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18 July, 2023 - 12:55 By Tony Quested

Concurrent posts record first half revenues

Essex based Concurrent Technologies Plc, which designs and makes high-end embedded computer systems and boards for critical applications, has increased revenues and pre-tax profits in the six months to June 30.

Based on its unaudited management accounts for H1 FY23, the AIM-quoted company expects to report revenue of around £12 million – up from £7.4m year-on-year – and profit before tax of about £1m (H1 FY22: £0.1m). This represents record first half revenues for the company and an increase of 60 per cent compared to the equivalent prior year period.

The business is now operationally geared for a higher revenue outturn and is well positioned for future growth.

Order intake remains strong with H1 FY23 intake of £14.5m and an order backlog, as at June 30 of circa £29m.

The company says: “Global supply chain shortages continued to suppress revenues but the current position is very different to January 2023 and while supply chains have not returned to historical norms, they are much more favourable and continue to improve.

“In recent weeks, the company has taken significant deliveries of previously supply-restricted components and is seeing improved forecasts from suppliers for both schedules and quantities.

“The revenue profile across H1 FY23 reflects this, with monthly revenues improving throughout the period. Accordingly, cash management remained a focus for the company during H1 FY23 and working capital employed in the business remained higher than would be typically required.

“It is expected that this position will begin to reduce across the second half of the year, with potentially stronger revenues, and the unwinding of the inventory holdings that have been established to date.”

The board believes that the company is in line to deliver revenues slightly ahead of current market expectations and profit before tax materially ahead of market expectations.

CEO Miles Adcock, said: “We are at an inflection point. Now that components are becoming more readily available we will enter a period of growth. H1 FY23 revenue was a record first half for us, and I believe H2 FY23 will be better still.

“Following a period of ongoing transformation, this business now has the capability, capacity, and ambition to deliver sustained growth. Whilst the management team remains prudent in its assessment of the short-term rate of improvement in the supply chain, I can confidently say that we have much greater control of our destiny.

“Fuelled by record levels of order intake and customer engagement, we are driving to continuously improve our performance for all our stakeholders.”

Consensus expectations for 2023 are £25m revenue and pre-tax profit of £2.7m.

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