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22.01.2015 – 08:01


EANS-Adhoc: FACC AG records a significant increase in earnings in the third quarter of 2014/15 (with document)

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· Revenue recorded an increase of 4.7 %
· Operating earnings in the third quarter at EUR 5.5 million
· New contracts and higher production rates ensure a high degree of
capacity utilization in all plants
· Growth of worldwide air traffic expected to continue
· Outlook for the financial year 2014/15 adapted

Ried / In the first three quarters of the fiscal year 2014/15, the FACC AG
generated revenue of EUR 381.8 million. This means an increase of EUR 17.1
million or 4.7% compared to the year-on-year amount of EUR 364.7 million.
Revenue growth was driven by increased product revenue of EUR 54.4 million or
18.8%, while revenue related to development services dropped by EUR -37.3
million or -49.7% at the same time. Product revenue picked up largely with
respect to the Airbus A321, Airbus A350 XWB, Boeing 787, Boeing 737 and
Bombardier Challenger 300. All three divisions of the FACC Group -
Aerostructures, Engines & Nacelles and Interiors - experienced growth in

In the third quarter, operating earnings (EBIT) significantly increased to EUR
5.5 million, following a loss of EUR 9.2 million in the second quarter. However,
it is largely due to lower allocations in the development area below the
previous year's figure of EUR 12.3 million.

"Year to date, positive aspects worth mentioning are the completion of important
program milestones, especially in case of new projects. Both the certifications
and the subsequent first deliveries of the A350 XWB, the Bombardier CL350 and
the Embraer Legacy were performed as forecast. In these projects, we can now
continue to ramp up series production and generate additional growth from past
investments made therein", said Walter Stephan, CEO of FACC AG, when the FACC
Group published its key financial figures for the third quarter. "We have turned
in a solid operative performance in the year to date. By the sustainable
implementation of numerous measures we have succeeded to raise product revenues
by more than 18 %. Particularly notable is the significant improvement in
earnings that was achieved in the third quarter, thanks to the introduction of
optimization and stabilization measures in the new projects".
In the first three quarters of 2014/15, investments were made as planned and
amounted to EUR 55.3 million (Q3 2013/14: EUR 39.4 million). Capitalized
development costs contained in investments amounted to EUR 20.8 million (Q3
2013/14: EUR 11.1 million), mostly driven by engineering services associated
with the development of the Airbus A350 XWB Winglet, Embraer Legacy 450/500 and
Embraer E-Jet 190. The expansion of production capacity in the Interiors
division was completed and put into operation.
The FACC Group expects the world air traffic to grow also in 2015. Despite the
drop in crude oil prices, the trend of airlines striving to operate their
business more efficiently remains unchanged and continues to drive the demand
from airlines for new more efficient aircraft.
The market environment developed as planned during the first three quarters of
the fiscal year. The order level reported for the first three quarters as well
as the outlook for the fiscal year as a whole are in line with our budget
planning assumptions. The positive trend of the first half continues, so that we
should be able to achieve our sales targets. In comparison with the fiscal year
2013/14 and from today's perspective, we expect a single digit revenue increase
in the fiscal year 2014/15, with revenue from product deliveries growing at a
double-digit rate in Q3 just as in the prior-year period. From today's
perspective, this trend will continue. We would expect total revenues for the
full year 2014/15 to grow to EUR 580 million.
As for our operating results (EBIT), management expects that some of the on-
going customer negotiations may not be concluded entirely over the course of the
remainder of the fiscal year 2014/15. As a result, our operating profit may come
out considerably below last year's.
The order backlog of the FACC Group continues to develop positively thanks to
new orders on the one hand and thanks to the increasing volume of new aircraft
on the other hand. Obtaining the type-certificate for the Airbus A350 XWB
aircraft in September 2014 and the subsequent first delivery to Qatar Airlines
in December 2014 were major milestones for both the fiscal year 2014/15 and the
FACC Group's future growth strategies. In connection with these program
milestones, the production rate of A350 XWB components will raise from one
aircraft per month at present to three per month by the end of the fiscal year.
Further rate increases in the fiscal year 2016 are currently being implemented.
In the third quarter the FACC Group also implemented the ramp-up of series
production of components for the Boeing B787-9, Bombardier Challenger 350 and
Embraer Legacy 500 aircraft types.
As a system supplier, the FACC Group will profit significantly from the growing
business volumes resulting from new projects from 2015 onwards. "New contracts
and higher production rates of various aircraft programs ensure revenue growth
and a high degree of capacity utilization in all plants. We will continue to
work consequently on the goals set out that will enable us to meet the major
technological and economic challenges facing the aerospace industry. With our
'Operational Excellence' program and the associated automation of composite
manufacturing, we have successfully launched an optimization program to
sustainably increase our efficiency, flexibility and profitability and to make
FACC fit for the future. "
The interim report for the Q3 2014/15 is available for download at   http:// .
About FACC
FACC AG is one of the world's leading companies in the design, development and
production of advanced fibre reinforced composite components and systems for the
aviation industry. Their range of products reaches from structural components
for the fuselage and wings to engine components to complete passenger cabins for
commercial aircraft, business jets and helicopters. FACC is a supplier to all
large aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer,
Sukhoi, and COMAC as well as for engine manufacturers and sub-suppliers of
In the business year of 2013/14, FACC achieved a turnover of 547.4 million
Euros. The company currently employs more than 3,100 employees. Further
information can be found under
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Director Investor Relations
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Andrea Schachinger
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issuer:      FACC AG
             Fischerstraße 9
             A-4910 Ried im Innkreis
phone:       +43/59/616-0
FAX:         +43/59/616-81000
sector:      Industrial Components
ISIN:        AT00000FACC2
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