- The economic trend is gaining significant momentum—emerging economies are drivers of the global economic recovery.
- In the European Union, recovery driven substantially by exports in Western, Central, and Northern Europe; increasing economic revival in Eastern Europe as well.
- Economic environment in Southern Europe and the westernmost part of the continent remains difficult due to massive public debt and high unemployment.
- Outstanding development of demand from the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, mechanical engineering and consumer goods sectors, and railway infrastructure; increasing revival of demand in the aviation industry; only the construction industry’s recovery is still lagging.
- In the course of the year, growing capacity utilization of Group’s processing capacity results in full capacity utilization in all five divisions toward the end of the business year 2010/11.
- Revenue rises compared to the previous year by 28.1% from EUR 8,550.0 million to EUR 10,953.7 million—second-highest figure after 2008/09 (EUR 11,724.9 million).
- Increase of EBITDA compared to 2009/10 by 59.9% from EUR 1,004.3 million to EUR 1,605.6 million.
- At EUR 984.8 million, operating result (EBIT) almost tripled compared to the previous year (EUR 352.0 million); EBIT in the fourth quarter 2010/11 rose for the seventh consecutive time.
- EBITDA margin up compared to the business year 2009/10 from 11.7% to 14.7%,
EBIT marginmore than doubled, going from 4.1% to 9.0%.
- At EUR 781.0 million, profit before tax (EBT) more than quadruples the previous year’s figure (2009/10: EUR 183.3 million), at EUR 594.6 million, profit for the period
(net income)2goes up by 218.3% (2009/10: EUR 186.8 million).
- At EUR 3.04, earnings per share almost five times the previous year’s figure (EUR 0.65 per share).
- Despite dividend payment, servicing of the hybrid capital, and a build-up of working capital due to the economic situation, another significant reduction of the gearing ratio compared to March 31, 2010, from 71.3% to 57.8%.
- ROCE increased from 4.4% in the previous year to 12.4%.
- In the business year 2010/11, number of core employees (excluding temporary personnel and apprentices) went up from 39,406 to 40,700 employees (+3.3%), total workforce (including temporary personnel and apprentices) rose within one year from 43,829 to 46,066 employees or by 5.1%.
- In the business year 2010/11, the (purely accounting) effects of the purchase price allocation (ppa) from the acquisition of BÖHLER-UDDEHOLM had an adverse effect on the Group’s operating result (EBIT) of EUR 67.0 million so that EBIT before ppa is EUR 1,051.8 million; this corresponds to an EBIT margin before ppa of 9.6%.
1 In accordance with IFRS, all figures after application of the purchase price allocation (ppa).
2 Before non-controlling interests and interest on hybrid capital.