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Interim Group Management Report as of March 31, 2013

  • Weak start to fiscal 2013
  • Sales down by 12.3% with declines in all regions
  • Earnings impacted by lower prices and declining volumes
  • Agrochemicals business shows robust development
  • EBITDA pre exceptionals down sharply from €369 million to €174 million
  • EBITDA margin 8.3% vs. 15.5% for same period of last year
  • Net income and earnings per share well below prior-year quarter at €25 million and €0.30, respectively
  • Net financial liabilities higher at €1,787 million
  • Outlook 2013: demand to improve in the second half; EBITDA pre exceptionals for the full year expected to come in below €1 billion
  • Capital expenditure guidance for 2013 reduced to about €600 million