In 2018, WACKER intends to continue last year’s good trend, despite strong currency headwinds. In a speech to some 850 shareholders at the International Congress Center in Munich, Rudolf Staudigl, the CEO of the Munich-based chemical group, reaffirmed sales and earnings projections for 2018. WACKER expects Group sales to rise by a low-single-digit percentage over last year’s figure (€4.92 billion). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) will increase versus 2017’s €1.01 billion by a mid-single-digit percentage. WACKER expects net income from continuing operations to rise markedly. In Q1 2018, the Group matched its good sales of a year ago and lifted its EBITDA in spite of negative currency effects and markedly higher raw-material costs. Versus a quarter ago, both sales and EBITDA grew.
In his speech, Staudigl was optimistic: “We want to continue our successful course in 2018,” emphasized the CEO. “The global prospects for this year are good. The world economy is expanding and chemical markets are growing. Provided no unexpected events dampen the global economy, we have a chance of beating our current earnings guidance for the full year.”
WACKER’s total payout of €4.50 per share to shareholders for 2017 marks its highest-ever dividend, after €2.00 a year earlier. Beside the dividend of €2.50 per share, shareholders will receive an extra €2.00 per share due to the sale of Siltronic shares, the very good net-financial-debt trend and the company’s positive prospects. The dividend payout for 2017 will therefore amount to around €224 million. The Executive and Supervisory Boards’ other proposals were also adopted by large majorities.
Resolutions and Voting Results
At today’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, 43,251,107 voting shares were represented – 82,93 percent of all eligible shares (number of shares outstanding: 49,677,983). The voting results were as follows for agenda items 2 through 6:
Item 2: Resolution on the Appropriation of Net Retained Profit
The Executive and Supervisory Boards proposed that 2017’s retained profit of €1.50 billion be appropriated as follows: €223.6 million to be distributed to shareholders and €1.28 billion to be carried forward to new account. The proposal was adopted. The result was:
- 43,154,444 Yes votes (99.99 percent)
- 1,911 No votes
Item 3: Resolution on the Ratification of the Actions of the Executive Board
The proposal of the Executive and Supervisory Boards to ratify the actions of the members of Wacker Chemie AG’s Executive Board during 2017 was adopted. The result was:
- 42,377,299 Yes votes (98.25 percent)
- 754,322 No votes
Item 4: Resolution on the Ratification of the Actions of the Supervisory Board
The Executive and Supervisory Boards’ proposal to ratify the actions of the members of Wacker Chemie AG’s Supervisory Board during 2017 was adopted. The result was:
- 41,114,139 Yes votes (95.77 percent)
- 1,817,020 No votes
Item 5: Resolution on the Choice of Auditor
The Supervisory Board’s proposal to appoint KPMG AG as auditor for fiscal 2018 was adopted. The result was:
- 41,664,315 Yes votes (96.41 percent)
- 1,551,919 No votes
Item 6: Supervisory Board Elections
The Supervisory Board’s proposal to elect Dr. Andreas H. Biagosch, Dr. Gregor Biebl, Matthias Biebl, Franz-Josef Kortüm, Ann-Sophie Wacker, Dr. Peter-Alexander Wacker, Dr. Susanne Weiss and Prof. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker to the Supervisory Board until the 2023 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting was adopted. The voting results for the individual candidates have been published at: www.wacker.com.