- Annual revenues up 18% compared to an exceptional 2020
- EBITDA once again positive at 2.8 million euros, an increase of 88% excluding elements related to the public health crisis in 2020
- Strong cash flow of 6.8 million euros from operating activities
April 7, 2022 at 7:00 am: HiPay, a fintech specializing in omnichannel payment solutions announces its 2021 results.
|In millions of euros (IFRS norms)||2020||2021||Var. %|
|Consolidated Income Statement1|
|Payment volume||5,565||6,612||+ 19%|
|Current operating income||-0.1||-0.7||–|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet1|
|Shareholders’ equity||34.5||29.9||– 13%|
|Available cash||3.1||2.1||– 31%|
Sustained growth in 2021, after an exceptional 2020
In 2021, HiPay’s payment volume reached 6.6 billion euros (1 billion euros more than in 2020), and revenue was 53.9 million euros (up 18% vs. 2020), corresponding to a stable revenue-to-payment volume ratio of 0.82%.
After 2020, which was strongly spurred by the pandemic and confinements and led many merchants to accelerate their digital transformations, HiPay managed to maintain a robust growth rate, due in particular to the continued growth of e-commerce. The group capitalized on its strong position with its core target group, tier-2 customers.
During the 2019/2021 period, the average annual growth rate was +24% compared to +19% during the 2017/2019 period.
Controlling operating costs
The direct cost rate remains at 0.45%, equivalent to that of 2020 and 2019, which attests to HiPay’s ability to control its operating costs.
EBITDA was 2.8 million euros, which was positive for a second year in a row after 3.4 million euros in 2020, a year in which the company benefited from operating cost savings due to the public health situation, including partial business measures not renewed in 2021. When adjusted for this situation, EBITDA increased by 88%.
Taking into account a loss of -2.8 million euros from non-ordinary activities (total and prudent provision for a tax risk), a net loss of -0.6 million euros and a tax expense of 0.3 million euros, the net result is -4.3 million euros (vs. -1.8 million euros in 2020).
Strong operating cash flow generation
HiPay’s 2021 performance resulted in an operating cash flow of 6.8 million euros, which is higher than its investments. It consists mainly of cash flow from operations of 3.6 million and a change in working capital of 3.2 million. HiPay’s business model, once operational profitability is achieved, benefits from an advantageous working capital structure. Its main revenue components are collected much quicker than its direct costs and other operating expenses are disbursed.
As of December 31, 2021, the company has 2.1 million euros in available cash.
Additionally, there is a 3.7 million euro unused balance from the BJ Invest current account. Therefore, as of December 31, 2021, HiPay has a cash mobilization capacity of 5.8 million euros.
HiPay expects another year of double-digit growth in 2022, with first quarter sales growing at a more moderate pace than in the last quarter of 2021. At the same time, the group will continue to rigorously manage its expenses by striving to contain structural costs and by controlling the increase in its marketing budget in order to convert an increasingly significant portion of its growth into EBITDA and operating cash flow generation.
Additionally, HiPay will continue to grow profitably by expanding its client portfolio, increasing the average volume processed per client and regularly adding new value-added features to its platform.
Next financial communication: Q1 2022 revenue – May 19, 2022 before market opening.
1Consolidated income at 31 December 2021 is currently being reviewed by external auditors. The accounts were closed on 31 March 2022 by the board of directors. The 2021 financial report as well as the auditors’ report will be published on the company’s website.
2 Direct cost rate: commissions paid to payment partners and technical connection costs as a percentage of volume of business
HiPay is a global payment service provider. By harnessing the power of payment data, we help our merchants grow by providing them with a 360-degree view of their business.
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HiPay Group is listed on Euronext Growth (ISIN code: FR0012821916 – ALHYP).
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