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08/10/2017 | 07:30am CEST

DGAP-News: Salzgitter AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results
Salzgitter Group: strong first half in 2017

10.08.2017 / 07:30
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Salzgitter Group: strong first half in 2017

- Earnings before taxes of EUR 100 million mark best result since 2011

- Major contributions from Strip Steel and Trading business units and effects from programs of measures

- Guidance for the financial year 2017:

- increase in sales to around EUR 9 billion

- pre-tax profit of between EUR 150 million and EUR 200 million

In an economic environment characterized by great political uncertainty and ongoing volatility in the raw materials markets, the Salzgitter Group delivered the best half-year result since 2011. The excellent performance of the Strip Steel and Trading business units, along with the continued successful implementation of the Group's internal programs, made major contributions to this result. Profit has once more increased significantly compared with the year-earlier figure despite considerable burdens from the negative valuation effects of the Aurubis bond exchangeable into shares and currency hedging.

While the strip steel segment in particular saw business firming up, not least thanks to the European Union's trade defense measures, the market environment and competitive framework conditions in other product segments did not develop as well. The continuation - and in some parts the expansion - of the Group's internal optimization programs are therefore all the more important as a factor decisive for the sustained uptrend in earnings performance. "The measurable success of our strategy is ultimately reflected by the second increase in our profit forecast for the current financial year. Our pride in what we have achieved is both an incentive and a motivation to tackle the tasks that lie ahead with the same energy," says CEO Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann.

The Salzgitter Group's external sales rose by almost one fifth (EUR 4,616.2 million; H1 2016: EUR 3,967.5 million), above all on the back of the higher average selling prices of many rolled steel products and driven mainly by the Strip Steel, Plate / Section Steel and Trading business units. Earnings before taxes climbed to EUR 100.2 million (H1 2016: EUR 16.1 million) and include EUR
-24.7 million in contribution from the Aurubis investment (H1 2016: EUR +26.1 million) that was impacted by EUR -78.3 million in valuation effects from the Aurubis bond exchangeable into shares. The after-tax result stood at EUR 64.7 million (H1 2016: EUR 9.3 million), which brings basic earnings per share to EUR 1.14 (H1 2016: EUR 0.13). The return on capital employed (ROCE) stood at 7.3 % (H1 2016: 2.1 %). The net financial position declined to EUR 24 million (H1 2016: EUR 183 million) above all due to the greater level of business activities and the associated price-induced increase in working capital as well as higher non-current assets. However, we expect the net financial position to rise again over the course of the year. Together with an equity ratio of 33%, the Salzgitter Group continues to enjoy a sound balance sheet and a comfortable financial basis.

External sales by business unit (EUR million):

  H1 2017 H1 2016
Strip Steel 1,102.2 937.0
Plate / Section Steel 537.6 366.6
Mannesmann 569.3 502.5
Trading 1,675.7 1,425.5
Technology 630.1 641.7
Industrial Participations / Consolidation 101.2 94.1
Group 4,616.2 3,967.5

Earnings before taxes (EBT) by business unit (EUR million):

  H1 2017 H1 2016
Strip Steel 94.2 -37.3
Plate / Section Steel 5.7 -17.0
Mannesmann -2.7 9.4
Trading 34.6 16.5
Technology 13.6 12.6
Industrial Participations / Consolidation -45.1 31.8
Group 100.2 16.1



Owing to the good half-year results, accompanied by the firming up of the Strip Steel and Trading business units' gratifying profit situation, we revised our profit guidance for the full year 2017 upward on July 27, 2017.

We now anticipate:

- an increase in sales to around EUR 9 billion,

- a pre-tax profit of between EUR 150 million and EUR 200 million, as well as

- a return on capital employed that is discernibly higher year on year.

The complete report released on the results of the first half of 2017 can be viewed at: https://www.salzgitter-ag.com/en/investor-relations/news-and-publications.html

We make reference to the possibility of considerable variability in the consolidated result due to the fact that the Aurubis bond exchangeable into shares will mature in November 2017 - depending on the use of the option to settle the bond obligation through the delivery of shares or cash payment. Similarly, opportunities and risks from currently unforeseeable trends in selling prices, input material prices and capacity level developments, as well as changes in the currency parity, may considerably affect performance in the course of the financial year 2017. The resulting fluctuation in the consolidated pre-tax result may be within a considerable range, either to the positive or to the negative. The dimensions of this range become clear if one considers that, with around 12 million tons p.a. of steel products sold by the Strip Steel, Plate / Section Steel, Mannesmann and Trading business units, an average EUR 25 change in the margin per ton is sufficient to cause a variation in the annual result of more than EUR 300 million. Moreover, the accuracy of the company's planning is restricted by the volatile cost of raw materials and shorter contractual durations, on the procurement as well as on the sales side.

Disclaimer: Some of the statements made in this report possess the character of forecasts or may be interpreted as such. These are made to the best of the Company's knowledge and judgment, and by their nature are subject to the proviso that no unforeseeable deterioration occurs in the economy or in the specific market situation pertaining to the division companies, but rather that the underlying bases of plans and outlooks prove to be accurate as expected with regards to their scope and timing. Notwithstanding prevailing statutory provisions and capital market law in particular, the Company accepts no obligation to continuously update any forward-looking statements that are made solely in connection with circumstances prevailing on the day of their publication.

Markus Heidler

Head of Investor Relations

Salzgitter AG
Eisenhüttenstraße 99
38239 Salzgitter

Phone +49 5341 21-6105
Fax +49 5341 21-2570
E-Mail [email protected]

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Language: English
Company: Salzgitter AG
Eisenhüttenstraße 99
38239 Salzgitter
Phone: +49 5341 21-01
Fax: +49 5341 21-2727
E-mail: [email protected]
Internet: www.salzgitter-ag.de
ISIN: DE0006202005
WKN: 620200
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Hanover; Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange

End of News DGAP News Service

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