Broker cheers BATM Advanced Communications strong balance sheet and big opportunities

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Shore Capital sees positive ‘long-term upgrade potential’ for BATM Advanced Communications Ltd (LSE:BVC) which today released upbeat interim results.


“With a strong balance sheet, BATM is addressing large market opportunities demanding technology-based solutions with clients and partners keen to tap into its emerging technologies,” Shore Capital analyst Robin Speakman said in a note.


“Strong underlying operating development is now visible across both Networking & Cyber and Bio-Medical (which includes Diagnostics) divisions.”


BATM this morning said that the full-year outcome is expected to be significantly ahead of market expectations, driven by demand for its high-margin diagnostic solutions.


The provider of real-time technologies for networking solutions and medical laboratory systems managed to grow underlying earnings (EBITDA) by 325% in the first half of 2021 despite a dip in revenue.


EBITDA jumped to US$22.7mln from US$5.3mln in the first half of 2020 even after a 7.7% slide in revenue to US$71.4mln from US$77.4mln the year before. Profit before tax soared to US$19.8mln from US$1.9mln the previous year.


The Bio-Medical division accounted for 77.1% of total revenue, up from 64.6% the year before, as its turnover increased by 10.2% to US$55.1mln from US$50.0mln, driven by sales of COVID-19 diagnostic kits, which more than offset the contribution to revenues in the first half of last year from the exceptional critical care ventilators contract; stripping out the ventilator contract, revenues surged 36.4% year-on-year.


In the Networking and Cyber division, revenues tumbled to US$16.4mln from US$27.4mln the year before, largely reflecting the sale of the group’s non-core NG Soft Ltd subsidiary in March 2021. Excluding NG Soft, revenue dipped to US$9.1mln from the previous year’s US$9.4mln.


Chief executive Zvi Marom said: “Looking ahead, we entered the second half with a strong order book and receiving sustained demand for our diagnostic solutions. We also continue to expect to generate revenue this year from the roll-out of Edgility OS by PCCW Global.”


“As a result, we anticipate achieving better-than-expected revenue for the full year and EBITDA to be substantially ahead of market expectations with growth of over 40% year-on-year. Consequently, and supported by a robust balance sheet, the board of BATM continues to look to the future with great confidence.”

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