12 May 2015

Q1 2015 quarterly financial report

Successful Start to the Year by the K+S Group

  • Revenues up 16% to € 1.4 billion
  • Salt business very strong in first quarter
  • Price recovery continues for Potash and Magnesium Products
  • Operating earnings (EBIT I) at € 317 million (Q1/14: € 220 million)
  • ‘Fit for the Future’ programme delivers planned results
  • Outlook 2015 confirmed: Significant increase in EBIT I expected

“Higher prices for de-icing salt in North America, the continuing recovery of average prices in the potash business and positive currency effects led to significantly higher revenues and profit for the K+S Group in the first quarter of 2015,” reported K+S Board of Executive Directors’ Chairman, Norbert Steiner when presenting the quarterly figures at the Company’s Annual General Meeting in Kassel today.

Furthermore, cost savings from the ‘Fit for the Future’ programme again made an extremely significant contribution to the Company’s success. “The successful start to the year underlines our confidence with regard to the further business development of the K+S Group this year,” Steiner continued.

Revenues up 16% on Previous Year

The K+S Group generated revenues of € 1.38 billion in the first three months of the year, representing an increase of around 16% compared with the same period in the previous year. Higher average prices in particular have had positive effects in both business units, which have also profited from a strong US dollar. In the quarter under review, approx. 53% of revenues were generated by the Salt business unit, followed by Potash and Magnesium Products with just over 44% and Complementary Activities (3%).

‘Fit for the Future’ Programme Contributes to Results as Planned

K+S continued its efforts to improve the efficiency of the cost and organisational structures of the entire Group during the first quarter of 2015 and achieved the cost savings as planned for this period.

Operating Earnings Rise Significantly in First Quarter

The K+S Group generated operating earnings (EBIT I) of € 317 million in the first three months of the year, exceeding the figure in the previous year by € 97 million or about 44%. This strong improvement in results is primarily due to price increases in de-icing salt in North America. This more than compensated for the lower sales volumes. The Salt business unit increased EBIT I in this period by almost 60% compared with the previous year. In the Potash and Magnesium Products business unit as well, the recovery in average prices helped to generate higher operating earnings (+36%). The stronger US dollar also had a positive impact on K+S here. Furthermore, cost savings from the ‘Fit for the Future’ programme contributed to the company’s success as expected.

Group Earnings After Taxes also Higher than in Previous Year

Group earnings after taxes adjusted in accordance with changes in the market value of derivatives were € 198 million in the first quarter rising by around 40% compared with the previous year (Q1/14: € 142 million). Adjusted earnings per share were € 1.04 in the same period compared with € 0.74 in the previous year.

Increase in Capital Expenditure as Planned

The K+S Group invested € 200 million in the first quarter of 2015, roughly equivalent to a 22% increase on the same period in the previous year (Q1/14: € 165 million). Most of the capital expenditure applied to the Legacy Project in Canada and the package of measures for water protection in the Hesse-Thuringia potash district.

Legacy Project Continues to Make Good Progress

The detail engineering plans for the construction of the new potash plant in Canada were completed during the quarter under review. The focus was also on procuring main components in the areas of evaporation, crystallization, drying and compacting and the construction of the steel structure of the factory. K+S is well on the way to commissioning the plant as scheduled from summer 2016 onwards and producing the first tonnes of potash fertilizers towards the end of the year thus meeting the investment budget of 4.1 billion Canadian dollars.

Results Outlook for 2015 Confirmed

The revenues of the K+S Group in the 2015 financial year should be significantly (to date: moderately) higher than the figure for the previous year (2014: € 3.82 billion). Both business units should profit from a higher year-on-year average price level. In particular the Potash and Magnesium Products business unit should also benefit from advantageous currency effects. The Salt business unit should benefit from the higher prices for de-icing salt and early fills. The deviation, compared with our previous assumption of a moderate increase in revenues, is the result of higher expected volumes in the Salt business unit.

The effects described for the development in revenues also apply to the operating earnings (EBIT I). As a result of the positive development in the first quarter, the K+S Group has confirmed its expectations of a significant increase in EBIT I compared to the previous year (2014: € 641 million).

Following a successful start, the ‘Fit for the Future’ programme will be continued. The sustained improvement of cost and organisational structures aims to increase the efficiency of production and administration and sales functions. K+S is striving for total cost savings of € 500 million between 2014 and 2016 compared with previous planning for this period. In addition to actual savings, this figure also includes expenses that were originally planned, but had been avoided. Compared with the previous year, the programme should make a slightly higher contribution to the results in 2015 (2014: a good € 120 million). The focus is on optimising production processes, logistics and procurement.

Increase in Capital Expenditure as Planned

The K+S Group’s anticipated capital expenditure for 2015 is around € 1.3 billion (2014: € 1.2 billion). Expenditure connected with the Legacy Project accounts for most of this figure. A large amount of capital expenditure is still intended for the implementation of the package of measures for water protection in the Hesse-Thuringia potash district.

About K+S

K+S is an international resources company. We have been mining and processing mineral raw materials for 125 years. The products we produce from them are used worldwide in agriculture, food and road safety and are important elements in numerous industrial processes. Potash and salt are integral nutrients for the megatrend of a constantly growing and increasingly prosperous global population striving for a higher standard of living. This will result in increasing consumption of mineral resources. We serve the resulting growth in demand from production sites in Europe, North America and South America as well as through a global distribution network. K+S is the world’s largest salt producer and one of the top potash providers worldwide. With more than 14,000 employees, K+S achieved revenues in financial year 2014 of about € 3.8 billion and an EBIT of € 641 million. K+S is the commodities stock on the German DAX index. Learn more about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.

Information for Editorial Departments

The Quarterly Financial Report and Facts and Figures (in English) for Q1/15 are available at www.k-plus-s.com/2015q1en.

Today’s Annual General Meeting of K+S Aktiengesellschaft will be streamed live online from 10 am until the end of the speech by the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at www.k-plus-s.com/agm. The speech will be available for download from 10 am and from around 2 pm, a video showing excerpts of the speech by the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors. Up-to-date images of the K+S Group as well as up-to-date photos of the Annual General Meeting will also be available online at http://www.k-plus-s.com/agm from around 12 noon.

A conference call will be held in English with Dr Burkhard Lohr, CFO of K+S Aktiengesellschaft, on 13 May 2015 at 10 am. Investors, analysts and press representatives as well as interested parties from the general public are invited to follow the conference via a live webcast (www.k-plus-s.com/2015q1en or by telephone +49‑69-71044-5598. The conference will be recorded and made available as a podcast.

Michael Wudonig

Spokesman

Phone: +49 561 9301 1262
michael.wudonig@k-plus-s.com

Michael Wudonig
Spokesman

Bertha-von-Suttner Str. 7
34131 Kassel
Germany

Phone: +49 561 9301 1262
Fax: +49 561 9301 1666
michael.wudonig@k-plus-s.com

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Board of Executive Directors

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