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Interim Report January-March 2002

INTERIM REPORT January - March 2002 · Order bookings during the first quarter were SEK 6 billion and order backlog amounted thereby to more than SEK 42 billion. · Sales SEK 3,530 m. (3,362), an increase of 5%. · Operating income SEK 146 m. (153 m., excluding capital gains). · The Czech government on Monday approved the purchase of 24 Gripen fighters. Statement by the CEO "The positive announcement from the Czech government on Monday that it has approved the purchase of 24 Gripen fighters is very good news, but it still remains a few more steps in the Czech political process before everything is completely settled. Order bookings during the first quarter have been very good and the order backlog has increased to just over SEK 42 billion, or more than two and a half years' sales. The largest individual order during the quarter was the order for development of a completely new tactical system for NH Industries' helicopter NH90, but order bookings also include a renewed maintenance contract for our laser simulators used in the British Army, orders connected with the Gripen, and anti-tank weapons and underwater vehicles. Last week, Saab Ericsson Space was in addition appointed prime contractor of computer equipment for two new large scientific satellites. Development of the core activities continues. During the first quarter, we acquired a signature management operation in the USA. The acquisition complements Saab Barracuda's operations and reflects our strategic orientation in the field of high technology defense systems. It is also a natural step in our ambition to grow both organically and through acquisitions on both sides of the Atlantic. We are strengthening our presence in the market which is expected to show the strongest growth during the coming years. We have also acquired Enea Data's minority share in Combitech Systems. The customary variation in income over the year means that the first quarter is usually weak in this respect, and 2002 is no exception. This picture is reinforced by the costs we have taken for structural measures in the space field. For the whole year, however, I continue to anticipate further improvement in operating income and operating margin, excluding capital gains." Major events and structural changes During the first quarter, Saab acquired BAE SYSTEMS' signature management operation in the U.S. Since 1994, the company has developed, marketed and produced advanced camouflage for the American defense on license from Saab Barracuda. During the first quarter, Saab also acquired the 35 percent minority share in Combitech Systems for SEK 87.5 million, as well as an additional purchase sum based on future growth in value. Combitech Systems thereby becomes a wholly owned subsidiary. Kenth-Åke Jönsson has been appointed business area manager for the Saab business area Technical Support and Services after Jan Eiborn, who will be joining Saab's group management. Kenth-Åke Jönsson has earlier been President of the former Telub AB and Executive Vice President of TietoEnator. He comes from the English investment company 3i, where he was President of the Swedish operation. Operations Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its main activities focusing on aerospace and defense. The operation covers clearly defined areas within defense electronics, missile systems and space electronics as well as military and civil aviation. Saab also focuses on high technology services and maintenance. Saab comprises the business areas Saab Systems & Electronics, Saab Aerospace, Saab Technical Support & Services, Saab Bofors Dynamics, Saab Ericsson Space and Saab Aviation Services. For a brief description of the business areas see the end of the report. Sales, income and orders Sales Group sales increased by 5 percent to SEK 3,530 m. (3,362). Seventy percent of sales were related to defense and 40 percent of total sales were export. The acquisitions' during the quarter have not affected sales. Sales of all operations in Systems & Electronics have increased compared with the same period last year. The increase in Aerospace is mainly attributable to the military operation, but sales of the commercial operation have also increased through more deliveries to Airbus. Sales for the first quarter include 3 (2) Gripen aircraft. The changes compared with the previous year for Technical Support & Services are mainly due to variations over the year in AerotechTelub and lower volumes for the aircraft maintenance operation in Saab Aviocomp. Total sales for Dynamics are on a level with the first quarter of the preceding year, which also applies to the constituent business units. The decrease in sales for Space is mainly attributable to the situation in the commercial telecom market, as well as to reduced public funding of space research. The decrease in Aviation Services is a result of the general situation for air travel. The decrease in sales for Other Operations is attributable to continued structuring. Income and profitability Operating income amounted to SEK 146 m. (803). The result for the previous year included a capital gain from the divestment of Saab Marine Electronics of SEK 650 m. Operating income before capital gains was thus SEK 146 m. (153), corresponding to a margin of 4.1 percent (4.6). The decrease is mainly attributable to structural costs in the space operation and to the fact that sales of mainly Dynamics during the quarter related to a certain extent to projects with a low gross margin. Operating income has, in accordance with new accounting principles, been positively affected by capitalization of development costs, mainly related to the export version of Gripen. From January 1, 2002, operating income per business area is reported before goodwill amortization, see table on page 7. During the quarter, operating margin in Systems & Electronics has been affected by older projects with low margin in the command and control systems field. Operating income for Aerospace has improved as a result of volume increases and capitalization of development costs. The operating margin excluding capitalization is on a level with previous years. Operating income for Technical Support & Services is on a level with last year with an improved margin. During the first quarter, the product mix has affected operating income for Dynamics. Operations in Space have been affected both by the situation in the telecom industry and by a decrease in public-funded orders. Measures have been taken and SEK 40 m. has been reserved in the first quarter for structural changes. The lower volumes have affected operating income for Aviation Services, but the margin continues to be on the 8 percent level, the same as for the whole year 2001. Operating income for Corporate/Other operations has improved as a result of continued structuring and costs of a non-recurrent nature in the preceding year. Administration and marketing expenses have decreased, mainly as a result of continued cost rationalization. Of the period's research and development costs, a total of SEK 55 m. (0) has been capitalized in accordance with new accounting principles and SEK 120 m. (188) has been charged to income. If these rules had been applied in 2001, SEK 30 m. would have been capitalized in the balance sheet for the first quarter of that year. Other operating income during both the present and previous years consist mainly of trading income in Treasury and currency gains etc. The previous year also included a capital gain of SEK 650 m. Other operating expenses consist mainly of currency and capital losses. The present year also include the provision made for structural changes in Space of SEK 40 m. Project interest on non-utilized advance payments, shown in the gross margin, amounted to SEK 44 m. (31). Net financial income and expenses amounted to SEK -48 m. (-1). The average return on external investments was 2,84 percent (4,87). The decrease in return is mainly attributable to revaluation of the obligation portfolio due to increasing market interests. The financial net has also been negatively affected by a major increase in the interest level on the pension debt. Income after financial items amounted to SEK 98 m. (802). Current and deferred taxes amounted to SEK -32 m. (-144). Minority interest in income is positive as a result of the negative income in Saab Ericsson Space. It has also decreased as a result of the acquisition of the outstanding minority in Combitech Systems. Net income for the period was SEK 78 m. compared with SEK 631 m. for the same period previous year including the capital gain from the divestment of Saab Marine Electronics. This corresponds to an income per share of SEK 0.73 (5.93). Income per share before goodwill amortization amounted to SEK 1.15 (6.28). Pre-tax return on capital employed was 9.3 percent (19.0). After-tax return on shareholders' equity was 8.8 percent (26.8). Orders Group order bookings amounted to SEK 6,060 m. (3,794). Of order bookings, two thirds came from customers outside Sweden. Order bookings included tactical mission systems and production of 200 forward fuselages for NH Industries' helicopter NH90, a renewed maintenance contract with the British defense regarding simulator systems previously delivered, separate orders and spare parts for Gripen, anti-armor weapons and air defense systems for several export customers, and remote control underwater vehicles for mine-hunting in the Dutch and Belgian navies. In addition, Saab Aviocomp has signed a Service Center agreement with Embraer covering authorized component maintenance. The order backlog at the end of the period amounted to SEK 42,236 m. compared to SEK 40,034 m. at the beginning of the year. Liquidity, finance and investments Finance and liquidity Liquid funds less liabilities to credit institutions compared to the beginning of the year have decreased by SEK 394 m. to 4,169 m. (4,563). The decrease is mainly related to utilization of advances and previously made provisions as well as increase in inventory related to among others the A380 project. The Group's net liquidity after deduction for allocations to pensions decreased to SEK 418 m., compared with SEK 885 m. at the beginning of the year. Group equity/assets ratio amounted to 23.2 percent (20.9), compared to SEK 22.3 percent at the beginning of the year. Shareholders' equity amounted to SEK 6,723 m. (6,387), corresponding to SEK 63.15 (60.00) per share, compared with SEK 62.74 at the beginning of the year. Cash flow Operating cash flow was negative during the quarter by SEK 425 m. Working capital has increased mainly due to variations in the level of advances during the year, increase in inventory and payments related to the regional aircraft business. Operating cash flow of SEK -425 m. is distributed between cash flow from the operations of SEK -130 m., acquisitions SEK -77 m. and from the regional aircraft leasing business -218 m. Capital expenditures The period's capital expenditures in property, plant and equipment, excluding lease assets, amounted to SEK 125 m. (97). Personnel At the end of the period, the number of employees in the Group was 14,026, compared with 14,028 at the beginning of the year. Ownership Saab's principal owners are Investor AB, BAE SYSTEMS, the Wallenberg foundations, AMF, Fidelity funds, GMO International Funds, Third AP fund, Eikos fund, Skandia, SHB funds and several U.S. funds. Accounting Principles The Group follows all the recommendations of the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council which are applicable to 2002. This means that from 2002 onwards, the new accounting principles will be applied also in regard to intangible assets, allocations and depreciation, etc. Only the recommendation on intangible assets, RR 15, has been of material significance for the Group's income and financial position. In all other respects, the report has been drawn up in accordance with earlier applied accounting principles. Linköping, April 24, 2002 Bengt Halse President and Chief Executive Officer This Interim Report has not been subject to review by the Company's auditors. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/04/24/20020424BIT00330/wkr0001.doc The Full Report http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2002/04/24/20020424BIT00330/wkr0002.pdf The Full Report