New steel orders of several million - crisis over?
ISRA VISION AG: Steel Industry Experiencing Recovery
- Steel industry is once again beginning to place orders
- It seems the recession has bottomed out
- For the second half of the current fiscal year, ISRA is again expecting to see growth figures
ISRA VISION AG (ISIN DE 0005488100), one of the world's top five suppliers offering industrial image processing technology (machine vision) and a global market leader in surface inspection systems, is beginning to notice a considerable recovery in the steel industry. Since early November until the beginning of December the company has received orders from around the world from companies in the steel industry with an order volume of several million Euros. "We are noticing that our customers are once again tackling projects that had been put on the backburner. This could mean that after the trough we have in fact reached a turning point in this sector", so commented Enis Ersü, chairman of the board of ISRA VISION AG. The majority of the orders were received from Asian market leaders; however steel companies in North and South America as well as from Europe have also placed large orders.
ISRA is following a multisegment strategy. This means, not only does the company offer automation and inspection solutions based on various different image processing technologies for a variety of applications, but it also supplies products and services to various industry sectors in almost every region around the world. As a result, ISRA has managed to reduce its dependency on the economic fluctuations in individual regions or industry sectors. ISRA is a worldwide supplier to a large number of customers, generally the global players of the specific industry. Due to the broad strategic diversification and measures that were introduced very early with the intent of increasing productivity and efficiency, ISRA was able to defy the financial and economic crisis in the fiscal year 2008/2009 (September 30) and achieved stable revenues of EUR 58.2 million (previous year: EUR 68.3 million). As a result, the company stood out positively from the in part severe collapse in the industry. Groups net profit reached EUR 6.5 million (previous year: EUR 7.6 million). Thus, the net profit ratio (net profit divided by sales) remained at a stable level at eleven percent.
By following its sales and innovation offensive, ISRA will continue to focus on longterm continued growth. In the upcoming years, revenues are expected to exceed the EUR 100 million mark. "We are cautiously optimistic about the development in the near future. If we see further recovery of our customers' investment activities in the most important industries, we expect that ISRA will once again see positive growth in the second half of the fiscal year 2009/2010", said Ersü while providing details of his forecast for the current fiscal year
Together with its subsidiaries, ISRA VISION AG is globally one of the top five suppliers of industrial image processing (Machine Vision) and the market leader in Europe. ISRA employs around 400 employees at 20 locations around the world. In the last eleven years, the midsized technologies firm has grown continuously. In these eleven years, the company's total output has risen annually by an average (CAGR) of 31 percent, and its EBT has increased annually by an average of 36 percent. ISRA teaches machines intelligent vision and recognition. Brainware is the core of ISRA's solutions for automating production, production inspection and quality control. Brainware combines ISRA's selfdesigned software and strategically important hardware components. ISRA focuses on the areas of surface inspection, robot vision and quality inspection. ISRA thus enables industrial robots, for example, to autonomously recognize and grab a component with the aid of only a small camera. When it comes to surface inspection systems, the Darmstadtbased company is the world market leader. At top speeds, ISRA's systems inspect surfaces of metal, glass, paper, plastic, nonwovens, all (even color) printed surfaces and other materials, and 100% detect even the smallest defects.
ISRA solutions allow the customer to boost their efficiency and productivity through automation, thus sharpening their competitive edge. ISRA products provide a high ROI (return on investment) in both old and new production lines. It usually takes less than a year for an ISRA system to pay for itself. Automated inspection furthermore guarantees a predefined level of quality. Innovative yield management solutions allow the customer to optimize their profits. ISRA's key customers include: Daimler, KUKA, ABB, BMW, Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford, Schott, Saint Gobain, Pilkington, MAN Roland, Asahi, 3M, DuPont, Stora Enso, Weyerhaeuser, International Paper, Ahlstrom Crane ArcelorMittal, Nippon Steel, Thyssen Krupp, SeverStal and China Steel.
In the 2007/2008 fiscal year (September 30), ISRA experienced hefty growth and succeeded in reaching all revenue and profit goals, to the point of slightly exceeding expectations. The revenue grew by 33 percent to more than 68 million Euros. The EBIT more than doubled to just under 13 million Euros. The EBIT margin increased by seven percentage points to 17 percent. The EBT grew by 79 percent to 11.3 million Euros, and the EBT margin rose by 4 percentage points to 15 percent. As of September 30, 2008, ISRA is securely bankrolled with an equity ratio of 51 percent, liquid assets of 12.5 million Euros and plenty of available financing options.