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ECONOCOM : Econocom realises revenue growth of 14.8%, and exceeds its objective of Recurring Net Profit per share
information fournie par Actusnews 14/02/2023 à 19:00

press release, REGULATORY INFORMATION, 14 February 2023

Econocom realises revenue growth of 14.8%,

and exceeds its objective of

Recurring Net Profit per share

2022 targets outperformed

  • Revenue of €2,718 million, up 1 14.8%, including 10.0% organic 2 growth
  • Robust Recurring Operating Profit (ROP) 3 of €139.4 million, up 1 9.2%
  • Recurring Net Profit 4 increases 1 significantly to €95.5 million, or €0.53 per share

Organic growth supported by the acquisition of new customers

The Econocom Group generated revenue of €2,718 million in 2022, an increase 2 of 10.0% compared with 2021. At constant accounting standards, but without including the revenue of companies acquired in 2022 in the 2021 comparison base, total revenue growth 1 was 14.8%, showing the strong contribution from both organic growth and acquisitions.

Over the period, trends in continued activities were as follows:

• Products & Solutions (P&S) revenue totalled €1,238 million, up 1 27.6%, with organic 2 growth of 15.5%. The Group outperformed a steadily growing digital asset distribution market. P&S delivered a ROP 3 up 1 8.9% at €49.0 million, or 4.0% of revenue.

• Technology Management & Financing (TMF) continued its growth path, with revenue of €989 million, up 1 12.3% as reported and 10.2% on an organic 2 basis. The final quarter, traditionally a strong season, saw particularly dynamic growth of 12.7%. Taking advantage of favourable volumes, TMF grew 1 its ROP 3 by 23.7% to €49.8 million, putting the margin (ROP/Revenue) at 5.0%.

• After declining over the first nine months, Services revenue recovered as expected in the fourth quarter, with growth 2 of 6.1% taking annual revenue to €492 million, virtually stable 2 (-1.9%) compared with 2021. At €40.6 million, the ROP 3 was identical to the previous year 2 , keeping the margin at a sound level of 8.3%.

Benefiting from the Group's overall growth and despite the increase in costs linked to higher component or transport prices, the Group's Recurring Operating Profit 3 (ROP) was up 1 9.2% at €139.4 million, compared with €127.7 million (restated 1 ) in 2021.

After taking into account other net operating expenses of €27.4 million, net financial expense of €14.5 million and tax expense of €22.7 million, the annual net profit from continuing operations was €72.6 million, compared to €69.5 million in 2021, up 1 4.5%. After deducting the €7.3 million loss from discontinued operations, consolidated net profit was €65.3 million, down 1 €4.8 million. Note that Econocom sold certain non-strategic assets in 2021, generating one-off gains of approximately €7 million that were not repeated in 2022.

Recurring net profit 4 increased 1 by 20.7% to €95.5 million, resulting in recurring earnings per share 6 of €0.53, above the target of €0.50 set for 2022.

Free Cash-Flow increases to €71 million and Net Financial Debt (NFD) 5 less than 1x EBITDA

In 2022, Econocom recorded a free cash flow of €71 million, an increase compared with 2021. The Group also returned €57 million to its shareholders and paid out €67 million in net cash for its acquisitions.

NFD 5 was consequently €143 million at 31 December 2022, vs €67 million a year earlier, which represents 31% of shareholders equity or 0.9 times EBITDA for the year. NFD should be seen against the 44 million treasury shares held (€124 million based on the average closing share price over the last 20 days).

Operating debt, i.e. NFD 5 less expected future receipts from own-booked TMF contracts (at €284 million at the end of 2022 compared with €208 million at the end of 2021), shows a cash surplus of €140 million at the end of 2022.

Shareholder remuneration

The Board of Directors will propose at the next General Meeting to repay shareholders €0.16 per share from the share premium, up 14.3% vs 2022. Based on the average closing share price over the last 20 days, this represents a yield of 5.7%.

Total planned pay-outs in July 2023 would accordingly amount to €28.6 million, or 43.8% of the 2022 net profit, compared to €24.9 million for the prior year.

2023 outlook

Econocom Group targets a 5% revenue growth in 2023, as well as an increase of its consolidated net profit.

In addition, the Group has started developing its 2024-2028 Strategic Plan with the aim of reaching revenues of 5 billion by the end of the Plan. In that respect, the Group has strengthened the operational management of its activities; this is reflected in particular by the appointment to the COMEX of three cross-business directors whose mission is to accelerate business synergies. The 2024-2028 Strategic Plan will be presented to the market in the third quarter of 2023.

Information meeting on the full-year 2022 results on 16 February

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 profit” will replace the term “recurring operating profit”.

4 Recurring net profit has been the performance indicator used by Econocom to best assess its economic and financial performance. It does not include amortisation of intangible assets from acquisitions, net of tax effects; other operating income and other expenses, net of tax effects; other financial income and other expense, net of tax effects; profit from discontinued operations. Going forward, this indicator will be referred to as “adjusted net profit”.

5 NFD: 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.

Econocom is a digital general contractor (DGC). The group conceives, finances and facilitates the digital transformation of large firms and public organisations. It has 49 years' experience and is the only market player offering versatile expertise through a combination of project financing, equipment distribution and digital services. The group operates in 16 countries, with over 8,750 employees. It made €2,718m in revenue in 2022. Econocom is listed on Euronext in Brussels, on the BEL Mid and Family Business indexes.
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(€m) 2021
Revenue 2,366.9 2,718.3
Recurring operating profit (operating margin) 127.7 139.4
Amortisation of intangible assets from acquisitions -2.0 -2.2
Other operating income 7,2 0.1
Other operating expenses -23,6 -27.5
Profit (loss) from operating activities 109.2 109.8
Net finance income 3.5 0.5
Other financial expenses -13.4 -15.0
Profit (loss) before tax 99.3 95.3
Income tax expense -29.7 -22.7
Profit from continuing operations 69.5 72.6
Net profit from discontinued activities, associates and joint ventures 0.6 -7.3
Profit for the period 70.2 65.3
Recurring net profit (adjusted net profit) 79.1 95.5


(€m) ASSETS 31.12.2021
Goodwill 495 554
Other non-current assets 216 212
Residual interest in leased assets 171 165
Trade and other receivables 796 879
Other current assets 185 181
Cash and cash equivalents 406 405
Assets held for sale 69 106
TOTAL ASSETS 2,339 2,502
(€m) EQUITY & LIABILITIES 31.12.2021
Equity attributable to owners of the parent 381 390
Non-controlling interests 58 67
EQUITY 439 457
Bonds 252 360
Financial liabilities 221 188
Gross liability for purchases of leased assets 98 103
Provisions 68 59
Trade and other payables 882 932
Other liabilities 348 346
Liabilities held for sale 31 57

Appendix: Reconciliation between financial data at the end of 2021 as reported in the 2021 annual report and data contained in the 2022 annual report.

“2021 as reported” corresponds to revenue and ROP as presented in the 2021 annual report.

“2021 restated” corresponds to revenue and ROP at the end of 2021 as presented in the 2022 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.

“2021 pro forma” corresponds to restated revenue and ROP at the end of 2021 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
2021 as reported 2,505 921 1,067 516
Deconsolidation of discontinued activities and changes in accounting presentations -138 -40 -98 -
2021 restated 2,367 881 970 516
Forex impact 4 2 1
Change in consolidation scope (acquisitions) 114 14 100
Change in consolidation scope (disposals) -15 -15
2021 pro forma 2,470 897 1,071 501
ROP 3 (€m) Group total TMF P&S Services
2021 as reported 135.7 39.8 53.5 42.5
Deconsolidation of discontinued activities and changes in accounting presentations -8.0 0.5 -8.4 -0.1
2021 restated 127.7 40.2 45.0 42.4
Forex impact 0.6 0.1 0.5
Change in consolidation scope (acquisitions) 4.0 0.7 3.3
Change in consolidation scope (disposals) -1.7 -1.7
2021 pro forma 130.6 41.0 48.8 40.7

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