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Saab Interim Report January-June 2018

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Efficient project execution in focus

”During the first half of 2018, Saab achieved important milestones in several large development projects.”

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Magnus Örnberg
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Efficient project execution in focus

Demand for high-tech defence and security solutions remained strong in the first half of 2018. Security concerns and rapid technological developments have led to increased investment in defence materiel in many regions of the world.

During the first half of 2018, Saab achieved important milestones in several major development projects. This includes the successful first flight of the new generation GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning & Control system and the launch of the Swedish Navy’s HMS Gotland submarine after a mid-life upgrade and modification. The Gripen E programme is also progressing as planned. Execution of major projects was a priority for Saab in the first half-year and will remain so going forward.

Order bookings and sales

Order bookings of medium-sized orders were strong in the first half of 2018. In total, order bookings amounted to SEK 12.7 billion. A large order was received during the period for Gripen development and operational support worth SEK 1.4 billion. Large orders received in the same period of 2017 totalled SEK 10.7 billion. Interest in Saab’s products remains high. Sales amounted to SEK 15.7 billion with organic growth of 1 per cent. The business areas Aeronautics, Surveillance and Kockums saw strong growth driven by increased activity in major projects.

Operating income

Operating income amounted to SEK 905 million (886) and the operating margin was 5.8 per cent (5.8). The operating margin improved during the period within several business areas, and as expected the operating margin was negatively affected within the business area Dynamics by a lower delivery level than in the same period of 2017.

Operational cash flow amounted to SEK -2,750 million (-443), according to plan. The main reason for the negative cash flow was a high level of capital employed within the Gripen operations and utilisation of previously received advances and milestone payments.

The financial net had a negative impact on net income due to changes in market value of derivatives related to hedged tenders mainly in USD.


Our efforts to improve efficiency continued in the first half of 2018, at the same time that an analysis is underway to identify measures to further increase productivity. The aim is to launch them this autumn.

Key Figures

Our growth journey continues

Why invest in Saab?

On the ground close to customers

Saab has expanded its marketing organisation in recent years and created a stronger local presence and relationships with customers in selected markets. The ability to build long-term industrial partnerships provides us with greater insight into what is in demand and helps us to further develop technologies and end products in order to provide customers with the new technology and sustainable solutions they want.

Cost efficient

Saab is working constantly to shorten lead times and increase efficiency in  its production. This has resulted in lower costs for Saab and for customers. Cost efficiency is always integrated as a parameter back when products and solutions are designed, and Saab is continuously making processes more efficient through automation and digitisation.

Highly innovative

Technological development is accelerating and competition intensifying. Staying on the forefront of technology, combined with cost efficiency, is in Saab’s DNA. Cutting-edge expertise, talented employees and business strategy drive Saab and its customers to stay a step ahead and meet future challenges.


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