14 November 2022
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Knaus Tabbert reports strong volume and revenue growth in third quarter, 2022

Knaus Tabbert, the German caravan and motorhome manufacturer, accelerated its growth in the third quarter of 2022 and recorded significant growth rates in unit sales, revenue and total output. The Group also benefited from the continued strong demand for leisure vehicles in terms of order intake during the quarter – 8,452 new orders pushed the order backlog up by a further 14.3 percent compared to the end of the first half of the year, to a new record of EUR 1.6 billion or 38,133 units at the end of the third quarter (30 June 2022: EUR 1.4 billion or 36,610 units). 

In order to make the best possible use of existing capacities and available materials, Knaus Tabbert continued to increase production of caravans within the vehicle categories in the third quarter of 2022, sales of which increased by more than 40 percent in this period. Overall, sales of leisure vehicles increased to 20,617 units (previous year: 19,114 units). As a result, Group revenue improved by 9.4 per cent to EUR 693.9 million (previous year: EUR 634.4 million).

Unit sales of caravans rose to 13,555 units in the first nine months of 2022 (previous year: 10,426 units), while unit sales of motorhomes and camper vans fell to 7,062 units (previous year: 8,688 units) due to a shortage of chassis. Of the resulting group revenues, EUR 603.1 million were attributable to the premium segment (previous year: EUR 544.5 million), with a further EUR 90.8 million (previous year: EUR 89.9 million) attributable to the luxury segment.

“The nine‐month figures were marked by delivery bottlenecks for chassis and key components. Nevertheless, starting in the third quarter, we are experiencing a significant increase in unit sales and revenue momentum, which underpins our growth strategy. 25 percent more total operating performance leads to a visible increase in EBITDA compared to the third quarter of the previous year. A stable and record‐high order backlog forms a solid basis for further growth in 2023. Our successful appearance at this year’s Caravan Salon additionally underlines the high attractiveness of our existing and future product portfolio and leads us to expect a further increase in demand for our vehicles,‟ explained Wolfgang Speck, CEO of Knaus Tabbert AG, on the business development.

As part of a multi‐brand strategy, Knaus Tabbert has now expanded its supplier base for chassis to five manufacturers in the course of the 2022 financial year. This led to a significantly better availability of such chassis for the first time at the end of the third quarter of 2022. The nine‐month figures now presented have not yet been able to benefit significantly from this. However, a look at the third quarter already shows a clear improvement in terms of revenue and total operating performance.

Inventories of finished goods and work in progress increased by EUR 27.3 million in the first nine months of 2022 (previous year: EUR + 36.2 million) due to ongoing delays in the supply chains for various materials. A more offensive purchasing policy to safeguard production, a difficult planning of materials due to short‐term changes in deliveries and an increase in supplies of chassis at the end of the third quarter led to a significant increase in raw materials and supplies of EUR 78.3 million to EUR 147.6 million (31 December 2021: EUR 69.5 million).

Including own work capitalised (EUR 3.0 million) and other operating income of EUR 2.8 million, total operating performance increased by 7.6 percent to EUR 727.0 million (previous year: EUR 675.4 million) in the reporting period.

As a result of the strategically necessary increase in personnel to expand capacity as part of the ongoing growth offensive, personnel expenses rose by 11.0 per cent to EUR 106.2 million in the first nine months of 2022 (previous year: EUR 95.7 million). In relation to total operating performance, the personnel cost ratio is 14.6 per cent, which is slightly above the previous year’s level (14.2 per cent) with an increase of 0.4 percentage points. Knaus Tabbert consciously accepts this temporary effect on earnings in order to secure experienced specialists in the long term. Due to the significantly improved supply of chassis at the end of the third quarter of 2022, this decision has now also been confirmed.

In preparation for the expected future growth in unit sales and production, the Knaus Tabbert Group continued its investment initiatives at the Jandelsbrunn, Schlüsselfeld and Nagyoroszi (Hungary) sites as planned in the first nine months of 2022. At EUR 52.2 million capital expenditure increased significantly compared to the previous year (EUR 28.2 million).

The multi‐brand strategy successfully implemented in the course of the 2022 financial year for the supply of motorised chassis led for the first time at the end of the third quarter to the announced significantly improved availability of such chassis – especially from the new suppliers (Mercedes, Ford, MAN and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles). The inventory of chassis as of 30 September amounts to 3,169 units or EUR 80.3 million and is thus more than twice as high as at the same time last year or at the beginning of the year.

Due to the current and expected continued good supply, Knaus Tabbert can now focus on the production of high‐margin motorised vehicles and adjust its processes accordingly.

“The delivery situation for motorised chassis improved significantly at the end of the third quarter thanks to our rapidly expanded multi‐brand strategy, thus laying the foundation for a strong year‐end spurt. We therefore remain confident that we will achieve our targets for the year as a whole,‟ says Wolfgang Speck, CEO of Knaus Tabbert AG.

Despite a challenging course of business so far, Knaus Tabbert AG sees itself in a good position to continue to benefit from the high demand for leisure vehicles. This is also expressed in a correspondingly positive revenue expectation for the 2022 financial year.

Due to the additional chassis from Mercedes, Ford, MAN and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles that have been available since the end of the third quarter, the number of deliveries of motorhomes and camper vans is expected to increase significantly in the second half of 2022 – compared to the first half of 2022.

The Board of Management therefore confirms its forecast, according to which a significant increase in sales (including price increase effects) to over EUR 1 billion is still expected for the Group. The Executive Board continues to expect that adjusted EBITDA for the full year will be above the previous year. The adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be more than 6 %. It thus also reflects the implementation of measures to realise future growth.

The management is carefully monitoring the development in Ukraine as well as other supply chainrelevant events and their possible impact on the Group’s earnings, financial and asset situation and will take appropriate measures if necessary.