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SFC Energy AG publishes preliminary consolidated figures for 2018 and forecast for 2019 / Company considering its strategic options for future development and growth
Brunnthal/Munich, February 7, 2019 - SFC Energy achieved its targets for 2018 as a whole, both in terms of the targeted sales growth and in terms of increasing profitability. According to preliminary calculations, the Group generated consolidated sales of EUR 61.70 million in the fiscal year 2018, an increase of around 14% over the previous year's figure of EUR 54.29 million (annual forecast 2018: EUR 60 million to 64 million). The positive development of preliminary adjusted EBITDA in 2018 was even more pronounced: at EUR 3.71 million, EBITDA for 2018 as a whole was approximately 155% higher than in the previous year (2017: EUR 1.45 million). According to preliminary calculations, adjusted EBIT in 2018 amounted to EUR 2.55 million compared to EUR 0.18 million in the previous year. Thus, the annual forecast of a significant improvement in adjusted EBITDA and EBIT was achieved.
The Management Board expects further significant organic growth for the current fiscal year 2019 and plans consolidated sales of EUR 67 million to 74 million. In addition, a further significant increase in profitability is planned for 2019 with adjusted EBITDA in the range of EUR 4.5 million to 7 million and adjusted EBIT of EUR 3.5 million to 6 million.
Against the background of these results in 2018, the ongoing strong growth and the perceived increased market and investor interest in the Company, the Management Board and Supervisory Board of SFC Energy AG have initiated a process to consider and prepare strategic options for the future development and growth of the Company. Major large shareholders of the Company are involved in these considerations. The Management's objectives are a consistent regional expansion of business activities with a particular focus on the USA and China as well as the rapid development of the hydrogen fuel cell business. Add-on acquisitions are also to be evaluated. Strategic options also expressly include exploring the markets to attract new, medium-term strategically oriented investors and a potential capital increase. For the latter option, SFC Energy AG has appointed ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft.
The figures announced in this release are preliminary and unaudited. SFC Energy AG will publish final figures for the fiscal year 2018 in its Annual Report 2018 on March 25, 2019.
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