Teleste Corporation Interim Report 1 January to 30 September 2018: Net sales and result increased

TELESTE CORPORATION       INTERIM REPORT    8 NOVEMBER 2018   AT 08:30 EET  

 

TELESTE CORPORATION INTERIM REPORT 1 JANUARY TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 

NET SALES AND RESULT INCREASED 

 

July–September 2018

- Net sales amounted to EUR 59.4 (56.2) million, an increase of 5.6%
- Operating result stood at EUR 3.2 (1.2) million, an increase of 156.6%
- Undiluted earnings per share were EUR 0.13 (0.04) per share, an increase of 233.7%
- Orders received totalled EUR 56.2 (58.0) million, a decrease of 3.2%
- Cash flow from operations was EUR 4.2 (-1.4) million

January–September 2018

- Net sales amounted to EUR 183.8 (175.9) million, an increase of 4.5%
- Operating result stood at EUR 7.5 (-7.8) million: the operating result for the reference period included the goodwill impairment and restructuring provision for the services business in Germany, totalling EUR 9.3 million 
- Undiluted earnings per share were EUR 0.29 (-0.49)
- Orders received totalled EUR 183.0 (196.2) million, a decrease of 6.7%
- Cash flow from operations was EUR 10.4 (12.9) million, a decrease of 19.6%

 

Outlook for 2018

Teleste expects the company's net sales to increase in 2018 compared with 2017 (EUR 234.6 million). Operating result is expected to be clearly positive. However, due to the ongoing investments, it will not yet reach the record level of 2016 (EUR 15.6 million).

 

Comments by CEO Jukka Rinnevaara:

“Net sales and operating result increased in the third quarter year-on-year. Net sales improved in Network Services. Both business areas succeeded in improving their operating result. Orders received decreased year-on-year, but our order backlog stayed at a clearly higher level than a year ago.

Orders received by Video and Broadband Solutions decreased clearly in access network products year-on-year, with two considerably large DOCSIS 3.1 network update projects approaching their final stages. We estimate that many operators are already planning distributed access architecture solutions with which they can increase their network capacity even more cost-efficiently. The transition to the new technology and distributed access architecture will decrease operators' network investments this year, but it will enable growth in upcoming years. Interoperability testing of Teleste's new access network products complying with distributed access architecture is ongoing with a number of operators and other vendors. The interoperability of our products with the cable network central system is also an important requirement for progress in the US market. The order backlog for video security and passenger information solutions has clearly increased compared with the end of the reference period. A large Canadian public transport operator chose Teleste for its pilot project on a passenger information solution, which we expect to result in a new important customer relationship. After the third quarter, we won an important agreement on the delivery of a situation awareness system. The strategic new initiative and an order book reaching long into the future provide a good basis for growth and the establishment of customer relationships in the upcoming years. In the third quarter, net sales increased in video security and information systems year-on-year, which also improved the operating result. Throughout the rest of the year, we will particularly focus on ensuring our delivery capacity for video security and information systems, developing distributed access architecture technology and expertise and winning new clients in the North American market.

Net sales of Network Services improved clearly year-on-year in Germany and England. In Germany, net sales were increased by deliveries for a large project and the service rates implemented according to the new frame agreement signed with our main customer. Operating result improved as a result of increased net sales and project deliveries, among others. The productivity of services business in Germany will be further promoted by improving the processes and organisation.”

 

Group Operations July-September 2018

Key figures (EUR million) 7–9/2018 7–9/2017 Change
Orders received 56.2 58.0 -3.2%
Net sales 59.4 56.2 5.6%
EBIT 3.2 1.2 156.6%
EBIT of net sales, % 5.4% 2.2%  
Result for the period 2.3 0.7 227.9%
       
Earnings per share, EUR 0.13 0.04 233.7%
Cash flow from operations 4.2 -1.4  

Orders received by the Group in the third quarter totalled EUR 56.2 (58.0) million, a decrease of 3.2% year-on-year. Orders received decreased in access network products of Video and Broadband Solutions. Order backlog totalled EUR 56.6 (47.2) million, an increase of 19.8% compared with the end of the reference period. Order backlog increased in passenger information solutions of Video and Broadband Solutions and decreased in access network products.

Net sales increased by 5.6% to EUR 59.4 (56.2) million. Net sales improved in Network Services. Operating result increased by 156.6% year-on-year to EUR 3.2 (1.2) million, representing 5.4% (2.2%) of net sales. Operating result increased in both business areas. Personnel expenses amounted to EUR 14.7 (15.2) million and were down by 2.9% year-on-year. Expenses for material and manufacturing services increased by 4.2% to EUR 32.6 (31.3) million. Other operating expenses were on par with the reference period, amounting to EUR 7.8 (7.8) million. Net financial expenses were EUR 0.2 (0.2) million. Undiluted earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.13 (0.04), an increase of 233.7% year-on-year.

Cash flow from operations was EUR 4.2 (-1.4) million. Cash flow from operations increased as a result of changes in operational performance and working capital.

Group Operations January-September 2018

Key figures (EUR million) 1–9/2018 1–9/2017 Change, % 1–12/2017
Orders received 183.0 196.2 -6.7% 262.9
Net sales 183.8 175.9 +4.5% 234.6
EBIT 7.5 -7.8   -7.5
EBIT, % 4.1% -4.4%   -3.2%
Result for the period 5.2 -8.9   -9.1
         
Earnings per share, EUR 0.29 -0.49   -0.50
Cash flow from operations 10.4 12.9 -19.6% 19.3
Net gearing, % 9.3% 24.6%   16.8%
Equity ratio, % 52.5% 47.7%   48.3%
Personnel at period-end 1,353 1,468 -7.9% 1,446

Orders received by the Group decreased by 6.7% to EUR 183.0 (196.2) million. Orders received decreased in Video and Broadband Solutions. Net sales increased by 4.5% to EUR 183.8 (175.9) million. Net sales improved in Network Services.

Operating result was EUR 7.5 (-7.8) million, representing 4.1% (-4.4%) of net sales. Operating result for the reference period was burdened by the goodwill impairment of EUR 7.7 million related to the services business in Germany as well as the restructuring provision of EUR 1.6 million. Personnel expenses amounted to EUR 48.1 (51.6) million, down by 6.9%. Expenses for material and manufacturing services increased by 4.8% to EUR 101.7 (97.0) million. Other operating expenses decreased by 4.0% to EUR 23.4 (24.4) million. Net financial expenses were EUR 0.6 (0.7) million, down by 22.0%. Taxes for the Group amounted to EUR 1.7 (0.4) million. Effective tax rate was 24.9%. Undiluted earnings per share were EUR 0.29 (-0.49).

Cash flow from operations was EUR 10.4 (12.9) million. Cash flow from operations increased as a result of changes in operational performance and working capital.

 

Video and Broadband Solutions July-September 2018

Key figures (EUR 1,000) 7–9/2018 7–9/2017 Change
Orders received 29,032 36,264 -19.9%
Net sales 32,191 34,469 -6.6%
EBIT 2,737 1,534 +78.4%
EBIT, % 8.5% 4.5%  

Orders received totalled EUR 29.0 (36.3) million, a decrease of 19.9% on the reference period. Orders received decreased in access network products. Order backlog totalled EUR 56.6 (47.2) million, an increase of 19.8% compared with the end of the reference period. Order backlog increased in passenger information solutions and decreased in access network products. EUR 20.9 million of the order backlog are associated with deliveries in 2018, EUR 18.6 million with deliveries in 2019 and the rest with deliveries after 2019. Net sales decreased by 6.6% to EUR 32.2 (34.5) million. Net sales decreased in access network products but increased in video security and information solutions. Operating result increased by 78.4% to EUR 2.7 (1.5) million, representing 8.5% (4.5%) of net sales. Operating result improved as a result of increased net sales in video security and information solutions.

R&D expenses in the business area amounted to EUR 3.5 (3.0) million, representing 10.7% (8.7%) of net sales. Product development projects focused on distributed access architecture (including solutions designed for the US market), situation awareness and video security solutions, passenger information systems and customer-specific projects. Capitalised R&D expenses amounted to EUR 1.1 (0.6) million. Depreciation on R&D expenses was EUR 0.5 (0.3) million.

Video and Broadband Solutions January-September 2018

Key figures (EUR 1,000) 1–9/2018 1–9/2017 Change 1–12/2017
Orders received 101,165 126,935 -20.3% 170,359
Net sales 101,986 106,654 -4.4% 142,082
EBIT 5,796 4,408 +31.5% 4,888
EBIT, % 5.7% 4.1%   3.4%

Orders received decreased by 20.3% to EUR 101.2 (126.9) million. Orders received decreased both in access network products and in video security and information systems. Net sales decreased by 4.4% to EUR 102.0 (106.7) million. Net sales decreased in access network products but increased in video security and information systems. Operating result increased by 31.5% to EUR 5.8 (4.4) million, representing 5.7% (4.1%) of net sales. Operating result was improved by the net sales of video security and information systems, which increased year-on-year.

R&D expenses amounted to EUR 9.2 (8.9) million, representing 9.0% (8.3%) of net sales. Product development projects focused on distributed access architecture, network products complying with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard (including solutions designed for the US market), situation awareness and video security solutions as well as passenger information systems and customer-specific projects.  Capitalised R&D expenses amounted to EUR 3.6 (2.4) million and depreciation on capitalised R&D expenses to EUR 1.7 (1.1) million. 

 

Network Services July-September 2018

Key figures (EUR 1,000) 7–9/2018 7–9/2017 Change
Orders received 27,179 21,779 +24.8%
Net sales 27,179 21,779 +24.8%
EBIT 460 -288  
EBIT, % 1.7% -1.3%  

Net sales for the third quarter amounted to EUR 27.2 (21.8) million, an increase of 24.8% year-on-year. Net sales increased in Germany and England. In Germany, net sales were increased by deliveries for a large project and the service rates implemented according to the new frame agreement signed with our main customer. Operating result improved by EUR 0.7 million year-on-year and turned profitable, being EUR 0.5 million. Operating result represented 1.7% (-1.3%) of net sales.

Network Services January-September 2018

Key figures (EUR 1,000) 1–9/2018 1–9/2017 Change 1–12/2017
Orders received 81,840 69,234 18.2% 92,507
Net sales 81,840 69,234 18.2% 92,507
EBIT 1,692 -12,211   -12,437
EBIT, % 2.1% -17.6%   -13.4%

Net sales grew by 18.2% year-on-year, amounting to EUR 81.8 (69.2) million. Net sales increased in Germany as a result of deliveries for a large project and the implementation of service rates according to the new frame agreement signed with our main customer. Operating result stood at EUR 1.7 (-12.2) million. Operating result for the reference period was burdened by the goodwill impairment of EUR 7.7 million related to the services business in Germany as well as the restructuring provision of EUR 1.6 million. 

 

Personnel and organisation January-September 2018

In the period under review, the average number of people employed by the Group was 1,404 (1-9/2017: 1,506; 1-9/2016: 1,515). Of these, 708 (766) were employed by Video and Broadband Solutions and 696 (740) by Network Services. At the end of the period under review, the Group employed 1,353 people (2017: 1,468; 2016: 1,505). Of these, 677 (753) were employed by Video and Broadband Solutions and 676 (715) by Network Services. At the end of the review period, 66% (2017: 65%; 2016: 66%) of the employees were stationed abroad. Approximately 2% of the Group's employees were working outside Europe.

Personnel expenses amounted to EUR 48.1 million (2017: EUR 51.6 million; 2016: EUR 53.4 million). The decrease in personnel expenses was due to a lower number of employees year-on-year.

Investments and product development January-September 2018

Investments by the Group totalled EUR 5.0 (4.0) million, representing 2.7% (2.3%) of net sales. Investments in product development amounted to EUR 3.6 (2.4) million. Of the investments, EUR 0.1 (0.4) million were carried out under financial lease arrangements.

Product development projects focused on distributed access architecture, network products complying with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard (including solutions designed for the US market), situation awareness and video security solutions as well as passenger information systems and customer-specific projects.

Financing and capital structure January-September 2018

Cash flow from operations was EUR 10.4 (12.9) million. In the reference period, cash flow from operations was improved by the introduction of the supplier financing programme.

Teleste Corporation has credit and loan facilities with a combined total value of EUR 50.0 million. The EUR 20.0 million credit facility will run until the end of August 2020 and involves a 1+1-year extension option. The five-year loan facility of EUR 30.0 million will mature in August 2022. The loan is repaid in annual instalments of EUR 3.0 million. At the end of the period under review, the amount of unused binding credit facilities was EUR 20.0 (20.0) million. On 30 September 2018, the Group’s interest-bearing debt stood at EUR 27.8 (33.6) million.

The Group's equity ratio was 52.5% (47.7%) and net gearing ratio 9.3% (24.6%).

Key risks faced by the business areas

Founded in 1954, Teleste is a technology and services company consisting of two business areas: Video and Broadband Solutions and Network Services. With Europe as the main market and business area, the company is also expanding its business outside Europe. Teleste's customers include cable operators, public transport operators, train manufacturers and specified organisations in the public sector.

In Video and Broadband Solutions, customer-specific and integrated deliveries of solutions create favourable conditions for growth. On the other hand, the allocation of resources to the deliveries and the technical implementation are demanding tasks, which is why there are also risks involved. Our operator customers' network investments vary according to the development of technology, customers' need to upgrade and their financial structure. End-to-end deliveries of video security and information solution systems may be large in size, setting high demands for the project quotation calculation and management and, consequently, involving risks. Increased competition created by the new service providers may undermine the cable operators' ability to invest. Correct technological choices, product development and their timing are vital to our success. Various technologies are used in our products and solutions, and the intellectual property rights associated with the application of these technologies can be interpreted in different ways by different parties. Such difficulties of interpretation may lead to costly investigations or court proceedings. Customers have very demanding requirements for the performance of products, their durability in challenging conditions and their compatibility with other components of integrated systems. Regardless of careful planning and quality assurance, complex products may fail in the customer's network and lead to expensive repair obligations. The consequences of natural phenomena or accidents, such as fire, may reduce the availability of components in the order-delivery chain of the electronics industry or suspend our own manufacturing operations. Many competitors in the business area come from the USA, which is why the exchange rate of the euro against the US dollar has an effect on our competitiveness. The development of the exchange rates of the US dollar and the Chinese renminbi against the euro influences our product costs. The company hedges against short-term currency exposure by means of forward exchange contracts. 

Net sales of Network Services come mainly from a small number of large European customers. Therefore, a significant change in the demand for our services by any one of them is reflected in the actual deliveries and profitability. The improvement of customer satisfaction and productivity requires efficient service process management, as well as innovative process, product and logistics solutions to ensure the quality and cost-efficiency of services. The smooth functioning of cable networks requires efficient technical management of the networks and suitable equipment solutions in accordance with contractual obligations. This, in turn, requires continuous and goal-directed development of the skills and knowledge of our personnel and subcontractors. In addition, the sufficiency and usage rates of our personnel and subcontractor network influence the company's delivery capacity and profitability. Subcontractors' costs may increase faster than it is possible for Teleste to increase the prices of its services to its own customers. In larger projects with overall responsibility, tender calculation and project management are complex tasks that involve risks. Severe weather conditions may affect our ability to deliver services.

Teleste's strategy involves risks and uncertainties: new business opportunities may fail to be identified or successfully exploited. The business areas must take into account market movements, such as consolidations among our customers and competitors. Periods of technological transition, such as operators migrating to distributed access architecture, may significantly change the competitive positions of the current suppliers and attract new competitors to the market. Intensified competition may decrease the prices of products and solutions faster than we are able to reduce our products’ manufacturing and delivery costs.

Various information systems are critical to the development, manufacture and supply of products to our customers. The maintenance of information systems and deployment of new systems involve risks that may affect our ability to deliver products and services. Information systems may also be exposed to external threats and we need to protect them. Recruiting and maintaining skilled personnel requires encouragement, development and recruitment efforts, which can fail.

The Board of Directors annually reviews essential business risks and their management. Risk management constitutes an integral part of the strategic and operational activities of the business areas. Risks are reported to the Board on a regular basis.

On 23 December 2016, a competitor of Teleste filed two complaints against Teleste Limited, demanding damages from the company for the infringement of two patents. Teleste has denied the patent infringements. The litigation is still pending. According to the assessment by Teleste's management, the results of these litigations are not expected to have a material effect on Teleste's financial position.

Group structure

The parent company has branch offices in Australia and the Netherlands and subsidiaries in 14 countries outside Finland.

Shares and changes in share capital

On 30 September 2018, Tianta Oy was the largest single shareholder with a holding of 23.2%.

In the period under review, the lowest company share price was EUR 6.28 (7.15) and the highest was EUR 7.58 (9.62). Closing price on 30 September 2018 stood at EUR 6.90 (7.53). According to Euroclear Finland Ltd, the number of shareholders at the end of the period under review was 5,491 (5,741). Foreign and nominee-registered holdings accounted for 7.0% (6.6%) of the holdings. The value of Teleste's shares traded on the Nasdaq Helsinki from 1 January to 30 September 2018 was EUR 9.7 (13.4) million. In the period under review, 1.4 (1.6) million Teleste shares were traded on the stock exchange.

On 5 April 2018, Teleste Corporation's Board of Directors decided on a directed share issue without consideration, relating to the payment of the reward for the 2015–2017 performance period of Teleste Group's share-based incentive plan 2015. In the share issue, a total of 42,771 Teleste Corporation shares in the possession of Teleste Corporation were conveyed without consideration to key persons included in the share-based incentive plan, in accordance with the terms of the plan. On 30 September 2018, the Group held 821,182 (863,953) of its own shares, all held by the parent company Teleste Corporation. At the end of the review period, the Group's holding of the total number of shares amounted to 4.3% (4.6%).

On 30 September 2018, the company's registered share capital stood at EUR 6,966,932.80, divided into 18,985,588 shares.

Valid authorisations at the end of the review period:
- The Board of Directors may acquire 1,200,000 own shares of the company otherwise than in proportion to the holdings of the shareholders with unrestricted equity through trading on the regulated market organised by Nasdaq Helsinki at the market price of the time of the purchase.
- The Board of Directors may decide on issuing new shares and/or transferring the company's own shares held by the company, so that the maximum total number of shares issued and/or transferred is 2,000,000.
- The total number of new shares to subscribe for under the special rights granted by the Company and own shares held by the Company to be transferred may not exceed 1,000,000 shares, which number is included in the above maximum number concerning new shares and the Group's own shares held by the Company.
- These authorisations are valid until 5 October 2019.

Decisions by the Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Teleste Corporation held on 5 April 2018 adopted the financial statements and consolidated financial statements for 2017 and discharged the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability for the financial period 2017. The AGM confirmed the dividend of EUR 0.10 per share as proposed by the Board. The dividend was paid on 16 April 2018 on shares other than own shares held by the Company.

The AGM decided that the Board of Directors shall consist of six members. Pertti Ervi, Jannica Fagerholm, Timo Miettinen, Timo Luukkainen and Kai Telanne were re-elected as members of Teleste Corporation's Board of Directors, and Heikki Mäkijärvi was elected as a new Board member. Pertti Ervi was elected Chair of the Board in the organising meeting held after the AGM. The Board of Directors decided to establish an audit committee. Jannica Fagerholm was elected Chair of the Audit Committee, and Pertti Ervi and Kai Telanne were elected as members.

The AGM decided to elect one auditor for Teleste Corporation. Audit firm KPMG Oy Ab was chosen as the company's auditor. The auditor has appointed Petri Kettunen, APA, as the auditor in charge.

The Annual General Meeting decided to authorise the Board of Directors to decide on the purchase of the company's own shares. According to the authorisation, the Board of Directors may acquire 1,200,000 own shares of the company otherwise than in proportion to the holdings of the shareholders with unrestricted equity through trading on the regulated market organised by Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd at the market price of the time of the purchase. This authorisation is valid for 18 months from the date of the AGM's decision. The authorisation overrides any previous authorisations to purchase the company’s own shares.

The Annual General Meeting decided to authorise the Board of Directors to decide on issuing new shares and/or transferring the Company's own shares held by the Company and/or granting special rights referred to in Chapter 10, section 1 of the Limited Liability Companies Act, in accordance with the Board's proposal. Under the authorisation, the Board of Directors has the right to decide on issuances of new shares and/or transferring the Company's own shares held by the Company, so that the maximum total number of shares issued and/or transferred is 2,000,000. The total number of new shares to subscribe for under the special rights granted by the Company and own shares held by the Company to be transferred may not exceed 1,000,000 shares, which number is included in the above maximum number concerning new shares and the Group's own shares held by the Company.

The authorisations are valid for 18 months from the date of the AGM's decision. The authorisations override any previous authorisations to decide on issuances of new shares and on granting stock option rights or other special rights entitling to shares. 

 

Outlook for 2018

The business objective of Video and Broadband Solutions is to maintain its strong market position in Europe and to strengthen this market position in selected new markets outside Europe. In particular, investments in the North American market will continue in 2018.

Network capacity will continue to grow, with operators responding to consumers’ new and expanding broadband and video service needs. Teleste’s entire access network product portfolio has been renewed in accordance with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, and our offering allows cable operators to increase their network capacity competitively. In 2018, two network upgrade projects will be completed that are significant on the European scale. Operators will launch new upgrade projects. However, there is uncertainty associated with the timing of these projects, as operators are already planning next-generation distributed access architecture solutions. We expect that new investment projects that are based on distributed access architecture will be launched in Europe and, in particular, North America in 2018 and 2019. The change in access network technology also has an effect on suppliers' competitive position. Teleste continues investing in distributed access architecture technology and access network products that are suitable for new markets. In addition, the target of the subsidiary established in the US is to promote the sales of broadband network products to the cable network operators in North America. The objective of these investments is the long-term increase in sales. We estimate that net sales from access network products in 2018 will remain below the level of 2017.

The improvement of safety in city environments, the increase of public transport services, and the increasing popularity of smart systems for a smoother life provide a foundation for new business opportunities. Demand for video security solutions for public spaces continues worldwide, but competition in the industry has increased considerably and price erosion in the traditional video security equipment market continues. Video security solutions are becoming increasingly smart, including pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. Furthermore, a need is arising in the market for more comprehensive situation awareness systems that include management of other sensor-level data flows in addition to video image. New innovations and solutions are also changing the public transport passenger information solution business. Supply of real-time information for passengers is essential for safe and flexible public transport. It is necessary to improve the productivity and cost-efficiency of traditional business. The improvement of competitiveness requires R&D investments in new intelligent solutions. Although the orders received in 2017 for video security and information solutions increased, a significant portion of the deliveries is scheduled for the coming years. We estimate that net sales for 2018 will increase clearly from the previous year.

As to Network Services, our business objective is to further develop operational efficiency and increase the share of those services that provide our customers with higher added value. The negotiations to renew an important three-year frame agreement with a German customer were concluded and the new agreement was signed at the beginning of May. The new agreement will have a significant effect on the profitability of our services business. We estimate that net sales for 2018 will increase from the previous year.

Teleste expects the company's net sales to increase in 2018 compared with 2017 (EUR 234.6 million). Operating result is expected to be clearly positive. However, due to the ongoing investments, it will not yet reach the record level of 2016 (EUR 15.6 million).

 

 

7 November 2018

Teleste Corporation          Jukka Rinnevaara
Board of Directors            President and CEO

This interim report has been compiled in compliance with IAS 34, as it is accepted within EU, using the recognition and valuation principles with those used in the Annual Report. Teleste has prepared this interim report applying the same accounting principles as those described in detail in its the consolidated financial statements except for the adoption of new standards and amendments effective as of January 1, 2018. The data stated in this report is unaudited.

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (tEUR) 7-9/2018 7-9/2017 Change % 1-12/2017
           
Net Sales 59,370 56,248 5.6 % 234,589
  Other operating income 288 500 -42.4 % 1,531
  Materials and services -32,584 -31,275 4.2 % -127,673
  Personnel expenses -14,741 -15,182 -2.9 % -69,406
  Depreciation -1,342 -1,295 3.6 % -5,263
  Impairment on goodwill 0 0 n/a -7,705
  Other operating expenses -7,794 -7,751 0.6 % -33,623
Operating profit 3,197 1,246 156.6 % -7,549
           
  Financial income 117 208 -43.8 % 537
  Financial expenses -294 -454 -35.3 % -1,458
Profit after financial items 3,020 1,000 202.1 % -8,470
           
           
Profit before taxes 3,020 1,000 202.1 % -8,470
           
  Taxes -718 -299 140.6 % -675
           
Net profit 2,302 702 227.9 % -9,145
           
Attributable to:        
  Equity holders of the parent company 2,342 702 233.6 % -9,106
  Non-controlling interests -40 0 n/a -40
    2,302 702 227.9 % -9,145
           
Earnings per share for result of the year attributable to the equity holders of the parent
(expressed in € per share)        
  Basic 0.13 0.04 233.7 % -0.50
  Diluted 0.13 0.04 232.8 % -0.50
           
Total comprehensive income for the period (tEUR)
Net profit 2,302 702 227.9 % -9,145
Possible items with future net profit effect        
Translation differences 224 -216 -203.5 % -423
Fair value reserve 18 -11 -260.4 % 58
Total comprehensive income for the period 2,543 475 435.4 % -9,511
           
Attributable to:        
  Equity holders of the parent 2,579 475 443.0 % -9,432
  Non-controlling interests -36 0 n/a -78
    2,543 475 435.4 % -9,511
           
STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (tEUR) 1-9/2018 1-9/2017 Change % 1-12/2017
           
Net Sales 183,827 175,888 4.5 % 234,589
  Other operating income 1,346 1,058 27.2 % 1,531
  Materials and services -101,682 -97,047 4.8 % -127,673
  Personnel expenses -48,075 -51,634 -6.9 % -69,406
  Depreciation -4,483 -3,950 13.5 % -5,263
  Impairment on goodwill 0 -7,705 -100 % -7,705
  Other operating expenses -23,445 -24,413 -4.0 % -33,623
Operating profit 7,488 -7,803 -196.0 % -7,549
           
  Financial income and expenses 270 414 -34.7 % 537
  Financial expenses -827 -1,127 -26.6 % -1,458
Profit after financial items 6,931 -8,516 -181.4 % -8,470
           
           
Profit before taxes 6,931 -8,516 -181.4 % -8,470
           
  Taxes -1,725 -417 314.0 % -675
           
Net profit 5,206 -8,933 -158.3 % -9,145
           
Attributable to:        
  Equity holders of the parent 5,316 -8,933 -159.5 % -9,106
  Non-controlling interests -110 0 n/a -40
    5,206 -8,933 -158.3 % -9,145
           
Earnings per share for result of the year attributable to the equity holders of the parent
(expressed in € per share)        
  Basic 0.29 -0.49 -159.5 % -0.50
  Diluted 0.29 -0.49 -159.6 % -0.50
           
Total comprehensive income for the period (tEUR)
Net profit 5,206 -8,933 -158.3 % -9,145
Possible items with future net profit effect        
Translation differences -116 -233 -50.1 % -423
Fair value reserve 9 41 -77.9 % 58
Total comprehensive income for the period 5,099 -9,125 -155.9 % -9,511
           
Attributable to:        
  Equity holders of the parent 5,189 -9,125 -156.9 % -9,432
  Non-controlling interests -91 0 n/a -78
    5,099 -9,125 -155.9 % -9,511
           
 

 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION  (tEUR)

 

 

30/09/2018

 

 

30/09/2017

 

 

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31/12/2017

Non-current assets        
  Intangible assets 10,800 8,633 25.1 % 9,469
  Goodwill 30,646 29,482 3.9 % 30,814
  Tangible assets 8,675 9,871 -12.1 % 9,637
  Deferred tax asset 2,421 2,955 -18.1 % 2,061
  Available-for-sale investments 499 693 -28.0 % 693
    53,041 51,635 2.7 % 52,674
Current assets        
  Inventories 33,995 34,036 -0.1 % 33,689
  Trade and other receivables 46,023 47,427 -3.0 % 45,520
  Tax receivable, income tax 404 361 12.0 % 362
  Cash and cash equivalents 20,705 16,145 28.2 % 21,230
    101,126 97,969 3.2 % 100,801
           
Total assets 154,167 149,603 3.1 % 153,475
           
Shareholder's equity and liabilities
  Share capital 6,967 6,967 0.0 % 6,967
  Other equity 68,017 63,978 6.3 % 63,755
  Owners of the parent company 74,984 70,944 5.7 % 70,722
  Non-controlling interests 539 0 n/a 630
  Equity 75,523 70,944 6.5 % 71,352
           
Non-current liabilities        
  Deferred tax liability 1,538 1,405 9.4 % 1,429
  Non-current liabilities, interest-bearing 23,063 31,667 -27.2 % 28,394
  Non-current interest-free liabilities 1,127 94 1096.8 % 1,159
  Non-current provisions 633 855 -25.9 % 619
    26,361 34,022 -22.5 % 31,601
Current liabilities        
  Current interest-bearing liabilities 4,710 1,927 144.4 % 4,853
  Trade Payables and Other Liabilities 45,566 40,624 12.2 % 43,763
  Tax liability, income tax 1,231 1,280 -3.8 % 719
  Current provisions 776 805 -3.6 % 1,186
    52,283 44,637 17.1 % 50,522
           
Total shareholder's equity and liabilities 154,167 149,603 3.1 % 153,475
           
CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT (tEUR) 1-9/2018 1-9/2017 Change %  1-12/2017
Cash flows from operating activities        
  Profit for the period 5,206 -8,933 -158.3 % -9,145
  Adjustments 7,034 12,784 -45.0 % 16,087
  Interest and other financial expenses and incomes -827 -713 15.9 % -921
  Paid taxes -1,515 -1,718 -11.8 % -1,765
  Change in working capital 469 11,479 -95.9 % 14,998
Cash flow from operating activities 10,368 12,899 -19.6 % 19,254
Cash flow from investing activities        
  Purchases of property, plant and equipment (PPE) -1,096 -1,732 -36.7 % -1,975
  Proceeds from sales of PPE 181 11 1545.5 % 210
  Purchases of intangible assets -3,639 -2,271 60.2 % -3,123
  Purchase of investments -71 0 n/a 0
  Proceeds from sale of investments 1,160 0 n/a 0
  Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired 0 0 n/a -996
Net cash used in investing activities -3,465 -3,992 -13.2 % -5,884
Cash flow from financing activities        
  Proceeds from borrowings 4,087 4,000 2.2 % 4,000
  Payments of borrowings -9,152 -1,016 800.8 % -1,138
  Payment of leasing liabilities -559 -479 16.7 % -638
  Dividends paid -1,816 -4,530 -59.9 % -4,530
  Capital investment by non-controlling interests 0 0 n/a 708
Net cash used in financing activities -7,441 -2,025 267.4 % -1,598
           
Change in cash        
  Cash in the beginning 21,230 9,496 123.6 % 9,496
  Change in cash during period -538 6,882 -107.8 % 11,772
  Effect of currency changes 13 -233 -105.6 % -38
  Cash at the end 20,705 16,145 28.2 % 21,230
           
KEY FIGURES 1-9/2018 1-9/2017 Change %  1-12/2017
  Earnings per share, EUR 0.29 -0.49 -159.5 % -0.50
  Earnings per share fully diluted, EUR 0.29 -0.49 -159.6 % -0.50
  Shareholders' equity per share, EUR 4.16 3.91 6.2 % 3.94
           
  Return on equity 9.4 % -15.1 % -162.5 % -11.7 %
  Return on capital employed 9.6 % -9.1 % -204.8 % -6.6 %
  Equity ratio 52.5 % 47.7 % 9.9 % 48.3 %
  Gearing 9.3 % 24.6 % -62.0 % 16.8 %
           
  Investments, tEUR 4,982 4,003 24.5 % 7,482
  Investments % of net sales 2.7 % 2.3 % 19.1 % 3.2 %
  Order backlog, tEUR 56,562 47,211 19.8 % 57,383
  Personnel, average 1,404 1,506 -6.8 % 1,492
           
  Number of shares (thousands) 18,986 18,986 0.0 % 18,986
    including own shares        
  Highest share price, EUR 7.58 9.62 -21.2 % 9.62
  Lowest share price, EUR 6.28 7.15 -12.2 % 6.51
  Average share price, EUR 7.06 8.44 -16.3 % 8.19
           
  Turnover, in million shares 1.4 1.6 -13.2 % 2.0
  Turnover, in MEUR 9.8 13.4 -27.3 % 16.8
           
Treasury shares        
    Number   % of % of
    of shares   shares votes
           
           
  Possession of company's own shares 30.9.2018 821,182   4.33 % 4.33 %
           
Contingent liabilities and pledged assets (tEUR)
           
Leasing and rent liabilities 7,261 7,592 -4.4 % 8,355
           
Derivative instruments (tEUR)        
  Value of underlying forward contracts 19,788 22,210 -10.9 % 23,169
  Market value of forward contracts -231 -463 -50.1 % -204
  Interest rate swap 10,000 10,000 0.0 % 10,000
  Market value of interest swap -69 -94 -26.6 % -78
           
Taxes are computed on the basis of the tax on the profit for the period.
           
OPERATING SEGMENTS (tEUR)  1-9/2018  1-9/2017 Change %  1-12/2017
 

Video and Broadband Solutions

  Orders received 101,165 126,935 -20.3 % 170,359
  Net sales 101,986 106,654 -4.4 % 142,082
  EBIT 5,796 4,408 31.5 % 4,888
  EBIT% 5.7 % 4.1 %   3.4 %
 

Network Services

  Orders received 81,840 69,234 18.2 % 92,507
  Net sales 81,840 69,234 18.2 % 92,507
  EBIT 1,692 -12,211 -113.9 % -12,437
  EBIT% 2.1 % -17.6 %   -13.4 %
 

Total

  Orders received 183,006 196,169 -6.7 % 262,866
  Net sales 183,827 175,888 4.5 % 234,589
  EBIT 7,488 -7,803 -196.0 % -7,549
  EBIT% 4.1 % -4.4 %   -3.2 %
  Financial items -557 -713 -22.0 % -921
  Operating segments net profit before taxes 6,931 -8,516 -181.4 % -8,470

Information per quarter (tEUR)  7-9/18  4-6/18  1-3/18  10-12/17  7-9/17  10/2017-
  9/2018
 

Video and Broadband Solutions

  Orders received 29,032 32,189 39,945 43,424 36,264 144,589
  Net sales 32,191 37,199 32,596 35,429 34,469 137,415
  EBIT 2,737 2,642 417 480 1,534 6,275
  EBIT % 8.5 % 7.1 % 1.3 % 1.4 % 4.5 % 4.6 %
 

Network Services

  Orders received 27,179 27,963 26,698 23,273 21,779 105,113
  Net sales 27,179 27,963 26,698 23,273 21,779 105,113
  EBIT 460 828 404 -226 -288 1,466
  EBIT % 1.7 % 3.0 % 1.5 % -1.0 % -1.3 % 1.4 %
 

Total

  Orders received 56,211 60,152 66,643 66,697 58,044 249,703
  Net sales 59,370 65,163 59,294 58,702 56,248 242,529
  EBIT 3,197 3,470 821 254 1,246 7,742
  EBIT % 5.4 % 5.3 % 1.4 % 0.4 % 2.2 % 3.2 %

Consolidated statement of changes in equity,1000 euros
Attributable to equity holders of the parent (tEUR)
A Share capital
B Share premium
C Translation differences
D Retained earnings
E Invested free capital
F Other funds
G Total
H Share of non-controlling interest
I Total equity
  A B C D E F G H I
Shareholder's equity 1.1.2018 6,967 1,504 -1,404 60,606 3,140 -78 70,735 630 71,365
Restatement & new standards       166     166   166
Total comprehensive income for the period       5,316     5,316 -110 5,206
Paid dividend       -1,816     -1,816   -1,816
Equity-settled share-based payments       655     655   655
Translation differences     -82 0   9 -82 19 -63
Cash flow hedges             9   9
Shareholder's equity 30.9.2018 6,967 1,504 -1,486 64,927 3,140 -69 74,984 539 75,523
                   
Shareholder's equity 1.1.2017 6,967 1,504 -978 73,922 3,140 -135 84,420 0 84,420
Total comprehensive income for the period     -233 -8,933 0 41 -9,125   -9,125
Paid dividend       -4,530     -4,530   -4,530
Equity-settled share-based payments       182     182   182
Shareholder's equity 30.9.2017 6,967 1,504 -1,211 60,641 3,140 -94 70,947 0 70,944
                     

CALCULATION OF KEY FIGURES            

Return on equity: Profit/loss for the financial period
------------------------------  * 100
Shareholders’ equity (average)
Return on capital employed: Profit/loss for the period after financial items + financing charges
------------------------------  * 100
Total assets - non-interest-bearing
liabilities (average)
Equity ratio: Shareholders' equity
-----------------------------  * 100
Total assets - advances received
Gearing: Interest bearing liabilities - cash in hand and in bank - interest bearing assets
-----------------------------  * 100
Shareholders' equity
Earnings per share: Profit for the period attributable to equity holder of the parent
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Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period
Earnings per share, diluted: Profit for the period attributable to equity holder of the parent (diluted)
----------------------------------------------- Average number of shares - own shares + number of options at the period-end

New Standards

Teleste has adopted IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers as of January 1, 2018. The cumulative effect of the new standard was recorded in the opening balance and it increased the equity with 73 thousand euro.  All changes was allocated to VBS segment.

Disaggregation of revenue 7-9/18 4-6/18 1-3/18 10-12/17 7-9/17 4-6/17 1-3/17
Net sales by segment              
VBS 32,191 37,199 32,596 35,429 34,469 36,782 35,403
NS 27,179 27,963 26,698 23,273 21,779 21,924 25,531
Total 59,370 65,162 59,294 58,702 56,248 58,706 60,934
Net sales by category              
Goods 31,499 35,480 31,394 33,123 33,080 35,275 32,745
Service 27,871 29,682 27,900 25,579 23,168 23,431 28,189
Total 59,370 65,162 59,294 58,702 56,248 58,706 60,934

Order backlog
Teleste is reporting order backlog for the VBS segment. The value of order backlog is open orders to be delivered in the future. At June 30, 2018 about 64.1 % of the order backlog will be delivered during the next 12 months. Teleste has not restated the order backlog for year 2017 as the effect IFRS 15 is not material.

Thousand euro 7-9/18 4-6/18 1-3/18 10-12/17 7-9/17 4-6/17 1-3/17
VBS order backlog end of period 56,652 59,721 64,918 57,383 47,211 45,416 39,643

Teleste on has adopted  IFRS 9 Financial Instruments as of January 1, 2018.  The cumulative effect of the new standard was recorded in the opening balance and it increased the equity with 22 thousand euro. The main effect of IFRS 9 concerns timing of expected credit losses.

Teleste has adopted amendment of IFRS 2 Share based payments as of January 1, 2018.

Major shareholders, as sorted by number of shares - September 30, 2018 Number of shares % of shares
Tianta Oy 4,409,712 23.23
Mandatum Life Insurance Company Limited 1,679,200 8.84
Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company 899,475 4.74
Kaleva Mutual Insurance Company 824,641 4.34
Teleste Oyj 821,182 4.33
Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company 521,150 2.74
The State Pension Fund 500,000 2.63
Wipunen varainhallinta Oy 300,000 1.58
Mariatorp Oy 300,000 1.58
OP-Finland Small Firms Fund 280,737 1.48

Major shareholders by sectors September 30, 2018 Number of shareholders % of Owners Shares % of shares
Households 5,129 93.41 4,539,142 23.91
Public sector institutions 4 0.07 1,930,725 10.17
Financial and insurance institutions 26 0.47 5,044,441 26.57
Corporations 264 4.81 7,306,036 38.48
Non-profit institutions 26 0.47 65,185 0.34
Foreign 42 0.76 100,059 0.53
         
Total 5,491 100.00 18,985,588 100.00
Of which nominee registered 9 0.16 1,233,138 6.50

Major shareholders by distribution of shares September 30, 2018 Number of shareholders % of shareholders Number of shares % of shares
1-100 1,462 26.63 87,779 0.46
101-500 2,359 42.96 632,451 3.33
501-1,000 745 13.57 599,113 3.16
1,001-5,000 730 13.29 1,594,814 8.40
5,001-10,000 93 1.69 659,111 3.47
10,001-50,000 72 1.31 1,462,770 7.70
50,001-100,000 8 0.15 600,249 3.16
100,001-500,000 14 0.25 2,995,267 15.78
500,001-& above 8 0.15 10,354,034 54.54
         
Total 5,491 100.00 18,985,588 100.00
of which nominee registered 9 0.16 1,233,138 6.50

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
CEO Jukka Rinnevaara, phone +358 2 2605 611

DISTRIBUTION:
Nasdaq Helsinki
Main Media
www.teleste.com

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