LPKF remains on track
All segments increased its revenue.
The SolarQuipment (SQ) segment and the WeldingQuipment (WQ) segment made a particularly strong contribution to this development. The segment SQ produces laser systems for structuring thin film solar cells and the segment WQ produces laser systems for plastic welding.
Orders on hand increased significantly to EUR 45.8 million as of 30 June 2017 (+40% year-on-year). Incoming orders also rose to EUR 62.7 million in the first six months of the year (+6% year-on-year). This resulted in a book-to-bill ratio of 1.4. Earnings will be published together with the full half-yearly financial report on 15th of August.
The Management Board sees the positive figures for the first half of the year as confirmation that the company is making good progress towards its stated aims of revenue growth and profitability.
The Management Board is confirming its forecast for the 2017 financial year. If the global economy remains stable, the Management Board anticipates revenue of between EUR 92 million and EUR 100 million and an EBIT margin of between 1% and 5%. Revenue is expected to continue to grow in the subsequent years. LPKF intends to return to generating EBIT margins of at least 10% in the medium term.