Oerlikon reported positive operational performance in 2014. Subsequent to effects from the acquisition and divest-ment, EBITDA was at CHF 525 million, while EBIT reached CHF 360 million, corresponding to strong margins of 16.3 % and 11.2 % respectively. For the fourth consecutive year, the Group achieved an EBITDA margin exceeding 15 % and a double-digit EBIT margin, even after absorbing the one-time integration and acquisition accounting effects from the Metco transaction. Sales reached CHF 3.2 billion, an increase of 16.1 % compared to restated 2013, while order intake grew year-on-year by 9.0 % to CHF 3.0 billion.
Through the disciplined use of cash, Oerlikon’s operating cash flow before changes in net current assets in 2014 stood at CHF 427 million and the equity ratio at 44 %. The result from continuing operations amounted to CHF 247 million, and net income of the Group was at CHF 202 million (2013: CHF 201 million), primarily impacted by the divestment of the Advanced Technologies Segment. Earnings per share is at CHF 0.59, compared to CHF 0.60 a year ago. As the Group continues to record strong financial performance, the Board of Directors has, in this context, proposed an increase in dividend payout of CHF 0.30 per share.
|in CHF million||January 1 to December 31, 2014||January 1 to December 31, 2013|
|– as % of sales||16.3%||17.4%|
|– as % of sales||11.2%||13.0%|
|Result from continuing operations1||247||253|
|Result from discontinued operations, net of income taxes1, 3||–45||–52|
|– as % of equity attributable to shareholders of the parent||9%||10%|
|Cash flow from operating activities4||256||367|
|Capital expenditure for property, plant and equipment and intangible assets1||166||177|
|Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent||2188||2072|
|– as % of total assets||44%||51%|
|Net cash2, 5||114||981|
|Net operating assets2, 6||2685||1586|
|Number of employees1||15656||12660|
|Research and development expenditure1, 7||121||101|
1 2014 continuing operations, 2013 restated.
2 2014 continuing operations, 2013 as reported.
3 Includes reclassification of translation differences amounting to CHF 0 million (previous year: CHF –114 million).
4 Cash flow from operating activities before changes in net current assets amounts to CHF 427 million (previous year: CHF 435 million).
5 Net cash includes cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities less current and non-current debt.
6 Net operating assets include current and non-current operating assets (including goodwill and brands and excluding cash and cash equivalents, current financial investments, current income tax receivables and deferred tax assets) less operating liabilities (excluding current loans and borrowings, non-current financial liabilities, current income tax payables and deferred tax liabilities).
7 Research and development expenditure includes expense recognized as intangible assets in the amount of CHF 14 million (previous year, restated: CHF 13 million).
|in CHF||January 1 to December 31, 2014||January 1 to December 31, 2013|
|Share price||Year high||15.65||13.70|
|Shares outstanding at year-end||339 758 576||334 633 258|
|Market capitalization at year-end in CHF million||4247||4467|
|EBIT per share2||1.07||1.09|
|Earnings per share||0.59||0.60|
|Cash flow from operating activities per share||0.76||1.11|
|Equity per share3||6.50||6.27|
|Dividend per share||0.304||0.275|
1 Average number of shares with voting and dividend rights (undiluted).
2 2014 continuing operations, 2013 restated.
3 Attributable to shareholders of the parent.
4 Dividend proposal for 2014, to be paid in 2015.
5 For financial year 2013, paid in 2014.
While the stock indices continued to climb reaching new record highs in 2014, industries such as the capital goods sector were facing a rather challenging period. The Swiss Market Index (SMI) climbed 9.5 % while the majority of Swiss industrial companies reported a declining share price in 2014.
Oerlikon shares recorded a strong performance in the past three years and continued its rally in the first quarter of 2014. In the second quarter of 2014, the share price eased, in line with its
peers, and stabilized at lower levels during the rest of the year. Among other things, the execution of warrants from the financial restructuring in 2010 and the generally uncertain market environment drove the share price in the second half of the year. Share value decreased by 6.4 % and closed out 2014 at CHF 12.50 (2013: CHF 13.35).