Key figures from the consolidated half-year statement
In €m – IFRS standards
Adjusted EBITDA margin
Underlying operating income
Net consolidated income
The audit on the consolidated accounts have been carried out.
2022 Half-year results
In the first half of 2022, the Company reported revenues of €49.7 million, up 34% compared with 2021. This good commercial performance benefited in the second quarter from the recovery of activity in the heavy vehicle market (+30%) and continued strong activity in the light vehicle segment (+48%). In a context of tensions on the supply of certain electronic components, the Company has maintained its efforts in terms of flexibility in order to satisfy the strong demand of the electromobility market.
In terms of geographical breakdown of revenues, the French market is the main contributor to half- year revenues, while the rest of Europe is growing strongly, now representing 36% of sales (vs. 10% in H1 2021).
The Group posted an adjusted EBITDA margin of (12)% compared to (21)% a year ago. This positive development is mainly due to:
- the improvement in gross margin (+€3.3m) resulting from improved productivity and higher volume;
- the integration of the net operating costs of the new Holiwatt activity taken over by the Group in July 2021 (-€1.5m).
On a like-for-like basis (excluding Holiwatt integration costs), adjusted EBITDA for the first half of 2022 would have amounted to (-€4.7m), or 10% of the Group’s revenues.
As a result, operating profit for the first half of 2022 amounted to (-€12.2m), down from the operating profit recorded in the first half of 2021 (-€10.2m).
During the past six months, financial income was positive at €2.5 million, compared with (-€6.4 million) in H1 2021.
In total and after taking into account a tax charge of €0.2 million, the net loss for the first half of 2022 improved significantly and amounted to (-€9.8 million) compared to (-€16.8 million).
Group consolidated cash flow
Free cash flow from operations
Free cash flow from investing
Free cash flow from financing
Change in cash
A solid balance sheet position
During the first half of 2022, the Group’s working capital balance represented 62% of half-year revenues, compared with 50% a year earlier. This increase is the direct consequence of the increase in inventory levels (+11.1 M€) in a tense supply context.
In addition, CAPEX (excluding the IFRS 16 impact) during the past six months amounted to €2.0 million, or 4% of sales, a lower level than last year (6%) and in line with the announced objective (less than 10% of sales).
As of June 30, 2022, the Company had a strong balance sheet; shareholders’ equity of €61.3 million, compared to €69.2 million as of December 31, 2021.
The increase in cash flow from operating activities is due to the deterioration in the change in working capital.
The negative change in cash flow from investing activities is due to the acquisition of NEoT Capital shares from Mitsubishi Corporation.
Lastly, cash flow from financing activities was stable.
In total, as of June 30, 2022, the Group’s cash position amounted to €46.5 million compared to
€70.8 million as of December 31, 2021.
Gross financial debt was stable at €54.4 million at June 30, 2022, compared with €53.7 million at December 31, 2021.
Recent and post closing events
- Order to equip 420 Wrightbus buses with ZEN SLIM battery systems;
- Ballard Motive Solutions chooses Forsee Power high-power battery systems to equip fuel cell Refuse Collection Vehicles
- Started deliveries of 5,000 GO 10 batteries to Omega Seiki Mobility in India for their RAGE+ electric 3-wheelers.
Development of new products and services
- Signing of a partnership with EDF Store & Forecast for the development of mobile and intelligent electricity storage systems with second life batteries
- Establishment of the North American headquarters and a gigafactory in Columbus,
- Acquisition of shares in NEoT Capital from Mitsubishi Corporation, a company dedicated to financing in the renewable energy and electric mobility sectors to strengthen the Group’s service
Impact of Covid-19 and the conflict in Ukraine
- The first half of 2022 was affected by the increase in cases of Covid-19 in China, particularly in Shanghai, which exposes the Group to pandemic risk due to the presence in China of one of its production sites and some of its
- The Group is not exposed to the restrictions imposed on Russia, as Forsee Power has no employees, customers or suppliers in that country. However, the Group is exposed to indirect logistical impacts, impacts linked to increases in the cost of materials, and impacts linked to the geopolitical situation in Ukraine and the energy
Strategy and outlook
In the second half of 2022, Forsee Power will focus on the development of its production unit in the United States with the objective of reaching a production capacity of 3 GWh by 2027 and will continue to develop its commercial partnerships as well as its R&D work in order to expand its product and service offering.
The Group announces a sales target of over €100 million in 2022 and also confirms its financial objectives for 2027, namely to achieve revenues of around €600 million and EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margins both above 15%.
Forsee Power remains cautious about the uncertainties linked to the Covid-19 crisis, particularly in China where the Group operates one of its 4 production sites, and also the impact of the conflict in Ukraine, the logistical impact between Asia and Europe, the rise in raw material prices and the tense supply situation for certain electronic components.
Next financial communication: Q3 2022 sales on November 9, 2022 before market opening.
The half-year financial report will be available on the Company’s website, in the investor section: https://www,forseepower-finance,com/index,php/en/documentation
Forsee Power joins the CAC® Small Index
Following the annual review of the Euronext Paris indices on September 8, 2022, the Scientific Council of the Indices has decided to admit Forsee Power in the sample of the CAC Small index. The effective date is Friday, September 16, 2022 after market close.