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29. May 2024

Novem Group S.A.: Preliminary results 2023/24 driven by weak market environment

Novem Group S.A. / Key word(s): Preliminary Results/Annual Results
Novem Group S.A.: Preliminary results 2023/24 driven by weak market environment

29.05.2024 / 09:00 CET/CEST
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Novem Group S.A.: Preliminary results 2023/24 driven by weak market environment

  • FY 2023/24 revenue of €635.5 million, -9.3% below FY 2022/23
  • Adj. EBIT1 of €69.1 million, -15.5% below PY
  • Solid order intake supporting medium-term guidance

Luxembourg, 29 May 2024 – Novem Group S.A. today published its preliminary results for its financial year 2023/24, including the figures for the fourth quarter. In the past 12 months, the Company generated a total revenue of €635.5 million, thus equalling a decline over prior year by -9.3%. Despite challenging market conditions, Novem reported a solid Adj. EBIT margin1 of 10.9% for the reporting year.

Contrary development across the regions in Q4 2023/24

While revenue Series of €129.4 million in Q4 2023/24 decreased by -20.4% due to a persistently soft market, revenue Tooling of €20.3 million rose by 74.4%. On a segmental basis, revenue decreased both in Europe and Asia, whereas Americas developed well in the last quarter of FY 2023/24. Revenue in Europe (€-16.7 million y/y) declined due to the underperformance of certain platforms and the structural weakness of electric vehicles. By contrast, revenue in Americas (€+5.8 million y/y) increased, largely attributable to Tooling business, while Series moved sideways. Lower revenue in Asia (€-13.4 million y/y) was impaired by several model changes and a weak launch of new programs.

In Q4 2023/24, the Adj. EBIT of €14.4 million recorded below previous year by €-6.7 million and resulted in a profit margin of 9.6% (PY: 12.2%). The operating result was again impacted by poor revenue development and thus a weak cost coverage. Initiatives to mitigate this included the restructuring activities of the plant in Vorbach (Germany) and the already closed Italian production facility, which should help to improve the utilisation in Europe further. Reduced input costs and customer compensation payments supported the operating result.

Excellent future prospects due to strong order intake

The medium-term guidance is supported by a substantial order intake, including the successful award of Tesla in Europe and Americas. Apart from the Model Y interior, the acquisition of the aluminium tailgate marks Novem’s entry into the premium exterior trim market and represents a strategic milestone.

Solid free cash flow

Novem generated a robust free cash flow1 of €24.2 million in Q4 2023/24 but fell short of previous year (€39.6 million). The decline was mainly attributable to lower cash flow from operating activities due to lower profit and higher taxes paid. For the whole financial year, Novem generated a free cash flow of €53.8 million, down versus prior year by -36.4% (PY: €84.5 million).

In the fourth quarter of 2023/24, capital expenditure1 of €3.5 million decreased (PY: €5.7 million). On a full-year basis, overall investments of €16.1 million led to a capex ratio of 2.5%.

Improved net leverage ratio

As of 31 March 2024, total working capital1 of €133.3 million was 7.5% higher than last year (€124.0 million). Compared to prior year, the deviation of €-9.3 million was mainly attributable to lower payables and higher tooling net.

At the end of financial year, gross financial debt1 of €306.4 million increased by €17.9 million (PY: €288.5 million). Net financial debt1 amounted to €164.9 million, representing a deterioration against previous year (€123.0 million). This led to a net leverage ratio1 of 1.6x Adj. EBITDA1, which came in at a higher level than last year (1.1x) but improved sequentially against the preceding quarter (1.7x).

An accompanying presentation on the preliminary FY 2023/24 results can be found on the Investor Relations website under Reports & Presentation. This press release contains unaudited financial information, which may be subject to change. The final figures and the Annual Report for the financial year 2023/24 will be published on 27 June 2024 on our Investor Relations website.

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1   For the definition/calculation of the used Alternative Performance Measures (APMs), please refer to the glossary provided in the corresponding presentation on the preliminary results of financial year 2023/24, which can be found on the Investor Relations website under Reports & Presentation.

About Novem

Luxembourg-headquartered Novem is a globally leading supplier of decorative interior trim parts for the premium automotive industry. Across the range of key materials such as genuine wood, aluminium, carbon and premium synthetics, the Company offers unrivalled quality, technology and innovation to a growing customer base including all major premium carmakers worldwide. Founded in Vorbach, Germany, back in 1947, the Company has continuously expanded its global footprint in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, China, USA, Honduras and Mexico. Novem employs about 5,500 people at 12 locations and achieved revenue of around €700 million in FY 2022/23.

For more information, please visit www.novem.com.

Contact Investor Relations Press Contact
Mareike Völker Isabel Henninger
Head of Investor Relations Phone: +49 69 506 037 583
Phone: +49 9205 18 1399 E-Mail: isabel.henninger@kekstcnc.com
E-Mail: investor.relations@novem.com  


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Language: English
Company: Novem Group S.A.
19, rue Edmond Reuter
L-5326 Contern
Luxemburg
ISIN: LU2356314745
WKN: A3CSWZ
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange; Luxembourg Stock Exchange
EQS News ID: 1912661

 
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