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Securing liquidity, minimizing risks

The financial management of the K+S Group follows three overriding objectives:

  • secure liquidity and manage it efficiently throughout the company,
  • to maintain and optimize the ability to finance,
  • to reduce financial risks also by using financial instruments.

Through centralized cash management, we control liquidity and optimize cash flows within the company. In order to maintain our financing capability and to achieve favorable costs for debt and equity, we aim to achieve a long-term capital structure based on the criteria and ratios for an investment grade rating, irrespective of the current non-investment grade rating. We manage our capital structure on the basis of the following key figures:

Key figures for managing the capital structure

  Value 2020* Value 2019 Value 2018 Value 2017 Value 2016
Net financial debt / EBITDA 7.2 4.9 5.3 5.2 4.6
Net debt / equity (in %) 209.5 101.6 107.2 99.5 78.7
Net debt ratio (in %) 26.5 42.4 41.6 42.7 47.2

*The figures relate to the continuing and discontinued operations of the K+S Group. 

Currency and interest rate management is carried out centrally for all major Group companies. Derivative financial instruments are only concluded with banks of good credit standing, spread across several banks to reduce the default risk and monitored regularly.


Rating agencies assess the creditworthiness of companies - their so-called credit rating. A rating describes the assessment of a company's ability to meet its future interest and repayment obligations on time. The higher the rating, the lower the estimated potential risk. A company with a good rating can therefore generally borrow capital on the capital market at better terms than a company with a weak rating.

Current rating classification

Rating agency Rating Outlook Date of the last update
Standard & Poor's B+ stable September 10, 2021

You will find more information on the rating definitions at Standard & Poor's.


K+S Aktiengesellschaft issued corporate bonds on the capital market on 11 July 2018, 31 March 2017 and 12 June 2012. These enable longer-term financing at attractive conditions and offer lenders an interesting investment opportunity.

  June 2012 bond March 2017 bond July 2018 bond
A2E 4U9/
A2N BE7/
Listing: Stock exchange Luxembourg Stock exchange Luxembourg Stock exchange Luxembourg
Issue volume: 500 million EUR 625 million EUR 600 million EUR
Outstanding volume: 207.100 million EUR 443.398 million EUR 484.700 million EUR
Denomination: 100,000 EUR 1,000 EUR 100,000 EUR
Issue price: 99.422 100.982 100.000
Interest coupon: 3.000% 2.625% 3.250%
Maturity: June 20, 2022 April 6, 2023 July 18, 2024

Detailed information and bond prospectuses can be found here.


Your contact persons

K+S Aktiengesellschaft Investor Relations
Julia Bock
Head of Investor Relations
K+S Aktiengesellschaft Investor Relations
Nathalie Frost
Investor Relations Manager
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