With revenue at EUR 120 million, LPKF has reached the top of its own forecast range, which was raised twice during the past financial year. As of December 31, 2018, orders on hand amounted to EUR 58 million, exceeding the prior-year figure by 51%. At 5.7%, the EBIT margin is significantly higher than in the previous year (2017: 3.9% with positive non-recurring effects overall), even as non-recurring expenses of EUR 2.3 million are already included.
“Following the restructuring phase of the last few years, LPKF is back on a profit-able growth trajectory,” is how CEO Dr. Goetz M. Bendele summarized this development. Together with his Management Board colleague Christian Witt, he intends to further strengthen LPKF’s position as a leading technology company.
Overall, key financial figures have also improved substantially: Free cash flow has reached EUR 5.8 million, after EUR 3.3 million in the previous year. Furthermore, the proceeds of EUR 16.2 million from the capital increase which was successfully executed in August have made a significant contribution to improving the company’s capital resources. The equity ratio increased from 46.5% to 60.4% during 2018. Net debt to banks were reduced from EUR 37.7 million to EUR 16.3 million.
Despite the positive results in the past financial year, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board will propose to the Annual General Meeting on June 6, 2019 that no dividend be paid for 2018. The Management Board and the Supervisory Board agree that reducing the company’s debt, investing in new technologies and thus safeguarding LPKF’s future take priority over the distribution of profits. If performance is in line with plan, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board intend to propose a dividend to the 2020 Annual General Meeting.
The full annual financial report is available here.
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG is a leading supplier of laser-based solutions for the technology industry. LPKF laser systems are vital in the manufacture of printed circuit boards, microchips, automotive parts, solar panels, and many other components. Founded in 1976, the company is headquartered in Garbsen near Hanover, Germany, and is active worldwide through subsidiaries and agencies. The shares of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG are listed on the SDAX of the Deutsch Börse stock exchange (ISIN 0006450000).