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Interim Group Management Report as of June 30, 2013

  • Persistently difficult market environment
  • Group sales down by 11.7%
  • Selling price adjustments due to falling raw material costs
  • Sales volumes below prior year
  • Agrochemicals business remains good
  • EBITDA pre exceptionals down from €361 million to €198 million
  • EBITDA margin 9.2% vs. 14.9% for same period of last year
  • Net income and earnings per share down sharply to €9 million and €0.11, respectively
  • Net financial liabilities higher at €2,018 million
  • Efficiency improvement measures initiated at some sites internationally
  • Outlook 2013: no improvement in demand in the second half-year; EBITDA pre exceptionals expected to come in below €1 billion, between €700 million and €800 million
  • Planned capital expenditures for 2013 still at revised €600 million