May 7, 2020

DSM Reports Q1 2020 Results

Bizclik Editor
6 min

HEERLEN, Netherlands, May 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --


  • DSM reports a solid quarter
  • Early actions on COVID-19 ensured continuity of operations and supply to customers
  • Group sales and Adjusted EBITDA stable
    - Nutrition: sales +4%, organic sales +2%, Adjusted EBITDA +3
    - Materials: sales -8%, volumes -6%, Adjusted EBITDA -7%
  • Adjusted net profit up 8% to €216m. Net profit: €168m
  • Strong Adjusted Net Operating Free Cash Flow of €151m, up 152%
  • Outlook 2020: DSM expects Nutrition to deliver at least a mid-single digit increase in Adjusted EBITDA, but given current limited visibility in Materials the overall earnings outlook is suspended at this time



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Co-CEOs statement
Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEOs, commented: "COVID-19 has led to unprecedented global challenges. We took very early actions and focused on ensuring the health and safety of our employees and partners, keeping our operations running and serving customers and society with our essential products. We are proud of how our people are responding to the new challenges and are also supporting the communities around them in so many different ways.

We saw good underlying business conditions in Nutrition, with momentum increasing through the quarter, and with an overall small increase in demand from COVID-19. At the same time, trading conditions in Materials deteriorated rapidly at the end of Q1 as customers' operations were impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, especially in Europe and North America. 

While these are uncertain times, we are taking all necessary actions to address recent challenges in end markets. We remain well-positioned to manage near-term developments with a growing Nutrition business and a strong financial position. We stay focused on our long-term strategy to deliver above-market growth, pursuing our innovation programs, and growth initiatives, supported by the execution of our self-help actions."

Outlook 2020
There is considerable uncertainty as to how the COVID-19 pandemic will develop and what will be the global ramifications. Within this context, DSM expects Nutrition to deliver at least a mid-single digit increase in Adjusted EBITDA for 2020 compared to prior year, but given current limited visibility in Materials it feels prudent not to express an overall earnings outlook at this time.

COVID-19 impact
DSM responded quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak, initiating very strict protocols to increase already stringent hygiene and safety precautions throughout its facilities and supply chain worldwide. Through these measures DSM is protecting the well-being of its employees and partners while keeping production facilities running. Given that many of its products and solutions are considered vital by national governments, DSM's facilities are typically permitted to keep operating and are less impacted by logistics restrictions.

DSM estimates that Nutrition overall saw a slight increase of about 1% on its Q1 sales from COVID-19. Materials saw a negative impact of about 7% of sales with the main effect at the end of the quarter as customers' operations were severely impacted by COVID-19 measures especially in Europe and North America. As these measures continue into Q2, DSM is taking actions in Materials to limit capital expenditure and operating costs to protect its earnings and cashflow without compromising the medium- and long-term potential of its businesses.

In addition, DSM is also supporting the fight against the pandemic. DSM is applying scientific know-how and its resources through a variety of global and local initiatives including helping to improve personal protective equipment designs, producing critical disinfectants and equipment for hospitals, leading a consortium to produce face masks, distributing immunity-optimizing vitamins to healthcare workers, and more as shown in the sustainability highlights.

Financial strength
DSM continues to benefit from a strong balance sheet and available liquidity, with Q1 2020 Net Debt to EBITDA of 0.8x, strong cash generation and committed, undrawn revolving credit facilities of €1.5 billion. These facilities, comprised of a €1 billion revolving credit facility maturing in 2025 and €500 million new revolving credit facilities concluded recently, are not subject to any financial covenants or a MAC clause. Additionally, the company has no bond maturities in 2020 and 2021. DSM remains committed to maintaining a strong investment-grade credit profile.

Reflecting the strength of its financial position, DSM remains committed to its capital allocation policy. DSM will continue to reinvest capital into driving organic growth via disciplined capex and is committed to pursue its existing policy of distributing stable, preferably rising, dividends to its shareholders. DSM's dividend proposal for approval at its AGM on 8 May 2020 remains €2.40 per share, as communicated in February 2020, up 4% versus 2019.

Concurrently, having bought back €745 million shares as at Q1 2020, DSM believes it prudent to pause the remainder of its €1 billion share buy-back program, launched in 2019, as a precaution given the current environment.

Glycom acquisition
On 1 April 2020 DSM completed the acquisition of Glycom, as announced on 21 February 2020, for an enterprise value of €765 million, which will be incorporated in the results as of Q2 2020. Glycom is the world's leading supplier of Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO).

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Financial calendar     

8 May 2020

Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

4 August 2020

Publication of the half year results of 2020

3 November 2020

Publication of the results of the first nine months of 2020

4 November 2020

Capital Markets Day


Additional Information
Today DSM will hold a conference call for media at 08:00 CET and a conference call for investors and analysts at 09:00 CET. Details on how to access these calls can be found on the DSM website,

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™ 
Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM's purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world's biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at

Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to DSM's future (financial) performance and position. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of DSM and information currently available to the company. DSM cautions readers that such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and therefore it should be understood that many factors can cause actual performance and position to differ materially from these statements. DSM has no obligation to update the statements contained in this press release, unless required by law. The English language version of the press release is leading.

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