30 July 2013 08:51 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Wacker’s net income fell by 77.1% year on year to €13.6m ($18.1m) in the second quarter of this year, with sales heavily pressured by lower prices for polysilicon and semiconductor wafers, the German producer said on Tuesday.
Its sales fell by 5.9% year on year to €1.15bn in the second quarter, while earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was down by 53.1% at €52.5m, Wacker said in a statement.
“Wacker’s earnings trend from April through June was once again marked by the low price levels for polysilicon,” it said.
“Solar-silicon prices in the second quarter were down about one-third from their prior-year levels,” the firm added.
For the first six months of this year, the firm’s net profit fell by 82.7% year on year to €17.7m, while sales slipped by 7.9% to €2.23bn.
Wacker now expects its sales to reach around €4.5bn in 2013, down from the €4.63bn it posted last year.
($1 = €0.75)
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