KION Group: dynamic start into 2017

2017-04-27 / 07:01:11

  • Sustained growth, both organic and as a result of Dematic acquisition
  • Considerable rise in the value of order intake to EUR1.882 billion in the first quarter of 2017 (up by 45.1 percent)
  • Strong growth in revenue to EUR1.811 billion (up by 48.4 percent)
  • Adjusted EBIT margin improves from 8.1 percent to 8.4 percent
  • Strong free cash flow of EUR64.5 million
  • Outlook for 2017 confirmed

Wiesbaden, April 27, 2017 - The KION Group had a dynamic start into 2017: Following last year's acquisition of Dematic, a specialist in automation and supply chain optimization, the total value of order intake rose by 45.1 percent to EUR1.882 billion in the first quarter of 2017. At EUR2.306 billion, the order book was above the high level seen at the end of last year (31 December 2016: EUR2.245 billion). Revenue grew by a substantial 48.4 percent to EUR1.811 billion in the first three months of 2017, while earnings before interest and tax (EBIT[1]) grew by 55.1 percent to EUR152.9 million. This resulted in an improvement in the EBIT[1] margin from 8.1 percent to 8.4 percent.

Net income increased by 27.2 percent to EUR42.0 million in the period January to March. Earnings per share for the first three months of the year came to EUR0.39. The KION Group generated a strong free cash flow of EUR64.5 million.

"The first quarter, which includes Dematic results on a fully consolidated basis, represents a highly promising start to our new era," said Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group. "The industrial truck market again developed dynamically in the first three months of this year, while demand for automated supply chain solutions continues to boom - driven among others by e-commerce. As a provider of products and services catering to all intralogistics needs, the KION Group is ideally positioned to shape these developments and profit from them."

The global market for forklift trucks and warehouse technology recorded strong growth in the first quarter of 2017. New truck orders were up by 19.4 percent on the first quarter of 2016, reaching 350,500 trucks. The main driver of this increase was the very strong recovery in China. Western Europe was able to continue the positive momentum seen in the previous year.

Segment performance in detail

In the Industrial Trucks & Services segment (forklift trucks, warehouse technology, and related services), order intake for the first quarter of 2017 totalled around 49,900 units, a year-on-year improvement of 14.4 percent. The total value of order intake was EUR1.415 billion in the first quarter of 2017 (up by 12.5 percent). Revenue rose by 10.5 percent year on year to EUR1.323 billion, with the new truck business making a particularly strong contribution to this increase. The main revenue drivers were once again sales of electric forklift trucks and warehouse equipment. EBIT[1] reached EUR129.1 million, which was up by 15.4 percent on the prior-year period. As a result, the EBIT[1] margin went up from 9.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to 9.8 percent in the same period of this year.

The Supply Chain Solutions segment has only included Dematic since November 2016. The total value of its order intake was EUR461.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared with EUR35.1 million in the first three months of last year. Revenue amounted to EUR483.0 million (Q1 2016: EUR19.8 million). In the period January to March 2017, the segment generated EBIT[1] of EUR34.2 million, after an operating loss of EUR0.8 million a year earlier. The EBIT[1] margin reached 7.1 percent in the first quarter of 2017.


The KION Group confirms the outlook provided for 2017 in the 2016 group annual report.

The Group aims to build on its successful performance in 2016 and, based on the forecasts for market growth, achieve further increases in order intake, revenue, and adjusted EBIT.

The order intake of the KION Group is expected to be between EUR7.800 billion and EUR8.250 billion. The target figure for consolidated revenue is in the range of EUR7.500 billion to EUR7.950 billion. The target range for adjusted EBIT is EUR740 million to EUR800 million. The adjusted EBIT margin is predicted to increase above the margin of 9.6 percent that was generated in 2016. Free cash flow is expected to be in a range between EUR370 million and EUR430 million. The target figure for ROCE is in the range of 9.5 percent to 10.5 percent.

Order intake in the Industrial Trucks & Services segment is expected to be between EUR5.450 billion and EUR5.600 billion. The target figure for revenue is in the range of EUR5.300 billion to EUR5.450 billion. The target range for adjusted EBIT is EUR605 million to EUR630 million. The adjusted EBIT margin is predicted to increase slightly above the margin of 11.3 percent achieved in 2016.

Order intake in the Supply Chain Solutions segment is expected to be between EUR2.350 billion and EUR2.650 billion. The target figure for revenue is in the range of EUR2.200 billion to EUR2.500 billion. The target range for adjusted EBIT is EUR195 million to EUR230 million. The adjusted EBIT margin is predicted to increase significantly above the margin of 1.6 percent that was generated in 2016.

The outlook is based on the assumption that material prices will hold steady and the current exchange rate environment will remain as it is. Actual business performance may deviate from the forecasts due, among other factors, to the opportunities and risks described in the 2016 group annual report. Performance particularly depends on macroeconomic and industry-specific conditions and may be negatively affected by increasing uncertainty or a worsening of the economic and political situation.

Improved assessment from rating agency

In April, the rating agency Standard & Poor's raised its credit rating for the KION Group from BB+ with a negative outlook to BB+ with a stable outlook. The reason given by the agency was KION's solid operational and financial performance and successful measures to refinance large parts of the Dematic acquisition bridge facility as well as the expectation amongst other of a continued positive development of KION's key credit metrics.

[1] EBIT adjusted for KION acquisition items and non-recurring items.


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The Company

The KION Group is a global leader in industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.

The KION Group's world-renowned brands are clear industry leaders. Dematic, the newest addition to the KION Group, is a global leader in automated material handling providing a comprehensive range of intelligent supply chain and automation solutions. Egemin Automation is a leading logistics automation specialist with a particular strength in AGVs. The Linde and STILL brands serve the premium industrial truck segment. Baoli focuses on industrial trucks in the economy segment. Among its regional industrial truck brands, Fenwick is the largest supplier of material handling products in France, OM STILL is a market leader in Italy, and Voltas is a leading provider of industrial trucks in India.

With a global installed base of more than 1.2 million industrial trucks and over 6,000 installed systems, KION Group's customer base includes companies in all industries and of all sizes on six continents. The KION Group has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenue of around EUR5.8 billion in 2016.


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