Press release

DSM reports H1 2020 results

Heerlen, NL, 04 Aug 2020 07:00 CEST


  • DSM reports a solid first half in a challenging COVID-19 environment
  • Group sales -1% and Adjusted EBITDA -4%
    • Nutrition: sales +6%, organic sales +5%, Adjusted EBITDA +5%
    • Materials: sales -16%, volumes -14%, Adjusted EBITDA -28%
  • Adjusted net profit down 4% to €399m. Net profit: €270m 
  • Adjusted Net Operating Free Cash Flow of €342m, up 33% year to date
  • Interim dividend of €0.80 per ordinary share
  • Outlook 2020 unchanged: DSM expects Nutrition to deliver at least a mid-single digit increase in Adjusted EBITDA, but given current limited visibility in Materials the overall earnings outlook remains suspended

1) Adjusted EBITDA is an Alternative Performance Measure (APM) that reflects continuing operations.
Organic sales growth is the total impact of volume and price/mix.
Adjusted Net Operating Free Cash Flow is the cash flow from operating activities, corrected for the cash flow of the APM adjustments, minus the cash flow of capital expenditures and drawing rights.

Key figures and indicators

in € millionH1 2020H1 2019% changeVolumePrice/mixFXOther
Adjusted EBITDA825862-4%    
Adjusted EBITDA margin18.2%18.9%     

Co-CEOs statement

Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEOs, commented: “Our teams continued to successfully navigate the challenging global environment, with Q2 developments in line with the expectations we set out in May. Business conditions for Nutrition were good overall in the first half, with spikes in demand for Animal Nutrition in Q1 and Human Nutrition in Q2 as end-markets reacted in response to COVID-19. Trading conditions in Materials deteriorated abruptly at the end of Q1 as customers’ operations and end user demand were impacted by COVID-19, with these effects continuing throughout Q2.

Having taken early actions to limit capital expenditure and minimize operating costs in Materials, we have now also initiated the next phase of our profit improvement actions aimed at delivering annualized recurring savings of €25-30 million.

Early in the year we launched the Fit for Growth program in Nutrition. The new organizational structure, which enables a more differentiated go-to-market approach, is in place and we are now working on further building out our specialty business. Our recent acquisitions all add to our specialty solutions offerings, accelerating our growth strategy.

The global human impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is a clear lesson and therefore we have joined several of the ‘Build Back Better’ initiatives. As a purpose-led organization, we believe it is more important than ever for the world to commit to a more sustainable, fair and resilient future.”

Q2 Highlights

  • Group sales -2% and Adjusted EBITDA –8%:
    • Nutrition: sales +9%, organic sales +9%, Adjusted EBITDA +8%
    • Materials: sales –25%, volumes –21%, Adjusted EBITDA –47%
  • Adjusted net profit down 15% to €183m. Total net profit: €102m
  • Adjusted Net Operating Free Cash Flow of €191m, compared to €197m in Q2 2019
in € millionQ2 2020Q2 2019% changeVolumePrice/mixFXOther
Adjusted EBITDA402438-8%    
Adjusted EBITDA margin18.0%19.2%     

Trading conditions during Q2 were in line with expectations as communicated in May with the Q1 results.

Nutrition delivered strong organic sales growth of 9% (including an up to 2% COVID-19 effect), with a very good performance in Human Nutrition (11% organic growth) which saw additional COVID-19 driven demand across all end markets. Part of this was driven by stocking (especially packaged foods in food and beverage and early life nutrition), while end user demand for immunity-optimizing products remained strong. By the end of the quarter, Human Nutrition saw more normalized trading conditions. Animal Nutrition (9% organic growth) saw continued overall solid business conditions, though the large stock building effects of Q1 began to partly reverse in the second half of the quarter.

Materials reported 21% lower volumes as the abrupt deterioration in demand at the end of Q1 continued through Q2, with customers’ operations impacted by COVID-19 driven lockdowns around the world and weakened end user demand. High performance plastics sales were severely impacted by the poor market conditions in their largest end-market, global automotive, while Protective Materials (Dyneema) saw a substantial part of their contracted personal protection orders being deferred. These effects exacerbated the Adjusted EBITDA drop for the quarter. While volumes were down about 20-25% in April-May overall, market conditions improved gradually towards the end of the quarter in most end markets with June exit volumes being about -15%. 

Outlook 2020

DSM reiterates the full year outlook given at Q1 2020 results, which reflects the considerable uncertainty as to how the COVID-19 pandemic will develop and what will be the global ramifications. Within this context, DSM expects Nutrition to deliver at least a mid-single digit increase in Adjusted EBITDA for 2020 compared to prior year, but given current limited visibility in Materials it feels prudent not to express an overall earnings outlook.

COVID-19 impact

DSM has maintained stringent hygiene and safety precautions in its facilities and supply chain since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. DSM is closely monitoring the local circumstances and responding accordingly. Through these swift actions, DSM continues to protect the wellbeing of its employees and partners while keeping production facilities running.

DSM estimates that Nutrition saw overall a slightly positive impact on first half sales from COVID-19 of about 1-2%. Materials saw a far more negative effect of somewhat above 15% on sales in that period.

In response, Materials limited capital expenditure and minimized operating costs. The next phase, as part of a wider restructuring initiative to leverage synergies and increase operating agility, will be implemented in the second half of the year and aims to deliver annualized recurring cost savings of €25-30 million without compromising the potential of the business. DSM will continue to monitor the evolution of COVID-19, and its potential impact on the different end markets it operates in and is prepared to take further actions if needed.

DSM continues to apply its scientific know-how and resources to support the fight against COVID-19 through various global and local initiatives. These include manufacturing and delivering 2.8 million nose swabs and 390,000 liters of disinfectant in the Netherlands as well as vital test kit equipment and distributing millions of immunity-optimizing products to communities, healthcare workers, as well as all DSM employees and their families worldwide. DSM has also joined global collaborative ‘Build Back Better’ initiatives advocating for economic recovery policies that trigger investments and behavioral changes to increase society’s resilience to global emergencies such as climate change. More details on these initiatives are included in the sustainability highlights found in the full version of this press release with financial statements.

Erber Group acquisition

On 12 June 2020, DSM announced the acquisition of the majority of assets of the Erber Group, an important step in the expansion of its specialty Animal Nutrition and Health solutions, for an enterprise value of €980 million. Biomin and Romer Labs, the acquired businesses of the Erber Group, will give DSM the market leadership in mycotoxin prevention, consolidate its position as one of the world’s largest suppliers of eubiotics to animals and bring a complementary capability in diagnostic technology and innovative testing solutions. The acquisition is expected to complete in Q4 2020 subject to regulatory approval. To finance the acquisition, DSM has issued two long term bonds for €1 billion. 

The complete 28 page version of this press release with accompanying financial statements can be found below in PDF format.

For more information

Lieke de Jong-Tops

Senior Communications Manager
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Dave Huizing

Vice President Investor Relations
+31 45 578 2864

Lieke de Jong-Tops

Senior Communications Manager
+31 45 578 2420

Dave Huizing

Vice-President Investor Relations
+31 45 578 2864