Continued good progress for ASSA ABLOY

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  · Sales increased by 13% in the quarter, with 4% organic growth, and totaled
SEK 12,305 M (10,868).
  · Strong growth in EMEA and good growth in Entrance Systems.
  · Global Technologies, Asia Pacific and Americas showed growth.
  · Four minor acquisitions made this year, with expected annual sales totaling
about SEK 400 M.
  · Operating income (EBIT) amounted to SEK 1,857 M (1,662). The operating
margin was 15.1% (15.3).
  · Net income amounted to SEK 1,264 M (1,138).
  · Earnings per share rose by 11% to SEK 3.41 (3.07).
  · Cash flow was normal for the season and amounted to SEK 557 M (498).

SALES AND INCOME

                             Full year                  First quarter
                2012              2013  Change        2013    2014  Change
Sales, SEK M      46,619        48,481         +4%  10,868  12,305    +13%
of which,
  Organic                                      +2%                     +4%
growth
  Acquisitions                                 +4%                     +8%

  Exchange           +290       -1,156         -2%    -379    +109     +1%
-rate effects
Operating           7,501    7,923 [1]         +6%   1,662   1,857    +12%
income
(EBIT),
SEK M
Operating            16.1     16.3 [1]                15.3    15.1
margin
(EBIT), %
Income before       6,784    7,381 [1]     +9% [1]   1,533   1,709    +11%
tax, SEK M
Net income,         5,172    5,496 [2]     +6% [2]   1,138   1,264    +11%
SEK )
Operating           7,044        6,803         -3%     498     557    +12%
cash flow,
SEK M
Earnings per        13.97    14.84 [2]     +6% [2]    3.07    3.41    +11%
share (EPS),
SEK

[1] Excluding items affecting comparability in 2013 amounting to SEK -1,000 M
for the full year.
[2] Excluding items affecting comparability in 2013 amounting after tax to SEK
-721 M for the full year.

COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

“The first quarter showed a continued very good performance for ASSA ABLOY, with
an increase in sales of 13% and an improvement of a full 12% in operating
income,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO.

“The global economy remains uncertain. The first quarter was characterized by a
clear improvement in Europe, helped to some extent by the effect of Easter, but
some weakening in the USA, probably due to the very cold weather. The
performance of the emerging markets continued to be very good in South America
and Africa, while Asia showed lower growth.

“The Group’s organic growth was a good 4%, while acquired sales rose by 8%,
mainly through the acquisitions of Ameristar, Amarr and Mercor.

“The acquisition activity has continued at a high level in 2014, with four new
minor acquisitions which add a further SEK 400 M to sales. Particularly exciting
was the acquisition of Lumidigm in America, which brings us unique expertise and
patented technology in biometry.

“Operating income continued to improve, by a full 12%. This was due to increased
efficiency, good sales of new products and positive savings from the
restructuring programs we have carried out. The improvement was very pleasing
considering that several acquired units with low profitability were consolidated
during the quarter.

“The successes of our new products continued and the Group won several prizes at
the USA’s largest security exhibition, ISC West. We are also seeing a strong
trend on the hotel side towards lock systems controlled by virtual keys – a
field in which ASSA ABLOY has taken the lead in innovation.

“My judgment is that the world economy is slowly on the way to improving,
although still affected by the budget cutbacks that many countries are making.
Our strategy therefore remains unchanged, to reduce our dependence on mature
markets and to expand strongly in the emerging markets, which are expected to go
on growing well. Another continuing priority will be investments in new
products, especially in the growth area of electromechanics.”

FIRST QUARTER

The Group’s sales totaled SEK 12,305 M (10,868). Organic growth for comparable
units was 4% (-1). Acquired units contributed 8% (5). Exchange-rate effects had
a positive impact of SEK 109 M on sales, that is 1% (-4). Operating income
before depreciation, EBITDA, amounted to SEK 2,135 M (1,911). The corresponding
EBITDA margin was 17.3% (17.6). The Group’s operating income, EBIT, amounted to
SEK 1,857 M (1,662). The operating margin was 15.1% (15.3).

Net financial items amounted to SEK -148 M (-129). The Group’s income before tax
amounted to SEK 1,709 M (1,533), an improvement of 11% compared with the
previous year. Exchange-rate effects had an impact of SEK 13 M (-59) on the
Group’s income before tax.

The profit margin was 13.9% (14.1). The underlying effective tax rate on an
annual basis amounted to 26% (25). Earnings per share amounted to SEK 3.41
(3.07).

RESTRUCTURING MEASURES

Payments related to all existing restructuring programs amounted to SEK 87 M in
the quarter. The restructuring programs proceeded according to plan and led to a
reduction in personnel of 123 people during the quarter and 8,481 people since
the projects began.

At the end of the quarter provisions of SEK 1,279 M remained in the balance
sheet for carrying out the programs.

COMMENTS BY DIVISION

EMEA

Sales for the quarter in EMEA division totaled SEK 3,511 M (3,171), with organic
growth
of 5% (-6). The markets in Scandinavia, Germany, Africa and eastern Europe
showed strong growth. Britain, Benelux, France and Iberia showed good growth.
Sales were stable in Italy and Finland but the trend was negative in Israel.
Acquired growth amounted to 3% (2). Operating income totaled SEK 565 M (509),
which represented an operating margin (EBIT) of 16.1% (16.1). Return on capital
employed amounted to 19.8% (19.3). Operating cash flow before interest paid
totaled SEK 261 M (105).

AMERICAS

Sales for the quarter in Americas division totaled SEK 2,673 M (2,353), with
organic growth of 2% (5). The sales trends for the residential market and Latin
America were strong, while electromechanical products and security doors had
good growth. Sales were also stable for traditional lock products, but slightly
down for high-security products and Canada. Acquired growth amounted to 12% (2).
Operating income totaled SEK 563 M (494) and the operating margin was 21.1%
(21.0). Return on capital employed amounted to 20.9% (23.5). Operating cash flow
before interest paid totaled SEK 116 M (148).

ASIA PACIFIC

Sales for the quarter in Asia Pacific division totaled SEK 1,420 M (1,355), with
organic growth of 3% (2). Australia and New Zealand showed strong growth. The
market in China showed a stable trend, with good growth in fire and security
doors, while South Korea showed good growth. South-East Asia showed a negative
trend. Acquired growth amounted to 3% (4). Operating income totaled SEK 151 M
(151), giving an operating margin (EBIT) of 10.6% (11.1). The quarter’s return
on capital employed amounted to 7.7% (11.7). Operating cash flow before interest
paid totaled SEK -138 M (-59).

GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES

Sales for the quarter in Global Technologies division totaled SEK 1,519 M
(1,426), with organic growth of 3% (0). HID had good growth in access control,
logical access and in identification technology. Government ID and project
orders showed a negative trend. Hospitality showed continued strong growth,
mainly from the important renovation market. Acquired growth amounted to 2% (0).
The division’s operating income amounted to SEK 260 M (242), with an operating
margin (EBIT) of 17.1% (17.0). Return on capital employed amounted to 15.7%
(16.4). Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled SEK 67 M (23).

ENTRANCE SYSTEMS

Sales for the quarter in Entrance Systems division totaled SEK 3,405 M (2,762),
with organic growth of 4% (-3). There was strong growth for the industrial and
high-speed door segments and for Flexiforce. Growth was good for door automation
and docking systems, but there was a slightly negative sales trend for doors for
the private residential segment and at Ditec. Acquired growth amounted to 17%
(16). Operating income totaled SEK 394 M (341), giving an operating margin of
11.6% (12.4). Acquisition dilution affected the operating margin by a net -1.4
percentage points (-0.1). Return on capital employed amounted to 10.4% (10.0).
Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled SEK 403 M (419).

ACQUISITIONS AND DIVESTMENTS

During the quarter a total of six acquisitions were consolidated. The combined
acquisition price for the six companies acquired this year amounted to SEK 1,527
M, and preliminary acquisition analyses indicate that goodwill and other
intangible assets with indefinite useful life amount to SEK 1,384 M. The
acquisition price is adjusted for acquired net debt and estimated earn‑outs.
Estimated earn-outs amount to SEK 486 M.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

ASSA ABLOY’s Sustainability Report for 2013 was published on 26 March 2014. The
Report showed that the majority of the key indicators are continuing to move in
a positive direction, not least in the area of health and safety.

Evaluation of the Group’s suppliers in low-cost countries remains a prioritized
area. In 2013, 885 (795) assessments of suppliers in these countries were
carried out, an increase of 11 percent. From having mainly concentrated on
China, the assessments have now progressively broadened out to cover several low
-cost countries.

72 internal assessors were trained in the Group in 2013, which is nearly double
the figure for 2012. The number of reporting units involved in the
sustainability reporting has risen to 327 (293), and a new Group-wide reporting
system for sustainable development was introduced during 2013.

PARENT COMPANY

Other operating income for the Parent company ASSA ABLOY AB totaled SEK 299 M
(367) for the first quarter. Income before tax amounted to SEK -119 M (174).
Investments in tangible and intangible assets totaled SEK 0 M (0). Liquidity is
good and the equity ratio was 42.1% (49.0).

ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES

ASSA ABLOY applies International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as
endorsed by the European Union. Significant accounting and valuation principles
are detailed on pages 90-95 of the 2013 Annual Report.

This Interim Report was prepared in accordance with IAS 34 ‘Interim Financial
Reporting’ and the Annual Accounts Act. The Interim Report for the Parent
company was prepared in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act and RFR 2
‘Reporting by a Legal Entity’.

TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PARTIES

No transactions that significantly affected the company’s position and income
have taken place between ASSA ABLOY and related parties.

RISKS AND UNCERTAINTY FACTORS

As an international Group with a wide geographic spread, ASSA ABLOY is exposed
to a number of business and financial risks. The business risks can be divided
into strategic, operational and legal risks. The financial risks are related to
such factors as exchange rates, interest rates, liquidity, the giving of credit,
raw materials and financial instruments. Risk management in ASSA ABLOY aims to
identify, control and reduce risks. This work begins with an assessment of the
probability of risks occurring and their potential effect on the Group. For a
more detailed description of risks and risk management, see the 2013 Annual
Report. No significant risks other than the risks described there are judged to
have occurred.

AUDIT

The Company’s Auditor has not carried out any review of this Interim Report.

OUTLOOK*

Long-term outlook
Long term, ASSA ABLOY expects an increase in security-driven demand. Focus on
end‑user value and innovation as well as leverage on ASSA ABLOY's strong
position will accelerate growth and increase profitability.

Organic sales growth is expected to continue at a good rate. The operating
margin (EBIT) and operating cash flow are expected to develop well.

* Outlook published on 7 February 2014:

Long-term outlook
Long term, ASSA ABLOY expects an increase in security-driven demand. Focus on
end‑user value and innovation as well as leverage on ASSA ABLOY's strong
position
will accelerate growth and increase profitability.

Organic sales growth is expected to continue at a good rate. The operating
margin (EBIT) and operating cash flow are expected to develop well.

Stockholm, 29 April 2014

Johan Molin
President and CEO


FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The Interim Report for the second quarter will be published on 18 July 2014.

The Interim Report for the third quarter will be published on 23 October 2014.

The Capital Markets Day will be held on 18 November 2014 in New Haven,
Connecticut, at the Americas divisions Headquarter.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM:

Johan Molin, President and CEO, Tel: +46 8 506 485 42

Carolina Dybeck Happe, Chief Financial Officer, Tel: +46 8 506 485 72

   ASSA ABLOY is holding an analysts’ meeting at 13.00 today at Operaterrassen
in Stockholm.

The analysts’ meeting can also be followed on the Internet at www.assaabloy.com.

It is possible to submit questions by telephone on
+46 8 5055 6476, +44 203 364 5371 or +1 877 679 2993.


This information is that which ASSA ABLOY is required to disclose under the
Swedish Securities Exchange and Clearing Operations Act and/or the Swedish
Financial Instruments Trading Act.
The information is released for publication at 12.00 on 29 April.