Gemalto announced its revenue for the first quarter of 2008:
Olivier Piou, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This strong first quarter gives us a good start for 2008. We are benefiting from better market conditions. Our three main business segments are performing well and new contract wins for digital security solutions illustrate the success of our strategy. We remain determined to achieve solid growth and profitability improvements in 2008”
First quarter 2008 revenue analysis
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2008 was EUR 388 million, up by 12% compared to the same period of 2007 supported by growth in all three main business segments.
All variations are reported at constant exchange rates unless otherwise stated.
Mobile Communication reported particularly strong growth in the first quarter on 2008. A number of migration projects to high-end SIM cards capable of more advanced applications and services were rolled out. In addition software and service activity more than doubled when compared with the same period of last year.
Average selling price increased by 2% when compared with the first quarter of 2007, as product mix improved in all regions. When compared to the fourth quarter of 2007, average selling price was lower by 9% reflecting the traditional shift in regional mix between the last and first quarter of every calendar year.
Gemalto continues to be involved in many NFC (Near Field Communication) trial programs with mobile operators such as Orange in France and Softbank in Japan. In February, Taiwan Mobile announced that it had selected Gemalto to provide the world’s first commercial NFC SIM-based mobile contactless system. This comprehensive digital security solution will enable Taiwan Mobile to register, issue, manage and terminate mobile NFC services over-the-air (OTA).
In Europe, Gemalto was selected by Dutch mobile operator KPN to provide managed services in support of the launch of a European MVNO. This turnkey solution simplifies handset management, enhances operator branding and makes value-added services immediately available to subscribers.
This quarter confirms the return to growth of the Secure Transactions segment that had been impacted by a restructuring program during the second half of 2007.
Growth in 2008 first quarter was driven by continued EMV (Europay MasterCard Visa) standard expansion with various countries moving forward in Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East as well as Latin America. Moreover, dual-interface EMV cards (contact and contactless) continue to gain market penetration, particularly in Europe and Asia. The good performance in our Payment activity, up by 12% from Q1 2007, more than compensated for lower Pay-TV and Transport revenue. The increase in revenue also resulted from a growing contribution in personalization services, up 29% from a year ago.
The success of Gemalto’s innovative offerings was highlighted this quarter with a contract signed by a leading Latin American financial institution for its Instant Issuance solution. It allows secure and rapid personalization and issue of new payment cards on-site, significantly improving consumer satisfaction.
The investments made in this segment continue to deliver growth, with the top line expanding by 14% compared to the first quarter of 2007. Excluding patent revenue, which declined as anticipated, the segment’s revenue grew by 26%.
Government Programs was up by 30% when compared to the prior year’s performance. Deliveries of e-Passports were strong and the ramp-up of e-ID card shipments in Portugal partially offset a slowdown in Belgium. Recent contract wins include the e-passport program of CÃÂ´te d’Ivoire, while rollout of e-healthcare and social security programs in Algeria and Azerbaijan are now underway.
Identity & Access Management (IAM) was up by 19% when compared to the first quarter of 2007 on the back of strong deployments of e-banking authentication solutions especially in Europe.
At the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco Gemalto showcased a number of its IAM offers, including the Device Administration Service (DAS) managed service solution. This Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution is developed and hosted by Gemalto and provides enterprise customers with a comprehensive online service for device issuance and administration without having them incur capital costs associated to the purchase of servers and system software.
In the first quarter, significant shipments were delayed due to a faulty component detected in the contract-manufacturer’s supply chain. The issue has been solved and deliveries have resumed.
Our 2009 objective of 10% adjusted operating margin remains unchanged.
In 2008 we will benefit from the robust market demand we currently experience in our main segments. Our leadership position is generating commercial and operational advantages and we are encouraged by the progress in our performance. We currently see no evidence of the global financial turmoil impacting our activities, aside from the evolution in the average exchange rates between the Euro and other currencies. Growth and increased profitability will be driven, besides higher synergies, by the return to growth in Mobile Communications, the return to profit in Secure Transactions, and the ramp up of our recent contract wins in Security.
The successful completion of our 2006-2009 plan will create a strong foundation for our next phase of development.
Second quarter 2008 revenue and first half earnings will be reported on August 21, 2008, prior to the opening of Euronext Paris.
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with 2007 annual revenues of EUR1.6 billion, offices in more than 85 countries and about 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers.
In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable.
Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers.
More than one billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.
As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.
Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
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