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BLS continues to witness growth momentum

Mumbai, November 12, 2023: BLS International Services Ltd, a trusted global tech-enabled services partner for governments and citizens, announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter and six month period ended 30th September, 2023.

Management Discussion & Analysis of Results
· Company continue to witness strong operating results. For the quarter ended September 30, 2023, company’s consolidated revenue rose 14.3% YoY to Rs. 407.7 Cr, while operating EBITDA witnessed a growth of 52.7% to Rs. 86.7 Cr.

· Company’s operating EBITDA margins continues to be in excess of 20%; primarily driven by improved business mix, specifically in the Visa & Consular services segment.

· Management is focused on improving profitability and cash generation as key business performance metrics; Company continues to be a debt free company with cash on books at ~ Rs. 687 Cr.

· Given the asset light nature of the business, the company has been able to generate significant returns for its shareholders; ROCE at 35.5% & ROE at 34.6% (basis H1FY24 annualized financials).

· The company continues to be one of the World’s Top 3 Visa & Consular Services companies. Amongst several others, the Company processes Visa applications for Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Thailand, Hungary, Morocco, India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Slovakia.

· BLS endeavors to bid for several contracts & tenders for visa services across the world, and expects continuous growth through new contracts

Growth Drivers:

· Opening up of key geographies for travel & tourism

· Winning new contracts as well as tenders which are in the pipeline

· Increasing demand for value added services

· Potential Inorganic opportunities in both Visa & Consular and Digital Services segments

Consolidated (Rs Cr)
Q2 FY24
Q2 FY23
% Change
H1 FY24
H1 FY23
% Change
Operational Revenue
407.74
356.84
14.26%
791.22
629.66
25.66%
EBITDA
86.74
56.80
52.71%
166.79
88.30
88.90%
EBITDA %
21.27%
15.92%
535 bps
21.08%
14.02%
706 bps
PBT
87.18
56.22
55.07%
167.62
88.63
89.11%
PAT
82.00
50.99
60.81%
152.99
81.69
87.28%

Q2FY24 versus Q2FY23:
● Operational Revenue stood at ₹ 407.74 crores in Q2 FY24, up by 14.26% from ₹ 356.84 crores in Q2 FY23, driven by growth in both Visa & Consular services and the digital business

● The company reported highest ever EBITDA in Q2FY24 which stood at ₹ 86.74 crores, witnessing a growth of 52.71%. EBITDA Margins stood at 21.27% for the quarter compared to 15.92% in Q2FY23

● Favorable business mix along with operational efficiencies resulted in expansion of EBITDA margins

● PBT stood at ₹ 87.18 crores in Q2 FY24 compared to ₹ 56.22 crores in Q2 FY23, growth of 55.07%

● Profit after Tax (PAT) for the quarter was at ₹ 82.00 crores, 60.81% YoY higher compared to ₹ 50.99 crores in the same period of last financial year

H1FY24 versus H1FY23:
● Operational Revenue stood at ₹ 791.22 crores in H1 FY24, a growth of 25.66% from ₹ 629.66 crores in H1 FY23

● EBITDA stood at ₹ 166.79 crores in H1 FY24, up 88.90% from ₹ 88.30 crores in H1 FY23.

● PBT stood at ₹ 167.62 crores in H1 FY24 compared to ₹ 88.63 crores in H1 FY23, a growth of 89.11%

● Profit after Tax (PAT) for the half year was ₹ 152.99 crores, 87.28% YoY higher compared to ₹ 81.69 crores in H1 FY23.

Recent Major Updates:

Ø BLS International Wins another Schengen Global Visa Outsourcing Contract for Slovakia: BLS International Services Ltd, has signed an exclusive global visa outsourcing contract for Slovakia in 18 countries with more than 54 offices. With this new contract, BLS International will be entrusted with the responsibility of not only offering Tourist visa services and Business visa services but also national visa services, all with the aim of facilitating seamless travel and immigration procedures.

Ø BLS E-Services and Kotak Mahindra Bank Join Forces to Revolutionize Indian Banking: BLS E-Services, a subsidiary of BLS International has entered into a Master Business Correspondent Agreement with Kotak Mahindra Bank, one of India’s premier banking institutions.

The primary objective is to bring accessible and affordable banking services to the underserved and unbanked segments of the population across 1000+ locations in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Ø BLS E-Services Limited Integrates UMANG to Offer Government Services through BLS Sewa Kendras: BLS E-Services Limited, a subsidiary of BLS International Services Limited announced the successful integration of UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) Services into its digital platform, offering convenient access to over 500 e-governance services.

Ø In addition, during the quarter, BLS International rolled out its Visa outsourcing services for Hungary Mission in Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Qatar and Italy Mission in Senegal, Cameron and Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the company’s performance, Mr. Shikhar Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, BLS International Services Ltd., said,

“I am happy to share that we have continued our growth momentum into the second quarter of this fiscal. The Company’s performance has been in line with the expectations.

Despite revenue growth of 14.3% year-on-year in the quarter, our EBITDA and PAT witnessed robust growth of 52.7% and 60.8% year-on-year, respectively. Favourable business mix resulted in expansion of EBITDA margins, which sustained above the 20% mark this quarter. As key markets are opening up, we expect increase in number of visa applications.

During the quarter, we signed up with the Government of Slovakia to offer outsourced visa services. Slovakia is becoming a hot spot for tourists and we expect good volumes from the region. In addition, we rolled out Visa outsourcing centers for Hungary and Italy in various countries. On the Digital Services front, we tied up with Kotak Mahindra Bank to offer banking correspondence services, in line with our strategy to grow this line of business.

Overall, we aim to continue focusing on spreading our reach far and wide with prudent emphasis on organic as well as inorganic growth, while striving to maintain our internal rate of return threshold

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