SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE SUPPORTED BY GOOD FOURTH QUARTER
This release is a summary of Wärtsilä’s financial statements bulletin 2016. The complete report is attached to this release as a pdf-file.(Financial Statements Bulletin 2016) It is also available at http://www.wartsilareports.com/en-US/2016/q4/frontpage/ and on the company website at www.wartsila.com.
FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
- Order intake declined 6% to EUR 1,324 million (1,403)
- Net sales declined 2% to EUR 1,559 million (1,590)
- Book-to-bill 0.85 (0.88)
- Comparable operating result improved to EUR 253 million, or 16.3% of net sales (EUR 215 million or 13.5%)
- Earnings per share increased to 0.87 euro (0.79)
- Cash flow from operating activities increased to EUR 235 million (176)
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REVIEW PERIOD JANUARY-DECEMBER 2016
- Order intake was stable at EUR 4,927 million (4,932)
- Net sales declined 5% to EUR 4,801 million (5,029)
- Book-to-bill 1.03 (0.98)
- Comparable operating result declined to EUR 583 million, or 12.1% of net sales (EUR 612 million or 12.2%)
- Earnings per share declined to 1.79 euro (2.25)
- Cash flow from operating activities increased to EUR 613 million (255)
- Order book at the end of the period decreased 4% to EUR 4,696 million (4,882)
- The dividend is proposed to increase by 8% to 1.30 (1.20) euro per share. In line with growing practice, the dividend will be paid in two equal instalments in March and September.
WÄRTSILÄ’S PROSPECTS FOR 2017
As of 2017, Wärtsilä has changed its guidance policy to be consistent with general industry practice. Wärtsilä has discontinued providing numerical financial guidance on net sales and operating result developments. Instead, Wärtsilä's prospects statement is based on expectations regarding demand development in its markets. Wärtsilä will continue to provide certain financial information, including the order book for current year deliveries, as well as information on key matters that may affect profitability.
The overall demand for Wärtsilä’s services and solutions in 2017 is expected to be relatively unchanged from the previous year. Demand by business area is anticipated to develop as follows:
Wärtsilä’s current order book for 2017 deliveries is EUR 3,143 million (3,097), which mainly comprises Marine Solutions and Energy Solutions’ deliveries. Wärtsilä will continue to focus on improving efficiency, which is expected to partially offset lower volumes in the marine markets. The pricing environment in Energy Solutions’ markets has stabilised, but the order book is still impacted by the competitive pressure seen in previous years. The good performance in Services is expected to continue.
JAAKKO ESKOLA, PRESIDENT AND CEO
“Thanks to solid delivery execution, growth in Services’ revenues, and an improved project mix in the fourth quarter, we were able to meet our revised net sales and profitability targets for the year 2016. I am pleased with our cash flow development, which improved primarily due to our focus on working capital management.
The weak growth in seaborne trade, low oil and gas prices, as well as customers’ financial constraints burdened the marine industry throughout the year, which resulted in exceptionally low contracting activity. Considering these headwinds, Wärtsilä’s order intake developed well. This was largely due to the improved sentiment in the energy markets, where growth in electricity demand and energy policy changes supported the demand for Wärtsilä's power generation solutions in both the emerging markets and the industrialised world. The development of our Services business was solid, despite challenges related primarily to the offshore service market.
Wärtsilä is in the midst of a major digital transformation. I am excited about this journey, which will enhance our customer offering as well as our own operations. During the year, we strengthened our digital foundation with the appointment of a Chief Digital Officer to the Board of Management, as well as with the acquisition of Eniram. Going forward we expect to shape our markets with efficient use of data.
Looking into 2017, we expect our business environment to remain largely unchanged. We continue to be well positioned to benefit from the trends of increasing demand for efficiency and changing energy needs, and will continue to work towards reaching our long-term target for profitable growth.”
Order book at the end of the period
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Comparable operating result
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Comparable adjusted EBITA
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Cash flow from operating activities
Net interest-bearing debt at the end of the period
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1Items affecting comparability in the fourth quarter of 2016 included costs related to restructuring programmes of EUR 22 million (11). In the comparison period, items affecting comparability also included EUR 3 million of acquisition related and other costs. During the review period January-December 2016 restructuring costs amounted to EUR 48 million (19), and other costs to EUR 3 million (6).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ DIVIDEND PROPOSAL
The Board of Directors proposes that a dividend of 1.30 euro per share be paid for the financial year 2016. The parent company’s distributable funds total 1,097,420,182.01 euro, which includes 281,705,697.79 euro in net profit for the year. There are 197,241,130 shares with dividend rights. The dividend will be paid in two instalments. The first instalment of 0.65 euro per share will be paid to shareholders who are registered in the list of shareholders maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date 6 March 2017. The dividend payment date proposed by the Board for this instalment is 13 March 2017. The second instalment of 0.65 euro per share will be paid in September 2017. The second instalment will be paid to shareholders who are registered in the list of shareholders maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the dividend record date, which, together with the payment date, shall be decided by the Board of Directors in its meeting scheduled for 12 September 2017 in accordance with the rules of the Finnish book-entry system. The dividend record date for the second instalment as per the current rules of the Finnish book-entry system would be 14 September 2017 and the dividend payment date 21 September 2017, unless the renewal of the securities processing infrastructure by Euroclear Finland Ltd brings the dividend payment date a few days earlier.
The Annual Report 2016, including the financial review and the review by the Board of Directors, will be available on the company website www.wartsila.com and at www.wartsilareports.com during week 6.
ANALYST AND PRESS CONFERENCE
An analyst and press conference will be held today, Friday 27 January 2017, at 10.00 a.m. Finnish time (8.00 a.m. UK time), at the Wärtsilä headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. The combined web- and teleconference will be held in English and can be viewed at the following address: http://wcc.webeventservices.com/r.htm?e=1341102&s=1&k=8AF7CAE8285EF67AE49534CEB863F8AC.
To participate in the teleconference please register at the following address: http://emea.directeventreg.com/registration/46314279 You will receive dial-in details by e-mail once you have registered. If problems occur, please press *0 for operator assistance. Please use *6 to mute your phone during the teleconference and the same code to unmute.
An on-demand version of the webcast will be available on the company website later the same day.
For further information, please contact:
Executive Vice President & CFO
Tel: +358 10 709 5640
Director, Investor & Media Relations
Tel: +358 10 709 5637
For press information, please contact:
Group Vice President, Communications & Branding
Tel: +358 10 709 5599
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 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.