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October 25, 2018
July - September 2018 in brief
• Orders received increased 10% to SEK 9,413 million (8,591), organic growth of 3%
• Revenues increased 27% to SEK 9,651 million (7,610), organic growth of 19%
• Operating profit was SEK 1,898 million (1,520), including costs of SEK 126 million (15) related to the split from Atlas Copco and change in provision for long-term incentive programs
• Operating margin was 19.7% (20.0), negatively affected with 1.3 percentage points (0.2) by the costs related to the split and incentive programs
• Basic earnings per share were SEK 1.18 (0.88)
• Operating cash flow of SEK 777 million (1,242)
• Agreement signed in October to acquire the Canadian manufacturer of exploration drilling tools, Fordia Group Inc., with annual revenues of about SEK 580 million
A solid quarter with strong revenue and profit growth
Revenues and profits grew significantly and order volumes were somewhat higher than last year. Revenues increased with 19% organically to SEK 9,651 million, and orders received reached SEK 9,413 million, up 3% organically. Our operating profit reached SEK 1,898, including costs of SEK 126 million related to the split from Atlas Copco and a change in provision for personnel option programs. The operating margin was 21.0%, excluding the costs related to the split and incentive programs.
Demand development and trend
We saw a continued good sentiment and customer demand in the market. Mining production remained high in all major markets and activities in infrastructure continued to be good. The order intake was higher than the previous year, and I am pleased with the strong order development for our service business and also for our surface equipment. We had, however, lower order intake than in the past two record quarters. This was partly due to fewer large orders received. Such large orders are not evenly distributed over time, and will consequently impact quarterly order intake. Orders received are also typically lower in quarter three compared to quarters one and two. For mining equipment a majority of the orders continued to be for expansion in existing mines. In the quarter we have seen a decrease in metal prices, but in the near-term future we do not expect the overall market sentiment to change significantly. We expect the demand to remain at current level.
Improved factory output supported the strong revenue growth
The equipment deliveries were largely in line with the second quarter. Our factory capacity has improved and our efforts to bring it on par with the demand are yielding results. The operating margin was strengthened by currency and also by the growth, primarily in the Equipment & Service segment. For Tools & Attachments, the margin improved somewhat compared to the most recent quarters, reinforced by our efficiency actions. Working capital increased in the quarter. This is not satisfactory and we continue to address the issue both short-term and long-term.
Our innovation initiatives in new technologies generate strong interest from our customers and a high share of our equipment delivered is ready for automation. Our newly inaugurated Control Tower in Örebro, Sweden, is designed to be an innovation arena for exploring and developing automation solutions. We will introduce the second generation of battery-operated equipment in the fourth quarter. All-in-all, our customers will benefit from increased productivity, safety and energy efficiency.
The journey of value creation continues
Our goal is to deliver profitable growth. It is essential that we focus on what will create value going forward. We have comprehensive strategies for sales growth and several programs for excellence: in supply-chain, manufacturing, sourcing and service, as well as initiatives to improve our agility. Our journey continues.
President and CEO
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