The logistics division of Swisslog recorded a strong increase in orders received of 24.8% to €750.2 million, after €601.1 million in the 2018 financial year. This increase was possible due to systematic implementation of the growth strategy. Swisslog continues to benefit from high global customer demand in its focus markets of e-commerce/retail and consumer goods. Sales revenues totaled €600.0 million and were thus 1.2% below the previous year’s level of €607.1 million. The book-to-bill ratio rose to 1.25 (2018: 0.99). EBIT increased sharply to €10.5 million after -€0.2 million in the previous year. The EBIT margin was up to 1.8% from 0.0% in 2018.
At €251.3 million, orders received at Swisslog Healthcare in 2019 considerably surpassed the prior-year figure of €234.5 million by 7.2%. In this segment, more orders were generated primarily in the areas of Pharmacy Automation and Transport Automation. The sales revenues of €222.3 million achieved in the reporting period were 4.4% above the previous year’s level of €212.9 million. This increase is attributable in particular to the areas of Pharmacy Automation and Transport Automation. The book-to-bill ratio improved accordingly from 1.10 in 2018 to 1.13 in 2019. EBIT amounted to -€10.0 million, after -€4.7 million in the previous year. This corresponds to an EBIT margin of -4.5% (2018: -2.2%). The decrease is due in part to one-off effects. In addition, deteriorations in ongoing customer projects and increased R&D expenditure also had an impact on earnings. Swisslog Healthcare continued to invest in software developments and is expanding its product portfolio in order to strengthen its customer base