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FUCHS PETROLUB SE: First nine months confirm positive business development

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DGAP-News: FUCHS PETROLUB SE / Key word(s): 9 Month figures
29.10.2021 / 07:00
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

FUCHS PETROLUB SE: First nine months confirm positive business development

FUCHS at a glance

EUR million

9M 2021

9M 2020

Change

Change %

Sales revenues 1

2,129

1,740

389

22

Europe, Middle East, Africa

1,276

1,060

216

20

Asia-Pacific

637

509

128

25

North and South America

344

281

63

22

Consolidation

-128

-110

-18

-

EBIT

279

203

76

37

Earnings after tax

198

142

56

39

Capital expenditure

45

89

-44

-49

Free cash flow before acquisitions

44

122

-78

-64

Earnings per share in EUR

 

 

 

 

Ordinary share

1.42

1.02

0.40

39

Preference share

1.42

1.02

0.40

39

Employees as at September 30

5,947

5,751

196

3

 

1 By company location.

"In a difficult market environment, FUCHS has performed in line with our expectations in terms of sales revenues and earnings (EBIT) in the past three months. Rising raw material prices have been significantly squeezing our margins, but our sales price increases are steadily taking effect. Despite supply bottlenecks and recently reduced economic growth, in the first nine months we significantly improved our earnings not only on the prior year, that was impacted by the pandemic, but also on 2019, with sales revenues of EUR 2,129 million and EBIT of EUR 279 million. The automotive sector in the Asia-Pacific region, especially China, was a major contributor to this performance. Rising raw material prices, the uncertain supply situation for raw materials and packaging materials, and inflation in our selling prices have been tying up net working capital and hence our free cash flow. We are confirming our forecast from July this year and are expecting sales revenues of around EUR 2.8 billion and EBIT between EUR 350 million and EUR 360 million."

Stefan Fuchs, Chairman of the Executive Board of FUCHS PETROLUB SE

Business Development in the Group
FUCHS PETROLUB achieved sales of EUR 2,129 million (1,740) in the first nine months of 2021, which was 22% higher than the strongly from the pandemic impacted prior-year period.
All regions improved not only against the prior-year period, but also against the first nine months of the pre-crisis year 2019. In particular, the region Asia-Pacific, which benefitted from a strong demand of the automotive industry, was driver of this development.
At EUR 279 million (203), EBIT was 37% higher than in the previous year. All regions increased significantly in comparison to the prior-year period and also increased by EUR 33 million or 13% in EBIT against the first nine months of 2019.
Earnings after tax rose by 39% to EUR 198 million (142).
Earnings both per ordinary share and per preference share were EUR 1.42 (1.02).
Free cash flow before acquisitions amounted to EUR 44 million (122). Whereas it was supported by higher earnings after tax, increasing raw material prices and the strong demand led to higher tied-up funds in networking capital, which alongside a reduction of tax liabilities had a negative impact.

Sales and earnings in the regions
At EUR 1,276 million (1,060), sales in the region Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) were 20% above the from the pandemic impacted first nine months of 2020. Almost all countries contributed to this development with clear double-digit-growth rates. EBIT rose by 28% to EUR 131 million (102).
The region Asia-Pacific again reached the highest growth rate and was due to the strong demand in China able to increase sales by 25% to EUR 637 million (509). EBIT improved by 33% to EUR 93 million (70) compared to the prior-year period.
The region North and South America grew by 22% to EUR 344 million (281) in sales compared to the pandemic impacted prior-year period. Moreover, the region benefitted from external growth due to the acquisition of two special lubricant manufacturers in the prior year, which however was overcompensated by negative currency effects. EBIT with EUR 46 million (29) could be significantly increased - also from recent recovery trends in South America - compared to the prior-year period, which was burdened by the pandemic as well as bad debts.

Outlook
In its latest forecast from early October, the IMF reduced its forecast for global economic growth slightly, by 0.1 percentage points to 5.9%.

The FUCHS Group confirms its forecast from July 2021:

Mannheim, October 29, 2021

FUCHS PETROLUB SE
Public Relations
Friesenheimer Str. 17
68169 Mannheim
Tel. +49 621 3802-1104
tina.vogel@fuchs.com

www.fuchs.com/group

The following information is available online:
Image and video material: https://www.fuchs.com/gb-en/photo-gallery/

About FUCHS
The FUCHS Group develops, produces and markets high-grade lubricants and related specialties for virtually all industries and areas of application. The company, which was founded in Mannheim in 1931, employs around 6,000 people worldwide at 58 operating companies. FUCHS is the world's largest independent lubricant manufacturer. Its most important markets in terms of sales revenues are Western Europe, Asia and North America.

Important note
This press release contains statements about future developments that are based on assumptions and estimates by the management of FUCHS PETROLUB SE. Even if the management is of the opinion that these assumptions and estimates are accurate, actual future developments and results can differ significantly from these assumptions and estimates due to a variety of factors. These factors can, for example, include changes in the overall economic climate, changes in procurement prices, changes in exchange rates and interest rates, and changes within the lubricants industry. FUCHS PETROLUB SE provides no guarantee that future developments and the results actually achieved in the future will match the assumptions and estimates set out in this press release and assumes no liability for such.


29.10.2021 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
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Language:

English

Company:

FUCHS PETROLUB SE

Friesenheimer Str. 17

68169 Mannheim

Germany

Phone:

+49 (0)621 / 3802-0

Fax:

+49 (0)621 / 3802-7190

E-mail:

ir@fuchs.com

Internet:

www.fuchs.com/gruppe

ISIN:

DE000A3E5D64, DE000A3E5D56

WKN:

A3E5D6, A3E5D5

Indices:

MDAX

Listed:

Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Stuttgart; Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Tradegate Exchange

EQS News ID:

1244518


 

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