Media release on annual results 2014

Adval Tech Achieves a Turnaround

Niederwangen, March 20, 2015, 7.00 a.m. – In the 2014 financial year, the Adval Tech Group generated EBIT of CHF 8.9 million (2013: CHF 6.5 million). Given the profit figure of CHF 1.9 million (2013: CHF -22.0 million), the turnaround has succeeded. Adval Tech has also met the other goals set by the Group for 2014: systematic implementation of the focusing strategy and completion of the restructuring projects already started.

The Group's total income for the year under review came to CHF 247.0 million, some CHF 31.8 million below the prior-year figure (CHF 278.8 million). This 11.4% decline is due primarily to the loss of revenues from companies in Mexico and China that were sold or wound up in 2013 and to ongoing streamlining of the product portfolio. The Components segment accounted for some 66% of total income (2013: 70%) while the Molds segment made up the remaining 34% (30%).


Due to the above-mentioned reasons, the Adval Tech Group's EBITDA for the year under review fell by 9.3% to CHF 23.3 million (2013: CHF 25.7 million).


Adval Tech boosted EBIT by 35% to CHF 8.9 million (2013: CHF 6.5 million). Both segments contributed to this positive trend. In the Components segment, the plastic components business of the companies in China and Malaysia accounted for much of the improvement. In the Molds segment, FOBOHA Switzerland achieved a very encouraging result.


Given the profit figure of CHF 1.9 million (2013: CHF ‑22.0 million), Adval Tech met its goal of achieving a turnaround in net result.


Segment results

In the Components segment (metal and plastics), total income of CHF 164.4 million were roughly CHF 29.0 million below the prior-year figure of CHF 193.7 million. The setbacks are primarily attributable to the sale of the two companies in China and Mexico, the closure of a plant in China and ongoing product portfolio streamlining in China and Hungary (metal components). At the Uetendorf and Niederwangen sites in Switzerland several products made for the automotive industry reached the end of their life cycle. Although EBITDA declined from CHF 11.7 million to CHF 10.2 million, the EBITDA margin rose from 6.0% to 6.2%.


2014 was a good year for the Molds segment. In the American market the segment encountered considerable pent-up demand, especially during the first half. Total income of CHF 86.1 million fell slightly short of the previous year's record of CHF 89.7 million (CHF ‑3.6 million). EBITDA for the segment fell from CHF 12.1 million to CHF 11.0 million. The segment's EBITDA margin of 12.7% was almost as good as the previous year's 13.5%.


Action required on account of the exchange rate situation

As a result of the current exchange rate situation, the Board of Directors and the Group Executive Management decided at their meeting yesterday to temporarily increase the weekly working hours at the Swiss sites to 45 hours. This measure will be implemented at the sites in question in consultation with the employee representatives as of April 1, 2015 and will be reviewed quarterly. The Group Executive Management also decided to forego part of the variable remuneration for the 2014 financial year. Furthermore, despite the improved earnings, the Group Executive Management decided spontaneously not to increase its own salaries this year, regardless of the current exchange rate situation.


Adval Tech will provide detailed information on the annual financial statements and an initial review of the Group’s development in the current year at its press conference in Zurich on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The Annual General Meeting of Adval Tech Holding Ltd will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015.


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Background information about the Adval Tech Group

Adding value through innovation – that's what Adval Tech stands for. Adval Tech is the partner of choice – for high-volume components manufactured in metal and plastic and for high-performance molds for the production of plastic components. In the components business, Adval Tech focuses on the automotive market and on related applications. Adval Tech's principal markets in the mold-making segment are consumer and personal care, packaging, medical and automotive. Adval Tech covers the entire value chain as a one-stop-shop, from product development to prototyping, to mold and tool development, through to component production and assembly.



Markus Reber, CFO, phone +41 31 980 82 70,


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April 28, 2015 – Conference for financial analysts and press conference on annual report 2014

April 28, 2015 – Publication of the annual report 2014

May 21, 2015 – General meeting of shareholders 2015

August 2015 – Announcement of semi-annual results 2015


Except for the historical information contained herein, the statements in this media release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.

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