DEUTZ AG posts 53.7% growth in net income
COLOGNE: DEUTZ AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative drive systems, recorded further growth in revenue and earnings in the first nine months of 2019, as net income increased by 53.7 percent year on year to reach EUR54.7 million. Earnings per share rose from EUR0.29 to EUR0.45. Adjusted net income went up by 31.5 percent to EUR46.8 million; adjusted earnings per share improved to EUR0.39. "Despite a general slowdown in market growth, we saw revenue advance in all regions and major application segments and also demonstrated our operational strength by delivering a high double-digit percentage increase in earnings," says Dr. Frank Hiller, CEO of the DEUTZ Group, commenting on the results for the first three quarters of 2019. "Overall, we believe that we are on track to achieve the current full-year guidance for revenue and earnings. We also reached important milestones in the implementation of our growth strategy. Preparations for our joint venture with SANY to commence production as planned in 2021 are progressing very well. At the end of September, the foundation stone was laid for the new high-performance engine factory in the Chinese city of Changsha. And at the beginning of the fourth quarter, we added high-voltage battery technology as a key component of our E-DEUTZ strategy by acquiring the battery specialist Futavis, taking us another big step closer to a future of carbon-neutral off-highway vehicles." DEUTZ received orders worth EUR1,315.2 million in the period under review. This was 15.1 percent lower than the robust volume reported for the prior-year period, which had been positively influenced by a change in customers' ordering patterns. In addition to this year-on-year effect, a weakening of demand as a result of the economic climate had an adverse impact from the end of the second quarter. New orders in the third quarter decreased by 20.0 percent year on year to EUR361.9 million. DEUTZ sold a total of 155,780 engines in the first nine months of this year, meaning the Group's overall unit sales were close to the level of the prior-year period. By contrast, unit sales of Torqeedo's drive systems, which are included within that figure, rose by a significant 44.7 percent to reach 12,990. Looking at the third quarter in isolation, the Group's unit sales fell by 5.6 percent to 54,189 engines. This was due to a high double-digit percentage increase in unit sales in the Agricultural Machinery application segment and, in particular, to the boat drive business. At 6,832, Torqeedo's unit sales of boat drives were more than twice as high as in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to an increase in demand for smaller outboard motors. In the first three quarters of 2019, DEUTZ's revenue grew by 6.4 percent to EUR1,379.9 million. The Material Handling application segment performed particularly strongly, delivering double-digit revenue growth of 11.3 percent, as did the Agricultural Machinery application segment and high-margin service business, whose revenues were up by 9.5 percent and 7.3 percent respectively. The Americas and Asia-Pacific were especially buoyant, with business in these regions expanding by 16.3 percent and 14.8 percent respectively. In the Americas region, DEUTZ particularly benefited from the ramp-up of new engine series, the service business with Xchange products, and higher demand for electric boat drives. The main factors in the substantial increase in revenue generated in the Asia-Pacific region were revenue growth in China and the expansion of business with new customers. In the first three quarters of 2019, operating profit (EBIT before exceptional items) went up by 50.8 percent year on year to reach EUR69.2 million. Besides the growth in revenue, this significant increase was predominantly due to a low figure being reported in the prior-year period, which had been adversely affected by a drag on earnings resulting from the joint venture DEUTZ Dalian Engine Co. Ltd. The joint venture has since been sold. However, there were also negative effects on earnings in the first nine months of 2019 relating to the deconsolidation of the Argentinian company DEUTZ AGCO Motores S.A. Furthermore, provisions had to be recognized in the first half of the year due to a product recall involving Torqeedo companies. Operating profit in the third quarter of 2019 was also adversely affected by the opening of insolvency proceedings at a major supplier. The EBIT margin before exceptional items rose from 3.5 percent to 5.0 percent during the reporting period. Positive exceptional items of EUR9.3 million arose from the sale of a small part of the land at the former Cologne-Deutz site and were recognized in the second quarter of 2019 in accordance with the sale agreement from 2017. After taking these items into account, EBIT amounted to EUR78.5 million, which was 71.0 percent higher than in the first three quarters of 2018. The corresponding EBIT margin increased from 3.5 percent in the prior-year period to 5.7 percent. Net financial income deteriorated by EUR9.4 million year on year due to the write-down on a loan granted to a supplier at the end of 2018. The opening of insolvency proceedings at the supplier in September 2019 resulted in the receivable being written down by EUR9.4 million.