Schaeffler Group first quarter 2014 revenue increased 8% year on year to EUR3.0bn.

EBIT increased by EUR59m to EUR414m and included the one-off positive impact of approximately EUR10m from the release of provisions. Excluding this impact, adjusted EBIT margin rose 0.7% to 13.6% from 12.9% while net income improved by EUR149m to EUR382m..

“We started very well into the year 2014. The key driver of the positive revenue development in the first quarter 2014 was again our automotive business,” said CEO and CFO Klaus Rosenfeld.

Automotive division revenue increased 11.3% to EUR2.2bn.

At 26%, the Greater China region reported the highest growth rate followed by Asia/Pacific where revenue increased 10%. The newly established regions Europe and Americas experienced revenue growth of 7 and 2%, respectively.

The deleveraging achieved in 2013 and the measures taken to improve financing costs reduced interest payments for the first quarter of 2014 to EUR111m, significantly less than EUR190m a year earlier.

Schaeffler has raised its sales guidance for the year and now expects revenue growth of more than 7% (previously 5 to 7%) in 2014. Its forecast EBIT margin remains at 12 to 13%.

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Schaeffler raises revenue forecast for 2014

 

  • Revenue up 11.2% at constant currency
  • EBIT margin improved to 13.6% (prior year: 12.9%) despite adjustment
  • Leverage ratio maintained at 2.6x EBITDA
  • 2014 revenue forecast raised to more than 7%

Schaeffler Group continued along its impressive growth path during the first quarter of 2014. Its revenue increased by 8.0 percent to approximately €3.0 billion from the first quarter of the prior year. Excluding the impact of currency translation, the Group’s operational revenue growth was 11.2 percent.

“We started very well into the year 2014. The key driver of the positive revenue development in the first quarter 2014 was again our Automotive business,” said Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO and CFO of Schaeffler AG. Automotive division revenue increased by 11.3 percent to approximately €2.2 billion. At constant currency, the division achieved a growth rate of 14.4 percent, significantly higher than the growth in global vehicle production. Industrial division revenue for the first three months of 2014 declined slightly by 0.7 percent compared to the prior year quarter as a result of the adverse impact of currency translation. On an FX adjusted basis, revenues in the Industrial division rose by 3.1 percent.

At 26 percent, the Greater China region reported the highest growth rate compared to the prior year quarter, followed by the Asia/Pacific region, where revenue increased by 10 percent. The newly established regions Europe and Americas experienced revenue growth of 7 and 2 percent, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2013.

Schaeffler Group’s EBIT for the first quarter of 2014 increased by €59 million to €414 million (prior year: €355 million) from the prior year period. EBIT includes the one-off positive impact of approximately €10 million from the release of provisions. Excluding this impact, the Group’s adjusted EBIT margin rose by 0.7 percentage points to 13.6 percent (prior year: 12.9 percent), while net income for the reporting period improved by €149 million to €382 million (prior year: €233 million).

The deleveraging achieved in 2013 and the measures taken to improve financing costs have reduced interest payments for the first quarter of 2014 to €111 million, significantly less than in the prior year period (prior year: €190 million). Operating cash flow of €134 million (prior year: €172 million) was lower than in the prior year due to an increase in funds required for working capital. Capital expenditures increased by €34 million to €155 million. Schaeffler primarily invested in new machinery concepts to strengthen its innovative ability and in the expansion of its worldwide production capacity. This resulted in negative free cash flow of €19 million (prior year: positive free cash flow of €52 million) in the first quarter of 2014.

Net external financial debt (financial debt less cash and excluding shareholder loans) increased slightly by €80 million to €5.5 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2014 compared to December 31, 2013. As a result, the leverage ratio, defined as the ratio of net financial debt to adjusted EBITDA, remained unchanged at 2.6 as at March 31, 2014.

Following the good start to the new year and the strong growth of the Automotive division in the first quarter of 2014, Schaeffler Group has raised its sales guidance for the year. The company now expects to generate revenue growth of more than 7 percent (previously: 5 to 7 percent) in 2014. Its forecast EBIT margin remains at 12 to 13 percent.

Klaus Rosenfeld commented: “With our strategic focus ‘Mobility for tomorrow’, our new organizational and leadership structure as well as the improvements we are achieving as a result of the ‘ONE Schaeffler’ program, we have laid the foundation for future profitable growth of our company. The fact that we are raising the sales guidance for 2014 emphasizes our confidence.”

Original source: Schaeffler