Lohne, 28 June 2016 – At today’s Annual General Meeting, the shareholders of EnviTec Biogas AG (ISIN: DE000A0MVLS8) acknowledged the positive performance of the company in 2015, which was achieved in spite of the continued volatile market environment, and expressed their trust in the Executive and the Supervisory Board. This year’s Annual General Meeting was attended by shareholders representing approx. 84 % of the share capital. All items on the agenda were approved by a large majority as proposed by the management. The proposal of the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board to use the profit of EnviTec Biogas AG in the amount of EUR 15.49 million to pay out a dividend totalling approx. EUR 11.88 million, i.e. EUR 0.80 per eligible share, was also approved by the shareholders.
The Executive Board commented in detail on the results of the financial year and the outlook for the global biogas sector. As a fully integrated, full-service biogas supplier with strong own plant operations and a professional range of services, EnviTec believes it is well positioned. The company’s plant construction activities benefit from high demand primarily in European markets such as the UK, France and Denmark as well as in Asia. The spin-off of the plant construction operations and the efficient concentration on international growth markets is gradually paying off. The German market is not expected to provide any more stimulation for the construction of biogas plants for the time being. The amendment of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act adopted by the German cabinet in early June will not lead to any meaningful incentives for the construction of biogas plants in Germany, either.
Says Olaf von Lehmden, CEO of EnviTec Biogas AG: “The new EEG amendment underpins the lack of political will in Germany to rely in the turnaround in energy policy on the flexible energy source that is biogas. In the long term, we will therefore have to take new approaches without compensation under the EEG. We will primarily rely on expanding our range of services, on our technological strength in the market and on the sustainable operation of biogas plants. Building on our comprehensive expertise and our excellent international reputation, our Plant Construction segment will seize opportunities that arise in attractive markets with determination in order to generate sustainable positive results.”
On the occasion of the Annual General Meeting, the Executive Board confirmed its forecast for the current financial year 2016, according to which sales revenues will pick up moderately and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) will be slightly higher than in the previous year.
About EnviTec Biogas AG
EnviTec Biogas AG covers the entire value chain for the production of biogas, including the planning and turnkey construction of biogas plants and biogas upgrading plants as well as their commissioning. The company takes charge of biological and technical services on demand and also offers full plant and operational management. In addition, EnviTec also operates its own biogas plants. In 2011, EnviTec Biogas along with EnviTec Energy GmbH & Co. KG and its 100% subsidiary EnviTec Stromkontor GmbH & Co. KG expanded its business operations into the direct marketing of upgraded biomethane as well as the marketing of green electricity and balancing energy. EnviTec Biogas AG currently has a presence in 17 countries. In 2015, EnviTec generated revenues of EUR 174.9 million and an EBIT of EUR 3.4 million. The EnviTec Group currently has about 370 employees. EnviTec Biogas has been listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange since July 2007.
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