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SHW AG: Sales and EBITDA in target range despite operational pressure
- Sales in the first quarter increased by 11.7 per cent to EUR 117.0 million
- Adjusted EBITDA improved from EUR 8.8 million to EUR 11.0 million
- Diligent execution of efficiency enhancing measures crucial for the attainment of the earnings guidance 2015
Aalen, 30 April 2015. Today, SHW AG, one of the leading automotive suppliers of CO2-
Against the background of a continued high level of customer call orders, SHW realised sales growth of 11.7 per cent to EUR 117.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 (previous year EUR 104.8 million). Order intake increased in the January to March 2015 period from EUR 112.1 million to EUR 118.8 million, or 6.0 per cent compared to the same quarter in the previous year.
Earnings development continued to be primarily influenced by the high level of customer call orders, which still led to logistical and operational pressure despite an acceleration in capacity expansion and efficiency improvement measures. A shift in the product mix to lower margin products also pressured earnings.
Adjusted Group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of tangible and intangible assets (adjusted EBITDA) improved in the January to March 2015 period compared to same period in the previous year from EUR 8.8 million to EUR 11.0 million.
"Regarding the optimisation of the production processes at our Aalen-Wasseralfingen location we have made solid progress in certain areas", commented Dr Thomas Buchholz, Chief Executive Officer of SHW AG. "Nevertheless, we have not yet completed our investments in the site to reduce production bottlenecks. There is still much to be done to achieve consistently stable processes".
Pumps and Engine Components business segment: tense capacity situation affects earnings
Sales in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment reached EUR 92.5 million in the first quarter (previous year EUR 80.6 million). This is equivalent to a 14.9 per cent increase compared to the previous year's figure. The Passenger Car division raised sales by 18.0 per cent to EUR 77.0 million (previous year EUR 65.3 million) as a result of high customer call orders - particularly for variable oil/vacuum pumps (tandem pumps) and camshaft phasers - and due to the ramp-up of capacity expansion. The Industry division contributed sales of EUR 7.5 million (previous year EUR 7.8 million). The Powder Metallurgy division raised its total sales (including intersegment sales) to EUR 14.6 million in the first quarter of 2015 (previous year EUR 12.6 million) because of high customer call orders.
Segment earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of tangible and intangible assets (adjusted EBITDA) increased from EUR 7.5 million to EUR 9.3 million in the first quarter.
The persistent high level of customer call orders led to continued strains on capacity in our powder metallurgy business at the Aalen-Wasseralfingen location. This led to a high number of short-term changeovers, additional costs for extra work shifts, more external processing, the use of third-party suppliers, additional quality control measures and higher costs for special freight services and thus placed noticeable pressure on earnings. By commissioning a powder and a sizing press, some important measures to increase capacity and to optimise processing costs were implemented. In the upcoming quarters, we plan to commission additional machines and equipment to increase capacity, which will contribute to a turnaround in earnings in the Powder Metallurgy division.
The capacity situation in our Powder Metallurgy business had a negative impact on the performance of our pump production at the site in Bad Schussenried. Other negative effects that occurred contrary to our expectations for the first quarter of 2015 originated from a less favourable product mix for passenger car pumps.
The development of the international operations of our Pumps and Engine Components business segment in China and Canada is proceeding as planned. After relocating our production activities from Bad Schussenried to Kunshan/China, we will start with the production of variable engine lubricating oil pumps in the second half of 2015. We will step up our preliminary search for a production location in the NAFTA region following our nomination as a series supplier of variable engine lubricating oil pumps for a global engine platform. The revenues and earnings contribution of our Brazilian subsidiary was slightly below expectations due to the difficult economic environment.
Brake Discs business segment: new joint venture holds tremendous growth potential
The Brake Discs business segment generated sales of EUR 24.5 million (previous year EUR 24.2 million) in the first quarter of 2015. The total number of brake discs sold in the reporting period increased slightly to 1.133 million units (previous year 1.111 million units).
Segment earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of tangible and intangible assets (adjusted EBITDA) improved over the previous year to EUR 2.1 million (previous year EUR 1.7 million). Rise in productivity and lower quality costs had a positive impact on earnings.
We reached our first milestone in the internationalisation of our brake discs business in the first quarter of 2015 by concluding a joint venture agreement with the Chinese company Shandong Longji Machinery Co., Ltd. After receiving the business licence, SHW made an agreed down payment of EUR 8.9 million on its cash contribution at the end of March 2015 and began operations at the beginning of the second quarter as scheduled. "The feedback of our target customers demonstrate that concluding this joint venture was the right step at the right point in time and that the Asian original equipment market for quality brake discs holds tremendous potential", said Andreas Rydzewski, Member of the Management Board and responsible for the Brake Discs business segment.
Capital increase secures international growth strategy
In mid-February 2015, SHW took advantage of the favourable capital market environment and executed a capital increase against contribution in cash issuing 585,109 new no-par value bearer shares for gross proceeds of EUR 24.6 million. These proceeds from the capital increase are expected to be used for the accelerated international growth in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment (e.g., the large order for a global engine platform), the joint venture SHW Longji Brake Discs (LongKou) Co. Ltd. as well as for other joint ventures envisaged in the Brake Discs business. In addition, financing may be required in connection with the search for additional location alternatives in Eastern and Southeastern Europe for the Pumps and Engine Components business segment.
Diligent execution of efficiency enhancing measures crucial for the attainment of the earnings guidance 2015
"The diligent execution of the identified topics and the developed action plans to improve efficiency in the areas of purchasing, logistics and operations are crucial to achieve our goals for fiscal year 2015", underlines Dr Thomas Buchholz.
Based on the quarterly figures, the Management Board has left its outlook for the full year of 2015 unchanged. Assuming the order situation remains stable and excluding any effects from the brake disc joint venture SHW Longji Brake Discs (LongKou) Co. Ltd., SHW continues to expect Group sales of roughly EUR 460 million. Sales in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment are expected to be approximately EUR 360 million based on further product launches and a shift in the product mix towards more complex pumps The Brake Discs business segment still expects to achieve sales of approximately EUR 100 million.
With the achievement of planned sales growth, the Company expects to reach adjusted Group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (adjusted EBITDA) in the range of EUR 46 million to EUR 50 million in 2015.
SHW will provide an updated forecast with the release of its half-year figures on 29 July 2015 to include the effects of the brake disc joint venture SHW Shandong Longji.
The Company was established in 1365 making it one of the oldest industrial companies in Germany. Today, SHW AG is a leading automotive supplier providing products that make a substantial contribution to reducing fuel consumption and, consequently, to lowering CO2 emissions. In its Pumps and Engine Components business segment, the SHW Group develops and produces pumps for passenger vehicles and industry applications (e.g., trucks, agricultural and construction vehicles, stationary engines and wind farms) as well as engine components. The Brake Discs business segment develops and produces monobloc ventilated brake discs made of cast iron and composite brake discs made of a combination of an iron friction ring and an aluminium pot. The SHW Group's customers include renowned automotive manufacturers, manufacturers of commercial, agricultural, and construction vehicles as well as other suppliers to the automotive industry. Currently, the SHW Group has four production sites in Germany located in Bad Schussenried, Aalen-Wasseralfingen, Tuttlingen-Ludwigstal and Neuhausen ob Eck, and one site in Brazil (Sao Paulo). With just over 1,150 employees, the Company generated Group sales in fiscal year 2014 of EUR 430 million. Further information is available at: www.shw.de
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