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Lanxess; Strong Results for 2012

Lanxess AG, Leverkusen, Germany, has announced strong figures for the past fiscal year, with improvements in key reported numbers. The company confirmed the preliminary results for 2012 that it published on March 7, 2013. Group sales grew by 4% in fiscal 2012 to EUR 9,094 million. Business development was driven notably by the focus on emerging markets, solid demand for agrochemicals, pleasing contributions from acquisitions and the price-before-volume strategy.

EBITDA pre exceptionals improved by 7% to EUR 1,225 million, compared with EUR 1,146 million in the previous year. The operating result thus came within the target corridor of a 5 to 10% increase. The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals amounted to 13.5%, compared with 13.1% in the previous year. Net income and earnings per share (EPS) improved by 2% in 2012, to EUR 514 million and EUR 6.18, respectively.

The Asia-Pacific region again proved to be a stabilizing factor in 2012. Sales grew by about 10% to about EUR 2.2 billion. In Greater China (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan), the EUR 1 billion sales threshold was exceeded for the first time. Business in North America also gained strongly, with sales advancing by more than 10% to roughly EUR 1.6 billion. The EMEA region– with sales of EUR 2.5 billion – once again accounted for the largest share of Lanxess sales, although business in this region showed a slight decline of just under 1%. In Germany, sales rose slightly to approximately EUR 1.6 billion. In the BRICS countries, sales moved forward by 1% year-on-year to nearly EUR 2.2 billion.

Performance Polymers showed a solid performance and remained the largest segment in business terms, raising sales by more than 2% from the strong level of the prior year to some EUR 5.2 billion. The Butyl Rubber, Performance Butadiene Rubbers and Technical Rubber Products business units, which all serve the automotive and tire industries, experienced a drop in volumes. However, sales were buoyed by the positive portfolio effects from the Keltan EPDM business acquired in 2011. EBITDA pre exceptionals of the segment climbed by 6.4% to EUR 817 million.

Sales of the Advanced Intermediates segment grew by more than 8% in 2012, to roughly EUR 1.7 billion. The increase was mainly attributable to continuing high demand for agrochemicals. Both the Advanced Industrial Intermediates and the Saltigo business units benefited from this demand, Saltigo having aligned its activities even more toward agrochemicals. EBITDA pre exceptionals climbed by nearly 16% year-on-year to EUR 305 million.

Sales of the Performance Chemicals segment improved by more than 3% in 2012 to approximately EUR 2.2 billion. Volumes fell in the Rubber Chemicals and Rhein Chemie business units, where customers in the automotive-related industries account for a substantial proportion of sales. Positive effects came from the acquisitions made by the Material Protection Products, Functional Chemicals and Rhein Chemie business units. EBITDA pre exceptionals of the segment was down by nearly 3% to EUR 281 million, primarily due to higher energy and manufacturing costs.

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