The COVID-19 outbreak has led to lower demand and major disruptions for parts of the business. For the first quarter, Haldex expects sales to fall by 15-20 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year. The operating margin is also expected to decrease significantly compared with the previous year.
To mitigate the adverse effects on earnings, Haldex has already begun intensive work to reduce costs. In addition to short-term lay-offs and temporary closures, this work includes adaptations of distribution and production flows, as well as evaluations and re-prioritization of investments and ongoing projects. Haldex also monitors and evaluates the various action packages introduced by local authorities around the world.
Uncertainty is still high regarding the outbreak's development, government actions and its effect on the demand for Haldex products. Given these circumstances, the previously announced full year forecast no longer applies, and no updated forecast can be provided at this time. Further information will be provided in the Q1 report published on April 23.
For further information contact:
Helene Svahn, CEO
Phone: +46 418 47 60 00
This information is such that Haldex AB (publ) will publish according to the EUs market abuse regulation. The information was made public by the person that has been assigned as media contact in this press release, April 1, 2020 at 14:15 CET.
Over 100 years of powerful innovation gives Haldex unsurpassed expertise when it comes to braking systems and air suspension systems for heavy trucks, trailers and buses. We live and breathe our business with the goal to deliver robust and technically superior solutions which is founded in a deep insight in our customer’s reality. Through focusing on our core competences and the passion we all share; we achieve the agility and flexibility that the market demands. Innovative collaborations aren’t only the core of our products, but our philosophy. Our 2300 employees, spread out across four continents, challenge the conventional on a daily basis in order to secure that the products we deliver create a unique value to our customers and the end users. We are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and have a turnover of approx. 5 billion SEK.
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