SOURCE: Akzo Nobel NV

February 17, 2011 01:07 ET

AkzoNobel delivering on growth strategy

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) -

Please see pdf version of the press release for graphs and tables.

February 17, 2011

  * 2010 revenue up 12 percent to EUR14.6 billion; EBITDA* up 16 percent to
    EUR1,964 million
  * Total 2010 net income increased to EUR754 million
  * Q4 revenue up 17 percent to EUR3.6 billion; Q4 EBITDA up 3 percent to
    EUR377 million
  * Adjusted EPS (earnings per share): EUR3.71 (2009: EUR2.06)
  * Outlook: aiming for more than 5 percent revenue and EBITDA growth in
    2011, in line with strategic ambitions.

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AkzoNobel) today reported a revenue increase of 12 percent for the year 2010 to EUR14.6 billion. EBITDA increased 16 percent to EUR1,964 million, with EBITDA margins up at 13.4 percent. Total 2010 net income increased 165 percent to EUR754 million.

Revenue growth was driven by a 6 percent volume increase across all three Business Areas as demand recovered, particularly in high growth markets.

For the fourth quarter, volumes were up 3 percent, pricing improved 4 percent and EBITDA rose 3 percent to EUR377 million. The total net income amounted to EUR162 million.

Raw material prices increased in 2010, particularly in the second half of the year. The company expects 2011 prices to increase further. Pricing and cost reduction actions are ongoing and AkzoNobel is confident that it will be able to compensate for these increases during 2011.

Net debt decreased from EUR1,744 million at year-end 2009 to EUR936 million at year- end 2010, mainly due National Starch divestment generating EUR1 billion of cash. Net cash from operating activities was EUR519 million (2009: EUR1,220 million) reflecting investment in working capital facilitating growth and higher restructuring payments in 2010.

In September 2010, the company announced a simplified dividend policy, stating that it intends to pay a stable to rising dividend. In line with this policy, AkzoNobel is proposing a final dividend of EUR1.08, which would make a total 2010 dividend of EUR1.40, up 4 percent from EUR1.35 in 2009.

CEO Hans Wijers

"Our 2010 performance marks the first year of delivery of our new strategy. All Business Areas have reported strong revenue growth, increased profitability, improved sustainability performance and higher returns on invested capital.

"AkzoNobel's revenue in high growth markets, currently representing around 40 percent of our total, grew more than 20 percent, outperforming the market in 2010. In our mature markets, revenue increased close to 10 percent, further evidence that our medium-term growth plans are on track.

"Broad demand improvement in both mature and high growth markets for Specialty Chemicals led to a full-year EBITDA increase of 27 percent. Performance Coatings delivered a solid performance, supported by volume growth and selective acquisitions, although EBITDA margins were impacted by higher raw material costs. Double digit revenue growth for Decorative Paints was achieved in Asia and Latin America, with lower volumes in mature markets.

"During 2010, we continued to invest in profitable growth throughout our portfolio. The opening of our Ningbo plant in China in November, the selective acquisitions in Performance Coatings, the milestone contract with Walmart and the recently announced Pulp and Paper Chemicals customer contract in Brazil clearly demonstrate that AkzoNobel is on track to meet its medium-term ambitions."

AkzoNobel continued to make progress on its strategic sustainability agenda. Improvements were shown in areas such as percent of revenue from eco- premium solutions, fresh water management and diversity and inclusion. The improvement of the Total Recordable Injury Rate needs attention. Overall, the company is well on its way to reaching its mid-term ambitions.

Outlook 2011

AkzoNobel expects to make further progress on its medium-term strategic ambitions. The company is aiming for more than 5 percent revenue and EBITDA growth in 2011.

* EBITDA is defined as Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization, before incidentals.

The Report for 2010 and the fourth quarter of 2010 can be read on

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AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

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