Offshore and Power Plant Markets supported growth in order intake
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REVIEW PERIOD JANUARY-MARCH 2012
– Order intake increased 13% to EUR 1, 109 million (979)
– Book-to-bill 1.10 (0.90)
– At the end of the period the order book totalled EUR 4, 409 million (3, 669), +20%
– Net sales decreased 7% to EUR 1, 005 million (1, 083)
– Operating result EUR 102 million, or 10.1% of net sales (EUR 113 million and 10.4%)
– Earnings per share 0.33 euro (0.38)
– Cash flow from operating activities EUR 28 million (133)
– The acquisition of Hamworthy became effective on 31 January 2012
BJÖRN ROSENGREN, PRESIDENT AND CEO:
“The year has started rather well with order intake increasing by 13%. Our profitability was 10.1% and we are well on track to reach our targets for this year. Our net sales development was in line with our overall expectation of rather low Power Plants and Ship Power deliveries during the first quarter. Services’ net sales grew by 12% with the increase coming from both parts and field services. During the first quarter, we signed a service agreement with US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, as well as an operations & management agreement with Energética Suape II SA in Brazil for the largest power plant ever delivered by Wärtsilä. These contracts signify our commitment to deliver lifecycle value to our customers.
The offshore market was active, and we received a repeat order from Harvey Gulf International to supply integrated solutions for two gas fuelled offshore support vessels that will operate in the Gulf of Mexico. Power Plants’ major orders included a dual-fuel power plant from Matanuska Electric Association in Alaska, USA and Indonesia’s first gas engine peaking plant ordered by PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara.
Integration of the recently acquired company Hamworthy is proceeding according to plan and the company is performing better than expected. Our target is to double Hamworthy’s net sales within the next five years.”
|Order intake||1 109||979||13%||4 516|
|Order book at the end of period||4 409||3 669||20%||4 007|
|Net sales||1 005||1 083||-7%||4 209|
|Operating result (EBITA) 1||109||117||-7%||485|
|% of net sales||10.9||10.8||11.5|
|Operating result (EBIT) 2||102||113||-10%||469|
|% of net sales||10.1||10.4||11.1|
|Profit before taxes||93||107||429|
|Cash flow from operating activities||28||133||232|
|Net interest-bearing debt|
|at the end of the period||615||-17||58|
|Gross capital expenditure||481||19||187|
1 EBITA is shown excluding non-recurring items of EUR 7 million (2) and intangible asset amortisation of EUR 8 million (4) related to acquisitions.
2 EBIT is shown excluding non-recurring items.
The power generation market is expected to remain at a good level in 2012. The growing emerging markets will continue to invest in new power generation capacity, which will drive demand – especially in the flexible baseload segment. In the OECD countries, there is still pent-up power sector demand, mainly driven by CO2 neutral generation and the ramp down of older, mainly coal-based, generation.
The overall outlook for vessel contracting activity during 2012 remains largely unchanged, with full year contracting expected to be at a similar level or slightly lower than in 2011. Contracting is expected to remain slow for bulk carriers, container vessels and tankers. In these sectors efficient designs are expected to be a common theme in contracting negotiations, due to economic pressures to reduce fuel consumption. Contracting in the LNG carrier segment is expected to remain robust during the year, with levels in line with activity seen during the first quarter of 2012. The offshore segment continues to present good future contracting opportunities, especially for drilling ships and support vessels. The interest for gas fuelled vessels has increased also in segments that have not previously been powered by gas. The environmental agenda is also expected to remain a central issue, thus driving interest in solutions for environmental compliance.
Despite the slightly improved market situation in the first quarter, some uncertainties remain in the service market. The merchant marine segments are still expected to be under pressure, as overcapacity in the market continues to impact the potential for services in this area. Development in the active installed base is also expected to be moderate, with continued scrapping, layups, slow steaming, and the low utilisation of vessels in the merchant segments. The power plant service market is expected to develop steadily.
WÄRTSILÄ’S PROSPECTS FOR 2012 REITERATED
Wärtsilä expects its net sales for 2012 to grow by 5-10% and its operational profitability (EBIT% before non-recurring items) to be 10-11%.
NEW DISCLOSURE PROCEDURE
Wärtsilä Corporation now follows the disclosure procedure enabled by Standard 5.2b published by the Finnish Financial Supervision Authority. This stock exchange release is a summary of Wärtsilä Corporation’s Interim Report January-March 2012. The complete report is attached to this release in pdf format and is also available on Wärtsilä’s website at www.wartsila.com/investors.
ANALYST AND PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10.00 A.M. LOCAL TIME
An analyst and press conference will be held on Friday 20 April 2012 at 10.00 a.m. Finnish time (8.00 a.m. UK time), at the Wärtsilä headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. The combined web- and teleconference will be held in English and can be viewed on the internet at the following address: http://storm.zoomvisionmamato.com/player/wartsila/objects/wpv7dztb/ .
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