Safran first-half 2013 report: up 2.4% driven by biometric identity

Safran first-half 2013 report: up 2.4% driven by biometric identity

The Security activity reported first-half 2013 revenue of Euro 733 million, up 1.9% compared to the year-ago period. On an organic basis, it was up 2.4% driven by renewed momentum in biometric identity solutions with additional activity in countries such as Kenya, Egypt and Mali. The activity also benefitted from the sales of biometric terminals in India in the wake of the Aadhaar programme.

MorphoTrust (ex-L1 Identity Solutions activities under proxy) had a strong semester in the U.S., with increased volumes in driving licences and passports, as well as the ongoing nationwide implementation of the federal Unified Enrolment System (UES). The e-Documents (smart cards) activity reported a mixed performance in both banking and telecom markets. Detection suffered from temporarily low Trace volumes and unfavourable mix on Explosive Detection Systems but recorded significant new orders that will lead to some acceleration in revenue in the second part of the year.

First-half 2013 recurring operating income was flat at Euro 66 million (9.0% of revenue) compared to Euro 66 million (9.2% of revenue) in first-half 2012 (restated). MorphoTrust (proxy structure) reached a 2-digit operating margin in line with expectations of the acquisition of L1-Identity Solutions, as a result of solid volumes and full cost synergy achievements.

More globally, Identification posted promisingly growing profits this semester. This incremental contribution was offset by a temporary unfavourable volume/mix in smart cards and detection, which should reverse in the second half (introduction of contactless technologies for smart cards and renewed orders from the TSA for detection). More globally, the steps undertaken to invigorate the activity and increase margins should also produce positive effects starting in the second part of the year.

Share to:
Comments ( 0 )
Most Viewed Articles