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SGL Carbon and Koller Kunststofftechnik manufacture composite windshield for BMW Group (c) Composites United
Skeletal windshield design based on injection molding with carbon fiber profiles
16.11.2020

SGL Carbon and Koller Kunststofftechnik manufacture composite windshield for BMW Group

  • Carbon fibers combined with injection molding replace conventional steel construction
  • SGL Carbon supplies innovative carbon fiber profiles
  • Serial use in a future high-volume model of BMW Group
  • Construction method offers great potential for use in other automotive projects

Already in August, SGL Carbon received a multi-year order from Koller Kunststofftechnik GmbH for the production of novel carbon fiber profiles for serial use in windshields for a future high-volume model of BMW Group.

The profiles are particularly flexible fiber tows, pre-impregnated with thermoplastic resin in various dimensions. They will be compiled by SGL Carbon on the basis of its own 50k carbon fiber at its site in Innkreis, Austria, and subsequently processed by the injection molding experts at Koller to form a skeletal plastic component. The composite component will replace the previous steel-based windshield. Production of the carbon fiber profiles will start in the remainder of 2020 and will then be ramped up gradually over the next few years for the BMW Group model launch.

  • Carbon fibers combined with injection molding replace conventional steel construction
  • SGL Carbon supplies innovative carbon fiber profiles
  • Serial use in a future high-volume model of BMW Group
  • Construction method offers great potential for use in other automotive projects

Already in August, SGL Carbon received a multi-year order from Koller Kunststofftechnik GmbH for the production of novel carbon fiber profiles for serial use in windshields for a future high-volume model of BMW Group.

The profiles are particularly flexible fiber tows, pre-impregnated with thermoplastic resin in various dimensions. They will be compiled by SGL Carbon on the basis of its own 50k carbon fiber at its site in Innkreis, Austria, and subsequently processed by the injection molding experts at Koller to form a skeletal plastic component. The composite component will replace the previous steel-based windshield. Production of the carbon fiber profiles will start in the remainder of 2020 and will then be ramped up gradually over the next few years for the BMW Group model launch.

In the vehicle, the windshield is a connecting element between the roof frames and thus has an important stabilizing function. The carbon fiber profiles add the required stiffness and crash safety to the component. At the same time, they help to significantly reduce the weight of the roof and thus also support the driving dynamics. The injection molding process also enables particularly complex and material-efficient structures. In the BMW Group model, this innovative component concept will cut weight by 40 percent compared to conventional steel designs of the component while creating important space for cable ducts and sensors.

The production of the carbon fiber profiles themselves is also particularly geared to material and process efficiency in large-scale production. The profiles consist of several smaller fiber strands, the so-called rods, and are manufactured using the modern continuous pultrusion process. During product and process development it was one key objective to ensure that material loss during production is almost completely avoided.

"At SGL Carbon, we have been working on the development of thermoplastic carbon fiber profiles for use in injection molding for some time already. This development work is now beginning to pay off. Due to the many advantages and competitive costs, we see a great potential for the technology to be used in other automotive projects too," explains Sebastian Grasser, Head of the Automotive Segment in the Business Unit Composites - Fibers & Materials at SGL Carbon.

"Innovative lightweight construction with hybrid designs has developed into a strategically conclusive concept for Koller Group's OEM customers," confirms Max Koller, CEO of Koller Group. "SGL Carbon's high level of material expertise, combined with the process know-how of KOLLER Kunststofftechnik and KOLLER Formenbau, create the basis for a promising future in innovative lightweight construction technologies. With this order, the BMW Group has confirmed its confidence in the successful cooperation between SGL and Koller; we are particularly pleased about this", said Max Koller.
 
The Koller Group is a globally operating technology company with plants in Europe and China, as well as NAFTA. The Koller Group develops and manufactures lightweight construction, tools and serial components, primarily for the automotive industry.

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SGL CARBON SE

30.10.2020

SGL Carbon SE: Board of Management resolves restructuring program

An impairment charge has become necessary based on the current status of the new 5 year plan.

(Market Abuse Regulation N° 596/2014)
•    Impairment loss amounting to €80-100 million in the fourth quarter 2020 in the business unit CFM
•    Restructuring program resolved with savings target of more than €100 million until 2023
•    Guidance 2020 for Group sales and operating recurring Group EBIT confirmed
•    Guidance 2020 for net result reduced to minus €130-150 million

An impairment charge has become necessary based on the current status of the new 5 year plan.

(Market Abuse Regulation N° 596/2014)
•    Impairment loss amounting to €80-100 million in the fourth quarter 2020 in the business unit CFM
•    Restructuring program resolved with savings target of more than €100 million until 2023
•    Guidance 2020 for Group sales and operating recurring Group EBIT confirmed
•    Guidance 2020 for net result reduced to minus €130-150 million

In the current status of the 5 year plan, which is at present under preparation, significant deviations have already become apparent today, particularly in the market segments Automotive, Aerospace and Wind Energy in the business unit Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM). Partially also due to the pandemic, Automotive and Aerospace is developing slower than anticipated in the last 5 year plan. In contrast, business with Wind Energy is growing much stronger than previously planned. These changes in the product mix lead to lower mid-term earnings at CFM compared to the prior 5 year plan. Following these deviations from the last 5 year plan, an event-driven impairment test was undertaken. This results in a non-cash impairment charge amounting to €80-100 million, which will be recorded in the fourth quarter 2020.

The Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE today also resolved the implementation of a restructuring program, with which the Company is targeting savings of more than €100 million until 2023 (compared to the base year 2019). These savings consist of a planned socially compatible reduction in personnel of more than 500 employees and substantial reduction in indirect spend, particularly in the areas of travel, consulting and external services. Costs of approximately €40 million are anticipated for the implementation of this restructuring program. A little more than half of this is expected to be recorded as expenses in the fourth quarter 2020, while the associated cash outflows are mainly forecasted for 2021.

This requires a partial adjustment of the guidance for 2020. The solid operational development in the third quarter 2020 with Group sales between €220 and €230 million and operating recurring EBIT1 between €13 and €15 million (plus approximately €9 million positive one-time effects) is within the framework of our expectations for the full year 2020. However, the Group net result is likely to develop below the prior year level of minus €90 million and reach approximately between minus €130 and €150 million due to the restructuring provisions as well as the impairment charge (prior guidance: improvement to a negative low double-digit million € amount).

With liquidity of €167 million as of September 30, 2020 (compared to €137 million at year-end 2019) and further cash inflows in the fourth quarter 2020 from successfully implemented additional funding measures, the Company’s position is solid. This liquidity is more than sufficient for the payment of the purchase price for SGL Composites USA in the amount of USD 62 million at the end of 2020 as well as the restructuring-related cash outflows expected mainly in 2021. The Company continues to have access to the revolving credit facility (RCF) in the amount of €175 million, which remains undrawn.

The quarterly statement as of September 30, 2020 will be published on November 12, 2020 as scheduled. Further details on the new 5 year plan as well as the guidance on the fiscal year 2021 will be presented with the publication of the Annual Report 2020 on March 25, 2021.

*The use of KPIs in this notification is aligned to the annual report 2019 and the interim report for the first half year 2020. There were no changes to the scope of consolidation or to valuation methods compared to the previous guidance.

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SGL CARBON SE

Thomas Dippold (c) Schaltbau Holding
Thomas Dippold
15.10.2020

SGL Carbon SE: Thomas Dippold ist Mitglied des Vorstands

Wie am 17. August 2020 berichtet, hatte der Aufsichtsrat der SGL Carbon SE Thomas Dippold mit Wirkung zum 1. Dezember 2020 zum CFO und Mitglied des Vorstands der SGL Carbon SE bestellt. Erfreulicherweise kann Herr Dippold kurzfristig sein Amt als Vorstandsmitglied der SGL Carbon SE früher antreten, so dass der Aufsichtsrat der Gesellschaft seine Bestellung nun auf den 15. Oktober 2020 vorgezogen hat, auch um die geplante Übernahme der CFO-Position vorzubereiten.

Herr Dippold tritt wie berichtet zum 1. Dezember 2020 die Nachfolge des langjährigen Finanzvorstands Dr. Michael Majerus an, der zum 30. November 2020 in gutem gegenseitigen Einvernehmen aus seinem Amt ausscheidet.

Dr. Stephan Bühler legt plangemäß sein Amt als Vorstandsmitglied zum 15. Oktober 2020 nieder.

Wie am 17. August 2020 berichtet, hatte der Aufsichtsrat der SGL Carbon SE Thomas Dippold mit Wirkung zum 1. Dezember 2020 zum CFO und Mitglied des Vorstands der SGL Carbon SE bestellt. Erfreulicherweise kann Herr Dippold kurzfristig sein Amt als Vorstandsmitglied der SGL Carbon SE früher antreten, so dass der Aufsichtsrat der Gesellschaft seine Bestellung nun auf den 15. Oktober 2020 vorgezogen hat, auch um die geplante Übernahme der CFO-Position vorzubereiten.

Herr Dippold tritt wie berichtet zum 1. Dezember 2020 die Nachfolge des langjährigen Finanzvorstands Dr. Michael Majerus an, der zum 30. November 2020 in gutem gegenseitigen Einvernehmen aus seinem Amt ausscheidet.

Dr. Stephan Bühler legt plangemäß sein Amt als Vorstandsmitglied zum 15. Oktober 2020 nieder.

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SGL Carbon SE

Thomas Dippold (c) Schaltbau Holding
Thomas Dippold
15.10.2020

SGL Carbon SE: Thomas Dippold becomes member of the Board of Management

As reported on August 17, 2020, the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE had appointed Thomas Dippold to CFO and member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE effective December 1, 2020. Fortunately, Mr. Dippold is able to assume office of his mandate as member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE earlier, so that the Supervisory Board of the company has brought forward the appointment to October 15, 2020, also to prepare for the planned assumption of the CFO position.

As previously reported, and effective December 1, 2020, Mr. Dippold is succeeding the long-standing CFO Dr. Michael Majerus, who is resigning from his office effective November 30, 2020 by mutual amicable consent.

As planned, Dr. Stephan Bühler resigned from his office as member of the Board of Management effective October 15, 2020.

As reported on August 17, 2020, the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE had appointed Thomas Dippold to CFO and member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE effective December 1, 2020. Fortunately, Mr. Dippold is able to assume office of his mandate as member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE earlier, so that the Supervisory Board of the company has brought forward the appointment to October 15, 2020, also to prepare for the planned assumption of the CFO position.

As previously reported, and effective December 1, 2020, Mr. Dippold is succeeding the long-standing CFO Dr. Michael Majerus, who is resigning from his office effective November 30, 2020 by mutual amicable consent.

As planned, Dr. Stephan Bühler resigned from his office as member of the Board of Management effective October 15, 2020.

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SGL Carbon SE

34 Auszubildende starten 2020 in ihr Berufsleben bei der SGL Carbon (c) SGL CARBON SE
Unsere neuen Auszubildenden und Duale Studenten am Standort Meitingen
02.09.2020

34 Auszubildende starten 2020 in ihr Berufsleben bei der SGL Carbon

  • Am 1. September 2020 hat die SGL Carbon 33 neue Auszubildende in Deutschland begrüßt.

An den Standorten Meitingen und Bonn sind die jungen Menschen in unterschiedlichen technischen und kaufmännischen Berufen sowie in dualen Studiengängen in ihr Berufsleben gestartet. Am österreichischen Standort im Innkreis hat bereits Anfang August ein Lehrling die Arbeit aufgenommen.

Die Auszubildenden (in Österreich: Lehrlinge) werden in vielfältigen Fachrichtungen auf ihre spätere Laufbahn als Fachkräfte vorbereitet. Dazu zählen unter anderem die Berufe Industriemechaniker/in, Elektroniker/in für Betriebstechnik, Maschinen- und Anlagenführer/in, Chemielaborant/in, Verfahrensmechaniker/in und Bürokaufmann/-frau. Darüber hinaus bietet die SGL Carbon seit einigen Jahren auch duale Studiengänge mit betriebswirtschaftlichem oder technischem Schwerpunkt an. In diesem Jahr starten hier vier Studenten in den Fachrichtungen chemische Technik, Elektrotechnik, Mechatronik und Umwelttechnik.

  • Am 1. September 2020 hat die SGL Carbon 33 neue Auszubildende in Deutschland begrüßt.

An den Standorten Meitingen und Bonn sind die jungen Menschen in unterschiedlichen technischen und kaufmännischen Berufen sowie in dualen Studiengängen in ihr Berufsleben gestartet. Am österreichischen Standort im Innkreis hat bereits Anfang August ein Lehrling die Arbeit aufgenommen.

Die Auszubildenden (in Österreich: Lehrlinge) werden in vielfältigen Fachrichtungen auf ihre spätere Laufbahn als Fachkräfte vorbereitet. Dazu zählen unter anderem die Berufe Industriemechaniker/in, Elektroniker/in für Betriebstechnik, Maschinen- und Anlagenführer/in, Chemielaborant/in, Verfahrensmechaniker/in und Bürokaufmann/-frau. Darüber hinaus bietet die SGL Carbon seit einigen Jahren auch duale Studiengänge mit betriebswirtschaftlichem oder technischem Schwerpunkt an. In diesem Jahr starten hier vier Studenten in den Fachrichtungen chemische Technik, Elektrotechnik, Mechatronik und Umwelttechnik.

Uwe Moderer, Ausbildungsleiter in Meitingen, dem größten Standort der SGL Carbon: „Speziell in diesen besonderen Zeiten ist es wichtig, jungen Menschen eine Perspektive zu geben. Wir freuen uns daher sehr, unsere neuen Auszubildenden willkommen zu heißen.“

Pro Jahr stellt die SGL Carbon im Schnitt etwa 30 neue Auszubildende ein. Bereits jetzt läuft das Bewerbungsverfahren für den Ausbildungsbeginn im September 2021.

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SGL CARBON SE

Thomas Dippold appointed as new member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE (c) Schaltbau Holding
Thomas Dippold
17.08.2020

Thomas Dippold appointed as new member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE

  • Thomas Dippold succeeding Dr. Michael Majerus as CFO

During its meeting on August 17, 2020, the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE decided to appoint Thomas Dippold (48) as CFO and member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE effective December 1, 2020 with a tenure of five years. Thomas Dippold will succeed the long-standing CFO Dr. Michael Majerus, who will resign from his office as of November 30, 2020 by mutual amicable consent.

Thomas Dippold (German Diploma in Business Administration, MBA in USA) began his career at HSBC Bank in London and Düsseldorf. Further appointments led him to Schott AG amongst others in Singapore, followed by commercial management jobs and CFO positions in internationally active industrial companies headquartered in Germany. Mr. Dippold is currently CFO of the stock listed transportation technology company Schaltbau Holding AG.

  • Thomas Dippold succeeding Dr. Michael Majerus as CFO

During its meeting on August 17, 2020, the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE decided to appoint Thomas Dippold (48) as CFO and member of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE effective December 1, 2020 with a tenure of five years. Thomas Dippold will succeed the long-standing CFO Dr. Michael Majerus, who will resign from his office as of November 30, 2020 by mutual amicable consent.

Thomas Dippold (German Diploma in Business Administration, MBA in USA) began his career at HSBC Bank in London and Düsseldorf. Further appointments led him to Schott AG amongst others in Singapore, followed by commercial management jobs and CFO positions in internationally active industrial companies headquartered in Germany. Mr. Dippold is currently CFO of the stock listed transportation technology company Schaltbau Holding AG.

The Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE, Mrs. Susanne Klatten, welcomes Mr. Dippold: “With the appointment of Mr. Dippold, we are pleased to have gained a convincing and highly respected personality in his field. We are convinced that Mr. Dippold possesses key qualifications to sustainably support SGL Carbon SE in its upcoming tasks given his comprehensive and long-standing experience as CFO.“

The Supervisory Board thanks Dr. Majerus very much for his great achievements in the interest of SGL Carbon. In the past six years, Dr. Majerus has stabilized the Company even in difficult times with several major capital market transactions and has meaningfully contributed to the strategic realignment of the Company with the successful divestment of the graphite electrode and cathode businesses. For nine months up to and including May 2020, Dr. Majerus additionally assumed nearly all responsibilities from the recently departed CEO and provided leadership to the Company as the Speaker of the Board of Management. In this position, he safely steered the Company through the immediate impacts of the Corona pandemic. In addition, he developed substantial future growth perspectives with, amongst others, the conclusion of a large supply agreement for fuel cell components. The Supervisory Board wishes him all the best and further success in his future endeavors.

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SGL Carbon SE

13.08.2020

As expected, SGL Carbon’s second quarter impacted by Corona pandemic

  • Sales and recurring EBIT significantly decreased in first half of 2020

As expected, the second quarter of SGL Carbon was impacted by the Corona pandemic, but not to the extent predicted in May when the quarterly statement for the period ended March 31, 2020 was published. Sales in the three months as per end of June decreased approximately 23 percent year-on-year, whereas Group recurring EBIT was at around 2 million euros and thus higher than anticipated. In total, SGL Carbon reached Group sales of 457 million euros in the first half year. This corresponds to a decrease of around 19 percent year-on-year. The decline is due to a pandemic-related overall weaker business development as well as expected declining developments in the market segments Battery & other Energy (GMS) and Textile Fibers (CFM) due to capacity adjustments. Group recurring EBIT was down approximately 71 percent to 11 million euros.

At a glance*:

  • Sales and recurring EBIT significantly decreased in first half of 2020

As expected, the second quarter of SGL Carbon was impacted by the Corona pandemic, but not to the extent predicted in May when the quarterly statement for the period ended March 31, 2020 was published. Sales in the three months as per end of June decreased approximately 23 percent year-on-year, whereas Group recurring EBIT was at around 2 million euros and thus higher than anticipated. In total, SGL Carbon reached Group sales of 457 million euros in the first half year. This corresponds to a decrease of around 19 percent year-on-year. The decline is due to a pandemic-related overall weaker business development as well as expected declining developments in the market segments Battery & other Energy (GMS) and Textile Fibers (CFM) due to capacity adjustments. Group recurring EBIT was down approximately 71 percent to 11 million euros.

At a glance*:

  • Sales in the second quarter approximately 23 percent below prior-year period; Group recurring EBIT of around 2 million euros was slightly better than anticipated at the presentation of the results of the first quarter 2020
  • Group sales in the first half year 2020 at almost 457 million euros and thus around 19 percent below the prior-year period; decrease in sales due to pandemic-related overall weaker business development as well as expected declining developments in the market segments Battery & other Energy (GMS) and Textile Fibers (CFM)
  • Group recurring EBIT down approximately 71 percent to 11 million euros
  • As a result of measures taken at an early stage and contrary to the normal seasonal trend, cash and cash equivalents at nearly 154 million euros as of June 30, 2020 developed very positively compared to the end of 2019
  • According to the full year forecast published on July 28, 2020, SGL Carbon expects Group sales to decline by 15 to 20 percent and a slightly positive operating recurring EBIT
  • Dr. Torsten Derr, CEO of SGL Carbon: "My ambition is to achieve lasting success with SGL Carbon. Over the past two months, we have been conducting a comprehensive analysis of our processes, structures and markets. Based on this, we will identify the options that will enable us to sustainably increase our profitability. The Corona pandemic is forcing us to act even faster."

*Please read the attached document for more information

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SGL CARBON SE Corporate Communications

Sample from the development of the nano porous high-temperature thermal insulation material Sample from the development of the nano porous high-temperature thermal insulation material (© ZAE Bayern).
12.08.2020

Consortium develops new generation of thermal insulation for high-temperature furnaces

In the joint project "AeroFurnace" funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the consortium, consisting of the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research e.V. (ZAE Bayern) as joint coordinator, the furnace manufacturer FCT Systeme, and SGL Carbon has succeeded in improving the thermal insulation properties of a new composite material by up to 120 percent compared to commercially available felt-based carbon materials. This enabled the project partners to move into a new quality level of thermal insulation in high-temperature industrial applications and pave the way for more energy efficient thermal insulation.

Dr. Gudrun Reichenauer, coordinator of the joint project and head of the work group Nanomaterials at ZAE Bayern: "In this project, we have been able to make the latest findings from the world of nanomaterials accessible to the market through intensive cooperation and thus set new standards in the field of thermal insulation materials."

In the joint project "AeroFurnace" funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the consortium, consisting of the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research e.V. (ZAE Bayern) as joint coordinator, the furnace manufacturer FCT Systeme, and SGL Carbon has succeeded in improving the thermal insulation properties of a new composite material by up to 120 percent compared to commercially available felt-based carbon materials. This enabled the project partners to move into a new quality level of thermal insulation in high-temperature industrial applications and pave the way for more energy efficient thermal insulation.

Dr. Gudrun Reichenauer, coordinator of the joint project and head of the work group Nanomaterials at ZAE Bayern: "In this project, we have been able to make the latest findings from the world of nanomaterials accessible to the market through intensive cooperation and thus set new standards in the field of thermal insulation materials."

Dr. Thomas Kirschbaum, project manager at SGL Carbon: "In furnace simulations at the partner FCT, we have already been able to demonstrate what the new material can do: Depending on the temperature program, up to 40 percent of the required process energy can be saved with the new thermal insulation material. The potential of the new material is great." This prediction will be reviewed under real conditions in a demonstrator component in the second half of 2020 as part of the still ongoing BMWi project.

Dr. Jürgen Hennicke, project lead and head of R&D at FCT Systeme: "As a leading manufacturer of industrial vacuum or inert gas high temperature furnaces, the new generation of insulating materials enables us to create furnaces with a more favorable ratio of usable space to external dimensions, thus offering customers improved cost efficiency and productivity".

Based on laboratory samples in plate form it has already been demonstrated that the production of the new material can be represented by technically simple processes and is in principle well scalable. However, there is still a long way to go before the product is ready for serial production.

The third largest share of final energy in Germany is used for the generation of heat in industrial processes (22.6 percent). In many industries, e.g. in the steel and ceramics industry, energy-intensive high-temperature processes run above 1000°C – these alone require almost 50 percent of the industrial process heat. Suitable thermal insulation materials can significantly reduce energy demand while maintaining the same usable volume.

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SGL CARBON SE

14.05.2020

SGL Carbon achieves results in line with initial expectations

No significant impact yet from Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter 2020:

No significant impact yet from Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter 2020:

  • Group sales revenues at 247 million euros approximately 15 percent below prior year’s level, but slightly above the guidance corridor (220 to 240 million euros) as published in March 2020
  • Decline in Group sales due to changes in the lithium-ion battery supply chain in the business unit Graphite Materials & Systems (GMS) as well as restructuring-driven lower sales in Textile Fibers in the business unit Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM)
  • Group recurring EBIT approximately 50 percent below prior year level at 9 million euros and at the upper end of the guidance corridor (mid to high single-digit million euros amount)
  • Due to timely implemented measures and in contrast to the usual seasonal pattern, liquidity of approximately 150 million euros as of March 31, 2020 developed very favorably compared to year-end 2019 (137 million euros)
  • Dr. Michael Majerus, Spokesman of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon: “We acted decisively and took various measures at an early stage, both to ensure the safety of our employees and to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.”
  • Guidance for the full year 2020 remains suspended due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic; decline in Group sales revenue and negative Group recurring EBIT expected for the second quarter 2020

In the first quarter 2020, SGL Carbon has not yet been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and reached sales revenues slightly above the guidance corridor of 220 to 240 million euros published on March 12, 2020. In total, Group sales at 247 million euros was approximately 15 percent below the prior year level. The development is primarily attributable to changes in the lithium-ion battery supply chain in the business unit Graphite Materials & Systems (GMS) as well as to restructuring-driven lower sales in Textile Fibers in the business unit Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM). As planned, Group recurring EBIT decreased by approximately 50 percent to 9 million euros and thus reached the upper end of the guidance corridor of a mid to high single-digit million euros amount.

As the global measures taken to contain the pandemic led to disruptions in production and supply chains in April and early May 2020, a significant double-digit percentage decrease in Group sales revenue and a negative Group recurring EBIT are expected for the second quarter 2020.  

SGL Carbon implemented various measures to counter the economic impact of the pandemic at an early stage. For this reason, liquidity developed very favorably compared to year-end 2019 and in contrast to the usual seasonal pattern and improved from 137 million to approximately 150 million euros.

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SGL Carbon SE

Dr. Torsten Derr (c) SGL Carbon SE
28.04.2020

Designated CEO of SGL Carbon SE assumes position earlier

On February 10, 2020, the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE appointed Dr. Torsten Derr as Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE for the duration of five years effective July 1, 2020. In agreement with his current employer, Dr. Derr will now take up his position as CEO of SGL Carbon one month earlier on June 1, 2020. The Supervisory Board very much welcomes this development in view of the challenges that these extraordinary times pose.  

Since 2016, Dr. Torsten Derr is holding the position of Managing Director of SALTIGO GmbH, a subsidiary of LANXESS AG. Following his master degree and attainment of his PhD in chemistry at the University of Bremen, Dr. Derr began his professional career 1997 at Bayer AG, and since 2003 at LANXESS AG, where he was Vice President for Plastic Intermediates, Head of the Business Units Material Protection Products and EPDM-Elastomers, as well as holding various other management functions, amongst others as Head of Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence & Chief Commercial Officer of LANXESS AG.

On February 10, 2020, the Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE appointed Dr. Torsten Derr as Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE for the duration of five years effective July 1, 2020. In agreement with his current employer, Dr. Derr will now take up his position as CEO of SGL Carbon one month earlier on June 1, 2020. The Supervisory Board very much welcomes this development in view of the challenges that these extraordinary times pose.  

Since 2016, Dr. Torsten Derr is holding the position of Managing Director of SALTIGO GmbH, a subsidiary of LANXESS AG. Following his master degree and attainment of his PhD in chemistry at the University of Bremen, Dr. Derr began his professional career 1997 at Bayer AG, and since 2003 at LANXESS AG, where he was Vice President for Plastic Intermediates, Head of the Business Units Material Protection Products and EPDM-Elastomers, as well as holding various other management functions, amongst others as Head of Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence & Chief Commercial Officer of LANXESS AG.

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SGL Carbon SE

(c) BMW Group
21.04.2020

SGL Carbon receives contract for battery enclosure from BMW Group

  • New composite e-Mobility application
  • Multi-year substantial contract

After prototypes for a Chinese automotive manufacturer, a major order from a North American automaker, and yet another order for a European sports car manufacturer, SGL Carbon has now been nominated by BMW Group to produce a cover component for battery enclosures in series. This substantial multi-year order will include the production of an innovative glass-fiber-based cover plate for the battery housing for usage in a future plug-in hybrid model of BMW Group.

  • New composite e-Mobility application
  • Multi-year substantial contract

After prototypes for a Chinese automotive manufacturer, a major order from a North American automaker, and yet another order for a European sports car manufacturer, SGL Carbon has now been nominated by BMW Group to produce a cover component for battery enclosures in series. This substantial multi-year order will include the production of an innovative glass-fiber-based cover plate for the battery housing for usage in a future plug-in hybrid model of BMW Group.

Materials made of composites are suited for battery enclosures for different reasons: Besides their light weight, which enhances the electric vehicle’s range, fiber-reinforced plastics offer high stiffness. In addition, they meet high requirements for water and gas tightness and feature excellent fire protection properties. Composite materials can also help to achieve improved structural stiffness of the underbody, e.g. to protect against penetration, as well as an optimized thermal management. Carbon fibers are ideal for especially stressed structures or load-bearing elements, such as the underbody panels and side frames. For components subjected to less stress, such as battery box covers, glass fibers or a fiber mix may suffice.

In addition to the new application for the hybrid model battery enclosure, SGL Carbon will continue producing the usual components made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic for the BMW i3 and delivering materials for the Carbon Core body of the BMW 7 series, and has been nominated as the supplier for all carbon materials - fibers, textiles, stacks - for the BMW iNEXT, set to be launched in 2021.

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SGL CARBON SE

02.04.2020

SGL Carbon SE suspends guidance for the current fiscal year

The previously communicated targets for 2020 are unlikely to be achieved due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE determined today, that the forecasted results for the fiscal year 2020 are unlikely to be achieved due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the substantial uncertainty regarding the duration and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Management is currently unable to provide a reliable sales revenue and earnings forecast for the current year. Consequently, the guidance for 2020 is suspended. 

The previously communicated targets for 2020 are unlikely to be achieved due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE determined today, that the forecasted results for the fiscal year 2020 are unlikely to be achieved due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the substantial uncertainty regarding the duration and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Management is currently unable to provide a reliable sales revenue and earnings forecast for the current year. Consequently, the guidance for 2020 is suspended. 

The previous expectation, which guided for a slightly lower sales revenue und a recurring EBIT1 approximately 10-15% below the prior year (sales revenue 2019: €1,087m; recurring EBIT 2019: €48m), was already made conditional by the Board of Management in the management report published on March 12, 2020, that negative effects from the coronavirus were not included, as the outbreak at that time was mainly restricted to China and Italy. In the meantime, numerous other governments have introduced far-reaching measures with substantial limitations on the public and economic sectors and leading economists now forecast significant reductions in economic output in key economies. 

The Board of Management of SGL Carbon has introduced and partially already implemented comprehensive measures to reduce the cost base and to secure liquidity. These measures include the introduction of short-time work, reduction of material and indirect spend, as well as further reduction resp. postponement of capital expenditures. In addition, we are exploring further financing options independent of the capital markets, some of which are already in preparation. The Company is intensively working on identifying and mitigating potential risks. 

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17.03.2020

SGL Carbon SE postpones Annual General Meeting

The Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE (ISIN: DE0007235301) has decided not to hold the Annual General Meeting on April 22, 2020, as planned, but to postpone it to a later date.

The cancellation of the Annual General Meeting convened for April 22, 2020, is due to the latest measures taken by the federal government, the federal states and municipalities in connection with the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as well as the assessment of the Robert Koch Institute and the relevant authorities that in the following weeks infections in Germany will likely increase further. In this situation, the Board of Management decided not to hold the event on April 22, 2020, in the interest of protecting the health of our shareholders, our employees, and our service providers involved in the Annual General Meeting.

The Company will reschedule the Annual General Meeting to a later date in 2020. SGL Carbon SE will monitor the situation closely in the coming weeks and, depending on the further development of the infections, will invite its shareholders to a new date for the Annual General Meeting.

The Board of Management of SGL Carbon SE (ISIN: DE0007235301) has decided not to hold the Annual General Meeting on April 22, 2020, as planned, but to postpone it to a later date.

The cancellation of the Annual General Meeting convened for April 22, 2020, is due to the latest measures taken by the federal government, the federal states and municipalities in connection with the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as well as the assessment of the Robert Koch Institute and the relevant authorities that in the following weeks infections in Germany will likely increase further. In this situation, the Board of Management decided not to hold the event on April 22, 2020, in the interest of protecting the health of our shareholders, our employees, and our service providers involved in the Annual General Meeting.

The Company will reschedule the Annual General Meeting to a later date in 2020. SGL Carbon SE will monitor the situation closely in the coming weeks and, depending on the further development of the infections, will invite its shareholders to a new date for the Annual General Meeting.

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SGL Carbon: fiscal year 2019
12.03.2020

SGL Carbon: fiscal year 2019

Diverging development in the two business units impact fiscal year 2019 of SGL Carbon – Group guidance for 2020 confirmed

  • Consolidated sales revenues in fiscal year 2019 up by 4 percent to around 1.1 billion euros
  • Consolidated recurring EBIT down by 25 percent to 48 million euros; record results of graphite specialities business did not fully compensate for the weak development in the carbon fiber business
  • Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM): Cyclical und structural weaknesses impact the result of the market segments Wind Energy, Textile Fibers and Industrial Applications, which have limited strategic significance in the medium term
  • Graphite Materials & Systems (GMS): Sales and earnings on record level due to strong growth in the market segments Semiconductors and Automotive
  • Non-cash impairment charge of around 75 million euros was recorded at CFM in the third quarter of 2019
  • Free cash flow significantly improved
  • Issue of a new corporate bond and early redemption of the 2015/2020 convertible bond has significantly improved the maturity profile
  • SGL Carbon confirms guidance for fiscal ye

Diverging development in the two business units impact fiscal year 2019 of SGL Carbon – Group guidance for 2020 confirmed

  • Consolidated sales revenues in fiscal year 2019 up by 4 percent to around 1.1 billion euros
  • Consolidated recurring EBIT down by 25 percent to 48 million euros; record results of graphite specialities business did not fully compensate for the weak development in the carbon fiber business
  • Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM): Cyclical und structural weaknesses impact the result of the market segments Wind Energy, Textile Fibers and Industrial Applications, which have limited strategic significance in the medium term
  • Graphite Materials & Systems (GMS): Sales and earnings on record level due to strong growth in the market segments Semiconductors and Automotive
  • Non-cash impairment charge of around 75 million euros was recorded at CFM in the third quarter of 2019
  • Free cash flow significantly improved
  • Issue of a new corporate bond and early redemption of the 2015/2020 convertible bond has significantly improved the maturity profile
  • SGL Carbon confirms guidance for fiscal year 2020: sales expected slightly below previous year; recurring EBIT approximately 10 to 15 percent below previous year level
  • Dr. Michael Majerus, Spokesman of the Board of Management of SGL Carbon: “The financial development of the fiscal year 2019 conceals the fact that our strategic orientation is correct. This is evident from our growth and the increasing number of contracts and projects we acquired in our strategic core markets. Main drivers are the topics of sustainable mobility and energy as well as digitization. Therefore, we expect that we can grow our consolidated revenue by a mid to high single-digit percentage per year on average between 2020 and 2024.“

The fiscal year 2019 developed very differently in the two business units of SGL Carbon. The record results in the graphite specialities business could not fully compensate for the weak development in the market segments Wind Energy, Textile Fibers and Industrial Applications in the carbon fiber business. Group sales grew by 4 percent to 1.1 billion euros. Recurring Group EBIT declined by 25 percent to 48 million euros. Due to the ongoing weakness in the market segments Textile Fibers and Industrial Applications the business unit CFM recorded a non-cash impairment loss of 75 million euros in the third quarter of 2019. With minus 90 (prior year: plus 41) million euros, consolidated Group result declined significantly compared to last year’s good results. The Group confirms its guidance for 2020 published in October 2019.

Group sales are expected to decline slightly compared to the prior-year level, whereas Group recurring EBIT is expected to reach a result around 10 to 15 percent below the prior-year level. Consolidated net result of the Group in 2020 should strongly improve compared to prior-year level to a low double-digit loss.

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Dr. Torsten Derr (c) SGL Carbon SE
Dr. Torsten Derr
10.02.2020

Dr. Torsten Derr wird neuer Vorstandsvorsitzender der SGL Carbon SE

Der Aufsichtsrat der SGL Carbon SE hat heute Herrn Dr. Torsten Derr mit Wirkung zum 1. Juli 2020 für die Dauer von fünf Jahren zum Vorsitzenden des Vorstands der SGL Carbon SE bestellt. Damit tritt Herr Dr. Derr die Nachfolge von Herrn Dr. Jürgen Köhler an, der zum 31. August 2019 von seinem Amt als Vorstandsvorsitzender des Unternehmens zurückgetreten war. 

Herr Dr. Derr ist seit 2016 Geschäftsführer der SALTIGO GmbH, Leverkusen, einem Tochterunternehmen der LANXESS AG. Nach seinem Studium der Chemie und seiner Promotion an der Universität Bremen begann er seine berufliche Laufbahn 1997 bei der Bayer AG, ab 2003 bei der LANXESS AG. Hier war er als Vizepräsident für Kunststoffzwischenprodukte, Leiter der Geschäftsbereiche Materialschutz und EPDM-Elastomere und in verschiedenen anderen leitenden Funktionen tätig, unter anderem als Leiter Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence & Chief Commercial Officer der LANXESS AG.

Der Aufsichtsrat der SGL Carbon SE hat heute Herrn Dr. Torsten Derr mit Wirkung zum 1. Juli 2020 für die Dauer von fünf Jahren zum Vorsitzenden des Vorstands der SGL Carbon SE bestellt. Damit tritt Herr Dr. Derr die Nachfolge von Herrn Dr. Jürgen Köhler an, der zum 31. August 2019 von seinem Amt als Vorstandsvorsitzender des Unternehmens zurückgetreten war. 

Herr Dr. Derr ist seit 2016 Geschäftsführer der SALTIGO GmbH, Leverkusen, einem Tochterunternehmen der LANXESS AG. Nach seinem Studium der Chemie und seiner Promotion an der Universität Bremen begann er seine berufliche Laufbahn 1997 bei der Bayer AG, ab 2003 bei der LANXESS AG. Hier war er als Vizepräsident für Kunststoffzwischenprodukte, Leiter der Geschäftsbereiche Materialschutz und EPDM-Elastomere und in verschiedenen anderen leitenden Funktionen tätig, unter anderem als Leiter Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence & Chief Commercial Officer der LANXESS AG.

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Dr. Torsten Derr (c) SGL CARBON SE
Dr. Torsten Derr
10.02.2020

Dr. Torsten Derr to become new Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE

The Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE today appointed Dr. Torsten Derr as Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE for the duration of five years effective July 1, 2020. With this appointment, Dr. Derr is succeeding Dr. Jürgen Köhler, who resigned from his mandate as Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE effective August 31, 2019.  

Since 2016, Dr. Torsten Derr is holding the position of Managing Director of SALTIGO GmbH, a subsidiary of LANXESS AG. Following his master degree and attainment of his PhD in chemistry at the University of Bremen, Dr. Derr began his professional career 1997 at Bayer AG, and since 2003 at LANXESS AG, where he was Vice President for Plastic Intermediates, Head of the Business Units Material Protection Products and EDPM-Elastomers, as well as holding various other management functions, amongst others as Head of Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence & Chief Commercial Officer of LANXESS AG.

The Supervisory Board of SGL Carbon SE today appointed Dr. Torsten Derr as Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE for the duration of five years effective July 1, 2020. With this appointment, Dr. Derr is succeeding Dr. Jürgen Köhler, who resigned from his mandate as Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE effective August 31, 2019.  

Since 2016, Dr. Torsten Derr is holding the position of Managing Director of SALTIGO GmbH, a subsidiary of LANXESS AG. Following his master degree and attainment of his PhD in chemistry at the University of Bremen, Dr. Derr began his professional career 1997 at Bayer AG, and since 2003 at LANXESS AG, where he was Vice President for Plastic Intermediates, Head of the Business Units Material Protection Products and EDPM-Elastomers, as well as holding various other management functions, amongst others as Head of Commercial & Supply Chain Excellence & Chief Commercial Officer of LANXESS AG.

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Tailor-made large-scale fabrics production at SGL Carbon in Wackersdorf, Germany (c) SGL Carbon
Tailor-made large-scale fabrics production at SGL Carbon in Wackersdorf, Germany
07.02.2020

JEC World 2020: SGL Carbon presents new solutions

At this year’s JEC World, the largest trade fair for composites held from March 3-5, 2020 in Paris, SGL Carbon will focus on the topic of serial production for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors. The key is customized solutions with individual component designs combined with tailored materials and production processes ready for large scale production. Under the motto “The Solution Provider,” the company will present selective innovative component solutions from all three areas in Hall 6, Booth D25. Furthermore, as an example for industrial applications, SGL Carbon will showcase at the JEC world a crossbeam made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) used in automated Schuler press lines.

At this year’s JEC World, the largest trade fair for composites held from March 3-5, 2020 in Paris, SGL Carbon will focus on the topic of serial production for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors. The key is customized solutions with individual component designs combined with tailored materials and production processes ready for large scale production. Under the motto “The Solution Provider,” the company will present selective innovative component solutions from all three areas in Hall 6, Booth D25. Furthermore, as an example for industrial applications, SGL Carbon will showcase at the JEC world a crossbeam made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) used in automated Schuler press lines.

  •    Composite battery enclosures for e-mobility
  •    Flexible new leaf spring generation for rear axles
  •    Innovative component designs for passenger airplanes, helicopters and air taxis
  •    Extremely lightweight and stable transfer beam for mechanical engineering

Selective applications with focus on serial production
In the field of automotive applications, SGL Carbon will present at the JEC World composite battery enclosures as a promising new application driven by increasing demand for electric vehicles and the resulting new flexible chassis platforms. The company demonstrates a prototype of a battery enclosure based on carbon fibers. However, hybrid composites with a mixture of glass and carbon fibers are also possible.

In the aerospace sector, SGL Carbon is also expanding its portfolio of realized projects and expertise relying on the trend to use more efficient materials and processes in this industry too.
In the area of primary structure components, the company will present a demo exhibit for the door frame of a passenger airplane realized in collaboration with external partners and based on 50k carbon fiber from the SGL Carbon, which is suitable for serial production.

Live simulations and intense exchange at the booth
Visitors can experience live how their ideas can be implemented both sustainably and cost-effectively in composites thanks to simulations. Experts from the company’s own Lightweight and Application Center demonstrate the path from the concept to virtual prototypes using simulation software, with the result visible either to the entire audience or just individual visitors. To prepare, interested parties can contact the team now at the following link: https://www.sglcarbon.com/anmeldung-jec.

On March 4, 2020, the SGL Carbon stand will host its traditional get-together for customers and friends starting at 4 p.m. – no registration necessary.
 

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SGL Carbon auf der JEC World 2020: Neue Lösungen für Automobilsektor, Luftfahrt und Industrie (c) SGL Carbon
SGL Carbon auf der JEC World 2020: Neue Lösungen für Automobilsektor, Luftfahrt und Industrie
07.02.2020

SGL Carbon auf der JEC World 2020: Neue Lösungen für Automobilsektor, Luftfahrt und Industrie

  • Batteriekästen aus Faserverbund für die Elektromobilität
  • Flexible neue Blattfeder-Generation für Hinterachse
  • Neuartige Bauteilkonzepte für Passagierflugzeuge, Helikopter und Flugtaxis
  • Extrem leichter und steifer Transferbalken für den Maschinenbau

Auf der diesjährigen JEC World, der größten Fachmesse für Verbundwerkstoffe, vom 3. bis 5. März 2020 in Paris stellt die SGL Carbon die serielle Fertigung von Komponenten für die Branchen Automobil, Luftfahrt und Industrie in den Fokus. Entscheidend sind individuelle Lösungen mit innovativen Bauteildesigns und darauf abgestimmten serientauglichen Materialien und Produktionsverfahren. Unter dem Motto „The Solution Provider“ präsentiert das Unternehmen in Halle 6, Stand D25, ausgewählte neue Bauteillösungen aus allen drei Bereichen.

  • Batteriekästen aus Faserverbund für die Elektromobilität
  • Flexible neue Blattfeder-Generation für Hinterachse
  • Neuartige Bauteilkonzepte für Passagierflugzeuge, Helikopter und Flugtaxis
  • Extrem leichter und steifer Transferbalken für den Maschinenbau

Auf der diesjährigen JEC World, der größten Fachmesse für Verbundwerkstoffe, vom 3. bis 5. März 2020 in Paris stellt die SGL Carbon die serielle Fertigung von Komponenten für die Branchen Automobil, Luftfahrt und Industrie in den Fokus. Entscheidend sind individuelle Lösungen mit innovativen Bauteildesigns und darauf abgestimmten serientauglichen Materialien und Produktionsverfahren. Unter dem Motto „The Solution Provider“ präsentiert das Unternehmen in Halle 6, Stand D25, ausgewählte neue Bauteillösungen aus allen drei Bereichen.

„Dank unserer integrierten Wertschöpfungskette von der Faser bis zum fertigen Bauteil, unserem Lightweight and Application Center sowie unserem zunehmend breiteren Portfolio an realisierten serientauglichen Konzepten bieten wir unseren Kunden smarte, maßgeschneiderte Lösungen aus einer Hand. Unsere umfassende Expertise sowie unsere hocheffizienten Materialien aus dem Automobilbereich setzen wir zukünftig verstärkt auch in der Luftfahrt und im industriellen Bereich ein“, erklärt Dr. Andreas Wöginger, Leiter Technologie des Geschäftsbereichs Composites – Fibers & Materials bei der SGL Carbon.

Automatisierte Qualitätskontrolle in der Produktion von Gasdiffusionsschichten für Brennstoffzellen bei der SGL Carbon in Meitingen (c) SGL Carbon
Automatisierte Qualitätskontrolle in der Produktion von Gasdiffusionsschichten für Brennstoffzellen bei der SGL Carbon in Meitingen
07.02.2020

SGL Carbon awarded by Hyundai as Supplier of the Year 2019

Automatized quality control of gas diffusion layers for fuel cells at SGL Carbon in Meitingen

  • One of only two awarded overseas suppliers
  • Long-term cooperation for a substantial production ramp-up

Mid of January SGL Carbon received the “Supplier of the Year 2019” award for excellence in quality management and contributions to strengthen the overall competitiveness of Hyundai Motor Group related to the manufacturing and supply of fuel cell components. The award is being granted by the Korean automaker once a year, evaluating several hundreds of suppliers from across the world in different categories. This time only two overseas suppliers have been awarded.

SGL Carbon and the Hyundai Motor Group have been cooperating on fuel cell technology for almost 20 years. Last year, the two companies agreed on an early extension to the existing supply agreement for SIGRACET® gas diffusion layers for the NEXO fuel cell car, encompassing a new long-term cooperation including a substantial ramp-up of the current production and supply volumes.

Automatized quality control of gas diffusion layers for fuel cells at SGL Carbon in Meitingen

  • One of only two awarded overseas suppliers
  • Long-term cooperation for a substantial production ramp-up

Mid of January SGL Carbon received the “Supplier of the Year 2019” award for excellence in quality management and contributions to strengthen the overall competitiveness of Hyundai Motor Group related to the manufacturing and supply of fuel cell components. The award is being granted by the Korean automaker once a year, evaluating several hundreds of suppliers from across the world in different categories. This time only two overseas suppliers have been awarded.

SGL Carbon and the Hyundai Motor Group have been cooperating on fuel cell technology for almost 20 years. Last year, the two companies agreed on an early extension to the existing supply agreement for SIGRACET® gas diffusion layers for the NEXO fuel cell car, encompassing a new long-term cooperation including a substantial ramp-up of the current production and supply volumes.

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SGL Carbon: Zahlen für 2019 und Prognose für das Jahr 2020
SGL Carbon: Zahlen für 2019 und Prognose für das Jahr 2020
31.01.2020

SGL Carbon: Numbers for 2019 und forecast for the year 2020

Within the framework of the preparations for the Group annual financial statements and based on preliminary results, SGL Carbon confirms its guidance for 2019 as revised in October 2019. Accordingly, the Company continues to expect Group sales between €1.05 and €1.1 billion and Group EBIT before extraordinary items between €45 and 50 million. In addition, net financial debt as of December 31, 2019 has also developed as expected, increasing by a mid double digit million € amount and thus remaining below the €300 million mark.

SGL Carbon also confirms the initial outlook for 2020 as presented in October 2019. Group sales is anticipated slightly below the 2019 level and Group EBIT before extraordinary items 10-15% below the 2019 level. To reflect the lower earnings expectations and within the context of a conservative free cash flow management, the Company will restrict capital expenditures to €70-80 million in 2020 (previous guidance: approximately €100 million) and thus approximately on the level of depreciation.

Within the framework of the preparations for the Group annual financial statements and based on preliminary results, SGL Carbon confirms its guidance for 2019 as revised in October 2019. Accordingly, the Company continues to expect Group sales between €1.05 and €1.1 billion and Group EBIT before extraordinary items between €45 and 50 million. In addition, net financial debt as of December 31, 2019 has also developed as expected, increasing by a mid double digit million € amount and thus remaining below the €300 million mark.

SGL Carbon also confirms the initial outlook for 2020 as presented in October 2019. Group sales is anticipated slightly below the 2019 level and Group EBIT before extraordinary items 10-15% below the 2019 level. To reflect the lower earnings expectations and within the context of a conservative free cash flow management, the Company will restrict capital expenditures to €70-80 million in 2020 (previous guidance: approximately €100 million) and thus approximately on the level of depreciation.

As usual, SGL Carbon will communicate further details on the guidance for 2020, particularly relating to the guidance on the level of the reporting segments, with the publication of the annual report 2019 on March 12, 2020.

The Company will also publish statements on the new mid-term plan on this date.

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