus 63% in Q3 21), out of which 71% was Broadband and 29% was Video (respectively 58% and 42% in Q3 21). This change in the business mix is in line with our business priorities.
The broadband equipment business was strong in the quarter, but demand from some customers for Video equipment has slowed down.
The division had some significant new product launches with key customers: the Ultra Hub solution for Vodafone UK, first DOCSIS RDK for Deutsche Telekom AG, Android TV for TalkTalk UK, and a New Generation gateway for Bouygues Telecom, demonstrating the continuing progress in the market of advanced CPE technology.
Innovation and technological leadership remain at the core of the strategy. The division has shown the very first Wi-Fi7 product in the industry at the Amsterdam Broadband World Forum, preparing the next evolution of gateways for the next three years.
Demand in North America and LATAM remains strong, while we see some slowdown in Asia and Europe.
Revenue growth has been supported by better supply and pricing support from our customers to mitigate the impact of increased costs.
Components availability has improved, and logistic bottlenecks have eased, but some key components are still scarce, and this has continued to limit the group’s ability to fully satisfy the demand.
The division continues to invest in promising projects, and it operates with a very efficient cost base.
Adjusted EBITDA reached €33 million in the quarter versus €16 million last year, showing a margin improvement of 72 basis points at 5.7%. This increase reflects the group’s efficiency plans, higher volume, improved mix of products and pass through actions to mitigate the additional cost impact.
It is worth noticing that the division has increased its margin (in %) despite the mechanical negative impact of the pass through actions which inflated revenues without contributing to the margin.
Supply Chain Solutions
SCS represented 24% of Vantiva revenues in Q3 (versus 37% in Q3 21).
Demand for DVDs was down in the quarter, considering that Q3 21 was abnormally strong in the context of Covid and due to an unexpected manufacturing orders reduction from one of our clients.
The division continues to adapt its manufacturing and distribution footprint to the changing environment.
Vinyl demand has been strong and is still growing.
Vantiva already has active contracts with 2 of the 3 global musical groups and may start business in 2023 with a 3rd.
One challenge is to put in place the manufacturing capacity which should progressively improve as of 2023.
The Fulfillment business division continues to add new contracts contributing to our diversification objective.
In this context of lower volume, the adjusted EBITDA margin has shown resilience at 13.7%, down only 87 basis points.
The contribution to adjusted EBITDA has decreased from €29 million to €25 million for Q3 2022.
Group FCF before financial and tax
Group FCF, before financial and tax, was positive at €10 million in the quarter, showing a €21 million improvement coming notably from adjusted EBITDA and lower pension costs and others.
Capex was up €2 million while restructuring costs were down €8 million, working capital deteriorated by €6 million and pensions costs & others were down €11 million.
At the end of September, the company held a cash position of €83 million before taking into account the undrawn $125m credit line .
Business in Q4 should remain on the same trend as for the first 9 months, with good demand for Connected Home products, especially for Broadband, and declining demand for DVDs and lack of production capacity for vinyl.
Against this background, the group confirms its guidance for full year 2022, and also for 2023.
|€ (€ vs $:1.15)||2022e||2023e|
|FCF before financial and tax||62-72m||43-63m|
|Vantiva FY 2022 results||March 9th, 2023|
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 Adjusted EBITDA is calculated after taking into account IFRS 16.