Heidelberg Second-Quarter, Six-Month Results in Line with ExpectationsNovember 7, 2012
At €-3 million, free cash flow came close to balancing in the second quarter thanks to consistent asset management (previous year: €-12 million) and was therefore significantly improved on the previous quarter (€-112 million). Net financial debt at the end of the first half-year remained on a par with the level at the end of the previous quarter at €357 million.
As of Sept. 30, 2012, Heidelberg had a workforce of 14,745 worldwide (previous year: 15,782). This represents a year-on-year reduction of around 1,000 staff.
Results by segment and region
Incoming orders in the Heidelberg Equipment segment amounted to €390 million in the second quarter. In the first half-year, they came to €988 million, a 22 percent rise on the previous year. As expected, net sales in this segment increased by 11 percent to €414 million in the second quarter. At the end of the first half-year, sales in this segment matched those of the previous year at €669 million.
In the Heidelberg Services segment, incoming orders in the second quarter came to €275 million. In the first half-year, they amounted to €564 million, a 10 percent rise on the previous year as a result of the drupa trade show. Net sales in this segment were €280 million in the second quarter. In the first half-year, sales rose by 9 percent to €542 million against the previous year due to an increase in net sales from consumables and the service business.
The order situation at Heidelberg was around or above the previous year’s level in the individual regions at the half-year mark and was thus in line with expectations. The 40 percent year-on-year increase in the North America region was particularly pleasing. In the Asia/Pacific region and in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the half-year figures also surpassed those of 2011/2012. In Eastern Europe, incoming orders remained at the previous year’s level while the order intake in South America fell slightly below the prior year.
It was a similar story for net sales in the first half-year: Compared with the previous year, net sales rose considerably in Eastern Europe, North America, and Asia/Pacific, but remained stable in the EMEA region and fell short of the prior-year figure in South America.
Outlook confirmed for the current financial year 2012/2013
The sovereign debt crises and the volatile overall economic and market environment continue to make it difficult to forecast how business will develop. For the current financial year 2012/2013, Heidelberg expects a clear shift into the second half-year of the sales favored by orders generated at the trade show, with a consequent improvement in profit contributions. Heidelberg continues to expect a clearly positive result of operating activities excluding special items, which, however, was negatively impacted especially in the first half of the year by costs incurred for drupa and product launches.
Around one third of the planned savings from the Focus 2012 efficiency program of approximately €180 million will already take effect in the current financial year. The expenditures required for this purpose, however, will weigh on the financial result. As a consequence, income before taxes will be negative. In the financial year 2012/2013, free cash flow will see a significant negative impact from the pro-rata expenditures for Focus 2012; thus, net financial debt will also increase in the meantime.
Heidelberg will apply the new version of the international accounting standard IAS 19, which aims to improve transparency and comparability when reporting pension commitments, for the first time from financial year 2013/2014. Depending on how pension commitments have been recognized previously, there will be consequent effects on the key performance data in the statements of financial position and income statements of companies reporting under international accounting standards.
In the coming financial year 2013/2014, the cost reductions resulting from Focus 2012 will be fully effective for the first time and will result in annual savings of approximately €180 million. The compulsory adoption of the new version of IAS 19 from the coming financial year will have effects—depending on the performance of various parameters—on Heidelberg’s income statement. In particular, income estimated to be between €25 million and €30 million currently included under the result of operating activities excluding special items will be reclassified under the financial result.
Heidelberg intends to make up as soon as possible for the negative effects of this reclassification on its target of achieving a result of operating activities excluding special items of around €150 million. As income before taxes is virtually unaffected just by the change in reporting, the current forecast of income before taxes being clearly positive and accordingly of achieving a net profit for the year remains valid.
“Heidelberg has only one objective at the moment - to get back into the black and stay there. We are therefore systematically gearing the activities of all business areas to this goal,” said Linzbach with a view to the group’s future.