According to its preliminary results published today, B.R.A.I.N. Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG ("BRAIN AG") can look back on a successful 2018/19 financial year. After a strong fourth quarter, the BRAIN Group generated consolidated revenues of EUR 38.6 million in the past financial year. This is an increase of 42.5 percent over the previous year (EUR 27.1 million).
Both organic growth and the acquisition of the Biocatalysts Group in March 2018 contributed to this development. Adjusted to exclude the acquisition, organic revenue growth amounted to approximately 21.5 percent compared with the previous year.
Total operating performance, i.e. revenues plus subsidies, other income and changes in inventories, rose by around 35.3 percent from EUR 30.5 million to EUR 41.2 million in the reporting period. All regional markets and business units (Nutrition & Health, Skin Care and Industrial BioSolutions) developed positively and contributed to this growth.
“We have impressively achieved our growth targets for the past financial year – not only through acquisitions, but also organically. With the increasing expansion of product sales in the high-growth BioIndustrial segment, we have laid the foundation for further profitable growth and a successful future for the BRAIN Group. We have set the course,” commented CEO Dr Jürgen Eck, who will leave the company at the end of the year.
Growth in all business segments
The product related BioIndustrial segment impressed above all with significant organic growth in the enzymes and cosmetics business. At EUR 26.4 million, the profitable segment accounted for 68.5 percent of total group revenues in the past financial year. The segment's total operating performance rose by 40.8 percent year-on-year to EUR 27.4 million. With an adjusted EBITDA of EUR 2.8 million (previous year: EUR 0.9 million), the segment made a major contribution to the significant improvement in consolidated earnings.
The research-related BioScience segment, which includes industrial co-operations, also performed well. Revenues in this segment increased by 46.7 percent year-on-year to EUR 12.2 million. This was due to both the new contracts signed in the Tailor-Made Solutions business unit and to the follow-up projects under strategic product development partnerships. Adjusted EBITDA in the BioScience segment, which also includes research and development expenses for the new product pipeline, also made good progress compared with the previous year (EUR -6.3 million) at EUR -5.0 million.
Substantially improved operating result
In addition to the dynamic increase in sales volume, the BRAIN Group was also able to achieve a significantly better operating result, which amongst others is due to a lower cost of materials ratio. Adjusted Group EBITDA was still negative at EUR -2.3 million due to the constantly high R&D expenses in the innovation pipeline, but this represents a strong improvement of 58.0 percent over the previous year (EUR -5.4 million). Due to the amortization of goodwill in the course of the sale of Monteil Cosmetics International GmbH, depreciation and amortization costs were significantly higher and led to an EBIT of EUR -7.3 million compared to the previous year's result of EUR -9.7 million. In addition non-cash accounting effects in the net financial results led to a negative end year result amounting to EUR -10.6 million
“The direction is right,” says CFO Manfred Bender. “We have achieved or even exceeded our sales and earnings targets and are now aiming to continue this positive development. With the acquisition of Biocatalysts in March 2018 and the sale of Monteil Cosmetics GmbH in the past financial year, we have taken important steps towards strengthening our B2B product business.”
CBO Ludger Roedder adds: “Now we are consistently pushing ahead with the profitable commercialisation. And of course, we will not lose sight of the progress of the development projects. Innovations are an essential cornerstone for future growth and research and development activities remain an integral part of our BRAIN DNA.”