ICT Group intends to acquire NedMobiel

ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire 100% of the shares of NedMobiel B.V., a Dutch based 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. The highly educated and experienced advisors and project managers cover the full spectrum from strategy to operations.

NedMobiel, based in Breda, was founded in 2006. The team of 27 professionals has various engineering disciplines and backgrounds such as civil engineering, safety, mechanical & electrical engineering. All consultants and project managers have either a bachelor or master degree.

Jos Blejie, CEO of the ICT Group, stated: “We are very pleased with the intended acquisition of NedMobiel. The expertise of ICT and NedMobiel is fully complementary and we believe that the highly educated and experienced professionals of NedMobiel will fit perfectly within the existing ICT Group culture. NedMobiel will work closely with ICT’s business unit Engineering Contractors and will be able to benefit from the strong position that ICT holds in the national rail, road, water and infrasectors.”

NedMobiel has approximately € 3 Million revenues. The founders and partners of NedMobiel will continue within the ICT Group and will lead the mobility initiatives. The purchase consideration will be paid in cash. Further financial details will not be disclosed. The completion of the transaction is expected at the beginning of 2018.

The acquisition of NedMobiel is in line with ICT’s strategy to achieve organic growth combined with acquisitions. The aim of the acquisition strategy is to achieve strong positions in each of ICT’s three main themes: Smarter Industry, Smarter Cities and Smarter Health. Within these themes ICT delivers the highest added value to its customers. 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 services.

We will maintain our focus on what we try to accomplish every day; making the world a bit smarter with our technologies and skills.

New General terms and Conditions ICT Group

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.

“Everybody talks about it; We just do it!”- Publication about ICT Group in MT500

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)  

InMotion record attempt at Circuit Zandvoort

After 2 years of building, 4 months of intensive testing, ups-and-downs, failures, and successes InMotion is ready to break the electric lap record at Circuit Zandvoort. They will take the ultimate test on the 3rd and 4th of June. The attempt will occur during the break, as there are various racing competitions to enjoy during the rest of the day. Everybody is welcome to come by and witness this event first hand during the Pinksterraces at Circuit Zandvoort.

InMotion at Jumbo Family Racingdays
Next to the record attempt, InMotion will drive at the Jumbo Family Racingdays, on 20th-21st of May. With over 100.000 visitors, this is the biggest motorsport event in the Netherlands. You can visit the InMotion stand at the Paddock 2, reachable with the Jumbo-tickets, and catch up with all the adventures they experienced in the last few months.

Road to Zandvoort
Can’t wait for the record? In the upcoming weeks InMotion will let you experience the final steps via social media, newsletters and press releases. Follow them closely via #roadtozandvoort

Partnership ICT and InMotion
InMotion is an automotive race team that consists of students of Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences. InMotion aims to participate in the 24h race of Le Mans in 2020 with their IM01 race car. Together ICT and InMotion developed the Electronic Control Units (ECU’s) for the complete IM/e race car. ICT provides its Model based development Production Platform: Motar, consisting of the ECU’s hardware and platform software, while InMotion develops the control algorithms (application software) for these ECU’s.

Can you escape?

Today, the Dutch Technology Week (DTW) has started in Eindhoven. ​ICT Group is proud sponsor of the micro:bit based escape room, called Time Machine. You can visit this escape room during DTW. Other sponsors of the escape room are NXP, Philips, Deloitte, JetNet. You can try the Time Machine escape room during the following Dutch Technology Week events: Opening DTW, Night of the Nerds, High Tech 2 Discover, KempenTech en de High Tech Ontdekkingsroute. Data and locations 15 May 2017 08:00-12:00 Opening event DTW Klokgebouw Eindhoven 16 May 2017 12:00-21:00 Night of the Nerds Klokgebouw Eindhoven 18 May 2017 08:45-13:00 High Tech 2 Discover High Tech Campus Eindhoven 19 May 2017 10:00-14:00 KempenTech Onderwijsdag Smaragdweg Kempisch Bedrijvenpark, Hapert 20 May 2017 11:00-17:00 High Tech Ontdekkingsroute Several location Click here for more information. (Only available in Dutch.)

NS (Dutch Railways) selects ICT Group for Manufacturing Execution System at NedTrain

NS (Dutch Railways) recently selected ICT Group to deliver a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) at NedTrain in Haarlem. NedTrain, a subsidiary of NS, overhauls and maintains train bodies at its Refurbishment & Overhaul workshop in Haarlem. NedTrain is modernizing the process of overhauling wheelsets by building a new and sustainable production workshop, a new production line, a new production machine park, and by applying an IT system (MES) for real-time production control of all machines and transport systems. All data from the overhaul process is stored and managed in MES in order to comply with the increasingly stringent legislation with regard to rail safety. ICT Group is developing the MES using the AspenTech AspenOne software. The solution will consist of hardware and software, as well as an application that will run on mobile barcode scanners and that will be used by the production staff. A service contract for the duration of several years is part of the project. The introduction of MES at NedTrain must result in an efficient, ‘lean’ production process (Manufacturing Excellence), as well as quality improvements. The new production facility is scheduled for completion in the middle of 2017. The new workshop will have an annual overhaul capacity of 3,000 wheelsets. Following professional overhaul, the wheels will have a new lifespan of approx. 1.2 million kilometers.

ICT Group N.V.: Q3 results show continued trend in revenue growth and improvement of profitability

Key developments: Q3 2016

  • Revenue in Q3 up 23% at € 21.0 million (Q3 2015: € 17.1 million), organic revenue growth 5%.
  • EBITDA in Q3 amounted to € 2.1 million (Q3 2015: € 1.7 million).
  • Acquisition of Nozhup completed on 6 September 2016.

Year to date 2016

  • In the first nine months of 2016 revenue was up 22% at € 63.1 million (YTD 2015: € 51.7 million), organic revenue growth 7%.
  • EBITDA in the first nine months amounted to € 6.3 million (YTD 2015: € 4.8 million), an increase of 30%.
  • ICT confirms its expectation of an improvement in EBITDA between 25%-35% for the full year 2016 compared to 2015.

 Key figures

(in € millions) Q3 2016 Q3 2015 Δ YTD 2016 YTD 2015 Δ
Revenue 21.0 17.1 23 % 63.1 51.7 22 %
EBITDA 2.1 1.7 27 % 6.3 4.8 30 %

Jos Blejie, CEO of ICT Group N.V.: “The positive trend of the first half of 2016 continued in the third quarter. Our revenue development is strong, both organically and through our successful acquisition strategy, with all subsidiaries contributing to the growth. Our latest acquisition, Nozhup, strengthens our position in Industrial Automation and is consolidated from 1 September onwards. Our profitability continues to improve. Furthermore, we have won a number of important contracts in the past months. Based on these developments we confirm our expectation of an improvement in EBITDA between 25 and 35% for the full year 2016.” Financial developments Revenue in the third quarter of 2016 increased to € 21.0 million compared to € 17.1 million in the third quarter of 2015. Revenue grew 5% organically in the, due to the holiday season traditionally weaker third quarter. All ICT subsidiaries contributed to this growth. Revenue over the first nine months of the year amounted to € 63.1 million compared to € 51.7 million last year, supported by an organic growth of 7%. Within ICT Netherlands, productivity levels in the third quarter have been comparable to the same quarter last year, but ICT increased average rates and achieved better project results, which led to an increase in revenue. Revenue of Strypes Bulgaria increased compared to Q3 last year. Also the other recent acquisitions performed well, in line with expectations. Nozhup was included in the results for the first time, for one month. EBITDA amounted to € 2.1 million in the third quarter, compared to € 1.7 million in the same period of 2015. In the first nine months of 2016 EBITDA improved to € 6.3 million (first nine months 2015: € 4.8 million). The recent acquisitions, increased number of staff, slightly higher average rates and good project results, all contributed to this improvement. At the same time the double digit growth in Bulgaria was supported by the continued investments in the quality controls and professionalization of the organisation. Acquisition of Nozhup ICT has completed the purchase of 100% of the shares of Nozhup as of 6 September 2016. With this acquisition ICT gains significant scale in the industrial automation market. At the same time, it considerably widens ICT’s customer base and scope of activities in this market. The purchase consideration comprised a cash payment and an amount in ICT shares. The share capital was diluted with 443,058 shares as from 9 September 2016. On a full year basis, the acquisition will substantially enhance the earnings per share. Extended credit facility In anticipation of the acquisition of Nozhup, ICT has extended its acquisition credit facility with Rabobank in July 2016 from € 6 million to € 11 million. Additionally, ICT has increased its working capital credit facility from € 6 million to € 10 million. The conditions of the facilities remained unchanged. Outlook ICT continues to aim for organic growth in combination with growth through acquisitions. ICT will focus on further leveraging its recent acquisitions. Given the strategic progress made and its acquisitions, ICT confirms its expectation for the full year 2016 of an improvement in EBITDA between 25%-35% compared to the full year 2015.

GreenFlux Smart Charging Controller wins sMove360° Award at eCarTec in Munich

On Tuesday 18 October the winners of the 2016 sMove360° Award were announced at the international eCarTec expo in Munich. In the category ‘ICT Infrastructure & Security’ the first prize was awarded to Dutch charge point operator and service provider GreenFlux. Their Smart Charging Controller can transform every charge station for electric vehicles into an intelligently connected device. ICT Group has a minority interest in Greenflux.

GreenFlux developed their Smart Charging Controller to offer charge point manufacturers and operators worldwide a scalable and future-proof working solution. The controller is designed to support smart charging of electric vehicles. Smart Charging distributes the total available power over charging stations in a smart way. This means electric vehicles can charge at a higher speed and ‘capacity overload’ with full occupancy is prevented. This results in a safe solution and no extra installation fees or electricity charges based on a higher peak use.

GreenFlux is a pioneer in Smart Charging and has extensive experience in this field in several European countries such as the Netherlands and the UK. The solutions GreenFlux offers are based on extensive experience and pilots with Dutch grid operators and companies. They address current issues for organisations that want to offer EV charging as a service. The need for smart charging will only grow, both nationally and internationally, when the demand of energy on the network will increase because of market growth of electric vehicles. GreenFlux’ controller is ready for that and moreover transforms unconnected charge stations for electric vehicles into smart stations, offering the charge point operators more services for their customers like remote services and billing services.

The GreenFlux Smart Charging Controller is part of GreenFlux’ vision of a sustainable world, powered by the sun. The controller enables a way to charge cars with 100% renewable energy. Making cars charge faster when there is more green energy available.

Jos Blejie, CEO ICT Group: “The Greenflux platform was developed by the ICT Energy unit and we are therefore very proud to congratulate Greenflux with the 2016 sMove360° Award. In 2015 we have transferred the intellectual property of this development to Greenflux and we have at the same time acquired a minority interest in the company. This award shows that we have made the right decision and we will of course continue to support Greenflux as a technology partner”.

For more information www.greenflux.nl

ICT Group is selected by Danone Nutricia to develop manufacturing software for new smart factory

ICT Group was selected by leading global baby food producer Danone Nutricia to develop the complete manufacturing execution system for a new plant in Cuijk, The Netherlands. The facility is Danone’s largest investment in Europe and will double the Dutch production capacity for its international early life nutrition brands. ICT will be responsible for the detailed engineering, delivery, installation and implementation of the software. Resulting in a 24/7 operational smart factory that will start its production in late 2017. Danone Nutricia chose ICT Group after completing a similar and successful project at the baby food production plant of Danone Nutricia in Fulda, Germany. Bas Hazewinkel, Business Development Manager Food / Feed and Beverage at ICT Group: ‘This means that the software ICT will provide in Cuijk is based on a proven and fully operational Wonderware Manufacturing Execution System (MES) – the linking pin between customer demand and the machines delivering the right product. With ICT’s solution, Danone Nutricia will be able to build another state-of-the-art factory, characterized by highly intelligent production processes, connected machinery, integrated information systems, traceability of products and continuous performance analysis.’ For more in depth information, please watch our presentation about the MES solution ICT Group implemented at Danone’s plant in Fulda, Germany. This presentation was held at the Wonderware Benelux Knowledge Exchange 2016.

ICT completes acquisition of Nozhup

ICT Group (ICT) announces that today it has completed the purchase of 100% of the shares of Nozhup, a Dutch based industrial automation services provider. The purchase consideration comprised a cash payment and an amount in ICT shares. The share capital will be diluted with 443,058 shares. With this acquisition ICT gains significant scale in its activities in the industrial automation market. At the same time it considerably widens ICT’s customer base in this market. Nozhup will immediately contribute to the profitability of ICT. On a full year basis the acquisition will substantially enhance the earnings per share.