The Hamburg based manufacturer of wind farms Nordex AG confirmed the preliminary data for 2015 reported in February. According to these figures, sales rose by around 40 per cent to EUR 2,430.1 million in 2015 (2014: 1,734.5 million). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) climbed by just under 62 per cent to EUR 126.2 million (2014: EUR 78.0 million). Accordingly, operating profit (EBIT) came within the forecast, while sales slightly exceeded the guidance range, which had been most recently adjusted upwards in November.
Outstanding Financial Results
Consolidated net profit rose by some 34 per cent to EUR 52.3 million (2014: EUR 39.0 million), translating into earnings per share of EUR 0.65 (2014: EUR 0.48). The net profit is affected by a high tax rate due to lost tax losses carried forward in context with the forthcoming change of the main shareholder. These negative tax effect has been fully taken into account in the 2015 annual statements. Thanks to the increased profit and the persistently low working capital ratio of -1.2 per cent (2014: -2.3 per cent), free cash flow widened by a further 5 per cent to EUR 94.6 million.
New Operating Records
Nordex also achieved new records in its operating indicators: in addition to order intake, which rose by 41 per cent to EUR 2,470.9 million (2014: EUR 1,753.9 million), the turbine assembly output of 1,899 MW (2014: 1,417 MW) and the installation output of 1,697 MW (2014: 1,489 MW) reached the highest levels ever in the company’s history of more than 30 years.
Acciona Merger in April
Following the merger with Acciona Windpower, for which antitrust clearance has recently been received, Nordex will be adding a new chapter to its history. The transaction is to be finalised both legally and commercially at the beginning of April. Based on the already published firm order backlog, Nordex and Acciona Windpower are jointly seeking sales of over EUR 3.4 billion and an EBITDA margin in excess of 7.5 per cent in 2016.
Increased Order Backlog
In addition to current demand, the outlook is also based on the increased order backlog for turbine engineering. The volume of firmly financed orders placed with Nordex increased by 14 per cent to EUR 1,668.0 million on the reporting date (31 December 2014: 1,461.6 million). This will be supplemented by the company’s own service business and, from the second quarter, Acciona Windpower’s activities. According to the Acciona Group, order backlog stands at 1,140 MW as of 31 December 2015.
Further International Growth
“We started 2016 backed by a good order book and continue to observe strong demand in our focus markets such as Germany, France and Turkey. Looking forward, Acciona Windpower markets, e.g. India and Mexico, will also be contributing to our growth. In addition, we will be benefiting to a greater extent from the renewal of the production tax credits in the United States”, says Chief Executive Officer Lars Bondo Krogsgaard.
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