Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Henkel's 2000 sales and profits reach new record highs/ Sales up by 12.5 per cent at EUR 12.8 billion/ EBIT up by 10.9 per cent at EUR 950 million/ Net earnings improved by 25 per cent to EUR 505 million

Düsseldorf, Germany (ots-PRNewswire) - The provisional financial statements indicate that in 2000 Henkel again improved on its already excellent performance of the previous year. Group sales increased by 12.5 per cent to EUR 12.8 billion. In Europe sales improved by 6.9 per cent to EUR 8.5 billion. Operations in North America increased sales by 17.1 per cent to EUR 2.2 billion. Sales in Latin America rose by 29.4 per cent to EUR 577 million. In Asia sales increased by 36.9 per cent to EUR 1.3 billion. Operating profit (EBIT) reached a new high of EUR 950 million, 10.9 per cent more than in 1999. The EBIT margin (EBIT/Sales) was 7.4 per cent. Net earnings, at EUR 505 million - a rise of 25 per cent - again achieved a new record high. The Adhesives business sector achieved a sales increase of 18.3 per cent to EUR 3.0 billion. Operating profit rose by 7.9 per cent to EUR 256 million. Sales of the Cosmetics/Toiletries business sector grew by 11.9 per cent to EUR 2.0 billion, while operating profit improved by 8.8 per cent to EUR 134 million. The Detergents/Household Cleaners business sector increased sales by 10.2 per cent to EUR 2.8 billion. Operating profit improved by 9.8 per cent to EUR 195 million. The Industrial and Institutional Hygiene/Surface Technologies business sector increased sales by 10.3 per cent to EUR 2.0 billion. Operating profit went up by 18.4 per cent to EUR 175 million. Chemical Products (Cognis) increased sales by 12.2 per cent to EUR 2.9 billion. Operating profit showed a 21.2 per cent rise to EUR 220 million. Henkel has meanwhile sent out the information memorandum to potential partners for Cognis. The process of finding a partner is progressing as planned and will take - as usual with such transactions - several more months to accomplish. Henkel will present its 2000 Financial Statements at a press and analysts' conference on March 19, 2001, in Düsseldorf. Henkel is a world-wide operating specialist in consumer brands and industrial specialities with affiliates in over 70 countries. The Company is the market leader in adhesives, surface technologies and industrial and institutional hygiene (jointly with Ecolab Inc.) on a world-wide scale. In detergents and cosmetics Henkel holds the number three position in Europe. Cognis, the carved-out chemicals business, is the world's leading producer of oleochemicals. For more information on Henkel, go to http://www.henkel.com ots Original Text Service: Henkel Internet: http://www.recherche.newsaktuell.de Contact: Investor Relations Magdalena Moll: Phone: +49-2 11-7 97 16 31 Fax: +49-2 11-7 98 28 63 magdalena.moll@henkel.de Waltraud Müller: Phone: +49-2 11-7 97 72 78 Fax: +49-2 11-7 98 28 63 waltraud.mueller@henkel.de Christoph Wallrafen: Phone: +49-2 11-7 97 18 20 Fax: +49-2 11-7 98 28 63 christoph.wallrafen@henkel.de Original-Content von: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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