Swiss Oerlikon Group with first quarter 2017 results
“We have begun the year on a strong note with all our Segments and businesses realizing good results. Our core business, surface solutions, saw a double-digit improvement in organic orders and sales compared to the previous year. In our manmade fibres business, orders increased significantly, confirming the reviving investment climate in the filament equipment market. For our drive systems business, the repositioning efforts continue to bear fruit and have resulted in a positive uptick in orders in end markets that remain uncertain,” said Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of the Oerlikon Group
“The positive performance across the Segments also reflects the progress we have made in the execution of our strategy. We succeeded in capturing a rising market opportunities and enlarging our customer base in some of our end markets such as automotive, aerospace, tooling and agriculture. In light of the first-quarter results, while bearing in mind that markets remain uncertain, we are raising the target of the Group’s sales and orders for the full year 2017 to around CHF 2.6 billion and our operating profitability (EBITDA) to approach 14 %, after absorbing the unchanged significant planned investment expenses in additive manufacturing. As we continue to execute our strategy, we are confident that we can further leverage our business model and unique competencies in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. At the same time, we will further optimize our costs and investments to strengthen Oerlikon’s agility and make the company more productive.”
Group sales, orders, and profitability higher than prior year
Market sentiment for the first quarter was supported by growing confidence in the global economy. The positive market sentiments in the first quarter were reflected in the higher-than-expected capital investments, especially toward the end of the quarter. All Oerlikon Segments benefited from the increase in investments and saw double-digit growth in order intake.
The surface solutions business recorded a pronounced increase in its year-on-year orders and sales in all of its end markets, particularly in aerospace and general industries. The manmade fibers market saw a significant improvement in year-on-year orders, driven mainly by the recovery of the China-led filament equipment market, while the lower sales are primarily related to project timing of orders, which correspond to the capacity schedules of key customers. For the Drive System Segment, orders and sales continue to show robust growth thanks to the Segment’s efforts in repositioning its portfolio and winning customers and projects in the Asian automotive, Indian construction and Brazilian agricultural markets. On the whole, Group orders climbed 21.1 % to CHF 712 million and sales increased 2.7 % to CHF 608 million compared to the previous year. At constant exchange rates, sales stood at CHF 616 million.
On the back of the positive top-line performance and reinforced by disciplined cost management, the Group’s year-on-year EBITDA increased to CHF 86 million, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of
14.2 %. EBIT for Q1 2017 stood at CHF 39 million, and the margin at 6.5 %. The first-quarter performance resulted in the rolling 12-month Oerlikon Group ROCE of 5.7 %, reflecting the cyclicality of the businesses.
The Group continued to strengthen its focus on improving customer value and services. For the first quarter of 2017, the share of its service revenues was at 37.4 % of total Group sales (Q1 2016: 36.2 %).
2017 outlook raised
The positive momentum in the global economy has been building over the past months, fuelling confidence and investments. Oerlikon anticipates that the global recovery will continue but a certain level of market uncertainty to remain, considering the ongoing political developments in European countries, China’s ability to rebalance its economy and the impact of accelerated growth in the US economy through higher fiscal spending. Based on the Group’s performance in the first quarter, Oerlikon expects the Group’s growth to be slightly stronger than previously envisaged and is thus raising its outlook for the full year of 2017. Order intake and sales are expected to come in at around CHF 2.6 billion and the EBITDA margin to approach 14 %, after absorbing the unchanged planned financial outlay for investing in additive manufacturing.
Manmade Fibers Segment
The recovery of the filament equipment market was the main driver for the Segment’s business performance and the significant growth in orders. The over 40 % increase in order intake was also underlined by positive demand in the staple fibres market, for bulked continuous filaments systems (BCF-carpet yarn) including strong after-sales activities, and for texturing technologies for installed partially oriented yarn (POY) systems. Sales came in lower year-on-year as a number of projects are still ongoing. Due to the lower year-on-year sales, EBITDA was around 100 % lower than in the previous year. EBIT for Q1 2017 stood at CHF -5 million (Q1 2016: CHF 4 million) and the EBIT margin was – 4.7 % (Q1 2016: 3.0 %).
The Segment expects to see ongoing positive development in the filament equipment market as well as in its other end markets. The Segment is ramping up its capacity to meet increasing demand while still maintaining flexibility and cost discipline.
In the first quarter, the Segment entered into a strategic partnership with the Italian company Teknoweb Materials, aimed at extending its nonwovens production systems portfolio to include the attractive high- growth market for disposable nonwovens.