init on course for further growth through innovations
- 2011 net profit up by 50 per cent, dividend to increase by 30 per cent to EUR 0.80
- Positive trend in transport telematics market continues after seven record years
- Sales target for 2012: “more than EUR 95m”, order backlog currently at around EUR 118m
Karlsruhe/Frankfurt, 29 March 2012. After as many as seven record years in a row, init innovation in traffic systems AG (ISIN DE 0005759807) continues on course for growth. “The record figures achieved in 2011 actually pre-empt some of the growth expected this year, but we are confident that sales and earnings in 2012 will grow further still in 2012,” the Managing Board confirmed today at the analyst and press conference held on the group’s financial statements in Frankfurt. At around EUR 118m, orders on hand were said to be at a high level and may further increase over the next few weeks when a number of major projects will come to a decision. Currently, revenues are expected to total “more than EUR 95m” in 2012.
Shareholders of init can also expect higher dividends. The Managing Board and the Supervisory Board plan to propose a payout of EUR 0.80 (2010: EUR 0.60) at the annual general meeting scheduled for 16 May. “We deliberately want to send a positive signal for the future,” said init founder and CEO Dr. Gottfried Greschner on presentation of the 2011 annual report.
First operating result (EBIT) to rise above EUR 20m
After a strong last quarter, sales and earnings in the init group notably ex-ceeded the targets set for 2011. Revenues rose by around 10 per cent to EUR 88.7m (2010: EUR 80.9m). Profits grew more strongly still presenting an even more satisfactory result with the group’s annual net profit up by 50 per cent to EUR 15.1m (2010: EUR 10.0m). This corresponds to earnings per share of EUR 1.51 (2010: EUR 1.00). For the first time, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) also climbed to EUR 20.4m (2010: EUR 15.1m). This saw the equity ratio peak at 26.4 per cent (2010: 21.5 per cent).
The Managing Board, however, also stressed that this above-average growth in earnings had been furthered by two special factors in 2011. At EUR 1.3m, the EBIT included the reduction of the risk provision for Dubai made possible after payments had been received, along with a special effect from the full takeover of id systeme GmbH to the amount of around EUR 1.5m. The Managing Board as a result specified a target EBIT for 2012 of EUR 19m “+X”.
According to Dr Greschner, the long-term growth scenario in the market for telematics, planning and electronic fare collection systems in public transport continues to be intact. “All over the world, public transport systems need to be set up, developed and modernised. This is apparent to us in the increasing number of international tenders and in the plethora of packages providing measures aimed at developing the transport infrastructure.”
The init CEO believes two trends to play an increasingly important role – the networking of telematics systems in local and long-distance transport, and the merging of ticketing and telematics systems. Both trends were picked up early on by init and translated into approved solutions in cooperation with customers. As a result, more than 3,000 vehicles of various transport operators in Bavaria now use an integrated system from init. In addition, init is installing the first e-ticketing project in Sacramento in the USA based on a highly innovative technology; passengers can now buy and pay contactless for tickets using their credit cards virtually in passing.
Interest from Asia in init innovations
Technological innovations such as these are intended to help init continue its growth momentum over the next few years. This includes special software solutions geared to facilitating the process of optimising the deployment of vehicles so that transport operators can cut three to five vehicles in a fleet of 100. This has met with keen interest particularly in Asia. Recently, init also introduced passenger information “apps” for all types of smartphones and for real-time analysis of statistical data for transport operators. In a further move, init is heavily involved in the sector-wide research project “European Bus System of the Future” (EBSF).
“With all the new potential opening up to us, we cannot afford to ignore though that the general economic risks have visibly increased over the last few months,” the CEO stressed in his outlook.
The annual report of init innovation in traffic systems AG is available on the Internet at www.initag.de/AR-2011.htm and on the website of Deutsche Börse.