|In € millions||H2 2015||H2 2014(2)||Chg. H2 2015/H2 2014 (%)||2015||2014(2)||Change 2015 - 2014 (%)|
|Current operating income||10.8||11.8||-8.6%||12.3||15.7||-21.7%|
|Current operating margin||7.1%||9.7%||-||4.7%||7.1%||-|
|Net income - Group share||2.8||2.1||+31.8%||1.6||2.6||-38.1%|
- EBITDA: Current operating income before depreciation, amortization and provisions
- Restated accounts 2014
The 2015 financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on March 31, 2016. Audit procedures were performed by the statutory auditors, and the audit report is currently being issued.
In 2015, three divisions out of four (Smart Safety Systems, Industrial Projects and Services and 3D Printing) posted revenue growth. Overall growth which was 12.5% during the first half-year, accelerated during the second half-year to reach 18.6% for the whole financial year. All the divisions experienced significantly higher levels of activity during the second half-year.
Revenue for the second half-year was up 23.7% (vs. H2 2014). EBITDA for the second half-year also grew by 6.0%, with contrasting situations for the different divisions. The Group continued its development, whilst at the same time financing significant investments in the 3D Printing division, which holds considerable growth prospects for the future.
Detailed performance by division
The Smart Safety Systems and Protection in Nuclear Environments divisions saw a much higher level of activity during the second half-year compared to the first half-year 2015 and the second half-year 2014: +13.9% and +19.6% (vs. H2 2014). The current operating income for these divisions also saw significant growth over the half-year: +28.0% and +27.0% (vs. H2 2014).
The Smart Safety Systems division thus posted combined growth of its revenue and current operating income for the full financial year, whilst the second half-year did not enable the Protection in Nuclear Environments division to completely recover the drop during the first half-year.
The Industrial Projects and Services division saw a decrease in its current operating income over the second half-year and the full year due to sales costs supported to accelerate revenue growth, and the decline in the performance of the AI Group subsidiary. The division posted revenue growth of +26.5% vs. H2 2014 and +25.7% over the financial year. The commercial development allows this division to face 2016 with confidence.
Lastly, the 3D Printing division continued its very strong growth. Revenue was 2.6x higher over the second half-year and nearly four times as high for the full financial year. The acquisition of Initial during the first half-year contributed €7 million to revenue. Current operating income is still negative, due to the growth in sales and marketing expenses (hiring, participation in trade shows), hirings and a considerably higher research and development effort compared to 2014 (22 people are affected to R&D to date).
Financial structure and Dividend
The Group has substantial cash and cash equivalents of €35.7 million. Net debt/equity is less than 40%.
Net debt amounted to €37.8 million. This €12.8 million increase in 2015 can be explained by the significant investments and the increase in the working capital requirement. The working capital requirement grew over the financial year by €11.5 million of which €4.4 million for the operating working capital requirement (customers, stocks and suppliers), although this is managed compared to revenue growth. Tax receivables (CIR and CICE) explain a significant portion of the increase in the working capital requirement excluding operations.
To reserve all its financing capacity for investments and growth, the Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders not to distribute a dividend with respect of 2015.
2015 was marked by very strong revenue growth. In 2016, the Group's efforts will focus on improving its margins, whilst maintaining good growth. The Group began 2016 with an order book of €191 million.
In addition, the Group's management began to implement a procurement optimization program for both direct purchases and general costs.
The Smart Safety Systems division has shown a positive trend for the last three financial years. Over the last two years, efforts have concentrated on improving sales performance, and these were rewarded in 2015 by significant revenue growth.
Profitability also progressed, in particular during the second half-year. For 2016, the Group needs to concentrate on consolidating its positions in its core markets, drones (with a particular focus on the airborne robotics market in which the division has already won several promising successes), robot systems and simulation. This division benefits from a number of favorable factors, particularly the growth in the advanced robotics markets and increased recourse to simulation in training courses.
The order book for the Smart Safety Systems division was €94 million at the start of 2016. The Group is aiming to achieve revenue of €110 million in this division for the 2016 financial year.
The Industrial Projects and Services division continues to develop fire protection and safety systems, which now account for around 70% of the division's business. The division benefits from a favorable trend in this market, especially in the energy sector. The share of revenue for the export market is growing and now reaches 28%.
After a phase of commercial conquest that penalized the division's profitability, the Group's efforts in 2016 will concentrate on maintaining this favorable commercial dynamic and on improving profitability.
Lastly, a new management team was installed in the AI Group subsidiary. The efforts should gradually show results throughout 2016.
The order book for the Industrial Projects and Services division reached €49 million at the start of 2016.
For the Protection in Nuclear Environments division, 2016 began with a sustained level of activity, both on international projects, in particular the NOVARKA project on which the Group works at a high rate of activity, and also on projects in France, in particular the "DUS" project (back-up diesel generators), which potentially offers at least 24 months of development opportunities in France. The post-Fukushima program should continue to expand in scope internationally.
Lastly, the Group indicates that it announced at the start of the year a project to acquire one of its historical competitors in this market, the PORTAFEU company. This transaction could be completed during the first half-year.
The Protection in Nuclear Environments division, therefore, shows a very positive medium-term outlook with an order book of €45 million at the start of 2016.
Continued growth for the "3D Printing" division
Since entering the 3D printing market, the Group has already achieved several milestones with robust growth in business over the last two years. This trend should continue for 2016.
Today, the Group benefits from global credibility and confirms the relevance of its positioning on professional 3D printing applications (rapid manufacturing).
In 2015, the focus was on the structuring of the company to provide it with the necessary means for its development. Today, this phase is almost completed. 2016 will focus on the consolidation of the acquisitions completed and the partnerships signed (acquisitions of Initial, Norge Systems and Exceltec, extension of the plastic and metal powder sintering technology offer, investment in Varia 3D) and should, therefore, show lower growth in expenses and fixed costs, and still very significant revenue growth, well above that of the market. This combination of revenue growth and stabilization of expenses should allow the Group to reach a monthly operational balance during the year.
In light of the trends observed over the first few months, the Group's initial revenue target of €280 million seems conservative.
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About Groupe Gorgé
Established in 1990, Group Gorgé is an industrial group operating in different areas of expertise:
Smart Safety Systems – Using technology to work in risk environments;
Protection in Nuclear Environments – Protecting people and securing buildings operating with radioactive materials;
Industrial Projects & Services Conducting Robotics and Fire protection systems projects for industry and service-sector player;
3D Printing – Enabling major industry players to find new routes to successful innovation and production processes by providing systems, 3D printers and new premium material.
In 2015, the Group reported revenue of €264.8 million. It is backed by 1,550 employees and operations in over ten countries.
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