Denmark: An improving mining market has driven FLSmidth’s sales, order intake and earnings in 2018. Its overall order intake grew by 13% year-on-year to Euro2.91bn in 2018 from Euro2.57bn in 2017. Its revenue increased by 4% to Euro2.51bn and its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 5% to Euro212m.
"The high order intake in 2018 is due to an improving mining market, but it also reflects the performance of our organisation, our position and strong lifecycle solutions. This combination lays a good foundation for future growth," said group chief executive officer (CEO) Thomas Schulz.
However, the group’s cement business order intake remained stable at Euro1.19bn. Sales revenue fell by 3% to Euro1.10bn and EBITDA dropped by 22% to Euro51m. It described the cement market as “very competitive with stable pricing at a low level.” It did note a ‘healthy level’ of small to mid-sized orders related to grinding plants, upgrades, retrofits and single equipment. Replacement and upgrade projects are anticipated to show continued growth in 2019.