*Beverage filling and packaging technology company Krones AG has achieved new records for all significant statistics for the 2007 business year, according to the provisional figures. *
In comparison to the preceding year, sales were up by 12.8% at €2.1 billion, a steeper increase than originally anticipated. Order bookings rose by 16.9% to reach €2.3 billion and at €890.9 million (preceding year: €746.7 million), Krones possessed a substantial order backlog on 31 December 2007.
The growth in 2007 (the 8th record year in succession) was driven primarily by the continuingly buoyant demand for packaging machinery. The company also benefits from being able to offer the entire range of products and services required for building bottling and canning facilities. Internationally operating beverage conglomerates who are building numerous new factories in regions like Eastern Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, are particularly prominent users of Krones’ full-service capabilities.
Net income for the year *
Krones production operations investments initiatives bore fruit in 2007. The EBT margin, ie earnings before taxes in relation to sales, improved significantly from 5.7% to 7.1%. The company thus exceeded its targeted return for 2007. Pretax earnings rose by 40.1 % to reach €153.6 million.
For profits after taxes, Krones exceeded €100 million for the first time in 2007. At €101.8 million, profits were up by 31.4 % on the preceding year’s level.
The ROCE (Return on Capital Employed) improved in 2007 from 16.1% to 20.2% and was thus above the originally targeted figure of at least 20 %.
Further growth *
The capital structure continues to exhibit a highly favourable ratio between equity and outside capital. On the balance sheet cutoff date, the equity capital was up by 12.6%, resulting in a capital-to-assets ratio of 42.0% (preceding year: 42.7%). In addition, on 31 December 2007 the company possessed liquid funds amounting to €53.8 million.
As a long term target, Krones aims to increase its revenues each year within a corridor of 5 to 10%. The Executive Board expects the rise in sales during 2008 to reach the upper levels of the forecast corridor.
Pretax earnings are set to increase at least in proportion to revenues. Since Krones is profiting from the reform of Germany’s Corporation Tax Act, earnings after taxes will in 2008 rise by a higher percentage than earnings before taxes.
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