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At a glance

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions.

Smart Verbund concept

production, technology, market, digitalization

 

With companies in ~90 countries

we contribute to our customers’ success

 

Broad portfolio

6 segments, 11 operating divisions, 75 strategic business units

 

Organizational development

for greater customer proximity, increased competitiveness and profitable growth

Percentage of total sales in 2020

  Sales  
Chemicals
  • Petrochemicals
  • Intermediates
14% 1
Materials
  • Performance Materials
  • Monomers
18% 2
Industrial Solutions
  • Dispersions & Pigments
  • Performance Chemicals
13% 3
Surface Technologies
  • Catalysts
  • Coatings
28% 4
Nutrition & Care
  • Care Chemicals
  • Nutrition & Health
10% 5
Agricultural Solutions
  • Agricultural Solutions
13% 6
Other   4% 7
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Million € 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Sales 57,550 61,2231 60,2202 59,316 59,149
Income from operations before depreciation, amortization and special items 10,327 10,7381 9,2712 8,3244 7,435
Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) 10,526 10,7651 8,9702 8,1854 6,494
Income from operations (EBIT) before special items 6,309 7,6451 6,2812 4,6434 3,560
Income from operations (EBIT) 6,275 7,5871 5,9742 4,2014 –191
Net income 4,056 6,078 4,707 8,421 –1,060
Return on capital employed (ROCE) (%) 15.4 12.02 7.7 1.7
Earnings per share (EPS) (€) 4.42 6.62 5.12 9.17 –1.15
Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) (€) 4.83 6.44 5.87 4.00 3.21
Dividend per share (€) 3.00 3.10 3.20 3.30 3.30
Dividend yield3 (%) 3.4 3.4 5.3 4.9 5.1
Cash flows from operating activities 7,717 8,785 7,939 7,474 5,413
Free cash flow 3,572 4,789 4,045 3,650 2,284

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 the BASF Report 2020.

Key facts

  • More than 110,000 employees worldwide – including around 10,000 in research and development
  • Around 90,000 customers from various sectors in almost every country in the world
  • Six world-scale Verbund sites as well as 241 production sites worldwide
  • Know-How Verbund with eight academic research alliances, complemented by cooperations with around 250 universities and research institutes as well as collaborations with a large number of companies; around 950 new patents filed in 2020
Last Update June 8, 2021