BASF announces preliminary figures for the 2017 business year
BASF's Sales rose by 12% to € 64.5 billion (2016: € 57.6 billion). EBIT before special items for 2017 is expected to be € 8.3 billion, 32 % above the prior-year figure (2016: € 6.3 billion). The year-on-year earnings growth is primarily attributable to the strong earnings increase in the Chemicals segment. Higher volumes and margins in the Monomers, Petrochemicals and Intermediates divisions are the main contributing factors. The significant earnings improvements in the Oil & Gas segment and in Other also contribute to the BASF Group’s considerably higher EBIT before special items.
EBIT before special items in the Performance Products and Functional Materials & Solutions segments is below the 2016 levels. This is mainly the result of increased raw material prices, which could not be fully passed on via sales prices, and higher fixed costs from the startup of new plants. Due to a strong earnings increase in the fourth quarter, EBIT before special items in the Agricultural Solutions segment almost matches the 2016 level.
Figures for the 2017 business year significantly exceed estimates
For the full year 2017, the BASF Group’s EBIT is expected to rise by 36 % to €8.5 billion (2016: € 6.3 billion). Net income is expected to exceed the prior-year level by 50 % and reach around € 6.1 billion (2016: € 4.1 billion). The reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% results in one-time noncash, deferred tax income of almost € 400 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The BASF Group’s key earnings figures for the 2017 business year significantly exceed analyst estimates. On February 27, 2018 BASF will publish the BASF Report 2017.