Company Announcement No. 9-2020, 28 April 2020

Strong order intake and growth in revenue

Highlights in Q1 2020

  • Order intake increased by 16%
  • Record high service order intake
  • Strong capital order intake
  • Revenue increased by 4% organically
  • EBITA margin declined to 5% impacted by extraordinary costs
  • Adjusted free cash flow amounted to DKK -103m
  • Strong financial position


Order intake increased by 16% to DKK 6,526m in Q1 2020, owing to a record high service order intake and three large announced orders in Mining. The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying the hesitation on large capital investments but producers in both mining and cement are increasingly looking at digitalized solutions, driven by the restrictions of on-site services. Mining order intake increased 73%, comprising a 16% increase in service orders and a 160% growth in capital orders. Cement service order intake was stable compared to Q1 2019 but total Cement order intake declined 50% due to hesitation on capital investments and the absence of large project orders.

The order backlog increased by 10% to DKK 15,591m in Q1 2020 (end of 2019: DKK 14,192m) as a consequence of the high Mining order intake during the quarter.

Apart from the announced mining orders, customer hesitation on capital investments has intensified. Technical services and commissioning are challenged by restricted access to sites.
Demand for spare and wear parts is seen relatively stable and in line with production rates, but dependent on activity level on sites.

FLSmidth Group CEO, Thomas Schulz, commented: “The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in extraordinary times for all countries around the globe. Throughout the quarter, we have navigated the unpredictability and our clear top priority has been on the safety of our employees and customers. Around 70% our employees are currently working from home and a safe working environment has been established for the remaining employees. At the same time, we have been adapting our operations to the changing circumstances to support our customers the best way possible.”

Financial performance

Revenue increased 2% to DKK 4,525m in Q1 2020, explained by a 6% growth in Mining, partly offset by a 3% decline in Cement. Organic revenue growth for the Group was 4%.

EBITA decreased 27% to DKK 228m, as a result of extraordinary costs related to business improvement initiatives and COVID-19, as well as the previously announced lower profitability in the Mining capital business. Consequently, the EBITA margin decreased 2.1 percentage points to 5.0%.

Cash flow from operating activities decreased to DKK -35m in Q1 2020, due to a lower EBITDA and cash outflow from working capital, despite strong collection of receivables. The free cash flow adjusted for acquisitions and disposals decreased to DKK -103m, compared to DKK 155m in Q1 2019.

Average capital employed increased to DKK 15,424m, mainly related to working capital and intangible assets. Consequently, ROCE decreased slightly to 10.2%.

Thomas Schulz, continues: “The COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on the current and future business and impacted our first quarter results, especially in the month of March, as the pandemic has led to higher costs associated with more complex logistics and lower capacity utilisation. There will be economic impacts for both of our core industries, but we see a relatively resilient mining industry, and the extensive global policy response already seen, such as the proposed USD 2 trillion infrastructure package in the US, could fuel a rapid growth in metals demand and boost construction and cement markets worldwide.”

Guidance 2020 suspended

On 23 March, FLSmidth suspended its financial guidance for 2020 as a consequence of the global uncertainty caused by the current pandemic and pending further clarification of market developments and the actual financial impact on the business.

Visibility remains low and our guidance remains suspended. However, we now expect that the full year results will be below the initial guidance for the year.

We are increasingly seeing disruptions to cement plants and mine sites which could impact near-term demand for equipment and services. Lockdowns and mobility restrictions are affecting suppliers and parts of our own operations, resulting in more complex logistics and lower capacity utilisation. We expect the biggest direct impact in Q2 and a more moderate impact in Q3, but we are unable to assess the duration of disruptions and the extent of the impact.

The Board of Directors also decided on 23 March to withdraw the proposal to pay a dividend of DKK 8 per share to ensure resilience in a period of market uncertainty and to further strengthen FLSmidth’s financial position. Once market conditions have stabilised, the Board will revisit the capital structure and allocation to shareholders.

Read the full Interim report Q1 2020 here


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Key figures Q1 2020

(DKKm) Q1 2020   Q1 2019 Change (%)
Order intake (gross) 6,525 5,640 16%
- of which service order intake 2,931 2,648 11%
Service order intake share 45% 47%  
Order backlog 15,591 17,824 -13%
Revenue 4,525 4,416 2%
- of which service revenue 2,606 2,414 8%
Service revenue share 58% 55%  
Gross profit 1,047 1,081 -3%
Gross profit margin 23.1% 24.5%  
before special non-recurring items
319 395 -19%
EBITA 228 312 -27%
EBITA margin 5.0% 7.1%  
EBIT 146 218 -33%
EBIT margin 3.2% 4.9%  
Profit 101 136 -26%
CFFO (35) 234  
Free cash flow adjusted for acquisitions and disposals (103) 155  
Net working capital 2,792 2,207 27%
Net interest-bearing debt 2,663 2,059 29%

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FLSmidth delivers sustainable productivity to the global mining and cement industries. We deliver market-leading engineering, equipment and service solutions to our customers enabling them to improve performance, drive down costs and reduce environmental impact. Our operations span the globe and our ~12,000 employees are present in more than 60 countries. In 2019, FLSmidth generated a revenue of DKK 20.6 billion.


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