Press release

DSM reports positive start to the year with robust Q1 results

Heerlen, NL, 08 May 2012 07:15 CEST

  • Q1 EBITDA from continuing operations €306 million (Q1 2011: €325 million)
  • Strong results in Life Sciences due to continued growth in Nutrition
  • Materials Sciences showed strong improvement compared to Q4 2011
  • Joint venture with POET established to unlock the advanced biofuels opportunity
  • Recently announced planned tender offer to acquire Kensey Nash to establish DSM Biomedical as new profitable growth platform
  • Cautiously optimistic outlook, on the way to achieve 2013 targets

Commenting on the results, Feike Sijbesma, CEO/Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, said: “In a challenging business environment, DSM continued to make good progress in Q1 and the robust results represent a positive start to 2012. In Life Sciences, Nutrition continued to deliver excellent performance despite the currency headwinds, benefiting from the acquisition of Martek and continued organic growth. Materials Sciences delivered an improved performance compared to the previous quarter in Performance Materials and another good result in Polymer Intermediates.

“We continue to make important steps in the execution of our strategy. During the quarter we established the joint venture with US based POET, one of the world’s largest bio-ethanol producers, to unlock the exciting potential of advanced cellulosic biofuels. Last week we announced the execution of a Merger Agreement with Kensey Nash and planned tender offer, which will put DSM Biomedical clearly on the map as the second new growth platform for DSM in addition to our Bio-based Products & Services business.

“DSM has successfully transformed itself into a Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company. Our attractive portfolio in health, nutrition and materials together with our broad geographic spread with a significant presence in high growth economies and our very strong balance sheet has positioned us well to deliver shareholder value with stronger, more stable growth and profitability. We remain cautiously optimistic for 2012 despite the uncertain macro-economic situation.”

Key figures

in € millionQ1 2012Q1 2011+/-
Continuing operations   
Net sales2,2902,2343%
Operating profit before depreciation & amortization (EBITDA)306325-6%
Performance Materials7991 
Polymer Intermediates6999 
Innovation Center-15-13 
Corporate activities-24-25 
Operating profit (EBIT)200231-13%
Discontinued operations   
Net sales 111 
Operating profit before depreciation & amortization (EBITDA) 23 
Operating profit (EBIT) 23 
Total DSM   
Net sales2,2902,345-2%
Operating profit before depreciation & amortization (EBITDA)306348-12%
Net profit before exceptional items145172-16%
Net result from exceptional items -6 
Net profit145166-13%
Net profit per share in €:   
before exceptional items, continuing operations0.870.91-4%
including exceptional items, total DSM0.870.98-11%

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