AkzoNobel expects the ongoing macro-economic uncertainties to continue and weigh on organic volume growth. The company will focus on margin management, cost reduction, working capital normalization and de-leveraging.
Cost reduction programs are expected to partly mitigate higher than expected inflationary pressure on operating expenses for 2023. AkzoNobel expects declining raw material costs to have a favorable impact on profitability.
Based on current market conditions, AkzoNobel targets to deliver around €1.45 billion adjusted EBITDA.
Leverage guidance remains unchanged at less than 3 times net debt/EBITDA by the end of 2023, excluding the Kansai Paint Africa acquisition which is not expected to close before year end.
*Outlook is based on organic volumes and constant currencies, and assumes no significant market disruptions.
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This media release covers the highlights for the quarter. We recommend reading the media release in combination with the full quarterly report. The quarterly report provides additional information, including the IAS34 condensed consolidated financial statements. The interim condensed consolidated financial statements were discussed and approved by the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board. These condensed financial statements have been authorized for issue. All figures in this media release and in the AkzoNobel quarterly report are unaudited.
The report for the third quarter can be viewed and downloaded here: https://akzo.no/Q3-2023-results
ROS, adjusted OPI, adjusted EPS, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are Alternative Performance Measures (APM’s). AkzoNobel uses APM adjustments to the IFRS measures to provide supplementary information on the reporting of the underlying developments of the business. A reconciliation of the alternative performance measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures can be found in the AkzoNobel quarterly report.
Constant currencies calculations exclude the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates by retranslating the prior year local currency amounts into euro at the current year’s foreign exchange rates.
Adjusted operating income = operating income excluding identified items.
Return on sales (ROS) is adjusted operating income as percentage of revenue.
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