"The good development of business in the first quarter indicates that we will be able to grow strongly once again in 2018, and to further implement our strategic targets for 2020,” CEO Paul Schuler said. “We are looking to increase sales by more than 10 percent for the year as a whole, and thereby break through the CHF 7 billion sales mark for the first time."
GROWTH IN ALL REGIONS
In the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) sales increased by 10.2 percent (previous year: 12.4 percent). The major EU countries with the core markets of Spain and the U.K. also exhibited growth. The Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa delivered very impressive growth rates. In the beginning of 2018, Sika acquired Index Construction Systems and Products.
The newly formed Americas region generated growth of 12.2 percent (previous year: 14.0 percent), of which 5.5 percent was achieved through acquisitions. The harsh North American winter led to the postponement of numerous large projects. Mexico and Argentina continue to exhibit above-average development.
Growth in the Asia/Pacific region amounted to 3.9 percent (previous year: 7.1 percent). The highest growth rates were recorded by India, Australia and New Zealand. China and Japan also contributed to growth in this region. In Vietnam, a state-of-the-art facility for mortar production has come on stream in the Bac Ninh plant alongside the existing production of concrete admixtures.
The new Global Business segment recorded a growth rate of 20.9 percent (previous year: 3.3 percent). Among other things, this includes the globally managed automotive business as well as the two acquisitions Axson Technologies and Faist ChemTec.
OUTLOOK: SALES TARGET OF CHF 7 BILLION IN 2018
Volatile and rising raw material prices continue to pose a challenge. For the year as a whole, EBIT and net profit should once again increase at a disproportionately high rate. The growth strategy will be continued in 2018 with the opening of eight new factories and the founding of more national subsidiaries.
NET SALES IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2018
|in CHF million||1/1/2017- 3/31/2017||1/1/2018-3/31/2018||Year-on-year change (+/- in percent)|
|Net sales consolidated||1,389.0||1,554.0||11.9||11.0||0.9||6.3|
|Products for the construction industry||1,059.4||1,170.2||10.5||9.7||0.8||5.9|
|50th Annual General Meeting||Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1.00 p.m.|
|Half-Year Report 2018||Thursday, July 26, 2018|
|Results first nine months 2018||Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018|
|Net sales 2018||Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019|
|Full-Year Results 2018||Friday, Feb. 22, 2019|
|51st Annual General Meeting||Tuesday, April 9, 2019|