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Pirelli & C. Spa board approves results for 6 months ended 30 June 2016

-      Further growth of Premium with revenues at 65.1% of the Consumer business

-      Improved overall price/mix: +6% thanks to price increases and improved sales mix

-      Efficiencies of 51.3 million euros (45.8 million in first half 2015), 68% of 2014-2017 plan’s 350 million euros target achieved

-      Improved profitability with an EBIT (before charges) of 14.5% (14.2% in the same period of 2015 and same perimeter)

-      Profitability of Consumer business at 16.4% (15.7% in first half of 2015 with same perimeter)

-      Industrial Business impacted by persisting weakness in South America

-      Profitability increases in Europe and NAFTA. Apac confirmed as area of greatest profitability

-      Successful conclusion of debt refinancing

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Comments on the economic data for the six months ended on 30 June 2016 – if not otherwise indicated – refer to comparisons with economic data for the six months ended 30 June 2015 for only the Pirelli Group and applying the same perimeter.

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The Board of Directors of Pirelli & C. SpA today reviewed and approved the group’s results for the six months ended on 30 June 2016. The semester was characterized by following key elements:

-       Revenues of 2,968.6 million euro, with organic growth (with the same perimeter and net of negative forex effect of 8.8%) of 5.9%, thanks to great improvement in the price/mix component (+6.0%) because of price increases in emerging markets, higher sales in the Replacement channel and different geographic and product mixes. The increase in revenues at the organic level was underpinned by the performance of the Consumer business (+7.4% organic growth) thanks to the performance of the Premium segment and mature markets, while the Industrial segment (+0.4% organic growth) was impacted by the weakness of the tyre market in South America and other emerging markets. Overall volumes were stable, with different dynamics in Consumer (+1.9%) and Industrial (-7.3%);

-       Further reinforcement of Premium, with volume growth of 13.4% (+15% solely in the second quarter after +11.7% in the first quarter) above the global Premium market trend (+9.4%). The Premium’s organic revenues increased by 11.3% to 1,607.2 million euro, growing to 65.1% of total Consumer revenues from 61.5% in the same period of 2015 (with the same perimeter);

-       Improved profitability thanks to the effect of internal levers of price/mix and efficiencies achieved to contrast forex volatility and the decline of some markets mainly in the Industrial business;

-       EBITDA margin before non-recurring and restructuring charges improved to 19.5% compared with 19.2% in the same period of 2015 and the same perimeter. EBITDA before non-recurring and restructuring charges was 578.7 million euro (588.0 million euro in the same period of 2015 and the same perimeter);

-       EBIT margin before non-recurring and restructuring charges grew to 14.5% compared with 14.2% in the first half of 2015 and the same perimeter. This results benefits, among other things, from the achievement of efficiencies of 51.3 million euro (45.8 million euro in the first half of 2015). Since 2014 total efficiencies of 238.1 million euro have been achieved, equal to 68% of the target set in the 2014-2017 4-year plan of 350 million euro. EBIT before non-recurring and restructuring charges of 429.1 million euro (434.8 million in the first half of 2015 and the same perimeter);

-       At the geographic level profitability improved in Europe and NAFTA thanks to strong growth of the Premium segment. APac was confirmed as the most profitable area with an EBIT margin above 20%.

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NEW FIA AND PIRELLI FOUR-YEAR AGREEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE FIA ACTION FOR ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

NEW FIA AND PIRELLI FOUR-YEAR AGREEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE FIA ACTION FOR ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Milan, 22 June 2016. The FIA and Pirelli have today signed a new four-year agreement in support of the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign.

One of the primary goals of the campaign, launched in support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, is to educate and better inform road users on the importance of respecting the rules of the road. According to the World Health Organisation, road crashes are today the number one killer worldwide of people aged between 15 and 29.

As a Global Partner of the campaign, Pirelli will promote the FIA’s ’10 Golden Rules’ for road safety through all of its networks. Pirelli will also organise training programmes, as well as projects to raise awareness on safe driving, in collaboration with a selection of FIA Member Clubs.

During this week’s 2016 FIA Sport Conference in Turin, Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said: “Safety has always been one of Pirelli’s primary objectives. As well as being the maximum expression of high technology and performance, guaranteeing total driving pleasure, our tyres constantly strive to achieve the highest levels of safety, both for people and the environment.”

FIA President Jean Todt said: “I am delighted that Pirelli have agreed to support the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. Working together with our member clubs, this partnership can help spread the road safety message and the importance of respecting other road users to an even wider audience”.

The existing partnership between the FIA and Pirelli relating to the FIA Mobility Conferences and FIA Sport Conferences has also been extended.


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Pirelli board approves results for 3 months ended 31 March 2016

-      Further Premium growth with revenues accounting for 67.1% of Consumer business

-      Significant price/mix growth: +6.1% thanks to price increases and better sales’ mix

-      Efficiencies of 30.5 million euro (21.1 million euro in Q1 2015), in rapid progress compared with the 4-year 2014-2017 plan for 350 million euro

-      Operating result (Ebit before non-recurring and restructuring charges) increasing to 215.5 million euro (+4.2% compared with Q1 2015 on like-for-like basis)

-      Continuing improvement of Consumer business profitability, at 17.1%

-      Increased profitability in the Apac, Nafta and Europa areas

-      Industrial Business impacted by persistent weakness of South America

The Board of Directors of Pirelli & C. SpA met today and approved the group’s results for the three months which ended on March 31, 2016. It should be noted that Pirelli de Venezuela C.A. was deconsolidated at the end of 2015: the operating results for 2015, for the purposes of comparison, are presented applying the same perimeter of first quarter 2016. The following are the main elements which characterized the quarter:

-       Revenues were 1,436.0 million euro, with organic growth (applying the same perimeter and net of the forex effect of negative 9.3%) of 5.1%, thanks to the significant improvement of the price/mix component (+6.1%) as a result of price increases in emerging markets, greater sales in the Replacement channels and the diverse geographic and product mix. This performance more than offset the slight reduction in volumes (-0.8%, mainly in emerging markets and the Industrial business) and reduction of sales of other activities (-0.2%).

-       Further reinforcement of Premium, with volume growth of 11.7%, above the global premium market trend (+10%) and organic revenue growth of 10.5% to 781.9 million euro. Premium accounted for 67.1% of Consumer revenues, a decided (?) increase from 61.2% in the same period of 2015 (with the same perimeter).

-       Ebitda before non-recurring and restructuring charges was 290 million euro, an increase of 2.5%  compared with 282.9 million euro in the same period of 2015 with the same perimeter, with an Ebitda margin of 20.2%, an increase from 18.9% in the same period of 2015 with the same perimeter;

-       Ebit before non-recurring and restructuring charges was 215.5 million euro, an increase of 4.2% compared with 206.9 million euro in the first quarter of 2015 with the same perimeter, with an Ebit margin increasing to 15% (13.8% in the first quarter of 2015 with the same perimeter). This result benefits from, among other things, the achievement of 30.5 million euro in efficiencies (21.1 million euro in the first quarter of 2015), which is the implementation of the 4-year 2014-2017 plan of 350 million euro;

-       At the geographic level, profitability improved in Europe, Apac and Nafta thanks to significant growth in the Premium segment.

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The result from participations was negative 42.5 million euro mainly attributable to the impact deriving from devaluations and value adjustments of affiliates Fenice S.r.l. and Prelios S.p.a., as well as Rcs.

The total net result was 40.4 million euro (84.6 million euro in the same period of 2015) and reflects, as well as the negative impact of the result of participations, the 30.6 million euro increase in net financial charges, mainly due to the early repayment of the US Private Placement bond loan.

The net cash flow from operations improved, passing from -688.9 million euro in the first quarter of 2015 to – 499.9 million euro in the first quarter of 2016, thanks to the management of working capital.

Investments totaled 74 million euro (85.6 million euro in first quarter 2015), mainly earmarked for increased Premium capacity in Europe, Nafta and China, as well as improvements in mix.

The total net cash flow was negative 704.6 million euro, an improvement compared with -753.3 million euro in the first quarter of 2015, when the entry included a positive impact of 24.4 million euro deriving from a payment trance from the disposal of the steelcord activities.

The net financial position was negative 1,903.7 million euro, compared with 1,946.6 million euro in the same period of 2015 with the same perimeter and 1,199.1 million euro on December 31, 2015.

Employees on March 31, 2016 numbered 35,899 (37,527 in the first quarter of 2015 and 36,753 at the end of December 2015)

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