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09.06.2021 – 08:00

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Heidelberg expecting profitable growth in FY 2021/2022 and subsequent years

Heidelberg, Germany (ots/PRNewswire)

- Marked rise in demand and successful transformation program inspire confidence

- Growth and increase in value for packaging printing, digital business models, business in China, and new technologies (such as wallboxes)

- Outlook for FY 2021/2022 predicts rise in sales to at least EUR 2 billion, increase in EBITDA margin from 5 percent to between 6 and 7 percent, and slightly positive net result after taxes

- Break-even threshold set to decrease to around EUR 1.9 billion in FY 2022/2023, offering significant potential for result and free cash flow

Given an improving order situation and the increasingly positive impact of the Group's extensive transformation, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is confident of returning to profitable growth in financial year 2021/2022 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022). Despite the continuing uncertainties regarding the duration and scope of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in financial year 2021/2022, the company is therefore expecting sales to climb from EUR 1,913 million to at least EUR 2 billion.

"The comprehensive transformation Heidelberg initiated before the coronavirus pandemic hit has made the company leaner and more efficient. Given that demand is now also definitely picking up again in most key sales regions, we're expecting to achieve a far better operating margin this year, including a slightly positive net result after taxes. The considerable growth potential offered by packaging printing, digital business models, business in China, and new technologies such as wallboxes is also making us confident about the years ahead," comments Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

The company predicts that profitability will grow even more strongly than sales. For example, the expected increase in sales, the lower cost base, and the fact that significant restructuring costs of some 5.0 percent (including restructuring result) will no longer need to be met means the EBITDA margin is set to increase to between 6 and 7 percent. After two years of losses, a positive net result after taxes is also likely to be achieved thanks to a sustained improvement in the financial result.

Focus on profitable core business and expansion of growth areas

With solid economic development, this profitable upward trend looks set to continue in subsequent years, too. This is down to the company's successful implementation of realignment measures, the focus on its profitable core business, and the expansion of growth areas. Cost savings totaling EUR 170 million are expected to have taken full effect in financial year 2022/2023 and the Group's operating break-even point is likely to have decreased to around EUR 1.9 billion. Heidelberg sees considerable potential for sustained growth and increases in value in the future - above all for packaging printing, digital business models, business in China, and new technology applications. Heidelberg Wallbox sales, for instance, have helped more than double overall e-mobility revenue to over EUR 20 million and the company is working on a further massive expansion of its capacities in order to meet dynamic growth in demand. Despite the sums being invested in this expansion, its e-mobility business is already turning a profit.

"We're delighted that all our efforts during the crisis in financial year 2020/2021 are now bearing fruit. Heidelberg is back on a solid financial footing, is fully focused, has become far more efficient, and is benefiting from excellent growth potential in various regions and areas of business," emphasizes CFO Marcus A. Wassenberg.

FY 2020/2021 highlights include much improved profitability

Thanks to a strong final quarter, Heidelberg generated sales of some EUR 1,913 million in financial year 2020/2021, which was slightly above the range of EUR 1.85 billion to EUR 1.90 billion that had been adjusted in the third quarter of financial year 2020/2021. As already announced, the pandemic has resulted in the company failing by some margin to match the previous year's figure (EUR 2,349 million). Due to an uptick in demand - in particular in China, parts of Europe, and in the final quarter in the United States as well - incoming orders increased to around EUR 2 billion at the end of the financial year. In the fourth quarter alone, incoming orders improved very significantly, from EUR 462 million in the same quarter of the previous year to EUR 579 million. This increased the order backlog to EUR 636 million, which creates a good basis for the new financial year.

Thanks to the positive impact of the transformation program, EBITDA excluding restructuring result in financial year 2020/2021 stood at EUR 146 million, a clear improvement on the previous year (EUR 102 million). At 7.6 percent, the EBITDA margin excluding restructuring result exceeded the company's own forecast of around 7 percent and the previous year's figure of 4.3 percent, even though the expected proceeds from the sale of land at the Wiesloch site will not be recorded until the new financial year. EBIT excluding restructuring result rose from EUR 6 million to EUR 69 million. The costs associated with transformation measures led to a restructuring result of EUR -51 million (previous year: EUR -275 million). The financial result also improved by EUR 11 million to EUR -41 million. Consequently, the previous year's massively negative net result after taxes of EUR -343 million as a result of restructuring improved to EUR -43 million.

Clearly positive free cash flow of EUR 40 million exceeds expectations

The conversion of securities into cash - together with inflows from the comprehensive portfolio measures and significant improvements in net working capital - helped achieve a free cash flow result of EUR +40 million in the period under review. A positive figure of EUR 50 million was recorded in the fourth quarter. The previous year's free cash flow (EUR 225 million) was boosted by a one-time inflow of funds amounting to EUR 324 million from the return of trust assets. At the end of the year under review, the net financial debt remained low at EUR 67 million (previous year: EUR 43 million). As a result, leverage (the ratio of net financial debt to EBITDA excluding restructuring result) changed only slightly, from 0.4 to a very solid 0.5. The equity ratio fell to 5.0 percent, in particular due to the further marked reduction in the actuarial interest rate for the valuation of pension obligations in Germany, but this was significantly up on the figure of just 2.6 percent after the third quarter. The equity ratio for the parent company, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, remains at a solid level of around 28 percent.

The financial statements and Annual Report for financial year 2020/2021, image material, and additional information about the company are available in the Investor Relations and Press Lounge of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG at www.heidelberg.com.

Heidelberg IR also on Twitter:

Link to the IR Twitter channel: https://twitter.com/Heidelberg_IR

On Twitter under the name: @Heidelberg_IR

Further information:

Corporate Communications

Thomas Fichtl
Phone: +49 6222 82-67123
Fax: +49 6222 82-67129
E-mail: Thomas.Fichtl@heidelberg.com

Investor Relations

Robin Karpp 
Phone: +49 6222 82-67120 
Fax: +49 6222 82-99 67120 
E-mail: robin.karpp@heidelberg.com

Important note:

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimations by the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft. Even though the Management Board is of the opinion that those assumptions and estimations are realistic, the actual future development and results may deviate substantially from these forward-looking statements due to various factors, such as changes in the macro-economic situation, in the exchange rates, in the interest rates, and in the print media industry. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft gives no warranty and does not assume liability for any damages in case the future development and the projected results do not correspond with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

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