Overall assessment for 2013
For DEUTZ, 2015 was a year of two halves: while the first six months went well, business contracted significantly in the second six months due to increasingly difficult market conditions. This meant we were unable to meet our original targets for revenue and EBIT. Nonetheless, our new products continue to be very well received by the market. We will continue to strive for technologically leading designs with our engines and to further enhance our product range. However, this will be possible with considerably lower development expenditure. We do not regard the key figures for 2015 as satisfactory overall. Year on year, new orders were down by 11.1 per cent, revenue fell by 18.5 per cent to €1,247.4 million and unit sales dropped by almost 30 per cent to 137,781 engines. We had already planned for lower demand resulting from the advance production of engines in 2014, but this effect was compounded by a strong reluctance to invest on the part of our end customers in the second half of the year. On a positive note, however, we have succeeded in structuring the DEUTZ Group in such a way that it can still generate a profit even with a significantly lower volume of business. Operating profit (EBIT before one-off items) decreased from €31.7 million to €4.9 million. The EBIT margin was 0.4 per cent. Although net income fell to €3.5 million in 2015 (2014: €19.5 million), it was still in positive territory. Free cash flow amounted to €35.0 million in the reporting year. In operational terms, we continued as planned with the measures to optimise the network of sites in Germany and with the consolidation of our activities in China. We will continue to focus on increasing quality and efficiency in the DEUTZ Group. On that basis, we believe that we will benefit across the board in the event of a market recovery.