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Elekta ended FY22 on a healthy note, with Q4 results exceeding street expectations. Sales growth was witnessed in both segments. Importantly, order intake growth was maintained and the dividend was also increased by c.9%. Although profitability was visibly restrained and management expects challenges to remain in Q1, the firm’s innovation prowess, partnership initiatives and promising long-term oncology market dynamics support Elekta’s investment case and, hence, the firm emerges as one of our p
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Elekta has released its Q3 21/22 results. While healthy order intake growth is a validation of the underlying recovery in oncology treatment markets, the firm’s performance is being restrained by supply-chain constraints (resulting in both lower installations and higher costs). While our estimates should reset lower and the near term could remain uncertain, looking beyond the transient challenges, Elekta’s long-term attractiveness remains intact.
Elekta reported weak Q3 21/22 preliminary results, with sales well below street expectations. Supply-chain challenges impacted both sales and operating profitability. Although order intake growth was maintained. Overall, while the firm has promising offerings, which should perform well as underlying demand recovers, the near-term (profitability) is expected to remain under pressure and, hence, our estimates should be rationalised.
Elekta’s Q2 results (particularly profitability) came in ahead of market expectations. While margin pressure has continued, the sales growth and order-book progression have remained encouraging. As oncology markets continue to recover and the promising market potential remains intact, the likes of Elekta remain in a sweet spot. Although, near-term profitability challenges are likely to persist and re-emerging COVID-19 risks could be another sentiment dampener.
Impact of recovering markets was evident in Elekta’s Q1 sales growth and adjusted order intake numbers. However, the material weakening of margins came as a surprise. While the re-emerging pandemic risks are guided to result in near-term margin pressure, the firm remains on track to unlock healthy sales growth opportunities. Moreover, with better-margin products expected to pick up momentum, the margin progression story remains intact. Add on top the expected recovery in oncology markets, and ou
Driven by a growing presence in the underserved emerging markets and an increasing proportion of faster-growing software/ service business in the total mix, Elekta’s sales momentum is set to accelerate in the mid-term. Moreover, innovation and strategic partnerships with industry bigwigs should ensure a sustained market share gain. Top-line growth will be accompanied by margin expansion on the back of operational leverage and efficiency gains, with Unity leading from the front.
Sales momentum decelerated in Q4 as installations took a hit, especially in emerging markets. Profitability came under pressure impacted by higher supply chain and service costs. However, Elekta’s order intake surged 18%, comfortably outpacing the market leader. As pent-up demand is now being unleashed, positive order growth is here to stay. Moreover, as the market situation continues to recover, Elekta’s ability to install systems should improve, thereby pushing up sales. Details on the new mid
Sales momentum accelerated in Q3 driven by improving market conditions and better access to customers’ installation sites – the solutions business grew faster than services business. Geographically, Asia-Pacific led the pack and the Americas returned to growth, though recovery lost pace in EMEA. Notably, profitability was hit by higher supply chain costs and an unfavourable product mix. Although the gross order intake was back in the black, it missed expectations with EMEA playing spoilsport. Gi
Despite the challenging market conditions, Elekta outperformed its rivals in Q2 – in both terms of revenue and order growth. Operating profitability reached a new high driven by a favourable product mix and strict cost management. Although Q3 could be negatively impacted due to the new wave of lockdowns, a new product launch, Harmony, which complements Unity, could enable Elekta to outgrow the market when a rival is undergoing an integration phase. The new reimbursement model could also be favou
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Elekta’s Q1 results showed resilience in challenging market conditions. While the top-line benefited from higher service revenue and double-digit growth in China, profitability outperformance was driven by a favourable product mix and strict cost management. Importantly, in the weak radiotherapy market, gross order intake was in the black on the back of a big order from GenesisCare in the US. With Unity now in the growth phase of commercialisation and a new linac around the corner, Elekta’s mid-
Benefiting from the super-rich valuations offered by Siemens Healthineers for the proposed acquisition of Varian Medical, Elekta, a direct competitor, surged c.15% yesterday. With the No.1 player in the oligopolistic radiation therapy market now grabbed, there is a possibility that the No.2 player, Elekta, might also be grasped by an industry bigwig. In our view, Royal Philips, which has been a strategic partner for Elekta, might be interested in the family-owned business in the mid-term.
While Q4 sales and order intake growth were affected due to limited access to hospitals, the speed-up of installations in April meant that FY19/20 targets were over-achieved. Positive sales development in the US and the resilience of the services business, thanks to digitalisation, also played a part. Although order growth could be under pressure in H1 20/21 – as hospitals trim their capex – Elekta’s healthy order backlog should ensure steady revenue in FY20/21. The big order from GenesisCare an
Sales missed expectations in Q3 due to the delay in installations of linacs in the US. Order intake was also weak with the US being the main drag. However, the new regional manager’s aggressiveness could put the US back on track. Also, given the robust sales funnel of Unity, the 75 units order target could be achieved three months early. While margin expansion also remains on track, driven by an improving product mix and the cost-cutting programme, Coronavirus is a near-term threat.
Elekta, a market leader in radiotherapy, is set to outgrow the industry in the mid-term – driven by potential pick-up in demand for its new linac (Unity) and expected orders from China. Moreover, with robust margin expansion potential – led by an increasing proportion of Unity and software/service revenue and targeted cost-savings – earnings should grow healthily. Throw on top a sturdy balance sheet and a consistently-increasing dividend flow, Elekta is attractive at current levels. We initiate
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EKF has reported a strong H1, with revenues of £37.5m and double-digit growth in underlying non-Covid related business. Management reports it is trading in line with expectations for the full year and we make no change to our profit forecasts at this stage. New growth initiatives are proceeding to plan and should lead to accelerated core growth from FY23 onwards. We continue to see substantial upside on successful execution with the shares trading on an FY23 P/E of 13.1x and an EV/EBITDA of just
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Kromek reported full-year results to 30 April that were in line with the trading update of 16 May. Record visibility over our FY 2023 revenue forecast of £18m (c.53% of which is already contracted and 37% “Awarded not Contracted”, with the balance from its normal monthly run rate) is a great start for FY 2023 on which the company can build further. We are leaving forecasts unchanged for the moment, despite additional contract wins, and expect to introduce FY 2024 forecasts at the time of its int
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Kromek announced a £1.7m fundraise by way of the issue of convertible loan notes (8% coupon, 18-month conversion period at 15p per share), which will allow the company to minimise any potential supply-chain disruption to the delivery of contracts during the year. We make only minor changes to forecasts to reflect the additional interest (c.£0.1m) accrued, with adjusted pre-tax loss increasing to £5.0m. We leave our target valuation of £118m (27p) unchanged, with near-term catalysts (e.g. a secon
Ahead of its upcoming results, ECO has issued an update flagging an issue around a sales tax liability and the treatment of certain items of capitalised development, offset by a foreign exchange gain will result in it reporting FY22 Adj EBITDA of ~£6.5m vs SCMe £7.1m. It has also indicated trading in China has been difficult in Q1 FY23, particularly with the large producers, but margins have improved on mix. Trading in the Rest of the World has been strong YTD. Given the proximity to the results
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Smith & Nephew reported mostly in-line Q2 22 numbers, missing the top-line estimates (-0.6%) but beating on the trading profit (+0.5%), albeit marginally.
The Q2 performance was overshadowed by a 100bp margin downgrade for FY22 (-50bps Y-o-Y vs +50bps previously), which sent the stock ~9% lower in the session following the update. The reiteration of the top-line growth outlook of 4-5% was no help either.
We will cut our estimates, largely to reflect the soft margin guidance.
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Belluscura has announced that it has entered into a Group Purchasing Organisation Product Supply Agreement with VGM Group which further expands its distribution network across the US.
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For the year to 30 April 2022 Kromek reported results in line with the Trading Update of 16 May: revenue of £12.1m, +16.5%YoY, and an EBITDA (adj.) loss of £1.2m. We estimate revenue in the Advanced Imaging division grew 28% YoY to £4.6m, whilst the CBRN segment grew 1.5x to £5.4m.
Kromek reports that it expects growth to accelerate in both its core segments – security-related CBRN and advanced imaging – with the prospect of “a substantial year-on-year increase in revenue”. The CBRN segment in