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2021-10-28

Konecranes Oyj: Konecranes Plc: Interim report January-September 2021

KONECRANES PLC INTERIM REPORT JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2021 OCTOBER 28, 2021 8:30 am EEST

Konecranes Plc: Interim report January-September 2021

Q3: strong performance and execution continued

This release is a summary of Konecranes Plc's Interim report January-September 2021. The complete report is attached to this release in pdf format and is also available on Konecranes' website at www.konecranes.com.

The figures presented in this report are unaudited. Figures in brackets, unless otherwise stated, refer to the same period a year earlier.

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

- Order intake EUR 713.7 million (565.5), +26.2 percent (+25.1 percent on a comparable currency basis), driven by order intake increases in all three Business Areas
- Service annual agreement base value increased 2.8 percent (+1.5 percent on a comparable currency basis) to EUR 286.7 million (278.8). Service order intake was EUR 257.9 million (218.9), +17.8 percent (+16.8 percent on a comparable currency basis)
- Order book EUR 1,997.4 million (1,742.8) at the end of September, +14.6 percent (+13.3 percent on a comparable currency basis)
- Sales EUR 773.6 million (767.9), +0.7 percent (+0.1 percent on a comparable currency basis), sales increased in Business Areas Service and Port Solutions but decreased in Industrial Equipment
- Adjusted EBITA margin 10.0 percent (10.4) and adjusted EBITA EUR 77.4 million (80.1); the decrease was mainly driven by temporary personnel cost savings in the comparison period
- Operating profit EUR 49.9 million (40.3), 6.4 percent of sales (5.2), restructuring and merger related costs totaled EUR 19.4 million (30.9)
- Earnings per share (diluted) EUR 0.40 (0.33)
- Free cash flow EUR 39.0 million (81.4)

JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

- Order intake EUR 2,283.2 million (1,884.0), +21.2 percent (+22.8 percent on a comparable currency basis)
- Service order intake EUR 770.6 million (694.1), +11.0 percent (+13.4 percent on a comparable currency basis)
- Sales EUR 2,236.8 million (2,242.1), -0.2 percent (+1.1 percent on a comparable currency basis)
- Adjusted EBITA margin 8.9 percent (7.1) and adjusted EBITA EUR 199.0 million (158.7); the adjusted EBITA margin improved in all three Business Areas
- Operating profit EUR 134.0 million (90.8), 6.0 percent of sales (4.0), restructuring and merger related costs totaled EUR 40.1 million (41.0)
- Earnings per share (diluted) EUR 0.99 (0.85)
- Free cash flow EUR 72.0 million (188.9)
- Net debt EUR 592.8 million (742.7) and gearing 46.7 percent (61.5)

FOURTH QUARTER DEMAND OUTLOOK

The worldwide demand picture remains subject to volatility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Europe and North America, the demand environment within the industrial customer segments continues stable. In Asia-Pacific, the demand environment remains below the pre-COVID-19 level outside China.

Global container throughput continues to be at a record high, and long-term prospects related to global container handling remain good overall.

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

Konecranes expects net sales to increase in full-year 2021 compared to 2020. Konecranes expects the full-year 2021 adjusted EBITA margin to improve from 2020.

KEY FIGURES

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Third January -
quarter September
7-9/ 7-9/ Change% 1-9/ 1-9/ Change% R12M 1-12/
2021 2020 2021 2020   2020
Orders 713.7 565.5 26.2 2,283.2 1,884.0 21.2 3,126.5 2,727.3
received,
MEUR
Order book 1,997.4 1,742.8 14.6 1,715.5
at end of
period,
MEUR
Sales 773.6 767.9 0.7 2,236.8 2,242.1 -0.2 3,173.6 3,178.9
total, MEUR
Adjusted 98.6 103.2 -4.5 264.1 232.2 13.7 388.6 356.7
EBITDA,
MEUR
[1]
Adjusted 12.7% 13.4% 11.8% 10.4% 12.2% 11.2%
EBITDA, %
[1]
Adjusted 77.4 80.1 -3.4 199.0 158.7 25.4 301.1 260.8
EBITA, MEUR
[2]
Adjusted 10.0% 10.4% 8.9% 7.1% 9.5% 8.2%
EBITA, %
[2]
Adjusted 69.2 71.2 -2.7 174.1 131.8 32.1    224.9
operating 267.1
profit,
MEUR [1]
Adjusted 9.0% 9.3% 7.8% 5.9% 8.4% 7.1%
operating
margin, %
[1]
Operating 49.9 40.3 23.7 134.0 90.8 47.6    173.8
profit, 217.0
MEUR
Operating 6.4% 5.2% 6.0% 4.0% 6.8% 5.5%
margin, %
Profit 43.1 35.6 21.1 110.9 94.1 17.9 187.1 170.3
before
taxes,
MEUR
Net profit 31.4 25.9 21.2 78.2 67.7 15.4 133.3 122.9
for the
period,
MEUR
Earnings 0.40 0.33 21.6 0.99 0.85 15.4 1.68 1.54
per share,
basic, EUR
Earnings 0.40 0.33 21.6 0.99 0.85 15.4 1.68 1.54
per share,
diluted,
EUR
Interest 46.7% 61.5% 46.1%
-bearing
net
debt /
Equity, %
Net debt / 1.5 2.2 1.6
Adjusted
EBITDA,
R12M [1]
Return on 9.3% 8.3%
capital
employed, %
Adjusted 13.1% 11.1%
return on
capital
employed, %
[3]
Free cash 39.0 81.4 72.0 188.9 249.2 366.1
flow, MEUR
Average 16,638  17,068 -2.5  17,027
number of
personnel
during the
period

1) Excluding adjustments, see also note 10 in the summary financial statements
2) Excluding adjustments and purchase price allocation amortization, see also note 10 in the summary financial statements
3) ROCE excluding adjustments, see also note 10 in the summary financial statements

PRESIDENT AND CEO ROB SMITH:

Konecranes delivered an impressively resilient result in Q3. We worked hard to mitigate the impact of global component availability issues and reported an adjusted EBITA margin of 10.0% - our second highest Q3 profitability ever. Thanks to our record-high order book and the continued strong commitment and performance across our whole organization, I am confident in our plans in place to deliver the sales and adjusted EBITA margin growth we expect for full-year 2021.

In Q3, overall market sentiment continued to be good and similar to the previous quarter, although COVID-19 related market volatility is not over. Year-on-year, Konecranes' Q3 order intake grew 25.1% in comparable currencies, reflecting the impact on last year's Q3 of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns. Once again, we saw good order intake in our short-cycle products.

Component availability, customer delays and other supply chain constraints continued to affect our sales in Q3, with a quarterly impact of approximately EUR 60 million. As a result, our Q3 sales increased only marginally year-on-year. Due to our strong year-to-date order intake and sales delays, our order book broke a new record of EUR 1,997.4 million at the end of September.

Our Q3 adjusted EBITA margin was 10.0%, which is an excellent achievement given global component and other supply chain issues and the disruptions the pandemic is still causing in many countries. We ended 0.4 percentage points behind last year's record-high Q3 adjusted EBITA margin mainly due to temporary factors that had a positive impact on our personnel expenses a year-ago.

As for our Q3 performance by each business, Service order intake improved by 16.8% year-on-year in comparable currencies, and orders grew in all three regions. Although component shortages and logistics delays impacted Service sales, the adjusted EBITA margin was 18.9%, an all-time high for Q3. The agreement base value grew by 1.5% from the previous year in comparable currencies, continuing to demonstrate the resiliency of our Service growth engine during the pandemic.

Industrial Equipment's external order intake grew by 32.1% in comparable currencies. Net sales continued to be impacted by customer delays and supply chain constraints, and as a result, Industrial Equipment's adjusted EBITA margin was 4.4%, 0.6 percentage points behind the previous year. We continued to make good progress with our strategic initiatives.

In Port Solutions activity remained high within ports, but after three straight quarters of exceptionally strong cumulative orders, the lumpy nature of our project business and timing of customers' decision-making led to lower Q3 orders in comparison to the previous quarters. Overall, in our view, the long-term prospects related to container handling orders remain good. Despite the generally good sales execution in Port Solutions, mobile equipment sales were impacted by component shortages, and as a result, Port Solutions' adjusted EBITA margin totaled 6.3% and was behind last year.

We have updated our demand outlook for Q4 to reflect the current market sentiment, and we reiterate our full-year guidance for 2021 despite the supply chain challenges that have impacted us since the beginning of this year. We expect our net sales to increase in full-year 2021 compared to 2020 and our full-year adjusted EBITA margin to improve from 2020. As for the component availability issues, customer delays and other supply chain constraints, we expect them to continue in Q4 and into 2022. Building upon our successful MHE-Demag and MHPS integrations, and to enhance customer focus and drive further efficiencies, we plan to assess even closer collaboration between our Service and Industrial Equipment Business Areas.

Our announced merger with Cargotec is progressing well - merger control filings and integration planning teams are making good headway. In August, Konecranes and Cargotec received an unconditional approval for the planned merger from the State Administration for Market Regulation, the competition authority in China. Over the summer, several competition authorities, including the European Commission, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the US Department of Justice opened phase II reviews of the merger. The dialogue and cooperation with all relevant competition authorities continues to be good, and Konecranes and Cargotec are actively working on addressing concerns raised by some competition authorities and considering ways to mitigate some of these concerns. We are confident that the merger will be completed by the end of H1 2022, and until all merger closing conditions are met and the deal is completed, both companies continue to operate fully separately and independently.

Q4 will be my last quarter as the President and CEO of Konecranes, and I am fully committed to Konecranes continuing its exciting track record of outstanding performance for our customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders. When I joined the company, I said Konecranes was a great company with an impressive heritage, exceptional qualities, and talented people, and I stand behind those words. I am proud of all the progress and the achievements Konecranes has made and will continue to make, and the company has a bright and promising future. Together with Cargotec, Konecranes will create a global leader in sustainable material flow.

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