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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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Change to group management

Christina Johansson, member of group management and CFO of Bucher Industries, has decided to leave the company and seek a new professional direction. Manuela Suter, Head of Controlling of Bucher Industries, will assume the position of CFO as a member of group management on 1 January 2018.

Significant increase in order intake

The markets in which Bucher Industries operates have enjoyed a recovery in the first nine months of the year. The Group experienced a significant growth in order intake, and sales have increased pleasingly, with all divisions contributing to the higher Group sales.

Improved business performance in the first half of 2017

The business performance and above all the outlook for Bucher Industries for the year as a whole improved in the first half of 2017. All the divisions with the exception of Bucher Specials contributed to the marked increase in order intake. Group sales were also up year on year. The operating profit margin remained at the same level as in the first half of 2016.

Bucher Industries thinks and acts for the long term

Bucher Industries develops and manufactures machinery and equipment which combine long service life with high energy efficiency. Consciously making responsible use of natural resources is part of the business activities. The Sustainability Report 2016 published today describes the Group’s sustainability strategy and how it is put into practice in daily business.

First quarter sees improved order intake and stable sales

In the first quarter of 2017 order intake at Bucher Industries increased year on year by 14% and Group sales grew by 2%. Kuhn Group reported a pleasing rise in order intake, while the division’s sales remained stable. Bucher Municipal, Bucher Hydraulics and Bucher Emhart Glass also performed well.

Slowdown in agricultural machinery affects 2016 performance

The 2016 business performance of Bucher Industries was affected by a continuing decline in the important market for agricultural machinery. Sales were only 4% lower than the previous year, partly thanks to acquisition effects. The operating profit margin of 7.1% was affected by the decline in sales of agricultural machinery and by one-off costs in the municipal vehicles business. Profit for the year amounted to CHF 118 million. The board of directors will propose a dividend of CHF 5.00 per registered share to the annual general meeting on 19 April 2017.

Sales trend influenced by slowdown in agricultural equipment

The 2016 business year at Bucher Industries was affected by a slowdown in the market for agricultural machinery. Sales fell by 4% and the order intake by 2%. For 2016 as a whole, the Group is expecting a substantial decline in the operating profit and Group profit margins.

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