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FLLYR: RAK: RAK FY2020 Results Announcement
RAK FY2020 RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT
29 June 2020
Steady revenue growth, strong cash flow & promising future
High technology company Rakon Limited ('Rakon' or the 'Group') is pleased to
post net profit after tax of $4.0m (2019: $3.4m), and Underlying EBITDA of
$14.8m (2019: $13.3m) for the year ended 31 March 2020. Rakon has exceeded
its earlier guidance of $12m to $14m for 2020, reflecting a much stronger
than expected finish to the year from a higher share of business in the
Reported Underlying EBITDA for the year to 31 March 2020 includes a positive
impact of $3.1m from the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases.
Momentum continues to build in the Telecommunications market and Rakon's new
Mercury+, Neptune and Mercury ultra-stable frequency control products have
gone into the early deployment of 5G in South Korea, China and the US. Rakon
products are designed into all of the major global suppliers of 5G
technology, so remains well placed for future growth.
Managing Director Brent Robinson said recent global events caused by the
Covid-19 pandemic demonstrate more than ever the need for high performing
telecommunications infrastructure. Rakon is confident the demand for 5G will
accelerate with increasing global expectation for highly reliable, high-speed
communications and data transfer. The call for high performance frequency
control products is also emerging for autonomous vehicle and health
applications and continues to evolve in the Space and Defence and Global
Positioning markets. Rakon's strategy is to be first to market and world
leading for frequency control solutions.
Rakon's revenue was higher from data centre customers, as they invested to
meet growing world-wide data needs. Further expansion into this industry will
continue to be a focus in the coming year. Revenue from Global Positioning
was lower due to price competition within a particular high volume, low
margin segment. Rakon continues to move away from low margin consumer
Space and Defence also saw lower revenue for the year due predominantly to
the phasing of long-term projects. However, Rakon remains confident and well
placed in the Space and Defence market and is exploring new opportunities for
its products to capitalise in the new space sector where there is growing use
of low earth orbit satellites replacing traditional geo orbital satellites.
During the year, the inventory obsolescence provision rose by $3.3m.
Consumption of slow moving products was lower than expected and a more
aggressive view was taken. Actions continue in the coming year to streamline
and reduce exposure to slow moving products.
Reported operating cash flow was $9.4m for the year however included $3.1m
relating to IFRS 16 Leases. Overall net debt was $7.9m (2019: $7.7m) and
included the final $2.1m payment for the acquisition of Rakon India. Rakon
Group now owns 100% of its manufacturing business in India. This is a
cornerstone in Rakon's manufacturing strategy and also provides a solid
footprint for expansion into the India market.
During the year ended 31 March 2020, Rakon continued to focus on developing
its photolithography microfabrication process for the NZ manufacturing plant.
"The recently announced XMEMS NanoQuartz technology which competes with
silicon based technology has been well received" said Brent Robinson.
Covid-19 has had a negative short-term impact on the Group with the New
Zealand and Indian manufacturing operations severely restricted for periods
of time, however the medium to long term effects are not expected to be
materially adverse. Some of Rakon's business was recognised as essential and
continued or resumed operations during the Covid-19 lockdowns. All
manufacturing is forecast to return to full production by the end of June
Brent Robinson said "Covid-19 could have been much worse for Rakon and I am
immensely proud of the way our team responded to safeguard the future of the
The Board of Directors has declared that no dividend is to be paid for 2020.
Rakon maintains a dividend policy such that it will pay a dividend of up to
50% of the after tax profit, if considered fiscally appropriate. The payment
of dividends is subject to the approval of Rakon's bank, ASB Bank, under its
The Directors confirm that this 2020 results announcement is based on audited
results which are not subject to any qualification.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Anand Rambhai (CFO)
09 571 9225 Media Liaison:
021 206 0985
Rakon is a global high technology company and a world leader in its field.
The company designs and manufactures advanced frequency control and timing
solutions. Its three core markets are Telecommunications, Global Positioning
and Space and Defence. Rakon products are found at the forefront of
communications where speed and reliability are paramount. The company's
products create extremely accurate electric signals which are used to
generate radio waves and synchronise time in the most demanding communication
applications. Rakon has five manufacturing plants, including two joint
venture plants, and has six research and development centres. Customer
support personnel are located in sixteen offices worldwide.
Rakon is proud of its New Zealand heritage; it was founded in Auckland in
1967. It is a public company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, NZX,
ticker code RAK.
1 All amounts are in NZ$ unless otherwise indicated.
2 Refer to Note 4 of the 2020 audited consolidated financial statements for
an explanation of how 'Non-GAAP Financial Information' is used, including a
definition of 'Underlying EBITDA' and reconciliation to NPAT.
3 Refers to the year ended 31 March.
A. Control gained and lost over Entities (NZX Listing Rules Appendix 2)
Rakon Limited has gained control over the following entities during the
B. Associates & Joint Ventures (NZX Listing Rules Appendix 2)
Rakon Limited has the following associate entities and joint venture
Chengdu Timemaker Crystal Technology Co. Limited 40%
Shenzhen Taixiang Wafer Co, Limited 40%
The contribution of Chengdu Timemaker and Shenzhen Taixiang (together the
Timemaker group) to Rakon Limited's net results from ordinary activities is a
net profit after tax of $797,000 (2019: net profit after tax $1,050,000).
C. Business Changes (NZX Listing Rules Appendix 2)
D. Directors' Declaration (NZX Listing Rules Appendix 2)
The Directors declare that the financial statements released in conjunction
with this announcement have been prepared in compliance with applicable
financial reporting standards. The accounting policies the Directors consider
critical to the portrayal of Rakon Limited's financial condition and results
which require judgements and estimates about matters which are inherently
uncertain are disclosed in each note of the audited financial statements that
form part of this announcement.
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