2020. október 29., csütörtök, 10:19
The effects of the corona pandemic continue to be clearly felt. The weak overall economic situation led to a further decline in worldwide demand for machine tools. At DMG MORI, order intake, sales revenues and earnings in the first nine months of 2020 were also significantly below the high figures of the previous year due to corona. Order intake reached € 1,187.8 million (previous year: € 2,008.4 million). Sales revenues were € 1,305.3 million (previous year: € 1,892.6 million). The earnings situation was positive despite difficult market and economic conditions: EBIT amounted to € 53.4 million (previous year: € 154.4 million). The EBIT margin reached 4.1% (previous year: 8.2%).
Christian Thönes, Chairman of the Executive Board: „DMG MORI is resilient and future-proof. We succeeded in optimizing structures and costs during the crisis. We have also achieved a great deal in expanding our future fields – especially Automation, Digitization and Sustainability. That makes us feel positive. We are raising our forecast for 2020 slightly.”
Demand for machine tools continued to decline due to the corona pandemic. Under massively aggravated market and economic conditions worldwide, DMG MORI achieved order intake of € 403.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 (-32%; previous year: € 596.1 million). Compared to the previous quarter, order intake increased (+17%; 2nd quarter 2020: € 343.8 million).
As at 30 September 2020, DMG MORI recorded a corona-related decline in order intake to € 1,187.8 million (-41%: previous year: € 2,008.4 million). In operational terms, the decrease is -37%, since the orders from the previous year – adjusted for the Energy Solutions division sold in 2019 – totaled € 1,875.7 million. Domestic orders were € 344.6 million (previous year: € 582.0 million). International orders amounted to € 843.2 million (previous year: € 1,426.4 million). As in the previous year, the share of international orders thus amounted to 71%.
Sales revenues in the third quarter were € 467.3 million and thus below the high figure of the previous year (-24%; € 616.2 million). Compared to the previous quarter, sales revenues increased (+23%; 2nd quarter 2020: € 380.0 million). Sales revenues in the first nine months reached € 1,305.3 million (-31%; previous year: € 1,892.6 million). The decline is mainly due to the corona-related temporary partial shutdown of operations at the European production plants in April and increasing travel restrictions in the service and spare parts business. The export ratio was 69% (previous year: 71%).
On 30 September 2020, the order backlog amounted to € 983.7 million (31 Dec. 2019: € 1,197.4 million) – a calculated production capacity of an average of five months. In this regard the individual production companies report different capacity utilization.
DMG MORI was able to successfully limit the negative effects of the crisis with rapidly introduced and consistently implemented measures to reduce costs, increase flexibility and secure liquidity. With the existing syndicated credit line, the reduced balance sheet total and further strengthening of the equity ratio, DMG MORI has a stable financial foundation, a healthy balance sheet structure and solid liquidity reserves.
Strict cost reduction: Despite difficult economic conditions, the earnings situation was positive both in the third quarter and in the first nine months: In the third quarter EBITDA reached € 38.4 million (previous year: € 69.7 million). EBIT was € 20.2 million (previous year: € 51.0 million). The EBIT margin was 4.3% (previous year: 8.3%). The EBT amounted to € 20.7 million (previous year: € 50.4 million). The EAT was € 14.3 million (previous year: € 35.5 million). As at 30 September EBITDA reached € 106.4 million (previous year: € 212.7 million). EBIT amounted to € 53.4 million (previous year: € 154.4 million). The EBIT margin was 4.1% (previous year: 8.2%). The EBT amounted to € 52.9 million (previous year: € 152.3 million). As at 30 September 2020, the group reported EAT of € 36.7 million (previous year: € 107.3 million).
The financial situation was also heavily influenced by the corona consequences. Free cash flow was positive in the third quarter at € 13.9 million (previous year: € 33.1 million). In the first nine months, free cash flow was € -65.8 million (previous year: € 115.0 million). With the existing syndicated credit line of € 500.0 million, which was extended early at improved conditions, DMG MORI has enough financial resources.
The asset situation developed as follows: The balance sheet total decreased to € 2,223.2 million (31 Dec. 2019: € 2,469.6 million). One of the reasons for this was the sale of the stake (44.1%) in Magnescale Co. Ltd. (Japan) to DMG MORI COMPANY LIMITED, which now holds 100% of its subsidiary again following the purchase. The sale of the shares is based on a neutral report. The equity ratio rose by 5.2 percentage points to 57.1% (31 Dec. 2019: 51.9%).
On 30 September 2020, the group had 6,882 employees, including 287 trainees (31 Dec. 2019: 7,245). The number of employees has thus decreased by 363 when compared with year-end 2019. At the end of the third quarter, 4,333 employees (62%) worked for our domestic companies and 2,549 employees (38%) for our international companies. Personnel expenses decreased to € 373.3 million (previous year: € 449.5 million).
Innovations are the only way out of the crisis. Therefore, DMG MORI keeps the development budget stable at a high level. Research and development expenses in the first nine months amounted to € 49.2 million (previous year: € 52.0 million). With dynamic and excellence, we are driving forward our future fields of Automation, Digitization, Additive Manufacturing, DMG MORI Qualified Products (DMQP), as well as Sustainability and Technology Excellence. At the "Global Development Summit", over 500 international experts from the "Global One Company" developed new product ideas digitally for the first time.
DMG MORI has already an equalized CO2 balance (Company Carbon Footprint) since May 2020. From January 2021, DMG MORI will also be focusing on green production worldwide: from raw materials to delivery to the customer, all machines along the entire value-added chain will be produced completely CO2-neutral. This makes DMG MORI one of the first industrial companies worldwide to have a climate-neutral Product Carbon Footprint.
The automation portfolio of DMG MORI is also innovative and comprehensive: Since October, our Robo2Go is also available for milling machines. This flexible automation solution can be easily used via CELOS without any knowledge of robot programming and is ideal for small and medium batch sizes. The new monoBLOCK Excellence Factory went into operation at the beginning of September. Digitally and fully automated, it can now produce up to 1,000 machine tools per year. The core of the 4,000 m2, highly modern flowline assembly in Pfronten is an automated guided vehicle (AGV) transport system. With this most modern assembly line in the world, DMG MORI is setting new standards in the machine tool industry. As a world premiere, we recently presented the DMF 200|8 from the new travelling column series, which can be easily and flexibly automated with the modular PH Cell round pallet storage system.
Integrated digitization solutions enrich our core business with machine tools and integrated automation solutions. The new "Planning Board" makes it easier for small and medium-sized companies in particular to get started with digitally optimized production planning. This cloud application has a wide range of assistance functions and an easy-to-use user interface.
The world economy and the worldwide market for machine tools are in a deep recession due to the ongoing global spread of the corona virus. For the first time since 2003, the worldwide market for machine tools will decline for two years in succession. In their latest publication in October, the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) and the British economic research institute Oxford Economics assume that in 2020 global consumption will again fall significantly by -23.2% to € 55.1 billion (previous year: -8.4%; € 71.8 billion).
The duration and impact of the corona pandemic are still not fully foreseeable, neither for the overall economy nor for the machine tool industry. DMG MORI is expecting high losses in incoming orders, sales revenues, earnings and free cash flow in the financial year 2020 compared to the previous year due to the completely changed global economic conditions. The cost reduction and flexibilization measures initiated early in all areas support the performance and profitability of DMG MORI.
We are therefore raising our forecast 2020 for sales revenues and earnings slightly: For the full year we continue to plan order intake of around € 1.6 billion. For sales revenues, we now expect around € 1.75 billion (previously: around € 1.65 billion). EBIT is estimated to be around € 75 million, compared with around € 60 million previously. We continue to expect a balanced free cash flow. This forecast for 2020 assumes that there will be no second lockdown due to the corona pandemic in the further course of business. DMG MORI is well positioned to master this exceptional year and to get out of the crisis stronger than before. Our efficiency measures and the expansion of the future fields make DMG MORI resilient and future-proof. We are focusing especially on Automation, Digitization and Sustainability.