Krones continues recovery in 2021
Krones’ business continued to improve through the second quarter of 2021, after a challenging 2020.
Based on preliminary figures, order intake in the first six months of 2021 was around €2,045 million, some 40% higher than a year earlier. Revenue in the first half of 2021 increased by about 1% year on year to approximately €1,720 million.
In the second quarter of 2021, revenue was almost 12% higher than in the prior-year quarter. Despite rising costs, notably of materials and freight, Krones’ profitability improved significantly in the period January to June 2021.
Based on the preliminary figures for the first half year and the good outlook for the third and fourth quarters of 2021, Krones is raising its full-year guidance for 2021. For the Krones Group, the Executive Board now expects full-year revenue growth of 7% to 9% in 2021 (previously 2.5% to 3.5%). Krones anticipates an EBITDA margin of 7% to 8% (previously 6.5% to 7.5%). For the third performance target, working capital to revenue, the guidance remains unchanged at 26% to 27%.
The guidance for 2021 is subject to the assumption that there will be no severe impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic, problems in supply chains or other general economic impacts.