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Kortrijk, Belgium, 9 February 2023, 7:30 am – Today Barco (Euronext: BAR; Reuters: BARBt.BR; Bloomberg: BAR BB) announced results for the six- and twelve-month periods ended 31 December 2022.
Financial highlights fiscal year 2022
Group topline – strong sales and order growth across all divisions
Order intake for 2022 was 1,058.4 million euro, 8% more than in 2021. This result was driven by a solid recovery of demand across all divisions.
Sales for the year increased 32% to 1,058.3 million euro, close to the pre-pandemic level in 2019. Excluding China, all regions posted sales back at the levels of 2019. We expect the Chinese activity to pick up from the second quarter of 2023 onwards.
Year-over-year, all divisions delivered double-digit sales growth. The steady improvement in the supply chain over the second half of 2022 allowed for faster delivery of the existing orderbook, which was still at a record-high year-end position. The order book at the end of December 2022 stood at 496.5 million euro, which is more than 50% above the level at year-end 2019.
Division topline – confirmed rebound in all divisions and business units
In Healthcare, order intake remained strong throughout 2022. This reflects the resumption of demand in both the Diagnostic Imaging and Surgical & Modality market segments, in all regions, including China. The Diagnostic Imaging business unit benefited from further customer investments in replacement displays for radiology and from the resumption of mammography display sales which have been softer during the pandemic. The Surgical & Modality business unit generated particularly strong growth in the Americas and in China, driven by large modality projects and digital operating rooms.
Enterprise saw continued recovery from the pandemic with significant sales growth in both segments. Meeting Experience sales accelerated in all regions, starting in EMEA, followed by Americas and Asia. This growth was supported by the return-to-the-office wave, the increasing trend towards video-enabled hybrid meetings and the growing recognition of ClickShare’s Bring Your Own Meeting value proposition. Large Video Walls realized double-digit sales growth in all regions, fueled by deployments of control rooms.
The Entertainment division produced encouraging results in 2022. During the first half of the year, the division dealt with component shortages. From mid-year onwards, the situation improved steadily, allowing for a ramp up of deliveries on the high order book. While 2022 Cinema sales have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, Cinema ended the year with an order book that was twice as high as year-end 2019. For Cinema, solid demand for Barco’s all-laser portfolio led to growth in all regions except Asia, where the lockdowns in China impacted the business. The Immersive Experience topline reached an all-time high, with a particularly strong uptake in the fixed install business that reflected greater demand from museums, projection mapping and theme parks.
Profitability & free cash flow – significant EBITDA margin improvement
The gross profit margin improved quarter-over-quarter throughout 2022 to an average level of 39.0%, up 3.3 ppts year-over-year. This rebound in gross profit margin back nearly to 2019 is attributable to gross profit actions, a more favorable product mix most outspoken in the Enterprise division and a less constrained supply chain during the second half of the year.
The EBITDA margin reached 12.0% for the full year, up 4.7 ppts versus last year. Both gross margin recovery and operating leverage on the topline growth contributed to this result. As the supply chain constraints were largely resolved, the EBITDA margin jumped from 9.8% in the first half of the year to 13.7% in the second half, reconnecting with the 2019 level. Each of the business units contributed positively to the EBTIDA margin except Large Video Walls where the profitability keeps lagging. Management intends to conduct a strategic review of this business unit in 2023, focusing on profitable products and markets.
Free cash flow for 2022 was 13.1 million euro compared to 78.0 million euro in 2021. This decrease is entirely due to higher working capital. First, we ended the year with higher trade receivables after the record-high sales in the fourth quarter. Second, inventory levels of mainly components remained high as a result of volume purchases and a build-up of safety stocks for critical components. We expect working capital to return to normalized levels in 2023.
Quote of the CEOs, An Steegen and Charles Beauduin
An Steegen and Charles Beauduin commented: ”2022 was a transition year for Barco. We managed to bring our business back on a successful track. Throughout the year we kept accelerating, and we are ready for our further growth ambitions.
We were happy to see the renewed dynamics in our teams, with more accountability and customer-centricity. The supply chain was challenging, but creativity and perseverance from our teams turned 2022 into a success.
We start 2023 fully engaged to deliver on our long-term strategic growth plans. Besides optimizing our operational efficiency and manufacturing footprint, we are looking forward to expanding our market potential with growth in both our core and adjacent markets. Furthermore, we intend to focus more than ever on world-class innovations with our visualization and collaboration technology.”
The following statements are forward looking on a like-for-like basis and actual results may differ materially
Assuming stabilizing macro-economic conditions, management confirms its expectation of sales growth between 10 and 15% for 2023 versus the previous year.
The EBITDA margin is expected to further improve and move above 14% for the full year 2023, reflecting operating leverage on higher sales and an increase in gross margin as a result of the further easing of the supply chain constraints.
Barco’s Board of Directors will propose to the General Assembly to distribute a gross dividend of 0.44 euro per share, a 10% increase from 0.40 euro a year ago.
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