Solid growth

Zurich, Switzerland, February 28, 2019 


  • Total orders +8%[1], up in all divisions and regions
  • Revenues +4%, strong growth in Robotics and Motion
  • Order backlog +6% at end of year, book-to-bill ratio[2] at 1.03x
  • ABB Ability™ drives growth across all divisions
  • Operational EBITA margin 10.9%2, impacted by a combined 250 basis points due to stranded costs, charges for legacy non-core projects and GEIS dilution
  • Reported net income at $2,173 million, -2%
  • Cash flow from operating activities at approx. $3 billion
  • New ABB announced
  • Focus of portfolio on digital industries through divestment of Power Grids
  • Simplification of business model and structure
  • Shape four leading businesses aligned with customer patterns
  • Acquisition of GEIS completed on June 30, 2018
  • CHF 0.80 per share dividend proposed


  • Total orders +7%, higher in all divisions and regions
  • Revenues +5%
  • Operational EBITA margin 7.9%, impacted by a combined 400 basis points due to stranded costs, legacy non-core charges and GEIS dilution
  •  Solid cash flow from operating activities at approx. $1.9 billion
  •  Sylvia Hill to succeed Jean-Christophe Deslarzes as Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Executive Committee, effective June 1, 2019

The complete press release including the appendices is available at

[1] Growth rates for orders, third-party base orders and revenues are on a comparable basis (local currency adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures). US$ growth rates are presented in Key Figures table.

[2] For non-GAAP measures, see the “Supplemental Financial Information” attachment to the press release.

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