Financial Statements Release January 1 - December, 2017 (published February 7, 2017)
Operating environment in the fourth quarter and during 2016
The overall market situation was positive and stable throughout the year. Demand developed favourably in German, Finnish and Swedish markets. In Industrial Solutions division the market stayed on a normal level in industrial maintenance and developed positively especially in process piping projects. Divisions Eastern Europe and Austria remained stable. In Denmark-Norway, the general economy was still somewhat impacted by the slowdown in the oil industry. Caverion responded actively to the recent market changes in Norway through careful selection of new projects and service contracts as well as by proving its long-term commitment to key clients while also restructuring its operations.
The market for Technical Installation and Large Projects business was stable throughout the year. 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 during the year.
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.
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 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.
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.