Q4-21: Increased profitability despite B2C headwind
Sandefjord, 9 February 2022: In the fourth quarter of 2021, the Komplett Group improved the adjusted EBIT margin to 3.6 per cent, up from 3.4 per cent one year earlier. The B2B and the Distribution segments delivered record quarterly revenues and operating results, while the B2C segment was impacted by a softer market, component shortages and supply constraints in key categories which led to a revenue decline in this segment of 12 per cent from Q4 2020. In a two-year perspective, B2C revenues showed a 17 per cent increase.
Total revenue for the Group in the fourth quarter was NOK 3 292 million, a four per cent reduction from the fourth quarter of 2020. On a two-year basis, the Group’s fourth quarter revenues grew by 35 per cent. Even with decline in total revenue the operating result remained at NOK 118 million, the same as the fourth quarter in 2020.
The board of directors are proposing a dividend per share of NOK 2.90.
For 2021 in total, the Group increased revenues to NOK 11 billion, corresponding to a 12 per cent growth from the year before. On a two-year basis annual revenues increased with 46 per cent. Both the B2B and the Distribution segments passed significant milestones in yearly revenues, with B2B surpassing NOK 1.5 billion and Distribution surpassing NOK 3 billion.
“Overall, there is positive momentum in the ecommerce market, and, despite headwind from supply chain constraints and components shortage, we saw a 12 per cent revenue growth in 2021. This growth was primarily driven by strong progress across the B2B and Distribution segments. In the B2C segment, revenues fell back in the fourth quarter following a period of record-high demand. This segment, specifically the gaming and components categories, has been most hit by the aforementioned supply chain challenges,” says CEO Lars Olav Olaussen.
“We continued to strengthen our cost leadership position throughout 2021. The Group’s highly scalable business model and increased business efficiency resulted in operating costs of 9.7 per cent of revenues for 2021, corresponding to an improvement of 0.9 percentage points from 2020,” Lars Olav Olaussen adds.
This translated into a 41 per cent adjusted EBIT growth for the full year 2021, corresponding to an adjusted EBIT margin increase of 0.7 percentage points.
“Looking ahead, we anticipate the online migration to continue, and we are well positioned to continue to increase our share of the market. While the underlying drivers of our business remain strong, we expect the ongoing supply chain constraints to continue to impact market dynamics also in 2022, especially within gaming and components. Our exposure is however balanced by the natural hedge of our multi-channel business model.
Supported by our strong commercial execution and efficient, scalable business model, we will continue to capitalise on our position as the leading Nordic online-first retailer,” Lars Olav Olaussen adds.
Please find enclosed the interim report for the fourth quarter and the presentation material.
A presentation of the fourth quarter results will be held by CEO Lars Olav Olaussen and CFO Krister Pedersen 9 February 2022 at 09:00 CET at Felix Conference Centre, Aker Brygge, Oslo. In addition to the physical presentation in Oslo, the event will be live streamed.
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About Komplett ASA
Komplett Group is a leading online-first electronics and IT products retailer, operating in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Serving customers in the B2C, B2B and distribution markets, the Group is deeply focused on delivering best in class customer experience, built through decades of knowhow, expertise and deep customer commitment. Komplett Group operates an efficiency and scalable business model that supports costs leadership and enables a competitive product offering.