SKF Year-end report 2016

2017 February 02, 13:00 CET

Gothenburg, 2 February 2017

Alrik Danielson, President and CEO:

“In 2016 we have seen market conditions gradually improve and SKF is now growing again. In the fourth quarter, organic sales increased by 1.2% compared to last year. Sequentially, sales were slightly higher, mainly driven by Asia. Net sales in the quarter were SEK 18.8 billion. We saw a gradual strengthening in demand during the quarter and less of the seasonal pre-buying which is otherwise associated with that time of year.

Operating profit, excluding one-time items, was SEK 1 741 million, which was slightly higher than last year. Our operating margin, excluding one-time items, was 9.3%. The cost in the quarter for our new ERP-system amounted to SEK 280 million and impacted the margin negatively by 1.5 percentage points.

Our industrial business delivered an operating margin, excluding one-time items, of 11.0%. We saw higher demand in Asia, especially in industrial distribution, but also in industrial drives. Total demand in Europe was relatively unchanged but we saw growth in our distribution business as well as in the rail and industrial general industries. In North America, market conditions continue to be challenging, but the development in the market is stabilizing.

Our automotive business delivered an operating margin, excluding one-time items, of 5.3%. Organic sales increased by 3.3% in the quarter, compared to the corresponding quarter last year, driven mainly by strong growth in Asia for both cars and trucks.

Our cash flow continued to be strong, at SEK 1 428 million in the fourth quarter. Net debt decreased by SEK 3 billion and strengthened the balance sheet and brought us close to our net debt/equity target of 80%.

In the past month, we have announced further strategic investments in our factories in Schweinfurt, Germany and Dalian, China. During the last 18 months, investments have been announced in our manufacturing facilities and distribution centres across the world. The first of the investments to be completed is the new spherical roller bearing channel in Gothenburg, where the first customer trial orders are now being produced.

Our new ERP-system went live in Sweden and Finland on 4 January. This is a significant investment for the Group and I am pleased to say that the launch went according to plan.

For the first quarter 2017, demand for our products and services is expected to be slightly higher compared to last year and relatively unchanged compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.”

Key figures, SEKmQ4
Net sales18 78518 21572 78775 997
Operating profit excl. one-time items1 7411 7267 5448 655
Operating margin excl. one-time items, %9.39.510.411.4
One-time items in operating profit-155-687-17-1 687
Operating profit1 5861 0397 5276 968
Operating margin, %8.45.710.39.2
Financial one-time items--286--336
Profit before taxes excl. operating and financial one-time items1 5311 6266 7567 857
Profit before taxes1 3766536 7395 834
Net cash flow after investments before financing1 4281 9667 7176 416

Net sales change y-o-y, %OrganicStructureCurrencyTotal
Q4 20161.2-
FY 2016-1.6-2.2-0.4-4.2

Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %:EuropeNorth AmericaLatin AmericaAsiaMiddle East and Africa
Q4 20160.9-4.4-
FY 20161.7-7.3-4.1-0.92.3

Dividend Proposal
The Board has decided to propose an unchanged dividend of SEK 5.50 per share to the Annual General Meeting.

Outlook for the first quarter 2017

Demand compared to the first quarter 2016
The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be slightly higher for the Group and for Industrial. Demand for Automotive is expected to be higher. Demand is expected to be slightly higher in Europe, North America and in Latin America and higher in Asia.

Demand compared to the fourth quarter 2016
The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be relatively unchanged for the Group and for Industrial. Demand for Automotive is expected to be higher. Demand is expected to be higher in Europe and North America, slightly lower in Latin America and significantly lower in Asia.

A teleconference will be held on 2 February 2017 at 14:00 (CEST):
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You will find all information regarding the SKF Year-end report 2016 on the IR website.

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SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2016 were SEK 72 787 million and the number of employees was 47 922.  

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