Saab presents year-end report 2014

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Statement by the president and CEO, Hakan Buskhe: “2014 brought both challenges and significant success for Saab. It was a year when the company continued to build for the future. Thanks to a long-term strategy and focus on efficiency, the company is well positioned. Defence budgets, which have declined in the United States and Western Europe during the past couple of years, are expected to increase in the coming years. Meanwhile, the turnaround is expected to be slow and does not have any short-term impact on Saab.”

Platform for future growth

In 2014, an agreement was reached with Brazil regarding development and production of 36 Gripen NG. This, together with Sweden’s order for 60 Gripen in 2013, makes Saab one of few aircraft manufacturers that are developing a new generation of fighters. This has strengthened Gripen’s position in the global market. The acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Saab Kockums) in July gives Saab the ability to develop, produce and deliver military solutions for land, air and sea.

Saab continues to invest in research and development to ensure long-term growth. In 2014, total investments in research and development amounted to approximately 25% of sales. A number of new products with significant potential were launched during the year; a new generation of the weapon system Carl-Gustaf and five new surface radars for land and sea. Additional investments were made in the development of trainers for the coming T-X procurement process in the United States.

Strong order backlog, challenging market

At year-end, the order backlog was in line with 2013. Increased competition and prolonged decision-making processes had a negative impact on order bookings in 2014, especially within the business areas Dynamics and Electronic Defence Systems. Order bookings in 2014 amounted to MSEK 22 602 (49 809). During 2013, development orders for Gripen E amounting to SEK 29.8 billion were received.

Sales amounted to MSEK 23 527 (23 750) with an organic sales decline of -3%, during 2014. A lower level of activity was seen especially within Dynamics, where market conditions have been challenging in recent years. This was compensated by growth within the business area Security and Defence Solutions, partly due to the acquisition of Saab Kockums.

Reported operating income amounted to MSEK 1 659 (1 345) with an operating margin of 7.1% (5.7).

Completed efficiency measures

The efforts to constantly improve operations and make them more efficient continue. The efficiency measures announced in 2013 were completed, and the target of improving efficiency by approximately MSEK 500 was reached in 2014. This has predominantly been achieved by capacity adjustments and by reducing the total number of FTEs and external consultants by approximately 950 since the beginning of 2013, excluding the acquisition of Saab Kockums and the deconsolidation of Saab Grintek Technologies in South Africa. The efficiencies have enabled additional room for investments primarily in development and marketing activities during the year.

Saab had a strong operational cash flow in the fourth quarter and came close to reaching its ambition of positive cash flow for the second half of the year. The operational cash flow for 2014, however, amounted to MSEK -1 197 (-639), as a result of timing differences in deliveries and milestone payments. During the fourth quarter, the operational cash flow amounted to MSEK 753 (548).

Earnings per share after dilution amounted to SEK 10.78 (6.79).

The board proposes a dividend for 2014 of SEK 4.75 (4.50) per share.

Outlook statement 2015

* In 2015, Saab estimates sales to increase more than Saab’s long-term goal: annual organic sales growth of 5%.
* The operating margin 2015 excluding material non-recurring items is expected to be in line with the operating margin in 2014. In 2015, increased internally funded research and development efforts within Aeronautics will have a negative impact on the operating margin.

Financial highlights

MSEK

Full Year 2014

Full Year 2013

Change, %

Q4 2014

Q4 2013

Order bookings

22,602

49,809

-55

12,403

24,780

Order backlog

60,128

59,870

   

Sales

23,527

23,750

-1

7,425

7,279

Gross income

6,077

6,328

-4

1,851

1,853

Gross margin, %

25.8

26.6

 

24.9

25.5

EBITDA

2,523

2,367

7

987

810

EBITDA margin, %

10.7

10.0

 

13.3

11.1

Operating income (EBIT)

1,659

1,345

23

758

534

Operating margin, %

7.1

5.7

 

10.2

7.3

Net income

1,168

742

57

586

287

Earnings per share before dilution, SEK

10.86

6.98

 

5.49

2.64

Earnings per share after dilution, SEK

10.78

6.79

 

5.45

2.57

Return on equity, %*

9.9

6.3

     

Free cash flow **

-1,094

-1,460

 

1,006

553

Free cash flow per share after dilution, SEK

-10.23

-13.38

 

9.47

5.07

* The return on equity is measured over a rolling 12-month period.

         

** As of 1 January 2014, free cash flow is reported for the Group. It was previously named operating cash flow.

         

Comparative numbers for 2013 have been restated according to the changed accounting principles for joint arrangements (IFRS 11). See note 13. Where applicable, comparative numbers for 2013 and for 2014 for some business areas have been restated following organisational and structural changes, see notes 14 and 15. The latter has no impact on the Group as a whole.

         

Press and analyst meeting

Saab hosted a press and analyst meeting, where CEO Håkan Buskhe and CFO Magnus Örnberg presented the 2014 year-end results, yesterday.

The interim report, the presentation material and the Webcast will be available on http://www.saabgroup.com/en/InvestorRelations.



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