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Revenue increased 20% to € 50.7 million, 6% organic growth
EBITDA up 28% to € 5.3 million (H1 2016: € 4.2 million)
Net profit at € 2.6 million, an increase of 20% (H1 2016: € 2.1 million)
Focus in H1 2017 on integration and consolidation of acquisitions
Continued investments in the organization to support future growth
Acquisition of high technology automation services provider HTS
Outlook 2017: ICT expects further growth in revenue and EBITDA in the second half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2017
Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.: “In the past six months we have prioritized the integration of the acquisitions of the past year to safeguard a proper basis to consolidate future potential, without losing focus on driving organic growth. Nozhup, that is now fully integrated, contributes positively to the Group’s results. With our latest acquisition HTS, that will primarily service Smart Industries, we passed the milestone of 1,000 employees. With this increased group of dedicated professionals, we are fully committed to further executing the company strategy, making the world a little smarter every day. We also continued our investments in the organization, companywide, to ensure a stronger foundation on which we can further build our company. We are confident about the second half of the year and therefore expect further growth in revenue and EBITDA in the second half compared to the first half of 2017.
In June 2017 ICT acquired High Tech Solutions B.V. (“HTS”), a Dutch based well-respected industrial automation project and services provider. HTS employs 25 professionals on an HBO / academic level. HTS delivers consultancy services in various markets within the domain of Smarter Industries.
During the first six months of 2017 we continued our investments in new platforms and start-ups. Developments at ICT Mobile are promising and a new platform was launched together with start-up company Valuemaat.
By the end of the first half of 2017, ICT passed the mark of 1,000 employees.
Notes to the results
In the first half year of 2017 ICT Group’s revenue came in at € 50.7 million, up 20% compared to € 42.1 million reported in H1 2016. The revenue growth showed a consistent trend. Organically, excluding the contribution of Nozhup and HTS, revenue increased by 6%. This was driven by an increased number of staff and productivity in line with last year.
Revenue at ICT Netherlands increased 22% to € 39.3 million in H1 2017 from € 32.3 million in the same period last year. The increase is mainly attributable to Nozhup that was acquired in September 2016, and fully integrated within ICT Netherlands in the first half of 2017. Organically, revenue was up approximately 5%. Main contributor to this organic growth was the business unit Automotive. Productivity levels were in line with last year. The average tariff increase was in line with the average salary increase. EBITDA came in at € 3.6 million in H1 2017 (H1 2016: € 2.6 million). Licences and materials sales were in line with last year.
Strypes Bulgaria (“ICT Nearshoring”) reported a 46% increase in revenue from € 3.2 million in H1 2016 to € 4.6 million in the first six months of 2017. In 2016 Strypes started to upgrade the organizational effectiveness to safeguard continued and sustainable strong growth of the nearshoring activities. In the first six months of 2017 these investments, in among others quality controls, continued and will continue in the second half. EBITDA amounted to € 0.9 million in H1 2017 (H1 2016: € 0.6 million).
The segment ‘Other’ recorded revenues of € 7.4 million (H1 2016: € 7.1 million). Improve had a slow start to the year, due to postponement of assignments. Recovery is expected in the second half of 2017. After a good 2016, in 2017 Raster experienced margin pressure as a result of more difficult market circumstances. BMA performed in line with last year.
ICT’s growth strategy focuses on the themes Smarter Industries, Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. Within these themes, ICT delivers added value to its customers.
Due to the acquisitions of Nozhup and HTS growth in the themes Smarter Industries and especially Smarter Cities was higher than in the Smarter Health theme.
Personnel costs increased significantly to € 31.0 million (H1 2016: € 24.9 million), primarily because of an increase in number of employees and salary increases.
Other operating expenses also increased, mainly because of the recent acquisitions. In the first half of 2017 the investment levels were similar to those in 2016. The investments focused primarily on housing and further operational effectiveness of the organisation. In addition, ICT continued investing more heavily in recruitment. The costs related to strategic initiatives and the realisation of acquisitions and partnerships amounted to € 0.1 million (H1 2016: € 0.3 million).
EBITDA for the first six months of 2017 increased by 28% to € 5.3 million, compared to € 4.2 million in the comparable period in 2016. The EBITDA margin increased from 9.9% in H1 2016 to 10.5% in H1 2017. The increased scale, following the acquisitions, leads to a more effective use of the indirect cost base.
Amortisation and depreciation
ICT has attributed a value to and is amortising several intangible assets, including order backlog, software and customer relations of its recent acquisitions. Amortisation in the first half of 2017 included Nozhup and amounted to € 1.2 million (H1 2016: € 0.9 million). Depreciation for the first half of 2017 amounted to € 0.5 million (H1 2016: € 0.3 million).
The operating profit amounted to € 3.7 million in H1 2017 (H1 2016: € 3.0 million). As a result of the higher amortization, the operating margin was 7.2%, at the same level as H1 2016 (7.1%).
Results from joint ventures and associates
The results from InTraffic were in line with last year and contributed € 0.1 million to the results
(H1 2016: € 0.1 million). The total result from joint ventures and associates amounted to a loss of € 0.2 million (H1 2016: € 0.1 million loss).
Interest expenses increased to € 0.3 million in H1 2017, from € 0.2 million in the first six months of 2016, as a result of increased financing for the recent acquisitions.
Taxes in the first half of 2017 amounted to € 0.7 million compared with € 0.7 million in the first half of 2016.
Net profit for the first six months of 2017 increased to € 2.6 million, compared with € 2.1 million in H1 2016. An amount of € 2.5 million is attributable to the shareholders of ICT Group N.V. (H1 2016: € 2.1 million). This translates into earnings per share of € 0.27 (H1 2016: € 0.24). The number of outstanding ordinary shares increased during the first half year 2017 to 9,411,301 (31 December 2016: 9,288,309) due to stock dividend and to the employee share participation plan.
Cash flow movement
In the first half of the year, net operational cash flow amounted to € 0.5 million negative in H1 2017 (H1 2016: € 0.3 million negative). The net cash position per 30 June 2017 decreased to € 1.0 million negative (31 December 2016: € 5.6 million positive). This was mainly due to the purchase price cash consideration of the acquisition of HTS, the payment of dividend, the repayments of existing acquisition financing and investments in housing facilities.
Balance sheet structure
In the first half of 2017, shareholders’ equity increased to € 44.5 million (31 December 2016: € 43.7 million) as a result of the net effect of dividend paid of € 2.1 million, net profit of € 2.6 million, and an equity increase of € 0.3 million as a result of issuing new shares (for the share participation plan for personnel and stock dividend). The balance sheet total increased from € 79.2 million at year-end 2016 to € 84.7 million at 30 June 2017, as a result of the acquisitions in the last six months. Solvency (shareholders’ equity/total assets) stood at 53% at the end of June 2017 (55% at year-end 2016).
At 30 June 2017, ICT Group has 1,014 employees (971 FTEs), around 6% higher than at year-end 2016. The acquisition of HTS, a low attrition in the first half of the year as well as increased recruitment efforts contributed to this increase.
ICT will continue to further leverage the strategic platform it has successfully built over the past years, aimed at organic growth combined with acquisitions. The aim of the acquisition strategy is to achieve strong positions in each of ICT’s three main themes. ICT continues its focus on the smarter themes by further deploying its solutions in Internet of Things enabling a digital transformation for its customers. Overall ICT has benefited from favourable economic circumstances. The markets in which ICT operates are expected to continue this favourable trend in the second half of the year. Some markets, such as Oil and Gas are more challenging than others.
Based on the above, ICT expects further growth in revenue and EBITDA in the second half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2017.
ICT Netherlands (ICT) is proud to announce that they received the Gold Medal of achievement for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from EcoVadis, a leading sustainability assessor.
ICT’s score of 64, out of 100, places the company in the top 5 percent of the 7086 companies evaluated by in 2016. ICT established its Sustainability/CSR program in 2011 and has continued to add new elements each year – including a “CO2 Prestatieladder” level 4 and the European Energy-Efficiency Guide line – EED.
“Sustainability assessments like EcoVadis require that companies continuously improve their achievements, because the bar is constantly raised in terms of societal expectations” states Roy Jansen, COO of ICT. “In order to maintain our gold level, we will continuously strengthen our sustainability programs in 2017 and beyond.”
ICT has introduced new (amended) General Terms and Conditions of Supply as well as General Terms and Conditions of Procurement. These new (amended) General Terms and Conditions, submitted to the Chamber of Commerce and replacing the General Terms and Conditions earlier used, are effective as of 1 July 2017 and apply to all ICT’s deliveries and procurements as well as all negotiations and (new) agreements with ICT. ICT’s new General Terms & Conditions can be read, downloaded, saved and printed through the links below. In case of questions, please turn to the Legal Department, +31889082000.
ICT Group and Cisco recently entered into a partnership to address the rapidly increasing demand for IoT (Internet of Things) applications and further digitization within the industry market segment. This cooperation is a logical sequel to the IoT cooperation between Cisco and Microsoft, as was announced recently. ICT Group’s expertise in the industrial market as well as its knowhow of both Microsoft and Cisco provide an excellent foundation to realize further digitization in this market.
Aart Wegink, Director Digital Transformation ICT Group: “The cooperation is aimed at delivering industry-proven technologies in the industrial market that will realize the integration between the IT and OT domains (operational technology) in a secure and reliable manner.”
“ICT Group is a visionary and an authority in the OT domain. We are very proud that ICT Group is going to work side by side with Cisco to bridge the gap between the IT and OT worlds. This will help our common clients in the utilities, manufacturing and mobility markets to successfully venture into the digital world. The need to break open technological silos to enable efficiency, open access to data and analytics in processes, system performance and cyber security as a business enabler, will unite us into a very promising combination”, says Daan de Groot, Channel Lead Cisco Nederland.
ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces that it has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of High Tech Solutions B.V. (HTS), a Dutch based high technology automation services provider. The company was founded in 2006 and currently employs around 25 professionals on a HBO / academic level. HTS brings a customer set that is highly complementary to ICT. The acquisition supports ICT’s growth ambitions. High Tech Solutions is a well-respected industrial automation project and services provider. The company is located in Apeldoorn and delivers consultancy services in different markets like Telecom, Healthcare, Defence Security and High Tech Manufacturing. HTS realises profitable revenues of around EUR 2.5 million per annum. With this acquisition ICT passes the mark of 1,000 employees. Commenting on the closing, Jos Blejie, CEO of the ICT Group, stated: “We are pleased with the acquisition of High Tech Solutions. Although a niche player, HTS is bringing new, well respected, clients and specialised industry knowledge to the ICT Group. We warmly welcome our new colleagues and are proud to pass the milestone of 1,000 professionals. For many years HTS and ICT have worked together and both companies acknowledge that there is a clear cultural fit between the two companies. HTS will work closely together with ICT’s Machine & Systems business unit. The founders of HTS will remain involved until the end of 2018. The purchase consideration will be paid in cash. Further financial details will not be disclosed.
With almost forty years of experience, ICT Group is a leading organisation in the Netherlands, especially in the field of industrial automation. ICT wants to make the world a bit smarter with its solutions. “Where others still think and develop, we already deliver the software solutions.” Thus, the article begins that appeared today in MT500 (page 137) and on CStories.nl. (Only available in Dutch)
Revenue in Q1 up 21% to € 25.6 million (Q1 2016: € 21.1 million)
Organic revenue increase of 7%.
EBITDA increased by 27% to € 2.8 million (Q1 2016: € 2.2 million).
Integration of Nozhup accomplished
(in € millions)
Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.: “We have started the year 2017 in line with expectations across all our business segments, resulting in revenue and profitability growth in the first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2016. During the first three months we focused on the completion of the integration of Nozhup to be able to immediately reap the benefits of this acquisition. We continue to be committed to the execution of the company strategy, in which gaining market share and investments in new technologies and business solutions are key. Given the current positive economic circumstances we reiterate that we expect a further growth in both revenue and profitability for the full year 2017 versus 2016.”
Revenue in the first quarter of 2017 increased to € 25.6 million compared to € 21.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. Organically, excluding Nozhup and 1 month BMA (consolidated as from February 2016), revenue grew 7%. Due to the acquisition of Nozhup the segment ICT Netherlands increased substantially. Overall the markets ICT operates in continued their positive development this first quarter of 2017. In Q1 2017 ICT made further progress in the execution of its strategy with the completion of the integration of Nozhup into the ICT Netherlands organisation. All ICT subsidiaries recorded positive results. EBITDA came in at € 2.8 million in the first quarter, compared with € 2.2 million in the same period of 2016.
ICT has made clear choices in terms of growth. ICT focuses on the themes Smarter Industries, Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. Within these themes ICT delivers the highest added value to its customers. As Nozhup’s activities are focussed on Smarter Industries and Smarter Cities, in these areas more growth was realised this first quarter of 2017 than in Smarter Health.
Revenue split per theme (in € millions)
ICT Group completes integration of Nozhup
In September 2016 ICT Group acquired Nozhup, thereby gaining significant scale in the industrial automation market. Nozhup is consolidated for the full quarter in the segment ICT Netherlands. As part of the integration process of Nozhup into ICT a legal merger took effect at the end of March 2017.
ICT’s management reiterates the outlook given at the annual results announcement in March. ICT will continue to focus on the further leveraging of the strategic platform it has successfully built over the past years, aimed at organic growth combined with acquisitions. The goal of the acquisition strategy is to achieve strong positions in each of ICT’s three main themes. Overall, the markets in which ICT is active are developing positively from a demand perspective, although some markets do remain challenging. ICT expects its capital expenditures and research & development expenditures for 2017 to grow in line with the increased scale of the company. The tight labour market remains a potential bottleneck, and attracting and retaining the right people continues to be one of our key priorities. Based on the above, ICT expects further growth in revenue and EBITDA in 2017 compared to 2016.
ICT REPORTS REVENUE INCREASE OF 25%, WITH A 44% HIGHER EBITDA
Accelerated execution of strategy drives strong results
Highlights FY 2016
Revenue up 25% to € 89.7 million, 8% organic growth
EBITDA increased 44% to € 10.3 million, organically EBITDA was up 5%
The recent acquisitions contributed considerably to the growth in revenue and results
The net result came in at € 5.0 million, a 41% increase compared to 2015
Proposed dividend of € 0.33 per share for the year 2016
Highlights Q4 2016
Revenue up 32% to € 26.6 million, EBITDA increased 74% to € 4.0 million
Organically revenue and EBITDA growth was in line with the full year growth; consolidation of Nozhup and BMA significantly contributed to the group’s Q4 results
ICT expects a further growth in revenue and EBITDA for 2017 compared to 2016
Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.:“2016 has been a good year in which we have made many steps in the execution of our strategy. We continued with a clear focus on what we try to accomplish every day; making the world a bit smarter with our technologies and skills. We further shaped the company into an even more customer centric organisation, which translated into healthy organic growth of 8%. With the acquisitions of the past year, we have further strengthened our position in our three main themes; Smarter Industries, Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. In 2016 we continued to challenge innovation and entrepreneurship. With success. A range of new business development initiatives were originated. We will continue to invest substantially in new technologies and the development of new solutions. We defined our strategy in 2015, delivered on an accelerated execution in 2016, and are excited to continue our successful strategy and further build on our strong foundation in 2017.”
Progress in 2016 In 2016, ICT made significant further progress in the execution of its strategic road map. The company completed the transition to a more customer centric business unit structure. ICT combined its strong organic development with growth through acquisitions. In the beginning of 2016 ICT completed the purchase of 51% of the shares of BMA, a leading Dutch Healthcare software company active in the domain of obstetrics. This transaction further enhanced ICT’s position in the field of Smarter Health. At the end of the first half year of 2016, ICT acquired the water related activities of Dynniq and in September ICT acquired Nozhup, active in industrial process automation in industry and public infrastructure. With these acquisitions, ICT is well on track to deliver on its ambition to become one of the largest Industrial Technology players in the Netherlands, serving the global themes Smarter Industries and Smarter Cities. The Polish operations had not reached the necessary scale to continue to make the operation viable. Therefore the ICT Poland operations were closed with effect from 31 May 2016. ICT’s focus on a single nearshoring entity supported the considerable growth of Strypes Bulgaria. Initiatives to spark entrepreneurship in the organization have led to multiple initiatives originated at all levels and business units in the organization. A number of these have the potential to grow to viable business propositions, such as ICT Mobile, which bundles the latest mobile technologies in the Mobile Enterprise App Platform. ICT’s focus on new business development is also reflected by the commitment to invest 1.5% of revenue in R&D. The investments, geared towards all kind of new technologies in new product market combinations, are vital to the company’s future success. The change of the statutory name from ICT Automatisering N.V. to ICT Group N.V., was adopted by the AGM in May 2016. The new name better reflects the clear focus and the international character of the company. Focus in 2017 ICT aims to obtain a leading position in each of the three defined themes. To support the transition from a leading software integrator to a total technology and service provider, ICT furthermore strives to increase its higher value added revenue from projects as well as from services and licences. Moreover, ICT has the ambition to serve its international customers, also outside the Netherlands. An ambition that will gradually be pursued in its growth strategy. Nozhup will be fully, legally and operationally, integrated within the ICT Netherlands organisation. The integration is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Raster and BMA will continue to operate under their own label, like Improve, of course in close collaboration with the group. Integration of processes and uniform systems will stimulate this collaboration and will increase efficiency. In terms of Research & Development and technology, ICT continues its path towards the next professionalization level, focused on digital transformation. Furthermore ICT is and will continue to invest in ‘Wellbeing at work’. This includes intellectually challenging assignments, better work places and the simplification of administrative tasks. As the battle for talent continues, attracting and retaining our people remains one of our key priorities.
Notes to the results
Revenue In 2016, ICT Group’s revenue came in at € 89.7 million, 25% higher than the € 71.8 million reported in 2015. Organically, revenue increased by 8% and 17% of growth was driven by the recent acquisitions Raster, BMA and Nozhup. Organic growth was driven by the increase in the number of FTEs, higher average rates and improvements in a number of markets in which ICT is active. Revenue at ICT Netherlands increased 13% to € 69.0 million in 2016, from € 61.0 million in the previous year. This includes four months of revenue from Nozhup, as this activity was consolidated in ICT Netherlands from September onwards. Organically, ICT Netherlands recorded 7% higher revenues. Nozhup is meeting expectations and is making a clear contribution to ICT Netherlands’ profitability. In 2016, ICT Netherlands managed to realise 2% higher average rates. Productivity levels and licences and materials sales were more or less unchanged compared to the previous year. The conditions on the Dutch industrial market were favourable last year, which was reflected in the solid performance of the ICT business units active in this market. The public infrastructure sector saw a lot of activity in 2016 and ICT was able to benefit from this and record strong results. ICT realised healthy growth in the Healthcare segment and sees plenty of opportunities for continued growth in this market. With the recent acquisition of BMA, ICT has clearly strengthened its position in this market. Strypes Bulgaria (“ICT Nearshoring”) saw its revenues increase 33% to € 7.6 million in 2016, from € 5.7 million in 2015. Strypes has more than doubled its employee numbers since ICT acquired the company in early 2015, and has broadened its customer base by gaining a number of new clients. To be able to manage this increase in size and to ensure continued and sustainable strong growth, in 2016 Strypes invested in the professionalization of the organization, including quality controls. These investments, which will continue in 2017, are already paying off, as Strypes was able to increase its profitability substantially in the second half of the year compared to the first half. This resulted in an EBITDA increase of 5% to € 1.7 million for the full year 2016. The segment ‘Other’ recorded revenues of € 14.3 million in 2016 (2015: € 6.2 million). Raster is delivering on target, despite the continuing difficult market conditions in the oil & gas industry in 2016. Their niche position, high quality standards and direct client relationships make them resilient in these challenging market circumstances. Improve performed well, in line with last year. In 2015, Improve achieved a substantial improvement in performance and the company was able to maintain its results at this level in 2016. After a challenging first half of the year, in which BMA performed below expectations as a result of postponed projects, the second half of 2016 saw a recovery in results. The Dutch market is a declining market, as the number of hospitals is declining due to a number of mergers. However, BMA developed a new generation of software to facilitate international expansion, as this new generation software is easier to connect to different protocols in different countries. BMA is in a strong position for this international expansion. ICT Poland was closed down in the first half of 2016. On balance, the five months of revenue from ICT Poland was offset by the costs of closing down the operation. Costs/ personnel expenses In 2016, personnel costs increased by 20% to € 52.0 million (2015: € 43.5 million), as a result of the marked increase in the number of employees and a modest increase in salaries. Other operating expenses increased by 14%, mainly as a result of the recent acquisitions. In 2016, ICT invested in office accommodation, marketing & sales and its financial reporting & human resources processes, with investment levels similar to those in 2015. The HR investments focused primarily on improving the HR processes at the companies ICT has acquired over the past two years. In addition, ICT invested more heavily in recruitment last year. The costs related to strategic initiatives and the realisation of acquisitions and partnerships amounted to € 0.5 million (2015: € 0.6 million). EBITDA EBITDA for the full year 2016 increased by 44% to € 10.3 million, compared to € 7.1 million in 2015. Organically, EBITDA was up 5%, with ICT Netherlands and Strypes Bulgaria both recording higher EBITDA compared to 2015. The overall EBITDA margin increased to 11.5% in 2016 from 9.9% in 2015. Amortisation and depreciation ICT has attributed a value to, and is amortising a number of intangible assets, including order backlog, software and customer relations of its recent acquisitions. Amortisation amounted to € 2.3 million in 2016, comprising € 0.7 million related to Strypes Bulgaria, € 0.6 million to Raster and € 0.6 million to BMA. For Nozhup, the annual amortisation will be € 0.4 million. Depreciation amounted to € 0.6 million in 2016 (2015: € 0.5 million). Operating profit amounted to € 7.4 million in 2016 (2015: € 5.3 million). The operating margin was 8.2%, compared to 7.4% in 2015. The results from joint ventures and associates InTraffic was more or less in line with last year and contributed € 0.2 million to the results. LogicNets performance improved significantly in 2016, as revenues from the platform doubled and the losses were halved in 2016 compared to 2015. Last year, we saw the completion of the development of the platform into a standardised solution, which has improved the marketability of the software platform. LogicNets won a number of reputable new customers. Despite the improvements on all key parameters, LogicNets is still lagging its original ambitious plans. ICT therefore decided to take an impairment on its stake in LogicNets in the fourth quarter of 2016. The downward valuation of LogicNets, including our share in the loss, amounted € 0.6 million. The book value of LogicNets per year-end 2016 amounted to € 0.5 million. In 2016, ICT issued loans to start-up company CIS Solutions, a selling agency (for LogicNets and Internet of things solutions) in Germany. As the company is not yet profitable, the loans have been devalued by € 0.4 million in accordance with IFRS requirements. The book value of the loans was € 0.2 million as per year end 2016. The total result from joint ventures and associates amounted to a loss of € 0.8 million (2015: € 0.3 million loss). Interest expenses increased to € 0.5 million in 2016, from € 0.3 million in 2015, as a result of increased financing for the recent acquisitions, as well as the accrued interest on the deferred acquisition consideration for the remaining 49% of BMA. In July 2016, ICT extended its acquisition credit facility with Rabobank to € 11 million from € 6 million. Additionally, ICT increased its working capital credit facility to € 10 million from € 6 million. The conditions of the facilities remained unchanged. Taxes In 2016, corporate income taxes related to the continuing business activities amounted to € 1.7 million, compared with € 1.1 million in 2015. ICT finalised the liquidation of ICT Germany in 2016. In 2014, ICT recognised a deferred tax liability related to the liquidation of ICT Germany. Given that the German activities were officially liquidated in Q4 2016, and the liability no longer exists, this liability has now been released. As a result, taxes from discontinued operations for 2016 amounted to a credit of € 0.8 million. Net profit for the full year 2016 amounted to € 5.0 million, compared with € 3.6 million in 2015, an increase of 41%. This translates into earnings per share of € 0.56 for 2016 (2015: € 0.41). The number of outstanding ordinary shares had increased to 9,288,309 at year-end 2016 (31 December 2015: 8,747,544) due to shares issued as purchase consideration on acquisitions in 2016.
Cash flow movement
The group cash (and cash equivalents) position amounted to € 5.6 million at year-end 2016, compared to € 6.7 million at year-end 2015. The cash flow from operating activities amounted to € 5.1 million positive in 2016 (2015: € 6.1 million positive). The higher cash income from operating activities was more than offset by the higher income tax paid. Cash flow from investment activities amounted to € 8.4 million negative, compared to € 11.8 million negative cash flow in 2015. The largest impact on the cash flow from investment activities in 2016 came from the net investments less cash acquired related to the acquisition of BMA and Nozhup (€ 6.3 million) and investments in office accommodation (€ 1.1 million). Cash flow from financing activities amounted to € 2.2 million positive (2015: € 1.0 million positive), as a result of the net effect of dividend paid (€ 2.3 million), the payment of the earn-out obligation related to the acquisition of Strypes Bulgaria (€ 1.6 million) and the use of acquisition financing (€ 6.2 million cash inflow) related to the acquisition of BMA and Nozhup. The net cash flow amounted to € 1.1 million negative (2015: € 4.7 million negative).
Balance sheet structure
As a result of the net effect of the payment of dividend of € 2.3 million, the issuance of € 5.4 million in new shares related to the acquisition of BMA and Nozhup, and net profit of € 5.0 million, shareholders’ equity increased to € 43.7 million in 2016 (2015: € 35.5 million). The balance sheet total has increased to € 79.2 million at year-end 2016, from € 58.2 million at year-end 2015, as a result of the acquisitions made last year. Solvency (shareholders’ equity/total assets) stood at 55% at year-end 2016, compared with 61% at year-end 2015, which represents a very sound financial basis.
The total number of employees stood at 919 FTE’s at year-end 2016, an increase of 20%. This increase was due to both acquisitions and increased recruitment efforts.
ICT proposes a dividend of € 0.33 per share for the 2016 financial year (2015: € 0.24). The dividend payment is subject to the approval of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) to be held on 10 May 2017. For the calculation of the proposed dividend, the realised net profit is adjusted for the non-cash amortisation amounts and the downward valuation of LogicNets. This results in an adjusted net profit for the full year 2016 of € 7.7 million. The proposed dividend represents of € 0.33 per share represents a pay-out ratio of 40% of the adjusted net profit. ICT will offer an option for payment in cash or in shares. ICT will determine the dividend payment in shares one day after the end of the optional period on the basis of the average price of ICT shares during the last five trading days of the optional period, which shall end on 29 May 2017. The dividend will be payable, in cash or in shares, on 7 June 2017.
In 2017, ICT will continue to focus on the further leveraging of the strategic platform it has successfully built over the past years, aimed at organic growth combined with acquisitions. The goal of the acquisition strategy is to achieve strong positions in each of ICT’s three main themes. Overall, the markets in which ICT is active are developing positively from a demand perspective, although some markets do remain challenging. ICT expects its capital expenditures and research & development expenditures for 2017 to grow in line with the increased scale of the company. The tight labour market remains a potential bottleneck, and attracting and retaining the right people continues to be one of our key priorities. Based on the above, ICT expects further growth in revenue and EBITDA in 2017 compared to 2016. Cautionary statement This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are always based on assumptions and estimates relating to uncertain events over which ICT Group N.V. has no control. They concern, for example, measures taken by the Dutch and other governments, currency movements, price fluctuations, changes in law and regulations, legal precedents and market developments. ICT Group N.V. would like to stress that the contents of this press release are based on the information that is currently available. The reality can always deviate from expectations for the future. ICT Group N.V. has no obligation to update the statements contained in this document, unless required by law. In this press release, where information has been presented in thousands or millions of units, amounts may have been rounded. Accordingly, totals of columns or rows of numbers in tables or charts may not be equal to the apparent sum of the individual items. Actual numbers may differ from those contained herein due to such rounding. 2016 financial information The 2016 financial information included in the Extracts from Consolidated Financial Statements attached to this press release is derived from the Annual Report 2016, that has been authorized for issue. The Annual Report has not yet been published by law and still has to be adopted by the Annual General Meeting on 10 May 2017. In accordance with section 393, title 9, book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code, Deloitte Accountants B.V. has issued an unqualified auditor’s opinion on the Annual Report. Annexes: Extracts from Consolidated Financial Statements 2016 – Consolidated statement of total comprehensive income – Consolidated balance sheet – Consolidated statement of changes in equity – Consolidated statement of cash flows – Other financial information – Segment information Click here to download the Annex of the Annual Results of 2016
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