DEUTZ AG: Significant decline in business performance in the first half of 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis

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  • Measures under the Transform
    for Growth efficiency program defined and initiated – annual cost savings
    of around €100 million expected from 2022
  • Group guidance for 2020 remains under review;
    medium-term targets confirmed
  • Revenue target for China in 2022 raised to €800 million[1]

 

DEUTZ Group: overview of key figures


million

H1 2020

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Change

Q2 2020

Change

New
orders

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623.6

-34.6%

266.9

-39.2%

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Unit
sales (units)

73,859

-27.3%

33,790

-37.3%

Revenue

620.0

-33.3%

280.2

-41.3%

EBIT

-49.9

<-100%

-38.1

<-100%

EBIT
before exceptional items

-49.9

<-100%

-38.1

<-100%

EBIT
margin

-8.0

-13.6

EBIT
margin before exceptional items (%)

-8.0

-13.6

Net
income

-52.3

<-100%

-42.3

<-100%

Net
income before exceptional items

-52.3

<-100%

-42.3

<-100%

Earnings
per share (€)

-0.43

<-100%

-0.35

<-100%

Earnings
per share before exceptional items (€)

-0.43

<-100%

-0.35

<-100%

Equity
ratio (%)

48.5

48.5

Cash
flow from operating activities

-43.7

<-100%

-31.8

<-100%

Free
cash flow

-85.7

-85.5%

-50.2

<+100%

Net
financial position (at Jun. 30)

-117.8

<-100%

-117.8

<-100%

Employees
(number as at Jun. 30)

4,673

-3.9%

4,673

-3.9%

 

COLOGNE, GERMANY – EQS
Newswire – 11 August 2020 – DEUTZ, a leading global
manufacturer of innovative drive systems, registered a significant overall
decline in business performance in the first half of 2020 as a result of the
coronavirus crisis. Demand slumped due to customers continuing to sell the
inventories of engines they had built up before new emissions standards came
into force, which had already led to a low level of orders on hand at the end
of 2019, and due to the macroeconomic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in what
was already a challenging market environment. Furthermore, business operations
were significantly disrupted in the second quarter as a result of a temporary
production shutdown and the introduction of short-time working.

 

“The adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy
and thus on our engine business cannot be ignored. At present, nobody can
predict how the coronavirus crisis will continue to unfold. However, it is
clear that the entire DEUTZ team will do everything they can to ensure that we
emerge stronger from the crisis. Despite the current situation, we believe we
are on the right track to be able to achieve our medium-term targets,”
said DEUTZ CEO Dr. Frank Hiller. Commenting on the Transform for Growth
efficiency program launched at the start of this year, he added: “To be
competitive in the long term and ensure the Company stays on course for
success, it is vital that we regularly review our processes and structures. We
have done this and we expect implementation of the resulting action plan to
generate annual cost savings totaling around €100 million from the end of
2022.”

 

Sharp decline in sales figures as a result of the coronavirus crisis

 

In the period under review, the new orders received by DEUTZ fell by
34.6 percent year on year to €623.6 million. This was due not only to the sharp
drop in new orders triggered by the coronavirus crisis but also to the high
level of new orders in the prior-year period as a result of customers building
up their inventories of engines before new emissions standards came into force.
Customers then sold these engines, putting a further strain on the business.

 

The Construction Equipment, Material Handling, Agricultural Machinery, and
Stationary Equipment application segments recorded double-digit percentage
reductions in new orders. By contrast, the Miscellaneous application segment
and the service business notched up further increases of 16.4 percent and 0.8
percent respectively. The sharp rise in the Miscellaneous application segment
was primarily due to the growth in new orders for rail vehicle drive systems.

 

As at June 30, 2020, orders on hand stood at €253.5 million (June 30, 2019:
€462.6 million).

 

The DEUTZ Group sold a total of 73,859 engines in the reporting period,
which was 27.3 percent fewer than in the first half of 2019. Miscellaneous was
the only application segment with an increase in unit sales, registering
a substantial rise of 112.7 percent that was largely attributable to the
introduction of small outboard motors known as trolling motors. The ramp-up of
these motors enabled DEUTZ subsidiary Torqeedo to more than double its sales of
boat motors to a total of 16,244, which equates to a year-on-year rise of 163.8
percent.

 

In the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), DEUTZ’s biggest sales
market, unit sales went down by 30.5 percent compared with the prior-year
period to 37,763 engines. In the Americas region, unit sales fell by 47.4
percent to 14,726 engines. By contrast, unit sales in the Asia-Pacific region
grew by 10.8 percent owing to the aforementioned ramp-up at Torqeedo.

 

The DEUTZ Group’s revenue fell by 33.3 percent compared with the
first six months of 2019 to €620.0 million. Revenue declined across the board,
from both a regional and an application segment perspective.

 

Operating profit falls sharply, partly as a result of diseconomies of
scale

 

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the business activities of the
DEUTZ Group and its customers meant that DEUTZ reported an operating loss (EBIT
before exceptional items) of €49.9 million in the first half of 2020. This
significant decline compared with the prior-year period was attributable, in
particular, to the fall in revenue and the resulting diseconomies of scale.
There was also a heavy drag on operating profit from payments of around €10
million made under continuation agreements with suppliers that are going
through insolvency proceedings and demand-related impairment losses of around
€5 million recognized on capitalized development projects. However, there were some
positive influences on earnings performance in addition to the general cost
reductions and the use of short-time working: The Board of Management waived
its one-year variable remuneration for 2020 and senior managers waived a
substantial part of their variable remuneration for 2020. The EBIT margin stood
at minus 8.0 percent in the reporting period, compared with 5.1 percent in the
prior-year period.

 

DEUTZ Compact Engines (DCE): key figures for the segment

 


million

H1 2020

Change

Q2 2020

Change

New
orders

439.9

-41.8%

184.6

-46.8%

Unit
sales (units)

48,173

-41.2%

21,180

-50.7%

Revenue

453.7

-37.8%

197.8

-47.1%

EBIT
before exceptional items

-49.8

<-100%

-33.1

<-100%

EBIT
margin before exceptional items (%)

-11.0

-16.7

 

In the first half of 2020, the DCE segment’s sales figures declined
overall compared with the prior-year period. New orders came to €439.9 million,
which was 41.8 percent lower than in the first six months of 2019. The
breakdown by application segment reveals that only the service business
recorded a rise in new orders, with an increase of 6.0 percent to €89.0 million
that was primarily attributable to the expansion of on-site customer service business.
The segment’s unit sales declined by 41.2 percent to 48,173 engines and revenue
contracted by 37.8 percent to €453.7 million, with decreases in all regions and
application segments.

 

In the first six months of this year, the operating profit of the DEUTZ
Compact Engines segment
deteriorated by a substantial €84.7 million to a
loss due to the collapse in demand triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The
segment’s operating profit was weighed down by a fall in revenue of almost 38
percent, payments to suppliers going through insolvency proceedings to enable
them to continue supplying DEUTZ, and impairment losses on a development
project. These impairment losses were recognized due to the expected decrease
in demand for the affected engine series.

 

DEUTZ Customized Solutions (DCS): key figures for the segment


million

H1 2020

Change

Q2 2020

Change

New
orders

165.4

-8.4%

72.9

-12.8%

Unit
sales (units)

9,442

-30.1%

4,889

-23.8%

Revenue

145.0

-21.6%

70.2

-25.2%

EBIT
before exceptional items

6.6

-72.0%

-1.7

<-100%

EBIT
margin before exceptional items (%)

4.6

-2.4

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The DCS segment’s sales figures also deteriorated in the period under
review. New orders fell by 8.4 percent year on year to €165.4 million.
Miscellaneous was the only application segment with an increase in new orders,
registering a substantial rise of 52.6 percent to €29.6 million that was
largely attributable to new orders for rail vehicle drive systems. The
segment’s total unit sales dropped by 30.1 percent to 9,442 engines. Only the
Construction Equipment application segment recorded an increase, with its unit
sales advancing by 13.7 percent to 1,755 engines thanks to the business
involving drives for mining equipment. Revenue decreased across all regions and
application segments, falling by 21.6 percent year on year to €145.0 million.

 

The operating profit for the segment deteriorated markedly compared with the
first half of 2019. This was mainly due to the sharp decline caused by the
global coronavirus pandemic in the reporting period. The segment’s operating
profit was also weighed down by impairment losses on two development projects
that were recognized due to the expected decrease in demand for the affected
engine series.

Other: key figures for the segment


million

H1 2020

Change

Q2 2020

Change

New
orders

19.5

+4.8%

9.8

+4.3%

Unit
sales (units)

16,244

>+100%

7,721

+72.1%

Revenue

22.5

+32.4%

12.6

+17.8%

EBIT
before exceptional items

-6.7

+40.7%

-3.3

+35.3%

EBIT
margin before exceptional items (%)

-29.8

-26.2

 

The Other segment includes not only Torqeedo’s business with electric motors
for boats but also Futavis GmbH, which was acquired in October 2019. Overall,
the segment’s business performance was positive in the reporting period.
Despite the coronavirus crisis, new orders rose by 4.8 percent year on year to
€19.5 million. In the first half of 2020, unit sales more than doubled to a
total of 16,244 electric motors. This was primarily thanks to the ramp-up of
trolling engines and led to a 32.4 percent jump in revenue to €22.5 million.
All regions contributed to this growth.

 

In the period under review, the Other segment’s operating loss improved by
€4.6 million. This was mainly attributable to the deconsolidation of the joint
venture DEUTZ AGCO Motores S.A., Haedo, Argentina, in the first half of 2019.
As part of the deconsolidation, which was carried out for reasons of
materiality, cumulative negative exchange differences were reclassified from
equity to the income statement, which had a significant adverse impact on the
segment’s earnings in the prior-year period.

 

Full-year guidance for 2020 remains under review

 

The progression and timeline of the coronavirus crisis going forward is very
difficult to predict, as is its impact on the economy and thus on DEUTZ’s engine
business. Consequently, it is still not possible to provide updated guidance
for 2020 at the present time.

 

Fundamentally, it can be assumed that the remainder of 2020, particularly
the third quarter, will continue to be heavily affected by the impact of the
coronavirus crisis, although to a lesser extent than the second quarter.

 

It is now anticipated that the final installment of the purchase price for
the Cologne-Deutz site, which had been expected as a positive exceptional item,
will be paid in 2021 rather than this year. However, it is important to note
that the amount and the date of this payment continue to depend on when the
development plan for the site is formally approved and so cannot be precisely
determined yet.

 

Medium-term targets confirmed

 

Despite the currently difficult situation, the Company reaffirms its current
outlook for 2022, when it expects to generate revenue in excess of €2.0 billion
and an EBIT margin before exceptional items in the range of 7 percent to 8
percent.

 

Growth is likely to be driven mainly by the continued internationalization
and rapid expansion of the service business, but also by the expansion of the
core business and the further development of the product portfolio. As a
result, DEUTZ is also adhering to its revenue target for the service business,
which it has brought forward to 2021 and envisages revenue of over €400
million.

 

In view of the restructuring of its business in China, DEUTZ raised its
original revenue target for 2022 from around €500 million to around €800
million. This significant increase is due, in particular, to the fact that the
planned volume for the joint venture already meets existing market demand and
the intention is to gain further market share from competitors by implementing
the China strategy.

Transform for Growth global efficiency program defined

 

At the start of the year, DEUTZ launched a Company-wide efficiency program,
Transform for Growth, in order to further shore up its earnings performance in
challenging conditions. The details of the underlying action plan were drawn up
in the second quarter. The main areas of action are optimization of the global
production network, automation and digitalization of production and
administrative processes, and groupwide streamlining of the organizational
structure.

 

By taking these measures, DEUTZ hopes to generate annual cost savings of
around €100 million, with the full effect expected to be achieved from 2022
onward. As well as adjusting operating costs, a large part of the savings are
to be achieved by reducing staff costs. This will involve a reduction in
headcount of up to 1,000 across the Group, which will be implemented with the
minimum possible social impact.

 

A total of 380 jobs have already been cut in the first half of this year,
partly by reducing the number of temporary workers. Following on from this,
DEUTZ is planning to launch a voluntary program encompassing a further 350 jobs
at its sites in Germany. The remaining reduction in headcount is to be achieved
by the end of 2022 as fixed-term contracts come to an end and through natural
attrition.

 

“Our utmost objective is to avoid compulsory redundancies and find a
socially responsible solution for our employees. We have therefore already
entered into an ongoing dialog with the employee representatives to discuss the
details of a voluntary program,” stressed DEUTZ CEO Hiller.

Forward-looking statements

 

This investor news may
contain certain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and
forecasts made by the DEUTZ management team. Various known and unknown risks,
uncertainties, and other factors may lead to material differences between the
actual results, the financial position, or the performance of the DEUTZ Group
and the estimates and assessments set out here. These factors include those
that DEUTZ has described in published reports, which are available at
www.deutz.com. The Company does not undertake to update these forward-looking
statements or to change them to reflect future events or developments.

About DEUTZ AG

DEUTZ AG, a publicly traded company headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is
one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative drive systems. Its core
competencies are the development, production, distribution, and servicing of
diesel, gas, and electric drive systems for professional applications. It
offers a broad range of engines delivering up to 620 kW that are used in
construction equipment, agricultural machinery, material handling equipment,
stationary equipment, commercial vehicles, rail vehicles, and other applications.
DEUTZ has around 4,900 employees worldwide and over 800 sales and service
partners in more than 130 countries. It generated revenue of €1,840.8 million
in 2019.

 

Further information is available at www.deutz.com[1]. The revenue target of approximately EUR800 million includes the revenue
generated by the joint venture with SANY. Under the equity method, this revenue
is not recognized in the consolidated financial statements.

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