Underlying EBIT for Sapa increased compared to the previous quarter, due to seasonally higher sales volumes, strong North American market development, as well as improvement programs progressing ahead of plan across the organization. The second quarter results were also impacted negatively by sharply falling metal premiums in North America.
Underlying EBIT increased compared to the same quarter of the previous year driven by strong North American demand, positive currency effects, as well as positive contributions from improvement programs and restructuring efforts.
Underlying EBIT for the first half of 2015 improved by more than 70 percent compared with the same period in 2014, influenced by the same factors discussed above.
Reported EBIT for Sapa for the second quarter was negatively influenced by restructuring cost and unrealized derivative losses. The restructuring cost relates to Southern Europe and China.
|Key Figures - Sapa (50%)||Second quarter 2015||First quarter 2015||Second quarter 2014||First half 2015||First half 2014||Year 2014|
|NOK million, except sales volumes|
|Revenue||7 247||7 067||5 772||14 314||11 445||23 192|
|Underlying Net Income (loss)||145||119||131||264||166||199|
|Sales volumes (kmt)||179||177||184||355||364||699|
|Earnings before financial items and tax (EBIT)||32||101||84||133||82||(158)|
Demand for extruded products in North America increased by 4 percent compared to the previous quarter, due to seasonal variations in demand and strong markets. Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, demand grew 8 percent, due to strong automotive and truck demand and a ramp-up of residential building and construction activity.
In Europe, extruded products demand seasonally increased 5 percent compared with the previous quarter. Demand is showing signs of improvement compared to the same quarter of the previous year, but weaker building and construction market is, to a large degree, offsetting most other segments.
Demand for extruded products is expected to seasonally weaken in Europe going into the third quarter, compared to the second quarter, while in North America demand is expected to remain stable. When comparing to the same quarter last year, demand in Europe in the third quarter is expected to improve slightly, while the strong development is expected to continue in North America.
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