ELB to focus on IoT for service optimisation, profits up 35% for FY18

20 September 2018

JSE-listed capital equipment supplier and services provider ELB Group reported a 35% increase in profits to R111-million for the financial year ended June 30, compared with R82-million in the prior year.

This was on the back of higher sales across all group segments – sales increased by 50% to R3.7-billion in the period under review, compared with R2.4-billion in the prior year – and continuing improvements in market penetration within the company’s equipment and Australasia segments.

Headline earnings a share increased by 40% to 341c apiece, compared with 243c in the prior year. ELB declared a final cash dividend of 50c apiece. The company experienced delays with the start of some of its major engineeringprojects, but has a resilient order book, despite the current tough trading conditions.

Meanwhile, ELB has embarked on a strategy to further increase its know-how and technology-focused solutions by pursuing exponential technology-focused opportunities and partnerships. These include the development and incorporation of new technologies into the company such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies.

Good progress has been made in this regard, including ELB having entered into a technology partnership with software developer IoT.nxt, initially to implement technologysolutions for mining clients and in the area of facilities managementELB has also signed an agreement with Kymeta for the supply of satellite antennas which overcome limitations of data connectivity on remote sites.

In addition, the company has signed agreements with Novatec and Elwatini to set up joint ventures in the fields of electrical control panel supply and railsolutions, respectively. These opportunities and partnerships will further allow ELB to provide a broader service offering to its existing and future clients. 

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