Demand for the products and services of Bucher Industries declined notably in the first half of 2020 as a consequence of the spread of COVID-19. A recovery set in at mid-year and gained momentum towards the end of the reporting period, but order intake and sales were nevertheless lower overall. The Group expects the operating profit margin for 2020 to be slightly higher than at mid-year and profit for the period to be correspondingly lower versus 2019.
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.
Bucher Industries plans to present Jetter AG shareholders with a voluntary public tender offer at a price of 7.00 euros per share. Bucher Industries has held a stake in Jetter AG since 2005, recently amounting to nearly 30% of the equity. In the last two years, Jetter has generated around 50% of its sales with Bucher Group companies. Bucher Industries is planning to reinforce Jetter’s know-how in the area of automation systems. The aim of the tender offer is to purchase all the shares in Jetter AG. Jetter’s Supervisory and Executive Boards support the takeover offer.