- Half-year revenue reached CHF 986 million or 63% organic growth
- Revenue increased by 103% to reach CHF 516 million in the second quarter, with all regions reporting impressive sales growth
- Strong volume growth brought core EBIT to CHF 284 million, with a margin of 29%
- Reported net profit rose to CHF 175 million or 18%, including DrSmile earn-out adjustment
- Acquisition of Smilink, a doctor-led direct-to-consumer business, further strengthens the orthodontics business in Brazil
- Full-year 2021 outlook raised to organic revenue growth of above thirty percent, with profitability (core EBIT margin) nearly reaching the 2019 level, assuming the pandemic does not negatively impact the patient flow
Straumann Group revenue reached CHF 986 million in the first six months of 2021, which is a record result. This is in contrast to the first half of 2020, when revenue declined by 22% to CHF 605 million because of pandemic-related lockdowns. The Group’s strong sales growth in the first quarter, which was supported by a tailwind generated by consumers spending disposable income on specialty dental treatments, continued in the second quarter. The second quarter revenue reached CHF 516 million compared to CHF 248 million in 2020, when revenue dropped almost 40% in Swiss francs due to the pandemic.
Guillaume Daniellot, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our strong product and solutions pipeline is performing very well and helped us to continue the accelerated growth seen in the first quarter. Our team has done a tremendous job of focusing on customer needs and delivering on the high level of demand. The strong performance was supported by the tailwind, combined with continued market share gains. Assuming the pandemic does not negatively impact the patient flow, we have raised our guidance to full-year organic revenue growth of above thirty percent and expect that profitability will nearly reach the 2019 level.”
All regions continued to report high sales growth in the first half of 2021. EMEA and North America contributed CHF 444 million and CHF 290 million to Group revenue, with organic growth increases of 57% and 67% respectively. LATAM (75%) and Asia Pacific (68%) grew strongly, contributing CHF 252 million to overall Group revenue.
STRATEGIC PROGRESS second quarter
Premium immediacy thriving and supporting sales growth for the entire portfolio
The Group’s efforts related to immediacy in implant dentistry helped to promote Straumann’s innovative fully tapered BLX implant system. These efforts also supported the limited market release of the newly introduced TLX implant, which is the first broad global launch of a tissue level immediacy solution implant worldwide. This continued success confirmed that these solutions also serve as a starting point for converting new customers and leveraging the entire product portfolio, including BLT. Immediacy protocols involve fewer surgical interventions and clinic visits, offering shorter time-to-teeth treatment options for health consumers and enabling clinicians to reduce chair time per health consumer.
Challenger brands continue to successfully expand into additional markets
The challenger brands are growing strongly. Neodent is now a global brand that is represented in more than 80 countries. Medentika and Anthogyr are each available in more than 60 countries. Anthogyr is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in China this year.
Digital solutions with very strong performance
Intraoral scanners, CADCAM customized prosthetics as well as our 3D printing portfolio are key drivers of sales growth in digital solutions. Intraoral scanners such as TRIOS, Medit and Virtuo Vivo are the starting point for the business in many respects, offering significant advantages such as reducing clinic visits and physical contact. With the recent addition of the Medit intraoral scanner, the Group now has an intraoral scanner portfolio that covers all segments, price ranges and regions.
Orthodontics building on strong growth
The new material ClearQuartz has been launched globally, except in China, and the response has been very positive. Furthermore, the launch of Collaborator, a new feature within the ClearCorrect digital customer portal, was a great success during the first quarter. This software enhances collaboration on clear aligner patient cases by enabling clinicians to share individual cases with staff, other clinicians, and treatment planning services. This makes it possible to exchange expertise and advice, with the aim of improving treatment outcomes and practice efficiency. The global launch of the ClearPilot 2.0 software update, which offers additional features that improve visualization for treatment planning and enhance communication with patients, has received excellent feedback.
Strengthening the doctor-led direct-to-consumer business by acquiring Smilink
The global market for clear aligners continues to offer strong growth opportunities, and is increasingly driven by direct-to-consumer marketing and online service providers who offer treatment packages. The Group recently signed an agreement to fully acquire Smilink, one of the fastest-growing providers of orthodontic solutions in Brazil. Similar to DrSmile, Smilink combines direct-to-consumer marketing expertise with doctor-led treatment, and complements Straumann’s existing clear-aligner business. This acquisition will offer further growth opportunities with dentist partners, and strengthens the Group’s portfolio of convenient doctor-led aligner treatment solutions for patients.
DrSmile, a leading provider of doctor-led direct-to-consumer clear aligner treatment solutions in Europe, is growing very quickly which led to an adjustment of the earn-out.
Further investment in capacity expansion in the US
In Mansfield, Texas, USA the Group plans to invest around CHF 46 million to construct a new manufacturing facility. It will begin operating in the second half of 2022 to produce custom dental protheses and tooth replacement components for the North American market. The center will replace the current site in Arlington, Texas. The 10,000-square-meter facility will more than double the capacity of the current site, and will house a learning center for employees and customers. It is projected to create about 150 new jobs.
REGIONAL PERFORMANCE Second quarter
EMEA shows strong growth in immediacy and Neodent is now established as a brand
The EMEA region remained the Group’s largest revenue contributor and reported strong revenue of CHF 230 million or 102% growth in the second quarter compared to 2020, which was heavily impacted by the pandemic. Premium implants are picking up fast, with strong sales across the entire premium immediacy portfolio. The challenger implant brands are also performing well, with Neodent now established as a brand in the region. The orthodontics business is strongly supporting growth in EMEA with DrSmile and ClearCorrect, which recently launched its ClearQuartz material. Overall growth in the region was driven by Germany, Iberia, France, the UK and Turkey.
North America returns to strong growth compared to last year
In 2020, the business in North America only began to recover in June, when lockdowns were eased. In the second quarter of 2020, organic sales growth decreased by 42%. In this year’s second quarter, the North America region showed strong growth at 135%, reaching revenue of CHF 152 million. This was due to the implant business, which is being driven by the Straumann and Neodent brands. Some large wins with Dental Service Organizations (DSO) in the first half of the year propelled the business to higher growth rates. Digital solutions are growing very quickly. The orthodontics business focused on attracting general practitioners, and growth in this area was supported by the software improvements for ClearPilot and the launch of Collaborator.
Although significantly smaller, the Canadian business is growing almost twice as quickly as the US business, as the Group continues to increase penetration with its challenger brands and digital solutions in Canada.
Asia Pacific region growing quickly and further establishing its presence
In the second quarter of 2021, the Asia Pacific region achieved revenue of CHF 103 million or 63% organic sales growth compared to the same period in 2020, when most countries in the region started to rebound in June. From the first to the second quarter of 2021, the business accelerated throughout the region by growing the existing business and increasing market share mainly in China, Japan and Taiwan. Premium and challenger implant brands are driving growth, while challenger brands are growing faster than premium brands.
Latin America growth led by Brazil and investment in the orthodontics business
In the second quarter of 2021, the business in Latin America grew to CHF 31 million, significantly outperforming the second quarter of 2020, which was impacted by the pandemic. Brazil is by far the biggest revenue contributor in Latin America, and managed to continue the strong growth performance seen in the first quarter of 2021. Neodent remains the strongest brand in the region, while the premium implant brand is further establishing its position. Digital solutions are performing very well, with the Virtuo Vivo intraoral scanner gaining momentum. The orthodontics business is contributing well to the regional performance, and the acquisition of Smilink will help to further establish the Group’s doctor-led direct-to-consumer portfolio.
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The Straumann Group (SIX: STMN) is a global leader in tooth replacement and orthodontic solutions that restore smiles and confidence. It unites global and international brands that stand for excellence, innovation and quality in replacement, corrective and digital dentistry, including Anthogyr, ClearCorrect, Dental Wings, Medentika, Neodent, NUVO, Straumann and other fully/partly owned companies and partners. In collaboration with leading clinics, institutes and universities, the Group researches, develops, manufactures and supplies dental implants, instruments, CADCAM prosthetics, biomaterials and digital solutions for use in tooth replacement and restoration or to prevent tooth loss.
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