Thales reports its 2022 half-year results

Thales reports its 2022 half-year results

  • Order intake1: €11.2 billion, up 46% (+43% on an organic basis2)
  • Sales: €8.3 billion, up 7.7% (+5.4% on an organic basis)
  • EBIT3: €891 million, up 23% (+21% on an organic basis)
  • Adjusted net income, Group share2: €726 million, up 23%
  • Consolidated net income, Group share: €566 million, up 31%
  • Free operating cash flow3: €820 million, 113% of adjusted net income, Group share
  • Full year 2022 guidance upgraded4:
    • Book-to-bill ratio5 significantly higher than 1
    • Organic sales growth between +3.5% and +5.5%6
    • EBIT margin target: 10.8% to 11.1% (unchanged)

Thales’s Board of Directors (Euronext Paris: HO) met on July 20, 2022 to review the financial statements for the first half of 20227.

“Over H1 2022, Thales achieved very solid results in spite of a complex operating environment marked by supply chain tensions and the geopolitical context.
​Strong commercial momentum and the entry into force of the Rafale contract in the United Arab Emirates have enabled order intake to reach a record level of €11.2 billion, reinforcing visibility on future activity.
​Organic sales growth exceeded 5% again, driven in particular by the digital identity and security segment (DIS, formerly Gemalto), which achieved double-digit growth for the third consecutive quarter.
​The EBIT margin and free operating cash flow were ahead of plan.
​Given the robustness of activity in the first months of 2022, and despite a global environment marked by high uncertainties, we have decided to raise our full year order intake and sales growth targets.
​Our roadmap for the coming months is clear: accelerate recruitment, strengthen the resilience of our supply chains and manage the consequences of inflation while continuing to implement all our strategic initiatives.
​I would like to once again thank our 80,000 employees who relentlessly create value for our customers every day.”
Patrice Caine, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Key figures

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Order intake in the first half of 2022 totaled €11,208 million, up 46% from H1 2021 (+43% on an organic basis, i.e., at constant scope and exchange rates). The Group benefited from a strong commercial momentum in all its operating segments. At June 30, 2022, the consolidated order book stood at €38.0 billion, a new all-time record.

Sales totaled €8,256 million, up 7.7% from H1 2021, and up 5.4% at constant scope and exchange rates. The sales figures benefited in particular from the remarkable performance of the Digital Identity & Security operating segment, as well as from the recovery of the civil aeronautics business, which was severely affected last year by the public health crisis.

In the first half of 2022, the Group posted an EBIT of €891 million (10.8% of sales), compared to €722 million (9.4% of sales) in the first half of 2021, an increase of 23.4% (+21.1% on an organic basis).

At €726 million, adjusted net income, Group share10 was up 23%, in line with the EBIT increase.

Consolidated net income, Group share, amounted to €566 million, up 31% compared to H1 2021, driven by the strong increase in adjusted net income.

Free operating cash flow10 amounted to €820 million, compared with €420 million in the first half of 2021. The cash conversion ratio of adjusted net income, Group share, to free operating cash flow was 113% (71% in H1 2021). This solid performance reflects the strong commecial momentum in the first half of the year and the actions implemented since 2020 under the “Cash” initiative, as well as less pronounced seasonality in working capital than in previous years.

Net debt stood at €894 million at June 30, 2022, down €1,602 million year-on-year.

Order intake

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Order intake in H1 2022 amounted to €11,208 million, up 46% compared to H1 2021 (+43% at constant scope and exchange rates12). The book-to-bill ratio was 1.36, versus 1.00 in H1 2021. It even reached as much as 1.45 when excluding the Digital Identity & Security segment, for which the order intake is structurally aligned with sales.

In H1 2022, Thales booked 12 large orders with a unit value of over €100 million, for a total amount of €5,155 million (€1,705 million in H1 2021):

  • 2 large orders booked in Q1 2022:
    • the order of two Space Inspire satellites by Intelsat
    • the order of an additional Space Inspire satellite by SES
  • 10 large orders booked in Q2 2022: the jumbo contract related to the supply of the Rafale to the United Arab Emirates (80 aircraft), as well as 9 orders with a unit value of between €100 million and €500 million:
    • the order of a Space Inspire satellite by Arabsat
    • an amendment to the contract for the development and qualification of the payloads of the first two satellites for the CO2M mission, which aims to measure the quantity of CO2 produced by human activity (European Copernicus program)
    • a contract related to the supply of 6 additional Rafale aircraft to Greece
    • a contract to supply the Sea Fire digital radar for three defense and intervention frigates (FDI) sold to Greece
    • the order of a secure communications system by a military customer
    • an amendment to the contract guaranteeing the supply of munitions to the Australian Defence Force for 10 years (SDMM)
    • the order by a Middle Eastern country of 3 radars and associated support
    • a new tranche of the Scorpion program for the French Army
    • an amendment to the contract for the supply and support of CONTACT next-generation tactical radios for the French Army

At €6,053 million, orders with a unit value of less than €100 million were up 2% compared to the first half of 2021. Orders with a unit value of less than €10 million were particularly dynamic, thanks in particular to the recovery in civil aeronautics and passport production, as well as to the robust pricing of smart cards.

Geographically13, order intake in emerging markets amounted to €4,652 million, up 229% at constant scope and exchange rates, benefiting from three contracts worth over €100 million, including the major contract related to the Rafale order by the UAE. At € 6,556 million, order intake in mature markets remained at a high level (+2% at constant scope and exchange rates).

Order intake in the Aerospace segment totaled €2,393 million, versus €2,886 million in H1 2021 (-18% at constant scope and exchange rates). This change is due to a high basis of comparison, since Thales Alenia Space booked the second generation of Galileo European navigation satellites, amounting to more than €700 million, in H1 2021. Commercial momentum remained solid in the Space segment, with four large contracts with a unit value of over €100 million in H1 2022. The civil aeronautics business continued to recover, particularly in the after-market business.

Order intake in the Defense & Security segment totaled €7,150 million compared to €3,374 million in H1 2021, up 108% at constant scope and exchange rates, including the 8 large orders with a unit value of over €100 million mentioned above. The segment’s order book thus reached €29.0 billion, a new all-time record, representing nearly 3.4 years of sales.

At €1,631 million, order intake in the Digital Identity & Security segment was in line with sales, considering that most businesses in this segment do not book long-term orders. The order book is therefore not significant.

Sales

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Sales for the first half of 2022 amounted to €8,256 million, compared with €7,669 million in the first half of 2021, an increase of 7.7%. Despite supply chain tensions, organic change (at constant scope and exchange rates15) stood at +5.4%, thanks in particular to the solid performance of the Digital Identity & Security segment.

Geographically16, this increase in sales was more marked in mature markets, which grew by +7.9% in organic terms, and even by +8.5% in Europe. Emerging markets recorded a slight decline (-2.1% in organic terms).

Sales in the Aerospace segment amounted to €2,211 million, up 4.7% compared to H1 2021 (+2.9% at constant scope and exchange rates). This change reflects the cessation of activities in Russia (total impact estimated at around €70 million for 2022), as well as a high basis of comparison for both Space and Microwave tube businesses. The rebound in civil avionics is mixed: after-market activities recorded double-digit growth, while the original equipment business recovered only gradually, particularly in the widebody aircraft segment.

Sales in the Defense & Security segment totaled €4,378 million, up 5.4% compared to H1 2021 (+4.1% at constant scope and exchange rates). As expected, this segment rebounded in Q2 2022, with organic sales growth of +8.6%, confirming the positive momentum of most of its businesses. Radio communication products, airspace protection systems and surface radars all posted organic growth of over 10% in the first half.

In the Digital Identity & Security segment, sales were up 13.1% at constant scope and exchange rates to €1,631 million. This strong increase is explained by the combination of three factors: the rebound in passport production activities after two years affected by the public health crisis, continued growth in cybersecurity, and, finally, precautionary purchases and a price effect with respect to EMV payment cards and SIM cards, reflecting the significant increase in purchasing costs.

Results

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In H1 2022, the Group posted an EBIT17 of €891 million (10.8% of sales), compared with €722 million (9.4% of sales) in H1 2021. This level includes two one-off items that almost entirely offset each other:

  • On the one hand, the economic and trade sanctions imposed on Russia have led to the recording of non-recurring expenses in the amount of €52 million in the “cost of sales” line, mainly in the Aerospace segment.
  • On the other hand, the compensation agreement signed between Australia and Naval Group resulted in non-recurring income of approximately €50 million for the first half.

The Aerospace segment posted an EBIT of €97 million (4.4% of sales), versus an EBIT of €69 million (3.3% of sales) in H1 2021. Adjusted for the non-recurring expenses related to the sanctions against Russia, the EBIT margin would have increased by around 3 percentage points.

In the Defense & Security segment, EBIT amounted to €545 million, versus €497 million in H1 2021 (+9.8% at constant scope and exchange rates). The margin for this segment was 12.4% compared to 12.0% in H1 2021, with the increase in margin primarily due to a favorable H1/H2 phasing of expenses.

At €201 million (12.3% of sales), EBIT in the Digital Identity & Security segment increased further, benefiting from the operating leverage on sales growth.

Excluding Naval Group, unallocated EBIT amounted to -€41 million compared with -€29 million in H1 2021. The increase in this category reflects the reallocation of certain costs following the classification of the Transport business as a discontinued operation.

At €89 million in H1 2022 compared to €34 million in H1 2021, Naval Group’s contribution to EBIT increased mainly thanks to the above-mentioned non-recurring income.

Net financial interest (-€32 million versus -€28 million in H1 2021), as well as other adjusted financial results18 (-€10 million in 2022 versus -€7 million in H1 2021) remained low. The stability of the adjusted financial result on pensions and other long-term employee benefits15(-€15 million compared to
​-€15 million in H1 2021) reflects the decrease in net liabilities combined with the increase in discount rates.

At €31 million compared with €32 million in H1 2021, the adjusted net income, Group share, from discontinued operations was stable, in line with the trend in EBIT in the Transport business.

Adjusted net income, Group share15thus amounted to €726 million, compared to €591 million in H1 2021, after an adjusted income tax charge15 of -€141 million, compared to -€88 million in H1 2021. The latter had benefited from one-off items related to changes to tax rules in Italy and the United Kingdom. The effective tax rate stood at 19.7% at June 30, 2022, compared with 22.1% at June 30, 2021, adjusted for these one-off items. This change mainly reflects the reduction in the corporate income tax rate in France (25.8% in 2022 versus 28.4% in 2021).

Adjusted net income, Group share, per share15 amounted to €3.41, up 23% compared to H1 2021 (€2.78).

Consolidated net income, Group share stood at €566 million, up 31% as compared to June 30, 2021 (€432 million). This evolution was in line with that of adjusted net income, Group share.

Financial position at June 30, 2022

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Free operating cash flow19 amounted to €820 million, compared with €420 million in H1 2021. The cash conversion ratio of adjusted net income, Group share, to free operating cash flow stood at 113% (71% in H1 2021). This solid performance reflects the strong commercial momentum in the first half of the year, in particular with the payment of a significant down payment associated with the Rafale order intake from the UAE. In addition, the Group continued to benefit from the actions implemented since 2020 under the “Cash” initiative, as well as from the less pronounced seasonality in working capital as compared to previous years.

In the first half of the year, the net balance of acquisitions and disposals of subsidiaries amounted to -€141 million, primarily reflecting the acquisition of the RUAG simulation and training business (consolidated in the Aerospace segment). Since January 2022, the Group has announced 3 acquisitions which should be finalized before the end of the year: Leonardo’s stake in the Advanced Acoustics Concept JV (Defense & Security segment), S21 and Excellium, two major players in cybersecurity consulting, integration, and managed services in Europe (Defense & Security segment), and OneWelcome, a European leader in the fast-growing customer identity and access management (CIAM) market, which will be consolidated within the Digital Identity & Security segment.

At June 30, 2022, net debt amounted to €894 million, compared with €2,496 million at June 30, 2021, after accounting for new lease liabilities of €112 million (€41 million at June 30, 2021) and after the distribution of €416 million in dividends (€290 million in H1 2021) as well as the repurchase of 1.1 million shares under the share buyback program launched in April 2022 (totaling €127 million at June 30, 2022).

Shareholders’ equity, Group share amounted to €7,589 million, compared with €6,474 million at 31 December 31, 2021, benefiting, in addition to the consolidated net income, Group share (€566 million), from a decrease of more than €1 billion in the net pension liability, reflecting the sharp rise in discount rates.

Outlook

All Group markets benefit from robust medium-term perspectives. The improved public health situation will support the recovery in air traffic and commercial aircraft production rates. The further increase in Thales Alenia Space’s order book firms up its growth over the next few years. The change in the geopolitical context induced by the invasion of Ukraine will result in a sustained growth of defense budgets in Europe. Lastly, the Digital Identity & Security segment will be able to leverage the high growth prospects in cybersecurity, biometrics and eSIM.

The global environment is nevertheless marked by the continuing tensions affecting supply chains, particularly with respect to semiconductors, the significant rise in inflation, the weakening of the euro against the dollar, and the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine20.

Against this backdrop, Thales will focus its short-term efforts on managing the operational factors that are holding back its growth – strengthening the resilience of its supply chains, scaling up its recruitment teams – and on passing the increases in its purchasing costs to its customers.

At the same time, the Group will continue to implement all the levers of its Ambition 10 strategic plan, designed to support profitable and sustainable growth.

The strong performance in the first half of 2022 has led the Group to adjust its financial targets for the full year.

As a result, in the absence of major new disruptions in the global economy, the public health context, or global supply chains, Thales has set the following targets for 2022:

  • A book-to-bill ratio significantly above 121;
  • Organic sales growth of between +3.5% and +5.5%, corresponding to sales in the range of €17.1 to €17.5 billion22;
  • An EBIT margin between 10.8% and 11.1%, up 60 to 90 basis points from 2021.

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This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Although Thales believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ significantly from the forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties, as described in the Company's Universal Registration Document, which has been filed with the French financial markets authority (Autorité des marchés financiers – AMF).

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1 In accordance with standard IFRS 5, the financial data for the “transport” operating segment have been classified under “discontinued operations” following entry into exclusive negotiations with Hitachi Rail with a view to disposing of this business.

2 In this press release, “organic” means “at constant scope and exchange rates”. See note on methodology on page 11 and calculation on page 16.

3 Non-GAAP financial indicators, see definitions in the appendices, page 11.

4 Previous targets: book-to-bill ratio above 1, sales between €16.6 and €17.2 billion, corresponding to organic growth between +2% and +6%.

5 Book-to-bill ratio: ratio of order intake to sales.

6 Corresponding to €17.1 billion to €17.5 billion based on July 2022 scope and exchange rates.

7 At the date of this press release, the limited review of the financial statements has been completed and the statutory auditors’ report has been issued following the meeting of the Board of Directors.

8 Non-GAAP financial indicators, see definitions in the appendices, page 12.

9 Net debt as at June 30, 2021.

10 Non-GAAP financial indicator, see definition in the appendices, page 12.

11 Mature markets: Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand. Emerging markets: all other countries. See table on page 15.

12 Taking into account a positive currency effect of €161 million and a positive net scope effect of €12 million.

13 See table on page 15.

14 Mature markets: Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand. Emerging markets: all other countries. See table on page 15.

15 The calculation of the organic change in sales is shown on page 16.

16 See table on page 15.

17 Non-GAAP financial indicator, see definition in the appendices on page 11 and the calculation on pages 13 and 14.

18 Non-GAAP financial indicator, see definition in the appendices on page 11 and the calculation on pages 13 and 14.

19 Non-GAAP financial indicator, see definition in the appendices, page 11.

20 The negative impact on 2022 sales is estimated at approximately €100 million.

21 Previous target, set on March 3, 2022: a book-to-bill ratio greater than 1.

22 Based on July 2022 scope and exchange rates. Previous target, set on March 3, 2022: €16.6 to €17.2 billion.

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Cédric Leurquin Deputy Group Communications Director, Thales Group

 

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technologies – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organizations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions. 

Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2021, the Group generated sales of €16.2 billion.

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