· Increased value-add margins
· Improved cost position
· Continued growth in Underlying EBIT
Underlying EBIT for Sapa increased compared to the same quarter of the previous year driven by higher value-add margins and positive effects from continuous improvements. The improvements were partly offset by slightly reduced sales volumes, mainly in the US.
Compared to the same period last year, market demand increased by 0.7% in North America and 2.1% in Europe. In North America, building and construction activity and automotive demand contributed positively, while the transportation segment experienced slower demand. In Europe there were positive developments in automotive and transportation and a mixed picture in building and construction.
Underlying EBIT year-to-date increased compared to last year, driven by the same main factors as for the third quarter.
Going forward, a continued moderate market growth is expected in Europe, while certain market segments in North America show indications of softening. In both North America and Europe, aluminium substitution in the automotive industry is contributing positively.
Key Figures - Sapa (100%)
|Sales volume (1000 tonnes)||340||341||1 055||1 052||1 363|
|Revenues||13 141||13 896||41 117||42 431||55 252|
|Underlying EBITDA||812||734||2 845||2 238||2 729|
|Underlying EBIT||487||404||1 862||1 279||1 407|
|Reported EBIT||497||174||2 071||440||528|
Oslo, 25 October 2016
Senior Vice President Investor Relations
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