Ludwigshafen, Germany – October 11, 2016 – BASF is releasing preliminary figures for its business development in the third quarter of 2016. Sales are €14.0 billion (third quarter 2015: €17.4 billion). Income from operations (EBIT) before special items in the third quarter of 2016 is €1.5 billion (third quarter 2015: €1.6 billion) and EBIT is €1.5 billion (third quarter 2015: €1.9 billion). Preliminary third-quarter earnings of BASF Group and all segments are higher than average analysts’ estimates.
The decrease in sales and earnings compared with the prior third quarter is mainly a result of the divestiture of the natural gas trading activities on September 30, 2015. Earnings in the Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions and Agricultural Solutions segments are considerably higher than in the prior year quarter.
BASF confirms its outlook for the full year 2016: Sales will decline considerably due to the divestiture of the gas trading business; the company continues to expect EBIT before special items to be slightly below the level of 2015. For sales, “considerable” represents a change of 6% and higher; for earnings, “slight” means a change of up to 10%.
BASF will give a comprehensive overview of the third quarter 2016 including the complete earnings figures in its fall telephone conference on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
Current analysts’ estimates for BASF can be found at: basf.com/analysts-estimates.
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