Highlights and key figures
After a strong second quarter, Krones raises full-year guidance for 2021
- The upward trend in Krones’ order intake continued in the second quarter.
In total between January and June 2021, the volume of orders increased by 40.3% to €2,044.3 million.
- Krones increased revenue in the first half of 2021 by 1.3% to €1,720.1 million. Second-quarter revenue was up 11.7% year on year, to €845.5 million.
- The first half of 2021 saw Krones significantly improve profitability. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) went up 16.2% to €137.7 million. The EBITDA margin was 8.0% in the reporting period (previous year: 7.0%).
- Based on the positive first-half trend, Krones is raising its full-year guidance for 2021. The company now expects revenue growth of 7% to 9% (previously 2.5% to 3.5%) and an EBITDA margin of 7% to 8% (previously 6.5% to 7.5%).
|1 Jan – 30 Jun
|1 Jan – 30 Jun
|Revenue||€ million||1,720.1||1,698.6||+ 1.3%|
|Order intake||€ million||2,044.3||1,457.3||+ 40.3%|
|Orders on hand at 30 June||€ million||1,535.5||1,133.4||+ 35.5%|
|EBITDA||€ million||137.7||118.5||+ 16.2%|
|EBITDA margin||%||8.0||7.0||+ 1.0 PP*|
|EBIT||€ million||71.6||33.2||+ 115.7%|
|EBT||€ million||75.7||31.8||+ 138.1%|
|EBT margin||%||4.4||1.9||+ 2.5 PP*|
|Consolidated net income||€ million||56.9||21.5||+ 164.7%|
|Earnings per share||€||1.80||0.68||–|
|Capital expenditure for PP&E and intangible assets||€ million||45.1||55.2||– €10.1 million|
|Free cash flow||€ million||35.4||– 64.8||+ €100.2 million|
|Net cash and cash equivalents at 30 june**||€ million||203.7||– 77.9||+ €281.6 million|
|Working capital to revenue ***||%||28.1||27.6||+ 0.5 PP*|
|Employees at 30 June|
|Outside Germany||6,332||6,484||– 152|
|1 Apr – 30 Jun
|1 Apr – 30 Jun
|Revenue||€ million||845.5||756.6||+ 11.7%|
|Order intake||€ million||975.5||616.2||+ 58.3 %|
|EBITDA||€ million||61.2||29.0||+ 111.0%|
|EBITDA margin||%||7.2||3.8||+ 3.4 PP*|
|EBIT||€ million||28.6||– 20.5||–|
|EBT||€ million||31.1||– 21.2||–|
|EBT margin||%||3.7||– 2.8||+ 6.5 PP*|
|Consolidated net income||€ million||24.1||– 17.6||–|
|Earnings per share||€||0.76||– 0.56||–|
|* Percentage points
** Cash and cash equivalents less debt
*** Average of last 4 quarters
Letter from the Executive Board
Dear shareholders and friends of Krones,
The economic recovery continued in the second quarter of 2021. An easing of the corona pandemic in industrialised countries contributed here, as well as major government support programmes in the USA, Europe and Asia. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects 6.0% growth for the world economy in 2021. This estimate had stood at 5.5% at the beginning of the year. In June, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) raised its forecast for the total value of plant and machinery produced in 2021. This is now expected to increase by 10% compared with the previous year rather than 7%.
Customers in the food and beverage sector, too, are once again more willing to invest. That is reflected in Krones’ rapidly growing order intake. At €2.04 billion in the first half of the year, this was around 40% higher than in the prior-year period. It should be noted with regard to the revenue performance that revenue in the first quarter of 2020 was hardly affected by the pandemic. As a result, revenue in the first half of 2021 was up only slightly year on year, gaining 1.3% to €1.72 billion. In the second quarter of 2021, revenue went up relative to the prior-year quarter by almost 12% to €846 million. Because the cost-cutting measures continue to take effect, Krones also improved profitability between January and June. As a result, the EBITDA margin increased from 7.0% in the previous year to 8.0% in the first half of 2021.
For the second half of the year, Krones likewise expects strong demand and stable production capacity utilisation. In view of this, we are raising our full-year guidance for 2021. For the Krones Group, based on current estimates, the Executive Board now expects full-year revenue growth of 7% to 9% in 2021 (previously 2.5% to 3.5%). Krones anticipates an EBITDA margin of 7% to 8% (previously 6.5% to 7.5%).
Despite the positive overall outlook, the entire Krones team will continue to systematically implement the measures taken in order to overcome the challenges ahead. In the short term, the main priority is to process the large order intake on time and to our customers’ satisfaction. Krones is also affected by international shortages in its supply chains. This is reflected in rising material and freight costs. As an internationally operating group, Krones is dependent on the global path of the Covid-19 pandemic. It should be noted here that there are regions where the Covid situation remains challenging.
In order not to undermine the positive effects we have gained through the cost-cutting measures, Krones will increase the prices of all bottling and packaging equipment and for process technology by 6% with effect from 1 August 2021.
The Executive Board is confident that the measures taken will enable Krones to strengthen its leading market position in the filling and packaging sector. That is the basis for us to use the growth opportunities that our market holds after the Covid era.
Report on expected developments
Krones raises full-year guidance for 2021
Overall, Krones’ markets have so far recovered faster than expected from the pandemic-related downturn. For the second half of the year, the company expects demand to stay strong and production capacity utilisation to remain stable. Based on the figures for the first half year and the good outlook for the third and fourth quarters of 2021, Krones is raising its full-year guidance for 2021.
For the Krones Group, the Executive Board now expects full-year revenue growth of 7% to 9% in 2021 (previously 2.5% to 3.5%). Krones anticipates an EBITDA margin of 7% to 8% (previously 6.5% to 7.5%). For the third performance target, working capital to revenue, the guidance remains unchanged at 26%
As an internationally operating group, Krones is dependent on the global path of the Covid-19 pandemic. It should be noted here that there are regions where the Covid situation remains challenging.
The guidance for 2021 is subject to the assumption that there will be no severe impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic, problems in supply chains or other general economic impacts.
|Guidance for 2021 February 2021||Updated guidance for 2021||H1 2021 actual|
|Revenue growth||2.5 to 3.5%||7 to 9%||1.3%|
|EBITDA margin||6.5 to 7.5%||7 to 8%||8.0%|
|Working capital to revenue||26 to 27%||26 to 27%||28.1%|