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Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH: Haniel Group lifts all earnings figures - buy &
build strategy successful

31.08.2016 / 08:00
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Haniel Group lifts all earnings figures - buy & build strategy successful

  - Encouraging growth in all Haniel Group earnings figures

  - BekaertDeslee boosts revenue and profit

  - CWS-boco, TAKKT and Metro grow organically and improve earnings

  - Revenue weighed down by cyclical ELG business

  - Haniel receives two investment-grade ratings

  - Haniel continues to focus on investment, diversification and

Duisburg, 31 August 2016. Haniel benefited from its diversified position in
the first half of 2016. The challenging market situation expected for the
ELG division was more than offset by increased earnings contributions from
the other investments. In addition, Haniel received two investment-grade
ratings: "We consider this an affirmation of our conservative financial
policy and long-term investment strategy", said Stephan Gemkow.

During the first half of 2016, the Haniel Group recorded a 9 per cent
decline in revenue, to EUR 1,800 million. This is attributable solely to
ELG. The significantly lower prices for all relevant commodities - in
particular the considerable drop in nickel prices - and the reduced output
tonnage due to the difficult market environment affected this development.
Revenue was primarily boosted by the positive contribution made by the
BekaertDeslee division, which covered an entire half-year period for the
first time. Bekaert Textiles' acquisition of the DesleeClama Group in
February 2016 received the active support of the Holding Company and also
made a positive contribution to revenue growth in the four months that
followed. Acquisitions by TAKKT and CWS-boco in the previous year also
generated additional contributions. However, the two divisions also
experienced encouraging organic growth in revenue resulting from their
respective strategic growth initiatives.

Encouraging growth in all earnings figures
In the first half of 2016, the Haniel Group's profit was boosted by the
fact that the new BekaertDeslee division was included for the first time
over six months. However, profit growth at TAKKT and CWS-boco was also a
contributing factor. The reduction in output tonnage and the significant
drop (as expected) in the price of nickel meant a considerably weaker
operating profit for ELG than in the first half of 2015. In addition,
negative measurement effects from hedging transactions caused by the jump
in the price of nickel as at 30 June 2016 also had an impact on ELG's
earnings development. In the aggregate, however, the ELG effect was more
than offset; as a consequence, operating profit amounted to an encouraging
EUR 115 million in the first half of 2016, up on the prior-year figure of
EUR 109 million.

Profit before taxes increased from EUR 13 million to EUR 57 million. In
addition to the higher operating profit, this is attributable primarily to
a higher investment result and an improved result from financing

The investment result increased from EUR -60 million in the same period of
the previous year to EUR -31 million in the first half of 2016. This mainly
comprised the investment result from the METRO GROUP, which generated a
higher operating profit than in the same period of the previous year thanks
to lower negative one-off factors.

Result from financing activities benefits from systematic debt reduction
The result from financing activities, comprising the finance costs and
other net financial income, amounted to EUR -27 million in the reporting
period. In the same period of the previous year, this figure had amounted
to EUR -36 million. Aside from the valuation of the option component of the
exchangeable bond linked to Metro shares, one key reason for this
improvement was the lower finance cost thanks to the lower level of debt
than in the previous year. Haniel thus continued to benefit from the
systematic debt reduction.

Significant rise in profit after taxes
With a slight drop in the tax expense, the growth in profit before taxes
had a significant impact on profit after taxes. This rebounded from EUR -21
million in the prior-year period to EUR 25 million in the first half of
2016, an increase of EUR 46 million.

High equity ratio underscores the Group's sound financial position and
investment potential
Equity declined only slightly from EUR 4,169 million as at 31 December 2015
to EUR 4,035 million as at 30 June 2016 due to negative measurement effects
relating to pensions and currency translation. However, the lower total
assets meant that the equity ratio remained almost constant at 60 per cent.
This sustained high level underscores Haniel's investment potential.

More than EUR 1 billion available for further portfolio expansion
By positioning itself as a family equity company, Haniel clearly sets
itself apart from other investors as a partner with a long-term investment
At present, Haniel has more than EUR 1 billion at its disposal, providing
it with considerable financial resources with which to expand its
portfolio. Its focus lies not only on acquiring additional companies but
also on the continued development of its existing investments. "Our
approach is to act as a value developer for the investments, keeping both
value and values in view. This is why we made the further digitalisation of
the divisions the strategic focus of our value development some time ago",
said Stephan Gemkow.

The Holding Company established Schacht One GmbH, Haniel's own digital unit
in the historic Zollverein Colliery world heritage cultural site in Essen,
to help implement the Digital Agenda at the investments. Schacht One will
work together with the divisions to develop and directly assess the
plausibility of innovative and radical user-oriented ideas and problem-
solving approaches. In addition, at the beginning of the year Haniel
decided to invest up to EUR 50 million in selected venture capital funds,
thereby making indirect investments in start-ups. Haniel has already
invested in five different funds in recent months, which in turn invest in
a number of new companies. These learning opportunities can for example
give rise to innovation processes at the investments and also provide
momentum as Haniel continues to seek out new investments that will be
successful in the long term.

Scope and S&P affirm investment grade rating
Haniel submits itself to external rating assessments voluntarily, thus
ensuring broad access to capital markets. European rating agency Scope
assessed Haniel's creditworthiness for the first time in February 2016. The
rating agency gave Haniel a BBB- investment-grade rating with a stable
outlook. Scope thus affirmed the Group's conservative investment strategy,
strong liquidity and solid cash flow profile.
In April 2016, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) raised its Long and
Short Term Corporate Credit Rating from BB+/B (positive outlook) to BBB-/
A-3 (stable outlook) - also as a consequence of Haniel's conservative long-
term financial policy. As a result, S&P again classified Haniel as
investment grade. Moody's had already raised the rating to Ba1 with a
stable outlook in the second half of 2013.

Social responsibility
As a corporate citizen, Haniel not only traditionally lives up to its
social responsibility towards its investments and employees, but also
supports and promots institutions and initiatives in and around Duisburg.
Together with the KfW Foundation, the Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation and
Social Impact gGmbH, Haniel established Social Impact Lab Duisburg. The
incubator for social entrepreneurs supports business founders who want to
use their ideas to solve pressing social challenges. The aim of spreading
social innovations and establishing social enterprises is to create
positive momentum for the ongoing structural transformation in the Rhine-
Ruhr region.

Haniel does not just provide opportunities for founders of social
enterprises, but also for refugees: as a founding member of "We together -
The integration initiative of the German economy" ("Wir zusammen -
Integrationsinitiativen der deutschen Wirtschaft"), Haniel was one of the
first 35 companies to sign up to this initiative for the integration of
refugees. The network has since grown to 96 companies as at 30 June 2016.
In Duisburg, Haniel works directly with the city to help feed, house and
integrate refugees.

Haniel expects encouraging increase in all earnings figures in 2016
The macroeconomic situation influences the divisions to varying degrees.
Assuming that the economic outlook remains stable, Haniel's Management
Board currently continues to expect a relatively positive development in
all divisions. Despite the positive performance at TAKKT and CWS-boco,
Haniel is now expecting that organic revenue growth will fall short of the
forecast. This is due to the persistently difficult market environment in
the cyclical ELG division.

With respect to operating profit, Haniel continues to expect a significant
increase for the Group year on year, due to the increased profit in all
divisions. For the financial investment in Metro, Haniel expects a slight
increase in operating profit before one-off factors and adjusted for
currency translation effects for the METRO GROUP. The earnings contribution
from the Metro investment included in the investment result may be lower
year on year, contrary to the previous forecast. This is due on the one
hand primarily to negative currency translation effects, particularly with
respect to the Russian rouble. On the other hand, Haniel expects earnings
to be weighed down in connection with the planned METRO GROUP demerger,
which the Haniel Management Board supports in full. Overall, Haniel's
Management Board continues to anticipate an encouraging improvement in the
Group's profit before and after taxes.

Overview of the figures for the first half of 2016:


IFRS (EUR million)                          H1      H1          Change (%)
                                          2015    2016
Haniel Group
Revenue                                  1,982   1,800                 -9%
Operating profit                           109     115                 +6%
Profit before taxes                         13      57              >+100%
Profit after taxes                         -21      25              >+100%
Haniel cash flow                           204     233                +14%
Equity ratio (in per cent)                 61%     60%           -1% point
Average number of                       12,938  13,829                 +7%
employees (headcount)
BekaertDeslee* (100%
equity interest)
Revenue                     20                     146  >+100%
Operating profit            2                       10  >+100%
Average number of           1,498                2,337  +56%
employees (headcount)
CWS-boco (100% equity
Revenue                                    382     393                 +3%
Operating profit                            36      37                 +3%
Average number of                        7,574   7,608                 +0%
employees (headcount)
Overview of the figures for the first half of 2016 (cont.):
IFRS (EUR million)                          H1      H1          Change (%)
                                          2015    2016
ELG (100% equity interest)
Revenue                                  1,074     707                -34%
Operating profit                            11       2                -82%
Average number of                        1,301   1,188                 -9%
employees (headcount)
TAKKT (50.25% equity
Revenue                                    506     554                 +9%
Operating profit                            65      81                +25%
Average number of                        2,348   2,485                 +6%
employees (headcount)
METRO GROUP (Financial investment, 25.00% equity interest)
Haniel investment result                   -60     -30                +50%


* Included in the Haniel Group since June 2015. The figures for H1 2015
relate to the period of June 2015.

You will also find all information in the 2016 Half-year financial report
and in the online 2016 Half-year financial report at http://www.haniel.de/

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH is a German family-equity company which has been
headquartered in Duisburg-Ruhrort since it was founded in 1756. It is from
there that the Holding Company, which is wholly owned by the family,
manages a diversified portfolio in line with a long-term investment
strategy as a value developer. Haniel's portfolio currently includes four
business divisions which are independently responsible for the operating
business and which hold a leading market position in their respective
sectors: BekaertDeslee, CWS-boco, ELG (wholly owned) and TAKKT (majority
owned). In addition, the portfolio includes the financial investment, METRO

You can find more information about Haniel at www.haniel.com and

Dietmar Bochert, Communications, +49 203 806-578,
Fax: +49 203 806-80578, E-mail: dbochert@haniel.de

You can also find this press release at www.haniel.de.

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Dietmar Bochert
Director Corporate Communications

Tel.: +49 203 806-578
E-Mail: DBochert@haniel.de


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