Sales third quarter 2018

října 10, 2018

Continued growth

The Bossard Group continues on its growth track: In the third quarter, the fastening technology specialist generated sales of CHF 212.7 million, a 9.3 percent jump over the same quarter in 2017. In the first nine months of the 2018 fiscal year, Bossard boosted sales by 11.8 percent to CHF 659.0 million. Growth did slow somewhat in Europe and Asia compared with the second quarter of 2018. In contrast, growth in the America business was vigorous, partly due to increased demand from the largest US electric vehicle manufacturer.

Third quarter performance in Europe did not seamlessly build on the growth recorded in the previous two quarters. In Europe, we posted a 5.7 percent increase to CHF 117.6 million (+4.0 percent in local currency). Nonetheless, overall growth for the first nine months of 2018 was still in the double-digit range. Sales rose by 13.0 percent to CHF 378.1 million (+8.7 percent in local currency). The reasons for slower growth in Europe are manifold. Some customers are operating at full capacity, which reduces the potential for above-average growth. A certain base effect is also a factor: The basis for comparison – the third quarter of 2017 – was already at a high level. Finally, the strengthening Swiss franc narrowed sales.

New momentum in the America business
The Bossard Group's America business was substantially stronger. Sales between July and September grew by a healthy 16.2 percent to CHF 60.4 million (+14.8 percent in local currency). This represents an increase of 8.2 percent to CHF 179.9 million in the first nine months of the current fiscal year (+9.5 percent in local currency). This accelerated growth is driven by business with the largest US electric vehicle manufacturer, whose third model series resulted in a considerable boost in production.

Solid growth in the Asia business
In Asia, third quarter sales rose 10.9 percent to CHF 34.7 million (+7.8 percent in local currency). In the first nine months of this fiscal year, the Asia market region contributed greatly to the Group's solid performance, with sales increasing by 13.7 percent to CHF 101.0 million (+11.3 percent in local currency). However, demand in the Asian markets did appear to be normalizing somewhat after the extraordinary high growth rates we witnessed in the previous quarters.

Demand normalizing at a high level
Indications from our customers as well as the purchasing managers' indices in our key markets point to continued economic expansion. Bossard therefore expects fourth quarter sales to be at a high level. However, in comparison with the very strong corresponding quarter last year at lower growth rates than year-to-date. Many customers are operating at full capacity, which is another factor in normalizing growth rates, especially in Europe. The appreciation of the Swiss franc in recent weeks will also hamper growth in the reporting currency through the end of the year. With business conditions changing compared to the first half of the year, Bossard is targeting sales on the order of CHF 865 million (2017: CHF 786.2 million) for the fiscal year 2018.

 

 Net sales 3rd quarter

change in %

 in CHF million

2018 

 2017 

in CHF 

in local  
currency 

 Europe

117.6 

111.3 

   5.7% 

  4.0% 

 America

60.4 

52.0 

 16.2% 

 14.8% 

 Asia

34.7 

31.3 

  10.9% 

 7.8% 

 Group

212.7 

194.6 

  9.3% 

  7.5% 

 

 Net sales January – September

change in %

 in CHF million

2018 

 2017 

in CHF 

in local  
currency 

 Europe

378.1 

334.6 

  13.0% 

  8.7% 

 America

179.9 

166.3 

 8.2 % 

 9.5% 

 Asia

101.0 

88.8 

  13.7% 

  11.3% 

 Group

659.0 

589.7 

  11.8% 

  9.3% 

 

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