2018 Key figures

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil & gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its lightweighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. In 90% of its portfolio, Solvay ranks among the world’s top three leaders. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels.

SOLVAY AROUND THE WORLD

€3.2 bn

Net Sales

6,592

Employees

38

Industrial Sites

7

Major R&I Centers

€2.9 bn

Net Sales

11,444

Employees

44

Industrial Sites

9

Major R&I Centers

€3.1 bn

Net Sales

4,414

Employees

24

Industrial Sites

4

Major R&I Centers

€10.3 bn

Net Sales

24,500

Employees

62

Countries

115

Industrial Sites

21

Major R&I Centers

€1.1 bn

Net Sales

2,050

Employees

9

Industrial Sites

1

Major R&I Centers

FINANCIAL STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

UNDERLYING EBITDA

EBITDA (bar chart)

2,230€ million

Underlying EBITDA was flat year on year, but grew organically by +5.3% excluding forex conversion and scope effects.

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UNDERLYING EARNINGS
PER SHARE

10.57

Underlying earnings per share1 grew +16% to €10.57, including a €2.09 contribution from discontinued operations.

1 Earnings per share basis calculation

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FREE CASH FLOW FROM
CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Free cash flow (bar chart)

830€ million

Free cash flow from continuing operations reached €830 million versus €782 million in 2017.

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CFROI

CFROI (bar chart)

6.9%

CFROI was stable at 6.9%, well in the value creation zone, above WACC of 6.5%.

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DIVIDEND

Dividend paid (bar chart)

3.75€ per share

The Board of Directors decided to recommend to the General Shareholders’ Meeting of May 14, 2019 the payment of a total gross dividend of €3,75 per share.

1 Recommended to the Shareholders meeting on May 14, 2019

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SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

GREENHOUSE
GAS
INTENSITY

Greenhouse gas intensity (bubble chart)

5.5 Kg CO2 eq. per € EBITDA

In 2018, greenhouse gas intensity decreased by 0.02 kg CO2 eq. per euro of EBITDA.

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SUSTAINABLE
SOLUTIONS
(SPM)

Sustainable solutions (SPM) (bubble chart)

50% of Group sales

Our Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) tool measures the alignment of our businesses with sustainability megatrends.

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OCCUPATIONAL
ACCIDENTS
AT GROUP SITES1

Occupational accidents at group sites (bubble chart)

0.54 per million hours worked

The results with respect to lost time accidents are stable, with 50 accidents resulting in an LTAR of 0.65, on a par with 2017.

1 Rate of accidents with medical treatment, with or without work stoppage

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EMPLOYEE
ENGAGEMENT
INDEX

Employee engagement index (bubble chart)

76% of employees

Employee engagement is the level of commitment, passion, and loyalty a worker has toward his/her work and the company.

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EMPLOYEES
INVOLVED IN
SOCIETAL ACTIONS

Employees involved in societal actions (bubble chart)

33% of employees

A local societal action is a volunteer activity developed by a site in collaboration with associations, governmental initiatives, or NGOs, with the aim of improving the human condition and contributing to local communities.

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