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DGAP-Adhoc: Leclanché SA provides business updates

Leclanché SA  / Key word(s): Miscellaneous

12.12.2013 07:00

Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR

Press Release

Leclanché SA provides business updates

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, December 12, 2013 - Leclanché S.A. (SIX
Swiss Exchange: LECN), specialized in the production of large-format
lithium-ion cells and energy storage solutions, today confirmed that its
EBITDA loss for the year is likely to be at or close to the target
previously announced and provided a business update.

Leclanche SA 2013 Guidance
On July 9, 2013 Leclanché SA stated that it expected its EBITDA loss for
the year to December 31, 2013 to be less than 10 million CHF versus a loss
of 12.9 million CHF in 2012. Based on unaudited results year to date, the
Company confirms that its EBITDA loss for the year is likely to be at or
close to this target. This is consistent with its turnaround plan.

New appointments
Leclanché SA is pleased to announce that Mr. Joachim Simonis, Head of Sales
and Marketing, and Mr. Thierry Perronnet, General Manager Distribution,
both of whom joined the company earlier this year, have been appointed to
the company's Executive Committee.

In addition, and in line with its plan to continuously review and reduce
procurement costs, Leclanché announced the appointment of Mr. Ralf Kimmel
as Strategic Buyer. Mr Kimmel is a German national and a graduate of the
University of Applied Sciences of Pforzheim where he specialised in
purchasing and logistics. He previously worked in the automobile sector at
TRW Automotive and in the Industrial Chemicals industry at Rhodia and

Business update
Leclanché further announced that it has secured orders for a 25kWh system
from the Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale and a 63kWh system
for a commercial application to a client in Germany. A 25kWh system was
also delivered to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for
micro-grid research in September.

Furhermore, consistent with its strategy of building an international
network of alliances, it has signed three international
distributorship/agency agreements with Ampere SPA in Italy, JAL Limited in
Saudi Arabia and Bisol EPC in Slovenia,

Ampere SPA is an established distributor of electrical equipment in Italy
and will be responsible for the development of Leclanché sales of
Stationary and Portable products and cells in Italy. JAL Limited is a
leading electrical contractor in Saudi Arabia and will be responsible for
the development of Leclanche's sales of both Stationary and Portable
products in Saudi Arabia, the GCC countries and Jordan. Bisol EPC is an
established manufacturer of solar equipment in Eastern Europe and will be
responsible for the development of Leclanché sales of both Portable and
Stationary products in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia,
Macedonia, Kosovo, Greece and Cyprus.

Financial Results
The Company will announce preliminary unaudited consolidated revenue on
January 15, 2014 and the audited financial results for 2013 on March 5,

About Leclanché

Leclanché's strategy is to become one of the leading lithium-ion cell
producers and solution providers for energy storage systems in Europe. Its
strategic priorities are to develop and market energy storage  products for
home, industrial markets and grid applications and to grow its existing
businesses of developing portable energy storage systems for military,
medical and industrial applications. It also includes providing a range of
professional energy storage systems to a diversified customer base. Through
participation in research consortia focusing on hybrid and E-mobility
applications, Leclanché is positioned to take advantage of new market

Through a unique, patented ceramic separator technology and focus on
lithium-titanate technology, Leclanché manufactures large-format
lithium-ion cells, optimized for safety and cycle-life, in a fully
automated production process. The newly installed production line will have
an annual capacity of one million cells or 76 MWh.

Leclanché was founded in 1909 in Yverdon-les-Bains. Through the integration
of a spin-off from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 2006, the company evolved
from a traditional battery manufacturer to become a leading developer and
manufacturer of lithium-ion cells in Europe. Leclanché currently employs
more than 100 staff and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LECN). The
company has its headquarters in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland) and
production facilities in Willstätt (Germany).

Media contact:

Christophe Lamps, Dynamics Group S.A.: Telephone: +41 79 476 26 87,


This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to
Leclanché's business, which can be identified by terminology such as
'strategic', 'proposes', 'to introduce', 'will', 'planned', 'expected',
'commitment', 'expects', 'set', 'preparing', 'plans', 'estimates', 'aims',
'would', 'potential', 'awaiting', 'estimated', 'proposal', or similar
expressions, or by expressed or implied discussions regarding the ramp up
of Leclanché's production capacity, potential applications for existing
products, or regarding potential future revenues from any such products, or
potential future sales or earnings of Leclanché or any of its business
units. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. Such
forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Leclanché regarding
future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
statements. There can be no guarantee that Leclanché's products will
achieve any particular revenue levels. Nor can there be any guarantee that
Leclanché, or any of the business units, will achieve any particular
financial results.

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Language:               English
Company:                Leclanché SA
                        Av. des Sports 42
                        1400 Yverdon-les-Bains
Phone:                  +41 (24) 424 65-00
Fax:                    +41 (24) 424 65-20
ISIN:                   CH0110303119, CH0016271550
Valor:                  A1CUUB, 812950
Listed:                 SIX

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