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SinterCast Results January-March 2014

Record quarterly series production of 1.70 million Engine Equivalents

First Quarter 2014

  • Revenue for Period: SEK 14.6 million (SEK 11.7 million)
  • Operating Result: SEK 2.9 million (SEK 1.5 million)
  • Earnings per Share: SEK 0.45 per share (SEK 0.33 per share)
  • Cashflow from Operations: SEK -2.1 million (SEK 0.2 million)
  • New System 3000 Plus installation shipped to world`s first purpose-built CGI foundry, in China
  • 100% year-on-year Engine Equivalent growth for commercial vehicles
  • Ram diesel pick-up enjoys strong start of sales in North America
  • Installed Base: 23 fully automated systems and 16 mini-systems in Europe, Asia and the Americas

Series Production*  

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Series production increased 30% year-on-year, with the first quarter of 2014 providing a new quarterly record of 1.70 million Engine Equivalents. The outlook for series production remains positive as commercial vehicle and pick-up volumes continue to grow.

* Annualised average production of Engine Equivalents during the quarter (1 Engine Equivalent = 50 kg)

CEO Comments

Commercial vehicles and pick-ups lead the increase in series production
Annualised series production during the quarter increased to 1.70 million Engine Equivalents, providing a new quarterly record and 30% growth compared to the first quarter of 2013.  Production in March totalled 1.75 million Engine Equivalents, SinterCast`s second highest month ever.

The increase in series production was primarily driven by a 100% year-on-year increase in commercial vehicle volume, benefitting from new engine launches and the introduction of Euro 6 emissions legislation on 1 January 2014.  All commercial vehicles produced for sale in Western Europe must now comply with the Euro 6 standard.  Series production also benefitted from increased pick-up volume in North America, with the Ram 1500 becoming the second best-selling vehicle in North America during March 2014, due in part to the start of diesel sales in February.  The three best-selling vehicles in North America throughout the first quarter were all pick-ups.  SinterCast`s links to the important pick-up sector were further reinforced during the first quarter, following Ford`s introduction of the first-ever high volume CGI petrol engine.  Announced at the North American International Auto Show on 13 January, the 2.7 litre V6 petrol engine will be available later this year in the Ford F150.  Nissan has also announced the introduction of a SinterCast-CGI V8 diesel engine in the next generation Titan, which has been confirmed for launch at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015.  This progress provides SinterCast with a presence in three of the five full-size pick-up entries, in a market of approximately two million vehicles per year.

The first quarter also marked the start of series production of industrial power components at the Tupy foundry in Brazil, with the production of a CGI cylinder head for an upgrade of the MTU Series 2000 engine.  The use of SinterCast-CGI was specified to enable increased power while ensuring durability in the demanding duty cycles experienced by marine, mining, construction and stationary power generating applications.   The MTU cylinder head establishes CGI series production at Tupy across the complete spectrum of passenger vehicle petrol and diesel cylinder blocks, commercial vehicle cylinder blocks and heads, and industrial power engine components. The entry into industrial power applications is a part of Tupy`s announced strategy to increase the CGI share in its cylinder block and head production from the current 16% to 25%.

Intensified installation activity
Following record installation revenue in 2013, the Technical Team is particularly busy supporting new installations and upgrades in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  During January, SinterCast secured a new order for a System 3000 Plus from one of China`s largest automotive component conglomerates, to be installed at a purpose-built CGI foundry in China.  The equipment was shipped during the first quarter and is planned to be installed during summer 2014.  SinterCast will also supply the mechanical infrastructure for the cored-wire base treatment and correction operations and will provide technical support during the installation and start of production.  New installation discussions are ongoing, providing opportunities to further expand the production base.

SinterCast continues to provide technical support for product development programmes for passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle and industrial power applications in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  It is estimated that the combined potential of the current series production programmes and the programmes currently under development represents a market opportunity of approximately 4.7 million Engine Equivalents per year within SinterCast`s five year planning horizon. It is further estimated that the programmes that are currently in series production have the potential to provide more than 2.5 million Engine Equivalents when they reach mature volume.

Ductile Iron technology
The recent development of the ductile iron technology has been affected by the increased intensity in CGI activities and the need to allocate resources to the core business.  However, the technical development is continuing and market opportunities remain. The R&D function was reinforced during the first quarter with the recruitment of a specialist engineer with a PhD in cast iron solidification and extensive cast iron research experience in Swedish academia.  The new Senior Research Engineer began employment at the Technical Centre in Katrineholm on 14 April and will provide additional resources to expand and accelerate SinterCast`s development activities.  The SinterCast ductile iron technology is expected to provide additional benefit to customers by reducing magnesium consumption, improving mould yield and reducing casting defects in the foundry, and by improving machinability.

Financial Summary

The revenue for the SinterCast Group relates primarily to income from equipment, series production and engineering service.

Revenue Breakdown January-March January-December
(Amounts in SEK million if not otherwise stated) 2014 2013 2013 2012
Number of Sampling Cups shipped 37,100 28,900 118,500 102,400
Equipment 1 2.5 2.3 10.1 9.0
Series Production 2 11.6 9.0 40.2 35.8
Engineering Service 3 0.5 0.3 1.4 1.0
Other 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.1
Total 14.6 11.7 51.9 45.9
Notes: 1.

Includes revenue from system sales and leases and sales of spare parts 2. Includes revenue from production fees, consumables and software licence fees 3. Includes revenue from technical support, on-site trials and sales of test pieces

The January-March 2014 revenue amounted to SEK 14.6 million (SEK 11.7 million). The revenue from series production increased by approximately 30% to SEK 11.6 million (SEK 9.0 million), due to the production of approximately 1.70 million (1.30 million) annualised Engine Equivalents and the shipment of 37,100 (28,900) Sampling Cups. Equipment revenue amounted to SEK 2.5 million (SEK 2.3 million), following the shipment of a complete System 3000 Plus to one of China`s largest automotive component conglomerates. Engineering Service amounted to SEK 0.5 million (SEK 0.3 million) following support provided to various customers globally and the sale of test pieces.

The business activities of SinterCast are best reflected by the Operating Result. This is because the "Result for the period after tax" and the "Earnings per Share" are influenced by the financial income and costs and by the revaluation of tax assets.

Results Summary January-March January- December
(Amounts in SEK million if not otherwise stated) 2014 2013 2013 2012
Operating Result 2.9 1.5 7.3 1.0
Result for the period after tax 3.2 2.4 8.1 -3.7
Earnings per Share (SEK) 0.5 0.3 1.2 -0.5

The January-March 2014 Operating Result of SEK 2.9 million (SEK 1.5 million) increased by SEK 1.4 million, as a result of higher gross results of SEK 1.5 million derived from higher revenue, higher operational expenses of SEK 0.3 million, and higher exchange gains from operating receivables and liabilities of SEK 0.2 million.

The Result for the period after tax amounted to SEK 3.2 million (SEK 2.4 million), primarily related to an increase in the Operating Result of SEK 1.4 million, the increased financial net of SEK 0.2 million and decreased tax net of SEK 0.8 million.

Deferred Tax Asset
Tax amounted to SEK -0.1 million (SEK 0.7 million).  The difference is explained by the increase of the deferred tax asset that was made during the first quarter 2013. The estimated future taxable profit and deferred tax asset calculation is reassessed every quarter. As of 31 March 2014, SEK 128.5 million (SEK 128.5 million) of SinterCast`s total carried-forward tax losses have been used as the basis of the updated calculation, resulting in SEK 28.3 million (SEK 28.3 million) being capitalised as a deferred tax asset.

Cashflow, Liquidity and Investments

Cashflow Summary January-March January- December
(Amounts in SEK million if not otherwise stated) 2014 2013 2013 2012
Cashflow from operations, before change in working capital 3.4 1.9 8.1 3.5
Change in working capital -5.5 -1.7 6.3 -2.2
Cashflow from operations, after change in working capital -2.1 0.2 14.4 1.3
Cashflow from investment activities
Cashflow from financing activities
Cashflow total -2.2 0.2 12.4 -12.2
Liquidity 45.6 35.6 47.8 35.4

The January-March 2014 cashflow from operations before change in working capital was SEK 3.4 million (SEK 1.9 million). The cashflow after changes in working capital amounted to SEK -2.1 (SEK 0.2 million) primarily related to increased receivables (SEK 3.7 million), decreased stock (SEK 0.4 million) and decreased operating liabilities (SEK 2.2 million). The total cashflow result amounted to SEK -2.2 million (SEK 0.2 million), after investments of SEK 0.1 million (SEK 0.0 million).

Risks and Uncertainty Factors
The main uncertainty factor for SinterCast continues to be the timing of the CGI market ramp-up.  This primarily depends on OEM decisions for new CGI products, the global economy for new vehicle sales, and the individual sales success of vehicles equipped with SinterCast-CGI components. The European and Asian economies continue to be uncertain and this may impact passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle sales. SinterCast`s diversification between V-diesel engines for passenger vehicles, commercial vehicle engines, exhaust components, industrial power engines and most recently, the first high volume CGI petrol engine launch, combined with its presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, reduces the dependence on individual product applications and geographical regions.

SinterCast enjoys global brand recognition and respect as the CGI technology leader and is welcomed by the industry as a reliable and trustworthy partner. However, virtually every company encounters competition, and SinterCast is no exception.  SinterCast judges that its technology and engineering know-how provides the most reliable and cost-effective solution for series production of high quality CGI. 

New powertrain technologies, such as vehicle electrification (hybrid and plug-in vehicles) and fuel cells attract significant media attention; however, the development and implementation of these technologies remain a long-term prospect and SinterCast does not expect these technologies to have a significant effect on the Company`s competitive position for the foreseeable future.

For full risk and uncertainty factor information, please see note 26 on p.46 in SinterCast`s Annual Report 2013

With successful high volume CGI production in foundries located in Europe, Asia and the Americas, SinterCast has established a global organisation with employees and offices in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, China and Korea. As of 31 March 2014, the Group had 17 (19) employees, following the reassignment of two individuals from employees to retained consultants.  Three (three) of the employees are female. A new Senior Research Engineer was recruited during the period, with start of employment at the Technical Centre in Katrineholm on 14 April.  The Company is well positioned to support global market activities and to drive SinterCast`s future growth.

Parent Company
SinterCast AB (publ) is the Parent Company of the SinterCast Group, with its registered office located in Stockholm, Sweden. The Parent Company has 12 (13) employees. The majority of the operations are managed by the Parent Company while local operations in the UK, USA, Korea and China are managed by the local companies.  The information given for the Group in this report corresponds in all material respects to the Parent Company.

Accounting Principles
The information provided on behalf of the Group in this interim report has been prepared in accordance with Sweden`s Annual Accounts Act and IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The reporting for the Parent Company has been prepared in accordance with Sweden`s Annual Accounts Act and RFR 2. The accounting policies that have been applied for the Group and the Parent Company are in agreement with the accounting policies used in preparation of the Company`s latest annual report.

No material transactions have taken place between SinterCast and the Board or the Management during the period.

Events after the Balance Sheet Date
The following press release has been issued:
15 April 2014 - Notice of the Annual General Meeting of SinterCast AB (publ)

There have been no other significant events since the balance sheet date of 31 March 2014 that could materially change these financial statements. 

Annual Report 2013
The Annual Report 2013 was published on the SinterCast website on 3 April 2014. In consideration of cost efficiency and environmental concern, the Annual Report 2013 was only issued in electronic format, as a PDF file.

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting 2014 of SinterCast AB (publ) will be held at 15:00 on Tuesday 20 May 2014, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm. The notice to the Annual General Meeting was published on 15 April 2014 and is available on the SinterCast website.

Proposed Dividend
The Board`s intention is to continue to provide an ordinary dividend to the shareholders, based primarily on the cashflow from operations. In the event that the Board considers that the liquidity exceeds the amount needed to support the operational requirements and strategic objectives, the Board has the option to propose an extraordinary dividend or a share buy-back to further adjust the liquidity.   

The Board of Directors propose an ordinary dividend of SEK 1.2 per share (SEK 1.0), representing a transfer of SEK 8.5 million (SEK 7.0 million) to the shareholders of SinterCast AB (publ). The Board proposes 23 May, 2014 as the record date for entitlement to receive dividends. In deciding the amount of the dividend to be proposed to the AGM 2014, the Board considered cashflow from operations, the financial position, investment requirements and other factors, such as market outlook, growth strategy and the internal financial forecast for the Company and for the Group.

The Board of Directors propose the following dates for the Annual General Meeting and for entitlement to receive dividends:

14 May 2014 Shareholders who wish to participate in the AGM, must be recorded in the share register maintained by Euroclear, in their own names, and notify SinterCast of their attendance.
15 May 2014 Shares traded on this date are eligible for dividend
16 May 2014 Shares traded on this date are not eligible for dividend
20 May 2014 The Annual General Meeting will be held at 15:00
23 May 2014 The record date for entitlement to receive dividends is three bank days after the AGM.
28 May 2014 Anticipated payment of dividend via Euroclear, three bank days after the record date for entitlement to receive dividends.

The Interim Report April-June 2014 will be published on 20 August 2014
The Interim Report July-September 2014 will be published on 5 November 2014
The Interim Report October-December 2014 and Full Year Results 2014 will be published on 11 February 2015
The Interim Report January-March 2015 will be published on 29 April 2015

This report has not been reviewed by the Company`s Auditors.

Stockholm 23 April 2014

For further information please contact:

Dr. Steve Dawson
President & CEO
SinterCast AB (publ)
Office: +46 8 660 7750
Mobile: +44 771 002 6342
e-mail: steve.dawson@sintercast.com
website: www.sintercast.com

SinterCast is the world`s leading supplier of process control technology for the reliable high volume production of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). With at least 75% higher tensile strength, 45% higher stiffness and approximately double the fatigue strength of conventional grey cast iron and aluminium, CGI allows engine designers to improve performance, fuel economy and durability while reducing engine size, weight, noise and emissions. The SinterCast technology, with 39 installations in 12 countries, is primarily used for the production of petrol and diesel engine cylinder blocks and exhaust components for passenger vehicles, medium-duty and heavy-duty cylinder blocks and heads for commercial vehicles, and industrial power engine components for marine, rail, off-road and stationary engine applications. SinterCast`s series production components range from 2 kg to 9 tonnes, all using the same proven process control technology.  The SinterCast share is quoted on the Small Cap segment of the Stockholm NASDAQ OMX stock exchange (Stockholmsbörsen: SINT). For more information: www.sintercast.com


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