USA: Mix Telematics reported a 14.8% rise in revenue to R1.02 billion for the year ended March 2012. Operating profit grew to R146.38 million, from R117.18 million in 2011, while adjusted headline earnings per share increased by 33.3% to 18.8 cents per share.
Mix Telematics declared a dividend of eight cents per share, a rise of 33% from the prior period. Earnings per share increased by 44% to 15.7 cents per share, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization up 19% to R238 million.
“The 2012 financial year has been outstanding for the Mix Telematics Group. We broke through the billion-rand sales barrier for the first time, while our after tax profits exceeded R100 million – two fantastic milestones. We maintained and improved on the momentum that we established in the first half of the year and finished the year with headline earnings growth of over 40% – a great achievement,” stated CEO Stefan Joselowitz.
The company lead noted that most of the group’s regional businesses performed ahead of plan, with the US operation making progress in the implementation of the mega-deals that it won last year and showing top-line year-on-year growth of over 200%. “This business finished in the green for the first time with EBITDA of R13.5 million, Joselowitz said.
Mix said it was starting to see payback from efforts north of the borders, earning ‘great orders’ from multi-national owned fleets operating in East Africa. The group recently opened a permanent sales office in Uganda to aid its expansion plans in the region.
“Our consumer and stolen-vehicle-recovery (SVR) business and home of the leading Matrix brand was flat at the revenue line although the team did deliver modest subscriber growth. The main reason for the EBITDA decline was due to the investment in our major new product, “Beam-e”, that we believe will position the Group to compete in the high-volume low-cost end of the SVR market – a space that we haven’t traditionally played in,” Joselowitz added.