Finland’s Wartsila logs quarterly loss

Finland’s engine maker and tech firm Wartsila reported a first-quarter operating loss after it wrote off its Russian assets.

Wartsila said in its quarterly report on Thursday its operating result had dropped by 183 million euros ($192.5 million) to a loss of 147 million euros ($154.7 million).

This includes a writedown of about 200 million euros the firm revealed earlier this month as a result of a decision to downscale operations in Russia.

“The continued impact from Covid-19 and the Russian attack into Ukraine in the first quarter of 2022 intensified overall uncertainty in the global business environment and amplified concerns related to cost inflation and global economic development,” Hakan Agnevall, Wartsila’s CEO, said.

“While the Covid-19 situation stabilized or improved in certain parts of the world, the recent lockdowns in China show that the impact is far from over. Overall, we saw uncertainty increase on the demand and supply side in both our end markets,” Agnevall said.

Wartsila said its comparable operating profit increased 61 percent to 65 million euros.

Also, the company’s order intake increased by 11 percent in the first quarter to $1.38 billion euros.

The firm recently revealed contracts for a German bio-LNG plant as well as for a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant in Antigua.

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