ORDER INTAKE AND NET SALES DEVELOPED WELL IN THE EQUIPMENT BUSINESSES
This release is a summary of Wärtsilä’s Interim Report January-March 2018. The complete report is attached to this release as a pdf-file. It is also available at http://www.wartsilareports.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REVIEW PERIOD JANUARY-MARCH 2018
– Order intake increased 7% to EUR 1,507 million (1,413)
– Net sales increased 6% to EUR 1,066 million (1,005)
– Book-to-bill 1.41 (1.41)
– Comparable operating result increased to EUR 88 million (82), which represents 8.3% of net sales (8.1)
– Earnings per share increased to 0.10 euro (0.09)
– Cash flow from operating activities decreased to EUR -42 million (2)
– Order book at the end of the period increased 7% to EUR 5,490 million (5,114)
WÄRTSILÄ’S PROSPECTS FOR 2018
The demand for Wärtsilä’s services and solutions in 2018 is expected to improve somewhat from the previous year. Demand by business area is anticipated to be as follows:
Good in Services thanks to growth opportunities in selected regions and segments.
Good in Energy Solutions. The global shift towards renewable energy sources and increasing electricity demand in the emerging markets are supporting the need for distributed and flexible power capacity, including gas-fired generation, energy storage, and smart integration technology.
Solid in Marine Solutions. Despite improving sentiment, the marine market environment remains challenging due to overcapacity and lack of financing.
Wärtsilä’s current order book for 2018 deliveries is EUR 2,951 million (2,744), which mainly comprises equipment deliveries. Services’ business is largely transactional, with only around 30% of annual net sales coming from the order book.
JAAKKO ESKOLA, PRESIDENT AND CEO
“The beginning of 2018 was characterised by a favourable operating environment in the equipment businesses. Ordering activity was healthy in Energy Solutions, thanks to the growing need for flexible, smart solutions in developed countries, and energy infrastructure investments in the emerging markets. For Marine Solutions, improved demand in the merchant segment and sustained activity in the cruise and ferry markets contributed to growth in orders received. While the economic outlook continues to support a gradual recovery in the marine industry, the impact of increased geopolitical uncertainty on customer decision-making is a concern. Services’ net sales development was slower than expected during the first quarter, as customers in the merchant and offshore segments continued to limit spending to essential repairs and maintenance. As a result, the group sales mix favoured equipment deliveries, which burdened profitability.
Strengthening our digital offering, for instance through the projects developed in our acceleration centres, is central to securing our competitive position in industries being transformed by increasing connectivity and new business models. The acquisition of Transas, a leader in marine navigation solutions, training and simulation services, as well as ship traffic control is also important in this context. It builds on our investments in software engineering capabilities and artificial intelligence and will play a key role in the development of smart solutions and a digital platform. With this acquisition, we take a considerable step forward towards our Smart Marine vision, which, alongside our Smart Energy vision, strongly positions Wärtsilä to enable a sustainable, low emission economy.”
|Order intake||1 507||1 413||7%||5 644|
|Order book at the end of the period||5 490||5 114||7%||5 100|
|Net sales||1 066||1 005||6%||4 911|
|% of net sales||8.0||7.5||11.0|
|Comparable operating result||88||82||8%||576|
|% of net sales||8.3||8.1||11.7|
|Comparable adjusted EBITA||98||90||9%||612|
|% of net sales||9.2||9.0||12.5|
|Profit before taxes||76||70||491|
|Cash flow from operating activities||-42||2||430|
|Net interest-bearing debt at the end of the period||438||260||234|
|Gross capital expenditure||37||9||255|
|¹Items affecting comparability in the first quarter of 2018 included costs related to restructuring programmes of EUR 3 million (6).|
As of 1 January 2018, Wärtsilä has adopted the IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers standard by using the full retrospective method. This interim report is published according to the new standard and comparison periods for 2017, including the opening balance sheet, have been restated accordingly. Wärtsilä has also restated the 2017 figures for Marine Solutions and Services, due to an internal transfer of certain service activities. This transfer has no impact on Group totals.
The share issue without payment approved by Wärtsilä’s Annual General Meeting on 8 March 2018 increased the total number of Wärtsilä shares to 591,723,390. The share related figures in the comparison periods have been adjusted to reflect the increased number of shares.
ANALYST AND PRESS CONFERENCE
An analyst and press conference will be held today, Tuesday 24 April 2018, 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 at the following address: http://wcc.webeventservices.
To participate in the teleconference, please register at the following address: http://emea.directeventreg.
An on-demand version of the webcast will be available on the company website later the same day.