MAINTAL, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, posted solid growth in the first half of its current fiscal year 2017.
Sales rose by 12.2 percent to EUR 519.0 million in the first half of the year, compared to the first six months of the previous year (H1 2016: EUR 462.8 million). Organic growth of 4.8 percent was achieved. The acquisitions of Autoline, Lifial and Fengfan contributed 6.2 percent to sales. Currency effects also contributed positively at 1.2 percent.
From January to June 2017, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortization of intangible assets (adjusted EBITA) increased by 9.3 percent to EUR 91.7 million, compared to the first half of the previous year (H1 2016: EUR 83.9 million). The adjusted EBITA margin for the period January to June of 2017 remained at a sustainable high level of 17.7 percent (H1 2016: 18.1 percent).
“The first half of 2017 went better than we initially expected,” said Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group “This is why we raised our forecast for the full year 2017 in July. The good results in the second quarter of 2017 confirm this assessment. Since the business picked up significantly in all three regions, we now expect organic sales growth of around 4 to 7 percent for 2017.”
Group sales in the second quarter of 2017 increased by 11.8 percent to EUR 264.1 million, compared to the same quarter of the previous year (Q2 2016: EUR 236.2 million). Adjusted EBITA reached EUR 46.6 million from April to June 2017, an increase of 6.6 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016 (Q2 2016: EUR 43.8 million). The adjusted EBITA margin was 17.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017 (Q2 2016: 18.5 percent).
Strong sales growth in all three regions
In the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), NORMA Group increased its sales by 10.7 percent in the first six months of 2017 to EUR 251.6 million, compared to the same period last year (H1 2016: EUR 227.3 million). This was due to strong organic sales growth, as well as the acquisition-related growth from consolidating Autoline and Lifial.
Sales in the Americas region totaled EUR 212.6 million in the first half of 2017 (H1 2016: EUR 198.5 million), an increase of 7.1 percent. This can be attributed to the gradual recovery of the U.S. market for commercial vehicles, agricultural and construction machinery. Strong business with solutions for water management in the second quarter also had a positive effect on the growth in sales. Additional sales revenues came from the acquisition of Autoline and positive currency effects related to the U.S. dollar.
In the Asia-Pacific region, NORMA Group generated sales growth of 48.1 percent to EUR 54.9 million from January to June 2017 (H1 2016: EUR 37.0 million). This was partly due to successful production localizations, a high demand for joining technology, especially in the division for customized product solutions (Engineered Joining Technology, EJT), as well as the acquisitions of Autoline and Fengfan.
Successful completion of the Fengfan acquisition
In the second quarter of 2017, NORMA Group, after approval by the competent authorities, successfully completed the acquisition of Fengfan Fastener Co., Ltd. (“Fengfan”). The company had signed the purchase agreement for 80 percent of the shares in the Chinese manufacturer of stainless steel and plastic joining products, as well as specialty textiles, back on March 28, 2017. The consolidation of Fengfan took place in the second quarter of 2017. In January 2017, NORMA Group had already acquired the Portuguese manufacturer of metal clamps Lifial – Indústria Metalúrgica de Águeda, Lda. (“Lifial”).
Equity slightly decreased
As of the reporting date June 30, 2017, NORMA Group equity amounted to EUR 476.0 million. This represents a slight decline of 1.6 percent, compared to the end of 2016 (Dec. 31, 2015: EUR 483.6 million). The equity ratio was at 36.0 percent at the end of the second quarter of 2017 (Dec. 31, 2016: 36.2 percent). This was due to the dividend payment totaling EUR 30.3 million in May 2017, as well as due to effects arising from the acquisition of Fengfan. Net debt including hedging instruments increased by 7.5 percent to EUR 423.9 million as of June 30, 2017, compared to the end of the previous year (Dec. 31, 2016: EUR 394.2 million). That was influenced by payments for the dividend, as well as for the acquisitions.
Adjusted outlook for fiscal year 2017 confirmed
On July 13, 2017, NORMA Group increased its sales outlook for fiscal year 2017 on the basis of the preliminary, unaudited figures for the second quarter of 2017, as well as the expected consolidated sales revenues by the end of the year. NORMA Group confirms this forecast with the final figures for the second quarter of 2017. For 2017 as a whole, the Management Board expects organic growth of around 4 to 7 percent (previous outlook: “moderate organic growth of around 1 to 3 percent”). The Management Board also expects the acquisitions of Autoline, Lifial and Fengfan to contribute approximately EUR 55 million to group sales (previous outlook: “approximately EUR 45 million”). In 2017, NORMA Group aims to achieve a sustainable adjusted EBITA margin of more than 17.0 percent (2016: 17.6 percent, 2015: 17.6 percent, 2014: 17.5 percent).
Including temporary workers, NORMA Group employed a total staff of 7,414 on June 30, 2017. This represents an increase of 750 employees, compared to the end of the previous year (December 31, 2016: 6,664 employees). This was due in particular to the acquisitions of Lifial and Fengfan in the first half of 2017.
The publication of the financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 is scheduled for Nov. 8, 2017.
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