Valmet Oyj’s stock exchange release on February 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EET
Figures in brackets, unless otherwise stated, refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period of the previous year. As of January 1, 2019, Valmet has adopted IFRS 16 without restating the figures for the comparison period.
October–December 2019: Orders received amounted to EUR 1.0 billion
January–December 2019: Orders received increased and profitability improved
The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.80 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 59 percent of the net result.
Guidance for 2020
Valmet estimates that net sales in 2020 will increase in comparison with 2019 (EUR 3,547 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2020 will increase in comparison with 2019 (EUR 316 million).
General economic outlook
Global growth is projected to rise from an estimated 2.9 percent in 2019 to 3.3 percent in 2020 and 3.4 percent for 2021. Market sentiment has been boosted by tentative signs that manufacturing activity and global trade are bottoming out, a broad-based shift toward accommodative monetary policy, intermittent favorable news on US-China trade negotiations, and diminished fears of a no-deal Brexit. Downside risks, however, remain prominent, including rising geopolitical tensions, notably between the United States and Iran, intensifying social unrest, further worsening of relations between the United States and its trading partners, and deepening economic frictions between other countries. A materialization of these risks could lead to rapidly deteriorating sentiment, causing global growth to fall below the projected baseline.
(International Monetary Fund, January 2020)
Short-term market outlook
Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for services, automation, pulp, and board and paper, and the satisfactory short-term market outlook for energy, and tissue.
President and CEO Pasi Laine: Orders received increased and profitability improved in 2019
“In 2019, our orders received increased 7 percent to EUR 4.0 billion. Orders received in the stable business, i.e. the Services and Automation business lines, increased by 10 percent and accounted for 46 percent of total orders. Service orders were supported by the acquisitions of GL&V and J&L, which were finalized during the second quarter. The orders received in Automation increased as well. In the capital business, orders received increased in Pulp and Energy, and remained at last year’s high level in the Paper business line.
Valmet’s net sales increased 7 percent in 2019. Net sales increased in the stable business and remained at previous year’s level in the capital business. Comparable EBITA increased 23 percent to EUR 316 million, representing 8.9 percent of net sales. This means that we have been able to improve our profitability six years in a row and every year since the demerger at the end of 2013.
Valmet is starting the year 2020 as a strong, continuously developing company. Our orders received, net sales and Comparable EBITA were at a record high level at the end of 2019. Valmet’s technology is world leading, our brand is strong and a professional and highly engaged team of more than 13,000 Valmeteers serves our customers around the world. With the solid order backlog and improved profitability level, we can move into 2020 with confidence.”
|Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA)||118||113||4%||316||257||23%|
|% of net sales||10.7%||11.5%||8.9%||7.7%|
|Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA)||119||110||8%||315||241||31%|
|% of net sales||10.8%||11.2%||8.9%||7.2%|
|Operating profit (EBIT)||110||102||7%||281||211||33%|
|% of net sales||9.9%||10.4%||7.9%||6.4%|
|Profit before taxes||105||100||6%||269||205||32%|
|Profit for the period||81||74||10%||202||152||33%|
|Earnings per share, EUR||0.54||0.49||10%||1.35||1.01||33%|
|Earnings per share, diluted, EUR||0.54||0.49||10%||1.35||1.01||33%|
|Equity per share, EUR2||6.95||6.31||10%||6.95||6.31||10%|
|Cash flow provided by operating activities||182||143||28%||295||284||4%|
|Cash flow after investments||161||119||35%||58||208||-72%|
|Return on equity (ROE) (annualized)||20%||16%|
|Return on capital employed (ROCE) before taxes (annualized)||23%||19%|
|Equity to assets ratio2||41%||43%|
Valmet implemented IFRS 16 – Leases as of January 1, 2019 by applying the simplified transition method and therefore 2018 figures are not restated.
1 The calculation of key figures is presented on page 47.
2 At the end of period.
|Orders received, EUR million||Q4/2019||Q4/2018||Change||2019||2018||Change|
|Pulp and Energy||320||451||-29%||1,125||1,000||13%|
|Order backlog, EUR million||As at|
|Net sales, EUR million||Q4/2019||Q4/2018||Change||2019||2018||Change|
|Pulp and Energy||315||232||36%||919||863||7%|
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 5, 2020 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
+44 (0) 2071 928000. The participants will be asked to provide the following conference ID: 2158826.
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:
Pekka Rouhiainen, Director, Investor Relations, Valmet, tel. +358 10 672 0020
Kari Saarinen, CFO, Valmet, tel. +358 50 317 1830
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 2019 were approximately EUR 3.5 billion. Our more than 13,000 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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