In an uncertain trading environment, discoverIE generated 5% organic year-on-year revenue growth in H120 and 6% organic growth in Q220. The Design & Manufacturing (D&M) business is the key driver of revenue growth, resulting in 12% organic growth in Q220. Management believes the company is on track to meet its underlying earnings expectations for FY20; we maintain our forecasts.
discoverIE saw reported and constant currency revenue growth of 9% y-o-y in H120. Q220 constant currency growth of 11% accelerated from the 8% generated in Q120. On an organic constant currency basis, H120 revenues grew 5%, with Q120 growth of 4% and Q220 growth of 6%. The D&M business saw a strong performance, with organic constant currency growth of 7% in H120 (Q120 +4%, Q220 +12%) and strong demand in target growth areas including renewables and transportation. Custom Supply (CS) revenues were flat y-o-y as a larger proportion of sales are generated outside target growth markets. Gross margin for H120 was consistent with the margin in H119. Integration of the recent Hobart and Positek acquisitions is progressing well.
H120 group order intake was 4% higher y-o-y on an organic constant currency basis, with Q120 growth of 3% accelerating to 7% in Q220. D&M was the key driver of growth in orders, whereas CS saw a small decline y-o-y. The group order book of £153m at the end of H120 was 15% higher y-o-y in constant currency and 11% higher on an organic basis. The company believes it is on track to deliver full year underlying earnings in line with the board’s expectations. We maintain our forecasts.
While the share price is up 11% year to date, discoverIE continues to trade at a discount to peers (20% discount based on FY20e P/E). Further progress in increasing the weighting of business towards D&M (64% of H120 revenues vs 61% in FY19), combined with maintaining the profitability of the CS business, should help to reduce the discount. As discoverIE increases the proportion of revenues generated from D&M, we would expect to see meaningful increases in operating margins, which should flow through to the earnings level, and we expect it to make further accretive D&M acquisitions to accelerate revenue and earnings growth. The stock is supported by a dividend yield above 2%.