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Vossloh Aktiengesellschaft: Vossloh with a very good start in the 2021 fiscal year, sales and operating profitability
well above the previous year
2021-04-29 / 07:30
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Vossloh with a very good start in the 2021 fiscal year, sales and operating profitability well above the previous year
. Sales up 13.2 percent year on year
. EBIT increases to EUR12.1 million (operating EBIT previous year: EUR0.9 million)
. EBITDA margin of 12.4 percent (operating EBITDA margin previous year: 7.2 percent)
. Hybrid note provides financial flexibility and significantly reduces net financial debt
. Outlook for 2021 confirmed, including significant year-on-year increase in operating profitability
Werdohl, April 29, 2021. Vossloh has made an excellent start to the 2021 fiscal year. Despite continuing challenges due
to COVID-19, group sales went up by 13.2 percent to EUR207.1 million in the first three months of the fiscal year
(previous year: EUR182.9 million). This was mainly due to higher sales in the rail fastening systems business in China,
largely as a result of deliveries being shifted to 2021 due to the pandemic. As in the previous year, orders received
developed positively in the first three months of 2021 and came to EUR260.0 million (previous year: EUR291.9 million). The
ratio of new orders to sales (book-to-bill) remained again high at an encouraging 1.26. EBIT came to EUR12.1 million, a
significant improvement after comparable EUR0.9 million in the first quarter of 2020. The EBIT figure reported in the
previous year of EUR16.5 million included a positive effect totalling EUR15.6 million related to the transitional
consolidation of a Chinese joint venture. The operating EBIT margin increased from 0.5 percent in the previous year to
5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2021. Accordingly, operating EBITDA also went up significantly from EUR13.2 million
to EUR25.6 million year on year, while the operating EBITDA margin climbed from 7.2 percent to 12.4 percent.
The Group's financial position also improved significantly. The equity ratio went up to 43.9 percent (previous year:
28.6 percent). Net financial debt (excluding lease liabilities) fell considerably to EUR202.1 million (March 31, 2020:
EUR386.4 million). In addition to the positive free cash flow in the core business over the past twelve months, this was
largely driven by the successful placement of the hybrid note in the amount of roughly EUR150 million in February. The
hybrid note was presented within equity in accordance with IFRS accounting standards.
"We have made an excellent start to the 2021 fiscal year. After a lengthy period of restructuring and realignment,
Vossloh's earnings potential is becoming clearly visible in view of our best operating result in a first quarter in ten
years," Oliver Schuster, Chief Executive Officer of Vossloh AG, explained. "We are perfectly positioned and well on the
way to achieve our ambitious goals. Our integrated range of products and services and our financial flexibility have
put us on track for long-term profitable growth."
Core Components division
In the Core Components division, Vossloh increased its sales in the first quarter of 2021 by more than 35 percent to
EUR105.1 million (previous year: EUR77.7 million). This outstanding performance is largely due to the Fastening Systems
business unit's improved business in China, mainly as a result of deliveries being shifted to 2021 due to the pandemic.
The sales of the business unit went up by almost 50 percent in the reporting period to EUR65.5 million (previous year:
EUR43.9 million). The revenues of the Tie Technologies business unit increased to EUR40.6 million (previous year: EUR36.5
million), mainly due to higher volumes of concrete ties being delivered in Australia. Orders received in the division
amounted to EUR99.5 million in the first three months of 2021 (previous year: EUR107.9 million). The order backlog fell to
EUR237.5 million on March 31, 2021. The decrease compared to the previous year's figure (March 31, 2020: EUR302.8 million)
was largely due to the planned execution of the high order backlog in Australia and China. The Core Components division
achieved an EBIT of EUR14.7 million in the first quarter of 2021 (previous year on a comparable basis: EUR3.8 million).
This caused the EBIT margin to improve from a comparable figure of 4.9 percent in the previous year to 14.0 percent.
This significant rise is primarily due to increased deliveries for high-margin rail fastening systems projects.
Customized Modules division
The Customized Modules division generated EUR87.3 million in sales in the first quarter of 2021, on a par with the
previous year (EUR87.6 million). Lower revenues particularly in Italy and France were balanced out by improved sales
figures in Australia and India. Orders received amounted to a total of EUR127.0 million in the first three months of 2021
(previous year: EUR147.7 million). The book-to-bill ratio accordingly was at 1.45. The order backlog came to EUR380.0
million at the end of the first quarter of 2021, a significant rise compared to the previous year (EUR333.2 million).
EBIT saw a sharp increase to EUR4.0 million (previous year: EUR1.8 million). Consequently, the EBIT margin rose to 4.6
percent (previous year: 2.1 percent). The improvement in earnings and profitability was largely driven by operational
Lifecycle Solutions division
The Lifecycle Solutions division generated sales of EUR19.7 million in the first quarter of 2021, in line with the
previous year's performance (EUR20.2 million). Rail and turnout grinding sales fell year on year as expected. This
decline was compensated for by higher revenues from machinery sales and stationary welding. Both orders received with
EUR38.9 million (previous year: EUR38.4 million) and order backlog with EUR28.8 million (previous year: EUR28.6 million) were
on a par with last year. EBIT was negative at EUR(2.4) million (previous year: EUR(1.8) million). EBIT is typically
negative in this period due to seasonal reasons. The decline in EBIT was largely due to lower earnings contributions
from rail and turnout grinding as well as logistics. Vossloh expects the situation to improve over the course of the
year, with profitability at a higher level than the previous year.
In the first quarter of 2021, the average number of employees in the Vossloh Group was 3,608 (previous year: 3,472).
The increase in the workforce was largely due to the full consolidation of an Indian company in the Customized Modules
Based on current knowledge, Vossloh still assumes that it will be able to generate sales between EUR850 million and EUR925
million in 2021. Vossloh is expecting an EBITDA margin of between 13 and 14 percent. The EBIT margin is expected to be
between 7 and 8 percent. Excluding the one-time effect of EUR15.6 million from the transitional consolidation of the
joint venture in China in the 2020 fiscal year, the EBITDA margin and EBIT margin in the past fiscal year were 12.4
percent and 6.6 percent, respectively. Vossloh thus expects its operating profitability to improve significantly, with
contributions coming from all divisions. The outlook assumes that there will not be any significant additional impact
related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vossloh Group 1-3/2021 1-3/2020
Orders received EUR mill. 260.0 291.9
Order backlog as of 3/31 EUR mill. 644.8 663.3
Sales revenues EUR mill. 207.1 182.9
EBITDA EUR mill. 25.6 13.2^1
EBITDA margin % 12.4 7.2^1
EBIT EUR mill. 12.1 0.9^1
EBIT margin % 5.8 0.5^1
Net income EUR mill. 6.1 (2.6)
Earnings per share EUR 0.16 (0.15)
Value added EUR mill. (3.4) 1.6
Net financial debt (excl. EUR mill. 202.1 386.4
leasing) as of 3/31
Equity ratio % 43.9 28.6
as of 3/31
^1 The previous year figures are presented on a comparable basis, and therefore exclude the positive book effect totaling EUR15.6 million recognized in profit or loss related to the transitional consolidation of a Chinese joint venture. Contact information for the media: Gundolf Moritz (Mirnock Consulting) Phone: +49 (0) 2392 52-608 Email: email@example.com Contact information for investors: Dr. Daniel Gavranovic Phone: +49 (0) 2392 52-609 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vossloh is a globally active technology Group dedicated for over 135 years to quality, safety, reliability, innovation and a focus on the customer. Vossloh's comprehensive range of track-related products and services make the company a leader in the global market in this area. Vossloh provides a uniquely wide range of services: rail fastening systems, concrete ties, switch systems and crossings as well as innovative and increasingly digital-based services for the entire lifecycle of rails and switches. Vossloh uses its extensive understanding of rail infrastructure to meet the key customer need of track network availability. Vossloh products are in use in more than 85 countries. With close to 80 Group companies in around 30 countries and over 35 production sites, Vossloh is a global company with a local presence. Vossloh is committed to sustainable governance and climate protection and makes an important contribution to sustainable passenger and freight mobility with its products and services. The Group activities are organized into the three divisions of Core Components, Customized Modules and Lifecycle Solutions. In the 2020 fiscal year, Vossloh achieved sales of about EUR870 million with approximately 3,500 employees.
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