Group performance July-September 2022
Net sales for the quarter amounted to SEK 125.6 (111.8) million, an increase of 12.4 percent. After adjustment for currency effects, net sales decreased by 8.1 percent. Instrument sales increased by 3,9 percent, sales of consumables increased by 18,1 percent and OEM and CDS brand sales decreased by 9.6 percent compared with the same period the previous year.
The lower net sales adjusted for currency effects is mainly related to fewer instruments sold during the first two months of the period caused by shortage of electric components that could not be recovered during the month of September and lower sales of OEM. Furthermore, the market experiences a greater degree of volatility than previously during the year which partly can be explained by the macroeconomic situation.
|Net sales by region, SEK million||Jul-Sep 2022||Jul-Sep 2021||change||Jan-Sep 2022||Jan-Sep 2021||change||Oct 21-
Sep 22 (R12)
Sep 21 (R12)
|Net sales by product, SEK million|
|Consumables, own instruments||57.3||48.5||18%||167.5||133.8||25%||227.2||174.3||30%|
|Consumables, OEM and CDS brand||18.8||20.8||-9%||73.7||58.5||26%||99.8||71.5||40%|
Gross profit for the period was SEK 53.3 (46.1) million, with a gross margin of 37.8 (41.7) percent. The gross margin was negatively impacted by difficulties in the supply-chain with continued expensive purchase of components. It is mainly the supply of electric components in relation to the production of instruments that has been problematic. This has then led to disturbance in production and as a consequence a lower utilization level in the production. During the period the purchase variances amounted to SEK 4.4 million. The period was also impacted by retroactive custom duties of SEK 1.1 million. In combination this corresponds to a decrease in gross margin of 4.4 percentage points.
Operating expenses for the period amounted to SEK 46.4 (37.1) million.
Selling expenses amounted to SEK 27.4 (19.8) million. The increase is mainly due to recruitment expenses, cost for trade fairs and a stronger USD.
Administrative expenses amounted to SEK 7.6 (8.1) million.
Research and development expenses, including costs related to the quality assurance organization, amounted to SEK 11.4 (9.3) million, corresponding to 9.1 (8.3) percent of net sales. Expenses includes redesign of components due to shortages and increased cost for the new European IVDR. Development expenses of SEK 14.9 (11.1) million were capitalized. Total research and development expenses correspond to 21.0 (18.3) percent of net sales.
The net of other operating income and other operating expenses for the period amounted to SEK -1.2 (0.2) million and consists of positive and negative exchange differences.
Operating profit amounted to SEK 3.6 (13.0) million, corresponding to an operating margin of 2.9 (11.7) percent.
Inventory of installed base
Following an inventory count of instrument installed base in collaboration with our distributors during 2021, our previous assumptions about longevity and use of the instruments have been confirmed. This resulted in an estimated life of instruments of 7.5 years from 2021.
At the end of the quarter, active installed base is estimated at 29,000 instruments.
¹ Estimated number of active instruments is based on an expected lifespan of 8 years, changes to 7.5 years from 2021.
² Accumulated number of instruments sold since 2006 was 47,833 on September 30, 2022.
³ Number of instruments sold in 2022 refers to sales on a rolling 12-month basis.
Net financial items
Net financial items amounted to SEK -1.8 (-1.7) million, mainly interest expenses SEK 3.4 million (1.4) whereof SEK 0.3 (0.3) million is related to financial leasing. The currency effects amounted to SEK 1.1 (-0.5) million.
Profit before tax was SEK 1.8 (11.3) million. Profit for the period was SEK 2.4 (7.1) million.
Financing and cash flow
Cash flow from operating activities for the quarter was SEK -15.8 (10.6) million. The change is mainly due to a lower operating profit as well as operating liabilities decreasing by SEK 11.6 million. Inventory increased by SEK 2.2 million.
The Swedish Export Credit Agency (EKN) guarantees some of Boules trade receivables at up to 75-95 percent of the receivables’ total amount. Receivables may be pledged, in which case the liabilities are reported as interest-bearing liabilities. The change in trade receivables guaranteed by EKN is included in cash flow from operating activities, while the change in other interest-bearing liabilities is reported under cash flow from financing activities.
Cash flow for the period was SEK -7.8 (7.1) million and cash and cash equivalents on September 30 amounted to SEK 39.4 (35.7) million.
The Group’s available cash and cash equivalents, including unutilized credit facilities, was SEK 68.0 (82.2) million on September 30. The main difference is related to investments in development expenses in the new product-platform amounting to SEK 79.5 million during the last twelve months.
Total investments amounted to SEK 16.6 (12.1) million, with investments in future product platforms accounting for SEK 14.9 (11.1) million of the figure.
Equity and liabilities
The Group’s equity on September 30 was SEK 336.4 (273.9) million and the equity/assets ratio was 48.6 (51.0) percent.
Interest-bearing liabilities excluding leases are primarily related to pledged trade receivables guaranteed by EKN and amounted to SEK 225.1 (118.9) million on September 30, of which SEK 47.3 (35.3) million of these liabilities were non-current and SEK 177.8 (83.6) million were current. On September 30, SEK 51.1 (10.3) million of the credit facility had been utilized and other current non-interest-bearing liabilities and trade payables amounted to SEK 99.4 (96.4) million.
Lease liabilities on September 30 amounted to SEK 20.1 (30.5) million, of which SEK 11.9 (17.8) million liabilities were non-current liabilities and SEK 8.2 (12.7) million were current liabilities.
Net debt on September 30 amounted to SEK 73.7 million compared to last year when it was SEK 6.5 million. The main reason for the difference is related to new loans of SEK 35 million in April 2022 and an increased bank overdraft facility of SEK 20 million in July 2022. The rational for these loans is related to insufficient cash flow for investments in the new product-platform.
Deferred tax liabilities were SEK 7.3 (18.2) million on September 30.
Non-current provisions consist of direct pension provisions of SEK 3.9 (3.3) million.
Significant risks and uncertainties
The Group's operations are subject to risks and uncertainties that may, to a varying extent, affect the Company’s ability to achieve defined goals. Boule works continuously on management of existing risks and uncertainties and on the risk inventory that forms the basis for detecting new risks and uncertainties. The systematic and internally coordinated work is aimed at identifying risks, limiting risk exposure and minimizing any impact should a risk materialize. Currently, primary risks and uncertainties have been identified in the following areas: regulatory risks, product portfolio risks, distributor risks, production and quality risks, counterfeit reagents, price pressure, supplier risks, market risks and competition, bribery, and corruption, currency risks, IT security and systems, financing risks and future cash flows, health and safety in the workplace, dependence on key personnel and the effects of Covid-19.
A more detailed description of risks, risk management and related opportunities can be found on page 36 in the 2021 Annual Report.
Uncertainties due to the war in Ukraine
In 2021, Boule's sales in Eastern Europe amounted to 13 percent of net sales, with the majority referring to Russia. During the period January to September, sales amounted to 12 percent (13%) of net sales. The company has employees in Russia and a production facility for consumables that are distributed to the Russian market. The Eastern European market is uncertain due to the war in Ukraine and the current sanctions against Russia. The company monitors the situation on an ongoing basis.
Like other companies, Boule faced new challenges related to the spread of covid-19. Initially healthcare visits decreased affecting the number of blood samples and also new sales of instruments as the care providers prioritized covid-19 patients. Both sales and order intake have recovered during 2022.
Problems with components and raw material shortages, logistics and distribution to customers have arisen and continue to arise due to a lack of transport capacity and obstacles related to border closures. Boule is taking active measures to mitigate the impact by working closely with the Group’s subcontractors, redesign of components and planning and booking deliveries well in advance.
On October 6th the Swedish tax authorities have decided to impose increased social security contributions and tax penalties on Boule Diagnostics AB and Boule Medical AB amounting to approximately SEK 1.6 million, in relation to what they see as incorrectly valued warrants issued to senior executives in the group. The three warranty programs, 2017/2020, 2019/2022 and 2020/2023 are impacted. The decision means that the basis for the price of the warrants, determined by a third party engaged by the company, is deemed to be too low and the warrants as a consequence undervalued. The difference between the set price and the estimate now completed by the tax authorities implies that the tax authorities also intend to impose the warranty holders with benefit taxation. No provision has been recorded in the period. The company has appealed the decision to the Swedish administrative court ("Förvaltningsdomstolen").
Other than remuneration of the Board and senior executives, no related-party transactions have taken place during the period.
At the Annual General meeting 2022, it was resolved that a Nomination Committee based on the ownership as of September 30, 2022, should be elected. The largest shareholders at this time were Svolder AB, AB Grenspecialisten and Thomas Eklund representing approximately 135 percent of shares and votes. The Nomination Committe has thereafter elected Ulf Hedlundh as its chairman and co-opted the chairman of the Board of Director's Yvonne Mårtensson. Shareholders who would like to contact the Nomination Committee are welcome to contact the chairman of the Nomination Committee Ulf Hedlundh via e-mail at email@example.com or via phone at number 08-440 37 70. In order for the proposals to be evaluated in a proper manner these proposals should not be delivered at the latest February 1, 2023.
Significant events during the interim period
August 4th it was announced that Annette Colin leaves the position as CFO due to family reasons. Annette will continue in her role during her six-month notice period in order to ensure an orderly transition period up until a new CFO assumes the position. The company has initiated the recruitment of a successor
September 6th it was announced that Clinical Diagnostic Solutions, Inc. (CDS), a subsidiary to Boule Diagnostics AB, had been issued a Notice of Inspectional Observations (FDA Form 483) by the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). After a routine inspection of CDS’ operations, inspectional observations were issued by the FDA regarding documentation relating to change management processes and complaints handling. CDS is engaging a well-reputed consulting firm, who employ former FDA personnel, to provide third-party independent subject matter experts with the required experience and background to support the efforts to address the observations identified by the FDA. CDS has submitted to the FDA a response that includes a corrective action plan that has been implemented. The inspectional observations do not place limitations on production or the sale of products.
The FDA has previously also announced a routine inspection of the Swedish operations during the month of November
There are no other significant events to report for the period.
Events after the end of the interim period
October 3rd it was announced that the Board of Directors had resolved on a new issue of shares corresponding to approximately SEK 150 million with preferential rights for the Company’s existing shareholders. The Rights Issue is subject to approval by an extraordinary general meeting, to be held on November 1, 2022. The nomination committee also proposed that Emil Hjalmarsson, Portfolio Manager at Grenspecialisten, should be elected to the Company’s Board of Directors.
October 3rd a notice of shareholders meeting was distributed in relation to the extraordinary general meeting, to be held on November 1, 2022, at 4 PM at Domnarvsgatan 4, Spånga.
October 20th it was announced that Boule had signed a strategic contract manufacturing agreement with Q-Line Biotech for local hematology reagent manufacturing in India.
November 1st it was announced that the extraordinary general meeting ("EGM") resolved in accordance with the Board of Director's proposal to amend the articles of association. The resolution means that the limits for the share capital and the number of shares are changed so that the share capital shall amount to a minimum of SEK 4,800,000 and a maximum of SEK 19,200,000, and the number of shares shall amount to a minimum of 19,000,000 and a maximum of 76,000,000.
In accordance with the Board of Directors’ proposal, the EGM also resolved to approve the Board of Directors’ resolution on a new issue of shares with preferential rights for existing shareholders. The resolution means that Boule’s share capital will increase by a maximum of SEK 4,854,138 by new issue of a maximum of 19,416,552 shares with preferential rights for existing shareholders. Furthermore, the EGM resolved, in accordance with the Nomination Committee’s proposal, to increase the number of board members from five members to six members with election of Emil Hjalmarsson as a new member of the Board of Directors. For further information refer to the bulletin from the EGM available on the company's website.
There are no other significant events to report after the end of the period.
Boule Diagnostics AB (publ), corporate ID 556535-0252, is a Swedish limited liability company with its registered office in Stockholm. The address of the head office is Domnarvsgatan 4, SE-163 53 Spånga, Sweden.
The Parent Company's revenue is derived from Group-wide services.
Risks and uncertainties for the Parent Company indirectly correspond with those for the Group.
The average number of employees in the Group during the quarter was 242 (222), including 5 (7) employees at the Parent Company. The average number of employees by country was as follows: Sweden 135 (123), United States 93 (86), Mexico 2 (2) and Russia 12 (11). The average number of women in the Group was 103 (103) and the average number of men was 139 (119). Personnel in countries where Boule does not have a legal entity are not included in the number of employees as they are employed via external companies and therefore included as consultancy costs.
Number of shares
The total number of shares and votes in Boule Diagnostics AB is 19,416,552 and has remained unchanged during the year. After full dilution, the number of shares amounts to 19,949,349.
|Shareholders, Sept 30, 2022 (accord. to Euroclear)||Number of shares,
|Thomas Eklund inkl bolag||1,956,055||10.1%|
|Swedbank Robur Fonder AB||1,929,181||9.9%|
|Nordea Invesment Funds||1,769,281||9.1%|
|Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB||683,169||3.5%|
|Sijoitusrahasto Aktia Nordic||496,270||2.6%|
|Other shareholders (2,637)||4,478,608||23.1%|
|Total number of shares||19,416,552||100.0%|
The Board of Directors believes that it is important and in the interest of all shareholders that the CEO and key employees, who are considered important to the Company’s further development, have a long-term interest in good value growth for the Company's shares. A personal, long-term shareholder commitment would be expected to contribute to increased interest in the Company’s operations and financial performance, and to increase the CEO’s and key employees’ motivation and affinity with the Company and its shareholders.
The warrants have been allotted and purchased by employees at market conditions. The market value has been determined using the Black & Scholes option valuation model.
If a warrant holder’s employment ceases, Boule has the right of first refusal and may choose to exercise that right. The Board has decided to exercise the right of first refusal regarding former employees who purchased warrants in the 2019 program, and 110,638 warrants have accordingly been repurchased since allotment. There are no restrictions on transferring warrants in the programs.
|Outstanding programs||CEO||Key employees||Total||Corresponding shares||Proportion of total no. of shares||Exercise price||Exercise period|
|2019/2022||0||352,797||352,797||352,797||1.8%||67.50||1 Juni 2022- 30 Dec 2022|
|2020/2023||130,000||50,000||180,000||180,000||0.9%||86.70||1 juni 2023- 30 dec 2023|
The Board of Directors and the CEO certify that this interim report provides a true and fair view of the operations, financial position and earnings of the Parent Company and the Group and describes the material risks and uncertainties faced by the Parent Company and the other Group companies.
Stockholm, November 10, 2022
Boule Diagnostics AB
Boule Diagnostics AB (publ), org nr 556535-0225
We have reviewed the condensed interim financial information (interim report) of Boule Diagnostics AB (publ) as of 30 September 2022 and the nine-month period then ended. The board of directors and the CEO are responsible for the preparation and presentation of the interim financial information in accordance with IAS 34 and the Swedish Annual Accounts Act. Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on this interim report based on our review.
Scope of Review
We conducted our review in accordance with the International Standard on Review Engagements ISRE 2410, Review of Interim Report Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity. A review consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing, ISA, and other generally accepted auditing standards in Sweden. The procedures performed in a review do not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.
Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim report is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 and the Swedish Annual Accounts Act, regarding the Group, and with the Swedish Annual Accounts Act, regarding the Parent Company.
Stockholm, 10th of november 2022
Öhrlings PricewaterhouseCoopers AB
Authorized Public Accountant