Resilient profitability and record cashflow despite lower revenue
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2020
Comment from the CEO
Optimism in the face of adversity
The second wave of Covid-19 in the fourth quarter and partial lock downs continued to delay decision making and projects in our markets. Despite this revenue and EBIT improved slightly versus the third quarter 2020, while the operating cash flow was considerably stronger.
The measures we implemented early on in the year to control our costs has continued to help us mitigate the most severe effects and remain profitable during the pandemic despite lower revenue levels.
Compared with the same period 2019 revenues decreased 15.7% to EUR 40.3 million (47.8) and adjusted EBIT decreased to EUR 1.0 million (5.6), corresponding to a margin of 2.5%.
The operating cash flow amounted to EUR 9.6 million (9.0), a great achievement in the midst of a global pandemic.
The order backlog decreased 7.2% compared to the previous quarter to EUR 85.0 million. The general uncertainty impacted customer decision making, with delays to orders and approval of new investments taking longer than normal.
Despite the depressed business climate at the end of the year, we continue to be optimistic about the future. We remain more committed than ever to developing solutions that contribute to improvements in efficiency and productivity while at the same time reducing environmental impact. We actually see the pandemic making key trends of efficiency, safety and sustainability, that our solutions address, more relevant than ever.
Underpinning our optimism are some of the orders we won in the quarter that reinforces our leading position in the growing market for profitable sustainability solutions for the maritime sector.
We won automated mooring and automated e-charging systems for the world’s first fleet of zero-emission, autonomous, battery powered ships in Norway.
We were further encouraged by receiving two orders in quick succession for our next generation mooring system, MoorMaster™ NxG soon after the global launch in October. This is a testament to how MoorMaster™ can revolutionise the way ships enter and leave ports, mooring in as little as 30 seconds to drastically reduce docking times. This leads to increased loading/offloading productivity in the port where, from an environmental perspective, it results in an hour less of heavy diesel emissions for every ship, every mooring sequence and a greener, cleaner world.
Our optimistic view of the future also meant that we, despite the headwinds, increased our investments in developing our technology and products.
In October we announced that we will open a new innovation center in the Netherlands at the beginning of 2021 focusing on profitable sustainability solutions for the maritime sector. This will allow us to bring together our capabilities within areas such as artificial intelligence, remote connectivity, high power, high speed electrical charging and battery technology.
Although we have seen market challenges affecting revenue in the short term, we will continue to invest in our market position to be prepared for the expected recovery and growth in our markets. We are well positioned to fully leverage on the expected increase in demand as soon as the world returns to a more normal situation.
Lugano, 26 February 2021
Chief Executive Officer
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