R&S Group increases guidance for 2024 and beyond

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Ad hoc-Mitteilung gemäss Art. 53 LR

  • Revenue growth above 12%, higher than the previous guidance range
  • Full-year 2024 EBIT margin of around 20%, up from 16-18%
  • Free cash flow margin guidance raised to mid-teens double-digit as percent of net sales
    from mid to high-single digit
  • Mid-term outlook also increased accordingly above the previous guidance

R&S Group Holding AG (SIX: RSGN) revised its guidance for the full-year 2024 (FY2024) that was published on 24 January 2024 and now expects net sales to grow above 12%, elevated from the upper end of the previous guidance range of 9-12%, and an increased EBIT margin of around 20% (previous guidance 16-18%). Thanks to strong cash conversion, the free cash flow margin guidance is also raised to mid-teens double-digit as percent of net sales.

The strong order backlog per end of April of over CHF 200 million and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.3x reflect a favorable medium-term outlook. The higher expected net sales growth, economies of scale and the measures implemented to protect the gross margin and improve operational performance are showing a much higher impact on margin expansion than initially anticipated.

Dynamics in the transformer markets in Central and Eastern Europe, where R&S Group maintains high market shares in its focus markets, as well as in new target markets such as the Nordics, the Baltics and Germany remain favorable. As such, the Executive Committee expects good volume growth for 2024 and beyond. In the mid-term, R&S Group aims for net sales growth of around 12% per annum (previously around 10%), an EBIT margin of around 20% (before mid-teens) and a free cash flow margin in the mid-teens double-digit as percent of net sales, up from around 10% previously.

The good start into the year confirms that R&S Group is well on track to achieve the newly updated guidance.

More detailed information on the performance in the first half year of 2024 will be provided on 24 July 2024 on occasion of the publication of the trading update.

About R&S Group
R&S Group Holding AG (“R&S Group”, the “company”) is headquartered in Sissach/BL, Switzerland. With six manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, Italy, Poland and the Middle East, R&S Group serves its domestic and various European export markets with small and medium power and distribution transformers in the utility, infrastructure and industrial sectors. The company has been successfully positioned to benefit from the accelerating demand for energy production and distribution, driven by the global trend towards decarbonization. R&S Group has been listed on SIX Swiss Exchange on 13 December 2023 under the ticker symbol RSGN following its successful business combination with VT5 Acquisition AG, a previously Swiss-listed Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC).

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