Wärtsilä’s Half Year Financial Report January–June 2021
This release is a summary of Wärtsilä’s Half Year Report January–June 2021. The complete report is attached to this release as a pdf file. It is also available on the company website at www.wartsila.com.
HIGHLIGHTS OF APRIL–JUNE 2021
Wärtsilä expects the demand environment in the third quarter to be better than that of the corresponding period in the previous year. However, the prevailing market conditions make the outlook uncertain.
“During the second quarter of 2021, we saw signs of stabilisation and recovery in our markets, despite the prevailing uncertainty.
In our key energy markets, the market situation stabilised, but many investments in new power plant capacity still continued to be postponed. Meanwhile, activity in the energy storage market continued at a good level. Furthermore, the recent order for a 156 MW multi-fuel power plant in Nebraska and the commencement of execution of the 380 MW project for Metaenergia in Italy show how flexible thermal balancing power enables the increased share of wind and solar energy in power systems in different parts of the world. Demand for services was also at a good level, and customers continued to show interest in long-term agreements, thereby bringing stability to the business during low market volumes.
In the marine markets, vessel ordering activity improved, although activity in our key vessel segments remained relatively low. In particular, the important cruise industry is still heavily affected by COVID-19 related restrictions. The demand for services has developed positively across vessel segments, supported by improved vessel activity and earnings. We saw good demand for long-term agreements, as customers wish to secure the performance of their fleet.
Despite the relatively challenging overall market environment, our order intake grew across businesses, with a total increase of 14%. It was also encouraging to see that our service order intake grew by 24% and that the order intake growth was broad and driven by several customer segments.
While net sales decreased, we succeeded in improving our profitability, and our comparable operating profit increased by 30%. Marine Power and Energy clearly improved their results, while Marine Systems suffered from low net sales driven by postponed scrubber retrofits. Customers’ interest towards smarter, digitalised, greener, and safer solutions supported the growth in Voyage’s order intake and net sales. The number of vessels connected to our cloud solutions increased by 78%. Our cash flow from operating activities was very strong. Wärtsilä’s asset-light business model, strong cash generation ability, and high service volumes deliver overall operational stability.
Wärtsilä’s success is based on a wide portfolio, global service support, and the innovation capabilities needed to promote the decarbonisation transformation of both the marine and energy industries. During the second quarter, we continued our systematic investments in R&D and participated in several international and local research alliances. Wärtsilä is pioneering the adoption of carbon-free fuels. Extensive tests are ongoing with ammonia, hydrogen and methanol as potential future fuels for Wärtsilä’s fuel-flexible combustion engines. Clean fuels, combined with Wärtsilä’s strengths in outcome-based service agreements, provide our customers with major opportunities to improve environmental footprint while boosting profitability.
We expect the demand environment in the third quarter to be better than that of the corresponding period in the previous year. In the longer term, we see exciting opportunities driven by the decarbonisation transformation of both the marine and energy industries. With our focus on a holistic system approach, technology leadership, and fuel flexible solutions, we are committed to supporting our customers to succeed in this transformation.”
|of which services||604||486||24%||1,308||1,120||17%||2,267|
|Order book, end of period||5,238||5,401||-3%||5,057|
|of which services||591||510||16%||1,141||1,103||3%||2,255|
|% of net sales||5.1||4.0||4.5||4.2||5.1|
|Comparable operating result||71||55||30%||112||111||1%||275|
|% of net sales||6.3||4.5||5.4||4.7||6.0|
|Comparable adjusted EBITA*||79||63||25%||128||128||0%||308|
|% of net sales||7.0||5.2||6.1||5.4||6.7|
|Profit before taxes||53||36||47%||88||79||11%||191|
|Basic earnings/share, EUR||0.06||0.04||0.10||0.09||0.23|
|Cash flow from operating activities||245||252||312||293||681|
|Net interest-bearing debt, end of period||253||643||394|
|Gross capital expenditure||63||54||117|
|Personnel, end of period||17,386||18,334||-5%||17,792|
|*Comparable adjusted EBITA excludes items affecting comparability and purchase price allocation amortisation.|
Wärtsilä presents certain alternative performance measures in accordance with the guidance issued by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). The definitions of these alternative performance measures are presented in the Calculations of financial ratios section.
ANALYST AND PRESS CONFERENCE
A virtual analyst and press conference will be held as a webinar today, Tuesday 20 July 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Finnish time (8:00 a.m. UK time).
If you only wish to view the stream, please register at: http://www.mediaserver.fi/live/wartsila.
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A recording of the webcast will be available on the company website as soon as possible after the event.
For further information, please contact:
Executive Vice President & CFO
Tel. +358 10 709 5444
Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel. +358 40 826 2172
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Tel: +358 10 709 5599
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2020, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.