Wärtsilä’s Interim report January–March 2023

Wärtsilä Corporation, Stock exchange release 25 April 2023 at 08:30 UTC+2

Wärtsilä’s Interim report January–March 2023

This release is a summary of Wärtsilä’s Interim report January–March 2023. The complete report is attached to this release as a pdf file. It is also available on the company website at www.wartsila.com.



  • Order intake increased by 26% to EUR 1,739 million (1,380), of which organic growth was 29%
  • Service order intake increased by 21% to EUR 889 million (732)
  • Order book at the end of the period was stable at EUR 6,153 million (6,107)
  • Net sales increased by 19% to EUR 1,465 million (1,231), of which organic growth was 20%
  • Book-to-bill amounted to 1.19 (1.12)
  • Comparable operating result increased by 34% to EUR 88 million (65), which represents 6.0% of net sales (5.3)
  • Operating result increased by EUR 239 million to EUR 92 million (-147), which represents 6.3% of net sales (-11.9)
  • Basic earnings per share increased to 0.09 euro (-0.24)
  • Cash flow from operating activities increased to EUR 145 million (-122)



Wärtsilä expects the demand environment for the next 12 months (Q2/2023–Q1/2024) to be similar to that of the comparison period.


Wärtsilä expects the demand environment for the next 12 months (Q2/2023–Q1/2024) to be similar to that of the comparison period.


“Although facing continued uncertainties in the operating environment, we successfully delivered growth and higher profitability. The global economic headwinds continued despite some improvements, including the reopening of China and decreasing energy costs. Cost inflation continued to burden the order backlog of our new equipment business.

In the energy market, the investment environment remains uncertain, especially for new power plants. Price pressure on fuel and raw material cost has eased during the beginning of the year, but rising interest rates have caused further uncertainty. On the other hand, investments in the energy transition have been at a high level, and supportive policies regarding battery energy storage and clean hydrogen has continued to develop during the first quarter of the year. Notably, we signed a contract to provide an energy storage system to the United Kingdom, the first project in the world to deliver stability services using a transmission-connected battery system. The service business in Energy continued to develop positively, and we signed several service agreements.

In the marine market, economic headwinds continued to limit growth, as rising newbuild prices combined with limited shipyard capacity continued to hamper newbuild ordering activity. Nevertheless, the market sentiment remained positive for Wärtsilä’s key segments with improving utilisation rates. Decarbonisation continues to be a major driver for our customers. As an example, we will supply the engines for Celebrity Cruises’ new ship, capable of operating with methanol fuel in addition to two other conventional fuel types. We thus continue advancing the use of alternative fuels for the cruise industry.

Our order intake increased by 26% supported by good development both in services and equipment. Net sales increased by 19% with growth in Marine Power and Energy. The good development in services has supported our profitability and our comparable operating margin improved to 6.0%. Nevertheless, cost inflation continued to burden the order backlog of our new equipment business. The cash flow from operating activities improved, supported by higher result and reduced working capital.

Wärtsilä is highly committed to support customers to decarbonise their operations. The transition to carbon-neutrality is progressing step-by-step. The International Maritime Organization’s new regulations regarding carbon intensity and energy efficiency in the maritime business, the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), came into force at the beginning of this year. We offer many solutions to help vessels meet these requirements. For example, we have introduced a derating retrofit solution for 2-stroke engines called Wärtsilä Fit4Power. This solution extends the emissions-compliant lifetime of merchant vessels by significantly improving combustion efficiency (15%), which in turn reduces both fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to promoting the transition to carbon-neutrality for our customers, our goal is to become carbon-neutral in our own operations as well. Our aim is to be able to provide a product portfolio ready for zero-carbon fuels by 2030. 

We continue to take actions to improve our profitability. Voyage was merged into Marine Power in the beginning of this year. After a strategic review, we have also decided to focus on end-to-end voyage optimisation and moving other parts of the Voyage business activities to the Portfolio Business. Additionally, we are planning to move Marine Electrical Systems, currently part of the Marine Systems business, to the Portfolio Business. These changes are expected to be completed during the second quarter of the year.

We expect the demand environment for the next 12 months to be similar to that of the comparison period, in both the Marine (including Marine Power and Marine Systems) and Energy businesses. Although our operating result margin is still clearly below our target, we are taking actions to improve our profitability step by step. As we have seen in the first quarter, we continue to grow our service business and deliver the part of our order backlog that has been significantly impacted by cost inflation. The turnaround of our energy storage business continues in the right direction and the decarbonisation transformation will have a positive impact on our business going forward.”


MEUR 1–3/2023 1–3/2022 Change 2022
Order intake 1,739 1,380 26% 6,074
of which services 889 732 21% 3,066
of which equipment 850 648 31% 3,008
Order book, end of period 6,153 6,107 1% 5,906
Net sales 1,465 1,231 19% 5,842
of which services 736 631 17% 2,775
of which equipment 729 600 22% 3,067
Book-to-bill 1.19 1.12 1.04
Comparable adjusted EBITA* 93 72 29% 349
% of net sales 6.4 5.9 6.0
Comparable operating result 88 65 34% 325
% of net sales 6.0 5.3 5.6
Operating result 92 -147 163% -26
% of net sales 6.3 -11.9 -0.4
Result before taxes 84 -147 157% -32
Basic earnings/share, EUR 0.09 -0.24 -0.11
Cash flow from operating activities 145 -122 -62
Net interest-bearing debt, end of period 477 276 481
Gearing 0.24 0.14 0.23
Solvency, % 33.4 35.3 35.3

*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.


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Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,500 professionals in more than 240 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2022, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.wartsila.com

Wärtsilä Interim Report January-March 2023