BRISBANE, Thursday 19 August 2021: Australia’s leading IT services and solutions provider, Data#3 Limited (ASX: DTL) today announces its results for the financial year ended 30 June 2021 (FY21).
Commenting on the FY21 result, Data#3 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Laurence Baynham said: “We knew that FY21 would be challenging after a record profit performance in FY20. Our goal is to provide our shareholders with sustainable earnings growth, and we are pleased to announce that we delivered another record result. The result reflects improving services profitability and demonstrates the inherent strength and relevance of our solution offerings in a rapidly evolving market. Our pre-tax profit would have been approximately $3 million higher if it was not for the global supply delays in computer chips. The large backlog underpins a fast start to FY22.”
Revenue and earnings growth in FY21
Total revenue increased by 20.3% to $1,956.2 million reflecting growing demand for Data#3’s solutions in a rapidly evolving market. This included strong growth in public cloud revenues, up 36.2% to $791.6 million as major organisations and Government departments accelerate migration to cloud-based infrastructure. The consolidated net profit before tax (NPBT) increased by 8.4% to $36.9 million, consistent with the guidance provided on 19 July 2021.
The FY21 result was impacted by increased product delivery delays in the second half, related to the global computer chip shortage. This resulted in a significant backlog of orders that could not be delivered or invoiced at year end. The pre-tax profit associated with this backlog is approximately $3 million, which will be realised in FY22.
Through excellent working relationships with its global vendor partners, Data#3 has been able to secure critical deliveries for customers, thereby mitigating some of the supply chain delays. Supply constraints for various product sets are expected to continue in FY22, and Data#3 is well placed to manage the best possible outcome for its customers.
The consolidated NPAT (excluding minority interests) increased by 7.5% to $25.4 million. Basic earnings per share also increased by 7.5% to 16.51 cents.
The non-financial measures indicate the underlying health of the business has continued to strengthen. Staff and customer satisfaction surveys produced record high results, and Data#3 succeeded in winning a cross-industry Employer of Choice award for the sixth year in a row. The company has continued to be recognised by many of its global partners with national and international awards.
The directors declared a final dividend of 9.50 cents per share, bringing the total fully franked dividend for FY21 to 15.00 cents per share. This represents an increase of 7.9% and a payout ratio of 90.9%.
The final dividend will be paid on 30 September 2021, with a record date of 16 September 2021.
The group’s performance continues to be underpinned by its leading market position, unrivalled vendor relationships, long-term customer base and highly experienced and committed team.
Mr Baynham added: “We expect technology, and specifically digital transformation, to play the leading role in Australia’s economic future, irrespective of any ongoing impacts of the pandemic. We are already seeing a return of larger infrastructure projects across our corporate and public sector customers.
The Australian IT market is predicted to grow at a record rate this year, and this will allow us to accelerate growth of our services businesses and further cement our leadership position. We are experiencing a steady increase in the pipeline of large integration project opportunities, and our services growth strategy will continue to improve our margins and complement our growing software and infrastructure business units.
The backlog from FY21 has provided a fast start to FY22 and we are well positioned to capitalise on a growing market. At this stage we are unable to provide specific guidance or commentary on the FY22 outlook, however our goal remains to deliver sustainable earnings growth.”