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EANS-News: Klöckner & Co SE: In the first quarter of 2010, for the first time since the beginning of the financial crisis, higher sales volumes have been achieved in addition to positive operating income and slightly positive net income, further ...

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quarterly report
•       Sales volumes increased by 10.5% in
the first three months compared to Q1/2009 and by 22.2% compared to 
•       Sales were 4.2% below prior-year level due to prices, although 20.2%
higher than in the previous quarter
•       EBITDA of EUR29 million after EUR-132 million in the previous year; net
income was likewise positive at EUR2 million
•       Continued expansion and optimization of the financing structure
•       Sales guidance including acquisitions revised from previously more than
20% to over 25%
•       Despite risks in the second half of the year, significant positive
operating income expected for the full year
Duisburg, May 12, 2010 - Klöckner & Co has recorded a significant 
sales volume growth, compared to previous year´s figures as well as 
to the previous quarter. Operating income (EBITDA) was further 
increased, whereas for the first time since the beginning of the 
financial crisis positive net income could be achieved. "Currently 
the price and volume trends are expanding more rapidly than 
previously expected due to the strong increase in raw material costs.
However, there is still the risk that production overcapacity might 
arise once again in the course of the year if a sustainable increase 
in demand will not realize. Despite this risk we expect an increase 
in sales including acquisitions of more than 25% and a significant 
positive operating income", explains Gisbert Rühl, Chairman of the 
Management Board at Klöckner & Co SE.
Significant increase in sales volumes, EBITDA and net income positive
The increase in sales volumes by 10.5% to 1.2 million tons (Q1/2009: 
1.1 million tons) in the first three months of 2010 compared to the 
same period of the previous year was mainly due to the rejuvenation 
of construction activity in March as a result of improved weather 
conditions, pre-buying activity resulting from dramatic price 
increases and acquisitions. Sales, however, were 4.2% below the 
previous year's level at around EUR1.0 billion (Q1/2009: EUR1.1 
billion) due to the lower average selling prices. EBITDA improved 
significantly to EUR29 million (Q1/2009: EUR-132 million) compared to
the previous year, which was considerably impacted by significant 
inventory write downs. Reflecting the EBITDA trend, earnings before 
interest and taxes (EBIT) were EUR11 million (Q1/2009: EUR-149 
million). Taking into account the effects of tax benefits, slightly 
positive consolidated net income of EUR2 million was recorded 
compared to the EUR127 million loss for the same period last year. 
Compared to the previous quarter, sales volumes increased by 22.2% 
and sales by 20.2%, while EBITDA adjusted for special effects more 
than quadrupled over the last quarter.
Net working capital build-up also through improved business At the 
end of the first quarter of 2010, net financial debt at Klöckner & Co
was EUR150 million compared to a net cash position of EUR150 million 
at the end of 2009. This was due to the increase in funds tied up in 
the net working capital as a result of rejuvenated sales and in 
particular due to the purchase price payments for the acquisition of 
the Becker Stahl-Service Group (BSS) and Bläsi AG. The equity ratio 
at the end of the first quarter was 37% compared to 41% at the end of
the 2009 fiscal year.
Financing structure further optimized In April and May of 2010, the 
Company issued a total of EUR145 million of promissory notes with 
maturities of between three and five years as part of its ongoing 
efforts to optimize its financing structure. In addition, the 
European ABS program with a financing volume of EUR420 million was 
extended for two years effective April 1, 2010. The optimized 
financing structure alone offers EUR500 million for acquisitions, 
which means that Klöckner & Co is well positioned to exploit the 
opportunities created by the crisis. On May 5, the rating agency 
Standard & Poor´s reacted by raising the outlook to "stable" while at
the same time confirming the long-term rating based on the improved 
earnings situation as well as the cost cutting measures introduced.
Successful resumption of acquisition strategy With the successfully 
completed acquisition of Becker Stahl-Service Group (BSS) in Germany,
which began in the previous year, and Bläsi AG in Switzerland 
Klöckner & Co has resumed its strategy of growth through 
acquisitions. "Becker Stahl-Service is currently doing even better 
than expected due to strong demand from the automotive industry", 
says Gisbert Rühl regarding the status quo of the integration of the 
Significant sales growth expected Klöckner & Co has raised its 
guidance for sales growth from previously more than 20% to over 25%. 
The main drivers behind the sales growth are acquisitions, a 
normalization of customers´ inventory levels as well as stronger 
risen prices for steel and metal. The Company is still not predicting
significant increase in real steel consumption in the major markets 
in Europe and North America. Based on the current price and volume 
increases, Klöckner & Co expects second-quarter earnings to be 
substantially higher than those in the first quarter. The Company 
still expects a significantly positive operating income for 2010 
despite the risks named above.
About Klöckner & Co Klöckner & Co is the largest producer-independent
distributor of steel and metal products in the European and North 
American markets combined. The core business of the Klöckner & Co 
Group is the storage and distribution of steel and non-ferrous 
metals. About 178,000 active customers are supplied through around 
250 distribution locations by around 9,500 employees in 15 countries 
in Europe and North America. During the fiscal year 2009, the Company
achieved sales of approximately EUR3.9 billion. The shares of 
Klöckner & Co SE are admitted to trading on the regulated market 
segment (Regulierter Markt) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange 
(Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse) with simultaneous admission to the 
sub-segment to the regulated market with further post-admission 
obligations (Prime Standard). Klöckner & Co shares are listed in the 
MDAX® Index of Deutsche Börse. ISIN: DE000KC01000; WKN: KC0100; 
Common Code: 025808576.
end of announcement                               euro adhoc

Further inquiry note:

Dr. Thilo Theilen - Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Phone: +49-(0)203-307-2050

Claudia Uhlendorf - Spokesperson
Phone: +49-(0)203-307-2289

Branche: Metal Goods & Engineering
ISIN: DE000KC01000
WKN: KC0100
Index: CDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share
Börsen: Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard
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