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K+S Aktiengesellschaft: New Labor Director
Mrs. Christina Daske appointed to the Board of Executive Directors
The Supervisory Board of K+S Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Mrs. Christina Daske as a further member of the Board of Executive Directors of the Company. She will assume her duties as Labor Director on December 1, 2023.
Figures for the second quarter and first half of 2023
Positive impetus for the second half of the year prevails
K+S generated revenues of just under €826 million in the second quarter of the current year, following a record figure of €1.5 billion in the prior-year quarter. EBITDA operating earnings reached €24 million (Q2/2022: €706 million). This was mainly attributable to declining prices in the Agriculture customer segment and lower sales volumes. Subsequent price adjustments not relating to the accounting period, which were necessary following the closing of the China contract, burdened the key figures in this customer segment. Inflation-related additions to provisions for mining obligations amounting to around €18 million also had a negative impact on EBITDA.
Release of an Insider Information in accordance with Sec. 17 MAR
Ad hoc disclosure of July 26, 2023
Adjusted free cash flow in second quarter of 2023 above market expectation; EBITDA below consensus. For the full year 2023, EBITDA is expected be range between EUR 600 million and EUR 800 million (consensus: EUR 810 million)and adjusted freecash flow between EUR 300 million and EUR 450 million (consensus: EUR443 million assumingsame capital expenditure levels).
Majority acquisition of distribution partner in South Africa concluded
K+S has completed the acquisition of 75 percent of the fertilizer business of South African trading company Industrial Commodities Holdings (Pty) Ltd (ICH), announced on January 26 this year.
Ad hoc Disclosure
Achievability of forecast key figure ranges unlikely due to recent potash price movements
On June 6, 2023, Canpotex (export organization of the North American competitors Nutrien and Mosaic) publicly announced the conclusion of a contract with Chinese customers for the supply of potassium chloride until the end of the year at a price of USD 307 per tonne. China plays a subordinate role in the regional portfolio of K+S. However, the decisive factor for the K+S earnings situation is what price level subsequently emerges worldwide, how quickly a recovery from this price floor occurs, and what volumes are demanded at the respective prices.
K+S links Group financing with sustainability strategy and thereby supports Welthungerhilfe
K+S has obtained a new revolving credit facility on attractive terms in the amount of €400 million. For the first time, this credit facility also contains a component linked to the development of sustainability KPIs.
Rating upgraded to investment grade
Standard & Poor's recognizes high creditworthiness of K+S
Today, the rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) upgraded the long-term rating of K+S to BBB- (previously: BB+). K+S is therefore now rated in the investment grade range again and consequently considered to be a solid borrower. The rating outlook is stable.
K+S starts share buyback in the amount of up to €200 million
After the shareholders followed the proposal of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Executive Directors on the distribution for the 2022 financial year at the Annual General Meeting on May 10, K+S is starting to buy back its own shares today.
Figures for the first quarter of 2023
Good start into the year after record year 2022
K+S generated revenues of just under €1.2 billion in the first quarter of the current year. EBITDA operating earnings reached €454 million (Q1/2022: €524 million). Higher revenues in the Industry+ customer segment could not fully offset the moderate decline of revenues in the Agriculture customer segment. Additionally, higher costs and valuation effects from mining provisions impacted earnings.
2022 financial year
K+S achieves best result in the Company's history
“2022 was an outstanding year for K+S,” says Dr. Burkhard Lohr, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of K+S Aktiengesellschaft. EBITDA operating earnings more than doubled to €2.4 billion (2021: €1.1 billion). Group revenues increased to €5.7 billion (2021: €3.2 billion).
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