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Friday, 12 January 2018

No. 2 2018 Solar discloses the preliminary results for 2017 and writes down goodwill and customer lists

Solar A/S    

Published: 16:02 CET 12-01-2018 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Solar A/S / : SOLAR B /ISIN: DK0010274844

No. 2 2018 Solar discloses the preliminary results for 2017 and writes down goodwill and customer lists

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Solar has decided to disclose the preliminary, unaudited results for 2017 earlier than originally planned, as preliminary EBITA amounts to DKK 264m against the expected approx. DKK 285m.

 

The deviation in EBITA is primarily attributable to: 

  • approx. DKK -10m pertaining to related business, including MAG45, Scandinavian Technology Institute (STI) and Solar Polaris.
  • approx. DKK -7m in increased non-recurring costs primarily attributable to increased termination costs within the core business.

 

Furthermore, in connection with the preparations for Annual Report 2017, Solar has carried out a review of goodwill, customer lists and other intangible assets. Based on this review, the company has decided to write down goodwill, customer lists and other intangible assets by DKK 97m.

 

The write-downs are primarily related to goodwill and customer lists in connection with the company's activities in MAG45, a supply chain specialist, and STI, a training and consultancy company. Furthermore, the earn-out liability concerning STI has been reassessed. This reassessment has resulted in a DKK 15m reversal under financial income and expenses, net.

 

In addition, the Board of Directors has determined a need for write-down of the associated business BIMobject AB based on the share price development. This means that the value of BIMobject is written down by DKK 59m.

 

 

The write-downs affect Solar's Annual Report for 2017. We maintain our expectations for revenue of approx. DKK 11.7bn, corresponding to organic growth of approx. 6 %. We now expect EBITA for 2017 of approx. DKK 264m against previously approx. DKK 285m.

 

The financial consequences of the write-downs as well as the preliminary, unaudited key figures for 2017 are included in the below tables.

 

Select key figures for Solar Group, 2017*


DKK million

Prior to
write-downs

Effect of
write-downs


2017


2016

Revenue

11,769

-

11,769

11,072

EBITA

264

-

264

278

Amortisation

-72

-97

-169

-56

EBIT

192

-97

95

222

Net profit of associates

-11

-

-11

-

Impairment related to associates

0

-59

-59

-

Net profit before financial income and expenses

181

-156

25

222

Financial income and expenses, net

53

15

68

-34

Net profit before tax

234

-141

93

188

 

 

Q1-Q4
DKK million

Revenue
2017

Revenue
2016

EBITA
2017

EBITA
2016

Core business

11,313

10,748

309

290

Related business

456

324

-45

-12

Solar Group

11,769

11,072

264

278

 

Q4
DKK million

Revenue
2017

Revenue
2016

EBITA**
2017

EBITA
2016

Core business

3,015

2,916

94

107

Related business

124

94

-16

-5

Solar Group

3,139

3,010

78

102

* The stated figures are preliminary and subject to the finalisation of audit.

** Q4 2017 was affected by restructuring costs of approx. DKK 20m within the core business and approx. DKK 2m within related business. In Q4 2016, non-recurring costs relating to the core business amounted to DKK 5m., net.

 

 

Write-downs 2017

DKK million

Write-down

Core business

10

Related business

87

Digital, construction & services

59

Total

156

 

Annual Report 2017 will be published on 9 February 2018 in accordance with the financial calendar.

 

Yours sincerely,
Solar A/S

Jens Andersen

Contacts:
CEO Jens Andersen - tel. +45 79 30 02 01

CFO Michael H. Jeppesen - tel. +45 79 30 02 62

Director, Stakeholder Relations Charlotte Risskov Kræfting -
tel.
+45 40 34 29 08

 

Facts about Solar
Solar Group is a leading sourcing and services company. Our core business centres on product sourcing, value-adding services and optimisation of our customers' businesses.

Being a sourcing and services company, we focus on each individual customer. We always strive to understand our customers' unique and genuine needs in order to provide relevant, personal and value-adding services, turning our customers into winners.

Solar Group is headquartered in Denmark, generated revenue of approximately DKK 11.1bn in 2016 and has more than 3,000 employees. Solar is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen and operates under the short designation SOLAR B. For more information, please visit www.solar.eu.

Disclaimer
This announcement was published in English and Danish today via Nasdaq Copenhagen. In the event of any inconsistency between the two versions, the English version shall prevail.



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