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Cargotec's Interim Report for January-March 2008

4/18/2008

 
  • Orders received during the first quarter totalled EUR 1,155 (1-3/2007: 915) million.
  • The order book continued to strengthen during the first quarter reaching EUR 3,287 million (December 31, 2007: 2,865 million).
  • Sales grew by 5 percent, amounting to EUR 727 (1-3/2007: 694) million. The share of Services sales grew to 26 (25) percent of total sales.
  • Operating profit was EUR 44.2 (1-3/2007: 58.0) million. The operating margin was 6.1 (8.4) percent of sales. Kalmar booked a EUR 4 million project cost provision during the quarter.
  • Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes totalled EUR 50.1 (1-3/2007: 52.1) million.
  • Net income for the period amounted to EUR 31.5 (1-3/2007: 39.4) million.
  • Earnings per share were EUR 0.50 (1-3/2007: 0.62).
  • The number of personnel totalled 11,524 (December 31, 2007: 11,187).
  • Cargotec expects full year sales growth in 2008 to be at the previous year's growth level as a result of the strong order intake and record-high order book. Order intake in 2008 is expected to continue healthy but lower compared to the very strong first quarter. Cargotec expects operating margin to improve from the 2007 level and to be approximately 8 percent for the full year.
 
 
Cargotec's President and CEO Mikael Mäkinen:
"Our strong order intake demonstrates that demand for cargo handling solutions has continued healthy, and gives us a confidence on reaching our sales growth target for 2008. The quarterly result is weak, especially in Kalmar where we are now taking actions with Kalmar's new management to improve the underlying performance of the business. Focus in Cargotec this year is on strengthening organic growth and executing the On the Move change programme. The change programme is essential for our aim to achieve a 10 percent operating margin target."
 
 
Analyst and Press Conference
 
An analyst and press conference will be combined with a live international telephone conference and arranged today at 1.00 p.m. Finnish time at Cargotec's head office, Sörnäisten rantatie 23, Helsinki. The whole combined event will be held in English. The interim report will be presented by Cargotec's President and CEO Mikael Mäkinen. The presentation material will be available on the Company's internet pages by 1.00 p.m. Finnish time.
 
The conference call phone numbers are the following:
+1 646 843 4608 (US callers)
+44 20 3023 4412 (non-US callers)
Access code: Cargotec Corporation
 
The telephone conference can also be viewed as a live audio webcast through the internet pages at www.cargotec.com. The archived webcast will be available on the internet pages later during the day.
 
Sender:
Cargotec Corporation
 
Eeva Mäkelä
CFO
 
For further information, please contact:
Eeva Mäkelä, CFO, tel. +358 204 55 4281
Paula Liimatta, IR Manager, tel. +358 204 55 4634
 
Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows by offering handling systems and the related services for the loading and unloading of goods. Cargotec's brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGREGOR, are global market leaders in their fields and their solutions are used on land and at sea - wherever cargo is on the move. Extensive services close to customers ensure the continuous usability of equipment. Cargotec is the technology leader in its field, its R&D focusing on innovative solutions that take environmental considerations into account. Cargotec's sales are EUR 3 billion and the Company employs over 11,000 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki.
 

 
Operating Environment
 
The markets for Hiab's load handling equipment were strong in Europe and Asia Pacific and increased in various customer segments, particularly in Eastern Europe and Russia. Within Europe demand in Spain and Italy was clearly weaker than in 2007. Truck delivery times have lengthened considerably in Europe, thus leading to postponed loader crane and demountable system deliveries. In the United States, the major fall in demand which took place in the construction market last year continued to be reflected in poor demand for load handling equipment.
 
The markets for Kalmar's container handling equipment were lively and Kalmar received a high number of new orders. Demand was liveliest in Europe and Asia. Heavy industrial forklift markets were healthy although there were indications of slackening demand in some European countries. The US terminal tractor market clearly exceeded expectations, when viewed against a background of slackening economic growth.
 
Demand for MacGREGOR's marine cargo flow systems and offshore solutions continued extremely lively. Demand for ship cranes, hatch covers and cargo securing systems was high, reflecting strong demand for bulk carriers and general cargo vessels. Demand for offshore solutions also continued buoyant, and markets for this equipment grew. The RoRo equipment market was very active, both in Europe and Asia, while demand for bulk handling equipment continued to be healthy in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
 
Demand for Cargotec Services remained favourable during the first quarter. That for services for load handling equipment was strong in Europe due to higher levels of installed equipment and high usage rates whereas, in the United States, demand fell due to the very low usage rate of such equipment. Demand for container handling equipment services remained high both in Europe and Asia. Also several new orders for marine cargo flow services were secured. In particular, demand for conversion projects grew.
 
Orders Received
 
Orders received by Cargotec in January-March 2008 totalled EUR 1,155 (1-3/2007: 915) million.
 



 
 
Hiab
 
Of all orders received in January-March 2008, Hiab accounted for EUR 228 (1-3/2007: 264) million.
 
Hiab's order intake in the first quarter was lower than a year ago. Hiab secured individual orders, which is typical of its operations. In particular, orders received grew in Eastern Europe and Russia. Hiab also received orders from the Middle East, China and India. Demand for XS 1055, Hiab's largest loader crane launched in the autumn of 2007, was strong.
 
Kalmar
 
Of all orders received in January-March 2008, Kalmar accounted for EUR 490 (1-3/2007: 393) million. Several orders include navigation, container position verification and remote monitoring systems developed by Kalmar.
 
In February, Kalmar received an order for 22 E-One+ rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from South African Transnet Limited. The equipment will be delivered in 2008-2009 for the new Port of Ngqura. In February, Kalmar also secured an order from the Port of Tacoma on the US West Coast for the supply of seven straddle carriers. The straddle carriers will be used in container handling in on-dock rail facilities and they will be equipped with Kalmar's CAN-BUS monitoring system, speeding up their operation. Delivery of the machines is scheduled for October 2008.
 
In March, Kalmar received an order for 48 EDRIVE® straddle carriers for Eurogate's operations in Germany. 22 units have been ordered for Eurogate's CTB Bremerhaven container terminal, and 13 units will go to Eurogate's CTH Hamburg. Another 13 units will be deployed at the MSC Gate Bremerhaven terminal, a joint venture between Eurogate and Mediterranean Shipping Company. The equipment deliveries will start in autumn 2008 with the last units arriving at the beginning of 2009. In addition, Kalmar secured a contract with Steveco Oy for ten Kalmar EDRIVE® straddle carriers for the Mussalo container terminal in Kotka, Finland. Delivery will commence in the summer and end in October 2008.
 
In March, Kalmar received E-One+ RTG orders from, for example, Thailand, Vietnam and Brazil. Kalmar will deliver 17 of these cranes to Vietnam International Container Terminals' Ho Chi Minh City facility between 2008 and 2010. LCMT Company Ltd. from Thailand ordered six RTGs for its terminal at the Port of Laem Chabang. The cranes are due to be delivered by March 2009. Furthermore, South America's largest container terminal operator, Santos Brasil S/A, ordered 12 RTGs that will be delivered by March 2009.
 
MacGREGOR
 
Of all orders received in January-March 2008, MacGREGOR accounted for EUR 439 (1-3/2007: 259) million.
 
During the first quarter, MacGREGOR received a large number of ship crane and hatch cover orders mainly from China and Korea. MacGREGOR will deliver a total of 276 bulk handling cranes for vessels that will be delivered to ship owners in Germany, Singapore, China and Korea. During the first quarter, MacGREGOR agreed to deliver hatch covers for 70 container vessels, 120 bulk vessels and 41 general cargo ships. The equipment will be delivered in 2009-2011.
 
In January, MacGREGOR received RoRo equipment orders for 12 pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs). The orders include liftable car decks for four vessels that will be built in the Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard and will be delivered during 2009-2010. Additionally, the orders include the design and delivery of key components for eight PCTCs under construction in China.
 
In March, MacGREGOR received a major bulk handling equipment order from Taiwan as Taiwan Power Company ordered equipment intended for the handling of coal. MacGREGOR's Siwertell bulk handling system features a totally closed conveying system that limits the amount of cargo dust released into the air.
 
In March, MacGREGOR also received an order for 30 shipsets of tanker cranes for a Chinese shipyard. Provision and hose handling cranes will be delivered in 2008-2010 for tankers ordered by Turkish, Norwegian, Russian and Cypriot ship owners.
 
MacGREGOR's Offshore division received a large number of orders, in particular for davits, for delivery during 2008-2009. MacGREGOR Offshore is the world's leading supplier of sophisticated davit systems.
 
Cargotec Services
 
The services market continued to be active, which was reflected in the number of maintenance and modernisation contracts and spare part orders received.
 
In March, Kalmar signed a five-year service contract with the Norwegian company, Norsteve Oslo, covering the maintenance, spare parts and repairs of five straddle carriers at the Sjursøya container terminal in the Port of Oslo.
 
During the first quarter of 2008, MacGREGOR secured several hatch cover conversion projects that will be carried out during 2008. The demand is supported by legislation prohibiting the use of single hull tankers, which leads to many of them being converted into bulkers. Furthermore, MacGREGOR received a major maintenance contract for ship unloaders from the Philippines.
 
Order Book
 
Cargotec's order book totalled EUR 3,287 (December 31, 2007: 2,865) million on March 31, 2008. Of the order book total, Hiab accounted for EUR 253 (260) million, Kalmar EUR 824 (660) million, and MacGREGOR EUR 2,211 (1,946) million. A major part of MacGREGOR's record-high order book is for delivery in 2009-2012.
 



 
Sales
 
Cargotec's sales grew in January-March 2008 by 5 percent and totalled EUR 727 (1-3/2007: 694) million. The sales impact of acquisitions completed during the last 12 months was EUR 52 million.
 
Hiab's sales in the first quarter amounted to EUR 230 (1-3/2007: 240) million, Kalmar's sales were EUR 322 (324) million and MacGREGOR's sales EUR 177 (131) million. The decline in Hiab's sales compared to first quarter 2007 is due to the marked fall in demand in the United States, for which strong growth in Europe and Asia could not fully compensate. The limited availability of trucks in Europe delayed some Hiab deliveries as the equipment could not be installed. Kalmar's quarterly sales were flat reflecting the relatively low order intake in early autumn 2007. The increase in MacGREGOR's sales was attributable to the increased proportion of turnkey solutions as well as the acquisition of the offshore business after the reference period.
 



 
Sales for services in January-March 2008 increased by 9 percent year-on-year and amounted to EUR 191 (1-3/2007: 175) million, representing 26 (25) percent of total sales. Services accounted for 22 (17) percent of sales at Hiab, 31 (29) percent at Kalmar, and 23 (32) percent at MacGREGOR in January-March.
 
Financial Result
 
Cargotec's operating profit for January-March 2008 totalled EUR 44.2 (1-3/2007: 58.0) million, representing 6.1 (8.4) percent of sales. Hiab accounted for EUR 17.7 (24.4) million of first quarter operating profit, Kalmar for EUR 19.4 (26.7) million, and MacGREGOR for EUR 11.9 (10.7) million.
 
Cargotec's operating profit falling short of 2007 levels is attributable to several different reasons. In Hiab the decline is a result of the negative impact of the decline of the US markets on profitability. Kalmar's result is weakened by a EUR 4 million project cost provision. In MacGREGOR the scheduling of projects explains the low profitability level as quarterly deliveries were still relatively low and projects recognised during the quarter had lower than average profitability. Cargotec's operating profit includes a EUR 1.4 (0.7) million cost impact from the purchase price allocation treatment of acquisitions.
 
Net income for the period was EUR 31.5 (1-3/2007: 39.4) million and earnings per share were EUR 0.50 (0.62).
 
Balance Sheet, Financing and Cash Flow
 
On March 31, 2008, Cargotec's net working capital amounted to EUR 263 (December 31, 2007: 253) million. Tangible assets on the balance sheet were EUR 252 (254) million and intangible assets EUR 763 (751) million.
 
Cash flow from operating activities before financial items and taxes was EUR 50.1 (1-3/2007: 52.1) million during the first quarter. Dividend payment totalled EUR 61.3 (59.0) million. Net debt on March 31, 2008 was EUR 331 (December 31, 2007: 304) million. The total equity/total assets ratio was 37.5 (38.3) percent while gearing was 37.8 (33.9) percent.
 
Return on equity for January-March was 14.2 (1-3/2007: 18.3) percent and return on capital employed was 13.4 (19.9) percent.
 
Cargotec had EUR 635 million of committed credit facilities on March 31, 2008. These facilities were unused.
 
New Products and Product Development
 
In January-March 2008, Cargotec's research and product development expenditure was EUR 11.2 (1-3/2007: 11.1) million, representing 1.5 (1.6) percent of sales.
During the first quarter Hiab opened a state-of-the-art crane-testing centre at its loader crane production facility in Hudiksvall, Sweden. The centre offers Hiab and other business areas the opportunity to test more and longer cranes and components as well as ensuring testing is more precise than ever before.
 
Kalmar launched a new, fully-automated shuttle carrier that is able to pick, place and transport containers between ship-to-shore (STS) and yard stacking cranes without a driver. The new Kalmar Autoshuttle(TM) ensures the cost efficiency and productivity of port operations, particularly in the very big ports of the future.
 
MacGREGOR continued to develop electronically operated cargo handling solutions and a new ship crane control system. The Offshore division focused on the development of deck equipment enabling the use of cranes in difficult weather conditions and when operating in deep waters.
 
In February, MacGREGOR signed an agreement with the US Navy on the development of a ship-to-ship vehicle transfer system. With the help of this system, large vehicles can on sea be transferred from RoRo ships to a mobile landing platform ship. The system will be delivered by the end of 2009.
 
Capital Expenditure
 
Cargotec's capital expenditure for January-March 2008, excluding acquisitions and customer financing, totalled EUR 10.2 (1-3/2007: 9.8) million. Customer financing investments were EUR 7.7 (5.3) million.
 
In January, Cargotec announced the launch of an extensive On the Move change programme aiming at a profitability improvement of EUR 80-100 million. The change programme will consist of several projects to consolidate scattered support functions, such as HR, IT, Finance and Communications, and to improve efficiency at the customer interface by harmonising operations between business areas. In addition, common practices will be established in global supply chain development. This will form the basis for expanding Cargotec's production and assembly capacity as well as its sourcing network in emerging markets. The programme's primary target is to enable increased closeness and time devoted to customers.
 
The first joint supply chain projects will be in China and Estonia. The expansion of Hiab's assembly unit in Shanghai, China will be made at the same site as the existing local Kalmar facility. The capacity of the production unit in Narva, Estonia, acquired in 2007, will be upgraded in order to meet increased component needs and improve productivity. The country organisation streamlining will begin in Finland, where all operational activities within Finland will be transferred to one company during the year.
 
Hiab combined its loader crane and forestry crane product lines at the beginning of 2008. This organisational change strengthened the use of shared resources in crane product development, manufacturing and marketing. As of the beginning of 2008, Hiab also combined its forestry crane sales operations in Finland into Hiab Oy's Finnish sales. This change is part of the integration of Hiab's sales companies, which began in Germany and Sweden in January 2007.
 
Kalmar expanded its presence in the Americas by opening a new sales company in Mexico to respond to higher demand from the intermodal markets and increased port activities. The new sales and service company is situated in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. Furthermore, Kalmar opened a new service unit in Zeebrugge, Belgium.
 
In March, MacGREGOR opened a new offshore equipment production unit in Tianjin, China, approximately half of its production being delivered to ports in various parts of China. The new unit also enables production optimisation and efficiency improvements in the Offshore production units of Norway and Singapore.
 
Acquisitions
 
During the first quarter of 2008, Cargotec completed four acquisitions of which three in Hiab business area.
 
In order to strengthen its R&D capabilities, Cargotec acquired 60 percent of Idea Designing & Consulting S.r.l. in Massa, Italy. The company employs ten people for product design.
 
At the end of March, Hiab concluded an agreement to acquire the South African company Bowman Cranes (Pty) Limited, Hiab's long-term agent in the region. This company supplies, installs and services truck-related load handling equipment. In 2007, its sales were approximately EUR 18 million and it employed 70 people. The deal is subject to the approval of regulatory authorities.
 
In February, Hiab signed an agreement to acquire 70 percent of the operations of an Australian company, O'Leary's Material Handling Services Pty Ltd., the leading supplier of tail lifts in Western Australia. The company employs 24 people and had sales of EUR 2.6 million in 2007. The acquisition was finalised in early April.
 
In February, Hiab also agreed to acquire the UK-based Del Equipment (UK) Limited and the US-based Ultron Lift Corp. Owned by Militello Holdings, Inc., these companies manufacture tail lifts in UK and US. The aggregate sales of the companies in 2007 were approximately EUR 23 million and the companies employ 164 persons. These acquisitions were finalised at the end of March.
 
Employees
 
On March 31, 2008, Cargotec employed 11,524 (March 31, 2007: 9,083) people, the year-on-year increase being attributable to the acquisitions concluded in 2007 and 2008. Hiab employed 4,592 (3,780) people, Kalmar 4,555 (4,041), and MacGREGOR 2,278 (1,203). Of Cargotec's total employees, 13 (16) percent were located in Finland, 22 (26) percent in Sweden and 30 (27) percent in the rest of Europe. North and South American personnel represented 12 (15) percent, Asia Pacific 22 (15) percent and the rest of the world 1 (1) percent of total employees.
 
Shares and Share Capital
 
Cargotec's share capital on March 31, 2008 was EUR 64,235,283 (December 31, 2007: 64,220,373). The share capital increased by EUR 14,910 during the first quarter as a result of the subscription for class B shares under Cargotec option rights. On March 31, 2008, the number of listed class B shares totalled 54,709,194 while that of unlisted class A shares totalled 9,526,089. Trading with 2005A stock options ended in March. There were 31,485 subscribed 2005A options unregistered at the end of the first quarter. The remaining 2005B stock options may be used to subscribe for further 142,242 class B shares. In total, the stock options may increase the share capital by EUR 173,727.
 
Market Capitalisation and Trading
 
The closing price for Cargotec's class B shares on March 31, 2008 was EUR 31.09. The average share price for the first quarter was EUR 29.21, the highest quotation being EUR 36.49 and the lowest EUR 22.47. During the first quarter, 26.8 million Cargotec class B shares were traded on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, corresponding to a turnover of EUR 782 million.
 
On March 31, 2008, the total market value of the Company's class B shares was EUR 1,642 million, excluding treasury shares held by the Company. The Company's year-end market capitalisation, in which the unlisted class A shares are valued at the average price of class B shares on the last trading day of the quarter, was EUR 1,932 million, excluding treasury shares held by the Company. At the end of the first quarter, the Company held a total of 1,905,725 class B shares, which corresponds to 3 percent of the total number of shares.
 
Changes in Cargotec's Management
 
On February 1, 2008, Cargotec's Deputy CEO Kari Heinistö was appointed to lead the On the Move change programme. He continues as a member of the Executive Board and secretary to Cargotec's Board of Directors. Eeva Mäkelä was appointed as Cargotec's CFO as of February 1, 2008. She is responsible for accounting, finance, risk management, investor relations and communications, and will continue as a member of the Executive Board. Minna Karhu was appointed as Vice President, Corporate Communications of Cargotec as of February 1, 2008.
 
Decisions Taken at Cargotec Corporation's Annual General Meeting
 
Cargotec Corporation's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on February 29, 2008 in Helsinki. The meeting approved the financial statements and consolidated financial statements as well as granted discharge from liability to the President and CEO and the members of the Board of Directors for the accounting period January 1-December 31, 2007.
 
The AGM approved a dividend of EUR 1.04 for each of the 9,526,089 class A shares and EUR 1.05 for the 52,789,559 outstanding class B shares.
 
The number of members of the Board of Directors was confirmed at six according to the proposal of the Board's Nomination and Compensation Committee. Henrik Ehrnrooth, Tapio Hakakari, Ilkka Herlin, Peter Immonen, Karri Kaitue and Antti Lagerroos were elected as members of the Board of Directors.
 
Authorised public accountants Johan Kronberg and PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy were re-elected as auditors according to the proposal of Audit Committee of Cargotec Corporation's Board of Directors.
 
Authorisations Granted by the Annual General Meeting
 
The AGM authorised the Board of Directors of Cargotec to decide on acquisition of the Company's own shares with non-restricted equity. The shares may be acquired in order to develop the capital structure of the Company, finance or carry out possible acquisitions, implement the Company's share-based incentive plans, or to be transferred for other purposes or to be cancelled. The shares may be acquired through a directed acquisition as defined in Finnish Companies Act, Chapter 15 § 6.
 
Altogether no more than 6,400,000 own shares may be purchased, of which no more than 952,000 are class A shares and 5,448,000 are class B shares. The above-mentioned amounts include the 1,904,725 class B shares in the Company's possession on the AGM date, which were purchased during 2005-2007. The proposed amount corresponds to less than 10 percent of the share capital of the Company and the total voting rights. The acquisition of own shares will decrease the non-restricted equity of the Company. The authorisation is in effect for a period of 18 months from the date of decision of the AGM.
 
In addition, the AGM authorised the Board of Directors to decide on transfer of treasury shares. The Board of Directors was authorised to decide to whom and in which order the treasury shares will be transferred. The Board of Directors may decide on the transfer of treasury shares otherwise than in proportion to the existing pre-emptive right of shareholders to purchase the Company's own shares. The treasury shares may be used as compensation in acquisitions and in other arrangements as well as to implement the Company's share-based incentive plans in the manner and to the extent decided by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has also the right to decide on the transfer of the shares in public trading at the OMX Nordic Exchange, Helsinki to be used as compensation in possible acquisitions. This authorisation is in effect for a period of 18 months from the date of decision of the AGM.
 
In addition, the AGM resolved to amend the Articles of Association of the Company mainly due to and to align with the new Finnish Companies Act effective as from 2006.
 
Organisation of the Board of Directors
 
Cargotec's Board of Directors in its organising meeting elected Ilkka Herlin to continue as Chairman of the Board and Henrik Ehrnrooth to continue as Deputy Chairman. Cargotec's Deputy CEO Kari Heinistö continues to act as secretary to the Board of Directors. Cargotec's Board of Directors decided that the Audit Committee, Nomination and Compensation Committee as well as Working Committee continue to assist the Board in its work.
 
The Board of Directors elected among its members Ilkka Herlin, Karri Kaitue and Antti Lagerroos as members of the Audit Committee. Karri Kaitue was re-elected as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Board members Henrik Ehrnrooth, Tapio Hakakari, Ilkka Herlin and Peter Immonen were elected to the Nomination and Compensation Committee. Ilkka Herlin was re-elected as chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. Board members Tapio Hakakari, Ilkka Herlin and Peter Immonen were elected to the Working Committee. Ilkka Herlin was re-elected as chairman of the Working Committee.
 
Share Repurchases
 
Cargotec's Board of Directors decided to exercise the authorisation of the AGM to acquire the Company's own shares.
 
In accordance with the authorisation the shares will be acquired in order to develop the capital structure of the Company, finance or carry out possible acquisitions, implement the Company's share-based incentive plans, or to be transferred for other purposes or to be cancelled.
 
Class B shares will be purchased at public trading in the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki at the market price. Class A shares will be purchased outside the Stock Exchange at the price equivalent to the average price of class B shares paid in the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki on the purchase date.
 
A total of 1,000 own shares were repurchased during the first quarter. Cargotec held a total of 1,905,725 class B shares on March 31, 2008.
 
Short-term Risks and Uncertainties
 
The global economic development is affected by significant uncertainty which increases short-term risks. Cargotec estimates that its principal short-term risks and uncertainties are related to general economic development and the availability of components.
 
The impacts of the slowing US economy elsewhere in the world may decrease the willingness of Cargotec's customers to invest. A possible slowdown in the European economy and construction sector would have a negative effect in particular on demand for Hiab's load handing and Kalmar's heavy material handling equipment.
 
Cargotec has outsourced a significant proportion of its component production and part of its assembly operations. Due to generally high demand for many of the components used by Cargotec, their availability remains restricted, thus making it more difficult to optimise assembly plant operations and causing risk of extra costs and delivery delays. Additionally, occasional delays in truck deliveries in Europe may have an adverse impact on the delivery schedules of Hiab products during the spring 2008.
 
Cargotec has made a significant number of acquisitions during the last 12 months. Although these acquisitions are relatively small in size and geographically dispersed, integrations always involve a degree of uncertainty.
 
Events after the Reporting Period
 
MacGREGOR signed an agreement to acquire US based Platform Crane Services International Inc (PCS) in April. The sales of the company in 2007 were USD 16 million and the company employs 105 persons. The transaction is subject to due diligence.
 
Outlook
 
Cargotec expects full year sales growth in 2008 to be at the previous year's growth level as a result of the strong order intake and record-high order book. Order intake in 2008 is expected to continue healthy but lower compared to the very strong first quarter. Cargotec expects operating margin to improve from the 2007 level and to be approximately 8 percent for the full year.
 
 
Helsinki, April 18, 2008
Cargotec Corporation
Board of Directors
 
This interim report is unaudited.

 
 



 

 
 



 

 
 



 

 
 



 
 
 



 
 

 
 



 

 
 



 

 
 



 
 



 

 
 



 

 
Acquisitions 2008
 
In January-March 2008 Cargotec made a few acquisitions in line with its strategy. These acquisitions were individually immaterial.
 
In February, Hiab made an agreement to acquire the UK-based Del Equipment (UK) Limited and the US-based Ultron Lift Corp. These companies manufacture tail lifts in the UK and the US. The acquisitions were finalised at the end of March.
 
In February, in order to strengthen its R&D capabilities, Cargotec acquired 60 percent of Idea Designing & Consulting S.r.l., Italy. The accounting of this business combination also includes the minority share, which includes a redemption obligation.
 
Management estimates that the consolidated sales for January 1-March 31, 2008 would have been EUR 732 million, if the acquisitions had been completed on January 1, 2008.
 
The table below summarises the acquisitions completed in January-March 2008. The business combinations were accounted as preliminary as the determination of fair values to be assigned to the assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities were not yet finalised.
 
 



 

 
Accounting Principles
 
The interim report has been prepared according to the International Accounting Standard 34: Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the annual financial statements of 2007. All figures presented have been rounded and consequently the sum of individual figures may deviate from the presented sum figure.
 
Adoption of new interpretation starting in January 1, 2008
 
Starting from January 1, 2008 Cargotec has adopted the following new interpretation by the IASB published in 2007:
 
- IFRIC 14, IAS 19 - The Limit on a Defined Benefit Asset, Minimum Funding Requirements and their interaction.
 
The adoption of the interpretation does not have a material effect on the interim financial statements.
 
 



 

 
 



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