Just before Christmas, Domino released its preliminary figures for its latest financial year, which ended 31st October 2014. These show steady progress, with revenue up slightly from £335.7m in 2013 to £350.2m in 2014. Earning before interest, taxes and amortisation rose from £52.7m to £57m with net cash inflow rising from £54.9m to £65.8m. There was a slight drop in R&D expenditure, from 19.5m down to 18.2m, though Domino puts this last down to “timing differences in project spend”.
CEO Nigel Bond put this in perspective, saying that although sales were strong in the first half of the year, the deteriorating political situation in the Middle East and the tensions in Ukraine affected customer confidence in the second half. But he added that the core coding and marking business had a good year, particularly in Europe, although weakness in the Chinese economy affected sales in Asia.
Bond also revealed that Domino was seeing good take up of its full colour inkjet systems, having installed 19 N-Series digital presses in the year (up from nine) and received orders or commitments for more to be realised during 2015. Overall, equipment revenue, which accounts for 43 per cent of Domino’s sales, grew by 10 per cent in local terms, with spares and service revenues up by seven per cent..
The company opened a factory in India in 2014 and is planning to build a new factory in China in 2015 as well as building a new factory and warehouse facility in the UK.
Chairman Peter Byrom says that results for 2015 are likely to be ‘broadly similar’.