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Schaeffler confirms group guidance

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2018-09-20 | Sutton Coldfield

Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has reconfirmed its guidance today for the 2018 financial year at group level. According to that guidance, Schaeffler is forecasting revenue growth of 5 to 6 per cent at constant currency, an EBIT margin before special items of 10.5 to 11.5 per cent, and free cash flow before inflows and outflows for M&A activities of approximately EUR 450 million.

Based on current projections, Schaeffler is now forecasting the Automotive OEM division’s revenue to grow by 4.5 to 5.5 per cent at constant currency (previously 6 to 7 per cent), reflecting market conditions. This adjustment is driven by lower demand in the regions of Greater China and Europe. At the same time, the group is now forecasting its Industrial division’s revenue to grow by 8 to 9 per cent at constant currency (previously 6 to 7 per cent) on the back of positive performance and increased order intake. On this basis, the Industrial division’s EBIT margin before special items is expected to be in the 10 to 11 per cent range (previously 9 to 10 per cent), while the EBIT margin before special items for the Automotive OEM division is expected to be in the 8.5 to 9.5 per cent range (previously 9.5 to 10.5 per cent).

The group’s Automotive Aftermarket division remains on track to achieve its originally advised constant-currency revenue growth of 3 to 4 per cent and EBIT margin before special items of 16.5 to 17.5 per cent.

With regard to the Automotive Aftermarket and Industrial divisions, the Schaeffler Group expects to finish the full year at the upper ends of the above-stated margin ranges.

Klaus Rosenfeld, Schaeffler AG CEO, said in advance of the group’s September 20 Capital Markets Day (CMD): “As already mentioned after the second quarter, we are operating in a challenging environment in the automotive business. Nevertheless, on the back of the strong performance of the Industrial division we can confirm our group guidance for the full year. This is possible because we are both an automotive and an industrial supplier.”

At the CMD, Schaeffler will present its strategy and for the first time introduce each of its three divisions. The event is aimed exclusively at financial analysts and institutional investors. The presentations making up the event will be published on Schaeffler’s corporate website at 7 a.m. CET on September 20.

Forward-looking statements and projections

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions could adversely affect the outcome and financial consequences of the plans and events described herein. No one undertakes any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should not place any undue reliance on forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this press release. Statements contained in this press release regarding past trends or events should not be taken as representation that such trends or events will continue in the future. The cautionary statements set out above should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Schaeffler, or persons acting on its behalf, may issue.

Publisher: Schaeffler (UK) Ltd
Country: United Kingdom

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