Annual General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG Grants Full Discharge to the Managing Board and Supervisory Board with a Clear Majority

Annual General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG Grants Full Discharge to the Managing Board and Supervisory Board with a Clear Majority
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The shareholders of SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA/FWB: S92) granted full discharge to the Managing Board and Supervisory Board for the 2018 fiscal year with a clear majority of over 99% and over 97% respectively at today’s Annual General Meeting in Kassel. The remaining agenda items also received the majority approval of the Annual General Meeting. Approximately 250 shareholders attended the 2019 Annual General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG and 86% of those with voting rights were present.

The Annual General Meeting accepted the proposal of the Managing Board and Supervisory Board that no dividend be distributed for the 2018 fiscal year. SMA achieved sales of €760.9 million and EBITDA of €–69.1 million in 2018. “2018 was a difficult year for SMA,” explained SMA Chief Executive Officer, Jürgen Reinert. “We were confronted by many challenges including a shortage of components, increased price pressure as a result of the internationalization of Chinese competitors, project delays and storage system bottlenecks. This all resulted in a negative net income. To preserve our high net liquidity and be in a position to fund SMA’s further development as a system and solution provider from our own resources, the SMA Managing Board and Supervisory Board have rejected the option of a dividend payment from the company’s assets. Our shareholders supported this position at the Annual General Meeting.”

After comparatively low sales figures in the first quarter of 2019, the SMA Managing Board is expecting sales and earnings to significantly increase in the second half of the year. “The market situation has considerably improved,” said Reinert. “In addition, our increased marketing and sales activities are paying off. We are reporting a very high order intake at the moment, especially in the project business. There is also a positive trend in the segments for residential and commercial PV systems. Since the end of March, our product-related order backlog has risen again by 80% to over €420 million. With this order backlog and the sales we have generated in the year to date, we can already achieve more than 75% of our annual sales target.”

Against this backdrop, the SMA Managing Board is confirming its sales and earnings guidance for the 2019 fiscal year, which forecasts sales of between €800 million and €880 million and EBITDA of between €20 million and €50 million. The Managing Board estimates that depreciation and amortization will amount to approximately €50 million.

The presentation and the speech given by the Managing Board, along with further information on the Annual General Meeting, can be found online at–general-meeting.
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