ASMALLWORLD AG / Key word (s): Half Year Results
ASMALLWORLD 2022 H1 results: EBITA increased by 6% and net result by 29%
25-Aug-2022 / 06:00 CET / CEST
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ASMALLWORLD 2022 H1 results: EBITA increased by 6% and net result by 29%
Zurich, 08/25/2022 – Today, ASMALLWORLD AG announced its 2022 H1 results. EBITDA grew by 6% compared to the first half of 2021 due to a strong EBITDA margin improvement from 13.7% to 18.8%. The net result for the period was up by 29%. ASMALLWORLD also made its final payment for the acquisition of First Class & More and is now completely self-funding. For the full year, the company maintains its guidance of CHF 17-18M in sales and an EBITDA of CHF 2.6-2.8M.
During the first half of 2022, ASMALLWORLD AG increased its EBITDA by 6%, from CHF 1.3M to CHF 1.4M. The strong results were primarily driven by an increase in profitability as EBITDA margins improved from 13.7% to 18.8%. The net result for the period was up by 29% compared to the first half of 2021. The improvement in operating margin was primarily due to a more favorable, high-margin sales mix, with increased sales coming from the more profitable Subscriptions segment compared to last year. Furthermore, sales of the ASMALLWORLD Collection, the company’s own hotel booking engine, grew by 400% compared to H1 2021 and the new business is starting to contribute positively to the company’s bottom line.
Sales for the first six months came in at CHF 7.4M, compared to CHF 9.5M in H1 2021. This decline was expected due to a combination of factors: H1 2021 included two ASMALLWORLD Prestige sales periods whereas H1 2022 only had 1.5 of those sales as the second sale was held later in the year and split between June and July. In addition, H1 2021 saw a record demand for First Class & More’s flight and upgrade services to Dubai, which was a highly popular destination during the pandemic. With other destinations opening up again in 2022, the demand for travel services to Dubai subsided this year and lead to lower revenues for the Services segment. Further, the strong Swiss Franc, reduced the contribution from the company’s large Euro-based sales by about 5-7% compared to H1 2021, further contributing to the lower sales in the Swiss Franc reporting currency.
Costs were brought down by 27.4%, more than sales, increasing the operating margin for the business. Direct expenses contributed most of the savings, with a decrease of 41% compared to the first 6 months of 2021.
The member base grew to 63’837 members, up by 2% compared to June 2021.
“Our H1 results demonstrate that we continue to improve the margins of our business through a dedicated focus on cost control, even post the peak of the pandemic. At the same time, we continue to expand our revenue potential with new partnerships with Global Hotel Alliance and Emirates Skywards as well as positioning the ASMALLWORLD Collection as the go-to hotel booking engine for our members, ”comments ASMALLWORLD CEO Jan Luescher.
ASMALLWORLD now fully self-funding
During H1, ASMALLWORLD AG made the final payment of CHF 3.5M for First Class & More, which it acquired in 2018. With this substantial payment complete, ASMALLWORLD is now self-funding and no longer requires external financing for its operations. At the end of June, the company’s cash position stood at a healthy CHF 3.0M.
“The fact that we are now a self-funding business is a significant milestone and will allow us to make more strategic investments over the next few months, which will allow us to grow our business even more,” comments ASMALLWORLD CEO Jan Luescher.
Partnership with Global Hotel Alliance operational
In May, ASMALLWORLD made the final payment for its CHF 4.5M acquisition of a 10% stake in Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands with over 800 hotels. This strategic investment opens new revenue streams and is expected to significantly expand ASMALLWORLD’s earning potential over the next few years. ASMALLWORLD will support GHA in the delivery of its recently re-launched loyalty program GHA DISCOVERY, which has more than 21 million members. Since July, GHA DISCOVERY’s highest-spending elite members receive complimentary access to the ASMALLWORLD social network, which will help the network grow further.
In addition, ASMALLWORLD has received the right to recruit independent hotels to join the GHA hotel portfolio under a newly-created ASMALLWORLD Hotels & Resorts soft brand. First partnerships with hotels are expected to be announced towards the end of 2022.
Partnership with Emirates expands reach of Prestige and Signature memberships
In July, ASMALLWORLD announced that it had entered a partnership with Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty program of Emirates. Starting from September 2022, ASMALLWORLD will expand its Prestige and Signature memberships to include Emirates Skywards miles. Customers will then be able to earn 250’000 or 500’000 Skywards Miles with their Prestige and Signature memberships, which in turn can be used for exclusive travel benefits including flight rewards and upgrades with Emirates.
ASMALLWORLD’s Prestige membership, and especially the Miles & More option, has proven very popular with customers, especially with frequent flyers who use miles as payment for flights and flight upgrades. The new Emirates Skywards option will expand the target market for these memberships in the Middle East and globally, and will continue to add to the profitable growth of ASMALLWORLD in the coming years.
Full-year guidance maintained
For the full year, ASMALLWORLD maintains its previous guidance of CHF 17-18M in sales and CHF 2.6-2.8M in EBITDA. The company expects that the second half of the year will see a significant boost from the launch of its new Prestige and Signature memberships in partnership with Emirates Skywards.
Earnings call and further information
ASMALLWORLD CEO Jan Luescher will hold a conference call later today, August 25, to provide additional details and commentary for the 2022 H1 results. The call will take place at 3pm CET.
To participate in the call, please use confirmation code 8582706 and one of the following dial-in numbers:
Switzerland: +41 (0) 44 580 7279
United Kingdom: +44 (0) 330 165 4012
Germany: +49 (0) 69 22222 5197
United States: +1 646-828-8073
Confirmation Code: 8582706
The full 2022 H1 Financial Report as well as the presentation for the 2022 H1 Earnings Call are available for download on the ASMALLWORLD AG website at:
This press release and further information can be found at www.asmallworldag.com.
Definition of EBITDA as alternative performance measure: Earnings before interest (including all financial income and expenses), taxes, depreciation, and amortization
The ASMALLWORLD Group:
ASMALLWORLD is the world’s leading travel & lifestyle community, focusing on experiences: the modern-day definition of luxury.
Centered around the ASMALLWORLD social network, the company operates a digital travel & lifestyle ecosystem which enables and inspires members to travel better, experience more and make new connections.
Members of the ASMALLWORLD social network connect through its app and website, where they can meet other members, engage in online discussions, receive travel and lifestyle inspiration, and enjoy a wealth of travel privileges.
Members also meet in person at over 1’000 global ASMALLWORLD events every year, ranging from casual get-togethers in major cities around the world, access to exclusive launches, shows, galas, soirees, exhibitions, major global sporting events, and larger flagship weekend experiences hosted in iconic destinations such as Saint-Tropez and Gstaad.
Other businesses of the ASMALLWORLD travel & lifestyle ecosystem include:
ASMALLWORLD Collectiona high-end online hotel booking engine focused on the world’s most admired hotels, offering the unique “ASMALLWORLD Preferred Rate” which allows customers to enjoy exclusive travel benefits at no extra cost
ASMALLWORLD Privatea high-end travel agency offering personalized travel curation services
ASMALLWORLD Hospitalitya hospitality consulting and management consultancy, which supports owners and developers of hospitality assets throughout the different lifecycle stages of their assets, including acquisition, development, operations and exit
First Class & Morea subscription-based smart luxury travel service that allows members to enjoy luxury travel at insider prices
The World’s Finest Clubsthe world’s leading nightlife concierge offers its members VIP access to the most exclusive nightlife venues around the world
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Jan V. Luescher, CEO
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