Schaeffler AG revenue increases to above EUR 13 billion

Financial press conference, March 15, 2016

Mar 15, 2016, 12:57 ET from Schaeffler

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Revenue rises by more than 9 percent – EBIT margin before special items at 12.7 percent
  • Automotive division growing more rapidly than market – realignment of Industrial division well under way
  • Over EUR 1 billion invested – 1,900 new jobs created
  • Dividend proposal of 35 cents per share – special dividend of 15 cents per share
  • Technology and innovation driving future growth – revenue growth of
    3 to 5 percent at constant currency expected for 2016

Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler was able to continue moving along its successful course in 2015. The company expanded its revenue by 9.1 percent to EUR 13.2 billion. "We were able to considerably increase our revenue in the previous year, despite the challenging environment. We are planning to continue on our profitable growth path in 2016, as well. Our strategic concept "mobility for tomorrow" puts us in a good position to do that," said Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO.

Automotive division growing more rapidly than market – realignment of Industrial division well under way

With its growth rate of 11.2 percent compared to the prior year, the Automotive division once more clearly outpaced the increase in production volumes of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles of 1 percent. The OEM business benefitted from the high level of demand for Schaeffler products in the U.S. and strong growth in China in the first half of 2015. During the latter half, demand in the Asia/Pacific region picked up noticeably. The Automotive division also profited from above-average revenue growth in the Aftermarket business.

The company's Industrial business generated growth of 3.0 percent in 2015. Especially the wind power and motorcycle sector businesses contributed to the growth. The realignment of the Industrial division (CORE program) is progressing on schedule. The realignment is aimed at improving the efficiency and competitive position of the Industrial business for the long term in order to facilitate profitable growth. The division is aiming for an EBIT margin of 13 percent by 2018.

All four of the Schaeffler Group's regions reported revenue increases in 2015, with currency translation making a favorable impact on revenue. The growth dynamic varied widely across regions. Revenue grew fastest in the Schaeffler Group's Greater China region, rising by 23.5 percent over prior year there, followed by the group's Americas region, where revenue increased by 17.5 percent. The Asia/Pacific region reported revenue growth of 13.5 percent, while the Europe region grew by 2.1 percent.

Earnings quality remains high – EBIT margin before special items at 12.7 percent

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) excluding special items increased by EUR 115 million to EUR 1,676 m. The corresponding EBIT margin amounted to 12.7 percent. The special items adversely affecting EBIT consisted of the EUR 238 million provision for legal risks recognized for potential third party claims in connection with the EU antitrust proceedings finalized in March 2014 and EUR 36 million in restructuring provisions related to the CORE program. Including these special items, the Schaeffler Group's EBIT for 2015 amounted to EUR 1,402 million (prior year: EUR 1,523 million) and the EBIT margin was 10.6 percent (prior year: 12.6 percent).

Cash flows from operating activities were EUR 1,372 million (prior year: EUR 900 million). "We generated sustainable positive free cash flow of EUR 370 million in 2015, significantly higher than the prior year amount of EUR 48 million," explained CFO Dr. Ulrich Hauck.

Over EUR 1 billion invested – 1,900 new jobs created

The Schaeffler Group has significantly raised its total capital expenditures, investing EUR 1,025 million (prior year: EUR 857 million) in new products and technologies as well as in the expansion of the group's global production network. This represents an increase of approximately 20 percent from the prior year. The company's capex ratio (capital expenditures as a percentage of revenue) was 7.7 percent (prior year: 7.1 percent). In addition to the construction and expansion of new manufacturing locations such as the ones in Chonburi, Thailand and in Puebla, Mexico, capital expenditures made in 2015 also related to the "European Distribution Center" (EDC) project.

The Schaeffler Group had 84,198 employees as at December 31, 2015, about 1,900 or about 2 percent more than in the prior year. In Germany, the Schaeffler Group employed a total of about 30,800 staff at year-end (prior year: approximately 30,500). Worldwide, about 2,900 trainees or about 3 percent of the group's workforce were pursuing an apprenticeship at the Schaeffler Group. This represents an increase in the number of trainees by about 6 percent compared to the prior year.

Listing completed successfully – financial debt reduced considerably

With its listing on October 9, 2015, the company has laid the foundation for successfully continuing its profitable growth in the coming years. The proceeds of the listing have helped improve its equity ratio and reduce its debt to EBITDA ratio. Net financial debt fell by EUR 889 million to EUR 4,889 million (prior year: EUR 5,778 million). The adjusted net debt to EBITDA ratio was 2.1 at December 31, 2015 (prior year: 2.6).

Dividend proposal of 35 cents per share – special dividend of 15 cents per share

The Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board will propose a dividend of EUR 0.35 per common non-voting share to the annual general meeting. This represents a dividend yield of 28.9 percent of net income before special items attributable to shareholders. In addition, the company intends to exercise the option to pay a special dividend that was created in connection with the listing. A special dividend of EUR 0.15 per share will be proposed to the annual general meeting.

Technology and innovation driving future growth – revenue growth of 3 to 5 percent at constant currency expected for 2016

The Schaeffler Group anticipates revenue growth of 3 to 5 percent at constant currency in 2016. The group expects its Automotive division to continue growing faster than global automobile production of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in 2016. In the Industrial division, sluggish order intake in the fourth quarter 2015 and the still strained economic environment in certain sectors suggest flat or slightly declining revenue levels in 2016.

Based on these considerations, the company expects to generate an EBIT margin before special items of 12 to 13 percent in 2016. The Schaeffler Group is anticipating approximately EUR 600 million in free cash flow for 2016.

As Klaus Rosenfeld explained: "Even if the environment remains challenging, we still see good growth opportunities for our business. Our extensive technology expertise and comprehensive systems know-how make the Schaeffler Group a valued development partner to the automotive and industrial sectors. We want to further expand this strength."


 

Key figures












in € millions


2015


2014


Change



Income statement









Revenue


13,226


12,124


9.1


%

- at constant currency






3.5


%

EBIT


1,402


1,523


-7.9


%

- in % of revenue


10.6


12.6


-2.0


%-pts.

EBIT before special items 1)


1,676


1,561


7.4


%

- in % of revenue


12.7


12.9


-0.2


%-pts.

Net income 2)


591


654


-9.6


%

Earnings per common non-voting share (basic/diluted, in €) 3)


1.28


1.29


-0.8


%










in € millions


12/31/2015


12/31/2014


Change



Statement of financial position









Total assets


12,480


11,617


7.4


%

Shareholders' equity 4)


1,568


258


1,310


€ millions

- in % of total assets


12.6


2.2


10.4


%-pts.

Net financial debt


4,889


5,778


-15.4


%










- Net financial debt to EBITDA ratio before special items 1)


2.1


2.6














in € millions


2015


2014


Change



Statement of cash flows









EBITDA


2,096


2,172


-3.5


%

- in % of revenue


15.8


17.9


-2.1


%-pts.

EBITDA before special items 1)


2,370


2,210


7.2


%

- in % of revenue


17.9


18.2


-0.3


%-pts.

Cash flows from operating activities 5)


1,372


900


472


€ millions

Capital expenditures (capex) 6)


1,025


857


168


€ millions

- in % of revenue (capex ratio)


7.7


7.1


0.6


%-pts.

Free cash flow 5)


370


48


322


€ millions












2015


2014





Value added









ROCE (return on capital employed, in %)


18.8


22.5


-3.7


%-pts.

ROCE before special items 1)


22.5


23.1


-0.6


%-pts.

Schaeffler Value Added


657


847


-22.4


%

Schaeffler Value Added before special items 1)


931


885


5.2


%










Employees









Headcount


84,198


82,294


2.3


%

1)  EBIT, debt to EBITDA ratio, EBITDA, ROCE, and Schaeffler Value Added before special items for legal cases and restructuring.

2) Attributable to shareholders of the parent company.

3) Earnings per share were calculated in accordance with IAS 33.

4) Including non-controlling interests.

5) Including a one-time outflow of EUR 371 m for the EU antitrust penalty in 2014.

6) Capital expenditures on intangible assets and property, plant and equipment.










Key figures - Automotive
















in € millions


2015


2014


Change


Revenue


9,993


8,986


11.2


%

- at constant currency






5.8


%

EBIT


1,124


1,238


-9.2


%

- in % of revenue


11.2


13.8


-2.6


%-Pkt.

EBIT before special items 1)


1,362


1,260


8.1


%

- in % of revenue


13.6


14.0


-0.4


%-Pkt.










Key figures - Industrial










in € millions


2015


2014


Change


Revenue


3,233


3,138


3.0


%

- at constant currency






-3.2


%

EBIT


278


285


-2.5


%

- in % of revenue


8.6


9.1


-0.5


%-Pkt.

EBIT before special items 1)


314


301


4.3


%

- in % of revenue


9.7


9.6


0.1


%-Pkt.

Prior year information presented based on 2015 segment structure.





1) EBIT before special items for legal cases and restructuring.





 

Forward-looking statements and projections

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About Schaeffler

The Schaeffler Group is a leading global integrated automotive and industrial supplier. The company stands for the highest quality, outstanding technology, and strong innovative ability. The Schaeffler Group makes a key contribution to "mobility for tomorrow" with high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications. The technology company generated sales of approximately EUR 13.2 billion in 2015. With around 84,000 employees, Schaeffler is one of the world's largest family companies and, with approximately 170 locations in more than 50 countries, has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, and sales companies.

 

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