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Marel’s main markets are showing positive developments. With a focused market approach Marel secured well balanced orders in large systems, standard equipment and spares. Operational profit in Marel’s poultry segment is improving and salmon activities are performing well.
The refocusing plan of becoming simpler, smarter, and faster is proceeding according to plan. The plan’s objective is to serve customers’ needs more effectively and to reduce the company’s annual cost base by 20-25 million.
Recurring annual cost saving targets from actions taken in the first half of the year amount to 8 million compared with one-off cost of 10.7 million.
In the beginning of the year Marel published guidance to reach organic revenue growth in 2014 with 55 million adjusted EBIT.
Based on the current order book and market outlook organic revenue growth is realistic, however the guidance for adjusted EBIT is now updated to 40-50 million.
Full focus is on strengthening the market approach and operational improvement with the aim to reach EBIT of over 100 million in 2017.
“We are pleased with milestones reached in Q2. Our operational performance improved, order intake is strong and we are moving forward with our refocusing plan.
“Order intake, a good forward leading indicator of revenues, was 188 million in the quarter. The order intake was balanced between large systems, standard equipment and spares.
“The geographical spread in orders was as well diversified with orders coming in from India, China, the Middle-East and South America in addition to good order intake from our U.S. and European customers.
“Operational results are not yet in line with potential. We are moving towards becoming a simpler, smarter, and faster company by taking decisive steps to focus our market approach and optimize our manufacturing footprint. The primary goal and principle is to increase customer and shareholder long-term value.”
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