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  Communiqué de la société ECONOCOM du 14/02/2024

  14/02/2024 - 19:40

2023 revenue and operating margin up and in line with the assumptions of the new strategic plan: One econocom


2023 revenue and operating margin up and in line with the assumptions of the new strategic plan:

One econocom

Strong resilience by Econocom's business model

  • Revenue of €2,681 million, up1 3.5%, including 1.2% organic growth2
  • Operating margin3 of €116.2 million, up slightly on 2022
  • Consolidated net profit of €62.6 million: earnings per share unchanged at €0.35 as in 2022
  • 2023 performance in line with the initial key markers presented in November 2023 for the One econocom 2024-2028 strategic plan, targeting a revenue of 4 billion euros and a net result of 130 million euros in 2028.

Increase in revenue and operating margin from continuing operations

The Econocom Group generated revenue of €2,681 million in 2023, an increase1 of 3.5% compared with restated 2022 revenue. On a like-for-like basis, organic growth2 was 1.2%, demonstrating the Group's ability to profit from its diversified and balanced positioning between its three activities in a mixed environment for the IT sector.

In accordance with the One econocom 2024-2028 strategic plan announced last November, the French “Apps, Cloud & Data” and “Les Abeilles” activities have been restated as “Assets held for sale” in accordance with IFRS 5. These companies are expected to be sold in the near future; talks are under way with potential buyers. The 2022 income statement has been adjusted accordingly as explained in the notes to this press release.

Over the period, trends in continuing operations were as follows:

• Products & Solutions (P&S) revenue totalled €1,207 million, down1 by 2.5% in reported terms and by 6.1% organically2. The market4 for distribution of digital workplace assets was in poor shape in 2023 (estimated to have decreased in Europe by between -11% and -15% for PCs, between -14% and -19% for smartphones and tablets). Even so the Group managed to limit the decline in its activity thanks largely to its combined offers with its other business lines. 2022 had benefited from a strong rebound effect (with organic growth of just over 15%), particularly in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as the market recovered from post-Covid supply chain challenges. P&S operating margin3 accordingly was €43.3 million, an operating margin of 3.6%.

• Technology Management & Financing (TMF) accelerated its growth with revenue of €998 million in 2023, an increase1 of 11.2%, including 10% organic growth2. TMF's solutions, offering personalised independent advice as well as a flexible contractual model, are particularly appreciated by customers in a context of tougher borrowing terms and increased pricing by banks. On the back of this revenue growth, particularly in Germany and Italy, the TMF operating margin3 rose1 strongly to €47.6 million, i.e. 4.8% of revenue compared to 3.3% in 2022.

• In line with previous quarters, Services maintained momentum at the end of the year. With revenue of €476 million, growth1 was an annualised 4.6% (4.5% in organic terms2). In a context marked of rising staff and energy costs, the Group was better at passing through these inflationary effects in the second half of the year. Margin increased from 4.3% in the first half of 2023 to 5.3% for the full-year with an operating margin3 of €25.3 million.

Total Group operating margin3, driven by the improvement of 1.5 points1 in margins at TMF, was €116.2 million compared to €114.2 million in 2022 restated.

Annual net income from continuing operations was €59.5 million compared to €49.3 million in 2022, after:

  • other net operating expenses of €8.4 million, down significantly compared to 2022,
  • financial income of -€19.8 million, compared to -€13.5 million in 2022, impacted by the significant increase in interest rates, and
  • tax expense of €26.1 million, representing an effective tax rate5 of 28.6%.

After deducting the €3.1 million loss from discontinued operations, consolidated profit amounts to €62.6 million.

Econocom's 2023 performance, in particular revenue, operating margin and net profit, are broadly in line with the starting key markers of the One econocom strategic plan, presented at the Capital Markets Day on 16 November 2023.

Net financial debt6 limited to 1.2x EBITDA and operating cash surplus of €28 million

Net financial debt6 remains well controlled; it stands at €181 million at 31 December 2023, representing 38% of shareholders' equity and 1.2 times 2023 EBITDA.

Operating cash surplus (after taking into account €209 million of discounted future cash receipts from TMF own booked leases at the end of 2023), amounts to €28 million at 31 December 2023.

Shareholder remuneration

The Board of Directors will propose at the next General Meeting to repay shareholders €0.16 per share from the share premium, unchanged vs. 2023. Based on the average closing share price over the last 20 days, this represents a yield of 6.8%.

Total planned pay-outs in July 2024 would accordingly amount to €27.6 million, or 44.1% of 2023 net profit.

Outlook

In an expected more favourable context, particularly for the IT equipment distribution markets (P&S), the Group will continue in 2024 to roll out its One econocom plan, aimed at accelerating the organic growth of its business lines, strengthening synergies between the various business segments and developing its growth drivers in the audiovisual sector (launch of the Gather with Econocom brand). To achieve this, Econocom plans to significantly increase its sales force in the target regions and recruit new talent to strengthen the appeal and distribution of its offers.

Given a controlled level of net debt and cash flow strengthened by the disposals planned during the year, Econocom will also continue its search for external growth targets in 2024 looking to acquire specific expertises.

For 2024, the Group forecasts a total revenue growth between 3% and 5%.

Beyond 2024 and over the timeframe of its strategic plan to reach €4 billion in revenue and €130 million in net profit by 2028, Econocom will seek to capitalise on:

  • strong growth expected in the workplace, audiovisual, infrastructure and network markets, growth partly driven by the investments made necessary by the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence;
  • an acceleration of the deployment of Econocom's offers covering end-to-end customer needs in terms of digital assets;
  • a clear roadmap with ambitious objectives that can get all teams onboard;
  • a self-financing plan with a now well-advanced disposal programme that will enable the Group to execute its strategic plan, including external growth.

Econocom has also built its 2024-2028 strategic plan around strong ambitions in terms of extra-financial performance, with a particular focus on the repairability and extending the life of its customers' digital assets, carbon footprint and strengthening equal opportunities for all employees. Econocom thus confirms that it is aiming to achieve the Platinum level of the Ecovadis® Sustainability Rating by 2028.

Information meeting on the full-year 2023 results in Brussels on 15 February 2024

1 For continuing operations, at constant accounting standards.

2 For continuing operations, at constant scope and accounting standards, including organic growth of acquired companies.

3 Going forward, the term “operating margin” will replace the term “recurring operating profit”.

4 Context study for the period 2023/2022.

5 Effective income tax rate (excluding CVAE and IRAP).

6 Net financial debt including current and non-current financial debt excluding debt resulting from the application of IFRS 16 to leases (premises, vehicles, etc.) for which Econocom is lessee and all assets and liabilities held for sale.



ABOUT ECONOCOM

The Econocom Group, created 50 years ago, is a pioneer in supporting the digital transformation of companies. Its solutions, focused on the development and transformation of the workplace, audiovisual & digital signage as well as infrastructure, cover the full range of responsibilities and expertise necessary for any digital venture: from the design phase and help in the choice of the solution to the deployment of the equipment and outsourcing. It includes the purchase or rental of equipment, customisation, associated and managed services, as well as the reconditioning of end-of-life equipment.

Present in 16 countries with more than 8,800 employees, Econocom is listed on Euronext in Brussels, Bel Mid and Family Business indices. It generated revenue of €2,681 million in 2023.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.econocom.com

Investor and shareholder relations contact: benjamin.pehau@econocom.com

Financial communication agency contact: info@capvalue.fr +33 1 80 81 50 00

INCOME STATEMENT

(€M) 2022
Restated
2023
Revenue 2,590 2,681
Operating margin 114.2 116.2
Depreciation of acquisition-related intangible assets (2.2) (2.3)
Other operating income 0.1 2.1
Other operating expenses (27.0) (10.5)
Operating profit 85.2 105.5
Other financial income 0.4 1.1
Other financial expenses (13.9) (20.9)
Profit before tax 71.7 85.7
Income tax (22.3) (26.1)
Net profit from continuing operations 49.3 59.5
Profit (loss) from discontinued operations 16.0 3.1
Net profit for the period 65.3 62.6
Adjusted net profit 71.7 67.6

The Auditor, EY Réviseurs d'Entreprises SRL, has confirmed that its audit procedures, which have been substantially completed, have not revealed any significant adjustment to the financial information presented in this press release and prepared in accordance with IFRS standards.

BALANCE SHEET

(€m) ASSETS 31.12.2022 31.12.2023
Goodwill 554 525
Other long-term assets 212 202
Residual interest in leased assets 165 164
Trade and other receivables 879 776
Other current assets 181 161
Cash and cash equivalents 405 227
Assets held for sale 106 225
TOTAL ASSETS 2,502 2,280
(€m) EQUITY & LIABILITIES 31.12.2022 31.12.2023
Shareholders' equity – parent company shareholders' share 390 414
Non-controlling interests 67 61
EQUITY 457 475
Bonds 360 202
Financial liabilities 188 206
Gross liability for repurchases of leased assets 103 107
Provisions 59 53
Trade and other payables 932 827
Other liabilities 346 331
Liabilities held for sale 56 79
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 2,502 2,280

Appendix: Reconciliation between financial data at the end of 2022 as reported in the 2022 annual report and data contained in the 2023 annual report.

“2022 reported” corresponds to revenue and operating margin as presented in the 2022 annual report.

“2022 restated” corresponds to revenue and operating margin at the end of 2022 as presented in the 2023 annual report, and takes into account changes in discontinued operations as per IFRS 5 and changes in accounting presentation and corrections for comparability purposes. It serves as the basis for calculating growth rates at constant standards.

“Pro forma 2022” corresponds to year-end restated revenue and operating margin, also adjusted for the effects of exchange rates and changes in the scope of consolidation (acquisitions and disposals). It serves as the basis for calculating growth rates at constant standards and scope.

Revenue (€m) Group total TMF P&S Services
2022 reported 2,718 989 1,238 492
Discontinuation of activities and changes in accounting presentations (128) (91) - (37)
2022 restated 2,590 898 1,238 455
Exchange rate impact (2) (1) (1) -
Change in consolidation scope (acquisitions) 59 11 48 -
Change in consolidation scope (disposals) - - - -
2022 pro forma 2,648 908 1,285 455

 

Operating margin in €m Group total TMF P&S Services
2022 reported 139 50 49 40
Discontinuation of activities and changes in accounting presentations (25) (20) - (5)
2022 restated 114 29 49 36
Exchange rate impact - - - -
Change in consolidation scope (acquisitions) 1 - 1 -
2022 pro forma 115 29 50 36

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