AkzoNobel delivers 6% revenue growth in Q3; pricing initiatives in place to offset raw material headwinds by end of 2021


Thierry Vanlancker, AkzoNobel CEO

Thierry Vanlancker, AkzoNobel CEO

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) publishes results for third quarter 2021

Highlights Q3 2021

• Pricing up 9% compared with Q3 2020. Revenue 6% higher (up 5% from Q3 2019*, in constant currencies1)

• Raw material and other variable costs increased €278M compared with Q3 2020

• Adjusted operating income2 lower at €241M (2020: €353M), ROS3 at 10.0% (2020: 15.5%)

• €1bn share buyback started April 27, 2021; €557M completed by end of Q3 2021

• First paints and coatings company to commit to a carbon reduction target of 50% by 2030 (2018 baseline) for the full value chain, verified by the Science Based Targets initiative

*The 2019 comparatives are included in this release to allow for proper comparison in light of the COVID-19 impact in 2020.

AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker, commented: “During the third quarter, as predicted, extraordinary levels of raw material costs and supply disruptions impacted our business. Despite supply constraints and the resulting backlog, we were able to demonstrate 6% revenue growth.

“I’m very proud of our team’s focus on our own pricing, as demonstrated by the 10% increase run rate by the end of the third quarter. We’re on track to have our own pricing actions offset the raw material inflation by year-end.

“As we’ve already indicated, the headwinds are likely to be with us going into 2022. However, we’ve established a strong pathway for our Grow & Deliver ambition and remain confident in the €2bn EBITDA target for 2023.”

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SBTi approves carbon reduction target
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Partnership with Mercedes-Benz extended in China and Indonesia
We’ve agreed to extend our partnership agreement with Mercedes-Benz for another four years. It means the company will continue to be a recommended supplier of vehicle refinish products and services in China and a preferred partner in Indonesia. The deal was confirmed after extensive testing and analysis of the product assortments and services provided by AkzoNobel’s premium Sikkens brand.

Four Chinese startups win Paint the Future collaboration opportunity
Four startups have been invited to collaborate with AkzoNobel on their innovative solutions after being announced as the winners of our recent Paint the Future China startup challenge. The announcement was made at the end of a two-day accelerator event, which brought 17 finalists together with 30 AkzoNobel experts for face-to-face discussions about collaborative opportunities that could potentially push the boundaries of the paints and coatings industry.

Consumer Electronics business recognised by Dell Technologies
Our Consumer Electronics business recently received an award from Dell for helping them on their journey from solvent-based to water-based technology. We supply Dell with durable, water-based basecoat and clearcoat technologies for the various plastic and metal substrates used in their devices. The cutting-edge, low VOC formulation is an ideal eco-friendly alternative.

Outlook:
AkzoNobel targets to grow at least in line with its relevant markets. Trends differ per region and segment, with significant raw material cost inflation and supply constraints expected to continue through mid-2022. Margin management and cost discipline are in place to deliver an average annual 50 basis points increase in return on sales over the period 2021-2023. The company is confident in the €2bn EBITDA target for 2023, in line with its Grow & Deliver strategy. AkzoNobel targets a leverage ratio of 1-2 times net debt/EBITDA and commits to retain a strong investment grade credit rating.

The report for the third quarter 2021 can be viewed and downloaded at https://akzo.no/Q32021-results

1 Constant currencies calculations exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates

2 Adjusted operating income = operating income excluding identified items

3 Return on sales (ROS) is adjusted operating income as percentage of revenue; ROS excluding unallocated cost was reported in relation to the Winning together: 15 by 20 strategy and is no longer reported


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