-- Revenue amounted to MSEK 2,031 (1,965). -- Operating profit rose by 62 percent to MSEK 105 (65) . -- Profit after net financial items increased to MSEK 92 (50). -- Profit after taxes rose by 86 percent to MSEK 69 (37). -- Earnings per share totalled
SEK 2.45(1.30). -- The return on equity for the most recent 12-month period was 11 percent (13). -- The equity/assets ratio at the end of the reporting period was 45 percent (41). -- Sales trend during the first quarter. The Group’s total revenue for comparable units, measured in local currency and adjusted for the number of trading days, rose by 5 percent during the quarter compared with the year-earlier period. -- Split-up of Grundaand Gigant. On 1 April 2014, the former business area Work Environment & Consumables was divided into two units – Grundaand Gigant, which are reported as two separate operating areas from this report. -- The 2014 Annual General Meeting will be held on 21 August 2014. The Board proposes a dividend of SEK 3.50(3.00) per share. PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT The first quarter of the financial year was characterised by slightly improved demand. The Group’s revenue and earnings performance was attributable to organic growth and the fact that the implemented rationalisations generated positive earnings effects. Operating profit for the quarter amounted to MSEK 111, not including the capital gains and losses pertaining to the sale of properties during the period in the net amount of approximately MSEK –6. Cash flow was positively impacted by MSEK 77 as a consequence of these disposals. Several units improved both their earnings and P/WC during the quarter, with Skydda and ESSVE in particular continuing their strong trend. The previously announced efficiency efforts in TOOLS Sweden are now generating ongoing earnings effects and TOOLS Sweden reported a slightly positive operating profit for the quarter. Simplified internal reporting and decentralised responsibility in TOOLS’ sales organisation will continue to create increased market strength and improved operating margins during the year. Our aim for the remainder of the financial year is for all units to continue improving their P/WC. Decentralised responsibility, customer proximity and sales remain a high priority in our daily work. Stockholm, July 2014 Ulf LiliusPresident & CEO Read more! Please download the complete document. Copyright © 2014 OMX AB (publ).