UPDATE 2-New cost overruns hit profits at Austria's Andritz

martes 6 de mayo de 2014 05:46 GYT

* EBITA 49 mln eur vs Reuters poll avg 53 mln eur

* Low sales generation, cost overruns hit profit

* Shares fall 3.8 pct (Adds shares, analyst comment)

By Georgina Prodhan

VIENNA, May 6 (Reuters) - Austrian machine builder Andritz AG said cost overruns and a low rate of conversion of orders into sales hit its first-quarter earnings, which missed market expectations on Tuesday, sending its shares down almost 4 percent.

Andritz said last month it had finally completed the Montes del Plata pulp mill in Uruguay which had been beset by repeated cost overruns and led to two profit warnings last year.

However it said on Tuesday that first-quarter profits had also been hit by other cost overruns, in its metals and solid-liquid separation businesses.

The firm builds plants and provides services for the hydropower, pulp and paper, environment, metals, animal feed and biofuel industries. It also sells technology to separate solids and liquids to municipalities and industry.

Adjusted earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) more than tripled to 49 million euros ($68 million) from a year ago, when the problems at the Montes del Plata plant first forced Andritz to warn on profits.   Continuación...