- High level of new orders sustained
- Strong increase in revenue generated across all regions and application segments
- Double-digit increase in profitability
- Group forecast for 2019 as a whole confirmed
"DEUTZ has made an excellent start to the year, and all regions and segments have played their part," says CEO Dr Frank Hiller, summing up the Company's strong showing at the beginning of 2019. "We have surpassed the outstanding results for revenue and earnings achieved in the first quarter of last year. We are also reaffirming the forecast for 2019 as a whole on the basis of the high level of orders on hand. Our new strategy for China and our initiatives aimed at increasing profitability and embracing new technologies mean that DEUTZ is well positioned now and for the future. DEUTZ remains on a growth trajectory and we are well on the way to achieving our medium-term targets for 2022."
High level of new orders sustained
DEUTZ is continuing to benefit from the sustained strength of customer demand, receiving orders worth EUR 514.5 million in the first quarter of 2019. Although still at a high level, new orders were 10.5 per cent lower than the extremely robust volume reported for the prior-year period, which had been positively influenced by exceptional items. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, new orders were up by 27.4 per cent (Q4 2018: EUR 403.9 million). Orders on hand as at 31 March 2019 totalled EUR 497.6 million, which was 16.4 per cent higher than a year earlier.
Strong rise in revenue
The DEUTZ Group's revenue advanced by 9.2 per cent to EUR 452.8 million in the first three months of 2019. All regions and application segments contributed to this growth. The Agricultural Machinery application segment registered a particularly strong revenue increase of 16.0 per cent. Revenue in the high-margin service business grew by 9.1 per cent. In the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions, DEUTZ reported revenue growth that was comfortably into double digits.
Substantial increase in operating profit
The DEUTZ Group's operating profit rose by 15.7 per cent to EUR 25.1 million in the first quarter of 2019. This rise was largely due to the growth of revenue, a favourable shift in the product mix towards higher-value engines that meet the new exhaust emissions standards and positive currency effects. The EBIT margin improved from 5.2 per cent to 5.5 per cent during the reporting period.
Thanks to the rise in operating profit, net income went up by 14.8 per cent compared with the prior-year period to reach EUR 20.9 million. As a result, earnings per share increased from EUR 0.15 to EUR 0.17.
Group forecast for 2019 confirmed
The continued strong demand from customers and current high level of orders on hand should provide a good degree of security for the DEUTZ engine business, particularly in the first half of the year. The Board of Management therefore confirms its forecast for 2019 as a whole, despite a generally challenging macroeconomic and geopolitical environment: revenue is expected to rise to more than EUR1.8 billion and the EBIT margin before exceptional items to at least 5.0 per cent. The payment of the final instalment of the purchase consideration from the disposal of the Cologne-Deutz site could result in an exceptional item that would increase earnings by around EUR50 million this year.
Upcoming financial dates
1 August 2019: Interim report for the first half of 2019
7 November 2019: Interim management statement for the first to third quarter of 2019
12 March 2020: 2019 annual report / annual results press conference
Further information is available at www.deutz.com.
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