The decline in demand was particularly pronounced in Germany
Oldenburg, Prenzlau, 8 July 2013. aleo solar AG [ISIN: DE000A0JM634] today announced that, based on preliminary calculations, it expects to have closed the first six months of 2013 with earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of approximately EUR -29,4 million (prior-year period: EUR –23,5 million). Revenue is expected to amount to EUR 68.3 million (previous year: EUR 166.4 million).
Demand for photovoltaics in the European core markets was muted in the first six months of 2013. The decline in demand was particularly pronounced in Germany: While 4,374 MW of solar electricity power had been connected to the grid in Germany in the first half of 2012, this fell to just 1,488 MW in the first five months of 2013 (figures for June 2013 are not yet available from the Federal Network Agency). Since the expiry of the most recent transition periods in connection with the 2012 amendment of the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG), demand for photovoltaics has been down approximately 50 percent year-on-year. In countries such as Italy, Greece and Belgium, government policies regarding subsidies for renewable energies also led to a decrease in demand. In contrast, aleo solar AG recorded a substantial increase in revenue in the USA, but this only partially compensated for the weak business in Europe.
In addition to the weak market, the erosion of prices also put severe pressure on the revenue and margins of aleo solar AG. "Selling prices dropped by around 25 percent compared with the first six months of last year," said York zu Putlitz, CEO of aleo solar AG.
The 2013 half-yearly financial report containing the final figures is expected to be published on 13 August 2013.
aleo solar AG produces and distributes premium solar modules and systems for the international photovoltaic market. Since 2009, the Bosch Group has owned a majority of the company (DE000A0JM634), which was originally founded in 2001 and has been listed on the stock exchange since 2006. The premium manufacturer currently has approximately 900 employees and is represented in the key photovoltaic markets all over the world. The aleo solar group has an annual production capacity of 280 megawatts at its plant in Prenzlau, Germany. The company generated a turnover of 279.9 million in 2012.