The Swedish company HMS Networks with operations in China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and India says net sales and operating profit exceeding market expectations for the first quarter of 2021.
The market has continued to develop positively, in line with what was reported for the fourth quarter 2020 and showed a very strong development throughout the first quarter of 2021. Order intake amounts to approximately SEK 560 million, corresponding to a growth of 40%, and net sales amount to approximately SEK 450 million, corresponding to a growth of 25%. Operating profit for the first quarter is expected to reach SEK 110-120 million, an improvement of about 70% compared to the previous year and corresponding to a margin of about 25%.
The strong growth in order intake and sales is driven by a much stronger end-market, where business has returned after 18 months of lower investments and pandemic effects. In addition to a general recovery in the market, HMS Network estimates that growth is also driven by temporary effects consisting of a general inventory build-up in combination with temporarily increased safety stocks at the company’s customers. Together, these effects have driven growth at a faster pace than the company’s expectations and what has previously been communicated to the market.
Going forward, HMS Networks expects a considerably stronger market compared to the previous year but also emphasize that the first quarter’s order intake and sales had elements of positive non-recurring effects that cannot be expected to continue in 2021.