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07/26/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/26/2021 12:11

KION GROUP AG: KION Group raises outlook for fiscal year 2021

DISCLOSURE OF INSIDE INFORMATION PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 17 OF REGULATION (EU) NO. 596/2014

KION GROUP AG

Thea-Rasche-Straße 8

60549 Frankfurt am Main

ISIN DE000KGX8881

KION Group raises outlook for fiscal year 2021

Frankfurt/Main, 26 July 2021

In the first half of 2021, the results achieved by the KION Group in all key performance indicators were significantly better than in its original forecast. For this reason, in conjunction with the current positive projections for global economic growth over the year as a whole, in particular, the fact that the KION Group's upturn in revenue looks set to continue for the remainder of the year, the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG today decided to raise the target figures for 2021 that it published in its 2020 outlook on 2 Mach 2021. The only exceptions here are the Group's free cash flow as well as order intake in the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) segment, where the target ranges remain unchanged.

On the basis of the preliminary figures for the second quarter of 2021 and an updated financial planning for the entire fiscal year 2021, the Executive Board expects the KION Group as a whole and its segments Industrial Trucks & Services (ITS) and Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) to achieve their key performance indicators in the following ranges in the fiscal year 2021:

Adjusted Outlook
for fiscal year 2021
(in € million)
Previous Outlook
for fiscal year 2021
(in € million)
KION Group
Order intake 10,650 - 11,450 9,700 - 10,400
Revenue 9,700 - 10,300 9,150 - 9,750
Adjusted EBIT 810 - 890 720 - 800
Free cash flow 450 - 550 450 - 550
ROCE 9.0% - 10.0% 8.2% - 9.2%
Segment Industrial Trucks & Services (ITS) (*)
Order intake 6,850 - 7,250 5,900 - 6,200
Revenue 6,250 - 6,550 5,900 - 6,200
Adjusted EBIT 525 - 565 445 - 485
Segment Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) (*)
Order intake 3,800 - 4,200 3,800 - 4,200
Revenue 3,450 - 3,750 3,250 - 3,550
Adjusted EBIT 385 - 425 360 - 400

(*) The figures for the segments Industrial Trucks & Services (ITS) and Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) also include intragroup, cross-segment order intake, revenue and EBIT effects.

In view of the unpredictability of the further course of the Corona pandemic and the risks in the development of end markets and raw material prices, as well as with regard to the availability of intermediate products, there are still considerable uncertainties in the assessment of the Group's business performance for the remainder of the fiscal year 2021. The adjustments to the guidance for the fiscal year 2021 are based on the assumption that there will be no more far-reaching lockdown measures or plant closures in the course of the year, and that the availability of intermediate products will not tighten further. An economic downturn in key sales markets and/or a worsening of procurement risks could cause the KION Group's performance and financial results to deviate in such case significantly from the outlook.

All statements contained in this release are based on projecting our preliminary first half year 2021 financial results into the future (at group level, preliminary revenue amounts to around € 4.97 billion and preliminary EBIT adjusted to € 462 million). Final financial results of the first half year 2021 will be published in the interim report as of 30 June 2021 on 29 July 2021.

Explanations and reconciliations of key financial figures used can be found in the KION GROUP AG's Annual Report 2020 (available at https://www.kiongroup.com/en/Investor-Relations/Publications/), especially on pages 56 et. seq., 71 et. seq. and 85.