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AkzoNobel Q3 2015 results - Continued increase in profitability despite challenging market conditions

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AkzoNobel publishes Q3 2015 results

  • Operating income up 30 percent at €436 million (2014: €335 million)
  • Revenue up 2 percent to €3.8 billion (2014: €3.7 billion), due to 4 percent favorable currency effects, offset by divestments and slightly lower volumes
  • Improved performance with return on sales at 11.6 percent (2014: 9.1 percent); and
    return on investment at 12.5 percent (2014: 10.5 percent)
  • Net income attributable to shareholders up 39 percent at €285 million (2014: €205 million)
  • Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) up 35 percent at €1.24 (2014: €0.92)
  • Net cash inflow from operating activities at €583 million (2014: €489 million)
  • Interim dividend up 6 percent to €0.35 per share (2014: €0.33)
  • Ranked number one on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in the Materials industry group for the fourth consecutive year
  • On track to deliver 2015 targets*

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA.AS; AKZOY) today reported third quarter results which show positive developments in profitability in all three Business Areas, despite a challenging market environment.

Third quarter operating income increased 30 percent to €436 million, reflecting the positive effects of process optimization, lower costs, reduced restructuring expenses and favorable currency developments. Revenue of €3,760 million was up 2 percent compared with the same period last year, due to favorable currency effects, offset by divestments and slightly lower volumes. Return on sales improved to 11.6 percent, while return on investment rose to 12.5 percent.

CFO Maëlys Castella:

"We continue to see the benefits of our ongoing business transformation, including our new organizational structure and focus on operational excellence. During Q3 we saw increased profitability across all three of our Business Areas, despite the challenging market conditions. Our focus on sustainability was recognized as we maintained our number one position on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year. We remain on track to deliver our 2015 targets."

Q3 2015 in € million

  Q3 2014 Q3 2015 delta %
Revenue 3,686 3,760 2
Operating income 335 436 30
Return on sales (ROS) % 9.1 11.6  
EBITDA 487 590 21
Net income attributable to shareholders 205 285 39

Year-to-date January - September 2015 in € million

  YTD 2014 YTD 2015 delta %
Revenue 10,779 11,300 5
Operating income 904 1,228 36
Return on sales (ROS) % 8.4 10.9  
EBITDA 1,360 1,662 22
Net income attributable to shareholders 539 776 44

* Overall targets for the full-year 2015 are 9.0 percent return on sales and 14.0 percent return on investment

Decorative Paints
operating income improved by 7 percent due to the new operating model, lower costs and currency developments. Revenue was flat, with favorable currency effects being offset by adverse price/mix. Volumes were up in Asia, while volumes were down for Latin America and Europe, which includes amongst others Russia and Turkey.

Performance Coatings operating income was up 56 percent, driven by cost reductions from performance improvement initiatives, lower costs, favorable product mix, lower restructuring charges and favorable currency developments. Revenue was up 5 percent, benefiting from favorable currencies and continued strong demand for premium products. Volumes declined in the quarter due to ongoing capital spending declines in the global oil and gas industry, and further weakening in some markets, most notably Brazil and China.

Specialty Chemicals operating income was up 4 percent, supported by the benefits from further increased production at its new Frankfurt plant, lower costs and operational efficiencies throughout the business. Revenue was flat due to favorable currency effects offsetting the impact of the divested Paper Chemicals business and adverse price/mix in several segments. Volumes overall were flat. Growth in some segments compensated for lower demand in oil drilling segments, which mainly impacted Surface Chemistry and Functional Chemicals.


The market outlook is unchanged with positive trends in North America and no improvement for Europe overall as well as a challenging environment in some countries, including Russia, Brazil and China. Based on current rates, the positive impact of foreign currencies is expected to moderate in the fourth quarter. We are on track to deliver our 2015 targets.

Business Area highlights in € million

Decorative Paints          
Q3 2014 Q3 2015 delta%   YTD 2014 YTD 2015 delta%
1,050 1,052 - Revenue 2,989 3,076 3
113 121 7 Operating income 232 299 29
10.8 11.5   ROS % 7.8 9.7  
150 159 6 EBITDA 347 412 19
Performance Coatings  

Q3 2014 Q3 2015 delta%   YTD 2014 YTD 2015 delta%
1,420 1,493 5 Revenue 4,173 4,473 7
135 210 56 Operating income 439 600 37
9.5 14.1   ROS % 10.5 13.4  
170 246 45 EBITDA 545 709 30
Specialty Chemicals    

Q3 2014 Q3 2015 delta%   YTD 2014 YTD 2015 delta%
1,239 1,235 - Revenue 3,689 3,821 4
156 163 4 Operating income 415 518 25
12.6 13.2   ROS % 11.2 13.6  
232 242 4 EBITDA 640 727 14

The Q3 2015 report can be downloaded via the AkzoNobel Report iPad app or read online at

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, we supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability, we are committed to making life more liveable and our cities more human.

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Q report (3rd Quarter)
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Photo Maëlys Castella CFO Credits: Pierre Buet
Media release AkzoNobel Q3 results


Source:Akzo Nobel NV