Continued strong growth in Q3

Continued strong growth in Q3
Press ReleaseJul 05. 2016 06:11 GMT

Strong organic revenue growth of 13% in the first nine months of 2015/16: Food Cultures & Enzymes (13%), Health & Nutrition (2%) and Natural Colors (20%). EBIT before special items increased by 18% to EUR 189 million. In Q3, organic growth reached 12% and EBIT before special items increased by 11% to EUR 71 million.

EUR million Q3 2015/16 Q3 2014/15 Growth YTD 2015/16 YTD 2014/15 Growth
Revenue 249.8 228.1 10% 693.1 625.0 11%
EBIT before special items 71.0 63.8 11% 188.9 159.8 18%
Profit for the period 51.6 45.7 13% 127.9 111.0 15%
Free cash flow* 42.0 53.8 -22% 57.8 65.0 -11%
Organic growth 12% 7% 13% 9%
Gross margin 53.3% 52.4% 52.8% 51.4%
EBIT margin b.s.i. 28.4% 28.0% 27.2% 25.6%
ROIC excl. goodwill 36.0% 33.8%


CEO Cees de Jong says: “We continued to grow our business during Q3, with Food Cultures & Enzymes and Natural Colors showing strong organic revenue growth. Both Food Cultures & Enzymes and Natural Colors also delivered encouraging improvements in profitability. We experienced modest growth in Health & Nutrition, as the animal health business was negatively impacted by commodity prices for milk and meat remaining at extraordinarily low levels. Despite the current pressure on the agricultural sector, the long-term growth prospects for our animal health business remain very positive.”

“During the past three months, we have made good progress with integrating NPC, launched a second product for plant health with good first sales, and, within the human microbiome area, successfully completed a clinical study showing a positive physiological effect of the bacteria tested. Based on the results achieved, we have moved to the next stage in our clinical development plan. Finally, it is very encouraging to see a strong performance by our bioprotective solutions for dairy and other food categories.”


OUTLOOK FOR 2015/16

The outlook for 2015/16 is unchanged compared to the announcement of 7 April, 2016.

7 April, 2016

Organic revenue growth: 10-12%

Research & development expenditures incurred (% of revenue): Around 7%

EBIT margin before special items above 2014/15: above 2014/15

Free cash flow before acquisitions and divestments: above 2014/15

5 July, 2016

Organic revenue growth: 10-12%

Research & development expenditures incurred (% of revenue): Around 7%

EBIT margin before special items above 2014/15: above 2014/15

Free cash flow before acquisitions and divestments: above 2014/15


The Q3 2015/2016 report was released today, 5 July, 2016, and is available from here.


Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as ‘good bacteria’. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which make our products highly relevant in today’s world. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.