KWS divests Chinese corn business to joint venture partner Kenfeng with significant positive effect on earnings

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KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE0007074007)

Einbeck (Germany), October 31, 2023 – The Management Board of KWS SE, the general partner of KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA, KWS SE, (‘Management Board’) decided today, with the approval of the Supervisory Board, to divest its 49% stake in the joint venture, KENFENG – KWS SEED CO., LTD, as well as the Chinese corn portfolio (including licenses) to the joint venture partner, Beidahuang Kenfeng Seed Co., Ltd. ("Kenfeng"), a member of the Beidahuang Group Co., Ltd. group ("Transaction").

The execution of the transaction is subject to the execution of purchase agreements, which are expected to be signed on November 18, 2023, subject to the approval of the relevant Chinese authorities and corporate bodies of the Beidahuang Group Co., Ltd. Group.

The proceeds from the sale amount to a mid-double-digit million Euro amount. Details of the transaction and the exact amount of the purchase price were not disclosed. The Management Board expects the transaction to have a significant positive effect on operating profit and earnings after tax in the current financial year 2023/2024.

The divestment of KWS's corn business in China is taking place primarily in light of changes in the regulatory environment. Upon completion of the transaction, KWS will reduce its business activities in China.

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Peter Vogt
Peter Vogt
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