Highlights of 2011
• New orders and net sales were at a record high level.
• Orders received increased to EUR 7,961 million, i.e. 34 percent more than in the previous year (EUR 5,944 million). Orders received by the services business increased 18 percent and were EUR 3,100 million, i.e. 40 percent of all orders received (EUR 2,637 million and 45%).
• Net sales increased 20 percent from the previous year and were EUR 6,646 million (EUR 5,552 million). Services business net sales increased 17 percent and totaled EUR 2,871 million, i.e. 45 percent of total net sales (EUR 2,453 million and 45%).
• Earnings before interest, tax and amortization (EBITA), before non-recurring items, increased 28 percent and were EUR 628.5 million, i.e. 9.5 percent of net sales (EUR 491.0 million and 8.8%).
• Earnings per share were EUR 2.38 (EUR 1.71).
• Free cash flow was EUR 375 million (EUR 435 million).
• The Board proposes a dividend of EUR 1.70 per share, i.e. 71 percent of earnings per share (EUR 1.55 and 91% of earnings per share). The Board will consider later in 2012, if the financial situation of the company favors it, to make a proposal to an Extra General Meeting for an dividend in addition to the dividend to be decided by the AGM in March.
Highlights of the last quarter of 2011
• Strong closing quarter with high net sales and steady profitability.
• New orders totaled EUR 1,313 million in October–December, i.e. 12 percent less than in the comparison period (EUR 1,498 million) mainly due to decrease in Pulp, Paper and Power. Orders received by the services business increased 5 percent and were EUR 669 million, i.e. 54 percent of all orders received (EUR 637 million and 44%).
• Net sales increased 23 percent on the comparison period and were EUR 2,074 million (EUR 1,687 million). Our services business net sales increased 16 percent and totaled EUR 829 million, i.e. 41 percent of total net sales (EUR 715 million and 43%).
• Earnings before interest, tax and amortization (EBITA), before non-recurring items, increased 35 percent and were EUR 202.1 million, i.e. 9.7 percent of net sales (EUR 149.8 million and 8.9%).
• Earnings per share were EUR 0.81 (EUR 0.50).
• Free cash flow was EUR 45 million (EUR 114 million).
Metso’s President and CEO Matti Kähkönen comments on last year:
Last year was successful for us in many ways. We made good progress in a number of strategically important areas, such as growing our services business and our business in emerging markets as well as increasing our delivery capacity. I am particularly pleased with our all-time high order intake, which highlights our deep relationships with our customers and our ability to help them to perform better.
Looking at our customer industries it seems that mining continues to be very active and demand for both equipment and services is expected to stay good. We may not, however, see those exceptionally large orders in 2012 as we saw in 2011. Investments in the oil and gas industry continue to support our Flow Control business and the demand in power generation continues to be good. Construction market has remained unchanged. Demand in the pulp, paper and board industry slowed down towards the end of 2011 and has stabilized since then. We do not anticipate significant changes for that demand during 2012, although better availability of financing could help that market recover.
Our order backlog for 2012 is strong at around EUR 4 billion, which gives us confidence that we will report higher net sales and profit (EBITA before non-recurring items) for 2012 compared to 2011. Overall, Metso is fit for the future and we will continue to implement our strategy in order to add value for our customers and other stakeholders.
As of December 1, 2011, Metso’s operating structure was organized into the following three reporting segments: Mining and Construction; Automation; and Pulp, Paper and Power. Recycling and Valmet Automotive are reported as separate entities. The segment information has been disclosed according to the new operating structure.
In recent months, demand has been healthy in most of our customer industries with some variation by customer industry and geographic area. We estimate that in the emerging markets the operating environment will continue to be good. We anticipate that most of our customer industries will continue to utilize their capacity at a good or satisfactory level supporting our services business. The financial uncertainty in the euro zone, the budget deficit in the US, the availability of financing and fluctuations in the exchange rates may, however, influence market activity in the early part of 2012.
Metal prices still remain relatively high. The activity level for quotations for equipment and projects from mining companies has been good. We expect the underlying demand in the mining market to remain good in the early part of 2012, although we do not anticipate the same amount of large capital orders we received last year. However, a potential further tightening in the availability of financing and a continued decline in metal prices may have a negative impact on the demand for new equipment. Due to the expected high utilization rates of mines and our large installed equipment base, we expect demand for our mining services to remain good.
In the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil, economic growth continues and infrastructure projects are maintaining demand for construction equipment at a good level. We anticipate that the demand for equipment used in aggregates processing by the construction industry in Europe and in North America will stay at the current relatively low level going forward. We estimate that the demand for our services for the construction industry will remain satisfactory.
We estimate that the demand for our automation products will continue to be good in early 2012. We anticipate the activity from the pulp and paper industry to somewhat slow down. We expect the demand for our automation solution services to continue to be excellent.
We expect the market for pulp mills to remain satisfactory after recent large project orders. The demand for rebuilds and services is expected to remain good, even though lower pulp prices and lower capacity utilization rates may stabilize the demand.
Demand for paper and board lines is expected to be weak and for tissue lines satisfactory in the early part of 2012. Capacity utilization rates in the paper and board industry may fall somewhat, yet keep the demand for our services at a good level.
Demand for power plants that use renewable energy sources is expected to continue to be good in the early part of 2012. There is continuous need to replace old energy sources and build new capacity. Demand for the power plant services business is expected to be good.
In line with our earlier statement and assuming that the current demand in our customer industries does not clearly weaken due to the European economic situation or some other similar factor, we estimate that our net sales for 2012 will grow compared to 2011 and that our profit (EBITA before non-recurring items) will improve.
The estimates for our financial performance in 2012 are based on Metso’s current market outlook, order backlog for 2012 and business scope as well as on foreign exchange rates similar to those of December 2011.
Matti Kähkönen, President and CEO, Metso Corporation, T: +358 20 484 3000
Harri Nikunen, CFO, Metso Corporation, T: +358 20 484 3010
Juha Rouhiainen, VP, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, T: +358 20 484 3253
Invitation to news conferences
Metso will arrange two news conferences in Helsinki on Thursday, February 9, 2012:
- A press conference in Finnish for media will be arranged at 1:30 pm. - 2:15 pm. Finnish time
- A news conference in English with live webcast and conference call for investors and analysts will be arranged at 03:00 pm. EET (Helsinki) / 01:00 pm. GMT (London) / 02:00 pm. CET (Paris) / 08:00 am. EST (New York)
Both events will take place at Metso’s Head Office, Fabianinkatu 9 A, Helsinki, Finland.
The news conference in English can also be followed through a live webcast at metso.com/Investors or through a conference call. Due to the live webcast, we are kindly asking those attending the news conference to be present 5 minutes prior to its start.
Conference call details
Conference call participants are requested to dial in a few minutes prior to the start of the conference on:
• US: +1 334 323 6201
• other countries: +44 20 7162 0077
• access code: 910 748
A replay will be available for 14 days until February 23, 2012 on:
• US: +1 954 334 0342
• other countries: +44 20 7031 4064
• access code: 910 748
An audio file (mp3) will be available at metso.com/Investors after the conference call and a transcript of the event will be available on Monday, February 13, 2012 at the latest.
Presentation material will be available after the publishing of the Financial Statements at metso.com/Investors.