2021-06-01

DGAP-News: Annual General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG grants full discharge to the Managing Board and Supervisory Board with a clear majority and resolves to pay dividend

DGAP-News: SMA Solar Technology AG / Key word(s): AGM/EGM
Annual General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG grants full discharge to
the Managing Board and Supervisory Board with a clear majority and resolves
to pay dividend

01.06.2021 / 14:34
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SMA Solar Technology AG - Corporate News

Annual General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG grants full discharge to
the Managing Board and Supervisory Board with a clear majority and resolves
to pay dividend

Niestetal, June 1, 2021 - At today's 2021 Annual General Meeting that was
held online due to the coronavirus crisis, the shareholders of SMA Solar
Technology AG (SMA/FWB: S92) granted full discharge to the Managing Board
and Supervisory Board for the 2020 fiscal year with a clear majority of over
99% and over 95%, respectively. There was also a large majority in favor of
the other proposals. About 100 shareholders attended the digital 2021 Annual
General Meeting of SMA Solar Technology AG, and 83% of those with voting
rights were present. The Annual General Meeting followed the suggestion of
the Managing Board and Supervisory Board and approved the dividend payout of
€0.30 per qualifying bearer share for the 2020 fiscal year.

In 2020, SMA posted an increase in sales by around 12% to €1,027 million.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)
doubled to €72 million. This growth is attributable in particular to the
very good business performance in the Large Scale & Project Solutions and
Home Solutions segments. Net income amounted to €28.1 million. With a payout
totaling €10.4 million, the payout ratio in relation to net income amounts
to 37%. The depository banks will begin to pay dividends on June 4, 2021.

SMA achieved a considerably better operating result in the first quarter of
2021 than in the first three months of the previous year, despite lower
sales. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
(EBITDA) increased to €20 million (Q1 2020: €12 million). Sales amounted to
€240 million (Q1 2020: €288 million). The lower sales year on year resulted
mainly from the postponement of orders due to the global coronavirus
pandemic and an increase in the price of PV modules. In addition, sales in
the first quarter of the previous year included an unusually large project
in the U.S. The previous year's quarter is therefore suitable only to a
limited extent as a reference period.

\"SMA has so far successfully overcome the considerable challenges related to
the coronavirus crisis and achieved all of the targets set without
government support,\" said SMA Chief Executive Officer Jürgen Reinert. \"We
are delighted to be able to pay out a dividend to our shareholders again
based on the positive business performance last year and the forecast growth
for 2021. The Managing Board is still confident of achieving the sales and
earnings guidance for the 2021 fiscal year as published in February. In
light of rising vaccination rates, reduced economic uncertainty and various
political initiatives for better climate protection, we anticipate stronger
demand in our core markets in Europe and the U.S. in the second half of the
year.\"

SMA's Managing Board is keeping a close eye on the currently tight situation
in the supply of electronic components. So far, there has not been any
noticeable effects on output quantities. The Managing Board will also
closely monitor ongoing developments relating to the coronavirus crisis to
ensure it can respond quickly and flexibly to any sudden increases in
demand. The SMA Managing Board confirms its sales and earnings guidance for
the 2021 fiscal year as published on February 5, 2021, which forecasts an
increase in sales to between €1,075 million and €1,175 million and EBITDA of
between €75 million and €95 million. The Managing Board assumes that SMA can
strengthen its position in key markets over the course of the year and
benefit from the expected growth of the PV markets in Europe and America as
well as that of the global storage market. The ongoing improvement of the
product portfolio and the implementation of cost reduction measures will
continue to support SMA's profitability

The presentation and the speech given by the Managing Board, along with
further information on the Annual General Meeting, can be found online at
www.sma.de/en/investor-relations/annual-general-meeting.

About SMA
As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic and storage system
technology, the SMA Group is setting the standards today for the
decentralized and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. SMA's portfolio
contains a wide range of efficient PV and battery inverters, holistic system
solutions for PV and battery-storage systems of all power classes,
intelligent energy management systems and complete solutions for PV diesel
hybrid applications. Digital energy services as well as extensive services
up to and including operation and maintenance services for PV power plants
round off SMA's range. SMA inverters with a total output of more than 100
gigawatts have been installed in more than 190 countries worldwide. SMA's
multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,600 patents and
utility models. Since 2008, the Group's parent company, SMA Solar Technology
AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
(S92) and is listed in the TecDAX index.


SMA Solar Technology AG
Sonnenallee 1
34266 Niestetal
Germany

Head of Corporate Communications:
Anja Jasper
Tel. +49 561 9522-2805
Presse@SMA.de

Press Contact:
Susanne Henkel
Manager Corporate Press
Tel. +49 561 9522-1124
Presse@SMA.de

Disclaimer:
This Corporate News serves only as information and does not constitute an
offer or invitation to subscribe for, acquire, hold or sell any securities
of SMA Solar Technology AG (the \"Company\") or any present or future
subsidiary of the Company (together with the Company, the \"SMA Group\") nor
should it form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any
contract to purchase or subscribe for any securities in the Company or any
member of the SMA Group or commitment whatsoever. Securities may not be
offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration or an
exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as
amended.

This Corporate News can contain future-oriented statements. Future-oriented
statements are statements which do not describe facts of the past. They also
include statements about our assumptions and expectations. These statements
are based on plans, estimations and forecasts which the Managing Board of
SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA or company) has available at this time.
Future-oriented statements are therefore only valid on the day on which they
are made. Future-oriented statements by nature contain risks and elements of
uncertainty. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors can lead to considerable differences between the actual results, the
financial position, the development or the performance of the corporation
and the estimates given here. These factors include those which SMA has
discussed in published reports. These reports are available on the SMA
website at www.SMA.de. The company accepts no obligation whatsoever to
update these future-oriented statements or to adjust them to future events
or developments.


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Language: English
Company: SMA Solar Technology AG
Sonnenallee 1
34266 Niestetal
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)561 / 9522 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)561 / 9522 - 100
E-mail: info@sma.de
Internet: www.sma.de
ISIN: DE000A0DJ6J9
WKN: A0DJ6J
Indices: SDAX, TecDAX
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard);
Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf,
Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1203205



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