Solar-Fabrik AG

euro adhoc: Solar-Fabrik AG
Mergers - Acquisitions - Takeovers
Solar-Fabrik AG adds wafer processing and recovery to its value chain Expansion from a manufacturer of solar power modules to an integrated solar corporation is complete

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29.05.2006

Effective today, Solar-Fabrik AG (ISIN: DE0006614712) has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") for a holding in Poseidon Chemicals (hereinafter: Poseidon) of Chennai, India. Once the Sale and Purchase Agreement has been signed, Solar-Fabrik AG will hold 80 % of the shares in Poseidon via its subsidiary company Solar-Fabrik Services Pte Ltd. of Singapore. Poseidon is a renowned specialist in the field of wafer recovery and processing. With this takeover, Solar-Fabrik AG covers all of the links in the solar value chain. The envisioned evolution from a German manufacturer of solar modules to an international, integrated solar corporation is thus complete.

Solar-Fabrik purchases recyclable wafers from the semiconductor industry via its subsidiary Global Expertise Wafer Division Ltd. These wafers first have to be chemically and mechanically prepared for subsequent further processing into solar cells. Poseidon has special technical expertise in the field of wafer recovery; for example, the company is not only a specialist in the processing and cutting of wafers, but also in the field of wafer cleaning - which is especially important for the procurement market. There is no difference in the quality of the recovered wafers and original solar wafers. Now, Solar Energy Power Pte Ltd. of Singapore will be further processing the wafers that Poseidon recovers. By 2007, Solar-Fabrik will hold a majority of the shares in SEP (see the ad-hoc press release of May 12, 2006). By taking over Poseidon, Solar-Fabrik has closed the gap between wafers and solar cells in its value chain.

Some 3.0 million euros was agreed as the purchase price for 80% of the shares of Poseidon. Once the purchase agreement has been signed, the current shareholders will hold 20% of the shares and remain in the company's management.

This new holding offers Solar-Fabrik AG a number of benefits: margins at the level of wafers and cells are much higher than for modules, which will improve the Group's EBIT margin considerably. The more efficient recovery process will allow the efficiency of the cells made out of these wafers to increase significantly. If not used in the production of modules at Solar-Fabrik AG, these wafers and cells will be sold at a good margin to third parties. This takeover will already contribute approximately a seven-figure sum to Solar-Fabrik AG's profit in 2007.

By acquiring Poseidon, Solar-Fabrik AG strengthens its market leadership in the field of recyclable wafers from the semiconductor industry. Solar-Fabrik AG has reached its consistently pursued strategic goal of covering all stages in the value chain of solar energy supply and is now completely repositioned on the market: • Profitability will improve over the long-term thanks to these acquisitions. • Direct access at all stages in the value chain will provide maximum supply security. • Planning security will improve considerably. • Horizontal and vertical diversification will reduce current dependencies. • Internationality will facilitate access to export markets, which are becoming more important. • The Group's strategic position has improved decisively.

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ots Originaltext: Solar-Fabrik AG
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Further inquiry note:
Martin Schlenk
Tel. +49(0)761 4000 207
E-Mail: m.schlenk@solar-fabrik.de

Branche: Alternative energy
ISIN:      DE0006614712
WKN:        661471
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing/prime
              standard
              Börse Berlin-Bremen / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade



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