BRISBANE, Wednesday 20 February 2019: Australian business technology solutions leader Data#3 Limited (ASX: DTL) today announced its results for the six months ended 31 December 2018 (1H FY19).
These results saw the company deliver solid profit growth, at the top end of the previous guidance range.
Commenting on the 1H FY19 result, Data#3 Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director Laurence Baynham said: “We are very pleased with the first half performance, delivering a very significant
improvement compared to the previous corresponding period and returning to the longer term growth trend. The market is growing as digital transformation fuels the overall information technology spend, and we have experienced an increase in large project activity and a steady pipeline of opportunities. The current period result demonstrates the inherent strength and relevance of our solution offerings in an evolving market, and we are delighted with the rapid growth in our cloud-based business.”
In 1H FY19, total revenue was up 17.7% to $644.4 million, with product revenue up 19.2% to $532.2 million and services revenue up 11.3% to $111.4 million. This included $142.7 million of public cloud-based revenues, up 65.7%.
Total gross profit increased by 14.7% to $82.3 million, and total gross margin decreased slightly from 13.1% to 12.8% reflecting a shift in sales mix. Product gross profit increased by 36.3% to $43.2 million and services gross profit decreased by 2.3% to $39.1 million, primarily due to the reduction in Managed Services from the decommissioning of the Data#3 Cloud.
Staff costs grew by 9.4% to $62.1 million, reflecting headcount growth and market-based increases. Operating expenses increased by 2.8% to $12.0 million.
Net profit before tax increased by 123.3% to $9.0 million, and net profit after tax (excluding minority interests) increased by 126.7% to $6.1 million. Earnings per share also increased by 126.7%, to 3.99 cents.
Reflecting the company’s financial performance and strong balance sheet, Data#3’s directors declared an interim fully franked dividend of 3.60 cents per share, a 125.0% increase on the prior corresponding period. This represents a payout ratio of 90.2% of net profit after tax. The record and payment dates for the interim dividend are 15 March 2019 and 29 March 2019 respectively.
Data#3’s Chairman Richard Anderson said: “Data#3’s performance both in increased profit and continuing strong cash flow allowed the board to declare a 125% increase in first half dividend to 3.60 cents per share. The board is very pleased with the return to a longer term growth trend.”
Mr Baynham added: “The strong first half performance and pipeline of opportunities for the second half give us confidence that we will achieve our full year financial objective, being to deliver earnings growth and improved returns to shareholders.”
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