10/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2020 00:02
STRONG MARKET DEMAND AND IMPROVED PROFITABILITY
'We experienced a rapid recovery in the third quarter after a difficult and unprecedented second quarter. Organic net sales growth ended up at 3 percent and EBIT margin before items affecting comparability in the quarter showed a strong improvement to 15.5 percent from 13.5 percent last year. Thanks to a strong growth in orders booked we achieved a record order backlog at the end of the quarter. After a fast and successful reduction of our cost base in the second quarter, customer demand increased sharply in June and July resulting in certain constraints in our supply chain and a subsequent effect on net sales. Additionally, pro-active measures to contain COVID-19 cases in some of our American factories impacted net sales negatively. We will continue to increase capacity to meet the strong demand we foresee in the coming quarters.
A further increase in end-user appetite for staycation and outdoor activities is driving demand for our products across the portfolio. The increased demand is also visible in the number of visits to our website Dometic.com, which has shown an accelerated growth of more than 70 percent, year-to-date.
During the second half of the quarter we started to deliver on the previously communicated contracts for cooling compartments with automotive customers in Americas and we expect a further ramp-up in deliveries during the coming quarters. It is also encouraging to see that our aftermarket business grew by 13 percent organically in the quarter. In Asia Pacific we experienced a strong sales recovery in July whereas the second COVID-19 related lockdown in Australia impacted the business negatively in August and September.
The improvement of the EBIT margin before items affecting comparability to 15.5 percent from 13.5 percent was driven by a significant growth in aftermarket sales and successful cost reductions, despite negative currency effects and a negative impact of COVID-19. Costs associated with tariffs were as expected and impacted the third quarter by SEK -55 million compared to SEK -86 million last year.
Strategy implementation continues at high pace. Resources, capabilities and new products are being added to our identified global growth areas to capture opportunities from a market that is drawn to the outdoor lifestyle. The innovation index improved to 21% from 16% a year ago and our pipeline of new products guarantees a continuous increase. The global restructuring program is progressing well, and a further four sites were affected in the third quarter. The SKU reduction improved to 44 percent by the end of the quarter, which already exceeds the 2021 reduction target of 40 percent.
We are very proud of the strong results that the entire organization has achieved, particularly considering the challenges created by the unprecedented lockdowns we experienced worldwide in the second quarter and the business acceleration we saw in the third quarter. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create uncertainty, we foresee the coming quarters to be strong considering the existing market demand, the considerably lower retail inventory levels compared to historical levels and the substantial growth in orders booked that we have experienced in recent months. As a leading outdoor company, Dometic is well positioned for continued growth and margin expansion. We are confident about the long-term positive trends in the Mobile Living Industry and remain fully committed to delivering on our strategic direction and financial targets.'
Juan Vargues President and CEO
PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT
Analysts and media are invited to participate in a telephone conference at 10.00 (CEST) October 23, 2020, during which President and CEO, Juan Vargues, and CFO, Stefan Fristedt, will present the report and answer questions.
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Webcast URL and presentation are available at www.dometic.com.
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