Comments from CEO Robin Boheman:
During the third quarter, we were still affected by the circumstances of the pandemic, particularly in Norway and Finland. As was the case earlier during the pandemic, we noticed a continued sluggishness with newly signed contracts and absenteeism has also been somewhat higher than normal. We have also been somewhat affected by higher raw material prices during the quarter.
We are now optimistic about the approaching return to more normal circumstances, without restrictions and with good conditions for offering design, installation and service of various types of projects in the Nordic region.
High rate of acquisition
We maintained a high rate of acquisition during the third quarter, having made five company acquisitions in Sweden and one in Norway. In Sweden, all of the acquisitions were niched companies in our regular, or closely related business areas. The acquisitions were: Forsséns El in Södertälje (control technology and automatics), App Start Up in Stockholm (energy), PeMi in Orsa (ventilation), SSE in Blomstermåla (electrical power) and Installationsservice in Eskilstuna (service). In addition to that, our subsidiary Henningsons El made an add-on acquisition of Industriprodukter in order to expand its offering in the power and industrial areas. In Norway, we strengthened our presence in Oslo via the acquisition of Klimateknikk.
We have a strong acquisition pipeline and have noticed that there is much interest among entrepreneurs to join the Instalco team. For the foreseeable future, there are great opportunities for continuing to make high quality company acquisitions in our market. The aim is to widen our base of companies in Norway and Finland in order to create a more stable base that will make it easier for us to create the business synergies that are one of the cornerstones of Instalco.
During the quarter, we added new talent to our team by hiring a new Head of Purchasing, a new CFO and a new set up for managing Business Area Finland, all of which is aimed at ensuring that Instalco can keep growing at the rate we would like. It makes us confident that we can successfully continue on our journey of growth.
Design and installation
During the quarter, we completed many deliveries of design and installation of various types of sustainable installation projects. One example of many is a partnering project with NCC and Karlstad Municipality, where our subsidiary, LG Contracting was engaged for the heating & plumbing installations in conjunction with construction of the new indoor arena for ice hockey in Karlstad. The heat generated from machinery that keeps the ice frozen is captured and used to heat other parts of the facility.
We are also continuing to grow our Technical Consulting business area focused on design and planning. At the centre of it all is our subsidiary, Intec. Before the end of the year, we will have more than 200 technical consultants working for us throughout Sweden.
New collaboration in sustainability
For the Instalco Group, ESG and sustainability lies at the core of everything we do. Our climate-smart installations lower energy and resource consumption to help future-proof society. We are also passionate about water purification and other types of water resource management systems. I am therefore very proud that we were able to initiate a collaboration with Wayout International during the quarter. The collaboration enables Wayout to, with the help of our knowledge and expertise, ramp up their effort with production and distribution of micro-purification factories to areas of the world where clean drinking water is a scarcity.
The full interim report: