- A very good year end, driving an excellent full-year performance for 2017 and demonstrating the rationale of the Group’s strategy
- €8,326 million in sales, up 10.5% on 2016, with 8.9% organic growth
- EBITDA up 17% to €1,391 million, led by strong growth for all three of the Group’s divisions
- EBITDA margin at 16.7% (15.8% in 2016)
- Adjusted net income up 42% to €592 million, representing €7.82 per share (€5.56 per share in 2016)
- Very strong cash generation, with €565 million in free cash flow and a significant reduction in net debt to €1,056 million (versus €1,482 million at 31 December 2016), i.e. 0.8 times 2017 EBITDA
- Proposed dividend increase from €2.05 to €2.30 per share
The Board of Directors of Arkema met on 21 February 2018 to approve the Group's consolidated financial statements for 2017 and the annual financial statements of the parent company. At the close of the meeting, Chairman and CEO Thierry Le Hénaff stated:
“Our very good performance in 2017 reflects the quality of our underlying strategy and the strength of the growth projects for our specialty businesses. We largely exceeded the medium-term financial targets we set ourselves in 2014, with close to €1.4 billion in EBITDA, excellent cash generation and a low level of debt.
The Group is reaping the benefits of its successful innovations for advanced materials meeting our customers’ high demand for lighter materials, new energies, 3D printing and consumer goods as demonstrated by our ranking, for the seventh consecutive year, in the Top 100 Global Innovators by Clarivate Analytics.
With Bostik, we have created a leading growth platform in adhesives, which currently represents almost a quarter of our overall sales. Bostik is proving all its potential, with its EBITDA up by more than 50% since it joined Arkema three years ago.
Lastly, our intermediate chemical businesses achieved an excellent performance supported by a very solid environment and the development and productivity initiatives undertaken since several years.
Arkema has demonstrated over the past three years and in different types of operating contexts, the quality of its portfolio of businesses with one of the best growth rates in its industry.”
In 2018, demand in the three main geographic regions should remain well oriented and the environment characterized by a marked strengthening of the euro versus the US dollar* and higher and volatile raw materials costs.
Against this backdrop, the Group will benefit from its strong innovation drive in advanced materials, from Bostik’s growth with the integration of XL Brands and from a market environment expected to remain globally robust for its intermediate chemical businesses. It will continue to implement its major manufacturing projects, as presented during its Capital Markets Day, for thiochemicals, specialty polyamides, fluoropolymers and Sartomer.
Lastly, the Group will continue its actions to pass on in its selling prices the continuous rises in raw materials costs as well as the rollout of its operational excellence initiatives to partly offset inflation on its fixed costs.
Supported by a good start of the year and this strong internal momentum and despite the euro’s current strength, Arkema is confident in its ability to increase its EBITDA in 2018 compared to the excellent performance achieved in 2017.
*10% increase in euro / US dollar exchange rate has a €(50) m EBITDA impact (translation).
|3 May 2018||1st quarter 2018 results|
|18 May 2018||Shareholders Annual General Meeting|
|1 August 2018||1st half 2018 results|
|6 November 2018||3rd quarter 2018 results|