OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Profitability, financial position and cash flow
The return on equity at the end of the financial year was 30 percent (23), and return on capital employed was 20 percent (15). Return on working capital P/WC (EBITA in relation to working capital) amounted to 69 percent (52).
At the end of the financial year the equity ratio amounted to 34 percent (35). Equity per share, excluding non-controlling interest, totalled SEK 14.60 (11.95). The Group's net debt at the end of the period amounted to SEK 3,747 million (2,798), excluding pension liabilities of SEK 314 million (336). The net debt/equity ratio, calculated on the basis of net debt excluding provisions for pensions amounted to 0.9 (0.8).
Cash and cash equivalents consisting of cash and bank equivalents and approved but non-utilised credit facilities amounted to SEK 1,452 million (2,119) at 31 March 2022.
Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK 1,121 million (1,503) during the financial year. Company acquisitions and disposals including settlement of contingent consideration regarding acquisitions implemented in previous years amounted to SEK 1,139 million (1,219). Investments in non-current assets totalled SEK 125 million (90) and disposal of non-current assets amounted to SEK 9 million (11). Repurchase of call options amounted to SEK 37 million (23) and exercised and issued call options totalled SEK 47 million (48). Dividend paid to the shareholders of the Parent Company totalled SEK 323 million (269), corresponding to SEK 1.20 (1.00) per share. The dividend was paid out in the second quarter.
At the end of the financial year, the number of employees was 3,556 compared to 3,133 at the beginning of the financial year. During the period, completed acquisitions resulted in an increase of the number of employees by 399. The average number of employees in the latest 12-month period was 3,317.
At the end of the period the share capital amounted to SEK 51.1 million.
|Class of shares||Number of shares||Number of votes||Percentage of capital||Percentage of votes|
|Class A shares, 10 votes per share||12,885,744||128,857,440||4.7%||33.1%|
|Class B shares, 1 vote per share||259,908,240||259,908,240||95.3%||66.9%|
|Total number of shares before repurchases||272,793,984||388,765,680||100.0%||100.0%|
|Repurchased class B shares||-3,265,552||1.2%||0.8%|
|Total number of shares after repurchases||269,528,432|
Addtech has four outstanding call option programmes for a total of 3,129,350 shares. Call options issued on repurchased shares entail a dilution effect of about 0.3 percent during the latest 12-month period. Addtech's own shareholdings fully meet the needs of the outstanding call option programmes.
|Outstanding programme||Number of options||Corresponding number of shares||Proportion of total shares||Exercise price per option||Exercise price per share||Expiration period|
|2021/2025||768,070||768,070||0.3%||214.40||214.40||9 Sep 2024 - 11 Jun 2025|
|2020/2024||250,000||1,000,000||0.4%||538.10||134.53||4 Sep 2023 - 5 Jun 2024|
|2019/2023||300,000||1,200,000||0.4%||321.80||80.45||5 Sep 2022 - 2 Jun 2023|
|2018/2022||40,320||161,280||0.1%||232.90||58.23||6 Sep 2021 - 3 Jun 2022|
Acquisitions and disposals
During the period, 1 April to 31 December 2021 the following acquisitions were completed; AVT Industriteknik AB, Sweden, Tritech Solutions AB, Sweden, Systerra Computer GmbH, Germany, were acquired to become part of the Automation business area. EK Power Solutions AB, Sweden, ABH Stromschienen GmbH, Germany, and Jolex AB, Sweden, were acquired to become part of the Electrification business area. ESi Controls Ltd., Great Britain, IETV Elektroteknik AB, Sweden, and Ko Hartog Verkeerstechniek B.V., Netherlands, were acquired to become part of the Energy business area. Hydro-Material Oy, Finland, was acquired to become part of the Industrial Solutions business area. KZ moder AB, Sweden, and Finnchain Oy, Finland, were acquired to become part of the Process Technology business area.
During the fourth quarter, one acquisition took place:
On 31 March, 90 percent of the shares in Fey Elektronik GmbH, Germany, was acquired to become part of the Electrification business area. Fey serves European OEM customers with development, design and manufacture of customized battery solutions. The company has 160 employees and sales of approximately 55 MEUR.
The purchase price allocation calculations for the acquisitions completed during the period 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021 have now been finalised. No significant adjustments have been made to the calculations. Acquisitions completed as of the 2020/2021 financial year are distributed among the Group’s business areas as follows:
|Acquisitions 2020/2021||Closing||Acquired share, %||Net sales, SEKm*||Number of employees*||Business Area|
|Elkome Group Oy, Finland||April, 2020||100||85||38||Automation|
|Peter Andersson AB, Sweden||April, 2020||100||30||9||Energy|
|Valutec Group AB, Sweden||April, 2020||86||350||45||Industrial Solutions|
|Fluidcontrol Oy, Finland||September, 2020||100||41||20||Process Technology|
|Kaptas Oy, Finland||September, 2020||100||41||27||Automation|
|Elsystem i Perstorp AB, Sweden||September, 2020||100||40||18||Automation|
|Martin Bruusgaard AS, Norway||September, 2020||80||108||30||Process Technology|
|Satco Komponent AB, Sweden||October, 2020||100||18||2||Electrification|
|Skyltar & Märken Gruppen AB, Sweden||October, 2020||100||60||23||Energy|
|OF-Beteiligungs AG, Switzerland||December, 2020||100||170||35||Industrial Solutions|
|Powernor AS, Norway||January, 2021||100||35||6||Electrification|
|Synective Labs AB, Sweden||January, 2021||100||30||27||Automation|
|Impact Air Systems Ltd. and Impact Technical Services Ltd., Great Britain||January, 2021||100||95||33||Industrial Solutions|
|Fairfield Trading Company Ltd., Great Britain||March, 2021||100||37||8||Electrification|
|Acquisitions 2021/2022||Closing||Acquired share, %||Net sales, SEKm*||Number of employees*||Business Area|
|ESi Controls Ltd., Great Britain||April, 2021||100||95||15||Energy|
|Hydro-Material Oy, Finland||April, 2021||100||50||5||Industrial Solutions|
|IETV Elektroteknik AB, Sweden||May, 2021||100||80||38||Energy|
|AVT Industriteknik AB, Sweden||May, 2021||100||70||42||Automation|
|EK Power Solutions AB, Sweden||July, 2021||100||40||25||Electrification|
|KZ moder AB, Sweden||July, 2021||100||100||29||Process Technology|
|Finnchain Oy, Finland||July, 2021||90||70||20||Process Technology|
|Tritech Solutions AB, Sweden||August, 2021||100||60||8||Automation|
|Systerra Computer GmbH, Germany||September, 2021||100||95||16||Automation|
|ABH Stromschienen GmbH, Germany||October, 2021||100||100||22||Electrification|
|Ko Hartog Verkeerstechniek B.V., Netherlands||October, 2021||100||80||18||Energy|
|Jolex AB, Sweden||November, 2021||100||20||1||Electrification|
|Fey Elektronik GmbH, Germany||March, 2022||90||570||160||Electrification|
|Acquisitions 2022/2023||Closing||Acquired share, %||Net sales, SEKm*||Number of employees*||Business Area|
|Intertrafo Oy, Finland||April, 2022||100||30||15||Energy|
|Electric Control Systems Automation AS, Norway||April, 2022||100||75||31||Process Technology|
|Impulseradar Sweden AB, Sweden||April, 2022||88||80||27||Industrial Solutions|
|C.K. Environment A/S, Denmark||May, 2022||100||40||14||Process Technology|
* Refers to assessed condition at the time of acquisition on a full-year basis.
If all acquisitions which have taken effect during the financial year had been completed on 1 April 2021, their impact would have been an estimated SEK 1,500 million on Group net sales, about SEK 155 million on operating profit and about SEK 120 million on profit after tax for the period.
Addtech normally employs an acquisition structure comprising basic purchase consideration and contingent consideration. The outcome of contingent purchase considerations is determined by the future earnings reached by the companies and is subject to a fixed maximum level. Of considerations not yet paid for acquisitions during the financial year, the discounted value amounts to SEK 177 million. The contingent purchase considerations fall due for payment within three years and the outcome is subject to a maximum of SEK 207 million.
Transaction costs for acquisitions that resulted in an ownership transfer during the financial year, amounted to SEK 10 million (12) and are reported under Selling expenses.
Revaluation of contingent consideration had a positive net effect of SEK 8 million (-9) during the financial year. The impact on profits are reported under Other operating income and Other operating expenses, respectively.
According to the preliminary acquisitions analyses, the assets and liabilities included in the acquisitions were as follows, during the year:
| Fair value|
|Fey Elektronik GmbH||Other acquisitions||Total 2021/2022||Valutec Group AB||Other acquisitions||Total 2020/2021|
|Intangible non-current assets||170||371||541||483||321||804|
|Other non-current assets||11||18||29||8||27||35|
|Other current assets||83||304||387||117||327||444|
|Deferred tax liability/tax asset||-51||-85||-136||-100||-61||-161|
|Acquired net assets||293||545||838||473||520||993|
|Non-controlling interests 2)||-46||-10||-56||-130||-33||-163|
|Less: cash and cash equivalents in acquired businesses||-4||-138||-142||-82||-203||-285|
|Less: consideration not yet paid||-43||-127||-170||-71||-128||-199|
|Effect on the Group’s cash and cash equivalents||369||637||1,006||646||473||1,119|
|1) Goodwill is justified by expected future sales trend and profitability as well as the personnel included in the acquired companies.|
|2) Non-controlling interests have been measured at fair value, which entails that goodwill is also reported for non-controlling interests.|
|3) The consideration is stated excluding transaction costs for the acquisitions.|
With the acquisition of Fey Elektronik GmbH comes a commitment to acquire the remaining 10 percent of the company and this commitment is valued to SEK 33 million. With the acquisition of Valutec Group AB comes a commitment to acquire the remaining 14 percent of the company and this commitment is valued to SEK 227 million after revaluation. These commitments are reported as a non-current interest-bearing liability.
Parent Company net sales amounted to SEK 64 million (58) and profit after financial items was SEK -31 million (378). Net investments in non-current assets were SEK 0 million (0). The Parent Company's financial net debt was SEK 350 million (286) at the end of the financial year.