DGAP-News: SMA Solar Technology AG significantly increases profitability in the first quarter of 2021

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SMA Solar Technology AG significantly increases profitability in the first
quarter of 2021

12.05.2021 / 07:00
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SMA Solar Technology AG corporate news

SMA Solar Technology AG significantly increases profitability in the first
quarter of 2021

Overview of Q1 2021:

- 3.4 GW inverter output sold (Q1 2020: 4.4 GW)

- Sales of €240 million (Q1 2020: €288 million)

- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)
increased to €20 million
(Q1 2020: €12 million)

- Equity ratio still high at 42% (December 31, 2020: 42%)

- Managing Board confirms sales and earnings guidance for fiscal year 2021

Niestetal, May 12, 2021 - SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA/FWB: S92) achieved a
considerably better operating result from January to March 2021 than in the
first three months of the previous year. EBITDA increased significantly to
€20.1 million (EBITDA margin: 8.4%; Q1 2020: €12.3 million, 4.3%). In the
first quarter, the SMA group sold inverters with an accumulated output of
around 3.4 GW and generated sales of €240.4 million (Q1 2020: €287.9
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

Net income improved to €8.0 million (Q1 2020: -€0.3 million). Earnings per
share thus increased to €0.23 (Q1 2020: -€0.01). At €226.7 million, net cash
remained at the same high level as at the end of the previous year (December
31, 2020: €226.0 million). The equity ratio also remained constant at 41.7%
(December 31, 2020: 41.8%). In addition, SMA has a credit line of €100
million from domestic banks.

\"Despite weaker demand due to project postponements, we achieved a
considerably better operating result in the first quarter of 2021 than in
the same period of the previous year,\" said SMA Chief Executive Officer
Jürgen Reinert. \"To further support our profitability, we also intend to
continue optimizing our product portfolio and reducing costs over the coming
months. Furthermore, against a background of greater vaccination coverage
and reduced economic uncertainty, especially in the second half of the year,
we expect an increase in demand in our core markets in Europe and the U.S.
The most recent political signals are extremely encouraging for medium- to
long-term market developments. The EU has confirmed its commitment to a 55%
reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030. For the U.S., President Biden has
announced an infrastructure program entailing major investment in a more
climate-friendly economy. At Biden's climate summit, not only the U.S. but
also many other major national economies pledged to ramp up their climate
targets. Following the ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court concerning
climate protection law, the German Federal Government has now also announced
that it will - among other things - increase the installation targets for
renewable energies, thus making good on a demand that we also made some time
ago. To achieve a secure, climate-friendly electricity supply, we need at
least 15 GW of new PV generation capacity in Germany every 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
impact on output quantities. The Managing Board will also closely monitor
ongoing developments relating to the coronavirus 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 continuous improvement of the product
portfolio and the implementation of further cost reduction measures will
continue to support SMA's profitability.

The quarterly statement for January to March 2021 can be found at
www.SMA.de/IR/FinancialReports. SMA's virtual Annual General Meeting will be
held on June 1, 2021.

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

Head of Corporate Communications:
Anja Jasper
Tel. +49 561 9522-2805

Press Contact:
Susanne Henkel
Manager Corporate Press
Tel. +49 561 9522-1124

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
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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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Company: SMA Solar Technology AG
Sonnenallee 1
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