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2014-04-15

Sika AG: SIKA ACHIEVES STRONG DYNAMIC GROWTH IN FIRST QUARTER 2014

Sika AG / SIKA ACHIEVES STRONG DYNAMIC GROWTH IN FIRST QUARTER 2014. Processed
and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions. The issuer is solely
responsible for the content of this announcement.
* 23.3% sales growth (15.6% in Swiss francs) to CHF 1,206.2 million
* Sales gains in all regions
* 20.6% growth in the emerging markets

"The new Strategy 2018 is delivering positive results and we can record an
excellent business performance for the first three months 2014," said Jan
Jenisch, Chief Executive Officer. "Accelerated expansion in the growth
markets, our investments in new factories, the acquisitions we have made and
the new product launches have all had a substantial impact on Sika's growth
in the first quarter."

All Group regions contributed to the significant 23.3% increase in sales in
the first quarter of 2014, which was the fourth successive quarter with
higher sales growth. Despite a negative currency effect of 7.7%, turnover
grew by 15.6% in Swiss francs.
Sika achieved sales growth of 31.0% in the region EMEA (Europe, Middle East
and Africa). A slight upturn in construction activity in Europe, which was
also felt in the crisis-hit countries of southern Europe, contributed to this
growth, as did the acquisitions made in 2013. Furthermore, new product
launches and the mild winter had a positive effect on first-quarter business.
In the region North America, the construction markets developed positively
and sales rose by 5.8%.

The accelerated expansion in the emerging markets is producing compelling
results. The region Asia/Pacific grew by 22.5%. In particular, China and the
countries of South East Asia generated double-digit growth.

Sales continued to develop at a high level in the region Latin America, rising
by 17.1%. However, the devaluation of a number of local currencies, which
was severe in some cases, resulted in high exchange rate losses.

Outlook

The Group confirms its 2014 growth target of 6% to 8% at constant exchange
rates, which is in line with the new Strategy 2018. Through further
investments in growth markets, the launch of new products, and the acquired
companies, Sika will continue to pursue its growth strategy this year. The
strong currency movements and framework conditions prevailing in some markets
will remain a challenge during the current financial year.

NET SALES IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2014

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|in CHF million 1/1/2013 - 1/1/2014 - Change compared to prior year (+/- in %) |
| |
| 3/31/2013 3/31/2014 |
| in CHF In local currencies[1] Currency effect Acquisition effect |
|By region |
|EMEA 477.5 609.1 27.6 31.0 -3.4 17.6 |
|North America 135.1 136.0 0.7 5.8 -5.1 0.0 |
|Latin America 141.9 138.9 -2.1 17.1 -19.2 3.0 |
|Asia/Pacific 202.4 222.1 9.7 22.5 -12.8 3.9 |
|Other segments and 86.2 100.1 16.1 20.4 -4.3 0.0 |
| |
|activities |
|Net sales 1,043.1 1,206.2 15.6 23.3 -7.7 9.2 |
| |
|consolidated |
|Products for the 805.4 946.4 17.5 25.7 -8.2 11.9 |
| |
|construction industry |
|Products for 237.7 259.8 9.3 15.1 -5.8 0.0 |
| |
|industrial |
|manufacturing |
|[1] including acquisitions |
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FINANCIAL CALENDAR

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|Half-year report 2014 Friday, July 25, 2014 |
|Results first nine months 2014 Thursday, October 30, 2014 |
|Net sales 2014 Tuesday, January 13, 2015 |
|Media conference/analyst presentation Friday, February 27, 2015 |
|on full-year results 2014 |
|Sales first quarter 2015 Tuesday, April 14, 2015 |
|47thAnnual General Meeting Tuesday, April 14, 2015 |
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|SIKA AG Zugerstrasse 50 CONTACT Dominik Slappnig |
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| 6341 Baar, Switzerland Corporate Communications& |
| www.sika.com Investor Relations |
| +41 58 436 68 21 |
| TELEPHONE slappnig.dominik@ch.sika.com |
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| E-MAIL |
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SIKA CORPORATE PROFILE
Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the
development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing,
damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and the motor
vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 84 countries around the world and
manufactures in over 160 factories. Its more than 16,000 employees generate
annual sales of CHF 5.14 billion.

The media release can be downloaded from the following link:

Media Release
http://hugin.info/100359/R/1777337/606659.pdf

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