Manz AG, a global high-tech engineering company, this week published its full report for financial year 2019 and confirmed its preliminary figures.
Revenues totalling 264.4 million euros (previous year: 296.9 million euros), earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totalling 9.2 million euros (previous year: 9.5 million euros) with an EBITDA margin of 3.6% (previous year: 3.2%) and negative earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) totalling -7.6 million euros, were in line with the adjusted expectations for 2019. This development was mainly due to customer project delays in the solar sector and the postponement of major investments in the establishment of a European battery production for the mobility turnaround.
Martin Drasch, Manz AG’s CEO, commented: “Last year’s performance did not meet our original expectations. However, the fundamental trends in our Energy Storage, Electronics and Solar segments are intact. We thus believe that the opportunities and prospects for us as a high-tech engineering company are generally good, even though the actual impact of the corona pandemic as well as its duration is currently difficult to estimate for us, as it is for most companies worldwide. We currently have an order backlog of around 170 million euros. This is a solid basis on which we can build despite all the challenges.”
According to the report, “Manz AG’s Management Board believes that the company will be able to generate profitable growth in 2020 and expects a slight to moderate increase in revenues compared to 2019 and a positive EBIT margin in the low single-digit percentage range. This forecast considers the currently assessable effects of the corona pandemic on the economic development of the company. However, it is currently not possible to make any reliable assumptions about the future reactions of the customers or about possible further restrictions – including political restrictions. Against the background of these considerable uncertainties and the highly dynamic nature of the situation, the economic effects on the Group and the forecast cannot be adequately determined at present. The further development of the Corona crisis and its possible effects on the further development of the business are therefore constantly evaluated by the Management Board. Forecasts for the segments are published in the 2019 Annual Report.”
The full report for the 2019 financial year is available for download on the company’s website www.manz.com in the Investor Relations / Publications section.