Interim report January-September 2018

This information is such that Inwido AB (publ) is obliged to publish in accordance with the EU market abuse regulation. The information was submitted by the below contact persons for publication on 23 October 2018 at 7:45 a.m. CET.

Better third quarter than last year

Third quarter of 2018

  • Net sales rose to SEK 1,682 million (1,559), representing an increase of 8 percent. Organic growth was a negative 1 percent
  • EBITA increased to SEK 200 million (172) after items affecting comparability of a negative SEK 2 million (0), and the EBITA margin grew to 11.9 percent (11.0)
  • Operating EBITA rose to SEK 202 million (172) and the operating EBITA margin rose to 12.0 percent (11.0)
  • Earnings per share before dilution increased to SEK 2.31 (1.85)
  • The acquisition of Profin in Finland was completed on 2 July
  • Most of the Group’s loans were refinanced
  • New governance model for the Inwido Group effective from 1 January 2019 – full responsibility for operations and profit for each subsidiary

January-September 2018

  • Net sales rose to SEK 4,802 million (4,597), representing an increase of 4 percent. Organic growth was a negative 2 percent
  • EBITA amounted to SEK 420 million (446) after items affecting comparability of a negative SEK 22 million (negative 2), and the EBITA margin was 8.7 percent (9.7)
  • Operating EBITA amounted to SEK 442 million (448) and the operating EBITA margin was 9.2 percent (9.7)
  • Earnings per share before dilution increased to SEK 5.16 (4.65)

The CEO comments:
"Inwido’s third quarter progressed largely as expected. It is gratifying to note that 25 of Inwido’s 29 profit units performed better this quarter than in 2017, which is also reflected in operating profit having increased to SEK 202 million in the quarter. This shows that the effort we have invested in various initiatives in recent years, such as increased cost control, has had the desired effect. However, we are not satisfied with a few of the larger units’ earnings. 

Sales increased by 8 percent compared with the corresponding period last year, to SEK 1,682 million. Organically, sales decreased by 1 percent. The operating EBITA margin increased to 12 percent, compared with 11 percent in the corresponding period the preceding year.  

The warm summer in the Nordic region generally dampened consumers’ eagerness to buy, which led to increased competition in the windows industry and thereby pressure on gross margins. The Industry market has also cooled, with fewer construction projects starting and fewer permits being issued. Inwido has coped with the market situation relatively well. Adjusted for acquisitions, order bookings decreased by 2 percent, and when also adjusted for currency effects, order bookings were 7 percent lower.  

It is also worth mentioning that the Group’s indebtedness decreased during the period, despite the acquisition of Profin, which is positive, particularly in generating opportunities for further acquisitions. The acquisitions we have made in recent years continue to develop well, contributing to Inwido’s development. 

Differing market situations – e-commerce growing increasingly important
Denmark is progressing very strongly, Poland has shifted to profitability, and both the UK and Ireland are currently developing well, although uncertainty has increased in the UK with the Brexit negotiations. During the year, Norway has become profitable. Inwido’s e-commerce continues to increase sharply, with reported sales in this unit increasing by 45 percent during the quarter. 

It is in Sweden and Finland in particular that the windows market is arduous, with increased competition and lower market prices. In Sweden, lower housing prices and fewer sales of homes have increased the pressure on all actors, at the same time as digitalization is driving changes in customer and consumer behaviours. We are tackling this trend with a series of initiatives. One example is the “Elitfönster På Plats” concept, in which consumers can buy Sweden’s most popular window brand and receive installation assistance. We also offer accessories and spare parts through Elitfönster’s online shop, investing in the brand while aiding builders’ merchants and carpenters by introducing new digital tools. 

Future prospects 
We anticipate somewhat weaker market growth in Europe over the upcoming periods. We foresee a continued strong market in Denmark, however, and e-commerce has good opportunities for growth. In our assessment, the competition in Sweden and Finland will persist. High production capacity in both countries, combined with a weaker Industry market and new players, exerts pressure on gross margins.  

In the fourth quarter, we will safeguard the implementation of Inwido’s new governance model to simplify and streamline the Group. This should be viewed, above all, in light of changing market conditions and customer behaviours. By assigning the units full responsibility for their operations and profitability, it will be possible to respond even faster in each sub-market to further increase customer focus and efficiency."  

MALMÖ, 23 OCTOBER 2018

Håkan Jeppsson
President and CEO

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For more information, please contact:
Inwido AB
Håkan Jeppsson, President and CEO Phone: 46 (0)10-451 45 51 or 46 (0)70-550 15 17
Peter Welin, CFO Phone: 46(0)70-324 3190 or 46(0)10-451 45 52 E-mail: peter.welin@inwido.com

About Inwido
Inwido is Europe’s largest supplier of windows and a leading door supplier. The company has operations in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Poland and the UK, as well as exports to a large number of other countries. The Group markets some 20 strong local brands including Elitfönster, SnickarPer, Hajom, Outline, Tiivi, Pihla, Diplomat and Sokolka. Inwido has approximately 4,400 employees and generated sales of slightly more than SEK 6.4 billion in 2017. The Group's headquarters are located in Malmö, Sweden. For further information, please visit www.inwido.com

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Inwido owns and develops companies that, with various products and services, improve people's everyday lives indoors. Today, Inwido is Europe's largest window group and a natural home for the region's strongest companies in comfort, indoor climate and security. In 2019, Inwido had sales of approximately SEK 6.6 billion and had an operating EBITA margin of 9.7 percent. In total, there are approximately 4,400 employees in the Group, which have operations in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany.Inwido was listed on the mid-cap list at NASDAQ Stockholm, Friday, September 26, 2014.

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