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    • Sales below prior year due to weaker market momentum
    • Agricultural machinery market severely impacted
    • Expectations for 2024: softer demand, lower profit margins

    Bucher Industries AG / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement
    Sales below the prior-year period with weaker market momentum, as expected

    25.04.2024 / 06:00 CET/CEST


    As expected, Bucher Industries' markets weakened over the course of the first quarter of 2024 in line with the general economic slowdown. The agricultural machinery market in particular was severely impacted by economic and political uncertainties. Order intake and sales fell below the prior-year period.

     

    Group

     

    January – March

    Change

    Full year

    CHF million

    2024

    2023

    %

    %1)

    %2)

    2023

    Order intake

    683

    854

    -20.0

    -16.0

    -16.1

    3’170

    Net sales

    853

    970

    -12.1

    -7.7

    -7.8

    3’575

    Order book

    1’393

    1’933

    -28.0

    -24.3

    -24.3

    1’600

    Average number of FTEs

    14’644

    14’886

    -1.6

     

    -1.7

    14’795

    1) Adjusted for currency effects
    2) Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects

     

    Demand for Bucher Industries' products and services declined over the course of the first quarter of 2024 in line with the general economic slowdown. The economic and political uncertainties affected the agricultural machinery market in particular. Order intake fell below the prior-year period overall, although the divisions were affected to varying degrees. While order intake weakened significantly at Kuhn Group and Bucher Hydraulics, it was only slightly below the prior-year period at Bucher Municipal, Bucher Emhart Glass and Bucher Specials. Group sales fell significantly below the high level of the prior-year period. Negative currency effects of four percentage points also contributed to the decline. Production capacity was less utilised and was adjusted to the lower volumes on a case-by-case basis. The order book remained high with a range of five months.

     

    Kuhn Group

     

    January – March

    Change

    Full year

    CHF million

    2024

    2023

     

    %

    %1)

    2023

    Order intake

    194

    297

     

    -34.7

    -31.6

    1’121

    Net sales

    357

    440

     

    -18.9

    -14.9

    1’422

    Order book

    490

    855

     

    -42.7

    -39.4

    670

    Average number of FTEs

    5’840

    6’205

     

    -5.9

     

    5’991

    1) Adjusted for currency effects

     

    Decline in demand Demand for agricultural machinery continued to decline during the reporting period. Farmers remained reluctant to invest because prices for agricultural commodities had fallen, interest rates were high, and fewer subsidies were available. In addition, inventories of agricultural machinery remained high in the dealer network, which weakened demand in all regions. Order intake remained especially low in Brazil, and in Europe the uncertain political climate had a negative impact and wet weather conditions delayed seeding. North America also showed signs of a slowdown. Kuhn Group's sales fell significantly compared to the strong prior-year period. The order book had a range of more than four months.

     

    Bucher Municipal

     

    January – March

    Change

    Full year

    CHF million

    2024

    2023

    %

    %1)

    %2)

    2023

    Order intake

    149

    159

    -6.2

    -1.6

    -2.3

    576

    Net sales

    139

    129

    7.1

    12.7

    11.9

    573

    Order book

    315

    340

    -7.4

    -2.6

    -2.6

    311

    Average number of FTEs

    2’505

    2’490

    0.6

     

    -0.1

    2’545

    1) Adjusted for currency effects
    2) Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects

     

    Increase in sales Demand remained stable overall at Bucher Municipal. The truck-mounted sweeper and sewer cleaning vehicle segments benefited from the improved delivery capacity for chassis. The compact sweeper business declined, partly due to a reduction in subsidies for electrified vehicles in Europe. Orders for refuse collection vehicles fell significantly compared to the high level of the prior-year period but remained stable for winter maintenance equipment. The maintenance services and spare parts business continued to develop satisfactorily. Overall, order intake fell slightly compared to the high level of the prior-year period, while sales increased. The order book had a range of more than six months.

     

    Bucher Hydraulics

     

    January – March

    Change

    Full year

    CHF million

    2024

    2023

     

    %

    %1)

    2023

    Order intake

    147

    194

     

    -24.2

    -20.4

    670

    Net sales

    182

    206

     

    -11.6

    -7.5

    744

    Order book

    190

    298

     

    -36.3

    -33.3

    230

    Average number of FTEs

    3’062

    2’996

     

    2.2

     

    3’042

    1) Adjusted for currency effects

     

    Decline in demand Demand fell markedly in the hydraulics markets during the reporting period, and Bucher Hydraulics' order intake declined significantly compared with the strong prior-year period. This was largely due to the weak market cycle in agricultural machinery, although the decline in demand for construction machinery was also an important factor. The materials handling business was more stable. The mobile electric drive technology solutions business generally had shorter order and delivery times, because electronic components were more readily available. The regions were affected differently by the decline in demand, with the slowdown in market momentum being particularly noticeable in Europe. The division's sales declined significantly. The order book had a range of over three months.

     

    Bucher Emhart Glass

     

    January – March

    Change

    Full year

    CHF million

    2024

    2023

     

    %

    %1)

    2023

    Order intake

    113

    124

     

    -9.2

    -4.1

    520

    Net sales

    124

    133

     

    -6.2

    -0.8

    524

    Order book

    283

    306

     

    -7.5

    -2.7

    302

    Average number of FTEs

    1’662

    1’640

     

    1.3

     

    1’655

    1) Adjusted for currency effects

     

    Slowdown in market momentum  Demand for glass forming and inspection machinery fell slightly compared to the very strong prior-year period but improved again compared to the low level of the previous quarter. Bucher Emhart Glass's order intake fell overall but was still at a high level. Europe was particularly affected by the downturn, with the other regions remaining stable. The division's capacity utilisation remained very high due to its strong order book. However, its sales were slightly lower than in the prior-year period, mainly due to currency effects. The order book had a range of almost seven months.

     

    Bucher Specials

     

    January – March

    Change

    Full year

    CHF million

    2024

    2023

     

    %1)

    %1)

    2023

    Order intake

    94

    100

     

    -5.9

    -1.2

    369

    Net sales

    72

    85

     

    -14.8

    -10.3

    398

    Order book

    142

    168

     

    -15.6

    -13.1

    122

    Average number of FTEs

    1’509

    1’495

     

    0.9

     

    1’500

    1) Adjusted for currency effects
    2) Adjusted for currency and acquisition effects

     

    Varying market developments Bucher Specials' markets were subject to varying developments during the reporting period. Demand remained stable at Bucher Vaslin, while Bucher Unipektin's business developed positively. Bucher Landtechnik and Bucher Automation both reported weakening business performances. Order intake was slightly lower overall than in the prior-year period, due to negative currency effects. Sales declined significantly. The order book had a range of more than four months.

     

    Outlook for 2024

     

    The Group anticipates that demand will continue to soften slightly in 2024 against an environment increasingly characterised by uncertainties. Kuhn Group expects sales to decrease and the operating profit margin to be lower. Bucher Municipal forecasts sales in line with prior-year figures. The operating profit margin is likely to increase. Due to weakening market momentum, Bucher Hydraulics expects both sales and the operating profit margin to decline slightly. Bucher Emhart Glass anticipates slightly weaker sales compared with the very high sales of 2023. Accordingly, the operating profit margin is expected to be somewhat lower than in 2023. Bucher Specials assumes its sales and the operating profit margin will be on a par with the previous year. The Group expects a slight decline in sales as a result of the slowdown in business momentum for 2024. Due to the lower capacity utilisation as well as rising employment costs, the operating profit margin is also expected to decline, but still remaining in the double digits. Accordingly, the Group’s profit for the year is expected to be lower than the high level recorded in the previous year.

     

    Contact for investors and financial analysts
    Jin Wiederkehr, Investor Relations
    T +41 58 750 15 50
    ir@bucherindustries.com

    Contact for media
    Saskia Rusch, Head of Group Communications
    T +41 58 750 15 40
    media@bucherindustries.com

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    Bucher Industries is a global technology group with leading market positions in speciality areas of mechanical and vehicle engineering. The company’s operations include agricultural machinery, municipal vehicles, hydraulic and electronic components as well as electrohydraulic systems, manufacturing equipment for the glass container industry, equipment for processing beverages and automation solutions. The company’s shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: BUCN). Further information is available at 
    bucherindustries.com.

    Additional performance measures: Internally and externally Bucher Industries uses key figures that are not defined by Swiss GAAP FER. The composition and calculation of the individual performance measures are set out here: bucherindustries.com/en/additional-performance-measures.


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    Language: English
    Company: Bucher Industries AG
    Murzlenstrasse 80
    8166 Niederweningen
    Switzerland
    Phone: +41 58 750 15 00
    E-mail: info@bucherindustries.com
    Internet: www.bucherindustries.com
    ISIN: CH0002432174
    Listed: SIX Swiss Exchange
    EQS News ID: 1888897

     
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