First half 2014: Significant improvement in net result

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Release no. 22/2014


In the first half of 2014 Columbus realized a significant improvement in net result of 184% compared to first half 2013, mainly due to completed closure of loss-making companies and increased earnings. Columbus maintains expectations to 2014.


Columbus has today published the Interim Report for first half of 2014, cf. release no. 21/2014.


Increased earnings in first half of 2014

In the first half of 2014 earnings before depreciation (EBITDA1) totaled DKK 36.3m, corresponding to an increase of 4.7% compared to the same period last year. The net result in first half of 2014 increased by DKK 11.1m compared to the same period last year.


Revenues from consultancy increased by 7.5%

In the first half of 2014 Columbus continued the strong focus on increasing earnings in the consultancy business, thus improving risk management, project management and resource allocation. Consequently, invoicable hours increased from 55% to 56%, and revenues from consultancy increased by 7.5% in first half.


Growth in sale of industry solutions

Columbus’ focus on sale of industry solutions to the industries food, retail and manufacturing and on servicing customers even better has resulted in a significant increase in revenues from Columbus’ industry solutions. Revenues from industry solutions increased to 76% of total revenues in first half of 2014, from DKK 240.4m in first half of 2013 to DKK 331.7m in the same period this year.


Increased capacity Global Delivery Center

Columbus continues optimizing the Global Delivery Center in India, and the Global Delivery Center now has 82 consultants. In first half the Global Delivery Center delivered 2,738 days of customer work and implementations, corresponding to an increase of 39.3% compared to first half of 2013.


US and Norway

In first half of 2014 Columbus experienced declines in both revenues and earnings in the US due to lack of sales execution. The lack of sales has lead to low performance in the sale of both external and Columbus licenses. Further, the lack of product sale has negatively affected the revenues from consultancy.


In Norway we lost a large number of consultants in Q2 due to heavy headhunting activities from a competitor. This has lead to temporary extra costs in legal fees, recruiting costs and free work when introducing new consultants. Columbus is executing recovery plans for both subsidiaries.


Improved cash position

In the first half of 2014 Columbus has invested DKK 7.6m in development projects and tangible assets and we have expanded our business in the UK which had a cash effect of DKK 9.8m. During the first half of 2014 we have been able to repay all debt to credit institutions and for the first time in Columbus’ history dividend was paid out to the shareholders amounting to DKK 14.4m. Despite this Columbus still managed to improve the cash position with DKK 11.2m during the first half of 2014 due to the operational earnings and due to a reduction in receivables.



DKK ´000 H1 2014 H1 2013 2013
Columbus licenses 11,416 12,853 31,052
Columbus subscriptions 15,423 14,490 29,102
External licenses 32,114 50,599 88,270
External subscriptions 58,413 76,760 140,258
Consultancy 309,720 288,249 567,614
Other 9,332 10,639 23,509
Net revenue 436,418 453,590 879,805
EBITDA before share-based compensation
36,283 34,628 72,084
Share-based compensation -1,294 -368 -1,960
EBITDA 34,989 34,260 70,124




Expectations to 2014

Columbus maintains the announced expectations to 2014, and thus Columbus expects revenues in the level of DKK 900m and an EBITDA1 in the level of DKK 80m.




Ib Kunøe                                                   Thomas Honoré

Chairman                                                 CEO

Columbus A/S                                           Columbus A/S



For further information, please contact:

CEO Thomas Honoré, T: +45 70 20 50 00.


Translation: In the event of any inconsistency between this document and the Danish language version, the Danish language version shall be the governing version.



1EBITDA before share-based compensation