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Market-related sales decline in core business Automotive

Update Time: 2019-12-20 14:13:04

Market-related sales decline in core business Automotive

 In the first nine months of 2015 Micronas Group posted consolidated net sales of CHF 102.0 million. Owing to the removal of the minimum Swiss franc exchange rate against the euro, this was 14.7 percent lower than the figure for the first nine months of 2014. After adjusting for exchange rates (calculated in euros), sales were 1 percent down on the prior-year period. As already communicated in July, this slight decrease was due to the fall in demand for cars in Japan, a key sales market for Micronas. Domestic car sales in Japan were over 10 percent lower in the first nine months of 2015 than in the same period of the previous year, and exports by Japanese car manufacturers more or less stagnated compared to the first nine months of 2014. Micronas generates about half of its overall sales from customers in Japan. Consequently, currency-neutral sales were also down by 1 percent in the core Automotive business compared with the first nine months of 2014. The Automotive segment achieved sales of CHF 95.1 million in the first nine months of 2015, accounting for 93 percent of total sales. The small Industrial segment, which contributed CHF 7.0 million or 7 percent of total sales in the reporting period, experienced a currency-neutral fall in sales of 3 percent for the first nine months of the year. Most Industrial sales are generated through Micronas Group’s distribution partners. In order to increase sales, Micronas concluded new agreements with Rutronik, Digi-Key and Mouser in the first half of 2015. These partnerships are already starting to deliver their first successes. Industrial sales were 23.0 percent higher in the third quarter of 2015 than in the previous three-month period.

Micronas Group’s operating profit (EBIT) for the first nine months of 2015 was CHF 1.9 million, while the EBIT margin stood at 1.8 percent. The main additional factors weighing down on operating profit continue to be the switch in front-end production from 6 to 8 inches and the changeover to new back-end production facilities, combined with various new product launches and qualifications. The Automotive segment posted an EBIT margin of 1.3 percent, and the Industrial segment of 9.2 percent.

After financial income and taxes, Micronas Group reported a loss of CHF 7.4 million for the period under review. This is largely explained by the valuation of cash balances held in euros by the holding company. Earnings per share came to CHF -0.25. At the end of September 2015 shareholders’ equity reached CHF 91.4 million, which gives an equity ratio of 34.7 percent. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term financial cash deposits fell CHF 3.7 million in the third quarter to CHF 122.6 million owing to further investments in production areas. Capacity utilization at the Freiburg manufacturing plants remained unchanged at 85 percent in the third quarter of 2015.

The share buy-back program announced on February 26, 2015, continues to progress as planned. Between March 10 and September 22, 2015, the Company bought back a total of 1 002 250 shares, which is 3.4 percent of total Micronas share capital.

The downward trend of the Japanese automotive market has also prompted Japanese customers to make inventory corrections. As a result, orders planned in as sales for the fourth quarter have been moved to next year. The sales and EBIT forecasts given for financial 2015 have therefore been revised downwards slightly. The Board of Directors and Management now expect sales of CHF 132 million. After adjusting for currency movements, this would mean a fall in sales of 3 percent compared with the prior year. The full-year EBIT margin is likely to be between 0 and 1 percent. Owing to the valuation of cash holdings denominated in foreign currencies, the net result is still likely to be negative.

About Micronas
Micronas (SIX Swiss Exchange: MASN) the most preferred partner for sensing and control serves all major automotive electronics customers worldwide, many of them in long-term partnerships for lasting success. While the holding company is headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), operational headquarters are based in Freiburg (Germany). Currently, the Micronas Group employs around 900 persons.

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