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Course of business 2021

The EMS Group, with its companies combined in the EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG and globally active in the business areas High Performance Polymers and Specialty Chemicals, increased net sales to CHF 1,166 million (845) and net operating income (EBIT) to CHF 321 million (227) in the first half year of 2021. These figures are well above those of the previous year and, due to currency influences, are new record levels in the 85-years of company history.

Compared to the previous year, consolidated net sales rose by 37.9% to close at CHF 1,166 million (845). After the slump caused by COVID-19, the global economy recovered noticeably, which had a positive influence on sales volumes. Strong growth could be achieved, in particular in the Chinese sales market. Significant state support and stimulus measures, above all in the USA, are generating confidence having a positive effect on consumer spending. Sudden surges in demand and delivery bottle necks in supply chains are forcing the automotive industry to reduce production. Shortages in the raw material markets and logistic capacity are causing prices to rise continuously.

During the pandemic, EMS continued to pursue ongoing development and generation of new business. With the successful strategy of speciality products in the main area of High Performance Polymers, EMS is in a good position to make use of all possible opportunities in the market. Expanded production capacity and local inventory stocks safeguard the delivery capability of all EMS companies, even with current high demand. Raw material shortages and corresponding continually rising prices are forcing EMS to implement sales price increases for customers.

Net operating income (EBIT) amounted to CHF 321 million (227), which is 41.6% above previous year. Compared to the previous year, operational cash flow (EBITDA) increased by 37.5% to CHF 349 million (254). The EBIT margin rose to 27.5% (26.8%), the EBITDA margin reached 29.9% (30.0%). Strong sales development and the strong position with speciality products influenced the result development and the result margin in a positive way. This was hampered, however, by strongly rising raw material prices which made sales price increases for customers inevitable.