Brunel Q2 and HY 2018 results

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

H1 2018: Strong increase in profitability on the basis of accelerating growth

Key points Q2 2018

  • EBIT up to EUR 4 million
  • Revenue up by 17% to EUR 221 million

Key points H1 2018

  • EBIT up 148% to EUR 11 million
  • Revenue up by 13% to EUR 435 million

Jilko Andringa, CEO of Brunel International N.V.: “I’m excited to see our growth accelerate, and to present a strong increase in profitability. I’m thrilled by the underlying level of activities we see in our internal teams, in the sales pipeline and in our communities of professionals. With strong global collaboration, we are able to help our global clients with our entrepreneurship and compliant delivery. The economic conditions in our key markets remain healthy, whilst the segments of the global Oil & Gas market we operate in are clearly recovering. All Brunel colleagues keep demonstrating our unique capabilities to attract and retain specialists to help our clients continue to grow, while talent is scarce. I trust we will be able to maintain this performance in the rest of the year, especially considering that not all the initiatives we have started are fully contributing yet.”

Brunel International (unaudited)

P&L amounts in EUR million

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

Revenue

221.3

188.9

17%

a

435.1

385.3

13%

b

Gross Profit

48.7

39.7

23%

98.7

86.9

14%

Gross margin

22.0%

21.0%

22.7%

22.6%

Operating costs

44.6

40.8

9%

c

87.4

82.4

6%

d

EBIT

4.1

-1.2

n/a

11.3

4.6

148%

EBIT %

1.8%

-0.6%

2.6%

1.2%

Average directs

11,889

9,201

29%

11,558

9,093

27%

Average indirects

1,539

1,496

3%

1,533

1,478

4%

Ratio direct / Indirect

7.7

6.2

7.5

6.2

a 16 % like-for-like
b 14 % like-for-like
c 10 % like-for-like
d 7 % like-for-like
Like-for-like is measured excluding the impact of currencies and acquisitions

H1 2018 results by division

P&L amounts in EUR million

Summary:

Revenue

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

DACH region

65.8

56.6

16%

130.0

117.9

10%

The Netherlands

54.1

46.6

16%

110.3

94.5

17%

Australasia

28.2

21.5

31%

56.0

45.4

23%

Middle East & India

20.3

15.1

34%

39.5

31.0

27%

Rest of world

52.9

49.2

8%

99.4

96.4

3%

Total

221.3

188.9

17%

435.1

385.3

13%


EBIT

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

DACH region

4.7

2.7

70%

10.4

10.1

2%

The Netherlands

1.1

0.6

84%

5.3

3.2

68%

Australasia

-0.5

-0.6

12%

-0.5

-0.7

32%

Middle East & India

1.7

0.3

557%

3.4

0.7

404%

Rest of world

-0.4

-1.9

77%

-2.3

-3.9

41%

Unallocated

-2.4

-2.3

6%

-5.0

-4.8

4%

Total

4.1

-1.2

-453%

11.3

4.6

148%

 

DACH region (unaudited)

P&L amounts in EUR million

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

Revenue

65.8

56.6

16%

130.0

117.9

10%

Gross Profit

20.1

17.1

18%

40.7

39.1

4%

Gross margin

30.6%

30.2%

31.3%

33.2%

Operating costs

15.4

14.4

7%

30.3

29.0

4%

EBIT

4.7

2.7

70%

10.4

10.1

2%

EBIT %

7.1%

4.8%

8.0%

8.6%

Average directs

2,606

2,401

9%

2,565

2,389

7%

Average indirects

476

453

5%

474

442

7%

Ratio direct / Indirect

5.5

5.3

5.4

5.4


Revenue
After the investments in the sales force during prior years, we now see growth in all businesses within the DACH region. This region includes Germany with both its secondment and projects business, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic. Revenue per working day increased by 15% in Q2. Headcount at 30 June 2018 is 9% above last year’s headcount.

Working days

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

FY

2018

63

60

65

62

250

2017

65

59

65

60

249

Gross Profit
Q2 2018 had 1 additional working day compared to 2017.  The gross margin adjusted for working days in Q2 is 29.6% (2017: 30.2%). The impact of the new legislation on our gross margin has weakened compared to Q1 and the productivity in our automotive competence center has improved.

H1 2018 had 1 less working day compared to 2017.  The gross margin adjusted for working days in H1 is 31.8% (2017: 33.2%)

Operating costs
Operating costs in H1 increased with 4% mainly driven by continued investments in our commercial organization.

Brunel Netherlands (unaudited)

P&L amounts in EUR million

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

Revenue

54.1

46.6

16%

110.3

94.5

17%

Gross Profit

14.2

12.3

16%

31.2

26.6

17%

Gross margin

26.3%

26.3%

28.2%

28.2%

Operating costs

13.1

11.7

12%

25.9

23.4

11%

EBIT

1.1

0.6

84%

5.3

3.2

68%

EBIT %

2.1%

1.3%

4.8%

3.3%

Average directs

2,455

2,181

13%

2,437

2,153

13%

Average indirects

434

437

-1%

428

437

-2%

Ratio direct / Indirect

5.7

5.0

5.7

4.9

Revenue
All business lines, except Insurance & Banking, contribute to the growth. The moderate growth in headcount since the beginning of this year is in line with our normal seasonality with moderate growth in H1 and stronger growth in H2. The outlook for H2 confirms that the development in H2 will be in line with our normal seasonality. 

Working days

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

FY

2018

64

61

65

64

254

2017

65

61

65

63

254

Gross Profit
The gross margin remained stable in Q2. H1 2018 had 1 less working day compared to 2017.  The gross margin adjusted for working days in H1 is 28.7% (2017: 28.2%)

Operating costs
The operating costs increased due to continuous investment in technology and the costs for the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in The Hague. Our investments in technology include our new data analytics activity and job platform. 

Australasia (unaudited)

P&L amounts in EUR million

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

Revenue

28.2

21.5

31%

a

56.0

45.4

23%

b

Gross Profit

2.2

1.5

47%

4.6

3.3

38%

Gross margin

7.8%

7.0%

8.2%

7.3%

Operating costs

2.7

2.1

29%

c

5.1

4.0

28%

d

EBIT

-0.5

-0.6

12%

-0.5

-0.7

32%

EBIT %

-1.8%

-2.7%

-0.9%

-1.6%

Average directs

932

482

93%

928

462

101%

Average indirects

75

69

8%

76

72

5%

Ratio direct / Indirect

12.5

6.9

12.2

6.4

a 3 % like-for-like
b 2 % like-for-like
c 17 % like-for-like
d 15 % like-for-like

Revenue
Australasia includes Australia and Papua New Guinea. The mining activities of SES Labour Solutions we acquired last year are growing and contributing. In Australia, we continue to work on the finalisation and commissioning of large projects in Oil & Gas that started years ago.

Gross Profit
The improved gross margin is mainly the result of the acquisition of SES. The margins in the existing business remain stable.

Operating costs
Operating costs remained at the same level as 2017 adjusted for SES Labour Solutions.

Middle East & India (unaudited)

P&L amounts in EUR million

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

Revenue

20.3

15.1

34%

a

39.5

31.0

27%

b

Gross Profit

3.6

2.0

81%

7.0

4.2

65%

Gross margin

17.8%

13.2%

17.6%

13.6%

Operating costs

1.9

1.7

12%

c

3.6

3.5

3%

d

EBIT

1.7

0.3

557%

3.4

0.7

404%

EBIT %

8.2%

1.7%

8.7%

2.2%

Average directs

3,105

993

213%

2,748

1,039

164%

Average indirects

114

109

5%

113

105

8%

Ratio direct / Indirect

27.3

9.1

24.3

9.9

a 42 % like-for-like
b 40 % like-for-like
c 17 % like-for-like
d 9 % like-for-like

Revenue
The very strong growth is the result of the footprint and capabilities we maintained in the downturn in combination with successes in diversification. Especially in Kuwait, Qatar and India we have won major projects, mostly technical specialists. 

Gross Profit
The gross margin has increased as a result of additional services we are delivering on our major projects. 

Operating costs
Our existing organisation is able to manage this strong growth without any significant increases in operating cost.

Rest of world (unaudited)

P&L amounts in EUR million

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Δ%

H1 2018

H1 2017

Δ%

Revenue

52.9

49.2

8%

a

99.4

96.4

3%

b

Gross Profit

8.5

6.8

25%

15.3

13.7

12%

Gross margin

16.1%

13.9%

15.4%

14.2%

Operating costs

8.9

8.7

2%

c

17.6

17.6

0%

d

EBIT

-0.4

-1.9

77%

-2.3

-3.9

41%

EBIT %

-0.8%

-3.8%

-2.3%

-4.0%

Average directs

2,791

3,145

-11%

2,880

3,050

-6%

Average indirects

386

374

3%

387

371

4%

Ratio direct / Indirect

7.2

8.4

7.4

8.2

a 6 % like-for-like
b 3 % like-for-like
c 6 % like-for-like
d 5 % like-for-like

Revenue
Rest of World includes Americas, Russia, Belgium and South East Asia. Americas and Russia are achieving significant growth. South East Asia is also growing week on week, but still has challenging comparatives due to significant projects that ended in Q2 last year.

Gross Profit
The increased gross margin is due to a change in the contribution of several regions.

Effective tax rate

The effective tax rate in the first half year of 2018 is 54.4% (2017 at 75.6%). As a greater part of our businesses is profitable again, the impact of tax losses not recognized as deferred tax asset on the effective tax rate has reduced. Due to the seasonality in our Netherlands and DACH business we expect the effective tax rate for the full year to come down significantly to just under 40%.  

Risk profile

Reference is made to our 2017 Annual Report (pages 69 – 86). Reassessment of our earlier identified risks and the potential impact on occurrence has not resulted in required changes in our internal risk management and control systems. 

Cash position

Brunel’s cash position decreased to EUR 100 million, due to an increase in working capital as a result of the growth, our normal seasonality in our cash flow and the dividend payment in June.

Segment reporting

In Q1, we have changed our segment reporting in accordance with Brunel’s regional approach. The main regions are: DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic), The Netherlands, Americas, Australasia, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India, Russia & Caspian area and South East Asia. This is the basis on which internal reports are provided to the Chief Executive Officer for assessing performance and determining the allocation of resources within the Group.

From Q1 onwards, all regions exceeding 10% of total revenue or EBIT are reported separately. The remaining regions are combined in Rest of World. Main changes in our segment reporting are:

  • Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic are now included in DACH and were previously reported under Other Europe.
  • Australasia and Middle East & India were previously reported under Global Business. 
  • The other regions within Global Business, and Belgium, are now reported under Rest of World.

The change in segment reporting has no impact on the net profit or loss of the Group. To enable comparisons with prior period performance, the 2017 segment information is updated accordingly.

The main items for the adjusted segment reporting for 2017 are included in the appendix to this press release.

Outlook for 2018

Throughout our business, we see the growth and profitability accelerating. We see an opportunity to benefit from the scarcity in the labour market with our strong brand and communities of professionals. Across the globe the investment level is increasing and our diversification efforts will continue to contribute to our growth.

For the full year, we expect revenue between EUR 875 million and EUR 925 million and EBIT between EUR 32 million and EUR 38 million.

Statement of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Brunel International N.V. hereby declares that, to the best of its knowledge, the interim financial statements give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and result of Brunel International N.V. and the companies jointly included in the consolidation, and that the interim report gives a true and fair view of the information referred to in the eighth and, insofar as applicable, the ninth subsection of Section 5:25d of the Dutch Act on Financial Supervision and with reference to the section on related parties in the interim financial statements.

Amsterdam, 14 August 2018
Brunel International N.V.

Jilko Andringa (CEO)
Peter de Laat (CFO)