09.03.2023 ecotel communication ag  DE0005854343

EQS-News: ecotel communication ag: An extraordinary financial year 2022


 

EQS-News: ecotel communication ag / Key word(s): Annual Report
ecotel communication ag: An extraordinary financial year 2022

09.03.2023 / 08:00 CET/CEST
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  • Revenue: EUR 93.3 million
  • EBITDA: EUR 77.1 million / adjusted EBITDA: EUR 9.1 million
  • Consolidated net income: EUR 67.5 million / earnings per share: EUR 19.24
  • Planned dividend payment: EUR 18.82
  • Targeted investments in further growth

 

Düsseldorf, March 9, 2023

Financial year 2022 was extraordinarily successful for ecotel communication ag. The business operations have withstood the geopolitical uncertainties, and the new focus on cloud and fiber is well received.

In addition to the operating business, financial year 2022 was influenced by the following special effects: Due to sale of the holding in the easybell Group and the transfer of usage rights to Internet resources the ecotel Group achieved one-time income totaling EUR 68.3 million before taxes. Unforeseeable high expenses for energy in the months from May to September 2022 had a negative effect of EUR 0.3 million on earnings. Towards the end of the financial year and at the start of 2023, expenses for energy are once again at the level originally forecasted by ecotel for financial year 2022.

Altogether, ecotel closed the exceptional financial year 2022 with EBITDA (including special effects) of EUR 77.1 million, which resulted in consolidated net income of EUR 67.5 million or earnings per share of EUR 19.24.

Excluding these effects the financial year can be summarized as follows:

Revenue increased by 32 % to EUR 93.3 million (PY: EUR 70.9 million), primarily due to higher revenue in the ecotel Wholesale segment (EUR 46.5 million; PY: EUR 22.4 million).

Revenue in the core segment ecotel Business Customers segment fell slightly short of the original forecast, totaling EUR 45.6 million (PY: EUR 46.3 million). The Ukraine conflict and the related macroeconomic uncertainty has led to significant restraint among decision-makers regarding large-scale projects. As of the end of 2022, however, the segment was able to acquire significant project orders, which will have a delayed positive effect on revenue in 2023.

Despite higher expenses for energy, the ecotel Group achieved a slight increase in gross profit of EUR 0.1 million to EUR 31.2 million. The ecotel Business Customers segment contributed EUR 0.6 million to this increase in gross profit.

Considering the growth of gross profit, the higher personnel expenses (+ EUR 0.4 million) – essentially due to salary increases and payments to compensate inflation – as well as a higher balance from operating expenses and income (+ EUR 0.3 million) resulted in adjusted EBITDA of EUR 9.1 million (PY: EUR 9.7 million).

After deduction of declining scheduled depreciation and amortization totaling EUR 5.7 million PY: EUR 6.3 million), the ecotel Group achieved EBIT of EUR 3.4 million, which is commensurate with the previous year’s level. Including revenue from discontinued operations, the financial result, and after deduction of the minorities, the consolidated net income totals EUR 67.5 million, adjusted by special effects – EUR 4.9 million (PY: EUR 4.8 million). The Management Board and Supervisory Board will recommend to the Annual General meeting on April 21, 2023, in addition to an ordinary dividend of EUR 0.82, a special dividend of EUR 18.00. and hence a total dividend of EUR 18.82 per dividend-bearing share.

Also taking into account this high dividend, ecotel is in an outstanding starting position to invest in growth. The German telecommunications market is dominated by the two trends of cloud telephony and broadband expansion. For these two growth sectors, ecotel is ideally positioned with its own cloud.phone product group, as well as multi-carrier based Ethernet products, and therefore is decidedly focused on »cloud« and »fiber«. Due to delays in the expansion of fiber technology, the cloud telephony market in Germany is currently not quite keeping pace with the international development. These two growth sectors are therefore interconnected and present an excellent opportunity for ecotel to offer both services to existing and new customers.

The Management Board and Supervisory Board are convinced that ecotel’s strategic positioning offers good opportunities to grow faster than the market in the coming years. Against this backdrop, the company is pursuing the goal of driving growth not only with the existing organization and existing resources, but also through targeted investments, above all in sales and sales-promoting resources, as well as the development of new sales channels.

The Management Board expects these investments to pay off as early as 2024 and 2025 as disproportionate sales growth and sustainable earnings increases.
 

(in EUR million) 2021* 2022** 2023 forecast
Group Sales 70.9 93.3 95 - 100
of which ecotel Business Customers segment 46.3 45.6 46 – 48
Gross profit 31.1 31.2 31 - 33
of which ecotel Business Customers segment 28.5 29.1  
EBITDA 9.7 77.1  
Adjusted/operating EBITDA 9.7 9.1 9 – 10
of which ecotel Business Customers segment 8.6 8.3 > 8.5
Consolidated net income 4.8 67.5 > 4
Earnings per share (in EUR) 1.36 19.24  
Free cash flow 10.5 76.6  
Net financial assets 9.6 66.9  
Equity ratio (in %) 47.6 75.9  

* Prior-year figures adjusted as the easybell segment was classified as discontinued operation and was sold on November 17, 2022.

** EBIT before scheduled and unscheduled depreciation and amortization and including the deconsolidation result from the sale of the easybell segment (EUR 53.4 million)

 

Due to the large number of one-time effects on the one hand, and to ensure comparability and transparency on the other hand, ecotel will report operating EBITDA in the future. The following headlines are subject to adjustment effects:

  • Income and expenses from changes in the investment portfolio and directly related transaction costs (including deconsolidation result, effects from purchase price allocation, expenses for due diligence, legal advice, notarization)
  • Unplanned income from the transfer of rights to Internet resources (including purchase price, exchange rate effects, performance commissions, transaction costs)
  • Expenses for non-cash valuation effects (e.g. stock option plans)
  • One-time expenses for reorganization and restructuring measures
  • Other income and expenses that were unforeseeable in nature and/or amount, limit the comparability of operating activities and cannot be directly influenced by management (e.g. unforeseeable temporary fluctuations in energy prices, or unforeseen retrospective price adjustments of wholesale products due to decisions of regulatory authorities or courts)

 

About ecotel communication ag:

The ecotel Group (hereinafter »ecotel«) has been operating nationwide since 1998 and is established as one of Germany’s leading providers of high-quality business solutions. With the focus on »Cloud & Fiber« in 2022, ecotel supplies the two most important growth areas of the German telecommunications market.

The parent company is ecotel communication ag with headquarters in Düsseldorf. Including its subsidiary, ecotel has a total of about 225 employees. Currently, ecotel provides full cloud and broadband services to more than 15,000 customers throughout Germany.

 

Note:

This publication is not an offer for the sale nor an invitation for the purchase or subscription of securities. This publication is not a securities brochure. This publication and the information contained therein are not intended for direct or indirect dissemination to or within the United States of America, Canada, Australia or Japan.

 

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E-mail: [email protected]

 

For more information, please visit us at www.ecotel.de

 



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Language: English
Company: ecotel communication ag
Prinzenallee 11
40549 Düsseldorf
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)211 55 00 70
Fax: +49 (0)211 55 00 7 222
E-mail: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.ecotel.de
ISIN: DE0005854343
WKN: 585434
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1578041

 
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Die wichtigsten Finanzdaten auf einen Blick
  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023e
Umsatzerlöse1 120,62 98,86 82,75 98,30 95,87 93,33 106,29
EBITDA1,2 6,86 7,44 8,71 11,56 18,12 77,10 12,45
EBITDA-Marge3 5,69 7,53 10,53 11,76 18,90 82,61
EBIT1,4 2,21 2,15 1,48 4,02 10,63 17,93 7,67
EBIT-Marge5 1,83 2,17 1,79 4,09 11,09 19,21 7,22
Jahresüberschuss1 1,36 1,39 0,89 2,63 7,27 70,15 7,43
Netto-Marge6 1,13 1,41 1,08 2,68 7,58 75,16 6,99
Cashflow1,7 4,23 6,67 9,96 10,26 15,43 28,49 6,10
Ergebnis je Aktie8 0,13 0,13 -0,05 0,28 1,36 17,51 1,93
Dividende8 0,13 0,13 0,00 0,14 2,25 18,82 0,23
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1 in Mio. Euro; 2 EBITDA = Ergebnis vor Zinsen, Steuern und Abschreibungen; 3 EBITDA in Relation zum Umsatz; 4 EBIT = Ergebnis vor Zinsen und Steuern; 5 EBIT in Relation zum Umsatz; 6 Jahresüberschuss (-fehlbetrag) in Relation zum Umsatz; 7 Cashflow aus der gewöhnlichen Geschäftstätigkeit; 8 in Euro; Quelle: boersengefluester.de

Wirtschaftsprüfer: RSM Ebner Stolz

INVESTOR-INFORMATIONEN
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Ecotel
WKN Kurs in € Einschätzung Börsenwert in Mio. €
585434 14,550 Halten 51,07
KGV 2025e KGV 10Y-Ø BGFL-Ratio Shiller-KGV
15,48 20,85 0,74 14,65
KBV KCV KUV EV/EBITDA
2,31 8,37 0,48 3,81
Dividende '22 in € Dividende '23e in € Div.-Rendite '23e
in %
Hauptversammlung
18,82 0,47 3,23 28.06.2024
Q1-Zahlen Q2-Zahlen Q3-Zahlen Bilanz-PK
08.05.2024 12.08.2024 06.11.204 14.03.2024
Abstand 60Tage-Linie Abstand 200Tage-Linie Performance YtD Performance 52 Wochen
-10,70% -13,67% -15,65% -70,90%
    
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