Freitag, 22. September 2017

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aleo solar AG continues on growth path with strong Q1 figures

Oldenburg/Prenzlau, (lifePR) - aleo solar AG (ISIN: DE000A0JM634) is maintaining its growth path: in the first three months of 2008, revenue climbed by 85.2% to EUR 69.0 million (Q1 2007: EUR 37.2 million). The proportion of international revenue amounted to 61.5%. EBIT totalled EUR 5.0 million (Q1 2007: EUR 2.7 million); as a result, the EBIT margin increased slightly to 7.3% (Q1 2007: 7.2%). Earnings per share doubled to EUR 0.26 (Q1 2007: EUR 0.13). The Company increased its production output by 69.7%, from 17.5 megawatts (Q1 2007) to 29.7 megawatts.

While business growth in Germany was stable, international growth - as expected - was particularly dynamic: at 48.9%, almost half of total revenue in the first three months of 2008 was generated in Spain. However, business there is expected to tail off towards the end of the summer. As a result, aleo solar AG's Management Board expects the proportion of international revenue for full-year 2008 to be around 40% of total revenue. In addition to the target market of Spain, business in other countries is also showing promise: aleo solar received orders for several megawatts in Greece, France and Belgium. In Italy, the solar market is really taking off, prompting aleo solar to establish its own subsidiary, aleo solar Italia S.r.l., headquartered in Treviso, Italy.

However, the aleo solar Group's strongest growth is in Germany: production capacity at the Prenzlau location in Brandenburg will almost double. As part of this expansion, another 150 new employees will be recruited in Prenzlau over the course of the year. "We will continue our growth trajectory", said Jakobus Smit, CEO of aleo solar AG. "The expansion of our production capacity to 180 megawatts at our Prenzlau and Barcelona locations and our investment in the 50 megawatt production plant in Gaomi, China, our own sales team and a strong brand, combined with our increasing internationalisation and access to innovative thin film technology, mean that we are very well positioned. We remain fully committed to continuing this path."

In March, aleo solar AG signed a procurement agreement for solar cells with Q-Cells AG (QCE; WKN 555866), which runs from 2008 to the end of 2019. This contract covers a volume of at least 1,270 megawatts, with an option to increase it up to a total volume of 2,270 megawatts.

The Company is reiterating its forecast for the year of revenue of at least EUR 330 million and a continued solid EBIT margin.
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Die aleo solar AG mit Vertrieb in Oldenburg (Niedersachsen) und Fertigung in Prenzlau (Brandenburg) wurde im September 2001 gegründet und stellt Solarmodule auf Basis von Siliziumzellen her. Das Werk in Prenzlau hat eine Jahreskapazität von 90 Megawatt und wird derzeit auf 180 Megawatt erweitert. Seit Anfang des Jahres 2007 wird auch in Santa María de Palautordera (Spanien) mit einer Jahreskapazität von 10 Megawatt produziert. Das Unternehmen hat im Jahr 2007 einen Umsatz von 242,1 Millionen Euro erwirtschaftet. In der aleo solar-Gruppe sind aktuell 623 Mitarbeiter beschäftigt. Seit Juli 2006 ist die aleo solar AG im Prime Standard der Frankfurter Börse notiert (DE000A0JM634). Das Unternehmen hat sich mit einer 19-Prozent-Beteiligung an dem Brandenburger Technologieunternehmen Johanna Solar Technology GmbH den Zugang zur zukunftsträchtigen Dünnschicht-Technologie gesichert. Außerdem ist die aleo solar AG seit Anfang 2008 zu 50 Prozent in einem Joint Venture mit der Sunvim Group Co. Ltd. an der avim solar production Co. Ltd. zum Bau einer Solarmodul-Produktion in China beteiligt.

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