12 November 2015

Capital Markets Day: “Deep Value”

K+S Group with attractive prospects

K+S presents the management agenda for the coming years at its Capital Markets Day today. Norbert Steiner, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at K+S, stresses: "We have created the basis for a prosperous future of K+S. Our Legacy Project in Canada in conjunction with our sustained cost reduction efforts and the successful implementation of our ‘Salt 2020’ strategy ensures that we are well positioned to generate sustainable value for our shareholders." Addressing Canada-based PotashCorp’s abandoned takeover proposal, Steiner remarks: "K+S’s entire Board of Executive Directors is aware that we have to ‘deliver’ – and that is what we will do!" 

2020 EBITDA target of € 1.6 billion reaffirmed

The medium to long-term growth outlook for the industry remains intact despite the current weakening in the potash market. "We are confirming our forecast for an incremental increase in the Group’s EBITDA to around € 1.6 billion by 2020", announces Steiner today at Merkers – the mining expierence.

Attractive Dividends 

Dr. Burkhard Lohr, Chief Financial Officer, explains that the current high level of capital expenditures in the Legacy Project, as well as the strict cost discipline within the Group, will have a positive effect on the financial situation of the K+S Group in the very near future: "We will see a substantial reduction in our debt levels and we expect to start generating positive free cash flows again from 2017 onwards. Our investors will benefit from this in the form of attractive dividends and an unchanged investment grade credit rating." 

Salt business: EBIT increase to over € 250 million by 2020 

During his presentation, Mark Roberts, member of the Board of Executive Directors of K+S with responsibility for the Salt Business unit, reports on the the steady progress in implementing the ‘Salt 2020’ strategy.  "We are well on the way to achieving an increase in our EBIT to more than € 250 million by 2020 - assuming normalized winter business". By implementing this strategy, the salt business will continue to grow in existing and new markets thanks to its unique international presence. "With increasing earnings and cash contribution, the Salt unit is an indispensable part of the K+S Group", Roberts adds. 

Potash business increases efficiency and expands in specialties

Dr. Andreas Radmacher, member of the Board of Executive Directors of K+S in charge of the Potash and Magnesium Products business unit, emphasizes the long-term attractiveness of the potash business and the importance of the Legacy Project. He also explains how to further increase efficiency within the business unit: "Within our MOP business we are focused on cost optimization and on creating additional added value along the entire supply chain. We intend to utilize the wide variety of nutrients at our disposal to expand our specialty products portfolio."

Legacy Project on schedule and within budget 

Dr. Ulrich Lamp, President and CEO of K+S Potash Canada, announces the ongoing positive development of the Legacy Project: "Construction of the new potash plant in Canada is progressing very well. The project is within budget, on time and the plant is all set to be commissioned in summer 2016 as planned."

Notice

You are invited to watch today’s presentation starting at 10:00 a.m. via a live webcast by clicking on the following link: www.k-plus-s.com/cmden. All management presentations are also available on-demand by clicking on the same link. The conference will be held in English, recorded and subsequently made available as a podcast.

About K+S

K+S is an international resources company. We have been mining and processing mineral raw materials for more than 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

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

Thorsten Boeckers
Board of Executive Directors

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