SKF Nine-month Report 2018

SKF Nine-month Report 2018

PR Newswire

GÖTEBORG, Sweden, Oct. 25, 2018

GÖTEBORG, Sweden, Oct. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Alrik Danielson, President and CEO:

"The third quarter developed as anticipated, with continued growth in both our industrial and automotive businesses. Sales grew organically by 7%, to stand at SEK 21.3 billlion. Our operating profit was SEK 2.6 billion, 0.6 billion higher than last year and the highest operating profit we have ever recorded in a third quarter.

Cash flow was SEK 1.6 billion, compared to SEK 0.7 billion the previous year. This was supported by our continued efforts to reduce finished goods inventories, whilst maintaining good customer service levels.

The industrial business continues its strong performance, with an operating margin of 14% and organic growth of 9%. We saw significantly higher sales volumes in our three largest regions: Europe, North America and Asia, driven by continued broad-based investments and activities in most of the industries in which we operate.

The automotive business delivered an operating margin of 7%. Despite a drop in European car sales, resulting from the implementation of new test cycles (WLTP) and a slow-down in truck sales in Asia the business delivered an organic sales growth of 2% in the quarter.

At the end of July we announced the divestment of our linear and actuation business for a total consideration of SEK 2.75 billion. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter. Following a total of eight divestments in the past three years, we have strengthened our financial position and focused our business portfolio. We continue to invest in research and development with a number of new market offerings being launched in the coming months, including solutions for the rail, food and beverage and agriculture industries.

Entering the fourth quarter of 2018, we expect to see higher demand within industrial and slightly lower demand within automotive."

 

Key figures, SEKm

Q3 2018

Q3 2017

Jan-Sep 2018

 

 Jan-Sep 2017

 

Net sales

 

21,341

 

18,627

 

64,521

58,457

Operating profit

2,597

1,965

8,147

6,575

Operating margin, %

12.2

10.5

12.6

11.2

Profit before taxes

2,344

1,692

7,552

5,874

Net cash flow after investments before financing

1,626

681

4,067

3,049

Basic earnings per share

3.35

2.29

11.37

7.89

 

Net sales change y-o-y, %, Q3

Organic

Structure

Currency


 Total

SKF Group

6.9

-0.1

7.8

14.6

Industrial

9.2

-0.1

8.4

17.5

Automotive

1.7

0.0

6.1

7.8

 

Net sales change y-o-y, %, Jan-Sep 2018

Organic

Structure

Currency




Total 

SKF Group

7.9

-0.5

3.0

10.4

Industrial

9.6

-0.7

3.4

12.3

Automotive

4.0

0.0

2.1

6.1

 

Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %, Q3

Europe

North America

Latin America

Asia




Middle East & Africa 

SKF Group

6.0

8.2

-0.1

11.2

-10.0

Industrial

+++

+++

+/-

+++

--

Automotive

+/-

++

+/-

+

---

 

Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %, Jan-Sep 2018

Europe

North America

Latin America

Asia



Middle East & Africa 

SKF Group

7.5

5.6

-1.1

13.9

2.9

Industrial

+++

+

-

+++

Automotive

+/-

++

+/-

+++

--

Outlook and guidance

Demand for Q4 2018 compared to Q4 2017

The demand for SKF's products and services is expected to be slightly higher for the Group, including higher demand for Industrial and slightly lower demand for Automotive. Demand is expected to be significantly higher in North America, higher in Asia, relatively unchanged in Europe and slightly higher in Latin America.

Guidance Q4 2018

Guidance 2018

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