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Marel achieved 7.7% revenue growth in 2014 and an adjusted EBIT of 48.8 million in line with management guidance. Order book in the beginning of 2015 stands at 175 million compared with 132 million in the beginning of 2014.
Management guidance for 2015 is organic revenue growth, with a solid increase in operational and net profit. Full focus remains on strengthening the market approach and operational improvement with the aim to reach EBIT of over 100 million in 2017.
“The fourth quarter was a good quarter for Marel with record revenue and order intake. In the quarter we saw revenue increase by 19% and order intake by 27% compared with the same quarter one year ago.
“2014 was a year of progress and transformation for Marel. The year started off slow but in the spring we changed the game and we have managed to be at the customer, for the customer, while refocusing our operations.
“The sales last year were a good mix of Greenfields, modernization projects and maintenance business around the globe. There is clearly a tailwind in the market, particularly in the U.S. that fully offsets turbulences in Eastern European countries and other countries that are dependent on raw material resources.
“The Simpler, Smarter, Faster refocusing program is a two year journey and we are now entering the second year. The streamlining of the operation is fully on track and simultaneously we are investing in future growth through innovation and general investments to advance the business.
“We are moving into the right direction with operational improvements in the second half of the year and we enter 2015 with optimism. The order book is at good level, we are streamlining towards lower cost base and our aim is to capture good organic growth and increased profits in 2015 compared with previous year.”
* Before refocusing cost
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