Hexagon Composites ASA: Results for fourth quarter 2014 and preliminary results for the year 2014

Feb 12, 2015

Operating income increased 63% in the fourth quarter to NOK 496.9 (304.4) million. Operating profit before depreciation (EBITDA) grew 167% to NOK 88.5 (33.1) million. Operating profit (EBIT) increased 373% to NOK 71.4 (15.1) million and profit before tax from continuing operations grew 545% to NOK 41.3 (6.4) million.

Hexagon Composites' operating results improved compared to the fourth quarter of the previous year driven by continued market growth for both High and Low Pressure Cylinders. The Gas Distribution Products (Mobile pipelines(TM)) business delivered a particularly strong performance with record turnover for the quarter. Deliveries of fuel cylinders for Heavy Duty operations improved somewhat this quarter following declines in the third quarter.

Key developments:

* Record quarter with strong growth in both revenues and profits
* High capacity utilization in the Low Pressure Cylinders segment
* Strong Gas Distribution Products (Mobile pipelines(TM)) sales
* Some recovery in deliveries for the Heavy Duty operations
* Continued challenges with Rugasco joint venture in Russia
* Some near-term market uncertainty due to oil price volatility
* Positive overall impacts of USD and EUR currency developments

For the year 2014 Group operating income increased 29% to NOK 1,650.8 (1,271.6) million. Operating profit before depreciation (EBITDA) grew 61% to NOK 329.2 (204.4) million. Operating profit (EBIT) increased 81% to NOK 256.8 (142.1) million. Profit before tax for continuing operations grew 85% to NOK 237.4 (128.2) million.

For more information:

Jon Erik Engeset, CEO, Hexagon Composites ASA
Telephone: +47 916 30 550 | jon.erik.engeset@hexagon.no

David Bandele, CFO, Hexagon Composites ASA
Telephone: +47 920 91 483 | david.bandele@hexagon.no

Solveig D Saether, Communication Manager, Hexagon Composites ASA
Telephone: +47 906 34 977 | solveig.saether@hexagon.no

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.