Voith Group has announced robust development and significant increase in orders received in the first half of financial year 2020/21.
In the first six months (October 2020 to the end of March 2021) of the current financial year 2020/2021, the Voith Group continued to develop positively, despite a very challenging market environment partly due to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, the Voith Group was able to operate in the black in all three divisions of its core business and increase Group-wide EBIT. In addition, there was significant growth in orders received at all Group Divisions.
At €2.06 billion, Group sales were only slightly below the level of the prior-year period (€2.08 billion). After adjusting for currency effects, there was an increase of 3 percent compared to the previous year. At €2.63 billion, orders received were 21 percent higher than in the previous year (€2.17 billion). At €6.06 billion, the orders on hand as of March 31 were noticeably higher than the already high level of the previous year (€5.58 billion), resulting in its highest level in the last nine years. Voith was able to further increase its operating results slightly in the first half of the year. EBIT increased by 4 percent to €82 million, which is very positive given the continuing negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the difficult market environment, net profit was in positive territory.
“The Voith Group remains in very robust shape operationally and financially, despite noticeable negative effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. In last year’s comparative period, the COVID-19 crisis only impacted our earnings for two months, whereas in the current financial year we were under the influence of the crisis for the full six months. We can therefore be all the more satisfied with our current business performance. Our broad sectoral and geographical positioning has paid off during the crisis and we are confident that Voith will continue on its chosen course of sustained profitable growth in the long term,” said Dr. Toralf Haag, CEO at Voith Group.