Sales increased to €3.9 billion in the second quarter (prior year: €3.6 billion), largely due to higher sales volumes and higher selling prices. Adjusted net income was €354 million, which corresponds to adjusted earnings per share of €0.76. The adjusted EBITDA margin rose to 19.2 percent, 1.5 percentage points higher than in the same period of the previous year.
The adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share are significantly above current market expectations (analyst consensus: €691 million, €0.70 per share). Evonik is therefore obligated to publish preliminary numbers. The group presents its final results on Aug. 2, 2018.
“We are continuing to consistently execute our strategy,” said Christian Kullmann, chairman of the Executive Board. “This is more and more reflected in our operational business development as well. In addition to the continuing strong demand in our growth engines, our strong quarterly results are showing the first signs of success from our efficiency program in administration and sales."
In the first half of the year, Evonik generated sales of €7.5 billion and an adjusted EBITDA of €1.4 billion. Compared to the first half of 2017, sales rose by 4 percent, and adjusted EBITDA by 15 percent. The adjusted EBITDA margin rose from 17.0 to 18.8 percent.
Evonik is well on track in terms of free cash flow development: In contrast to the previous year (H1 2017: -€135 million), free cash flow was positive in the first half of 2018.
Based on its performance in the first half of the year, Evonik has increased its outlook for the fiscal year 2018 and is now expecting an adjusted EBITDA between €2.60 and €2.65 billion. The company had previously projected an adjusted EBITDA between €2.4 and €2.6 billion.
The outlook for free cash flow has also been increased. Evonik projects a notably higher free cash flow for the fiscal year 2018 compared to the prior year. The company had so far forecasted a free cash flow slightly above the level of 2017.
The Resource Efficiency segment continued its extremely stable and profitable development in the second quarter. Sales increased by eight percent to €1.5 billion (prior-year: €1.4 billion), while adjusted earnings were 15 percent above the same quarter of the previous year at €366 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin in the segment increased by 1.4 percentage points to an outstanding 24.7 percent. Overall, the segment benefited from high capacity utilization and continuing high demand for silica, high-performance polymers, including for lightweight design, and for water-based, environmentally friendly paints and coatings from the Coating Additives business line.
Sales in the Nutrition & Care segment at €1.2 billion were slightly above prior-year (prior year: €1.2 billion). Adjusted earnings rose by 10 percent to €222 million (prior year: €201 million). The segment was able to significantly increase its adjusted EBITDA margin to 18.7 percent (the same quarter of prior-year: 17.3 percent). This was achieved with a consistent focus on higher-margin products, successfully passing on increased raw material costs, and strict cost reductions, especially in Animal Nutrition and Baby Care. In the amino acids business for animal nutrition, the market environment remained robust over the course of the reporting quarter. Sales volumes developed positively and were above those of the same quarter in the previous year. Sales prices continued the stabilization trend that had already been evident at the beginning of the year. Significant sales increases were also reported in Personal Care, which benefited from significantly higher volumes with an improved product mix. The Health Care and Polyurethane Foam Additives businesses continued their positive business development.
Sales in the Performance Materials segment reached €1 billion in the second quarter, 13 percent above the previous year. This was due to persistently high selling prices in the methacrylate business and an improved market environment for Performance Intermediates. The adjusted EBITDA improved by €196 million (prior year: €168 million). The Performance Materials segment increased its adjusted EBITDA margin to 19.1 percent (prior year: 18.5 percent).