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Alfa Laval AB (Publ) Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 | 11:00
"Order intake during the fourth quarter was SEK 6.8 billion, an increase with 6 percent compared to the corresponding quarter 2010. Compared to the third quarter order intake decreased with 15 percent, influenced by a lower demand from the shipbuilding industry and an awaiting attitude to making decisions concerning projects by certain customers. Order intake for the aftermarket and the base business -- excluding marine -- was unchanged sequentially. Sales increased by 14 percent to SEK 8.1 billion compared to the fourth quarter 2010 at the same time as the operating result was SEK 1.4 billion, corresponding to an operating margin of 17.0 percent. The operating margin was influenced by an adaptation to a lower production pace, higher share of project deliveries and continued investments in increased presence in BRIC countries. 2011 was a successful year where order intake grew by 20 percent and invoicing by 16 percent at the same time as the operating result increased 13 percent to SEK 5.3 billion." Lars Renstrom, President and CEO
Summary: fourth quarter Order intake increased by 9 percent * to SEK 6,774 (6,379) million. Net sales increased by 17 percent * to SEK 8,149 (7,169) million. Adjusted EBITA was SEK 1,387 (1,337) million. Adjusted EBITA-margin was 17.0 (18.6) percent. Result after financial items was SEK 1,381 (1,273) million. Net income was SEK 934 (905) million. Earnings per share was SEK 2.21 (2.14). Cash flow from operating activities was SEK 1,291 (1,081) million. Impact on EBITA of foreign exchange effects: SEK -80 (32) million. Impact on result after financial items of: - Aalborg integration costs was SEK - (-) million - restructuring costs/reversals was SEK --90 (-) million.
Summary: full year 2011 Order intake increased by 28 percent * to SEK 28,671 (23,869) million. Net sales increased by 24 percent * to SEK 28,652 (24,720) million. Adjusted EBITA was SEK 5,287 (4,682) million. Adjusted EBITA-margin was 18.5 (18.9) percent. Result after financial items was SEK 4,676 (4,364) million. Net income was SEK 3,251 (3,116) million. Earnings per share was SEK 7.68 (7.34). Cash flow from operating activities was SEK 3,429 (4,098) million. Impact on EBITA of foreign exchange effects: SEK --468 (356) million. Impact on result after financial items of: - Aalborg integration costs was SEK -80 (-) million - restructuring costs/reversals was SEK -90 (80) million.
* excluding exchange rate variations
The Board of Directors will propose a dividend of SEK 3.25 (3.00) per share and a mandate for repurchase of up to 5 percent of the issued shares to the Annual General Meeting.
Outlook for the first quarter
"We expect that demand during the first quarter 2012 will be in line with or somewhat higher than in the fourth quarter."
Earlier published outlook (October 21, 2011): "We expect that demand during the fourth quarter 2011 will be in line with or somewhat lower than in the third quarter."
Source: Alfa Laval
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