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SHW AG: Sales increase in the first quarter - sales and earnings guidance for the full year reconfirmed
- Sales in the first quarter 2014 increased to EUR 104.8 million
- EBITDA improved to EUR 8.8 million
- First Chinese contract signed
Aalen, 30 April 2014. SHW AG, one of the leading suppliers of CO2-relevant pumps and engine components as well as brake discs, today published the key figures for the first three months of 2014.
Due to successful new product launches and high customer orders , SHW AG was able to clearly outperform the market again in the first quarter of 2014 - new car registrations in the European Union in Q1/2014: +8.4 percent on previous year - and increased its Group sales by 23.9 percent to EUR 104.8 million (previous year: EUR 84.6 million). At the same time, order intake for the period from January to March 2014 increased by 13.9 percent on the prior year period to EUR 112.2 million (previous year: EUR 98.5 million).
In the first quarter of 2014, high customer orders led to logistical and operational pressure on the existing technical capacity in the Powder Metallurgy division at the Aalen-Wasseralfingen site. This also had a negative impact on the performance of pump production at the Bad Schussenried site, which is the main customer of the Powder Metallurgy division. It also generated additional costs in the form of extra shifts, additional external processing, higher maintenance costs, and special transportation. The start of a new production line in the Brake Discs business segment in the first quarter 2014 also had a negative impact on the quarterly results. As planned, internationalisation activities had a EUR 0.2 million cost impact on Group earnings in the first quarter of 2014.
While last year's introduction of SAP had a considerable adverse effect on the Group's result of EUR 6.0 million, Group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (adjusted EBITDA) improved to only EUR 8.8 million in the period from January to March 2014. This is equivalent to an EBITDA margin of 8.4 percent (previous year: 7.1 percent).
"The constant increase of customer orders was a real challenge for our organisation, which ate into our profits," said CEO Dr. Thomas Buchholz, who is in charge of the Pumps and Engine Components business segment. "I am confident, however, that the investments initiated to expand our capacity and the measures aimed at optimising our business processes will allow us to respond more flexible to such fluctuations in demand, while at the same time leveraging our earnings potential more effectively."
The implementation of the measures defined in the fiscal year 2013 with a view to optimising the business processes is being pushed ahead all locations. The initial successes are reflected in the reduction in working capital.Although sales increased by 23.9 percent or EUR 20.2 million, working capital was reduced by EUR 7.5 million or 14.1 percent compared to the previous year to EUR 45.6 million. "A working capital ratio of 11.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014 means that we have come a great deal closer to our target of 11 percent," said Sascha Rosengart, Chief Financial Officer of SHW AG.
A milestone in the first quarter was the comprehensive revision of the product creation process and the transfer to a phase-driven process chain including control and decision releases. The go-live of the logistic project with a continuous scanner solution at the Bad Schussenried plant was also successful. In the current fiscal year, the focus will be on the optimisation of the production processes and workflows (shop floor management).
Pumps and Engine Components business segment: quarterly sales at record level
At EUR 80.6 million (previous year: EUR 63.3 million), the Pumps and Engine Components segment generated the highest quarterly sales in the history of the company. Against the background of high customer orders, the product ramp up of a variable oil/vacuum pump (tandem pump) for a 3-cylinder engine and the capacity expansion for a start/stop pump, the Passenger Car division reported a 31.8 percent increase in sales to EUR 65.3 million (previous year: EUR 49.5 million). The Truck & Off-Highway division benefited from growing demand from manufacturers of agricultural and construction machinery and generated sales of EUR 7.8 million (previous year: EUR 7.4 million). The Powder Metallurgy division boosted its sales by 11.9 percent to EUR 7.5 million thanks to increased customer orders and the product ramp up of components for a variable oil/vacuum pump and camshaft phasers.
High customer orders in the first quarter of 2014 led to logistical and operational pressure on the existing technical capacity in the Powder Metallurgy division at the Aalen-Wasseralfingen site. This also adversely affected the performance of pump production at the Bad Schussenried site, the main customer of the Powder Metallurgy division.
The business segment's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (adjusted EBITDA) improved from EUR 4.8 million in the first quarter of 2013, which was considerably adversely affected by the introduction of SAP, to EUR 7.5 million in the first quarter of 2014. The EBITDA margin climbed from 7.6 percent to 9.3 percent.
Brake Discs business segment: EBITDA margin moderately improved in spite of adverse impacts affecting the bottom line
Against the background of growing sales figures, the Brake Discs segment increased its sales by 14.0 percent to EUR 24.2 million in the first quarter of 2014.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (adjusted EBITDA) increased by 17.0 percent from EUR 1.5 million to EUR 1.7 million. Accordingly, the EBITDA margin improved from 7.0 percent in the previous year to 7.2 percent. This improvement in earnings was achieved in spite of the adverse impacts resulting from the belated start-up of a new production line, which entailed special shifts and additional external processing costs
First Chinese contract signed
The implementation of the internationalisation strategy is proceeding according to plan. In Brazil, the first oil pumps will be delivered to a US car maker in the course of the second quarter. In early March, a small team of sales staff moved into the new development centre and administrative building near Toronto, Canada.
The contractual negotiations with a well-known European engine manufacturer for truck and off-highway applications were concluded successfully and SHW has won the multi-year contract for the production of engine oil pumps at the Chinese plant. Production will start at a small scale in 2015 and gradually be increased to reach target levels by 2018, after which it will continue at this level for several years. Demand for the Chinese market alone would result in sales of around EUR 3.4 million p.a. In addition, the company is also planning to produce the client's European demand in China. Overall this will lead to annual sales of around EUR 7 million as from 2017/2018.
Outlook for the full year 2014 reconfirmed
In view of the results of the first quarter, the Management Board confirms the outlook for the full year 2014. Assuming a continued stable order situation, SHW AG expects Group sales in fiscal year 2014 to be in the range of EUR 380 million to EUR 400 million. Further planned product ramp-ups and a shift in the product mix towards more complex pumps should lead to sales in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment of between EUR 287 million and EUR 305 million. In the Brake Discs business segment, the target is to further increase the share of processed discs and higher value composite brake discs and thus achieve sales in the order of EUR 93 million to EUR 95 million.
The Management Board's focus in fiscal year 2014 will be primarily on acquiring new orders, optimising logistical and operational business processes at all locations, and also establishing and expanding of business in Brazil, China, and North America. In achieving the planned sales growth, the Company expects to reach adjusted Group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (adjusted EBITDA) in the order of EUR 38 million to EUR 40 million in 2014.
The general shareholders' meeting of SHW AG will take place on 9 May 2014 at Congress Centrum in Heidenheim.
The business was established in 1365, making it one of the oldest industrial enterprises in Germany. Today, SHW AG is a leading automotive supplier with products that contribute substantially to a reduction of fuel consumption and consequently CO2 emissions. In its Pumps and Engine Components business segment, the SHW Group develops and produces pumps for passenger vehicles and truck and off-highway applications, e.g. trucks, agricultural and construction vehicles, stationary motors and wind farms, as well as engine components. The Brake Discs business segment develops and produces monobloc vented brake discs made of cast iron and lightweight brake discs made from a combination of an iron friction ring and an aluminium pot. Customers of the SHW Group include leading European and North American car manufacturers, manufacturers of commercial, construction and agricultural machinery and other automotive suppliers. The SHW Group currently has four manufacturing sites in Germany. These are located in Bad Schussenried, Aalen-Wasseralfingen, Tuttlingen-Ludwigstal and Neuhausen ob Eck. With just over 1,000 employees, the SHW Group generated sales from continuing operations in 2013 of 366 million euros. Further information is available at:
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