Within the framework of the preparations for the Group annual financial statements and based on preliminary results, SGL Carbon confirms its guidance for 2019 as revised in October 2019. Accordingly, the Company continues to expect Group sales between €1.05 and €1.1 billion and Group EBIT before extraordinary items between €45 and 50 million. In addition, net financial debt as of December 31, 2019 has also developed as expected, increasing by a mid double digit million € amount and thus remaining below the €300 million mark.
SGL Carbon also confirms the initial outlook for 2020 as presented in October 2019. Group sales is anticipated slightly below the 2019 level and Group EBIT before extraordinary items 10-15% below the 2019 level. To reflect the lower earnings expectations and within the context of a conservative free cash flow management, the Company will restrict capital expenditures to €70-80 million in 2020 (previous guidance: approximately €100 million) and thus approximately on the level of depreciation.
As usual, SGL Carbon will communicate further details on the guidance for 2020, particularly relating to the guidance on the level of the reporting segments, with the publication of the annual report 2019 on March 12, 2020.
The Company will also publish statements on the new mid-term plan on this date.