Wärtsilä Corporation Half year financial report
"The first half of 2017 was characterised by good development in net sales, largely due to an increase in the number of power plant deliveries, as well as by solid earnings."
Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO
Growth in orders and net sales in the first half of 2017
“The first half of 2017 was characterised by good development in net sales, largely due to an increase in the number of power plant deliveries, as well as by solid earnings. Order intake developed well in all business areas. The power plant project pipeline has continued to materialise into orders at a healthy pace, thanks to the growing interest in flexible, gas-fired technologies. Furthermore, although the marine markets remain challenging, a favourable vessel contracting mix supported the development of Marine Solutions’ orders received, particularly in the second quarter. Activity in the service markets was broadly stable, with healthy demand for long-term agreements. I am pleased that our customers continue to see the value of entering into service partnerships with Wärtsilä, which provides a good basis for future development.
Wärtsilä’s ambition is to become an agile technology company dedicated to improving customers’ operations by being a leader in smart marine and smart energy ecosystems. The recent acquisitions of Eniram and Greensmith, as well as our cleantech innovations, demonstrate our active role in enabling sustainable societies and in helping customers to benefit from smart technologies. To support the development of our digital services and products, we are launching digital acceleration centres where promising ideas are developed and co-created into service concepts and products together with customers and partners. I am confident that the investments into our company-wide digital transformation will drive new business opportunities, ultimately strengthening our competitive positioning, and supporting our long-term target of profitable growth.”
Wärtsilä's prospects for 2017
Wärtsilä's overall development in 2017 is expected to be relatively unchanged from the previous year. Demand by business area is anticipated to be as follows:
- Solid in Services with growth opportunities in selected regions and segments.
- Good in Energy Solutions, thanks to increasing electricity demand in the emerging markets and the global shift towards renewable energy sources, which will support the need for distributed, flexible, gas-fired power generation.
- Solid in Marine Solutions (raised from soft), thanks to a favourable vessel contracting mix. The general marine market environment remains challenging, as the merchant, gas carrier, and offshore segments continue to suffer from overcapacity, slow trade growth, and the financial constraints of customers.
Wärtsilä’s current order book for 2017 deliveries is EUR 2,087 million (2,061). Wärtsilä will continue to focus on improving efficiency, which is expected to partially offset lower volumes in the marine markets. The pricing environment in Energy Solutions’ markets has stabilised, but the order book is still impacted by the competitive pressure seen in previous years. The good performance in Services is expected to continue.
- Order intake increased 14% to EUR 1,363 million (1,194)
- Net sales increased 8% to EUR 1,292 million (1,196)
- Book-to-bill 1.05 (1.00)
- Comparable operating result increased to EUR 126 million (122), which represents 9.7% of net sales (10.2)
- Earnings per share increased to 0.38 euro (0.19)
- Cash flow from operating activities decreased to EUR 2 million (202)
Review period January-June 2017
- Order intake increased 13% to EUR 2,776 million (2,465)
- Net sales increased 6% to EUR 2,299 million (2,163)
- Book-to-bill 1.21 (1.14)
- Comparable operating result increased to EUR 211 million (206), which represents 9.2% of net sales (9.5)
- Earnings per share increased to 0.66 euro (0.49)
- Cash flow from operating activities decreased to EUR 3 million (189)
- Order book at the end of the period amounted to EUR 5,065 million (5,083)
|Order intake||1 363||1 194||14%||2 776||2 465||13%||4 927|
|Order book at the end of the period||5 065||5 083||0%||4 696|
|Net sales||1 292||1 196||8%||2 299||2 163||6%||4 801|
|% of net sales||9.1||8.0||8.6||8.3||11.1|
|Comparable operating result||126||122||3%||211||206||2%||583|
|% of net sales||9.7||10.2||9.2||9.5||12.1|
|Comparable adjusted EBITA||134||131||3%||228||224||2%||618|
|% of net sales||10.4||10.9||9.9||10.3||12.9|
|Profit before taxes||103||58||77%||177||138||28%||479|
|Cash flow from operating activities||2||202||3||189||613|
|Net interest-bearing debt at the end of the period||299||517||150|
|Gross capital expenditure||20||71||146|
|1Items affecting comparability in the second quarter of 2017 included costs related to restructuring programmes of EUR 8 million (26). During the review period January-June 2017 restructuring costs amounted to EUR 14 million (27).|