Alfa Laval AB (publ) Interim report January 1 - March 31, 2016
“Order intake developed as expected in the first quarter, following a decline in demand for pumping systems as well as a low level of large orders compared to the previous quarter. The latter reflected a tendency among customers to delay investment decisions. Adjusted for pumping systems and large orders the underlying demand was unchanged. Order intake reached SEK 7.7 billion versus SEK 9.4 billion in the fourth quarter.
Looking specifically at the end-market development, the low oil price continued to hamper the business sentiment in the oil and gas industries and the contracting level for ships was low. Parts and service demand, particularly in Process Technology, had a strong development. The Service business in total reported a 4 percent growth year-on-year and 3 percent growth sequentially.
The EBITA-margin of 16.3 percent was on the same level as in the previous quarter, despite a decline in sales. The margin was negatively affected by Process Technology due to mix effects from declining sales in oil & gas and a weaker factory as well as engineering performance. The Equipment Division developed well with a significant margin improvement, driven by good cost control and a positive mix. Marine & Diesel delivered a margin close to the previous quarter, despite a sales decline, thanks to a positive mix.
Given the challenging conditions in some of our largest markets, we are constantly driving initiatives, including improved and more efficient sourcing as well as a balancing of resources in our supply chain to protect profitability. In addition we have initiated a review of the strategic direction for the Group.”
First three months
Order intake decreased by 19 percent* to SEK 7,710 (9,844) million.
Net sales decreased by 6 percent* to SEK 8,199 (9,071) million.
Adjusted EBITA was SEK 1,333 (1,569) million.
Adjusted EBITA-margin was 16.3 (17.3) percent.
Result after financial items was SEK 1,090 (1,263) million.
Net income was SEK 871 (863) million.
Earnings per share was SEK 2.06 (2.05).
Cash flow from operating activities was SEK 910 (1,101) million.
Impact on EBITA of foreign exchange effects was SEK 93 (148) million.
* Excluding currency effects.
The Board of Directors propose a dividend of SEK 4.25 (4.00) per share.
Outlook for the second quarter
“We expect that demand during the second quarter 2016 will be on about the same level as in the first quarter.”
Earlier published outlook (February 2, 2016): “We expect that demand during the first quarter 2016 will be somewhat lower than in the fourth quarter, excluding a substantially lower demand for pumping systems.”
The interim report has not been subject to review by the company’s auditors.