07/29/2022 12:57:00 CEST, Reutlingen Manz AG, a globally active high-tech engineering company with a comprehensive technology portfolio, is terminating negotiations with its Chinese customer Chongqing Shenhua Thin Film Solar Technology Co., Ltd. regarding the conclusion of the large-scale solar project CIGSfab and, in this context, is making a non-cash impairment in the amount of EUR 23.2 million on a contractual asset. This was decided by the Managing Board after no agreement could be reached today on the completion of the project also in the final negotiations with the contractual partner.
Since 2017, Manz AG had been working on the major project for the Chinese partner with a planned total order volume of around EUR 218 million, which was interrupted in December 2020 at the customer's request. By the end of 2020, Manz AG had received payments of around EUR 175 million, but had already provided services with a total value of around EUR 198 million to date. As already described in detail in the context of the Annual Report 2021 as well as the Annual General Meeting 2022, the Managing Board had previously assumed that the customer would fulfill the associated contractually outstanding payments. Contrary to expectations, however, it has not been possible to reach a mutual solution between the contractual parties to date. Therefore, Manz AG is now pursuing the goal of asserting its claims through the courts.
Due to the impact on earnings development resulting from today's decision and against the backdrop of the unexpectedly strong increase in raw material and energy costs, a changed project mix, ongoing challenges in the global supply chains, and increased economic uncertainties among Manz AG's customers, the Managing Board is adjusting its forecast for the 2022 fiscal year. The adjusted forecast will be announced on August 04, 2022, together with the key financial figures for the first half of 2022.
Martin Drasch, CEO of Manz AG: "We very much regret that we were unable to reach an amicable solution with our Chinese contractual partner. We will now consistently focus our efforts on the implementation of our growth strategy in the automotive & electromobility, battery manufacturing, electronics, energy, and medical technology industries. Accordingly, we are not undertaking any further technological developments in CIGS thin-film solar technology and have discontinued market development. In the e-mobility market in particular, we have established a strong position as a high-tech equipment manufacturer to benefit from the immense market potential." Manz has recently been able to use this momentum to its advantage and convince numerous well-known, international customers with its years of experience in developing innovative production concepts and solutions.