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SKF Year-end report 2018


Alrik Danielson, President and CEO:



“2018 was an excellent year for SKF, with record results and a significantly strengthened balance sheet. In recognition of this, the Board has decided to propose an increased dividend of SEK 6.00 per share to the Annual General Meeting.



 




 



During the fourth quarter, we delivered an organic sales growth of 5% for the Group, with net sales at SEK 21.2 billion.



Operating profit was SEK 2.9 billion. Operating margin was 13.7%, impacted positively by the divestment of SKF Motion Technologies. Impairments of assets and customer settlements and restructuring had a negative impact. The net of the above had a positive impact on operating profit of SEK 705 million.



Cash flow was very strong at SEK 4.3 billion, supported by strong operational performance, including continued reductions in finished goods inventories and the divestment of SKF Motion Technologies.



The industrial business had a strong organic sales growth of 9%. Operating performance remained strong, with a reported operating margin of 18.3% (12.8% in the previous year).



The automotive business also remained resilient, but due to costs for restructuring and customer settlements it reports an operating margin of 2.1%. Organic sales development was -3.7%, with European sales continuing to be impacted by the WLTP test cycles. In China, demand for trucks and cars softened.



The fourth quarter was a busy one in terms of our efforts to improve competitiveness in our manufacturing and consolidate our footprint. We announced investments and footprint optimizations in France, Germany, China and UK.



Investments in automation and technology step-up continues, with a further investment in Schweinfurt, Germany announced in November, as well as the inauguration of an automated assembly line for LEAP aero-engine bearings in Valenciennes, France.



As presented at our Capital Markets Day in November, we now have around 4 million connected bearings, of which half are connected to our REP Centers around the world enabling us to provide customers with reliable rotation.



Entering the first quarter of 2019, we expect to see relatively unchanged volumes for the Group, slightly higher for Industrial and lower for Automotive.”
























































Key figures, SEKm

Q4 2018

Q4 2017

2018

2017

Net sales

21,192

19,481

85,713

77,938

Operating profit

2,902

2,017

11,049

8,592

Operating margin, %

13.7

10.4

12.9

11.0

Profit before taxes

2,636

1,784

10,188

7,658

Net cash flow after investments before financing

4,259

1,704

8,326

4,753

Basic earnings per share

4.63

4.12

16.0

12.02









































Net sales change y-o-y, %, Q4

Organic

Structure

Currency

Total

SKF Group

5.0

-1.0

4.8

8.8

Industrial

8.8

-1.4

5.6

13.0

Automotive

-3.7

0.0

3.1

-0.6

2019-01-30