ASSA ABLOY



October 29, 2012 03:22 ET

Continued good performance by ASSA ABLOY

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - Oct 29, 2012) -


 -- Sales increased by 6%, including 1% organic growth, and totaled
    SEK 11,545 M (10,841).
 -- Good growth on the emerging markets in Asia, South America and Africa.
 -- Stable progress in North America and weak but stable progress in
    Europe.
 -- Operating income (EBIT) increased by 10% and amounted to SEK 1,932 M
    (1,751). The operating margin was 16.7% (16.2).
 -- Net income amounted to SEK 1,303 M (1,653*).
 -- Earnings per share rose by 6% to SEK 3.49 (3.30**).
 -- Cash flow increased by 29% and amounted to SEK 1,967 M (1,528).
 -- Contracts have been agreed for the sale of Wangli, which is expected
    to take place in the first quarter of 2013.

SALES AND INCOME


                               Third quarter   Jan-Sept
                                -------------------------------------------
                                   2011   2012 Change   2011    2012 Change
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 Sales, SEK M                    10,841 11,545    +6%   30,042 34,380  +14%

   of which,

   Organic growth                                 +1%                   +2%

   Acquisitions                                   +7%                  +10%

   Exchange-rate effects                  -151    -2%            +502   +2%

 Operating income (EBIT), SEK M   1,751  1,932   +10%    4,743  5,471  +15%

 Operating margin (EBIT), %        16.2   16.7            15.8   15.9

 Income before tax, SEK M         1,582  1,748   +10%    4,256  4,906  +15%

 Net income, SEK M             1,653(*)  1,303   -21% 3,751(*)  3,739    0%

 Operating cash flow, SEK M       1,528  1,967   +29%    3,286  3,885  +18%

 Earnings per share (EPS), SEK**   3.30   3.49    +6%     8.86  10.10  +14%

* Net income for 2011 was affected positively by profit from the disposal of parts of the Cardo acquisition

** Excluding items distorting comparison


COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

"It is pleasing to see that ASSA ABLOY is doing very well in a hard economic climate," says Johan Molin, President and CEO. "Our good performance in both sales and income continued this quarter, with rises of 6% and 10% respectively. In particular, our investments in presence on our emerging markets is bearing full dividends, with strong growth in Asia, Africa and South America, although I have to conclude that progress on the mature markets is weak.

"Despite the weak trend on the mature markets ASSA ABLOY has sustained its success on the American market, with 3% organic growth in both Americas and Global Technologies. In Europe the position is tough, with continued weakness. Notwithstanding this, EMEA has succeeded in achieving 1% organic growth, while Entrance Systems fell back by 2%.

"Investments in market presence and in Research and Development continued at undiminished levels during the quarter. Sales of new products currently amount to a full 24%. Among those launched this quarter was Seos, the world's first commercial ecosystem for issuing, delivering and revoking digital keys. The Seos system further strengthens ASSA ABLOY's leading positions in Access Control and Logical Access - two vital future growth areas.

"The impressive 10% improvement in income resulted mainly from efficiency and restructuring measures and from reduced costs for raw materials. It was also pleasing that the newly acquired companies continued to produce very good results.

"Many indicators point that the world economy will remain weak for a foreseeable future. It is therefore of the utmost importance that ASSA ABLOY continues to develop its presence on the new markets, which are expected to go on growing, and that investments in new products and market presence are maintained."

THIRD QUARTER

The Group's sales totaled SEK 11,545 M (10,841), an increase of 6% compared with the third quarter of 2011. Organic growth for comparable units was 1% (2). Acquired units contributed 7% (18). Exchange-rate effects had a impact of SEK -151 M on sales, that is -2% (-6).

Operating income before depreciation, EBITDA, amounted to SEK 2,183 M (2,002). The corresponding EBITDA margin was 18.9% (18.5). The Group's operating income, EBIT, amounted to SEK 1,932 M (1,751), an increase of 10%. The operating margin was 16.7% (16.2).

Net financial items amounted to SEK -184 M (-169). The Group's income before tax amounted to SEK 1,748 M (1,582), an improvement of 10% compared with the previous year. Exchange-rate effects had a negative impact of SEK -12 M on the Group's income before tax. The profit margin was 15.1% (14.6). The estimated underlying effective tax rate on an annual basis amounted to 24% (22). Earnings per share excluding items distorting comparison amounted to SEK 3.49 (3.30), an increase of 6%.

FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR Sales for the first nine months of 2012 totaled SEK 34,380 M (30,042), representing an increase of 14%. Organic growth was 2% (4). Acquired units contributed 10% (16). Exchange-rate effects had a positive impact of SEK 502 M on sales, that is 2% (-9), compared with the first nine months of 2011.

Operating income before depreciation, EBITDA, for the first nine months amounted to SEK 6,268 M (5,495). The corresponding margin was 18.2% (18.3). The Group's operating income, EBIT, amounted to SEK 5,471 M (4,743), which was an increase of 15%. The corresponding EBIT operating margin was 15.9% (15.8).

Earnings per share for the first nine months, excluding items distorting comparison, amounted to SEK 10.10 (8.86), an increase of 14%. Operating cash flow totaled SEK 3,885 M (3,286).

RESTRUCTURING MEASURES

Payments related to all restructuring programs amounted to SEK 118 M in the quarter. The restructuring programs proceeded according to plan and led to a reduction in personnel of 128 people during the quarter and 6,464 people since the projects began. A further 1,071 people will leave by the end of 2014.

At the end of the quarter provisions of SEK 1,272 M remained in the balance sheet for carrying out the programs.

COMMENTS BY DIVISION

EMEA

Sales for the quarter in EMEA division totaled SEK 3,093 M (3,155), with organic growth of 1% (0). The market situation weakened during the quarter. Growth was good in the UK, Africa, eastern Europe and Israel. Scandinavia, Finland, France and Germany were stable, while Spain, Benelux and Italy showed a negative sales trend. Acquired growth amounted to 3%. Operating income totaled SEK 539 M (535), which represents an operating margin (EBIT) of 17.4% (17.0). Return on capital employed amounted to 21.0% (20.9). Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled SEK 751 M (586).

AMERICAS

Sales for the quarter in Americas division totaled SEK 2,474 M (2,312), with organic growth of 3% (-1). The sales trends for the Residential Market, Mexico and South America were strong, and the trend for Electromechanical Products was good. The sales trends remained stable for Mechanical Products, Security Doors and the High-Security Market. Acquired growth was 2%. Operating income totaled SEK 510 M (466) and the operating margin was 20.6% (20.1). Return on capital employed amounted to 23.9% (23.5). Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled SEK 529 M (493).

ASIA PACIFIC

Sales for the quarter in Asia Pacific division totaled SEK 1,979 M (1,822), with organic growth of 3% (7). Growth was strong in Korea and South-East Asia but there was a weak sales trend in India. Growth was good for all product areas in China, while the sales trend was strongly negative in Australia and stable in New Zealand. Acquired growth amounted to 2%. Operating income totaled SEK 293 M (275), representing an operating margin (EBIT) of 14.8% (15.1). The quarter's return on capital employed amounted to 22.0% (25.0). Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled SEK 374 M (232).

GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES

Sales for the quarter in Global Technologies division totaled SEK 1,568 M (1,524), with organic growth amounting to 3% (5). HID had strong growth in identification technology and good growth in access control and secure issuing of smart cards. Government ID and project orders had negative growth. Hospitality showed strong growth, principally from the renovation market. Profitability for both business units improved strongly. Acquired growth amounted to 1%. The division's operating income amounted to SEK 298 M (248), giving an operating margin (EBIT) of 19.0% (16.3). Return on capital employed amounted to 18.3% (16.2). Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled SEK 298 M (285).

ENTRANCE SYSTEMS

Sales for the quarter in Entrance Systems division totaled SEK 2,648 M (2,241), with organic growth amounting to -2% (5). Growth was good for Crawford, Albany and Flexiforce. The sales trends for Ditec and the private residential market remained negative, affected by the weak economic trend in southern Europe. Acquired growth amounted to 25%. Operating income totaled SEK 370 M (308), giving an operating margin of 14.0% (13.8). Return on capital employed amounted to 11.2% (10.7). Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled SEK 327 M (225).

ACQUISITIONS AND DIVESTMENTS

During the quarter Sanhe in China and two other minor acquisitions were consolidated. The combined acquisition price for the eleven companies acquired in the first nine months of the year amounts to SEK 4,215 M, and preliminary acquisition analyses indicate that goodwill and other intangible assets with indefinite useful life amount to SEK 3,162 M. The acquisition price is adjusted for acquired net debt and estimated earn-outs. Estimated earn-outs amount to SEK 1,103 M.

Contracts for the sale of Wangli Group have been agreed. The sale is subject to approval by the authorities and it is expected to be possible to complete it in the first quarter of 2013.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

ASSA ABLOY works actively to minimize the Group's impact on the environment. As one part of these efforts, so-called Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for the Group's product groups are being issued. EPDs show in a transparent way a product's environmental impact through its entire life cycle. The procedures ensure that production processes are efficient and that customers receive all relevant information about our products. ASSA ABLOY believes that EPDs will further improve the Group's environmental operations.

PARENT COMPANY

'Other operating income' for the Parent company ASSA ABLOY AB totaled SEK 1,119 M (1,129) for the nine-month period. Income before tax amounted to SEK 1,006 M (880). Investments in tangible and intangible assets totaled SEK 9 M (3). Liquidity is good and the equity ratio was 48.2% (36.9). The equity ratio has risen mainly because of amortization of interest-bearing loans and conversion of debenture loans.

ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES

ASSA ABLOY applies International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as endorsed by the European Union. Significant accounting and valuation principles are detailed on pages 88-93 of the 2011 Annual Report. The agreed revision of IAS 19 'Employee Benefits' applies from 1 January 2013 with retroactive effect during 2012. In this recalculation of comparative information for 2012, unrecognized expenses relating to service provided in previous years and unrecognized actuarial losses are accounted for as an adjustment of opening equity taking into account tax effects. The unrecognized balance sheet items totaled SEK 1,092 M as at 31 December 2011.

This Interim Report was prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and the Annual Accounts Act. The Interim Report for the Parent company was prepared in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act and RFR 2 'Reporting by a Legal Entity'.

TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PARTIES

No transactions that significantly affected the company's position and income have taken place between ASSA ABLOY and related parties.

RISKS AND UNCERTAINTY FACTORS

As an international Group with a wide geographic spread, ASSA ABLOY is exposed to a number of business and financial risks. The business risks can be divided into strategic, operational and legal risks. The financial risks are related to such factors as exchange rates, interest rates, liquidity, the giving of credit, raw materials and financial instruments. Risk management in ASSA ABLOY aims to identify, control and reduce risks. This work begins with an assessment of the probability of risks occurring and their potential effect on the Group. For a more detailed description of risks and risk management, see the 2011 Annual Report. No significant risks other than the risks described there are judged to have occurred.

AUDIT

This Report has not been reviewed by the company's Auditors.

OUTLOOK*

Long-term outlook

Long term, ASSA ABLOY expects an increase in security-driven demand. Focus on end-user value and innovation as well as leverage on ASSA ABLOY's strong position will accelerate growth and increase profitability.

Organic sales growth is expected to continue at a good rate. The operating margin (EBIT) and operating cash flow are expected to develop well.


* Outlook published on 27 July 2012:

Long-term outlook

Long term, ASSA ABLOY expects an increase in security-driven demand. Focus on end-user value and innovation as well as leverage on ASSA ABLOY's strong position will accelerate growth and increase profitability.

Organic sales growth is expected to continue at a good rate. The operating margin (EBIT) and operating cash flow are expected to develop well.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The End-of-Year Report and Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter will be published on 7 February 2013.

ASSA ABLOY is holding an analysts' meeting at 10.00 today at Operaterrassen in Stockholm.

The analysts' meeting can also be followed on the Internet at www.assaabloy.com.

It is possible to submit questions by telephone on: +46 8 5052 0270, +44 207 509 5139 or +1 718 354 1226

This information is that which ASSA ABLOY is required to disclose under the Swedish Securities Exchange and Clearing Operations Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information is released for publication at 08.00 on 29 October.

Q3 2012:

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Contact Information

  • FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM:
    Johan Molin
    President and CEO
    Tel: +46 8 506 485 42

    Carolina Dybeck Happe
    Chief Financial Officer
    Tel: +46 8 506 485 72