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EANS-News: Strong Quarterly Figures Give WACKER a Good Start into 2011
- WACKER increases Group sales by 21 percent to Â€1.29 billion in Q1 2011 - Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization grow by 38 percent to Â€351 million in the reporting period - Quarterly net income climbs to Â€168 million - Strong operations and high customer prepayments boost Q1 2011 net cash flow to Â€286 million - Full-year Group sales expected to surpass Â€5 billion in 2011, with EBITDA to exceed last yearÂ’s figure of Â€1.19 billion
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Subtitle: - WACKER increases Group sales by 21 percent to Â€1.29 billion in Q1 2011 - Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization grow by 38 percent to Â€351 million in the reporting period - Quarterly net income climbs to Â€168 million - Strong operations and high customer prepayments boost Q1 2011 net cash flow to Â€286 million - Full-year Group sales expected to surpass Â€5 billion in 2011, with EBITDA to exceed last yearÂ’s figure of Â€1.19 billion
Munich (euro adhoc) - May 4, 2011 - Wacker Chemie AG significantly increased sales and earnings in Q1 2011, giving it a good start into fiscal 2011. Sales of the Munich chemical company grew by 21 percent to EUR1.29 billion from January through March 2011 (Q1 2010: EUR1.07 billion). This rise was primarily due to higher sales volumes. WACKERÂ´s business continued to grow thanks to a positive market environment and high customer demand. Sales were additionally supported by higher prices in some key product segments, while changes in exchange rates had virtually no effect.
WACKERÂ´s profitability also grew significantly, compared to both the previous year and Q4 2010. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose to EUR351.0 million in Q1 2011 (Q1 2010: EUR253.7 million), a year-over-year increase of 38 percent. The EBITDA margin continued to grow in the first three months of 2011 and now stands at 27.2 percent, up from 23.8 percent in Q1 2010. Group earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) climbed to EUR245.9 million in the first quarter of 2011 (Q1 2010: EUR153.7 million). The EBIT margin rose to 19.0 percent (Q1 2010: 14.4 percent). Net income for the period reached EUR168.0 million (Q1 2010: EUR105.9 million), yielding earnings per share of EUR3.39 (Q1 2010: EUR2.15).
Earnings growth was primarily the result of stronger sales volumes and revenues. This led to high plant utilization at all divisions, which had a positive effect on specific production costs. Compared to Q1 2010, higher polysilicon volumes were available from BurghausenÂ´s Poly 8 expansion stage, which had reached its full nominal capacity in Q2 2010. WACKERÂ´s profitability was additionally supported by the higher prices for some of its products during the first three months of 2011. Higher raw-material costs only had a partial impact on earnings in Q1, since the Group was, in some cases, still using raw materials procured in 2010.
WACKER expects sales and earnings growth for full-year 2011. The Munich chemical company anticipates consolidated sales of over EUR5 billion. 2011 EBITDA is expected to surpass last yearÂ´s figure of EUR1.19 billion.
"WACKER continues its upward trend past the first three months of 2011," said Group CEO Rudolf Staudigl in Munich on Wednesday. "Rising prices for raw materials and start-up costs for our new polysilicon production in NĂĽnchritz will slow down our earnings growth. But on the other hand, customer demand remains high at all divisions and our semiconductor business has seen incoming orders rise sharply in the last few weeks. We therefore expect high plant utilization. 2011 will be another very good year for WACKER."
Regions The WACKER Group posted robust double-digit growth figures for all regions worldwide during the first quarter of 2011. Asia once again reinforced its position as WACKERÂ´s largest market. Sales there rose by 29 percent to EUR471.9 million from January through March 2011 (Q1 2010: EUR364.8 million). Approximately 58 percent of this were generated in China, including Taiwan. WACKER also achieved substantial sales growth in Germany and the rest of Europe. In Germany, sales rose to EUR247.2 million, up 13 percent on last year (Q1 2010: EUR219.1 million). In the other European countries, WACKERÂ´s business grew some 19 percent, with sales climbing to EUR311.9 million (Q1 2010: 261.8 million). In the Americas, WACKER increased its first-quarter sales by 19 percent as well, to EUR220.5 million (Q1 2010: EUR185.8 million). Here, too, the expansion was chiefly driven by strong customer demand. Changes in exchange rates had virtually no effect. In the other regions, first-quarter sales grew by 13 percent to EUR40.2 million (Q1 2010: EUR35.5 million). Overall, WACKER generated 81 percent of its first-quarter sales with customers outside Germany.
Investments and Net Cash Flow In Q1 2011, WACKER invested EUR136.6 million in property, plant and equipment, and in financial assets (Q1 2010: EUR98.3 million). More than half of the investment total went to WACKER POLYSILICON. Capital expenditures at the division amounted to EUR78.2 million and focused on the ongoing construction of a polysilicon plant at NĂĽnchritz (Germany). NĂĽnchritz is expected to start producing polysilicon before the end of this year. At its Charleston, Tennessee (USA) location, WACKER POLYSILICON has already started constructing a fully-integrated polysilicon site. To meet increasing customer demand for polysilicon, WACKER is also expanding its existing facilities at Burghausen and NĂĽnchritz. The two sitesÂ´ combined capacity will increase by a total of 10,000 metric tons per year. Initial volumes from these expansion measures are expected to be available as early as 2012.
Despite high investments, the WACKER GroupÂ´s net cash flow increased more than fivefold to EUR286.3 million in the first quarter of 2011 (Q1 2010: EUR54.6 million). The rise was primarily due to two factors. First, WACKERÂ´s operational business remained strong in Q1, resulting in high gross cash flow. Cash inflow from operating activities climbed by EUR290.5 million to EUR450.0 million (Q1 2010: EUR159.5 million). Second, this figure included EUR229.6 million (Q1 2010: EUR6.0 million) in cash inflows from customer prepayments for future polysilicon deliveries. Overall, WACKER increased its balance of prepayments received by EUR187.1 million to around 1.22 billion in the reporting period.
Employees As of March 31, 2011, WACKER had 16,602 employees worldwide (Dec. 31, 2010: 16,314). The payroll increase primarily stems from higher staffing needs due to the dynamic business trend and high plant-utilization rates. On March 31, 2011, WACKER had 12,414 employees in Germany (Dec. 31, 2010: 12,235) and 4,188 at its international sites (Dec. 31, 2010: 4,079).
Business Divisions In Q1 2011, WACKER SILICONES generated total sales of EUR410.5 million - a rise of 12 percent against the prior-year quarter (Q1 2010: EUR367.0 million). Sales were bolstered by additional volumes from new Chinese silicone-polymer and silicone-fluid production plants that came on stream in Q4 2010. Customer demand remained robust in most business segments throughout the period under review. Particularly strong growth was achieved by organofunctional silanes for the formulation of construction foams and by pyrogenic silica for adhesives. From January through March 2011, WACKER SILICONES posted EBITDA of EUR75.1 million (Q1 2010: EUR62.1 million). This 21-percent increase on the prior-year quarter yielded an EBITDA margin of 18.3 percent (Q1 2010: 16.9 percent).
WACKER POLYMERSÂ´ total Q1 2011 sales came in at EUR205.4 million, over 20 percent higher than a year ago (Q1 2010: EUR170.8 million). Sales growth was mainly due to rising demand for dispersible polymer powders and dispersions. In Q1 2011, EBITDA at WACKER POLYMERS reached EUR26.0 million, rising more than 29 percent year over year (Q1 2010: EUR20.1 million). As a result, the EBITDA margin reached 12.7 percent (Q1 2010: 11.8 percent). Earnings were held back by ethylene prices being much higher than a year ago. Ethylene cost almost 27 percent more than in Q1 2010. To compensate for rising raw-material costs, WACKER POLYMERS increased its product prices.
Due to healthy demand, WACKER BIOSOLUTIONSÂ´ total sales climbed by almost 10 percent to EUR37.7 million (Q1 2010: EUR34.4 million). In the first quarter of 2011, demand was especially strong for products used in pharmaceutical and agrochemical applications. WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS generated first-quarter EBITDA of EUR5.2 million (Q1 2010: EUR4.8 million). Earnings benefited from stronger sales volumes, especially for gumbase and acetylacetone. However, because sales rose slightly more steeply than earnings, the EBITDA margin edged down to 13.8 percent from 14.0 percent a year ago.
At WACKER POLYSILICON, sales volumes and revenues, as well as earnings all remained at a very high level in Q1 2011. Sales climbed to EUR414.4 million, rising 28 percent on Q1 2010 (EUR323.9 million). Q1 2011 saw WACKER POLYSILICON increasing its output by around 30 perÂ¬cent year over year, in large part due to the new Poly 8 facility, which reached its full nominal capacity in Q2 2010. Technological improvements led to further volume gains. All the divisionÂ´s plants are operating at full capacity. Customers continued to show a strong interest in new multiyear contracts involving advance payments. At the end of the quarter, virtually the entire output planned up until the end of 2015 had been sold. WACKER POLYSILICONÂ´s first-quarter EBITDA came in at EUR214.7 million (Q1 2010: EUR157.7 million), a rise of more than 36 percent. The first-quarter EBITDA margin reached 51.8 percent this year (Q1 2010: 48.6 percent).
In Q1 2011, Siltronic continued its positive sales and earnings performance. Total first-quarter sales came in at EUR280.2 million (Q1 2010: EUR219.1 million), climbing around 28 percent. Customer demand grew particularly strongly for 300 mm wafers, with sales volumes up about 20 percent on the comparable prior-year figure. In Q1 2011, the utilization rate averaged just under 80 percent. Since mid-March, there has been a sharp upturn in customer orders following the earthquake in Japan. To help customers handle these exceptional circumstances, Siltronic is currently ramping up production at all its plants. Siltronic posted further earnings gains in Q1 2011, generating EBITDA of EUR36.8 million (Q1 2010: EUR1.2 million). The first-quarter EBITDA margin was 13.1 percent, up from 0.5 percent in Q1 2010. Earnings were lifted by increased plant utilization and by higher average prices in the period under review compared with a year ago.
Outlook The upturn in the global economy is continuing in spring 2011. The economies of emerging markets, in particular, are once again very dynamic, following a slight slowdown in growth during last yearÂ´s second half. Advanced economies also saw output and trade pick up appreciably in Q1 2011. Given the current economic trends, WACKER expects customer demand and sales to remain strong and stable at all its divisions. Group sales in subsequent quarters of 2011 are estimated to be higher than the corresponding prior-year levels.
As 2011 progresses, two major factors will affect WACKERÂ´s earnings performance: the upward trend in raw-material prices and the start-up costs for the GroupÂ´s NĂĽnchritz polysilicon plant. Compared to Q1 2011, both factors are likely to acquire a higher profile in subsequent quarters and diminish WACKERÂ´s profitability. In contrast, SiltronicÂ´s very healthy order levels promise higher plant utilization and correspondingly low specific production costs. Overall, WACKER sees a very good chance of crossing the EUR5 billion sales mark in full-year 2011. Currently, the company anticipates that EBITDA will surpass 2010Â´s figure of EUR1.19 billion.
Note to editors: The Q1 2011 report is available for download on the WACKER website (www.wacker.com) under Investor Relations.
WACKERÂ´s Key Figures |EUR million |Q1 2011 |Q1 2010 |Change | | | | |in % | |Sales |1,291.7 |1,067.0 |21.1 | |EBITDA1 |351.0 |253.7 |38.4 | |EBITDA margin2 (%) |27.2 |23.8 |14.3 | |EBIT3 |245.9 |153.7 |60.0 | |EBIT margin2 (%) |19.0 |14.4 |32.2 | | | | | | |Financial result |-7.9 |-3.3 |>100 | |Income before taxes |238.0 |150.4 |58.2 | |Net income for the period |168.0 |105.9 |58.6 | | | | | | |Earnings per share (EUR) |3.39 |2.15 |57.9 | | | | | | |Investments (incl. |136.6 |98.3 |39.0 | |financial assets) | | | | |Net cash flow4 |286.3 |54.6 |>100 | |Â |Â |Â | | |EUR million |March 31, |March |December | | |2011 |31, 2010|31, 2010 | |Equity |2,617.9 |2,073.2 |2,446.8 | |Financial liabilities |541.9 |502.6 |533.4 | |Net financial |559.5 |-31.5 |264.0 | |receivables/liabilities5 | | | | |Total assets |5,932.9 |4,796.5 |5,501.2 | | | | | | |Employees (number at end of|16,602 |15,733 |16,314 | |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, and income taxes 4 Sum of cash flow from operating activities and noncurrent investment activities before securities, incl. additions from finance leases 5 Sum of cash and cash equivalents, noncurrent and current securities, and noncurrent and current financial liabilities
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.
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