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KWS’ Annual Shareholders’ Meeting adopts a higher dividend

Einbeck, December 16, 2020: Dividend rises to €0.70 per share – Guidance for the 2020/2021 fiscal year confirmed. The shareholders of KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN: DE0007074007) voted by clear majorities in favor of the proposals made by the Executive and Supervisory Boards on all items on the agenda at today’s virtual Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. A dividend of €0.70 (previous year: €0.67) per share will be paid out for fiscal 2019/2020.

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KWS posts stable business performance in the first quarter despite negative exchange rate effects – Guidance for the year confirmed

Einbeck, November, 24, 2020: Total net sales of the KWS Group (ISIN: DE0007074007) fell by 3.6% in the first three months of fiscal 2020/2021 due to negative exchange rate effects but increased by 6.8% on a comparable basis. As is customary in the first quarter, the key figures of EBITDA, EBIT and net income were negative.

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myKWS online agricultural forums

Einbeck, November, 13, 2020: KWS agricultural forums offer farmers the opportunity to obtain information about topics relating to crop production, farming management and animal husbandry. Due to the coronavirus situation, KWS is offering the forums online as live events in December this year.

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KWS completes a successful fiscal 2019/2020 – Growth in all product segments

Einbeck, October, 23, 2020: Total net sales increase by 15% – EBITDA grows by around 13% – Higher dividend of €0.70 per share proposed. The KWS Group (ISIN: DE0007074007) achieved an approximately 15% increase in net sales to €1.28 billion in fiscal 2019/2020. The key figures of EBIT, net income and earnings per share were down from the previous year due to acquisition-related effects.

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KWS puts new production plant for sugarbeet seeds into operation

Einbeck, October, 14, 2020: The seed specialist KWS is investing heavily in the expansion and modernization of sugarbeet seed production. A new, cutting-edge system for treatment and packaging has been commissioned at its Einbeck site. This plant is an integral part of the company's almost 50-million-euro investment project and will increase production capacity for sugarbeet seeds by over 30 percent.

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Awards confirm KWS growth in Brazil

Einbeck, October, 07, 2020: Seed specialist KWS has quite some good news to announce from South America: Two current news stories confirm KWS’s successful growth in Brazil.

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KWS develops improved Cercospora tolerance for sugarbeets

Einbeck, October, 05, 2020: The global seed specialist KWS received a patent grant for improved Cercospora tolerance in sugarbeets. The leaf disease Cercospora beticola is one of the world’s most harmful fungal diseases for sugarbeets: The fungus can result in yield losses of up to 50 percent1; there is a moderate to high incidence of infection for around two-thirds of cultivated areas worldwide.

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About KWS

KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. More than 5,700 employees in 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.3 billion in fiscal 2019/2020. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €200 million last fiscal year in research and development.

* All figures excluding the shares of the equity-accounted companies AGRELIANT GENETICS LLC., AGRELIANT GENETICS INC. and KENFENG – KWS SEEDS CO., LTD.

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