Vaisala Corporation Interim Report January–September 2023


Vaisala Corporation        Interim Report                                October 27, 2023, at 9.00 a.m. (EEST)

Vaisala Corporation Interim Report January–September 2023
Q3 operating result increased following improvement in gross margin in an uncertain market environment

Third quarter 2023 highlights

  • Orders received EUR 119.7 (129.5) million, decrease 8%
  • Order book at the end of the period EUR 165.8 (162.5) million, increase 2%
  • Net sales EUR 130.4 (133.3) million, decrease 2%
  • Operating result (EBIT) EUR 25.2 (22.0) million, 19.3 (16.5) % of net sales
  • Earnings per share EUR 0.51 (0.44)
  • Cash flow from operating activities EUR 18.5 (7.3) million

January–September 2023 highlights

  • Orders received EUR 381.0 (371.7) million, increase 3%
  • Net sales EUR 393.0 (372.6) million, increase 5%
  • Operating result (EBIT) EUR 50.3 (49.9) million, 12.8 (13.4) % of net sales
  • Earnings per share EUR 0.99 (1.00)
  • Cash flow from operating activities EUR 54.2 (7.1) million

Market development for the remaining 2023 and business outlook for 2023
Markets for high-end industrial instruments and life science have somewhat declined and we do not expect recovery yet this year. Markets for power and energy, and liquid measurements are expected to grow.

Markets for renewable energy as well as roads and automotive are expected to grow. Market for aviation is expected to be stable or to grow. Market for meteorology is expected to be stable.

Uncertainty in the business environment is high due to weak economic outlook, high inflation, and increased interest rates. The war in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia are not expected to have direct material impact on Vaisala’s operations, financial position or cash flow. The additional costs related to component spot purchases are expected to be insignificant in the fourth quarter.

Vaisala estimates that its full-year 2023 net sales will be in the range of EUR 530–560 million and its operating result (EBIT) will be in the range of EUR 65–75 million.

Vaisala’s President and CEO Kai Öistämö
“Vaisala’s third quarter 2023 reflected uncertainty in the business environment. Our quarterly net sales decreased slightly Y/Y following the continued soft demand for industrial products and services and headwinds from currency exchange rates. However, our gross margin improved clearly, and hence, our operating result reached 19.3% of net sales.

The demand for products and services for Industrial Measurements business area continued to be soft during the third quarter. The lower demand in industrial instruments, life science, as well as power and energy market segments led to a 14% decrease in orders received and 6% decrease in net sales Y/Y. However, we believe we have maintained our market position.

On the other hand, during the quarter, business environment for Weather and Environment business area was more resilient than in industrial measurements. The business area reached previous year’s level both in orders received and net sales. In order intake, aviation was the strongest market segment during the quarter.

Our gross margin improved clearly to 58% as additional costs related to component spot purchases have been fading away as expected and the sales mix in Weather and Environment business area was more favorable compared to previous year. The higher share of more profitable product and subscription sales played an important role in the business area’s gross margin improvement.

Our strategy execution continued as planned. In Weather and Environment business area, growth of subscription sales and growth businesses continued, and flagship business focused on profitability improvement. In Industrial Measurements business area, we continued our strategic investments in new technologies and products for long-term growth.

During the quarter, we also took the next steps on our journey of increasing climate action. In September, we submitted our science-based emission reduction targets for validation by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). We expect to receive approval from SBTi by February 2024.

The uncertainty in the business environment is expected to remain high during the fourth quarter of 2023. The additional costs related to component spot purchases are expected to be insignificant in the fourth quarter. We continue to estimate that our full-year 2023 net sales will be in the range of EUR 530–560 million and operating result (EBIT) to be in the range of EUR 65–75 million.”

Key figures       
MEUR7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
Change1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
Change1-12/
2022
Orders received119.7129.5-8%381.0371.73%500.8
Order book165.8162.52%165.8162.52%154.6
Net sales130.4133.3-2%393.0372.65%514.2
Gross profit75.672.94%221.6206.27%282.0
Gross margin, %58.054.7 56.455.3 54.8
Operating expenses50.450.9-1%171.5156.610%219.7
Operating result25.222.0 50.349.9 62.5
Operating result, %19.316.5 12.813.4 12.2
Result before taxes24.120.7 47.147.4 59.6
Result for the period18.516.1 36.036.1 45.1
Earnings per share0.510.4415%0.991.000%1.24
Return on equity, %   19.020.1 18.7
Research and development costs13.613.60%49.645.010%62.4
Capital expenditure4.13.326%10.99.613%13.7
Depreciation, amortization and impairment6.25.95%18.217.35%23.6
Cash flow from operating activities18.57.3154%54.27.1662%29.8
Cash and cash equivalents   65.852.126%55.5
Interest-bearing liabilities   62.876.0-17%63.4
Gearing, %   -1.29.6 3.2

As of the beginning of 2023, Weather and Environment business area’s subscription business has been excluded from orders received and order book. Comparison period has been reported accordingly.

Financial review Q3/2023

Orders received and order book

MEUR7-9/
2023
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Change

FX*
1-12/
2022
Orders received119.7129.5-8%-2%500.8
Order book, end of period165.8162.52% 154.6

* Change with comparable exchange rates

Third quarter 2023 orders received decreased by 8% compared to previous year and totaled EUR 119.7 (129.5) million. Orders received decreased in both business areas and in most of the market segments.

At the end of September 2023, order book amounted EUR 165.8 (162.5) million and increased by 2% compared to previous year. Order book increased in Weather and Environment business area but decreased in Industrial Measurements business area. EUR 93.5 (92.5) million of the order book is scheduled to be delivered in 2023.

Financial performance

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2023
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2022
Net sales130.4133.3-2%2%514.2
Product sales97.396.90% 375.5
Project sales14.519.8-27% 73.5
Service sales10.19.111% 35.0
    Subscription sales7.87.37% 28.4
Lease income0.80.3185% 1.7
Gross margin, %58.054.7  54.8
Operating result25.222.0  62.5
% of net sales19.316.5  12.2
        
R&D costs13.613.60% 62.4
Amortization*2.12.1  8.2

* Amortization of intangible assets related to the acquired businesses
** Change with comparable exchange rates

Third quarter 2023 net sales decreased by 2% compared to previous year and were EUR 130.4 (133.3) million. In constant currencies, net sales increased by 2%. Net sales decreased in Industrial Measurements business area and were at previous year’s level in Weather and Environment business area. Net sales decreased in aviation, industrial instruments, and life science market segments. Net sales growth in renewable energy, roads and automotive, as well as in power and energy market segments was very strong.

Gross margin improved to 58.0 (54.7) %. Additional costs related to component spot purchases had a 0.7 (4.2) percentage point negative impact on gross margin.

Third quarter 2023 operating result increased compared to previous year following improvement in gross margin and was EUR 25.2 (22.0) million, 19.3 (16.5) % of net sales. Operating expenses were at previous year’s level.

Third quarter 2023 financial income and expenses were EUR -1.0 (-1.3) million. This was mainly a result of valuation of foreign currency denominated items, currency hedging and interest expenses. Income taxes were EUR 5.7 (4.7) million and estimated effective tax rate for the whole year was 23.4 (23.9) %. Result before taxes was EUR 24.1 (20.7) million and result for the period EUR 18.5 (16.1) million. Earnings per share was EUR 0.51 (0.44).

Financial review January–September 2023

Orders received and order book

MEUR1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
Change

FX*
1-12/
2022
Orders received381.0371.73%5%500.8
Order book, end of period165.8162.52% 154.6

* Change with comparable exchange rates

January–September 2023 orders received increased by 3% compared to previous year and totaled EUR 381.0 (371.7) million. Orders received grew in Weather and Environment business area but decreased in Industrial Measurements business area. Orders received grew very strongly in roads and automotive market segment, but on the other hand, decreased strongly in life science market segment.

Financial performance

MEUR1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
Change

FX**
1-12/
2022
Net sales393.0372.65%8%514.2
Product sales293.4273.17% 375.5
Project sales46.553.2-13% 73.5
Service sales28.325.312% 35.0
Subscription sales23.319.917% 28.4
Lease income1.51.134% 1.7
Gross margin, %56.455.3  54.8
Operating result50.349.9  62.5
% of net sales12.813.4  12.2
        
R&D costs49.645.010% 62.4
Amortization*6.26.1  8.2

* Amortization of intangible assets related to the acquired businesses
** Change with comparable exchange rates

January–September 2023 net sales increased by 5% compared to previous year and were EUR 393.0 (372.6) million. In constant currencies, net sales increased by 8%. Net sales grew in both business areas. Net sales increased very strongly in roads and automotive, renewable energy, industrial instruments as well as in power and energy market segments.

Gross margin improved to 56.4 (55.3) %. Additional costs related to component spot purchases had a 0.9 (2.5) percentage point negative impact on gross margin.

January–September 2023 operating result was at previous year’s level and totaled EUR 50.3 (49.9) million, 12.8 (13.4) % of net sales. Operating expenses increased due to investments in sales and marketing as well as in R&D and IT system renewal.

January–September 2023 financial income and expenses were EUR -3.3 (-2.5) million. This was mainly a result of valuation of foreign currency denominated items, currency hedging and interest expenses. Income taxes were EUR 11.0 (11.3) million and estimated effective tax rate for the whole year was 23.4 (23.9) %. Result before taxes was EUR 47.1 (47.4) million and result for the period EUR 36.0 (36.1) million. Earnings per share was EUR 0.99 (1.00).

Statement of financial position, cash flow and financing
Vaisala’s financial position remained strong during January–September 2023. At the end of September, statement of financial position totaled EUR 432.9 (Dec 31, 2022: 439.2) million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled EUR 65.8 (Dec 31, 2022: 55.5) million. Dividend payment, decided by the Annual General Meeting on March 28, 2023, totaled EUR 26.1 million.

In January–September 2023, cash flow from operating activities increased to EUR 54.2 (7.1) million. Change in net working capital was EUR 0.4 (-48.8) million and this was mainly a result of decrease in trade receivables.

On September 30, 2023, Vaisala had interest-bearing borrowings totaling EUR 50.0 (Dec 31, 2022: 52.5) million. EUR 50 million of the interest-bearing borrowings related to an unsecured term loan, which is due in 2026. The loan has a financial covenant (gearing) tested semi-annually. Vaisala had not issued any domestic commercial papers on September 30, 2023 (Dec 31, 2022: EUR 12.5 million). Vaisala has also a EUR 50 million committed revolving credit facility, which was undrawn on September 30, 2023, as at the end of 2022. In addition, interest-bearing lease liabilities totaled EUR 12.8 (Dec 31, 2022: 10.9) million.

Capital expenditure
In January–September 2023, capital expenditure in intangible assets and property, plant, and equipment totaled EUR 10.9 (9.6) million. Capital expenditure was mainly related to investments in machinery and equipment to develop and maintain Vaisala’s production, R&D, and service operations as well as facilities.

Depreciation, amortization, and impairment were EUR 18.2 (17.3) million. This included EUR 6.2 (6.1) million of amortization of identified intangible assets related to the acquired businesses.

Personnel
The average number of personnel employed during January–September 2023 was 2,328 (2,115). At the end of September 2023, the number of employees was 2,328 (Dec 31, 2022: 2,235). 77 (77) % of employees were located in EMEA, 16 (16) % in Americas and 7 (8) % in APAC. 66 (66) % of employees were based in Finland.

Q3 and January–September 2023 review by business area

Industrial Measurements business area

MEUR7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
Change

FX**
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022


Change


FX**
1-12/
2022
Orders received50.458.8-14%-8%163.0169.8-4%0%234.2
Order book, end of period34.339.1-12% 34.339.1-12% 41.8
Net sales53.957.6-6%0%169.8165.33%6%225.6
Product sales48.853.0-8% 154.9152.42% 208.1
Service sales5.14.611% 14.813.014% 17.5
Gross margin, %64.060.9  62.262.8  61.9
Operating result14.714.6  36.540.7  51.5
of net sales, %27.325.3  21.524.6  22.8
          
R&D costs5.15.8-13% 19.218.63% 25.3
Amortization*0.40.4  1.21.2  1.7

* Amortization of intangible assets related to the acquired businesses
** Change with comparable exchange rates

Q3/2023 review
Industrial Measurements business area’s third quarter 2023 orders received decreased by 14% compared to previous year totaling EUR 50.4 (58.8) million. Orders received decreased in industrial instruments, life science, as well as in power and energy market segments. Orders received in liquid measurements market segment were at previous year’s level.

At the end of September 2023, Industrial Measurements business area’s order book amounted to EUR 34.3 (39.1) million and decreased by 12% compared to previous year. EUR 26.5 (28.7) million of the order book is scheduled to be delivered in 2023. Order book decreased in life science, power and energy, as well as in industrial instruments market segments. Order book for liquid measurements market segment was at previous year’s level.

Third quarter 2023 net sales were EUR 53.9 (57.6) million and decreased by 6% compared to previous year. In constant currencies, net sales were flat compared to previous year. Net sales decreased in life science and industrial instruments market segments and were at previous year’s level in liquid measurements market segment. Net sales in power and energy market segment grew very strongly.

Gross margin improved compared to previous year and was 64.0 (60.9) %. Additional costs related to component spot purchases had a 0.7 (6.3) percentage point negative impact on gross margin. Price pressure especially in China and unfavorable product mix burdened gross margin.

Industrial Measurements business area’s third quarter 2023 operating result was at previous year’s level and totaled EUR 14.7 (14.6) million, 27.3 (25.3) % of net sales. Operating expenses were at previous year’s level.

January–September 2023 review
Industrial Measurements business area’s January–September 2023 orders received decreased by 4% compared to previous year and totaled EUR 163.0 (169.8) million. Orders received decreased in life science and industrial instruments market segments and were at previous year’s level in power and energy market segment. Orders received in liquid measurements market segment increased compared to previous year.

January–September 2023 net sales increased by 3% compared to previous year and were EUR 169.8 (165.3) million. In constant currencies, net sales increased by 6%. Net sales grew in industrial instruments as well as in power and energy market segment, whereas net sales in liquid measurements market segment were at previous year’s level. Net sales in life science market segment decreased compared to previous year.

Gross margin was at previous year’s level 62.2 (62.8) %. Additional costs related to component spot purchases had a 1.2 (3.4) percentage point negative impact on gross margin. Price pressure especially in China and unfavorable product mix burdened gross margin.

Industrial Measurements business area’s January–September 2023 operating result decreased compared to previous year following increase in operating expenses and totaled EUR 36.5 (40.7) million, 21.5 (24.6) % of net sales. Operating expenses increased due to investments in sales and marketing as well as in R&D and IT system renewal.

Weather and Environment business area

MEUR7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
Change

FX**
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022


Change


FX**
1-12/
2022
Orders received69.370.7-2%2%218.1201.98%10%266.6
Order book, end of period131.5123.47% 131.5123.47% 112.8
Net sales76.475.71%4%223.3207.38%9%288.6
Product sales48.543.910% 138.5120.715% 167.4
Project sales14.519.8-27% 46.553.2-13% 73.5
Service sales5.04.511% 13.512.49% 17.5
Subscription sales7.87.37% 23.319.917% 28.4
Lease income0.80.3185% 1.51.134% 1.7
Gross margin, %53.749.9  52.049.5  49.3
Operating result10.47.5  13.69.3  11.1
of net sales, %13.79.9  6.14.5  3.8
          
R&D costs8.57.89% 30.526.416% 37.2
Amortization*1.71.7  5.04.9  6.6

* Amortization of intangible assets related to the acquired businesses
** Change with comparable exchange rates

Q3/2023 review
Weather and Environment business area’s third quarter 2023 orders received decreased by 2% compared to previous year and totaled EUR 69.3 (70.7) million. Orders received decreased in meteorology market segment, whereas orders received in aviation market segment increased very strongly. Orders received in roads and automotive as well as in renewable energy market segments were at previous year’s level.

At the end of September 2023, Weather and Environment business area’s order book amounted to EUR 131.5 (123.4) million and increased by 7% compared to previous year. EUR 67.0 (63.9) million of the order book is scheduled to be delivered in 2023. Order book increased in roads and automotive as well as in aviation market segments, whereas order book in meteorology and renewable energy market segments were at previous year’s level.

Third quarter 2023 net sales were at previous year’s level and totaled EUR 76.4 (75.7) million. In constant currencies, net sales increased by 4%. Net sales grew very strongly in renewable energy as well as in roads and automotive market segments but decreased strongly in aviation market segment. Net sales in meteorology market segment grew somewhat.

Gross margin improved compared to previous year and was 53.7 (49.9) %. Additional costs related to component spot purchases had a 0.6 (2.5) percentage point negative impact on gross margin. Higher share of more profitable product and subscription sales improved gross margin.

Weather and Environment business area’s third quarter 2023 operating result increased compared to previous year following improved gross margin and totaled EUR 10.4 (7.5) million, 13.7 (9.9) % of net sales. Operating expenses were at previous year’s level.

January–September 2023 review
Weather and Environment business area’s January–September 2023 orders received increased by 8% compared to previous year and totaled EUR 218.1 (201.9) million. Orders received grew in roads and automotive, meteorology and aviation market segments, whereas orders received in renewable energy market segment were at previous year’s level. Growth of orders received was very strong in roads and automotive market segment.

January–September 2023 net sales were EUR 223.3 (207.3) million and increased by 8% compared to previous year. In constant currencies, net sales increased by 9%. Net sales grew very strongly in roads and automotive as well as in renewable energy market segments and decreased in aviation market segment. Net sales in meteorology market segment were at previous year’s level.

Gross margin improved compared to previous year and was 52.0 (49.5) %. Additional costs related to component spot purchases had a 0.7 (1.8) percentage point negative impact on gross margin. Higher share of more profitable product and subscription sales improved gross margin.

Weather and Environment business area’s January–September 2023 operating result increased compared to previous year following growth in net sales and improved gross margin and totaled EUR 13.6 (9.3) million, 6.1 (4.5) % of net sales. Operating expenses increased due to investments in sales and marketing as well as in R&D and IT system renewal.

Changes in Leadership Team
On May 6, 2023, Heli Lindfors started as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Vaisala Leadership Team. Vaisala’s Chief Sustainability and Strategy Officer Anne Jalkala was appointed member of the Vaisala Leadership Team as of May 5, 2023. They report to President and CEO Kai Öistämö.

Members of the Vaisala Leadership Team on September 30, 2023

  • Kai Öistämö, President and CEO, Chair of the Leadership Team
  • Anne Jalkala, Chief Sustainability and Strategy Officer
  • Sampsa Lahtinen, EVP, Industrial Measurements business area
  • Timo Leskinen, EVP, Human Resources
  • Heli Lindfors, Chief Financial Officer
  • Olli Nastamo, EVP, Operational Excellence
  • Vesa Pylvänäinen, EVP, Operations
  • Jarkko Sairanen, EVP, Weather and Environment business area
  • Katriina Vainio, EVP, Group General Counsel

Annual General Meeting 2023
Vaisala Corporation’s Annual General Meeting was held on March 28, 2023. The meeting approved the financial statements and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability for the financial period January 1–December 31, 2022.

Dividend
The Annual General Meeting decided a dividend of EUR 0.72 per share. The record date for the dividend payment was March 30, 2023, and the payment date was April 12, 2023.

Board of Directors
The Annual General Meeting confirmed that the number of Board members is eight. Petri Castrén, Antti Jääskeläinen, Petra Lundström, Jukka Rinnevaara, Kaarina Ståhlberg, Tuomas Syrjänen, Raimo Voipio and Ville Voipio will continue as members of the Board of Directors.

The Annual General Meeting confirmed that the annual remuneration payable to the Chairman of the Board of Directors is EUR 55,000 and each Board member EUR 40,000 per year. Approximately 40% of the annual remuneration will be paid in Vaisala Corporation’s series A shares acquired from the market and the rest in cash. In addition, the Annual General Meeting confirmed that the meeting fee for the Chairman of the Audit Committee would be EUR 1,500 per attended meeting and EUR 1,000 for each member of the Audit Committee and Chairman and each member of the People and Sustainability Committee, the Nomination Committee and any other committee established by the Board of Directors for a term until the close of the Annual General Meeting in 2024. The meeting fees are paid in cash. Possible travel expenses are reimbursed according to the travel policy of the company.

Auditor
The Annual General Meeting elected PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy as the auditor of the company and APA Niina Vilske will act as the auditor with the principal responsibility. The Auditors are reimbursed according to invoice presented to the company.

Proposal by the Board of Directors to amend the articles of association
The Annual General Meeting resolved to amend the articles of association so that the § 6 of Articles of Association stipulates that the term of Board members from now on terminates on the closing of the first Annual General Meeting, and the number of board members is 6–9, and § 13 of Articles of Association stipulates that a general meeting can be organized without a meeting venue as a so-called remote meeting.

Authorization for the directed repurchase of own series A shares
The Annual General Meeting authorized the Board of Directors to resolve on the directed repurchase of a maximum of 800,000 of the company's own series A shares in one or more instalments by using company's unrestricted equity. The authorization is valid until the closing of the next Annual General Meeting, however, no longer than September 28, 2024.

Authorization on the issuance of the company's own series A shares
The Annual General Meeting authorized the Board of Directors to resolve on the issuance of a maximum of 935,976 company's own series A shares. The issuance of own shares may be carried out in deviation from the shareholders' pre-emptive rights (directed issue). The authorization entitles the issuance of treasury series A shares as a directed issue without payment as part of the company's share-based incentive plan. The subscription price of the shares can instead of cash also be paid in full or in part as contribution in kind. The authorization is valid until September 28, 2024. The authorization for the company's incentive program shall however be valid until March 28, 2027.

The organizing meeting of the Board of Directors
At its organizing meeting held after the Annual General Meeting the Board elected Ville Voipio as the Chair of the Board of Directors and Raimo Voipio as the Vice Chair.

Kaarina Ståhlberg was elected as the Chair and Petri Castrén, Antti Jääskeläinen and Raimo Voipio as members of the Audit Committee. Ville Voipio was elected as the Chair and Petra Lundström, Jukka Rinnevaara and Tuomas Syrjänen as members of the People and Sustainability Committee. Ville Voipio was elected as the Chair and Petra Lundström, Kaarina Ståhlberg and Raimo Voipio as members of the Nomination Committee. The Chair and all members of the Audit Committee, People and Sustainability Committee as well as Nomination Committee are independent both of the company and of significant shareholders.

Shares and shareholders
Share capital and shares
Vaisala’s share capital totaled EUR 7,660,808 on September 30, 2023. Vaisala has 36,436,728 shares, of which 6,731,092 are series K shares and 29,705,636 series A shares. The series K shares and series A shares are differentiated by the fact that each series K share entitles its owner to 20 votes at a General Meeting of Shareholders while each series A share entitles its owner to 1 vote. The series A shares represented 81.5% of the total number of shares and 18.1% of the total votes. The series K shares represented 18.5% of the total number of shares and 81.9% of the total votes.

Trading and share price development
In January–September 2023, a total of 2,430,758 series A shares with a value totaling EUR 95.1 million were traded on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. The closing price of the series A share on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange was EUR 33.20. Shares registered a high of EUR 44.55 and a low of EUR 32.70. Volume-weighted average share price was EUR 39.14.

The market value of series A shares on September 30, 2023, was EUR 980.1 million, excluding company’s treasury shares. Valuing the series K shares – which are not traded on the stock market – at the rate of the series A share’s closing price on the last trading day of September, the total market value of all the series A and series K shares together was EUR 1,203.5 million, excluding company’s treasury shares.

Treasury shares
In September, a total of 500 of Vaisala’s Corporation’s treasury shares were conveyed without consideration to a person participating in the Restricted Share Unit Plan 2022–2026 under the terms and conditions of the plan. The directed share issue was based on an authorization given by the Annual General Meeting held on March 28, 2023.

In May 2023, the Board of Directors decided to exercise the authorization of the 2023 Annual General Meeting to repurchase own series A shares. The repurchases started on May 10, 2023, and ended on June 15, 2023. During this period, Vaisala repurchased a total of 50,000 own series A shares for an average price of EUR 42.4587 per share. The shares were repurchased in public trading on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. at the market price prevailing at the time of purchase. The shares are planned to be used as a reward payment for Vaisala’s share-based incentive plans.

In March 2023, a total of 72,511 of Vaisala Corporation's treasury shares were conveyed without consideration to the 43 key employees participating in the Performance Share Plan 2020–2022 under the terms and conditions of the plan. The directed share issue was based on an authorization given by the Annual General Meeting held on March 29, 2022.

The total number of series A treasury shares on September 30, 2023, was 185,476, which represents 0.6% of series A shares and 0.5% of total shares.

Shareholders
At the end of September 2023, Vaisala had 14,572 (13,605) registered shareholders. Ownership outside of Finland and nominee registrations represented 21.7 (21.1) % of the company's shares. Households owned 40.5 (40.3) %, private companies 13.5 (12.9) %, financial and insurance institutions 10.2 (11.7) %, non-profit organizations 10.0 (10.3) % and public sector organizations 4.1 (3.7) % of the shares.

More information about Vaisala’s shares and shareholders are presented on the company’s website at vaisala.com/investors.

Near-term risks and uncertainties
Inflationary environment and geopolitical situation including the war in Ukraine and the situation in the Middle East will affect economic situation and increase risk of achieving Vaisala’s financial targets.

Vaisala’s delivery capability may deteriorate due to disruptions in suppliers’ operations, Vaisala’s production or project delivery operation, or disruptions in incoming and/or outgoing logistics. Industrial actions in Finland may cause disruptions in Vaisala’s operations and deteriorate Vaisala’s delivery capability. Component availability has normalized during the year, but temporary component shortage may cause delays or interruptions in deliveries or generate additional material costs. Cyber risk and transition into new ERP system may impact operations and delivery capability.

New and changing regulations impacting product acceptance, operation’s capability to meet changing compliance requirements, and changes in international trade policies may cause delays or interruptions in supply chain. Customers’ preference for local manufacturing may reduce demand for Vaisala’s products and services. Customers’ budgetary constraints, complex decision-making processes, and missing financing solutions may postpone closing of infrastructure contracts in Weather and Environment business area.

Further information about risk management and risks are available on Annual Report’s Corporate Governance/Risk management section and on the company’s website at vaisala.com.

Events after reporting period
On October 5, 2023, Vaisala signed a EUR 50 million three-year unsecured revolving credit facility with two one-year extension options with two of its core banks. The facility agreement includes a financial covenant based on gearing, which is tested semi-annually. The revolving credit facility is for general corporate and working capital purposes. The arrangement replaced undrawn EUR 50 million facility signed in October 2018.

Financial calendar 2024
Financial Statement Release 2023: February 14, 2024
Annual Report 2023: Week 9
Interim Report January–March 2024: May 3, 2024
Half Year Financial Report 2024: July 25, 2024
Interim Report January–September 2024: October 24, 2024

Vantaa, October 26, 2023

Vaisala Corporation
Board of Directors

The forward-looking statements in this report are based on the current expectations, known factors, decisions, and plans of Vaisala's management. Although the management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that these expectations would prove to be correct. Therefore, the results could differ materially from those implied in the forward-looking statements, due to for example changes in the economic, market and competitive environments, regulatory or other government-related changes, or shifts in exchange rates.

Financial information and changes in accounting policies
This Interim Report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting, following the same accounting policies and principles as in the annual financial statements for 2022. All figures in this Interim Report are group figures. All presented figures have been rounded and consequently the sum of individual figures may deviate from the sum presented. The Interim Report is unaudited.

Preparation of Interim Report in accordance with IFRS requires Vaisala’s management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the valuation of the reported assets and liabilities and the recognition of income and expenses in statement of income. Although estimates are based on management’s best knowledge at the date of Interim Report, actual results may differ from those estimates.

New and amended IFRS standards effective for the year 2023
Amendments to IAS 1, IAS 1 and IFRS Practice Statement 2 as well as IAS 8 have been adopted from January 1, 2023. The adoption of these amendments is not expected to have an impact on the group’s consolidated financial statements in future periods.

Amendments to IAS 12 Income Taxes: Deferred Tax related to Assets and Liabilities arising from a Single Transaction
The amendments are effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2023. Vaisala has applied the amendments in accordance with transition rule with the effect of initial application recognized as of January 1, 2022.

The amendments introduce a further exception from the initial recognition exemption. Under the amendments, an entity does not apply the initial recognition exemption for transactions that give rise to equal taxable and deductible temporary differences. Following the amendments to IAS 12, an entity is required to recognize the related deferred tax asset and liability, with the recognition of any deferred tax asset being subject to the recoverability criteria in IAS 12.

The amendments apply to transactions that occur on or after the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented. In addition, at the beginning of the earliest comparative period an entity recognizes:

  • A deferred tax asset and a deferred tax liability for all deductible and taxable temporary differences associated with:
    • Right-of-use assets and lease liabilities
    • Decommissioning, restoration and similar liabilities and the corresponding amounts recognized as part of the cost of the related asset
  • The cumulative effect of initially applying the amendments as an adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings (or other component of equity, as appropriate) at that date

Table below presents year 2022 quarterly comparative figures after amendments described above:

 1-3/
2022
4-6/
2022
7-9/
2022
10-12/
2022
1-12/
2022
EUR millionEarlier reportedRestatedEarlier reportedRestatedEarlier reportedRestatedEarlier reportedRestatedEarlier reportedRestated
Income taxes-3.6-3.6-3.1-3.1-4.7-4.7-3.2-3.2-14.5-14.5
Result for the period13.813.86.26.216.116.19.09.045.045.1
Attributable to          
Owners of the parent          
    company13.613.66.46.416.116.19.09.045.045.0
Non-controlling interests0.20.2-0.2-0.20.00.00.00.00.00.0
Comprehensive income for          
the period15.215.210.410.420.720.71.01.047.347.3
Attributable to          
Owners of the parent          
company15.015.010.610.620.720.71.01.047.347.3
Non-controlling interests0.20.2-0.2-0.20.00.00.00.00.00.0
Retained earnings206.8206.6213.9213.7230.0229.7238.7238.5238.7238.5
Total equity215.6215.4226.8226.6248.6248.4250.7250.5250.7250.5
Deferred tax liabilities7.07.26.87.16.66.84.34.54.34.5
Total non-current liabilities58.058.217.317.618.418.717.617.917.617.9
Total liabilities214.3214.5191.2191.4189.1189.3188.5188.7188.5188.7
Total equity and liabilities429.9429.9418.0418.0437.7437.7439.2439.2439.2439.2
Earnings per share, EUR0.380.380.180.180.440.440.250.251.241.24
Diluted earnings per share,          
EUR0.370.370.180.180.440.440.250.251.241.24
Equity per share, EUR        6.926.91
Return on equity, %        18.718.7
Solvency ratio, %        58.258.1
Gearing, %        3.23.2


Consolidated statement of income     
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Net sales130.4133.3393.0372.6514.2
Cost of goods sold-54.8-60.4-171.4-166.4-232.2
Gross profit75.672.9221.6206.2282.0
      
Sales, marketing and administrative costs-36.8-37.3-121.9-111.6-157.3
Research and development costs-13.6-13.6-49.6-45.0-62.4
Other operating income and expenses0.00.00.30.20.3
Operating result25.222.050.349.962.5
      
Share of result in associated company----0.2
Financial income and expenses-1.0-1.3-3.3-2.5-3.1
Result before taxes24.120.747.147.459.6
      
Income taxes-5.7-4.7-11.0-11.3-14.5
Result for the period18.516.136.036.145.1
      
Attributable to     
Owners of the parent company18.516.136.036.145.0
Non-controlling interests-0.0-0.00.0
Result for the period18.516.136.036.145.1
      
Earnings per share for result attributable to the equity holders of the parent company     
Earnings per share, EUR0.510.440.991.001.24
Diluted earnings per share, EUR0.510.440.990.991.24


Consolidated statement of comprehensive income
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss (net of taxes)     
Actuarial profit (loss) on post-employment benefits0.00.00.00.0-0.2
Total0.00.00.00.0-0.2
      
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss     
Translation differences2.14.6-0.110.22.4
Total2.14.6-0.110.22.4
      
Total other comprehensive income2.14.6-0.110.22.2
      
Comprehensive income for the period20.620.735.946.347.3
      
Attributable to     
Owners of the parent company20.620.735.946.347.3
Non-controlling interests-0.0-0.00.0
Comprehensive income for the period20.620.735.946.347.3


Consolidated statement of financial position 
EUR million   
AssetsSep 30,
2023
Sep 30,
2022
Dec 31,
2022
    
Non-current assets   
Intangible assets65.574.371.3
Property, plant and equipment96.697.296.0
Right-of-use assets13.812.011.9
Investments in shares0.10.10.1
Investment in associated company1.41.31.4
Non-current receivables0.80.91.0
Deferred tax assets7.812.29.5
Total non-current assets185.9198.1191.1
    
Current assets   
Inventories66.865.061.6
Trade and other receivables86.688.8101.7
Contract assets and other accrued revenue26.232.726.2
Income tax receivables1.61.23.1
Cash and cash equivalents65.852.155.5
Total current assets247.0239.6248.1
    
Total assets432.9437.7439.2


Equity and liabilitiesSep 30,
2023
Sep 30,
2022
Dec 31,
2022
    
Equity   
Share capital7.77.77.7
Other reserves0.32.43.5
Translation differences4.011.94.1
Treasury shares-4.2-3.3-3.3
Retained earnings248.4229.7238.5
Total equity attributable to owners of parent company256.2248.4250.5
    
Non-controlling interests-0.00.0
    
Total equity256.2248.4250.5
    
Non-current liabilities   
Interest-bearing borrowings50.00.00.0
Interest-bearing lease liabilities10.08.38.3
Post-employment benefits2.52.52.7
Deferred tax liabilities3.46.84.5
Provisions0.40.40.3
Other non-current liabilities4.30.72.1
Total non-current liabilities70.618.717.9
    
Current liabilities   
Interest-bearing borrowings0.065.052.5
Interest-bearing lease liabilities2.82.72.7
Trade and other payables64.168.174.0
Contract liabilities and other deferred revenue36.331.937.1
Income tax liabilities0.30.21.8
Provisions2.52.72.8
Total current liabilities106.1170.7170.8
    
Total liabilities176.7189.3188.7
    
Total equity and liabilities432.9437.7439.2


Consolidated cash flow statement   
EUR million1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Result for the period36.036.145.1
    
Depreciation, amortization and impairment18.217.323.6
Financial income and expenses3.32.53.1
Gains and losses on sale of intangible assets and property,   
   plant and equipment-0.10.00.0
Share of result in associated company---0.2
Income taxes11.011.314.5
Other adjustments-2.0-0.80.3
    
Inventories, increase (-) / decrease (+)-5.3-14.0-11.2
Non-interest-bearing receivables, increase (-) / decrease (+)14.1-15.8-26.0
Non-interest-bearing liabilities, increase (+) / decrease (-)-8.3-19.1-0.8
Changes in working capital0.4-48.8-38.0
    
Financial items paid/received-1.4-1.6-4.9
Income taxes paid-11.2-8.8-13.6
Cash flow from operating activities54.27.129.8
    
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired--23.1-23.1
Capital expenditure on intangible assets and property,   
plant and equipment-10.9-9.6-13.7
Proceeds from sale of intangible assets and property,   
plant and equipment0.20.00.0
Cash flow from investing activities-10.6-32.7-36.8
    
Dividends paid-26.1-24.6-24.6
Purchase of treasury shares-2.1--
Change in loan receivables0.10.1-0.1
Proceeds from borrowings77.484.9114.9
Repayment of borrowings-79.9-59.9-102.4
Principal payments of lease liabilities-2.3-2.1-2.9
Cash flow from financing activities-33.0-1.7-15.1
    
Change in cash and cash equivalents increase (+) / decrease (-)10.6-27.3-22.1
    
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period55.577.977.9
Change in cash and cash equivalents10.6-27.3-22.1
Effect from changes in exchange rates-0.31.5-0.3
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period65.852.155.5


Consolidated statement of changes in equity
EUR millionShare capitalOther reservesTranslation differencesTreasury sharesRetained earningsEquity attributable to owners of the parent companyNon-controlling interestsTotal
         
Equity at Dec 31, 20217.77.01.7-4.6218.0229.60.7230.3
         
IAS 12 amendment    -0.2-0.2 -0.2
         
Equity at Jan 1, 20227.77.01.7-4.6217.7229.40.7230.1
         
Result for the period    36.136.10.036.1
Other comprehensive income 0.010.2  10.2 10.2
Dividend distribution    -24.6-24.6 -24.6
Share-based payments -4.6 1.4 -3.2 -3.2
Changes in non-controlling interest        
that did not result in changes in control    0.70.7-0.7 
Equity at Sep 30, 20227.72.411.9-3.3229.7248.40.0248.4
         
         
EUR millionShare capitalOther reservesTranslation differencesTreasury sharesRetained earningsEquity attributable to owners of the parent companyNon-controlling interestsTotal
         
Equity at Dec 31, 20227.73.54.1-3.3238.5250.50.0250.5
         
Result for the period    36.036.0 36.0
Other comprehensive income -0.0-0.1  -0.2 -0.2
Dividend distribution    -26.1-26.1 -26.1
Purchase of treasury shares   -2.1 -2.1 -2.1
Share-based payments -3.2 1.2 -2.0 -2.0
Changes in non-controlling interests        
that did not result in changes in control    0.00.0-0.0 
Equity at Sep 30, 20237.70.34.0-4.2248.4256.2-256.2


Notes to the report     
      
Orders received by business area     
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Industrial Measurements50.458.8163.0169.8234.2
Weather and Environment69.370.7218.1201.9266.6
Total119.7129.5381.0371.7500.8
      
Order book by business area     
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Industrial Measurements34.339.134.339.141.8
Weather and Environment131.5123.4131.5123.4112.8
Total165.8162.5165.8162.5154.6
      
Net sales by business area     
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Industrial Measurements     
Product sales48.853.0154.9152.4208.1
Service sales5.14.614.813.017.5
Total53.957.6169.8165.3225.6
      
Weather and Environment     
Product sales48.543.9138.5120.7167.4
Project sales14.519.846.553.273.5
Service sales5.04.513.512.417.5
Subscription sales7.87.323.319.928.4
Lease income0.80.31.51.11.7
Total76.475.7223.3207.3288.6
      
Total net sales130.4133.3393.0372.6514.2
      
Operating result by business area     
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Industrial Measurements14.714.636.540.751.5
Weather and Environment10.47.513.69.311.1
Other0.00.00.2-0.1-0.1
Total25.222.050.349.962.5
      
Net sales by region     
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Americas49.351.0142.3132.7191.2
APAC37.040.8119.0120.6160.3
EMEA44.141.5131.7119.4162.7
Total130.4133.3393.0372.6514.2


Timing of revenue recognition     
EUR million7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Performance obligations satisfied at a point in time107.1105.4320.4296.5408.1
Performance obligations satisfied over time22.727.771.475.1104.4
Lease income recognized on a straight-line basis0.50.31.31.11.7
Total130.4133.3393.0372.6514.2
      
Personnel     
 7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Average personnel2,3582,1922,3282,1152,141
Personnel at the end of period2,3282,1872,3282,1872,235
      
Derivative financial instruments     
EUR million  Sep 30, 2023Sep 30, 2022Dec 31, 2022
Nominal value of derivative financial contracts  47.138.038.3
      
Fair values of derivative financial contracts, assets  0.30.31.0
Fair values of derivative financial contracts, liabilities  0.82.80.5
      
Derivative financial instruments consist solely of foreign exchange forward contracts, and they are measured based on price information derived from active markets and commonly used valuation methods (Fair value hierarchy 2). Derivative financial contracts are executed only with counterparties that have high credit ratings.


Share information     
EUR/thousand7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Number of shares outstanding36,25036,22836,25036,22836,228
Number of treasury shares185208185208208
Number of shares, weighted average, diluted36,34936,40536,34836,35636,367
Number of shares, weighted average36,25136,22836,26236,19936,207
Number of shares traded8423262,4311,7742,385
Share price, highest42.9546.0544.5554.4054.40
Share price, lowest32.7037.0032.7037.0036.15
      
Key ratios     
EUR7-9/
2023
7-9/
2022
1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
1-12/
2022
Earnings per share0.510.440.991.001.24
Diluted earnings per share0.510.440.990.991.24
Equity per share  7.076.866.91
Return on equity, %  19.020.118.7
Cash flow from operating activities per share0.510.201.500.200.82
Solvency ratio, %  60.157.758.1
Gearing, %  -1.29.63.2


Key exchange rates    
 Average ratesPeriod end rates
 1-9/
2023
1-9/
2022
Sep 30,
2023
Sep 30,
2022
Dec 31,
2022
USD1.08241.07361.05940.97481.0666
CNY7.60117.02347.73526.93687.3582
JPY149.21134.97158.10141.01140.66
GBP0.87130.84470.86460.88300.8869

Further information
Paula Liimatta
+358 9 8949 2020, ir@vaisala.com
Vaisala Corporation

Audiocast and conference call
An audiocast and a conference call for analysts, investors and media will be held in English on October 27, 2023, starting at 2:00 p.m. (Finnish time). Numbers for conference call, during which questions may be presented, are:

Finland: +358 9 2319 5437
UK: +44 33 0551 0200
Sweden: +46 8 5052 0424
US: +1 212 999 6659

Password: Vaisala Q3

A link to the live audiocast will be available at vaisala.com/investors. A recording will be available on the website later the same day.

Distribution
Nasdaq Helsinki
Key media
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