• Enabler of Internet of Things technology
• Provides a variety of services from hardware to consulting for businesses to use IoT
What Telit does
It’s the same technology that lets you control the heating from your phone or turn the lights on and off using Alexa, however Telit’s focus is on using the technology to help businesses.
The company’s products, which vary from physical technology modules all the way to consulting services to help companies use IoT, cover a wide range of sectors including healthcare, retail, security, and energy, as well as the development of smart buildings and even smart cities.
• In February 2019, Telit completed the sale of its Automotive Solutions arm to Chinese firm TUS International in a US$105mln deal that allowed the company to clear its bank debts
• In October 2018 the company inked a deal with China Unicom, the Chinese state-owned telecoms operator and the world’s fourth largest mobile service provider, to supply its deviceWISE IoT platform. At the time Telit’s executive chairman Paolo Dal Pinon said the deal was “a key development” in expanding its share of the fast-growing Chinese market
• Having returned to cash profit in the second half of last year, the AIM-listed company said it expected the six months to this June to deliver a cash profit compared to the US$7.5mln loss last year.
• Revenue from continuing business increased roughly 7.2% to US$179.5mln, with the $105mln sale of Telit’s automotive business in February resulting in fall in total group revenue to US$189.5mln from US$201.7mln.
• “We are now a more efficient organisation, focusing on growing our industrial IoT products and services, while improving the overall profitability of the business,” said chief executive Paolo Dal Pino, who moved over from his role as non-executive chairman in May. We remain on track with our operational and financial targets.”
• Net cash stood at US$44mln at the end of 30 June compared to net debt of US$34mln at the end of December, boosted by the automotive sale.
What the broker says
In a note on 28 February 2019, reiterated in July, the company’s corporate broker finnCap said the sale of the automotive business to TUS had recapitalised the business and removed “less profitable operations”.
The analysts added that with the US$106mln in cash from the sale, the company would have a net cash position of around US$60mln with the shares having an enterprise value (EV) of just US$160mln.
With finnCap forecasting underlying earnings (EBITDA) of over US$40mln, this given Telit an EV/EBITDA multiple of 4.0x, which analysts said was “extremely cheap given the underlying market opportunity in the exciting IoT markets”.