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PRESS RELEASE: Lenzing AG / Lenzing Group with an excellent start into 2021

05/05/2021 | 01:31am EDT
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Earnings/Quarterly Report/Company Information 
Highlights - 
* Significant increase in operating result: EBITDA at EUR 94.5 mn, cash flow 
  from operating activities more than tripled 
* Major strategic projects continue fully on track - production start of the 
  lyocell plant in Thailand expected in the fourth quarter 2021 
* Upper Austria's largest photovoltaic plant at the Lenzing site 
* Lenzing exits Hygiene Austria joint venture 
* Guidance 2021: Lenzing expects operating result at least at pre-crisis level 
Lenzing - The Lenzing Group had a clearly positive revenue and earnings 
development in the first quarter of 2021. Growing optimism in the textile and 
apparel industry as a result of the vaccination progress and the continuing 
recovery in retail led to a significant increase in demand and higher prices in 
the global fiber market. 
Revenue rose by 4.9 percent to EUR 489.3 mn in the first quarter of 2021. This 
is mainly attributable to a strong increase in demand from China and the 
resulting higher viscose prices. The focus on wood-based specialty fibers such 
as TENCEL(TM) and LENZING ECOVERO(TM) branded fibers had a positive impact on 
revenue development; the share of specialty fibers in fiber revenue rose from 
72.2 percent to 72.6 percent. The negative impact of more unfavorable currency 
effects was consequently more than offset. The earnings development essentially 
reflects the increase in revenue. The continued focus on structural earnings 
improvements in all regions reinforced this positive effect. EBITDA (earnings 
before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) increased by 36.8 percent 
to EUR 94.5 mn in the first quarter of 2021. The EBITDA margin rose from 14.8 
percent to 19.3 percent. Net profit for the period amounted to EUR 29.9 mn (01- 
03/2020: EUR 17.7 mn) and earnings per share to EUR 1.06 (01-03/2020: EUR 0.84). 
"Lenzing benefited from the growing optimism in the textile value chain and the 
strong recovery of the fiber markets in the first quarter of 2021. Demand for 
our sustainably produced specialty fibers such as TENCEL and LENZING ECOVERO saw 
a clearly positive development again", says Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing 
Group. "Strategically, we remain fully on track. The implementation of the pulp 
project in Brazil proceeds according to plan despite the challenges related to 
COVID-19, and the new lyocell plant in Thailand will start up as planned in the 
fourth quarter of 2021", Doboczky adds. 
Gross cash flow in the first quarter of 2021 increased by 117.5 percent to EUR 
84.3 mn compared to the first quarter of the previous year. This increase is 
primarily due to the earnings development. Cash flow from operating activities 
more than tripled to EUR 111.5 mn. (01-03/2020: 31.9 mn). Free cash flow 
amounted to EUR minus 99 mn (01-03/2020: EUR minus 106.7 mn) due to investment 
activities related to the projects in Thailand and Brazil. 
Zwtl.: Strengthening specialty fiber growth 
CAPEX (expenditures for intangible assets, property, plant and equipment and 
biological assets) rose by 52.5 percent to EUR 211.5 mn in the reporting period, 
due to the implementation of the key projects. The construction of the pulp mill 
in Brazil continues to proceed according to plan despite the challenging 
developments related to COVID-19. The start-up of the pulp mill is still 
scheduled for the first half of 2022. The new mill will strengthen backward 
integration and, consequently, Lenzing's specialty fiber growth in line with the 
sCore TEN strategy. 
Specialty fibers are Lenzing's great strength. The objective is to generate more 
than 75 percent of fiber revenues from business with wood-based specialty fibers 
such as lyocell and modal fibers by 2024. The focus of this strategic target is 
on the construction of a new state-of-the-art lyocell plant in Thailand. The 
investment for the new plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons amounts to roughly 
EUR 400 mn. Construction work started in the second half of 2019 and went 
according to plan in the reporting period. The recruiting and onboarding of new 
employees is also progressing successfully. Production is scheduled to start 
towards the end of 2021. 
Zwtl.: Vision of a zero-carbon future 
With the implementation of its science-based targets, the Lenzing Group actively 
contributes to combating the problems caused by climate change. In 2019, Lenzing 
made a strategic commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions per ton of 
product by 50 percent by 2030. The vision is to be climate-neutral by 2050. The 
two key projects in Brazil and Thailand are important milestones on this 
journey. Thanks to its excellent infrastructure, the location in Thailand can be 
supplied with sustainable biogenic energy. In addition, the mill in Brazil will 
feed more than 50 percent of the electricity generated into the public grid as 
renewable energy. 
Zwtl.: Sustainability in Lenzing 
Lenzing continuously seeks possibilities to increase energy efficiency at 
existing locations and to use renewable energy sources or sources with lower CO2 
emissions. In the first quarter of 2021, the company announced the construction 
of the largest ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Upper Austria on an area of 
55,000 m² at the Lenzing site. Construction is scheduled to start in the second 
half of 2021. 
In its Sustainability Report 2020 [https://www.lenzing.com/ 
04_Nachhaltigkeit/Nachhaltigkeitsberichte/EN/NHB_2020_EN.pdf] "Stand up for 
future generations", Lenzing re-emphasized its commitment to take responsibility 
beyond the products it makes. The non-financial report, prepared in accordance 
with the reporting standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the 
Austrian Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (NaDiVeG) and reviewed by 
KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, 
illustrates how the company is responding to the global challenges of our time. 
Zwtl.: Hygiene Austria LP GmbH 
After the allegations regarding Hygiene Austria LP GmbH became known in March 
2021, Lenzing worked intensively with Palmers Textil AG to address them. The 
following steps were taken together: Along with a committed action plan to 
ensure the sound and continuing existence of the company as a going concern, the 
two shareholders have agreed that Lenzing's stake in Hygiene Austria will be 
transferred to Palmers. Lenzing waived its right to a suitable purchase price 
for the time being in order to ensure the continued existence of Hygiene Austria 
in line with its founding principle (see also Press release of Lenzing AG of 04/ 
02/2021 [https://www.lenzing.com/newsroom/press-releases/press-release/lenzing- 
update-on-hygiene-austria]). The investment was fully written off in the first 
Lenzing stands for strong values and an internationally recognized process and 
governance system. However, mistakes were made in implementing the business idea 
of Hygiene Austria. The Managing Board of Lenzing AG is drawing the necessary 
lessons for the future in consultation with the Supervisory Board. 
Zwtl.: Guidance for 2021 
The International Monetary Fund expects global growth of 6 percent for 2021. 
However, the economic recovery after the deep recession caused by COVID-19 is 
subject to risks and largely depends on the vaccination progress and successful 
containment of the pandemic. The currency environment is expected to remain 
volatile in the regions relevant to Lenzing. 
The global fiber and pulp markets came under considerable pressure as a result 
of the COVID-19 crisis. The significant recovery of demand from the third 
quarter of 2020 onwards, starting in China, continued into the first quarter of 
2021. In February/March of this year, the market turned again and has since 
moved sideways. In the cotton market, a shortage in production volume is 
anticipated in the current 2020/2021 harvest and, consequently, a slightly 
decline in inventory levels. The prices for dissolving wood pulp remain at a 
high level. 
Lenzing expects a continued increase in demand for sustainably produced fibers 
for the textile and apparel industry as well as for the hygiene and medical 
industry. This trend is likely to continue unabated after the COVID-19 pandemic, 
not least due to a number of legislative initiatives. 
With the prospect of a progressing active immunization of a broad population 
against COVID-19, optimism and confidence in an early return to normality are 
also growing within the textile value chain. However, the currently positive 
environment is still characterized by a high level of uncertainty, also due to 
the increased occurrence of virus mutations and the extreme occurrence of 
infections in countries such as Brazil and India. Therefore, the visibility 
remains limited. 
Taking into account the above factors, the Lenzing Group expects the operating 
result in 2021 to reach at least the level of the pre-crisis year 2019. 
In view of these developments, Lenzing considers itself well-positioned with its 
sCore TEN corporate strategy, and will continue to drive the completion of the 
major strategic projects, which will make a significant contribution to earnings 
from 2022. In addition to its targets for EBITDA (EUR 800 mn) and ROCE (>10 % 
[1]), Lenzing also confirms its four other medium-term targets for 2024: net 
debt/EBITDA (<2.5 x), share of specialty fibers (>75% of fiber revenue), 
internal production of dissolving wood pulp (>75 %), decarbonization (>40 % 
fewer CO2 emissions per ton of product). 
Selected indicators of the 
Lenzing Group                              01-03/2021                 01-03/2020 
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Sales 2021 2 197 M 2 667 M 2 667 M
Net income 2021 141 M 172 M 172 M
Net Debt 2021 1 048 M 1 273 M 1 273 M
P/E ratio 2021 22,2x
Yield 2021 0,45%
Capitalization 2 979 M 3 616 M 3 617 M
EV / Sales 2021 1,83x
EV / Sales 2022 1,61x
Nbr of Employees 7 554
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