ICT Group strengthens position in Mobility as a Service market

Today ICT Group (ICT) announced its intent to acquire 65% of the shares of BNV Mobility (BNV). ICT aims to make BNV’s platform TURNN the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solution of ICT Group. MaaS is about providing a seamless travelling experience using all mobility means possible based on real-time information. Travelling time, comfort and costs are optimized based on individual needs.

Acquiring the majority of the shares of BNV will be a logical next step for ICT to accelerate its position in the MaaS market. Within the ICT group, InTraffic is the leading company on travel information systems for public transport, NedMobiel has extensive capabilities and experience in comparable mobility projects in the Dutch market and ICT has the platform knowledge. BNV is one of the leading B2G and B2B Smart Mobility Services firms in the Netherlands. As an experienced mobility provider with a unique know how in behavioral changes of commuters, BNV has been recognised by the Dutch government as a MaaS institute. The full breath of capabilities within ICT Group combined with the specific position of BNV will enable ICT to successfully deliver the MaaS service to the Dutch market and at a later stage to other European Countries.

Jos Blejie, CEO ICT Group: “We are impressed by the current TURNN solution technology of BNV. The specific position of BNV in combination with the use of leading-edge technologies and the power of ICT Group in the Dutch market makes a new combination undoubtfully successful.
MaaS is a new market, but we are convinced it will develop to a sizable market, driven by global issues like city density and pollution. MaaS is one of our strategic themes. This step will strengthen our position as frontrunner and create a dominant position from the start.”

Rehu de Bruijn, CEO BNV Mobility: “We are thrilled to become part of this group as it opens up opportunities of growth acceleration on the platform capabilities through ICT Group’s competence centers and resources, for example in artificial intelligence, machine learning and in-depth knowledge of a broad range of mobility operations. At the same time the access to ICT Group’s business and partner network will help boost our sales and marketing efforts and hence significantly grow our customer base.”

ICT’s strategy is to become a successful European technology solution provider offering time hire services, delivering fixed price projects and software as a service to internationally operating companies and governmental institutes. As part of this strategy ICT Group is looking specifically for a MaaS offering in the Netherlands. The other main shareholder in BNV is Egis, a French group with international activities in transport and mobility services. ICT is convinced that this strategic alliance between Egis and ICT Group shall accelerate the strategic (inter)national MaaS ambitions.

Financial details will not be disclosed.

Press release: ICT GROUP 2018 FULL-YEAR RESULTS

ICT GROUP REPORTS SOLID PROFITABLE GROWTH IN 2018

Important acquisitions in Infra & Mobility and launch of OrangeNXT mark important steps in execution of strategic roadmap

Highlights FY 2018

  • Revenue up 24% to € 129.9 million, 6% organic growth
  • Underlying EBITDA rose 19% to € 14.2 million, reflecting an underlying EBITDA margin of 11%
  • Acquisitions of NedMobiel and remaining 50% of InTraffic were completed; significantly strengthening ICT’s strategic position in Infra & Mobility
  • Software as a Service solutions now bundled in OrangeNXT, a strong platform that supports customers in their digital transformation
  • Net profit increased to € 9.4 million, including one-off accounting gains of € 4.1 million
  • Proposed dividend of € 0.38 per share for the year 2018

Highlights Q4 2018

  • Revenue up 30% to € 37.2 million, EBITDA up 28% to € 5.4 million (Q4 2017: € 28.5 million and
    € 4.2 million, respectively)
  • Organic revenue growth of 8%

Outlook

  • ICT expects further growth in revenue and EBITDA in 2019 compared to 2018

Key figures

Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.: “We are pleased with the revenue growth of 24% and the EBITDA margin we reported in 2018. Our results show that we are delivering on our promise of healthy and profitable growth while taking significant steps in the execution of our strategy. We significantly enhanced our position in Smarter Cities with our recent acquisitions and are now even better positioned to support our customers in their digital transformation with the OrangeNXT software solutions that combine our expertise and domain knowledge. In 2018 we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Throughout the years we have come to mean more and more to our customers and have grown into leaders in our core markets. I am proud of our over 1,250 professionals who really make a difference. In January 2019 we acquired Additude, a leading Swedish IT consultancy that is a perfect fit with our international expansion strategy. For 2019 we expect higher revenue and EBITDA.”

Strategy update

Progress in 2018
In 2018 ICT significantly strengthened its position in Smarter Cities with the acquisition of NedMobiel and InTraffic. The purchase of 100% of the shares in NedMobiel, a Dutch consultancy specialised in complex infrastructures, was completed in January 2018. This acquisition increases revenue from both projects and consultancy services, thus enabling ICT to move up the value chain. Moreover, the acquisition of NedMobiel positions ICT well in Mobility as a Service (MaaS), a concept which is expected to be a major game changer in Smarter Cities.

The acquisition of the remaining 50% of InTraffic in March 2018 further enhances ICT’s innovation and product development capabilities in the field of Rail Infrastructure and Mobility. The integration process is focused on increasing efficiency to bring InTraffic’s margins more in line with ICT’s overall margins.

OrangeNXT
In September 2018 ICT acquired the remaining 49% of the shares in ICT Mobile. This acquisition was a jump-start for OrangeNXT, which combines all promising ICT Group software solutions to help its customers reap the full benefits that digital transformation has to offer. OrangeNXT is focused on ready to use software solutions, offered as Software as a Service.

Motar
In 2015 ICT started the development of a new platform, Motar, to anticipate the trend of low coding in industrial environments. Low-code software is being used to speed up design and development processes with minimal hand-crafted code, thus minimising programming errors. In 2017 Motar had its first successes in the automotive industry and based on that ICT decided to adapt Motar to other industries. This led to the launch of the company ICT Motar, embracing the High-tech version of the platform, in the second half of 2018.

Strategic update: ‘Develop the future’
At the Capital Markets Day in November 2018 ICT presented its ‘Develop the Future’ strategic update, defining its strategic roadmap and new long term objectives for 2022 as follows:

– to increase the company’s annual revenue to around € 200-230 million in 2022 through organic growth of more than 5% along with acquisitions
– to maintain a profitability margin (EBITDA) of between 10 and 12%

Focus in 2019
Growth will again be the main focus for 2019. Our growth path is defined by our strategic roadmap 2022. The buy-and-build strategy continues to be fully focused on profitable growth, combining healthy organic growth with selective acquisition opportunities.

ICT aims to grow organically in a tight labour market by:
– remaining an employer of choice
– seizing opportunities provided in high growth areas and industries with our Software as a Service solutions bundled in OrangeNXT
– accelerating our nearshoring offerings

At the same time ICT will continue to pursue suitable acquisitions. This includes companies with compelling offerings in the countries in which ICT is already active as well as other geographies, with a focus on Northern Europe. After the balance sheet date ICT announced the acquisition of Additude, a leading Swedish IT consultancy firm. This acquisition is a perfect fit with this international expansion strategy.

Notes to the results

Performance of ICT Group
In 2018 ICT Group revenue rose 24% to € 129.9 million (2017: € 105.0 million). Organic growth, i.e. excluding the contribution of NedMobiel and the nine-month consolidation of InTraffic, in revenue was 6%. Organic growth was driven mainly by the strong performance at ICT Netherlands as a result of the increase in FTEs and higher productivity. Added value increased by 22% to € 114.2 million in 2018 (2017: € 93.4 million).

Market conditions in the industries we serve remained favourable in 2018. The Automotive, High Tech and Machine & Systems markets showed substantial growth, driven by increased customer spending. Public opinion and discussions on sustainability have resulted in lower demand for projects in our Oil & Gas industry unit.

The growth in revenue relating to Smarter Cities was mainly due to the acquisitions of InTraffic and NedMobiel. Smarter Cities also realised solid organic growth in 2018. Spending on public infrastructure remained high in 2018 due to good economic circumstances. Also, government spending on mobility solutions remained high. Our Smarter Cities cluster benefited from these favourable conditions.

The growth in Smarter Health achieved in 2017 could not be sustained. Although the healthcare sector continued to invest in robust, life-prolonging and life-improving IT solutions, ICT saw a decline in revenue due a lower and later availability of the new foetal monitors for sale by BMA and lower productivity in the ICT Healthcare unit.

Personnel costs increased 23% to € 76.7 million (2017: € 62.5 million), in line with the increase in the number of FTEs, both as a result of acquisitions and organic growth in the 2018 financial year.

Other operating expenses increased to € 24.0 million (2017: € 18.9 million), mainly because of the recent acquisitions. The costs relating to strategic initiatives and acquisitions and partnerships amounted to € 0.3 million (2017: € 0.2 million). Furthermore, in connection with the acquisition of InTraffic one-off costs of € 0.8 million were incurred for contract termination fees. Other operating expenses also included non-recurring costs of € 0.4 million relating to the 40th anniversary of the company and start-up costs of € 0.4 million for ICT Belgium BVBA.

Underlying EBITDA came in at € 14.2 million in 2018, an increase of 19% compared to € 12.0 million in 2017. Taking the one-off costs of € 0.8 million relating to the aforementioned contract termination fees at InTraffic into account, EBITDA increased by 12% year-on-year to € 13.5 million.

The underlying EBITDA margin decreased from 11.4% in 2017 to 11.0% in the year under review. This decrease in the underlying EBITDA margin is due to the non-recurring costs related to the 40-year anniversary of the company and start-up costs in ICT Belgium.

Performance per segment

ICT Netherlands showed a strong performance in 2018. Revenue was up 10% to € 89.3 million as a result of more hires and increased productivity, supported by positive market circumstances. Organically, revenue was up approximately 8%. In the year under review EBITDA increased 31% to € 10.8 million. This significant growth in EBITDA compared to 2017 was the result of increased project activity and material sales.

At Strypes Bulgaria (ICT Nearshoring) revenue rose slightly to € 9.9 million in 2018. The ongoing investments in the organisation limited EBITDA in 2018 to € 1.9 million, the same level as in 2017. The increased organisational effectiveness was necessary to safeguard further growth of our nearshoring activities.

InTraffic was consolidated as of 1 April 2018 and contributed € 14.6 million to revenue in the last nine months of 2018. EBITDA came in at € 1.3 million excluding one-off costs of € 0.8 million relating to contract termination fees. Although InTraffic’s margin is currently below the ICT Group target margin range, we are already seeing the first benefits of the steps being taken to increase efficiency at InTraffic. The aim is to bring InTraffic’s margins more in line with ICT’s overall group margins and the full impact of these measures will materialise in the course of 2019.

The ‘Other’ segment posted revenue of € 20.1 million (2017: € 16.4 million). Improve performed in line with last year, with slightly better margins. The performance of Raster stabilised compared to last year. BMA’s performance decreased due to lower hardware (foetal heart monitors) sales and lower software sales in the Netherlands. NedMobiel exceeded expectations in the second half of 2018 and OrangeNXT also performed well with better-than-expected revenue growth. CIS Solutions was consolidated as of the fourth quarter of 2018. CIS is developing as planned.

Other financial information

ICT has attributed a value to, and is amortising, several intangible assets including the order backlog, software and customer relations at its recent acquisitions. Total amortisation in 2018 amounted to
€ 3.8 million (2017: € 2.7 million). Depreciation totalled € 1.2 million in 2018 (2017: € 0.9 million).

Operating profit came in at € 8.6 million in 2018 (2017: € 8.4 million). As a result of the higher amortisation, the operating margin declined to 6.6% from 8.0% in 2017.

The result from joint ventures reflects the contribution of InTraffic for one quarter as InTraffic was still reported as a joint venture in the first quarter of 2018. The result from associates amounted to a loss of € 0.4 million (2017: € 0.4 million loss), mainly attributable to GreenFlux. The result was foreseen in line with Greenflux’ future growth strategy. LogicNets achieved a breakeven result in 2018.

Financing expenses increased to € 0.9 million in 2018 from € 0.5 million in 2017 as a result of increased financing for the recent acquisitions and a loss on the write-off of loans to Valuemaat which filed for bankruptcy in the first half of 2018 (€ 0.2 million). Financing income came in at € 0.3 million and relates mainly to a deferred acquisition consideration adjustment for BMA.

Taxes in 2018 amounted to € 2.1 million compared with € 1.9 million in 2017.

In 2018 ICT Group recognised € 4.1 million in accounting gains. As a result of the acquisition of the remaining 50% in InTraffic, ICT recognised a one-off accounting gain of € 3.5 million related to the revaluation of the 50% stake in InTraffic already held by ICT. Following the investment by new shareholders in GreenFlux, ICT’s stake was diluted from 24.49% to 19.57%. As a result of the revaluation of its stake, ICT realised a one-off accounting gain of € 0.6 million.

Net profit increased to € 9.4 million in 2018 compared with € 5.2 million in 2017. This translates into earnings per share of € 0.99 (2017: € 0.56). The number of outstanding ordinary shares increased during the year under review to 9,463,878 (31 December 2017: 9,411,301) due to the 2017 stock dividend.

Cash flow movement
In 2018 the net operational cash flow amounted to € 11.1 million (2017: € 7.9 million). This positive development is in line with the results growth in 2018 and a result of disciplined working capital management.

In 2018 the cash outflow on investment activities amounted to € 10.2 million, compared with € 2.9 million in 2017. The main elements of this outflow were the purchase price cash consideration for the acquisitions of NedMobiel and 50% of InTraffic (€ 7.8 million) and investments in product development and housing facilities.

The cash outflow from financing activities amounted to € 0.9 million (2017: € 4.3 million). The main elements are the net effect of dividend paid (€ 2.4 million cash outflow) and the balance of new financing arranged for acquisitions and the repayments of existing acquisition financing (€ 1.7 million cash inflow).

The net cash position at 31 December 2018 was € 6.2 million (31 December 2017: € 6.3 million). The net cash outflow amounted to € 0.1 million (2017: € 0.7 million inflow).

Balance sheet structure
Mainly as a result of the net effect of the dividend payment of € 2.4 million and net profit (€ 9.4 million), shareholders’ equity increased to € 54.2 million in 2018 (2017: € 47.7 million). The balance sheet total increased to € 95.6 million at year-end 2018 from € 81.6 million at year-end 2017 as a result of the acquisitions of InTraffic and NedMobiel. The solvency ratio (shareholders’ equity/total assets) stood at 57% at year-end 2018, compared with 58% at year-end 2017, reflecting ICT’s sound financial basis.

Personnel
At 31 December 2018 ICT Group had 1,227 FTEs (1,274 employees), 24% higher than the 990 FTEs (1,032 employees) at year-end 2017. The acquisitions of InTraffic and NedMobiel and ongoing recruitment efforts contributed to this increase.

Dividend proposal
ICT proposes a dividend of € 0.38 per share for the 2018 financial year (2017: € 0.35). The proposed dividend is subject to the approval of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) to be held on 15 May 2019. For the calculation of the proposed dividend, the net profit realised is adjusted for the accounting gains recognised in 2018 as well as non-cash amortisation amounts. This results in an adjusted net profit for the full year 2018 of € 9.1 million. The proposed dividend of € 0.38 per share represents a pay-out ratio of 40% of adjusted net profit. ICT offers the option of distribution of the dividend in cash or in shares.

ICT will calculate 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 3 June 2019. The dividend in cash or in shares will be payable on 5 June 2019.

Events after balance sheet date
In January 2019 ICT acquired full ownership of Additude AB, one of southern Sweden’s leading IT consultancy firms. With over 160 employees, Additude realises an annual turnover of around € 16 million. The company provides software and engineering consultancy services supporting customers in their innovation processes, product development and growth strategy. Additude primarily operates in the IT and engineering markets and serves many of Sweden’s largest and technology-intensive companies. This acquisition is a perfect fit with ICT’s international expansion strategy, in which the northern European countries are defined as an important spearhead.

In January 2019 ICT prolonged and extended its financing arrangements. To fund the company’s growth ambitions, the acquisition facility was extended from € 11 to € 25 million at better terms. The working capital arrangement increased from € 10 to € 12.5 million to cover for the larger size of the company. The covenant requirements related to Senior Net Debt to EBITDA ratio increased from 2.0 to 2.5. The other covenants did not change.

Outlook
Growth will again be the main focus in 2019, as defined in the company’s strategic roadmap 2022. ICT is fully focused on profitable growth and will continue to execute its buy-and-build strategy; combining healthy organic growth with selective acquisition opportunities.

The employment market for IT talents remains very challenging. Attracting and retaining the right people is a top priority.

ICT expects its capital expenditure and research & development expenses to increase in 2019, in line with the increased scale of the company.

ICT is fully committed and confident in its ability to deliver on its long-term objective of increasing annual revenue to € 200 to € 230 million by 2022, while maintaining an EBITDA margin between 10 and 12%. For 2019 ICT expects further revenue and EBITDA growth.

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.

2018 financial information
The 2018 financial information included in the Extracts from Consolidated Financial Statements attached to this press release is derived from the Annual Report 2018, 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 15 May 2019. In accordance with section 393, title 9, book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code, PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants N.V. has issued an unqualified auditor’s opinion on the Annual Report.

Annexes: Extracts from Consolidated Financial Statements 2018
– Consolidated statement of 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 2018.

ICT Group strategy 2022 – DEVELOP THE FUTURE

Today, ICT Group N.V. (“ICT”) presents the outcome of its strategy update ‘DEVELOP THE FUTURE’ at its first Capital Markets Day in Eindhoven. The full presentation is available on the corporate website as well as the Closing statements of the Capital Markets Day.

The buy and build strategy continues to be fully focused on profitable growth, combining a healthy organic growth with selective acquisition opportunities.

Organic growth, in a tight labour market, is based on the following key elements:
• Remain an employer of choice
• Grasp the opportunity of high growth areas and industries with our software as a service solutions bundled in OrangeNXT
• Accelerate ICT’s nearshoring offerings

Besides organic growth, ICT will look into international expansion in Northern European countries and into companies with compelling offerings in the countries in which ICT is already active.

Based on the above ICT has defined its new long term objectives towards 2022:
• Double the company’s revenue from 2017 towards 2022 to around € 200 to 230 million with organic growth of more than 5% combined with acquisitions
• Maintain profitability margins (EBITDA) between 10 and 12%

Jos Blejie CEO: “Our strategy presented today, is building further upon the strong fundament of our consistent execution and track record over the past years. We believe ICT Group is uniquely positioned in the areas we serve, through our multi-domain expertise combined with in-depth industry knowledge, and our ability to integrate this in a compelling technology solution. At the same time we have been investing in new technologies enabling us to expand our unique Industrial and Operational Technology position, including developing in-house (proprietary) solutions. This is opening up new opportunities, both in terms of geographies and business models. The digital transformation demands are such that we will grow and support our customers globally and extend our business internationally. Evolving into a truly European Technology Solutions Provider.”

Q3 2018 RESULTS: REVENUE AND EBITDA GROWTH CONTINUES

Key developments:

Q3 2018

  • Revenue grew 23% to € 31.8 million (Q3 2017: € 25.8 million), organic revenue growth of 3%
  • EBITDA of € 3.1 million, up 24% compared to € 2.5 million in Q3 2017
  • Software solutions bundled in OrangeNXT

9M 2018

  • Revenue rose 21% to € 92.7 million (9M 2017: € 76.5 million), organic revenue growth of 5%.
  • Underlying EBITDA of € 8.9 million (9M 2017: € 7.8 million). Including one-off costs for contract termination fees at InTraffic (€ 0.8 million), EBITDA amounted to € 8.1 million

Outlook

  • FY 2018 underlying EBITDA forecast at between € 13 and 14 million

Key figures

Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.: “ICT Group continues to realise good growth while making strategic progress in becoming a leading total solutions provider. The acquisition of the remaining shares in ICT Mobile was the jumpstart for OrangeNXT in which we have bundled promising ICT Group software solutions to help our customers reap all the benefits that digital transformation has to offer. We are convinced that combining our in-depth industry knowledge with our ability to connect people, devices and data provides a unique offering. Our outlook for the fourth quarter is positive and we expect an underlying EBITDA of between € 13 and € 14 million for the full year 2018.” 

Financial developments
In the third quarter of 2018 revenue increased by 23% to € 31.8 million from € 25.8 million in the third quarter of 2017. Organically, i.e. excluding NedMobiel and the full consolidation of InTraffic, revenue grew 3%. For the first nine months of the year revenue amounted to € 92.7 million (9M 2017: € 76.5 million). Revenue rose 5% organically year-to-date.

EBITDA increased to € 3.1 million in the third quarter from € 2.5 million in the same period of 2017, mainly as a result of improved productivity at ICT Netherlands and recent acquisitions. The EBITDA margin was 9.7% in the third quarter, in line with 2017 (9.6%).

In the first nine months of 2018 EBITDA was up 4% compared to last year. Underlying EBITDA, i.e. excluding the one-off costs of € 0.8 million in the second quarter of 2018 relating to contract termination fees at InTraffic, increased by 14% compared to the same period last year. The resulting underlying EBITDA margin came in at 9.6% year-to-date (9M 2017: 10.2%). The positive impact of higher productivity levels at ICT Netherlands was offset by substantially lower EBITDA margins at InTraffic and lower hardware sales at BMA. 

Strategic themes
ICT has made clear choices in terms of growth, focusing on the strategic themes of Smarter Industries, Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. Smarter Cities realised considerable growth, mainly as a result of the acquisition of NedMobiel and the remaining stake in InTraffic. Smarter Industries posted good organic revenue growth, while revenue in Smarter Health declined as a result of lower hardware sales at BMA and lower productivity in the ICT Healthcare unit.

OrangeNXT
In September 2018 ICT Group acquired the remaining 49% of the shares in ICT Mobile from its management. The software solutions provided by ICT Mobile have been housed with the solutions provided by other ICT Netherlands business units in OrangeNXT (formerly ICT Mobile), to distinguish the software as a service offerings from traditional time hire and project activities.   

CIS Solutions Germany
CIS Solutions is a reselling agency for LogicNets and Internet of Things solutions in Germany for which ICT Group provided loans in 2016. In the third quarter of 2018 the outstanding convertible loans were converted into shares. Combined with an additional investment, ICT Group obtained 66% of the shares in CIS Solutions Germany.

Outlook
Going forward ICT Group will continue to focus on growth, both organically and through acquisitions. ICT Group continues to invest in creating a strong platform to take its transformation into a total solution provider to the next level. The battle for talent continues and attracting and retaining the right people remains a key priority.

For the full year 2018 ICT Group expects underlying EBITDA to come in at between € 13 and € 14 million.

ICT Group acquires remaining 49% in ICT Mobile – Software propositions consolidated in new entity OrangeNXT

ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces that it has acquired the remaining 49% of the shares of ICT Mobile B.V. (ICT Mobile) from management. The software solutions of ICT Mobile together with software solutions of other business units within ICT Netherlands will be consolidated into a new entity, OrangeNXT (www.orangenxt.com), to distinct software offerings from the traditional time hire and project activities within ICT.

OrangeNXT focuses on ready to use software solutions, offered as Software as a Service. The plug-and-play cloud platform that connects people, devices and data consists of three solutions. ConNXT provides asset management and predictive maintenance solutions. MobileNXT delivers real-time tracking and tracing support for field service engineers, logistics staff, parcel delivery services and auditors. DigitalNXT helps companies to accelerate their digital transformation. The solutions of OrangeNXT are aimed at the smarter cities and smarter industries segments and cover many industries, from water management to logistics and transportation.

ICT Mobile was established as a start-up in 2016 together with the current management, Huub van der Linden and Jeroen Donkers. Both have a long track record in the Enterprise Mobility market, and will stay on board to lead OrangeNXT, together with director Alliances John Koot. The purchase consideration will be paid in cash. Further financial details will not be disclosed.

Eneco Group and SET Ventures invest in GreenFlux

Leading smart charging company for electric mobility secures EUR 11 million funding to accelerate international expansion

Sustainable energy company Eneco Group and independent investment fund SET Ventures have both acquired a minority stake in Amsterdam-based GreenFlux Assets BV (“GreenFlux”), as part of a total Series B round of EUR 11M. Existing shareholders BOM Brabant Ventures and ICT Group NV also participated in the round. The investment in a leading enabler of electric driving and smart charging supports Eneco Group’s and SET Ventures’ ambitions to accelerate the energy transition by means of technology.

More information is available on the Greenflux website.

Shareholders meeting ICT Group adopts all resolutions

ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM), which was held today, adopted all proposed resolutions. This included the appointment of Mrs. Gina van der Werf as member of the Supervisory Board of ICT Group. Mr. Jan Sinoo, who was not available for re-appointment, retired as member of the Supervisory Board as per the end of the AGM. After the AGM, the Supervisory Board re-appointed Mr. Jos Blejie and Mr. Jan Willem Wienbelt as member and CEO, respectively CFO of the Executive Board for a period of four years.

In line with the proposal, the AGM approved a dividend of € 0.35 per share for the 2017 financial year. The dividend will be payable, in cash or in shares, on 30 May 2018. 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 28 May 2018. The ex-dividend date is 11 May 2018.

Q1 2018 results: organic growth trend continued

Key developments:

  • Revenue in Q1 up 12% to € 28.7 million (Q1 2017: € 25.6 million)
  • Organic revenue increase of 6%
  • EBITDA amounted to € 6.5 million, including a one-off accounting gain of
    approx. € 3.5 million
  • Underlying EBITDA increased to € 3.0 million (Q1 2017: € 2.8 million).
  • Acquisition of NedMobiel and remaining 50% stake in InTraffic completed

Key figures

(in € millions) Q1 2018 Q1 2017 Δ
Revenue 28.7 25.6 12%
EBITDA* 6.5 2.8
Underlying EBITDA 3.0 2.8 6%

* including a one-off gain of approx. € 3.5 million. This one-off accounting gain is the result of the acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in InTraffic.

Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.: “In the first quarter of 2018 results were in line with expectations, with a good performance of ICT Netherlands. One of the highlights of the first quarter was acquiring full ownership of InTraffic. As wholly owned subsidiary, InTraffic substantially strengthens our position in Smarter Cities from Q2 onwards. We will continue to focus on the further execution of our strategy, aimed at organic growth combined with add-on acquisitions. Considering the performance in this first quarter and the continued positive market trends, we reiterate that we expect a further growth in both revenue and EBITDA for the full year 2018 compared to 2017.”

Financial developments

Revenue increased to € 28.7 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to € 25.6 million in the first quarter of 2017. Organically, excluding High Tech Solutions (acquired in June 2017) and NedMobiel, revenue grew 6%. InTraffic is consolidated as of 1 April 2018. In the first quarter, InTraffic is still reported as a joint venture.

ICT Netherlands performed well, showing good productivity levels, except for the Healthcare unit, for which a large project ended in 2017. The results of Strypes Bulgaria are somewhat behind compared to last year due to slightly lower productivity in combination with ongoing outlays in quality improvement. In the segment ‘Other’, Raster is experiencing a lack of larger new projects, which is reflected in its results. We anticipate that the challenging Oil & Gas market circumstances will continue in the next two quarters.

EBITDA, excluding the one-off accounting gain, increased to € 3.0 million in the first quarter, compared to € 2.8 million in the same period of 2017.

Strategic themes

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. Due to the acquisition of NedMobiel, Smarter Cities realised considerable growth. The declining revenue in Smarter Health is a result of flat revenue development at BMA and lower productivity in the ICT Healthcare unit.

Revenue split per theme (in € millions) Q1 2018 Q1 2017 Δ
Smarter Industries 18.8 17.4 +8%
Smarter Cities 5.7 4.1 +41%
Smarter Health 2.2 2.5> -11%
Other 2.0 1.6 +22%
Total revenue 28.7 25.6 +12%

InTraffic

On 21 March 2018 ICT completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% of the shares of InTraffic B.V. from former joint venture partner Movares Group B.V. ICT now holds 100% of the shares of InTraffic. The acquisition resulted in a one-off accounting gain of approximately € 3.5 million, mainly related to the revaluation of the 50% stake in InTraffic already held by ICT. Except for the one-off gain, InTraffic is still reported as a joint venture in the first quarter of 2018. The impact of step up accounting and purchase price allocation will be disclosed upon publication of the 2018 half year results.

NedMobiel

In January 2018 ICT completed the purchase of 100% of the shares of NedMobiel B.V., a Dutch expert consultancy company for complex infrastructures. This acquisition supports ICT’s transition from a leading software integrator to a total technology and service provider, by increasing revenue from projects as well as from consulting services.

Outlook

ICT’s management reiterates the outlook given at the announcement of the annual results in March. ICT will continue to focus on growth, preferably organically as well as through acquisitions. The focus in 2018 is on increasing the company’s size in Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. ICT will continue to be disciplined and cautious in its acquisition strategy.

ICT expects its capital expenditures and research & development expenditures to increase in 2018, in line with the increased scale of the company. With these investments ICT creates the right conditions to take additional steps in our transformation into a total solution provider. The battle for talent continues and attracting and retaining the right people remains to be one of our key priorities.

Based on the above, ICT expects a further growth in revenue and EBITDA in 2018 compared to 2017.

Press release: Full Year Results 2017 ICT GROUP NV

ICT REPORTS 17% INCREASE IN REVENUE AND EBITDA

Integration of acquisitions and continued investments result in a more powerful organisation

Highlights FY 2017

  • Revenue up 17% to € 105.0 million, 7% organic growth
  • EBITDA increased 17% to € 12.0 million
  • Acquisitions of HTS and NedMobiel further strengthen position in Smarter Industries respectively Smarter Cities
  • The net result came in at € 5.2 million, compared to € 5.0 million in 2016 that included a one-off gain of € 0.8 million
  • Proposed dividend of € 0.35 per share for the year 2017

Highlights Q4 2017

  • Revenue up 7% to € 28.5 million, EBITDA realised at € 4.2 million (Q4 2016: € 4.0 million)
  • Organically, revenue growth was in line with the full year growth

Outlook

  • ICT expects a further growth in revenue and EBITDA for 2018 compared to 2017

Key figures

Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.: “We successfully took ICT Group to the next level in 2017. Both in terms of scale, as we surpassed the milestones of 1,000 employees and € 100 million in revenue, but even more so in terms of our readiness for the future. By decisively embarking on our strategic road map for growth, we once again delivered on our promises. We recorded sustainable levels of growth, while making the world a little smarter every day. The full integration of Nozhup and HTS resulted in a major step forward in our position in the industry and vital infrastructure sectors. The integration, combined with continued investments in the organisation, led to a more powerful organisation. The rapid pace of technological developments requires a certain critical mass to operate at the forefront of these developments. This is why growth is once again our key objective for 2018. Organic growth remains our main growth driver and we will also continue our buy and build strategy.”

Strategy update

Progress in 2017
In 2017, ICT passed the milestone of 1,000 employees as a result of acquisitions, hires and a modest attrition rate. In an employment market characterised by an ever-growing shortage of IT talents, ICT’s efforts to have an appealing profile as an employer bear fruit as the company scored well in terms of attracting and retaining talented people in 2017.

In 2017, ICT prioritised the integration of the acquisitions made over the previous year, to safeguard a proper basis for the consolidation of future potential, without losing focus on driving organic growth. ICT fully integrated Nozhup, which was acquired in September 2016. With the acquisition of Nozhup, ICT gained significant scale in its activities in the industrial automation market, and also widened its customer base in this market. The integration of Nozhup enabled ICT to move further up in the value chain.

Further acquisitions
In June 2017, ICT acquired High Tech Solutions B.V., an industrial automation project and services provider, employing 25 highly educated professionals. HTS delivers consultancy services in various markets within the domain of Smarter Industries. In November 2017, ICT signed a letter of intent to acquire 100% of the shares of NedMobiel B.V., a Dutch expert consultancy company for complex infrastructures, such as tunnels, bridges, water locks, motorways and mobility solutions. The fields of expertise of NedMobiel include (tunnel) safety, asset management and project management.

Digital transformation
A key strategic theme, interwoven with all other key trends throughout ICT’s activities, is digital transformation. In 2017, ICT has therefore set up a dedicated Digital Transformation Unit, a team that works across all sectors and industries. The combination of profound Digital Transformation expertise and the deep knowledge of those industries provides ICT with a unique proposition.

Focus in 2018
In 2018, ICT will continue to focus on the further execution of this strategy, aimed at organic growth combined with add-on acquisitions.

ICT aims to grow organically by 5% per annum. ICT’s performance in the last four years demonstrates its ability to deliver on this target. As the company has clearly achieved a substantial position in Smarter Industries, fuelled in part by the acquisition of Nozhup, the focus of the acquisition strategy in 2018 will be increasing its size in Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. ICT will continue to be disciplined in its acquisition strategy.

Further expansion of the digital transformation activities will also be a key priority for 2018, aimed at building more innovative solutions in-house. ICT remains focused on creating all the right conditions to take further steps in the transformation into a total solutions provider.

Notes to the results

Revenue
In 2017, ICT Group’s revenue came in at € 105.0 million, 17% higher than the € 89.7 million reported in 2016. Organically, revenue increased by 7%. Acquisitions accounted for 10% of ICT Group’s revenue growth. Organic growth was driven mainly by the increase in the number of FTEs, higher average rates and improvements in a number of markets. Added value increased by 18% to € 93.4 million in 2017.

Revenue at ICT Netherlands increased by 18% to € 81.3 million in 2017 from € 69.0 million in the previous year. Nozhup, which ICT acquired in September 2016, and fully integrated within ICT Netherlands in the first half of 2017, was the main contributor to this increase. Productivity levels were in line with last year. The average tariff increase was in line with the average salary increase.

Strypes Bulgaria (“ICT Nearshoring”) reported a 27% increase in revenue to € 9.6 million in 2017, from
€ 7.6 million in 2016. This increase was recorded at both existing and new clients.

The segment ‘Other’ recorded revenues of € 16.4 million in 2017 (2016: € 14.3 million). The slow start of Improve was balanced by its recovery in the second half and the good start to the year for Raster was offset by a more moderate second half. In 2017, BMA benefited from the delayed launch of a new generation of foetal heart monitors, which resulted in a substantial increase in revenue.

Costs/personnel expenses
Personnel costs increased to € 62.5 million (2016: € 52.0 million), as a result of the marked increase in the number of employees and an increase in salaries. Other operating expenses increased by 11%, as a result of recent acquisitions and higher costs for recruitment, office accommodation and a further professionalization of the organisation. The costs related to strategic initiatives and the realisation of acquisitions and partnerships amounted to € 0.2 million (2016: € 0.5 million).

EBITDA
EBITDA for the full year 2017 increased by 17% to € 12.0 million, compared to € 10.3 million in 2016. The increase was mainly due to the higher EBITDA at ICT Netherlands (up 25% to € 8.3 million in 2017, from € 6.6 million in 2016). This was the result of both the organic growth realised and the full year consolidation of Nozhup, plus the consolidation of HTS from June 2017. Strypes Bulgaria recorded higher EBITDA of € 1.9 million (up 12%). In 2017, ICT continued its investments in the organisational effectiveness of Strypes Bulgaria, to safeguard continued and sustainable strong growth of its nearshoring activities. The segment Other recorded EBITDA of € 1.8 million (2016: € 2.0 million). In 2017, Raster experienced margin pressure as a result of the adverse impact of two projects in the second half of 2017, which resulted in substantially lower results. As a result of a good performance in the second half of the year, BMA recorded substantially better results compared to the previous year.

The overall EBITDA margin declined slightly to 11.4% in 2017 from 11.5% in 2016.

Amortisation and depreciation
ICT has valued and is amortising a number of intangible assets, including order backlog, software and the customer relations of its recent acquisitions. Amortisation in 2017 amounted to € 2.7 million (2016:
€ 2.3 million). Depreciation amounted to € 0.9 million in 2017 (2016: € 0.6 million).

Operating profit increased 14% to € 8.4 million in 2017 (2016: € 7.4 million). The operating margin came in at 8.0%, compared with 8.2% in 2016.

The results from joint ventures and associates

The total result from joint ventures and associates amounted to a loss of € 0.4 million (2016: € 0.8 million loss). InTraffic contributed € 0.1 million to the results (2016: € 0.2 million).

In November 2017, the minority stake (25%) in Strypes Nederland B.V. (held by Strypes Bulgaria) was divested to the existing shareholders. This divestment resulted in a book profit of € 0.2 million.

In 2017, LogicNets’ revenue was stable when compared with the previous year. LogicNets did manage to win new reputable customers but the company is still loss-making. ICT still believes in the strategic importance of the platform, but it will take some time before the company realises substantial growth and moves into profit. ICT therefore decided to fully impair its stake in LogicNets in the fourth quarter of 2017. The downward valuation of LogicNets, including our share in its loss for the year, amounted to € 0.5 million.

Interest expenses came in at the same level as last year at € 0.5 million (2016: € 0.5 million).

Taxes
In 2017, corporate income taxes related to the continuing business operations amounted to € 1.9 million, compared with € 1.7 million taxes in 2016. In 2017 there have been no one-off tax items, whereas in 2016, following the official liquidation of the German activities, taxes from discontinued operations for 2016 amounted to a one-off tax credit of € 0.8 million.

Net profit for the full year 2017 came in at € 5.2 million, a slight increase compared to last year (€ 5.0 million). Excluding the one-off tax gain of € 0.8 million recorded in 2016, net profit was up by 24%. Earnings per share amounted to € 0.56 in 2017 (2016: € 0.56). The number of outstanding ordinary shares had increased to 9,411,301 at year-end 2017 (31 December 2016: 9,288,309), due to shares issued for stock dividend and the employee share participation plan.

Cash flow movement
The cash flow from operating activities amounted to € 7.9 million positive in 2017 (2016: € 5.1 million positive). This increase was the result of the growth of the company and the fact that there were no cash tax payments in 2017, as a result of the tax benefits related to the liquidation of the German activities in December 2016. Working capital increased in line with the increased activity levels, as well as the increased average scope of projects. ICT maintains disciplined working capital management.

Cash outflow on investment activities amounted to € 2.9 million in 2017, compared with € 8.4 million in 2016. The purchase price cash consideration for the acquisition of HTS (€ 1.2 million) and investments in office accommodation (€ 1.3 million) had the largest impact. The divestment of Strypes Netherlands had a positive impact of € 0.7 million.

Cash flow from financing activities amounted to € 4.3 million negative (2016: € 2.2 million positive), as a result of the net effect of dividend paid (€ 2.1 million), the repayments of existing acquisition financing (€ 2.6 million) and the proceeds from the issuance of shares (€ 0.5 million cash inflow).
The net cash flow amounted to € 0.7 million (2016: € 1.1 million negative).

Balance sheet structure
As a result of the net effect of the payment of a dividend of € 2.1 million, and net profit of € 5.2 million, shareholders’ equity increased to € 47.7 million in 2017 (2016: € 43.7 million). The balance sheet total increased to € 81.6 million at year-end 2017, from € 79.2 million at year-end 2016. Solvency (shareholders’ equity/total assets) stood at 58% at year-end 2017, compared with 55% at year-end 2016, which represents a sound financial basis.

Dividend proposal
ICT proposes a dividend of € 0.35 per share for the 2017 financial year (2016: € 0.33). The dividend payment is subject to the approval of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) to be held on 9 May 2018. 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 2017 of € 8.3 million. The proposed dividend of € 0.35 per share represents a pay-out ratio of 40% of the adjusted net profit. ICT offers 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 28 May 2018. The dividend will be payable, in cash or in shares, on 30 June 2018.

Subsequent events

NedMobiel
On 24 January 2018, ICT completed the purchase of 100% of the shares of NedMobiel B.V. The purchase price amounts to € 2.3 million in cash and a contingent consideration will be payable based on the EBITDA that NedMobiel will achieve in 2018, capped at € 0.5 million.

InTraffic
On 5 February 2018, ICT Group signed a letter of intent with Movares and InTraffic to acquire the remaining 50% of the shares in InTraffic from joint venture partner Movares. Following the acquisition ICT Group will hold 100% of the shares of InTraffic. Acquiring InTraffic in full will allow ICT to strengthen its position in its strategic theme ‘Smarter Cities’.

InTraffic, located in Nieuwegein, designs and builds applications for Public Transport, Infrastructure Monitoring and Travel Information. The company was founded in 2003 as a joint venture between ICT Group and engineering company Movares. InTraffic generates annual turnover of approximately € 19 million. Closing of the transaction is expected end of March 2018. InTraffic will be fully consolidated as from the closing of the transaction, while currently ICT’s 50% stake is reported as ‘result from joint ventures’. The purchase consideration for 50% of the shares will be paid in cash.

Outlook
Industry growth will be driven by multiple trends in 2018 and beyond, including the advent of Digital Transformation. ICT sees the continued expansion of its digital transformation activities as a key priority for 2018. ICT will focus increasingly on building innovative solutions in-house. Again in 2018, we will work hard to create all the right conditions to take additional steps in our transformation into a total solutions provider.

In 2018, ICT will continue to focus on the growth of the company, both organically and through acquisitions. As the company has clearly achieved a substantial position in Smarter Industries, the focus of our acquisition strategy in 2018 will be on increasing the company’s size in Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. ICT will continue to be disciplined and cautious in its acquisition strategy.

ICT expects its capital expenditures and research & development expenditures to increase in 2018, in line with the increased scale of the company. The battle for talent will continue and attracting and retaining the right people continues to be one of our key priorities.

Based on the above, ICT expects a further growth in revenue and EBITDA in 2018 compared to 2017.

 

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.

2017 financial information
The 2017 financial information included in the Extracts from Consolidated Financial Statements attached to this press release is derived from the Annual Report 2017, 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 09 May 2018. In accordance with section 393, title 9, book 2 of the Netherlands Civil Code, PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants N.V. has issued an unqualified auditor’s opinion on the Annual Report.

Annexes: Extracts from Consolidated Financial Statements 2017
– Consolidated statement of 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 2017.

ICT Group intends to acquire remaining 50% stake in InTraffic from joint venture partner Movares

As wholly owned subsidiary InTraffic will strengthen ICT’s position in Smarter Cities

ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces that today it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the remaining 50% of the shares in InTraffic B.V. (InTraffic) that its joint venture partner Movares Group B.V. (Movares) currently holds. Following the acquisition, ICT will hold 100% of the shares of InTraffic. Acquiring InTraffic in full will allow ICT to strengthen its position in its strategic theme ‘Smarter Cities’.

InTraffic, located in Nieuwegein, designs and builds applications for Traffic Management, Infrastructure Monitoring and Travel Information. The company was founded in 2003 as a joint venture between ICT and engineering company Movares. With 150 professionals InTraffic generates an annual turnover of approximately € 19 million.

Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT: “I am convinced that this intended transaction is beneficial to both InTraffic and ICT. InTraffic perfectly fits our strategy in Smarter Cities. By joining our forces, we can offer an even more compelling proposition and boost our innovation and product development in the area of Rail infrastructure and Mobility. After 15 years of working closely together with our joint venture partner Movares in the area of public transport, I am pleased that we now intend to welcome InTraffic to become part of ICT.”

Sander Eijgenraam, CEO of Movares: “InTraffic has been a strategic alliance with ICT for almost 15 years. In these years the role of IT in Rail infrastructure and Mobility changed substantially. In this change Movares considers InTraffic less strategic to its core business as consultants and engineers. After the closing of the transaction Movares and InTraffic will prolong their collaboration at its mutual main customer ProRail.”

Bert van Elburg, CEO of InTraffic: “We look forward to becoming fully part of the ICT Group. I believe this transaction is beneficial for the employees and the customers of InTraffic. Combining the strong position of InTraffic in Mobility and Rail Infrastructure with the strong position of ICT in public infrastructure will intensify the cross-fertilization and thereby strengthen our position.”

Closing of the transaction is expected end of March 2018. InTraffic will be fully consolidated as from the closing of the transaction, while currently ICT’s 50% stake is reported as result from joint ventures. The purchase consideration for 50% of the shares will be paid in cash. Further financial details will not be disclosed.