Marel 2013 results

| Source: Marel hf.


5 February 2014

Marel 2013 results

(All amounts in EUR)

Operating results below potential – Strong cash flow

  • Revenues for 2013 totaled 661.5 million (m), a decrease of 7.3% compared with the year before [2012: 714.0m].
  • EBITDA was 69.4m or 10.5% of revenues compared with 86.0m in 2012.
  • Operating profit was 42.9m or 6.5% of revenues compared with 61.1m in 2012.
  • Net result for 2013 was 20.6m compared with 35.6m in 2012. Earnings per share were 2.81 euro cents [2012: 4.88 euro cents].
  • Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax was 80.3m in 2013 compared with 65.6m in 2012 and net interest bearing debt is 217.1m at the end of 2013 [2012: 243.2m].
  • The order book was at 132.4m at the end of the year [2012: 125.4m].

Revenues were 662 million with 43 million in EBIT in 2013. Revenues declined by 7% compared with previous year. Revenues from large projects were at a low level while recurring spare parts and service revenues continued to increase.

Management guidance is to reach organic revenue growth with 55 million adjusted EBIT in 2014. The long term outlook in the industry remains favorable and Marel’s goal is to continue to grow faster than market.

A refocusing plan has been launched where the organizational structure will be simplified in order to service customers better. Business units serving the same customer needs and that rely on the same technical capabilities will be combined. Simultaneously the primary focus has been changed from volume to value creation, with targeted operating profit (EBIT) exceeding 100 million in 2017.  

Arni Oddur Thordarson, CEO:

“Marel´s market position is strong on all continents as a leading provider of advanced solutions for poultry, meat and fish processors. Marel reached 4% average annual growth during the last 5 years. At the same time global economic growth has been historically low. This has been a difficult period for food processors that have seen a spike in corn and energy prices. The situation is improving and overall food processor returned healthy profits in 2013 which enabled them to strengthen their financials.

There is now a clear need for expansion and modernization. Marel delivered 43 million operating profit last year which is not in line with potential. Following recent management changes we have taken several initiatives to simplify our structure and drive down fixed cost. A good example is the changes already made in Marel´s meat activities. Three business units in Marel´s operational structure were merged to better utilize existing innovation and sales capabilities. Among those units are Carnitech activities that were acquired last year.   

The organizational structure will be further simplified in order to service customers better. We will take careful steps to combine business units that serve the same customer needs and rely on the same technical capabilities. Our manufacturing footprint is extensive and spread causing over- and underutilization in the system. We have formally started our refocusing plan with the objective of becoming simpler, smarter and faster. Our aim is to reach over 100 million in operating profits in 2017”.

Q4 2013 results

Strong cash flowLow profit margin

  • Revenues for Q4 2013 totaled 168.2m, a decrease of 5.7% compared with revenues for the same period the year before [Q4 2012: 178.4m].
  • EBITDA was 14.1m, or 8.4% of revenues [Q4 2012: 19.5m].
  • Operating profit (EBIT) was 7.4m, or 4.4% of revenues [Q4 2012: 13.6m].
  • Net result was 3.7m for Q4 2013 [Q4 2012: 7.1m].
  • Operating cash flow before interest and tax is exceptionally strong at 34.7m for Q4 compared with 28.6m in Q4 2012.

The EBIT margin in fourth quarter 2013 is low. The reasons for this are mainly cost associated with management changes (2m) and adjustment of inventories (2.9m). Cash flow from operating activities is exceptionally strong.

Orders received amounted to 162.4m in Q4 2013 compared with 152.3m in Q4 2012. The order book stood at 132.4m at the end of Q4 2013 compared with 125.4m at the end of Q4 2012.


Management guidance is to reach organic revenue growth with 55 million adjusted EBIT in 2014.  Profitability is expected to improve over the course of the year. Refocusing cost is estimated to be around 20-25 million in total over the course of the years 2014-2015 with the aim of reaching 100 million in EBIT in 2017.  

Mid- and long-term, the Company believes that Marel’s innovative products and global presence in all industries will secure good growth and increased profitability.  The long term outlook in the industry remains favorable and Marel’s goal is to continue to grow faster than market.

It should be kept in mind that results may vary from quarter to quarter due to general economic developments, fluctuations in orders received and deliveries of larger systems.

Presentation of results, 6 February 2014

Marel will present its results at an investor meeting on Thursday, 6 February, at 8:30 am (GMT), at the Company’s headquarters at Austurhraun 9, Gardabaer. The meeting will also be webcast at

Publication days of Consolidated Financial Statements and Annual General Meeting in 2014

  • Annual General Meeting 2013    5 March 2014
  • 1st quarter 2014                               28 April 2014
  • 2nd quarter 2014                              23 July 2014
  • 3rd quarter 2014                               22 October 2014
  • 4th quarter 2014                               4 February 2015
  • Annual General Meeting 2014    4 March 2015

Release of financial statements will take place after market closing at above-mentioned dates.

For further information, contact:

Linda Jónsdóttir Corporate Director of Treasury and IR, tel: (+354) 563 8464 / mobile: (+354) 825 8464.

Auðbjörg Ólafsdóttir, Investor Relations specialist, tel: (+354) 563 8626 / mobile: (+354) 853 8626.

About Marel
Marel is the leading global provider of advanced equipment, systems and services to the fish, meat and poultry industries. With offices and subsidiaries in more than 30 countries and a global network of more than 100 agents and distributors, we work side-by-side with our customers to extend the boundaries of food processing performance. Advance with Marel for all your processing needs.
Forward-looking statements
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