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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Business development

Energy-efficient products and system solutions for our customers

Sales by division

Plastics – Sales by division (pie chart)

BASF is one of the world’s leading producers of plastics. Our Performance Polymers and Polyurethanes divisions offer energy-efficient products and system solutions as well as customer-oriented services.

Sales to third parties decreased by €1,988 million to €7,128 million (volumes –8%, prices –15%, portfolio 0%, currencies 1%). In contrast, income from operations was €554 million, slightly higher than in 2008. This was mainly the result of the positive earnings contribution from Performance Polymers following successful cost reduction measures.

In 2010, we expect an improvement in sales and a significant improvement in earnings against the backdrop of a global economic recovery. At the same time, we anticipate that demand for our products will remain volatile and that overcapacities will have a negative impact on margins.

Sales Plastics
(million €)

Plastics – Sales (bar chart)

Income from operations Plastics
(million €)

Plastics – Income from operations (bar chart)

Factors influencing sales Plastics

Plastics – Factors influencing sales (bar chart)
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Segment data Plastics (million €)

 

 

 

2009

2008

Change in %

Sales to third parties

7,128

9,116

(21.8)

Thereof Performance Polymers

3,005

3,976

(24.4)

Polyurethanes

4,123

5,140

(19.8)

Intersegmental transfers

363

766

(52.6)

Sales including intersegmental transfers

7,491

9,882

(24.2)

Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)

994

947

5.0

EBITDA as a percentage of sales

13.9

10.4

Income from operations (EBIT) before special items

576

553

4.2

Income from operations (EBIT)

554

539

2.8

Income from operations (EBIT) after cost of capital

139

(5)

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Assets

4,530

4,826

(6.1)

Research and development expenses

126

142

(11.3)

Additions to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

249

470

(47.0)

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