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KION Group with strong start to 2023

KION Group started strongly into 2023, despite a continued challenging market environment. The positive development of the Group’s business was mainly due to the Industrial Trucks & Services (ITS) segment performing much stronger than expected in the first quarter of 2023.


The ITS segment, which focuses on forklift trucks, warehouse technology, and associated services, grew revenue by 16.7 percent year-on-year to €2.0 billion (Q1 2022: €1.7 billion). ITS made good progress executing the sizeable order book that was built last year, with positive effects on revenue growth. Dynamic price increases implemented in 2022 materialized already in the first quarter of 2023 and boosted revenue growth earlier than expected. Adjusted EBIT in the ITS segment rose substantially to €176.6 million (Q1 2022: €114.2 million), corresponding to a strong adjusted EBIT margin uplift to 8.8 percent (Q1 2022: 6.6 percent). The main contributing factors were the improving supply chain situation and operational and commercial agility, which allowed the business to bring orders forward.

Marcus A. Wassenberg comments on our results

Putting measures in place to boost profitability

Adjusted EBIT for the KION Group came in at €156.0 million (Q1 2022: €170.3 million), exceeding company expectations. The corresponding adjusted EBIT margin for the first quarter was 5.6 percent (Q1 2022: 6.2 percent). Net income for the period decreased to €73.5 million year-on-year (Q1 2022: €80.2 million). Free cash flow was clearly positive at €104.9 million (Q1 2022: minus €432.6 million). A key factor in addition to the level of operating profit was a nearly unchanged level of working capital compared to the end of 2022. Group revenues increased by 1.7 percent to €2.8 billion (Q1 2022: €2.7 billion), driven by improving supply chain conditions and dynamic price increases in the ITS segment, which boosted revenues earlier than expected. The service business grew 10.5 percent, mainly due to higher revenue volumes in the after-sales and rental business.

We are off to a strong start. Our growth in the ITS segment underlines the effectiveness of our measures. The Group is on track to achieve sustainable profitability improvements and further strengthen its resilience.

Rob Smith, Chief Executive Officer of KION GROUP AG

Revenue and EBIT in the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) segment were in line with the Group’s expectations. Against the backdrop of lower order volume in 2022, especially in the project business, segment revenues fell by 23.3 percent to €783 million (Q1 2022: €1.0 billion). Order volume decreased mainly due to customers holding back capital expenditure decisions. By contrast, the segment’s revenue from the service business increased by 20.3 percent. The service share is now 31.6 percent (previous year: 20.1 percent). The SCS segment returned to profitability following a loss in 2022, with an adjusted EBIT in the first quarter of 2023 of €7.1 million (Q1 2022: €74.0 million), or a margin of 0.9 percent (Q1 2022: 7.3 percent). The expected softer results reflect the execution of low-margin projects from previous years as well as a lack of bought-in parts that caused project delays.

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