Teleste Corporation interim report 1 January to 31 March 2024

Teleste Corporation
Stock exchange release
May 3, 2024 at 8.30 a.m. EEST



Unless otherwise specified, the figures in brackets refer to the year-on-year comparison period.

January–March 2024 in brief

–          Net sales decreased by 19.3%, amounting to EUR 36.6 (45.3) million
–          Adjusted EBITDA increased by 4.3%, amounting to EUR 3.1 (2.9) million
–          Adjusted operating result increased by 6.0%, amounting to EUR 1.5 (1.5) million
–          Operating result decreased to EUR -0.4 (1.2) million
–          Adjusted earnings per share were EUR 0.08 (0.14)
–          Earnings per share decreased to EUR -0.02 (0.13)
–          Cash flow from operations increased to EUR 7.3 (2.0) million
–          Orders received decreased by 25.2% to EUR 30.5 (40.8) million
–          The order book decreased by 2.6% and amounted to EUR 124.3 (127.6) million
–          Teleste’s 1.8GHz DOCSIS 4.0-compliant smart amplifiers became the first in the industry to progress to the field deployment stage in North America.

Outlook for 2024 (unchanged)

Teleste estimates that net sales in 2024 will amount to EUR 140–165 million and that the adjusted operating result in 2024 will be EUR 3–6 million.

Segment reporting

As the company announced on 25 April 2024, Teleste reports its key financial figures according to a new segment structure starting from the first interim report of 2024. The operating segments are Broadband Networks and Public Safety and Mobility. The Group’s reported segments correspond to the Group’s operating segments. The Group’s common functions are treated outside segment reporting.

Key figures

EUR million  1‒3/2024  1–3/2023 Change 1‒12/2023
Net sales 36.6 45.3 -19.3% 151.3
Adjusted EBITDA 1) 3.1 2.9 4.3% 7.2
Adjusted EBIT 1) 1.5 1.5 6.0% 1.2
    Adjusted EBIT, % 1) 4.2% 3.2% 0.8%
EBIT -0.4 1.2 >-100.0% -0.5
     EBIT, % -1.0% 2.7% -0.3%
Net result for the period -0.5 2.2 >-100.0% -0.5
Adjusted earnings per share, EUR 1) 0.08 0.14 -41.9% 0.09
Earnings per share, EUR -0.02 0.13 >-100.0% 0.00
Cash flow from operations 7.3 2.0 >100.0% 10.8
Orders received 30.5 40.8 -25.2% 149.6
Order book 124.3 127.6 -2.6% 130.4
Net gearing, % 42.5% 58.4% 51.7%
Equity ratio, % 47.4% 41.6% 45.4%
Personnel at period-end 703 842 -16.5% 750

1) An alternative performance measure defined in the tables section of the report.

Comments by President & CEO Esa Harju

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“The first quarter of fiscal year 2024 was two-fold. Our turnover decreased from the comparison period, but relative profitability improved and cash flow from operations was strong. We also achieved important progress in implementing our strategy. However, the outlook for the whole year is still overshadowed by market uncertainty, and we expect the second quarter to be difficult.

Orders received and turnover decreased in the Broadband Networks business unit, due to very low demand in the European market. However, relative profitability improved due to an increase in gross margin and cost saving measures. The European market is expected to remain uncertain during 2024. Demand is expected to improve at the earliest in the second half of the year. As the first supplier in the industry, our 1.8GHz ICON smart amplifiers, designed for the North American market, have now reached general availability status and the first field deployments to our customers have started. Four North American operators have confirmed smart amplifier orders to Teleste and deliveries will gradually begin to affect our turnover during the current year, however, so that the North American share of the entire Broadband Networks business volume is still small in 2024.

Orders received grew in the Public Safety and Mobility business unit. However, turnover was below the comparison period. One reason for this was the political industrial action in Finland, which closed our factory for several days and made deliveries difficult. Another reason was the slower than expected progress of one significant video surveillance project. Adjusted operating profit increased as gross margin rose significantly higher compared to the comparison period.

We continued several measures to improve profitability and to prioritize our operations. Cost savings are targeted at all company’s operations. The change negotiations started in Finland on 9.1.2024 led to several dismissals or part-time employment.

As we announced in a stock exchange release on 25.4.2024, we have changed and updated our reporting practices. These changes increase the transparency of investor communication. The clarification of the company’s group structure and the reorganization of business units under their own legal companies are proceeding according to plan.

We have steadily increased our focus on corporate social responsibility. As evidence of this, we achieved a gold medal in EcoVadis’ corporate responsibility assessment in February.

In 2024, the main goal of the Broadband Networks business is to grow the business in North America. This will compensate for the continued uncertainty in the European market. In the Public Safety and Mobility business, we will increase our strategic focus on train manufacturers and public transport business. At the same time, we will continue to streamline our operational activities.”

For further information, please contact:

Esa Harju
President and CEO

Juha Hyytiäinen

tel. +358 2 2605 611

Teleste in brief
Teleste’s technologies and products are used to build a networked society. Our solutions bring high-speed broadband and television services to homes, secure your safety in public places and guide you in the use of public transport. With solid industry experience and a drive to innovate, we are a leading international company in broadband, security and information technologies and related services. We work in close cooperation with our customers, both virtually and through our worldwide sales network. In 2023, Teleste’s net sales reached EUR 151.3 million and on average it had approximately 800 employees. Teleste is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. For more information, please visit our website