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Poolia

Poolia

White collar staffing

Poolia is a well-established brand within white collar staffing and was founded in 1989 (as Ekonompoolen). With the merger with Uniflex in November 2018, Poolia now offers both white collar as well as blue-collar services. The Poolia unit helps companies with their temporary staffing as well as recruitment. Some of Poolia’s specialty areas are banking & finance, HR, sales & markets & administration. Besides Sweden, it has offices in Germany, Finland and Norway. Now merged with Uniflex, Poolia has extended its offering towards the fields of industry, warehousing, construction, electricity, administration, sales and customer service.

The business model is capital-light and growth can be generated without the need for larger investments. For the same reason, the model results in strong cash flow and high payout ratios, meaning room for great dividends. Poolia is furthermore a well-established brand with 30 years of history. We think the company should be able to attract more consultants with its strong brand, resulting in growth at least in line with the sector. Together with Uniflex, cost synergies should come easily with the opportunity for margin expansion.

Staffing companies are in general contracted as a flexible part of a company’s workforce. Their services are therefore attractive when the economy is expanding and the quick addition of labour is needed for businesses to meet customer demand. Therefore, Poolia is naturally sensitive to changes in the business cycle, and now the inclusion blue-collar staff increases this sensitivity. Germany has been a strong EBIT contributor but recent political regulation in Germany regarding temporary staffing could make it harder for Poolia and its peers to operate in the country.

SEKm 2019 2020e 2021e
Sales 1688 1351 1568
Sales growth (%) -13,1 -20 16
EBITDA 61 11 63
EBITDA margin (%) 3,6 0,8 4
EBIT adj 28 -20 30
EBIT adj margin (%) 1,6 -1,5 1,9
Pretax profit 29 -22 30
EPS rep 0,51 -0,38 0,48
EPS growth (%) 87,3 -175,5 224,5
EPS adj 0,47 -0,36 0,48
DPS 0 0 0,35
EV/EBITDA (x) 4,8 23,2 3,6
EV/EBIT adj (x) 10,6 -12,5 7,7
P/E (x) 12 -12,6 10,1
P/E adj (x) 13,1 -13,3 10,1
EV/sales (x) 0,2 0,2 0,1
FCF yield (%) 19,4 6,7 20,6
Dividend yield (%) 0 0 7,3
Net IB debt/EBITDA 0,1 2,1 0,1
SEKm 2019 2020e 2021e
Sales 1688 1351 1568
COGS 0 0 0
Gross profit 1688 1351 1568
Other operating items -1628 -1341 -1505
EBITDA 61 11 63
Depreciation on tangibles -3 -3 -3
Depreciation on intangibles 0 0 0
EBITA 30 -21 30
Goodwill impairment charges 0 0 0
Other impairment and amortisation 0 0 0
EBIT 30 -21 30
Other financial items 0 0 0
Net financial items -1 -2 0
Associated income 0 0 0
Other EO items 0 0 0
Pretax profit 29 -22 30
Tax -5 4 -7
Net profit 24 -18 22
Minority interest 0 0 0
Net profit discontinued 0 0 0
Net profit to shareholders 24 -18 22
EPS 0,51 -0,38 0,48
EPS Adj 0,47 -0,36 0,48
Total extraordinary items after tax 1,9 -1 0
Tax rate (%) -18,1 -20,1 -25
Gross margin (%) 100 100 100
EBITDA margin (%) 3,6 0,8 4
EBITA margin (%) 1,7 -1,5 1,9
EBIT margin (%) 1,7 -1,5 1,9
Pretax margin (%) 1,7 -1,6 1,9
Net margin (%) 1,4 -1,3 1,4
Growth rates Y/Y 2019 2020 2021
Sales growth (%) -13,1 -20 16
EBITDA growth (%) 173,1 -82,6 490,3
EBIT growth (%) 74,6 -170,2 243
Net profit growth (%) 87,3 -175,5 224,5
EPS growth (%) 87,3 -175,5 224,5
Profitability 2019 2020 2021
ROE (%) 15,8 -12,3 15
ROE Adj (%) 14,5 -11,6 15
ROCE (%) 15,2 -12,1 16
ROCE Adj(%) 14,2 -11,6 16
ROIC (%) 16,6 -10,3 13,8
ROIC Adj (%) 15,6 -9,8 13,8
Adj earnings numbers 2019 2020 2021
EBITDA Adj 59 12 63
EBITDA Adj margin (%) 3,5 0,9 4
EBITA Adj 28 -20 30
EBITA Adj margin (%) 1,6 -1,5 1,9
EBIT Adj 28 -20 30
EBIT Adj margin (%) 1,6 -1,5 1,9
Pretax profit Adj 27 -21 30
Net profit Adj 22 -17 22
Net profit to shareholders Adj 22 -17 22
Net Adj margin (%) 1,3 -1,2 1,4
SEKm 2019 2020e 2021e
EBITDA 61 11 63
Net financial items -1 -2 0
Paid tax -5 4 -7
Non-cash items 0 0 0
Cash flow before change in WC 55 13 55
Change in WC 2 6 -5
Operating cash flow 57 20 50
CAPEX tangible fixed assets -2 -5 -4
CAPEX intangible fixed assets 0 0 0
Acquisitions and disposals 0 0 0
Free cash flow 55 15 46
Dividend paid -12 0 0
Share issues and buybacks 0 0 0
Other non cash items -42 0 0
Decrease in net IB debt -26 -13 18
Balance Sheet (SEKm) 2019 2020 2021
Goodwill 21 21 21
Indefinite intangible assets 0 0 0
Definite intangible assets 0 0 0
Tangible fixed assets 6 8 8
Other fixed assets 10 10 10
Fixed assets 76 77 76
Inventories 0 0 0
Receivables 375 324 376
Other current assets 0 0 0
Cash and liquid assets 30 17 33
Total assets 481 418 486
Shareholders equity 154 136 159
Minority 0 0 0
Total equity 154 136 159
Long-term debt 0 0 0
Pension debt 0 0 0
Convertible debt 0 0 0
Deferred tax 0 0 0
Other long-term liabilities 0 0 0
Short-term debt 0 0 0
Accounts payable 288 243 290
Other current liabilities 0 0 0
Total liabilities and equity 481 418 486
Net IB debt 9 22 4
Net IB debt excl. pension debt 9 22 4
Capital invested 163 158 163
Working capital 87 81 86
EV breakdown 2019 2020 2021
Market cap. diluted (m) 284 224 224
Net IB debt Adj 9 22 4
Market value of minority 0 0 0
Reversal of shares and participations 0 0 0
Reversal of conv. debt assumed equity 0 0 0
EV 293 246 228
Capital efficiency (%) 2019 2020 2021
Total assets turnover (%) 333,5 300,5 346,8
Capital invested turnover (%) 1161,6 840,5 977,1
Capital employed turnover (%) 893,1 734,1 845,8
Inventories / sales (%) 0 0 0
Customer advances / sales (%) 0 0 0
Payables / sales (%) 18,8 19,7 17
Working capital / sales (%) 5,2 6,2 5,3
Financial risk and debt service 2019 2020 2021
Net debt / equity (%) 5,8 16,1 2,5
Net debt / market cap (%) 2,9 9,8 1,8
Equity ratio (%) 32,1 32,6 32,7
Net IB debt adj. / equity (%) 5,8 16,1 2,5
Current ratio (%) 131,5 129,5 132,3
EBITDA / net interest (%) 8700 662,7 0
Net IB debt / EBITDA (%) 14,8 207,6 6,3
Interest cover (%) N/A N/A N/A
SEKm 2019 2020e 2021e
Shares outstanding adj. 47 47 47
Fully diluted shares Adj 47 47 47
EPS 0,51 -0,38 0,48
Dividend per share Adj 0 0 0,3
EPS Adj 0,47 -0,36 0,48
BVPS 3,31 2,92 3,4
BVPS Adj 2,86 2,48 2,95
Net IB debt / share 0,2 0,5 0,1
Share price 6,7 4,8 4,8
Market cap. (m) 312 224 224
Valuation 2019 2020 2021
P/E 12 -12,6 10,1
EV/sales 0,17 0,18 0,15
EV/EBITDA 4,8 23,2 3,6
EV/EBITA 9,9 -11,9 7,7
EV/EBIT 9,9 -11,9 7,7
Dividend yield (%) 0 0 7,3
FCF yield (%) 19,4 6,7 20,6
P/BVPS 1,84 1,64 1,41
P/BVPS Adj 2,13 1,94 1,63
P/E Adj 13,1 -13,3 10,1
EV/EBITDA Adj 5 21,2 3,6
EV/EBITA Adj 10,6 -12,5 7,7
EV/EBIT Adj 10,6 -12,5 7,7
EV/cap. employed 1,5 1,4 1,2
Investment ratios 2019 2020 2021
Capex / sales 0,1 0,4 0,3
Capex / depreciation 57,3 153,4 121,2
Capex tangibles / tangible fixed assets 30 62,6 47,8
Capex intangibles / definite intangibles N/A N/A N/A
Depreciation on intangibles / definite intangibles N/A N/A N/A
Depreciation on tangibles / tangibles 52,3 40,8 39,4

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Poolia - Interview with CEO Jan Bengtsson (in Swedish)

Main shareholders - Poolia

Main shareholders Share capital % Voting shares % Verified
Björn Örås 41.6 % 69.8 % 31 Mar 2020
Traction 8.0 % 4.2 % 31 Mar 2020
Avanza Pension 4.4 % 2.3 % 31 Mar 2020
Fredrik Palmstierna 2.4 % 1.2 % 31 Mar 2020
Morten Werner 2.3 % 1.2 % 30 Jun 2018
Jenny Pizzignacco 1.8 % 1.0 % 31 Mar 2020
Caroline Örås 1.8 % 0.9 % 31 Mar 2020
Sara Örås 1.6 % 0.8 % 31 Mar 2020
Strand Fonder 1.3 % 0.7 % 30 Jun 2020
Nordea Fonder 1.3 % 0.6 % 31 May 2020
Source: Holdings by Modular Finance AB

Insider list - Poolia

Name Quantity Code Date
Jan Georg Bengtsson + 60 000 BUY 30 Aug 2019
Björn Örås -8 523 901 SELL 16 May 2019
Björn Örås +8 523 901 BUY 16 May 2019
Jonas Nilsson + 7 000 BUY 7 Nov 2018
Jan Georg Bengtsson + 14 400 BUY 7 Nov 2018
Jan Georg Bengtsson + 50 000 BUY 7 Nov 2018
Jan Georg Bengtsson + 285 600 ALTM 1 Nov 2018
Björn Örås +6 840 486 ALTM 31 Oct 2018
Eva Gidlöf + 17 000 ALTM 31 Oct 2018
Björn Örås +5 272 457 ALTM 31 Oct 2018

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