Assa Abloy, the Swedish lock maker, has announced a slight decrease in net profit for the third quarter of the year. However, the results still surpassed expectations.
During this period, net profit decreased to 3.39 billion Swedish kronor ($304.8 million) from 3.55 billion kronor in the previous year. Despite this decline, sales saw a significant increase of 16% to reach 36.88 billion kronor. The FactSet consensus had predicted quarterly profit of 3.33 billion kronor on sales of 36.91 billion kronor.
Adjusted Operating Margin
Assa Abloy reported a slight improvement in its adjusted operating margin, rising from 15.6% to 15.7%.
The company acknowledged that the residential construction markets, especially in Europe, have been weak. Additionally, demand in China remains relatively soft. However, there was positive organic sales growth in the global technologies and Americas business sectors. Organic sales were stable in the entrance systems unit, but experienced a decline in Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa.
Acquisition and Synergies
Assa Abloy completed the acquisition of Spectrum Brands’ hardware and home improvement division (HHI) for $4.3 billion in June. The CFO expressed satisfaction with HHI’s performance, which is aligning with their expectations. The company has already achieved some synergies from the acquisition, resulting in an improvement in HHI’s underlying margin compared to the first half of 2023.
Manufacturing Footprint Program
Assa Abloy also launched a new manufacturing footprint program earlier this year. As a result, restructuring costs amounted to 1.25 billion kronor year-to-date.