FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS THIRD QUARTER
- Net sales up 2% to SEK 193 m (190), organic growth was 3%.
- EBITA amounted to SEK 77 m (69) with EBITA margin of 39.9% (36.5%).
- Adjusted EBITA increased by 4% to SEK 77 m (74) and adjusted EBITA margin was 39.9% (38.9%).
- Net result amounted to SEK 28 m (32).
- Earnings per share after dilution amounted to SEK 0.28 (0.33).
- Adjusted operating cash flow amounted to SEK -1 m (2).
CEO flemming breinholt comments on the quarter:
With a steady growth in our online offering and continued focus on operational excellence, Karnov Group has delivered yet another solid quarter. With the launch of the second annual Future Lawyer Survey, we continue to take the lead in showing the trends in the Nordic legal field.
Margin improvements due to higher sales and good cost control
Our organic growth in the third quarter was 3.0 percent, due to good performance in the online segment. As part of our usual business cycle, we have a higher portion of offline sales in the third quarter due to the start of the academic year in universities.
The adjusted EBITA margin was 39.9 percent which is an improvement compared to previous year. We continuously strive for operational excellence without compromising on customer value and we are pleased to see our steady path despite the Covid-19 impact.
Helping legal and tax experts in making better decisions, faster
New digital solutions, based on technologies such as artificial intelligence, are rapidly implemented in our society which also impacts our legal systems and the changes ahead are also reason behind our acquisition in new legal tech companies like Ante and Bella Intelligence. In order to facilitate our ambition of being a thought-leader, we recently launched our industry report; the Future Lawyer Survey. This year’s report is focused on transformation, innovation and motivation in the legal field.
To help our customers in handling and advising on GDPR, we have started a collaboration with Lexoforms in Denmark. We are also proud to have launched a student platform, Kaius, which aims to motivate and help law students in becoming successful and insightful lawyers.
In Sweden, we have continued adding new content to our platform and continued to deliver good performance. Our focus is on continuously adding more value and keep adding improvements to our offerings, in close contact with our customers.
Update on the Covid-19 pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic unfortunately still has a significant impact on global society and therefore also an impact on our company. We continue to follow the regulations and recommendations from the authorities.
Our offering has shown its relevance with high activity on our Covid-19 specific sections in Sweden and Denmark providing direct and easy access to relevant content. The renewals of our subscription-based contracts are progressing according to expectations with very low churn. However, we can see a delay in new business due to longer or postponed decision processes due to the uncertainties of the global impact of the pandemic and a decrease in demand from small and medium sized entities market because of the pandemic. The impact means a lower growth rate in online business which can’t fully compensate for the Covid-19 impact on the offline business.
Our non-subscription part of the offline business, mainly books, public trades and sales of legal training courses, have been impacted also in the third quarter. Currently, we expect this to continue during the rest of the year along with the delay in new business. The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to have a negative impact for the full year on top line growth of approximately 2 percentage points.
conference call on 5 NOVEMBER
A webcasted telephone conference will be held at 10.00 a.m. CET today, where CEO Flemming Breinholt and CFO Dora Brink Clausen will present the report and answer questions.
You can follow the presentation via webcast and ask questions in written form on the following page:
The presentation will also be available on www.financialhearings.com.
To participate in the conference via telephone, and thereby be able to ask questions verbally, please dial in on any number below a couple of minutes before the start of the call:
SE: +46 8 505 583 65
DK: +45 7 815 0109
UK: +44 333 300 92 73
US: +1 833 526 8382
The presentation material and the report will be available before the conference starts at www.karnovgroup.com. An on-demand version will also be available after the presentation.
For more information, please contact:
Flemming Breinholt, President and CEO
Telephone: + 45 3374 1202
Dora Brink Clausen, CFO
Telephone: + 45 3374 1248
Erik Berggren, Investor Relations Specialist
Telephone: +45 5219 6552
This press release contains inside information that Karnov Group AB (publ) is required to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and information that Karnov Group AB (publ) is required to make public pursuant to the Swedish Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication by the above contact person at 08.00 CET on 5 November 2020.