ABB Issues Trading Update Following Better-Than-Anticipated Performance in Q1

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ABB is publishing preliminary information on its first-quarter 2021 results, which according to the information available to the company, is better than the latest company guidance and current market consensus. The preliminary results were driven by a stronger-than-anticipated market development, especially during the last weeks of March, and relates primarily to the short-cycle business. Quarterly demand is likely to have been supported by customer stock-building activities related to both component availability constraints and rising commodity prices in the industry. 

Preliminary results for first quarter 2021: 

($ millions,
unless otherwise indicated) 
    Change 
Q1 2021 Q1 2020 US$ Comparable1 
Orders ~7,750 7,346 ~+6% ~+1% 
Revenues ~6,900 6,216 ~+11% ~+7% 
Operational EBITA2, % ~13.5% 10.2% ~+330 pts   

On the back of recent market developments, ABB is raising its revenue guidance for full year 2021 outlook and now anticipates comparable revenue growth of ~5% or higher (previously: comparable revenue growth to be broadly in line with its long-term target range), including an anticipated recovery in the process industry related part of the business during the second half of the year. 

ABB will publish its full first quarterly results on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 07:00 a.m. CEST. Prior to that, the company will not provide additional information on its financial results for the period. 

This is information that ABB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 06:45 a.m. CEST on April 15, 2021. 

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