Interim Report January 1 - March, 2017 (published April 28, 2017)
Operating environment in the first quarter in 2017
The overall market situation was relatively positive and stable throughout the first quarter. Demand developed favourably in German, Finnish and Swedish markets. In Industrial Solutions division the market stayed on a normal level in industrial maintenance. Divisions Eastern Europe and Austria remained stable. In Denmark-Norway, the general economy and demand situation are recovering from the previous year, supported by public demand.
Demand for Technical Maintenance and Managed Services remained strong. Clients’ willingness to focus on their core operations opened new opportunities for Caverion in terms of outsourced operations and maintenance mainly for public authorities, industries and utilities. Interest in private public partnerships and other Life Cycle Solutions was good in the Nordic countries while these kinds of commercial models still represent only a marginal part of the entire market.
The market for Technical Installation and Large Projects business was positive throughout the period. The price competition remained tight in Technical Installation projects. In the market for Large Projects, tendering activity increased, especially in the public, infrastructure and industrial sectors. The demand for Design & Build of Total Technical Solutions developed favourably within large and technically demanding projects. Low interest rates and availability of financing supported investments. Requirements for increased energy efficiency, better indoor climate and tightening environmental legislation supported demand.
Outlook for 2017
Market outlook for Caverion’s services and solutions
The megatrends in the industry, such as the increase of technology in buildings, energy efficiency requirements, increasing digitalisation and automation as well as urbanisation continue to promote demand for Caverion’s services and solutions over the coming years.
The underlying demand for Technical Maintenance and Managed Services is expected to remain strong. As technology in buildings increases, the need for new services and the demand for Life Cycle Solutions are expected to increase. Clients’ tendency towards focusing on their core operations continues to open opportunities for Caverion in terms of outsourced operations and maintenance especially for public authorities, industries and utilities.
The Technical Installation and Large Projects markets are expected to remain on a good and stable level, however price competition is expected to remain tight in Technical Installation projects. In the Large Projects market, new tenders for buildings and industry are expected to remain on a good level and even to somewhat increase. Low interest rates and availability of financing are expected to support investments. The demand for Design & Build of Total Technical Solutions is expected to develop favourably in large and technically demanding projects. Good demand from both the public and private sector is expected to continue. Requirements for increased energy efficiency, better indoor conditions and tightening environmental legislation will be significant factors supporting the positive market development.