Tognum remains on course

Posted on May 08, 2008

Today Tognum AG presents its quarterly report for the first three months of the 2008 financial year.

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  • Order intake in Q1 up 7 % to €875 million
  • Quarterly revenues increased by 9 % to €727 million
  • Adjusted quarterly EBIT stable at €100 million leads to return on sales of 13.8 %, in line with financial year 2007
  • Adjusted Q1 net profit increased by 21 % to €58 million
  • Outlook for 2008 financial year unchanged

Friedrichshafen, 8 May 2008. Today Tognum AG presents its quarterly report for the first three months of the 2008 financial year.

Figures Tognum Group (1 January – 31 March)

Q1 2007 Q1 2008 Change
Order intake €815 m €875 m +7 %
Revenues €667 m €727 m +9 %
EBIT (adjusted) €100 m €100 m 0 %
Return on sales (adj.) 15.0 % 13.8 % -1.2 pp
Net profit (adj.) €48 m €58 m +21 %
Earnings per share (adj.) €0.40 €0.44 +10 %
Equity ratio as at March 31 5 % 24 % +19 pp

Volker Heuer, Chairman and CEO of Tognum AG, commented: “We continue to make excellent progress on our growth course: Quarterly order intake reached an all-time high in the first three months of 2008. Year-over-year we have again increased our revenues in the first quarter and year-to-date we further reduced our debt. Signs for the full year still signal high profitability.”

Very good order intake

The Tognum Group saw an increase of around 7 % in orders to €875 million year on year during the first quarter of 2008 (Q1 2007: €815 million). As in the previous year the book-to-bill ratio in Q1 was at 1.2 and therefore higher than the 2007 full year average.

Revenue growth

Revenues rose in the first quarter by roughly 9 % to €727 million (Q1 2007: €667 million) as Tognum took its share of positive developments in the market. Production capacity utilisation remained high.

Stable return on sales

In the first quarter of 2008, the Tognum Group achieved an adjusted EBITi (earnings before interest and taxes) of €100 million. Despite a markedly weaker US Dollar, with an average exchange rate of 1.50 USD/EUR in Q1 2008 (Q1 2007: 1.31 USD/EUR), the return on sales in Q1 2008 amounted to 13.8 %, as in 2007 overall (Q1 2007: 15.0 %). It is fully in line with the expectations for the full year 2008.

Net profit increased by €26 million to €63 million in the first quarter of 2008 (Q1 2007: €37 million). Taking one-time effects and non-operative events into account, such as increased depreciation and amortisation due to purchase price allocations (PPA, resulting primarily from the acquisition of the off-highway business from DaimlerChrysler in 2006) as well as exchange rate factors resulting from valuation of US Dollar bank liabilities at the reporting date and hedges, adjusted net profit rose in Q1 2008 by 21 % to €58 million (Q1 2007: €48 million).

This improvement is based on a lower tax rate and lower interest expenses due to a lower level of outstanding debt. Adding to the interest expense, but not considered as one-time effect in the adjusted net result, the strong reduction in USD interest rates in Q1 2008 had an effect on the market evaluation of interest swaps, which alone led to a negative evaluation effect in net income of around €9 million.

The adjusted quarterly earnings per share amounted in Q1 2008 to €0.44 – which corresponds to an increase of 10 % as compared to Q1 2007 (€0.40).

Growth in both segments

Both segments saw an year-over-year increase in Q1 revenues: The segment Engines grew by roughly 5 % to €617 million (Q1 2007: €588 million) and the segment Onsite Energy Systems & Components (OES&C) grew by roughly 43 % to €144 million (Q1 2007: €101 million, still excluding Katolight).

Adjusted EBIT also increased in both segments year-over-year. In the segment Engines, the adjusted EBIT in Q1 2008 amounted to €96 million (Q1 2007: €94 million); the segment OES&C generated an adjusted EBIT of €10 million representing an increase of €3 million year-over-year (Q1 2007: €7 million, still excluding Katolight).

Both revenues and adjusted EBIT of the subsegment Onsite Energy were positively impacted in Q1 2008 by the April 2007 acquisition of the US-based Katolight Corp which in Q1 2008 achieved revenues of €36 million and an adjusted EBIT of €2 million.

Equity ratio significantly higher

The Group again increased its equity ratio to 24 % as of 31 March 2008. On 31 December 2007, it was at 23 %, on 31 March 2007 it was only at 5 %. Net financial debt also decreased until end of Q1 2008 by an additional €49 million to €245 million (31 December 2007: €294 million; 31 March 2007: €645 million).

Number of employees continues to increase

As of 31 March 2008, the Tognum Group employed a total of 8,354 (31 March 2007: 7,343). The number of employees increased in the first quarter of 2008 by 175 (31 December 2007: 8,179 employees). This represents an increase of 14 % or 1,011 employees year-over- year including Katolight.

Outlook unchanged

After the first four months of 2008, Tognum continues to expect constant growth in almost all applications and regions for the relevant off-highway products. On the basis of the average bank expectations of March 2008, Tognum expects an average exchange rate of 1.45 US Dollars per Euro in 2008 overall.

For the 2008 financial year, the company continues to expect year-on-year sales growth of 12 %, with a fluctuation corridor of plus or minus one percentage point. If the real economic and financial conditions remain the same, Tognum also expects an unchanged adjusted return on sales of 14 % (fluctuation corridor of plus or minus one percentage point) in 2008. For the running financial year Tognum will continue to strive for an increase of 25 % in the adjusted earnings per share to more than €2.00 and plans to distribute a dividend of more than 30 % of the annual net profit.

Further development of Group structure effective 1 Jan 2009ii
On 7 May 2008, the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board decided about the systematic continuous development of the business model based on the strategic objective of acting as both a provider for comprehensive solutions for off-highway drive and propulsion systems as well as a global leader for decentralised energy. The decision of the Boards entails an alignment of responsibilities within the Executive Board. Activities in the area of engines for electrical power generation will be combined with those for decentralised energy systems (diesel and gas based as well as fuel cells) under the leadership of EVP Christof von Branconi in the business unit Onsite Energy & Components.

The responsibility for off-highway drive and propulsion systems, which in the future includes the applications Marine, Industrial, Oil & Gas (mechanical power generation) and Defense will be transferred to EVP Rainer Breidenbach in the second business unit, Engines. EVP Dr. Gerd-Michael Wolters will assume board responsibility for development and operations of mtu engines for use in both business units. The responsibilities of Volker Heuer as Chairman and CEO and of EVP Joachim Coers (Finance, Personnel and Group Services) remain largely unchanged.

As a result of the IPO, the Tognum Group introduced segmental reporting for Engines and Onsite Energy Systems & Components in accordance with the current IAS 14 reporting requirements. The introduction of IFRS 8, which in the future is replacing IAS 14, makes it necessary to realign Group segmental reporting as of 1 January 2009ii. The complete effects on the future Group segmental reporting will be described during an analyst conference in the fourth quarter of 2008.

As a result of the strategic growth initiatives, Tognum acquired 100 % of US-based Katolight Corp., which offers diesel-based onsite energy systems, in April 2007 and, before that, purchased all minority shares of subsidiaries MDE Dezentrale Energiesysteme GmbH (gas-based systems) and CFC Solutions GmbH (systems based on fuel-cells). These three companies today represent the business unit Onsite Energy Systems. To more clearly position the business model of mtu engines used for electrical power generation as well as individual and combined systems for end customers, the brands CFC Solutions, Katolight and MDE will be gradually replaced by the new product brand mtu Onsite Energy over the coming years. This uniform market appearance will enable the company to positively shift their image from the mtu product brand to the area of energy systems and thus achieve an even better market position.

i) The adjustment effects currently consist of the increase in ongoing depreciation from the purchase price allocation (PPA)* - particularly from the sale of the off-highway activities of DaimlerChrysler in 2006 - and the exchange rate effects from the valuation of US Dollar bank liabilities and hedges as at balance sheet date.

ii) IFRS 8 is a result of the short-term convergence project between the IASB and the US accounting standards setting organization, the FASB. It is compulsorily applicable retrospectively for financial years starting after 31.12.2008. This is a de facto alignment of the regulations for segment reporting with the requirements of SFAS 131 Disclosures about Segments of an Enterprise and Related Information according to US GAAP. The Operating Segments of IFRS 8 replace the previously valid Segment Reporting standard IAS 14. IFRS 8 replaces the IAS 14 “risk and reward approach” in the scope of segmentation, with the “management approach” of SFAS 131, already in use for longer. In principle, the scope of segmentation is undertaken in accordance with the internal reporting system and not, as in IAS 14, with the division into business and geographical segments

Disclaimer regarding forward-looking statements et al.:

This report also contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimates of Tognum’s Executive Board of Management. Although we assume that our assumptions and estimates on which we have based these forward-looking statements are realistic, we cannot guarantee that they will in the future prove to be correct. The assumptions and estimates, by their nature, may harbour risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual figures to differ considerably from the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such discrepancies include, among other things, changes in the economic and business envi­ronment, variations in exchange and interest rates, the introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance for new products or services and changes in corporate strategy. Tognum does not undertake any obligation to update, to review or to confirm the forward-looking statements or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this announcement.

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Tognum is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-speed diesel engines and complete propulsion systems for ships and heavy land and rail vehicles, as well as industrial drive systems and decentralised power plants. These business operations are organized in two divisions: Engines and Onsite Energy Systems & Components.

Tognum’s product portfolio includes diesel engines in the power range from 20 to 9,100 kilowatts, gas engine systems, gas turbines and fuel cells, and is one of the most modern and comprehensive in its sector. In addition, the Group develops and manufactures tailored electronic control and monitoring systems for its engines and propulsion systems.

Sales of the Tognum Group amounted to more than €2.8 billion in 2007. At the end of 2007, the Group employed approximately 8,200 personnel worldwide. It maintains a global sales and distribution network including 23 consolidated subsidiaries, more than 130 distribution partners and 1,100 authorized dealers.
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