• Increase in order intake from continuing operations to EUR 4,628 million; organic growth up 6.8% • Order intake incl. DOP rises to EUR 6,093 million • Revenue incl. DOP increased to EUR 5,772 million • Consolidated operating profit (EBITDA) incl. DOP increases to EUR 701 million after adjustment for exchange rate effects • Group net debt down 45% to EUR 179 million • Dividend proposal increased to EUR 0.60 per share
GEA ended fiscal year 2013 on a very successful note despite a challenging environment and released its preliminary key figures. Order intake including discontinued operations (DOP) amounted to EUR 6,093 million, with corresponding revenue increasing to EUR 5,772 million. In terms of continuing operations, this corresponds to an organic increase of 6.8 percent for order intake and 6.5 percent for revenue. Operating EBITDA incl. DOP adjusted for exchange rate effects rose to EUR 701.5 million. The cash flow driver margin, i.e., the ratio of net amount of EBITDA, the change in working capital, and capital expenditure to revenue, rose from 6.4 percent to 9.4 percent. This means that all targets for the past fiscal year were met or exceeded. Building on this positive business development, GEA also reduced its net debt incl. DOP by 45 percent to EUR 178.6 million in 2013. In view of this strong performance, GEA will propose a dividend of EUR 0.60 per share for the past year. This represents a year-on-year increase of 9.1 percent.
“We again demonstrated our strength in fiscal year 2013. Despite subdued economic growth in some end markets, we met our forecast targets and generated a respectable consolidated profit. Our continuing operations recorded further solid growth. Our continued focus on the food industry is securing our profitable growth and value enhancement for the long term. These markets are more robust in the face of economic cycles and are benefiting from long-term global megatrends,” said Jürg Oleas, CEO of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft.
In June 2013, GEA decided to sell the GEA Heat Exchangers Segment, which has not been considered part of its core business since then. As of the end of the past fiscal year, the former GEA Heat Exchangers Segment has been reported as a discontinued operation.
For the current 2014 fiscal year, GEA is expecting to see further positive business development and good economic growth in all key sales markets. At the condition of no unexpected economic downturns, assuming constant exchange rates versus 2013 and disregarding potential acquisitions and one-off expenses the group is aiming in 2014 for a moderate revenue growth and an operating EBITDA of between EUR 550 million and EUR 590 million after EUR 530 million in fiscal 2013. Under the same conditions the cash flow driver margin is expected between 9 and 9.5 percent.
“In the current year, we will continue to improve our market position in the key markets and systematically expand our position as a leading systems provider in the food industry,” said Jürg Oleas.
All figures for fiscal year 2013 are preliminary and have not yet been audited. The Supervisory Board will approve the consolidated financial statements of GEA Group and the annual financial statements of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft prepared by the Executive Board at the beginning of March. The audited annual report will be published on GEA Group’s website on March 7, 2014.
GEA Group’s preliminary 2013 consolidated figures
The following presentation of the figures relates separately to continuing operations, i.e., to the five remaining group operating segments. The GEA Heat Exchangers Segment has been reported as a discontinued operation since the end of the past fiscal year.