DGAP-News: SHW AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures
SHW AG: Outlook for the full year 2017 confirmed
Aalen, 26 October 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 nine months of 2017 today.
"The start of production for a primary transmission oil pump and a secondary transmission oil pump at the Chinese location in Kunshan are running according to schedule," states Dr. Frank Boshoff, CEO of SHW AG. "With the acquisition of Lust Hybrid-Technik we have strengthened our competitive position in electromobility significantly. Our other measures for significant sales and earnings growth in coming years are also running right on schedule. Based on the nine-month figures we are optimistic that we will reach our annual forecast for the current fiscal year in terms of Group sales and EBITDA margin."
EBITDA margin of 10.1 per centGroup sales in the first nine months of 2017 amounted to EUR 300.3 million, approximately 4 per cent below the previous year's figure of EUR 312.2 million as expected. This was attributable to the Pumps and Engine Components business segment.
Consolidated EBITDA decreased by 6.8 per cent from EUR 32.5 million to EUR 30.3 million. At 10.1 per cent, the corresponding EBITDA margin was slightly below the previous year's figure of 10.4 per cent. While the EBITDA margin in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment improved from 11.1 per cent to 12.2 per cent, the margin in the Brake Discs business segment decreased from 9.9 per cent to 6.8 per cent. Furthermore, in the administrative sector non-recurring costs associated with the public listing of SHW AG, customer projects and also acquisition costs burdened the operating result, particularly in the second and third quarters.
As depreciation and amortisation have decreased at the same time, the net profit for the period only fell by EUR 1.6 million to EUR 8.3 million (previous year EUR 9.9 million). Earnings per share come to EUR 1.29 (previous year EUR 1.54).
High level of investments in new markets and process know-howThe cash flow from operating activities in the first nine months came to EUR 19.1 million (previous year EUR 2.9 million). The significant improvement is particularly due to the significantly lower increase in working capital in comparison to the same period of the previous year.
The cash flow from investing activities in intangible assets and property, plant and equipment of EUR -23.3 million in the period from January to September outstrips the figure for the comparable period of the previous year of EUR -16.4 million by almost 42 per cent. Of this amount, EUR 17.5 million (previous year EUR 11.6 million) was invested in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment. In the Brake Discs business segment, investment came to approximately EUR 3.0 million (previous year EUR 3.3 million).
The significant expansion in investing activity is most evident in the expansion of production capacities in the new markets of China and North America, where the company outlaid approximately EUR 5.8 million (previous year EUR 0.7 million) from January to September 2017. Over the full year 2017 a total of just over EUR 9 million should be invested in foreign locations (previous year EUR 3.2 million). In sum, although the company generated negative operating free cash flow, the outflow was much smaller than in the previous year.
The cash flow from investing activities in financial assets relates to the second capital tranche for the joint venture SHW Longji Brake Discs (LongKou) Co., Ltd., and the first purchase price instalment for Lust Hybrid-Technik GmbH, Hermsdorf. With the acquisition of Lust Hybrid-Technik, SHW has optimised the degree of vertical integration in the field of electric pumps. As a provider of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS), the company covers the entire range of contract manufacturing for electronic assemblies - from the process development and circuit board assemblies through to sophisticated test concepts and global shipments. Dr. Boshoff underscores this: "The process know-how at Lust in electronic circuit boards represents a great step forward for us in the development and assembly of integrated e-pumps."
Higher margin at Pumps and Engine ComponentsThe Pumps and Engine Components business segment achieved sales of EUR 230.6 million in the first nine months 2017 (previous year EUR 245.4 million). Sales in the Passenger Car division declined from EUR 203.7 million to EUR 180.6 million. This expected sales decline mainly reflects the lower share supplied by SHW for the second generation of an electrically driven transmission oil pump. In addition, lower product sales for diesel engines also had an impact.
The high-margin Truck & Off-Highway and Powder Metallurgy divisions both increased their sales significantly. The Truck & Off-Highway division recorded an increase in sales of 18.4 per cent to EUR 24.5 million (previous year EUR 20.7 million). The Powder Metallurgy division improved by 11.0 per cent to EUR 23.3 million (previous year EUR 21.0 million). In the first two months of its affiliation to the Group, Lust Hybrid-Technik (LHT) contributed EUR 2.2 million to the sales of the business segment.
Despite the decline in sales, the Pumps and Engine Components business segment achieved a segment EBITDA of EUR 28.1 million in the reporting period, EUR 0.9 million above the level of the previous year. The EBITDA margin improved accordingly from 11.1 per cent to 12.2 per cent. The most decisive factors behind the higher margin were positive product mix effects, productivity gains and non-recurring effects.
Overall, the earnings trend for the Group's foreign subsidiaries in Brazil, China and Canada was in line with expectations. The company in Romania is in the start-up phase. Expenses for the forward-looking establishment and expansion of foreign plants are included in the operating segment earnings.
Margin in the Brake Discs business segment below previous yearIn the Brake Discs business segment, shipments of brake discs were 7.3 per cent higher in the first nine months 2017 than in the comparable period of the previous year. All three product areas contributed to this increase. Sales rose by 4.4 per cent to EUR 69.7 million (previous year EUR 66.8 million).
The segment EBITDA figure was positively influenced by volume and product mix effects as well as productivity gains. However, this contrasted with higher purchase costs for coke and other materials and the contractual delay in adjusting material surcharges. Overall, the EBITDA figure in the Brake Discs business segment declined by EUR 1.8 million to EUR 4.7 million in the reporting period.
In the course of a strategy review, the Management Board addressed the development and perspectives of the Brake Discs division in detail. Thereafter, management decided to focus more strongly on high-quality composite brake discs in future. The company perceives above-average growth potential here, also with regard to electromobility. For example, SHW recently received additional orders from a renowned European automobile manufacturer for various electric vehicle models.
With regard to the Brake Discs joint venture, the management board consequently entered into negotiations with the joint venture partner, Shandong Longji Machinery Co., Ltd. for the sale of SHW's share of 51 per cent. On 26 September 2017 SHW Automotive GmbH signed a contract for the sale of its shares in the joint venture to the Chinese joint venture partner. The completion of the transaction is expected for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Contracts with Dr. Frank Boshoff (CEO) and Martin Simon (CFO) prolonged until 2021The Supervisory Board of SHW AG has prolonged the contracts with Dr. Frank Boshoff (CEO) and Martin Simon (CFO) until 2021. "This is an important signal - not only for continuity and stability in governance, but also for the growth strategy of the Group. Under the leadership of Dr. Boshoff the existing management board team will further develop SHW into a global supplier to the automobile industry over the coming years," says Georg Wolf, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SHW AG.
Sales and earnings forecast for the full year 2017 remains unchangedBased 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 between EUR 310 million and EUR 330 million are forecast for the Pumps and Engine Components business segment (previous year EUR 317.5 million). For the Brake Discs business segment sales of approximately EUR 90 million are forecast (previous year EUR 88.2 million).
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 full year.
Key performance indicators for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2017 (in K EUR)
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