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Akzo Nobel Reports Strong Quarter Results

Published on 2011-02-21. Author : SpecialChem

Akzo Nobel N.V. reported a revenue increase of 12 percent for the year 2010 to €14.6 billion. EBITDA increased 16 percent to €1,964 million, with EBITDA margins up at 13.4 percent. Total 2010 net income increased 165 percent to €754 million.

Revenue growth was driven by a 6 percent volume increase across all three Business Areas as demand recovered, particularly in high growth markets.

For the fourth quarter, volumes were up 3 percent, pricing improved 4 percent and EBITDA rose 3 percent to €377 million. The total net income amounted to €162 million.

Raw material prices increased in 2010, particularly in the second half of the year. The company expects 2011 prices to increase further. Pricing and cost reduction actions are ongoing and AkzoNobel is confident that it will be able to compensate for these increases during 2011.

Net debt decreased from €1,744 million at year-end 2009 to €936 million at year-end 2010, mainly due National Starch divestment generating €1 billion of cash. Net cash from operating activities was €519 million (2009: €1,220 million) reflecting investment in working capital facilitating growth and higher restructuring payments in 2010.

In September 2010, the company announced a simplified dividend policy, stating that it intends to pay a stable to rising dividend. In line with this policy, AkzoNobel is proposing a final dividend of €1.08, which would make a total 2010 dividend of €1.40, up 4 percent from €1.35 in 2009.

CEO Hans Wijers "Our 2010 performance marks the first year of delivery of our new strategy. All Business Areas have reported strong revenue growth, increased profitability, improved sustainability performance and higher returns on invested capital.

"AkzoNobel's revenue in high growth markets, currently representing around 40 percent of our total, grew more than 20 percent, outperforming the market in 2010. In our mature markets, revenue increased close to 10 percent, further evidence that our medium-term growth plans are on track.

"Broad demand improvement in both mature and high growth markets for Specialty Chemicals led to a full-year EBITDA increase of 27 percent. Performance Coatings delivered a solid performance, supported by volume growth and selective acquisitions, although EBITDA margins were impacted by higher raw material costs. Double digit revenue growth for Decorative Paints was achieved in Asia and Latin America, with lower volumes in mature markets.

"During 2010, we continued to invest in profitable growth throughout our portfolio. The opening of our Ningbo plant in China in November, the selective acquisitions in Performance Coatings, the milestone contract with Walmart and the recently announced Pulp and Paper Chemicals customer contract in Brazil clearly demonstrate that AkzoNobel is on track to meet its medium-term ambitions."

AkzoNobel continued to make progress on its strategic sustainability agenda. Improvements were shown in areas such as percent of revenue from eco-premium solutions, fresh water management and diversity and inclusion. The improvement of the Total Recordable Injury Rate needs attention. Overall, the company is well on its way to reaching its mid-term ambitions.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. They supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for their customers.

Source: AkzoNobel

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