Metso Corporate Newsroom News 2024 Metso’s Interim Report for January-March 2024
Stock exchange release April 25, 2024

Metso’s Interim Report for January-March 2024

Metso Corporation’s stock exchange release on April 25, 2024, at 09:00 a.m. EEST

Figures in brackets refer to the corresponding period in 2023, unless otherwise stated.

First quarter 2024 in brief

  • Customer activity in line with expectations; sequential improvement in Aggregates segment and Minerals services
  • Orders received declined 8% to EUR 1,361 million (EUR 1,485 million), services orders declined 5%
  • Sales declined 9% to EUR 1,217 million (EUR 1,334 million), services sales increased 6%
  • Adjusted EBITA was EUR 200 million, or 16.5% of sales (EUR 211 million, or 15.8%)
  • Operating profit was EUR 188 million, or 15.4% of sales (EUR 193 million, or 14.5%)
  • Cash flow from operations increased to EUR 158 million (EUR 110 million)

President and CEO Pekka Vauramo:

The year started in line with our expectations. We saw improvements in Minerals services and Aggregates equipment orders, while customer decision-making in the Minerals equipment business was slow. Despite this quarter-on-quarter improvement, the Group's orders received were 8% lower year-on-year. Key metal prices such as that of copper have improved and hence customers continued to run their production at high rates, supporting the Minerals services business where orders almost achieved the same high level recorded a year ago. 

Quarterly sales declined in both segments due to lower equipment order backlogs going into the year. However, sales of Minerals services increased 8% year-on-year, which had a positive impact on the sales mix and services accounted for 68% of the Minerals segment sales.

Overall, the profitability was supported by an improvement in gross margin, thanks to successful cost management and overall operational performance, as well as a higher share of services in the sales mix. I am proud to see that we can maintain very healthy margin levels in a softer demand environment. We also showed positive cash generation performance during the quarter, with cash flow from operations increasing to EUR 158 million. The first-quarter results confirm that actions to improve our financial performance have been successful, and we are on track to meet our profitability target.

Our focused actions have resulted in resilient profitability in both segments. The adjusted EBITA margin of 17.0% in Aggregates was only slightly lower year-on-year, despite the decline in the segment's top line. The Minerals segment reported the same adjusted EBITA margin of 17.5% as in the comparison period. The negative impact of lower equipment sales in Minerals was offset by cost savings and services sales growth.
Our safety performance faced a setback in March due to a major incident at our rubber plant in Irapuato, Mexico. Eleven of our colleagues were injured in a steam explosion at the site, which also resulted in property damage. The well-being of the injured is our top priority, and the investigation of the causes of the incident continues.

The focus areas of our sustainability work continue to be the Planet Positive offering and innovations for our customers, our people and culture, as well as environmental efficiency in our own operations and a responsible supply chain. In all these we have made considerable progress, and I anticipate ongoing achievements throughout 2024. 

We expect the market activity to remain at the current level in both segments. There is general anticipation that higher metal prices and potential interest rate cuts could accelerate overall economic activity and demand in our industries later in the year. Under all market conditions, we will continue to control our costs, implement other actions to improve our profitability and cash flow and make sure that we are offering our customers the best service possible.

Market outlook

Metso expects that the market activity in both Minerals and Aggregates will remain at the current level.

In its previously published outlook, Metso expected that the market activity in Minerals will remain at the current level, while the activity in Aggregates was expected to improve.

According to the company's disclosure policy, Metso’s market outlook describes the expected sequential development of market activity during the following six-month period using three categories: improve, remain at the current level, or decline.

Key figures

EUR million Q1/2024 Q1/2023 Change % 2023
Orders received 1,361 1,485 -8 5,252
Orders received by services business 815 855 -5 2,955
% of orders received 60 58 56
Order backlog 2,998 3,397 -12 2,951
Sales 1,217 1,334 -9 5,390
Sales by services business 727 689 6 2,891
% of sales 60 52 54
Adjusted EBITA 200 211 -5 887
% of sales 16.5 15.8 16.5
Operating profit 188 193 -3 805
% of sales 15.4 14.5 14.9
Earnings per share, continuing operations, EUR 0.15 0.17 -12 0.65
Cash flow from operations 158 110 43 550
Gearing, % 30.1 27.2 33.8
Personnel at end of period 17,121 17,015 1 17,134

Audiocast and conference call details  

An audiocast and a conference call for analysts and investors will be arranged today at 12:00 p.m. EEST. 

The audiocast can be followedat the company’s website. A recording and a transcript will be available at the same webpage after the event has finished. 

The teleconference can be accessed by registering on the link below.

The complete Interim Report for January-March 2024 is available as an attachment to this release. 

Further information, please contact:  
Juha Rouhiainen, Vice President, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3253, email: juha.rouhiainen(a)  


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Metso is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. We improve our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increase their productivity, and reduce environmental risks with our product and process expertise. We are the partner for positive change.

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Metso employs over 17,000 people in close to 50 countries and sales for 2023 were about EUR 5.4 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.,

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