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Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA: preliminary results for 2019 and guidance for 2020

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Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA: preliminary results for 2019 and guidance for 2020

17-Jan-2020 / 16:07 CET/CEST
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Ad-hoc notification in accordance with Sec. 17 of the MAR
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA: preliminary results for 2019 and guidance for 2020

Lübeck - Based on preliminary figures, in 2019 Dräger's order intake increased by approximately 4.2 percent (approximately 3.0 percent net of currency effects). Net sales rose significantly over the course of the year, by approximately 7.3 percent (approximately 6.0 percent net of currency effects) to EUR 2.78 billion (2018: EUR 2.59 billion). The gross margin was roughly on a par with the prior year (2018: 42.7 percent) and functional costs rose proportionately to net sales. Consequently, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were slightly higher than in the prior year. The EBIT margin is expected to have stood between 2.3 percent and 2.5 percent (2018: 2.4 percent).

Net sales growth and the EBIT margin therefore stood within the range most recently forecast by Dräger (currency-adjusted net sales growth of between 4.0 and 6.0 percent and an EBIT margin of between 1.0 and 3.0 percent).

The development of order intake and net sales was positive in all three regions. The rise in net sales was particularly high in the Asia, Africa, and Australia region and in the Americas region. In both regions net sales rose in nominal terms by roughly 10 percent. In the Europe region net sales increased by approximately 5 percent over the prior year's level.

Outlook 2020:
Order intake in 2019 did not keep up with strong net sales development in 2019, so Dräger expects somewhat weaker net sales development in the current fiscal year. The company expects to see currency-adjusted net sales growth of between 1.0 and 4.0 percent in fiscal year 2020 (2019: currency-adjusted net sales growth of around 6.0 percent). The current exchange rates would result in negligible currency effects on the reported net sales growth (2019: approximately +1.3 percentage points) for the year as a whole. Dräger expects the gross margin to be roughly on par with the prior year. Due to the current lengthy regulatory approval times and increased uncertainty regarding the timing of market launches for new medical products for the US-market, Draeger forecasts an EBIT margin of between 1.0 and 4.0 percent. The assessment regarding margin development provided here assumes unchanged exchange rates.

Dräger will publish its full, audited results for fiscal year 2019 on March 5, 2020.

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Moislinger Allee 53-55
23558 Lübeck, Deutschland

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Tel. +49 451 882-2685

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This ad hoc report contains statements on the future development of Dräger Group. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations, presumptions, and forecasts of the Executive Board as well as the information available to date. They were compiled to the best of the company's knowledge. Dräger does not provide any warranty nor assume any responsibility for the future developments and results described above. These are dependent on a number of factors. They entail various risks and contingencies outside of the company's influence and are based on assumptions which could prove to be incorrect. Dräger does not assume any responsibility for updating the forward-looking statements contained in this report. This does not infringe any legal stipulations on the adjustment of forecasts. Please go to Investor Relations / Definitions of financial indicators at for information on alternative performance measures used.

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Language: English
Company: Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Moislinger Allee 53-55
23542 Lübeck
Phone: +49 (0)451 882-0
Fax: +49 (0)451 882-2080
ISIN: DE0005550602, DE 000 555 063 6, DE 000 555 065 1, DE 000 555 067 7, DE 000 555 071 9
WKN: 555060, 555063 Vorzüge, 555065 Genussschein A, 555067 Genussschein K, 555071 Genussschein D
Indices: SDAX, TecDAX
Listed: Regulated Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Prime Standard), Hamburg, Hanover, Munich; Regulated Unofficial Market in Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 956295

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