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Telit Communications
Earnings well protected during COVID slowdown

This is a positive trading update for a period impacted by the pandemic restrictions and uncertainty. The COVID-related global slowdown caused an 8% LFL YoY revenue decline to $166.5m in H1, but an improving gross margin and management’s temporary cost controls have protected earnings sufficiently to be ahead of H1 LY (adj. EBITDA of $16.0m). ‘Profit in cash’ (adj. EBITDA less capex and lease payments) is also ahead of the $2.6m seen LY. In fact, cashflow has been very healthy, net cash rising from $48.2m to $55.7m in the period, notably boosted by collections from the divested automotive business. A pleasing aspect of H1 is the continuing growth in higher-margin IoT services, up 12% YoY despite COVID. Easing of restrictions in H2 should see a return to more usual revenue and profit levels, and our FY 2020 earnings growth expectations remain unchanged despite revenue falling YoY – thanks to the cost savings management implemented. Looking further out to next year, a return to revenue growth and continued profit improvement is anticipated for FY 2021, due to pent-up demand and greater IoT adoption on concerns over physical restrictions in future pandemics. At the interim stage, Telit is well positioned to continue to deliver its impressive track record for earnings growth (we expect 9% adj. EBITDA growth this year and 19% next). Currently on an EV/EBITDA multiple of just 3.3x, the shares are deeply undervalued for a stock delivering such consistent profit progress with a very solid balance sheet in these uncertain times.

  • 09 Jul 20
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