* Q3 sales 1.17 bln eur vs 1.19 bln Reuters poll
* Q3 EBITDA 168 mln eur vs 192 mln Reuters poll
* Still sees 2013 sales of about 4.5 bln eur, lower EBITDA
* Shares indicated 3.1 percent lower
(Recasts, adds details on polysilicon business, shares)
FRANKFURT, Oct 31 Wacker Chemie's
third-quarter core earnings plunged by nearly a fifth, hit by
low prices for polysilicon, a key material it supplies to the
crisis-ridden solar industry.
Wacker Chemie - the world's No.2 maker of polysilicon, used
in solar cells - said its earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came in at 168 million
euros ($231 million) in the third quarter.
Analysts had, on average, expected third-quarter EBITDA of
192 million euros.
"The prices for solar silicon remain a challenge. They were
about one-third lower than a year ago," Chief Executive Rudolf
Staudigl said in a statement on Thursday.
Wacker kept its outlook for the current year for sales of
about 4.5 billion euros and a drop in EBITDA.
Through its polysilicon business, which accounted for nearly
a third of nine-month core earnings, Wacker depends on the solar
industry, where oversupply of cells and modules and falling
government support has pushed a large number of sector players
Polysilicon prices have plunged to below $20 per kg from a
2008 peak of almost $400, squeezing Wacker Chemie as well as
major rivals Hemlock Semiconductor and Norway's Renewable Energy
Corp, triggering those in the sector to cut jobs or
Sector leader Hemlock Semiconductor, a joint venture between
Dow Corning and Shin-Etsu Handotai, in
January announced it would cut 400 jobs.
Wacker Chemie also competes with Mitsubishi Materials
, as well as Korean OCI Co Ltd and China's
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings.
($1 = 0.7262 euros)
(Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Victoria Bryan)