30 Jul 2009

Clariant experience 'massive' decline in sales for 1H09

Clariant announced their first half 2009 sales with a degree of honesty which was unusual for the conservative Swiss company:

'Despite persistent poor business conditions resulting in a massive decline in sales, the Textile, Leather and Paper Chemicals Division returned to profitability at the operating level. Sales dropped 22% in local currencies and 25% in Swiss francs.'

The outlook? As we have stated before, this is a watershed year for the paper chemicals business which requires new vision and leadership.

Some recent reports (see bloomberg.com):
22-Jun-09: Clariant, the world’s largest maker of chemicals used in printing ink based in Muttenz, Switzerland, said on June 22 it plans to cut additional jobs on top of 1,350 reductions announced earlier this year.

02-Jul-09: Clariant AG dropped 8.6 percent to 6.36 Swiss francs for the biggest decline on the Stoxx 600. The world’s largest maker of chemicals plans to sell 225 million francs ($209 million) of convertible bonds.

13-Jul-09: Clariant, The world’s biggest maker of chemicals used in printing ink expects monthly profit of as much as 18 million Swiss francs ($16.6 million) in the “coming period,” Finanz & Wirtschaft said, citing an interview with Chief Executive Officer Hariolf Kottmann. Clariant will probably cut more jobs this year and in 2010 before restructuring is complete, he said.

30-Jul-09: Clariant, the world’s biggest maker of chemicals used in printing ink reports first-half earnings. The shares rose 2.1 percent to 6.96 francs.

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