Ovako publishes its report for the first quarter 2018

Today Ovako announced its result for the first quarter 2018. EBITDA before restructuring costs increased to EUR 41 (32) million. Revenue rose by 16 percent to EUR 271 (233) million and the sales volume rose by 6 percent to 216 (204) kton. Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR -4 (-3) million. In March, it was announced that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC), one of the largest steel producers in the world, will be acquiring Ovako.

First quarter 2018 (2017)  

  • The quarter was characterized by continued strong demand from our customers. Order intake was 10 percent higher than our sales volume and the order stock consequently continued to grow. Order intake during the quarter was higher than in the past three quarters, which reflects the persistently strong market
  • Sales volume rose by 6 percent to 216 (204) thousand metric tons. Growth was considerably stronger for products with a high degree of further processing
  • EBITDA (before restructuring costs of EUR 0 (-1) million) increased to EUR 41 million from EUR 32 million in the previous year, driven by healthy growth and continued favorable development of the product mix and sales prices. The EBITDA margin rose to 15.3 (13.7) percent
  • Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR -4 (-3) million, including paid restructuring costs of EUR 0 (-1) million
  • In March, it was announced that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC), one of the largest steel producers in the world, will be acquiring Ovako. Through the acquisition, Ovako will become part of NSSMC, which is a strong industrial owner and a clear technology leader in the global steel industry. The acquisition is subject to approval by competition authorities
  • In March Ovako announced new financial targets to be achieved by 2020; sales volume above 850 thousand metric tons per year, EBITDA margin above 13 percent and a net debt (excluding pension liabilities) to equity ratio below 40 percent

“The year was off to a strong start with substantially higher revenue and earnings compared to last year. Order intake during the quarter was higher than in the past three quarters, which reflects the persistently strong market. We also received the positive news during the quarter that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) has signed an agreement to acquire Ovako. We will be owned by a global market leader in steel production with world-leading technology and production capacity. Backed by a strong industrial owner with the intent to expand in engineering steel, Ovako could not be in a better position. This is going to benefit both our customers and our employees,” says Marcus Hedblom, President and CEO at Ovako.

Short-term outlook

In light of continued high industrial activity among our customers and a strong order stock, we expect sales volume in the second quarter 2018 to be higher than in the corresponding period last year.

Group KPIs

2018 Q1 2017 Q1 2017 Full year
Sales volumes   kton 216 204 783
Revenue   EURm 271 233 921
EBITDA before restructuring cost  EURm 41 32 100
EBITDA   EURm 41 31 96
     Adjusted EBITDA margin  15.3 % 13.7 % 10.8 %
    EBITDA margin   15.3 % 13.3 % 10.5 %
Operating profit (EBITA) before restructuring cost  EURm 34 24 69
Operating profit (EBITA)   EURm 34 23 65
     Adjusted operating margin (EBITA)  12.6 % 10.3 % 7.4 %
     Operating margin (EBITA)   12.6 % 9.9 % 7.1 %
EBIT   EURm 32 21 56
Net profit/loss   EURm 18 11 15
Cash flow from operating activities   EURm -4 -3 39
Full time employees at end of period (FTE)   No 3,130 2,839 3,040

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For more information please contact:

Investor relations
Stina Thorman, IR Manager
Telephone: +46 (0)8622 13 38
E-mail: stina.thorman@ovako.com

About Ovako

Ovako develops high-tech steel solutions for, and in cooperation with, its customers in the bearing, transport and manufacturing industries. Our steel makes our customers’ end products more resilient and extends their useful life, ultimately resulting in smarter, more energy-efficient and more environmentally-friendly products.

Our production is based on recycled scrap and includes steel in the form of bar, tube, ring and pre-components. Ovako is represented in more than 30 countries, and has sales offices in Europe, North America and Asia. Ovako’s sales in 2017 amounted to EUR 921 million, and the company had 3,040 employees at year-end. For more information, please visit us at www.ovako.com

This information is information that Ovako AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 8.00 CET on April 25, 2018.

About Us

About OvakoOvako develops high-tech steel solutions for, and in cooperation with, its customers in the bearing, transport and manufacturing industries. Our steel makes our customers’ end products more resilient and extends their useful life, ultimately resulting in smarter, more energy-efficient and more environmentally-friendly products. Our production is based on recycled scrap and includes steel in the form of bar, tube, ring and pre-components. Ovako has over 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Ovako’s sales in 2017 amounted to EUR 921 million. Since June 2018, Ovako is part of the Japanese steel corporation Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation that employs 92,000 globally and has a revenue of EUR 37 billion. For more information, please visit us at www.ovako.com and www.nssmc.com.