Sales growth of 11.0% in local currencies to CHF 1,554.0 million (+11.9% in CHF) Growth in all regions Organization geared to growth and enhanced efficiency with the new Americas and Global Business regions Opening of a new factory, establishment of another national subsidiary and acquisition of one company Sales target of CHF 7 billion in 2018 With a dynamic start to the 2018 financial year, Sika maintained its strong growth trajectory, achieving double-digit sales growth in the first quarter and a new sales record of CHF 1,554.0 million. This equates to an increase of 11.0% in local currencies (previous year: 10.7%). A positive currency effect (0.9%) led to robust sales growth in Swiss francs of 11.9%. Sika's growth was also positively impacted by the consolidation of the seven companies acquired last year (acquisition effect: 6.3%). When compared to 2017, the fact that the Easter holiday period fell early this year had a negative impact on organic growth in the first quarter of 2018.
Paul Schuler, CEO: "The good development of business in the first quarter indicates that we will be able to grow strongly once again in 2018, and to further implement our strategic targets for 2020. We are looking to increase sales by more than 10% for the year as a whole, and thereby break through the CHF 7 billion sales mark for the first time."
GROWTH IN ALL REGIONSIn the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) sales increased by 10.2% (previous year: 12.4%). The major EU countries with the core markets of Spain and the UK also exhibited growth. The Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa delivered very impressive growth rates. In the beginning of 2018, Sika acquired Index Construction Systems and Products, a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems headquartered close to Verona, Italy. By acquiring Index, Sika will extend its product range and significantly strengthen its position in the Italian market.
The newly formed Americas region generated growth of 12.2% (previous year: 14.0%), of which 5.5% was achieved through acquisitions. The harsh North American winter led to the postponement of numerous large projects. Mexico and Argentina continue to exhibit above-average development. The basis for further growth in Central America was laid with the establishment of a new national subsidiary in Honduras.
Growth in the Asia/Pacific region amounted to 3.9% (previous year: 7.1%). The highest growth rates were recorded by India, Australia and New Zealand. China and Japan also contributed to growth in this region. In Vietnam, a state-of-the-art facility for mortar production has come on stream in the Bac Ninh plant alongside the existing production of concrete admixtures. This will enable Sika to continue its dynamic growth in this country's booming construction market.
The new Global Business segment recorded a growth rate of 20.9% (previous year: 3.3%). Among other things, this includes the globally managed automotive business as well as the two acquisitions Axson Technologies and Faist ChemTec - which are both established providers of components and solutions for the automotive area and also managed globally.
OUTLOOK: SALES TARGET OF CHF 7 BILLION IN 2018 The strong start to the year supports the target for the 2018 financial year - namely an increase in sales of more than 10% to reach CHF 7 billion for the first time. Volatile and rising raw material prices continue to pose a challenge. For the year as a whole, EBIT and net profit should once again increase at a disproportionately high rate. The growth strategy will be continued in 2018 with the opening of eight new factories and the founding of more national subsidiaries. In addition, Sika will seek to fully exploit the business potential offered by acquisitions through enhanced distribution channels, expanded product portfolios and improved prospects for market access.
NET SALES IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2018
in CHF million 1/1/2017- 3/31/2017 1/1/2018-3/31/2018 Year-on-year change (+/- in %) in CHF in local currencies1 Currency effect Acquisitioneffect By region EMEA 596.7 691.5 15.9 10.2 5.7 7.2 Americas 366.6 389.0 6.1 12.2 -6.1 5.5 Asia/Pacific 250.9 257.7 2.7 3.9 -1.2 0.0 Global Business 174.8 215.8 23.5 20.9 2.6 13.8 Net sales consolidated 1,389.0 1,554.0 11.9 11.0 0.9 6.3 Products for the construction industry 1,059.4 1,170.2 10.5 9.7 0.8 5.9 Products for industrial manufacturing 329.6 383.8 16.4 14.9 1.5 7.4 1 including acquisitions FINANCIAL CALENDAR
50th Annual General Meeting Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1.00 p.m. Half-Year Report 2018 Thursday, July 26, 2018 Results first nine months 2018 Thursday, October 25, 2018 Net sales 2018 Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Full-Year Results 2018 Friday, February 22, 2019 51st Annual General Meeting Tuesday, April 9, 2019 CONTACTDominik SlappnigCorporate Communications &Investor Relations+41 58 436 68 email@example.com
SIKA CORPORATE PROFILESika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 101 countries around the world and manufactures in over 200 factories. Its more than 18,000 employees generated annual sales of CHF 6.25 billion in 2017.
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