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Vestas service technicians work on a wind turbine in Taralga, Australia.

Vestas Raises Guidance as Quarterly Profit Doubles

The Danish wind turbine maker is thriving amid positive trends for renewable energy and high prices for its equipment.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark —Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems raised its annual revenue and profit forecast on Thursday for the second time this year as its quarterly profit more than doubled.

“I am very pleased that year-on-year for orders, Vestas is growing in all regions,” CEO Anders Runevad said in a statement. “With greater clarity on deliveries for the remainder of the year and a very solid financial position, we are raising our guidance.”

Net profit in the third quarter rose to 206 million euros ($223.91 million) from 102 million euros ($110.87 million) a year before, as revenue grew 17% to 2.12 billion euros ($2.3 billion).

“We generally see positive trends for renewable energy,” Runevad told Danish news agency Ritzau.

Amid a booming wind energy market, the Aarhus-based group also announced a 1.12 billion kroner ($163.22 million) share buy-back program.

“Revenue and earnings are better than expected in the third quarter, driven by high prices for the turbines,” Alm Brand Markets analyst Michael Friis Jorgensen told Ritzau.

Vestas raised its 2015 revenue forecast to between 8.0 and 8.5 billion euros ($8.7 billion and $9.24 billion) from a previous estimate of at least 7.5 billion euros ($8.15 billion). Stripping out one-off items, the profit margin before interest and taxes would be between 9% and 10%, rather than 8.5%, it said.

Runevad took the helm in August 2013 after the company had posted nine quarterly losses in a row.

The Danish company was badly hit when the financial crisis prompted governments to cut subsidies for renewable energy, which combined with an ill-timed expansion plan and tough competition forced it to slash its workforce by almost a third.

Shares in Vestas were 4.9% higher in midday trading on the Copenhagen bourse, where the main index was up by 0.9%.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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