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  • 26 August 2016 08:19

Gemalto first semester 2016 results

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security today announces its results for the first semester 2016.

AMSTERDAM - Gemalto, the world leader in digital security today announces its results for the first semester 2016.

- Revenue of EUR 1.5 billion, up +1% at constant exchange rates and stable at historical exchange rates

- Revenue growth in Government Programs up +25%, Enterprise up +12%, Payment up +11% and Machine-to-Machine up +9%, at constant exchange rates, fully offsets lower sales to mobile network operators

- Gross margin increases by +92 basis points, confirming 2016 outlook

- Strong free cash flow generated, up +EUR 128 million compared to first semester of 2015

Olivier Piou, Chief Executive Officer, and Philippe Vallee, Chief Operating Officer, commented: "Gemalto progressed well in the first semester. The Payment & Identity segment saw another significant +14% growth, with all its businesses growing at double-digit rates, fully offsetting lower sales in Mobile segment. The Platforms and Services activity also posted a strong performance, with revenue up by +20% year-on-year, and on its way to reaching one year ahead of schedule the 1 billion euro yearly Platforms and Services revenue challenge we had set for ourselves in 2013. This further illustrates the success of the Gemalto's diversification and the acceleration of its structural transformation. We will continue to focus our efforts and investment on our highest growing businesses, and are confident in a further increase in gross margin. Entering the last stretch of our current multi-year development plan, Gemalto will begin the planning processes which will define its next milestones."

Adjusted financial information

Total revenue for the first semester 2016 came in at EUR 1,495 million, up +1% at constant exchange rates and stable at historical exchange rates.

In the first semester of 2016, currency translation effects generated a negative (1) percentage point effect on the revenue generation with a contrasted quarterly pattern. The impact was +1 percentage point increase in the first quarter of 2016, and (3) percentage points reduction in the second quarter of 2016 due to the combined year-on-year depreciation of the US dollar, Chinese yuan, British pound and Brazilian real versus the euro. The hedging program, which aims at partially neutralizing the impact of currency variations on the Company's profit from operations, produced a 0.2 percentage point offset in the revenue comparison to the same semester last year.

Gross profit was up by EUR 12 million, to EUR 586 million, representing gross margin of 39.2%, up +92 basis points year-on-year, a step forward towards the Company's 2016 outlook. The increase in gross margin came mainly from the Payment & Identity segment and in particular the Payment and Enterprise businesses.

Operating expenses were up slightly, by EUR 0.2 million, at EUR 415 million. Resources are being internally shifted to address the Company's most rapidly growing businesses.

As a result, profit from operations was EUR 172 million, up EUR 12 million year-on-year, representing 11.5% profit margin, and an 84 basis points improvement when compared to the first semester of 2015.

Gemalto's financial income was (EUR 23) million compared to (EUR 14) million in the first semester of 2015 as interest expense, foreign exchange transactions and other financial items increased. Adjusted income tax expense was (EUR 29) million in the first semester of 2016, resulting in an adjusted net profit of the Company of EUR 106 million, stable year-on-year.

Consequently, adjusted basic earnings per share came in at EUR 1.20 and adjusted diluted earnings per share were at EUR 1.19, stable when compared to the first semester of 2015.

IFRS results

Amortization and depreciation of intangibles resulting from acquisitions increased by (EUR 6) million year-on-year, to (EUR 29) million, mainly due to the Trub and SafeNet acquisitions. Restructuring and acquisition-related expenses decreased by EUR 5 million to (EUR 14) million, and came mainly from the IT and facilities integration costs of SafeNet and Trub and from the implementation of a new information system (ERP) to harmonize finance and reporting systems. The equity-based compensation charge evolved to (EUR 19) million versus (EUR 17) million for the same period of last year. Fair value adjustments related mainly to the non-cash amortization of the IFRS revaluation of SafeNet's pre-acquisition deferred revenue accounted for (EUR 2) million for the first semester 2016 compared to (EUR 67) million for the same period last year.

Gemalto hence recorded an increase of EUR 75 million in its IFRS operating profit (EBIT), at EUR 108 million for the first semester of 2016 compared to EUR 33 million in the first semester of 2015. This performance highlights both the increase in operating profitability and the now marginal effect of the non-cash IFRS fair-value adjustments related to the SafeNet's pre-acquisition deferred revenue. Consequently the IFRS net profit increased four-fold, coming in at EUR 58 million for the first semester of 2016 versus EUR 14 million in the first semester of 2015.

As a result, IFRS basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share for the first semester 2016 grew four-fold at EUR 0.65 and EUR 0.65 respectively compared to EUR 0.16 and EUR 0.15 in the first semester of 2015.

Statement of financial position and cash position variation schedule

In the first semester of 2016, operating activities generated a cash flow of EUR 177 million before changes in working capital, lower compared to EUR 199 million in 2015 mainly due to an increase in tax payment. Changes in working capital reduced cash flow by (EUR 43) million, less than during the same period of 2015 at (EUR 57) million.

Capital expenditure and acquisition of intangibles reduced by EUR 29 million to (EUR 75) million, representing 5.0% of total Company revenue versus 6.9% of revenue in the same period of 2015.

Property, Plant, and Equipment reduced by EUR 18 million to (EUR 34) million, compared to the high level of last year which related to the initial investments made to support the strong start of the payment business in the United States. Acquisition and capitalization of intangible assets represented a net cash outflow of EUR 41 million compared to EUR 52 million for the first semester of 2015, with capitalization of development expenses representing 1.9% of revenue.

As a result, in the first semester of 2016, the Company generated free cash flow of EUR 64 million compared to a (EUR 64) million outflow for the same period of 2015, up +EUR 128 million year-on-year.

Acquisitions used EUR 3 million in cash during the first semester of 2016, versus EUR 888 million during the same period of 2015 which had seen the closing of both the SafeNet and Trub acquisitions.

Gemalto's share buy-back and liquidity programs generated a (EUR 0.3) million net cash outflow for the first semester of 2016. As at June 30, 2016, the Company held 861,474 shares, i.e. 1.0% of its own shares in treasury. The total number of Gemalto shares issued increased by +886,199 this semester, to 89,893,908 shares. Net of the 861,474 shares held in treasury, 89,032,434 shares were outstanding as at June 30, 2016.

On May 26, 2016, Gemalto paid a cash dividend of EUR 0.47 per share in respect of the fiscal year 2015, up +12% on the dividend paid in May 2015 which was of EUR 0.42 per share. This May 2016 distribution used EUR 42 million in cash. Net repayment of financing instruments generated a EUR 22 million cash outflow, mainly from debt repayment.

Cash in hand, net of bank overdrafts amounted to EUR 400 million as at June 30, 2016.

Considering the EUR 734 million total amount of borrowings as at June 30, 2016, Gemalto's net debt position reduced to EUR 334 million compared to a net debt position of EUR 490 million as at June 30, 2015. This significant (EUR 156) million variation is due to the strong free cash flow generated by the Company during the last twelve months.

Segment information

During the second quarter, revenue expanded by +3% at constant exchange rates and was (1%) lower at historical exchange rates. The strong growth in Payment & Identity segment revenue, up +11% at constant exchange rates, continued in the second quarter and was supported by all its businesses, i.e. Payment, Government Programs and Enterprise. The Mobile segment revenue was lower by (5%) at constant exchange rates in the second quarter of 2016, following the steep (20%) year-on-year reduction recorded in the first quarter of 2016. The second quarter improvement in the Mobile segment revenue pattern comes from the slower decline in SIM sales, the continued increase in Machine-to-Machine revenue and the year-on-year growth in the Mobile segment's Platforms & Services activity.

Overall, the diversification of the Company has been reinforced this semester by the +14% growth at constant exchange rates of the Payment & Identity segment, offsetting the lower (13%) sales in the Mobile segment. Payment & Identity at 63% now represents almost two-thirds of the Company revenue, compared to 56% in the same period last year.

Embedded software & Products revenue reduced by (4%) due to lower SIM sales to mobile network operators and lower payment cards revenue in China. The structural transformation of the Company accelerated with the Platforms & Services activity posting a strong +20% growth in the first semester of 2016, to now represent 32% of total Company revenue, compared to 27% a year ago. The Platforms & Services year-on-year revenue expansion at constant exchange rates came from both the Payment & Identity and Mobile segments. In the Payment & Identity segment, contribution to revenue growth came from all three business lines, with an increase in Payment issuance services, in eGovernment services and in the Enterprise cybersecurity solutions sales.

First semester profit from operations increased by +8% year-on-year. As a result of the gross margin improvement, the Payment & Identity segment profit from operations increased by EUR 41 million, up +53% compared to first semester of 2015. The Payment & Identity profit from operations expansion largely offset the lower contribution from both the Mobile and the Patents & Others segments. The Payment business has been the main contributor to the profit from operations increase, benefitting from the optimization of the United States EMV operations after the particularly rapid ramp-up reported during previous semesters. The contribution of the Payment & Identity segment is now 69% of the total Company profit from operations, clearly illustrating the balanced profile of the Company.

Payment & Identity

Payment & Identity's first semester revenue came in at EUR 937 million, increasing by +14% at constant exchange rates compared to the same period in 2015. The segment's Embedded software & Products sales were up by +7% at EUR 576 million and its Platforms & Services sales increased to EUR 361 million, up +27%.

The Payment business grew by +11% reaching EUR 503 million. The Americas posted the largest revenue growth, on strong sales of EMV payment cards and rapid expansion of issuance services in the United States, offsetting the lower sales in Asia. Gemalto also saw the early stage interest for dual interface cards in the United States, with the particularly rapid delivery of a significant project for a customer portfolio. Payment Embedded software & Products sales were stable and Payment Platforms & Services revenue expanded by +60% compared to first semester 2015.

Revenue from the Enterprise business came in at EUR 217 million for the first semester of 2016, up +12%. The revenue improvement came from all three business lines, Encryption, Authentication and Software Monetization. To meet the increasing market demand for cybersecurity solutions, the Enterprise business is quickly increasing its sales coverage, expanding Gemalto's ecosystem of technology partners and accelerating investment in R&D in order to rapidly strengthen the Company's offering in this growing sector.

The Government Programs business was up +25%, at EUR 217 million. In addition to Trub's contribution in the first quarter, sales expansion came mostly from delivery commencements of previously won projects in all regions and project backlog continued to expand. Government Programs' Embedded software & Products revenue was up +23%, and its Platforms & Services sales were up +30% compared to the first semester of 2015.

Overall, the Payment & Identity segment's gross margin improved to 40%, up +3.0 percentage points compared to the first semester of 2015. The largest contribution to this performance came from the optimization of the Payment business.

Operating expenses grew to (EUR 256) million in the first semester of 2016, from (EUR 233) million in the first semester of 2015. This was largely due to the increased investments in the Enterprise business, the addition of the Trub expenses of the first quarter of 2016, as well as to the shift of internal resources from the Mobile segment's SIM business to the Payment & Identity segment in order to address the rapid growth of its different businesses.

As a result, profit from operations in Payment & Identity for the first semester 2016 came in at EUR 118 million, up +53% from the EUR 77 million recorded in the first semester of 2015. Profit from operations margin increased to 12.6%, up +3.4 percentage points compared to 9.2% in the first semester of 2015.

Mobile

The Mobile segment posted revenue of EUR 557 million for the first semester of 2016. Revenue was lower by (13%) at constant exchange rates compared to the same period of 2015.

Embedded software & Products sales for the segment came in at EUR 434 million, lower by (16%) at constant exchange rates. SIM sales declined by (26%) at EUR 282 million for the first semester, with a (16%) year-on-year decrease in the second quarter. This was mainly due to the tail-end effect in the first quarter of 2016 of the United States operators' mobile payment venture closing, coupled with lower demand in Latin America and Asia. Revenue derived from SIM products now represents less than one fifth of total Company revenue. Conversely, the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) business continued to grow, up +9% year-on-year at EUR 153 million, in line with the expanding global demand of connected devices and embedded secure elements for the Internet of Things (IoT). The certifications of Gemalto M2M "Cat 1" wireless modules by several major Mobile Network Operators and the launch of the world's first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Cat 1 modules associated with important new design wins during the semester continue to drive the business expansion across sectors and regions.

The Platforms & Services revenue for the Mobile segment grew by +15% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of last year. This led to a +3% year-on-year revenue expansion for the first semester, at EUR 123 million, fully offsetting the adverse effect in Mobile Platforms & Services of the United States operators' mobile payment venture closing last year. Since the adoption of GSMA specifications related to embedded SIMs (eSIMs) remote activation and management for both the Machine-to-Machine and secondary devices for consumer market, Gemalto's Mobile Subscriber Services business has made significant progress, with several key projects wins announced. In particular, Gemalto has been selected to provide its On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution for KDDI, a leading operator in Japan, to enable secure connectivity for connected cars and IoT applications worldwide. Gemalto has also recently provided the ODC service to Orange for the connected Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, allowing users to securely and indiscernibly connect to their cellular network. Gemalto is fully involved in this global interoperability effort, bringing its technical expertise and neutrality to help both device manufacturers and mobile network operators best align the ecosystem's participants objectives.

Gross margin for the Mobile segment decreased slightly, to 38.1% this semester from 38.4% in the first semester of 2015, mainly due to the expansion in the traditionally lower gross margin Machine-to-Machine business.

Operating expenses decreased significantly, to (EUR 153) million this semester from (EUR 175) million in the first semester of 2015 as a result of the shift of part of the segment's resources to the rapidly growing Payment and Identity businesses.

As a result, the Mobile segment's profit from operations for the first semester of 2016 was EUR 59 million, compared to the EUR 71 million posted in the same period of last year. The segment's profit from operations margin came in at 10.6%, compared to 11.1% in the first semester of 2015.

Patents & Others

The Patents & Others segment, traditionally lumpy, generated EUR 1 million in revenue in the first semester of 2016, versus EUR 17.7 million in the first semester of 2015. Operating expenses were lower by (EUR 0.4) million, and profit from operations came in at (EUR 5) million in the first semester of 2016.

Additional information

Below is a highlight of new contracts and achievements published by the Company in the first semester of 2016

- Payment & Identity

January, 19 2016 Finland selects Gemalto for its new secure electronic passport and eID; February, 2 2016 Gabon selects Gemalto for fully integrated border and visa system; February, 23 2016 Gemalto releases findings of 2015 Breach Level Index; February, 24 2016 Peru selects the Imprimerie Nationale Group and Gemalto for end-to-end ePassport program; February, 25 2016 Gemalto expands Security Industry's largest Data Protection ecosystem; April, 7 2016 Gemalto eBanking solution increases online security for BBVA Bancomer in Mexico; May, 10 2016 JETCO selects Gemalto to roll out secure Peer-to-Peer mobile payments in Hong Kong; May, 16 2016 Colorado partners with MIDS, a Gemalto company, for secure polycarbonate identity credentials; June, 7 2016 Colombia selects Gemalto's secure ePassport solution

- Mobile

February, 8 2016 Verizon certifies Gemalto's first Cat. 1 LTE M2M Solution for IoT; February, 16 2016 Gemalto launches leading edge M2M Cat 1 LTE module with seamless 2G and 3G fall-back; February, 18 2016 Gemalto and Bridge Alliance, a partnership of 35 leading operators in Asia, demonstrate GSMA standards-based solution for multi-country deployment of IoT devices; February, 23 2016 Gemalto and Jasper Partner to Simplify the Global Deployment of IoT Devices; February, 24 2016 PROSA and Gemalto Partner to Offer Mobile Payments in Mexico; April, 24 2016 Gemalto and Worldline join forces to make mobile payment deployment fast and easy; May, 3 2016 Verizon selects Gemalto to migrate to Advanced OTA technology for 4G LTE services; June, 30 2016 KDDI in Japan selects Gemalto's Connected cars and IoT solution

- Industry Recognitions

January 6, 2016 Gemalto Cat 1 LTE connectivity solution wins Most Innovative Application Award; January 18, 2016 Gemalto-led e-passport research project wins European Innovation Award; March 15, 2016 Gemalto Wins "Best Identity Management Platform" in GSN 2015 Homeland Security Awards; May, 25 2016 Gemalto Wins 2016 Cybersecurity Excellence Award for Best Multi-Factor Authentication Solution; June, 21 2016 Gemalto ePassports ranked #1 for speed in Industry tests

Outlook

For 2016, Gemalto expects to generate a +1.5 percentage point gross margin increase, accelerating its profit from operations expansion towards its 2017 objectives.

Live Audio Webcast and Conference call

Gemalto first semester 2016 results presentation will be webcast in English today at 3pm Amsterdam and Paris time (2pm London time and 9am New York time).

This listen-only live audio webcast of the presentation and the Q&A session will be accessible from our Investor Relations web site: www.gemalto.com/investors

Questions will be taken by way of conference call. Investors and financial analysts wishing to ask questions should join the presentation by dialing: (UK) +44 203 367 9453 or (US) +1 855 402 7761 or (FR) +33 1 7077 0942

The accompanying presentation slide set is also available for download on our Investor Relations web site.

Replays of the presentation and Q&A session will be available in webcast format on our Investor Relations web site approximately 3 hours after the conclusion of the presentation. Replays will be available for one year.

The semi-annual report, including the interim condensed consolidated financial statements as of June 30, 2016, is available on our investor web site (www.gemalto.com/investors).

Reporting calendar

Third quarter 2016 revenue will be reported on Friday October 28, 2016, before the opening of Euronext Amsterdam. 

Stock Exchange Listing

Gemalto N.V. is dual listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Paris, in the compartment A (Large Caps).

Gemalto has also established a sponsored Level I American Depository Receipt (ADR) Program in the United States since November 2009. Each Gemalto ordinary share is represented by two ADRs. Gemalto's ADRs trade in U.S. dollar and give access to the voting rights and to the dividends attached to the underlying Gemalto shares. The dividends are paid to investors in U.S. dollar, after being converted into U.S. dollar by the depository bank at the prevailing rate.

Investor Relations

Winston Yeo, M.: +33 6 2947 0814, winston.yeo@gemalto.com

Sebastien Liagre, M.: +33 6 1751 4467, sebastien.liagre@gemalto.com

Corporate Communication

Isabelle Marand, M.: +33 6 1489 1817, isabelle.marand@gemalto.com

Media Relations Agency

Suzanne Bakker, M.: +31 6 1136 8659, suzanne.bakker@citigateff.nl

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2015 annual revenues of EUR 3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto's solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software - enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 14,000+ employees operate out of 118 offices, 45 personalization and data centers, and 27 research and software development centers located in 49 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

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