SMA SOLAR TECHNOLOGY AG CONCLUDES SALE OF SMA RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY GMBHSMA Solar Technology AG (SMA/FWB: S92) concluded sale of its subsidiary SMA Railway Technology GmbH today. The buyer is the leading Chinese railway technology group Beijing Dinghan Technology Co., Ltd. The buyer and the seller have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction will contribute positively to the SMA Group’s earnings in the first quarter of 2017. Against this backdrop, the SMA Managing Board forecasts sales of €165 million to €175 million and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of €15 million to €18 million for the first quarter of this year. The SMA Managing Board is confirming its sales and earnings guidance for fiscal year 2017 as published on January 26, 2017, which forecasts sales of between €830 million and €900 million and EBITDA of between €70 million and €90 million.
Gamesa ended the first quarter of 2016 with €72 million in net profit. Excluding the impact of Adwen, net profit amounted to €80 million, i.e. an 82%1 increase over the same period of 2015, driven by record activity volume and EBIT. The volume of activity amounted to 1,061 MWe (+49%) and EBIT was €119 million (+81%1), equivalent to an EBIT margin of 11.1%.These results are attributable to strong sales performance, in line with the commitments for 2016: achieve over 3,800 MWe in volume and above €400 million in EBIT.
Strong growth in sales
Gamesa increased revenues by 30% in the first quarter, to €1,064 million. That figure is mainly due to revenue growth in the wind turbine area (+34%) as a result of rising levels of activity (+49% to 1,061 MWe). Operation and maintenance services revenues were stable, at €108 million.Ten consecutive quarters of double-digit growth in activity ratify Gamesa’s competitive position based on geographical diversification. Latin America contributed 27% of wind turbine sales (in MWe), followed by India and EMEA (26% each). The US accounted for 16% and Asia-Pacific for 5%.Order intake in the first three months of 2016 amounted to 1,031 MW, bringing the order book at the end of March to 3,167 MW (+22%), assuring 90%2 of the sales volume target for 2016: >3,800 MWe.
In this context of growing activity, Gamesa remained focused on increasing profitability through greater control of structural costs and optimisation of variable costs. The company ended the period with record EBIT of €119 million (+81%1), equivalent to an EBIT margin of 11%.Net profit amounted to €72 million, including an €8 million impact from Adwen. Otherwise, net profit would have been €80 million (+82%1).The company continues to strengthen its balance sheet, having ended the quarter with a net cash position of €194 million.