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Ponsse’s interim report for 1 January – 31 March 2019

Ponsse’s interim report for 1 January – 31 March 2019

JUHO NUMMELA, PRESIDENT AND CEO (APRIL 16, 2019)

The demand for forest machines continued to be brisk during the past quarter, and the company’s order intake was excellent. Our order book continued to grow, and the value of the order book at the end of the period under review was as high as EUR 367.9 million.

The company’s net sales for the first quarter were EUR 143.1 (142.1) million. Some of the invoicing for new machines is postponed to the second quarter, which is result from production start for new product models and availability of components related to that. Net sales for the service businesses continued to grow impressively, and the busy work pace of our customers was clearly reflected in the growth of our service operations. Demand for trade-in machines was also excellent, and net sales for trade-in machines were at the same level as in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 76.3 (73.9) per cent of net sales.

Profit for the past quarter amounted to EUR 12.9 (17.1) million. The operating result for the period under review was 9.0 (12.0) percent. Delays in invoicing together with increased costs had a negative impact on profitability during the quarter. Cash flow for the first quarter was EUR 0.9 (19.3) million.

The Vieremä factory and the manufacturing network surrounding Ponsse are working well. There are still risks related to the availability of components, but the availability should improve during the next few months. At the same time, challenges related to production start have been taken care of, and the machines will be available for delivery during the next quarter. Early this year, serial production has been started for the PONSSE K121 crane, the PONSSE Active Crane loader control and new engines conforming to the Stage V emission requirements within the EU area. In addition, production will be started later this year for PONSSE Cobra, our new harvester model and PONSSE Bison, our new forwarder model.