AkzoNobel Q2 2023 profits up; guidance increased

AkzoNobel Q2 2023 profits up; guidance increased

The company received approval to supply the full water-based Sikkens range of refinish products to Porsche China

  • By ICN Bureau | July 26, 2023

Akzo Nobel has posted 36 per cent jump in operating profit in Q2 2023 at €279 million (2022: €205 million). For the quarter, revenue is down 4% on unfavorable exchange rates, 3% up in constant currencies. Adjusted operating income is up 25% at €311 million (2022: €249 million). The company has net cash from operating activities positive €305 million (2022: negative €52 million).  

AkzoNobel CEO, Greg Poux-Guillaume, commented: “Our Q2 results are in line with expectations despite volatile markets and complete a solid first half of 2023. In Q2, we achieved year-on-year profit growth driven by resilient volumes, robust pricing and the first effects of raw material deflation. This helped us offset headwinds from continuing softness in some markets and from adverse currency impact and persistent inflation. Our results provide a solid foundation and allow us to increase our full-year guidance. We’re on the right path – in markets that will continue to be impacted by macro-economic uncertainties.”

Recent highlights

Mural pays tribute to traditional artform 

The Abasto neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina received a makeover recently using products supplied by the Alba brand. Five vibrant wall paintings and a 600-meter long floor mural were created to bring color to the local area. The designs pay tribute to a traditional pictorial artform known as “filete porteño” – which has received official UNESCO recognition.

Supply agreement with Porsche China

The company received approval to supply the full water-based Sikkens range of refinish products to Porsche China. Our products will play an important role in helping Porsche China to meet the country’s strict VOC regulation.

New product marks turning point for packaging industry

The packaging business continued to drive innovation with the launch of Accelshield 700, an internal coating for beverage can-tops that does not use BPA or bisphenol-based epoxies as part of its manufacturing process. This new product will help customers to meet the surge in demand for safer and more sustainable coatings, supporting our leading market position.

2023 Outlook

AkzoNobel expects the ongoing macro-economic uncertainties to continue and weigh on organic volume growth. The company will focus on margin management, cost reduction, working capital normalization and de-leveraging.

Cost reduction programs are expected to partly mitigate higher than expected inflationary pressure on operating expenses for 2023. AkzoNobel expects declining raw material costs to have a favorable impact on profitability.

Based on current market conditions, AkzoNobel targets to deliver €1.40 to €1.55 billion adjusted EBITDA. 

The company aims to lower its leverage ratio to less than 3.4 times net debt/EBITDA, including the impact of the Kansai Paint Africa acquisition, by the end of 2023 and return to around 2 times post-2023.

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