Turnaround continues at Vestas Wind, EBIT margin forecast raised

|About: Vestas Wind Systems A/S ADR (VWDRY)|By:, SA News Editor

Vestas Wind (OTCPK:VWDRY) reports Q2 net profit of €94M ($125M), compared to a loss of €62M in the same period last year, bringing the wind turbine maker halfway to its first annual profit since 2010.

Q2 EBIT rose to €104M from €12M a year ago; operating margin before special items rose to 7.8% from 1% a year earlier, and Vestas expects EBIT margin to reach at least 6% for the year, up a percentage point from previous guidance.

Q2 revenue totaled €1.34B, up 13% Y/Y from €1.185B; free cash flow was -€21M, which was expected because of a payment to the offshore wind business it divested.

Orders in the quarter gained 18% to 1,932 MW; shipments increased 27% to 1,457 MW.

Reiterates FY 2014 forecasts for revenue of at least €6B and a minimum of €300M of free cash flow.