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Clariant continues to increase sales, improves profitability and remains on track to meet 2017 outlook

  • Sales increased by 9 % in local currency to CHF 3.132 billion
  • EBITDA before exceptional items rose significantly by 9 %
  • EBITDA margin before exceptional items increased to 15.4 %
  • Operating cash flow was CHF 116 million
  • Net income grew by 20 % to CHF 153 million
  • 2017 outlook confirmed

“Clariant delivered excellent top-line growth and further expansion in profitability in the first half of the year,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Our good business performance was primarily achieved by the recovery in Catalysis and the ongoing impact of the differentiated steering in Plastics & Coatings. For 2017, we are confident that we will achieve our targets, i.e. growth in local currency, progression in operating cash flow, absolute EBITDA and EBITDA margin before exceptional items in spite of a temporarily weaker cash flow in the first half.”

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Clariant published its first half 2017 results on 27 July 2017

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

A live audio webcast and conference call took place on the publication day at 3:00 pm CEST. 

Speakers:
Hariolf Kottmann, CEO
Patrick Jany, CFO 
Anja Pomrehn, Head of  Group Investor Relations

Please join the replay of the WEBCAST which is available for 30 days.

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  • Clariant commences 2017 with strong sales growth and a significantly improved absolute EBITDA

    • First quarter sales grew by 9 % in local currency to CHF 1.602 billion
    • EBITDA before exceptional items significantly rose by 10 % in local currency to CHF 250 million
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items increased to 15.6 %
    • 2017 outlook unchanged: continued local currency growth, progression in profitability and operating cash flow generation

    “Clariant achieved a very good start into the year with good volume growth and higher profitability”, said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Our focus on local currency growth and profitability improvement is clearly reflected in these encouraging results. We are on a solid path towards achieving our sales expansion targets, a continued progression in absolute EBITDA and EBITDA margin before exceptional items as well as operating cash flow generation, in spite of what continues to be a challenging market environment in specific business areas.”

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  • Clariant again significantly increases operating cash flow whilst growing sales and profitability in 2016

    • Sales increased by 2 % in local currency to CHF 5.847 billion
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items expanded to 15.2 % from 14.7 %
    • Operating cash flow significantly rose by 29 % to CHF 646 million compared to CHF 502 million in 2015
    • Net income grew 16 % to CHF 263 million
    • Proposed dividend increase of 12.5 % to CHF 0.45 per share
    • 2017 outlook: continued progression in profitability and operating cash flow generation

    “Clariant considerably expanded its operating cash flow in 2016 while reporting sales growth and profitability improvement,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Our good business performance was primarily achieved by means of a continued shift to high margin specialities, the impact of the differentiated steering in Plastics & Coatings as well as good cost management. For 2017, we are confident that we will achieve our targets, i.e. growth in local currency, progression in operating cash flow, absolute EBITDA and EBITDA margin before exceptional items in spite of a continued challenging economic environment.”

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  • Clariant continues to grow in sales and profitability in the first nine months of 2016

    • Sales grew by 2 % in local currency to CHF 4.299 billion
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items significantly expands to 15.2 % 
    • 2016 outlook confirmed: continued progression in operating cash flow and EBITDA margin before exceptional items

    “Clariant continues to grow both, sales and profitability in the first nine month of 2016,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “The good performance reflects our excellent execution of our strategy in all our businesses to foster growth and improve returns despite the continued challenging economic environment. The advancement in the current year results from our focus on innovation by delivering more added value to our customers as well as continued cost discipline. The differentiated business steering in Plastics & Coatings continued to positively impact the profitability improvement. We are therefore on track to achieve our targets for the full year 2016.”

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  • Clariant delivers significantly improved operating cash flow and a higher profitability in the first half of 2016

    • Sales increased by 3 % in local currency to CHF 2.899 billion
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items expanded to 15.3 % from 14.5 %
    • Operating cash flow significantly improved to CHF 208 million compared to CHF 65 million in the first half of 2015
    • Net income was CHF 128 million
    • 2016 outlook confirmed

    “Clariant has considerably expanded operating cash flow and also significantly improved its profitability in the first half of the year,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Our good business performance was primarily achieved by means of a continued shift to high margin specialities, the impact of the differentiated steering in Plastics & Coatings as well as good cost management. For 2016, we are on track to achieve our targets despite the continued challenging economic environment.”

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  • CLARIANT WITH A GOOD START INTO 2016 – IMPROVED SALES AND INCREASED PROFITABILITY

    • First quarter 2016 sales from continuing operations increased 
      3 % in local currencies to CHF 1.478 billion 
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items improved to 15.5 % from 14.1 % 
    • 2016 outlook confirmed: continued progression in operating cash flow and EBITDA margin before exceptional items 

    “Clariant had a good start into the year with solid sales growth and profitability improvement,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “All our business areas performed well in the current mixed global economic environment and significantly expanded their EBITDA margins. This positive development in all business areas was achieved by a positive mix effect in our higher margin Business Areas as well as the first impact of the differentiated business steering in Plastics & Coatings. For 2016, we are on track to achieve our targets despite the continued challenging economic environment.”

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  • CLARIANT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES CASH FLOW AND FOR THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR INCREASES MARGINS

    • Full-year 2015 sales rose by 3 % in local currencies to CHF 5.807 billion
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items rose 50 basis points to 14.7 %
    • Operating cash flow improved significantly to CHF 502 million
    • Net result from continuing operations was at CHF 227 million, comparable with previous year
    • 2016 outlook: continued progression in  profitability and cash flow generation despite increasingly challenging economic environment

    “Despite the challenging economic environment throughout the year, we continued to improve our performance again and have shown resilience,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Clariant has significantly improved its cash flow and expanded its EBITDA margin on the back of a good performance of the Business Areas Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. With this positive development we have been able to offset the negative impact of the stronger Swiss franc and deliver a net result comparable to 2014. For 2016, in spite of the economic environment anticipated to become even more demanding, we want to further progress in profitability and cash flow generation by continuously launching new innovative solutions particularly in our higher margin Business Areas.”

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