Scania’s earnings reached new record levels in the first half and in the second quarter of 2008, primarily driven by higher vehicle and service volume and increased prices Order bookings decreased in Europe, while demand was strong in Russia and other CIS countries as well as in Latin America and Asia.
- Operating margin rose to 16.6 percent (14.7) and net margin increased to 12.1 percent (10.2)
- Deliveries amounted to 39,574 (37,578) vehicles
- Net sales rose by 15 percent to SEK 45,885 m. (40,040)
- Service revenue continued to show strong growth, +10 percent
- Earnings per share amounted to SEK 6.94 (5.12)
- Earnings 2008 will be higher than 2007
Comments by Leif Östling, President and CEO
“Scania’s earnings reached new record levels in the first half and in the second quarter of 2008, primarily driven by higher vehicle and service volume and increased prices Order bookings decreased in Europe, while demand was strong in Russia and other CIS countries as well as in Latin America and Asia. Scania’s high production rate in combination with lower order bookings are now beginning to result in shorter delivery times. Sales of service- related products continued at a high level with revenue increasing 10 percent. Restructuring of Scania’s European axle and gearbox production is proceeding as planned. The final closure of gearbox production in Sibbhult, Sweden is under way and all industrial activities have been transferred to Södertälje, Sweden. The concentration of axle production will be completed by year-end. The savings from restructuring will have full effect from 2009. The introduction of the P-, G- and R-series in Latin America early this year means that Scania now has a global product range, which provides increased flexibility in production of vehicles for the approximately 100 markets where Scania operates. With these measures we are improving flexibility and are well prepared for fluctuations in demand. We are continuing to expand our technical capacity to an annual rate of 90,000 vehicles towards year-end 2008 and 100,000 by the end of 2009. The long term outlook remains good, but recent developments in various markets in Europe makes it difficult to give an outlook for 2009. Earnings 2008 will be higher than 2007.
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