Interim report January – March 2020
January – March 2020
- Net sales increased by 47 percent to SEK 1,624.2 million (1,108.8). Organic growth in local currency was 32 percent.
- Gross profit increased by 54 percent to SEK 446.7 million (289.5). Organic growth in local currency was 36 percent.
- Adjusted EBITDA1 increased by 64 percent to SEK 184.3 million (112.2).
- Adjusted EBIT2 amounted to SEK 168.8 million (102.3).
- Profit after tax for the quarter amounted to SEK 96.4 million (57.8).
- Diluted earnings per share amounted to SEK 1.74 (1.08).
”It is comforting to report strong financial performance in these times of unprecedented uncertainty” – Oscar Werner, CEO
Significant events during the quarter
- On 19 March, Sinch entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Chatlayer BV for an enterprise value of EUR 6.9 million on debt-free basis. The acquisition is financed using Sinch’s available cash at hand. Chatlayer is a cloud-based software platform that lets businesses create multi-lingual chatbots and voicebots using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). The transaction was closed on 1 April.
- On 26 March, Sinch entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wavy, who offers services in Latin America, for a total cash consideration of BRL 355 million and 1,534,582 new shares in Sinch. The acquisition is financed through a combination of cash and debt facilities. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and approval from the competition authority in Brazil. The transaction is expected to close in H2 2020.
- On 26 March, Sinch has resolved on a directed new share issue of 5,000,000 shares at a subscription price of SEK 300 per share. The directed new share issue generated a large interest and has been carried out to selected Swedish and international institutional investors. Through the directed new share issue, Sinch raised SEK 1,500 million before issue costs.
- On 26 March, Sinch has secured an increase in the existing credit facility of SEK 600 million for M&A, provided that the company meets certain pre-defined terms and conditions. After the increase, the facility has a total commitment of SEK 1,850 million. In addition to the credit facility, Sinch has overdraft facilities of SEK 250 million in place, an increase of SEK 50 million from year-end.
- In response to uncertainty around Covid-19, Sinch management has initiated a range of precautionary initiatives to protect employees and ensure maintained service delivery in all circumstances. Negative effects of Covid-19 are primarily concentrated to the smaller Voice and Video segment where travel restrictions are causing decreased demand from ride haling companies. Despite lower usage of certain marketing-related messaging products, overall transaction volumes in the Messaging segment have risen significantly in March and the increase may partially relate to Covid-19.
1 EBITDA excluding items affecting comparability. See page 3 for a specification of items affecting comparability.
2 EBIT excluding items affecting comparability and amortization of acquisition-related assets. See Note 4 for a specification of amortization.
Invitation to phone conference
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Thomas Heath, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Investor Relations
+46 72 245 50 55
Roshan Saldanha, Chief Financial Officer
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Sinch develops digital tools that enable personal interaction between enterprises and individuals. Powered by the Sinch cloud communications platform, enterprises can reach every mobile phone on the planet – within a second or two – via messaging, voice calls and video. Several of the biggest enterprises in the world are using Sinch’s advanced technology platform to communicate with their customers and Sinch is an established software supplier to mobile operators worldwide. Sinch has delivered profitable growth since it was founded in 2008. The Group is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a presence in more than 30 other countries. The share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, XSTO: SINCH.
Note: Sinch AB (publ) is required to publish the information in this interim report pursuant to the EU market abuse regulation. The information was submitted for publication on 29 April 2020 at 07.30 CET.
This report is published in Swedish and English. In case of any differences between the English version and the Swedish original text, the Swedish version shall apply. This report has not been subject to review by the company’s independent auditor.