- Dynamic order intake: up 11%
- Earnings after tax: up 45%
- Almost 10% increase in order backlog since the end of 2015
Order receipts in North America rose by 51% in the first half of the year, reaching € 611.1 million. In June, Dürr received from a US automotive OEM one of the largest orders in its history for the construction of a final assembly plant. New orders in Europe were up 17%. In China, order receipts fell short of the previous year’s high level by 36%. Ralf W. Dieter: “Following the sharp expansion of earlier years, capital spending in the Chinese automotive industry is pausing for a breather. However, there are plenty of new investment projects in the pipeline not least of all because automotive sales are growing at double-digit rates again this year. Accordingly, we expect business in China to be stronger in the second half of the year.”
With the book-to-bill ratio coming to 1.17, the order backlog was up again, climbing by € 233.1 million over the end of 2015 to € 2,698.9 million. Dürr’s service business continued on its growth trajectory, with revenues rising by 8.6% to € 461.9 million and accounting for 27% of the Group’s top line.
The EBIT of € 119.0 million includes reduced extraordinary expense in connection with the allocation of the purchase price paid for HOMAG (€ 4.4 million; H1 2015: € 13.7 million) and income from the sale of real estate in the United States (€ 5.0 million). Capital expenditure increased by 6.6 % to € 38.6 million. Among other things, Dürr opened a new campus site in the United States in June. The company increased spending on research and development by 5.3% with a particular focus on automation and Industry 4.0. Net finance expense dropped by € 10.0 million to € 7.1 million primarily as a result of the lower extraordinary expense arising from the domination and profit transfer agreement with HOMAG and the use by HOMAG of the Dürr Group’s less expensive funding base.
The cash flow from operating activities of € -84.6 million mirrors the accumulation of net working capital. In the first half of 2016, customer prepayments continued to normalize, with inventories and receivables also rising temporarily. This caused the net financial status to temporarily drop to € -90.2 million (June 30, 2015: € 88.7 million). On the other hand, the equity ratio increased from 20.5% to 22.9% and should exceed 25% by the end of the year. Ralph Heuwing, CFO: “We expect to see a significant improvement in cash flow in the second half of the year. On this basis, we project a return to a positive net financial status of € 50 - 100 million by the end of the year.”
At 15,051 employees, the Group workforce exceeded the 15,000 mark for the first time, translating into an increase of 1.4% compared with the end of 2015. In Germany (8,110 employees), the headcount grew by 1.0%.
Dürr now projects full-year order intake of € 3.5 - 3.7 billion in 2016. Sales revenues are expected to come to € 3.4 - 3.6 billion. This marks a moderate decline over the previous year (€ 3,767.1 million), in which sales revenues were unusually high due to the delayed execution of business which had originally been planned for 2014 as well as positive currency translation effects. As things currently stand, EBIT should reach the previous year’s record figure in 2016 (2015: € 267.8 million), resulting in an EBIT margin of between 7.0 and 7.5% again.