According to preliminary calculations (unaudited), Heidelberg achieved its own forecast for sales and EBITDA margin for the past financial year 2021/22 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) and returned to profitability.
At €2.183 bn, sales were around 14% higher than the previous year, meeting the target of at least €2.1 bn. The reporting period showed a clear recovery from the previous year, which had been particularly hard hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The noticeable improvement in the investment climate was reflected in particular in the increase in incoming orders received by more than €450m year-on-year to €2.454 bn.
Both commercial printing and packaging printing recorded significant year-on-year growth in the past financial year, with the increase in commercial printing being stronger due to the particularly weak comparative period. Demand picked up across almost all products and in all regions, with investments in new presses being the main driver. As of March 31, 2022, the order backlog stood at around €900m, the highest level in more than 10 years (previous year: €636m).