Bayer Group Q2 EBITDA before special items increased 33.2 percent
EBITDA before special items rose by 33.2 percent to EUR 2,899 million (Q2 2014: EUR 2,176 million). This good sales development was accompanied by higher R&D and selling expenses. Positive currency effects buoyed earnings by about EUR 260 million.
EBIT of the Bayer Group climbed by a substantial 27.7 percent to EUR 1,833 million (Q2 2014: EUR 1,435 million) after net special charges of EUR 255 million (Q2 2014: EUR 48 million).
The special charges mainly resulted from the revaluation of other receivables, the integration of acquired businesses, the planned stock market flotation of MaterialScience, efficiency improvement measures and the consolidation of production facilities.
Net income advanced by 20.9 percent to EUR 1,152 million (Q2 2014: EUR 953 million) and core earnings per share from continuing operations by 33.8 percent to EUR 1.98 (Q2 2014: EUR 1.48).
Gross cash flow from continuing operations advanced by 30.5 percent to EUR 2,173 million (Q2 2014: EUR 1,665 million) due to the improvement in EBITDA. Net cash flow (total) rose by 22.4 percent to EUR 1,959 million (Q2 2014: EUR 1,601 million) despite an increase in cash tied up in working capital.
Net financial debt declined slightly, from EUR 21.3 billion on March 31, 2015, to EUR 21.1 billion on June 30, 2015, following the EUR 1.86 billion dividend payment made in May. ■