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Test operations in a mine of the Werra plant
K+S tests electromobility underground

Fertilizer and salt producer K+S is testing the use of electromobility in its German mines. The suitability of the charging infrastructure and safety underground are currently being tested in addition to the everyday suitability and range of the vehicles in a mine at the Werra integrated plant. In the long term, electric vehicles are to replace diesel-powered vehicles in all K+S mines.

Expansion of the core business
K+S concludes agreement to acquire majority interest in distribution partner in South Africa

K+S has agreed to acquire 75 percent of the fertilizer business of Industrial Commodities Holdings (Pty) Ltd (ICH), a South African trading company. K+S and ICH signed a corresponding agreement yesterday. The new business will operate under the name Fertiva (Pty) Ltd. The balance of 25 percent of the shares in Fertiva will be held by two former ICH shareholders, who previously managed the fertilizer business at ICH, and who will now also form part of the Fertiva management team.

K+S Aktiengesellschaft
Dr. Carin-Martina Tröltzsch appointed to the Board of Executive Directors

The Supervisory Board of K+S Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Dr. Carin-Martina Tröltzsch as a further member of the Board of Executive Directors of the Company. She will assume her position at K+S on March 15, 2023.

Resolution on the federal electricity and gas price cap
K+S does not make use of energy defense shield

The Board of Executive Directors of K+S AG has decided not to make use of the cap on electricity and gas prices as of January 1, 2023, which was approved by the German parliament. In principle, however, the Board of Executive Directors welcomes the aid measures taken by the federal government to support particularly affected companies in Germany.

Bond buy-back successfully completed

K+S has completed the buy-back of the outstanding bonds maturing in 2024 (ISIN: XS1854830889) as planned. The Company is therefore reducing its financial liabilities by a further €116.4 million.

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Public tender offer to buy back outstanding 2024 bond

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Business performance in the third quarter and as of September
Further strong increase in revenues, earnings, and cash flow

K+S almost doubled its revenues in the third quarter to €1.47 billion. At €633 million, EBITDA more than quintupled compared to the prior-year quarter. Higher average prices in the Agriculture customer segment and for industrial products containing potash more than offset lower sales volumes in both customer segments as well as increased costs for energy, materials, and freight.

Innovative ways in extraction and production
K+S sets up Werra plant for the future

K+S is taking a major step in the strategic optimization of its existing business and the further reduction of the environmental footprint of domestic potash production. The extensive “Werra 2060” project strengthens competitiveness and extends the life of the Werra plant with increased and more stable production in the long term. It secures jobs and value creation in the region in the long term and ensures that K+S can continue to supply its customers with future-oriented products.

Enhancing soil

By storing CO2 in the soil, experts hope to combat climate change. Yet transparent measurement methods and standards are still lacking to determine the efficiency of carbon farming measures. A newly founded initiative aims to remedy this situation. With significant financial support and content-related assistance from the Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, K+S Aktiengesellschaft and Klim, an Agritech company, have launched a DIN standardization process for carbon storage in soil - DIN SPEC 3609. At an event on August 2, 2022, under the leadership of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), 17 German companies, associations as well as scientific institutions agreed to the business plan for the formation of a corresponding consortium.

Q2 and H1 2022 figures
Strong increase in revenues and earnings

K+S more than doubled revenues to € 1.5 billion in the past second quarter, while EBITDA also rose strongly year-on-year to €706 million. Significantly higher average prices in both customer segments more than compensated for higher costs. In the first half of the year, revenues amounted to €2.7 billion and EBITDA to €1.2 billion.

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