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HMS Q3 report 2017

by Linda Johansson | Oct 27, 2017

First nine months

  • Net sales for the first nine months increased with 28 % reaching SEK 882 m (687), corresponding to a 25 % increase in local currencies
  • Operating profit for the first nine months reached SEK 181 m (110), equal to a 21 % (16) operating margin
  • Order intake for the first nine months increased with 31 % to SEK 916 m (698)
  • Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 171 m (119)
  • Profit after taxes totaled SEK 123 m (75) and result per share amounted to SEK 2.62 (1.62)
  • Net sales for the last twelve months amounted to SEK 1 147 m (862) corresponding to a 29 % increase in local currencies
  • Operating profit for the last twelve months amounted to SEK 221 m (124) corresponding to a 19 % (14) operating margin

Third quarter

  • Net sales for the third quarter increased with 20 % reaching SEK 305 m (254), corresponding to a 20 % increase in local currencies
  • Operating profit reached SEK 65 m (55) corresponding to an operating margin of 21 % (21)
  • Order intake during the third quarter was SEK 289 m (252)

Comment from the CEO

We see a continued good development of our business and can conclude another quarter of record sales, SEK 305 m. This gives us seven consecutive quarters of increased sales.

The 20 % growth during the third quarter is entirely organic and without a tailwind from currency effects. We see a strong demand for our products in our major markets as there is currently a high investment rate within industrial automation.

On the cost side, we have seasonally lower costs in the third quarter. This, together with a good turnover and a stable gross margin, resulting in a new record level profit, SEK 65 m, equivalent to an EBIT margin of 21 %.

Our cash-flow remains strong and amounted to SEK 62 m during the quarter, which further strengthens our financial position.

During the year, we have strengthened our organization in order to create an efficient platform for future growth. The new organization has clear responsibilities for our product lines and a market organization with global coverage.

We already see positive effects of this in the form of new innovative products and high activity within our market organization. For example, during the quarter, we launched our new eWON Netbiter LC – a remote gateway which enables valuable operational data from industrial machines to be communicated directly to ThingWorx – a leading cloud solution from the American company PTC.

This opens up new opportunities to optimize and develop maintenance and service of production equipment – a good example of how HMS adds value by connecting industrial hardware and IT software, or as we say, Hardware Meets Software – HMS.

Another example is that we have now implemented a generation shift to the new CAN FD technology for most of our IXXAT products. This allows our customers in transportation, automotive and machinery to combine their established CAN technology with the new CAN FD standard which is expected to get a big impact during the coming years.

We are ready to continue to grow further in accordance with our ambitious growth targets – a long-term annual growth of 20 % per year and an operating margin above 20 %.

Our focus is to continue drive growth in our current areas of business. We continue to balance our long-term growth strategy with a restrained view of costs. In the long run, we estimate that the market for industrial data communications will constitute an interesting growth area and we continue to focus on our motto “HMS Connecting Devices”.

Staffan Dahlström
Chief Executive Officer

Further information can be obtained from: CEO Staffan Dahlström, telephone +46 (0) 35-17 29 01 or CFO Gunnar Högberg, telephone +46 (0) 35-17 29 95.

HMS Network Q3 Report 2017 (English)

 

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