At today's Annual General Meeting, Henkel CEO Kasper
Rorsted outlined the main success drivers for the company's
business performance in 2011. "Henkel recorded the best
year in its company history. We fully met all our financial
targets and even overdelivered on a number of them. The
strong focus on our vision and values and on our strategic
priorities, as well as the global footprint of our company
significantly contributed to this achievement."
Henkel shareholders will also benefit from this strong
performance. "We are proposing to the Annual General
Meeting to increase the dividend per preferred share from
0.72 to 0.80 euros and the dividend per ordinary share from
0.70 to 0.78 euros," Rorsted announced. "Since 2008 our
dividend has thus increased by more than 50 percent."
Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairwoman of the Shareholders'
Committee and of the Supervisory Board, thanked the
Management Board and all employees for the excellent
results achieved and their dedication and commitment in
"Good start to fiscal 2012"
Commenting on the company's performance at the beginning of
fiscal 2012, Rorsted said: "We had a good start to 2012."
For further details he referred to the publication of the
first quarter results on May 9.
For the full year 2012 Rorsted confirmed the targets as
previously announced at the company's annual results press
conference in March. "We expect organic sales growth for
the full fiscal year to be between 3 and 5 percent. We also
expect to increase our adjusted EBIT margin to 14 percent
and to improve adjusted earnings per preferred share by at
least 10 percent."
Referring to the current economic environment, Rorsted
reiterated the need to constantly adapt existing structures
and workflows: "We have to accept higher volatility in our
markets as the 'new normal'. As a consequence, we have to
permanently adapt our processes and structures to be able
to respond more quickly and more flexibly than our peers."
As other key success factors for the future, Rorsted
emphasized the further strengthening of Henkel's top
brands, a continuous flow of innovations and the expansion
of the company's position in the emerging markets.
Rorsted also highlighted the strategic importance of
sustainability for the company: "We are committed to
further expanding our leading position in sustainability."
Summarizing Henkel's new long-term strategy in this field,
Rorsted said: "We want to achieve more with less."
Therefore Henkel has set itself the ambitious goal of
tripling its efficiency by the year 2030. "To achieve this
ambitious long-term goal, we either have to triple the
value we create while leaving the footprint at the same
level. Or we reduce our footprint to one third of today's
level by delivering the same value."
Further information on the Annual General Meeting is
Live stream webcast of the AGM proceedings (from 10:00 am
Kasper Rorsted's complete statement (from 10.00 am
Press photos of the AGM proceedings (from 12:00 noon CET)
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