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AKVA group ASA : 2Q 2013 financial reporting


Strong quarter - solid underlying operational performance

AKVA group achieved revenues of 270 MNOK (211 MNOK) in the second quarter of 2013 with an EBITDA of 20 MNOK (10 MNOK).

"There has been strong underlying operational performance in Nordic, Scottish and Canadian market with improved top line and earnings in Q2. At the same time we have managed challenging times in the Chilean market with reduced activity, but positive earnings. In the Export segment large deliveries to emerging markets have been completed successfully. Outlooks, especially in the Nordic segment are strong, at the same time as opportunities in the Exports segment is growing", says CEO of AKVA group ASA Trond Williksen. 

In the Cage Based Technology segment there has been strong underlying operational performance in the Nordic segment with improved top line and earnings. Chile is managing challenging times with reduced activity and has managed to take down the cost base significantly and in due time, which has materialized in positive margins in Q2 and year to date. Both Canada and Scotland are performing well with improved margins and revenues compared to Q1. Export has strong deliveries into emerging markets in Q2 with large projects in Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Software continues to deliver stable revenues and solid margins and they continue to invest in new product modules to be launched throughout 2013. It is expected that new product modules will strengthen the financial performance of the SW segment further.

The Land Based Technology segment experienced increased revenues in AKVA group Denmark in Q2. Plastsveis AS being included from Q2 2013 also contributes to increased revenues in the quarter. Margins have been influenced by a weak midseason for land based technologies.
Growing prospect mass gives signals of increased interest in the market. The Land Based Technology segment is positioned for future profitable growth and strengthened through the acquisition of 70% of Plastsveis AS in March 2013.

The order backlog at the end of Q2 2013 was 208 MNOK (253 MNOK). The order inflow in Q2 2013 was 151 MNOK (190 MNOK).

The balance sheet is continuing to be improved compared to previous quarters with positive development in our balance sheet - KPIs; Net Interest Bearing Debt, Working Capital and Equity.
Total assets and total equity amounted to 701.8 MNOK and 341.6 MNOK respectively, resulting in an equity ratio of 48.7% vs 46.9% at the end of Q2 2012.

We maintain our positive outlook in the Nordic market for the coming quarters. Significant growth in salmon prices into 2013 drives demand for technology and services and we are currently experiencing strong growth in prospect mass. We see some positive signals in Chile after significant decline in volumes of sales and deliveries in the first half of 2013 compared to 2012. Industry and investments are influenced by financial and biological uncertainty, but strong increase in salmon prices is easing the situation. We are monitoring the Chilean market closely and adjusting according to the development. We have increased our expectations for the second half of 2013 for the UK and Canadian market. Performance in Export is expected to be good in the next quarters due to deliveries of large projects and a promising prospect mass.

Our effort to build service and after sales as a key business element in all markets and segments will continue to pay off.

Our strong focus on working capital and cash management continues.

About AKVA group
AKVA group is a technology and service partner to the aquaculture industry worldwide. The company has more than 616 employees, offices in 9 countries and a total turnover of 832 MNOK in 2012. We are a public listed company operating in one of the world's fastest growing industries and supply everything from single components to complete installations, both for cage farming and land based aquaculture. AKVA group is recognized as a pioneer and technology leader through more than 30 years. The Corporate Headquarter is in Bryne Norway.

Dated: 15th August 2013
AKVA group ASA

Web: www.akvagroup.com

CONTACTS:

Trond Williksen Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +47 51 77 85 00
Mobile: +47 91 63 01 73
E-mail: twilliksen@akvagroup.com

Eirik Børve Monsen Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +47 51 77 85 00
Mobile: +47 91 63 98 31
E-mail: emonsen@akvagroup.com

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)


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