Sales increased by 9% from \u20ac7.3bn in 2016-17 to \u20ac7.95bn in 2017-18. Adjusted Ebit rose from \u20ac421m to \u20ac514m, and net income soared from \u20ac289m to \u20ac475m over the same period. Alstom\u2019s Ebit margin also improved from 5.8% to 6.5%.However, Alstom says orders received dropped from \u20ac10bn in 2016-17 to \u20ac7.95bn in 2017-18, while its order backlog declined from \u20ac34.78bn to \u20ac34.18bn during the same period.\r\nAlstom says its net debt remained roughly stable at \u20ac255m while equity amounted to \u20ac4bn on March 31 2018.\r\nFor 2018-19, Alstom expects sales to increase slightly to around \u20ac8bn while its adjusted Ebit margin should rise to 7%.\r\n\u201cThese excellent results demonstrate the success of the 2020 strategy, with an outstanding sales growth and a further margin enhancement,\u201d says Mr Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom\u2019s chairman and CEO. \u201cAlstom continued to leverage the growing globalisation of the mobility market and is now in an excellent position to join forces with Siemens Mobility. Together Alstom and Siemens Mobility will shape tomorrow\u2019s mobility.\u201d\r\nAlstom\u2019s 2020 strategy is based on five objectives:\u2022 creating a customer-focused organisation\u2022 providing a complete range of solutions - signalling, systems and services represented 57% of sales in 2017-18 which Alstom says is in line with its 2020 objective of reaching 60%\u2022 creating value through innovation - research and development was maintained at \u20ac278m which represented 3.5% of sales in 2017-18\u2022 achieving operational and environmental excellence - Alstom aims to cut energy consumption by 20% for solutions and 10% for operations by 2020, and\u2022 achieving a diverse and entrepreneurial workforce - 20% of Alstom\u2019s management and professional roles are occupied by women and the objective is to reach 25% by 2020.