SHANGHAI/WATTWIL,Switzerland — August 27, 2018 — Jenny Lu, CFO, said: “Following a highly successful 2017, which saw the definition of Saurer’s new corporate strategy, the group is entering a phase of organisational consolidation and slowing growth rates.
“Building on the exceptional growth seen in the previous financial year, we continue on our upward trajectory. Sales revenue has increased by 14 percent to 4,627 million renminbi and the group has achieved profits before tax of 564 million renminbi (+23.8 percent) with a profit margin of 12.2 percent.
“The strong financials are reflective of our new strategy. It positions us as an innovative solutions provider with a customer-centric focus that continues to yield strong results across key markets.
“China, for instance, delivered excellent growth of 55 percent. The new production facility in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, has supplied the first ten spinning machines, helping to meet the high level of demand. The group also inaugurated an original parts warehouse in the province. Being strategically positioned in this region, which is on the corridor connecting China to adjacent countries as part of the One Belt, One Road initiative, allows us to serve customers not just in the immediate vicinity but also in neighbouring markets.”
Saurer Group half-year overview
Net profit has increased to 409.8 million renminbi (+29.1 percent YoY) of which 363.1 million renminbi are attributable to equity holders in the company (+30.3 percent YoY). Earnings per share have dropped by 16.2 percent due to the additionally issued shares for last year’s listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Changes in cash and cash equivalents are mainly a consequence of the steadily increasing sales volume. This led to an increase in cash paid for goods and services as well as an increase in accounts receivable as advances from customers decrease. Additionally Saurer paid dividends to minority shareholders during the reporting period.
Two Chinese entities registered in Changzhou have been dormant without any activities since their establishment. The de-registration of these entities has led to the decrease of minority interest by 4.2 billion renminbi.
In line with Saurer’s strategy, the group has implemented a number of changes at organisational level. This includes the alignment of the organisational and legal structures. This way, Saurer’s regional centres are strengthened so that the group can serve its customers better in their own locations.
Returning to its roots, the group established the Saurer Technology Centre (STC) in its traditional home of Arbon, Switzerland. Two new business units, Sensors and Automation, will form a part of the STC. Working closely together with other departments in the group, Saurer’s R&D team will be a key driving force as the group develops innovations characteristic of Industry 4.0. Delivering on its strategy of innovation, the group has increased investment in R&D by +23 percent.
Saurer Spinning Solutions grew by 11 percent, the main drivers being pre-spinning and rotor spinning. As part of the group’s strategy to become a one-stop provider of the full bale-to-yarn product line, the pre-spinning segment was integrated into Spinning Solutions in January 2018. This product line experienced a substantial increase in demand, growing by 92 percent, an indication that Saurer is reaping rewards from this move. As a specialist in the manufacture of rotor spinning machines, the group continues to strengthen its position with regard to this technology, which has grown 26 percent.
At ITM Istanbul in April, Saurer launched the Zinser 72XL — this versatile ring and compact spinning machine is the world’s longest, with the ability to process nearly all fibre types and blends into a wide range of yarns, from fine to coarse. Customers can produce a large range of products, including fancy yarns, core yarns, dual-core yarns and technical yarns, on this machine. The feedback received by customers and visitors during the exhibition is very encouraging, with the group having received a sizeable number of orders.
The Saurer Technologies Segment experienced growth of 31 percent as demand for glass twisting machines continues to surge. The entrenchment of electro-mobility is a major contributor to the boom in demand for glass fibre. This material is also used in the manufacture of LCD screens and power circuit boards. Our customers in Asia, particularly in China, are working at full capacity to fulfil orders.
Saurer further established itself across six focus markets in Asia, winning a number of important orders during the first half of the year. Its strong presence at major industry events in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam no doubt played a role here. Vietnam (+145 percent) and Bangladesh (+109 percent), were the best performing countries in the first half of 2018. Uzbekistan, which has been one of Saurer’s major markets over the past five years, has been able to retain its high sales volumes. Some customer projects were newly categorised under the China region, resulting in a decline for the region ‘Asia (excl. China/India)’.
China and Turkey experienced substantial growth rates for the first half of 2018, +55 percent and +13 percent respectively year-on-year.
Taking advantage of favourable economic conditions in the US and Germany, the group has grown +73 percent and +52 percent respectively in these markets.
India is still facing challenging market circumstances. Factors such as the new Goods and Services Tax, embedded duties, demonetisation and high domestic cotton prices continue to have a substantial impact on a number of market players in this economy.
Despite rising geopolitical uncertainties in various parts of the world and rising raw material prices, the global textile market is growing, with above-average growth rates expected to continue in China.
Posted August 28, 2018
Source: Saurer Group