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      Sales revenue declines in the first half of 2019

      Shanghai/Wattwil, 27 August 2019

      Key developments

      • Sales revenue decreased by 17.5% to RMB 3 816 million
      • Profit before tax dropped by 32.6% to RMB 381 million
      • Asia (excl. China/India) region grew by almost 15%
      • Uzbekistan and Mexico performed well

      Mr Clement Woon, Chief Executive Officer, says:

      “The first six months of the year proved challenging for the group as we are seeing the delayed impact of the uncertainty resulting from the ongoing trade disputes. Investors are reluctant to invest and since business in our core markets, like China, India and Turkey, are reliant on financing, these factors have had a strong impact on Saurer. Global growth has also slowed down this year.

      Another factor that influences the textile industry in particular is ITMA. Being the world’s principal textile exhibition, this event has a profound effect on the market as customers delay orders in anticipation of the new products that manufacturers will launch at the exhibition.

      At ITMA 2019, Saurer introduced a number of innovations, including its first air-spinning machine. With the addition of a draw frame to its pre-spinning line, the company is moving another step closer to becoming a complete solutions provider for the textile industry. Also supporting this aim is its new extensive range of laboratory equipment.

      While we received very positive response at the exhibition, we cannot be complacent in the current environment. We will work diligently to ensure that Saurer is positioned optimally once the global market returns to previous levels.”

      Key financial data
      in RMB 000 HY 2018 HY 2019 Change YoY
      Sales revenue 4,627,086 3,815,659 -17.5%
      Profit before tax 564,386 380,518 -32.6%
      Margin 12.20% 9.97% -2.23 ppt
      Net profit/(loss) 409,822 352,138 -14.1%
      Attributable to equity holders in the company 363,066 277,942 -23.4%
      Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 575,913 1,139,408 97.8%
      Weighted average return on equity 15.22% 5.86% -9.36 ppt
      Basic EPS (in yuan/share) 0.1915  0.1466 -23.4%
      Diluted EPS (in yuan/share) 0.1915  0.1466 -23.4%
      Weighted average number of shares 1,895,412,995 1,895,412,995  


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      Balance sheet
      in RMB 000 31 December 2018 30 June 2019
      Total current assets 10,526,291 8,636,472
      Total non-current assets 3,889,415 3,981,194
      Total assets 14,415,706 12,617,666
      Total current liabilities 5,315,587 5,055,915
      Total non-current liabilities 3,112,344 1,530,076
      Total liabilities 8,427,931 6,585,991
      Total equity attributable to equity holders of the company 4,653,156 4,743,973
      Total equity 5,987,775 6,031,675
      Total liabilities and equity 14,415,706 12,617,666


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      Segment overview
      in RMB 000 HY 2018 HY 2019 Change YoY
      Saurer Spinning Solutions 3,674,867 3,285,098 -10.6%
      Saurer Technologies 952,178 530,432 -44.3%
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      Saurer Technologies experienced a significant decline of 44.3% in the first half of the year. Reasons for this include the exceptional boom in demand for glass fibre, carpet yarn and tire cord in 2017 and 2018 – the resulting oversaturation in the market has negatively influenced Saurer’s twisting business in 2019. Sales declined by 10.6% for the Spinning Solutions segment.

      Regional overview
      in RMB 000 HY 2018 HY 2019 Change YoY
      China 2,434,095 2,171,964 -10.8%
      India 351,790 283,470 -19.4%
      Turkey 424,865 112,910 -73.4%
      Asia (excl. China/India) 692,197 795,516 14.9%
      Americas 352,056 236,202 -32.9%
      Europe/Africa/others (excl. Turkey) 372,083 215,597 -42.1%
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      Sales revenue in Saurer’s three largest markets dropped. In China, this meant a decline to RMB 2 171.9 million (-10.8%) while sales in India decreased to RMB 283.4 million (-19.4%). In Turkey revenue fell to RMB 112.9 million (-73.4%). The region Asia (excl. China/India) performed well with a growth in sales of 14.9%, amounting to RMB 795.5 million. Uzbekistan was a major contributor to this result. In the Americas region (-32.9%), performance was mixed, with Mexico seeing good growth while the USA experienced a downturn.

      The full half-year financial statement in Chinese is published on our Investor Relations page under "Financial information" and on the website of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.



      Investor relations
      Daniel Zeng
      Secretary to the Board
      Saurer Intelligent Technology Co Ltd.
      Shanghai, China
      T +86 21 22262549

      Media relations
      Simona Gambini
      Head of Corporate Communications
      Saurer Group
      Wattwil, Switzerland
      T +41 79 425 37 32

      This document may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect the views of the management of Saurer Intelligent Technology Co Ltd. as of the date of publication. The forward-looking statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including – but not confined to – technological advances, product demand and market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, foreign currency exchange rates, changes in legal requirements, political measures and other risks. All of these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Saurer management and are believed to be reasonable, but are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Actual results or experience could differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Saurer disclaims any intention or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. It should also be noted that past performance is not a guide to future performance. Investors must not rely on this information for investment decisions and are solely responsible for forming their own investment decisions.

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