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BASF expects second half to be better after weak start to 2019
MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German chemicals giant BASF expects to eke out some profit growth in 2...019 as it banks on business to perk up with car production in the latter half of the year and on benefits from ongoing cost cuts. BASF, which held its annual shareholder meeting on Friday, reported a drop in first-quarter operating profit of 24 percent, hurt by weakness in the firm's basic chemicals business and a slump in prices for materials used in polyurethane foams. The maker of petrochemicals, coatings, catalytic converters and foams, said it still aims to grow operating profit this year at the lower end of a 1-10 percent range from 6.35 billion euros in 2018, despite analyst predictions of a decline in full year earnings. "What's important is the state of our customer industries," Chief Executive Martin Brudermueller told shareholders at the meeting. "Automotive saw a very weak start to the year. But there are still forecasts for a very slight growth rate over the full year... That has to mean more cars will be manufactured in the second half and that means more business for BASF." First-quarter operating profit, or earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adjusted for one-off items, fell to 1.73 billion euros ($1.93 billion) versus a company-provided analyst forecast of 1.75 billion. The shares were little changed at 72.35 euros at 1128 GMT. The company experienced lower volumes and prices for basic petrochemicals made from oil distillates and had to mark down prices of intermediate chemicals used in heat insulation slabs and upholstery foams. Weak demand and global trade disputes, which began late last year, led to a decline in global auto production of 6 percent during the quarter and continued to weigh on BASF's automotive coatings and catalytic converters businesses. Earnings at BASF's agricultural chemicals and seeds unit were bolstered by assets acquired from domestic rival Bayer as well as by higher prices.
CLARIANT CONTINUED TO GROW SALES DESPITE A SLOW START IN PLASTIC & COATINGS
Sales increased by 2 % in local currency to CHF 1.715 billion EBITDA after exceptional items was CHF... 236 million EBITDA margin after exceptional items was 13.8 % Outlook reiterated: above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation “In the first three months of this year, Clariant delivered continued organic sales growth despite the challenging macroeconomic environment,” said Ernesto Occhiello, CEO of Clariant. “Our focus on customer experience and fast, reliable customer fulfillment is particularly noticeable in the progression of the Business Areas Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Despite Plastics & Coatings being negatively impacted by the current economic and business environments, we are confident in our ability to progress throughout the year. We will continue to identify and address the next challenges and future demands of our customers, leading to above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation.” First Quarter 2019 – Higher local currency sales and improved profitability at Care Chemicals and Catalysis Muttenz, April 30, 2019 - Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, today announces first quarter 2019 sales of CHF 1.715 billion compared to CHF 1.722 billion in the first quarter of 2018. This corresponds to a good 2 % organic growth in local currency, driven by higher pricing in all Business Areas versus a high comparison base. On a regional basis, the sales development in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East & Africa all reflected single-digit growth in local currency. Both North America and Asia reported slightly negative growth of 1 %. The continued weaker demand in China negatively influenced the Group sales development in the first quarter. The improved sales performance in the first quarter of 2019 resulted from expansion in the Business Areas Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Sales in Care Chemicals increased by 2 % in local currency although they were unfavorably impacted by the Aviation business due to the mild weather. Excluding Aviation, Care Chemicals sales rose in good mid-single digits in local currency. This growth was primarily driven by an excellent Consumer Care development. Catalysis sales grew by a good 4 % in local currency compared to a record first quarter in the previous year. Natural Resources sales accelerated by 10 % in local currency, mainly lifted by good Oil & Mining Services demand but also solid growth in Functional Minerals. In Plastics & Coatings, sales declined by 2 % in local currency, largely as a result of the weaker than anticipated automotive and plastics markets as well as the further economic slowdown, particularly in China. However, the underlying demand in China remains solid and Clariant expects to see a gradual improvement throughout the remainder of 2019. The newly reported EBITDA after exceptional items reached CHF 236 million with a corresponding margin of 13.8 %. The 8 % lower absolute EBITDA after exceptional items is the result of weaker profitability in Plastics & Coatings and higher project costs relating to Clariant’s step change into higher value specialties announced in September 2018. The work on the respective projects is progressing well. Care Chemicals and Catalysis both reported a significant positive progression year-on-year, while Natural Resources also delivered a sound profitability improvement quarter-on-quarter as anticipated. Outlook 2021 – Above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company. We aim to provide more than just customer-oriented products. We strive to provide the best customer experience and fast, reliable customer fulfillment in the industry by setting the right priorities. Our aim is to make our customers more successful. We therefore constantly focus on timely and rewarding innovations, products that are difficult to imitate, sustainability, agility as well as ethical practices. We will only be satisfied with the highest level of excellence in every function within the Group. Our success will be realized through the execution of our strategy. We confirm our 2021 guidance to achieve above-market growth, higher profitability and stronger cash generation.
 
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