SKF Nine-month report 2019

2019 October 22, 13:00 CEST

Gothenburg, 22 October 2019

Alrik Danielson, President and CEO:

“SKF has managed the business well in a weakening economic environment and our efforts to reduce costs are contributing to a strong and stable operating margin in the quarter with an underlying margin of 11.3%. We had higher realized cost savings than cost increases, resulting in a positive net contribution to operating profit in the quarter.

Cash flow was SEK 2,120 million (SEK 1,626) – a strong performance, highlighting our ability to generate a strong cash flow, even in periods of a weaker demand.

Restructuring costs and customer settlements had a negative impact on operating profit of SEK 272 million. A VAT credit in Brazil had a positive impact of SEK 180 million. The reported operating profit for the quarter was SEK 2,288 million and the reported operating margin was 10.9% (12.2%).

As expected, we saw a decline in organic sales of 3% compared to last year, with net sales of SEK 21 billion. Sales were relatively unchanged in Asia, slightly lower in Europe, significantly lower in North America and slightly higher in Latin America.

The industrial business had yet another strong quarter with an underlying operating margin of 14.1% with a negative organic growth of 1.4% (+9.2%). Sales in Europe and Latin America were relatively unchanged, significantly lower in North America, but increased in Asia. The reported operating margin of 14.7% (14.3%), was impacted negatively by restructuring costs and positively by a VAT credit.

The automotive business had an underlying operating margin of 4.3%. Organic growth was negative 7.0% (+1.7%) with signif­icantly lower sales volumes in North America and Asia, lower sales volumes in Europe and significantly higher sales in Latin America. The reported operating margin of 1.1% (6.8%), was impacted negatively by costs related to customer settlements and restructuring.

We recently acquired Presenso, a developer of AI driven industrial analytics, to further strengthen our Rotating Equipment Performance offer. We continue to focus on developing our fee- and performance-based business, with customer wins in a number of markets. We also continue to increase the proportion of region-for-region manufacturing in the Group, with volumes being moved from our factory in Luton, UK to Nilai, Malaysia. Recently we successfully launched our Vehicle aftermarket eShop in Germany which will bring us closer to automotive end customers in the largest market in Europe.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, we expect to see lower volumes for the Group, slightly lower for Industrial and lower for Automotive.”

Key figures, SEKm Q3 2019 Q3 2018 Jan-Sep 2019

Jan-Sep 2018

Net sales21,09321,34164,80564,521
Operating profit*2,2882,5977,4858,147
Operating margin*, %10.912.211.512.6
Profit before taxes2,0442,3446,7477,552
Net cash flow after investments before financing2,1201,6264,2524,067
Basic earnings per share2.843.359.9311.37

*including restructuring and impairments

Net sales change y-o-y, %, Q3 Organic Structure Currency Total 
SKF Group-3.0-2.64.2-1.4
Industrial-1.4-3.84.5-0.7
Automotive-7.00.23.6-3.2


Net sales change y-o-y, %, Jan-Sep 2019 Organic Structure Currency Total 
SKF Group-1.5-2.64.50.4
Industrial0.6-3.74.81.7
Automotive-6.60.14.0-2.5


Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %, Q3 Europe North America Latin America Asia Middle East & Africa
SKF Group-2.9-11.43.80.813.4
Industrial+/----+/-+++++
Automotive-----+++---+++


Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %, Jan-Sep 2019 Europe North America Latin America Asia Middle East & Africa
SKF Group-1.3-5.04.8-0.5-1.3
Industrial+/--+++/-
Automotive-----+++--+++

Outlook and guidance

Demand for Q4 2019 compared to Q4 2018

The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be lower for the Group, including slightly lower demand for Industrial and lower demand for Automotive. Demand is expected to be relatively unchanged in Asia, lower in Europe, significantly lower in North America and higher in Latin America.

Guidance Q4 2019

  • Financial net: SEK -250 million
  • Currency impact on the operating profit is expected to be around SEK +250 million compared with 2018, based on exchange rates per 30 September 2019.

Guidance 2019

  • Tax level excluding effect related to divested businesses: around 29%. Previous guidance was 28%.
  • Additions to property, plant and equipment: around SEK 3,100 million. Previous guidance was 2,800 million.

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SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2018 were SEK 85 713 million and the number of employees was 44 428. www.skf.com  

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