Risks and uncertainties

Interim report  Q3 2019 | October 24, 2019

Konecranes operates in emerging countries that face political, economic, and regulatory uncertainties. Adverse changes in the operating environment of these countries may result in currency losses, elevated delivery costs, or loss of assets. Konecranes operates a crane factory in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.


The operations in emerging countries have had a negative impact on the aging structure of accounts receivable and may increase credit losses or the need for higher provisions for doubtful accounts.


Political risks and uncertainties have also increased outside the emerging countries due to the emergence of populism, patriotism and protectionism in a number of Western economies. This has led and can lead to further increases in tariffs on imported goods, such as components that Konecranes manufactures centrally before exporting them to most of the countries in which it operates. The resulting tariffs may result in a decrease in profitability.


Konecranes has made several acquisitions and expanded organically into new countries. A failure to integrate the acquired businesses, MHPS in particular, or grow newly established operations may result in a decrease in profitability and impairment of goodwill and other assets.


One of the key strategic initiatives of Konecranes is oneKONECRANES. This initiative involves a major capital expenditure on information systems. A higher-than-expected development or implementation costs, or a failure to extract business benefits from new processes and systems may lead to an impairment of assets or decrease in profitability.


Konecranes delivers projects, which involve risks related, for example, to engineering and project execution with Konecranes’ suppliers. A failure to plan or manage these projects may lead to higher-than-estimated costs or disputes with customers.


Challenges in financing, e.g. due to currency fluctuations, may force customers to postpone projects or even cancel the existing orders. Konecranes intends to avoid incurring costs for major projects under construction in excess of advance payments. However, it is possible that the cost-related commitments in some projects temporarily exceed the amount of advance payments.


The Group’s other risks are presented in the Notes to the Financial Statements and the Governance Supplement to the Annual Report