Siegfried delivers strong sales growth and profitability in first half 2023
In the first half of 2023, Siegfried (SIX: SFZN) continued its strong growth trajectory and more than offset the phasing out of sizeable vaccines business since 2022. Significant progress has been made in the implementation of the corporate strategy EVOLVE which is geared towards long-term profitable growth in core areas and beyond.
Net sales amounted to CHF 607.1 million, an increase of 3.5 percent in Swiss Francs and 6.8 percent in local currencies. While the growth in the first half of 2023 was fueled by the Drug Substances business and its strong expansion of existing business, successful acquisition of new projects and an active portfolio management, the underlying business in Drug Products also developed well.
Core EBITDA amounted to CHF 125.7 million (prior period: CHF 130.2 million), representing a robust Core EBITDA margin of 20.7% (prior period: 22.2%). Core net profit amounted to CHF 58.9 million (prior period: CHF 65.2 million). Cash flow from operating activities increased to CHF 78.8 million (prior period: CHF 76.3 million).
Dr. Wolfgang Wienand, CEO Siegfried: "Siegfried delivered a strong half year with significant growth, even though we had to compensate for the phasing out of vaccines business. The Siegfried team, once again, demonstrated its readiness to navigate through external challenges and uncertainties, based on strong commitment, hard work and our ambition to be a reliable first-class partner to our clients. We kept our day-to-day operations well on track and at the same time continued to look ahead and execute important investments in the network as foundation for our future growth. With the acquisition of DiNAMIQS we have opened the door to the new growth area of gene therapies and strengthened our position in biologics. In the year of our 150th anniversary, Siegfried is stronger than ever and we are looking forward to our journey onward and upward.”Continued growth in a challenging environment
In the first half year, Siegfried's business model with its well-diversified portfolio of products and customers plus its strong position as one of the globally leading CDMO, has once again proven its resilience to risks and volatility resulting from continuing macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainties. The company was able to keep up its dynamic pace and, on a group sales level, overcompensate for the phasing out of sizeable vaccines business while keeping the Core EBITDA margin well above the 20% mark. This positive result was driven by continued high demand for Siegfried's products and services, an ongoing active portfolio management, and strict cost discipline in all areas, overhead as well as operations. In Drug Substances in particular, business with new and existing customers continued to strongly expand based on close customer relationships, the broad set of technological capabilities and high-value capacities, and Siegfried's excellent quality track record. As for Drug Products, the integration of the Spanish sites is now completed and they are already attracting new business. Their transformation into highly flexible CDMO platforms concluded with the opening of the new Center of Excellence in Barcelona in March 2023. The development center provides a wide range of development services with flexible pilot capacities, strengthening Siegfried's global Drug Products network and its ability to acquire new business in that space.Significant investments in the existing network
In addition to the completion and ramp-up of the development center in Barcelona, Siegfried continued to make significant investments into its existing global manufacturing network. In Minden, Germany, Siegfried is investing up to CHF 100 million in building a new large-scale production plant for Drug Substances. The new production plant will not only significantly increase the capacity of Siegfried's Drug Substance business, but also expand the technological capabilities and the flexibility of Siegfried's global network. Furthermore, at the end of April 2023, Siegfried began constructing a new global development center for Drug Substances in Evionnaz, an investment of up to CHF 25 million, which will significantly increase Siegfried's R&D capacities to drive future growth. Beyond these landmark investments, Siegfried continued to add capacities and capabilities across the whole network.DiNAMIQS acquisition creates new growth opportunities
In May 2023, Siegfried announced the acquisition of a 95% majority stake in DiNAMIQS, a Swiss-based biotechnology company focused on the development and manufacturing of viral vectors for cell and gene therapies (CGT). Siegfried intends to bring DiNAMIQS’ capabilities to commercial scale and create a best-in-class biotech CDMO in that space. This will include the investment in a GMP manufacturing facility, which is currently being designed and the engineering work is in preparation. Through this acquisition, plus the follow-on establishment of commercial-scale GMP capacities, Siegfried further expands its footprint in the biologics space and creates significant mid to long-term growth opportunities in this very dynamic market segment.Outlook for 2023 increased
Based on the strong half-year results, Siegfried now expects a sales growth of mid single-digit percentages (in LC) and a Core EBITDA margin above 20% for the full year 2023.
The Siegfried Group is a global life sciences company with sites in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Malta, the USA and China. In 2022, the company achieved sales of 1.229 billion Swiss francs and employed on 31.12.2022 more than 3'500 people at eleven sites on three continents. Siegfried Holding AG is publicly listed on SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: SFZN).
Siegfried is active in manufacturing pharmaceutical APIs (and their intermediates) as well as drug products (tablets, capsules, sterile vials, ampoules, cartridges and ointments) for the pharmaceutical industry and provides development services.Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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