Be | Shaping the Future (Group) announces H1 financials

30th July, 2021 – MILAN

Be: Total Revenues at €106.7M (+27.8% vs H1 2020). EBITDA €17.5M (+35% vs. H1 2020) and EBT €11.8M (+ 58.1% vs. H1 2020)

The Board of Directors of Be Shaping The Future SPA (“Be” or “The Company”), listed on the STAR Segment of Borsa Italiana, approved today the Interim Financial Report as of June 30th 2021.

Key metrics

  • Total Revenues €106.7M (€83.4M as of 30.06.2020)
  • EBITDA €17.5M (€13.0M as of 30.06.2020)
  • EBIT €12.5M (€8.2M as of 30.06.2020)
  • EBT €11.8M (€7.5M as of 30.06.2020)


“Production over €106M with a growth of +27.8%, +35% on EBITDA Y/Y and +58.1% on EBT Y/Y. These are important results coming from both organic growth and selective M&A – says Stefano Achermann CEO of Be.

In addition to this we have an increasingly diversified client portfolio with large International Institutions, with significant development prospects in the medium term. NFP, with its cyclical trend showing negative peaks in the central months of the year, must be put in perspective, in view of outflows for over €15M, including dividend distributions, treasury shares buy-back and net M&A investments, made by Be in H1 2021 alone. Furthermore, H1 2021 NFP accounts for term valuation of outstanding Put&Call options with minority shareholders for about €10.5M.

In the coming months we will focus even more on value creation for our clients and on a selective M&A process aiming at targets bringing skills or geography synergies to the Group right from the start.”

Main consolidated results as of June 30th 2021

  • Total Revenues stood at €106.7M compared to €83.4M as of June 30th 2020. Business Consulting, ICT and Digital segments recorded total revenues equalling respectively of €76.0M (€58.0M as of June 30th 2020), €25.0M (€22.3M as of June 30th 2020) and of €5.7M (€3.1M as of June 30th 2020). Total Revenues by foreign subsidiaries totalled €36.9M (34.6% of Total Revenues), compared to €29.7M as of June 30th 2020.
  • The Gross Operating Margin (EBITDA) was €17.5M, up 35% on June 30th 2020 (€13M), with an EBITDA margin of 16.4% vs. 15.5% as of June 30th 2020.
  • EBIT amounted to €12.5M, up 52.4% from June 30th 2020 (€8.2M) with an EBIT margin of 11.7% vs. 9.8% as of June 30th 2020.
  • EBT amounted to €11.8M, up 58.1% on June 30th 2020 (€7.5M).

Net Financial Debt, amounted to €31.4M, (€25.9M as of June 30th 2020) after dividend distribution for €3.8M, purchase of treasury shares for €0.4M and M&A-related outflow for€11.4M. Change vs. Positive position €3.3M as of 31.12.2020 (negative €3.1M on a pro-forma basis once Put&Call options are included) is also due to usual seasonal nature of Company’s cash flow. Including long-term liabilities for outstanding Put&Call options with minority shareholders (€10.5M as of June 30th 2021) overall net financial position equals negative €41.8M.

Significant events during the period

In January, Be Group reached an agreement to acquire 86% of the share capital of Firstwaters GmbH, a Management Consulting firm based in Frankfurt am Main and Vienna, providing services to Financial Institutions. The agreement has implied the initial acquisition by Be of 85.71% of the Firstwaters share capital in H1 2021 against a price of €10.2M. Be will complete the acquisition of the remaining shares at the end of Fiscal Year 2024. The remaining price will be based on the company’s results in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

In January, Be Group completed its acquisition of the remaining 10% of the share capital of Be Shaping The Future GmbH. The company, manages all holdings in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The agreement brings forward by four years a step originally planned for the end of the 2024 financial year.

Also in January, Be Group completed the acquisition of the minority shares of IQUII and Juniper Extensible Solutions to create a hub of Digital Engagement aiming to become a sector leader in Italy. Subsequently, in April, Juniper S.r.l. was incorporated into IQUII S.r.l..

In February, Be Group acquired 60% of the share capital of Be Your Essence (“BYE”), an innovative, socially oriented start-up, established as a Benefit Company and certified B Corp, founded by Oscar Di Montigny. The company aims at offering major public and private entities in Italy consulting services in the area of Innovability (a new discipline combining innovation and sustainability).

The Ordinary Shareholders Meeting of Be, held on April 22nd, 2021, in first call, took the following resolutions:

  • Approval of Company’s financial statements as of December 31, 2020, profit allocation and distribution; – approval of report on remuneration pursuant to art. 123-ter of Legislative Decree n.58 of February 24, 1998;
  • New purchase and disposal of treasury shares with revocation of the relevant authorization by the Ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting on April 22nd, 2020;
  • Appointment of the Company’s new Board of Statutory Auditors for 3 years, until the approval of the Company’s Financial Accounts as of December 31st 2023, made up of 3 members, namely Stefano de Angelis (Chair), Rosita Francesca Natta and Giuseppe Leoni, and of 2 alternate auditors Susanna Russo and Roberta Pirola;
  • Appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers S.p.A for a 9-year term as auditing firm in charge of the legal audit of the accounts and NDF report, (the latter for 2021- 23), following the proposal of the Board of Directors, which in turn took note of a recommendation by the expired Board of Statutory Auditors.

In June Be Group acquire a further 30% of Fimas GmbH from its minority shareholders, as per original acquisition agreement, and a further 20% of the Payments and Business Advisors S.L. (Paystrat), bringing its respective shareholdings to 90% in Fimas and 80% in Paystrat.

Significant events after the period

In July Be reached a preliminary agreement to acquire 55% of the share capital of a Management Consulting company based in Switzerland specialized in Financial Industry – with approximately €9M in revenues. Subject to due diligence, the expected purchase price will be €4.7M against a company EBITDA of €1.14M and a positive NFP of €0.9M. The price for the initial 55% will be partially paid at Closing and then finally adjusted at the end of Fiscal Year 2021 based on the average EBITDA performance achieved by the Company in 2020 and 2021. Current managing directors shall remain as minority shareholders and are committed to continue to drive the growth of the firm working for the company. Be will then complete the acquisition of the remaining shares through a structure of Put&Call options to be exercised over the next years.

Be has been awarded a new multi-year assignment by a major German Financial Institution with a “systemic” role in the financial services market in Germany and Europe. Under the agreement, Be will provide organizational and IT consulting services for a total minimum value of €8M over three years. The scope of the project is to provide hands-on management of some operational systems of the Client with higher criticality, and to support it in a rapid transition to state-of-the-art IT processes and technologies. The agreement requires services to be provided in Luxembourg and in the Czech Republic. This allows Be Group an opportunity to expand its activities – through the creation of two new subsidiaries – into two high-potential markets, also leveraging on the contract won as a starting point.

Business outlook

In light of the period’s results and in spite of the macroeconomic uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, our Company keeps om showing a sound growth trajectory. If market trends and Financial Services Industry’s budget will continue unchanged, we believe we can achieve – and hopefully overdeliver on – the Company’s yearly and more generally the overall targets under the 2020-2022 Business Plan.

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