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SKF Half-year Report 2018

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Alrik Danielson, President and CEO:

"Our record start to 2018 has continued. Sales grew by 9% organically, to SEK 22.6 billion and our operating profit was SEK 2,925 million – SKF's highest reported quarterly profit to date. Our operating margin, at 12.9%, continues to improve. Cash flow was also strong, at 2.2 billion.
The industrial business had a strong quarter with an operating margin of 14.6% and an organic growth of 10.7%, with strong growth in both Asia and Europe. We also saw stronger growth in North America, albeit from a lower level. By industry, we saw particular strength in heavy industries and industrial drives.
The automotive business delivered a strong operating margin of 8.9%, driven by good demand for both trucks and light vehicles. Organic growth was 5.2%, a clear sign that we continue to outpace vehicle production levels.
We continue to invest in the development of our value propositions, through the opening of a Rotating Equipment Performance Center in Gothenburg. The Center's team of machine health specialists will act as a Nordic hub for the monitoring of connected customer machines as well as playing an important role in developing new logistic solutions for spare parts and remanufacturing services.
During the last 18 months, we accelerated production to ensure high customer service levels. As foreseen and communicated in April, production has been adjusted during the second quarter, to avoid building inventories. Entering the third quarter of 2018, we expect to see continued growth for both our industrial and automotive businesses."

 

 

 

Key figures, SEKm

 

Q2 2018

 

Q2 2017

 

Half year 2018

 

Half year 2017 

 

Net sales

 

22,620

 

20,229

 

43,180

 

 

39,830

 

Operating profit

 

2,925

 

2,315

 

5,550

 

 

4,610

 

Operating margin, %

 

12.9

 

11.4

 

12.9

 

 

11.6

 

Profit before taxes

 

2,783

 

2,057

 

5,208

 

 

4,182

 

Net cash flow after investments before financing

 

2,182

 

2,304

 

2,441

 

 

2,368

 

Basic earnings per share

 

4.25

 

2.51

 

8.02

 

 

5.61

 

 

Net sales change y-o-y, %, Q2

 

Organic

 

Structure

 

Currency

 

Total

 

SKF Group

 

9.0

 

-0.6

 

3.4

 

 

11.8

 

Industrial

 

10.7

 

-0.9

 

3.9

 

 

13.7

 

Automotive

 

5.2

 

0.0

 

2.4

 

 

7.6

 

 

Net sales change y-o-y, %, Half year

 

Organic

 

Structure

 

Currency

 

Total

 

SKF Group

 

8.3

 

-0.7

 

0.8

 

8.4

 

Industrial

 

9.6

 

-1.0

 

1.2

 

9.8

 

Automotive

 

5.3

 

0.0

 

0.0

 

5.3

 

 

Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %, Q2

 

Europe

 

North America

 

Latin America

 

Asia

 

Middle East & Africa 

 

SKF Group

 

8.7

 

5.3

 

-3.5

 

17.2

 

 

5.6

 

Industrial

 

+++

 

+

 

---

 

+++

 

 

+

 

Automotive

 

+/-

 

++

 

+/-

 

+++

 

 

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

 

Europe

 

North America

 

Latin America

 

Asia

 

 

Middle East & Africa

 

SKF Group

 

8.2

 

4.2

 

-1.5

 

15.3

 

9.2

 

Industrial

 

+++

 

+/-

 

--

 

+++

 

+++ 

 

Automotive

 

+

 

++

 

++

 

+++

 

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Outlook and guidance

Demand for Q3 2018 compared to Q3 2017
The demand for SKF's products and services is expected to be higher for the Group, including Industrial and Automotive. Demand is expected to be significantly higher in Asia, higher in Europe and North America, and slightly lower in Latin America.

Guidance Q3 2018

  • Financial net: SEK -200 million.
  • Currency impact on the operating profit is expected to be around SEK +180 million compared with 2017, based on exchange rates per 30 June 2018.

Guidance 2018

  • Tax level excluding effect related to divested businesses: around 28%.
  • Additions to property, plant and equipment: around SEK 2,400 million.

A teleconference will be held on 19 July 2018 at 9:00 (CEST):
SE: +46(0)8-5065-3942
UK: +44(0)330-336-9411
US: +1-323-794-2093

You will find all information regarding the SKF Half-year results 2018 on the IR website.

Aktiebolaget SKF
(publ)

The information in this press release is information which AB SKF is required to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 The information was provided by the above contact persons for publication on 19 July 2018 at 08:00

CONTACT:

For further information, please contact:

PRESS:
Theo Kjellberg,
Director, Press Relations
tel: +46-31-337-6576,
mobile: +46-725-776576,
e-mail: theo.kjellberg@skf.com

INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Patrik Stenberg,
Head of Investor Relations
+46-31-337-2104;
+46-705-472-104;
patrik.stenberg@skf.com

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