Alstom Starts the 2012/13 Fiscal Year with a Strong Flow of Orders and
LEVALLOIS PERRET, France -- July 19, 2012
From 1 April to 30 June 2012, Alstom (Paris:ALO) booked €6 billion orders, up
20% compared to the first quarter last year. As expected, sales grew by 6%, at
€4.8 billion in the first quarter 2012/13.
Over the first three months of the fiscal year, Thermal Power received orders
of €2.5 billion, including a major gas power plant project in Israel as well
as sustained service contracts. With €2.3 billion, Transport reached a very
strong level of order intake made of numerous medium-sized contracts,
especially in Europe. Grid also booked sound orders at €1 billion, whilst
Renewable Power, at €0.2 billion, recorded a few small projects. Demand
continued to be supported by emerging markets, which represented over 50% of
the total orders over this period.
During the first quarter 2012/13, sales growth compared to the same period
last year was supported by Thermal Power and Transport whilst Grid's turnover
was flat and Renewable Power's temporarily down.
The total backlog stood at €51 billion on 30 June 2012; it represented 30
months of sales.
Actual figures 2011/12 2012/13
(in € million) Variation
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q1/Q1
Orders received 5,010 5,173 4,894 6,629 6,029 +20%
Sales 4,526 4,863 4,874 5,671 4,777 +6%
The reported figures by Sector are presented in Appendix 1. A geographic
breakdown of reported orders and sales is provided in Appendix 2. All figures
mentioned in this release are unaudited.
”2012/13 begins with a strong commercial performance, as illustrated by the
book-to-bill ratio at 1.3. In the first quarter, orders stood at a sound level
whilst sales progressed as expected. The current tendering remains active,
still driven by prospects in emerging markets but also in Europe for
Transport. For the full year, we expect orders to be sustained and, as
previously announced, sales to grow by more than 5%”, said Patrick Kron,
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Alstom.
During the first quarter of 2012/13, Thermal Power Sector received €2,499
million of new orders, down 11% compared to the first quarter of last fiscal
year. In particular, the Sector booked a large project for a gas power plant
including two GT26 gas turbines in Israel with its associated operation and
maintenance contract. Two turbine islands for a coal power plant, won in
partnership with Bharat Forge, were also registered in India, as well as a
GT13 gas turbine in China. Beyond the operation and maintenance contract
mentioned, Thermal Service maintained a strong commercial activity.
Sales, at €2,070 million, increased by 6% compared to the same period last
In the first quarter of 2012/13, Renewable Power booked €214 million of
orders, down 35% from the first quarter of 2011/12. The Sector received only
small hydro and wind projects, mainly in Africa and in Brazil.
Sales, at €389 million, were down 18% compared to the same period last year,
impacted by the absence of significant revenues for large hydro contracts in
execution in Latin America during this quarter.
At €1,017 million, the Grid Sector recorded a sustained level of orders, 14%
above the first quarter 2011/12. They included two contracts for turnkey
substations in the United Arab Emirates and in Taiwan.
During the quarter, the Sector generated sales at €889 million, stable as
compared to the same period last year.
Over the first quarter of 2012/13, Transport’s orders amounted to €2,299
million, more than twice the volume of orders received during the same period
last year. The Transport Sector booked contracts for regional trains in Sweden
and Germany, metros in Lille (France) and signalling system in Amsterdam (The
Netherlands). Metro projects in Peru and Venezuela, announced last fiscal
year, were also recorded during the period.
With sales at €1,429 million, the Sector generated revenues up 17% compared to
the low level of the first quarter 2011/12.
Key events of the first quarter 2012/13
During the first quarter of 2012/13, Alstom set up new landmarks in technology
and product offering.
On 5 April 2012, the consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles was selected to
develop three large projects in France, for which Alstom will supply 240
offshore wind turbines, starting in 2015. In order to do so, Renewable Power
will build four factories in Saint-Nazaire (nacelles and generators) and
Cherbourg (blades and towers) and establish an engineering and R&D centre.
This investment will target the French and other European offshore wind
On 7 May 2012, the world’s largest CO capture test facility was inaugurated
at the Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway. Partially based on Alstom’s
chilled ammonia technology, this demonstration plant will allow the Group to
further test this technology on flue gas, starting during summer 2012.
Mongstad is one of the 16 Carbone Capture & Storage pilots and large scale
projects Thermal Power is committed to throughout the world.
On 11 June 2012, Alstom and the French “Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement”
(Strategic Investment Fund) reached an agreement for the acquisition of
Translohr, the Lohr Industrie brand specialised in tyre-based tramway. This
agreement will allow the continuous development of Translohr’s technology and
business prospects whilst preserving this industry in Alsace (France) and
ensuring the execution of on-going projects.
On 20 June 2012, Alstom and the French state-owned research entity CEA-INES
(Institut National de l’Energie Solaire) announced the creation of a joint
Research and Development centre in Chambery (France). This joint laboratory
will focus on developing advanced energy storage solutions and integrating
renewable energy farms into smart transmission and distribution grids. The
creation of this R&D centre confirms Alstom Grid’s commitment to accelerating
research for energy storage solutions.
Financial situation and outlook
The Group renews its guidance of a sales growth of over 5% per year for this
fiscal year and the two following ones and a gradual improvement of the
operating margin which should be at around 8% in March 2015.
Alstom also confirms the free cash flow should be positive in each of the
three fiscal years, which will allow to further strengthen its current solid
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on
current plans and forecasts of Alstom’s management. Such forward-looking
statements are relevant to the current scope of activity and are, by their
nature, subject to a number of important risk and uncertainty factors (such as
those described in the documents filed by Alstom with the French AMF) that
could cause actual results to differ from the plans, objectives and
expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. These such
forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made,
and Alstom undertakes no obligation to update or revise any of them, whether
as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
APPENDIX 1 – SECTOR BREAKDOWN BY QUARTER
Orders Var. Var.
received Actual Org*
(in € Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FY Q1 Q1/Q1 Q1/Q1
Thermal 2,811 1,839 1,872 2,844 9,366 2,499 -11% -14%
Renewable 328 687 309 702 2,026 214 -35% -34%
Grid 891 962 1,168 982 4,003 1,017 +14% +12%
Transport 980 1,685 1,545 2,101 6,311 2,299 +135% +129%
Alstom 5,010 5,173 4,894 6,629 21,706 6,029 +20% +17%
Sales Var. Var.
(in € Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FY Q1 Q1/Q1 Q1/Q1
Thermal 1,945 2,102 2,247 2,432 8,726 2,070 +6% +2%
Renewable 473 564 369 621 2,027 389 -18% -18%
Grid 887 957 981 1,188 4,013 889 0% -1%
Transport 1,221 1,240 1,277 1,430 5,168 1,429 +17% +15%
Alstom 4,526 4,863 4,874 5,671 19,934 4,777 +6% +3%
(*) Organic are excluding any currency & scope impacts.
APPENDIX 2 – GEOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN
Orders received by destination 2011/12 % 2012/13 %
(in € million) Q1 Contrib. Q1 Contrib.
Western Europe 1,216 24% 2,308 38%
North America 520 10% 478 8%
Eastern Europe 730 15% 213 3%
South & Central America 306 6% 478 8%
Africa / Middle East 440 9% 1,484 25%
Asia / Pacific 1,798 36% 1,068 18%
TOTAL 5,010 100% 6,029 100%
Sales by destination 2011/12 % 2012/13 %
(in € million) Q1 Contrib. Q1 Contrib.
Western Europe 1,715 38% 1,677 35%
North America 635 14% 613 13%
Eastern Europe 337 7% 427 9%
South & Central America 413 9% 332 7%
Africa / Middle East 613 14% 725 15%
Asia / Pacific 813 18% 1,003 21%
TOTAL 4,526 100% 4,777 100%
Christine Rahard or Isabelle Tourancheau, +33 1 41 49 32 95 / 39 95
Emmanuelle Châtelain or Juliette Langlais, +33 1 41 49 37 38 / 21 36
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.