2022 full-year earnings positive
• Business impacted by difficulties sourcing electronic components
• Income from ordinary operations stable at €1.3m
• Positive net income of €0.2m
• 2023 objectives: revenues of around €40m and improvement in profitability
• Proposed payout of €0.05 per share for FY 2022
• Christian Dupont appointed as Chairman of the Executive Board
Bezons, April 14, 2023 – 8:00am – RIBER, the global leader for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipment serving the semiconductor industry, is releasing its full-year earnings for 2022.
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During FY 2022, RIBER recorded a strong level of commercial development, as shown by its high order intake, including 14 systems and an option for an additional four systems. Nevertheless, the supply chain disruption affecting electronic components resulted in the deferral of the delivery of two research systems to 2023, representing a total of €2.9m, despite the Company’s efforts to diversify its sourcing capacity.
In addition, RIBER has stopped marketing a range of evaporators for the OLED market.
In this context, 2022 full-year revenues came to €27.8m, down -11% from 2021. Sales of MBE systems contracted -15% to €14.8m, for six machines delivered, compared with eight in 2021. Sales of services and accessories are down -6% from a high basis for comparison to €13.0m, representing 46.8% of 2022 revenues.
The gross margin came to €9.8m, representing 35.2% of revenues, stable versus 2021(35.4%).
Operating expenditure is stable (€9.8m). R&D investments totaled €3.2m, representing 12% of revenues, stable compared with 2021. Sales and marketing costs are up (+18% in line with the strong growth in order intake), while administrative costs are stable overall.
Income from ordinary operations amounted to €1.3m, comparable to 2021.
Operating income broke even, compared with a €1.3m profit in 2021. It is impacted by non-current charges for €1.3m, in particular due to the decision to discontinue the OLED evaporator product line, which led to the depreciation of inventories.
Net income totaled €0.2m, compared with €1.5m in 2021. In 2022, it included +€0.4m of financial income and expenses, linked primarily to the revaluation in euros of receivables denominated in US dollars and Yuan.
Cash flow and balance sheet
The cash position at end-2022 was positive at €6.1m, up +€0.2m from the end of 2021. This change reflects the good level of cash flow from operations and the improvement in working capital requirements.
Net financial debt decreased to €1.3m at December 31, 2022, compared with €2.4m one year earlier.
Shareholders’ equity totaled €18.8m, down -€1.0m from end-2021. This change is linked to earnings for the year and the distribution of amounts drawn against the issue premium for 2021 to shareholders.
During FY 2022, new order intake improved significantly, with 14 systems ordered over the period and a good level of orders recorded for services and accessories.
This robust development helped significantly strengthen the order book at December 31, 2022, up +102% to €29.9m and including 11 MBE systems (€24.6m), as well as orders for services and accessories (€5.3m).
This order book does not include the additional order for a production system announced on February 20, 2023, or the option to buy announced on June 8, 2022 covering four production machines for which the firm orders will be confirmed in 2023 when the export license is obtained.
In view of these elements, RIBER is confident that it will be able to achieve revenues of around €40m, driven by 40% growth compared with 2022. This growth in business is expected to be combined with a significant improvement in profitability.
In a still buoyant market context, with robust demand for the Company’s systems, RIBER is expected to continue taking orders in 2023, capitalizing on a strong pipeline of prospects.
Distribution of amounts drawn against the “issue premium” account
Illustrating its confidence in the Company’s outlook, the Executive Board will submit a proposal to shareholders at the General Meeting on June 20, 2023 to approve a cash payout based on reimbursing part of the issue premium for €0.05 per share. It will be released for payment on July 5, 2023.
During its meeting today, chaired by Ms Annie Geoffroy, RIBER’s Supervisory Board appointed Mr Christian Dupont as Chairman of the Company’s Executive Board from April 13, 2023, replacing Mr Michel Picault, who is still a member of the Company’s Executive Board.
This appointment will make it possible to ramp up RIBER’s robust growth and expansion in a buoyant market environment.
Mr Christian Dupont, Chairman of RIBER’s Executive Board
After graduating as an engineer from EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Mr Christian Dupont, 59, began his career in 1988 with Texas Instruments, where in 1992 he helped create its Wireless business unit, which became the wireless semiconductor market leader for 15 years. He was a Marketing Manager before being appointed to head up the business unit wireless USA in Dallas and Nice, where he was in charge of the wireless business unit in Europe. From 2007 to 2010, he was CEO of the startup Varioptic (electro-optics), which was sold to Parrot, before serving until 2015 as CEO of PoLight in Norway (MEMS Auto-Focus), which listed on Oslo’s stock market. From 2015 to 2021, he was Chairman and CEO of CEO-CF, the leading collaboration platform for executives from high-growth European technology companies. In 2018, as CEO, he helped restructure and refinance Dolphin Integration (semiconductors), taken over by Soitec and MBDA. From 2019, he was CEO of Digitsole (digital health).
• April 28, 2023 – 8:00am: 2023 first-quarter revenues and 2022 annual financial report
• June 20, 2023 – 10:00am: General Meeting
The annual financial statements were approved by the Executive Board and, on April 13, 2023, were also approved by the Supervisory Board. The statutory auditors have completed the audit procedures on the corporate and consolidated accounts. The certification report will be issued once the necessary procedures have been finalized for publishing the full-year financial report.
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2023 - 08:00 am