ELANTAS Electrical Insulation

Wesel, August 8, 2014

2014 Half Year Results: ALTANA achieves double-digit sales and profit increase

  • Sales reach €985 million, with EBITDA margin at 21.5 percent
  • Acquisition of Rockwood’s rheology business and organic growth as drivers
  • Forecast for the full year confirmed

The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA was able to achieve a significant increase in its sales and earnings in the first half of 2014. Sales in the first six months of the current fiscal year grew by 11 percent to €985 million (previous year: €887 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) reached €212 million, which is an increase of 19 percent compared to the previous year (€178 million). The EBITDA margin increased from an already high level of 20.1 percent to 21.5 percent. "Mainly due to the acquisition of Rockwood's rheology business, we were able to accelerate our profitable growth as planned,” stated Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, CEO of ALTANA AG.

Adjusted for the acquisition-related growth contribution (10 percent) and negative exchange rate effects (2 percent), operating sales in the first six months of 2014 rose by 4 percent. This growth was driven by higher sales volumes and the sale of even higher value-added products.

Additives business posts strong growth due to acquisition

The BYK Additives & Instruments division achieved the strongest growth within the Group. At BYK, sales rose by 30 percent to €436 million, mainly as a result of acquisition effects. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange rate effects, sales increased by 8 percent. 

With an increase of 1 percent respectively, sales in the ELANTAS Electrical Insulation (€218 million) and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants divisions (€168 million) were similar to the previous year's level. Adjusted for various exchange rate effects, ELANTAS achieved growth of 5 percent, while sales at ACTEGA were down by 1 percent. ECKART Effect Pigments recorded a decline in sales by 4 percent, with sales down to €162 million. Adjusted for negative exchange rate effects, sales decreased by 3 percent.

Business in the Americas strengthened, Europe returns to growth

With an increase in sales of 21 percent, ALTANA posted by far the strongest growth in the Americas region. This growth was mainly driven by the acquisition of Rockwood's rheology business. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange rate effects, sales in this region grew by 4 percent. Business in Europe was also positively influenced by acquisitions. Sales in this region, which is by far the largest market for ALTANA, improved by 9 percent. Even adjusted for acquisition effects, business in Europe returned to growth with an increase in sales of 3 percent. Asia contributed 6 percent to sales growth (adjusted for exchange rate effects, the region contributed 4 percent to growth).

Outlook

ALTANA confirms its forecast for the full year and still anticipates a high single-digit increase in sales. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange rate effects, the planned sales growth is expected to be in the low to medium single-digit percentage range.

Key figures at a glance

ALTANA Group

January to June 2014

January to June 2013

Change

Change

(in € million)

 

 

in %

operat.* in %

 

 

 

 

 

Sales – total

985

887

 11

4

 

 

 

 

 

Sales by division

 

 

 

 

BYK Additives & Instruments

436

335

30

8

ECKART Effect Pigments

162

170

-4

-3

ELANTAS Electrical Insulation

218

215

1

5

ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants

168

167

1

-1

 

 

 

 

 

Sales by region

 

 

 

 

Europe

419

384

9

3

     thereof Germany

143

135

6

1

Americas

258

213

21

4

     thereof U.S.

177

140

26

6

Asia

289

273

6

4

     thereof China

149

139

7

6

Other

18

16

11

5

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortization
(EBITDA)

212

178

19

6

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (EBIT)

153

130

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings before taxes (EBT)

149

125

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (EAT)

105

88

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development expenses

55

55

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headcount (June 30)

5,735

5,366

7

 

 

* Adjusted for acquisition and exchange rate effects

About ALTANA:

ALTANA develops and produces high-quality, innovative products in the specialty chemicals business. The ALTANA Group, with headquarters in Wesel/Germany, is a genuine “global player” with about 85% of its sales generated by international activities. The ALTANA Group has four divisions: BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, ELANTAS Electrical Insulation, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants. All of these divisions occupy a leading position in their target markets with respect to quality, product solution expertise, innovation and service. 

ALTANA offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions with the matching specialty products for coating manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, the printing and cosmetic industries, and the electrical and electronics industry. The product range includes additives, special coatings and adhesives, effect pigments, sealants and compounds, impregnating resins and varnishes, and testing and measuring instruments. At present, the ALTANA Group has 46 production facilities and more than 50 service and research laboratories worldwide. Throughout the Group more than 5,700 people work to ensure the success of ALTANA worldwide. In 2013, ALTANA achieved sales of about 1.8 billion euros. Its impressive earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most successful and innovative chemical groups worldwide.