International technology group ANDRITZ saw mixed business development overall in the first quarter of 2020. While order intake at over 1.8 billion euros was higher than in the previous year’s reference period, the operating result (EBITA) fell despite a slight increasein sales. The key financial figures developed as follows:
At 1,852.9 million euros (MEUR), order intake reached a favorable level and was 11.7% higher than the figure for the previous year’s reference period (Q1 2019: 1,658.1 MEUR). This is largely attributable to the Pulp & Paper business area, which succeeded in booking a large order for a new pulp mill in South America during the reporting period. Order intake also increased in the Metals business area due to favorable development in the Metals Forming (Schuler) sector. Order intake declined in the Hydro business area, which faced continuing difficult market conditions.
Order backlog as of March 31, 2020, amounted to 7,924.6 MEUR and has thus increased compared to the end of 2019 (December 31, 2019: 7,777.6 MEUR).
Sales at 1,510.2 MEUR increased by 1.4% and were slightly higher than the previous year’s reference period (Q1 2019: 1,489.2 MEUR). This is attributable to the Pulp & Paper business area, which was able to increase sales substantially compared to the previous year and thus overcompensated the decline in sales in the other business areas.
Despite the small increase in sales, EBITA fell significantly compared to the previous year and amounted to 70.1 MEUR (-15.3% versus Q1 2019: 82.8 MEUR). As a result, the Group’s profitability (EBITA margin) decreased to 4.6% (Q1 2019: 5.6%). While earnings in the Pulp & Paper business area increased compared to the previous year’s reference period and profitability remained at an unchanged favorable level, EBITA declined considerably in the Metals and Hydro business areas. The Metals business area faced very difficult market conditions, both in Metals Formingand Metals Processing, during the reporting period. Metals Forming (Schuler), in particular, saw a significant decline in earnings as a result of the crisis in the international automotive industry and the related under utilization of capacities there. The reduction in capacity initiated in Germany at the end of last year will not be effective until the second half of 2020, with more impact to come in 2021.
Due to lower planned depreciation of intangible assets, the EBIT increased slightly to 53.8 MEUR (Q1 2019: 52.9MEUR).
The financial result decreased to -9.5 MEUR (Q1 2019: -6.4 MEUR), mainly due to the valuation of securities and accounts in foreign currencies (FX) in the other financial result as of the reporting date.
As a result, net income (without non-controlling interests) declined to 31.5 MEUR (Q1 2019: 33.6 MEUR).
OUTLOOK FOR 2020:
GUIDANCE REMAINS SUSPENDED
In view of the continuing difficult general economic conditions globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lack of visibility concerning its further development, it is still not possible from today’s perspective to provide reliable information on the expected development of the ANDRITZ GROUP’s sales and earnings in 2020.
In reaction to the negative economic impact of the corona virus crisis, ANDRITZ has launched immediate adjustment measures focusing on achieving cost savings in the short term and optimizing cost structures in the medium term.
Wolfgang Leitner, President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG: “Project visibility in the markets we serve is currently still very low. We are monitoring the situation closely and will take further steps in line with developments to keep the financial impact as low as possible and safeguard ANDRITZ’s ability to compete.”