Swedish ER&D service vendor ÅF Pöyry changed its brand to AFRY, the amalgamation of ÅF and pöyRY. Meanwhile, its legal name will remain ÅF Pöyry.
ÅF Pöyry’s revenue growth (yoy, at CC/CS) continued to decelerate this quarter, declining from +8% in Q1 to +1% in Q3 2019, despite the positive impact of an additional working day (+90 bps on revenue growth during the quarter). The company suffered from the same issues as in Q2: a slowdown in the automotive sector from its largest automotive client, (impacting Industrial & Digital Solutions Division) and delayed decision-making in the Infrastructure Division in Denmark.
Several readers reacted to the birth on February 22, 2019, of ÅF Pöyry. They argue that ÅF Pöyry has become a building engineering-centric firm and now shares more with the likes of Sweco, Arcadis, or SNC Lavallin in Canada, than with Altran, or HCL Tech.
We looked at the 2018 results of Pöyry, its last financials before its acquisition by ÅF. The results confirmed that Pöyry has succeeded in its recovery: its 2018 revenues were up 10.9% in 2018, to EUR 580m, and its adjusted EBIT margin was 7.5%, up 250 bps.
ÅF likes to present itself as a Nordic powerhouse, and indeed, it is the largest ER&D service vendor headquartered in the Nordics. That does not mean the company has saturated its home market: ÅF remains very much a Swedish