Strong order book and increasing revenues in New Cavotec
On 5 March 2021, Cavotec communicated a decision to focus resources and make investments in the ports & maritime and industrial markets. As a consequence, a process was initiated to divest the Airports business. On February 22, 2022, we signed an agreement to divest 100% of our Airports business to US based investment company Fernweh Group. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2022. As a result of the sale, Airports is reported as a discontinued entity. The publication of this report was therefore postponed to today, 30 March, to make the necessary adaptations under IFRS to the annual accounts and the year-end report.
OCTOBER–DECEMBER 2021 NEW CAVOTEC
OCTOBER–DECEMBER 2021 TOTAL (INCL. DISCONTINUED)
JANUARY–DECEMBER 2021 NEW CAVOTEC
JANUARY– DECEMBER 2021 TOTAL (INCL. DISCONTINUED)
Key events during the quarter
Comment from the CEO
Sale of Airports lays foundation for full focus on New Cavotec
It has been almost a year since we launched our strategy to focus on cleantech for ports and industrial applications and to divest the airports business. We have since seen continued increase in demand for our sustainability solutions in what we call New Cavotec, i.e., excluding Airports.
In the fourth quarter, New Cavotec’s order backlog increased 6.5% compared to the previous quarter and 71.2% compared to a year ago to EUR 98.9 million. We especially saw continued strong growth in orders for on-ship Shore Power for both new vessels and for retrofits. We also saw an increase in orders for Motorized Reels, including two key orders for reel electrification systems for container cranes at major ports in China and the US from leading crane manufacturer ZPMC. Furthermore, Industry showed a strong increase in the order backlog, driven by an increase in orders from heavy equipment OEMs. It is truly encouraging to see the continued increase in demand for our cleantech solutions and the effects of our new strategy.
Revenues increased 5.4% to EUR 31.4 million in the fourth quarter, which is a reflection of the strong orderbook in previous quarters and it was also rewarding to see that services share of revenues in New Cavotec increased to 23.9%, in line with our strategy. During the quarter we continued to make investments in sales, marketing, engineering, and technology to meet future demand. Adjusted for those growth investments we recorded a break even EBIT for the quarter.
Looking at the whole of 2021, while order intake has been the highlight of our performance, the majority of revenue from the maritime orders will not materialize until 2022 and onwards since the planning cycle in the industry is long. As a result, annual revenue was flat compared to the previous year at EUR 115 million. Adjusted for growth investments we recorded an EBIT for the year of EUR 6.4 million, corresponding to a margin of 5.5%.
On February 22, 2022, we signed an agreement to divest 100% of our Airports business to US based investment company Fernweh Group. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2022. As a result of the spin off, a non-cash impairment charge of EUR 32.8 M was taken. Although it is bittersweet to see our Airports colleagues leave, we believe that they, as well as customers and partners, will substantially benefit from the focus that the new owners will bring.
The sale of our Airports business is an important step to allow us to fully focus on New Cavotec, which accounted for 75 per cent of our revenues in 2021 and operates in the fast growing ports & maritime and heavy duty industrial applications markets with products such as shore power, automated mooring, reels, electrical charging systems as well as a wide service portfolio.
We are well positioned to create unmatched environmental and financial benefits for our customers through our technology solutions. 2021 has been a year of confirmation for this strategy and the growing demand for our solutions is a strong sign of our expectations for the future of Cavotec.
On 28 January 2022, I informed the Board of Directors that I have decided to leave my position as Group CEO of Cavotec later in the year when a successor has been identified. After having been based in Switzerland for the last five years my family have a desire to return home to the US. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to lead the transformation of Cavotec from a traditional product manufacturing company to a focused cleantech solution provider. As this journey is almost complete, it is the right time to hand over to someone else to continue developing this great company.
As I write this, the unjust war in Ukraine rages on with unfathomable suffering for the brave people of that country. As a company we have limited exposure to Russia and thus see little impact on our 2022 financial performance.
Due to the lockdown of Shanghai to contain surging COVID-19 cases in the latter part of March, Cavotec’s production facility there has not been able to deliver and invoice a substantial part of booked orders at the end of the first quarter. The impact is temporary, and deliveries are not cancelled but will resume as soon as the situation is normalized. Nevertheless, we have initiated a discussion with our banks in the event we are not be able to meet all the conditions of our existing bank agreement in the quarter, due to our inability to deliver and invoice according to plan.
Lugano, 30 March 2022
Chief Executive Officer
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