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Interim Group Management Report as of September 30, 2012

  • Challenging macroeconomic environment
  • Sales down by 7.6% against the very strong prior-year quarter
  • Declining raw materials costs lead tp price adjustments
  • Scheduled maintenance shutdowns and weaker demand impact earnings
  • EBITDA pre exceptionals decreases from €311 million to €255 million
  • EBITDA margin 11.8% compared to 13.3% in the prior-year quarter
  • Net income and earnings per share recede to €94 million and €1.13, respectively
  • Net financial liabilities show a business-related increase since year end 2011 to €1,606 million, but shrink compared to the preceding quarter
  • Guidance for 2012: growth in EBITDA per exeptionals compared to 2011 at the lower end of the 5%- 10% range
  • New medium-term target: €1.8 billion EBITDA pre exeptionals in 2018