Company Announcement:

Interim financial report, first quarter 2013


Full-year guidance maintained. Turnaround continues according to plan. EBIT and free cash flow significantly improved.

Vestas maintains its full-year guidance and the focus on cost reductions, low investments and increased capacity utilisation continues. In the first quarter of 2013, Vestas generated revenue of EUR 1,096m – a decrease of 1 per cent to the year-earlier period. EBIT before special items increased by EUR 96m to EUR (108)m. The EBIT margin before special items was (9.9) per cent – an improvement of 8.6 percentage points compared to the first quarter of 2012. The free cash flow increased by EUR 235m to EUR (60)m.

The intake of firm and unconditional wind turbine orders was 644 MW in the first quarter of 2013 and the value of the wind turbine backlog amounted to EUR 7.0bn at 31 March 2013. In addition to the wind turbine order backlog, Vestas had service agreements with contractual future revenue of EUR 5.4bn at the end of March 2013, and thus the value of the combined backlog of wind turbine orders and service agreements stood at EUR 12.4bn which equals the level at the end of 2012.

Over the last 12 months, warranty consumption as a percentage of revenue was less than 1.5 per cent. The very low level is a result of the continued quality focus and the improved performance of the wind turbines.

The safety level at Vestas’ workplaces improved substantially as the Industrial injuries per one million working hours declined by 36 per cent to 1.8 compared to the first quarter of 2012. The share of renewable energy increased by 14 percentage points to 58 per cent.

It is satisfying to see that the Vestas turnaround continues according to plan and that results are becoming increasingly visible. Compared to the first quarter of 2012, we have improved earnings and free cash flow substantially,” says Ditlev Engel, Group President & CEO and continues: “Furthermore, the fact that we have been able to accelerate the prototype installation of the V164 turbine and release new variants of our 2 and 3 MW platforms while at the same time, keeping investments low stands as evidence of our efforts paying off.”

Finally, I would like to emphasise the importance of our increased focus on improving the management of our working capital. For the first time in five years, we were able to free up liquidity by reducing the net working capital during the first quarter. This development was the major contributor to our substantial free cash flow improvement,” Ditlev Engel concludes.

Q1 at a glance (against Q1 2012)

- 34%  Vestas produced and shipped 613 MW
  - a decrease of 34 per cent

- 26%  Vestas delivered wind power systems with an aggregate capacity of 819 MW
  - a decrease of 26 per cent

- 1%  Vestas generated revenue of EUR 1,096m
  - a decrease of 1 per cent

+ 7%  Service revenue amounted to EUR 217m
  - an increase of 7 per cent

+ EUR 96m EBIT before special items amounted to EUR (108)m
  - an increase of EUR 96m

+ EUR 11m Net loss amounted to EUR (151)m
  - an improvement of EUR 11m

+ EUR 235m Vestas realised a free cash flow of EUR (60)m
  - an increase of EUR 235m

- 24%  The number of employees at the end of the quarter was 17,196
  - a decrease of 24 per cent

+ 14% points Renewable energy amounted to 58 per cent of total energy consumption
  - an increase of 14 percentage points

- 36%  Industrial injuries per one million working hours was 1.8
  - a decrease of 36 per cent

Press and analyst meeting

For analysts, investors and the media, an information meeting will be held today,

Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at 10 a.m. CEST (9 a.m. BST) at Vestas’ Headquarters
Hedeager 44, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

The information meeting will be held in English (with simultaneous interpretation into Danish) and webcast live via

The meeting may be attended electronically, and questions may be asked through a conference call.

The telephone numbers for the conference call are:

Europe:  +44 208 817 9301
USA:  +1 718 354 1226
Denmark: +45 7026 5040

A replay of the information meeting will subsequently be available on

Contact details

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Denmark
Lars Villadsen, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel.: +45 9730 0000