Muehlhan publishes results for fiscal year 2015

  • The Group continues to move forward with its process of transformation
  • Results suffer from oil-price trend and losses in the project business
  • Slightly positive outlook
  • Dividend of €0.04 per share is proposed

Hamburg, 05 April 2016 - In fiscal year 2015, the Muehlhan Group (Entry Standard; ISIN DE000A0KD0F7) successfully proceeded with its transformation process but was unable to maintain the upward trend in earnings seen in recent years to the extent intended. Sales revenues increased by 12%, to €239 million, EBIT dropped by 30%, to €5.2 million, and consolidated net income decreased slightly from the prior-year level, to €2.1 million. The different performance at the two earnings levels reflected the separate reporting for the businesses in Singapore that are currently being shut down. Pursuant to IFRS 5 requirements, these figures are eliminated at the accounts level and added back under operating income. After reporting EBIT of €-1.5 million in the previous year, the Singapore operations managed to generate €0.5 million of EBIT during the year under review in connection with the disposal of assets as part of the closure. The Group's unsatisfactory profitability - caused by the structural change in the maritime segment and the drop in the price of oil - underscores the necessity of the strategy adopted by management to further diversify Muehlhan in order to make the Group more resilient to setbacks in individual markets. A regional review shows that sales in Europe increased by 4% to €188.4 million. By contrast, EBIT dropped sharply from €10.2 million to €3.1 million, in part because of declining margins in the offshore business in Great Britain caused by the lower price of oil, but also because of project losses in Germany and Scotland. The business in America stabilized, with sales revenues increasing by €4.9 million to €23.1 million, primarily because of a major contract initiated during the reporting year and positive developments in the refinery business. EBIT decreased slightly (by €0.3 million) to €0.4 million. In the Middle East, on the other hand, the Group reported positive results for the year under review: sales revenues rose by €2.6 million, to €16.8 million; EBIT amounted to €1.7 million. Thanks to several big orders, the Ship business segment managed to increase sales by €4.1 million to €82.9 million and EBIT by €1.5 million to €3.8 million. This increase was due not to any generally positive trend in the ship newbuilding market, but rather to large orders with time limits. In the Renewables segment, sales revenues increased by €8.9 million, to €23.7 million. By contrast, EBIT decreased from €0.9 million to €-2.5 million due to the closure of a site in Denmark and project losses in Germany and Scotland. The Oil & Gas business segment managed to increase sales revenues from €48.1 million in 2014 to €53.0 million in 2015 by acquiring the MSI Group. Also because of the MSI acquisition, EBIT rose by €0.6 million, to €4.2 million. The Industry/Infrastructure business increased sales revenues by €8.1 million to €79.3 million. Due to the completion of a big, profitable contract in Qatar and the absence of follow-up contracts, EBIT declined by €2.1 million from the prior-year level to €4.2 million. With the Supervisory Board's agreement, the Executive Board will recommend to the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of €0.04 per share be distributed for 2015. The Executive Board will continue to implement the transformation process in 2016 with a strategic focus on markets outside of the shipping industry and on business segments beyond the traditional core area of surface protection. In operations, project management improvements have been adopted that should significantly improve results from future projects. In 2016, management expects sales revenues to remain constant and EBIT to improve to between €5.0 million and €7.0 million. For additional information on fiscal year 2015 and details on the outlook for 2016, please consult the Muehlhan Annual Report published on 5 April 2016. The company's key performance indicators are shown in the following table. The figures for 2015 and 2014 are presented in accordance with the requirements of IFRS 5.

 

in EUR million1st quarter 20161st quarter 2015
Results
Sales239.0231.1
ENITDA112.013.2
EBIT25.27.5
EBT33.35.2
Earnings per share (EUR)0.070.08
Consolidated earnings after non-
controlling interests
1.41.6
Profit/(loss) from discontinued
operations
0.5-1.5
Cash flow12.7
12.1
Capital expenditures10.813.7
in EUR million31.12.201531.12.2014
Balance sheet
Fixed assets453.147.6
Equity66.061.3
Equity ratio in %4852
Balance sheet total138.0118.5
EmployeesFiscal year 2015Fiscal year 2014
Number of employees
(annual average)
2.8442.675

1 EBITDA: Profit from operations and depreciation
2 EBIT: Profit from operations
3 EBT: Earnings before taxes
4 Fixed assets: Total of non-current assets less deferred tax assets