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At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 118,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is divided into the Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions segments.

Intelligent Verbund concept

Production, technology, market, digitalization

 

In 90+ countries

employees contribute to our success and that of our customers

 

New segment structure

since January 1, 2019

 

Organizational realignment

for greater customer proximity, increased competitiveness and profitable growth

Percentage of total sales and EBIT before special items in 2019

  Sales EBITDA before
special items
 
Chemicals
  • Petrochemicals
  • Intermediates
16% 17% 1
Materials
  • Performance Materials
  • Monomers
20% 22% 2
Industrial Solutions
  • Dispersions & Pigments
  • Performance Chemicals
14% 18% 3
Surface Technologies
  • Catalysts
  • Coatings
22% 15% 4
Nutrition & Care
  • Care Chemicals
  • Nutrition & Health
10% 17% 5
Agricultural Solutions
  • Agricultural Solutions
13% 24% 6
Other   5% (13%) 7
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Million € 2015
2016
2017 2018 2019
Sales 70,449 57,550 61,2231 60,2202 59,316
Income from operations before depreciation, amortization and special items 10,508 10,327 10,7381 9,2712 8,3244
Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) 10,649 10,526 10,7651 8,9702 8,1854
Income from operations (EBIT) before special items   6,739 6,309 7,6451 6,2812 4,6434
Income from operations (EBIT) 6,248 6,275 7,5871 5,9742 4,2014
Net income 3,987 4,056 6,078 4,707 8,421
Return on capital employed (ROCE) (%) 15.41 12.02 7.7
Earnings per share (EPS) (€) 4.34 4.42 6.621 5.122 9.17
Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) (€) 5.00 4.83 6.441 5.872 4.00
Dividend per share (€) 2.90 3.00 3.10 3.20 3.30
Dividend yield3 (%) 4.1 3.4 3.4 5.3 4.9
Cash flows from operating activities 9,446 7,717 8,785 7,939 7,474
Free cash flow 3,634 3,572 4,789 4,045 3,650

1 Figures for 2017 were restated with the presentation of the oil and gas activities as discontinued operations.

2 Figures for 2018 were restated with the presentation of the construction chemicals activities as discontinued operations.

3 Based on year-end share price

4 The 2019 figures have been restated to reflect the reclassification of income from non-integral companies accounted for using the equity method to net income from shareholdings. For more information, see BASF’s Q1 2020 quarterly statement.

Key facts

  • Approximately 118,000 employees worldwide – including around 11,000 in research and development 
  • Around 100,000 customers from various sectors in almost every country in the world 
  • Top three market positions in around 75% of the business areas in which BASF is active 
  • Unique Verbund concept: production plants, infrastructure, logistics, value chains, research and development and customers are intelligently connected and benefit from progressing digitalization; six world-scale Verbund sites around the globe 
  • Know-How Verbund with eight academic research alliances, complemented by cooperations with around 300 universities and research institutes as well as collaborations with a large number of companies; around 1,000 new patents filed in 2019
Last Update June 19, 2020