Árni Oddur Thordarson, CEO:
“We continue on a good note with record revenues and stable profit margins in the second quarter. In the first 6 months of the year, revenues and EBIT were up 18% compared with the same period last year.
“It requires the passion and dedication of our 5,500 employees, as well as great partnership with our customers and suppliers, to deliver double digit organic growth as we anticipate this year. The order book is strong and cash flow remains robust enabling us to continue to invest in the platform to support further growth and value creation.
“We are pleased to announce that Marel has reached an agreement to acquire MAJA, a German food processing equipment manufacturer focused on skinning, portioning and ice machines.
“Having worked with them through Sulmaq in Brazil in recent years, we know them to be a highly innovative and well managed business with around 200 employees and annual revenues of roughly EUR 30 million. We expect to finalize the transaction later this year.
“Market conditions have been exceptionally favorable in recent quarters and are now adjusting towards more nor-malized levels. Driven by innovation and market penetration complemented with acquisitions, we aim to continue to grow faster than the long-term market rate.”
* Operating income adjusted for amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets (PPA).
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