Bufab Group: Interim report January – March 2019
Continued healthy growth and increased profit
First quarter of 2019
- Net sales rose by 15 percent to SEK 1,091 million (945). Organic growth was 6 percent
- Order intake was in line with net sales
- Operating profit (EBITA) rose to SEK 119 million (106) and the operating margin was 10.9 percent (11.2)
- Earnings per share rose to SEK 2.23 (1.98)
THE GROUP IN BRIEF
|Operating profit (EBITA)||119||106||13||380||367|
|Profit after tax||84||75||12||262||255|
|Earnings per share, SEK||2.23||1.98||12||6.96||6.71|
Bufab started off in 2019 with a strong result. Growth was 15 percent, driven by acquisitions, increased market share and stable demand.
Our largest operating segment, International, enjoyed a particularly strong performance. We continued to take market share, just as previously by capturing many new contracts with many customers. For several consecutive years, we have continuously increased our market share in most countries where we operate. Even so, we see many business opportunities going forward. Increased market share and a somewhat higher demand created organic growth of 8 percent. Growth was particularly strong in Central Europe, strong in the UK, Northern Europe and Southern Europe, but somewhat weaker in Eastern Europe. Price increases secured a stable gross margin. Through an effective cost control and increased efficiency, it was possible to translate this into an operating margin that was the segment’s best ever. Accordingly, operating profit rose by a full 20 percent.
Unfortunately, the result in Sweden was poorer than last year. This was fully attributable to a significant weakening of the segment’s gross margin. The main reason is that the price increases we implemented during 2018 and the beginning of 2019 were insufficient in light of the continued weakening of the Swedish krona. In addition, we had limited organic growth for the second consecutive quarter. Despite effective cost control, both operating profit and operating margin were therefore considerably lower than in 2018. This development is entirely unsatisfactory. Accordingly, we will undertake further price increases for end customers which, in combination with purchasing savings, aim to restore the segment’s gross margin during the year.
Overall, we are nonetheless satisfied with the Group’s earnings for the quarter. We are creating healthy growth and strengthening our customer relations. At the same time, we are continuing our long-term investment programme within the scope of our “Leadership 2020” strategy. For example, we have strengthened our sourcing function, invested in the digitalisation of key processes, and further strengthened our organisation and competence in key areas.
Our newly acquired companies are contributing to increased sales and profits, while also significantly strengthening our customer offering, something we see concrete evidence of in our daily sales. It is part of our strategy to make additional value-adding acquisitions also in the future.
Despite these costly activities, we improved our operating profit and achieved Bufab’s best quarterly result to date. We are satisfied with the start to the year. The macroeconomic uncertainty has not diminished, but we are optimistic about the remainder of 2019.
President and CEO
A conference call will be held on 25 April 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CET. Jörgen Rosengren, President and CEO, and Marcus Andersson, CFO, will present the results. The conference call will be held in English.
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