Third-quarter 2018 sales
Commenting on the results, Alain de Rouvray, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ESI Group, said: “The good sales performance delivered in Q3 2018 reflects the expected reversal of the trend compared to the first semester. This highlights the increased deployment of our virtual prototyping solutions for achieving the ‘zero real test’ and ‘zero real prototype’ objectives of our customers and partners in their digital transformation towards the Industry 4.0. The trend is especially apparent in the automotive sector where our Hybrid TwinTM solution offers major productivity levers in the context of the shift to the smart factory. In this context, the continued investment of our historic customers in our disruptive solutions is a concrete vindication of our transformation plan.”
Strong performance in Q3 2018
Q3 2018 sales at current exchange rates grew by a solid 12.2% year upon year to €28 million. There was a small positive currency effect of €0.2 million during the period due to the slight appreciation of the yen against the euro.
Revenue from Licenses jumped by an impressive 15.9% at current rates to €20.6 million, notably reflecting the impact of repositioning of a renewal contract, advanced from 4th to 3rd Quarter, in the Americas area for an amount of approximately €1.7 million.
Revenue from Services was up by 2.9% at current exchange rates to €7.4 million, reflecting slight increases across all service categories.
Strengthening of installed base
The good third-quarter performance offset the commercial slowdown in the first-half. Sales for the first nine months of the year came in at €81.2 million, up 5.3% at constant exchange rates compared to the previous year. The Services business reported a slight 1.8% drop in sales to €21.2 million (at constant exchange rates). Revenue from Licenses grew by 8.0% year-on-year to €60 million (at constant exchange rates). New Business fell by 2.8% at constant rates. It is also worth noting the good repeat business performance over the period which grew by 13.1% at constant rates, with a high repeat rate of 88%.
Licenses Business in Europe reported a satisfactory performance over the period (+7.4% at constant exchange rates), supported by extensive expertise and consolidated strategic partnerships. The Americas area posted exceptional but conjunctural growth in Licenses of 22.2% at constant exchange rates, while the Asia region returned to a growth in Licenses of 3.4% at constant exchange rates.
Our strong installed base is a gauge of trust
ESI’s historic customers have increased their deployment of the Group’s solutions over the first nine months of the year. Overall the automotive industry is driving the growth with the significant strengthening of existing collaborations. Business was also brisk in the energy and defense sectors.
ESI’s solutions, recognized within the ecosystem, support the digital transformation of manufacturers, such as the remarkable contracts and partnership mentioned below for example and announced during the 3rd quarter:
- FCA LATAM (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Latin America) opted for the virtual reality ESI IC.IDO solution to meet the challenges of the Industry 4.0 and enhance its manufacturing processes.
- The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) chose the system modeling solution SimulationX to create a digital alternative to bench testing aircraft engines in flight conditions.
- Fives and Michelin, through the joint venture AddUp, has teamed up with ESI to develop a disruptive solution in metallic 3D printing that combines productivity and performance objectives.
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