DGAP-News: SHW AG / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement/Quarter Results

03.05.2017 / 07:57
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PRESS RELEASE

SHW AG: Outlook for the full year 2017 confirmed

- Group sales and EBITDA margin slightly below the previous year's level after three months

- Significant investment programme for internationalisation on target
 

Aalen, 3 May 2017. SHW AG, one of the leading automotive suppliers of CO2-relevant pumps and engine components as well as composite brake discs, published its financial report for the first three months of 2017 today.

"The start to the new fiscal year turned out slightly subdued," says Dr Frank Boshoff, Chief Executive Officer of SHW AG. "However, we are confident that we will achieve our annual forecasts for Group sales and EBITDA margin. The measures to improve our processes in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment have now taken full effect. In the Brake Discs business segment, earnings have been burdened by higher purchase costs. However, since this will likely only be a temporary effect, we continue to envisage a consolidated EBITDA margin of 10 to 11 per cent for the full year 2017."
 

EBITDA margin just below 10 per cent

In the first quarter of 2017, at EUR 104.3 million Group sales were 2 per cent lower than the previous year's figure of EUR 106.6 million, in line with expectations. This was attributable to the Pumps and Engine Components business segment, while sales in the Brake Discs business segment rose by 15 per cent following a significant increase in volumes.

Consolidated earnings before interest, tax and depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) decreased by 6 per cent, from EUR 10.8 million to EUR 10.1 million. At 9.7 per cent, the corresponding EBITDA margin was below the previous year's figure of 10.1 per cent. While the EBITDA margin for the Pumps and Engine Components business segment improved from 11.1 per cent to 11.7 per cent, the margin for the Brake Discs business segment decreased from 7.7 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

Due to lower depreciation, the quarterly profit declined by just EUR 0.3 million to EUR 3.0 million (previous year EUR 3.3 million). Earnings per share came to EUR 0.46 (previous year EUR 0.51).
 

Pumps and Engine Components business segment: margin improved to 11.7 per cent

The Pumps and Engine Components business segment achieved sales of EUR 80.6 million in the first three months of 2017 (previous year EUR 85.9 million). Sales in the Passenger Car division declined from EUR 71.2 million to EUR 64.1 million. This budgeted sales decline mainly reflects the lower supply share of SHW for the second generation of an electrically driven transmission oil pump for the start-stop function. The Industry division contributed EUR 8.4 million to sales (previous year EUR 7.4 million). The Powder Metallurgy division ended the first three months of the year with sales of EUR 8.1 million (previous year EUR 7.3 million).

Despite the budgeted sales decline, the Pumps and Engine Components business segment achieved segment EBITDA of EUR 9.4 million in the reporting period, almost at the previous year's level. The EBITDA margin improved accordingly from 11.1 per cent to 11.7 per cent. Lower costs for external processing, rework and expedited freight by comparison with the previous year have significantly improved the margin.

Overall, the earnings trend for the Group's foreign subsidiaries in Brazil, China and Canada was in line with expectations. The Group is currently setting up a company in Romania. Expenses for the forward-looking establishment and expansion of foreign plants are included in the operating segment earnings.
 

Brake Discs business segment: margin temporarily burdened

In the Brake Discs business segment, unit sales in the first three months of the fiscal year 2017 were 26 per cent higher than the previous year's figure. All three product areas contributed to this increase. Sales rose by 15 per cent to EUR 23.7 million (previous year: EUR 20.7 million).

The segment EBITDA figure was positively influenced by volume and product mix effects as well as productivity improvements. However, this contrasted with higher purchase costs for coke and the contractual delay in adjusting material surcharges. Overall, the EBITDA figure in the Brake Discs business segment declined by EUR 0.3 million to EUR 1.3 million in the reporting period.
 

Significant investment programme for internationalisation on target

At EUR 9.0 million, investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets in the first quarter of 2017 exceeded the prior-year figure by 79.9 per cent. Of this amount, EUR 7.5 million was invested in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment (previous year: EUR 3.5 million). EUR 1.4 million was attributable to the Brake Discs business segment (previous year: EUR 1.4 million).

The Company is planning high capital expenditure with an estimated range of EUR 29 million to EUR 32 million for the fiscal year 2017 and EUR 27 million to EUR 30 million for the fiscal year 2018 in connection with the development of new markets in China and North America as well as the establishment of the new production site in Romania. This capital expenditure mainly relates to the development of the Group's production capacities at its international sites as well as its assembly lines and foundry and processing centres in Germany. SHW aims to generate almost a quarter of Group sales outside Europe in 2020.
 

Sales and earnings forecast for the full year 2017 confirmed

Based on the economic and industry environment and while considering the potential risks and opportunities for the full year 2017, the Management Board of SHW AG continues to expect Group sales in a range of EUR 400 million to EUR 420 million (previous year EUR 405.8 million).

Sales of approx. EUR 310 million to EUR 330 million are forecast for the Pumps and Engine Components business segment (previous year EUR 317.5 million). Stable sales of approx. EUR 90 million are expected for the Brake Discs business segment (previous year EUR 88.2 million); the proportion of higher-value composite brake discs is set to further increase compared with the previous year's figure.

Based on these assumptions, SHW continues to expect an EBITDA margin in a range of 10.0 per cent to 11.0 per cent (previous year 10.7 per cent) for the fiscal year 2017.

SHW AG's Annual General Meeting will take place on 9 May 2017 in Heidenheim. The financial report for the first six months of 2017 will be published on 28 July 2017.
 

Key performance indicators for the first quarter of 2017 (in K EUR)
 

Key performance indicators - SHW Group     Q1   Change
    2017   2016      
Sales     104.304   106.604   -2,2%    
EBITDA     10.147   10.760   -5,7%    
as % of sales     9,7%   10,1%   -    
Depreciation     5.675   5.947   -4,6%    
as % of sales     5,4%   5,6%   -    
EBIT     4.472   4.813   -7,1%    
as % of sales     4,3%   4,5%   -    
ROCE     12,1%   15,2%   -    
Net profit for the period     2.973   3.308   -10,1%    
                   
Key performance indicators - Pumps and Engine Components     Q1   Change
    2017   2016      
Sales     80.613   85.946   -6,2%    
EBITDA     9.397   9.548   -1,6%    
as % of sales     11,7%   11,1%   -    
Depreciation     4.639   4.769   -2,7%    
as % of sales     5,8%   5,5%   -    
EBIT     4.758   4.779   -0,4%    
as % of sales     5,9%   5,6%   -    
ROCE     18,7%   19,2%   -    
                   
Key performance indicators - Brake Discs     Q1   Change
    2017   2016      
Sales     23.691   20.658   14,7%    
EBITDA     1.314   1.591   -17,4%    
as % of sales     5,5%   7,7%   -    
Depreciation     948   1.102   -14,0%    
as % of sales     4,0%   5,3%   -    
EBIT     366   489   -25,2%    
as % of sales     1,5%   2,4%   -    
ROCE     6,2%   10,8%   -    
 

About SHW

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, one site in Brazil (Sao Paulo) and China (Kunshan) and has a sales and development centre in Toronto, Canada. Besides, SHW Automotive GmbH also holds a 51 per cent interest in the joint venture SHW Longji Brake Discs (LongKou) Co., Ltd., in LongKou (China). With just over 1,250 employees, the Company generated Group sales in fiscal year 2016 of EUR 406 million. Further information is available at: www.shw.de

 


Contact person

Michael Schickling

Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

SHW AG

Telephone: +49 (0) 7361 502 462

Email: michael.schickling@shw.de


Future-oriented statements

This press release contains certain future-oriented statements that are based on current assumptions and forecasts made by the management of SHW AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may lead to the actual results, financial position, development or performance of the company deviating considerably from the appraisals specified here. The company assumes no obligation to update future-oriented statements of this nature or adapt them to future events or developments.


Note

This announcement is for information purposes only and does neither constitute an offer to sell, purchase, exchange or transfer any securities nor a solicitation of any offer to sell, purchase, exchange or transfer any securities.

The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the Securities Act. SHW AG does not intend to register any securities referred to herein under the Securities Act or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States in connection with this announcement.



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