A year marked by the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences
2020 will be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 crisis. As the situation emerged, our first priority was to take whatever measures were required to protect the health of our employees, our customers, our suppliers and everyone involved in Lectra’s operations. Immediately thereafter, Lectra’s teams in France and many other countries volunteered to contribute to manufacturing face masks and protective medical coats.
Furthermore, we decided not to put in place short-time working arrangements (under the partial activity scheme), and not to benefit from any financial support from the French government, considering that our own resources would enable us to weather the crisis and that such support should be reserved to those in need. These decisions and the dedication of our teams provides ample evidence of Lectra’s commitment to its social, environmental and societal responsibilities, and to the fundamental values that underlie these responsibilities.
A business model that has once again demonstrated its robustness – a very strong balance sheet
This crisis has again demonstrated the exceptional strength of our business model, which has attenuated the impact of the crisis on our results, while confirming Lectra’s capacity for resilience.
Despite a 14% decline in revenues, income from operations before non-recurring items totaled 25.6 million euros and the operating margin before non-recurring items came to 10.9%. Free cash flow amounted to 25.2 million euros, exceeding net income by 7.6 million euros. Finally, thanks to the improved performance in the third and fourth quarters, growth in revenues from recurring contracts in 2020 despite the crisis, and an even stronger balance sheet, with consolidated shareholders’ equity of 192.2 million euros and a net cash position of 134.6 million euros, we can look forward to 2021 with confidence.