NORMA Group looks back on a successful financial year 2015

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Preliminary sales increase by 28.0% to EUR 889.6 million compared to 2014
Preliminary adjusted EBITA improves by 28.6% to EUR 156.3 million
Preliminary adjusted EBITA margin remains at a high level of 17.6%

NORMA Group SE (“NORMA Group”), a global market leader in engineered joining technology, has released its preliminary figures for financial year 2015. According to preliminary and unaudited figures, NORMA Group 2015 sales rose by 28.0% compared to the previous year to EUR 889.6 million (2014: EUR 694.7 million). Acquisitions made in 2014 contributed EUR 115.4 million to this result. Organic sales grew by 3.7% in 2015 compared to the previous year. Exchange rate movements contributed 7.7% to the sales growth. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, and amortisation (adjusted EBITA) increased by 28.6% to EUR 156.3 million (2014: EUR 121.5 million). The adjusted EBITA margin remained at a sustained high level of 17.6% (2014: 17.5%). The NORMA Group results are in line with its expectations. Net debt including hedging instruments amounted to EUR 360.9 million as of the reporting date 31 December 2015 compared to EUR 373.1 million on 31 December 2014.

“We look back on a successful 2015 financial year in which we continued to grow even faster,” said Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group. “Industrial manufacturing in the euro zone has recovered only slowly and demand from markets in Brazil and Russia remains weak. Nevertheless, we still managed to achieve positive results because of our broad positioning in various industries and regions. In the future we will be less dependent on fluctuations in individual markets.”

Strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2015

Sales increased significantly by 23.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015 to EUR 217.0 million compared to the same quarter of the previous year (Q4 2014: EUR 176.2 million). Acquisitions contributed EUR 10.0 million to sales growth. Organic growth of 10.4% was achieved in the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITA increased by 22.0% to EUR 35.6 million (Q4 2014: EUR 29.2 million). The adjusted EBITA margin from October to December 2015 was 16.4% (Q4 2014: 16.6%).


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