Financial Statement Release for 1 January – 31 December 2019 (published 7 February 2020)
Operating environment during the fourth quarter and in 2019
The overall market situation was stable throughout the period. Demand was stable in other Caverion markets apart from Sweden. In Sweden, the activity level in residential and commercial projects was slowing down, while the infrastructure market continued to be active.
The demand for Services continued being strong. There is a trend towards a deeper collaboration between customers and service providers in order to gain business benefits instead of mere cost savings. International customers are looking for unified operating models across countries, especially in the Nordic region. There is an increasing interest for services supporting sustainability, such as energy management and advisory services.
The market for Projects remained stable but the sentiment started to weaken. In the residential construction market segment, there were indications of the market slowing down. In the non-residential construction segment, which is more relevant for Caverion, the market remained stable, with the exception of the commercial construction segment in Sweden. Customer demand for total technical deliveries, life cycle projects and different types of partnership projects such as alliance projects has been increasing, mainly driven by risk management. The requirements for increased energy efficiency, better indoor climate and tightening environmental legislation are increasing the costs of investing in building systems.