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Valmet's Financial Statements Review January 1 - December 31, 2016: Orders received increased to EUR 3.1 billion and Comparable EBITA to EUR 196 million in 2016

Valmet Oyj's financial statement release on February 8, 2017 at 12:00 noon EET

Figures in brackets, unless otherwise stated, refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period of the previous year. Automation has been consolidated into Valmet's financials since April 1, 2015, when the acquisition of Automation was completed.

October-December 2016: Orders received increased in the Paper, Automation and Services business lines

  • Orders received increased to EUR 857 million (EUR 793 million).
    • Orders received increased in the Paper, Automation and Services business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
    • Orders received increased in Asia-Pacific, China and North America, remained at the previous year's level in South America and decreased in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
  • Net sales decreased to EUR 785 million (EUR 854 million).
    • Net sales remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Automation business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy and Paper business lines.
  • Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 56 million (EUR 63 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 7.2 percent (7.3%).
    • Profitability decreased due to a loss of EUR 17 million incurred in a pulp mill rebuild project.
  • Earnings per share were EUR 0.10 (EUR 0.18).
  • Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -8 million (EUR -10 million).
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 88 million (EUR 64 million).

January-December 2016: Orders received increased and profitability improved

  • Orders received increased to EUR 3,139 million (EUR 2,878 million).
    • Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, Paper and Services business lines.
    • The Automation business line contributed to orders received with EUR 299 million.
    • Orders received increased in Asia-Pacific, South America and EMEA and decreased in China and North America.
  • Net sales remained at the previous year's level at EUR 2,926 million (EUR 2,928 million).
    • Net sales remained at the previous year's level in the Services and Paper business lines and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
    • The Automation business line contributed to net sales with EUR 290 million.
  • Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR 196 million (EUR 182 million) and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 6.7 percent (6.2%).
    • Profitability improved due to improved gross profit and the acquisition of Automation and decreased due to a loss of EUR 17 million incurred in a pulp mill rebuild project.
  • Earnings per share were EUR 0.55 (EUR 0.51).
  • Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR -13 million (EUR -26 million).
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 246 million (EUR 78 million).

Dividend proposal

The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.42 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 76 percent of the net result.

Guidance for 2017

Valmet estimates that net sales in 2017 will remain at the same level as in 2016 (EUR 2,926 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2017 will increase in comparison with 2016 (EUR 196 million).

Short-term outlook

General economic outlook

After a lackluster outturn in 2016, economic activity is projected to pick up pace in 2017 and 2018, especially in emerging market and developing economies. However, there is a wide dispersion of possible outcomes around the projections, given uncertainty surrounding the policy stance of the incoming U.S. administration and its global ramifications. (International Monetary Fund, January 16, 2017)

Short-term market outlook

Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook has increased to a good level in board and paper (previously satisfactory level).
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook in tissue and energy as well as the satisfactory short-term market outlook for services, automation and pulp.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Increase in orders received and higher order backlog enable further improvement

Orders received increased 9 percent in 2016 supported by all business lines. Stable business, i.e. the Services and Automation business lines, accounted for about EUR 1.5 billion or 47 percent of all orders. During 2016, we were able to increase orders received in both stable and capital business. In capital business, the development was strong especially in Energy and Tissue. Our order backlog developed well during the year, which gives us a good starting point when moving into 2017.

In 2016, we also made good progress in improving profitability: Comparable EBITA margin increased to 6.7 percent from 6.2 percent in 2015. Although we reached our target range of 6-9 percent, our objective is to improve profitability even further. The long-term margin target from 2017 onwards is 8-10 percent, so there is still a lot of work to be done to reach our new goal.

During the last couple of years, we have put a lot of focus on our stable business. In 2016 we introduced the new Valmet Way to Serve -concept, and we have been able to grow both the Services and Automation businesses. Our new financial targets make sure that the development of stable business will be given emphasis also going forward.

Key figures1

EUR million Q4/2016 Q4/2015 Change 2016 2015 Change
Orders received 857 793 8% 3,139 2,878 9%
Order backlog2 2,283 2,074 10% 2,283 2,074 10%
Net sales 785 854 -8% 2,926 2,928 0%
Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) 56 63 -10% 196 182 7%
% of net sales 7.2% 7.3%   6.7% 6.2%  
Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) 48 52 -8% 183 157 17%
% of net sales 6.1% 6.1%   6.2% 5.3%  
Operating profit (EBIT)  40 41 -3% 147 120 23%
% of net sales 5.1% 4.9%   5.0% 4.1%  
Profit before taxes 38 37 3% 136 108 26%
Profit / loss 14 28 -50% 82 78 6%
Earnings per share, EUR 0.10 0.18 -48% 0.55 0.51 7%
Earnings per share, diluted, EUR 0.10 0.18 -48% 0.55 0.51 7%
Equity per share, EUR 5.88 5.70 3% 5.88 5.70 3%
Cash flow provided by operating activities 88 64 38% 246 78 >100%
Cash flow after investments 72 51 42% 188 -287  
Return on equity (ROE) (annualized)       9% 9%  
Return on capital employed (ROCE) before taxes (annualized)       12% 12%  

1 The calculation of key figures is presented on page 39.                 
2 At the end of period.

Equity to assets ratio and gearing As at December
31, 2016
As at December
31, 2015
    As at September 30, 2016
Equity to assets ratio at end of period 37% 36%     38%
Gearing at end of period 6% 21%     15%

Orders received, EUR million Q4/2016 Q4/2015 Change 2016 2015 Change
Services 284 267 6% 1,182 1,119 6%
Automation 78 67 18% 299 222 -
Pulp and Energy  247 261 -5% 939 864 9%
Paper 246 199 24% 718 673 7%
Total 857 793 8% 3,139 2,878 9%

Order backlog, EUR million As at December
31, 2016
As at December
31, 2015
Change   As at September 30, 2016
Total 2,283 2,074 10%   2,192

Net sales, EUR million Q4/2016 Q4/2015 Change 2016 2015 Change
Services 316 314 1% 1,163 1,128 3%
Automation 94 95 -1% 290 229 -
Pulp and Energy 187 245 -24% 826 913 -9%
Paper 188 200 -6% 647 659 -2%
Total 785 854 -8% 2,926 2,928 0%

News conference and webcast for analysts, investors and media

Valmet will arrange a news conference in English for analysts, investors and media on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time (EET). The news conference will be held at Valmet Head Office in Keilaniemi, Keilasatama 5, 02150 Espoo, Finland. The news conference can also be followed through a live webcast at www.valmet.com/webcasts.

It is also possible to take part in the news conference through a conference call. Conference call participants are requested to dial in at least five minutes prior to the start of the conference, at 2:55 p.m. (EET), at +44 1452 560304. The participants will be asked to provide the following conference ID: 52842476.

During the webcast and the conference call, all questions should be presented in English. After the webcast and the conference call, media has a possibility to interview the management in Finnish.

The event can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/valmetir.

Further information, please contact:
Calle Loikkanen, Director, Investor Relations, Valmet, tel. +358 10 672 0020
Kari Saarinen, CFO, Valmet, tel. +358 10 672 9603

VALMET

Kari Saarinen
CFO

Calle Loikkanen
Director, Investor Relations

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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