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PRESS RELEASE : VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG: Record result and record sales; very attractive market environment for advanced biofuels until 2030; comprehensive investment programme for Germany

09/22/2021 | 02:01am EDT

DGAP-News: VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG / Key word(s): Annual Results VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG: Record result and record sales; very attractive market environment for advanced biofuels until 2030; comprehensive investment programme for Germany 2021-09-22 / 08:00 The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.


VERBIO AG: Record result and record sales; Germany finally taking serious steps to address decarbonisation in transport; legal requirements for CO[2] savings increase from 6 percent to 25 percent in 2030^[1]; very attractive market environment for advanced biofuels until 2030; comprehensive investment programme for Germany

Financial year 2020/2021 in figures

- EBITDA of EUR 166.3 million, up 36.2 percent

- Sales revenues of EUR 1.0 billion

- EBITDA margin 16.2 percent

- Equity ratio 75.1 percent

- Proposed dividend of EUR 0.20 per share

Outlook for 2021/2022

- EBITDA forecast for 2021/2022 of approximately EUR 150 million

- Net cash at the end of the financial year 2021/2022 of approximately EUR 50 million

- Demand for renewable fuels in Germany to grow by 400 percent by 2030

- Biomethane makes the break-through for use as a fuel in the heavy goods transport sector; construction of a liquefaction plant and installation of 20 BioLNG filling stations by the end of 2023

- Comprehensive investment programme to expand the Group's German locations

- Project VerBioChem, our launch into the decarbonisation of the chemical industry

Leipzig, September 22, 2021 - VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG has again generated record results with record levels of sales revenues in the financial year 2020/2021. For the first time the Group's sales revenues exceeded one billion euros, with an increase of 17.6 percent to EUR 1,026 million (2019/2020: EUR 872.4 million).

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 36.2 percent to EUR 166.3 million. The Group's earnings before taxation and interest (EBIT) increased to EUR 136.6 million, an increase of 48.6 percent (2019/2020: EUR 91.9 million). The net result amounted to EUR 93.5 million (2019/2020: EUR 63.8 million), after deduction of current and deferred taxes of EUR 41.8million (2019/2020: EUR 27.2 million). Based on the result for the period, earnings per share (basic and diluted) were EUR 1.48 and EUR 1.47 respectively (2019/2020: EUR 1.01 and EUR 1.01 respectively). Development of the Biodiesel, Bioethanol and Other segments Sales revenues in the Biodiesel segment in the financial year 2020/2021 amounted to EUR 729.9 million (2019/2020: EUR 588.2 million). Biodiesel production amounted to 601,257 tonnes (2019/2020: 559,735 tonnes), once again exceeding the record level of production set in the previous year. The Biodiesel segment contributed to the Group's results with an EBITDA of EUR 93.2 million (2019/2020: EUR 46.1 million).

The Bioethanol segment generated revenues of EUR 286.6 million in 2020/2021 (2019/2020: EUR 275.2 million). The production of Bioethanol was at a similarly high level to the previous year, at 233,284 tonnes (2019/2020: 236,676 tonnes). The production of biomethane increased slightly to 794.8 GWh (2019/2020: 784.4 GWh). The Bioethanol segment contributed to the Group's results with an EBITDA of EUR 70.6 million (2019/2020: EUR 74.0 million).

In the financial year 2020/2021 the Other segment generated revenues - primarily from transport and logistics services - totalling EUR 16.7 million (2019/2020: EUR 15.8 million), and an EBITDA of EUR 2.5 million.

Net assets and financial position Driven by the higher net result for the period, the cash flow from operating activities for the reporting period totalled EUR 117.2 million, a further significant year-on-year increase compared to the previous year (2019/2020: EUR 71.7 million).

At June 30, 2021 bank and loan finance arrangements of EUR 30.0 million are more than offset by cash and cash equivalents of EUR 105.0 million and other cash balances held in segregated accounts of EUR 25.2 million, so that the reported net cash balance at the balance sheet date amounted to EUR 100.2 million (June 30, 2020: EUR 55.9 million). Equity totalled EUR 509.8 million (June 30, 2020: EUR 390.8 million). The equity ratio increased to 75.1 percent (June 30, 2020: 73.8 percent).

Investments Cash outflows for investments in property, plant and equipment totalled EUR 67.1 million in the financial year 2020/ 2021 (2019/2020: EUR 68.0 million). VERBIO's investments were focussed on the completion of the straw biomethane plants in India and the USA. The commissioning of these plants commenced in the first quarter of the new financial year.

Business performance in Q4 2020/2021 In the fourth quarter, record sales revenues of EUR 309.1 million were generated with record earnings (EBITDA) of EUR 53.5 million. This is particularly impressive as in the fourth quarter the volumes of fuel sales, and the associated demand for biofuels, declined compared to the five-year average as a result of the lockdown. As a result of the increased efforts worldwide to combat climate change, in particular in the transport sector, there was an increase in demand for renewable fuels, especially for fuels from waste and residual products. The world market prices for used vegetable and animal fats increased to the levels of the price of palm oil, reaching new highs. This largely explains the significant increase in sales in the Biodiesel segment in the financial year just ended. The large number of new projects for HVO plants in the USA and worldwide will lead to increases in demand volumes for vegetable and animal fats which is likely to lead to further increases in prices.

The increased demand for renewable fuels, a large number of new laws, requirements and subsidy programmes coming from the German government for renewable fuels, low-emission vehicles for heavy goods vehicles on the roads, as well as the exemption from tolls for heavy goods vehicles powered by CNG/LNG fuels and the introduction of a CO[2] duty on fossil energy sources will all have a positive effect on the market environment from 2022. In Germany alone the obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is increasing from 6 percent currently to 25 percent by 2030. Particularly attractive is the market environment for advanced biofuels such as biomethane from straw, which is awarded a double credit for legal obligation quota purposes when the minimum quota is exceeded. The credits for greenhouse gas quota purposes awarded for the use of fossil natural gas will be ended from 2022, as will the credits awarded for 1.2 percent Upstream Emission Reductions (UER) from 2027. This will generate further demand for renewable advanced biofuels. Biomethane has made its breakthrough for use as a fuel in the heavy goods transport sector; the number of registrations for CNG/LNG heavy goods vehicles is very promising and creates the needed demand for more biomethane in transport. In comparison with 2019 the demand for biomethane has increased by 300 percent. Germany is one of the first EU states to start the implementation of the ambitious Renewable Energy Directive II into national law, with other EU states following soon.

Comprehensive investment programme at existing locations The new legal framework has created the long-awaited opportunity - following on from the electrification of the passenger vehicle sector - to focus on the decarbonisation of the commercial transport sector as well. We are reacting to these developments with a comprehensive investment programme to expand our existing production locations.

In doing so, the focus is on expanding the production capacity for advanced biofuels at the Zörbig, Schwedt, Pinnow and Nevada/Iowa locations. In addition to increasing the production capacity for biomethane we will in particular increase the capacity for bioethanol by 50 percent. The production capacity of the biorefinery in Pinnow will be doubled.

In order to meet the increased demand for BioLNG, a liquefaction plant with an annual capacity of approximately 60,000 tonnes will be built at the Zörbig location to convert green molecules from the biomethane plant directly into a liquid form. In parallel, we will invest in 20 BioLNG filling stations across Germany to meet the increasing demand for BioLNG for commercial vehicles. This means that in future we will cover the entire value added chain from capturing raw materials to filling the tanks of heavy goods vehicles.

In the Biodiesel segment the existing manufacturing capacity for advanced Biodiesel at the Schwedt location will be doubled from 50,000 tonnes annually to approximately 100,000 tonnes annually.

As a result of the planned investments, our production capacity for advanced biofuels will be more than doubled by 2023.

In the USA, too, our biomethane capacity will be expanded from 20 MW to 80 MW. We will implement the VERBIO biorefinery concept in the USA at the Nevada/Iowa location. In future, the raw material for the biomethane plant will, in addition to straw, also include the residual waste from the production of bioethanol (distillation waste). The biorefinery is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022. For this purpose, further investments of USD 60 million have been approved by the VERBIO AG Supervisory Board.

BioLNG will be a global mega trend. For this purpose, we plan to open a global trading desk for advanced biofuels, in particular for advanced biomethane, in Stamford, Connecticut in the USA. The activities of this new unit will commence with operations in the USA.

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