SKF Nine-month report 2018

2018 October 25, 13:00 CEST

Gothenburg, 25 October 2018

Alrik Danielson, President and CEO:

“The third quarter developed as anticipated, with continued growth in both our industrial and automotive businesses. Sales grew organically by 7%, to stand at SEK 21.3 billlion. Our operating profit was SEK 2.6 billion, 0.6 billion higher than last year and the highest operating profit we have ever recorded in a third quarter.

Cash flow was SEK 1.6 billion, compared to SEK 0.7 billion the previous year. This was supported by our continued efforts to reduce finished goods inventories, whilst maintaining good customer service levels.

The industrial business continues its strong performance, with an operating margin of 14% and organic growth of 9%. We saw significantly higher sales volumes in our three largest regions: Europe, North America and Asia, driven by continued broad-based investments and activities in most of the industries in which we operate.

The automotive business delivered an operating margin of 7%. Despite a drop in European car sales, resulting from the implementation of new test cycles (WLTP) and a slow-down in truck sales in Asia the business delivered an organic sales growth of 2% in the quarter.

At the end of July we announced the divestment of our linear and actuation business for a total consideration of SEK 2.75 billion. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter. Following a total of eight divestments in the past three years, we have strengthened our financial position and focused our business portfolio. We continue to invest in research and development with a number of new market offerings being launched in the coming months, including solutions for the rail, food and beverage and agriculture industries.

Entering the fourth quarter of 2018, we expect to see higher demand within industrial and slightly lower demand within automotive.”

Key figures, SEKmQ3 2018Q3 2017Jan-Sep 2018Jan-Sep 2017
Net sales21,34118,62764,52158,457
Operating profit2,5971,9658,1476,575
Operating margin, %12.210.512.611.2
Profit before taxes2,3441,6927,5525,874
Net cash flow after investments before financing1,6266814,0673,049
Basic earnings per share3.352.2911.377.89


Net sales change y-o-y, %, Q3OrganicStructureCurrencyTotal
SKF Group6.9-0.17.814.6
Industrial9.2-0.18.417.5
Automotive1.70.06.17.8


Net sales change y-o-y, %, Jan-Sep 2018OrganicStructureCurrencyTotal
SKF Group7.9-0.53.010.4
Industrial9.6-0.73.412.3
Automotive4.00.02.16.1


Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %, Q3EuropeNorth AmericaLatin AmericaAsiaMiddle East & Africa
SKF Group6.08.2-0.111.2-10.0
Industrial+++++++/-+++--
Automotive+/-+++/-+---


Organic sales change in local currencies, per region y-o-y, %, Jan-Sep 2018EuropeNorth AmericaLatin AmericaAsiaMiddle East & Africa
SKF Group7.55.6-1.113.92.9
Industrial++++-++++
Automotive+/-+++/-+++---

Outlook and guidance

Demand for Q4 2018 compared to Q4 2017

The demand for SKF’s products and services is expected to be slightly higher for the Group, including higher demand for Industrial and slightly lower demand for Automotive. Demand is expected to be significantly higher in North America, higher in Asia, relatively unchanged in Europe and slightly higher in Latin America.

Guidance Q4 2018

  • Financial net: SEK -225 million
  • Currency impact on the operating profit is expected to be relatively unchanged compared with 2017, based on exchange rates per 30 September 2018

Guidance 2018

  • Tax level excluding effect related to divested businesses: around 28%
  • Additions to property, plant and equipment: around SEK 2,600 million. Previous guidance around SEK 2,400 million.

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SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2017 were SEK 77 938 million and the number of employees was 45 678. www.skf.com  

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