Projektengagemang: Still an uphill battle as market worsens – ABG


• Weakness in Architecture behind negative growth
• Long-term negative EBIT revisions of 9%
• Needs help from a better construction market

Q2: -3% organic sales y-o-y, adj. EBITA margin of 2.7% (8.9%)
Projektengagemang (PE) net sales growth turned worse again in Q2 as it had to fight both calendar effects and a weaker market, especially for Architects. The positive trend in the average number of FTEs reversed and the utilisation rate dropped to 72.8% (77%), down from 73.5% in Q1. Underlying cost control was good with higher prices more than offsetting wage increases, but because of the sharp decline in the utilisation rate the company still reported adj. EBITA 23% below ABGSCe. Net sales of SEK 235m (245m) was 2% below our expectations. If we are to find any positive from the report we would point to the continued successful turnaround in the Systems division that saw y-o-y improvements in profitability coming from low levels.

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