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Clariant continued to grow sales despite a slow start in Plastic & Coatings

  • Sales increased by 2 % in local currency to CHF 1.715 billion
  • EBITDA after exceptional items was CHF 236 million
  • EBITDA margin after exceptional items was 13.8 %
  • Outlook reiterated: above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation

“In the first three months of this year, Clariant delivered continued organic sales growth despite the challenging macroeconomic environment,” said Ernesto Occhiello, CEO of Clariant. “Our focus on customer experience and fast, reliable customer fulfillment is particularly noticeable in the progression of the Business Areas Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Despite Plastics & Coatings being negatively impacted by the current economic and business environments, we are confident in our ability to progress throughout the year. We will continue to identify and address the next challenges and future demands of our customers, leading to above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation.”

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Clariant published its First Quarter 2019 figures on 30 April 2019.

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  • Clariant increased sales, profitability and operating cash flow in 2018

    • Sales increased by 5 % in local currency to CHF 6.623 billion
    • EBITDA before exceptional items improved by 5 % in Swiss francs, exceeding CHF 1 billion
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items expanded to 15.4 %
    • Net income climbed by 18 % to CHF 356 million
    • Operating cash flow rose by 24 % to CHF 530 million
    • Proposed dividend increase of 10 % to CHF 0.55 per share
    • Outlook 2021: above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation

    “In 2018, Clariant achieved good sales and profit growth and significantly improved operating cash flow despite an increasingly challenging environment.” said Ernesto Occhiello, CEO of Clariant. “Going forward, we will continue to identify and address the next challenges and future demands within our respective businesses and those of our customers. This, coupled with best customer experience and fast, reliable customer fulfillment will trigger above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation.”

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    Clariant published its Full Year 2018 figures on 13 February 2019.

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  • Clariant delivers further progression in sales and EBITDA in the first nine months of 2018

    • Sales grew by 6 % in local currency and Swiss francs to CHF 4.994 billion
    • EBITDA before exceptional items increased significantly by 7 %
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items at a solid 15.3 %
    • 2018 outlook confirmed

    “In the first nine months of the year, Clariant has delivered strong sales and EBITDA”, stated CEO Ernesto Occhiello. “Going forward, we will focus on growth and cost awareness, while emphasizing to an even greater extent customer-specific, technologically advanced applications and enhancing operating efficiencies. In addition, the implementation of the recently announced portfolio changes will further fuel substantial profitability progression.”

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    Clariant published its Nine Months 2018 figures on 31 October 2018.

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  • Clariant reports strong progress in the first half of 2018

    • Sales grew by 7 % in local currency to CHF 3.389 billion
    • EBITDA before exceptional items expanded significantly by 9 %
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items improved to 15.5 %
    • Net income increased by 38 % to CHF 211 million
    • Operating cash flow at CHF 102 million
    • 2018 outlook confirmed

    “In the first half of the year, Clariant delivered strong growth in sales, EBITDA and most notably net income”, stated CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Our adherence to Clariant’s five pillar strategy has resulted in the steady progress we have seen over the last years. We continue to focus on innovation and sustainability for portfolio advancement, leading to further progress in growth and profitability. For 2018, I am confident that we will achieve our targets.”

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    Clariant published its First Half 2018 results on 25 July 2018.

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  • Clariant starts 2018 with significant growth in sales and EBITDA

    • First quarter sales rose by 7 % in local currency to CHF 1.722 billion
    • EBITDA before exceptional items improved significantly by 7 % in Swiss francs
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items remained stable at a good 15.6 %
    • 2018 outlook confirmed

    “In the first three months of 2018, Clariant delivered very good 7 % growth, both in sales and profitability”, said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “All our Business Areas contributed to this progress which was mainly driven by volumes. The turnaround of the Catalysis business has been confirmed and also the Oil & Mining Services business is showing signs of improvement, while Care Chemicals continued its excellent development and Plastics & Coatings is performing in line with expectations. For 2018, we are on track to achieve our targets.”

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  • Clariant significantly increases growth and further improves profitability in 2017

    • Sales increased by 9 % in local currency to CHF 6.377 billion
    • EBITDA before exceptional items improved significantly by 10 % in Swiss francs to CHF 974 million
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items increased to 15.3 %
    • Operating cash flow was CHF 428 million
    • Net income climbed by 15 % to CHF 302 million
    • Proposed dividend increase of 11 % to CHF 0.50 per share
    • Outlook: continued progression in profitability and operating cash flow generation

    “Clariant delivered exemplary top-line growth and absolute EBITDA improvement in 2017,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “The results are particularly encouraging as all Business Areas contributed to this expansion. Clariant continues to consistently and successfully deliver on its strategy and is well on track to achieve its goals. We are making progress based mainly on our innovation and sustainability positioning. For 2018, we are confident that we will further grow in local currency, operating cash flow and profitability.”

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  • Clariant again grows sales, increases profitability and is well on track to meet 2017 outlook

    • Sales for the first nine months rose by 10 % in local currency to CHF 4.698 billion
    • EBITDA before exceptional items improved significantly by 10 %
    • EBITDA margin before exceptional items increased to 15.3 %
    • 2017 outlook confirmed

    “Clariant continues to consistently and successfully deliver on its strategy. With an excellent 10 % growth in both sales and profitability in the first nine months of the year we are well on track to achieve our targets,” said CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “Our achievements are based on innovation, sustainability and on the endless commitment of our employees. Leveraging innovation throughout our portfolio is also exemplified by today’s announcement of the commercialization of bio-ethanol with the related licenses and enzymes. We expect mid double-digit million sales potential from the sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol production alone, a clear illustration of our innovation competence in biotechnology. 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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