Wärtsilä has released its interim report for January to September 2017 which shows a strong development in order intake.
The order intake increased 15% to €4,130 million compared to €3,604m for the same period last year. Net sales increased 7% to €3,477 (3,242), while the comparable operating result increased to €346m (330) which represents 10% of net sales (10.2). The order book at the end of the period amounted to €5,075 million (5,024).
Wärtsilä says the overall development for 2017 is expected to be relatively unchanged from the previous year. Demand by business area is anticipated to be as follows:
- Solid in Services with growth opportunities in selected regions and segments.
- Good in Energy Solutions, thanks to increasing electricity demand in the emerging markets and the global shift towards renewable energy sources, which will support the need for distributed, flexible, gas-fired power generation.
- Solid in Marine Solutions. Despite good order intake growth, the marine market environment remains challenging, as the merchant, gas carrier, and offshore segments continue to suffer from overcapacity and slow trade growth.
Wärtsilä’s current order book for 2017 deliveries is €1,206 million (1,346). Wärtsilä will continue to focus on improving efficiency, which is expected to partially offset lower volumes in the marine markets. The pricing environment in Energy Solutions’ markets has stabilised, but the order book is still impacted by the competitive pressure seen in previous years. The good performance in Services is expected to continue.
Jaakko Eskola, President and CEO, said: “Wärtsilä’s performance in the third quarter was satisfactory. Although power plant deliveries continued to drive overall sales development, challenges in the offshore segment and low volumes from service projects resulted in lower than expected sales growth in the Services business. Profitability was supported by certain deliveries being brought forward from the fourth quarter to the third. These timetable changes also result in a more even distribution of deliveries between the quarters than in the previous year.
“I am pleased with the continued growth in order intake. In addition to good demand for our power generation solutions, we received an order to build our third LNG terminal in Finland, which will be located in Hamina. The project will provide cleaner fuel for both marine transport applications and local industry, thereby demonstrating Wärtsilä’s contribution to the development of sustainable societies. A favourable contracting mix in the marine markets supported order intake growth in Marine Solutions, the highlight being a contract to supply the main engines and exhaust gas cleaning systems to Norwegian Cruise Line’s four new generation cruise ships to be built by Fincantieri.
“The high level of activity in the cruise segment over the past few years has lengthened delivery times for both yards and equipment suppliers. Finally, the continued demand for long-term service agreements resulted in order intake growth also for Services.”
He added: “After the third quarter, we announced two acquisitions in our Marine Solutions business. Puregas Solutions will expand our overall reach in the gas value chain by strengthening our position in the biogas liquefaction market. The acquisition of Guidance Marine, on the other hand, represents a further step in our digital transformation. Being a technology leader in sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems, such as collision avoidance and remote control operations, Guidance Marine enhances our frontrunner position in intelligent shipping technologies.”