Tuck-In Acquisitions Continue Despite the Stock Markets Melt-Down

Tuck-In Acquisitions Continue Despite the Stock Markets Melt-Down

Despite the stock market melt-down, ER&D vendors have continued to make tuck-in acquisitions in the past two weeks. The acquired firms were of small size and not likely to impact the net debt of their new owners. However, should the Covid-19-China-US trade-war-Stock Markets meltdown-oil price crisis degenerate into a recession, we expect suck tuck-in acquisitions to become scarce.

Bertrandt: Soft Quarter in Q1 FY20

Bertrandt: Soft Quarter in Q1 FY20

Bertrandt had a soft quarter in Q1 FY20 (corresponding to calendar Q4 2019): revenues were flat (+0.4%) to EUR 263m, impacted by project delays, and reduced utilization rates in its Digital Engineering (DE) unit (-3.0%). DE, Bertrandt’s largest unit (55% of revenues), suffered from Germany OEMs shifting their R&D spending to digital.

UPDATED: Segula finalizes its outsourcing contract with PSA. Reduced scope!

UPDATED: Segula finalizes its outsourcing contract with PSA. Reduced scope!

PSA finalized its outsourcing contract with Segula, almost one year after it was announced. Looking at the details, the scope of the contract is much smaller than expected, with the people transfer initially involving 700 employees, rather than the 2,000 expected. Segula has agreed to take over the new engineers and guaranteed similar wages and benefits and also purchasing buildings and facilities.

Bertrandt issues a profit warning

Bertrandt issues a profit warning

After the profit warning of EDAG in July, Germany’s largest automotive ER&D pure-play, Bertrandt, also issued a profit warning. The company lowered its EBIT margin range guidance to 5%-7.5%, down from 7%-9% previously. Bertrandt is suffering from project delays and low utilization rates.

EDAG issues a profit warning

EDAG issues a profit warning

EDAG issued last night a profit warning for its full-year 2019 operations. The company is now expecting revenue growth by approximately 1% (previous guidance 5%), an adjusted EBIT margin of 4%-5% (previously 5%-7%), and a net profit of EUR 10m.

Volkswagen and Ford to work together on commercial vehicles

Volkswagen and Ford to work together on commercial vehicles

As expected, Volkswagen and Ford have provided some detail on their long-awaited partnership. Ford will design and build mid-sized pickups for Volkswagen, with the first vehicles ready in 2022. It will also build large commercial vans, while Volkswagen will develop a city van. In addition, the two firms intend to work together on mobility services, EVs and autonomous vehicles.