During the third quarter of 2012/13, Alstom kept a sustained pace of order
intake in a still challenging environment
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France -- January 22, 2013
Over the third quarter 2012/13 (from 1 October to 31 December 2012), Alstom
(Paris:ALO) registered a sustained level of orders at €5.1 billion, up 3%
compared to the same period last year. Transport continued to deliver a very
sound commercial performance with orders at €1.7billion. Thermal Power
received orders of €1.6 billion during the third quarter with fewer large
projects but a continuous flow of small to medium-sized contracts. Finally
orders in Renewable Power reached €0.6 billion, significantly up compared to
the two previous quarters and Grid registered a solid €1.1 billion of orders.
The Group’s sales pursued their recovery and were up 1% over the third quarter
For the first nine months of 2012/13 (from 1 April to 31 December 2012),
Alstom’s order intake came up to €17.2 billion, a 14% increase compared to the
first nine months of 2011/12. Orders growth continued to be supported by
emerging markets representing 48%of the total orders at the end of December
2012, as well as by a robust demand in Transport. The Group’s sales reached
€14.7 billion, up 3% compared to the first nine months of 2011/12.
At €52 billion on 31 December 2012, the backlog represented 30 months of
Actual 2011/12 2012/13 2011/12 2012/13 Var. %
(in € Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 9 9 Actual
million) months months
Orders 5,010 5,173 4,894 6,629 6,029 6,100 5,054 15,077 17,183 +14%
Sales 4,526 4,863 4,874 5,671 4,777 4,971 4,924 14,263 14,672 +3%
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.
"In an environment that remains challenging, we achieved a solid third quarter
2012/13, with orders at €5.1billion, in spite of fewer large projects in
Thermal Power. Demand continues to be active in emerging markets for all
Sectors, whilst Transport booked a large number of contracts in Europe during
the period. The book-to-bill is over 1 for the 9^thquarter in a row. Thanks
to our current dynamic commercial activity, we expect order intake to be
strong in the fourth quarter with sales continuing their recovery,” said
Patrick Kron, Alstom’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer.
During the third quarter of 2012/13, Thermal Power registered orders of €1,620
million, down 13% compared to the same period last year, due to the lack of
turnkey contracts this quarter. Thermal Power‘s commercial performance was
supported by demand for new equipment in emerging countries as well as by
service activity, including retrofit. In particular, the Sector booked three
gas turbines (1 in Jordan and 2 in China) as well as parts for gas turbines in
Libya and a retrofit contract for a South African coal-fired power station.
Sales grew 4% at €2,329million.
For the first nine months of 2012/13, Thermal Power kept the pace with an
order intake amounting to €6,385 million, down 2% compared to the same period
last year. Sales were at €6,587 million, recording a 5% increase in comparison
to last year.
During the third quarter of 2012/13, Renewable Power recorded €616 million of
new contracts, twice the level of orders registered over the same period last
year. The Sector’s order book was mainly fuelled by two hydro projects in
Colombia and Ethiopia, with small orders also registered in both wind and
hydro. Sales amounted to €408 million in the third quarter 2012/13, up 11%
compared to last year over the same period. This increase was mainly due to
the booking of revenue milestones in large hydro projects under execution in
Over the first nine months of 2012/13, Renewable Power’s orders decreased by
8% to €1,218 million from €1,324million over the same period last year. The
Sector registered €1,264million of sales, down 10% compared to last year.
During the third quarter of 2012/13, Grid achieved a sound level of orders of
€1,094million, down 6% from the high level achieved in the third quarter
2011/12 when Alstom booked a large HVDC contract in Sweden. Over the quarter,
the Sector booked a large number of small contracts worldwide. Sales amounted
to €862million in the third quarter, down 12%. The Sector’s activity has been
affected equally by an unfavourable basis of comparison (mainly a particularly
sustained activity in the third quarter last year for power electronic
businesses in Russia) and by customer-related project delays (mainly in
Over the first nine months of 2012/13, Grid’s orders came up to €3,274
million, up 8%, whilst sales reached €2,725million, down 4% compared to the
same period last year.
During the third quarter 2012/13, the orders booked by Transport amounted to
€1,724million, showing another strong quarter in terms of commercial
activity. The main successes included regional trains in Italy and Germany,
metro cars in Brazil, a maintenance contract in Kazakhstan as well as a
modernisation contract in the USA. Sales, at €1,325 million, were up 4%
compared to the same period last year.
Over the first nine months of 2012/13, Transport’s orders stood at a record
€6,306 million, a 50% increase compared to the same period last year. Sales
reached €4,096 million, up 10% compared to the first nine months 2011/12.
Key events of the third quarter 2012/13
During the third quarter of fiscal year 2012/13, Alstom continued to build
industrial capabilities in fast growing countries and to strengthen its new
In Kazakhstan, Alstom unveiled the first electric freight locomotive to the
Kazakh railways. Alstom also inaugurated its newly built locomotive plant in
Astana, which is operated by EKZ, a joint venture held by KTZ (50% of the
shares), Alstom and TMH (25% of the shares respectively). The plant will have
a capacity of up to 100 locomotives per year.
In Brazil, Alstom announced the set-up of its first factory dedicated to the
production of towers for wind turbines in Latin America. The new site will
have an installed capacity of 120 towers per year, which represents around 350
MW. The plant should start operations in the first half of 2013 with orders
already received to supply the Brazilian market. This new factory will be the
second manufacturing unit for Alstom’s wind power generation infrastructure
business in Latin America.
Alstom has invested an additional US$40 million in the American company
BrightSource Energy, Inc to reinforce its partnership with the pioneering
solar power company, a leader in the concentrated solar thermal tower
technology. Since its initial investment in 2010, Alstom has progressively
increased its participation and now holds above 20% of the capital.
Financial situation and Outlook
At the beginning of October, the Group successfully launched a €350 million
share capital increase through an accelerated book building as well as a new
bond issuance of €350million. These two financing transactions contributed to
maintaining the sound financial structure of the Group.
With the expected strong orders for the fourth quarter, the Group should show
a solid commercial performance over the current fiscal year. Alstom confirms
its three-year guidance and anticipates a positive free cash flow for the
second half of the current fiscal year.
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
2011/12 2012/13 2011/12 2012/13 Var. %
received Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 9 9 Var. Var.
(in € months months Actual Org.*
Thermal 2,811 1,839 1,872 2,844 2,499 2,266 1,620 6,522 6,385 -2% -6%
Renewable 328 687 309 702 214 388 616 1,324 1,218 -8% -7%
Grid 891 962 1,168 982 1,017 1,163 1,094 3,021 3,274 +8% +7%
Transport 980 1,685 1,545 2,101 2,299 2,283 1,724 4,210 6,306 +50% +47%
Alstom 5,010 5,173 4,894 6,629 6,029 6,100 5,054 15,077 17,183 +14% +11%
2011/12 2012/13 2011/12 2012/13 Var. %
Sales 9 9 Var. Var.
(in € Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 months months Actual Org.*
Thermal 1,945 2,102 2,247 2,432 2,070 2,188 2,329 6,294 6,587 +5% +2%
Renewable 473 564 369 621 389 467 408 1,406 1,264 -10% -11%
Grid 887 957 981 1,188 889 974 862 2,825 2,725 -4% -5%
Transport 1,221 1,240 1,277 1,430 1,429 1,342 1,325 3,738 4,096 +10% +8%
Alstom 4,526 4,863 4,874 5,671 4,777 4,971 4,924 14,263 14,672 +3% +1%
(*) Organic are excluding any currency & scope impacts.
APPENDIX 2 – GEOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN
Orders received by destination 2011/12 % 2012/13 %
(in € million) 9 months Contrib. 9 months Contrib.
Western Europe 4,135 27% 6,609 38%
North America 1,778 12% 2,046 12%
Eastern Europe 2,696 18% 794 5%
South & Central America 896 6% 1,683 10%
Africa / Middle East 2,125 14% 2,867 17%
Asia / Pacific 3,447 23% 3,184 18%
TOTAL 15,077 100% 17,183 100%
Sales by destination 2011/12 % 2012/13 %
(in € million) 9 months Contrib. 9 months Contrib.
Western Europe 5,255 37% 5,052 34%
North America 1,767 12% 1,848 13%
Eastern Europe 1,109 8% 1,335 9%
South & Central America 1,188 8% 1,124 8%
Africa / Middle East 1,977 14% 2,200 15%
Asia / Pacific 2,967 21% 3,113 21%
TOTAL 14,263 100% 14,672 100%
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