AKASOL AG
Company Profile

AKASOL is a leading developer and manufacturer of mostly liquid-cooled and rechargeable high-performance lithium ion (“Li-Ion”) battery systems for a wide range of applications, such as buses, commercial vehicles, rail vehicles, marine, industrial vehicles and stationary applications. The Company was founded in 1990 as the not-for-profit organization Akasol e.V. and incorporated as Akasol Engineering GmbH in 2008.

Its founders, including current CEO and indirect majority shareholder Sven Schulz, renamed the Company to Akasol GmbH in 2012. The Company is based in Darmstadt and runs its main production facility in Langen, Germany. The facility currently has a total capacity of up to 300 MWh annually, which allows AKASOL to produce battery systems for up to 1,500 buses or up to 6,000 commercial vehicles per year, depending on battery size. Based on its extensive experience in the field of high performance Li-Ion battery systems, AKASOL develops, tests, validates, manufactures and distributes rechargeable, functional and standardized Li-Ion battery modules including battery management system and thermal management features. The Company has become the strategic battery system supplier for leading manufacturers from its target industries, including Bombardier Transportation, Rolls-Royce Power Systems (MTU Friedrichshafen), Daimler and a Swedish bus and truck manufacturer.


AKASOL’s battery systems are highly flexible in terms of battery chemistry and battery cell format, which makes them suitable for a wide range of applications. With its On-Highway Segment the Company serves manufacturers of buses and commercial vehicles. The Off-Highway Segment focuses on battery systems and services for manufacturers or tier 1 suppliers of rail vehicles, industrial vehicles (e.g. construction, mining and logistics), marine applications as well as stationary applications for residential and professional installations. The Company has developed a multi-dimensional growth strategy based on three pillars: (1) organic growth in its main segments due to growing market potential, coupled with the expansion of production capacities in Germany and market entry into the US; (2) maintaining and expanding its technology leadership in e-mobility through sustained research and development efforts in order to expand the product portfolio and to increase the level of vertical integration into areas with value-add potential, including selective add-on acquisitions; and (3) delivering attractive returns through operating leverage while capitalizing on what the Company views to be their leading technology position and attractive client base, as well as maintaining an efficient organizational structure.


From 2015 to 2017, the Company managed to increase revenue by 64% to EUR 14.5 million in 2017 compared to EUR 13.4 million in 2016 and EUR 8.8 million in 2015. The Company’s operational results nearly tripled in the last three years. EBIT grew to EUR 1.1 million in 2017, compared to EUR 0.4 million in 2015. AKASOL intends to continue this profitable growth course in the future by focusing on its multi-dimensional growth strategy.

Company
Management Board

Sven Schulz

CEO

Mr. Sven Schulz is the Chief Executive Officer of AKASOL AG. He is responsible for Sales in the Bus & Trucks sector as well as Marketing and Communication. Mr. Schulz was a founder of AKASOL and brings wide entrepreneurial experience from Schulz Group GmbH, the parent company and majority shareholder of AKASOL. Before being appointed CEO of AKASOL AG in May 2018, he worked as Managing Director of Schulz Engineering GmbH and other Schulz subsidiaries. He also is the sole owner of the Schulz Group GmbH.

Dr. Curt Philipp Lorber

CFO

Dr. Curt Philipp Lorber is the Chief Financial Officer of AKASOL AG. Dr. Lorber obtained his Ph. D. in economics in Darmstadt and worked as auditor with Ernst & Young Luxembourg and later with KPMG in Germany. Before joining AKASOL in May 2018, Dr. Lorber was working for more than eight years as head of finance for listed stock companies.

Supervisory Board

DR. CHRISTOPH REIMNITZ

CHAIR

Dr. Christoph Reimnitz was appointed Chair of the Supervisory Board in May 2018. In addition to his position at AKASOL, Dr. Reimnitz currently is the Global Structuring Leader Gas to Power / Project Development at GE International.

DR. MARIE-LUISE WOLFF

DEPUTY CHAIR

Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff became Deputy Chair of the Supervisory Board in June 2018. In addition to her position at AKASOL, she is the Chair of the board of ENTEGA AG. Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff also is a member of several committees and associations, including TU Darmstadt Energy Center e.V., where she is a member of the Advisory Board.

DR. CHRISTIAN BRENNEKE

MEMBER OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD

Dr. Christian Brenneke was appointed Member of the Supervisory Board in June 2018. In addition to his position at AKASOL, he is Chief Technology Officer at WABCO, a global supplier of technologies and services regarding safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles.

Financial figures
Annual comparison

Financial figures in EUR thousand201520162017
Revenue8,80613,44614,483
EBITDA1,0431,9721,745
Operating results (EBIT)4101,3261,117
Financial result(319)(273)(246)
Net profit49715605
Total Equity3051,0201,624

Quarterly Comparison

Financial figures in EUR thousandQ1 2017 (Unaudited)Q1 2018 (Unaudited)
Revenue2,2464,537
EBITDA(92)575
Operating results (EBIT)(239)448
Financial result(32)(97)
Net profit(188)245
Total Equity1,870

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