B.R.A.I.N. Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG (BRAIN AG, ISIN DE0005203947 / WKN 520394) today published its results for the first half of the 2019/20 financial year. Accordingly, the BRAIN Group generated consolidated revenues of € 19.9 million in the reporting period from October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, compared to € 18.5 million in the same period last year. This represents a growth rate of 7.6%.
Organically, i.e. on a like for like basis without Monteil Cosmetics International GmbH, whose shares were sold in June of the previous year, revenues increased by 14.1%. Total operating performance also increased by € 0.4 million (1.9%) from € 19.8 million to € 20.2 million compared to the same period of the previous year. In organic terms, total operating performance increased by € 1.4 million or 7.5% from € 18.8 million to € 20.2 million.
Group EBITDA improved by 50.5% from € -1.8 million in the previous year to € -0.9 million in the first six months of the 2019/20 financial year.
Development of the “BioScience” Segment
The “BioScience” segment, which mainly comprises the R&D project business, generated revenues of € 6.8 million in the reporting period. Revenues were thus 31.9% higher than in the prior-year period. This increase is attributable to a larger business volume with existing customers and to the signing of new contracts for “tailor made solutions” projects.
EBITDA improved from € -3.2 million to € -2.4 million, mainly due to higher revenues and improved cost of materials, personnel expenses, and other expense ratios in the BioScience segment.
Development of the “BioIndustrial” segment
Revenues in the “BioIndustrial” segment fell slightly by 1.8% from € 13.3 million to € 13.1 million in the reporting period. This segment represents the product business of the BRAIN Group. Organically, i.e. without taking into account the disposal of shares in Monteil Cosmetics International GmbH, revenues increased by € 0.8 million or 6.5% from € 12.3 million to € 13.1 million. The total operating performance decreased by 6.0% from € 13.7 million to € 12.8 million. Organically, the total operating performance increased by € 0.2 million (1.7%) from € 12.6 million to € 12.8 million. EBITDA increased by 8.6% from € 1.4 million to € 1.5 million. Despite ramp-up costs for the start-up of new production facilities in Cardiff (UK) and Büttelborn, the EBITDA margin increased from 10.6% to 11.7%.
Manfred Bender, CFO of BRAIN AG, states: “I am very proud of our BRAIN Group's employees, who have managed to successfully develop our operating business during the difficult times of the pandemic outbreak.”
Little impact from Corona pandemic
Brain AG has early and consistently implemented successful protective measures to prevent Covid-19-related absences from work. There were also no serious supply bottlenecks. Despite the forecasted significantly negative effects of the Corona pandemic on global economic growth, BRAIN AG is confident that it will be able to continue its significant growth within the forecasted range.
Adriaan Moelker, CEO of BRAIN AG, says: “At BRAIN, the long-term R&D project business plays an important role and we generate a substantial part of our revenues from long-term deals. This is a benefit to us in the current Corona crisis. The industries and challenges for which we develop and sell biotech products and solutions, most notably the food industry, also appear to be less affected by the corona crisis. In addition, our solutions for more sustainable products and industrial processes are gaining importance. On the journey to sustainability and the bio-economy, many industrial companies are looking for innovative technologies so that they can make their contribution to the UN goals, the SDGs.”