- Sales up around 31% to EUR 259.0 million
- Further 5% increase in order intake
- Break-even at EBIT level almost reached in line with budget
- Working capital ratio of 12%
- Full-year guidance confirmed
The Nordex Group posted a 30.6% increase in sales to €259.0 million in the first quarter of 2013 (previous year: €198.3 million). This performance was underpinned by strong business in the core European region, which contributed 94% of sales. On the other hand, business in America contracted by a substantial 57.6%, accounting for only 5% of consolidated sales, while Asian business remained persistently weak.
The greater volume of business is also reflected in production and installation activity. To that end Nordex produced 60% more turbines in the first quarter, completing more than twice the capacity of the same period of the previous year. This performance together with reduced structural costs in the U.S. and China, which had previously operated below capacity, resulted in a substantial improvement in operating earnings. As a result, the loss at EBIT level came to €0.6 million as of 31 March 2013 (previous year: loss of €9.0 million) and was therefore fully in line with budget. The consolidated net loss was reduced by 40% to €8.4 million (previous year: loss of €14.0 million).
Due to increased purchasing and production activity, the working capital ratio widened to 11.8% (31 December 2012: 8.7%), with cash and cash equivalents declining by 29.3% to €194.2 million (31 December 2012: €224.3 million). Net cash outflow from operating activities amounted to €60.0 million (Q1/2012: inflow of €34.8 million).
Order intake continued to climb in the first three months of 2013. At EUR 327.9 million, new business rose by 5%, compared with the high level of the same period last year (Q1/2012: €312.3 million). This performance was driven by sales successes in Northern Europe, particularly in the domestic German market, as well as successful marketing of the N117/2400 low-wind turbine. Thanks to the best first quarter since 2008, firmly financed orders grew to €1,141 million (previous year: €837 million), thus ss the coo, creating a solid basis to achieve its full-year sales target.
The Management Board of Nordex SE confirms its forecast for 2013 and expects a further increase in sales to €1.2 to 1.3 billion (2013: €1,075 million). Given slightly weaker capacity use in the first half of the year compared with the second half, management expects operating earnings to improve in the final quarters, resulting in a full-year EBIT margin of 2 to 3%.
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