Ad-hoc Disclosure - Wacker Chemie AG


Ad-hoc Disclosure

Ad-hoc disclosure of May 16, 2006

München, May 16, 2006

Wacker posts substantial sales and earnings gains in Q1 2006

Ad hoc disclosure according to Sec. 15 WpHG (German Securities Trading Act) of May 16, 2006

Wacker Chemie AG / business figures / 1st Quarter 2006

Wacker Chemie AG reported strong year-on-year sales growth and even stronger earnings for Q1 2006. Consolidated sales rose to EUR 798.5 million (Q1 2005: EUR 608.2 million). Despite higher raw material and energy costs, the Munich-based chemical company doubled its year-on-year EBITDA to EUR 183.6 million (Q1 2005: EUR 92.0 million). Group result reached EUR 66.2 million, up EUR 86.5 million year-on-year. Equity increased by 4.1% to EUR 930.7 million (Q1 2005: EUR 893.7 million), resulting in an equity ratio of 30.8% (Q1 2005: 30.8%). Net debt came down by 4% to EUR 954.1 million (Q1 2005: EUR 994.0 million). Total assets increased by 4 % to EUR 3,019.8 million (Q1 2005: EUR 2,900.2 million). Earnings per share reached EUR 1.49 (Q1 2005: EUR -0.39). During Q1 2006, 44.3 million shares were outstanding on average.

WACKER expects to continue the upward trend during 2006 in a favorable economic environment. An uncertain factor, however, is the impact of higher oil prices on the global economy. For the full year 2006 WACKER now expects sales growth slightly higher than 10%, which was last year’s growth rate. Full year EBITDA 2006 is expected between EUR 640 and 680 million.

The full quarterly report is available for download from Wacker Chemie AG’s website under the caption Investor Relations (www.wacker.com).

Contact

Wacker Chemie AG
Hanns-Seidel-Platz 4
D-81737 München

Jörg Hoffmann
Tel. +49 89 6279-1633
Email

Additional Information

ISIN: DE000WCH8881
WKN: WCH888
Deutsche Boerse: WCH
Ticker Bloomberg CHM/WCK.GR
Ticker Reuters CHE/WCHG.DE
Listing: Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse), Official Market (Prime Standard)

Disclaimer:

This ad hoc-release contains forward looking statements based on assumptions and estimates of WACKER's Executive Board. Although we assume the expectations in these forward looking statements are realistic, we cannot guarantee they will prove to be correct. The assumptions may harbor risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual figures to differ considerably from the forward looking statements. Factors that may cause such discrepancies include, among other things, changes in the economic and business environment, variations in exchange and interest rates, the introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance for new products or services, and changes in corporate strategy. WACKER does not plan to update the forward looking statements, nor does it assume an obligation to do so.