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ElringKlinger : looking to maintain strong organic growth in sales after record performance in 2014 (DGAP News)

03/31/2015 | 01:26am US/Eastern
DGAP-News: ElringKlinger AG / Key word(s): Final Results
ElringKlinger looking to maintain strong organic growth in sales after
record performance in 2014

31.03.2015 / 07:25

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ElringKlinger looking to maintain strong organic growth in sales after
record performance in 2014

Dettingen/Erms (Germany), March 31, 2015 +++ The ElringKlinger Group saw
its sales revenue expand by 15.3% to EUR 1,325.8 (1,150.1) million in 2014.
Expressed in organic terms, growth amounted to 11.2%, thus substantially
outpacing the rate of expansion in global vehicle production as well as the
Group's own growth target of 5 to 7%. Despite downside factors associated
with ElringKlinger's E-Mobility division and sluggish business in Brazil as
a result of local market forces, adjusted EBIT before purchase price
allocation rose by 8.3% to EUR 162.3 (149.8) million. Net income after
non-controlling interests, adjusted for the one-time gain recorded in the
previous year from the assumption of control over ElringKlinger Marusan
Corporation, Japan, improved by 14.0% to EUR 105.7 (92.7) million.

Strong structural growth in revenue
The substantial organic increase in sales revenue recorded by the Group in
the 2014 financial year was achieved against the backdrop of widely
divergent regional trends within the global automobile markets. As in the
past, China and North America again provided the main impetus for growth.
Having been caught in a downward spiral for many years, the Western
European market also expanded in 2014, up by almost 5% calculated on the
basis of overall car sales. By contrast, the vehicle markets in both Russia
and Brazil were faced with an out-and-out slump. Overall, global car
production expanded by around 3% in 2014. The ElringKlinger Group benefited
in particular from structural growth within many of the product groups
marketed by the Original Equipment segment with a focus on CO2 reduction,
such as lightweight plastic components or turbocharger gaskets. At 11.2%,
therefore, the level of organic revenue growth (excluding the effects of
consolidation and assuming stable exchange rates) achieved by the Group was
considerably higher than the expansion in global vehicle production in
percentage terms. The full consolidation of ElringKlinger Marusan
Corporation* contributed EUR 23.1 million to Group revenue in 2014.

Further improvement in adjusted EBIT before purchase price allocation
despite unfavorable performance in E-Mobility division
As regards earnings, it should be noted that ElringKlinger had generated a
one-time gain of EUR 17.6 million in the previous year following the
assumption of control of ElringKlinger Marusan Corporation effective from
December 31, 2013. In 2014, reported EBIT rose by 5.0% compared to the
prior-year figure adjusted for this exceptional item (EUR 146.6 million),
taking the total to EUR 154.0 million.

Group EBIT, adjusted for non-recurring items and before purchase price
allocation, stood at EUR 162.3 (149.8) million, up 8.3% on the previous
year; this corresponds to a margin of 12.2% (13.0%). This increase in
earnings was attributable largely to significant structural revenue growth
within the Group's core field of business as well as new serial production
ramp-ups and improved earnings in the area of exhaust gas purification. Due
to current demand patterns, the new E-Mobility division, by contrast, fell
well short of the original target and recorded a loss of EUR 8.0 (-7.2)
million before interest and taxes. The Brazilian subsidiary remained around
EUR 4.0 million below the original earnings target in 2014 as a result of
the severe downturn in the local market.

In total, non-recurring exceptional charges amounted to EUR 4.9 million in
2014, which had a dampening effect on earnings. These expenses were
attributable in full to the fourth quarter. First, the subsidiary
ElringKlinger Korea Co., Ltd. had to account for inventory corrections and
impairments of EUR 2.0 million as part of the plant relocation to the newly
constructed site in Gumi. Secondly, a warranty incident attributable to the
parent company, ElringKlinger AG, and dating back to 2008 was definitively
settled in the reporting period. There are no longer any risks associated
with this matter. In this context, however, a sum of EUR 1.5 million in
receivables had to be derecognized, which was accounted for in profit/loss.
At the same time, ElringKlinger received cash of EUR 8.5 million as a
result of the insurance payment. Thirdly, as part of the complete revision
of Management Board contracts of service, a one-time amount of EUR 1.4
million had to be allocated to provisions in respect of long-term variable
incentive components of compensation (LTI II) that are attributable in
economic terms to the two previous years.

As a result of the substantial investments made in the Group's future
growth (2014: EUR 147.0 million in ppe), depreciation and amortization rose
by EUR 5.0 million to EUR 79.4 (74.4) million. The purchase price
allocations contained in write-downs with regard to hidden reserves
realized increased to EUR 3.4 (1.3) million.

Compared to the prior-year figure, adjusted for the one-time gain from the
assumption of control of Marusan, earnings before taxes rose by 16.6% to
EUR 153.1 million (EUR 131.3 million, including one-time gain: EUR 148.9
million). This was driven largely by lower net finance costs of EUR 0.9
(15.3) million, which included foreign exchange gains of EUR 10.0 (-4.4)
million. The foreign exchange gains were attributable primarily to the
sustained depreciation of the euro over the course of 2014, particularly
against the US dollar and Asian currencies. Net interest costs remained
largely unchanged at EUR 10.9 (11.2) million.

Adjusted net income after non-controlling interests up by 14%
Due in part to the recognition of deferred taxes in connection with the
above-mentioned insurance incident, the Group's tax rate rose to 27.8%
(25.3%) in 2014. The prior-year tax rate had benefited from the positive
effects of the assumption of control over ElringKlinger Marusan
Corporation. Excluding exceptional income from the assumption of control of
ElringKlinger Marusan Corporation in 2013, the Group's net income after
non-controlling interests was 14.0% higher at EUR 105.7 million (EUR 92.7
million; including one-off gain: EUR 105.4 million). Adjusted earnings per
share stood at EUR 1.67 (EUR 1.46; including one-off gain: EUR 1.66).

Order intake up by 10%
The Group's expectations of sustained growth in revenue in 2015 are
underpinned by its order intake. Orders placed by customers rose by 10.5%
to EUR 1,418.6 (1,284.4) million in the 2014 financial year just ended. The
book-to-bill ratio thus stood at 1.07, which reflects the consistently
solid level of demand. Correspondingly, order backlog as of December 31,
2014, was up 15.6% year on year at EUR 688.2 (595.4) million.

Further revenue and earnings growth planned for 2015
Based on the assumption that global car production will expand by around
2%, the ElringKlinger Group anticipates that its revenue will increase by 5
to 7% organically, thus again significantly outpacing market growth.
Additionally, the consolidation of recently acquired M&W (in future
ElringKlinger Automotive Manufacturing Inc., USA) will contribute around
EUR 30 million to Group revenue in the financial year as a whole. Adjusted
for non-recurring items, EBIT before purchase price allocation is expected
to be between EUR 170 and 180 million in 2015. Due to the greater relevance
of acquired entities, adjusted EBIT will in future be presented before the
effects of purchase price allocation. Owing to current demand patterns and
the as yet insufficient degree of capacity utilization in production, the
E-Mobility division is at present not expected to see a fundamental
improvement in its earnings performance in 2015. Return on capital employed
(2014: 12.4%) at Group level is expected to expand slightly in 2015.
 
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* Due to the necessary retrospective application of IFRS 11 as regards the
presentation of comparative prior-year figures (2013), ElringKlinger
Marusan Corporation was no longer accounted for on a proportionate basis
but rather in accordance with the equity method. As a result, the Group
revenue figure originally presented for 2013 fell retrospectively to EUR
1,150.1 million, the difference being attributable to the entity's revenue
contribution (EUR 25.1 million) formerly included at a proportionate rate
of 50%. Thus, EBIT presented with regard to 2013 was EUR 0.7 million lower
retrospectively, while earnings before taxes were EUR 0.3 million lower
retrospectively. By contrast, ElringKlinger Marusan was fully consolidated
in 2014 as a result of the assumption of control completed as of December
31, 2013, and was included in Group revenue with its total revenue of EUR
46.2 million. Therefore, the additional revenue contribution was EUR 23.1
million in 2014. When determining organic revenue growth, the joint venture
was accounted for as if the entity had remained subject to proportionate
consolidation, as originally presented in 2013.

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For further information, please contact:
ElringKlinger AG - Investor Relations/ Corporate PR
Stephan Haas
Max-Eyth-Straße 2
72581 Dettingen
Fon: +49 7123 724 - 137
E-Mail: stephan.haas@elringklinger.com 



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Language:    English                                                     
Company:     ElringKlinger AG                                            
             Max-Eyth-Straße 2                                           
             72581 Dettingen/Erms                                        
             Germany                                                     
Phone:       071 23 / 724-0                                              
Fax:         071 23 / 724-9006                                           
E-mail:      stephan.haas@elringklinger.de                               
Internet:    www.elringklinger.de                                        
ISIN:        DE0007856023                                                
WKN:         785602                                                      
Indices:     MDAX                                                        
Listed:      Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Stuttgart;  
             Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf,          
             Hamburg, Hanover, Munich                                    
 
 
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