KWS.DE - KWS Saat SE

XETRA - XETRA Delayed price. Currency in EUR
68.50
-0.10 (-0.15%)
As of 4:36PM CEST. Market open.
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Previous close68.60
Open68.30
Bid68.40 x 2000
Ask68.50 x 1700
Day's range68.00 - 68.90
52-week range39.15 - 68.90
Volume9,912
Avg. volume18,153
Market cap2.26B
Beta (5Y monthly)0.71
PE ratio (TTM)19.83
EPS (TTM)3.45
Earnings date25 Feb 2020
Forward dividend & yield0.67 (0.99%)
Ex-dividend date18 Dec 2019
1y target est338.33
  • EQS Group

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    DGAP-News: KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA / Key word(s): Financing 29.06.2020 / 09:00 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. Funds to be used by German seed company for research and development The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €200 million loan to KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA, a leading international seed producer based in Germany. KWS uses cutting-edge plant breeding and seed production methods to maximise yields and improve the resilience of plants to diseases, pests and abiotic stresses, such as extreme weather caused by climate change. It has one of the broadest seed portfolios in the industry, comprising 11 of the 13 most important crops, including maize, sugar beet, wheat, rye, rapeseed and vegetables.The funds provided by the EU bank are to be used by KWS for research and development in the EU. Like KWS, the EIB hopes that these funds will make a valuable contribution to the objectives of the European Green Deal, and in particular the Farm to Fork strategy developed by the European Commission.The EIB Vice-President responsible for innovation and for operations in Germany, Ambroise Fayolle, said: "Innovation in new seed varieties is vitally important if we want to ensure agricultural productivity under changing agro-climatic conditions. The only way we will be able to select plants that can withstand changing abiotic and biotic stresses and use nutrients and water from the soil more efficiently is through targeted research. The development of improved, not genetically modified varieties of agricultural crops helps reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers and significantly contributes to sustainable agriculture. As the EU Climate Bank, we are strongly committed to finance mitigation, adaptation and many other relevant climate related projects. I therefore very much welcome this partnership with KWS to promote the production of new seed varieties for the European market."KWS's CFO Eva Kienle added: "We are delighted with the European Investment Bank's strong commitment to innovation and climate action in agriculture. A major joint effort is required to respond to the challenges of climate change and climate action in agriculture. As a leading plant breeding company, we invest around €200 million a year in research and development to provide farmers with continuously innovative seed varieties. The attractive conditions of the EIB loan will help us optimise our financing structure even further." Background information EIB The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union, owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. KWS KWS is a leading international plant breeding company. With over 5 500 employees across 70 countries, it recorded a turnover of €1.1 billion and achieved earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of €150 million in the 2018/2019 financial year. KWS is an independent family-owned business that was founded 160 years ago. Its core business is plant breeding and the production and sale of maize, sugar beet, wheat, vegetable and sunflower seeds and rapeseed. KWS uses cutting-edge plant breeding methods to maximise yields and improve the resilience of plants to diseases, pests and abiotic stresses. To help achieve this objective, it invested around €200 million in research and development in the last financial year. For more information: www.kws.com. Follow us on Twitter(R) at https://twitter.com/KWS_Group.Press contacts:KWS Peter Vogt, Head of Investor Relations, tel.: +49-30 816914-490, peter.vogt@kws.comSina Barnkothe, Corporate Communications, tel.: +49-5561 311-1783, sina.barnkothe@kws.comEIB Christof Roche, c.roche@eib.org, tel.: +352 43 79 89013, mobile: +32 479 65 05 88 Website: www.eib.org/press \- Press Office: +352 4379 21000 - press@eib.org / / / / / / * * *29.06.2020 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Archive at www.dgap.de * * * Language: English Company: KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA Grimsehlstraße 31 37555 Einbeck Germany Phone: +49 (0)5561 311-0 Fax: +49 (0)5561 311-322 E-mail: info@kws.com Internet: www.kws.de ISIN: DE0007074007 WKN: 707400 Indices: S-DAX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Hanover; Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange EQS News ID: 1080735 End of News DGAP News Service

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    KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA: KWS narrows guidance after a successful third quarter

    DGAP-News: KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA / Key word(s): 9 Month figures 19.05.2020 / 07:00 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. Einbeck, May 19, 2020KWS narrows guidance after a successful third quarterSpring sowing season business largely completed - Strong increase in net sales and EBITDA in the first nine months of 2019/2020 - Growth in all product segments - Net sales and EBIT margin for the year now expected to be at the upper end of the forecast rangeThe KWS Group (ISIN: DE0007074007) increased its net sales by 18.0% to €1,012.5 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2019/2020. Organic growth was 10%. EBITDA improved significantly to €247.4 (210.6) million, while EBIT rose to €184.3 (173.1) million. Earnings per share increased to €4.18 (3.88).Global business activity was impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic in the third quarter. Despite these challenging conditions, the KWS Group managed to supply farmers with seed in good time for the spring sowing season."KWS' top priority is to protect its employees' health. We therefore took prompt and extensive measures at our global locations based on or even exceeding the recommendations and directives of the national and international health authorities," stated Eva Kienle, Chief Financial Officer of KWS. "At the same time, we maintained all key production and logistics processes so as to ensure that farmers were supplied with seed during this critical phase."Notwithstanding the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the KWS Group increased its net sales in the first nine months of the fiscal year by 18% to €1,012.5 million. The earlier start of sowing in some regions had a positive effect compared to the previous year.The KWS Group's operating income before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 17.5% to €247.4 (210.6) million. Including noncash effects as part of the purchase price allocation for the acquisition of Pop Vriend Seeds, EBIT rose by 6.5% to €184.3 (173.1) million.A significantly increased gross profit was partly offset by higher functional costs for research & development as well as for sales and administration. The other operating result was negatively impacted, among other things, by charges related to currency hedging instruments. In the previous year, there was also a positive effect from income from the sale of shares in KWS Potato B.V. and from receivables management activities.Net financial income/expenses was €6.0 (9.8) million and thus down from the previous year, mainly due to a fall in the interest result to € -13.2 (-7.3) million. Net income from equity-accounted companies increased to €19.1 (17.2) million.Income taxes totaled € -52.3 (-54.8) million. The result was net income for the period of €137.9 (128.1) million or €4.18 (3.88) per share.Overview of the key figuresIn € million 1st \- 3rd quarter of 2019/2020 1st \- 3rd quarter of 2018/2019 +/- Net sales 1,012.5 857.7 18.0% EBITDA 247.4 210.6 17.5% Operating income (EBIT) 184.3 173.1 6.5% Net financial income/expenses 6.0 9.8 -38.8% Result of ordinary activities 190.2 182.9 4.0% Taxes 52.3 54.8 -4.6% Net income for the period 137.9 128.1 7.7% Earnings per share (€) 4.18 3.88 7.7% * Earnings per share for the previous period have been adjusted to reflect the share split (1:5)Business performance of the segmentsThe Corn Segment posted an increase in net sales of around 6% to €607.4 (575.4) million in the first nine months. Business in Europe benefited, among other things, from an earlier sowing season compared to the previous year, as well as higher demand in France, Turkey and Southeastern Europe. In North America (joint venture AgReliant), net sales increased slightly on the back of good growth in corn seed sales, although there was a decline in soybean seed business. Aided by a positive market environment, sales volumes grew significantly in Brazil and Argentina; however, negative exchange rate effects reduced the net sales figure in euros. In China, net sales were at the level of the previous year, despite the restrictions to business operations due to COVID-19. The segment's income improved to €79.7 (73.9) million.Net sales in the Sugarbeet Segment in the first nine months rose by around 11% to €372.4 (335.1) million. In the previous year, a later sowing season in some regions resulted in a shift in net sales and earnings to the fourth quarter. The successful launch of CONVISO(R) SMART, an innovative system for controlling weeds that is now available in 24 countries, had a positive impact in the period under review. On the other hand, there was a negative impact from the reduction in sugarbeet acreage in the EU 27 and in Eastern Europe. The segment's income rose sharply to €156.9 (143.6) million.Net sales at the Cereals Segment rose in the first nine months by 13.5% to €177.3 (156.3) million. That increase is mainly attributable to successful rye seed business, which benefited from the relatively stable yields hybrid rye delivers in the dry summer conditions in core markets, as well as from good commodity prices. Rye is relatively drought-tolerant compared to other cereals. The segment's income improved to €47.4 (42.6) million due to higher contribution margins from rye business.The Vegetables Segment, which includes the business activities of the vegetable seed producer Pop Vriend Seeds acquired effective July 1, 2019, made a significant contribution of €65.0 million to the KWS Group's increase in net sales in the first nine months. Its business in the third quarter also benefited from large demand for spinach seed in North America. Moreover, sales of spinach and bean seed were increasingly buoyant in Europe. The segment's income (before acquisition-related effects) was €23.4 million. Including non-cash effects as part of the purchase price allocation from the sale of inventories that were taken over and remeasured at fair value (€ -8.6 million) and from amortization of intangible assets (€ -16.4 million), the segment's income was € -1.6 million.Net sales in the Corporate Segment totaled €3.4 (3.2) million. They are mainly generated from the company's farms. Since all cross-segment costs for the KWS Group's central functions and basic research expenditure are charged to the Corporate Segment, its income is usually negative. The costs consolidated in this segment increased in particular as a result of higher personnel costs as part of the reorganization project GLOBE and due to charges related to instruments used to hedge foreign currency risks. The segment's income was € -81.6 (-67.3) million. In the previous year, there was also a positive effect on the segment's income from the sale of shares in KWS Potato B.V. and from receivables management activities.The difference from the KWS Group's statement of comprehensive income and segment reporting is due to the requirements of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and is summarized for the key indicators of net sales and EBIT in the reconciliation table below:Reconciliation tableIn € million Segments Reconciliation KWS Group1 Net sales 1,125.5 -213.0 1,012.5 EBIT 200.8 -16.6 184.3 1 Excluding the shares of the equity-accounted companiesGuidance narrowed for the 2019/2020 fiscal yearThe KWS Group now expects it will post results at the upper end of the range it has forecast for net sales (8% to 12%) and for the EBIT margin (11% to 13%).The guidance does not include non-cash effects as part of the purchase price allocation for the acquisition of Pop Vriend Seeds. They result from the sale of inventories that were taken over and remeasured at fair value (anticipated effect in the current fiscal year: around € -10 million) and from amortization of intangible assets (around € -22 million). The KWS Group expects its EBITDA to be significantly up over the previous year.The measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic will likely have only a slight impact on the KWS Group's earnings in the current fiscal year. However, the potential impact on the new 2020/2021 financial year beginning on July 1, 2020 dampen the KWS Group's growth expectations.Additional informationA conference call & webcast for analysts and investors with Eva Kienle (CFO) will be held at 10.00 am CEST. Further information on this event is available at www.kws.com/investors.About KWS* KWS is one of the world's leading plant breeding companies. In fiscal 2018/2019, more than 5,500 employees in 70 countries generated net sales of €1.1 billion and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of €150 million. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants' resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested around €200 million last fiscal year in research and development. * All figures excluding the shares of the equity-accounted companies AGRELIANT GENETICS LLC., AGRELIANT GENETICS INC. and KENFENG - KWS SEEDS CO., LTD.More information: www.kws.de. Follow us on Twitter(R) at https://twitter.com/KWS_Group. Contacts:>Peter Vogt Head of Investor Relations Phone: +49-30 816914-490 peter.vogt@kws.com Martin Heistermann Senior Manager Investor Relations Phone: +49-30 816914-341 martin.heistermann@kws.com Sina Barnkothe Corporate Communications Phone: +49-5561 311-1783 sina.barnkothe@kws.com * * *19.05.2020 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases. Archive at www.dgap.de * * * Language: English Company: KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA Grimsehlstraße 31 37555 Einbeck Germany Phone: +49 (0)5561 311-0 Fax: +49 (0)5561 311-322 E-mail: info@kws.com Internet: www.kws.de ISIN: DE0007074007 WKN: 707400 Indices: S-DAX Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Hanover; Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange EQS News ID: 1050157 End of News DGAP News Service

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