Second-quarter revenue for Merko Ehitus was EUR 86 million and net profit was EUR 6.4 million. The revenue for first half increased by 12% to EUR 146 million and net profit by 19% to EUR 9.8 million. This year, Merko has sold nearly 150 apartments this year and launched the construction of more than 800 apartments.
According to the management of Merko Ehitus, the construction sector is more and more influenced by the rapid price rise of materials and problems related to supply, as a result of which the risks related to on-time completion of construction objects and staying within budget have soared. Considering the current market situation, the management is satisfied with the results of the first half of the year. The group’s revenue and net profit grew in both Q2 and in the first half of the year. The number of new construction contracts signed this year decreased somewhat, while the launch of new apartment development projects continued, which are not reflected in the portfolio of contracts.
The share of the apartment development sector segment in the group’s revenue decreased in the first half-year due to the time timing of completion of the development projects. In the first half of the year, almost 150 apartments have been handed over to buyers and launched the construction of more than 800 new apartments, of which the majority will be completed in 2022. The number of apartments under construction is up significantly and apartment sales are going according to plan – most of the finished apartments have been sold and a large part of the apartments under construction are reserved under preliminary contracts of sale. As a whole, the apartment market in the Baltics has been active this year. Merko’s largest apartment development projects were Noblessner, Uus-Veerenni, Odra, Metsatuka and Lahekalda, in Tallinn; Erminurme, in Tartu; Viesturdārzs and Mežpilsēta, in Riga; and Vilneles Skverai, in Vilnius.
In Q2, AS Merko Ehitus Eesti entered into a contract for acquiring a 35% holding in the network construction and maintenance company Connecto Eesti AS, under which Merko Ehitus Eesti’s electrical engineering unit will merge with Connecto Eesti AS. The management of Merko Ehitus considers that that investments into energy and communication infrastructure are continuing and Connecto has good prospects to be a part of these developments.
In Q2 of 2021, Merko entered into new contracts worth EUR 38 million of which the largest were a contract for the design and construction of the infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia’s southeast land border sections 4–6 and a contract for the construction of St John’s School in Tallinn. The Merko group’s secured order book balance grew to EUR 250 million as of the end of the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the largest objects in Estonia were the third development phase of the Mustamäe medical campus of the North-Estonia Medical Centre, the Tallinn School of Music and Ballet, construction on the Liivalaia business and residential complex and the construction of infrastructure segments of the Republic of Estonia’s southeast land border. In Latvia, the works in progress were the Orkla wafer and biscuit production plant and NATO facilities in Ādaži, and the Kauguri city park and youth house. In Lithuania, infrastructure for a number of wind farms and the Kaunas district police headquarters building, NATO barracks and a production building for Continental Automotive.
OVERVIEW OF THE II QUARTER AND 6 MONTHS RESULTS
2021 6 months’ pre-tax profit was EUR 10.5 million and Q2 2021 was EUR 6.7 million (6M 2020: EUR 8.8 million and Q2 2020 was EUR 6.7 million), which brought the pre-tax profit margin to 7.2% (6M 2020: 6.8%).
Net profit attributable to shareholders for 6 months 2021 was EUR 9.8 million (6M 2020: EUR 8.2 million) and for Q2 2021 net profit attributable to shareholders was EUR 6.4 million (Q2 2020: EUR 6.2 million). 6 months net profit margin was 6.7% (6M 2020: 6.3%).
Q2 2021 revenue was EUR 85.8 million (Q2 2020: EUR 73.9 million) and 6 months’ revenue was EUR 145.9 million (6M 2020: EUR 129.7 million). 6 months’ revenue increased by 12.4% compared to same period last year. The share of revenue earned outside Estonia in 6 months 2021 was 38.0% (6M 2020: 50.3%).
SECURED ORDER BOOK
As of 30 June 2021, the group’s secured order book was EUR 249.8 million (30 June 2020: EUR 236.7 million). In 6 months 2021, group companies signed new contracts in the amount of EUR 135.1 million (6M 2020: EUR 175.1 million). In Q2 2021, new contracts were signed in the amount of EUR 37.8 million (Q2 2020: EUR 87.8 million).
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
In 6 months 2021, the group sold a total of 145 apartments; in 6 months 2020, the group sold 369 apartments. The group earned a revenue of EUR 25.8 million from sale of own developed apartments in 6 months 2021 and EUR 46.0 million in 6 months 2020. In Q2 of 2021 a total of 55 apartments were sold, compared to 236 apartments in Q2 2020, and earned a revenue of EUR 11.0 million from sale of own developed apartments (Q2 2020: EUR 27.4 million).
At the end of the reporting period, the group had EUR 21.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, and equity of EUR 145.3 million (52.5% of total assets). Comparable figures as of 30 June 2020 were EUR 23.7 million and EUR 138.4 million (50.3% of total assets), respectively. As of 30 June 2021, the group’s net debt was EUR 16.1 million (30 June 2020: EUR 34.2 million).
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
in thousand euros
|Cost of goods sold||(128,622)||(113,250)||(75 489)||(62,852)||(272,169)|
|Gross profit||17,238||16,483||10 264||11,009||43,749|
|General and administrative expenses||(5,706)||(5,393)||(2,991)||(2,588)||(13,412)|
|Other operating income||1,314||1,122||639||614||2,320|
|Other operating expenses||(93)||(1,252)||(39)||(1,189)||(2,979)|
|incl. finance income/costs from joint venture||3||92||(4)||2||(144)|
|foreign exchange gain (loss)||(39)||(4)||(39)||(4)||(7)|
|other financial income (expenses)||(89)||(68)||(44)||(51)||(139)|
|Profit before tax||10,482||8,777||6,733||6,710||24,457|
|Corporate income tax expense||(856)||(786)||(427)||(648)||(1,954)|
|Net profit for financial year||9,626||7,991||6,306||6,062||22,503|
|incl. net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent||9,763||8,175||6,395||6,156||22,994|
|net profit attributable to non-controlling interest||(137)||(184)||(89)||(94)||(491)|
|Other comprehensive income, which can subsequently be classified in the income statement|
|Currency translation differences of foreign entities||16||(128)||(7)||60||(115)|
|Comprehensive income for the period||9,642||7,863||6,299||6,122||22,388|
|incl. net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent||9,779||8,044||6,387||6,221||22,890|
|net profit attributable to non-controlling interest||(137)||(181)||(88)||(99)||(502)|
|Earnings per share for profit attributable to equity holders of the parent (basic and diluted, in EUR)||0.55||0.46||0.36||0.35||1.30|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
in thousand euros
|Cash and cash equivalents||21,713||23,728||47,480|
|Trade and other receivables||62,902||44,790||32,657|
|Prepaid corporate income tax||315||91||306|
|Investments in joint venture||2,357||2,590||2,354|
|Other long-term loans and receivables||22,797||14,504||17,979|
|Deferred income tax assets||842||–||653|
|Property, plant and equipment||14,611||12,996||14,521|
|Payables and prepayments||77,814||63,243||55,846|
|Income tax liability||731||912||1,202|
|Deferred income tax liability||1,739||1,650||3,001|
|Other long-term payables||3,586||2,858||4,026|
|Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent|
|Statutory reserve capital||793||793||793|
|Currency translation differences||(798)||(841)||(814)|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||276,747||274,907||256,915|
Interim report is attached to the announcement and is also published on NASDAQ Tallinn and Merko’s web page (group.merko.ee).