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ÅF AB Year-end report January - December 2014

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00

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 Jonas Wiström, President and CEO                        +46 70 608 12 20
 Stefan Johansson, CFO                                   +46 70 224 24 01
 Viktor Svensson, Executive VP, Corporate Communication  +46 70 657 20 26

Fourth quarter 2014

  * Net sales amounted to SEK 2,376 million (2,291)
  * Operating profit totalled SEK 229 million (274)
  * Operating profit, excluding non-recurring items, totalled SEK 205 million
  * Operating margin, excluding non-recurring items, was 8.6 percent (9.6)
  * Profit after tax totalled SEK 171 million (207)
  * Earnings per share, before dilution: SEK 2.21 (2.69)

January - December 2014

  * Net sales amounted to SEK 8 805 million (8 337)
  * Operating profit totalled SEK 756 million (722)
  * Operating profit, excluding non-recurring items, totalled SEK 747 million
  * Operating margin, excluding non-recurring items, was 8.5 percent (8.7)
  * Profit after tax totalled SEK 553 million (525)
  * Earnings per share, before dilution: SEK 7.16 (6.70)
  * The Board proposes a dividend per share for 2014 of SEK 3,50 (3.25)

A few words from the President, Jonas Wiström:

Excluding non-recurring items, ÅF's operating profit totalled SEK 747 million
(724) for full-year 2014, which is the highest annual profit in ÅF's history.
Cash flow was strong and growth amounted to 5.6 percent. For the fourth quarter,
operating profit, excluding non-recurring items, totalled SEK 205 million (220)
and the operating margin was 8.6 percent (9.6). ÅF's cash flow was also strong
in the fourth quarter. Activity in the Swedish industrial sector was lower than
expected at the end of the year.

Growth amounted to 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter, adjusted for the sale of
Russian subsidiary Lonas, but December was a weak calendar month. The highest
growth, about 8 percent, was delivered by the Infrastructure Division through
its continued success in the market and a high rate of new engineer recruitment.
ÅF currently has more than 7,100 highly qualified employees with ongoing
projects in some 80 countries, and ÅF's network has grown to comprise 25,000
skilled sub-consultants.

It is satisfying that the Industry and Infrastructure Divisions continue to
deliver double-digit margins, despite a slightly weaker market for Industry. It
is also gratifying that several structural and organizational changes to the
International Division are now beginning to have an effect. International
reported growth, adjusted for the divestment of Lonas, and more than doubled
underlying earnings compared with last year. The margin rose to 7.6 percent in
the fourth quarter. Technology continued to operate in markets with varying
conditions depending on industry and geography. The operating margin was 7.5
percent (8.5).

The overall outlook for 2015 is cautiously optimistic. The market for
Infrastructure is expected to remain strong. The market outlook for energy
investments in Sweden has deteriorated, while it remains unchanged in the rest
of the world. The outlook for the industrial market remains difficult to assess.

ÅF's goal is to be the most profitable company among its closest comparable
competitors in the industry and achieve an operating margin of at least 10
percent over a business cycle. This should be combined with growth - both
organic and through acquisitions. Last year, new long-term objectives were
introduced, which included increasing ÅF's revenue to at least EUR 2 billion by

Group Head Office:
ÅF AB (publ), SE-169 99 Stockholm, Sweden
Visitors' address:  Frösundaleden 2, 169 70 Solna, Sweden
Tel. +46 10 505 00 00   Fax +46 10 505 00 10 /
Corporate ID number 556120-6474

This report has not been subject to review by the company's auditors.

The information in this interim report fulfils ÅF AB's disclosure requirements
under the provisions of the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial
Instruments Trading Act. The information was released for publication at 08.00
a.m. on February 10, 2015.

All assumptions about the future that are made in this report are based on the
best information available to the company at the time the report was written. As
is the case with all assessments of the future, such assumptions are subject to
risks and uncertainties, which may mean that the actual outcome differs from the
anticipated result.

This is a translation of the Swedish original. The Swedish text is the binding
version and shall prevail in the event of any discrepancies.

The full report including tables (pdf) is available for download

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