The second quarter of Harju Elekter can be characterised by forward-looking investments and the intensification of the global raw material deficit, which has an impact on the Group’s financial results and profitability. Execution of orders for new framework contracts has begun, and sales volumes in Estonia and Sweden are on an upward trend. Orders for the Lithuanian unit have not yet returned to pre-crisis levels, but the number of incoming inquiries has grown to a record high, giving reason to hope for a recovery in the maritime industry in the near future. In the second quarter, the Group established a forward-looking cooperation with the technology company IGL-Technologies Oy and continued to invest in Skeleton Technologies Group OÜ. Preparations were also made for the construction of the new production and storage complex and for increasing the portfolio of solar power plants.
Revenue, Expenses, and Profit
The revenue of the Group was 36.3 million euros in the second quarter, which was 2.7 million euros more modest compared to the second quarter of 2020. As in the first quarter, revenue from the manufacturing and sales of electrical equipment in the second quarter was affected by deferred orders, supply difficulties and material shortages. In the first six months, the revenue was 67.0 (6M 2020: 74.0) million euros, which is below the record result of the previous year but is comparable to the normal sales two years ago before the crisis. Despite the uncertainty in the economic environment, the volume of new orders and cooperation with important customers with framework agreements have persisted.
|Operating profit (EBIT)||651||2,156||-69.8%||1,168||3,209||-63.6%|
|Profit for the period||488||1,971||-75.2%||785||2,674||-70.6%|
|Incl. attributable to owners of the parent company||485||1,979||-75.5%||795||2,708||-70.6%|
|Earnings per share (euros)||0.03||0.11||-75.5%||0.04||0.15||-70.6%|
The total operating expenses for the reporting quarter were 35.8 (Q2 2020: 37.1) million euros. Costs of sales decreased by 1.5 million euros to 32.0 million euros year-on-year, accounting for 89.5% of the operating expenses. Labour costs increased with quarterly and half-year comparison, amounting to 7.6 (Q2 2020: 6.7) and 14.9 (6M 2020: 13.4) million euros, respectively. The majority of the increase in labour costs was due to the increase in additional work, the constant readiness to continue the production cycle, and in terms of Lithuania, working in several shifts in production as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The increase in labour costs and average remuneration was affected most by the increase of the proportion of Swedish and Finnish employees in the Group, since wage levels are significantly higher in Scandinavian countries than they are in Estonia and Lithuania.
The gross profit for the reporting quarter was 4,306 (Q2 2020: 5,468) thousand euros and the gross profit margin was 11.9% (Q2 2020: 14.0%). Quarterly operating profit (EBIT) amounted to 651 (Q2 2020: 2,156) thousand euros. The operating margin for the second quarter was 1.8% (Q2 2020: 5.5%).
The net profit for the reporting quarter was 488 (Q2 2020: 1,971) thousand euros of which the share of the owners of the parent company was 485 (Q2 2020: 1,979) thousand euros. The earnings per share were 0.03 (Q2 2020: 0.11) euros. Compared to the previous year, the low profitability of the reporting period was mainly affected by lower-than-planned sales, the continuing global shortage of materials, and the increase in labour costs. The rapid rise in the price of production materials and the difficulty of accessing them caused inefficiencies in operations where the products could not be manufactured according to the planned time.
Core Business and Markets
The Group’s core business, Production, accounted for 88% of the Group’s six months revenue. Delays in beginning with new framework contract orders, the postponement of planned volumes and limited availability of raw materials reduced the revenue of the production segment by 1.5 million euros to 31.6 million euros on a quarterly comparison and by 4.4 million euros to 58.8 million euros on a six-month comparison.
Quarterly sales to the Estonian market increased by 1.1 million to 6.9 million euros in a year-on-year comparison and by 2.6 million euros to 12.0 million euros in six months comparison, accounting for 18% (6M 2020: 13%) of the six-month revenue. During the reporting quarter the Group continued the production and delivery of prefabricated substations that began in Q2 2020 under the Elektrilevi OÜ framework procurement.
Sales to the Finnish market are recovering. Compared to the second quarter of the previous year, the revenue decreased only by 0.6 million euros, amounting to 18.4 million euros. Compared to the first half of last year, the change is larger, revenue decreased by 5.5 million euros to 33.0 million euros. This was mostly affected by the decrease in orders caused by the snowy and cold winter, commencing with new long-term orders, but also some supply difficulties and shortage in materials. In the first half of the year, 49% (6M 2020: 52%) of the Group’s products and services were sold to the Group’s largest market, Finland.
The revenue earned from the Swedish market showed an upward trend in the reporting quarter and in the half year as compared to previous year, amounting 6.1 (Q2 2020: 5.9) and 11.5 (Q2 2020: 10.9) million euros, respectively. Sweden accounted for 17% (6M 2020: 15%) of revenue in the first half of the year, being the third largest market in the Group.
In the second quarter, the Group’s products, and services worth 2.0 (Q2 2020: 4.4) million euros were sold to the Norwegian market. In the first six months, 3.9 million euros were earned from the Norwegian market, which was 60.5% or 5.9 million euros less than in the same period of the previous year. The decrease in Norwegian revenue was due to record high orders in the reference period, as well as the slow pace of recovery in the maritime industry. The Norwegian market accounted for 6% (6M 2020: 13%) of the six-month revenue.
During the reporting period, the Group invested a total of 3.9 (6M 2020: 2.2) million euros in non-current assets, incl 0.2 (6M 2020: 1.3) million euros in investment properties, 3.5 (6M 2020: 0.8) million euros in property, plant, and equipment and 0.2 (6M 2020: 0.1) million euros in intangible assets. The majority of the investments during the reporting period, i.e. 2.5 million euros, was directed to the expansion of the fourth phase of the production and office building of the Lithuanian subsidiary. The total cost of the investment was 5.5 million euros. In addition, preparations for the construction of the production and storage complex in the Allika Industrial Park, Laohotell III, were launched and investments were made in production technology.
The company’s share price on the last trading day of the reporting quarter on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange closed at 8.18 euros. As at 30 June 2021, AS Harju Elekter had 7,983 shareholders. The number of shareholders increased during the reporting quarter by 596.
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|31 December 2020|
|Cash and cash equivalents||1,576||2,843|
|Trade and ohter receivables||27,215||27,226|
|Total current assets||54,780||49,745|
|Deferred income tax assets||575||514|
|Non-current financial investments||21,259||11,918|
|Property. plant and equipment||24,879||22,494|
|Total non-current assets||77,265||65,730|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Prepayments from customers||1,919||4,182|
|Trade and other payables||22,208||15,837|
|Total current liabilities||42,438||34,980|
|Other non-current liabilities||65||66|
|Total non-current liabilities||9,534||7,098|
|Total equity attributable to the owners of the parent company||80,233||73,547|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||132,045||115,475|
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