- Slight year-on-year growth in sales of 2.8 percent
- Significant increase in EBIT of € 3.3 million
- Further reduction in net debt
Waldenburg, May 9, 2019 – R. STAHL, leading supplier of products and systems for explosion protection, today publishes figures for the first quarter 2019.
R. STAHL achieved a slight year-on-year increase in sales revenue and a noticeable improvement in earnings in the first quarter of 2019.
"Our expectations of moderate market growth in the first three months of 2019 were confirmed,” stated the R. STAHL’s CEO, Dr. Mathias Hallmann. “Our efficiency enhancement programme is running according to plan, as shown by our earnings and financial position,” added Dr. Hallmann.
Compared to the previous year, sales rose by 2.8 percent to € 67.5 million in the reporting period (Q1 2018: € 65.7 million). Whereas sales in Germany and the Central region – comprising Africa and Europe – were on a par with the previous year at € 16.2 million (Q1 2018: € 16.0 million) and € 29.5 million (Q1 2018: € 30.5 million), respectively, there was encouraging growth in the Americas and Asia regions to € 7.6 million (Q1 2018: € 6.5 million) and € 14.2 million (Q1 2018: € 12.7 million), respectively.
Sales growth and productivity gains resulted in a very strong increase in EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) to € 1.0 million (Q1 2018: € -2.3 million). Earnings before taxes of € 0.1 million (Q1 2018: € -3.5 million) were also greatly improved.
As of 31 March 2019, net debt was further reduced to € 2.6 million. At the end of the reporting period, the net debt ratio (net debt/EBITDA) amounted to 0.4. Free cash flow improved strongly to € 4.9 million (Q1 2018: € -4.9 million).
“We are closely monitoring the current geopolitical trends and trade conflicts. This could well lead to subdued market sentiment in individual sectors and it remains a challenging year,” stated CFO Volker Walprecht.
Investors’ and analysts’ conference call of R. STAHL AG for Q1 2019
The Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mathias Hallmann, and the Chief Financial Officer of R. STAHL AG, Volker Walprecht, will explain the results of Q1 2019 during an investors’ and analysts’ conference call at 10 am today and subsequently be available for questions and discussions. The investors’ and analysts’ conference call will be held in English.
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Financial calendar 2019
13 - 15 May Spring Conference, Frankfurt
7 June 26th Annual General Meeting, Künzelsau-Gaisbach
8 August Interim Report Q2 2019
7 November Interim Report Q3 2019
25 – 27 November EKF Deutsches Eigenkapitalforum, Frankfurt
About R. STAHL –www.r-stahl.com
R. STAHL is the world's leading supplier of electrical and electronic products and systems for explosion protection. These products and systems prevent explosions in hazardous areas and contribute to the safety of people, machines and the environment. The portfolio ranges from products used in switching/distributing, installing, operating/monitoring, lighting and signalling/alarming up to automation. Typical customers operate in growth industries, such as the oil & gas industry, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and the food industry. In 2018, sales amounting to around € 280 million were generated by 1,690 employees.
The shares of R. STAHL AG are traded on the Regulated Market/Prime Standard of Deutsche Boerse (ISIN DE000A1PHBB5).
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