Q3 Report 2021

Release no. 33/2021

Q3 2021

Revenue growth of 11% in Q3 2021

”We are satisfied with the revenue and headcount growth for Q3 and now having cumulated growth for the first nine months of 2021. Columbus experience great demand currently and has hired 171 new people during Q3”, says CEO & President Søren Krogh Knudsen.

Financial highlights for the period 1 January to 30 September 2021
All numbers and comments are on the continued business, thus excluding discontinued operations (excluding the divested entities SMB US, To-Increase and Baltics).

Financial figures

DKKmQ3 2021Q3 2020∆%YTD 2021YTD 2020∆%
Revenue reported32329011%1,0901,0662%
Foreign exchange-600%-900%
Organic revenue3172909%1,0811,0661%
EBITDA reported437-90%7896-19%
Adjustment of provision for loss making contract013-100%015-100%
Reversal of earn-out0-28-100%0-28100%
Normalized EBITDA1422-83%7883-6%
Normalized EBITDA-margin1.1%7.5%-84.8%7.2%7.8%-7.3%

Revenue specification

DKKmQ3 2021Q3 2020YTD 2021YTD 20202020
Sale of services     
Cloud ERP143138521538714
Columbus Care6152197175235
Digital Commerce312411398128
Data & Analytics76201724
Customer Experience & Engagement45211824
Other Local Business2719675877
Total sale of services2732439389041.202
Sale of products     
Cloud ERP3938108121167
Columbus Care43131117
Digital Commerce4211810
Data & Analytics10211
Customer Experience & Engagement00123
Other Local Business24162031
Total sale of products 5046152162229
Total net revenue3232901,0901.0661,431

Performance highlights for Q3 2021:

  • Revenue increased by 11% in Q3 2021 to DKK 323m (Q3 2020: 290m).
  • Normalized EBITDA decreased to DKK 4m in Q3 2021 (Q3 2020: DKK 22m). The decrease is mainly caused by extraordinary costs related to recruitment, onboarding, new ERP platform implementation and external advice.
  • Profit before tax declined to -11,3m (Q3 2020: 18,1m).
  • Leadership succession in key Business Units
  • Acceleration tracks for Focus23 driven by global leadership group
  • Hiring 171 new people – increasing FTE with net 122 by end of Q3 compared to end of Q2
  • YTD customer work remained high amounting to 57% vs. 53% last year.
  • Divestment of Columbus US SMB business

Outlook for 2021
Due to the divestment of the SMB business our guidance is adjusted accordingly. As the SMB business will be reported as discontinued business revenue guidance will be reduced by DKK 150m and EBITDA reduced by DKK 25m.

Adjusted guidance:

  • Revenue is expected to be in the range of DKK 1,500m – 1,650m
  • EBITDA is expected to be in the range of DKK 100m – 125m

Live webcast and conference call
Columbus is hosting a live webcast and conference call on 3 November 2021 at 13:00 CET. The webcast is hosted by CEO & President Søren Krogh Knudsen and Corporate CFO Hans Henrik Thrane.

Webcast: Please login to the webcast via Columbus’ investor site where you can follow the presentation and submit your written questions during the call: https://ir.columbusglobal.com/calendar-and-events

Conference call: It will be possible to raise a question during the presentation. Dial in details:

  • Denmark: +45 32 72 04 17
  • UK/International: +44 (0) 2071928338
  • USA: +1 6467413167
  • Conference-ID: 8391829

Please dial in a few minutes before to allow time for registration of name and company.

For further information, please contact:

About Columbus
Columbus is a global digital consultancy headquartered in Denmark. For +30 years, we have helped more than 5.000 ambitious companies transform, maximize, and futureproof their business digitally. Columbus employs more than 1,800 digital advisors and consultants focused on the manufacturing-, retail & distribution-, and food & process industries. We offer end-to-end digital services and solutions within Strategy & Change, Cloud ERP, Data & Analytics, Application Management, Digital Commerce, and Customer Experience. Columbus has offices and partners all over the world and we deliver our solutions and services locally – on a global scale. Columbus A/S is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen – COLUM

For more information visit www.coloumbusglobal.com.





Q3 Report 2021