14.01.2020 - 13:58 Uhr

Salzgitter AG: Salzgitter Group adjusts its forecast for the financial year 2019 due to non- recurring writedowns

Salzgitter AG, DE0006202005

As part of preparing the consolidated financial statements for the financial year 2019, Salzgitter AG will include non-recurring, non-cash writedowns amounting to almost EUR 200 million. These writedowns are largely the result of current economic and political framework conditions and the expectations derived from these conditions for the short- to medium-term development in the earnings of a number of Group companies. Impairment will be carried out in the following business units: Strip Steel (EUR 100 million), Plate / Section Steel (EUR 50 million) and Mannesmann (EUR 40 million), as well as at Salzgitter Automotive Engineering GmbH & Co. KG. This measure will positively impact the consolidated result of future financial years in dimensions of around EUR 25 million p.a.

Taking account of this measure, EUR 141 million in risk provisioning for the mutually agreed end to the anti-trust proceedings, as well as restructuring provisions of around EUR 65 million for the implementation of the "FitStructure 2.0" streamlining program, we now anticipate a pre-tax loss of between EUR 250 million and EUR 280 million for the financial year 2019 (previously: a pre-tax loss in the mid-double-digit million euro range). Our original forecast for a pre-tax profit generated from operations (of between EUR 125 million and EUR 175 million) is therefore affirmed.

The many economic and political uncertainties, including escalations of the kind seen recently in the Middle East, are likely to accompany us in the new year as well. Starting from a currently low level at present, we are seeing stabilizing tendencies on the European steel market at present that should be reflected in rising results over the course of the year. Against this backdrop, we anticipate a pre-tax result approaching breakeven in the current financial year 2020. The 2019 annual accounts for the Group are currently being prepared. Inasmuch, the figures cited here are provisional. The annual report on the year 2019 will be published on March 16, 2020, as scheduled.

 

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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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: 953023   End of Announcement DGAP News Service

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