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Record Results for Profit and Cash flow - Sika Strong in Year of Coronavirus

• Sales of CHF 7,877.5 million (–2.9% in CHF, +3.4% in local currencies)
• EBITDA increased to CHF 1,497.6 million (+7.9%)
• Operating profit (EBIT) increased to CHF 1,130.5 million (+7.1%)
• EBIT margin increased to 14.4% (previous year: 13.0%)
• Net profit up to CHF 825.1 million (+8.8%)
• Operating free cash flow increased to CHF 1,259.4 million (+22.7%)
• Reduction of CO2 emissions by 25.9% to 20 kg per ton sold (previous year: 27 kg per ton sold)
• 6 factories opened or extended, 1 company acquired and one expanded partnership
• Proposal for dividend increase of 8.7% to CHF 2.50 (previous year: CHF 2.30)
• From May 1, 2021: Thomas Hasler to succeed CEO Paul Schuler
▪ Outlook for 2021 fiscal year
▪ Sales increase in local currencies of 6%–8%
▪ Over-proportional increase in EBIT, EBIT margin to reach 15% for the first time
▪ Confirmation of 2023 strategic targets for sustainable, profitable growth

The 2020 fiscal year was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a number of severe effects for the construction and automotive sectors. Despite this difficult environment, Sika nonetheless achieved record results. Sales increased by 3.4% in local currencies. Due to negative currency effects, this equates to a slight decline in sales in Swiss francs of -2.9% compared to the prior year. Operating profit (EBIT) grew by an over-proportional 7.1% to CHF 1,130.5 million – a new record result. In keeping with this development, new records were also set for net profit at CHF 825.1 million (+8.8% year-on-year) and operating free cash flow at CHF 1,259.4 million (+22.7% year-on-year).

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Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 100 countries around the world and manufactures in over 300 factories. Its 25,000 employees generated annual sales of CHF 7.88 billion in 2020. At the end of 2019, Sika won the Swiss Technology Award for an innovative new adhesive technology. 

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