North America provides boost for JCB
By Andrew Macklin
May 21, 2015 – JCB achieved underlying earnings in excess of $469 million for the fourth successive year, as improvements in Western economies were eclipsed by sharp falls in developing construction equipment markets.
Earnings for 2014 on an EBITDA basis were $474 million as compared to $489 million in 2013, before one-off restructuring costs of $17 million. Sales turnover was $3.9 billion against $4.2 billion the previous year, and machine sales were 64,028 as compared to 66,227 in 2013.
“For different reasons, each of the ‘BRIC’ markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China were sharply down in 2014,” said Lord Bamford, JCB Chairman. “However, the broad spread of our business enabled us to benefit from better conditions in North America, Western Europe and particularly the UK.”
The construction equipment market in Brazil dropped by 17% in 2014, Russia fell by 27%, India by almost 15% and China by 17%. Markets in the UK and North America grew by 30% and 13% respectively. JCB’s sales in North America grew by 23% — outpacing the market and making it a record year for JCB in North America, which is now the company’s third biggest market behind India and the UK.
“Global market uncertainty has continued into 2015, though our home market of the UK remains a rare bright spot,” said Lord Bamford. “The need for infrastructure in much of the developing world remains acute and will eventually drive a resumption of growth. Our resilient performance in 2014 demonstrates we are well placed to capitalize on improving trends as they emerge.”