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Amiad Water Systems Ltd
11 April 2018
 

11 April 2018

 

Amiad Water Systems Ltd.

("Amiad" or the "Company")

 

Final Results

 

Amiad Water Systems (AIM: AFS), a leading global producer of water treatment and filtration solutions, announces its final results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

Financial Summary

·    Revenue increased 6.3% to $112.3m (2016: $105.6m)

·    Gross margin improved to 39.5% (2016: 39.3%)

·    Operating profit increased 23.2% to $4.6m (2016: $3.7m)

·    Profit before tax increased 64.5% to $5.1m (2016: $3.1m)

·    Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.14 (2016: $0.095)

·    Dividend for 2017 of $0.028 per share (2016: $0.032 per share)  

·    Net debt at 31 December 2017 of $9.7m (30 June 2017: $8.1m; 31 December 2016: $8.8m)

·    Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 2017 of $16.1m (30 June 2017: $15.7m; 31 December 2016: $16.1m)

                       

Operational Summary

·    Growth in revenue reflecting progress primarily in the Irrigation segment, which increased sales by 11.3%

·   Irrigation segment sales, which accounted for 54.3% of total revenue, increased across all geographies where the Company operates in this segment

·    Non-Irrigation revenue slightly increased to $51.3m (2016: $50.9m)

·   Within non-Irrigation, the Company reclassified certain projects between the Industrial, Municipal and Oil & Gas segments 

·   Industrial segment sales grew in China, India, Australia and South America. However, weakness in certain other geographies, particularly in the US, resulted in an overall reduction

·   Sales in the Municipal segment were significantly higher, primarily due to an increase in Turkey  

·   Oil & Gas segment sales increased, driven by growth in Australia and the US 

·    Enhanced Oil & Gas product portfolio and US market presence with acquisition of royalty-bearing licence from Dow Global Technologies LLC to use and sell the TEQUATIC™ PLUS Filter

·    Developed new range of Irrigation segment products, which the Company will launch later in 2018

·    Completed in-house metal fabrication facility, which is now fully operational and is helping to deliver increased efficiency and quality

 

 

Dori Ivzori, Chief Executive Officer of Amiad, said: "I am pleased to report a return to year-on-year growth largely driven by the Irrigation segment. The increase in revenues, together with the cost structure and efficiency measures that we implemented, resulted in strong growth in profitability compared with the previous year. The growth in the business enabled us to re-calibrate our strategy and focus our resources on segments and territories that will strengthen our offering. This included acquiring a royalty-bearing licence to use and sell the TEQUATIC™ PLUS Filter, which enhances our industrial offer and US presence.

 

"Amiad entered 2018 with a greater number of orders and higher value of backlog than at the same time of the prior year and the momentum of 2017 has been sustained into this year. We anticipate Irrigation to continue to be the largest segment and expect improved performance in our Industrial segment as well. We plan to support our re-calibrated strategy through increased sales and marketing efforts as we refresh our portfolio of products as well as launch new products in the Irrigation segment. As a result, we anticipate reporting full year revenue growth for 2018."

 

Enquiries

 

Amiad Water Systems Ltd.


Dori Ivzori, Chief Executive Officer

Irit Ben-Dov, Chief Financial Officer

+972 4 690 9500


Stifel Nicolaus Europe Ltd.


Stewart Wallace, Ben Maddison

+44 20 7710 7600


Luther Pendragon Ltd.


Harry Chathli, Claire Norbury

+44 20 7618 9100

 

 

About Amiad

 

Amiad Water Systems (AIM: AFS) is a leading global producer of automatic, self-cleaning water treatment and filtration products and systems. Through its engineering skills and ability to innovate, Amiad provides cost-effective "green" solutions for the industrial, municipal, irrigation, oil & gas and ballast water markets. In these segments its patented products are being integrated into the core of systems for filtration and water treatment, micro irrigation and membrane protection, wastewater and potable water treatment, cooling systems and sea water filtration.

 

Headquartered in Israel, Amiad provides these solutions through nine subsidiaries and a comprehensive network of over 170 distributors to customers in more than 80 countries.

 

For additional information or product details, please visit www.amiad.com.


Operational Review

 

In 2017, the Company achieved growth in all of its core segments except Industrial and all of its geographies except the US (based on aggregating EMEA and Asia respectively), which was particularly impacted by weakness in the Industrial segment as well as some internal restructuring of the Company's US operations during the year. As a result, total revenue increased by 6.3% year-on-year. Also during the year, the Company completed and commenced operations of its in-house metal fabrication facility, which is contributing to improved efficiency. These efficiency gains, combined with the progress made in adjusting the cost structure, maintaining control over expenses and benefiting from its foreign exchange hedging in the first half, enabled the Company to achieve a 64.5% increase in profit before tax.

 

Amiad continued to invest in R&D in line with its policy and strategy and is developing new products, including a range of new products for the Irrigation segment that are to be launched later this year. In addition, Amiad focused on amending the organisation of the business to further improve the cost structure, efficiency, its customer support and engineering capability. The Company believes that these adjustments will enhance the efficiency of the operations going forward, in line with the stated strategy of investing to strengthen the foundations of the business.   

 

Segment Performance

 

The Irrigation segment generated $60.9m in 2017 (2016: $54.7m), accounting for 54.3% of the Company's revenue (2016: 51.8%). The growth was across all geographies where the Company operates in this segment, resulting in total segment growth of 11.3%. In non-Irrigation segments, revenue increased slightly to $51.3m (2016: $50.9m), accounting for 45.7% of total revenue (2016: 48.2%).

 

Within non-Irrigation, following an internal management reporting review, the Company made some alterations in the segmental classification of projects, which fall within the Industrial, Municipal and Oil & Gas segments. As a result of this, certain existing projects have been reclassified.   

 

The Industrial segment generated $36.2m in 2017 (2016: $39.7m), accounting for 32.2% of the Company's revenue (2016: 37.6%), with an increase in sales in China, India, Australia and South America being offset by weakness elsewhere, primarily in the US, resulting in a decline overall. However, part, but not all, of this decline is attributable to the reclassification of certain Industrial projects.

 

The Municipal segment sales were $9.7m (accounting for 8.7% of 2017 total revenue), compared with $7.2m in 2016, with the growth primarily due to a significant increase in sales in the Municipal segment in Turkey. Revenue in the Oil & Gas segment was $5.4m, or 4.8% of total sales, compared with $3.9m (3.7% of total revenue) in 2017 with the growth primarily due to a significant increase in sales in Australia but also in the US.

 

As previously announced, the Company continues to review its Ballast Water segment activities (which generated $0.02m in 2017) and will provide an update following the completion of this review process in due course.

 

Global Activity

 

US and Latin America

In the US, the Company took a strategic decision to restructure the Industrial segment sales team and channel partner network to support targeted growth in 2018 and beyond. As a result of this reorganisation, sales in this segment were significantly lower in 2017 compared with the prior year. This was partly offset by growth in revenues in the Irrigation and Oil & Gas segments, resulting in total revenues amounting to $21.1m compared with $23.6m for 2016. However, as a result of the actions taken during the year to restructure the US operations, the Company entered 2018 with a higher backlog than at the same time of the prior year and is confident of returning to growth in this territory for full year 2018.

 

Towards the end of the year, as announced on 22 November 2017, the Company entered into a Patent and Technology License Agreement with Dow Global Technologies LLC under which Amiad was granted an exclusive royalty-bearing licence to use and sell, as well as take over new product manufacturing and support to the existing customers, the TEQUATIC™ PLUS Filter, which has a patented design to deliver a consistent level of solids removal from difficult-to-treat, highly loaded water. This has enhanced Amiad's product portfolio with the addition of a new technology that offers a unique solution for key target markets such as Oil & Gas and strengthens Amiad's US customer base. The manufacturing equipment for the TEQUATIC™ PLUS Filter has been installed as an additional production line at Amiad's US headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina, and the Company is focusing on completing the integration. The management team is pleased with the initial progress since acquiring the licence and remains confident that it represents a significant opportunity for Amiad in the US market.

 

In Latin America, Amiad's offices in Brazil and Mexico increased their revenues. This was primarily due to growth in the Industrial segment, but also an increase in sales in the Irrigation segment in Mexico.

 

EMEA

Revenues in EMEA grew by 12.1% in aggregate over 2016, which was due to a significant growth in Israel and Turkey, with a slight decline in Europe.

 

The growth in Israel was primarily due to the Irrigation segment, as well as generating sales in the Municipal segment in 2017 (2016: nil). In Turkey, the significant increase in revenue was due to growth in the Municipal segment as a result of re-investment in major public infrastructure projects.

 

In Europe, sales in the Irrigation segment increased as the sales office established in the region continued to build on the success of the prior year, and the Industrial segment was broadly in line with the prior year as a result of a strong second half of 2017. The Municipal and Oil & Gas segments experienced a slight decline resulting in an overall reduction in revenue in Europe.

 

As previously announced, during the period the Company was notified about issues with the certification used by its French subsidiary company to confirm compliance of certain products with the French Attestation de Conformité Sanitaire ("ACS") standard. The Company submitted an application for the requisite ACS certification and, following an initial investigation, put in place new management oversight of its French and European operations. The Company is pleased to report that it has received all required certificates and that it was able to work with its customers to mitigate disruption to ongoing projects.

 

Asia

Sales in China and India grew by 20.8% and 14.2% respectively over the prior year, primarily due to an increase in the Industrial segment. In China, the strengthening economy resulted in an increase in investment, especially in the steel industry that has traditionally been the strongest sector for Amiad in China.

 

However, on aggregate, sales in Asia decreased by 5.6% due to a significant reduction in revenues in Singapore as a result of a delay in a few major projects in the Municipal segment, which Amiad expects to complete in 2018.

 

Australia

In Australia, Amiad had a strong year with revenues 22.9% higher than the prior year. This was based on growth in all its segments, with a particularly significant increase in sales in the Oil & Gas segment due to substantial projects in the mining sector.

 

The above analysis shows the Company's sales by business unit.

 

 

 

Financial Review

 

Revenue for the twelve months ended 31 December 2017 increased by 6.3% to $112.3m compared with $105.6m for 2016. As stated above, the growth was primarily due to the Irrigation segment, supported by the Oil & Gas and Municipal segments, although there was variation within the different geographies.

 

Gross margin was 39.5% (2016: 39.3%). The slight improvement was due to continued tight cost control and gains from operational efficiencies, including Amiad beginning to recognise the full benefits from the construction of its new metal fabrication facility in the second half of the year. However, this was partly offset by the negative impact of the foreign currency exchange rate of the US Dollar against the New Israeli Shekel as described below. In addition, spending on R&D increased as Amiad invested in sustaining its product innovation to support future sales, particularly in the Irrigation segment where the Company is due to launch new products in 2018. The Company also incurred, in the second half of the year, exceptional legal and other costs related to the certification issue in France of approximately $0.5m.

 

Operating profit increased by 23.2% to $4.6m (2016: $3.7m) and profit before tax increased by 64.5% to $5.1m compared with $3.1m for the prior year. Fully diluted earnings per share were $0.14 compared with $0.095 in 2016.

 

Foreign currency exchange movements - primarily the US Dollar against the New Israeli Shekel - had a substantial negative impact on the Company's reported operating profit, which, on a constant currency basis was approximately 62% higher than the reported $4.6m. However, the net finance income due to the hedging arrangements during the first half of the year partly mitigated the negative impact on profit before for tax, which, on a constant currency basis, was approximately 30% higher than the reported $5.1m.

 

As at 31 December 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $16.1m (30 June 2017: $15.7m). Net debt at 31 December 2017 was $9.7m (30 June 2017 was $8.1m), with the increase, as expected, due to the negative effect of the currency exchange and the need to support R&D and other investments associated with the Company's strategic plan.

 

Dividend

 

The Board of Directors have decided to declare a dividend out of the Company's profits for the twelve months ended 31 December 2017 of $0.028 gross per share (dividend 2016: $0.032 gross per share), with an ex-dividend date of 19 April 2018, a record date of 20 April 2018 and a payment date of 11 May 2018.

 

Outlook

 

Amiad entered 2018 with a greater number of orders and higher value of backlog than at the same time of the prior year. The sales momentum of 2017 has been sustained into 2018 and the Company has had a positive start to the year. Amiad anticipates the Irrigation segment to continue to be the largest contributor to revenues, but also expects progress in its Industrial segment. Additionally, the Company anticipates a return to growth in the US market in 2018.  

 

While Amiad is beginning to benefit from the re-calibrated strategy implemented in 2017, this year the Company will continue to focus on investing in enhancing its sales and marketing infrastructure and refreshing its product portfolio, including the launch of new products, that will establish the foundations for long-term growth and profitability. The Company expects its newly developed products to generate initial sales in the second half of 2018, with the full benefit to be felt from 2019 onwards.

 

Foreign currency exchange - particularly the erosion of the US Dollar against the New Israeli Shekel - will continue to have an adverse effect on the Company's reported results. However, Amiad will continue to deploy measures to try to manage and mitigate this impact.   

 

With a strong pipeline and positive sales momentum, Amiad anticipates reporting full year revenue growth for 2018. Looking further ahead, the Company expects to benefit from the reorgansiational measures that it is implementing now, and remains confident of achieving sustained growth and delivering shareholder value in the medium- to long-term.

AMIAD WATER SYSTEMS LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 



December 31



2017

2016

 


$ in thousands

Assets




 




 

CURRENT ASSETS:




Cash and cash equivalents 


16,122

16,091

Financial assets at fair value through profit




or loss - derivatives


238

85

Trade and other receivables:




Trade

38,795

33,939

Other

 

3,935

4,331

Inventories 


28,470

24,938

Current income tax assets


615

417

              Total Current Assets


88,175

79,801





NON-CURRENT ASSETS:




Investment in joint venture


10

10

Severance pay fund, net


184

361

Long-term receivables


57

59

Property, plant and equipment


11,271

10,783

Intangible assets


14,745

14,532

Deferred income tax assets


2,480

2,222

              Total Non-Current Assets


28,747

27,967

              Total Assets 


116,922

107,768

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Date of approval of the financial statements by the board of directors: April 10, 2018.

 


AMIAD WATER SYSTEMS LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

 



December 31



2017

2016

 


$ in thousands

 

Liabilities and Equity




 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:




Bank credit and current maturities of




     borrowings from bank


13,746

11,253

Financial liabilities at fair value through




profit or loss- derivatives


108

66

Trade and other payable: 




Trade 


15,855

13,854

Other 


12,826

10,278

Current income tax liability


287

816

              Total  Current Liabilities


42,822

36,267

NON CURRENT LIABILITIES:




Borrowings from banks




(net of current maturities)


12,037

13,596

Liability for royalty payment


1,116

-,-

Remeasurements of post-employment benefit obligations, net


372

369

     Deferred income tax liabilities           


-,-

6

              Total  Non-Current Liabilities


13,525

13,971

              Total  Liabilities 


56,347

50,238





EQUITY:




Capital and reserves attributable to




equity holders of the Company:




Share capital


2,798

2,798

Capital reserves


28,547

28,520

Transaction with non-controlling interests


(259)

(259)

Currency translation reserve


(5,206)

(6,288)

Retained earnings


32,089

29,857



57,969

54,628

Non-controlling interests


2,606

2,902

Total Equity


60,575

57,530

Total Liabilities and Equity


116,922

107,768

 

 


AMIAD WATER SYSTEMS LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 



Year ended December 31



2017

2016



$ in thousands
except per share data

 

Revenue


112,269

105,590

Cost of revenue


67,924

64,077

Gross Profit


44,345

41,513

Research and development, net


3,698

3,402

Selling and marketing costs


25,872

24,423

Administrative and general expenses


10,221

9,953

Other (gains) losses


(6)

34

Operating Profit


4,560

3,701

Finance income


1,761

1,009

Finance costs


(1,241)

(1,622)

Finance costs, net


520

(613)

Profit before income taxes


5,080

3,088

Income tax expenses


932

677

Profit for the year


4,148

2,411

Other comprehensive loss (income):

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:

Remeasurements of post-employment benefit obligations, net


221

(260)

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:




Currency translation differences


(919)

2,147

Other comprehensive loss (income) for the year


(698)

1,887

Total comprehensive income for the year


4,846

524





Profit attributable to:




Equity holders of the Company


3,178

2,342

Non-controlling interests


970

69



4,148

2,411

Total comprehensive income attributable to:




Equity holders of the Company


4,039

459

Non-controlling interests


807

65



4,846

524

 


$

Earnings per share attributable to the equity



holders of the Company during the year (see note 15):



Basic

0.140

0.103

Diluted

0.140

0.095

 

 


AMIAD WATER SYSTEMS LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 



Attributable to equity holders of the Company




Number

Share

Capital

Currency translation

Transaction with non-controlling

Retained


Non-controlling

Total


of shares

capital

reserve

reserve

interest

earnings

Total

interest

equity



$ in thousands

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2016

22,663,651

2,798

28,437

(4,145)

(180)

28,773

55,683

153

55,836

Comprehensive income (loss):










Profit for the year






2,342

2,342

69

2,411

Currency translation differences




(2,143)



(2,143)

(4)

(2,147)

Remeasurement of net defined benefit liability




 


260

260

 

260

Total comprehensive income (loss)




(2,143)


2,602

459

65

524

Transaction with owners:










Transaction with non-controlling interests





(79)


(79)

2,684

2,605

Recognition of compensation related to










       employee stock and options grants



83




83


83

Dividend ($0.067 per share)



 


 

(1,518)

(1,518)

 

(1,518)

Total transaction with owners

 

 

83

 

(79)

(1,518)

(1,514)

2,684

1,170

BALANCE AT December 31, 2016

22,663,651

2,798

28,520

(6,288)

(259)

29,857

54,628

2,902

57,530

Comprehensive income (loss):










Profit (loss) for the year






3,178

3,178

970

4,148

Currency translation differences




1,082



1,082

(163)

919

Remeasurement of net defined benefit liability




 


(221)

(221)

 

(221)

Total comprehensive income (loss)




1,082


2,957

4,039

807

4,846

Transaction with owners:










Recognition of compensation related to










       employee stock and options grants



27




27


27

Dividend to Non-Controlling Interest








(1,103)

(1,103)

Dividend ($0.032 per share)



 


 

(725)

(725)

 

(725)

Total transaction with owners

 

 

27

 

 

(725)

(698)

(1,103)

(1,801)

BALANCE AT December 31, 2017

22,663,651

2,798

28,547

(5,206)

(259)

32,089

57,969

2,606

60,575











 

 


 



Year ended December 31



2017

2016



$ in thousands

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Cash generated from operations


5,719

6,166

Interest paid


(35)

(764)

Interest received


201

124

Income taxes paid, net


(1,333)

(635)

Net cash generated from operating activities


4,552

4,891





CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(2,607)

(2,564)

Business acquisition


(1,173)


Purchase of intangible assets 


(179)

(225)

Investment grants received


89

127

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


35

38

Restricted deposit


(302)

465

Net cash used in investing activities


(4,137)

(2,159)





CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Dividends paid to equity holders of the Company


(725)

(1,518)

Dividends paid to Non-Controlling Interest


(1,103)

-,-

Receipt of long-term borrowings


6,005

9,014

Payments of long term borrowings


(6,838)

(11,394)

Increase (decrease) in bank credit and short term

     borrowing, net


1,760

1,370

Net cash used in financing activities


(901)

(2,528)

EXCHANGE RATE LOSS ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


517

(1,131)

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


31

(927)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF YEAR


16,091

17,018

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF YEAR 


16,122

16,091

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Year ended December 31


2017

2016


$ in thousands

Profit for the year

4,148

2,411

(a)    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash



generated from operating activities:



Depreciation and amortization

3,460

3,431

Interest paid

35

764

Interest received

(201)

(124)

Income taxes paid, net

1,333

635

Share based payment, net

27

83

Distribution of profits to the CEO of a subsidiary

-,-

(371)

Changes in liability to the CEO of a subsidiary

-,-

151

Decrease (increase) in deferred income taxes, net

(199)

(814)

Accrued severance pay, net

(58)

65

Exchange rate differences on borrowings

(198)

91

Net Increase in assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

(111)

(85)

Loss (profit) from sale of property, plant and equipment

5

19


4,093

3,845

 

Changes in working capital:

 

Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable:



Trade

(3,878)

878

Other

624

(491)

Decrease (increase)  in long term  receivable

4

(18)

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable:



Trade

997

(980)

Other

1,852

1,127

Increase in inventories

(2,121)

(606)


(2,522)

(90)

Cash generated from operations

5,719

6,166







(b)    Supplementary information on investing



     activity not involving cash flows-



             Transaction with the non-controlling interests

-,-

2,605




 

 


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