Atlas Copco: Ronnie Leten Comments on Atlas Copco’s Q3 Results
STOCKHOLM -- October 24, 2012
Atlas Copco (STO:ATCOA)(STO:ATCOB) today reported a good operating profit and
growing revenues and orders received for the third quarter, despite softening
demand for equipment in many markets and customer segments.
“We are pleased with the profitability we have achieved and with how sales
developed considering the mixed market conditions,” said Ronnie Leten,
President and CEO of the Atlas Copco Group. “The Atlas Copco organization
stands ready to perform well also in a more difficult situation.”
Revenues increased 6% organically year-on-year to MSEK 22094 (20739) and the
operating profit was MSEK 4918 (4800), corresponding to an operating margin
of 22.3% (23.1). Orders received increased 1% organically to MSEK 21379
(21151). Compared to the most recent quarters, demand for equipment declined
somewhat while demand for services remained on a good level.
“In the near term, the overall demand for Atlas Copco’s products and services
is expected to decrease somewhat,” Ronnie Leten said. “Especially in these
tougher market conditions it is important that we work closely with our
customers to ensure we fully realize our sales and service potential.”
Important events during the quarter include the acquisition of U.S. based
NewTech Drilling Products, and a decision to reorganize the production of road
construction equipment in Karlskrona, Sweden. Atlas Copco also launched a
number of new products, and gave visitors to the MINExpo in Las Vegas a
preview of the world’s largest articulated underground mining truck.
“We will continue to put a strong focus on operational excellence and cost
control, and will adapt our capacity where such measures are necessary. At the
same time we are always prepared to invest in areas where we see opportunities
for sustainable, profitable growth. Research and product development, as
before, remain a priority for Atlas Copco, whatever the market conditions,”
Ronnie Leten said.
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Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in
compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining
equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and
services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The
company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global
reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500
employees and revenues of BSEK81 (BEUR 9). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.
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