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• Growth continued also in the second quarter of 2010: sales revenues of 101.3 million Euro, +33% vs. the same period last year
The results confirm the trend of growth and profitability recovery over the last five consecutive quarters.
The first half of 2010, boosted by the very favourable performance in the second quarter of 2010 both in terms of sales revenues and of profitability, closed with a consolidated net profit of 11.3 million versus a loss of 14.5 million Euro recorded in the first half of 2009. In the second quarter of 2010 sales revenues stand at 101.3 million Euro (up by +33.3% on the second quarter of 2009 and up by 13.2% on the first quarter of 2010) and the net profit stands at 7.1 million Euro (from a loss of 9.0 million Euro in the second quarter of 2009 and up by 72.2% on the first quarter of 2010).
Mauro Sacchetto, CEO of Datalogic S.p.A. commented: "We are truly satisfied with the brilliant results achieved in the first six months of 2010, which prove the validity of the prompt decisions implemented as of spring last year and pursued with determination over subsequent quarters. These decisions enabled us to fully exploit and magnify the effects of the moderate global recovery that we are witnessing, as the 28% increase in turnover demonstrates. In fact, 2Q10 revenues are aligned with pre-crisis levels. Datalogic's growth is also the result of our committed focus to the efficiency and control of structural costs, which has enabled us to make a leap forward in profitability. This is also shown by the EBITDA margin, which has risen from 2.6% in the first six-month period of 2009 to the current 13.6% which is in line with pre-crisis parameters. These results are the reward for the hard work of the entire Datalogic team and bring hope for the future following five quarters of profitability growth. Furthermore, this translates into a major reduction in financial exposure, despite development-targeted investments. The recent acquisition of the American company Evolution Robotics Retail, a leader in the market of solutions based on the ground-breaking visual pattern recognition technology, allows us to reinforce our innovation skills and confirm our technological leadership. And so Datalogic's focus on the constant innovation of products and processes which has enabled us to become worldwide leaders, renowned in our reference market, continues".
The first half of 2010 closed with consolidated sales revenues of 190.8 million Euro (up by +28% vs. 149.1 million recorded in the same period last year). With constant Euro/USD exchange rates, growth would have been equal to 27.7%
Group EBITDA leapt from 3.8 million Euro in the first half of 2009 to 25.9 million Euro and EBITDA margin improved recording 13.6% vs 2.6% in the first half of 2009, returning nearly to pre-crisis levels.
With financial charges reduced by 8.1% to 3.0 million Euro vs. 3.3 million Euro in the first half of 2009 and foreign exchange revenues of 2.3 million Euro, the consolidated net profit grew to 11.3 million Euro vs a loss of 14.5 million Euro in the same period last year.
At June 30th, 2010 the net financial position was negative by 92.1 million Euro with a significant improvement compared to its position at December 31st, 2009 (negative by 100.5 million Euro). Net working capital was 46.6 million Euro at 30 June 2010 recording growth of 3.4 million Euro vs. 43.2 million Euro at 31 December 2009.
All results of the second quarter 2010 improved as compared to the second quarter of 2009 and to the previous quarter, thus confirming the validity of strategic decisions. In detail, sales increased to 101.3 million Euro (up by +33.3% vs. the second quarter of 2009 and up by +13.2% on the previous quarter), EBITDA improved recording 15.3 million Euro (from 4.3 million Euro in the second quarter of 2009 and up by 44.9% on the first quarter of 2010), and EBITANR improved recording 12.4 million Euro (from 0.6 million Euro in the second quarter of 2009 and up by +61.7% versus the previous quarter).
All operating Divisions of the Group recorded impressive growth in the first half and in second quarter of 2010 both in terms of sales and of profitability, showing an acceleration in the second quarter.
Growth by geographical area was significant especially in the emerging markets of Asia and South America recording an increase of 63% and 82% respectively in the first half of 2010 versus the same period last year (from 14 million Euro to 22.9 million Euro and from 13.4 million Euro to 24.3 million Euro) mainly thanks to Datalogic Automation (+154%) in Asia and to Datalogic Mobile (+130%) in South America. North America posted 18% growth from 44.3 million Euro to 52.3 million Euro, and Europe grew by 18% from 77.5 million Euro to 91.3 million Euro.