Outlook for 2014 maintained. Revenue, earnings and free cash flow increased compared to the first quarter of 2013. Focus on Profitable Growth for Vestas remains.
In the first quarter of 2014, Vestas generated revenue of EUR 1,283m – an increase of 17 per cent to the year-earlier period. EBIT before special items increased by EUR 148m to EUR 40m due to improved project margins, higher revenue, lower fixed capacity costs and lower depreciation. The EBIT margin before special items was 3.1 per cent and the free cash flow increased by EUR 36m to EUR (24)m compared to the first quarter of 2013. During the last 12 months, Vestas has generated a free cash flow of EUR 1,045m.
The intake of firm and unconditional wind turbine orders was 1,188 MW in the first quarter of 2014. The value of the wind turbine backlog amounted to EUR 6.9bn at 31 March 2014. In addition to the wind turbine order backlog, Vestas had service agreements with contractual future revenue of EUR 6.9bn at the end of March 2014. Thus, the value of the combined backlog of wind turbine orders and service agreements stood at EUR 13.8bn – an improvement of EUR 1.4bn compared to the year-earlier period.
On 1 April 2014, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, the joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., became operational.