July 26, 2018 / 5:34 AM / 7 months ago

Schneider Electric raises fiscal year outlook again; sees growth across businesses, regions

(Reuters) - French electrical equipment producer Schneider Electric (SCHN.PA) on Thursday raised its forecasts for the current fiscal year, buoyed by growth across all of its businesses and the regions it operates in.

FILE PHOTO - Jean-Pascal Tricoire (R), Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric, is pictured ahead of a speech by French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) at SOHO 3Q in Beijing, China January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Although not entirely unexpected, this upgrade follows a series of positive events where Schneider surpassed its own targets and hiked its outlook this and last year.

The company said it now expects its adjusted earnings before interest, tax and amortization (EBITA) organic growth to be between 7 and 9 percent, an upgrade from “around 7 percent” initially, while it raised the full-year sales organic growth range to 5 to 6 percent from 3 to 5 percent before.

“In Q2, we accelerate both in growth and performance,” Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider’s chairman and chief executive officer said in a statement.

“Our focused and synergetic portfolio continues to gain share, benefiting both our core businesses of Energy Management and Industrial Automation,” he said.

“In H2 2018, the Group expects to benefit from its balanced exposure to end-markets and geographies,” he added.

The recent acquirer of British Aveva (AVV.L) posted strong January-June results with adjusted EBITA of 1.77 billion euros ($2.08 billion) on revenues of 12.32 billion euros, growing 7 percent organically, while its net income came in at 1.02 billion euros.

Although it crossed the 1 billion euro threshold for the first time in the company’s history, net income missed market expectations, hit by restructuring charges and amortization and depreciation of intangibles linked to acquisitions.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected an average organic sales growth of 6.24 percent to 12.31 billion euros with adjusted EBITA at 1.78 billion and net income growing to 1.11 billion euros.

Asia Pacific region accounted for roughly 30 percent of the revenues and posted a double-digit growth as demand in China remained strong and the country’s residential markets continued to grow.

The company’s Medium Voltage business in the Energy Management division, a drag for the past couple of years, returned to growth as selectivity initiatives under the Medium Voltage Rebound programme completed.

(This version of the story corrects to read EBITA - not EBITDA - in paragraphs 3,7,9)

Reporting by Piotr Lipinski in Gdynia; Editing by Vyas Mohan

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