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CUI Global - Preparing to step on the gas

Written by Ed Stacey

CUI Global (NASDAQ:CUI) has reported strong results for the full year (FY) 2018, with revenues of US$96.8mln versus our forecast of US$92.8mln. The FY order backlog stood at US$37.5mln versus US$32.8mln at the end of 2017.

The company reported an underlying loss (statutory LBITDA) of USS$14.0mln versus our forecast of a loss of US$8.1mln; however, this figure is after booking non-cash impairment charges of US$7.4mln, relating to delays in existing customer contracts in the Energy division, and other issues. On an adjusted EBITDA basis, the outcome of a loss of US$8.0mln was ahead of our forecast.

Also in the release, CUI announced that it has agreed to acquire a 20% stake in VPS, the key partner on the ICE programme for data-centre energy management, gaining representation on the board of VPS. We see this as a positive route to capitalise on the software-defined opportunity of ICE.

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