Akzo Nobel N.V. Reported 6 Percent Increase in First Quarter Revenue Compared With the Same Period in 2011

april 23 2012

Akzo Nobel N.V. reported a 6 percent increase in first quarter revenue compared with the same period in 2011, mainly driven by pricing actions to offset higher raw material costs. The EBITDA for Q1 was 3 percent lower at EUR423 million, due to weaker end markets and cost inflation. The company also announced that its global performance improvement program is on track.

Overall raw material prices remain a challenge. Looking forward, the company expects the higher oil and TiO2 prices on average to have an inflationary impact. Cash from operating activities was impacted by a one-time pension payment and the seasonal build-up of operating working capital.

Decorative Paints achieved a revenue increase of 4 percent in the first quarter, primarily driven by margin management in weak markets. Lower volumes impacted EBITDA; particularly in North America which benefited last year from a one-time positive customer load-in. Restructuring and cost reduction actions are underway in Europe and North America to offset weaker demand.

Specialty Chemicals revenue was up 4 percent, mainly due to the Boxing Oleochemicals acquisition and a positive price/mix effect. EBITDA was 2 percent lower, reflecting different trading conditions in certain businesses.

CEO Hans Wijers said "We are continuing to focus on performance improvement. Our global margin management efforts are also proving successful as we continue to mitigate the adverse effects of higher raw material costs. However, our volumes were down slightly, reflecting the volatile nature of the economic conditions. Despite these challenges, we have solid fundamentals, renowned brands and a strong geographic spread. Furthermore, the ongoing performance improvement program shows that we are taking the right steps towards achieving our medium-term ambitions."

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