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    02/28/2014

    Corporate transformation making progress

    3-month sales of almost € 260 million – Earnings burdened by special items – Operating result remains high

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    Schuler presses are used to manufacture carbon-fibre parts of the brand new electro vehicle BMW i3

    With revenues of € 258.8 million, Schuler AG succeeded in reaching its sales target in the three months of its short fiscal year 2013. The press manufacturer forecast revenues of over a quarter of a billion euros for the period October to December 2013. The most important markets were Germany, China and the USA. As of January 2014, Schuler has changed its fiscal year to the calendar year.

    New orders received in the short fiscal year amounted to € 210.6 million. “We are currently experiencing a slight upturn,” stated Schuler’s CEO Stefan Klebert with regard to the order situation.

    As part of the Group’s strategic project “Growing Together 2.0”, Schuler is strengthening its internationalization and adapting its manufacturing and administration structures in Germany. The Board of Management and second-tier management level were already downsized in 2013 and several German companies were recently merged. The company has earmarked expenses of around € 50 million for its corporate transformation program. In the short fiscal year 2013, € 43.2 million of this total were already recognized.

    As expected, there was a corresponding negative EBITA and Group profit of € -27.2 million and € -25.0 million, respectively.  Adjusted for all special items, EBITA amounted to € 18.2 million in the short fiscal year. The adjusted EBITA margin was 7.0 percent, while the adjusted EBITDA margin reached 9.0 percent. It was therefore as high as in the very successful comparative fourth calendar quarter of 2012.

    “Following the implementation of the changes, we aim to achieve the targeted EBITA margin of 8.5 percent again in the medium term, which we had in our record year 2012/13,“ explained Klebert. He confirmed the company’s sales forecast for the fiscal year 2014. Schuler expects consolidated revenues of around € 1.1 billion. The high order backlog of € 1.0 billion and the current stable economy provide a solid basis for achieving this target.


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