Bielefeld // DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT has started successfully into the new financial year 2018 with record figures in order intake, sales revenues, earnings and free cash flow. Order intake rose in the first quarter by 18% to € 821.8 million (previous year: € 693.9 million). Thus, for the first time, orders in a quarter were more than € 800 million. Sales revenues of € 581.8 million were 9% above the previous year (€ 533.9 million). EBIT rose by 20% to € 41.0 million (previous year: € 34.3 million). In addition to the good results of operations, the financial position also developed positively: free cash flow improved by € 130.6 million to € 13.0 million (+111%; previous year: € -117.6 million). For the first time in the company’s 148-year history, the free cash flow is already positive in the first quarter.
Chairman of the Executive Board Christian Thönes: "At the moment we have the wind in our sails. DMG MORI has achieved historical record figures in order intake, sales revenues, earnings and free cash flow. For the full year we are confident, however, there are many geopolitical uncertainties at present."
Order intake rose by 18% to € 821.8 million and thus for the first time was more than € 800 million in a quarter (previous year: € 693.9 million). The current good market situation played a role in this as well as the successful Open House in Pfronten and various major projects. Domestic orders grew by 21% to € 251.7 million (previous year: € 208.6 million). International orders amounted to € 570.1 million (+17%; previous year: € 485.3 million). The share of international orders was 69% (previous year: 70%).
On 31 March 2018 the order backlog amounted to € 1,541.9 million (31 Dec 2017: € 1,309.1 million). The high order backlog and the very high capacity utilization at the production plants have led to long delivery times at present. We are specifically counteracting this development with stronger flexibility measures and sound business relationships to our partners and suppliers.
Sales revenues rose to € 581.8 million and were thus 9% above the previous year’s figure (€ 533.9 million). Domestic sales revenues totaled € 182.9 million (previous year: € 159.5 million). International sales revenues were € 398.9 million (previous year: € 374.4 million). The export ratio was 69% (previous year: 70%).
We also achieved record figures in earnings in the first three months: EBITDA amounted to € 54.6 million (+12%; previous year: € 48.7 million). EBIT increased by 20% to € 41.0 million (previous year: € 34.3 million). EBT rose by 22% to € 40.3 million (previous year: € 33.0 million). The group reports EAT as at 31 March 2018 of € 28.3 million (+24%; previous year: € 22.8 million).
In addition to the good results of operations, both the financial position and the net worth also developed positively: The free cash flow improved by € 130.6 million to € 13.0 million (+111%; previous year: € -117.6 million). For the first time in the company’s 148-year history, the free cash flow is already positive in the first quarter. In particular, the increase in received prepayments to € 336.1 million led to the improvement in cash flow. The balance sheet total stood at € 2,265.5 million as at 31 March 2018 (31 Dec 2017: € 2,241.3 million). The equity ratio amounted to 52.5% (31 Dec 2017: 52.0%).
On 31 March 2018 the group had 7,237 employees, thereof 335 trainees (31 Dec 2017: 7,101). The rise in employee numbers was due in particular to service employees both nationally and internationally. In addition, we have increased the staff in our future strategic areas – above all in the fields of automation, digitization and ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING. At the end of the first quarter, 4,270 employees (59%) worked for the domestic companies and 2,967 employees (41%) for our international companies. The employee expenses ratio improved to 23.2% (previous year: 23.9%). The employee expenses amounted to € 144.7 million (previous year: € 135.2 million).
Expenditure on research and development in the first quarter was € 13.8 million (previous year: € 11.9 million). At our traditional Open House in Pfronten we presented 70 high-tech machines across more than 8,500 m2, as well as innovations from our future strategic areas automation, digitization, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, technology excellence and the DMG MORI Qualified Products (DMQP). With the “First Quality” campaign and “Customer First” program, DMG MORI is setting new benchmarks: since January 2018, all motor spindles in the MASTER series are now offered with a 36-month warranty period – with unlimited hours.
The world economy will grow by 4.0% in 2018 according to the spring forecast of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) despite the political uncertainties, such as the crisis in Syria and the trade conflict between the USA and China. The worldwide market for machine tools is also expected to show a positive trend. The German Association of Machine Tool Builders (VDW) and the British economic research institute, Oxford Economics, have increased their April forecast for growth in world consumption to € 75.2 billion (+5.9%; October forecast: +3.6%). At present growth of 6.7% is forecast for the German machine tools market (previously: +5.1%).
Based on these general conditions and the good order position in the first three months, we are raising our forecast for order intake for the whole year: We are now planning order intake of around € 2.7 billion. Sales revenues should remain unchanged at about € 2.45 billion. We continue to expect EBIT of around € 180 million and are assuming a positive free cash flow of around € 100 million.
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