Eltel is a leading Nordic field service provider for critical power and communication networks – infranets. The company builds, maintains and upgrades these essential lifelines for national network operators and owners. For example, Eltel provides infrastructure that allows renewable energy generation, electric vehicle charging and high-capacity communication networks. Eltel has divided its business operations into two business areas: Power and Communication. Meanwhile, the company has divided its business segments into four different geographical areas: Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Eltel has focused on reducing its operational risk and improving its balance sheet in recent years, since the company initiated a turnaround strategy. Eltel may therefore now be in a position to start focusing more on opportunities. With improved profitability and strong cash generation, we expect the company to be able to start paying dividends, but also to look at potential opportunities to grow through mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, there may be opportunities to upsell services by broadening the scope of the company’s offering in large framework agreements.
There are many competitors but few customers in Eltel’s markets. Thus the company is exposed to fierce price competition and substantial customer dependency. In 2020, the two largest customers accounted for 37% of sales. If one or several customers were to reduce their investment levels, the impact on Eltel would be notable. Furthermore, the business model is highly seasonal and weather-sensitive, meaning that abnormal weather conditions may affect the company’s results.