Wacker Neuson SE: Wacker Neuson shareholders approve dividend proposal for 2012

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28.05.2013 / 15:52

Wacker Neuson shareholders approve dividend proposal for 2012

(Munich, May 28, 2013) The annual general meeting of Wacker Neuson SE took place in Munich today. Apart from a resolution on the appropriation of profit for fiscal 2012, the only other items on the agenda were the presentation of the annual financial statements, approval of Executive Board and Supervisory Board actions and the appointment of the auditor for the current fiscal year.

220 shareholders representing a total of 57,576,099 voting rights attended the Wacker Neuson SE annual general meeting (AGM) in Munich today. Based on a share capital of 70.14 million shares, this corresponds to a 82.09 percent attendance.

CEO Cem Peksaglam presented an overview of fiscal 2012 and outlined the milestones achieved, such as the capacity increase at the new compact equipment plant near Linz (Austria), the strengthening of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partnerships and the ongoing internationalization of the Group. Peksaglam also discussed the current fiscal year. In the first quarter of 2013, the long winter significantly delayed the start of the construction season across the entire northern hemisphere. In Europe, the ongoing euro crisis made it difficult to plan building projects, putting a damper on investments. Peksaglam commented as follows on the current business situation: 'The overall economic situation, combined with difficult conditions in some of the sectors we operate in, gives us limited market visibility over the coming year ( but we do see signs that business is picking up in our key markets. Ultimately, we can rely on our innovative drive and the quality of our products and services, which continue to set the bar on the global stage. Based on the positive mood at bauma 2013, which took place in Munich in April, and the business upturn in recent weeks, we are confident that we will achieve our growth targets for 2013.'

Shareholders were particularly interested in the company's future development prospects. Apart from Europe, further growth opportunities have been identified above all in the American market. For some time now, machine sales have also been successfully moving beyond construction into sectors like agriculture, gardening and landscaping. Efforts to sell light and compact equipment in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and South America are to be stepped up as these countries represent the best growth potential for Wacker Neuson.

Dividend payout
As in previous years, Wacker Neuson wanted its shareholders to share in the company's success. Revenue growth of 10 percent in fiscal 2012 resulted in record sales for the Group. The profit level was down on the previous year, however, due to the difficult market conditions and one-off expenses. Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.77 (2011: EUR 1.22). Shareholders approved a proposal by the Executive Board and Supervisory Board to pay out around 39 percent of Group profit for fiscal 2012 as dividends. In total, the company will therefore be paying out EUR 21 million, which corresponds to a dividend per share of EUR 0.30 (previous year: EUR 0.50). The distribution ratio is in line with Wacker Neuson's dividend policy.

Voting results from the 2013 AGM
You can view the voting results, read the CEO's speech and find other AGM-related information at the following link: http://corporate.wackerneuson.com/ir/en-agm.php

Your contact partner:
Wacker Neuson SE
Katrin Yvonne Neuffer
Head of Corporate Communication /
Investor Relations
Preussenstr. 41
80809 Munich, Germany
Tel.: +49-(0)89-35402-173

About Wacker Neuson:
The Wacker Neuson Group is a leading manufacturer of light and compact equipment with over 40 affiliates, 140 sales and service stations and more than 12,000 sales and service partners across the globe. The Group can trace its roots back to 1848. Wacker Neuson is the partner of choice among professional users in construction, gardening, landscaping and agriculture, as well as among municipal bodies and companies in industries such as recycling and energy. It also offers a global spare parts service. The Wacker Neuson Group includes the product brands Wacker Neuson, Kramer Allrad, Kramer and Weidemann. In 2012, the Group achieved revenue of EUR 1.1 billion and employed over 4,000 people worldwide.

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