M.A.X. Automation AG plans an unchanged dividend for financial year 2014

M.A.X. Automation AG / Key word(s): Dividend

2015-04-01 / 08:38


M.A.X. Automation AG plans an unchanged dividend for financial year 2014

- Management Board and Supervisory Board propose a payment of 15 euro cents per share

- Automation expert published 2014 financial statements

Düsseldorf, April 1, 2015 - Following the successful financial year 2014, M.A.X. Automation AG plans to maintain dividend continuity. As they did last year, the Management Board and Supervisory Board will propose a payment of 15 euro cents per share to the Shareholders' General Meeting on June 30, 2015. Based on Group earnings, this equates to a distribution ratio of 40 % (previous year: 39 %) and a dividend return of 3.5 % (on the basis of the year-end 2014 share price of the M.A.X. share of EUR 4.25).

Fabian Spilker, Member of the Management Board of M.A.X. Automation AG: "It is both our policy and tradition at M.A.X. Automation to allow our shareholders to participate fairly in our company's success. The dividend proposal for 2014 maintains dividend continuity and, at the same time, strengthens our Group's equity base as we focus on continuing our growth."

The Group that is active in the segments Industrial Automation and Environmental Technology has now published its 2014 consolidated financial statements. With business picking up over the course of the year and a lively fourth quarter, the forecasts on Group sales that were corrected downwards initially were met and even exceeded with respect to operating earnings.

- Group sales amounted to EUR 351.4 million and were thus within the target range of between EUR 350 million and EUR 360 million. Compared to the previous year's figure of EUR 270.1 million, this means growth of 30.1 %. Here, one must take into consideration that the companies that belong to the AIM-Assembly in Motion-Group that was acquired in 2013 were only recognized pro rata temporis the previous year and for the full year for the first time in the reporting year.

- Groupwide incoming orders amounted to EUR 339.3 million, an increase of 36.7 % compared to the previous year's figure of EUR 248.3 million.

- Consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and before amortization from purchase price allocations (PPA amortization) increased by 12.8% from EUR 18.2 million to EUR 20.5 million and thus exceeded the target corridor of between EUR 16 million and EUR 18 million. EBIT before PPA amortization per share was EUR 0.77 following EUR 0.68 the previous year.


- Group earnings after taxes remained at roughly the same level as last year of EUR 10.0 million (2013: EUR 10.2 million). This equates to earnings per share of EUR 0.37 following EUR 0.38 in 2013.

For the current financial year 2015, M.A.X. Automation expects to see the business continue to develop positively based on the solid order situation and the strategic focusing of the investment portfolio to concentrate on core businesses that has been achieved. Based on the Group's current portfolio, Group sales should range between EUR 360 million and EUR 380 million and Group EBIT before PPA amortization between EUR 20 million and EUR 22 million.

For further information:
Frank Elsner
Frank Elsner Kommunikation für Unternehmen GmbH
Tel.: +49 - 5404 - 91 92 0
Fax: +49 - 5404 - 91 92 29

M.A.X. Automation AG (WKN: 658090/ISIN: DE0006580905), Düsseldorf, is an internationally active group of companies that includes the two segments Industrial Automation and Environmental Technology. M.A.X. Automation offers technologically advanced products and solutions in both areas for order-based special machine construction and for standard systems.

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