Interim Financial Report Q1-03 2021: best-ever nine-month results with strong organic growth and solid earnings margins

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Interim Financial Report Q1-03 2021: best-ever nine-month results with strong organic growth and solid earnings margins

Today, the Board of Directors of H+H International A/S (hereinafter referred to as “H+H” or “the Group”) has adopted the Interim Financial Report for the first three quarters of 2021 (“Q1-Q3 2021”).

CEO Michael T. Andersen quote

I am pleased with the continued strong organic growth and the solid earnings margins reported for the third quarter, marking the best-ever nine-month results for H+H. I am also very pleased with the two acquisitions announced since the last earnings report. These will further strengthen our German footprint and add important capacity to our German production network, as we plan to perform certain upgrades in 2022. While activity across all markets remains high, we are faced with continued inflation on input prices and higher transport costs, which in combination are putting pressure on our earnings margins, but we will aim to offset this negative impact through sales-price increases.

Performance highlights for Q3 2021

  • Revenue increased by 14% to DKK 811 million (DKK 712 million in Q3 2020 and DKK 779 in Q3 2019). Revenue in local currencies (organic growth) increased by 13% (negative 7% in Q3 2020 and 5% in Q3 2019).
  • Gross profit was DKK 250 million (DKK 241 million in Q3 2020 and DKK 263 in Q3 2019), corresponding to a gross margin of 31% (34% in Q3 2020 and 34% in Q3 2019).
  • EBIT before special items1 was DKK 125 million (DKK 116 million in Q3 2020 and DKK 137 million in Q3 2019), corresponding to an EBIT margin before special items of 15% (16% in Q3 2020 and 18% in Q3 2019).
  • Net profit was DKK 88 million (DKK 83 million in Q3 2020 and DKK 97 million in Q3 2019).
  • Cash flow from investing activities, including cash flow related to the acquisition of one aircrete factory in Germany, amounted to DKK 171 million (DKK 22 million in Q3 2020 and DKK 29 million in Q3 2019).
  • Free cash flow was DKK 5 million (DKK 136 million in Q3 2020 and DKK 136 million in Q3 2019).
  • Financial gearing was 0.3 times EBITDA at the end of the quarter compared to 0.5 times at the end of Q3 2020 and 0.9 times at the end of Q3 2019.
  • The acquisition of one aircrete factory in Feuchtwangen in Bavaria, Germany, was completed on 15 September 2021.
  • After the end of the quarter, H+H signed an agreement to acquire 52.5% of the shares in DOMAPOR GmbH & Co. KG, a German manufacturer of aircrete and calcium silicate blocks.

Financial highlights for the period 1 January 2021 to 30 September 2021

DKK millionQ3 2021Q3 2020Q3 2019Q1-Q3 2021Q1-Q3 2020Q1-Q3 2019
Sales volume (thousand cubic metres)1,1761,0551,2323,3283,0353,544
Organic growth13%(7)%5%14%(9)%10%
Gross margin before special items31%34%34%30%32%31%
EBITDA before special items171162182452396435
EBIT before special items125116137314258306
EBIT margin before special items15%16%18%14%13%14%
Special items(4)--(4)--
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)21%18%19%21%18%19%
NIBD/EBITDA before special items ratio0.3x0.5x0.9x0.3x0.5x0.9x
Free cash flow5136136145166175

*no special items Q1 2021 or Q1 2020

Outlook for 2021

H+H narrows the previously communicated guidance intervals:

  • Revenue growth before acquisitions and divestments measured in local currencies (organic growth) is expected to be around 11% (previously 8% to 11%).
  • EBIT before special items is expected to be in the range of DKK 375 million to DKK 400 million (previously DKK 360 million to DKK 400 million).

The financial outlook for 2021 is based on the following specific assumptions:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is not expected to have any material impact on construction activity levels or supply chains.
  • Exchange rates, primarily GBP, EUR and PLN remain at end-October 2021 levels.
  • Energy and raw material prices remain at end-October 2021 levels.

Q1-Q3 2021 Interim Financial Report conference call

In connection with the release of the Q1-Q3 2021 Interim Financial Report, a conference call for investors and analysts is scheduled for Wednesday 10 November 2021, at 10:00 a.m. CET. On the call, CEO Michael T. Andersen and CFO Peter Klovgaard-Jørgensen will present the interim financial report. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Investors and analysts are invited to participate via phone:

DK: +45 78150107
UK: +44 3333009274
US: +1 6319131422 PIN: 54243229#

  • Other participants can follow the conference call via live webcast here.
  • The presentation slides for the conference call will be made available beforehand here.
  • A replay of the conference call will be available afterwards on H+H’s Investor Relations website here.

Kent ArentoftMichael T. Andersen
Chairman of the Board of DirectorsChief Executive Officer

For further information please contact:

Andreas Holkjær
Investor Relations and Treasury Manager
+45 24 48 03 67

1 No special items in 2020 or 2019