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Worldwide demand for robotics and automation: KUKA records strong results in first nine months of 2021

Interim report on the financial figures for the first nine months of 2021

2021年10月28日


  • Major increase of 35.3% in orders received and 26.8% in sales in the first nine months of 2021.
  • Strong improvement in EBIT to €45.5 million (9M/20: -€70.5 million).
  • KUKA is benefiting from the boom in e-vehicles in North America and conquering new markets such as e-commerce and consumer goods.
  • KUKA CEO Peter Mohnen: “Global supply bottlenecks entail risks – due to our well-organized and flexible supply chain, we have been able to manage the situation well so far.”

 

KUKA has achieved strong results in the first nine months of 2021. From January to September 2021, the Group recorded orders received totaling around €2.7 billion, around 35.3% higher than in the prior-year period. Sales revenues rose by 26.8% to €2.4 billion. The book-to-bill ratio improved to 1.14 (9M /20: 1.07). Earnings before interest and taxes of €45.5 million were significantly higher than the previous year’s figure of -€70.5 million, and the EBIT margin rose to 1.9% (9M /20: -3.8%). A provision for the loss of a major customer in Asia prevented the operating result from being even better.

Peter Mohnen

Robotics, digitization and automation have become indispensable in modern manufacturing. We are serving growing demand worldwide, not only in traditional industrial sectors, but also from small and medium-sized enterprises and in new markets such as consumer goods and e-commerce/retail. KUKA is also an innovative automation partner with experience in the sustainable use of energy and the transformation towards new drive systems.

Peter Mohnen, CEO of KUKA Group

Swisslog, for example, implemented large automated storage and distribution solutions for customers in the food industry, such as Rapunzel, Denner and Nestlé. In the first nine months, KUKA’s logistics specialist recorded significant growth in orders received and sales. The Robotics business segment generated double-digit growth, EBIT improved to €37.6 million (9M/20: -€10.1 million) and the EBIT margin of 5.1% was significantly higher than the corresponding figure for the previous year (9M/20: -1.6%).

Particularly in North America, automotive manufacturers are increasingly focusing on the electrification of their vehicle fleets. Here, KUKA’s Systems division supports customers with experience and expertise and has been awarded numerous contracts. Overall, the business unit’s orders received rose by 67.8% and sales by 44.9% in the first nine months. The book-to-bill ratio rose to 1.20.

Risks from global supply bottlenecks

Megatrends such as digitization, individualization of products, demographic change and increasing regionalization due to global uncertainties: all these things require increasingly flexible and at the same time more efficient solutions for the production environment.

“The world is changing and the pandemic has accelerated this transformation. Our customers are at the center of all our activities. They demand flexible automation and new technologies that are easy to use – particularly in markets that have had little automation until now. KUKA is working on the right solutions in these areas. We thus have a positive outlook for the future,” said Peter Mohnen. “However, global supply bottle-necks entail risks that we are also currently feeling. Thanks to our well-organized and flexible supply chain, we have been able to manage the situation well so far and fulfill customer orders.”

 

Please find the full interim report on the financial figures for the first nine months of 2021 here:
www.kuka.com/en-de/company/investor-relations/reports-and-presentations

KUKA Group

in € millions 9M /2020 9M /2021 Δ in % Q3 /2020 Q3 /2021 Δ in %

Orders received

1,993.1

2,697.1

35.3

752.4

808.9

7.5

Sales revenues

1,860.8

2,359.6

26.8

692.0

829.8

19.9

Book-to-Bill ratio

1.07

1.14

1.09

0.97

EBIT

-70.5

45.5

> 100

7.6

11.7

54.0

EBIT margin in %

-3.8

1.9

1.1

1.4

Systems

in € millions 9M /2020 9M /2021 Δ in % Q3 /2020 Q3 /2021 Δ in %

Orders received

514.4

863.2

67.8

274.9

222.5

-19.1

Sales revenues

495.6

718.3

44.9

203.7

256.2

25.7

Book-to-Bill ratio

1.04

1.2

1.35

0.87

EBIT

-27.3

26.0

> 100

6.7

9.1

35.8

EBIT margin in %

-5.5

3.6

3.3

3.6

Robotics

in € millions 9M /2020 9M /2021 Δ in % Q3 /2020 Q3 /2021 Δ in %

Orders received

679.6

831.5

22.4

214.1

263.0

22.8

Sales revenues

623.9

734.6

17.7

216.1

256.8

18.8

Book-to-Bill ratio

1.09

1.13

0.99

1.02

EBIT

-10.1

37.6

> 100

4.1

20.4

> 100

EBIT margin in %

-1.6

5.1

1.9

7.9

Swisslog

in € millions 9M /2020 9M /2021 Δ in % Q3 /2020 Q3 /2021 Δ in %

Orders received

401.0

456.0

13.7

140.8

154.9

10.0

Sales revenues

393.9

466.7

18.5

115.2

167.9

45.7

Book-to-Bill ratio

1.02

0.98

1.22

0.92

EBIT

3.6

10.3

> 100

2.3

4.1

78.2

EBIT margin in %

0.9

2.2

2.0

2.5

Swisslog Healthcare

in € millions 9M /2020 9M /2021 Δ in % Q3 /2020 Q3 /2021 Δ in %

Orders received

126.9

166.5

31.2

43.8

47.4

8.3

Sales revenues

154.3

148.6

-3.7

47.8

49.7

4.0

Book-to-Bill ratio

0.82

1.12

0.92

0.95

EBIT

4.3

1.8

-58.1

2.5

0.9

-64.0

EBIT margin in %

2.8

1.2

5.2

1.8

China

in € millions 9M /2020 9M /2021 Δ in % Q3 /2020 Q3 /2021 Δ in %

Orders received

361.1

509.5

41.1

111.7

152.4

36.4

Sales revenues

275.2

405.2

47.2

142.2

142.9

0.5

Book-to-Bill ratio

1.31

1.26

0.79

1.07

EBIT

-10.1

0.4

> 100

12.1

-13.5

> -100

EBIT margin in %

-3.7

0.1

8.5

-9.4

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