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AkzoNobel’s Q2 results show progress towards 15 by 20 strategy, with adjusted operating income up 36%, despite continued external headwinds

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July 24, 2019

AkzoNobel’s Q2 results show progress towards 15 by 20 strategy, with adjusted operating income up 36%, despite continued external headwinds

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) publishes results for second quarter 2019

• Adjusted operating income1 36% higher at €305 million (2018: €225 million)
• ROS, excluding unallocated costs,2 increased to 13.7% (2018: 12.1%)
• Focus on value over volume resulted in price/mix up 5% and 6% lower volumes
• Transformation on track and delivered €43 million cost savings
• Acquisition of Mapaero, announced July 18, 2019, further strengthens our aerospace coatings business

Q2 2019:
• Revenue was flat and up 1% in constant currencies, with positive price/mix of 5% and acquisitions contributing 1%, offset by 6% lower volumes
• Adjusted operating income up 36% at €305 million (2018: €225 million, which included €20 million of one-off costs) driven by ongoing pricing initiatives and cost-saving programs; ROS at 12.4% (2018: 9.2%) • Operating income at €308 million includes €3 million positive impact from identified items, related to a gain on disposal following asset network optimization (€57 million) and transformation costs (€54 million); 2018 operating income at €192 million included €33 million negative identified items
• Decorative Paints ROS up at 13.5% (2018: 12.2%); Performance Coatings ROS up at 13.6% (2018: 11.8%)
• Adjusted EPS from continuing operations up 85% at €0.96 (2018: €0.52); EPS from total operations at €1.07 (2018: €1.06)

AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker, commented:
“We remain fully focused on delivering our Winning together: 15 by 20 strategy and our Q2 results show we’re making progress with profit up 36%. Return on sales was 13.7% for the quarter, moving us another step closer to our 2020 ambition of 15%.

“This was an important quarter for us to demonstrate our strategy is working. Q2 performance improved largely due to our ongoing pricing initiatives and cost-saving programs, despite headwinds in the external business environment. This is a rewarding step for the organization and encouraging for the work still ahead of us as we continue our transformation journey.

“In the face of softer market trends, we continue to focus on delivering our strategy while investing in strategic growth opportunities, to become recognized as the reference in the paints and coatings industry.”

AkzoNobel in € millions Q2 2018 Q2 2019 Δ% Δ% CC 3
Revenue 2,446 2,451 -% 1%
Adjusted operating income1 225 305 36%  
ROS 9.2% 1 2.4%    
ROS excluding unallocated costs2 12.1% 13.7%    
Operating income 192 308 60%  

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Outlook:




We are delivering towards our Winning together: 15 by 20 strategy and continue creating a fit-for-purpose organization for a focused paints and coatings company, contributing to the achievement of our 2020 guidance.

 

Demand trends differ per region and segment in an uncertain macro-economic environment. Raw material inflation is expected to stabilize during the second half of 2019. Continued pricing initiatives and cost-saving programs are in place to address the current challenges.

 

We continue executing our transformation to deliver the next €200 million cost savings by 2020, incurring one-off costs in 2019 and 2020.

 

We target a leverage ratio of between 1.0-2.0 times net debt/EBITDA by the end of 2020 and commit to retain a strong investment grade credit rating.

 

 

The report for the second quarter 2019 can be viewed and downloaded at http://akzo.no/Q22019

         

1 Adjusted operating income = operating income excluding identified items (previously called EBIT)
2 ROS excluding unallocated costs is adjusted operating income as a percentage of revenue excluding unallocated corporate center costs
3 Constant Currencies calculations exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates

This is a public announcement by Akzo Nobel N.V. pursuant to section 17 paragraph 1 of the European Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014).

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

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