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WACKER heads for another record year in 2007
- Q3 Group sales rise 12 percent year on year to Â€959 million - EBITDA grows 24 percent to Â€270 million and EBITDA margin reaches 28 percent - Earnings per share of Â€2.43 - Full-year Group sales expected to be 14 percent higher than 2006, with an EBITDA margin of around 26 percent
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Munich (euro adhoc) - November 8, 2007 - Wacker Chemie AG is heading for another record year in 2007. In Q3, the Munich-based chemical group again significantly boosted year-on-year sales and earnings. Continued strong demand for many WACKER products, coupled with markedly higher production quantities, are the main drivers behind Q3Â´s strong performance. Volume gains and increased prices for some key product groups more than offset higher raw-material costs and negative currency effects from the strong euro. Group sales rose 12 percent in Q3 to EUR958.5 million (Q3 2006: EUR857.3m).
WACKERÂ´s earnings once again grew more strongly than sales, primarily thanks to substantial volume gains and higher prices achieved in some market segments. From July to September 2007, the Group generated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of EUR269.9 million (Q3 2006: EUR217.9 m), up 24 percent compared to the prior-year period. The EBITDA margin rose to 28.2 percent (Q3 2006: 25.4 percent). WACKER POLYSILICON posted the GroupÂ´s strongest earnings growth in Q3 2007. The divisionÂ´s EBITDA exceeded the prior-year figure by 53 percent. Siltronic and WACKER SILICONES also improved their EBITDA by 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively. WACKER POLYMERS and WACKER FINE CHEMICALS, however, only marginally improved their year-on-year figures. The GroupÂ´s third-quarter earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 34 percent to EUR186.8 million (Q3 2006: EUR139.5m), with net income climbing to EUR120.6 million (Q3 2006: EUR95.1m). Earnings per share in Q3 amounted to EUR2.43 (Q3 2006: EUR1.91). The Munich-based chemical group confirmed its positive full-year 2007 sales and earnings forecast with further precision: WACKER now expects year-on-year sales growth of 14 percent and an EBITDA margin of some 26 percent in 2007.
"Our third-quarter financial results underpin the GroupÂ´s operational strength once again," says CEO Peter-Alexander Wacker. "The additional volumes created by our strategic growth projects are starting to incrementally influence sales and earnings. Our nine-month figures are paving the way for new sales and earnings benchmarks in 2007."
With sales of EUR318.2 million (Q3 2006: EUR252.7m), Asia continued to account for the largest share of total Group revenues in Q3 2007. Compared to the prior-year quarter, sales to customers in this region rose nearly 26 percent - with Siltronic particularly profiting from the dynamic demand trends seen in Asian economies. In European countries excluding Germany, Group sales grew 6 percent to EUR255.2 million (Q3 2006: EUR240.7m). Business also went well in Germany. There, sales rose 12 percent to EUR193.8 million (Q3 2006: EUR173.3m). In the Americas, Group sales for Q3 2007 were steady year on year at EUR162.6 million (Q3 2006: EUR163.5m). The significantly weaker dollar - compared to the prior-year period - had a particularly strong impact here. In Other Regions, the Group boosted sales by 6 percent to EUR28.7 million (Q3 2006: EUR27.1m).
WACKER GroupÂ´s net cash flow rose 91 percent in Q3 to EUR257.0 million (Q3 2006: EUR134.8m). In addition to robust overall business, a primary factor for this rise was customer prepayments for future polysilicon shipments. These prepayments contributed EUR102.5 million (Q3 2006: EUR35.7m) to the quarterÂ´s net cash flow.
From July to September 2007, investments in intangible assets, property, plant, equipment, and financial assets amounted to EUR144.5 million (Q3 2006: EUR108.1m), a year-on-year increase of 34 percent. In Q3 2007, investments remained focused on ongoing strategic divisional growth projects. WACKER SILICONES is building a joint production complex for siloxanes and pyrogenic silica with Dow Corning at its Zhangjiagang site in China and is expanding its downstream silicone facilities there. WACKER POLYMERS is extending its dispersible polymer powder production facilities in Germany and building a new integrated site for dispersions and dispersible polymer powders in Nanjing, China. WACKER POLYSILICON is boosting polysilicon production capacity at Burghausen by over 22,000 metric tons per year. And Siltronic is increasing 300 mm wafer capacity at Burghausen and constructing a new 300 mm wafer factory in Singapore together with Samsung Electronics.
WACKER had 14,969 employees on September 30, 2007 (June 30, 2007: 14,892). Compared to the end of Q2, the number of Group employees rose by around 1 percent. This increase was primarily due to ongoing expansion projects in Germany and Asia. On September 30, 2007, the GroupÂ´s German sites had 11,559 employees (June 30, 2007: 11,513 employees) and international sites accounted for 3,410 employees (June 30, 2007: 3,379 employees).
Business Divisions In Q3 2007, WACKER SILICONES boosted its total sales by 6 percent to EUR341.1 million (Q3 2006: EUR321.2m), thanks primarily to further sales volume gains and partially to price increases. Negative currency shifts, however, impacted sales growth. WACKER SILICONES boosted EBITDA to EUR68.3 million - beating the prior-year figure (EUR63.2m) by 8 percent.
WACKER POLYMERSÂ´ total Q3 sales rose 9 percent to EUR166.5 million (Q3 2006: EUR152.8m). Continued strong construction-sector demand led to record-setting dispersible-polymer-powder sales for the division in that quarter. The Burghausen siteÂ´s new spray dryer, completed and successfully ramped up in Q3, also contributed to the good results. All production sites ran at full capacity. However, the divisionÂ´s functional polymers business was more subdued. On the earnings side, WACKER POLYMERS increased year-on-year EBITDA by 4 percent to EUR32.2 million (Q3 2006: EUR31.0m). Earnings growth did not quite match sales gains, primarily due to much higher raw-material costs and negative currency shifts.
WACKER FINE CHEMICALS posted sales of EUR24.3 million in Q3 2007 (Q3 2006: EUR26.3m), around 8 percent below the prior-year period. Consolidation of business activities for custom synthesis products and catalog chemicals resulted in declining sales for this product segment. In contrast, the division profited from strong demand for biotech products, particularly cyclodextrins and cysteine. Moreover, Q3 saw the acquisition of new customer projects for bioengineered pharma proteins. From July to September 2007, WACKER FINE CHEMICALS generated an EBITDA of EUR0.8 million (Q3 2006: EUR-0.2m).
WACKER POLYSILICON generated record sales in Q3 2007. Total revenues soared 57 percent to EUR126.0 million (Q3 2006: EUR80.4m) compared to the prior-year period. This growth was principally due to higher polysilicon prices and volumes. The "Poly 6" expansion stage was successfully completed in Q3, ahead of schedule. Surplus volumes from this expansion stage were sold via short-term agreements. WACKER POLYSILICONÂ´s Q3 EBITDA rose 53 percent to EUR49.4 million (Q3 2006: EUR32.2m).
Siltronic posted sales of EUR360.2 million in Q3 2007, beating the prior-year figure (EUR330.7m) by 9 percent. Growth was primarily fueled by higher production volumes. Compared to Q2 2007, sales declined slightly - in large part due to a scheduled production pause ("warm down") at BurghausenÂ´s 300 mm wafer production line. This measure enables Siltronic to boost the siteÂ´s existing 300 mm capacity by 60,000 wafers per month. Siltronic was able to partially offset the planned 300 mm sales decline, for instance due to higher silicon ingot sales to the solar industry. SiltronicÂ´s year-on-year EBITDA grew 17 percent to EUR115.0 million (Q3 2006: EUR98.2m). Product-mix adjustments in favor of 300 mm wafers, sales to the solar industry and efficiency enhancements had a positive impact on results despite significantly negative exchange-rate effects.
Outlook The first three quarters of 2007 proved successful for WACKER. As a result of this positive business development, the Group expects to post new full-year sales and earnings records. Based on todayÂ´s figures, WACKER confirms its positive full-year forecast with further precision. The Group now expects year-on-year sales growth of 14 percent to nearly EUR3.8 billion (2006: EUR3.34b). The previous guidance specified sales growth of over 10 percent. The full-year EBITDA margin is expected to come in at around 26 percent (2006: 23.6 percent).
Information for editorial offices: the full Q3 2007 report can be downloaded from WACKERÂ´s website (www.wacker.com) under Investor Relations.
Key Group Figures
@@start.t2@@|in EUR million |Q3 2007 |Q3 2006 |Change |9M 2007|9M 2006|Change|
| | | |in % | | |in % |
| | | | | | | |
|Sales |958.5 |857.3 |12 |2,861.2|2,486.2|15 |
|EBITDA1 |269.9 |217.9 |24 |796.2 |597.2 |33 |
|EBITDA margin2 |28.2 % |25.4 % |11 |27.8 % |24.0 % |16 |
|EBIT3 |186.8 |139.5 |34 |552.9 |357.0 |55 |
|EBIT margin2 |19.5 % |16.3 % |20 |19.3 % |14.4 % |35 |
| | | | | | | |
|Financial result |-6.1 |-7.4 |-18 |-17.7 |-36.3 |-51 |
|Income before taxes |180.7 |132.1 |37 |535.2 |320.7 |67 |
|Net income |120.6 |95.1 |27 |365.1 |227.8 |60 |
|attributable to | | | | | | |
|Wacker Chemie AG | | | | | | |
|shareholders | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | |
|Earnings per share in|2.43 |1.91 |27 |7.35 |4.77 |54 |
|EUR | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | |
|Investments (incl. |144.5 |108.1 |34 |416.2 |280.5 |48 |
|financial assets) | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | |
|Net cash flow |257.0 |134.8 |91 |603.3 |172.5 |>100 |
| | | | | | | |
|in EUR million |Sept. 30,|Sept. 30,|Dec.31,| | | |
| |2007 |2006 |2006 | | | |
| | | | | | | |
|Equity |1,815.4 |1,503.0 |1,585.8| | | |
|Financial liabilities|293.8 |437.0 |409.9 | | | |
|Provisions for |363.8 |362.6 |354.8 | | | |
|pensions | | | | | | |
|Net financial debt |-100.6 |382.4 |367.0 | | | |
|Total assets |3,852.3 |3,110.4 |3,258.2| | | |
| | | | | | | |
|Employees (number at |14,969 |14,654 |14,668 | | | |
|end of period) | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | |
|1 EBITDA is EBIT before depreciation and amortization. |
|2 Margins are calculated based on sales. |
|3 EBIT is the result from continuing operations for the period before |
|interest and other financial results, limited partnership interests and |
|income taxes. |
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimates of WACKERÂ´s Executive Board. Although we assume the expectations in these forward-looking statements are realistic, we cannot guarantee they will prove to be correct. The assumptions may harbor risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual figures to differ considerably from the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such discrepancies include, among other things, changes in the economic and business environment, variations in exchange and interest rates, the introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance for new products or services, and changes in corporate strategy. WACKER does not plan to update the forward-looking statements, nor does it assume the obligation to do so.@@end@@
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