Acceleration in growth
EXEL Industries posted sales of €297.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2022-2023, up 20.4%. Growth at constant consolidation scope and foreign exchange rates was 18.8%. Sustained demand in our various end-markets has generally enabled the Group to drive up prices in order to make up for inflation in direct costs.
Given that the Italian company G.F. was acquired on February 15, 2022, the second quarter scope effect was limited to €3.8 million.
After peaking in spring 2022, accentuated by the conflict in Ukraine, the prices of some agricultural commodities including wheat and rapeseed fell slightly but stayed well above pre-COVID levels. As a result, demand remained strong in all regions, enabling the Group to maintain a well-stocked order book.
In addition, sales volumes in the second quarter of the previous fiscal year were particularly affected by major supply chain disruptions. Disruptions continue to curb sales volumes for some brands, albeit to a lesser extent than in 2022. On the other hand, the price increases applied in response to strong inflation also drove sales growth during the quarter.
Sugar prices are experiencing an exceptional but recent surge. Nevertheless, sales improved driven by the market launch of the new Terra Dos 5 sugar beet harvester and strong demand in Eastern Europe.
The Garden business posted strong growth in the Group’s three main operating regions (United Kingdom, France and Italy) fueled by favorable comparison with Q2 2022, a particularly challenging period impacted by IT migration and a sluggish market. Volumes are reverting to pre-COVID levels.
In the Industrial Spraying business, billings continued to grow at the same pace as in the previous quarter, driven by strong momentum in the Asian market. Technical hoses continue to suffer from a decline in volumes observed since the fourth quarter of 2022 which was however offset by higher prices.
SUGAR BEET HARVESTERS
Yves Belegaud, Chief Executive Officer of the EXEL Industries Group, said:
“The Group confirmed the excellent first quarter start to the year driven by the agricultural equipment core business and strict discipline in adjusting selling prices. However, inflation and macro-economic uncertainty prompt us to remain vigilant in controlling our costs and working capital requirements. EXEL Industries is pursuing the policy of strong and sustainable innovation that is so highly valued by our demanding users.”
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