EANS-News: Palfinger AG / PALFINGER results for Q1-Q3/2020: Stability despite difficult circumstances CNE

Friday, 30. October 2020 08:07
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Corporate news transmitted by euro adhoc with the aim of a Europe-wide
  distribution. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Quarterly Report

Bergheim -

* Group revenue despite COVID-19 at EUR 1,102.4 million
* EBIT in Q3 at a good level of EUR 31.8 million,
  EBIT of EUR 70.6 million for the first three quarters
* Net financial debt (NFD) at lowest level since Q1/2016
* Annual revenue targeted for 2020 to exceed EUR 1.5 billion,
  EBIT target of EUR 100 million

 ______________________________________________________________________________
|in_EUR_millions___|_________Q1-Q3/2019|_________Q1-Q3/2020|__________________%|
|Revenue___________|____________1,300.6|____________1,102.4|_____________-15.2%|
|EBITDA____________|______________175.1|______________140.3|_____________-19.9%|
|EBITDA_margin_in_%|______________13.5%|______________12.7%|__________________-|
|EBIT______________|______________119.3|_______________70.6|_____________-40.8%|
|EBIT_margin_in_%__|_______________9.2%|_______________6.4%|__________________-|
|Consolidated net  |               63.6|               31.8|             -50.0%|
|result____________|___________________|___________________|___________________|
|Employees_________|_____________11_055|_____________10_841|__________________-|


Following a massive slump in the global economy during the first half of 2020,
recovery in the 3rd quarter had a positive effect on PALFINGER AG's revenue and
earnings development. Especially in Europe, Russia, China and Latin America, in
the 3rd quarter, markets stabilized and contributed to solid profitability.
Order levels are currently nearly at the same level as at the end of 2019 and
look promising into the coming year.

"PALFINGER has handled the first phase of the crisis well and has demonstrated a
high degree of stability. In this regard, I want to particularly acknowledge the
achievements of our employees. Furthermore, we are pushing ahead the
transformation process to continue our path of success in this changing market
environment," emphasizes PALFINGER CEO Andreas Klauser.
The measures taken to optimize liquidity, initiated back in March, are having a
positive effect: net financial debt (NFD) has reached EUR 459.0 million, the
lowest level since Q1/2016, liquidity reserves were significantly increased and
inventories as well as receivables optimized. Free cash flow increased from EUR
56.1 million in the comparable period to EUR 96.3 million.

With its PALFINGER World Tour - a virtual event with the tagline "Challenge
Accepted" - PALFINGER has intensified its contact with customers and partners
worldwide. This online three-day event in October saw experts discuss challenges
live as well as present current and future solutions. Guests representing 175
nations from Europe, Russia and Asia participated interactively. In 2021 the
PALFINGER World Tour will be continued as a platform for exchange and
cooperation. Andreas Klauser: "We work together with our customers and business
partners to develop innovative solutions fast and flexible. Together we create
values."

Key Financials
Revenue of PALFINGER AG amounted to EUR 1,102.4 million in the first three
quarters of 2020 against EUR 1,300.6 million for the same period in 2019. This
represents a drop of EUR 198.2 million, or 15.2%.
EBITDA fell by 19.9% to EUR 140.3 million compared to the first three quarters
of 2019. By the end of the 3rd quarter of 2019, operating income (EBIT) had
reached EUR 119.3 million, but that figure has now fallen to EUR 70.6 million.
At EUR 459.0 million, net debt is at its lowest level since Q1/2016.
Non-current liabilities sunk from EUR 575.5 million during the same period in
2019 to EUR 556.3 million. Current liabilities fell from EUR 476.0 million
during the same period in the previous year to EUR 392.0 million. Equity ratio
increased from 37.1% in the corresponding period of the previous year to 39.0%.
The consolidated net result amounts to EUR 31.8 million compared to EUR 63.6
million as of September 30, 2019.

Outlook
Despite PALFINGER's solid position, Klauser sees considerable future factors of
uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which might cause further lockdowns:
"We assume that the economic effects of the crisis will also dominate 2021." For
2020, management is aiming for revenue of over EUR 1.5 billion and an EBIT of
EUR 100 million. The financial targets - EUR 2.0 billion revenue through organic
growth, 10 percent average EBIT margin and 10 percent average ROCE over the
economic cycle - remain the same but have been postponed by two years to 2024.

+++
ABOUT PALFINGER AG
The international mechanical engineering firm of PALFINGER is the global leader
for innovative crane and lifting solutions. With a workforce of approximately
11,000, 33 manufacturing sites and a worldwide network of dealerships and
maintenance centers at over 5,000 locations, PALFINGER is always close to the
customer.

As the leader in its engineering field, the company aims to ensure its partners'
business success in the long term by providing solutions and products that
remain economically and ecologically viable in the future. Its broad product and
model portfolio allows PALFINGER to take digitalization and the deployment of
artificial intelligence to new levels.

As a global company with strong roots in its home region, PALFINGER is convinced
that thinking and acting in the interests of sustainability plays a vital role
in successful business operations. This is why the company assumes social,
ecological and economic responsibility along the entire value chain.

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999 and in 2019
achieved record revenue of EUR 1.75 billion.

Texts and accompanying images are available in the "News" section of
www.palfinger.ag [], www.palfinger.com [].

Further inquiry note:
Hannes Roither | Company Spokesperson | PALFINGER AG 
T +43 662 2281-81100 | h.roither@palfinger.com

end of announcement                         euro adhoc
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

issuer:       Palfinger AG
              Lamprechtshausener Bundesstraße 8
              A-5020 Salzburg
phone:        0662/2281-81101
FAX:          0662/2281-81070
mail:         ir@palfinger.com
WWW:          www.palfinger.ag
ISIN:         AT0000758305
indexes:      
stockmarkets: Wien
language:     English

EAX0001    2020-10-30/08:07

Related Links: PALFINGER AG
Author:
Ad-hoc-Mitteilung übermittelt durch euro adhoc.
Für den Inhalt ist der Emittent verantwortlich.