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Kitron: Q4 2015 - Improved profitability, strong cash flow

016-02-11) Kitron ASA today reported the seventh consecutive quarter of
improved profits, accompanied by revenue growth, very strong operational cash
flow and a proposed dividend increase.

Kitron's revenues in the fourth quarter amounted to NOK 525 million, an
increase from 476 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Operating profit
(EBIT) was NOK 33.6 million, compared to 14.3 million last year.

Net profit amounted to NOK 22.6 million, an improvement from 17.3 million.
Operating cash flow was NOK 87.8 million, compared to 12.9 million in the
fourth quarter of 2014.

The order backlog was NOK 976 million, an increase of 12 per cent compared to
the same time last year.

Kitron will host a Capital Markets Day later today, at which the underlying
business improvements will be described in more detail. See separate stock
exchange notice for highlights. The event will be webcast, and the
presentation material will be made available at and Kitron's web

The Board of Directors of Kitron ASA has decided to propose a dividend of NOK
0.21 per share for 2015 to be resolved at the Annual General Meeting. Last
year the dividend was NOK 0.05.

The board has also modified the dividend policy. Kitron will pay an annual
dividend of 30 to 60 per cent of the company's ordinary net profit after tax.
The range is increased from 30 to 50 per cent. The adjustment is based on a
fundamental strengthening of Kitron's business, with improved profitability
and successful programs to improve the working capital.

Peter Nilsson, Kitron's CEO, comments:

"In the fourth quarter we continued to strengthen revenue, profit and orders.
Also, the actions we have taken to improve operating cash flow have paid off,
and I am very pleased that Kitron is now able to pay our shareholders a very
competitive dividend."

Continued profitability improvement

Profitability expressed as EBIT as a percentage of revenue was 6.4 per cent
for the quarter, up from 3.0 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014. The
substantially improved results are a consequence of increased revenue,
improved product mix and increased service sales, both from development and
engineering. In general, there is a stronger demand for technical services
than last year.

Strong overall revenue growth

Revenue in the market sector Defence/Aerospace increased by 16.2 per cent in
the fourth quarter, driven by rollout of military communications equipment
orders announced in the previous quarter. Medical equipment increased by 9.5
per cent driven by announced contracts and increased demand from existing
customers. Energy/Telecoms was ere up 28.3 per cent, driven by growth in
North America for existing customers. Offshore/Marine was down 27.3 per cent
compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 due to a very weak market, as
previously noted.

Strengthened order backlog

The increased order backlog came despite a marked reduction within the
Offshore/Marine sector.
Of particular strategic importance, Kitron in the fourth quarter signed an
agreement with a global energy company. The company is headquartered in the
US, and Kitron will deliver prototypes and serial manufacturing for a
specific product family of power controllers. The agreement is valid for
three years with an option of a one-year extension. The agreement is
estimated to be worth NOK 100 million for Kitron.

Significantly improved operational cash flow

The strong improvement in operational cash flow is caused by a combination of
improved profitability and reduced working capital. In the quarter, net
working capital was reduced by NOK 33.7 million.

Full year improvement

Full year revenue of NOK 1 952 million gave an overall revenue growth of 11
per cent for the year. Operating profit for the year ended at NOK 102.7
million, compared to 30.0 million in 2014, resulting in an EBIT margin of 5.3
per cent for the year, up from 1.7 per cent in 2014.

Facility upgrades and relocations in Sweden and Norway

Kitron has decided to relocate the Swedish operations to a facility that will
be built for Kitron in Torsvik, not far from the current facility in
Jönköping. Kitron will lease the new facility, and the move is expected to
take place in late 2016. The relocation of the Norwegian facility in Arendal,
from Hisøy to Kilsund is performed according to plan and budget. The first
production in Kilsund started up in the beginning of January.


For 2016, Kitron expects revenue of NOK 2,050 to 2,250 million and an EBIT
margin of 5.3 to 6.3 per cent. The growth is driven by increased demand in
the Industry and Defence/Aerospace sectors. The profitability increase is
driven by cost reduction activities and improved efficiency.

Enclosed in PDF are the quarterly report and the presentation.

The interim report is presented today at 8:30 a.m. CET at Felix
Konferansesenter (Felix Conference Centre), Bryggetorget 3, 0250 Oslo,

The presentation will be given in English by CEO Peter Nilsson and CFO Cathrin
Nylander, and will be distributed through webcast at the same time at the
following link:

For further information, please contact:

Peter Nilsson, CEO, Tel: +47 948 40 850
Cathrin Nylander, CFO, Tel: +47 900 43 284

is one of Scandinavia's leading electronics manufacturing services companies
for the Defence/Aerospace, Energy/Telecoms, Industry, Medical equipment and
Offshore/Marine sectors. The company is located in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania,
Germany, China and the United States. Kitron had revenues of about NOK 1.95
billion in 2015 and has about 1 200

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section
5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Kitron Presentation Q4 2015
Kitron Report Q4 2015


This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Kitron ASA via Globenewswire


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