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Press release 30.07.2019

First half of 2019: pleasing sales growth despite drop in demand

Bucher Industries’ market environment was positive overall in the first half of 2019, but with declining demand, albeit from a high level. Accordingly, order intake declined slightly, while sales continued to rise. The operating profit margin fell slightly short of the strong margin achieved in the prior-year period. This interim report was prepared for the first time in accordance with the accounting standards of Swiss GAAP FER instead of IFRS. For the purpose of comparability, the prior-year figures were restated accordingly.

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Pleasing performance in the first half of 2018

Order intake at Bucher Industries rose by 20% year on year in the first half of 2018. All divisions contributed to this positive development. Group sales increased by 19%. Of this increase, 5 percentage points were attributable to the currency translation effect, largely as a consequence of the stronger euro. The operating profit margin stood at 9.1%. Bucher Industries will change its accounting standards from IFRS to Swiss GAAP FER as per 1 January 2019.

Bucher Hydraulics acquires majority interest in Wuxi Deli Fluid Technology Co., Ltd in China

Bucher Hydraulics, a division of Bucher Industries, has agreed to form a joint venture in China by acquiring an 80% stake in Wuxi Deli Fluid Technology Co., Ltd, the leading manufacturer of hydraulic pumps and compact power units in China. This acquisition will strengthen the division’s presence in China as well as its global product range. The transaction is yet to be approved by the Chinese authorities.

Pleasing rise in order intake and sales

Bucher Industries’ order intake rose by 18% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018. The Group’s sales increased by 17%, with all five divisions contributing to this positive performance.

Annual General Meeting approves all proposals of the Board of Directors

At today’s annual general meeting of Bucher Industries AG, the shareholders agreed to all the proposals put forward by the board of directors. The dividend is CHF 6.50 per registered share. 179 shareholders with voting rights were present and a total of 73.97% of the votes were represented.

Bucher Emhart Glass: Complete takeover of the joint venture in China

Bucher Emhart Glass, a division of Bucher Industries, is taking over the remaining shares of its joint venture with Shandong Sanjin Glass Machinery Co., Ltd. The joint venture was formed in 2011 and is the market leader for glass forming machinery in China. The complete takeover emphasizes the importance of the Chinese market for Bucher Industries and Bucher Emhart Glass and will lead to a faster and more systematic development of the subsidiary.

Pleasing business results in 2017

In 2017, the performance of Bucher Industries was pleasing overall. Order intake surged 20% year on year, and sales rose by 11%. The operating profit margin improved by 1.5 percentage points to 8.6% due to higher sales and optimised structures. The profit for the year amounted to CHF 168 million. The board of directors is proposing a dividend of CHF 6.50 per registered share.

New member of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Bucher Industries AG is to propose that the Annual General Meeting on 18 April 2018 elect Martin Hirzel as a new Board member.

2017 ends on a pleasing note

Bucher Industries posted strong order intake and higher sales for the 2017 reporting year. The markets in which the Group operates performed particularly well in the second half of the year. All divisions contributed to the increase in sales. For the reporting year 2017, the Group is forecasting an improved operating profit margin and a significant increase in group profit.

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