Bucher Municipal, a division of Bucher Industries, is acquiring 100% of the Chinese sewage tanker manufacturer Zynkon. This allows the division to access the growing Chinese market for sewage cleaning vehicles and to strengthen its presence in Asia.
In the 2013 business year, Bucher Industries increased sales by 3% to CHF 2 691 million and operating profit by 24% to CHF 287 million. The operating profit margin reached an outstanding 10.7%. Profit for the year rose by 26% to CHF 196 million. The board of directors is proposing a dividend of CHF 6.50 per share to the annual general meeting of 10 April 2014.
Bucher Industries and the owners of Montana Indústria de Máquinas S/A (“Montana”), one of the leading self-propelled sprayer manufacturers in Brazil, signed a principal understanding for an acquisition of Montana by Bucher’s Kuhn Group division.
Bucher Industries increased its order intake by 9% to CHF 2 718 million in 2013. Sales reached CHF 2 691 million, 3% above the high level in 2012. Compared with the previous year, the Group expects 2013 to bring a substantial increase in operating profit and profit for the year.
Michel Siebert, member of group management and division president of Kuhn Group, will retire at the end of September 2014. The board of directors of Bucher Industries has nominated Thierry Krier, the long-term president and CEO of Kuhn North America, as his successor. Thierry Krier will become a member of group management and assume the role of division president of Kuhn Group effective 1 October 2014.
The board of directors of Bucher Industries will submit a proposal to the annual general meeting on 10 April 2014 to elect Valentin Vogt to the board. Stefan Düring is to replace Jean-Pierre Bernheim as a member of group management and president of the Bucher Specials segment with effect from 1 January 2014.
By the end of the acceptance period on 31 October 2013, a total of 1 366 696 Jetter shares were tendered. Together with the shares already held by Bucher and those acquired in parallel trading, this amounts to 75.17% of the share capital of Jetter AG.
In the first nine months of the current business year, Bucher Industries increased its order intake to CHF 1 961 million, a rise of 11%. All the divisions contributed to this positive development. Sales reached CHF 2 001 million, 4% higher than for the same period last year. For the 2013 business year as a whole, the Group is expecting a slight increase in sales and a further improvement in operating profit and profit for the year.