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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. Around 111,000 employees contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions.

Smart Verbund concept

applied to 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

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Million € 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Sales 61,2231 60,2202 59,316 59,149

78,598

Income from operations before depreciation, amortization and special items 10,7381 9,2712 8,3243 7,435

11,348

Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) 10,7651 8,9702 8,1853 6,494

11,355

Income from operations (EBIT) before special items 7,6451 6,2812 4,6433 3,560

7,768

Income from operations (EBIT) 7,5871 5,9742 4,2013 –191

7,677

Net income 6,078 4,707 8,421 –1,060

5,523

Return on capital employed (ROCE) (%) 15.4 12.02 7.7 1.7

13.74

Earnings per share (EPS) (€) 6.62 5.12 9.17 –1.15

6.01

Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) (€) 6.44 5.87 4.00 3.21

6.76

Dividend per share (€) 3.10 3.20 3.30 3.30

3.40

Dividend yield5 (%) 3.38 5.30 4.90 5.10

5.50

Cash flows from operating activities 8,785 7,939 7,474 5,413

7,245

Free cash flow 4,789 4,045 3,650 2,284

3,713

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 Figures for 2019 were restated to reflect the reclassification of income from non-integral companies accounted for using the equity method to net income from non-integral companies accounted for using the equity method to net income from shareholdings.

4 BASF’s ethylene value chain was reorganized as of January 1, 2022. In this connection, the polyolefins and styrenics businesses of the joint venture BASF-YPC Company Ltd., Nanjing, China, which were previously reported under Other, were allocated to the Petrochemicals division. The figure has been adjusted accordingly. Overall, the adjustments improved the BASF Group's ROCE for 2021 by 0.2 percentage points to 13.7%. For more information, see basf.com/q12022.

5 Based on year-end share price

Last Update June 13, 2022