Björn Rosengren, President and CEO
“In line with our expectations, first quarter net sales developed well with profitability at 8.9%. Favourable development was also seen in the operating cash flow. The power plant markets remain challenging with customers continuing to delay decision-making due to global economic uncertainty and emerging market currency fluctuations. However, activity in the marine market was at a healthy level and Ship Power performed well, which partly offset the current challenges within the power generation markets. Several orders were received for offshore support vessels and there was active ordering of dual-fuel solutions and gas handling systems for the merchant fleet. The demand for services was stable within both of our end markets.
While the market situation continues to be volatile, we remain focused on improving efficiency and our competitive position. The restructuring measures announced in January have proceeded according to plan and are contributing to the efficiency improvement. Based on these measures, the current order book and a stable service market our prospects for 2014 remain unchanged.”