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Salzgitter Aktiengesellschaft: Salzgitter Group sustains strong earnings trend; implementation of SALCOS(R) low CO2 steel production stepped up

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DGAP-News: Salzgitter Aktiengesellschaft / Key word(s): Quarterly / Interim Statement
12.11.2021 / 07:30
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

- Pre-tax profit of € 604.5 million
- Trading Business Unit delivers best quarterly and 9-month result in its history
- Time plan for decarbonization accelerated: first hydrogen-based steel production end of 2025 - as from 2026, annual production of more than one million tons of low CO2 steel planned

The Salzgitter Group delivered a pre-tax profit of € 604.5 million in the first nine months of the financial year 2021. This result was driven by the dynamic uptrend in selling prices through to August that first and foremost impacted the results of the Strip Steel and Trading business units. The Trading Business Unit achieved the highest quarterly and nine-month result in its history. The participating investment in Aurubis AG again delivered a very gratifying earnings contribution.

The increase in Salzgitter Group's external sales to € 7,001.7 million was due above all to the upturn in prices for rolled steel and notably exceeded the year-earlier figure (9M 2020: € 5,264.3 million). The pre-tax profit of € 604.5 million (9M 2020: € -224.4 million) includes a contribution of € 133.5 million from the participating investment in Aurubis AG accounted for pursuant to the equity method (IFRS accounting) (9M 2020: € 53.4 million). Earnings after taxes came in at € 467.7 million (9M 2020: € -243.0 million). Earnings per share therefore stood at € 8.56 (9M 2020: € -4.54) and return on capital employed at 20.0 % (9M 2020: -8.1 %). The equity ratio remained at a very sound 34.5 %. Due to the reporting-date related increase in working capital, the net financial position of € -615 million fell considerably short of the level posted on the balance sheet date at year-end 2020 (€ -432 million).

Gunnar Groebler, Chief Executive Officer, comments as follows:

"The excellent result of the first nine months of the financial year 2021 underscores the kind of performance the Salzgitter Group is able to deliver. As delighted and as proud as we are, we should not forget that business can be expected to return to normal levels in the months ahead due to supply chain disruptions and the customary year-end seasonality. Rigorously driving the Group's ongoing development is imperative for this reason as well. The new corporate strategy is on the verge of being finalized; we will be presenting it in the first quarter of 2022, as planned. During my many visits to the companies of our business units I was particularly fascinated to see how much motivation and enthusiasm there is for embracing the new in our Group. The task is now to channel this motivation and enthusiasm in a targeted way for the good of all stakeholders. SALCOS(R) - SAlzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking - is a good example. This is our concept for low CO2 steel production where we have set ourselves even more ambitious goals and are bringing about its implementation. The SALCOS(R) Office, a project office reporting directly to me that combines our entire technical and commercial expertise for transforming crude steel production, was set up a couple of weeks ago. We are currently preparing the final investment decision for the first expansion stage of SALCOS(R). Assuming a positive vote from the Supervisory Board in the summer of next year, we may be able to commence hydrogen-based steel production as early as the end of 2025 and, by 2026, already be producing over one million tons of steel based on this concept."

External sales by business unit (EUR million):

 

9M 2021

9M 2020

Strip Steel

1,852.0

1,384.9

Plate / Section Steel

689.1

530.3

Mannesmann

812.2

723.3

Trading

2,546.8

1,667.9

Technology

979.5

853.6

Industrial Participations / Consolidation

122.1

104.2

Group

7,001.7

5,264.3

 

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

 

9M 2021

9M 2020

Strip Steel

237.6

-94.9

Plate / Section Steel

-8.0

-64.7

Mannesmann

-20.1

-48.3

Trading

282.4

-22.9

Technology

40.9

-13.8

Industrial Participations / Consolidation

71.6

20.2

Group

604.5

-224.4

 

Outlook

Supply chain disruptions and their repercussions have also been impacting some of our Group companies since the end of the summer quarter. We nevertheless reaffirm our guidance and continue to anticipate the following for the Salzgitter Group in the financial year 2021:

- an increase in sales to more than € 9 billion,

- a pre-tax profit of between € 600 million and € 700 million and

- a return on capital employed (ROCE) that is tangibly above the previous year's figure.

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 business units, 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.

As in recent years, please note that opportunities and risks from currently unforeseeable trends in selling prices, input material prices and capacity level developments, as well as exchange rate fluctuations, may considerably affect performance in the course of the financial year 2020. 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 volatility are illustrated by the following example: 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 € 25 change in the margin per ton is already sufficient to cause a variation in the annual result of more than € 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.




Contact:
Markus Heidler

Head of Investor Relations

Salzgitter AG
Eisenhüttenstraße 99
38239 Salzgitter

Phone +49 5341 21-6105
Fax +49 5341 21-2570
E-Mail ir@salzgitter-ag.de


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Language:

English

Company:

Salzgitter Aktiengesellschaft

Eisenhüttenstraße 99

38239 Salzgitter

Germany

Phone:

+49 5341 21-01

Fax:

+49 5341 21-2727

E-mail:

info@salzgitter-ag.de

Internet:

www.salzgitter-ag.de

ISIN:

DE0006202005

WKN:

620200

Indices:

SDAX

Listed:

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

EQS News ID:

1248458


 

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