2017 was a successful year for the Bühler Group, which organically increased its order intake by 10% to CHF 2.8bn, its turnover by 9% to CHF2.7bn, and its EBIT by 18% to CHF 205m (EBIT margin: 7.7%).
“Our innovation power provides the basis for this positive development of our organization,” says Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber. These results mirror Bühler’s positioning as a provider of integrated process solutions for sustainable mobility and healthy food. “In 2017, this clear focus has enabled us to continue to expand our technology and market positions and to further increase our competitiveness,” says Scheiber. The same also applies for the acquisition of the Austrian Haas Group, which now allows Bühler to also occupy a leading position in the consumer foods market. “We have increased our dynamism perceptibly and face the new fiscal year with confidence, not least thanks to our high order backlog,” continues Scheiber.
Market share gains were achieved in particular by milling, feed, optical sorting, aluminum die casting, and optical coatings. In regional terms, order intake growth was especially pronounced in the Middle East & Africa (+48%) and Asia (+18%).
This operating performance further strengthened the already very sound financial position of Bühler. Net profit surged by 22% to CHF 174m, representing a net profit margin of 6.5% (previous year: 5.9%). Significantly higher capital investments of CHF 100m (+41%) – among other things in the modernization and expansion of the global production network – lay the ground for Bühler’s future profitable business development.
“In order to safeguard our entrepreneurial flexibility and to use the current beneficial conditions in the financial markets, we decided to launch a corporate bond on the capital market,” says CFO Andreas Herzog.
The acquisition of the Austrian Haas Group, announced in 2017, was a highlight in the past fiscal year. The closing of the transaction took place in early 2018. Haas is the global leader in the manufacturing of plants and equipment for making wafers, waffles, cakes, and cookies, with over 1,750 employees and turnover of around EUR 300 million. The machinery and solutions of the two companies supplement each other excellently. This step opens up great perspectives for Bühler and Haas alike. Both organizations together hold a leading position in the consumer foods market and can offer customers integrated, sustainable, single-source solutions along the entire value chain.