EANS-News: SHW AG reports successful start into the financial year 2012

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3-month report

Aalen (euro adhoc) - Group sales grow by 13.6 percent to EUR 100.5 million in Q1
- Group earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) climb 25.8 percent to EUR 7.9
- Net income for the period up by 70.5 percent to EUR 5.2 million 

Aalen, 8 May 2012. SHW AG, one of the leading suppliers of CO2-relevant pumps
and engine components as well as brake discs, could seamlessly tie in with the
positive development of the 2011 financial year in the first three months of
2012. Group sales and Group net income for the period both reached new record

Group sales improved by 13.6 percent to EUR 100.5 million (previous year: EUR
88.5 million). This growth is attributable to a large number of production
start-ups and the stable demand of the SHW customers. Group earnings before
interest and taxes (EBIT) in the January to March 2012 period were up by EUR 1.6
million on the previous year* to EUR 7.9 million. At 7.8 percent, the EBIT
margin clearly exceeded the prior year level of 7.1 percent. Net income for the
period rose by 70.5 percent to EUR 5.2 million (previous year: EUR 3.1 million).
Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.89 (previous year: EUR 0.55). 

"We are pleased with the successful start into the new financial year," said CEO
Dr. Wolfgang Krause, who is in charge of the Pumps and Engine Components
business segment. "Demand for SHW products that help to reduce CO2 emissions
shows a particularly positive trend." 

Investments in growth stay at high level 

Due to upcoming production start-ups, investments climbed from EUR 3.3 million
to EUR 4.9 million in the first quarter of 2012. At the same time, spendings on
research and development increased by EUR 0.3 million to EUR 1.8 million. 

"In spite of these high investments, we were able to generate a return on
capital employed (ROCE) of 28.3 percent, which clearly exceeds the industry
average and our cost of capital," emphasised CFO Oliver Albrecht. "The equity
ratio improved from 24.0 percent in the previous year to 33.7 percent." 

Pumps and Engine Components business segment remains main growth driver 

Sales in the Pumps and Engine Components business segment increased by 22.2
percent from the previous year's EUR 63.3 million to EUR 77.4 million. Reporting
a 27.1 percent increase in revenues to EUR 61.6 million, the Passenger Car
division benefited from the high demand for variable oil pumps and start-stop
pumps as well as numerous production start-ups. Between January and March 2012,
earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the Pumps and Engine Components
business segment increased by EUR 1.3 million on the prior year period to EUR
7.2 million. The EBIT margin improved moderately from 9.3 percent to 9.4 percent
despite significantly higher depreciation and amortisation. 

Sales in the Brake Discs business segment dropped by 8.1 percent to EUR 23.1
million (previous year: EUR 25.2 million). In this context, it should be
considered that the prior year figure included a very large spare parts order.
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) declined by EUR 0.3 million to EUR 0.6
million. "The start-up problems of the new production line have been eliminated
in the meantime," said Andreas Rydzewski, member of the Management Board and in
charge of the Brake Discs business segment. "Should the capacity utilisation be
permanently good, we still expect a noticeable result improvement in 2012." 

Guidance confirmed

The acute risks to the global economy declined in the first quarter compared to
last autumn. "The stable demand of our customers and the numerous start-ups make
us optimistic that we will reach the target we have set ourselves for this
year," said Dr. Wolfgang Krause. "We believe that we will be able to generate
Group sales of between EUR 365 and 390 million". The guidance for the full year
will be put into more precise terms at the six-month stage. 

*In the first three months of the previous year, EBIT was adjusted by IPO costs
and depreciation arising from the purchase price allocation in the amount of EUR
1.2 million.

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 360 million in sales in 2011. Further information is available at:

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.

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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

Further inquiry note:
Michael Schickling
Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Telephone: +49 (0) 7361 502 462

end of announcement                               euro adhoc 

company:     SHW AG
             Wilhelmstrasse 67
             D-73433 Aalen
phone:       +49 7361 502-1
FAX:         +49 7361 502-674
sector:      Automotive Equipment
ISIN:        DE000A1JBPV9
stockmarkets: free trade: Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, regulated dealing/prime
             standard: Frankfurt 
language:   English

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