Heidelberg Publishes figures for Second Quarter, First Six Months of 2012/2013
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—November 7, 2012—After the first half of financial year 2012/2013, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is on track to achieving its operational objectives. In the second quarter (July 1 to September 30, 2012), incoming orders were on a par with the previous year's level at EUR 668 million. Compared with the prior-year period, incoming orders in the first half-year rose by EUR 225 million to EUR 1.558 billion (previous year: EUR 1.333 billion) as a result of the drupa industry trade show in May. At EUR 790 million, the order backlog at the end of the first half-year was around EUR 60 million higher than in the previous year.
Sales in the second quarter climbed to EUR 697 million, 10 percent up on the same period in the previous year (EUR 636 million). At EUR 1.217 billion, net sales in the first half-year were slightly up on the previous year's level (EUR 1.18 billion), as planned.
"Development in the industry continues to be stable and demand for our products is robust," said Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. "Based on the current financial year to date, we are confident we will meet our targets."
The result of operating activities (EBIT) excluding special items of EUR 1 million was slightly positive in the second quarter as a result of higher sales and therefore higher profit contributions. This is a significant improvement on the first quarter (EUR -58 million). At EUR -57 million, EBIT excluding special items in the first half-year was, as expected, down on the previous year's figure (EUR -21 million) due to trade show and product launch costs and low profit contributions resulting from the low level of sales in the first quarter. Special items amounted to EUR 22 million in the first half-year and were primarily the result of expenses relating to the Focus 2012 efficiency program.