- Net sales amounted to 1 354 MSEK (401).
- EBITA amounted to 108 MSEK (24).
- Adjusted EBITA amounted to 125 MSEK (39).
- Adjusted EBITA per share amounted to 0,41 SEK (0,17).
- Earnings per share amounted to -0,89 SEK (-0,52).
- Cash flow from operating activities before change in net working capital amounted to 105 MSEK (38).
PROFORMA THIRD QUARTER*
- Net sales amounted to 1 654 MSEK.
- EBITA amounted to 116 MSEK.
- Adjusted EBITA amounted to 130 MSEK.
- Adjusted EBITA per share amounted to 0,43 SEK.
- Net sales amounted to 3 215 MSEK (656).
- EBITA amounted to 263 MSEK (31).
- Adjusted EBITA amounted to 299 MSEK (63).
- Adjusted EBITA per share amounted to 0,99 SEK (0,26).
- Earnings per share amounted to -2,31 SEK (-0,86).
- Cash flow from operating activities before change in net working capital amounted to 269 MSEK (33).
PROFORMA* NINE MONTHS
- Net sales amounted to 4 648 MSEK.
- EBITA amounted to 333 MSEK.
- Adjusted EBITA amounted to 390 MSEK.
- Adjusted EBITA per share amounted to 0,130 SEK.
DURING THE THIRD QUARTER
- Humble completes acquisitions of Amber House, Body Science, Privab Nässjö and Privab Stockholm.
- Humble holds an additional general meeting, Ola Cronholm is appointed as a new board member and replaces Thomas Petrén.
- Humble has successfully issued subsequent bonds of total MSEK 300 during third quarter.
AFTER THE QUARTER
- Humble secures a new multicurrency revolving credit facility together with SEB and Nordea of a total MSEK 650, replacing the previous one with SEB of MSEK 400.
CEO COMMENTS THE REPORT
”CONTINUED GROWTH IN A CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT
We announce another quarter characterized by strong organic growth and increasing demand from our customers, despite the challenges imposed by global economic and geopolitical factors. In total, we reached a net-sales during the third quarter of SEK 1,354 million (401), with an organic growth of 18 per cent. Several of the companies within the group are seeing all-time-high sales records for September. Delays in price increases, high cost of freight (P&L lag from previous periods) as well as a weaker Swedish Krona had a slight negative impact on the adjusted EBITA-margin which amounted to 9.2 per cent (9.7), resulting in an adjusted EBITA of SEK 125 million (39). The high demand for our products resulted in higher levels of inventory, tying up working capital, which resulted in a negative cash flow from operating activities of SEK -30 million (9) in the quarter. All in all, we feel that we have been able to address the most imminent challenges and that we have a positive momentum going into next year.
The effects of shifting energy prices, high levels of inflation, price increases as well as challenges in logistics have been significant for the entire 2022, impacting the group with a negative like-for-like effect on the gross margin of -4 per cent for the first three quarters. The most significant factor has been the high freight prices peaking during Q2 and Q3, which have had a negative impact on our last-twelve-month profitability. However, we have seen a decline in the global freight index and the prices during the last weeks are almost back to normalised levels. Moreover, we have had negative effects from delays in transferring price increases from suppliers towards the retailers, as well as a weaker Swedish Krona in relation to the main currencies we use for the international procurement. Nevertheless, the momentum in the business is strong, evidenced by the high organic growth. The absolute majority has been driven by volume, where we see opportunities to further work with price increases and optimize the balance between expansion and profit.
Throughout the year, we have taken several important steps with initiatives to create an environment where our companies can benefit from the group’s competences and resources, in-house production, combined sales efforts, centralisation of administrative functions and logistics, as well as reaching new sales channels through our distribution network. The effects and synergy impact from this are yet to be materialised in full and our efforts to establish an efficient operational platform and to facilitate a scalable group are starting to show results.
During the third quarter, we have completed the announced acquisitions of Body Science International, Amberhouse, Privab Stockholm and Privab Nässjö. Financing of these acquisitions amounted to SEK -316 million (-853) in net cash impact.
The acquisition of Body Science International further strengthens our global position within the sports nutrition segment and the ability to expand into new international markets. Amber House was consolidated as per July 2022 and through the acquisition we add another sound entrepreneurial business in a key market, with access to additional retail channels and brands within the Personal Care segment.
From a M&A perspective, we have had relatively lower activity during the third quarter as we have been taking a slightly more passive and strategic investment approach due to the market climate and conditions. We are still experiencing a significant amount of inbound interest from entrepreneurs and companies that sees the value of joining forces with Humble. The M&A-pipeline is strong and we continuously evaluate opportunities.
Focus on balance sheet and cash flow
Many of our subsidiaries have achieved new all-time-high sales records in September, driven by the growing demand for our products and the nature of our positioning. The variety of companies, combined with our general entrepreneurial agility, ensure that the group is resilient in a demanding market and the daily adaptions to new challenges may be an opportunity to win additional market shares in the categories. The growth has implied higher levels of inventory and accounts receivables, resulting in an increase of working capital and a negative cash flow from operating activities for the quarter. This, combined with the acquisitions closed in the quarter, resulted in a higher net debt which amounted SEK 2,271 million (105) at the end of the period. It’s our priority going forward to improve the efficiency in our supply chain and strengthen the cash generation from the different segments.
We are continuing to capitalise on the fragmented and dynamic consumer market and we maintain the growth strategy for our companies. However, our short-term focus is centred on reducing costs in the underlying businesses as well as implementing strategies and certain central services, to improve the procurement and manage our working capital more efficiently.
The ESG and sustainability work is making great progress, with many new impactful initiatives in place, for example a new packaging solution in some of our candy brands that will reduce the CO2 emissions of the packaging material by ca -40%. It is an honour to be working together with our inspiring and committed team of entrepreneurs and employees that share our vision.”
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*The Proforma figures presented in this interim report represent how the consolidated result for Humble Group would have looked like if all communicated acquisitions to the date of this report had been consolidated from January 1, 2022.
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