The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA concluded the 2016 fiscal year with an increase in sales and a leap in earnings. Sales rose by 1 percent to €2,075 million. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange rate effects, sales grew by 2 percent compared to the previous year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose by 16 percent to €453 million, thus significantly surpassing the previous year’s result (€391 million). At 21.8 percent, the EBITDA margin was also higher than the previous year’s figure (19.0 percent).
“2016 was a very good year for ALTANA. In a challenging market environment, we were able to increase our sales and earnings,” said Martin Babilas, CEO of ALTANA AG. “We are well on track for further profitable growth.”
BYK and ECKART as growth drivers
In 2016, the BYK Additives & Instruments and ECKART Effect Pigments divisions were the drivers of sales growth in the ALTANA Group. BYK boosted sales by 4 percent to €909 million. The rise in sales due to the acquisition of Addcomp Holland B. V. in mid-2016 compensated for minor negative exchange rate effects. Adjusted for these effects, the division’s operating sales growth was also 4 percent.
Sales in the ECKART division amounted to €362 million, with both nominal sales and sales adjusted for minor exchange rate effects up by 3 percent.
At €452 million, sales in the ELANTAS Electrical Insulation division were 2 percent lower than in the previous year. Adjusted for exchange rate effects, sales were on a par with the previous year’s level.
Sales in the ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants division decreased by 6 percent to €352 million on account of the sale of the ACTEGA Colorchemie group in the spring of 2016. Adjusted for this acquisition and minor currency effects, sales reached the previous year’s level.
Outlook: Further profitable growth
For the 2017 fiscal year, ALTANA expects the global economy to exhibit slightly stronger growth than in the previous year and overall increasing sales volumes. In this environment, ALTANA anticipates to achieve operating sales growth of 2 to 5 percent with slightly lower earnings profitability. While acquisitions are expected to contribute to sales, the company’s nominal sales growth may be influenced by exchange rate changes that are difficult to predict.