Svedbergs Group announces trading update ahead of the forthcoming rights issue

As previously communicated, Svedbergs Group intends to resolve on a rights issue during the fourth quarter of 2023. To reflect the regulatory information that will be included in the prospectus intended to be published in connection with the rights issue, Svedbergs Group hereby publishes a trading update. This trading update covers the period 1 October – 30 November 2023, with comparatives for the corresponding period in 2022 where applicable.[1] Thebalux Holding was consolidated as of 23 November 2023, but is excluded in the figures below.

  • Net sales amounted to MSEK 336 (329).
  • EBITA amounted to MSEK 46 (46).
  • The EBITA margin was 13.8 per cent (13.9).

Sales development 1 October – 30 November 2023

Net sales amounted to 336 MSEK (329) (excluding Thebalux Holding). Svedbergs Group delivers strong sales for the first two months of the fourth quarter of 2023, given the current market conditions. The business benefits from risk balancing through the company’s exposure to several geographies. Above all, Roper Rhodes is developing strongly, while the company continues to face a cautious market in Sweden.

EBITA and EBITA margin 1 October – 30 November, 2023

EBITA amounted to MSEK 46 (46), which corresponds to an EBITA margin of 13.8 per cent (13.9) (excluding Thebalux Holding). Svedbergs Group maintains the group’s margins compared to the previous year as a result of cost savings, efficiencies and price adjustments.

Historically, October – November has constituted a large share of the fourth quarter’s net sales and EBITA, both for Svedbergs Group and Thebalux. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2022, the period 1 October – 30 November accounted for 75 percent of net sales and 85 percent of EBITA for Svedbergs Group.

Svedbergs Group intends to resolve on and publish the terms of the rights issue during the fourth quarter of 2023, and the rights issue is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2024.

For further information, please contact:

Per-Arne Andersson, President and Group CEO
Tel: +46 70 638 50 12

Ann-Sofie Davidsson, CFO
Tel: +46 720 741 062

This information is information that Svedbergs Group AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on 14 December, 2023 at 08:00 CET.

About Svedbergs Group

Svedbergs Group is a long-term investor in Europe’s strongest independent companies that design, manufacture and market sustainable bathroom products and services. We are growing through organic growth and acquisitions that complement and strengthen our group through new products within bathroom furniture and shower solutions, geographic spread and new knowledge in marketing, innovation and sustainability. We create value by taking care to maintain the entrepreneurial drive and commitment of the companies, and by selectively finding synergies in areas such as purchasing. We call this cooperation without confusion.

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[1] See the section Key figure definitions in Svedbergs Group’s interim report for the period January – September 2023 for definitions and further information on key figures not defined or specified in IFRS (alternative performance measures).