BE Group Q3 2012 – positive operating result despite weak demand and sharp fall in prices
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· Shipped tonnage decreased by 11 percent and net sales decreased as a
consequence by 20 percent compared with the preceding year, amounting to SEK
1,020 M (1,268).
· The operating result amounted to SEK 6 M (13) and the underlying operating
result to SEK 15 M (32).
· During the quarter, BE Group signed a new three-year credit agreement with
the possibility of extending this by a total of two years.
· During the quarter, a process was initiated to sell the Group’s operations
in the Czech Republic. In this connection, the operations were reclassified as a
disposal group in the balance sheet and their value was written down by SEK 82
· Following the close of the quarter, the Board of BE Group AB appointed Kimmo
Väkiparta as the new President and CEO effective from November 1, 2012.
The President of BE Group, Roger Johansson, made the following comments on the
report for the third quarter of 2012:
“The third quarter was largely pervaded by volume reductions as a consequence of
decreased demand and inventory cutbacks among customers. Tonnage decreased by 11
percent and, combined with lower prices, this explains the drop in results.
However, cost cuts, more efficient inventory control and pricing initiatives
have mitigated the effects of decreased sales. The basic operations in Sweden
and Business Area Finland show improved gross margins, and in Finland, the
proportion of production services rose to 49 percent of sales.
In Business Area CEE, the process of selling the operations in the Czech
Republic is in progress. In Poland, our operational measures are starting to
have an effect and over recent months we have had a positive earnings trend,
which we believe will continue.
The future trend is difficult to assess. In the fourth quarter, we expect
continued inventory cutbacks among customers and demand in line with the level
established since the vacation period. Sales prices are expected to be lower
compared with the third quarter. In a longer-term perspective and following the
inventory cutbacks, the demand signals are more positive.”
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BE Group, listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange, is a trading and service
company in steel and other metals. BE Group provides various forms of service
for steel, stainless steel and aluminium applications to customers primarily in
the construction and engineering sectors. In 2011, the Group reported sales of
SEK 5.9 Bn. BE Group has about 900 employees in nine countries, with Sweden and
Finland as its largest markets. The head office is located in Malmö, Sweden.
Read more about BE Group at www.begroup.com
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