HEALTHY START TO 2018
“Dometic had a positive start to the year, with our efficiency and pricing initiatives beginning to generate results. Sales were strong, despite fewer working days due to Easter and cold weather in Americas and EMEA. Total sales growth was 29 percent, of which 10 percent was organic. The EBIT margin grew by 2.3 percentage points, whereof 0.4 percentage points were contributed by SeaStar. The integration of SeaStar is progressing according to plan and performance is in line with expectations.
Our short-term priorities are to improve margins through further efficiency gains, compensate the commodity cost increases through pricing, focus on cash flow and deleveraging.
Strategically, we are currently emphasizing three areas, growth, innovation and competitive cost base. We have initiated a number of activities to support further growth and improved profitability. During the quarter we appointed a new CTO; an important step as part of our ambition to improve process ownership and increase speed and efficiency in product development and innovation.
The outlook for our combined businesses remains positive with an estimated organic growth in line with our target of 5 percent. With the acquisition of SeaStar, combined with continued efficiency improvements, we are aiming at reaching our target of 15 percent EBIT margin during 2018. Leverage is expected to be around 2.5x by the end of 2018.
Juan Vargues President and CEO
PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT
Analysts and media are invited to participate in a telephone conference at 10.00 (CEST) April 26, 2018, during which President and CEO, Juan Vargues and CFO, Per-Arne Blomquist, will present the report and answer questions. To participate in the webcast/telephone conference, please dial in five minutes prior to the start of the conference call:
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Dometic is a global market leader in branded solutions for mobile living in the areas of Climate, Hygiene & Sanitation, Food & Beverage, Power & Control and Safety & Security. Dometic operates in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, providing products for use in recreational vehicles, trucks and premium cars, pleasure and workboats, and for a variety of other uses. Dometic offer products and solutions that enrich people’s experiences away from home, whether in a motorhome, caravan, boat or a truck. Our motivation is to create smart and reliable products with outstanding design. We operate 28 manufacturing/assembly sites in eleven countries, sell our products in approximately 100 countries and manufacture approximately 85% of products sold in-house. We have a global distribution and dealer network in place to serve the aftermarket. Dometic employs approximately 8,800 people worldwide, had net sales of SEK 14.0 billion in 2017 and is headquartered in Solna, Sweden.