Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
▪ Sales up by 1.2% in local currencies
▪ Q1 sales of CHF 2,325.9 million (-3.0% in CHF)
▪ Strong growth of 15.2% in Global Business (previous year: 10.4%)
▪ Negative currency effect of -4.2%
▪ Closing of MBCC acquisition still targeted for first half of 2023
Outlook for fiscal 2023 confirmed
▪ Sales increase in local currencies by 6–8%
▪ Over-proportional increase in EBIT (excluding MBCC acquisition)
▪ Confirmation of 2023 strategic targets for sustainable, profitable growth
Despite challenging economic conditions, Sika ended the first quarter of 2023 with a slight growth. Sales in local currencies and organic growth both increased by 1.2%. In Swiss franc terms, Sika posted sales of CHF 2,325.9 million. Compared with the strong prior-year period and due to the stronger Swiss franc, the sales development in CHF amounted to -3.0%. This figure includes a currency effect of -4.2%. The more dynamic markets in the Americas and Asia/Pacific regions offset the weaker performance in Europe. Growth in Global Business clearly outstripped the market, and was once again in double digits. Sika achieved a substantial increase in the material margin in the first quarter, marking an important step on the road to material margin recovery.
"Sika successfully navigated the economic challenges in the first quarter. With our balanced product and sales mix we could smooth out fluctuations in the individual regions. As anticipated, the first quarter was challenging, but – given the recovery expected in the markets – we are sticking with our growth ambitions for full-year 2023. We expect that the acquisition of MBCC will be closed in the first half of the year. With MBCC, we are expanding our leadership position for sustainable solutions in the construction industry even further. We are thus strengthening the platform underpinning our Strategy 2028 for profitable, long-term growth and securing a sustained increase in value for all our stakeholders – for our customers, for our employees, and for our shareholders." Thomas Hasler, Chief Executive Officer
Results in the Regions
In the first quarter of 2023, the construction industry showed a weaker development than in the same period of the previous year. This was due to higher inflation, interest rate hikes, and the war in Ukraine. These impacts were contrasted with the megatrend of climate change in the construction sector, which has paved the way for a paradigm shift in the industry. Demand for solutions that allow the reduction of CO2 emissions and the conservation of resources in construction continues to increase. Demand has developed positively for solutions in the industrial sector, particularly in the automotive area. Through its technologies, Sika is ideally positioned in both these markets to offer its customers solutions enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint.
The EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) reported a sales decline in local currencies of -4.7% (previous year: +18.1%). Business was muted in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in particular, as well as in Eastern Europe. Distribution business was up slightly on the previous quarter. In the project business, volumes declined despite economic stimulus programs and investments in energy transition providing a broad underpinning for Sika's activities. Sales in the countries in Africa and the Middle East continued to record double-digit growth in the first three months of 2023.
In local currency terms, the Americas region achieved a 5.1% increase in sales (previous year: 36.2%). A higher level of interest rates weighed on construction activity. Despite this, Sika registered a solid increase in the first quarter, with much of this increase attributable to US infrastructure projects. Construction work focused on the modernization and expansion of subway lines, bridges, tunnels, and freeways, with investments in commercial construction projects sparking additional demand. In addition, the USA is witnessing investments in reshoring, which encompasses bringing industrial know-how back to the United States from Asia, and in the construction of manufacturing plants.
Sales in local currencies in the Asia/Pacific region increased by 2.6% (previous year: 18.6%). At the beginning of the first quarter, China continued to be marked by a high level of infections. The situation significantly improved toward the end of the quarter, with double-digit growth in the distribution business. Growth was solid in Japan, while India recorded a double-digit growth. Business got off to a muted start in Southeast Asia in 2023, impacted by weaker sales in Vietnam triggered by the government's tightening monetary policy.
In the Global Business segment, Sika achieved growth in local currencies of 15.2% (previous year: 10.4%), and therefore grew at a considerably faster pace than the market. This was due to the solid demand for new vehicles, and e-mobility in particular, as well as to supply chain normalization. Sika is anticipating a continued recovery in the market for automotive business over the medium term, with long-term growth stimuli coming from electromobility and alternative drive concepts in particular.
MBCC Acquisition in the final stages
The acquisition of MBCC is now in the final stages. In the first quarter of 2023, Sika signed a purchase agreement with the private equity firm Cinven for parts of MBCC's admixture business. This business achieved sales of around CHF 920 million in fiscal 2022. Closing of the acquisition is scheduled for the first half of 2023. The acquisition of MBCC is significantly value-enhancing. Together with MBCC, Sika will further strengthen its growth platforms and expects annual synergies of CHF 160–180 million.
Outlook for 2023
For 2023, Sika is confident that it can successfully continue its strategy built on sustainable and profitable growth even in a challenging economic environment. Thanks to its innovative technologies, Sika is the partner of choice for many customers in the construction and industrial sectors. These sectors are strongly characterized by the megatrend of climate change as well as by increasing automation, digitalization, and easy-to-apply products.
For the 2023 fiscal year, Sika expects sales to rise by 6–8% in local currencies and anticipates an over-proportional increase in EBIT (excluding the impact of the MBCC acquisition).
Net Sales in the First Three Months of 2023
|In CHF mn||1/1/2022 -3/31/2022||1/1/2023 -3/31/2023||Year-on-year change
(+/- in %)
|In CHF||In local currencies1||Currency effect||Acquisition effect2||Organic growth3|
|Products for the construction industry||1,938.5||1,860.7||-4.0||0.3||-4.3||0.0||0.3|
|Products for industrial manufacturing||459.7||465.2
1 Growth in local currencies including acquisitions.
2 Share of sales of acquired companies not including post-combination growth. The sales growth of the acquired companies since initial consolidation is included in organic growth.
3 Growth adjusted for acquisition and currency effect. The sales growth of the acquired companies since initial consolidation is included in organic growth.
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