Interim report for the first half of 2014
First-half performance in line with expectations; full-year profit outlook increased
Sales growth in the first half was in line with expectations, within the range for full-year outlook. Organically, sales grew by 8% (4% DKK, 8% LCY). Sales growth slowed down during the period as expected after a strong first quarter and due to a higher comparable level in the second quarter.
EBIT grew by 19%, and the EBIT margin increased by 3.5 percentage points to 28.1%. The higher EBIT margin was driven by a one-time positive impact of roughly 2 percentage points from The BioAg Alliance and a significant improvement in underlying earnings. Free cash flow came in strongly at DKK 3,417 million due to the positive one-time impact from The BioAg Alliance and a relatively low level of CAPEX in the period.