Chemicals company Evonik says that sales grew to €7.3 billion in the first six months of 2017, a rise of 15% compared with the first half of 2016.

The company said that this was partly due to the first-time consolidation of the specialty additives business of the US company Air Products as well as a rise in demand and slightly higher selling prices. 

Adjusted net income increased 10% to €549 million, while adjusted earnings per share improved to €1.18. Net income fell 3% to €394 million, principally as a result of one-time expenses in connection with the acquisition of the Air Products business. Performance Materials sales grew 18% to €1.89 billion in the first six months, and adjusted EBITDA almost doubled to €328 million.

Evonik confirmed its forecast to increase both sales and operating profit for the full year 2017 and said that adjusted EBITDA is still expected to grow to between €2.2 billion and €2.4 billion (2016: €2.165 billion). 

Our business development is on target,’ said Christian Kullmann, chairman of the executive board. ‘Moreover, we are reaping the first benefits of the biggest acquisition in our history.’ 

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