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Cacotec SA - Interim report January - September 2022

Increased revenues - profitability negatively impacted by non-recurring factors

On February 22, 2022, Cavotec signed an agreement to divest 100% of the Airports business to US based investment company Fernweh Group. On July 29, 2022, Cavotec completed the divestment of the Airports business. As a result of the divestment, the Airports business is reported as a discontinued operation.


  • Order backlog increased 65.8% compared to Q321 to EUR 153.9 million
  • Revenues increased 43.5% to EUR 42.0 million (29.2)
  • EBIT decreased to EUR -0.4 million (0.2), corresponding to a margin of -1.1% (0.8 %)


  • Revenues increased 19.8% to EUR 101.0 million (84.4)
  • EBIT decreased to EUR -2.9 million (0.9), corresponding to a margin of -2.8% (1.1%)


  • Net result for the group was EUR -3.0 million (1.2), of which EUR -5.1 million attributable to the discontinued operations of the Airports business


  • Net result for the group was EUR -6.3 million (-0.7), of which EUR -9.8 million attributable to the discontinued operations of the Airports business
  • Net debt amounted to EUR 23.9 million (Q222: 25.3)

Key events during the quarter

  • On July 29, 2022, Cavotec announced that it had completed the sale of its Airports business, Dabico Airport Solutions, to US-based investment company Fernweh Group LLC. The transaction was announced in February 2022. The Airports business accounted for approximately 25 per cent of Cavotec’s revenue in 2021.

Key events after the end of the quarter

  • Considering the impact of the completion of the sale of the Airports business, the lenders agreed to waive compliance with the financial covenants of the Credit Facility Agreement for the testing period ending on September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

Comment from the CEO

Still unsatisfactory profitability, despite stronger revenues

In the third quarter, New Cavotec’s revenues increased almost 44% to EUR 42.0 million compared to the same period last year. The strong development is partly explained by a capacity ramp up in Shanghai, which meant that we could catch up on Covid related delays. During the quarter we reduced the backlog of delayed orders by EUR 7 million, down to EUR 3 million and we expect to reduce it further.

However, during the quarter, the profitability in New Cavotec was very unsatisfactory. This has been impacted by several different factors. Starting in 2021 we invested in our organisation for growth, which is not yet in sync with revenues. We added net 65 people in the past twelve months. Existing orders with low margins also had a negative effect on our profitability. In addition, there were material cost increases, increased transportation costs and supply chain constraints, which were not fully compensated for in time. Furthermore, there were one-off costs of EUR 1.0 million arising from the departure of the prior CEO.

In total, the above factors lead to an EBIT in New Cavotec in the third quarter amounting to EUR -0.4 million (0.2).

Completing the divestment of the Airports business was a strategically important achievement. However, it took more time to complete than anticipated, leading to higher transaction costs and additional impairment. The group results for the quarter include a loss from discontinued operations of EUR 5.1 million.

The combination of lower profitability in New Cavotec’s core business (Ports & Maritime, Industry and Services) and the one-off impact of the divestment led to Cavotec requesting, and our lenders subsequently agreeing, to waive compliance with covenants in both the third and fourth quarters of 2022.

Looking at the overall development of New Cavotec’s core business, there was an increase in shipyards building new ships with on ship shore power. To electrify new ships is almost a prerequisite in today´s shipping market, due to increasing legislation and demand for sustainable solutions. Going forward, we expect a strong outlook in our retrofit business to install shore power on existing container vessels, driven by an increasing demand on international shipping companies to be able to switch off their diesel power in ports. In addition, during the quarter we have won an order for close to EUR 5 million for a MoorMaster NxG installation at a container terminal in South America.

Revenues and order book for our industrial applications improved due to strong demand across diverse markets and customer segments. We see significant interest in our high-power charging solution package for the mining and heavy construction segment, where substantial resources are directed towards net-zero and at decarbonization generally. We expect such investments to accelerate and adoption rate to further progress in the future.

We have intensified our sales efforts to grow service revenue from our installed base of port installations worldwide from periodic overhauls and increasing spare parts volumes.

I joined Cavotec six months ago. I have visited customers and end users, met with many of our employees and I have also participated in assembling products at our sites worldwide. I can clearly see that we have a huge potential in Cavotec, a strong need for our products and that we have a skilled workforce. However, it is also clear to me that there are challenges and hard work to be done, which is evident in this quarter’s result.

A new chapter in Cavotec’s history starts now when we finally can focus on our core business with full force. I am very optimistic about our future, and I am looking forward to working with our teams to create a sustainable and profitable business.

Stockholm, November 30, 2022

David Pagels
Chief Executive Officer


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Johan Hähnel
Investor Relations Manager 
Telephone: +46 70 605 63 34 

This information is information that Cavotec is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 2022-11-30 07:00 CET.

About Cavotec

Cavotec is a leading engineering group that designs and manufactures automated connection and electrification systems for ports and industrial applications worldwide. We want to contribute to a future world that is cleaner, safer and more efficient by providing innovative connection solutions for ships, aircraft and mobile equipment today. To findout more about Cavotec, visit our website at


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