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SKF Half-year report 2023: Strong sales, profit, and cash flow

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, July 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO:

“I’m pleased to report that our strategic transformation continues at a high pace, clearly reflected by a strong set of numbers in the second quarter. In the quarter, we saw record high net sales, adjusted operating profit, and cash flow.

Strong results in the second quarter

Net sales were SEK 27.1 billion (23.7), which is a record high quarterly number. The organic sales growth came in at 8%, representing the ninth consecutive quarter with an organic growth rate above 5%.

We saw strong demand in Europe and Asia with an organic growth of around 10%. Demand was particularly strong in several of our targeted high-growth segments, for example aerospace, electrical vehicles, and railway. In our railway business, we have secured orders from three large OEMs covering the wide range of our portfolio on various train platforms.

We delivered a record strong result with an adjusted operating profit of SEK 3.6 billion (2.5). The adjusted operating margin was 13.3% (10.5%), which is another step towards our target of 14%. The main drivers behind the profitability uplift are the relentless pricing and portfolio management activities conducted in all business areas.

For our Industrial business, the adjusted operating profit came in significantly stronger than last year at SEK 3,047 million (2,372) corresponding to an adjusted operating margin of 15.9% (13.9). The Automotive adjusted operating profit was SEK 568 million (101), which represents an adjusted operating margin of 7.1% (1.5%), demonstrating our progress towards the 8% annual target in 2025 from the ongoing portfolio re-positioning.

Cash flow from operations was SEK 3.7 billion (1.3). This record strong performance was, besides the operating profit, driven by active work across all business areas to further improve net working capital performance with special focus on inventory reduction.

Progressing our strategic transformation

Naturally, rapid execution of our strategy is crucial, and we are making good progress across key operational levers, such as innovation, efficiency, and portfolio management.

Ceramic bearings is one of several interesting technology and innovation areas where we see a strong demand from customers in many industries, such as aircraft engines, electrical vehicles, cleantech, hydrogen and green energy. To strengthen our offering and to meet a rapidly growing demand, we are further investing in our supply chain. One example being the recently announced joint venture with Sinoma Nitride that we signed to secure long-term access to high quality ceramic rolling elements.

We are relentlessly working on improving the productivity and efficiency in our operations and way of working. As part of our strive towards lean, clean, and digital manufacturing, we intend to consolidate our spherical roller bearing manufacturing in Europe, by proposing to move the current production from Luton, UK, to our factory in Poznan, Poland.

We are also continuing our portfolio management efforts to further strengthen our business and market position. An example from our Industrial business is the recently announced divestment of our coolant pumps operations Spandau Pumpen. In our Automotive business, we have now completed the previously communicated decision to exit SEK 1.2 billion of unprofitable customer contracts. In half of these we have concluded to step out of the business, while the other half of the contracts have been renegotiated on favorable terms.

In addition, we have also made some significant progress in our sustainability journey. One example is the Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) that we signed to secure and accelerate access to renewable energy in our operations. In the agreement we will purchase guarantees of origin for a period of 15 years from an upcoming solar plant in Spain. This commitment is, on a yearly basis, equivalent to the electricity used by one third of our European operation in 2022. Another example is our decision to phase out fossil gas use in our own operations, backed by a SEK 3 billion investment frame over 6 years, to meet our energy and decarbonization goals by 2030.

The rapid progress in our strategic transformation and our strong results in the second quarter would not have been possible without the efforts from our employees and partners throughout the organization. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and contribution during the first half of 2023. Together, we re imagine rotation for a better tomorrow!

Outlook

Going into the second half of the year, we expect the normal third quarter seasonality pattern in our results. We also expect continued volatility and geopolitical uncertainty impacting the markets in which we operate. Looking into the third quarter of 2023, we expect mid single-digit organic sales growth. For the full year, we maintain our outlook of high single-digit organic sales growth, compared to 2022.”

Key figures, MSEK unless otherwise stated

Q2 2023

Q2 2022

Half year 2023

Half year 2022

Net sales

27,123

23,655

53,672

46,597

Adjusted operating profit

3,614

2,473

7,093

5,531

Adjusted operating margin, %

13.3

10.5

13.2

11.9

Operating profit

3,213

1,581

6,592

4,534

Operating margin, %

11.8

6.7

12.3

9.7

Adjusted profit before taxes

3,231

1,990

6,272

4,979

Profit before taxes

2,830

1,097

5,772

3,982

Net cash flow from operating activities

3,664

1,293

6,411

1,022

Basic earnings per share

4.48

1.08

9.03

5.44

Adjusted earnings per share

5.36

2.90

10.13

7.63

 

Net sales, change y-o-y, %, Q2

Organic1)

Structure

Currency

Total

SKF Group

7.9

-0.1

6.9

14.7

Industrial

5.7

0.0

6.4

12.1

Automotive

13.8

-0.2

7.8

21.4

1) Price, mix and volume

 

Net sales, change y-o-y, %, Half year

Organic1)

Structure

Currency

Total

SKF Group

9.0

-1.0

7.2

15.2

Industrial

7.5

-1.0

6.9

13.4

Automotive

12.9

-1.1

8.0

19.8

1) Price, mix and volume

 

Organic sales in local currencies, change y-o-y, %, Q2

Europe, Middle East & Africa

The Americas

China & Northeast Asia

India & Southeast Asia

SKF Group

10.5

2.9

9.5

10.0

Industrial

+++

+

++

+++

Automotive

+++

++

+++

+++

 

Organic sales in local currencies, change y-o-y, %, Half year

Europe, Middle East & Africa

The Americas

China & Northeast Asia

India & Southeast Asia

SKF Group

11.5

4.6

9.0

12.2

Industrial

+++

+

+++

+++

Automotive

+++

+++

+++

+++

Outlook and Guidance

Demand for Q3 2023 compared to Q3 2022

Looking into the third quarter of 2023, we expect mid single-digit organic sales growth.

Guidance for Q3 2023

Currency impact on the operating profit is expected to be around SEK 150 million negative compared with the third quarter 2022, based on exchange rates per 30 June 2023.

Guidance 2023

  • For the full year, we expect high single-digit organic sales growth, compared to 2022.
  • Tax level excluding effects related to divested businesses: around 27%.
  • Additions to property, plant and equipment: around SEK 5.5 billion.

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