Metso's Interim Review January 1 - March 31, 2018 Metso Corporation, Stock Exchange Release, April 25, 2018 at 09:00 a.m. EEST
Metso's Interim Review January 1 - March 31, 2018
Metso Corporation, Stock Exchange Release, April 25, 2018 at 09:00 a.m. EEST
This is a summary of Metso's January 1 - March 31, 2018 Interim Review. The complete report is attached to this release and is also available at www.metso.com/latestreports.
Figures in brackets refer to the corresponding period in 2017, unless otherwise stated.
First quarter 2018 in brief
The outlook represents expected sequential market development with a rolling six-month view. Our market conditions are expected to develop as follows:
Interim President and CEO Eeva Sipilä:
We were pleased to see positive development on several fronts during the first quarter. All our businesses reported strong growth in orders, which resulted in a 17% increase in total orders received compared to the first quarter last year. This growth was supported by the continued healthy market activity in all our customer industries. The strong order growth was also partly attributable to timing, as some of the orders expected in the previous quarter were delayed to the first quarter.
Sales growth and faster than expected progress in improving earlier internal issues had a positive impact on our profitability. We have been working intensively on the internal operational issues that affected our performance in late 2017 and I am encouraged by the development so far. Nevertheless, the work continues, as there are still several areas where we can further improve our operational excellence.
We started the year with no interruption in the implementation of our profitable growth strategy. In March, we announced an expansion investment at our Indian plant. The investment will increase our production capacity to better meet the growing demand for aggregates products in India and other markets. After the reporting period, we announced two acquisitions: one in our valves business in India and the other in our aggregates business in Sweden. These acquisitions represent complementary additions to our offering and will strengthen our presence in these markets. Executing our strategy is our key focus area for the remainder of the year.
|EUR million||Q1/2018||Q1/2017||Change %||2017|
|Orders received by the services business||490||451||9||1,717|
|% of orders received||57||62||58|
|Order backlog at the end of the period||1,553||1,396||11||1,439|
|Sales of the services business||422||383||10||1,595|
|% of sales||59||59||59|
|Earnings before interest, tax and amortization (EBITA), adjusted||85||66||28||244|
|% of sales||11.9||10.2||9.0|
|Operating profit (EBIT)||80||59||36||218|
|% of sales||11.3||9.2||8.1|
|Earnings per share, EUR||0.33||0.23||43||0.68|
|Free cash flow||2||39||-95||158|
|Return on capital employed (ROCE) before taxes, annualized, %||15.2||11.1||10.3|
|Equity-to-assets ratio at the end of the period, %||40.9||43.7||44.5|
|Net gearing at the end of the period, %||2.2||-4.7||1.8|
|Personnel at the end of the period||12,356||11,453||8||12,037|
Webcast and conference call
Metso's Interim President and CEO Eeva Sipilä will present the financial results in a webcast and a conference call for analysts and investors, held in English, today at 13:00 EEST. Webcast is viewable at www.metso.com/latestreports.
Conference call participants are requested to dial in five minutes before the event begins on:
United States: +1 323 794 2095
other countries: +44 330 336 9104
The confirmation code is 755916. A recording and a transcript will be available at www.metso.com/latestreports after the event has finished.
For further information, please contact:
Eeva Sipilä, Interim President and CEO & CFO, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3010
Juha Rouhiainen, VP, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3253
VP, Investor Relations
Metso is a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources in the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries. With our unique knowledge and innovative solutions, we help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability.
Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 2.7 billion in 2017. Metso employs over 12,000 people in more than 50 countries.