• Sales up 11% in first half of 2015
• Half-year EBIT of €3.0 million
• Executive Board re-affirms earnings forecast
Hamburg, July 28, 2015 - Muehlhan AG (Entry Standard; ISIN DE000A0KD0F7) ended the first six months of 2015 with net income attributable to the equity holders of €1.0 million (previous year: also €1.0 million). After reporting a loss of some €0.5 million in the first three months of the financial year, the Group saw a significant improvement in the second quarter, as expected. From January to the end of June 2015, the company generated total sales revenues of €118.4 million. EBIT reached the same level as in the previous year, at €3.0 million.
As in the previous years, these sales revenues came largely from the company’s European business operations. Total sales for the Group amounted to €95.1 million, an increase of 8% on the first half of 2014 (€88.3 million). The Muehlhan Group’s North American operations generated revenues of €9.3 million, exceeding the previous year’s level €7.4 million. In the region covering Asia and the rest of the world, Muehlhan managed to increase revenues from €10.9 million to €14.0 million. The company Marine Service International AS (MSI), acquired in the current financial year, is included in the figures, with sales of €4.8 million.
In the Ship segment, the growth in sales that had begun once again in 2014 continued: at €51.4 million, there was a higher volume of business than in the first half of 2014 (€43.8 million). This growth, however, is not to be interpreted as signaling a change in the trend but as the result of current major projects and gains in market share in a stagnating market that will presumably continue to change.
In the Oil & Gas segment, sales increased to €24.2 million compared with €19.6 million for the equivalent period of 2014. With weaker sales in the North Sea oil and gas business, this increase came mainly from the acquisition of MSI.
In the Wind Energy segment, sales climbed to €8.8 million (previous year: €7.7 million).
From January to the end of June 2015, Industry and Infrastructure operations generated sales of €34.1 million (first six months of 2014: €35.4 million). In 2014, our Scottish operation Muehlhan Industrial Services Ltd. was engaged in a major project. In the current financial year, the continually growing area of passive fire protection in Europe and the Middle East has filled this revenue gap.
The Executive Board re-affirms its forecast for 2015, with earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of between €4.0 and €6.0 million.
The Company’s key financial indicators are shown in the following table:
|in kEUR||1st half 2015||1st half 2014|
|Earnings per share (EUR)||0.05||0.06|
|Consolidated earnings after non-|
|Investments in fixed assets||5,102||5,059|
|31 March 2015||31 December 2014|
|Balance sheet total||140,810||118,517|
|Employees (on average)||2,757||2,675|
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