Landis+Gyr Announces First Half FY 2017 Financial Results

ZUG, Switzerland, Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Landis+Gyr (LAND.SW) today announced financial results for the first half of fiscal year 2017 (April 1 - September 30, 2017). Key performance highlights were:


-- Net revenue for the first half of FY 2017 increased to USD 865.6
million, up 9.9% (9.6% in constant currencies) compared to the first
half of FY 2016.
-- Adjusted EBITDA was USD 108.8 million, up 13.0% compared to the prior
year period
-- Free cash flow reached USD 20.6 million, up USD 42.0 million compared to
the prior year period.
-- Reported net income was USD 5.1 million, up USD 18.1 million compared to
the prior year period.
"Landis+Gyr's business results for the first half of the fiscal year demonstrate our ability to deliver top line growth and year over year improvement in our earnings," said Richard Mora, Landis+Gyr's CEO. "While pleased with the top line development, we still have work to do in translating sales expansion into more robust profit growth and executing on our margin improvement programs."

"We also notched some important business milestones during the six-month period, such as deploying the first operational SMETS2 meter in the U. K. In addition, we expanded our agreement with TEPCO to actively explore Internet of Things opportunities with our Gridstream solution in Tokyo, and had our smart meters selected by India's Tata Power as part of the first tranche of their smart grid deployment. I firmly believe Landis+Gyr is the best positioned player in the industry to benefit from the global adoption of smart grid products, solutions and technologies," Mora concluded.

Net Revenues, Order Intake and Order Backlog
Net revenues for the group reached USD 865.6 million compared to USD 787.5 million in the first half of FY 2017 and FY 2016 respectively. This 9.6% increase (in constant currency terms) was driven by growth in all three regions with AMI project sales in North America, increased sales to France, the Iberian Peninsula, and the UK in EMEA and Hong Kong project sales increases in AP driving the respective regional performance. Net revenue per segment was as follows (in USD millions, except where indicated):


Segment H1 FY 2017 H1 FY 2016 Percentage Percentage
Change change in constant
currencies
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Americas 475.2 449.5 5.7% 5.4%
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EMEA 320.7 274.9 16.7% 16.9%
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Asia Pacific 69.7 63.1 10.5% 8.6%
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Group 865.6 787.5 9.9% 9.6%
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Order intake for the first half of FY 2017 was USD 821.4 million, an increase of USD 184.3 million or 27.6% (in constant currency terms) from the same period in FY 2016. Committed backlog declined by 8.2% from first half of FY 2016 to USD 2'478.8 million, with the decline being primarily in the Americas region.

Adjusted Gross Profit
Adjusted Gross Profit for the reporting period was USD 304.4 million, a USD 7.0 million increase year over year from the USD 297.4 million delivered in the first half of FY 2016. The increase was primarily driven by performance in the Americas' region, which was partially offset by EMEA's result where margin improvements are expected to only start materializing in the second half of FY 2017. A reconciliation between Gross Profit and adjusted Gross Profit is attached to this press release and more details can be found in the Half Year Report.

The Adjusted Gross Profit by segment was as follows (in USD millions, except where indicated):


H1 FY 2017 H1 FY 2016

Segment H1 FY 2017 Percentage H1 FY 2016 Percentage
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Americas 208.5 43.9% 200.9 44.7%
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EMEA 79.8 24.9% 83. 0 30.2%
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Asia Pacific 15 21.5% 13.6 21.6%
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Eliminations 1.1 (0.10)
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Group 304.4 35.2% 297.4 37.8%
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Adjusted EBITDA
Landis+Gyr's first half FY 2017 Adjusted EBITDA was USD 108.8 million, an increase of USD 12.5 million compared to the first half of FY 2016 result of USD 96.3 million. This resulted from the increase to Adjusted Gross Profit of USD 7.0 million and a reduction to Adjusted Operating Expenses of USD 5.6 million attributable to the restructuring measures undertaken, primarily in EMEA (Project Phoenix).

The Adjusted EBITDA by segment was as follows (in USD millions, except where indicated):


Segment H1 FY 2017 H1 FY 2017 H1 FY 2016 H1 FY 2016
Percentage of Percentage of
net revenues net revenues
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Americas 105.9 22.3% 98.4 21.9%
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EMEA (1.6) (0.5%) (4.3) (1.6%)
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Asia Pacific (5.5) (7.9%) (6.5) (10.3%)
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Corporate 10.0 N/A 8.7 N/A
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Group 108.8 12.6% 96.3 12.2%
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The adjustments made to bridge between the EBITDA reported per our financial statements and Adjusted EBITDA are as follows (in USD millions):


H1 FY 2017 H1 FY 2016
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Adjusted EBITDA 108.8 96.3

Adjustments
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Restructuring Charges (8.1) (1.2)
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Exceptional Warranty Expenses (2.4) (1.4)
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Normalized Warranty Expenses (30.3) (4.3)
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Special Items (24.8) (22.3)
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EBITDA 43.1 67.1
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Restructuring charges relate to measures taken in EMEA (Project Phoenix). Exceptional warranty expenses are in respect of the X2 capacitor warranty issue and, in keeping with the practice adopted as part of the IPO, are added back entirely. The normalized warranty expense adjustment for the first half FY2017 represents the excess of provisions made over the average annual actual warranty utilization for the last 3 years and mainly reflects additional provisions made in the Americas' segment in connection with legacy component issues. Special Items for the first half FY 2017 are primarily IPO related expenses of USD 24.2 million, of which USD 9.8 million was funded by the selling shareholders. A more detailed break-down of the adjustments can be found in the Half Year Report 2017.

Net income and EPS
Reported net income for the FY 2017 first half was USD 5.1 million, or USD 0.17 per share. This compares to the first half FY 2016 result of a net loss of 13.0 million, a loss of USD 0.44 per share.

Cash Flow and Net debt
Cash flow provided by operating activities in the first half of FY2017 was USD 39.1 million, an increase of USD 41.5 million compared to the same period in FY 2016. Free cash flow, defined as cash flow provided by operating activities (including changes in net working capital) minus cash flow used in investing activities (capital expenditure on tangible and intangible assets), reached USD 20.6 million in the first half of FY 2017, an increase of USD 42.0 million from the first half of FY 2016.

Net debt was USD 107.3 million and USD 229.1 million at September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, a decline of USD 121.8 million. The decline was mainly attributable to continued strong cash generation through our trading results.

Outlook
Landis+Gyr's IPO guidance for FY 2017 Adjusted EBITDA is confirmed, which is for flat year over year performance on a USD basis, at approximately USD 212 million. FY 2017 net revenues and free cash flow are expected slightly higher than guidance provided during the IPO, which was for FY 2017 net revenues to increase 3% year over year and free cash flow to be between USD 60 - 70 million. The FY 2017 dividend, to be paid out of capital reserves in 2018, will be the Swiss franc equivalent of at least USD 70 million.

IPO guidance through FY 2020 is also confirmed. Compared to FY 2016, net revenues are expected to grow annually on average by a high single digit percentage, Adjusted EBITDA margin to expand by 100 - 150 basis points, free cash flow to be well above USD 100 million per year and a dividend each fiscal year of at least 75% of free cash flow.

Recent Corporate Developments


-- On September 4, Landis+Gyr announced that Tata Power Delhi Distribution
Ltd (Tata Power-DDL) selected 200'000 single phase and three phase smart
meters from the Group for the first tranche of their project, following
up on the contract for India's first Advanced Metering Infrastructure
(AMI) with Radio Frequency (RF) Canopy, comprising 500'000 endpoints,
which Tata Power-DDL awarded to Landis+Gyr earlier this year.
-- On September 7, Landis+Gyr announced the signing of an agreement with
TEPCO to explore future projects utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT)
capabilities of Landis+Gyr's intelligent grid network. The Agreement
supports TEPCO's goals for delivering consumer services that promote
energy efficiency and establishing a new energy business model and
reinforces the strong working relationship between Landis+Gyr and TEPCO.
-- On October 20, Landis+Gyr announced the deployment of the U. K.'s first
SMETS2 meter ("Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 2").
Building on the Group's longstanding presence in the UK metering market,
Landis+Gyr has worked with British Gas to launch the first of a new
standard in smart technology.
Half Year Report 2017
Landis+Gyr Group AG Half Year Report 2017 was published today and can be downloaded at https://www.landisgyr.com/investors. [http://www.landisgyr.com/investors]

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6'000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at www.landisgyr.com. [http://www.landisgyr.com/]

Forward-looking Statements
Forward-looking statements contained herein, including in the sub-heading "Outlook", are qualified in their entirety as there are certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" and similar expressions) should be considered to be forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future and may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Landis+Gyr to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Landis+Gyr's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions, currency fluctuations, the behavior of other market participants, the performance, security and reliability of Landis+Gyr's information technology systems, political, economic and regulatory changes in the countries in which Landis+Gyr operates or in economic or technological trends or conditions. As a result, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

Except as otherwise required by law, Landis+Gyr disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this report.

CONTACT: Contact Addresses: Group Communications and Investor Relations, Stan.March@landisgyr.com; Investor Relations, Michael Düringer, c/o IRF Communications AG, +41 43 244 8142, Michael.Dueringer@irfcom.ch; Landis+Gyr Group AG, Theilerstrasse 1, CH-6301 Zug, +41 41 935 6000, ir@landisgyr.com, www.landisgyr.com/investors

Web site: http://www.landisgyr.com/

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