Saurer announces robust performance for 2018

Shanghai/Wattwil, 26 April 2019

Group highlights

  • Revenue growth increased by 5.8% to RMB 9 220 million
  • Net profit grew by 14.3%
  • Strong sales performance in Bangladesh (64.5%), Germany (34.7%), Switzerland (34.7%) and the USA (33.5%)
  • Launch of new technology centre to support R&D

Mr Clement Woon, Chief Executive Officer, says:

“Saurer weathered the uncertainty of 2018 well, with sales revenue for the group increasing by almost 6%. Both its segments Spinning Solutions and Technologies supported this growth.

The group posted sales revenue amounting to RMB 9 220 million, a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 5.8% (2017: RMB 8 713 million). Saurer’s sales in its biggest market, China, rose by 11.2%. This was despite the uncertainty across the globe in the second half of 2018, which saw this economy growing at its slowest rate in 28 years. Saurer was well positioned to benefit from economic growth in several Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Bangladesh. Despite political uncertainty affecting sales in Turkey, the group’s segment Spinning Solutions grew in Saurer’s third-largest market.

Over the past year, we have focused on repositioning the group as a solutions provider – our aim is to move beyond supplying our customers with textile machinery and to partner with our clients to help realise their business aspirations.
In line with this strategy, Saurer is positioning itself in closer proximity to customers across the world. This saw a significant reorganisation of our sales and service departments, which has resulted in a positive outcome in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (AEMEA) region, with Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and the USA all posting a revenue increase of around 30%.

We are also embracing the technological advances brought about by Industry 4.0 as part of our strategy – our major focus areas here include automation and sensor technology as well as data analytics. In 2018, Saurer increased its R&D expenditure by approximately 50% YoY. The group’s new Saurer Technology Centre located in Arbon, Switzerland, supports engineers across the group as they work to integrate smart technology into Saurer’s products.
The group’s commitment to Industry 4.0. principles is further highlighted by its plant in Urumqi in Xinjiang Province, China, which came into regular operation in the third quarter of 2018. This modern site is the first to produce both pre-spinning and spinning machines.

As we continue to meet our strategic objectives, strengthening our outside-in approach to meet customer needs, I am confident that we can strengthen our position as a provider of smart fit-for-purpose solutions to our diverse customers in the textile industry. The fact that sales of our pre-spinning technologies have grown by 34% is an indication that we are meeting customer needs with our extended offering. In repositioning ourselves with the aim of deepening our relationships with our clients across the world, we will continue to support our customers’ enterprises as they aim for new heights.”

Revenues by segment

Both Saurer Spinning Solutions and Saurer Technologies performed well over the course of 2018. In China, the Technologies segment showed above-average growth, with sales increasing by +47%. In the USA, the segment also expanded at a similar rate (+44%). Spinning Solutions was the driver of revenue in Turkey.

in RMB 000 2017 2018 Change YoY
Saurer Spinning Solutions 6 977 092 7 421 453 6.4%
Saurer Technologies  1 809 697 1 876 671 3.7%

 

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Revenues by region

Despite a year characterised by uncertainty, Saurer grew sales in its biggest market, China, by +11.2%. The high demand for twisting machines, spurred by the continued expansion of the glass fibre market is one of the contributing factors. Sales revenue sank in the group’s second-largest market India (-4.8%), which was still feeling the effects of its demonetisation policy and the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax. While overall growth declined in Turkey (-2.6%), the group’s Spinning Solutions segment experienced an uptick in sales in this country. In the region Asia (excluding China/India), Bangladesh was the standout market with sales expanding by +64.5%. In Vietnam, the group also saw a boost in revenue (+20.4%). In the Americas region, sales revenue in the USA rose by +33.5%. The Europe/Africa/others (excluding Turkey) region posted growth of 9.3% ‒ Germany and Switzerland both saw sales increases of +34.7%, while Spain and Portugal expanded by approximately 30% each.

in RMB 000 2017 2018 Change YoY
China 3 674 611 4 087 878 11.2%
India 973 602 926 397 -4.8%
Turkey 904 084 880 848 -2.6%
Asia (excl. China/India) 1 744 952 1 840 587 5.5%
Americas 740 555 746 377 0.8%
Europe/Africa/others (excl. Turkey) 675 608 738 671 9.3%

 

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Key financial data

in RMB 000 2017 2018 Change YoY
Sales revenue 8 713 412 9 220 759 5.8%
Profit before tax 996 385 1 145 932 15.0%
Margin 11.4% 12.4% +1.0pts
Net profit/(loss) 749 517 857 049 14.3%
Attributable to equity holders in the company 658 327 810 294 23.1%
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 2 057 716 2 834 939 +37.8%
Weighted average return on net assets 23.7% 30.6% +6.9pts
Basic EPS (in yuan/share) 0.4556 0.4275 -6.2%
Diluted EPS (in yuan/share) 0.4556 0.4275 -6.2%
Weighted average number of shares 1 444 889 143 1 895 412 995  

 

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Balance sheet

in RMB 000 2017 2018
Total current assets 11 193 464 10 526 291
Total non-current assets 3 338 308 3 889 415
Total assets 14 531 772 14 415 706
     
Total current liabilities 4 722 948 5 315 587
Total non-current liabilities 3 303 460 3 112 344
Total liabilities 8 026 408 8 427 931
Total equity attributable to equity holders of the company 2 207 034 4 653 156
Total equity 6 505 364 5 987 775
Total liabilities and equity 14 531 772 14 415 706
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The full annual financial report 2018 in Chinese is published on Saurer’s website and that of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. An English version will be available by mid-June.
 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The date for the Annual General Meeting of Saurer Intelligent Technology Co Ltd. will be published in due course. Shareholders individually or jointly holding more than 3% of shares may submit proposals regarding the agenda in writing ten (10) days prior to the date of the AGM to Saurer Intelligent Technology Co Ltd., Office of the Board of Directors, Floor 36, Tower B, THE PLACE, 100 Zunyi Road, Shanghai 200051, China.

Dividend payment

Saurer’s Board of Directors is proposing a dividend for shareholders of RMB 1.293 per 10 shares for 2018 (before tax), the total payout ratio therefore amounting to 30.2%. Subject to approval at the Annual General Meeting, the payment date will be communicated after the AGM.

Investor relations

Daniel Zeng
Secretary to the Board
Saurer Intelligent Technology Co Ltd. Shanghai, China
T +86 21 22262549
dlu-china-ir@saurer.com


Media relations

Simona Gambini
Head of Corporate Communications Saurer Group
Wattwil, Switzerland
T +41 79 425 37 32
media@saurer.com

Disclaimer

This document may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect the views of the management of Saurer Intelligent Technology Co Ltd. as of the date of publication. The forward-looking statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including – but not confined to – technological advances, product demand and market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, foreign currency exchange rates, changes in legal requirements, political measures and other risks. All of these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Saurer management and are believed to be reasonable, but are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Actual results or experience could differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Saurer disclaims any intention or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. It should also be noted that past performance is not a guide to future performance. Investors must not rely on this information for investment decisions and are solely responsible for forming their own investment decisions.