Mersen: Excellent performance in H1 2022
- Record half-year sales of €524 million, up 11.1% on an organic basis vs. H1 2021
- Significant volume growth and strong pricing power
- Operating margin before non-recurring items up 90 basis points to 10.5% of sales
- Net income up 41% vs. H1 2021
- Net debt/EBITDA ratio maintained at a solid 1.53
- Confirmation of raised guidance for full-year 2022:
- organic growth of between 8% and 10%
- operating margin before non-recurring items of around 10.5% of sales
- EBITDA margin growth of around 50 basis points
- capital expenditure of between €85 million and €90 million
Paris, July 28, 2022 – Mersen (Euronext FR0000039620 – MRN), a global expert in electrical power and advanced materials, today released its sales figures for the second quarter of 2022 and interim results for the period ended June 30, 2022.
Luc Themelin, Mersen’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Mersen delivered an excellent performance in the first half of the year, achieving record sales in particular. This is a success for all of our employees. The Group benefited from its positioning in renewable energy markets and the dynamic process industries in North America and Europe, which largely drove up volumes. Combined with our pricing power in an inflationary context, this momentum fueled a sharp increase in operating margin before non-recurring items. Despite the complex and uncertain environment, demand is still high and we are continuing to show agility in leveraging our unique positions to best serve our customers. This enabled us to raise our targets for full-year 2022 sales and operating margin before non-recurring items on July 20, and we are confirming that guidance today.”
Key first-half figures
|In millions of euros||H1 2022||H1 2021|
|Operating incone before non-recurring items||55.0||34.7|
|Operating margin before non-recurring items||10.5%||8.1%|
|Net financial debt/EBITDA ratio||1.5||2.0|
Second-quarter 2022 sales
Mersen reported consolidated sales of €269 million for the second quarter of 2022, up by a sharp 10% at constant scope and exchange rates compared with the same period in 2021. Taking into account the favorable currency effect, sales grew by more than 16%.
|In millions of euros||Q2 2022||Q2 2021||Organic
|Rest of the world||9.4||8.9||-4.2%||10.1%||5.5%|
Europe recorded sales growth of almost 9% in the second quarter, driven by strong momentum in the renewable energy market and process industries.
Sales in Asia grew by over 6% despite the negative impact of the partial lockdown in China during the period. Growth was particularly robust in Japan and South Korea, thanks to process industries and energy storage.
In North America, strong growth was fueled by the buoyant electrical distribution and electronics markets. The rail and aeronautics markets also posted growth.
Lastly, the contraction in sales in the Rest of the World was mainly due to a base effect, as the Group benefited from important deliveries of heat exchangers for the chemicals industry in South America in June 2021.
First-half 2022 sales
Mersen’s consolidated sales amounted to €524 million for the first six months of 2022 – the highest level ever achieved in the period. They were up 11.1% on an organic basis compared with first-half 2021. Taking into account the favorable currency effect, sales grew by 16.3%.
|In millions of euros||H1 2022||H1 2021||Organic
|Rest of the world||18.1||16.1||4.0%||7.9%||12.1%|
Performance by segment
Advanced Materials sales totaled €292 million in the first half of 2022, representing organic growth of 12.5%. Growth was particularly robust in the renewable energy markets – in particular solar energy - and in process industries. The semiconductor market posted more moderate growth due to an especially high comparable base, but a healthy order backlog confirms the sector’s good outlook. The rail and aeronautics markets continued their recovery. The chemicals market was flat overall year on year but enjoyed an uptick in order intake toward the end of the period.
In the Electrical Power segment, first-half sales totaled €232 million, up by more than 9% year on year on an organic basis. Like Advanced Materials, the Electrical Power segment benefited from a highly dynamic renewable energy market. The process industries market also delivered solid growth, propelled by electrical distribution in the United States. The transportation market, meanwhile, benefited from a recovery in aeronautics.
Performance by region
In Europe, growth was robust in both segments in the process industry and electronics markets, with Spain, Italy and Germany performing the most strongly.
Momentum was brisk all across Asia, with the exception of China due to the partial lockdown in the second quarter. Excluding China, the region grew by double digits thanks to the renewable energy and semiconductors markets.
Lastly, growth in North America continued to be strong, with particularly good performances in process industries and renewable energies.
EBITDA and operating income before non-recurring items
Group operating income before non-recurring items came to €55.0 million in first-half 2022, resulting in an operating margin before non-recurring items of 10.5% of sales, up 90 basis points on first-half 2021.
The year-on-year increase was to a large extent due to the effect of higher volumes. The Group’s pricing power in the period also enabled it to offset the higher cost of raw materials and energy, while productivity gains partly offset wage inflation.
EBITDA amounted to €86.9 million, representing 16.6% of sales versus 15.7% in first-half 2021.
Advanced Materials segment
Operating income before non-recurring items for the Advanced Materials segment was €44.1 million, resulting in an operating margin before non-recurring items of 15.1% of sales compared with 13.6% for the same period in 2021. The year-on-year increase was mainly attributable to a favorable volume effect, higher selling prices that offset the rising cost of raw materials, energy and wages. In addition, the segment’s earnings include the production start-up costs at the Columbia site (United States), as well as R&D costs linked to the project with Soitec (SiC semiconductors).
EBITDA for the segment was €66.1 million and represented 22.6% of sales versus 21.1% in the first six months of 2021.
Electrical Power segment
In the Electrical Power segment, operating income before non-recurring items came to €21.2 million, compared with €18.9 million for the first half of 2021. This represents an operating margin before non-recurring items of 9.1% of sales. The segment benefited from a favorable volume effect in the period. Rising raw material costs and wages were partly offset by higher selling prices. The segment also continued to build up its dedicated team for the electric vehicle market over the period.
EBITDA for the segment was €30.4 million, representing 13.1% of sales versus 13.4% in the prior-year period.
Net income rose by 41% year on year to €38.2 million in the first half of 2022, from €27.1 million in first-half 2021.
Net financial expense came to €5.3 million for the period, down slightly from the prior year thanks primarily to the competitive financial conditions of the most recent US private placement (USPP).
Income tax expense amounted to €10.8 million for the period, representing an effective tax rate of 22%.
Working capital requirement increased sharply in the first half of the year, due to the unfavorable seasonal effect in the period, the payment of large bonuses for 2021, and the strong growth in sales. The significant rise in inventories was also linked to ongoing industrial projects, in particular the production start-up at the Columbia site (United States), as well as efforts to secure raw material supplies against a backdrop of greater supply chain pressure for certain product lines. The WCR ratio stood at 25% of sales, up significantly from the particularly low level recorded at June 30, 2021. As a result, cash flow from operating activities came to €5.3 million for the period, versus €46.2 million in first-half 2021.
Capital expenditure amounted to €33.5 million. Over 75% of this total related to the Advanced Materials segment, notably specific expansion projects launched by the Group, such as the increase in isostatic graphite production capacity at the Columbia site (United States) and capacity for the semiconductor market in all geographies.
Debt and financial structure
At June 30, 2022, the Group’s net debt stood at €241 million, significantly higher than at end-December 2021. On the other hand, net pension obligations, at €35 million, were down by a sharp €14 million due to higher long-term interest rates. Lease liabilities amounted to €54 million.
The Group has a solid financial structure, with €165 million in undrawn credit facilities (including NEU CP hedging) and €60 million in available cash at end-June 2022. The average maturity of the Group’s financing is 5.5 years.
As announced in the press release dated July 20, 2022, the Group has revised its full-year 2022 guidance upwards and now expects:
- organic growth of between 8% and 10% (versus 3% and 6% previously);
- operating margin before non-recurring items of around 10.5% of sales (versus around 10% previously);
- EBITDA margin growth of around 50 basis points (versus +20-30 basis points previously);
- capital expenditure of between €85 million and €90 million (versus €80 million and €85 million previously), to take account of the impact of exchange rates and inflation.
In the second half of the year, the Group will continue its policy of raising prices to cover the higher cost of energy and certain raw materials, in particular in the Advanced Materials segment.
These interim consolidated financial statements were approved for issue by the Board of Directors on July 28, 2022. The Group's results for first-half 2022 will be presented on July 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. CET in a webcast with a conference call (link here).
The half-year report and results presentation will be then available from the corporate website at https://www.mersen.com.
Third-quarter 2022 sales: October 26, 2022, after the markets close.
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