Lonza reports strong Q3 momentum

Guidance 2018 expected to be achieved one year ahead of time

31-Oct-2016 - Switzerland

Lonza recorded another strong quarter in terms of sales and earnings. The overall company results were a consequence of continued good performance in both the Specialty Ingredients and the Pharma&Biotech segments.

“We have experienced a continuous growth pattern, which is further proof that our strict market focus is paying off. Although we are satisfied with progress, we still have a long way to go. That’s why we’ll keep emphasizing improvement projects, organic growth, portfolio management and operational excellence going forward,” said Richard Ridinger, CEO of Lonza. “Our focus remains on strengthening our position as a leading supplier to the pharmaceutical, biotech and our different specialty ingredients markets.”

Pharma&Biotech Segment

The Pharma&Biotech segment showed continued strong performance in revenue and profitability. This progress was driven by all businesses.

Commercial Manufacturing made further gains in strengthening the future of the business by extending contracts in terms of volume and timeframe. This success was further fueled by new indications and new drug applications for our customers’ products in our pipelines.

Clinical Development Services was on track, benefiting from continued strong demand for API development and clinical manufacturing services.

Bioscience Solutions maintained positive momentum in Q3. The business was further strengthened by new product introductions and the integration of Triangle Research Labs, which was acquired in June 2016.

Specialty Ingredients Segment

Lonza’s Specialty Ingredients segment continues to focus on portfolio management and higher-value activities. It delivered robust results throughout all markets with the exception of Agro Ingredients, which was negatively impacted by the overall industry downturn and pricing pressures for animal nutrition in China.

Consumer Care growth was driven by ongoing demand in all businesses. Hygiene continued to add new contracts for various technologies. The Nutrition business is expected to accelerate growth with the acquisition of InterHealth in September 2016, which will allow Lonza to harness the team’s proven management and branding capabilities and leverage them to a global level.

Coatings & Composites reported stable demand and good performance across all relevant markets driven by strong results in the Wood Protection business. The aerospace business in particular was strong, driven by success of key customer projects.

Water Treatment’s business in the third quarter was strong for the residential business and Industrial, Commercial, Municipal and Surface Water delivered a good performance overall.

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