08/13/2008, Duisburg

KLÖCKNER & CO: OPERATING RESULT CLIMBS STEEPLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2008, RECORD PERFORMANCE EXPECTED FOR ENTIRE YEAR

  • At €3.6 billion, sales increased 12% year-on-year
  • Sales volume climbed 5.5% to 3.5 million tons
  • EBITDA rose 65.0% to €321 million
  • Consolidated net profit for the period increased by 155.2% to €178 million
  • Conversion into a European Company (SE) concluded
  • Continued focus on core business

After the Klöckner & Co Group performed exceptionally well in Q1 2008, the company’s position improved even further during Q2 2008 as a result of continuing favorable market conditions for steel and metal products. In H1 2008, sales volume of the Klöckner & Co Group totaled – particularly as a result of acquisitions – 3.5 million tons, 5.5% above the level of a year earlier. Sales climbed to €3.6 billion and rose – primarily as a result of prices – by 12.0% year-on-year. EBITDA reached €321 million during the period, 65.0% higher than year-earlier results. The consolidated net profit for the period increased by 155.2% to €178 million during H1 2008. “We have successfully turned increased prices into higher gross margins. This is the basis of our satisfying earnings growth,” said Dr. Thomas Ludwig, Chairman of the Management Board of Klöckner & Co SE.

Against the backdrop of continuing positive business conditions for steel distribution, Klöckner & Co expects that EBITDA before one-offs will exceed €500 million for fiscal year 2008. Including non-recurring income from divestments in Canada and Switzerland in the third quarter, reported EBITDA is expected to double year-on-year to more than €770 million and the consolidated net profit for the period is forecast to triple to more than €500 million. “The record result expected for the entire year of 2008 and the high inflow of funds create an excellent platform for the Group’s strategic growth,” Dr. Ludwig said.

With the entry into the Commercial Register of the Duisburg Municipal Court on August 8, 2008, the transformation of Klöckner & Co Aktiengesellschaft into a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE) was concluded. “The legal form underscores the international and open corporate culture of the Klöckner & Co Group and, as a result, represents a major step in the company’s history,” Dr. Thomas Ludwig said.

In addition, the company was able to move forward with its focus on core business activities: the acquisition of Temtco Steel, a US specialist in heavy-plate distribution, was concluded. The sale of the Canadian subsidiary Namasco Ltd. to the Canadian company Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd. was completed in July 2008. A contract signing to sell the wholly owned subsidiary Koenig Verbindungstechnik (KVT) to the private equity firm Capvis via the Swiss subsidiary Debrunner Koenig Holding AG (DKH) also took place in July. The sale is still subject to approval by anti-trust authorities.

Income Statement   Q2 2008 Q2 2007 YTD 2008 YTD 2007 Δ%
Sales € million 1.922 1.650 3.582 3.582 12%
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) € million 212 103 321 195 65%
Earnings before interest, taxes (EBIT) € million 197 87 290 166 75,3%
Earnings before taxes (EBT) € million 180 35 256 103 149,4%
Earnings after taxes (EAT) € million 125 23 178 70 155,2%
Basic earnings per share 2,63 0,41 3,72 1,28 190,6%
Diluted earnings per share 2,48 0,41 3,54 1,28 176,6%
Key figures            
Turnover to '000 1.755 1.663 3.475 3.292 5,5%
  Jun. 30, 2008 Jun. 30, 2007
Employees at end of period 11.096 10.581

Press Release 08/13/2008

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