Media release 16.07.2020
Resilient service business keeps turnover decrease limited
In the first half of 2020, turnover lelated to service and maintenance activities almost reached the level of the first six months of the previous year which helped the group to incur a pandemic-related turnover decline of only 7%. Product sales were almost at prior-year level in June after having suffered double-digit declines in April and May due to interrupted or prohibited installation activities. The weakening of the Euro against the US dollar and the Swiss Franc did not have a major impact on half-year sales.
The countries with important markets for the group were not uniformly impacted by the pandemic. Turnover remained close to prior-year levels in Germany and Switzerland whereas France, the U.K. and the U.S. had to register larger declines. On the positive side, the order book of the group is very close to the size of 12 months ago.
The acquisition of agta record by ASSA ABLOY is expected to be finally approved and to close during July 2020 (see media release of 29 June 2020). The subsequent public tender offer by ASSA ABLOY for the remaining agta record shares, will be launched thereafter and as soon as possible, subject to the French regulator's (AMF) approval.
Half-year sales 2020 (January – June) – unaudited
|In EUR million||2020||2019||Change|
|First half-year||178.1||192.1||-7.3 %|
|Theroef maintenance||76.4||78.3||-2.4 %|
|First half-year at constant exchange rates||176.8||192.1||-8.0 %|