Press releases (03/05/12) Annual Results 2011

New profitability level with 10 % EBIT margin

  • Fundamental improvements across the Group led to strong profits in 2011::
    • EBITDA significantly higher at CHF 605 million (2010: CHF 278 million)
    • EBIT increased to CHF 419 million (2010: CHF 51 million), reaching an Oerlikon record EBIT margin of 10% (2010: 1 %) 
    • Net profit reached CHF 224 million (2010: CHF 5 million)
    •  Improved credit profile with net debt reduced to CHF 86 million (2010: CHF 274 million)
  •  Dividend policy announced with a payout of up to 40 % of net profit. Payout of CHF 0.20 per share for 2011 will be recommended to the Annual Shareholders Meeting in April 2012.
  •  Outlook for 2012: Increase of profitability level with EBIT margin of around 11 %. Order intake and sales are expected to decrease slightly.
   2011  2010  Change  %
 Order intake  4 043  4 520  –477  –11
 Order backlog  1 481  1 702  –221  –13
 Sales (to third parties)  4 182  3 601  581  16
 EBITDA  605   278   327   >100
 EBIT   419   51   368   >100
 Net profit  224   5  219   >100
 Cash flow from operating activities*  541   354    187   53
 Employees  17 227 16 657  570   3
 Personnel expense  984   1 015  –31  –3

 * Before changes in net current asset

Päffikon SZ, March 5, 2012.

The Oerlikon Group reported further substantial performance  improvements in 2011, with  sales increasing  by  16 % to CHF 4.2 billion and  Group  profitability delivering a record EBIT margin of 10 %. These results reflect the company’s extensive change process that led to record profitability in the Textile, Coating and Vacuum Segments. Measures have been  taken  throughout the Group  to improve  Operational  Excellence, focus on innovation and  expand in growth markets. These actions  have strengthened the company’s underlying performance considerably and leave it well positioned for continued sustainable and profitable growth.

Dr Michael Buscher, CEO of Oerlikon Group, said: “These results demonstrate the success of our operational and strategic transformation. The changes we have  made to  improve our performance  and develop key markets  are  an intermediate step to  becoming best-in-class in our businesses, and to generating sustainable profitable growth – a multi-year agenda, in which 2011 marked an  important  milestone. The  announced  divestment of our Solar Segment fully supports this agenda.”

Although Oerlikon faces challenges arising from economic uncertainty going  forward, the company  remains confident that  the  2011  performance  can be built upon in 2012. Oerlikon Group CFO Jürg Fedier comments: "Our financial position continues to strengthen. We further  improved our credit profile  by significantly reducing net debt in 2011 and we continued to generate strong operating  cash  flow. To this end,  the Board of Directors  put in place a dividend policy with a payout of up to 40 % of net profit. We will recommend a dividend of  CHF 0.20 per share distributed from the reserve from capital contribution for 2011 at the Annual Shareholder Meeting in April.”

Group Overview
Strong sales growth and healthy order books

Sales rose 16 % in 2011 to CHF 4.2 billion from CHF 3.6 billion in 2010. Stripping out currency effects, sales would have risen  30 % to CHF 4.7 billion. Sales grew across the Group and were particularly strong in Oerlikon Textile, which delivered a 23 % increase to CHF 2.0 billion. As forecast, 2011 order intake was 11 % lower at CHF 4 billion after an exceptional 2010 (CHF 4.5 billion), a year in which customer orders were unusually high as they recovered from the crisis of 2008 and 2009. Order backlog was 13 % lower, at CHF 1.5 billion (2010:  CHF 1.7 billion) for the same reason. The book-to-bill ratio was  0.97 (2010: 1.26), indicating  established sales development. Adjusted for  currency effects, order intake and backlog would have been flat year-on-year. 

Expansion in emerging markets

Geographically, the Group sharpened its focus on Asia to further leverage the considerable  growth opportunities in the region. China is  now  Oerlikon’s larges location worldwide and represents 40 % of Textile Segment sales. Overall sales in Asia grew to 49 % of the 2011 total, with China remaining the driving force. There were minor  changes in the proportion of sales from North America and Europe, which account for 15 % and 28 % respectively. Other Regions accounted for 8 %. 

During 2011, Oerlikon Coating opened an additional coating center in India and two more in China, bringing the number of centers in that country to nine. Asia is a key area of focus for all of Oerlikon’s Segments and further expansion is planned. The Textile Segment announced the relocation of its headquarters to Shanghai, Oerlikon Vacuum  expanded its production site in Tianjin, boosting capacity by 30 %, and Oerlikon Drive Systems has begun operating its new production facility in Suzhou 

Technology leadership for best-in-class industry positions

Innovation is at the core of Oerlikon’s philosophy. Innovative products differentiate the company in its markets and investment into research and development (R&D) is important  for the company’s  success. R&D  expenditure  in 2011 was CHF 213 million or 5 % of sales  (2010: CHF 239 million).  In 2011, the company launched a number of groundbreaking innovations, including  seven  completely redesigned  textile machines, new  transmission systems for Lamborghini, Aston Martin and McLaren unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, a new series of electricdrive Torque-Hub products for off-highway heavy duty applications, the MAGiNTEGRA vacuum pump, a second generation of the ThinFab™ solar module production line, the pioneering coating technology Scalable Pulsed Power Plasma (S3p™) and the HEXAGON, a new coating system for advanced packaging in the semiconductor industry. 

Operational Excellence drives profitability

Profitability across the Oerlikon Group improved considerably in 2011, with EBITDA reaching CHF 605 million, up from CHF 278 million in 2010, representing a margin of 14 % and EBIT reaching CHF 419 million, or a 10 % margin. The strong Swiss franc had a negligible effect on margins as only about 10 % of Oerlikon’s cost base is Swiss franc denominated (including Oerlikon Solar).  The Textile, Coating and Vacuum Segments achieved record margins in 2011, while the Solar, Drive Systems and Advanced Technologies  Segments  also  showed margin increases.  This increased profitability reflects  the company’s  Operational Excellence initiatives across all the Segments. The systematic, fundamental transformation of processes has resulted in increased efficiency and a higher ‘sales-per-employee’ ratio. All Segments had substantial business process improvements in 2011 and will continue to further streamline operations.

Robust financial base for future growth

The Group continues to strengthen its balance sheet  to  ensure a robust financial base for the future. Strong 2011 operational performance resulted in a significant increase in cash flow. Cash flow from operating activities  before changes in net current assets improved to CHF 541 million  in 2011, up from CHF 354 million in 2010. The Group kept net current assets stable at CHF 754 million, compared with CHF 726 million at the end of 2010. The company’s capital expenditure  (CAPEX) totaled CHF 167 million, 11 % higher than in 2010. The CAPEX to depreciation ratio increased to 0.95, slightly below the mid-term target of 1.0 to 1.2.

The net financing  result amounted to CHF –104 million (previous year: CHF –58 million). The Group is evaluating refinancing options to  further reduce financing expenses and to diversify its sources of funding. Higher profits increased taxes to CHF 91 million (2010: tax income of CHF 12 million), leading to a Group tax rate of 29 %. Net profit grew to CHF 224 million in 2011, up from CHF 5 million in 2010. As a result, the equity ratio rose from 32 % to 35 %. Oerlikon further improved its credit profile:  net debt was reduced to CHF 86 million in 2011 from CHF 274 million in 2010, which represents gearing (net debt/equity) of  5 % (2010: 19 %) and a leveraging of net debt/EBITDA ratio of 0.14 (2010: 0.99) 

Outlook 2012

The global economic  environment is uncertain and remains difficult to assess. Oerlikon remains focused on further improving Operational Excellence to strengthen underlying performance. Processes and tools to improve forecasting and optimize break-even sales levels have been introduced across the Group. While the outlook for some countries points to flat or declining economic growth, Oerlikon’s high proportion of sales in Asia, China and India in particular should help offset declines in other areas.

Based on stable currencies and the closing of the Oerlikon solar transaction,  the company forecasts order intake and sales for 2012 to decrease slightly by up to 5 % (like-for-like), and profitability to increase to an EBIT margin of around 11%.

Segment Overview
Key figures Oerlikon Textile as per December 31, 2011 (in CHF million)
   2011  2010  Change  %
 Order intake 1 977 2 509 –532 –21
 Order backlog  1 053 1 197  –144 –12
 Sales (to third parties) 2 037 1 653 384 23
EBIT 183 21 162 >100

Oerlikon Textile: In 2011, the world’s leading producer of  textile machinery reported a record EBIT  of CHF 183 million, a margin of  9 %.  As expected, order intake was  lower at  CHF 1 977 million after  the record high in 2010 of CHF 2 509 million. The main reason  for this was  the weaker demand for natural fibers in the second half of the year, a development fueled in part by higher cotton prices. Demand stabilized in the second half of the year at a more moderate level. The market for  manmade fibers, however, remained high  as  Chinese domestic demand stimulated growth after government policies were introduced to encourage a  switch out of natural fibers.  2011  order backlog for the Segment was CHF 1 053 million, compared to 2010’s CHF 1 197 million, again because of weaker demand for natural fibers. The Segment’s order book now extends into 2014. Sales were high at CHF 2 037 million, up 23 % on 2010, driven by the strong order book.

Regionally, the primary growth areas were China and India. Europe, Turkey, South America and  the US also  grew slightly, while  Middle East markets were broadly stable. The Segment’s focus remains on Asia, which is expected to remain Oerlikon Textile’s  most important market. Operationally, the Segment  has  simplified its structure, merging five Business Units into three: 

  • Oerlikon Barmag and Neumag have combined to become Manmade Fibers,
  • Oerlikon Schlafhorst and Saurer have combined to become Natural Fibers,
  • No changes at Textile Components. 

Going forward, the Segment expects further underlying performance improvements in 2012 to deliver slightly improved profitability. Sales and order intake, however, are expected to  decline  slightly. Oerlikon  Textile  anticipates continued growth in Manmade Fibers, a stable year for Textile Components and a decrease in sales in Natural Fibers.

 Key figures Oerlikon Drive Systems as per December 31, 2011 (in CHF million)
   2011  2010  Change  %
 Order intake 892 792 100 13
 Order backlog 213 137 76 55
 Sales (to third parties) 821 733 88 12
EBIT 49 –27 76 n/a

Oerlikon Drive Systems: The Segment increased profitability significantly in 2011 with an EBIT of CHF 49 million, or a 6 % margin, primarily through efficiencies achieved  through Operational Excellence programs. Order intake was  up 13 % at CHF 892 million (2010: CHF 792 million) and order backlog was 55 % higher at CHF 213 million (2010: CHF 137 million). This growth was fueled by high global demand for heavy agricultural equipment, as well as equipment to the  energy sector.  Construction machinery and material handling also delivered growth, and demand for innovative transmission systems  for  high  performance cars remained strong.  Sales increased 12 % overall, to CHF 821 million in 2011 from CHF 733 million in 2010. Regionally, Asia – China and India in particular – remains key growth markets in the future  for the Segment, with sales  in 2011  up  9 % representing  11 % of  total  Segment sales. North America and Europe also performed well, where the agricultural market showed modest growth. The Segment has begun operations at its new production facility in Suzhou, China. Going forward, the Segment expects  slight sales growth from  steady demand in existing markets and further increases in profitability from Operational Excellence programs.

Key figures Oerlikon Vacuum as per December 31, 2011 (in CHF million)
   2011  2010  Change  %
 Order intake 400 438 –38 –9
 Order backlog 77 84 –7 –8
 Sales (to third parties) 409 410 –1 0
EBIT 59 30 29 97

Oerlikon Vacuum: The Segment reached a record EBIT of CHF 59 million in 2011, or  a  14 % margin, as a result of its focus on profitability  through Operational Excellence. Order intake normalized, down 9 % to CHF 400 million, following CHF 438 million in 2010,  an exceptional year in  which customer orders were unusually high as they recovered from the crisis of 2008 and 2009. Order backlog reduced slightly to CHF 77 million (2010: CHF 84 million). Sales stabilized  at CHF 409 million (2010: CHF 410 million), with strong growth in the solutions consulting and engineering services business offset by some weakness in the solar industry. Consistent with  Oerlikon’s overall strategy,  the Vacuum  Segment is focused on  Asia. The Segment added  30 %  new  capacity in China to better capitalize on growth in the region and to gain market share. The Segment is also benefiting from  continued  investment in innovation, which has delivered  new products, such as the MAGiNTEGRA vacuum pump, that reinforce its position as a technology leader in high performance vacuum systems. Oerlikon Vacuum foresees further margin improvement but stable sales in a more challenging environment.

Key figures Oerlikon Solar as per December 31, 2011 (in CHF million)
   2011  2010  Change  %
 Order intake 202 230 –28  –12
 Order backlog 130 255 –125 –49
 Sales (to third parties) 323 254 69 27
EBIT –10 –59 49 n/a

Oerlikon Solar: Oerlikon Solar faced extremely  challenging market conditions characterized by production overcapacities, significant price declines and a general downturn of the industry as a whole. The Segment suffered from lack of customer investment in solar module production lines and is thus reporting a loss for the year. Although Oerlikon Solar received  its first order from Asia for a complete 120 megawatt ThinFab™ production line, 2011 order intake was 12 % lower at CHF 202 million (2010: CHF  230  million), with  order  backlog decreasing to CHF 130 million. Sales were 27 % higher, as existing orders were completed, at CHF 323 million (2010: CHF 254 million). The Segment continues to focus  on reducing costs and making improvements to boost Operational Excellence. It also continues  to further penetrate markets with new  innovations. The 2nd generation ThinFab™ production line was launched at the end of 2011, which delivers reduced investment cost (CAPEX)  of just  USD 1/Wp and module production costs of just USD 0.5/Wp – currently the lowest production costs in the solar industry.

On March 2, 2012, the Group announced plans to divest the Solar Segment to Tokyo Electron Limited of Japan. This transaction is subject to merger control approvals and is expected to close over a period of several months. 

 Key figures Oerlikon Coating as per December 31, 2011 (in CHF million)
   2011  2010  Change  %
 Order intake 484 422 62 15
 Order backlog n/a n/a n/a n/a
 Sales (to third parties) 484 422 62 15
EBIT 97 52 45 87

Oerlikon Coating: The Segment delivered excellent performance in 2011, with an EBIT of CHF 97 million, or a  margin of 20 %.  Sales in  Oerlikon’s most profitable Segment climbed by 15 % to CHF 484 million, fueled by a recovery in the automotive industry, particularly in Europe. The Segment also expanded significantly in Asia, with two new coating centers in China and  one in India. The Segment continues to invest in R&D, reinforcing its position as a technology leader in  the  industry. A 2011 highlight  was the  market  introduction of  the pioneering technology Scalable Pulsed Power Plasma (S3p™) and its coating system INGENIA. Together, these deliver  increased resilience,  higher quality,  better precision and  expanded  productivity standards for customers.  The Segment now has 87 coating centers worldwide and will continue to expand in 2012, both with new centers and the roll-out of new technologies into existing centers. The outlook for Oerlikon Coating is positive, growing with stable margins. 

Key figures Oerlikon Advanced Technologies as per December 31, 2011 (in CHF million)
   2011  2010  Change  %
 Order intake 88 129 –41 –32
 Order backlog 8 29 –21 –72
 Sales (to third parties) 108 129 –21 –16
EBIT 11 10 1


Advanced Technologies: Despite 16 % lower sales in 2011 of CHF 108 million, the Segment increased its profitability to an EBIT of  CHF 11 million, or a margin of 10 %, driven by considerable operational improvements. Both order intake and backlog were lower than  in  the year before, as the markets for blu-ray disc production equipment and crystalline solar systems  showed  weakness throughout the year. The Segment faced a very challenging market environment in 2011, with overcapacity in the solar industry throughout the year and weakening demand in the semiconductor industry throughout the second half. There is, however, clear interest in a number of  new solutions for the semiconductor industry which are currently being qualified with customers and showing considerable potential. Going forward, although  the solar technology market is expected to remain weak in 2012, the Segment sees  a  certain amount of growth potential in the semiconductor market, particularly in the areas of advanced packaging, power semiconductors and solid state lighting. In this market environment, the Segment expects  modest  sales increase under continuing margin pressure.

Additional information

Oerlikon will  discuss its results during its press  conference today starting at 9.00 am CET and during its analysts’ conference beginning at  1.00 pm CET. The press and analyst conference will take place at the Swiss Stock Exchange (Convention Point) and will be broadcast via internet webcast (

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