In terms of profitability, the second quarter of 2022 turned out to be the most difficult in the history of Harju Elekter. Persistent supply chain problems, in particular in the form of rising material prices and shortages involving several components, affected the profitability. The Group was forced to critically reassess all ongoing works, agreements, and their potential profitability for the coming periods. In addition to the increase in production costs, several projects turned out to be more complex and unprofitable than originally planned, exacerbated by the inefficiencies arising from supply constraints and rising fees for skilled labour.
We have taken a number of steps to cope with the challenges posed by world events. We will continue to reorganise production to ensure efficiency in the face of disrupted supply chains. The relief obtained from framework contract price negotiations has not yet fully been reflected in second quarter results and is more likely to be seen in the second half of the year. On the positive side, the order book is covered for a long period, which is also characterised by continued growth in revenues. The green transition trend and the pressure to ramp up electrification continue to intensify, accelerating investment in electricity networks to ensure reliability and modernisation.
The consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2022 was 41.9 (Q2 2021: 36.3) million euros, and the revenue for the first half of the year was 79.2 (6M 2021: 67.0) million euros. Comparing both periods, revenue increased in most business areas. Manufacturing and sales of electrical equipment accounted for the majority of the increase, rising by 4.9 million euros in the reporting quarter in yearly comparison and 9.8 million euros in the six-month comparison.
|Operating profit/loss (-) (EBIT)||-3,048||651||-568.2%||-4,174||1,168||-457.4%|
|Profit/loss (-) for the period||-3,197||488||-755.1%||-4,491||785||-672.1%|
|Incl. attributable to owners of the parent company||-3,209||485||-761.6%||-4,517||795||-668.2%|
|Earnings per share (EPS) (euros)||-0.18||0.03||-700%||-0.25||0.04||-725.0%|
The gross profit for the Q2 was 963 (Q2 2021: 4,306) thousand euros and the gross profit margin was 2.3% (Q2 2021: 11.9%). The consolidated operating loss (EBIT) was -3,048 (Q2 2021: operating profit 651) thousand euros. The operating margin for the second quarter was -7.3% (Q2 2021: 1.8%). The net loss for the Q2 was -3,197 (Q2 2021: net profit 488) thousand euros of which the share of the owners of the parent company was -3,209 (Q2 2021: 485) thousand euros. The earnings per share were -0.18 euros (Q2 2021: 0.03) in the second quarter. The gross profit for the first half of the year was 3,949 (6M 2021: 8,151) thousand euros and the gross profit margin was 5.0% (6M 2021: 12.2%). During the first six months, the operating loss (EBIT) was -4,174 (6M 2021: operating profit 1,168) thousand euros. In total, the Group’s net loss for the first half of the year was -4,491 (6M 2021: net profit 785) thousand euros and earnings per share was -0.25 (6M 2021: 0.04) euros.
Core Business and Markets
The Group’s core business, production, accounted for 89.3% of the Group’s consolidated revenue. Thanks to the growth in sales volumes of companies manufacturing electrical equipment and the support of large-scale special-order work, the sales volume of the production segment increased by 18.3% to 37.4 million euros in the reporting quarter.
Sales of the reporting quarter to the Estonian market remained at the same level as last year, being 6.9 million euros. In six months, revenue increased by 15.1% to 13.8 million euros. The increase was mainly due to the increase in sales of hermetic distribution transformers and distribution cabinets. The Estonian market accounted for 16.4% (Q2 2021: 19.0%) of the consolidated revenue in the reporting quarter.
In the comparison of markets, the sales growth was the highest for the Finnish market. In the reporting quarter, revenue was 3.7 million euros more than the year before, totaling 22.1 million euros. In six months, 38.8 (6M 2021: 33.0) million euros were earned from the Finnish market. The majority of the sales volume in the reporting quarter consisted of the sale of substations to Finnish electricity network companies. The lower-than-usual six-month revenue in the previous year were mainly affected by a decrease in orders due to the snowy and cold winter, the start of new long-term orders, as well as some supply constraints and material shortages. In the reporting quarter, more than half, or 52.6% (Q2 2021: 50.6%) of Harju Elekter’s products and services were sold to the Group’s largest market.
Sales to the Swedish market decreased by 43% compared to the reporting quarters and by 19% compared to six months, being 3.5 and 9.3 million euros, respectively. The benchmark for the Swedish market was high, as the Swedish subsidiary had more projects underway than usual in the local market in the same period last year. Sweden accounted for 8.3% (Q2 2021: 16.9%) of the consolidated revenue of the reporting quarter.
Order volumes in the shipping sector in Norway are recovering. During the reporting quarter, 2.9 million euros worth of Group products and services were sold on the Norwegian market, which was 45% more than in the same period of the previous year. Compared to six months, revenue doubled to 7.4 million euros. Revenue increases in both periods are due to low order volume in the comparison periods. The Norwegian market accounted for 6.9% (Q2 2021: 5.5%) of the quarter’s revenue.
During the reporting period, the Group invested a total of 2.2 (6M 2021: 3.9) million euros in non-current assets, incl 1.2 (6M 2021: 0.2) million euros in investment properties, 0.7 (6M 2021: 3.5) million euros in property, plant, and equipment and 0.3 (6M 2021: 0.2) million euros in intangible assets. Most of the investments during the reporting period were directed to the construction of the Laohotell III production and warehouse complex, in the Allika Industrial Park, which today is filled with tenants. In addition, investments were made in production technology equipment and production and process management systems.
The value of the Group’s non-current financial investments totaled 23.6 (31.12.21: 25.2) million euros as of the reporting date. The main change were the partial sale of securities and the decrease in fair value of 0.9 million euros in the first half of the year. A total of 1.3 (6M 2021: 1.0) million euros was received from the partial sale of listed securities during the first half of the year, of which the realized profit was 0.32 (6M 2021: 0.27) million euros. Harju Elekter increased its stake in the technology company IGL-Technologies Oy from 5.5% to 10% by 0.2 million euros.
The company’s share price on the last trading day of the reporting quarter on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange closed at 5.43 euros. As of 30 June 2022, AS Harju Elekter had 9,842 shareholders. The number of shareholders increased during the reporting quarter by 97.
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|Cash and cash equivalents||629||574||1,576|
|Trade and other receivables||31,134||33,689||27,215|
|Total current assets||71,677||63,544||54,780|
|Deferred income tax assets||762||690||575|
|Non-current financial investments||23,596||25,222||21,259|
|Property, plant and equipment||25,794||26,654||24,879|
|Total non-current assets||82,510||84,013||77,265|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Prepayments from customers||8,558||4,659||1,919|
|Trade and other payables||27,615||24,490||22,208|
|Total current liabilities||60,647||49,252||42,438|
|Other non-current liabilities||33||33||65|
|Total non-current liabilities||14,191||11,459||9,534|
|Total equity attributable to the owners of the parent company||79,461||86,984||80,233|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||154,187||147,557||132,045|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT AND LOSS|
|Cost of sales||-40,951||-32,004||-75,286||-58,877|
|Distribution costs||-1,515||– 1,315||-2,866||-2,529|
|Operating profit/loss (-)||-3,048||651||-4,174||1,168|
|Profit/loss (-) before tax||-3,125||642||-4,330||1,078|
|Profit/loss (-) for the period||-3,197||488||-4,491||785|
|Profit /loss (-) attributable to:|
|Owners of the parent company||-3,209||485||-4,517||795|
|Earnings per share|
|Basic earnings per share (euros)||-0.18||0.03||-0.25||0.04|
|Diluted earnings per share (euros)||-0.18||0.03||-0.25||0.04|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME|
|Profit/loss (-) for the period||-3,197||488||-4,491||785|
|Other comprehensive income|
|Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss|
|Impact of exchange rate changes of a foreign subsidiaries||-86||19||-65||-4|
|Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss|
|Gain on sales of financial assets||169||221||320||265|
|Net gain/loss (-) on revaluation of financial assets||-336||7,954||-858||8,319|
|Total comprehensive income for the period||-253||8,194||-603||8,580|
|Other comprehensive income||-3,450||8,682||-5,094||9,365|
|Total comprehensive income attributable to:|
|Owners of the Company||-3,462||8,680||-5,120||9,375|
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