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ESI Group: Half-year Sales and Results 2020

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ESI Group, (Paris:ESI) (ISIN Code: FR0004110310, Symbol: ESI), today publishes its sales and results for the first half of its 2020 fiscal year (period from January 1st to June 30th), approved by the Board of Directors on September 8, 2020.

Cristel de Rouvray, Chief Executive Officer of ESI Group, comments: “In H1, while we experienced a sudden decrease in our customer’s ability to open new projects, the solidity of our multi-year, mission critical engagements with diversified industry leaders sustained us. As we continue to manage this global pandemic, we are balancing two business imperatives: proactive cost management to optimize near-term financial health and continuation of our transformation plan. The latter gains momentum, reflected in a growing number of customer engagements positioned at the level of “outcome” and mounting interest in ESI’s offer, as evidenced in wide participation at our regular digital events.

(€m)

6/30/2020

6/30/2019

Change

 

6m

6m proforma

Current rate

Constant rate (cer)

Q1 – Sales

54.9

58.4

(6.1%)

(6.9%)

Licenses

48.8

50.8

(4.0%)

(4.8%)

Services

6.1

7.6

(20.3%)

(20.9%)

Q2 – Sales

25.9

29.9

(13.2%)

(13.5%)

Licenses

20.4

22.5

(9.4%)

(9.7%)

Services

5.5

7.4

(24.8%)

(24.9%)

H1 – Sales

80.8

88.3

(8.5%)

(9.1%)

Licenses

69.2

73.3

(5.6%)

(6.3%)

Services

11.6

15.0

(22.5%)

(22.9%)

Gross Margin

62.4

68.6

(9.1%)

(9.8%)

% Sales

77.3%

77.7%

 

 

EBITDA (before IFRS161)

15.0

21.3

(29.5%)

(31.4%)

% Sales

18.6%

24.2%

 

 

EBIT (before IFRS16)

12.5

19.6

(36.3%)

(38.4%)

% Sales

15.4%

22.2%

 

 

IFRS 16 – Impacts

 

 

 

 

– EBITDA

3.0

2.8

 

 

– Operating Result

0.2

 

 

 

Recurrence and resilience in an exceptional context

ESI Group’s sales for the first half of 2020 amounted to €80.8m, down 8.5% (at current rates) from the same period last year. As the entire world entered confinement in Q2, revenue contracted €4m (-13.2%), about the same absolute value as in Q1 over a smaller revenue. Overall in H1:

  • In licenses, representing 85.6% of revenues, Repeat Business (70.2M€) increased by 1.2%, while New Business (5M€) dropped by 53%. Confinement delayed decisions about new engagements, though customer interaction and conversations continued, anchored on a solid foundation of repeat business.
  • In services, revenues decreased 22.5%, as industrialists temporarily shut offices and postponed certain engagements.

Despite this exceptional context, the Group once again demonstrated the resilience of its business model, driven by a high level of licensing recurrence (87.7%). The solid dynamic of repeat business, proof of the strategic value of ESI Group’s solutions, was particularly strong among the group’s key customers. The Top 20 customers booking increased by 3.9% and represented 56% of total booking. These customers showed a continuous interest for the Group’s innovative solutions helping them to accelerate their digital transformation as illustrated by the 21% of services booking (vs. 15% for all customers).

Geographic and sector footprint unchanged

The geographical breakdown of half-year revenues is almost identical to that of the first half of 2019: the EMEA region represents 51.6% (vs. 52.7%) of total revenues, Asia represents 34.1% (vs. 33.2%) and the Americas represent 14.3% (vs. 14.1%). The EMEA region decreased the most during the half-year, followed by Asia and the Americas.

The Group’s four priority industries – Automotive & Ground Transportation, Aeronautics & Aerospace, Heavy Industry, Energy – accounted for approximately 87% of total orders during the period. The Automotive and Ground Transportation activity, the group’s leading industry, remained relatively stable despite a difficult sector context. The other priority industries suffered more from the current crisis, with a significant slowdown in orders in the Aerospace industry.

Financial results

  • H1 EBITDA (before IFRS 16) is €15.0m (18.6%) compared to €21.3m (24.2%) over the same period last year.
  • H1 EBIT (before IFRS 16) is €12.5m (15.4%) vs. €19.6m (22.2%) in H1FY19.
  • Gross margin is stable, at 77.3% (vs. 77.7%). Costs to EBIT are also stable (€68.3m in H1FY20 compared to €68.7m in H1FY19).

The Group reinforced cost measures over the semester. Immediately pivoting to work-from-home and adopting new methods for marketing enabled a greater than 50% reduction in travel and marketing costs. Automatic links between variable compensation and revenue growth also accounted for cost reductions. Additionally, the group continued aligning costs to priorities to reinforce a path to sustainable growth. Together, these measures will have a larger impact on H2FY20 and FY21.

Cash position

The Group’s cash position increased to €24.7m at June 30, 2020 (vs. €16.3m end June 2019).

Gross financial debt is €39.6m (vs. €49.6m as of December 2019) and net debt decreased to €14.9m (vs. €29.4m) related to business seasonality. The gearing ratio (net debt to equity) is 15.6% (vs. 34.4%).

As of June 30, 2020, ESI Group held 6.3% of its capital in treasury shares.

ESI Group requested a State-guaranteed loan (PGE) from its French banking pool and Bpifrance. At the date of the Board of Directors, the PGE granted by Bpifrance has been received (€1.75m) and the agreements of all the banks in the pool have been obtained for a syndicated PGE of €12m – the contract is currently being drawn up.

Perspectives

ESI Group is recognized as providing among the best performing mission critical solutions on the market and benefits from a growing number of solid customer references:

ESI’s collaboration with Kion Group, the global leader in industrial trucks, is a great illustration. ESI enables Kion Group to accelerate their digital transformation and increase productivity by reducing or even eliminating the need for physical prototypes during production processes.

– In Aerospace, a very challenging sector, ESI secured 100% of the annual software renewal from a major American Aerospace company, including a part of New Business, at the peak of the pandemic. This illustrates the strategic importance of ESI’s solutions.

ESI ‘s key customers seek to improve performance of products throughout the lifecycle, as they know the imperative of transforming to provide outcomes. In this perspective, ESI Group collaborates with one of the leading manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, to reduce their power consumption. Thanks to a dedicated project based on the Hybrid Twin™ concept, ESI’s teams help this manufacturer in the full lifespan of their product – from design to in-service performance improvement.

To meet this demand, ESI Group is accelerating its global transformation plan, developing its sales and increasing its margins focusing on four priority industries and four outcome solutions for each (Pre-certification, Smart Manufacturing, Human Centric and Pre-experience). This value and customer benefits will be illustrated at the upcoming “ESI Live”, Global Digital Forum, Nov 5th, 2020.

Board Decisions

The Board of Directors of September 8, 2020 has decided to convene an Extraordinary Shareholder meeting on October 21, 2020 to mainly offer the opportunity to nominate observers in the perspective of onboarding of new directors.

Upcoming events

Q3 2020 Sales

October 27, 2020

About ESI Group

Founded in 1973, ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping solutions and a global enabler of industrial transformation. Thanks to the company’s unique know-how in the physics of materials, it has developed and refined, over the last 45 years, advanced simulation capabilities. Having identified gaps in the traditional approach to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), ESI has introduced a holistic methodology centered on industrial productivity and product performance throughout its entire lifecycle, i.e. Product Performance Lifecycle™, from engineering to manufacturing and in operation. Present in more than 20 countries, and in major industrial sectors, ESI employs 1200 high level specialists around the world and reported 2019 sales of €146 million. ESI is headquartered in France and is listed on compartment B of Euronext Paris.

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APPENDIX 1

Consolidated financial statements H1 2020

Half-year results press release

Sept 10, 2020

1. Consolidated income statement

Half year closed on June 30, 2020

Reminder: Further to July 18, 2019 General Meeting decision, Group fiscal year closing date has been shifted from January 31 to December 31. Consequently, half-year financial statements refer to period from January 1 to June 30 (previously February 1 to July 31).

Due to important seasonality of Licensing activity in January, results comparison between first half of 2019 and 2020 is not relevant, thus proforma information have been computed (January – June 2020 compared to January – June 2019).

(In € thousands)

H1 2020

Jan to June

H1 2019

Feb to July

Dec 31, 2019

Feb to Dec

Licenses and maintenance

69,214

40,854

75,320

Consulting

11,341

13,585

25,718

Other

256

369

1,159

REVENUE

80,811

54,809

102,197

Cost of sales

(18,378)

(17,886)

(33,873)

Research and development costs

(15,485)

(16,078)

(29,832)

Selling and marketing expenses

(21,613)

(19,539)

(38,841)

General and administrative costs

(12,643)

(9,650)

(21,476)

CURRENT OPERATING RESULT

12,692

(8,345)

(21,825)

Other operating income and expenses

6

28

1

OPERATING RESULT

12,698

(8,317)

(21,824)

FINANCIAL RESULT

(822)

(961)

(2,563)

Share of profit of associates

(189)

(264)

26

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE AND MINORITY INTERESTS

11,687

(9,542)

(24,360)

Provision for income tax

(2,813)

2,501

3,446

NET INCOME BEFORE MINORITY INTERESTS

8,874

(7,041)

(20,914)

Minority interests

(5)

103

32

NET INCOME (GROUP SHARE)

8,880

(7,144)

(20,946)

Earnings per share (in euros)

1.57

(1.27)

(4.06)

Diluted earnings per share (in euros)

1.55

(1.26)

(4.01)

Statement of comprehensive income

(In € thousands)

H1 2020

Jan to June

H1 2019

Feb to July

Dec 31, 2019

Feb to Dec

NET INCOME BEFORE MINORITY INTERESTS

8,874

(7,041)

(20,914)

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME RECYCLED TO INCOME

 

 

 

Change in the fair value of hedging instruments

9

(16)

(12)

Translation differences

(559)

737

866

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) NOT

RECYCLED TO INCOME

 

 

 

Actuarial gains and losses

(15)

4

(688)

Income and expenses recorded directly in equity

(565)

725

166

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

8,309

(6,316)

(20,748)

Attributable to Group equity holders

8,318

(6,439)

(20,792)

Attributable to minority interests

(9)

123

44

2. Balance sheet

(In € thousands)

H1 2020

June 30, 2020

Dec 31, 2019

H1 2019

June 30, 2019

ASSETS

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

146,120

152,176

152,224

Goodwill

41,438

41,448

41,550

Intangible assets

61,843

62,139

61,708

Property, plant and equipment

5,181

5,633

5,889

Rights-of-use assets

18,320

20,680

22,077

Shares in affiliated companies

807

1,099

823

Deferred tax assets

15,254

17,204

14,603

Other non-current assets

3,271

3,264

5,570

Cash-flow hedging instruments

7

6

3

CURRENT ASSETS

79,710

82,183

72,818

Trade receivables

32,845

44,733

38,729

Other current receivables

19,078

13,720

14,663

Prepaid expenses

3,094

3,489

3,939

Cash and cash equivalents

24,692

20,241

15,487

TOTAL ASSETS

225,830

233,655

225,042

 

LIABILITIES

EQUITY

95,673

85,983

99,555

Equity (Group share)

95,611

85,912

98,661

Capital

18,055

18,055

18,053

Additional paid in capital

25,833

25,833

25,818

Reserves and retained earnings

42,392

61,982

61,422

Net income (loss)

8,880

(20,946)

(7,144)

Translation differences

450

987

512

Minority interests

62

71

894

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

55,675

65,941

69,883

Long-term share of financial debt

25,957

30,457

33,157

Non-current finance lease obligation

13,504

20,002

21,821

Provision for employee benefits

11,328

11,016

10,315

Deferred tax liabilities

3,761

3,761

3,763

Cash-flow hedging instruments

16

28

55

Other long-term debt

1,109

677

772

CURRENT LIABILITIES

74,463

81,731

55,605

Short-term share of financial debt

13,601

19,143

7,670

Current finance lease obligation

4,350

631

324

Trade payables

8,011

8,632

6,740

Accrued compensation; taxes and others short-term liabilities

27,295

24,230

17,771

Provisions for contingencies, risks and disputes

507

675

701

Deferred income

20,716

28,421

22,400

TOTAL LIABILITIES

225,830

233,655

225,042

3. Consolidated statement of changes in equity

(In € thousands except number of shares)

Number of shares

Share capital

Additional paid in capital

Net income, reserves and retained earnings

Translation differences

Equity attributable to parent company owners

Minority interests

Total Equity

AT JANUARY 31, 2019

6,017,892

18,053

25,818

61,197

(205)

104,861

771

105,633

Change in fair value of hedging instruments

 

 

 

(12)

 

(12)

 

(12)

Translation differences

 

 

 

 

848

848

18

866

Actuarial gains and losses

 

 

 

(682)

 

(682)

(6)

(688)

Income and expenses recognized directly in equity

 

 

 

(694)

848

154

12

166

Net income

 

 

 

(20,946)

 

(20,946)

32

(20,912)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

(21,640)

848

(20,792)

44

(20,748)

Proceeds from issue of shares

600

2

15

 

 

17

 

17

Treasury shares

 

 

 

22

 

22

 

22

Share-based payments

 

 

 

690

 

690

 

690

Transactions with non-controlling interests

 

 

 

927

 

927

(750)

177

Other movements

 

 

 

187

 

187

6

193

AT DECEMBER 31, 2019

6,018,492

18,055

25,833

41,383

643

85,912

71

85,983

Change in fair value of hedging instruments

 

 

 

9

 

9

 

9

Translation differences

 

 

 

 

(555)

(555)

(4)

(559)

Actuarial gains and losses

 

 

 

(15)

 

(15)

 

(15)

Income and expenses recognized directly in equity

 

 

 

(6)

(555)

(561)

(4)

(565)

Net income

 

 

 

8,880

 

8,880

(5)

8,874

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

8,874

(555)

8,309

(9)

8,310

Proceeds from issue of shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasury shares

 

 

 

(12)

 

(12)

 

(12)

Share-based payments

 

 

 

424

 

424

 

424

Transactions with non-controlling interests

 

 

 

(39)

 

(39)

 

(39)

Other movements

 

 

 

1,006

 

1,006

 

1,006

AT JUNE 30, 2020

6,018,492

18,055

25,833

51,636

88

95,611

62

95,673

CHANGES IN FIRST-HALF 2019

(In € thousands except number of shares)

Number of shares

Share capital

Additional paid in capital

Net income, reserves and retained earnings

Translation differences

Equity attributable to parent company owners

Minority interests

Total Equity

AT JANUARY 31, 2019

6,017,892

18,053

25,818

61,197

(205)

104,861

771

105,633

Change in fair value of hedging instruments

 

 

 

(16)

 

(16)

 

(16)

Translation differences

 

 

 

 

717

717

20

737

Actuarial gains and losses

 

 

 

4

 

4

 

4

Income and expenses recognized directly in equity

 

 

 

 

(12)

 

717

 

705

 

20

 

725

Net income

 

 

 

(7,144)

 

(7,144)

103

(7,041)

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

(7,156)

717

(6,439)

123

(6,316)

Proceeds from issue of shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasury shares

 

 

 

(114)

 

(114)

 

(114)

Share-based payments

 

 

 

359

 

359

 

359

Transactions with non-controlling interests

 

 

 

(41)

 

(41)

 

(41)

Other movements

 

 

 

35

 

35

 

35

AT JULY 31, 2019

6,017,892

18,053

25,818

54,280

512

98,661

894

99,556

4. Consolidated statement of cash flows

(In € thousands)

H1 2020

Jan to June

H1 2019

Feb to July

Dec 31, 2019

Feb to Dec

Net income before minority interests

8,874

(7,041)

(20,946)

Share of profit of associates

(189)

(264)

(32)

Amortization and provisions (1)

6,042

5,096

8,882

Net impact of capitalization of development costs

11

(82)

(1,300)

Income taxes (current and deferred)

2,813

(2,501)

(3,446)

Income taxes paid

(401)

(415)

(1,980)

Unrealized financial gains and losses

359

(368)

120

Share-based payment transactions

424

358

690

Gains and losses on assets disposals and other components

4

16

114

Operating cash flow

18,316

(4,722)

(17,879)

Trade receivables

10,873

26,703

19,446

Trade payables

(549)

(2,058)

(293)

Other receivables and other liabilities

(9,979)

(18,534)

(865)

Changes in working capital requirements

345

6,101

18,288

NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

18,661

1,379

409

Purchase of intangible assets

(577)

(566)

(591)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(754)

(713)

(1,390)

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

33

(795)

Other investment operations

190

(785)

(7)

NET CASH USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(1,141)

(2,032)

(2,784)

Proceeds from loans

8,034

14,422

Repayment of borrowings (1)

(12,763)

(10,030)

(10,148)

Proceeds from issue of shares

0

17

Purchase and proceeds from disposal of treasury shares

(12)

(114)

22

NET CASH USED FOR FINANCING ACTIVITIES

(12,775)

(2,110)

4,312

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(294)

164

216

INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

4,452

(2,599)

2,153

Opening cash position

20,241

18,086

18,087

Closing cash position

24,692

15,487

20,241

NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

4,452

(2,599)

2,154

(1) The impact of IFRS 16 for 2020 first half is an increase of +€2.7 million in the amortization and provision retreatment and thus an improvement in operating cash-flow, against the repayment of finance lease obligation in the financing part of the Cash Flow Statement for -€2.7 million.

APPENDIX 2

Methodology for preparing proforma information

in the context of change of closing date

Half-year results press release Sept 10, 2020

Further to change of closing date, half-year financial statements refer to period from January 1 to June 30 (previously February 1 to July 31). As January is a significant month in terms of sales (renewal of almost half of the contracts in the licensing business), result for the new half-year differ substantially from those of the previous half-year.

To ensure good comparability of information and in accordance with AMF Recommendation 2013-08, the main aggregates of the financial statements have been recalculated on proforma basis from January to June 2019.

H1 2019 proforma data have been prepared using the same methodology as for 2019 12-months proforma data presented end 2019:

– Additional consolidation closings have been made for ESI Group and all subsidiaries as of December 31, 2018 and June 30, 2019, completing “historical” closings done as of January 31, 2019 and July 31, 2019. These additional closings enabled to produce income statement from January to June 2019 and balance sheet as of June 30, 2019, directly comparable with the balance sheet as of June 30, 2020.

– The process applied for additional consolidation closings was the same as for a usual “historical” closing, for all Group subsidiaries.

– More specifically, the following methods have been applied:

  • Licensing revenue is related to two performance obligations: access to the software (or license itself) and the maintenance service. Revenue for the access to the license is recognized at a point in time at the moment when control is transferred to the client, and the revenue from maintenance service is recognized on a straight-line basis over the one-year term of the support agreement – which is the usual method of each closing, in accordance with IFRS 15;
  • Service revenue consists mainly of consulting fees. The consulting revenue is recognized according the percentage of completion method at end June 2019, for all entities with monthly monitoring. In the absence of monthly monitoring, a prorata by month has been calculated – this approach being acceptable given the month-to-month linearity of this activity’s sales;
  • Costs directly linked to revenue (such as royalties paid to third parties or commissions paid to agents) were calculated on the basis of monthly revenue;
  • Staff costs excluding bonuses result from the payroll and social security charges paid each month, related accruals have been calculated according to the actual situation existing at each closing date. Bonus accruals have been adjusted end June 2019 using same hypothesis than calculation done end June 2020;
  • The net impact of the capitalization of development costs and net charges to amortization, depreciation and provisions were calculated at each closing date;
  • Some other external costs may result from prorata temporis estimates, such as office rental expenses which are invoiced quarterly.

Components of the cash flow were determined through a cash flow statement drawn up according to the usual consolidation process.

APPENDIX 3

Reconciliation of EBIT with EBITDA before IFRS 16 impact

Half-year results press release

Sept 10, 2020

 

(In € million)

H1 2020

Jan to June

H1 2019

Jan to June

PROFORMA

H1 2019

Feb to July

A

EBIT

12,7

19,6

(8,3)

B

Depreciation & Amortization before net depreciation of accounts receivable and amortization of capitalized developement costs

(5,3)

(4,5)

(4,6)

A-B=C

EBITDA

18,0

24,1

(3,7)

 

 

 

 

 

D

Lease retreatment IFRS 16

3,0

2,8

2,8

E

Amortization IFRS 16

(2,8)

(2,8)

(2,8)

D+E=F

IFRS 16 impact on EBIT

0,2

0,0

0,0

 

 

 

 

 

A-F

EBIT before IFRS 16 impact

12,5

19,6

(8,3)

 

 

 

 

 

C-D

EBITDA before IFRS 16 impact

15,0

21,3

(6,5)

Reminder:

– EBITDA presented every half-year include net depreciation of accounts receivable (net allowance of -€0,4 million in H1 2020) and net impact of development costs capitalization (capitalization net of amortization, impact of -€11 thousand in H1 2020)

– IFRS 16: Applicable since fiscal year 2019, IFRS 16 specifies how to recognize and measure lease assets and liabilities (property, plant and equipment – real estate and vehicles – and lease liabilities). The lease expense is now broken down between amortization and depreciation and the interest on the debt. ESI recognized the assets and liabilities related to the right to use offices and leased vehicles. The impact of IFRS 16 on EBIT remains limited.

1 New lease accounting standard applicable as of January 1, 2019