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Ponsse´s Interim Report for 1 January - 30 September 2019

– Net sales amounted to EUR 464.1 (Q1-Q3/2018 415.9) million.

– Q3 net sales amounted to EUR 148.3 (Q3/2018 124.8) million.

– Operating result totalled EUR 46.6 (Q1-Q3/2018 39.3) million, equalling 10.0 (9.5) per cent of net sales.

– Q3 operating result totalled EUR 16.2 (Q3/2018 9.9) million, equalling 10.9 (7.9) per cent of net sales.

– Profit before taxes was EUR 45.1 (Q1-Q3/2018 34.3) million.

– Cash flow from business operations was EUR 14.1 (16.7) million.

– Earnings per share were EUR 1.23 (0.90).

– Equity ratio was 52.6 (53.2) per cent.

– Order books stood at EUR 326.4 (281.6) million.



PRESIDENT AND CEO JUHO NUMMELA:

Uncertainties in the global economy started to show during the quarter. Order intake returned to its normal level after some very busy quarters. Our order books were still strong at the end of the period under review, totalling EUR 326.4 million.

Forest damage caused by bark beetle has resulted in an oversupply of timber in Europe. The damage affects global flows of wood and sawn timber and the harvesting volumes of roundwood outside Europe. The number of machine deliveries to Central Europe is increasing at the moment. Despite these uncertainties, the forest machine market is still working well as a whole.

The company’s net sales for the third quarter were EUR 148.3 (124.8) million and growth was significant compared to the reference period. The service businesses’ net sales continued to grow, but the sales of trade-in machines decreased slightly from the year before. International business operations accounted for 77.9 (76.6) per cent of net sales.

The operating profit for the last quarter amounted to EUR 16.2 (9.9) million. The major difference in profitability and net sales compared to the reference period is mainly explained by the investment in the Vieremä factory in 2018 and its planned capacity restriction. The operating result for the third quarter equalled 10.9 (7.9) per cent of net sales. Cash flow for the period under review amounted to EUR 14.1 (16.7) million. The value of the trade-in machine stock slightly increased when the market calmed down. At the same time, the number of deliveries for new machines was increasing.

Manufacturing volumes at our new Vieremä factory were still growing in the past quarter, and the long order books enable normal factory operations for the time being. Because of the uncertainties in the market, the company has enhanced the control of expenses, and it considers investments extremely carefully. The positive outlook in the forest industry remains unchanged in the long term.


NET SALES

Consolidated net sales for the period under review amounted to EUR 464.1 (415.9) million, which is 11.6 per cent more than in the comparison period. International business operations accounted for 77.9 (76.6) per cent of net sales.

Net sales were regionally distributed as follows: Northern Europe 38.6 (39.3) per cent, Central and Southern Europe 20.0 (21.2) per cent, Russia and Asia 16.3 (19.5) per cent, North and South America 24.7 (19.4) per cent and other countries 0.4 (0.6) per cent.


PROFIT PERFORMANCE

The operating result amounted to EUR 46.6 (39.3) million. The operating result equalled 10.0 (9.5) per cent of net sales for the period under review. Consolidated return on capital employed (ROCE) stood at 21.7 (19.0) per cent.

Staff costs for the period totalled EUR 67.1 (60.7) million. Other operating expenses stood at EUR 41.5 (39.6) million. The net total of financial income and expenses amounted to EUR -1.5 (-5.0) million. Exchange rate gains and losses with a net effect of EUR -0.1 (-4.1) million were recognised under financial items for the period. Result for the period under review totalled EUR 34.5 (25.1) million. Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EPS) came to EUR 1.23 (0.90).


STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES

At the end of the period under review, the total consolidated statements of financial position amounted to EUR 416.3 (356.9) million. Inventories stood at EUR 162.4 (143.8) million. Trade receivables totalled EUR 46.2 (43.1) million, while liquid assets stood at EUR 35.6 (17.5) million. Group shareholders’ equity stood at EUR 214.9 (181.7) million and parent company shareholders’ equity (FAS) at EUR 202.0 (172.1) million. The amount of interest-bearing liabilities was EUR 89.0 (70.2) million. The company has used 45 per cent of its credit facility limit. The parent company's net receivables from other Group companies stood at EUR 108.4 (82.7) million. The parent company’s receivables from subsidiaries mainly consisted of trade receivables. Consolidated net liabilities totalled EUR 53.3 (52.6) million, and the debt-equity ratio (net gearing) was 24.8 (28.9) per cent. The equity ratio stood at 52.6 (53.2) percent at the end of the period under review.

Cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR 14.1 (16.7) million. Cash flow from investment activities came to EUR -21.2 (-23.7) million.


ORDER INTAKE AND ORDER BOOKS

Order intake for the period totalled EUR 508.5 (575.7) million, while period-end order books were valued at EUR 326.4 (281.6) million.


DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

The subsidiaries included in the Ponsse Group are Ponsse AB, Sweden; Ponsse AS, Norway; Ponssé S.A.S., France; Ponsse UK Ltd, the United Kingdom; Ponsse Machines Ireland Ltd, Ireland, Ponsse North America, Inc., the United States; Ponsse Latin America Ltda, Brazil; Ponsse Uruguay S.A., Uruguay; OOO Ponsse, Russia; Ponsse Asia-Pacific Ltd, Hong Kong; Ponsse China Ltd, China and Epec Oy, Finland. The Group includes also the property company Ponsse Centre, Russia. Sunit Oy, Finland, is an associate in which Ponsse Plc has a holding of 34 per cent.


R&D AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

Group’s R&D expenses during the period under review totalled EUR 13.7 (12.4) million, of which EUR 4.6 (3.7) million was capitalised.

Capital expenditure totalled EUR 21.5 (24.2) million. It consisted in addition to capitalised R&D expenses of investments in buildings and ordinary maintenance and replacement investments for machinery and equipment.


MANAGEMENT

The following persons were members of the Management Team: Juho Nummela, President and CEO, acting as the chairman; Petri Härkönen, CFO; Juha Inberg, Technology and R&D Director; Tapio Mertanen, Service Director; Paula Oksman, HR Director; Tommi Väänänen, Director of Delivery Chain Process and Jarmo Vidgrén, Deputy CEO, Sales and Marketing Director. The company management has regular management liability insurance.

The area director organisation of sales is led by Jarmo Vidgrén, the Group's sales and marketing director, and Tapio Mertanen, service director. Area directors report to Marko Mattila, Ponsse retail network manager. Managing directors of subsidiaries and Marko Mattila report to Jarmo Vidgrén, Ponsse Plc's sales and marketing director.

The geographical distribution and the responsible persons are presented below:
Northern Europe:
Jani Liukkonen (Finland),
Carl-Henrik Hammar (Sweden and Denmark, Norway starting from 1 October 2019),
Tarmo Saks (the Baltic countries) and
Sigurd Skotte (Norway until 30 September 2019).

Central and Southern Europe:
Tuomo Moilanen (Germany and Austria),
Clément Puybaret (France),
Janne Tarvainen (Spain and Portugal),
Dean Robson (the United Kingdom),
Patrick Murphy (Ireland),
Gary Glendinning (Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia) and
Tarmo Saks (Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia).

Russia and Asia:
Jaakko Laurila (Russia and Belarus),
Janne Tarvainen (Australia and South Africa) and
Risto Kääriäinen (China and Japan).

North and South America:
Pekka Ruuskanen (the United States),
Eero Lukkarinen (Canada),
Fernando Campos (Brazil) and
Martin Toledo (Uruguay, Chile and Argentina).


PERSONNEL

The Group had an average staff of 1,758 (1,621) during the period and employed 1,747 (1,645) people at period-end.


SHARE PERFORMANCE

The company’s registered share capital consists of 28,000,000 shares. The trading volume of Ponsse Plc shares for 1 January – 30 September 2019 totalled 1,011,290, accounting for 3.6 per cent of the total number of shares. Share turnover amounted to EUR 29.0 million, with the period’s lowest and highest share prices amounting to EUR 24.80 and EUR 31.95, respectively.

At the end of the period, shares closed at EUR 28.10, and market capitalisation totalled EUR 786.8 million.

At the end of the period under review, the company held 227 treasury shares.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

A separate release was issued on 3 April 2019 regarding the authorizations given to the Board of Directors and other resolutions at the AGM.


GOVERNANCE

In its decision-making and administration, the company observes the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act, other regulations governing publicly listed companies and the company’s Articles of Association. The company’s Board of Directors has adopted the Code of Governance that complies with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code approved by the Board of the Securities Market Association in 2015. The purpose of the code is to ensure that the company is professionally managed and that its business principles and practices are of a high ethical and professional standard.

The Code of Governance is available on Ponsse’s website in the Investors section.


RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk management is based on the company’s values, as well as strategic and financial objectives. Risk management aims to support the achievement of the objectives specified in the company’s strategy, as well as to ensure the financial development of the company and the continuity of its business.

Furthermore, risk management aims to identify, assess and monitor business-related risks which may influence the achievement of the company’s strategic and financial goals or the continuity of its business. Decisions on the necessary measures to anticipate risks and react to observed risks are made on the basis of this information.

Risk management is a part of regular daily business, and it is also included in the management system. Risk management is controlled by the risk management policy approved by the Board.

A risk is any event that may prevent the company from reaching its objectives or that threatens the continuity of business. On the other hand, a risk may also be a positive event, in which case the risk is treated as an opportunity. Each risk is assessed on the basis of its impact and probability. Methods of risk management include avoiding, mitigating and transferring risks. Risks can also be managed by controlling and minimising their impact.


SHORT-TERM RISK MANAGEMENT

The insecurity in the world economy may result in a decline in the demand for forest machines. The uncertainty may be increased by the volatility of developing countries’ foreign exchange markets. The geopolitical situation, in particular, will increase the uncertainty through financial market operations and sanctions. Changes taking place in the fiscal and customs legislation in countries to which Ponsse exports may hamper the company’s export trade or its profitability. The risks in the supplier network may cause problems in material availability.

The parent company monitors the changes in the Group’s internal and external trade receivables and the associated risk of impairment.

The key objective of the company’s financial risk management policy is to manage liquidity, interest and currency risks. The company ensures its liquidity through credit limit facilities agreed with a number of financial institutions. The effect of adverse changes in interest rates is minimised by utilising credit linked to different reference rates and by concluding interest rate swaps. The effects of currency rate fluctuations are mitigated through derivative contracts.


OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE

The Group's euro-denominated operating profit is expected to be slightly higher in 2019 than in 2018.

Ponsse's updated and competitive product range and service solutions have had a significant impact on the company's growth. The market situation has continued to be favourable.

The trend of our investments will increasingly be in R&D and product technology and also developing the service network both in Finland and abroad. In Vieremä factory there will be focused in ramp-up of new products and increasing the capacity taking product quality and reliability into account.

PONSSE GROUP


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (EUR 1,000)

IFRS IFRS IFRS
1-9/19 1-9/18 1-12/18
NET SALES 464,067 415,884 612,435
Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress 29,226 8,523 -1,508
Other operating income 2,107 1,943 2,768
Raw materials and services -324,605 -275,244 -395,660
Expenditure on employment-related benefits -67,063 -60,687 -85,289
Depreciation and amortisation -15,623 -11,451 -15,836
Other operating expenses -41,537 -39,627 -55,193
OPERATING RESULT 46,573 39,341 61,717
Share of results of associated companies 28 -65 -77
Financial income and expenses -1,500 -4,991 -5,317
RESULT BEFORE TAXES 45,100 34,285 56,324
Income taxes -10,597 -9,150 -12,625
NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD 34,503 25,135 43,699
OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:
Translation differences related to foreign units 2,469 651 -318
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD 36,972 25,786 43,381
Diluted and undiluted earnings per share* 1.23 0.90 1.56
IFRS IFRS
7-9/19 7-9/18
NET SALES 148,263 124,816
Increase (+)/decrease (-) in inventories of finished goods and work in progress 483 -3,215
Other operating income 867 951
Raw materials and services -96,661 -78,573
Expenditure on employment-related benefits -19,101 -17,311
Depreciation and amortisation -5,223 -3,915
Other operating expenses -12,448 -12,883
OPERATING RESULT 16,180 9,871
Share of results of associated companies 81 -67
Financial income and expenses -1,215 -1,061
RESULT BEFORE TAXES 15,046 8,744
Income taxes -3,727 -2,746
NET RESULT FOR THE PERIOD 11,318 5,998
OTHER ITEMS INCLUDED IN TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT:
Translation differences related to foreign units 1,443 -51
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE PERIOD 12,761 5,947
Diluted and undiluted earnings per share* 0.40 0.21

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (EUR 1,000)

IFRS IFRS IFRS
ASSETS 30 Sep 19 30 Sep18 31 Dec 18
NON-CURRENT ASSETS
Intangible assets 29,695 24,835 26,298
Goodwill 3,786 3,799 3,800
Property, plant and equipment 118,187 106,108 108,818
Financial assets 98 103 103
Investments in associated companies 572 557 545
Non-current receivables 2,171 816 2,447
Deferred tax assets 4,766 3,842 3,242
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS 159,275 140,059 145,252
CURRENT ASSETS
Inventories 162,443 143,807 126,628
Trade receivables 46,177 43,139 43,379
Income tax receivables 237 378 1,423
Other current receivables 12,543 11,987 11,275
Cash and cash equivalents 35,604 17,539 51,105
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 257,005 216,850 233,811
TOTAL ASSETS 416,279 356,909 379,063
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Share capital 7,000 7,000 7,000
Other reserves 3,460 2,421 3,462
Translation differences 5,496 3,996 3,027
Treasury shares -2 -346 0
Retained earnings 198,979 168,624 186,667
EQUITY OWNED BY PARENT COMPANY SHAREHOLDERS 214,933 181,694 200,155
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES
Interest-bearing liabilities 48,780 46,779 45,651
Deferred tax liabilities 1,174 402 1,295
Other non-current liabilities 25 85 43
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 49,979 47,266 46,990
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Interest-bearing liabilities 40,179 23,453 23,920
Provisions 3,922 5,423 5,418
Tax liabilities for the period 3,423 748 808
Trade creditors and other current liabilities 103,843 98,325 101,773
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 151,367 127,949 131,919
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 416,279 356,909 379,063

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (EUR 1,000)

IFRS IFRS IFRS
1-9/19 1-9/18 1-12/18
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net result for the period 34,503 25,135 43,699
Adjustments:
Financial income and expenses 1,500 4,991 5,317
Share of the result of associated companies -28 65 77
Depreciation and amortisation 15,623 11,451 15,836
Income taxes 10,597 9,150 12,625
Other adjustments -621 -484 -3,127
Cash flow before changes in working capital 61,574 50,308 74,427
Change in working capital:
Change in trade receivables and other receivables -3,220 -2,959 -1,545
Change in inventories -33,300 -23,351 -6,089
Change in trade creditors and other liabilities -69 4,722 8,642
Change in provisions for liabilities and charges -1,496 -346 -351
Interest received 222 158 244
Interest paid -428 -446 -770
Other financial items -829 -1,621 -2,458
Income taxes paid -8,340 -9,745 -12,866
NET CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (A) 14,116 16,719 59,232

CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Investments in tangible and intangible assets -21,488 -24,246 -32,916
Proceeds from sale of tangible and intangible assets 244 585 675
NET CASH FLOWS USED IN INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (B) -21,244 -23,661 -32,240

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Acquisition of treasury shares -2 0 -93
Withdrawal/Repayment of current loans 15,556 2,356 1,845
Repayment of non-current loans 0 -450 -450
Withdrawal/Repayment of finance lease liabilities -1,467 88 33
Change in non-current receivables 154 358 670
Dividends paid -22,400 -20,975 -20,975
NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (C) -8,159 -18,623 -18,970
Change in cash and cash equivalents (A+B+C) -15,287 -25,565 8,022
Cash and cash equivalents on 1 Jan 51,105 42,596 42,596
Impact of exchange rate changes -215 508 488
Cash and cash equivalents on 30 Sep/31 Dec 35,604 17,539 51,105

*) Enabled by the new consolidation programme, the company changed over to presenting the exchange rate effects included in the cash flow statement in a way that allows unrealised exchange rate effects to be eliminated in the cash flow statement more accurately. As a result, previously reported cash flows have been adjusted to allow comparability. The previously reported cash flow from business operations was EUR 21.0 million for the comparative period in 2018 and EUR 61.3 million in the 2018 financial statements. This change had no impact on the presentation of the total cash flow, as it only affected the presentation of the relationship between different cash flows as well as exchange rate effects in terms of the change in cash and cash equivalents.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (EUR 1,000)

A = Share capital
B = Share premium and other reserves
C = Translation differences
D = Treasury shares
E = Retained earnings
F = Total shareholders’ equity

EQUITY OWNED BY PARENT COMPANY SHAREHOLDERS
A B C D E F
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2019 7,000 3,462 3,027 0 186,667 200,155
Translation differences 2,469 2,469
Result for the period 34,503 34,503
Total comprehensive income for the period 2,469 34,503 36,972
Matching Share Plan -2 -2
Dividend distribution -22,400 -22,400
Acquisition of treasury shares -2 -2
Direct entries to retained earnings 210 210
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 30 SEP 2019 7,000 3,460 5,496 -2 198,979 214,933
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2018 7,000 2,452 -183 -346 167,923 176,846
Adjustment for previous periods *) -29 3,528 -3,525 -26
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY 1 JAN 2018 7,000 2,423 3,345 -346 164,398 176,819
Translation differences 651 651
Result for the period 25,135 25,135
Total comprehensive income for the period 651 25,135 25,786
Dividend distribution -20,975 -20,975
Other changes -2 66 64
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 30 SEP 2018 7,000 2,421 3,996 -346 168,624 181,694

*) As a result of the new consolidation system, the company is now able to present, from the beginning of the financial year 2018, all exchange rate differences on equity in the translation difference. Exchange differences for previously accrued retained earnings are presented within the profits. The change has no effect on previously reported key figures.

30 Sep 19 30 Sep 18 31 Dec 18
1. LEASING COMMITMENTS (EUR 1,000) 1,081 1,207 1,342
2. CONTINGENT LIABILITIES (EUR 1,000) 30 Sep 19 30 Sep 18 31 Dec 18
Guarantees given on behalf of others 186 320 1,459
Responsibility of checking the VAT deductions made on real property investments 8,329 4,840 7,839
Other commitments 81 57 87
TOTAL 8,596 5,217 9,385

3. PROVISIONS (EUR 1,000)
Guarantee provision
1 January 2019 5,418
Provisions added 500
Provisions cancelled -1,996
30 September 2019 3,922

KEY FIGURES AND RATIOS
30 Sep 19 30 Sep 18 31 Dec 18
R&D expenditure, MEUR 13.7 12.4 17.5
Capital expenditure, MEUR 21.5 24.2 32.9
as % of net sales 4.6 5.8 5.4
Average number of employees 1,758 1,621 1,635
Order books, MEUR 326.4 281.6 294.9
Equity ratio, % 52.6 53.2 54.0
Diluted and undiluted earnings per share (EUR) 1.23 0.90 1.56
Equity per share (EUR) 7.68 6.49 7.15

FORMULAE FOR FINANCIAL INDICATORS

Return on capital employed, %:
Result before tax + financial expenses
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Shareholder´s equity + interest-bearing financial liabilities (average during the year) * 100

Average number of employees:
Average of the number of personnel at the end of each month. The calculation has been adjusted for part-time employees.

Net gearing, %:
Interest-bearing financial liabilities – cash and cash equivalents
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Shareholders’ equity * 100

Equity ratio, %:
Shareholders’ equity + Non-controlling interests
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Balance sheet total - advance payments received * 100

Earnings per share:
Net result for the period - Non-controlling interests
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Average number of shares during the accounting period, adjusted for share issues

Equity per share:
Shareholders’ equity
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Number of shares on the balance sheet date, adjusted for share issues

ORDER INTAKE (EUR million) 1-9/19 1-9/18 1-12/18
Ponsse Group 508.5 575.7 785.7

The stock exchange release for the interim report has been prepared observing the recognition and valuation principles of IFRS, and the requirements of IAS 34 have not been complied with. The same accounting principles were observed for the closing of the books as for the annual financial statements dated 31 December 2018, with the exception of the new standard introduced on 1 January 2019. This standard is IFRS 16, Leases.

As a result of the new IFRS 16 “Leases” standard, the Group recognised non-cancellable leases on the balance sheet. The Group made use of an easement allowed in the standard according to which short-term leases of assets with minor value do not need to be recognised on the balance sheet. For non-fixed-term leases, the Group only recognises on the balance sheet leases with a term of notice longer than 12 months that do not include a significant cancellation clause. At the end of the period under review, the right-of-use assets amounted to EUR 4.3 million, and they are included in the Property, Plant and Equipment section under the consolidated statements of financial position. Correspondingly, the non-current and current interest-bearing liabilities in the consolidated statements of financial position include EUR 4.3 million of lease liabilities. EUR 1.5 million of depreciation and financing expenses related to right-of-use assets were recognised in the result for the period under review. For the cash flow statement, application of the IFRS 16 standard increased the cash flow from business operations and decreased the financing by EUR 1.5 million. A simplified method has been used for the transition, and the comparison figures from the year preceding the transition have not been adjusted.

The above figures have not been audited.

The above figures have been rounded and may therefore differ from those given in the official financial statements.

This communication includes future-oriented statements that are based on the assumptions currently made by the company’s management and its current decisions and plans. Although the management believes that the future expectations are well founded, there is no certainty that these expectations will prove to be correct. This is why the results may significantly deviate from the assumptions included in the future-oriented statements as a result of, among other things, changes in the economy, markets, competitive conditions, legislation or currency exchange rates.



Vieremä, 22 October 2019

PONSSE PLC


Juho Nummela
President and CEO


FURTHER INFORMATION
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, tel. +358 400 495 690
Petri Härkönen, CFO, tel. +358 50 409 8362

DISTRIBUTION
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd
Principal media
www.ponsse.com


Ponsse Plc is a company specialising in the sales, manufacture, servicing and technology of cut-to-length method forest machines and is driven by genuine interest in its customers and their business. Ponsse develops and manufactures sustainable and innovative harvesting solutions based on customers’ needs.

The company was established by forest machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in 1970, and it has been a leader in timber harvesting solutions based on the cut-to-length method ever since. Ponsse is headquartered in Vieremä, Finland. The company’s shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic List.