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A deceptive bottom-line and very conservative guidance for 2016

  • 09 Feb 16

TomTom reported Q4 revenues of €282.5m, up 9.3% vs. the previous year. Consumer accounted for the majority of the revenues with €176m, but saw its yoy growth slowing down to 2.2%. All the other segments grew by double-digit figures: 28.4% for Automotive (€30.3m), 24.4% for Licensing (€39m) and 19% for Telematics (€37m). For the full year 2015, revenues reached €1,007m, up 5.9%. Consumer accounted for most of the revenues and displayed flattish growth (€624m, +0.7%), due to lower PND revenues. Automotive was down 3.3% (€106m), due to the phasing out of legacy products. Licensing (€142m) and Telematics (€135m) were up by double-digit figures, respectively 27.3% and 22.5%. Telematics reached the 605,000 subscribers mark, up 30% from the 464,000 2014 figure, due to dynamic organic growth and the acquisition of the Polish fleet management solutions provider Finder in December, which added over 60,000 vehicles. The gross margin for Q4 came in at 49.2%, down 220bp yoy and 390bp sequentially, mostly due to an €11m impairment charge in Automotive. For the full year, the gross margin decreased to 51.5% from 55.1%, due to strong negative currency effects (at constant exchange rates, it would have reached 56%). The EBIT margin for the full year was nil, hampered by the Automotive business (-32%) but offset by Telematics (29.4%), while Consumer and Licensing are neutral. For the full year 2016, the company is expecting revenues to grow to c. €1,050m, and adjusted EPS to increase by 10%, with higher investments (opex and capex) in core technologies, especially in Automotive.

Solid top-line but gross margin impacted by stronger dollar

  • 21 Jul 15

Revenues grew 5% to €265m, up from: €252m in Q2 14 (3% revenue growth in H1 15 to €470m, up from €457m in H1 14). Consumer sales fell by 2% to €164.9m, driven by a single-digit decline of PND and related content & services revenue, offset by a mid double-digit increase in sports revenue. Automotive saw a strong 15% decline as anticipated to €26m due to the draw down on certain Automotive Hardware contracts which were linked, however TomTom continued to book new business at levels which will support a growing business from next year onwards. Telematics continued to grow strongly in Q2 (up 37% and 30% over H1) with sales reaching €35m as TomTom passed 500k subscriptions. Finally, Licensing also grew by 42% over the course of Q2 to €35.1m (€25m in Q2 14) or 27% over H1 15 (€67m in revenues) reflecting the improved deal with Apple and the signing of a deal with Telefonica and Mozilla to supply Maps Online and Nav Online to mobiles running Firefox OS. TomTom’s gross margin fell to 51% from 56% in Q2 14, impacted by 5ppts by the stronger dollar. As a result, EBITDA fell to €28m (Q2 14: €37m) and TomTom's net result came in at €3m, down from €9m in Q2 14. At the end of Q2, TomTom maintains a very healthy net cash position of €77m. The guidance for revenue and adjusted EPS for the full year is maintained. TomTom continues to expect revenues to grow to around €1bn, and adjusted EPS is expected to come in at c. €0.20. TomTom does however now expect to increase its investments moderately in terms of both capex and opex to develop further its core technologies. This is mostly as a result of the stronger dollar.