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EANS-News: SHW AG reports strong growth in the first nine months of 2011

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9-month report


Aalen (euro adhoc) - Group revenues grow by 25.8 percent to EUR 267.7 million
between January and September 2011

- EUR 3.3 million improvement in adjusted EBIT to EUR 19.8 million

- China - preparation for serial production  

Aalen, Germany, 10 November 2011. SHW AG, one of the leading suppliers of key
CO2-relevant automotive components (pumps and engine components) and brake
discs, was able to continue its run of strong growth in the first nine months of
2011. Group revenues increased by 25.8 percent to EUR 267.7 million (previous
year: EUR 212.7 million). This rise was the result of sustained high delivery
requests on the part of vehicle manufacturers and a variety of production
start-ups. The company´s order intake improved by 25.5 percent on the first nine
months of 2010 to EUR 279.9 million.

The Group´s operating result, adjusted for special effects, increased by EUR 3.3
million to EUR 19.8 million in the first nine months of 2011 compared to the
previous year. A quarterly comparison is only of limited relevance, as the
reversal of provisions recognised in previous quarters and the capitalisation of
development costs influenced the extraordinarily good third quarter for the
better. 

The adjusted EBIT margin was 7.4 percent in the first nine months of 2011,
slightly under the previous year´s value of 7.8 percent. The main factors
impacting this were changes to the product mix in the passenger vehicle pump
division, higher prices for coke and the two-week production break in the brake
discs foundry for maintenance reasons. 

"In the past nine months, the company has once again demonstrated the success of
its strategic positioning and benefited from the robust demand for its key
CO2-relevant components," said Dr. Wolfgang Krause, Chairman of SHW AG´s
Management Board. "On the basis of our diversified and attractive product range
and our planned expansion into new markets, we will be in a position to further
expand on our strong market position." 

China with high potential
With the approval granted in July 2011 to establish SHW Automotive Pumps
(Shanghai) Co., the foundations have been laid to commence business operations
in China. The company has started to make provisions for serial production. SHW
expects the company´s diversified and attractive product range to rapidly bring
about its first orders in this growth market.

Higher investment to secure growth
Due to pending production start-ups, investments rose to EUR 14.8 million from
EUR 6.5 million in the first nine months of 2010. At the same time, expenditure
for research and development rose by 35.6 percent to EUR 3.8 million (previous
year: EUR 2.8 million) in the first nine months of 2011. The main focus of R&D
spending in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment was on the
development of variable oil pumps, start-stop pumps, oil vacuum pumps, balancer
shafts and camshaft phasers, whereas in the Brake Discs segment it was on the
further development of lightweight brake discs.

Encouraging development of both business segments sustained
Revenues in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment rose by 27.2
percent on the year to EUR 198.5 million (previous year: EUR 156.1 million)
during the first nine months of 2011. With a 24.6 percent increase in revenues,
the Passenger Vehicles division benefited from a consistently high level of
order requests from car manufacturers, particularly with respect to variable oil
pumps, and from numerous production start-ups. The Truck & Off-Highway division
continued the strong revenue growth of the first six months, managing to
increase revenue by as much as 46.6 percent to EUR 23.6 million, compared to the
same nine months of the previous year. The adjusted EBIT for the Pumps and
Engine Components business segment rose by EUR 2.7 million to EUR 19.8 million
in the first nine months of 2011. 

Revenues in the Brake Discs business segment rose by 22.2 percent to EUR 69.2
million (previous year: EUR 56.6 million) during the first nine months of 2011.
This increase was particularly attributable to a marked increase in demand for
processed and higher-quality brake discs. The Brake Discs business segment
managed to increase its adjusted operating result by EUR 1.1 million to EUR 1.4
million. However, this result was reduced by the sustained high coke prices and
the production break in the foundry.

Further improvement in the equity ratio
"SHW AG´s asset and financial position can be seen to be very solid following
the first nine months of 2011," said Oliver Albrecht, Chief Financial Officer of
SHW AG. The equity ratio improved year on year, from 19.3 percent to 30.6
percent. The healthy balance sheet structure and the low level of bank debt (EUR
14.2 million as of 30 September 2011) provide assistance as the company follows
its growth path.

Positive outlook for 2011 
In light of the positive development in the year to date, SHW expects Group
revenues for 2011 as a whole to reach EUR 340-350 million. As before, the
company continues to expect the adjusted Group EBIT to see a year-on-year
improvement. 


About SHW
The enterprise was established in 1365, making it one of the oldest industrial
enterprises in Germany. Today, the SHW Group is a leading supplier for the
automotive industry with products that contribute to a reduction of fuel
consumption and consequently CO2 emissions. In its Pumps and Engine Components
business segment, the SHW Group develops and produces pumps for passenger
vehicles and truck and off-highway applications, e.g. trucks, farm and
construction vehicles, stationary motors and wind power stations. The Brake
Discs business segment develops and produces monobloc ventilated brake discs
made of cast iron and lightweight brake discs made from a combination of an iron
friction ring and an aluminium pot. Customers of the SHW Group include leading
producers of passenger cars and commercial vehicles with manufacturing
facilities in Europe and North America. The SHW Group has four manufacturing
sites in Germany, located in Bad Schussenried, Aalen-Wasseralfingen,
Tuttlingen-Ludwigstal and Neuhausen ob Eck. Via its 50 percent interest in the
Canadian company STT Technologies Inc., the company also has production sites in
Canada and Mexico. With more than 1,000 employees, the SHW Group generated
approx. EUR 290 million in revenues in 2010. Further information is available
at: www.shw.de


Future-oriented statements
This press release contains certain future-oriented statements that are based
upon current assumptions and forecasts made by the management of SHW AG. Various
known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may lead to the actual
results, financial position, development or performance of the company deviating
considerably from the appraisals specified here. The company assumes no
obligation to update future-oriented statements of this nature or adapt them to
future events or developments.

Note
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell securities in the United
States of America, Canada, Australia, Japan or any other jurisdictional
territory where offers are subject to statutory restrictions. The securities
named in this announcement may only be sold or offered for sale in the United
States of America following their prior registration in accordance with the
provisions of the version of the US Securities Act of 1933 currently in force
(the "Securities Act") or, without prior registration, only on the basis of an
exemption. Unless provided for by certain exceptions within the Securities Act,
the securities named within this announcement may not be sold or offered for
sale in Australia, Canada or Japan, nor may they be sold or offered for sale to
or for account of residents of Australia, Canada or Japan. No registration of
the offer or sale of the securities named in this announcement will take place,
as stipulated by the relevant statutory provisions in Canada, Australia and
Japan. There is no public solicitation to buy securities in the United States of
America.


Further inquiry note:
Michael Schickling
Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
SHW AG
Telephone: +49 (0) 7361 502 462
Email:	michael.schickling@shw.de

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company:     SHW AG
             Wilhelmstrasse 67
             D-73433 Aalen
phone:       +49 7361 502-1
FAX:         +49 7361 502-674
mail:     ir@shw.de
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