DGAP-News: SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures
SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES Reports Strong Increase in Sales and Earnings
* 43 % Increase in sales from EUR 63.3 million to EUR 91.0 million
Kahl am Main, November 15, 2018 - SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES recorded a positive course of business for the past nine months and reports a significant increase in sales and earnings (EBIT). During the first nine months of the current business year, the company generated sales of EUR 91.0 million, which was 43 % above the prior-year level of EUR 63.6 million. The EBIT for the first nine months in the amount of EUR 4.0 million considerably exceeded the prior-year level in the amount of EUR 0.4 million.
During the first nine months of the business year 2018 the order intake came to EUR 74.6 million, also considerably above the prior-year level of EUR 53.4 million in 2017. The order backlog amounted to EUR 90.3 million as of September 30, 2018 (previous year: EUR 99.7 million). The gross profit margin of 30.1 % (previous year: 29.7 %) remains at a high level. As of September 30, 2018, the available liquid funds amounted to EUR 27.4 million (December 31, 2017: EUR 27.2 million).
In the past week and in the course of the China International Import Expo Show ("CIIE" from November 5-10, 2018) in Shanghai, China, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES signed several letters of intent (LOIs) for the delivery of production machines for the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar modules.
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO of the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, comments: "The LOIs, which our company signed in the past week for the delivery of large production machines for the manufacturing of CIGS solar modules, confirm our close partnership with CNBM and our leading position in the market segment for CIGS thin-film solar modules." Dr. Rinck continues: "The signed agreements concern three sites in China in the cities of Bengbu, Xuzhou and Meishan. The volume of the planned deliveries at the three sites totals about EUR 200 million."
CNBM strives for the set-up of a total 1.2 GW CIGS production capacity and thus continues its investment and expansion plans in China for the establishment of production capacity of 6 GW as planned. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES now works with the customer on the signing of the legally binding delivery contracts on the basis of the signed LOIs. The production and delivery of the machines are mainly scheduled for the years 2019 and 2020.
The headcount within the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES Group increased to 343 persons as of September 30, 2018 (December 31, 2017: 315 employees) mainly due to the expansion of the subsidiary located in Shanghai, China.
For the business year 2019, the company currently expects a further increase in sales and the operating result (EBIT). This assessment rests on the assumption of continued growth in the photovoltaics markets, in particular in the area of CIGS. Furthermore, the new work areas decorative coating and medical technology are forecast to contribute to sales and earnings.
Consolidated key figures 3rd quarter 2017/18
Consolidated key figures nine months 2017/18
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The core competencies include coating technology, surface treatment, wet-chemical as well as thermal production processes. The company offers machines, which are globally deployed in the photovoltaics, semiconductor, medical technology, consumer goods and optical disc sectors. For all machines, processes and applications SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES draws upon its know-how in the areas of automation and process technology.
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|Company:||SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG|
|Hanauer Landstrasse 103|
|63796 Kahl am Main|
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