Extract from speech by CEO Bengt Halse, at Saab's Annual General Meeting in Linköping, April 8 2002
08 April 2002
Extract from speech by CEO Bengt Halse, at Saab's Annual General Meeting
in Linköping, April 8 2002
Growing defence market
"We are seeing a shift in defence in the Western World toward greater
use of high technology. Investments in advanced defence materiel are
growing", said CEO Bengt Halse at Saab's Annual General Meeting in
The reasons for the growth of the defence market are according to Bengt
Halse the latent investment needs that have arisen in many countries as
a result of the budget cutbacks in recent years and the willingness to
participate in international peacekeeping missions driving new
investments in the ability to co-operate with units from other defence
"We are strategically well situated to benefit from the growth now
taking place. Saab is active in the fastest-growing segments. Defence
electronics and software, systems integration and high technology
services are our focus areas."
2001 a good year
"Financially, 2001 was a good year", established Bengt Halse. "It is
well in line with the year before, and cash flow was strongly positive."
Net sales amounted to SEK 15.6 billion, an increase of 5 per cent for
comparable units. Operating income rose by 4 per cent to nearly SEK 1.6
billion. Excluding capital gain, income was nearly SEK 950 million, an
increase of 5 per cent and an improvement in the underlying operating
margin from 5 to 6 per cent. Earnings rose to SEK 10.59 per share and
the return on equity exceeded 18 per cent after tax. Order bookings
amounted to slightly over SEK 15 billion.
"During the year we continued to streamline the Group through extensive
divestments and the development of our core business", said Bengt Halse.
During 2001 Ericsson's share of Saab Avionics and the remaining 43 per
cent of AerotechTelub were acquired. Earlier this year a signature
management business in the U.S. was acquired.
Saab since going public
Bengt Halse further showed that the growth since 1998 totals 90 per
cent, of which Celsius accounts for the dominant share. The underlying
organic growth has averaged 5 per cent per year.
"Our order backlog is about SEK 40 billion or more than two and a half
times our annual sales. The majority of order bookings in 2001 were from
markets outside Sweden, even though this year we didn't have anything
the size of the Gripen order from South Africa."
Saab is building for the long term by maintaining focus on the defence
market and investing in research and development. In recent years
research and development has corresponded to nearly 25 per cent of
invoiced sales, of which we pay about 5 of the 25 per cent ourselves
directly in the income statement.
In the last two years Saab has acquired, among others, Celsius,
AerotechTelub, and Avionics.
Saab's operating margin compares well with that of colleagues in the
industry and the competition. And the operating income has risen every
year since 1998.
Saab's policy is to distribute between 20 and 40 per cent of net income.
This year the dividend was set to 31 per cent. Since Saab went public in
1998 Saab has distributed over SEK 1 billion to our shareholders.
"I feel that we more than well have delivered what we had hoped to when
we went public in 1998. We should therefore have every reason to
continue to deliver value to our shareholders in the future", concludes
CEO Bengt Halse the address to Saab's Annual General Meeting.
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