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Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Siltronic AG

Siltronic reports strong sales growth and high profitability in Q2 2021

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Siltronic reports strong sales growth and high profitability in Q2 2021

28.07.2021 / 07:00
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Siltronic AG


81677 Munich


Siltronic reports strong sales growth and high profitability in Q2 2021

- Digitization and economic recovery leading to high growth in wafer area sold

- Significant increase in sales and earnings q-o-q and y-o-y

- Very strong net cash flow of EUR 71.2 million

- Net financial assets of EUR 528.4 million

- Decision to expand capacity through new leading-edge and cost-efficient 300 mm fab at its site in

- Forecast 2021 for capex increased to EUR 400 million and for net cash flow reduced accordingly

Munich, Germany, July 28, 2021 -Siltronic AG (SDAX/TecDAX: WAF) showed again a strong business development in Q2 2021. In H1, sales and earnings were significantly up compared to previous year. Main driver for the strong demand is the ongoing digitization, a significantly improved economic outlook, a loose monetary policy, and stronger consumer demand due to the easing of the corona pandemic. On July 27, 2021 the Supervisory Board of Siltronic AG approved the construction of a new 300 mm fab at its site in Singapore as proposed by the Executive Board, to support the strong growth of the semiconductor market.

"Demand is increasing in all end markets. This trend is expected to continue and will promote further growth of our company. We support the expansion projects of important customers, which cannot be served with existing capacities by adding a new leading-edge and cost-efficient 300 mm fab in Singapore. We intend to secure the utilization of a large part of the new capacities through long-term agreements with prepayments. Negotiations with customers are progressing well. With this project our central R&D hub in Burghausen, providing technical support for the planned expansion, will be further strengthened", said Dr. Christoph von Plotho, CEO of Siltronic AG.


Business development H1/2021

              Change       Change
      Q2 2021 Q1 2021 Q2 2020   Q2 to Q1 Q2 to Q2   H1 2021 H1 2020  
Sales in EUR million   341.1 316.1 323.1   25.0 18.0   657.1 623.3 33.8
in %           7.9 5.6       5.4
Cost of sales in EUR million   -235.9 -227.5 -224.0   -8.4 -11.9   -463.3 -434.8 -28.5
in %           3.7 5.3       6.6
Gross profit in EUR million   105.2 88.6 99.1   16.6 6.1   193.8 188.5 5.3
in %           18.7 6.2       2.8
Gross margin in %   30.8 28.0 30.7         29.5 30.2  
EBITDA in EUR million   108.0 91.7 100.4   16.3 7.6   199.7 184.7 15.0
in %           17.8 7.6       8.1
EBITDA margin in %   31.7 29.0 31.1         30.4 29.6  
Depreciation, amorization and impairment less reversals thereof in EUR million   -38.4 -37.5 -33.5   -0.9 -4.9   -75.9 -64.5 -11.4
EBIT in EUR million   69.6 54.2 66.9   15.4 2.7   123.8 120.2 3.6
in %           28.4 4.0       3.0
EBIT margin in %   20.4 17.2 20.7         18.8 19.3  
Financial result in EUR million   1.4 0.7 2.2   0.7 -0.8   2.2 -3.9 6.1
Result before income taxes in EUR million   71.0 54.9 69.1   16.1 1.9   126.0 116.3 9.7
in %           29.3 2.7       8.3
Income taxes in EUR million   -7.0 3.5 -8.3   -10.5 1.3   -3.5 -9.5 6.0
Tax rate in %   10 -6 12         3 8  
Result for the period in EUR million   64.0 58.4 60.8   5.6 3.2   122.5 106.8 15.7
in %           9.6 5.3       14.7
Earnings per share in EUR   1.83 1.67 1.80   0.16 0.03   3.50 3.12 0.39

In Q2 2021, Siltronic achieved sales of EUR 341.1 million, a 7.9 percent increase compared to Q1. This positive development was driven by an increase in wafer area sold.

In H1 2021, the company generated sales of EUR 657.1 million, 5.4 percent above H1 2020. The increase was based on strong growth of wafer area sold, but slowed by the strong euro, which appreciated by 9 percent y-o-y.

Due to the corona safety measures already implemented in 2020 and the disciplined behavior of the Siltronic employees, the company was able to manufacture without interruptions and to fully benefit from high customer demand.

Despite the increase in depreciation, cost per wafer area fell considerably in H1 2021 due to economies of scale and productivity gains. Additionally, successful cost-saving measures have unburdened manufacturing costs, which have also decreased somewhat as a result of exchange rate movements. In H1 2021, cost of sales amounted to EUR 463.3 million, an increase of 6.6 percent compared to H1 2020. In Q2 2021, cost of sales increased by 3.7 percent compared to Q1.

The company achieved a gross profit of EUR 105.2 million in Q2, 18.7 percent above Q1. Gross margin rose from 28.0 percent to 30.8 percent.

EBITDA increased by 17.8 percent to EUR 108.0 million in Q2 2021. The EBITDA margin increased by nearly 3 percentage points from 29.0 percent to 31.7 percent. Comparing H1 2021 to H1 2020, EBITDA was 8.1 percent up. Main driver for the positive development was the increase in wafer area sold. Q-o-q, the effect was even stronger than y-o-y, as wafer area sold again increased significantly and cost of sales increased underproportionaly.

EBIT in Q2 increased by EUR 15.4 million to EUR 69.6 million compared to Q1, an increase of 28.4 percent. In H1 2021, EBIT amounted to EUR 123.8 million (H1 2020: EUR 120.2 million).

In Q2 2021, Siltronic generated a profit for the period of EUR 64.0 million. This represents an increase of 9.6 percent q-o-q. The profit after six months was EUR 122.5 million, an increase of EUR 15.7 million. EUR 105.1 million of this amount is attributable to Siltronic AG shareholders. Earnings per share for H1 2021 were EUR 3.50 compared with EUR 3.12 in H1 2020.

Development of equity, net cash flow and net financial assets

In EUR million   Jun. 30, 2021 Dec. 31, 2020 Change
Equity   1,083.6 871.8 211.8
Pension provisions   436.9 566.5 -129.6
Customer prepayments   131.8 137.4 -5.6
Lease liabilities   47.2 48.4 -1.2
Other provisions and liabillities   71.3 76.1 -4.8
Non-current liabilities   687.2 828.4 -141.2

With equity of EUR 1,083.6 million at June 30, 2021, Siltronic AG's equity ratio was 54.0 percent compared with 45.4 percent at December 31, 2020. The EUR 211.8 million increase in equity is due to the H1 profit of EUR 122.5 million less the dividend payment of EUR 60 million and the interest-related decrease in pension obligations of EUR 140.2 million.

In EUR million   Q2 2021 Q1 2021 Change
Cash flow from operating activities   104.7 76.6 28.1
Proceeds/payments for capital expenditure including intangible assets   -50.5 -47.0 -3.5
Free cash flow   54.2 29.6 24.6
Cash-effective change in customer prepayments   -10.9 -1.7 -9.2
Net cash flow   43.3 27.9 15.4

In H1 2021, Siltronic invested EUR 89.7 million in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets. These mainly relate to investments in the expansion of epi capacities, capabilities and the expansion of crystal pulling halls to replace older equipment.

In Q2 2021, net cash flow was EUR 43.3 million compared to EUR 27.9 million in Q1 2021. Net cash flow in H1 was EUR 71.2 million (H1 2020: EUR 67.7 million). This includes customer prepayments of EUR 16.2 million in H1 2021.

In EUR million   Jun. 30, 2021 Dec. 31, 2020 Change
Cash and cash equivalents   181.3 294.6 -113.3
Financial investments   347.1 204.6 142.5
Net financial assets   528.4 499.2 29.2

Despite the dividend payment of EUR 60 million, net financial assets increased by EUR 29.2 million to EUR 528.4 million due to the positive cash flow.

Forecast update

Based on current planning, capex for the new fab in Singapore will be around EUR 2 billion until end of 2024, which will be financed mainly by existing liquidity and free cash flow as well as customer prepayments, debt and - if required - equity measures. Furthermore, it was decided to expand Siltronic's German site in Freiberg, which will increase crystal pulling and epitaxy capacities.

Due to the capacity expansion projects, capex will rise from EUR 250 million to around EUR 400 million in 2021. The Executive Board now expects net cash flow to be slightly positive but significantly below prior year.

Forecast 2021

    Forecast March 1, 2021 (Annual Report) Forecast April 20, 2021 (Q1 2021) Forecast July 27, 2021 (Q2 2021)
Sales   mid to high single-digit percent increase increase of at least 10 percent increase of at least 10 percent
EBITDA margin   slight increase 30 to 32 percent 30 to 32 percent
Depreciation and amortization   around EUR 155 million to EUR 160 million around EUR 155 million to EUR 160 million around EUR 155 million to EUR 160 million
EBIT   significant increase significant increase significant increase
Tax rate   significantly below 10 percent significantly below 10 percent significantly below 10 percent
Capital expenditure   around EUR 250 million, mainly in epi reactors, capabilities and expansion of crystal pulling hall to replace older equipment around EUR 250 million, mainly in epi reactors, capabilities and expansion of crystal pulling hall to replace older equipment around EUR 400 million for epi capacity, first investments in new 300 mm fab, capabilities and expansion of crystal pulling hall
Net cash flow   slight improvement significant improvement slightly positive, but significantly below prior year
Earnings per share   slight increase significant increase significant increase

Continued positive business performance in H2

The Executive Board is satisfied with the very good business development in H1 2021. The growth drivers for Siltronic's business remain intact and the company expects a sustained increase in demand for wafer area in the medium and long term, albeit with some fluctuations.

"With the decision to invest in a cost-efficient fab, we are setting the course for Siltronic AG's continued successful future. With the new leading-edge production capacities, we will further strengthen our position as one of the technology leaders," says von Plotho.

After regulatory clearances have already been granted in various jurisdictions, GlobalWafers and Siltronic expect the voluntary public tender offer by GlobalWafers to be completed as planned in H2 2021 after receiving the pending approvals.

Siltronic AG - Key financial figures Q2/2021 and H1/2021

Profit and Loss statement              
In EUR million     Q2 2021 Q1 2021 Q2 2020 H1 2021 H1 2020
Sales     341.1 316.1 323.1 657.1 623.3
EBITDA     108.0 91.7 100.4 199.7 184.7
EBITDA margin %   31.7 29.0 31.1 30.4 29.6
EBIT     69.6 54.2 66.9 123.8 120.2
EBIT margin %   20.4 17.2 20.7 18.8 19.3
Result for the period     64.0 58.4 60.8 122.5 106.8
Earnings per share EUR   1.83 1.67 1.80 3.50 3.12
Capital expenditure and net cash flow            
Capital expenditure in property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets     52.8 36.9 48.3 89.7 94.3
Net cash flow     43.3 27.9 26.7 71.2 67.7


Statement of financial position      
In EUR million     Jun. 30, 2021 Dec. 31, 2020
Total assets     2,005.6 1,919.4
Equity     1,083.6 871.8
Equity ratio %   54.0 45.4
Net financial assets     528.4 499.2

Conference call for analysts and investors

The Executive Board of Siltronic AG will hold a conference call with analysts and investors (in English only) on July 28, 2021 at 10:00 am (CEST). This call will be streamed via the Internet. The audio webcast will be available live as well as on demand on Siltronic's website.

The Q2 interim report and the latest investor presentation are also published on the Siltronic website.

Other dates:

October 26, 2021 Q3 2021 quarterly statement


Petra Müller
Head of Investor Relations & Communications
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 8564 3133
Email: [email protected]


Company profile:

Siltronic is one of the world's largest manufacturers of hyperpure silicon wafers and partner to many leading semiconductor companies. The company operates production sites in Asia, Europe and the USA. Siltronic develops and manufactures silicon wafers in diameters of up to 300 mm. Silicon wafers form the basis for modern microelectronics and nanoelectronics and are a key component in semiconductor chips driving computers, smart phones, navigation systems and many other applications. Siltronic AG employs around 3,900 people and has been a stock-listed company in Germany (Prime Standard) since 2015. The Siltronic AG stock is listed on both the SDAX and TecDAX.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimates made by the Executive Board of Siltronic AG. These statements can be identified by wording such as "expect", "want", "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "believe", "strive", "estimate", and "will" or similar terms. Although we assume that the expectations contained in these forward-looking statements are realistic, we cannot guarantee that they will prove to be correct. These assumptions may contain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual figures to differ considerably from the forward-looking statements. Factors that can cause such discrepancies include changes in the macroeconomic and business environment, changes in exchange rates and interest rates, the introduction of products that compete with our own products, a lack of acceptance of new products or services, and changes in corporate strategy. Siltronic does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, nor does it assume any responsibility to do so.

This press release includes supplementary financial indicators that either are or may be so-called alternative performance indicators that are not clearly defined in the relevant financial reporting framework. In assessing the financial position and performance of Siltronic, these supplementary financial indicators should not be used in isolation or as an alternative to those presented in the consolidated financial statements and determined in accordance with the relevant financial reporting framework. Other companies that present or report alternative performance indicators with similar names may calculate them differently. Explanations of the key financial figures used are available in the Annual Report of Siltronic AG.

Due to rounding, some of the figures presented in this press release as well as in other reports may not add up exactly to the stated totals and percentages presented may not accurately reflect the absolute values to which they relate.

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Language: English
Company: Siltronic AG
Einsteinstr. 172
81677 Munich
Phone: +49 89 8564 3133
Fax: +49 89 8564-3904
E-mail: [email protected]
ISIN: DE000WAF3001
Indices: SDAX, TecDAX
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1222104

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