Overall Statement by the Executive Board on Underlying Conditions

In 2020, economic and political risks rose significantly, primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, global economic growth slowed markedly. Aside from China, every major economy reported a decrease in economic activity. The last time a global downturn had been so strong was during the financial crisis of 2009.

WACKER’s chemical business delivered a solid performance in 2020 given such difficult underlying conditions. In the second quarter of 2020, WACKER posted an especially steep sales contraction. A recovery began early in the third quarter and continued in the fourth quarter. Sales at WACKER were well below the year-earlier figure. WACKER , on the other hand, posted only slightly lower sales. At WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, sales edged up. The operating result for our chemical divisions was slightly lower year over year. The main reason was the fall in average prices for standard silicone products, which dampened at WACKER SILICONES. EBITDA at WACKER POLYMERS and WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS rose. In our business, sales grew slightly due to higher volumes. WACKER POLYSILICON posted significantly lower earnings year over year due to the special income from insurance compensation recognized in 2019. Measured on a comparable basis, its operating result improved significantly.

Due to the pandemic, sales declined in the three major regions: Europe, Asia and the Americas. Sales fell by a mid-single-digit percentage year over year in Europe and Asia and by a high-single-digit percentage in the Americas.

General term used to describe compounds of organic molecules and silicon. According to their areas of application, silicones can be classified as fluids, resins or rubber grades. Silicones are characterized by a myriad of outstanding properties. Typical areas of application include construction, the electrical and electronics industries, shipping and transportation, textiles and paper coatings.
A polymer is a large molecule made up of smaller molecular units (monomers). It contains between 10,000 and 100,000 monomers. Polymers can be long or ball-shaped.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Hyperpure polycrystalline silicon from WACKER POLYSILICON is used for manufacturing wafers for the electronics and solar industries. To produce it, metallurgical-grade silicon is converted into liquid trichlorosilane, highly distilled and deposited in hyperpure form at 1,000 °C.

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