Preliminary figures show significant growth in sales and EBIT for first nine months 2023/2024 – full-year forecasts raised

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KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE0007074007)

Einbeck (Germany), April 30, 2024 – Based on the preliminary financial figures for the first nine months of fiscal year 2023/2024, the Management Board of the General Partner of KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA, KWS SE ("Executive Board"), expects the following key figures:

  • Sales 9M 2023/2024: +10% to EUR 1,360.4 (1,232.2) million
  • EBIT 9M 2023/2024: +48% to EUR 336.4 (227.6) million

Following the agreements reached at the end of March 2024 to sell the South American corn business, the reported preliminary key figures relate to KWS's continuing operations. The South American corn business will be reported as a discontinued operation in KWS's financial reporting until the transaction is completed.

The significant increase in sales and EBIT is attributable in particular to the successful business performance in the sugarbeet segment. In addition, EBIT includes a one-time positive earnings contribution (approx. EUR 30 million) as a result of the agreements reached in November 2023 on the sale of the Chinese corn business (including licenses).

Against the backdrop of the positive business development in the first nine months and on the basis of KWS's continuing operations, the Executive Board now expects sales for fiscal year 2023/2024 to increase by 6 to 8 % year-on-year (adjusted for currency and portfolio effects: 11 to 13 %; previous year: EUR 1,500 million; previous forecast of 3 to 5 %) with an EBIT margin of 15 to 17 % (including the one-time positive earnings contribution from the sale of the Chinese corn business; previous forecast 11 to 13 %). The research and development ratio is expected to be around 20% (previous forecast 18 to 19%).

KWS will publish its quarterly statement for the first nine months of fiscal year 2023/2024 on May 14, 2024.

Explanations of the financial ratios used:
EBIT: Earnings before interest and taxes
EBIT margin: EBIT as a percentage of sales

Notifying person:

Peter Vogt
Peter Vogt
Head of Investor Relations
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