INCAP GROUP INTERIM REPORT JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2006: REVENUE GROWS, PRODUCTION TRANSFER WEAKENS THE PROFITABILITY

Stock Exchange Release, 9 November 2006 at 8.30 a.m.
 
  • Revenue in January-September was up 15.2% on the same period a year earlier and was EUR 65.3 million (Jan.-Sep. 2005: EUR 56.7 million).
  • Operating profit amounted to EUR 3.2 million (3.1 million), or 4.8% of revenue (5.4%)
  • Net profit for the report period was EUR 3.6 million (4.3).
  • Earnings per share were EUR 0.30 (0.35)
  • Capital expenditures totalled EUR 5.9 million (0.7 million)
  • Costs of production transfer burden the profitability more than expected
  • Full-year relative profitability is estimated to fall short of its 2005 level
 
Juhani Hanninen, President and CEO of Incap Corporation:
“The year 2006 has been positive for our company. Our revenue has grown mainly due to the increased needs of our present customers and we have also added new customer relationships.”
 
“In order to grow vigorously and become international in line with our objectives, we must make outlays on developing our operations and examining new business opportunities. These investments will lead to non-recurring expenses, due to which our full-year relative profitability is expected to fall short of its 2005 level.”
 
 
REVENUE AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE IN JULY-SEPTEMBER
 
Revenue in the third quarter amounted to EUR 21.8 million, or 31.4% more than in the same period last year (July-Sep. 2005: EUR 16.6 million).
 
Operating profit in July-September amounted to a total of EUR 0.6 million (0.8 million). Third-quarter operating profit represented a 2.7% share of revenue (4.6% of revenue).
 
Profitability in the third quarter was influenced by the fact that revenue was concentrated in products requiring a large quantity of materials as well as by a temporary rise in expenses. The company incurred non-recurring expenses from the start-up of the factory in Kuressaare and the commissioning of additional capacity at the Helsinki factory. A EUR 1.4 million share of revenue came from the selling of materials to customers at cost price.
 
 
 
 
REVENUE AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE IN JANUARY-SEPTEMBER
 
Incap’s revenue in the January-September period totalled EUR 65.3 million, an increase of 15.2% over the same period’s continuing operations in 2005 (Jan.-Sep. 2005: EUR 56.7 million). Revenue from the discontinued operations totalled EUR 1.3 million in January-September 2005.
 
Operating profit in January-September totalled EUR 3.2 million, or 4.8% of revenue. Operating profit during the same period in 2005 totalled EUR 3.1 million, or 5.4% of revenue.
 
Net profit for the report period amounted to EUR 3.6 million (4.3 million), or 5.5% of revenue (7.5%). Earnings per share were EUR 0.30 (0.35). Equity per share was EUR 1.69 (1.29).
 
 
 
The net profit for the report period January-September 2005 included a total of EUR 0.8 million of capital gain from discontinued operations. For the same period, the discontinued operations showed a loss of EUR 0.7 million.
 
 
DEVELOPMENT OF OPERATIONS
 
The electronics contract manufacturing market’s situation remained good. There were great periodic and quantitative fluctuations and forecast periods were further shortened. Incap’s revenue fell as expected in July but picked up again towards the end of the report period, with record high revenue posted in September.
 
Additional capacity created by investments in machinery at the Kuressaare and Helsinki units could not yet be fully utilised at the end of the report period, because installation work and the introduction of the equipment into service took place in July-August.
 
Due to strong demand, the transfer of the volume manufacture of electronics products from the Vuokatti factory to the Kuressaare factory started up slower than estimated and will continue into next year. The costs involved in the transfer will burden the full-year profitability more than expected. The company has decided to continue the co-determination negotiations which were started at the Vuokatti factory in May until January 2007.
 
The company continued charting the possibility of business operations in India.
 
OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF 2006
 
Based on estimates by customers and the general outlook for the markets, Incap believes that demand for its services for the remainder of 2006 will remain at the same level as earlier this year and that the company’s revenue in 2006 will clearly top that of 2005.
 
Due to the delay in production transfer and the unexpected growth of the costs involved, the relative profitability for the entire year 2006 is estimated to fall short of its 2005 level.
 
Incap’s financial statements for 2006 will be published on Friday, 9 March 2007.
 
 
INCAP CORPORATION
Board of Directors
 
 
For additional information, contact:
Juhani Hanninen, President and CEO, tel. +358 50 556 7199
Tuula Ylimäki, Chief Financial Officer, tel. +358 40 347 2025
Hannele Pöllä, Director, Communications and Investor Relations, tel. +358 40 504 8296
 
PRESS CONFERENCE
Incap will arrange a conference for the press and securities analysts today at 10.00 a.m. at the World Trade Center Helsinki, in Meeting Room 1 on the 2nd floor, at the address Aleksanterinkatu 17, 00100 Helsinki.
 
DISTRIBUTION
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Incap Corporation is a fast-growing electronics contract manufacturer whose comprehensive service covers the entire product life cycle from design and manufacture to repair and maintenance services. The company’s main customer sectors are leading equipment suppliers in telecommunications, electrical power technology, the automation and process industries as well as measurement technology, safety electronics and health care. The Incap Group had revenue in 2005 of EUR 76.7 million and the company currently has a payroll of 550 employees. Incap’s share is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange and it is a component of the Nordic Small Cap list within the information technology sector. For additional information, visit www.incap.fi.