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Semco Maritime
Esbjerg Brygge 30
DK- 6700 Esbjerg

The positive trajectory continued in 2023 as Semco Maritime accelerated growth, lifted profitability and boosted its order book, with strong contributions from both business areas delivering very satisfactory operational and financial performances exceeding the expectations for the year. Semco Maritime grew revenue by 47% to DKK 5 billion and lifted earnings by 51% to DKK 305 million for a profit margin of 6%.

“We are pursuing our Sustainable Growth strategy by applying our extensive expertise and in-depth experience from the offshore sector to capitalise on opportunities in the energy markets and shift the balance of our operations further in favour of the Renewables business. In 2023, we executed on the strategy through organic growth and with the acquisition and integration of the highly complementary German full-service provider Wind Multiplikator Group, which added 250 employees based in Bremen, an operational centre in Emden and additional weight for Semco Maritime in the offshore wind service market,” says CEO Steen Brødbæk.

The 2023 order inflow was boosted by particularly high growth in the Renewables business and increased by 136% to DKK 7.1 billion. The Conventional energy business contributed to the increase as well, and the Group’s order book came to DKK 6.5 billion at the end of 2023.

Earnings improved significantly with EBITDA before special items increasing by 51% to DKK 305 million. Special items were an expense of DKK 16 million. The profit margin increased to 6.1% from 5.9% in 2022. The strong performance was impacted by a high-capacity utilisation rate, good project execution and prudent cost management combined with a dampening of material prices throughout the year.

”We see a clear path ahead of us and continue to leverage our competitive advantages in the Renewables and Conventional energy segments in markets impacted by geopolitical tensions and intensified focus on energy security as well as rising political attention on accelerating the green transition,” says Steen Brødbæk.

Based on a continuation of current market trends and the strong business performance delivered in recent years, Semco Maritime expects 2024 revenue to be within a 10% range around the exceptionally strong revenue realised in 2023 subject to the Group’s ability to mitigate the impact of an expected decline in Conventional energy activity. Semco Maritime expects to consolidate profitability and reach a profit margin (EBITDA) before special items of 5-7% in 2024, supporting the realization of the 2027 target of reaching around 7%. The guidance for 2024 is subject to significant uncertainty due to macroeconomic volatility, including higher interest rates dampening investments and currently affecting the renewable energy sector. In addition, Russia's continued invasion of Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East entail energy price volatility and challenges to the supply of goods and logistics, leading to considerable fluctuations in costs and low visibility.

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