Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:45

The Ansaldo STS Group recorded a net profi t of EUR 77,599 thousand at 31 December 2008 compared with net profi t of EUR 58,278 thousand for the same period of 2007. Revenues at 31 December 2008 came to EUR 1,105,515 thousand, compared with EUR 973,094 thousand at 31 December 2007. The Group’s EBIT margin went from 10.31% at 31 December 2007 to 10.63% at 31 December 2008. Orders at 31 December 2008 came to EUR 1,296,609 thousand compared with EUR 1,532,452 thousand at 31 December 2007. The decrease is principally attributable to the Transport Systems Business Unit, which closed the preceding year with the acquisition of an exceptionally large order (Naples Metro Line 6 for EUR 426 million). The value of the backlog at 31 December 2008, equal to EUR 3,136 million, refl ects the trend of orders acquired, and shows an increase of 5.25% in comparison with the fi nal fi gure for 2007 of EUR 2,980 million.