Assuming that the moderate growth is not negatively impacted by these risks, MAN SE’s Executive Board currently forecasts the following:
We expect a noticeable increase in unit sales in the Commercial Vehicles business area. Operating profit will increase slightly. MAN Latin America will significantly improve on its operating loss due to higher sales volume. By contrast, we are expecting a slight decline in operating profit at MAN Truck & Bus due to continuing high expenses for new products, new drive concepts, automation, and digital transformation, as well as intense competition. The operating return on sales in the Commercial Vehicles business area will be up slightly on the prior-year level.
We anticipate that order intake in the Power Engineering business area will remain level with the previous year. Operating profit will decline slightly. The operating return on sales will be noticeably below the 2017 level, due to, among other factors, continuing price pressure in what remains a persistently difficult market environment.
We anticipate slight growth in the MAN Group’s sales revenue in 2018, to which all divisions are likely to contribute. Operating profit will be roughly on a level with the previous year, causing the operating return on sales to decline slightly.