Highlights Q3 2020
- ROS, excluding unallocated costs, increased to 17.7% (2019: 13.8%) due to strong margin management and cost savings
- Growth in volumes of 3%, with strong demand trends for most segments and regions
- Total cost savings delivered €49M, of which €27M structural savings related to transformation initiatives
- Net cash from operating activities improved by 46% to €457M (2019: €312M); maintained a strong balance sheet
- On October 19, the acquisition of Titan Paints in Spain was announced, with completion expected before the end of Q1 2021
- €300M share buyback announced, to be completed in the first half of 2021
Q3 2020 (compared to Q3 2019)
- Revenue 5% lower, while up 1% in constant currencies. Volumes up 3%, showing strong demand for Decorative Paints, partly offset by lower volumes of Performance Coatings and unfavorable price/mix of 1%
- Adjusted operating income up 18% at €353M (2019: €300M); ROS increased to 15.5% (2019: 12.5%)
- Operating income of €326M includes €27M negative impact from identified items, related to transformation costs (2019: €247M operating income, including €53M negative identified items); OPI margin up at 14.3% (2019: 10.3%)
- Net income attributable to shareholders increased 36% to €220M (2019: €162M)
- Adjusted EPS from continuing operations up 34% at €1.30 (2019: €0.97); EPS from total operations at €1.15 (2019: €0.79)
- Interim dividend of €0.43 per share (2019: €0.41)
AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker, commented:
“We delivered an excellent performance for the third quarter, with revenue growth in constant currencies and business return on sales up at 17.7% driven by strong discipline on margins and cost savings.
"These results were made possible by the continued commitment of all AkzoNobel colleagues around the world, adapting to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
“Although the macro-economic environment remains uncertain, we’re continuing to build on our solid position as a frontrunner in our industry, committed to serving our customers with more innovative and sustainable solutions.
"That's why we're proud to have received a Platinum rating from EcoVadis for corporate social responsibility and sustainable procurement.”
2021 Color of the Year announced
Brave Ground has been unveiled as AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year for 2021. It’s a warm and grounding neutral shade that gives us the courage to embrace change.
A range of palettes has been developed to help customers of the company’s Decorative Paints, Automotive and Specialty Coatings, Powder Coatings and Wood Coatings businesses choose on-trend colours with confidence.
Chinese site makes switch to water-based products
The Guangzhou decorative paints site in China is undergoing a major upgrade to enable it to exclusively produce water-based products.
It’s the last of our four Chinese deco plants to make the switch, enabling the company to meet growing demand for more eco-premium, water-based paints.
Platinum rating awarded by EcoVadis
AkzoNobel has been awarded Platinum by EcoVadis, a key rating agency that benchmarks sustainability performance.
It means AkzoNobel is now in the top 1% of all companies and strengthens its leadership in sustainability.
Stahl acquisition delivers unique powder coatings technology
During Q3, AkzoNobel completed the acquisition of Stahl Performance Powder Coatings and its range of products for heat sensitive substrates.
The deal gives it accelerated access to unique low curing technology, which is the only one of its kind in the powder coatings industry.
It includes both UV and thermally curing powders and will enable the company to penetrate the ultra-low cure (80-100°C) domain.
Interpon launches immersive 3D imaging technology
Choosing the right powder coating has never been easier, thanks to the introduction of immersive 3D imaging technology by our Interpon brand.
The new colour tool – available via the AkzoNobel Design app – is designed to help architects and specifiers find exactly the right product for their needs.
As well as enabling users to digitally rotate coatings samples, it’s also possible to zoom in and out and view them in the context of different environments.
European business to be strengthened following acquisition of Titan in Spain
Targeting further growth in Europe after announcing on October 19 the acquisition of the decorative paints business of Spain’s Industrias Titan S.A.U., one of the country’s best-known brands.
Completion is subject to regulatory approvals and expected before the end of Q1, 2021.
AkzoNobel has suspended its 2020 financial ambition in response to the significant market disruption resulting from the pandemic.
Headwinds related to COVID-19 continued to ease, although demand trends differ per region and segment in an uncertain macro-economic environment.
Raw material costs are expected to have a favorable impact for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Continued margin management and cost-saving programs are in place to address the current challenges.
The company targets a leverage ratio of 1-2 times net debt/EBITDA and commits to retain a strong investment grade credit rating.