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5.2.2024 17:45:14 CET | Demant A/S | Annual Financial Report

Company announcement no 2024-03      5 February 2024

Results for 2023 and outlook for 2024

 

Strong revenue growth of 14% (12% organic) in 2023 driven by excellent performance in Hearing Aids

EBIT of DKK 4,148 million in 2023 with EBIT margin expanding significantly by 2.2 percentage points to 18.5%

Very strong cash flow with CFFO of DKK 4,307 million and FCF of DKK 3,476 million

Decision to undertake review of strategic options for Communications business

Outlook for 2024: Organic growth of 4-8% and EBIT of DKK 4,600-5,000 million in Hearing Healthcare

 

2023 has been an outstanding year for Demant, and we upgraded our financial guidance twice during the year, which clearly illustrates the relevance of our products to customers. Hearing Aids, in particular, delivered a very strong performance with 22% organic growth in sales to external customers, and spearheaded by the succesful roll-out of Oticon Real, we continued our journey to improve the lives of people living with hearing loss through innovative products and dedicated focus on personalised care. We delivered very strong cash flow and increased profitability, while continuing to strengthen our competitive position in the market, and we will soon be launching new flagship hearing aids that will further enhance our offering to customers and users going forward.

 

As far as our Communications business is concerned, the market for enterprise solutions has unfortunately remained weak, and along with our decision to wind down our Gaming activities, this has led to negative results in 2023. However, following significant cost reductions over the last couple of years, the business is now on a path to profitability, so it is a good time to explore whether the next step of this journey for Communications is better realised under different ownership. We are therefore undertaking a review of strategic options for the business with a view to finding the best owner to take the business forward and realise its full potential,” says Søren Nielsen, President & CEO of Demant.

 

 

Revenue (DKK million)

 

Growth

Business area

Q4 2023

Q4 2022

 

Organic

Acquisitive

LCY

FX

Reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Hearing Aids, total sales

3,100

2,703

 

16%

0%

16%

-1%

15%

   Hearing Aids, internal sales

-482

-395

 

18%

6%

24%

-2%

22%

Hearing Aids, external sales

2,618

2,308

 

16%

-1%

15%

-1%

13%

Hearing Care

2,423

2,173

 

8%

6%

14%

-3%

12%

Diagnostics

659

612

 

8%

3%

11%

-3%

8%

Hearing Healthcare

5,700

5,093

 

12%

2%

14%

-2%

12%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications

185

252

 

-25%

0%

-25%

-2%

-27%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group

5,885

5,345

 

10%

2%

12%

-2%

10%

 

 

Revenue (DKK million)

 

Growth

Business area

H2 2023

H2 2022

 

Organic

Acquisitive

LCY

FX

Reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Hearing Aids, total sales

6,024

5,149

 

18%

0%

18%

-1%

17%

   Hearing Aids, internal sales

-976

-865

 

11%

6%

16%

-3%

13%

Hearing Aids, external sales

5,048

4,284

 

20%

-1%

19%

-1%

18%

Hearing Care

4,575

4,191

 

7%

6%

13%

-4%

9%

Diagnostics

1,284

1,225

 

7%

2%

10%

-5%

5%

Hearing Healthcare

10,907

9,700

 

13%

2%

15%

-3%

12%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications

381

508

 

-22%

0%

-22%

-3%

25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group

11,288

10,208

 

11%

2%

13%

-3%

11%

Unless otherwise indicated, the commentary below relates to H2 2023. For accounting purposes, the Communications business is recognised as part of the Group’s continuing operations in 2023 but will be recognised as a discontinued operation in 2024 and going forward. Financial figures in this announcement are unaudited, pending the release of the Group’s Annual Report 2023 on 6 February 2024.

  • The Group generated organic growth of 11% (Q4: 10%) driven entirely by Hearing Healthcare. Growth from acquisitions added 2% (Q4: 2%) and exchange rate effects -3% (Q4: -2%), and total reported growth was 11% (Q4: 10%). For the full year, organic growth was 12%, with growth from acquisitions adding 3% and exchange rate effects -1%. Total reported growth for the Group thus amounted to 14% in 2023.
  • Hearing Healthcare saw organic growth of 13% (Q4: 12%) driven by particularly strong growth in Hearing Aids, with additional growth of 2% (Q4: 2%) related to acquisitions in Hearing Care and Diagnostics.
    • Hearing Aids continued to perform very strongly with high double-digit growth, driven by the continued success of our premium hearing aids launched in Q1, including Oticon Real. Growth was primarily driven by units (11%), but we also saw a positive impact from ASP (7%), as our success in the premium price segment drove positive mix effects, particularly in Q4. Organic growth in our total sales decelerated from 21% in Q3 to 16% in Q4 due to strong comparative figures and lower sales to certain large accounts. During February, we will begin the roll-out of new, premium, industry-leading hearing aids in our main brands, including our new flagship product, Oticon Intent, all of which will support growth in 2024.
    • Hearing Care saw positive momentum with good organic growth in most medium-sized markets. Growth in France was slightly negative, while the US saw positive growth. Organic growth improved sequentially from 6% in Q3 to 8% in Q4, which was supported by very low comparative figures in China. In H2, growth was primarily driven by units, but supported by an ASP that was positively impacted by a favourable product mix following our premium launch in Q1. In line with our strategic priorities, we continued to acquire clinics, which contributed considerably to growth in the period.
    • Diagnostics saw solid performance with organic growth of 7% in H2 despite the continuously negative impact of weak market dynamics in China. We saw a slightly increasing growth rate from 6% in Q3 to 8% in Q4, helped by lower comparative figures. Growth continued to be supported by minor acquisitions.
  • Communications saw organic growth of -22% (Q4: -25%), and the markets for enterprise solutions and gaming headsets remained challenging. Our Enterprise Solutions business saw organic growth of -21% (Q4: -18%), and the end to the year was below expectations. Following the decision to wind down our Gaming activities (approx. 15% of revenue in Communications in Q4), most of our inventory has been cleared at significantly reduced prices, which – along with other minor one-off costs – negatively impacted EBIT in H2 by approx. DKK 60 million.
  • The Group’s gross margin was 74.2%, a sequential improvement of 0.9 percentage point compared to H1, which is in line with our expectations. The improvement was driven by Hearing Healthcare, which more than offset the significant decline in the gross margin in Communications due to the winding down of Gaming. Compared to H2 2022, the gross margin declined marginally by 0.1 percentage point.
  • OPEX grew organically by 3% with additional growth of 4% from acquisitions and -3% from exchange rate effects. The increased OPEX reflects investments in Hearing Healthcare, where we continued to increase our R&D capacity and expand distribution both organically and through acquisitions, but in Communications, OPEX declined as a result of previously announced cost reduction measures.
  • In H2 2023, the Group’s EBIT amounted to DKK 2,134 million, corresponding to an EBIT margin of 18.9%. The increase of 3.0 percentage points compared to H2 2022 is attributable to material operating leverage in Hearing Healthcare, which delivered a strong EBIT margin improvement in the period. This more than offset weak profitability in Communications. For the full year, EBIT amounted to DKK 4,148 million, which is an increase of 29% versus 2022 and corresponds to an EBIT margin of 18.5%.
  • Primarily due to higher profitability and supported by a slight improvement in the net working capital, the Group delivered very strong cash flow in H2, with CFFO of DKK 2,472 million and FCF of DKK 1,993 million. Following a lower-than-expected level of acquisitions in H1, we saw activities picking up in H2 where we spent DKK 622 million on acquisitions, although this amount remained below our original plans.
  • Following our decision to resume share buy-backs in November 2023, we bought back shares worth DKK 829 million in H2, and the Group’s gearing multiple (NIBD/EBITDA) was 2.2 at 31 December 2023, which is in line with our medium- to long-term target of 2.0-2.5.
  • Profit after tax from discontinued operations, which in 2023 comprised our Hearing Implants business, amounted to DKK -81 million. The divestment of our cochlear implants business is still expected to close in H1 2024.
  • Following the launch of our gender diversity targets in 2022, the share of women in top management increased to 27% in 2023, an improvement of 4 percentage points compared to 2022, driven by focused actions, such as inclusive leadership training and inclusive recruitment initiatives.
  • In H2, Scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions amounted to 14,973 tonnes, which is a decrease of 15% compared to 2022 and driven by an increased use of renewable electricity.

 

  • We have decided to undertake a review of strategic options for Communications to explore whether a different owner may be better positioned to accelerate growth and to allow the business to realise its full potential. The review is expected to be completed by the end of H1 2024. For accounting purposes, the business will be recognised as part of discontinued operations in 2024 and going forward.

 

Outlook for 2024

Our outlook for 2024 for continuing operations (Hearing Healthcare) is summarised in the table below:

 

Metric

Outlook for 2024

Organic growth

4-8%

EBIT

DKK 4,600-5,000 million

Share buy-backs

More than DKK 2,000 million

 

The outlook is based on a number of key assumptions as described below:

 

  • We expect the unit growth rate in the global hearing aid market in 2024 to be in line with the structural growth rate of 4-6%. We expect a negative impact of ASP declines around the normal level of 1-2% due to mix effects.
  • We expect the cash allocated to bolt-on acquisitions in 2024 to be higher than normal due to the postponement of some acquisitions from 2023 and a good pipeline of attractive opportunities.
  • Communications will be recognised as part of discontinued operations. We expect profit after tax related to Communications to be negative by DKK 100-150 million. This relates entirely to an expected full-year operating loss and does not include any financial impact related to the review of strategic options.
  • The divestment of our cochlear implants business is expected to close in H1 2024. Our bone anchored hearing systems business will remain with the Group for now, pending a review of our strategic options. For the full year 2024, we expect profit after tax related to Hearing Implants to be around DKK 0 million.

 

For modelling purposes, we provide further assumptions for 2024 below:

 

Metric

Assumption for 2024

Acquisitive growth

1% based on revenue from acquisitions completed as of 4 February 2024

FX growth

-1% based on exchange rates as of 4 February 2024 and including the impact of hedging

Effective tax rate

Around 24%

Profit after tax from discontinued operations

Negative by DKK 100-150 million, entirely related to Communications, with profit after tax for Hearing Implants to be around DKK 0 million

 

Conference call details

Demant will host a conference call on 6 February 2024 at 14:00 CET. A live webcast of the call will be available on our website www.demant.com. If you would like to attend the conference call to ask questions, please pre-register here to receive the dial-in numbers and access codes. A presentation for the call will be uploaded on our website shortly before the call.

 

 

Further information:

Søren Nielsen, President & CEO

Phone +45 3917 7300

www.demant.com

Other contacts:

René Schneider, CFO

Mathias Holten Møller, Head of Investor Relations

Peter Pudselykke, Investor Relations Officer

Henrik Axel Lynge Buchter, Manager of External Communications

Key figures and financial ratios (1/2)

 

(DKK million)

H2 2023

H2 2022

Change

FY 2023

FY 2022

Change

Hearing Healthcare

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

10,907

9,700

12%

21,601

    18,645

16%

Organic growth

13%

5%

 

14%

5%

 

Gross margin

76.1%

75.9%

 

75.6%

76.1%

 

EBIT

2,344

       1,748

34%

4,506

       3,443

31%

EBIT margin

21.5%

18.0%

 

20.9%

18.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

381

          508

-25%

842

       1,060

-21%

Organic growth

-22%

-13%

 

-19%

-13%

 

Gross margin

17.8%

43.9%

 

26.6%

45.0%

 

EBIT

-210

        -129

n.a.

-358

        -236

n.a.

EBIT margin

-54.9%

-25.4%

 

-42.5%

-22.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

11,288

    10,208

11%

22,443

    19,705

14%

Organic growth

11%

3%

 

12%

4%

 

Gross margin

74.2%

74.3%

 

73.7%

74.4%

 

EBITDA

2,820

       2,255

25%

5,482

       4,383

25%

EBITDA margin

25.0%

22.1%

 

24.4%

22.2%

 

EBIT

2,134

       1,619

32%

4,148

       3,207

29%

EBIT margin

18.9%

15.9%

 

18.5%

16.3%

 

Net financial items

-395

        -185

114%

-754

        -280

169%

Profit after tax – continuing operations

1,297

       1,118

16%

2,555

       2,276

12%

Profit after tax – discontinued operations

--81

           -84

n.a.

-757

        -192

n.a.

Profit for the period

1,216

       1,035

17%

1,798

       2,084

-14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

30,546

    29,857

2%

30,546

    29,857

2%

Net interest-bearing debt (NIBD)

12,280

    12,711

-3%

12,280

    12,711

-3%

Equity

9,338

       8,562

9%

9,338

       8,562

9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from operating activities (CFFO)

2,472

       1,707

45%

4,335

       2,622

65%

Investment in property, plant and equipment, net

327

          329

-1%

633

          630

0%

Free cash flow (FCF)

1,993

       1,219

63%

3,483

       1,617

115%

Share buy-backs

829

          533

56%

846

       1,840

-54%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We refer to section 9.1 of Annual Report 2023 for a description of the accounting policies for key figures and financial ratios.

 

 

Key figures and financial ratios (2/2)

 

 

H2 2023

H2 2022

Change

FY 2023

FY 2022

Change

Other key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gearing multiple (NIBD/EBITDA)

2.2

           2.9

 

2.2

           2.9

 

Earnings per share (EPS) – continuing operations, DKK

5.81

         4.99

17%

11.44

       10.06

-14%

Earnings per share (EPS), DKK

5.44

         4.61

18%

8.04

         9.21

-13%

Free cash flow per share (FCFPS), DKK

8.93

         5.40

65%

15.61

         7.15

118%

Share price, end of period, DKK

296.00

    192.55

54%

296.00

    192.55

54%

Average number of shares outstanding, million

223.13

224.06

-0%

223.13

226.01

-1%

Average number of employees

21,413

20,349

5%

21,168

19,239

10%

Scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions (tonnes)1

14,973

17,644

-15%

30,469

35,862

-15%

Gender diversity, Board of Directors (women/men)2

40/60%

40/60%

 

40/60%

40/60%

 

Gender diversity, all managers (women/men)

47/53%

44/56%

 

47/53%

44/56%

 

Gender diversity, top level management (women/men)

27/73%

 23/77%

 

27/73%

23/77%

 

 

 

1 Figures in 2022 have been restated in order to recognise new acquisitions, which were not included in 2022.

2 Shareholder-elected members.

 

 

Full-year growth rates by business area

 

 

Revenue (DKK million)

 

Growth

Business area

FY 2023

FY 2022

 

Organic

Acquisitive

LCY

FX

Reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Hearing Aids, total sales

12,112

9,991

 

21%

0%

21%

1%

21%

   Hearing Aids, internal sales

-2,076

-1,760

 

14%

6%

20%

-2%

18%

Hearing Aids, external sales

10,036

8,231

 

22%

-1%

21%

1%

22%

Hearing Care

9,083

8,123

 

8%

7%

15%

-3%

12%

Diagnostics

2,482

2,291

 

7%

4%

11%

-3%

8%

Hearing Healthcare

21,601

18,645

 

14%

3%

17%

-1%

16%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications

842

1,060

 

-19%

0%

-19%

-2%

-21%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group

22,443

19,705

 

12%

3%

15%

-1%

14%

 

Contacts

  • Henrik Axel Lynge Buchter, External Communication Manager, Corporate Communication & Sustainability, +45 2264 9982, heey@demant.com

About Demant A/S

Demant is a world-leading hearing healthcare group that offers solutions and services to help people with hearing loss connect with the world around them. In every aspect, from hearing devices, hearing implants, diagnostics to audio and video solutions and hearing care all over the world, Demant is active and engaged. Our innovative technologies and know-how help improve people’s health and hear-ing. We create life-changing differences through hearing health.

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