Very satisfactory annual result: 12% growth

Very satisfactory annual result: 12% growth
Press Release | Oct 26. 2016 06:14 GMT

Chr. Hansen realizes strong organic growth of 12% in the financial year 2015/16, delivering at the upper end of our Nature’s no. 1™ growth ambitions.

“2015/16 was overall a good year for Chr. Hansen. We reaffirmed the short- and long-term growth opportunities through our strategic review, and our financial performance was strong. Organic growth reached 12% and the EBIT margin before special items ended at 28.2%, up from 27.1% the year before. Finally, free cash flow before special items and acquisitions was EUR 175 million, an improvement of 16% despite our continued investments in future growth. So I can only be pleased with how we performed in 2015/16” says CEO Cees de Jong.

“Food Cultures & Enzymes and Natural Colors both delivered strong growth and significant improvements in profitability, which show the attractiveness of both businesses. In Health & Nutrition, organic growth and profitability were below our expectations, but only due to challenging market conditions in the agricultural sector. The long-term growth outlook for all market segments in Health & Nutrition remains very positive and we continue to build on our technology platform to capture these opportunities.

“Over the last 12 months, we have acquired two highly attractive assets that complement our existing business. However, our key focus is still securing organic growth and cash generation, and we have made good progress in our strategic projects across all businesses. We expect 2016/17 to be another good year for Chr. Hansen. Organic revenue growth is expected to be 8-10% and the EBIT margin before special items is expected to be slightly above the 28.2% achieved in 2015/16.”


2015/16 RESULTS

  • Revenue of EUR 949 million, compared to EUR 859 million in 2014/15, corresponding to organic growth of 12%.

Food Cultures & Enzymes 12% organic growth
Health & Nutrition 2% organic growth
Natural Colors 19% organic growth

  • EBIT before special items of EUR 268 million, compared to EUR 233 million in 2014/15. The EBIT margin before special items was 28.2%, compared to 27.1% in 2014/15.
  • Profit for the year of EUR 184 million, compared to EUR 163 million in 2014/15.
  • Free cash flow before special items and acquisitions of EUR 175 million, compared to EUR 151 million in 2014/15.


Q4 2015/16 RESULTS

  • Revenue of EUR 256 million, compared to EUR 234 million in Q4 2014/15, corresponding to organic growth of 9%.

    Food Cultures & Enzymes 11% organic growth
    Health & Nutrition 0% organic growth
    Natural Colors 16% organic growth

  • EBIT before special items of EUR 79 million, compared to EUR 73 million in Q4 2014/15. The EBIT margin before special items was 30.9%, compared to 31.1% in Q4 2014/15.
  • Profit for the period of EUR 56 million, compared to EUR 52 million in Q4 2014/15.
  • Free cash flow before special items and acquisitions of EUR 118 million compared to EUR 86 million in Q4 2014/15.


DIVIDEND

An ordinary dividend for 2015/16 of EUR 0.70 (DKK 5.23) per share, or a total of EUR 92 million, is proposed. The proposed ordinary dividend is equivalent to 50% of the profit for the year. Despite the announced acquisition of LGG® and related business, the Board of Directors will consider the option of distributing excess cash during 2016/17, while maintaining financial leverage consistent with a solid investment-grade credit profile.


OUTLOOK FOR 2016/17

Organic revenue growth: 8-10%

EBIT margin before special items: slightly above the 28.2% achieved in 2015/16

Free cash flow before special items, acquisitions and divestments: around the EUR 175 million achieved in 2015/16

Please see the full report for further details.


Chr. Hansen is a global, differentiated bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. At Chr. Hansen we are uniquely positioned to drive positive change through microbial solutions. We have worked for over 145 years to enable sustainable agriculture, cleaner labels and healthier living for more people around the world. Our microbial and fermentation technology platforms, including our broad and relevant collection of around 40,000 microbial strains, have game-changing potential. Matching customer needs and global trends we continue to unlock the power of good bacteria to respond to global challenges such as food waste, global health and the overuse of antibiotics and pesticides. As the world’s most sustainable biotech company, we touch the lives of more than 1 billion people every day. Driven by our legacy of innovation and curiosity to pioneer science, our purpose – To grow a better world. Naturally. – is at the heart of everything we do.

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