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NORDEX SE (FRA:NDX1) Nordex: break-even almost reached in Q1 2013 thanks to a substantial surge in sales

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15/05/2013 07:33
DGAP-News: Nordex SE / Key word(s): Quarter Results Nordex: break-even almost reached in Q1 2013 thanks to a substantial surge in sales 15.05.2013 / 07:33 --------------------------------------------------------------------- * Sales up around 31% to EUR 259.0 million * Further 5% increase in order intake * Break-even at EBIT level almost reached in line with budget * Working capital ratio of 12% * Full-year guidance confirmed Hamburg, 15 May 2013. The Nordex Group (ISIN: DE000A0D6554) posted a 30.6 percent increase in sales to EUR 259.0 million in the first quarter of 2013 (previous year: EUR 198.3 million). This performance was underpinned by strong business in the core European region, which contributed 94% of sales. On the other hand, business in America contracted by a substantial 57.6%, accounting for only 5% of consolidated sales, while Asian business remained persistently weak. The greater volume of business was also reflected in production and installation activity. Thus, Nordex produced 60% more turbines in the first quarter, completing more than twice the capacity of the same period of the previous year. This performance together with reduced structural costs in the United States and China, which had previously operated below capacity, resulted in a substantial improvement in operating earnings. As a result, the loss at EBIT level came to EUR 0.6 million as of 31 March 2013 (previous year: loss of EUR 9.0 million) and was therefore fully in line with budget. The consolidated net loss was reduced by 40% to EUR 8.4 million (previous year: loss of EUR 14.0 million). Due to increased purchasing and production activity, the working capital ratio widened to 11.8% (31 December 2012: 8.7%), with cash and cash equivalents declining by 29.3% to EUR 194.2 million (31 December 2012: EUR 224.3 million). Net cash outflow from operating activities amounted to EUR 60.0 million (Q1/2012: inflow of EUR 34.8 million). Order intake continued to climb in the first three months of 2013. At EUR 327.9 million, new business rose by 5%, compared with the high level of the same period last year (Q1/2012: EUR 312.3 million). This performance was driven by sales successes in Northern Europe, particularly in the domestic German market, as well as successful marketing of the N117/2400 low-wind turbine. Thanks to the best first quarter since 2008, firmly financed orders grew to EUR 1,141 million (previous year: EUR 837 million), thus creating a solid basis for the company to achieve its full-year sales target. The Management Board of Nordex SE confirms its forecast for 2013 and expects a further increase in sales to EUR 1.2 - 1.3 billion (2013: EUR 1,075 million). Given slightly weaker capacity utilisation in the first half of the year compared with the second half, management expects operating earnings to improve in the final quarters, resulting in a full-year EBIT margin of 2 - 3%. Nordex SE Ralf Peters Telephone + 49 40 300 30 - 1000 rpeters@nordex-online.com End of Corporate News --------------------------------------------------------------------- 15.05.2013 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a company of EquityStory AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. DGAP's Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Media archive at www.dgap-medientreff.de and www.dgap.de --------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: Nordex SE Langenhorner Chaussee 600 22419 Hamburg Germany Phone: 040 / 30030 1000 Fax: 040 / 30030 1101 E-mail: info@nordex-online.com Internet: www.nordex-online.com ISIN: DE000A0D6554 WKN: A0D655 Indices: TecDAX Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, München, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service --------------------------------------------------------------------- 211152 15.05.2013