Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization fell 28% on 4.5% lower revenues.
EBITDA was €72m on revenues of €1.3bn, down from EBITDA of €92m on revenues of €1.37m a year ago. In addition to the EBITDA shortfall, Fincantieri recorded €23m in COVID-19 impacts as extraordinary expenses.
Among first Italian companies to halt and to resume
CEO Giuseppe Bono said as the virus emergency started to unfold, Fincantieri made 'every possible effort' to safeguard personnel and subcontractors and was among the first Italian companies to halt activities and then to safely resume them.
Starting March 16, all Italian shipyards and production plants were closed to protect employees, with work resuming gradually from April 20. Delivery dates are being reassessed with customers.
Cruise business 57% of revenues
Revenues in the cruise shipbuilding sector were €830m, up €4m a year ago and accounting for 57% of the group’s revenues, up from 55% in Q1 2019.
Cruise revenues mirrored a speed up in production, led by the heavy workload and deliveries from the Italian shipyards, along with nearly 28% increase in production in Vard's cruise business unit. These gains helped offset the subsequent reduced production at the Italian yards starting March 16. Vard's cruise business also included a negative €11m related to currency (euro-kroner).
€31.9bn total backlog
Total backlog at the end of Q1 was €31.9bn (including €4.2bn in options), equal to about 5.5 times 2019 revenues, with order intake of $0.3bn during the quarter.