Continued margin growth in tough markets

  • Operational EBITA margin increased to 12.6%
  • White Collar Productivity on track towards $1.3 bn savings; expected total costs reduced by $100 mn
  • Net Income $568 million; basic earnings per share up 2%
  • Base orders -6%; total orders -13%; reflect Q3 uncertainty
  • Revenues steady
  • Cash flow from operating activities $1,081 million, more consistent quarterly cash generation
  • Timo Ihamuotila to succeed Eric Elzvik as Chief Financial Officer effective April 1, 2017
  • ABB launched Stage 3 of its Next Level Strategy – committed to unlocking value

“We delivered the eighth consecutive quarter of margin accretion through our continued focus on execution,” said CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “In the third quarter, we experienced significant macro uncertainties around Brexit and the US elections as reflected in the low order pattern. Orders in Power Grids were additionally dampened by the hesitation of customers prior to the Capital Markets Day. However, the Power Grids transformation is on track as clearly demonstrated by the 170 basis points margin accretion,” he said. “With our enhanced cash culture, we have delivered more than 30 percent higher cash flow so far this year with a much steadier cash generation profile.”

“We continue to run the company with discipline, realizing growth opportunities where possible whilst driving earnings and cash growth. We are committed to unlocking value for all shareholders as a more focused, agile company building on our industry-leading digital offering.”

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