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Clariant improves profitability in the first half of 2020 despite a difficult economic environment

  • Sales from continuing operations decreased by 5 % in local currency to CHF 1.945 billion
  • EBITDA margin improved to 15.0 % compared to an operational performance of 14.9 % in the first half of 2019
  • Net result for the total Group improved to CHF 90 million
  • Operating cash flow at CHF 89 million
  • Outlook: 2020 results will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; focus will therefore be on mitigation and cash generation

“In the first half of the year, our continuing operations were particularly resilient and showed a strong performance in an admittedly challenging environment. Particularly the second quarter was negatively affected by influences attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this difficult economic environment, our continuing operations even showed an improvement in margins. This clearly confirms the validity of our strategic decision to focus on Clariant’s three core specialty Business Areas,” said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman ad interim of Clariant. “Despite the uncertainties surrounding the current economic environment, the growth profile of our core portfolio remains undiminished. We will continue to focus on mitigating the impact of this pandemic and will progress with Clariant’s transformation program. This will enable Clariant to realize above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation.”

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Clariant published its First Half Year Results 2020 on 30 July 2020.

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  • Clariant profitability remains resilient despite difficult economic environment

    • Sales from continuing operations decreased by 6 % in local currency to CHF 1.019 billion
    • Resilient EBITDA margin at 15.4 % (vs. 15.7 %) reached an EBITDA of CHF 157 million
    • Outlook: 2020 results will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; focus will therefore be on impact mitigation and cash generation

    “In the first quarter of 2020, Clariant, together with the rest of the industry, was confronted with an unprecedented economic environment. However, our solid quarterly EBITDA margin reflects the Group’s attractive portfolio of resilient businesses, which maintained last year’s profitability level despite the particularly difficult and uncertain environment,” said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman ad interim of Clariant. “We will continue to put all our efforts into mitigating the effects of this pandemic and in protecting the safety of our employees. Clariant’s transformation program will remain in full progress.”

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    Clariant published its First Quarter Figures 2020 on 30 April 2020.

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  • Clariant grows sales and improves underlying profitability in 2019

    • Sales from continuing operations grew by 3 % in local currency to CHF 4.399 billion
    • Continuing operations EBITDA before exceptional items unchanged at CHF 740 million, corresponding to a 16.8 % margin
    • Continuing operations EBITDA (excl. European Commission provision) rose to CHF 692 million, corresponding to a 15.7 % margin
    • Net result for the total Group at CHF 38 million
    • Operating cash flow declined to CHF 509 million
    • Proposed unchanged dividend of CHF 0.55 per share
    • Outlook: Focused portfolio to achieve above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation, supported in 2020 by selective efficiency measures in the businesses

    “In 2019, we made a significant step forward in our strategy to focus on our specialty businesses. We reshaped our portfolio and, in a difficult environment, achieved a further increase in sales and a solid margin improvement, which clearly proves the resilience of our businesses,” said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman of Clariant. “Given that we expect the sluggish economic environment to continue in 2020, we have launched selective efficiency measures in all our businesses to further support the increase in profitability.”

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    Clariant published its Full Year Results 2019 on 13 February 2020.

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  • Clariant grows sales and improves underlying profitability in the first nine months of 2019

    • Sales from continuing operations grew by 3 % in local currency to CHF 3.272 billion in the first nine months of 2019
    • Continuing operations EBITDA after exceptional items (excl. European Commission provision) resilient at CHF 484 million
    • Corresponding EBITDA margin at 14.8 % vs. 14.7 % previous year
    • Outlook 2021: Focused portfolio to achieve above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation

    “Our nine months results reflect the resilience and quality of our continuing businesses, in particular in light of the worsening economic environment in the third quarter,” said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman of Clariant. “Looking forward, we will continually improve our performance through further operational improvement initiatives and the systematic implementation of our portfolio strategy to focus on higher value specialty businesses.”

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    Clariant published its Nine Months Figures 2019 on 30 October 2019.

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  • Clariant grows sales and operating cash flow in the first half year 2019

    • Entire Masterbatches and Pigments to be disposed, reclassified to discontinued operations
    • Sales from continuing operations grew by 4 % in local currency to CHF 2.229 billion
    • Continuing operations EBITDA before exceptional items softened by 2 % in Swiss francs to CHF 355 million with a 15.9 % EBITDA margin
    • One-off CHF 231 million provision for an ongoing competition law investigation by the European Commission
    • Post-provision continuing operations EBITDA was CHF 102 million, net result for the total Group at minus CHF 101 million
    • Operating cash flow rose by 11 % to CHF 113 million
    • Outlook 2021: Focused portfolio to achieve above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation

    “The first half year 2019 was admittedly challenging - particularly the second quarter, which was additionally impacted by temporary negative influences and one-off occurrences. Our continuing businesses showed resilience in this difficult environment, which comforts us in our strategic decision to divest Masterbatches and Pigments,” said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman of Clariant. “Despite the uncertainties of the current economic environment, the growth profile of our continuing portfolio remains unchanged. We will continue to intensify our focus on customer experience and fast reliable customer fulfillment, enabling Clariant to realize above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation.”

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    Clariant published its First Half Year Results 2019 on 25 July 2019.

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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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