Ad hoc notification pursuant to § 15 of the German Securities Trading Act (Wertpapierhandelsgesetz)

Not for release, publication or distribution in or into the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan

SGL Carbon SE successfully placed convertible notes

• Coupon set at 2.75% p.a. and conversion premium set at 30%
• Issue size of €240 million

Wiesbaden, April 18, 2012. SGL Carbon SE (together with its subsidiaries "SGL Group") successfully placed an aggregate principal amount of €240 million of its unsubordinated, unsecured convertible notes due 2018 (the "Convertible Notes") with domestic and international institutional investors outside of the US only, today.

The Convertible Notes will have a maturity of 5 years and 9 months. The initial conversion price has been set at €44.1022, representing a premium of 30% above the reference price of €33.9248. The coupon has been set at 2.75% p.a., payable semi-annually in arrear.

Settlement of the transaction will take place on or around April 25, 2012.

SGL Carbon SE intends to apply for the inclusion of the Convertible Notes to trading on the Open Market (Freiverkehr) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange; the settlement is, however, not conditional upon obtaining such inclusion to trading.

Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley are acting as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Managers for the Offering. LBBW and RBS are acting as Co-Lead Managers.

SGL Group plans to use the proceeds from the issue of the Convertible Notes for the funding of the acquisition of Fibras Sintéticas de Portugal SA (Fisipe), the expansion of its local production capacities for the Chinese graphite electrode market, which SGL Group expects to become the largest single graphite electrode market in the next 5-10 years, for potential strategic opportunities for vertical integration in the Business Area Performance Products, the repayment of the 2007/2013 convertible notes as required, and for general corporate purposes.

Important information

This press release constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy any securities.

This press release is not being issued in the United States of America and must not be distributed to publications with a general circulation in the United States. This press release does not constitute an offer or invitation to purchase any securities in the United States. The securities of SGL Carbon SE have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States absent from registration under or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

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About SGL Group – The Carbon Company

SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.

With 46 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2011, the Company’s workforce of around 6,500 employees generated sales of €1,540 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.

Further information on the SGL Group can be found online at: www.sglgroup.com.

Important note

This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the information currently available to us and on our current projections and assumptions. By nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as a consequence of which actual developments and results can deviate significantly from these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not to be understood as guarantees. Rather, future developments and results depend on a number of factors; they entail various risks and unanticipated circumstances and are based on assumptions which may prove to be inaccurate. These risks and uncertainties include, for example, unforeseeable changes in political, economic, legal, and business conditions, particularly relating to our main customer industries, such as electric steel production, to the competitive environment, to interest rate and exchange rate fluctuations, to technological developments, and to other risks and unanticipated circumstances. Other risks that in our opinion may arise include price developments, unexpected developments connected with acquisitions and subsidiaries, and unforeseen risks associated with ongoing cost savings programs. SGL Group does not intend or assume any responsibility to revise or otherwise update these forward-looking statements.

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