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2021-11-02

Metso Outotec Oyj: Metso Outotec's Interim Report for January-September 2021

Metso Outotec Corporation's stock exchange release on November 2, 2021, at 09:00 a.m. EET

Metso Outotec has prepared both illustrative and IFRS-based historical segment information for January-June 2020, prior to the merger of Metso Minerals and Outotec. The illustrative combined historical information is presented as a combination of Metso Minerals carve-out information and Outotec information, according to the Metso Outotec structure.

Figures in brackets refer to the corresponding period in 2020, unless otherwise stated.

Third-quarter 2021 in brief, IFRS

  • Strong market activity in all segments
  • Orders received more than doubled to EUR 1,649 million (EUR 809 million)
  • Sales grew by 7 percent to EUR 1,023 million (EUR 957 million)  
  • Adjusted EBITA improved to EUR 139 million, or 13.6% of sales (EUR 111 million, or 11.6%)
  • Operating profit improved to EUR 107 million, or 10.5% of sales (EUR 51 million, or 5.4%)

January-September 2021 in brief, IFRS (1-6/2020 illustrative combined)
 

  • Orders received grew by 44 percent to EUR 4,111 million (EUR 2,846 million)
  • Sales totaled EUR 2,958 million (EUR 2,920 million)  
  • Adjusted EBITA increased to EUR 384 million, or 13.0% of sales (EUR 345 million, or 11.8%)
  • Operating profit EUR 295 million, or 10.0% of sales (EUR 209 million, or 7.2%)
  • Earnings per share EUR 0.24
  • Cash flow from operations EUR 444 million
  • EUR 116 million annual run-rate of the Metso Outotec cost synergies achieved by the end of September

President and CEO Pekka Vauramo:

The market activity continued to be strong across our businesses during the third quarter, resulting in a record-high order intake. All three of our segments saw strong demand for our Planet Positive product portfolio, which is designed to help customers improve the sustainability of their operations. We also saw improvement in our aftermarket businesses, as customers' utilization rates remain high and a gradual easing of the pandemic-related restrictions support productivity investments, such as rebuilds and modernizations. The aggregates market saw normal seasonality compared to the second quarter, but the market activity during this low season has been higher compared to previous years. Our orders received totaled EUR 1,649 million, which is more than two times higher compared to the same quarter in 2020. The order growth was supported by large orders booked in the Minerals and Metals segments.

The Group's sales increased 7 percent during the quarter and totaled EUR 1,023 million. Sales grew slower than orders, due to our backlog consisting of more longer lead-time equipment orders and supply chain and logistics constraints. We continue to focus on mitigating these challenges and improving our delivery capabilities. Our quarterly result was good, and all our segments were able to improve their profitability, resulting in an increase of the Group's adjusted EBITA margin to 13.6%, compared to 11.6% a year ago. The improvement is largely thanks to realized synergies and actions related to our footprint and pricing. In addition to the adjusted EBITA, our cash flow from operations has been strong at EUR 172 million in the third quarter and EUR 444 million during the nine-months period.

The Metso Outotec integration continued to proceed ahead of plan. As of the end of September, we had achieved a run-rate of EUR 116 million in cost synergies, and we are confident that the target of EUR 120 million will be delivered by year-end. Revenue synergies have also been realizing at a good pace, with EUR 68 million booked so far as sales and an additional EUR 158 million in the backlog. Despite a couple of months remaining in 2021, I can say that we are very happy with the integration process since Day 1, and we aim to conclude the project at the end of the year. Going forward our focus will be on growth and customer success, while continuing internal improvements as part of the normal course of business.

We continue to make progress in sustainability, which is a strategic priority. The latest IPCC report calls for faster action to ensure that global warming is limited to 1.5°C. Accordingly, we have updated our target for reducing emissions in our own operations. Our updated target is to achieve a 50% reduction in our own CO\2\ emissions by 2024 and achieving net-zero by 2030. This compares to the previous target of a 50% reduction in own CO\2\ emissions by 2030. We are making good progress in cutting our emissions, as several of our sites have already switched to renewable energy and we are continuously taking actions and making investments to reduce energy use on our sites. Also central to our sustainability efforts is our Planet Positive product portfolio, consisting of about 100 products that are demonstrably more energy, carbon, or water efficient than the market standard, or help achieve other sustainability priorities for customers such as circularity. Demand for Planet Positive products has lately been growing faster than the market. We expect this growth to continue, and we aim to develop our portfolio to have a Planet Positive product offer for every part of the process.  

Covid-19 market update

Local and regional restrictions and lockdowns continue limiting access to customer sites; despite gradual easing of restrictions, there are still challenges related mainly to international travel. These are apt to slow down decision-making and overall cooperation with customers. Metso Outotec's own operations have been running without any significant disruptions.

Market outlook

According to its disclosure policy, Metso Outotec's market outlook describes the expected sequential development of market activity during the following six-month period using three categories: improve, remain at the current level, or decline.

Metso Outotec expects the market activity to remain at the current strong level, subject to the development of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Key figures (IFRS, except for 1-6/2020 illustrative combined)

EUR million IFRS Restated* Change Q1 Restated Change 2020
Q3/2021 Q3/2020 % -Q3/202 Q1 %
1 -Q3/2020
Orders 1,649 809 104 4,111 2,846 44 4,150
received
Orders 573 460 25 1,710 1,552 10 2,071
received by
services
business
% of orders 35 57 - 42 55 - 50
received
Order backlog - - - 3,496 2,049 - 2,366
Sales 1,023 957 7 2,958 2,920 1 3,897
Sales by 504 522 -3 1,497 1,533 -2 2,017
services
business
% of sales 49 54 - 51 53 - 52
Adjusted 139 111 25 384 345 11 448
EBITA
% of sales 13.6 11.6 - 13.0 11.8 - 11.5
Operating 107 51 108 295 209 41 253
profit
% of sales 10.5 5.4 - 10.0 7.2 - 6.5
Earnings per 0.09 0.03 250 0.24 - - 0.20
share,
continuing
operations,
EUR
(IFRS)
Cash flow 172 - - 444 - - 587
from
operations
(IFRS)
Gearing, % - - - 26.5 - - 39.2
(IFRS)
Personnel at - - - 15,558 - - 15,466
end of period

*Excluding Recycling business, which is classified as discontinued operations

Audiocast and conference call details

Metso Outotec's President and CEO Pekka Vauramo and CFO Eeva Sipilä will present the results in an audiocast and a conference call for analysts and investors on the same day at 13:00 p.m. EET.

The audiocast can be followedat the company's website (http://www.mogroup.com/investors/financials/interim-review). A recording and a transcript will be available at the same webpage after the event has finished.
Conference call participants are requested to dial in five minutes before the event on: 
United States: +1 631 913 1422 
other countries: +44 333 300 0804

The confirmation code for joining the conference call is 40871352#

Further information, please contact:  
Juha Rouhiainen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Outotec Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3253, email: juha.rouhiainen(a)mogroup.com (juha.rouhiainen@mogroup.com)  

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Metso Outotec is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. By improving our customers' energy and water efficiency, increasing their productivity, and reducing environmental risks with our product and process expertise, we are the partner for positive change. 

Metso Outotec is committed to limiting global warming to 1.5°C with Science Based Targets. We ranked 8th on the 2021 Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable companies.

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso Outotec employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries and its sales for 2020 were about EUR 3.9 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. mogroup.com (https://www.mogroup.com/), twitter.com/metsooutotec

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