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Thales reports its order intake and sales for the first quarter of 2024

30/04/2024

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Order intake: 5.0 billion, up 47% ( 46% on an organic basis1 )

Sales: 4.4 billion, up 9.8% ( 7.9% on an organic basis)

All financial objectives confirmed

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) today announced its order intake and sales for the first quarter of 2024.

Thales had a very good start to the year in the first quarter with particularly strong sales momentum. Organic sales growth was ahead of the annual guidance, driven by the Defence & Security business, which recorded a particularly strong performance over the quarter. Those results reflect Thales' teams unwavering commitment and the quality of its portfolio of solutions, which is more than ever adapted to worldwide current challenges. The Group is further accelerating in leading-edge technology, as demonstrated by the launch of cortAIx, our new organization gathering our talents and strengthening our capacities in Artificial Intelligence. We remain focused on our growth strategy in growing markets and confirm all our financial targets for 2024. Patrice Caine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

1 In this press release, organic means at constant scope and exchange rates .

2 Mature markets: Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand; emerging markets: all other countries. See table on page 5.

Order intake Order intake for the first quarter of 2024 amounted to 5,037 million, up 46% compared to the first quarter of 2023 at constant scope and exchange rates, and up 47% on a reported basis.

During the quarter, the Group recorded four large orders worth over 100 million each, for a total of 1,612 million, compared to three large orders in Q1 2023:

The entry into force of the third tranche of the order placed by Indonesia in 2022 for the purchase of 42 Rafale aircraft (18 aircraft and support services)

Order of an air surveillance system for a military customer in the Middle East

Second tranche of the contract signed in 2023 between France and Italy for the production of 400 ASTER B1NT ground-to-air missiles

Phased contract with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to develop the next generation of sonars to equip French nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN).

At 1,206 million, order intake with a unit value between 10 million and 100 million recorded strong organic growth, both in Aerospace ( 56%) and Defence & Security ( 50%). Orders for a unit amount of less than 10 million were down 2% organically compared to the first quarter of 2023, in particular for EMV payment cards and SIM cards.

Geographically1, the order intake increased by 1% on an organic basis in mature markets and 237% in emerging markets, thanks in particular to the orders above 100 million in Indonesia and the Middle East mentioned above.

At 1,003 million (compared with 1,199 million in the first quarter of 2023), the order intake in the Aerospace segment fell by 13% on an organic basis, with the good performance of aeronautics (which maintained double-digit organic growth) being hidden by a high comparison base in the space segment, which recorded two major contracts in the first quarter of 2023.

At 3,122 million, compared with 1,371 million in the first quarter of 2023, the order intake in the Defence & Security segment was up 127% on an organic basis, benefiting from four orders in excess of 100 million for a total of 1.6 billion, and strong orders between 10 million and 100 million. Only one order in excess of 100 million was recorded in the first quarter of 2023.

Order intake in the Digital Identity and Security segment was, as in every quarter, very close to sales, as most of the activities in this segment operate on short cycles.

Sales Sales for the first quarter of 2024 reached 4,421 million, compared with 4,026 million in the first quarter of 2023, up 9.8% on a reported basis and up 7.9% at constant scope and exchange rates, including exchange rates and scope effects of - 17 million and 99 million respectively.

From a geographical perspective1, growth was driven by mature markets, which recorded organic growth of 8.1%, due in particular to strong dynamics in France ( 15.5%), the United Kingdom ( 9.0%) and Australia ( 11.2%). Emerging markets posted organic growth of 7.0% over the period.

In the Aerospace segment, sales amounted to 1,182 million, up 5.1% compared to the first quarter of 2023 at constant scope and exchange rates. This increase was due to the good momentum in the Aeronautics business, and in particular the original equipment business in civil aeronautics, which continued to post double-digit growth. Space activities rose slightly in the first quarter, in line with expectations for FY 2024.

Sales in the Defence & Security segment reached 2,305 million, up 13.4% compared to the first quarter of 2023 at constant scope and exchange rates, in line with the organic growth objective for the whole year.

In the Digital Identity and Security segment, sales amounted to 916 million, down -2.5% at constant scope and exchange rates compared to the first quarter of 2023, with contrasting trends: the EMV payment cards and SIM cards businesses were down compared to a very high basis for comparison in the first quarter of 2023, while digital activities are in line with expectations for the full year. The increase in reported data ( 12.0%) includes a positive scope effect of 130 million following the consolidation of Tesserent since October 1, 2023 and Imperva since December 4, 2023. The transfer of civil cybersecurity activities from the Defence and Security segment to the Digital Identity and Security segment is not considered as a change in scope, as the accounts for the first quarter of 2023 have been restated to reflect this transfer.

1 See table on page 5.

Outlook Order intake and sales for the first quarter of 2024 are in line with expectations. In
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