Commenting on the results, Feike Sijbesma, CEO/Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, said: "DSM delivered improved results versus the first quarter, despite persistent currency headwinds. Performance Materials saw continued positive momentum in a number of end-markets, whereas Polymer Intermediates has seen weaker business conditions for caprolactam.
Market conditions in Nutrition have shown some improvement with good Animal Nutrition performance in Q2, while Human Nutrition still operates in a low growth macro environment for some end-markets due to ongoing pressure on consumer spending. In this environment, the resilience of our integrated value chain is demonstrated by robust margins, highlighting the quality of our Nutrition business. In addition we are undertaking initiatives in the US to reinforce the attractiveness of our dietary supplements end-user categories.
We continue to focus on efficiencies to protect profitability and improve cash flow in the current environment . Despite the weakness in caprolactam, we continue to anticipate to deliver improving financial results in the coming quarters."