K+S Aktiengesellschaft

EANS-Adhoc: Significant rise in Q1 revenues and earnings
Forecast raised for year as a whole

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3-month report


First quarter revenues and operating earnings EBIT I reach EUR 1,776.5 million (+ 16% against the previous year) and EUR 384.3 million (+ 44% against the previous year) respectively / Therefore, K+S quarterly figures are substantially higher than the figures for the same period last year and consensus expectations / K+S Group´s forecast raised

K+S Group´s first quarter revenues and earnings figures, especially in the Nitrogen Fertilizers and Salt business segments, are substantially above the corresponding figures for the previous year and also considerably exceed the current consensus expectations. Therefore, key financial data for the first quarter is already being released today: Revenues reached EUR 1,776.5 million (Q1/10: EUR 1,533.6 million), operat-ing earnings EBIT I EUR 384.3 million (Q1/10: EUR 267.7 million), and adjusted earnings after taxes EUR 272.0 million or EUR 1.42 per share (Q1/10: EUR 175.8 million or EUR 0.92 per share).

After the normalisation of demand for fertilizers in 2010, the first quarter of 2011 was characterised by strong demand. The unchanged high level of agricultural prices favoured the earnings prospects of the agricultural sector, so that there is a significant incentive to raise yields per hectare through the increased use of fertilizers. For both potash and magnesium products and nitrogen fertilizers, this resulted in a very high utilisation of production capacities throughout the world. In the salt business segment, the wintry weather on the East Coast of the United States and in Europe triggered above-average demand for de-icing salt.

Against the backdrop of the positive demand and price trends emerging during the course of the first quarter of 2011, the revenues of the K+S Group should rise significantly (previously: tangibly) in financial year 2011 against the previous year. Operating earnings EBIT I should increase strongly (previously: significantly) in comparison to the figures for the previous year. This is primarily due to a probably strong (previously: significant) growth in earnings in the Potash and Magnesium Products business segment as well as a tangible (previously: moderate) improvement in operating earnings in the Nitrogen Fertilizers business segment. Operating earnings of the Salt business segment will probably decline moderately in comparison to the record results experienced last year.

As planned, the K+S Group will release its Quarterly Financial Report for the first quarter 2011 on 11 May 2011.

K+S Aktiengesellschaft Kassel, 2 May 2011 The Board of Executive Directors

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Christian Herrmann
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E-Mail: christian.herrmann@k-plus-s.com

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