Atlas Copco third-quarter report 2018

October 19, 2018

Solid profitability, weaker demand in some customer segments

The figures presented in this report refer to continuing operations unless otherwise stated.

Mats Rahmström


  • Orders increased 6% to MSEK 23 440 (22 062), an organic decline of 1%

  • Revenues increased 13% to MSEK 23 675 (21 033), organic growth of 6%

  • Operating profit increased to MSEK 5 263 (5 002), including items affecting comparability of MSEK -59 (+336)

  • Adjusted operating profit margin was 22.5% (22.2)

  • Profit before tax amounted to MSEK 5 168 (4 780)

  • Profit for the period was MSEK 3 899 (3 555)

  • Basic earnings per share were SEK 3.21 (2.92)

  • Operating cash flow was MSEK 3 373, roughly in line with previous year for continuing operations

Near-term demand outlook

The customer demand is expected to be somewhat lower, mainly due to the semiconductor and automotive industries. Previous near-term demand outlook (published July 20, 2018):

Demand from most customer segments is expected to remain at current high level. Equipment demand from the semiconductor industry is expected to be somewhat lower in the near-term.

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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers through its innovative compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2017, Atlas Copco (excluding Epiroc AB) had revenues of BSEK 86 (BEUR 9) and about 34 000 employees.

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