Bayer AG (
Q3 2011 Earnings Call
October 27, 2011 7:00 AM ET
Alexander Rosar, Head of Investor Relations
Marijn Dekkers – Chief Executive Officer
Werner Baumann – Chief Financial Officer
Jörg Reinhardt – Chairman, HealthCare
Sandra Peterson – Chairman, CropScience
Patrick Thomas – Chairman, MaterialScience
Tim Race – Deutsche Bank
Richard Vosser – JPMorgan
Michael Leuchten – Barclays
Jeremy Redenius – Sanford Bernstein
Karen Jay – JPMorgan
Jo Walton – Credit Suisse
Christian Faitz – Macquarie
Ling Wang – Summer Street Research Partners
Florent Cespedes – Exane BNP Paribas
Andreas Heine – UniCredit
Ronald Kohler – MainFirst
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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to Bayer’s Investor Analyst Conference Call on the Third Quarter 2011 Results. Throughout today’s recorded presentation, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions)
I would now like to turn over the conference over to Mr. Alexander Rosar, Head of Investor Relations of Bayer AG. Please go ahead, sir.
Thank you, [Cleo]. Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Welcome, also on behalf of my colleagues to our conference call during which we will review our third quarter figures. With me on the call are Marijn Dekkers, our CEO; Werner Baumann, our CFO and our subgroups are represented plus the HealthCare by Jörg Reinhardt; CropScience by Sandra Peterson; and MaterialScience by Patrick Thomas.
Marijn will start-off our conference call with a brief summary of the developments in the quarter. We assume you have all received and reviewed our corporate newsletter, the briefing documents and the slides, so we just run you through the main points.
Before handing over to Marijn, I’d also like to draw your attention to the Safe Harbor statement. Thank you. Marijn?
Thank you, Alexander. Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. It’s my pleasure to share some good numbers and developments with you. In the third quarter of this year, we delivered 5% organic sales growth. We delivered higher earnings and improved margins. Also we continue to make good strategic progress. Our Pharma Innovation pipeline delivered exciting clinical results and good regulatory progress.
In the emerging markets we continue to generate significant growth and our restructuring plans are well underway and contributed to the performance improvements of the group. Based on our achievements so far than our expectations for the remainder of the year, we confirm that our total Group outlook – we confirm our total Group outlook for 2011.
In comparison to the last quarter, we are now incrementally a little more positive on the earnings outlook for HealthCare and CropSciences and somewhat more negative on MaterialScience. But importantly net has mentioned contents that we will achieve our communicated times.
So, let me now elaborate on some key figures for the third quarter. As always I will concentrate on the sales data adjusted for portfolio and currency effect. As I said already the third quarter was a good quarter overall. We achieved 5% organic growth and improved adjusted EBITDA by 8%. The increase in earnings was due to cost reductions at Pharma and higher volumes at CropSciences. MaterialScience came in below the prior year quarter because of higher raw material and energy costs that were not compensated by higher selling price.
Reported EBIT almost doubled to €1.1 billion due to the improved operating performance and lower special charges. Earnings in the quarter were diminished by net special charges of €75 million mainly for restructuring. However, earnings in the prior year quarter were hampered by special charges of €436 million in connection with litigation.
Net income in the quarter more than doubled to €642 million. Earnings per share rose $0.78 while core earnings per share moved ahead by 18% to €1.12.
We are pleased to report good growth momentum for our business in the emerging markets. Sales in these countries rose by nearly 10% with all subgroups contributing to the increase. In the U.S., business came 3% and in Western Europe sales were basically flat.
Healthcare posted 8% and CropSciences 15% sales growth in the emerging market. MaterialScience expanded its business in the emerging markets by 8% with a particularly strong growth in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Q3 business in China was up 3% year-on-year and picked up strongly versus the second quarter of 2011. Sequentially, Q3 over Q2 2011 we recorded 12% growth.
Gross cash flow in the third quarter climbed by 50% to €1.3 billion as a result of the improved operating performance and lower special charges. Net cash flow was leveled year-on-year at €1.6 billion and free operating cash flow came in at €1.2 billion. This put us in a position to further reduce our debt. Net financial debt fell from €7.4 billion at the end of the second quarter to €7.0 billion at the end of the third quarter despite negative currency effects of €0.3 billion.
Now, let’s move on to the performance of our subgroups. Sales of the HealthCare subgroup came in at €4.2 billion, an improvement of 2% over the same period of last year. This improvement was mainly driven by the positive development of the Consumer Health segment.
Sales in the Pharmaceutical segment were flat with the prior year quarter at €2.7 billion, increases in the emerging countries especially China and Brazil were almost fully offset by sale declines in North America and Western Europe, which were partly caused by the negative effect of healthcare reforms in those markets.