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2021-10-26

Valmet Oyj: Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - September 30, 2021: Orders received increased to EUR 1.1 billion and Comparable EBITA to EUR 107 million in the third quarter

Valmet's Interim Review January 1 - September 30, 2021: Orders received increased to EUR 1.1 billion and Comparable EBITA to EUR 107 million in the third quarter

Valmet Oyj's stock exchange release on October 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EEST

Figures in brackets, unless otherwise stated, refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period of the previous year.

July-September 2021: Comparable EBITA margin improved to 11.4 percent

  •          Orders received increased 58 percent to EUR 1,107 million (EUR 700 million).

-         Orders received increased in all business lines.

-         Orders received increased in Asia-Pacific, North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), remained at the previous year's level in South America, and decreased in China.

  •          Net sales increased 12 percent to EUR 935 million (EUR 832 million).

-         Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy, Paper and Services business lines, and remained at the previous year's level in the Automation business line.

  •          Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR107 million (EUR 91 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 11.4 percent (10.9%).

-         Comparable EBITA increased due to higher gross profit.

  •          Earnings per share were EUR 0.50 (EUR 0.38).

  •          Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR 0 million (EUR -3 million).

  •          Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 57 million (EUR 94 million).

January-September 2021: Orders received and Comparable EBITA increased

  •          Orders received increased 34 percent to EUR 3,647 million (EUR 2,712 million).

-         Orders received increased in all business lines.

-         Orders received increased in all areas.

  •          Net sales increased 6 percent to EUR 2,736 million (EUR 2,573 million).

-         Net sales increased in the Paper business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Services, and Pulp and Energy business lines, and decreased in the Automation business line.

  •          Comparable earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (Comparable EBITA) were EUR282 million (EUR 218 million), and the corresponding Comparable EBITA margin was 10.3 percent (8.5%).

-         Comparable EBITA increased due to higher gross profit.

  •          Earnings per share were EUR 1.31 (EUR 0.88).

  •          Items affecting comparability amounted to EUR 10 million (EUR -11 million).

  •          Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 385 million (EUR 418 million).

Guidance for 2021 unchanged

Valmet reiterates its guidance issued on April 16, 2021, in which Valmet estimates that net sales in 2021 will increase in comparison with 2020 (EUR 3,740 million) and Comparable EBITA in 2021 will increase in comparison with 2020 (EUR 365 million).

Short-term market outlook

Valmet estimates that the short-term market outlook for services has improved to good (previously good/satisfactory) and the short-term market outlook for tissue has decreased to satisfactory (previously good). Valmet reiterates the good short-term market outlook for automation, pulp, and board and paper and the weak short-term market outlook for energy.

President and CEO Pasi Laine: Order backlog amounted to EUR 4.2 billion

"Valmet's orders received increased to EUR 1.1 billion in the third quarter of 2021. Orders received increased in all business lines. In the stable business (Services and Automation business lines), orders received increased to EUR 451 million1. In the capital business (Paper, and Pulp and Energy business lines), orders received increased to EUR 681 million.

Our order backlog reached a record high of EUR 4.2 billion, which is EUR 942 million higher than at the end of 2020.

Net sales increased both in the stable and capital business and amounted to EUR 935 million. The Comparable EBITA increased as well, and the Comparable EBITA margin was 11.4 percent.

On September 22, Valmet's and Neles' Extraordinary General Meetings resolved to approve the merger of Valmet and Neles. The planned closing date of the merger is January 1, 2022.  The execution of the merger is still subject to obtaining the necessary merger control approvals by the relevant competition authorities, and therefore the planned closing date may still change."

1 Including Automation package sales to capital projects

Merger with Neles

On July 2, 2021, Valmet announced that the Boards of Directors of Valmet Oyj and Neles Corporation have signed a combination agreement and a merger plan to combine the two companies through a merger. Both companies held an Extraordinary General Meeting on September 22, 2021, and both EGMs approved the merger. The planned closing date of the merger is January 1, 2022. The planned closing date may be delayed due to the regulatory processes ongoing. Should the closing be delayed from January 1, 2022, Valmet will issue a stock exchange release on the matter and the prospectus will be supplemented once there is more clarity on the timetable of the regulatory processes. Until the completion of the merger Valmet and Neles will carry out their respective businesses as separate and independent companies.

Key figures1

EUR million Q3/202 Q3/202 Change Q1-Q3/ Q1-Q3/ Change
1 0
2021 2020
Orders received 1,107 700 58 % 3,647 2,712 34 %
Order backlog2 4,199 3,311 27 % 4,199 3,311 27 %
Net sales 935 832 12 % 2,736 2,573 6 %
Comparable 107 91 18 % 282 218 29 %
earnings before
interest,
taxes and
amortization
(Comparable
EBITA)
% of net sales 11.4 % 10.9 % 10.3 % 8.5 %
Earnings before 107 87 22 % 293 208 41 %
interest, taxes
and
amortization
(EBITA)
% of net sales 11.4 % 10.5 % 10.7 % 8.1 %
Operating profit 95 79 19 % 255 184 39 %
(EBIT)
% of net sales 10.1 % 9.5 % 9.3 % 7.1 %
Profit before 95 75 27 % 253 174 45 %
taxes
Profit for the 75 57 32 % 197 131 50 %
period
Earnings per 0.50 0.38 32 % 1.31 0.88 50 %
share, EUR
Earnings per 0.50 0.38 32 % 1.31 0.88 50 %
share, diluted,
EUR
Equity per share, 8.10 6.81 19 % 8.10 6.81 19 %
EUR2
Cash flow provided 57 94 -39 % 385 418 -8 %
by operating
activities
Cash flow after 19 -380 312 -100
investments
Return on equity 22 % 17 %
(ROE) (annualized)
Return on capital 21 % 17 %
employed (ROCE)
before taxes
(annualized)
Equity to assets 41 % 38 %
ratio2
Gearing2 -1 % 18 %

1   The calculation of key figures is presented on page 50.

2   At end of period.

Orders received, EUR million Q3/2021 Q3/2020 Change Q1-Q3/ Q1-Q3/ Change
2021 2020
Services 343 288 19 % 1,099 1,014 8 %
Automation 83 65 29 % 277 238 17 %
Pulp and Energy 150 52 >100% 937 643 46 %
Paper 531 295 80 % 1,334 818 63 %
Total 1,107 700 58 % 3,647 2,712 34 %

Order As at Sep30, 2021 As at Sep30, 2020 Change As at Jun30, 2021
backlog, EUR
million
Total 4,199 3,311 27 % 4,019

Net sales, EUR million Q3/2021 Q3/2020 Change Q1-Q3/ Q1-Q3/ Change
2021 2020
Services 324 307 5 % 951 924 3 %
Automation 76 72 5 % 206 218 -5 %
Pulp and Energy 260 211 23 % 729 717 2 %
Paper 276 242 14 % 849 713 19 %
Total 935 832 12 % 2,736 2,573 6 %

News conference and webcast for analysts, investors and media

Valmet will arrange a news conference in English as a live webcast at https://valmet.videosync.fi/2021-q3 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Finnish time (EEST). President and CEO Pasi Laine and CFO Kari Saarinen will be presenting the results. Recording of the webcast will be available shortly after the event at the same address.

It is possible to take part in the news conference through a conference call. Conference call participants are requested to dial in at least five minutes prior to the start of the conference at

Finland +358 981710310
United Kingdom +44 3333000804
France +33 170750711
Germany +49 6913803430
Norway +47 23500243
Sweden +46 856642651
United States +1 6319131422

The participants will be asked to provide the conference PIN: 94442099#.

All questions should be presented in English.

The event can also be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/valmetir.

Important notice

The merger of Valmet and Neles Corporation ("Neles") and the merger consideration securities have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the "U.S. Securities Act"), and may not be offered, sold or delivered within or into the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption of, or in a transaction not subject to, the U.S. Securities Act.

The information in this report is not directed to, or intended for distribution to or use by, any person or entity that is a citizen or resident of, or located in, any locality, state, country or other jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation or which would require any registration or licensing within such jurisdiction and it does not constitute an offer of or an invitation by or on behalf of, Valmet, or any other person, to purchase any securities.

Further information, please contact:

Pekka Rouhiainen, Director, Investor Relations, Valmet, tel. +358 10 672 0020

Kari Saarinen, CFO, Valmet, tel. +358 50 317 1830

VALMET

Kari Saarinen

CFO

Pekka Rouhiainen

Director, Investor Relations

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