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Heidelberg committed to growth - company assumes new strategic alignment
- Investment in services, consumables, and digital printing will lead to future growth
- Operating margin (EBITDA margin excluding special effects) slightly higher despite comprehensive portfolio optimization
- Low leverage (<2) and long-term financing framework lay the foundations for further strategic reorientation
- Outlook for 2015/2016: Sales increase of 2 to 4 percent forecast, with target EBITDA margin of at least 8 percent
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) largely completed the Group's strategic reorientation in financial year 2014/2015 (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). The focus during this process was on realigning the Group's portfolio toward profitable areas of business and growth sectors. The corporate structures have also been adapted to dynamic changes in markets. This has had a further significant impact on sales and results and has provided the basis for profitable growth.
"We've made Heidelberg fit for the future," said Gerold Linzbach, CEO of the company. "The reorientation will enable Heidelberg to enjoy sustained profitable growth in the future."
Future growth will be generated primarily in the services and digital sectors. Heidelberg continued to strengthen the services sector in the past financial year through acquisitions (BluePrint Products, Printing Systems Group, Fujifilm Sverige). The newly acquired companies are set to generate sales of over € 100 million from the current financial year 2015/2016 onward and will help ensure sustainably profitable growth for Heidelberg following complete integration. The Heidelberg Group's position in the growth segment of digital printing was further strengthened with the complete takeover of Neo7even and the Gallus Group and the launch of a digital label printing machine.
Another aim is to further improve the company's profitability. The reorientation of unprofitable activities such as those in postpress, which was completed in financial year 2014/2015, will improve the result by approximately € 30 million in the future. The structures for offset printing have also been adapted to the market environment, thus enabling Heidelberg to respond more flexibly to market fluctuations and achieve cost savings in the low double-digit million euro range.
"From the current financial year onward, we expect to consistently achieve clearly positive net results," added Linzbach.
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