SKF Half-year report 2016

Gothenburg, 21 July 2016:

Alrik Danielson, President and CEO:

“Net sales in the second quarter was SEK 18.4 billion. Organic sales development was in-line with our expectations, 4% higher than the previous quarter and 4% lower year-over-year.

Although markets remain challenging, our cost reduction initiatives, including the profit improvement programme within Automotive, are materializing according to plan. This contrib­uted to an 11% operating margin excluding one-time items. Cash flow generation was a solid SEK 1.2 billion (excluding divestments and acquisitions), around SEK 500 million higher than last year. This continued resilient performance is a sign that we are on the right track in our effort to shape SKF into being leaner, more customer-focused and competitive.

The consolidation of three factories in North America was announced on 9 June, including an investment of SEK 150 million in manufacturing upgrades. This is the latest activity in our ongoing programme of investments in making our manufac­turing more flexible, competitive and better suited to serve our customers.

The divestments of our Kaydon velocity control and fly-by-wire businesses were completed on 30 June. As a result, we received SEK 3 125 million, which contributed positively to cash flow in the quarter. The effect on net profit was SEK -380 million, mainly related to taxes that we expect to pay in the coming quarters. In total, over SEK 4 billion has now been raised through the divestments of non-core businesses during the last 12 months.

As we look ahead, we see signs of the market stabilizing. Entering the third quarter of 2016, demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be relatively unchanged compared to the same period last year. Sequentially, demand is expected to be weaker, in-line with normal seasonality.”

Key figures, SEKm Q2 2016 Q2 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2015
Net sales 18 370 19 961 36 090 39 415
Operating profit excl. one-time items 2 020 2 577 3 992 4 953
Operating margin excl. one-time items, % 11.0 12.9 11.1 12.6
One-time items in operating profit -145 -194 -242 -849
Operating profit 1 875 2 383 3 750 4 104
Operating margin, % 10.2 11.9 10.4 10.4
Profit before taxes, excl. operating and financial one-time items 1 801 2 435 3 556 4 602
Profit before taxes 1 656 2 241 3 314 3 833
Net cash flow after investments before financing 4 225 1 654 4 735 2 642
Net sales change y-o-y, %: Organic Structure Currency Total
Q2 2016 -4.4 -0.6 -3.0 -8.0
YTD -5.3 -0.7 -2.4 -8.4
Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %: Europe North America Latin America Asia Middle East & Africa
Q2 2016 1.8 -13.1 -2.1 -5.9 1.8
YTD -0.1 -12.1 -2.8 -7.5 1.4

Outlook for the third quarter 2016

Demand compared to the third quarter 2015
The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be relatively unchanged for the Group, including both Automotive and Industrial. Demand is expected to be slightly higher in Europe, relatively unchanged in Latin America, slightly lower in Asia and significantly lower in North America.

Demand compared to the second quarter 2016
The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be lower for the Group. Demand for Industrial is expected to be slightly lower and demand for Automotive is expected to be lower. Demand is expected to be relatively unchanged in Latin America, slightly lower in Asia and North America and lower in Europe.

A teleconference will be held on 21 July at 9:00 (CEST):
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You will find all information regarding the SKF Half-year report 2016 on the Group’s IR website.  

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The information in this press release is information which AB SKF is required to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 and pursuant to the Securities Markets Act. The information was provided by the above contact persons for publication on 21 July 2016 at 8:00 CEST

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SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2015 were SEK 75 997 million and the number of employees was 46 635.  

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