Wacker Chemie AG

EANS-News: WACKER Ends Fiscal Year 2010 With New Record Figures

- 2010 sales climb 28 percent to €4.75 billion - At €1.19 billion, EBITDA nearly doubles year over year - Full-year 2010 EBIT set to reach some €760 million, net income expected at half a billion Euro - Around €690 million invested in growth projects and acquisitions financed from own cash flow - CEO Rudolf Staudigl: “Customer demand remains strong in the new year”

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Subtitle: - 2010 sales climb 28 percent to €4.75 billion - At €1.19 billion, EBITDA nearly doubles year over year - Full-year 2010 EBIT set to reach some €760 million, net income expected at half a billion Euro - Around €690 million invested in growth projects and acquisitions financed from own cash flow - CEO Rudolf Staudigl: “Customer demand remains strong in the new year”

Munich (euro adhoc) - January 31, 2011 - According to preliminary figures and as expected, Wacker Chemie AG set new sales and earnings records in 2010. The Munich-based chemical company posted total sales of EUR4.75 billion in 2010, up some 28 percent year over year. Strong sales volumes due to high customer demand were the main factor behind the sales increase.

According to preliminary figures, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to some EUR1.19 billion (2009: EUR607 million) - thus nearly doubling compared with the previous year. Earnings growth was largely the result of higher sales volumes and revenues, as well as increased plant utilization, which benefited specific production costs. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) are estimated to reach EUR760 million in 2010 (2009: EUR27 million) according to preliminary calculations. Net income for the year is expected at around EUR495 million (2009: EUR-75 million).

In fiscal 2010, WACKER´s investments (including acquisitions) amounted to some EUR690 million (2009: EUR740 million) according to preliminary figures. WACKER financed these completely through cashflow from operating activities. In terms of net financial liabilities, WACKER posted a surplus of around EUR260 million (2009: EUR-76 million) at the end of 2010. Investment spending focused on the Group´s strategic growth projects, primarily concerning hyperpure polysilicon production facilities under construction at the company´s Nünchritz (Germany) site.

Customer demand remained at a high level in Q4 2010. Group sales from October through December 2010 amounted to EUR1.21 billion (Q4 2009: EUR935 million) - up 29 percent against the prior-year period. Sales dropped by close to 5 percent compared to Q3 2010 (EUR1.27 billion) due to the usual seasonal effects, particularly in construction-related business. WACKER´s Q4 2010 EBITDA reached some EUR290 million (Q4 2009: EUR95 million).

WACKER´s chemical divisions generated total sales of some EUR600 million between October and December 2010 (Q4 2009: EUR519 million) - thus up 16 percent against the prior-year quarter. In Q4 2010, chemical divisions´ EBITDA climbed over 40 percent to about EUR50 million (Q4 2009: EUR35 million). Two non-recurring effects had an impact on last fiscal year´s figure. In Q4, WACKER established provisions of EUR50 million for expected future losses from its silicone business in China caused by higher transfer prices for siloxane from its joint venture with Dow Corning. In contrast, the sale of WACKER´s share in US-based Planar Solutions improved Group EBITDA by EUR20 million. In early December, former partner FUJIFILM Electronic Materials acquired WACKER´s 50-percent share in this joint venture. Planar Solutions produces CMP slurries for the surface treatment of semiconductors and purchases WACKER´s HDK® pyrogenic silica to do so.

The semiconductor segment grew even faster than chemical-related business. Siltronic generated Q4 2010 sales of around EUR270 million (Q4 2009: EUR184 million), thereby exceeding the prior-year period´s level by 46 percent. Higher sales volumes and, in some cases, higher prices contributed to this increase. Siltronic´s EBITDA from October through December 2010 amounted to almost EUR40 million (Q4 2009: EUR-23 million), thus outperforming the prior-year period´s figure by more than EUR60 million. Siltronic´s Q4 EBITDA was higher quarter over quarter as well (Q3 2010: EUR32 million).

Hyperpure polycrystalline silicon business remained strong. Sales at WACKER POLYSILICON rose 38 percent to around EUR370 million in Q4 2010 (Q4 2009: EUR269 million). In the same period, EBITDA grew almost 60 percent to some EUR205 million (Q4 2009: EUR130 million). Thus, the division posted an EBITDA margin clearly above 50 percent in Q4 2010, as in the prior quarter. In total, WACKER POLYSILICON produced and sold over 30,000 metric tons of hyperpure polysilicon in 2010.

"WACKER shook off the effects of the world economic crisis faster than anticipated and finished 2010 with new record figures," said CEO Rudolf Staudigl. "Our customers´ demand for our products remains strong and we kicked off the new year well - with a business trend that continues to develop positively."

The Q4 and fiscal 2010 figures and forecasts in this press release are preliminary. Wacker Chemie AG will publish its Q4 Report and Annual Report 2010 on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimates of WACKER´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.

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Further inquiry note: Christof Bachmair Media Relations & Information Tel.: +49 (0)89 6279 1830 E-Mail: christof.bachmair@wacker.com

Branche: Chemicals
ISIN:      DE000WCH8881
WKN:        WCH888
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