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ElringKlinger records positive free cash flow in the 2nd quarter of 2019

  • Revenue up by 0.8% to EUR 434.1 million in second quarter of 2019 and by 1.6% to EUR 875.2 million in first half of 2019
  • EBIT before purchase price allocation at EUR 10.7 million in period from April to June and EUR 17.6 million after six months
  • Group-wide program aimed at optimizing cash flow takes effect: operating free cash flow totals EUR 79.3 million in first six months of 2019
  • No tangible market recovery expected in second half: ElringKlinger anticipates decline in global automobile production of 2 to 4% year on year in 2019
  • Outlook for fiscal 2019 confirmed

Dettingen/Erms (Germany), August 7, 2019 +++ ElringKlinger AG saw another slight increase in revenue over the course of the first half of 2019. Operating within a contracting market, the Group recorded revenue growth of 0.8% in the second quarter of 2019, taking the figure to EUR 434.1 million. Adjusted for currency effects and M&A activities, organic revenue growth stood at -0.3% in the period from April to June. During the same period, ElringKlinger thus managed to outperform - by five percentage points - the global vehicle industry as a whole, which saw aggregate automobile production fall by -5.3%.

More pronounced downturn in market activity
Contrary to market performance in general, ElringKlinger recorded further growth in Group revenues during the second quarter of 2019 in North America, which saw an expansion of 31.1%. The other key sales regions, by contrast, felt the impact of market slowdown. The Rest of Europe, which is ElringKlinger's largest sales market, saw revenue decline by 5.9% year on year in the second quarter. In the region encompassing Asia-Pacific, meanwhile, revenue was down by 7.4%. ElringKlinger also recorded a decline in its home market of Germany, which saw revenues fall by 9.6%.

Earnings affected by high cost base
At EUR 39.0 million, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) in the second quarter fell short of the figure posted for the same period a year ago (Q2 2018: EUR 49.3 million). This was attributable to the comparatively high cost base, driven primarily by the market downturn in Europe and China, the persistently strong demand in North America as well as commodity prices. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), before write-downs relating to purchase price allocation, amounted to EUR 10.7 million in the second quarter of 2019 (Q2 2018: EUR 26.3 million). Therefore, the EBIT margin before purchase price allocation was 2.5% (Q2 2018: 6.1%). As a result of tax-related effects, the Group recorded earnings per share of EUR -0.14 in the second quarter.

Group-wide program to optimize cash flow takes effect
The program implemented by the ElringKlinger Group with a view to optimizing its cash flow situation resulted in a visible improvement in liquidity levels during the first six months of 2019. Thanks to a number of different measures - above all the continuous optimization of net working capital and a disciplined approach to investing activities - operating free cash flow increased to EUR 98.6 million in the second quarter of 2019 alone (Q2 2018: EUR -19.0 million). At the end of the first half of 2019, therefore, the figure was up at EUR 79.3 million in total (H1 2018: EUR -42.2 million).

"As figures for the first half indicate, we are on track with measures initiated for the purpose of improving our cash flow," says Dr. Stefan Wolf, CEO of ElringKlinger AG. "We have moved forward considerably with regard to investments and working capital - and we intend to pursue this action plan in a determined manner. Having said that, we are currently operating within a market environment that is proving difficult as a whole."

No palpable recovery of global automobile production in second half
Based on the most recent market projections, the recovery of global vehicle production is likely to be less dynamic in the second half of 2019 than originally expected at the beginning of the year. ElringKlinger now anticipates a global market downturn of between 2% and 4% year on year for 2019 as a whole, rather than the modest growth rate of between 0% and 1% predicted at the beginning of the financial year. Nevertheless, the ElringKlinger Group continues to maintain its fiscal 2019 revenue target of growing organically by 2 to 4 percentage points above the rate of growth in the global market.

Current order backlog remains solid but outlook for new orders less promising
The Group's order book has proven resilient despite the challenging economic situation. With a volume of EUR 1,063.0 million at the end of the second quarter of 2019, its order backlog was up 2.4% year on year (Q2 2018: EUR 1,038.2 million); adjusted for currency effects, it expanded by 1.5%. The downturn in markets, however, was reflected in order intake. Totaling EUR 419.8 million, it was down by 8.5% year on year in the second quarter (Q2 2018: EUR 458.6 million). After adjusting for currency effects, the decrease was 7.8%.

Outlook for fiscal 2019 confirmed
Conditions are likely to remain challenging for the automotive industry, with key markets in China, North America, and Europe set to contract over the full year. Therefore, it would appear likely that market downturn will impact on ElringKlinger's earnings performance. At the same time, the Group is looking to counteract these developments with the help of several measures. In the first half of the year, for example, ElringKlinger launched an extensive internal cost-cutting program that will continue to deliver benefits as the Group moves forward. Additionally, the first exemption refunds are expected with regard to US tariffs. ElringKlinger also anticipates that it will generate income in the high single-digit million-euro range from a real estate sale to be executed by the end of the financial year. Furthermore, cost structures are to be further optimized at the Swiss plant and the North American sites. Overall, as a result of these various factors, the Group will still be looking to achieve an EBIT margin of around 4% to 5% before purchase price allocation despite the more difficult conditions it currently faces. This assumes that no further significant externalities emerge as a drag on earnings and that markets do not weaken any further than already anticipated.

Key Financials for Q2 and H1 of 2019

EUR million H1
2019
H1
2018
∆ abs. ∆ rel. Q2
2019
Q2
2018
∆ abs. ∆ rel.
Order intake 918.1 932.8 -14.7 -1.6% 419.8 458.6 -38.8 -8.5%
Order backlog 1,063.0 1,038.2 +24.8 +2.4% 1,063.0 1,038.2 +24.8 +2.4%
Revenue 875.2 861.5 +13.7 +1.6% 434.1 430.8 +3.3 +0.8%
of which FX effects     +9.9 +1.1%     +4.4 +1.0%
of which M&A     -6.2 -0.7%     +0.0 -
of which organic     +10.0 +1.2%     -1.1 -0.3%
EBITDA 73.8 110.4 -36.6 -33.2% 39.0 49.3 -10.3 -20.9%
EBIT before purchase price allocation 17.6 64.6* -47.0 -72.8% 10.7 26.3 -15.6 -59.3%
EBIT margin before purchase price allocation (in %) 2.0 7.5* -5.5PP - 2.5 6.1 -3.6PP -
Purchase price allocation 1.0 1.9 -0.9 -47.4% 0.5 1.0 - 0.5 -50.0%
EBIT 16.6 62.7* -46.1 -73.5% 10.2 25.3 -15.1 -59.7%
Net finance cost -9.7 -10.3 +0.6 +5.8% -8.7 -5.0 -3.7 -74.0%
EBT 6.9 52.4* -45.5 -86.8% 1.5 20.3 -18.8 -92.6%
Taxes on income 16.7 16.7 +0.0 - 10.2 10.9 -0.7 -6.4%
Net income (after non-controlling interests) -10.1 34.2* -44.3 >-100% -8.6 8.5 -17.1 >-100%
Earnings per share (in EUR) -0.16 0.54 -0.70 >-100% -0.14 0.13 -0.27 >-100%
Investments (in property, plant, and equipment and investment property) 49.5 67.7 -18.2 -26.9% 20.7 38.4 -17.7 -46.1%
Operating free cash flow 79.3 -42.2 +121.5 >+100% 98.6 -19.0 +117.6 >+100%
Net working capital 498.9 604.1 -105.2 -17.4%        
Equity ratio (in %) 40.7 42.8 -2.1PP -        
Net financial liabilities 699.9 682.6 +17.3 +2.5%        
Employees (as of June 30) 10,411 9,954 +457 +4.6%        

* Incl. gain from sale of Hug subgroup (EUR 21.1 million before taxes)


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Dr. Jens Winter 
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