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Press release 30.01.2020

Record sales despite weaker demand in 2019

For Bucher Industries, 2019 was a year defined by a challenging market environment. Demand declined overall, albeit from a very high level. Thanks to the exceptionally strong order book at the beginning of the reporting period and a significant increase at Bucher Emhart Glass, sales rose again slightly over the very strong previous year. The Group expects operating profit for the reporting period to fall just slightly short of the good result achieved in 2018. The Group’s profit for the year is expected to be on a par with that of the previous year.

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2015 annual general meeting approves dividend of CHF 6.50 per share

At the 31st annual general meeting of shareholders of Bucher Industries AG, 66.32% of the votes were represented and 238 shareholders attended in person. They approved all the proposals of the board of directors and a dividend at the same level as the previous year: CHF 6.50 per registered share.

Continued growth in 2014

For the 2014 business year, Bucher Industries increased sales by 4% to CHF 2.8 billion and order intake by 1% to CHF 2.7 billion. The operating profit margin fell to 9.2%, while profit for the year reached CHF 190 million, almost as high as the previous year's record level. The board of directors will propose an unchanged dividend of CHF 6.50 per share to the annual general meeting on 14 April 2015.

Growth in sales

In the 2014 business year, Bucher Industries recorded a 4% increase in sales to CHF 2.8 billion. Order intake amounted to CHF 2.7 billion, 1% above the previous year's level. For 2014, the Group anticipates a profit for the year just short of the record mark set in 2013.

Early succession planning at the top of group management

At its meeting on Friday, the board of directors named Dr. Jacques Sanche as the new CEO of Bucher Industries AG as of the annual general meeting in April 2016. The annual general meeting will also be asked to elect Philip Mosimann, who has been CEO for many years, as the new chairman of the board. The current chairman, Rolf Broglie, will leave the board of directors in April 2016.

Business continues to develop well

In a business environment influenced by diverse trends, Bucher Industries increased its sales in the first nine months of 2014 by 5.7% to CHF 2.1 billion compared with the same period a year ago. The order intake rose by 2.1% to CHF 2 billion. The outlook for the year as a whole remains unchanged. The Group anticipates sales growth and a moderate fall in profitability from the record high in 2013.

New member of group management

As previously announced on 15 January 2014, Thierry Krier took over today as division president of Kuhn Group and at the same time was appointed by the board of directors as a member of group management. He succeeds Michel Siebert, who retired with effect from the end of September 2014.

Strong first half

Bucher Industries surpassed the high levels attained in the same period of last year. Order intake rose strongly, up by 7.8% to CHF 1 322 million, while sales increased by 4.2% to CHF 1 469 million. Operating profit and profit for the period showed a marginal improvement on the high level reached in the same period of 2013. For the current year, the Group anticipates sales growth and a moderate fall in profitability from the record high in the previous year.

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