Au/Wädenswil, March 16, 2017 — Von Roll Holding AG today published its results for the financial year 2016. Thanks to optimisation measures and the consolidation and modernisation of production facilities, Von Roll improved its operating performance in 2016 and increased its gross margin by 3.3 percentage points year on year, as well as reducing its operating loss. Adjusted for restructuring costs and impairments, the EBIT for the past financial year was CHF ‑6.2 million, as against CHF ‑17.2 million in 2015.
In response to declining sales of CHF 328.1 million in 2016, the efforts to reposition the Von Roll Group were significantly boosted and accelerated in the second half of the last financial year. These measures include optimising our product portfolio, reducing our personnel and administration costs and streamlining our organisation. We are also focusing on optimising purchasing conditions and reorganising our global sales structure. The restructuring costs and impairments of CHF 13.9 million incurred for the reasons mentioned above led to an overall EBIT of CHF ‑20.1 million.
The restructuring measures will produce savings of more than CHF 18 million in our total underlying costs in the financial year 2017. We are also expecting further positive contributions to our result from the programmes launched in 2017 to increase efficiency in our sales and production.
Von Roll posted a positive net result in the first two months of the new financial year. Based on our solid order intake, we are also confident about the rest of the year. Von Roll insulation systems for the construction of high-voltage motors and generators remain one of the leading and most popular system solutions on the market. Our global presence and proximity to our customers enable us to offer tailor-made, customised solutions, for which we continue to see great market potential.
For further details, please refer to the Annual Report 2016, which can be viewed online at http://www.vonrollgroup.com/en/media–investor-relations/reports-and-publications/finance-reports/.
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About Von Roll Holding AG: As a Swiss industrial company, Von Roll Holding AG focuses on products and systems for power generation, transmission and distribution. Von Roll is a global market leader for electrical insulation products, systems and services and has a worldwide presence in 29 sites with around 1,700 employees.
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This press release is based on information currently available. Unforeseeable risks and influences may lead to discrepancies with the statements made here. For more information on the company and its business performance, please refer to the Annual and Semi-Annual Report of Von Roll Holding AG which is available in digital form at https://www.vonroll.com/en/.