Press Release

Wienerberger reports strong performance in the first 9 months 2020

05. November 2020

Highlights

  • Strong results thanks to a resilient business model and further catch-up effects in the summer months
  • Wienerberger benefits from operational excellence, innovative solutions and a continuous focus on sustainability
  • External revenues of € 2,543.3 million (-4%) and EBITDA LFL of € 431.7 million (-7%) fall just short of the previous year’s record level
  • High liquidity and a robust balance sheet as a solid basis for future growth

Outlook for 2020

  • Due to renewed uncertainty in the markets, performance is expected to slow in the 4th quarter
  • Based on the company’s previous strong results, Wienerberger expects to reach the upper range of its EBITDA LFL guidance of € 480-500 million

The Wienerberger Group reported strong business performance in the first three quarters of 2020 despite the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company closed the first nine months of 2020 with Group revenues of € 2,543.3 million, driven by a strong 3rd quarter resulting, just 4% lower than the previous year’s record level (Q1-3/2019: € 2,655.5 million). Wienerberger benefited from improvements to the product mix and the continued pursuit of its proactive pricing strategy to cover cost inflation as well as increased demand as a result of catch-up effects as lockdowns ended. The Fast Forward program made a positive contribution of € 24 million to EBITDA LFL which decreased by a mere 7% to € 431.7 million (Q1-3/2019: € 462.6 million). 

Wienerberger thus achieved a profitability that almost reached the record level of the previous year.

Our results for the first nine months clearly demonstrate how resilient Wienerberger has become. After the negative effects of state-imposed lockdowns in the second quarter, we were able to significantly increase our earnings again to just below the previous year’s record level. We quickly adapted to the situation and reaped the benefits of our leading position across diversified end markets. Thus, we have not only been able to overcome the crisis, we have also emerged from it as a stronger company that is well equipped to actively shape the future of our sector.

Heimo Scheuch

CEO

Through stringent working capital management cost discipline and by increasing our financing, the company was also able to increase its cash position to € 584 million at 30 September 2020, up from € 129 million at the end of 2019. The balance sheet position remained robust with a net debt/EBITDA ratio at the end of the quarter of 1.2x (30 September 2019: 1.6x)

Performance at Wienerberger’s Business Units

Despite the lockdown in many of the unit’s Western markets, external revenues at Wienerberger Building Solutions declined by only 4% to € 1,581.7 million (Q1-3/2019: € 1,651.4 million). At € 312.4 million, EBITDA LFL fell short of the previous year’s level of € 349.5 million. 

Wienerberger Piping Solutions succeeded in generating further growth in earnings and improved its profitability. With external revenues of € 718.8 million (Q1-3/2019: € 746.5 million) EBITDA LFL improved by 6% to € 86.3 million (Q1-3/2019: € 81.1 million). 

The North America Business Unit delivered a strong performance despite the difficult environment. External revenues amounted to € 242.8 million (Q1-3/2019: € 257.6 million). Through strict cost discipline and an improved product mix, EBITDA LFL rose to € 33.0 million (Q1-3/2019: € 32.0 million).

Outlook 2020 

After the strong summer months, the second wave of Covid-19 is again creating uncertainty which is weighing on markets. Thus, for the year as a whole, the company expects a market decline of around 10% compared to the previous year. In the fourth quarter, Wienerberger will therefore continue its strict management of working capital and adjust capacities in line with market trends and weather conditions. Based on the very strong performance to date, Wienerberger continues to expect that EBITDA LFL will reach the upper end of the guidance of between € 480 and 500 million for the full year 2020.

In the medium term, Wienerberger sees great potential to benefit from the positive trends in its core markets. Investments in infrastructure, housing and renovation are urgently needed in both Europe and the USA. “Our medium-term strategy therefore remains consistently focused on improving performance, innovations & digitalisation with a clear commitment to sustainability”, explained Heimo Scheuch. This will enable the company to advance its pioneering role.  Wienerberger will leverage its own strength to generate an EBITDA enhancement of € 135 million by 2023 from the base in 2020. “With our growth strategy, diversified portfolio, and innovative and digital business model we are optimally positioned to overcome future challenges and make use of market momentum to generate value” the Wienerberger CEO concluded.

Contact
Claudia Hajdinyak

Claudia Hajdinyak

Head of Corporate Communications

Wienerberger AG

+43 664 8283183 Send e-mail
Anna Maria Grausgruber

Anna Maria Grausgruber

Head of Investor Relations

Wienerberger AG

+43 1 60192 10221 Send e-mail Contact via LinkedIn

 

External Revenues
in MEUR

1-9/2020

1-9/2019

chg. in %

Q3 2020

Q3 2019

chg. in %
Wienerberger Building Solutions
1,581.7 1,651.4 -4 567.3
577.3 -2
Wienerberger Piping Solutions 718.8 746.5 -4 248.4 249.5 0
North America

242.8

257.6

-6

87.9 92.6 -5
Group

2,543.3

2,655.5

-4

903.6 919.4 -2

 

EBITDA LFL 1)
in MEUR

1-9/2020

1-9/2019

chg. in %

Q3 2020

Q3 2019

chg. in %
Wienerberger Building Solutions
312.4 349.5 -11 128.5
129.8 -1
Wienerberger Piping Solutions 86.3 81.8 6 31.4 30.0 5
North America

33.0

32.0

3

16.7 12.7 32
Group

431.7

462.6

-7

176.6 172.5 2

Watch this message from our CEO Heim Scheuch on the Q3 Results:

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