This is a summary of the first quarter 2013 published today. The complete first quarter 2013 report with tables is available at http://investor.cavotec.com/results.cfm. Investors should not rely on summaries only, but should review the complete reports with tables.
Global economic conditions during 1Q13 continued to remain unsettled, further compounding challenges such as an unfavourable product mix, project delays, and the on-going restructuring programmes at our operations at Cavotec INET and in Germany, resulting in lower margins and subdued profitability.
Order levels increased significantly year-on-year to a record EUR 65,959 thousands due to robust day-to-day ordering of stand-alone products and smaller systems, with our Order Book reaching EUR 111,935 on March 31, and several major projects in the pipeline.
We remain committed to our financial targets, including the approximate 10% annual growth in revenues, and we have renewed our focus on improving margins. Looking forward, we fully expect 2Q13 to offset the low performance of 1Q13, further underlining the strong fundamentals of Cavotec's business model.
1Q13 SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES
Quarterly revenues increased by 14.2% compared to the same period last year, despite the absence of large projects.
Cavotec's two largest market units (MU), Airports and Ports & Maritime, posted significant increases in revenues compared to the same period last year. Mining & Tunnelling showed some contraction in revenues compared to 1Q12, caused by on-going uncertainty and weaker demand in the sector. General Industry also posted a decrease in revenues, mainly due to a broadly lacklustre market environment, only partially offset by Cavotec systems' growing exposure in the defence sector and other developing niche markets.
Ports & Maritime registered substantial orders for cable reel systems for ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and automatic stacking cranes (ASC) for ports in Malaysia and Singapore. These orders were placed by ZPMC, one of our long-standing OEM customers. The unit also signed its first long-term service contract with leading terminal operator APMT in Salalah, Oman marking an important development for an area of our offering that the Group intends to expand.
The period was also strong for Airports, with several substantial orders in South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The largest of these projects were at Phoenix and Newark international airports in the US, where Cavotec is supplying integrated air, electrical power and fuel systems. For Hanoi International Airport, Cavotec is manufacturing a comprehensive range of air, electrical power and water supply systems. The MU also won an order for a large number of coiler systems for Shenyang airport in China. This is part of a CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) scheme to retrofit air and electrical supply systems at gates of all major airports in the country.
Mining & Tunnelling continued to book a substantial number of smaller orders for systems and components throughout the period from Cavotec's key OEM customers such as Robbins, Sandvik, ThyssenKrupp and Atlas Copco.
Similarly, General Industry recorded a large number of small-scale orders for components and niche systems. Radio remote controls (RRC) is an area registering considerable growth, especially in the energy sector where Cavotec RRCs are increasingly used to operate both on- and offshore oil and gas applications.
From a macroeconomic point of view, FY13 is likely to be a challenging year in a variety of markets. Nevertheless, we feel that Cavotec is uniquely positioned to capitalise on its strong global network and its customer-driven R&D that brings innovative engineering solutions to new and emerging markets. We will also continue to expand our after-sales component by offering long-term service contracts for Cavotec systems.
Going forward, we will continue to make inroads with a selection of our core products in BRIC countries and other developing economies. We will also continue to break ground with some genuinely industry-changing innovations such as Human Operating Interface (HOI) technologies, as well as our cable management systems to be seamlessly integrated with the latest generation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
The cost and operational efficiency programmes initiated in 2012 at our Centres of Excellence remain in force. Management throughout the Group have fully embraced the continuing initiatives to reduce costs, and to carefully assessing all new investment.
Ports & Maritime remains our largest MU and is set to continue to grow in FY13 as we focus on new technologies for the E-RTG market, and build our growing portfolio for the Oil & Gas segment, which is set to repeat the growth seen in FY12. Core systems such a MoorMaster™ and Alternative Maritime Power continue to attract significant interest from both existing and potential customers.
For Airports, we view continued infrastructure investment, as a key indicator that demand for our systems will remain strong. A report released by IATA in its Airline Industry Forecast 2012-2016, projects that passenger numbers will increase to 3.6 billion in 2016, from 2.8 billion in 2011. Growth scenarios such as these underline the need for our ground support systems as airports initiate upgrades, and the industry-wide drive to improve operational and environmental performance continues.
We expect that Mining & Tunnelling will face pressure in coming quarters as the segment experiences market turbulence. This will, at least partially, be offset by order backlogs at several of our major OEM customers. Similar to other MUs, customer-driven R&D is one of our key strengths, exemplified by our new PC-X cooling technology for deep mining operations, which will soon undergo extensive field-testing.
Our General Industry MU is showing development consistent with FY12, with some new segments showing significant promise such as cable management systems for EV charging stations, industrial remote controls for land rigs, and new applications for some of our core technologies in several defence applications.
REVENUES, EARNINGS AND PROFITABILITY
Revenues increased by 14.2% to EUR 53,176 thousands in 1Q13 compared to EUR 46,570 thousands in the same period of last year. Operating result amounted to EUR 662 thousands (3,086) as a result of negative mix with the concentration in the first quarter of the completion of certain strategic contracts in the Airports MU carrying low margins.
Financial items were lower compared to the same period last year due to lower interest expenses and positive contribution from exchange fluctuation. The tax rate in the period was 32.3%. Net profit reached EUR 331 thousands compared
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