DSM announces EUR 100 million profit improvement program for DSM Nutritional Products

Royal DSM N.V. (DSM) today announces a comprehensive profit improvement program for DSM Nutritional Products that, through a mix of cost savings and increased profits from higher revenues, is expected to deliver an annual minimum of EUR 100 million of improved profitability.

The program will commence in the second half of 2007 and run through 2008 and 2009, enabling the Nutrition business to achieve the targeted EBITDA margin level of at least 18% as set out in Vision 2010. For 2008, the first full year of the program, it is expected that benefits will offset the negative impact of the expiration of the contracts made in conjunction with the acquisition of Roche Vitamins.

One time costs of the program are estimated at some EUR 40 million after tax, the majority of which are expected to be accounted for in 2008. In addition, DSM Nutritional Products will also invest in further optimizing its business processes, including the replacement of numerous legacy systems with an integrated SAP ERP system.

Commenting on the plan, Stephan Tanda, member of the Managing Board of DSM and responsible for DSM's Nutrition business, said: 'DSM Nutritional Products is well positioned to benefit from the major nutrition, health and wellness trends of our times. The comprehensive profit improvement plan announced today, focused on margin improvement through better management of our cost base, further differentiation of our products and an acceleration of innovation activities, is expected to deliver growth through efficiency and innovation and enable us to reach our targeted 18% EBITDA margin as set out in Vision 2010.'
The profit improvement plan, 'Aspire to Win', is based on three main pillars:
* Cost reductions
The major elements of the cost savings program are related to SG&A
(Sales, General and Administrative) expenses, including the
implementation of a new, global ERP system, further streamlining of
business processes and administrative overhead reductions.
Additional cost improvements will be targeted in manufacturing,
both at the main production sites and premix plants, including the
sourcing of raw materials and services. Further options will be
evaluated to optimize R&D expenditure and the operational
* Enhancement of differentiation activities
Our customers face rapidly rising demands to meet the highest
standards of quality, traceability and efficacy. DSM Nutritional
Products is well positioned to help fulfill these needs of an
increasingly brand and quality conscious market. The business will
further enhance its differentiation activities and develop customer
solutions in close cooperation
with leading players in the food and feed industry. One example is
the QUALI-CTM range of guaranteed safe Vitamin C products.
* Accelerated innovation
A further boost to capturing the innovation potential in health
enhancing ingredients for Animal Nutrition, Human Nutrition and
Personal Care will be achieved through accelerated market
penetration and new applications of young products like TEAVIGOTM
(the purest green tea extract in the industry) and Hy.DCopyright (the
advance source of Vitamin D3 for poultry), and the introduction of
new products like i-flexTM (a new joint health supplement) and
BeauActiveTM MTP (a natural ingredient for Cosmetics that reduces
lines and wrinkles) Additional growth will be stimulated by an
intensified acquisition program to in-source early stage products
and technologies and acquire start-up companies and innovation

DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company develops, produces and sells innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end-markets and applications, such as human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings and paint, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation plus an increased presence in emerging economies. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at www.dsm.com.

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