- At EUR 9.3 billion, revenue for the first half of 2022/23 is 36.6% higher year over year (H1 2021/22: EUR 6.8 billion)
- EBITDA jumps 42% to EUR 1.4 billion (H1 2021/22: EUR 1 billion)
- EBIT climbs year over year, from EUR 638 million to EUR 898 million
- Profit before tax is EUR 846 million (H1 2021/22: EUR 599 million), and profit after tax is EUR 715 million (H1 2021/22: EUR 486 million)
- Equity rises to EUR 7.5 billion (H1 2021/22: EUR 6.1 billion)
- Gearing ratio falls year over year, from 45.1% to 32.7%
- Number of employees stands at 50,374 FTE (+2.7% year over year)
- Marked cooling of the global economy expected for the second half of the voestalpine Group’s business year 2022/23; Group’s diversification both geographically and by sector should support earnings
The international steel and technology group benefited in the first half of 2022/23 (April 1st to September 30th
) from very good demand in most market segments as well as from high prices for its products, generating record highs year over year in a difficult economic environment. The momentum particularly in the energy sector was very strong throughout H1 2022/23 due to high energy prices worldwide. Likewise, the pronounced rebound in the aerospace industry that is being driven by the growing need for single aisle aircraft due to the rising number of passengers in regional air traffic also continued during the current business year’s first two quarters. As usual, the Railway Systems business segment followed a solid development despite the challenges in logistics. Its European core markets saw rising demand from the mass transit segment, while its markets beyond Europe
benefited from the continued positive trend in the heavy-haul transport segment. By contrast, the white goods and consumer goods industry as well as the construction industry had to contend with declining demand toward the end of the first half of 2022/23. Supply chain bottlenecks continued to hamper the automotive industry, causing it to remain stuck on a moderate level in Europe
. The business environment at the Group’s facilities overseas was better; economic conditions especially in China
continued to be favorable despite comprehensive lockdowns. The highly satisfactory performance of the storage technology in previous years continued unabated, and demand for voestalpine’s products from the solar industry also developed very well during H1 2022/23.
“Demand for our high-quality products over the past six months was high in almost all market segments. This is also reflected in our extremely strong earnings for the business year’s first half, which we achieved despite the generally negative environment. According to economic experts, the economy will continue to contract considerably during our business year’s second half. We are very well prepared for this scenario thanks to our global positioning and our sectoral diversification,” says Herbert Eibensteiner
, CEO of voestalpine AG
Development of revenue and earnings
The voestalpine Group posted record revenue as well as record highs in all key performance indicators (KPIs) for the first half of its business year 2022/23. Year over year, the Group boosted revenue by more than one third, from EUR 6.8 billion
to EUR 9.3 billion
. EBITDA soared 42%, from EUR 1 billion
to EUR 1.4 billion
. EBIT jumped year over year by 40.7%, from EUR 638 million
to EUR 898 million
despite impairment losses taken in the High Performance Metals Division (as previously reported); in particular the total of EUR 173 million
stem from higher discount rates, specifically, EUR 54 million
in impairment losses at Buderus Edelstahl
) and EUR 119 million
at the HPM business unit. Profit before tax for the reporting period rose to EUR 846 million
—a year-over-year increase of 41.2% from EUR 599 million
. Profit after tax soared 47.2% to EUR 715 million
(H1 2021/22: EUR 486 million
). Equity as of 09/30/2022
is EUR 7.5 billion
(+23.9%). Net financial debt fell 10.2% to EUR 2.5 billion
within one year. The gearing ratio (net financial debt as a percentage of equity) was reduced year over year, from 45.1% to 32.7%. The number of employees (FTE) in the voestalpine Group rose 2.7% year over year, from 49,068 to 50,374. Outlook
Economic sentiment gradually deteriorated over the first half of the business year 2022/23, and the uncertainties as to the ramifications of the war in Ukraine
particularly for Europe
also continued to grow. In turn, economic forecasts are becoming increasingly pessimistic.
Toward the end of the reporting period, first signs of restraint on the part of customers in some of the voestalpine Group’s market segments already reflected the gradual loss of economic confidence.
Hence the Management Board of voestalpine AG
expects the global economy to cool off substantially during the second half of the business year 2022/23.
In its view, the biggest challenges during this period will arise in Europe
, whereas the downturn in North America
should still remain modest over the next few months. As far as the voestalpine Group is concerned, demand in Brazil
is expected to decline but only slightly on the whole despite the expected weakening of the domestic economy. We expect China
to continue more or less along its current trajectory and deliver restrained growth in the current business year’s second half. Hence the voestalpine Group’s global positioning should help at least to support earnings despite the expected contraction of the economy in the current business year’s second half.
Sector diversification will further help to stabilize the situation. While demand in traditionally cyclical industries such as the consumer goods, white goods, construction, and mechanical engineering industries is expected to decline over the business year’s next two quarters, we expect the railway technology segment to follow a stable trajectory and both the energy and the aerospace sectors to continue their upward trend in the second half of the business year as well. In the automotive industry, no improvement in demand for voestalpine products is expected by the end of the 2022/23 business year.
Given the voestalpine Group’s excellent earnings performance in the first half of the current business year 2022/23 and given the expectation that the global economy will cool in the second half of the business year 2022/23, the Management Board of voestalpine AG
currently expects EBITDA of between EUR 2.3 billion
and EUR 2.4 billion
, as already announced on October 24, 2022
. This figure includes positive non-recurring effects of about EUR 120 million
from a real property sale that is expected to close during the current business year.
The voestalpine Group has responded to the threat scenario of a lack of natural gas supplies in Europe
by filling its own natural gas storage facility as well as by diversifying its own natural gas supplies. At present, voestalpine’s European facilities cover roughly one half of their natural gas needs from non-Russian sources. By itself, the amount of natural gas contained in the Group’s own storage facility would be sufficient for at least three months’ of full production activity. As far as natural gas supplies are concerned, production at voestalpine’s European plants is therefore ensured for the remainder of the business year. However, this analysis does not consider potential curtailments on customers’ part in case of natural gas supply problems in Europe
This outlook does not take into account any unexpected economic distortions from the further course of the war in Ukraine
or any energy supply problems in Europe
– voestalpine GROUP
|(pursuant to IFRS)
||H1 BY 2021/22*
||H1 BY 2022/23
|EBITDA margin in %
|EBIT margin in %
|Profit before tax
|Profit after tax from continuing operations
|Profit after tax from discontinued operations
|Profit after tax **
|Earnings per share
|Gearing ratio in % (09/30)
|In millions of euros
*H1 2021/22 retroactively adjusted. For further details see Annual Report 2021/22.
* *Before deduction of non-controlling interests.
The Report of the first half of 2022/23 of voestalpine AG
as of the September 30, 2022
, may be accessed on the company’s website at www.voestalpine.com
under the ‘Investors’ tab.
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