Here the proceeds of KSB AG 3.2 percent reached 615,6 million. In Asia, sales of the resident companies of KSB remained nearly at the same level. At the key figures for incoming orders and sales companies newly consolidated at the beginning of the year to take into account that are recorded from January until September an order intake of 20.1 million and a turnover of 19.1 million. Change of employment has increased the number of KSB employees to September 30, 2013, compared to vergleichbaren last year when 2.9 percent on 16.605. This development reflects only on, with the first-time consolidations at the beginning of the year 2013 and with the Smedegaard group at the end of the year 2012 integrated 472 persons newly coming into the group. Earnings and financial position KSB has achieved a positive result before income taxes within the group in the first nine months. This is due to the difficult market environment with reduced margins in the project business and the currency-related losses slightly under that of the previous year. The net financial position, however, exceeds the corresponding reference value because of the groupwide restrained investment activity.
Also at the end of the year the net financial position will be expected to be better than 2012. views of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen – und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA) reported a so far disappointing year 2013 and goes only by an increase of worldwide machine sales, including pumps and valves, by real 1 percent. For the year as a whole is to be expected than in the previous year in the group with a stagnant or slightly higher volume of business. Pending orders can contribute to an increase in new orders. In the project business, margins will fall but lower than in the two previous years.
Restrained sales growth, pressure on margins in the project business, as well as the changes of in exchange rates weigh on the profitability of the group. In this respect is today a lower earnings before taxes as a 2012 possible (132.8 million). For 2014 is according to the expectations of the VDMA again with a real growth of worldwide sales by 5 percent to machines count. He is of a business recovery in China, America and some European countries participate also KSB in the order intake. To secure profitability, is planned to reinforce the already ongoing measures to improve efficiency in the coming year. For more information you can find here. Contact: KSB Aktiengesellschaft Johann-small-Strasse 9 67227 Frankenthal Ullrich of Bala daily and business press Tel.: + 49 6233 86-2138 E-mail: Web: