Bossard sets new sales record in 2013 fiscal year

For the 2013 fiscal year, Bossard set a new sales record by increasing sales 25.2% over the course of the year.

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The Bossard Group set a new sales record in fiscal year 2013. Business was especially good in Europe, where the company was able to decisively consolidate its market position thanks to the acquisition of KVT-Fastening. But Bossard also made substantial inroads in Asia. It has been experiencing accelerated demand in this region since Q2 of last year.

Remarkably, this positive trend continued until the end of the year: The Bossard Group generated sales of CHF 145.7 million in Q4 which corresponds to a 24.5% increase compared to last year. In local currency, sales increased by 26.3%. Encouraging is that the growth is not unilaterally due to acquisitions. Adjusted for the acquisition and sale of share-holdings, sales increased by 8.1% in local currency in Q4. 

In 2013 overall, Bossard achieved sales of CHF 609.7 million, hence increasing the performance level by no less than 25.2% (25.3% in local currency). Purely organic growth amounted to 3.1% in local currency. 

Clear growth of European business 

On the European market, Bossard generated sales of CHF 91.0 million in Q4. Based on this figure, the group boasted a 40.7% increase compared to last year (39.9% in local currency). Without the acquisition of KVT-Fastening the company was able to book an 8.1% growth in revenue (7.4% in local currency) compared to the same period in 2012, and the comparison is also positive in regard to the previous quarters. The high growth rates are an expression of the company’s overall positive development.

For fiscal year 2013, Bossard boasted sales of CHF 384.7 million in Europe. This translates into increased sales of 46.3% in Swiss francs and 44.9% in local currency. Without the increase in sales due to the acquisition of KVT-Fastening, the group experienced a modest decrease of 0.2% for the entire year. This result is essentially explained by the difficult market environment at the beginning of the year, with sales in Q1 2013 still being 5.8% below those of the previous year.

Sideways trend in the U.S.

The demand trend was somewhat calmer in the U.S. where Bossard generated sales of CHF 30.4 million in Q4. Not taking into account the divestment of Bossard Metrics Inc., this translated into a decrease of 1.5% in local currency. The fact that the sales trend tended slightly downwards can be primarily attributed to the declining demand of one major customer.

The sales for the entire year in the U.S. amounted to CHF 134.6 million which, adjusted for divestment, corresponds to a slight increase in sales of 0.3% in local currency. In total, U.S. business has developed well in recent years. The year 2013 marks a certain high-level consolidation.

Impetus from Asia 

Business in Asia has been developing well. Q4 saw a sales volume of CHF 24.3 million which in Swiss francs was 19.6% higher than last year’s figure. In local currency, Bossard even had a 25.4% raise in sales. Annual sales in Asia amounted to CHF 90.4 million, an increase of 11.1%. In local currency the company generated a sales increase of 13.1%.

Bossard will publish the 2013 annual sales figures on the occasion of the media and analyst conference in Zurich on March 6, 2014.