Johannesburg - Manufacturer‚ wholesaler‚ importer and
distributor Ellies Holdings [JSE:ELI] has reported a strong set of results‚ with
headline earnings per share up 73.3% to 54.45 cents for the year ended April
2012 from 31.42 cents a year ago.
Revenue grew 30% to R1.711bn‚ while Ebitda rose by 71% to
Ebitda margin was 15.9% compared to 12.1% for 2011. The
increase is primarily as a result of improved margins in the Infrastructure
division‚ it said.
Profit before tax rose by 73% to R230m as a result of
improved gross profit margins and capacity utilisation‚ despite a loss from an
associate amounting to R4.4m.
A cash dividend of 10 cents per share was declared.
Ellies in involved in diversified sectors‚ including
consumer goods‚ renewable energy‚ and power and telecommunications
infrastructure serving the local and African markets.
CEO Wayne Samson highlighted the “outstanding performance
from the infrastructure division‚ which exceeded our expectations.”
“Megatron Federal not only performed above expectation
financially‚ but from a technological perspective‚ it is a leader in its
market‚ always providing cost effective‚ leading edge solutions‚ some of which
have received international recognition‚” said Samson.
The infrastructure division reported a 158% growth in
revenue to R559.2m and an increase in profit before interest and tax of 299% to
The improved earnings growth is mainly attributable to the
improvement in product offerings across various sectors in which Megatron
The consumer goods division achieved a full year profit
before interest and taxation growth of 32% to R164.6m. The Ellies Renewable
Energy division had successfully completed a third of phase one of the Project Power
Save initiative by year end‚ with a total of 170MW currently removed from the
Looking ahead‚ Samson said Ellies remains prepared for the
upcoming Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) roll out in both South Africa and
Southern Africa‚ with established strategic partnerships in place.
“Although there are no new developments to report‚ Ellies is
looking forward to being involved in this project which will form a major part
of our business activities for the coming year or two‚” said Samson.
The Ellies Renewable Energy division has proved to be highly
successful and continues to roll out additional “shop within a shop “ renewable
energy stores throughout the country‚ increasing market share in this space.
“We are exceptionally pleased with what ERE has achieved in
this financial year‚ and look forward to the possibilities for the coming
year‚” added Samson.
Megatron’s continued success is rooted in its strong order
book‚ positioned towards sustainable earnings‚ as well as the pursuit of opportunities
in South Africa and the rest of Africa. The division is finalising the sale of
its first Bladeroom data centre. With interest from various sectors increasing‚
Bladeroom is poised for growth in the coming financial year.
“Ellies will continue to seek new opportunities‚ in the
markets in which we operate‚ as well as expand on existing relationships and
core businesses skills to ensure increased shareholder value‚” Samson