Novozymes reports 17% EBIT growth

Novozymes reports 17% EBIT growth

Fiscal year performance exceeded company's outlook.

Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation and industrial enzymes, today reported 7 percent sales growth in 2012 compared with 2011. EBIT increased by 17 percent, raising the EBIT margin to 24.4 percent. Net profit grew by 10 percent. Strong free cash flow before acquisitions of DKK 1,581 million exceeded the outlook. For 2013, the EBIT margin is expected to remain at its current high level, while organic sales growth is expected to increase to 5 to 8 percent. Long-term financial targets adjusted to reflect high profitability and timing of sales growth.

“We delivered strong earnings growth and record profitability in a year when organic sales growth was challenged and came in at 4 percent—below our ambition,” says Steen Riisgaard, president and CEO. “With 2012 behind us, we have reviewed our long-term growth scenarios and decided to adjust our long-term financial targets. We are still confident that we can reach the long-term sales growth target of more than 10 percent, although not until 2015. Meanwhile, profitability will remain at current levels, and we are raising our target for EBIT margin to more than 24 percent. The ROIC target is confirmed as more than 22 percent. The company’s strategy is unchanged and, under the leadership of the new president and CEO, Peder Holk Nielsen, Novozymes will continue to focus on innovation, partnerships and sustainability.”

In 2012:

  • Sales grew by 7 percent in DKK, 3 percent in LCY and 4 percent organically vs. 2011
  • The gross margin was 57.2 percent, 1 percent-point up on 2011
  • EBIT was DKK 2,745 million, an increase of 17 percent compared with 2011
  • The EBIT margin was 24.4 percent, 2.1 percent-points up on 2011
  • Net profit was DKK 2,016 million, an increase of 10 percent compared with 2011
  • Free cash flow before acquisitions was DKK 1,581 million, vs. DKK 1,393 million for 2011
  • ROIC (including goodwill) was 19.9 percent, against 21.3 percent for 2011


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