Oxea GmbH

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Oxea reports 25% earnings increase compared to previous quarter

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Luxembourg (euro adhoc) - Highlights Q1 2012:
* Net sales were EUR372 million versus EUR328 million in the previous quarter
* Adjusted EBITDA was EUR45 million versus EUR36 million in the previous quarter
* Operating Profit was EUR38 million versus EUR32 million in the previous
* Net Income was EUR16 million versus EUR9 million in the previous quarter

Oxea, a leading global supplier of Oxo Intermediates and Oxo Derivatives, today
announced a significant earnings increase for the first quarter of 2012 compared
to the fourth quarter of 2011. Net sales of EUR372 million were up by 13% and
Adjusted EBITDA amounted to EUR45million reflecting an increase of 25% from the
fourth quarter of 2011. 

After a challenging fourth quarter of 2011 which was affected by the softening
of the world economy and destocking activities along the value chain in the
entire industry, Oxea was able to significantly increase revenues and EBITDA
during the first quarter of 2012. This positive trend was recognized across the
entire product portfolio. Despite the difficult macroeconomic environment still
affected by the financial turbulence stemming from the European debt crisis,
Oxea's Adjusted EBITDA of EUR45 million clearly outperformed the expectations
for the first quarter of 2012. 

Compared to the very strong first quarter of 2011 revenues stayed broadly flat
but margins could not reach the previous level such that gross profit was EUR 47
million after  EUR 68 million in the first quarter of 2011. The first quarter of
2011 was positively affected by high export margins and one-off gains from steep
raw material price increases over the average cost value carried in inventories.
Oxea generated strong cash flows mainly due to a significant improvement of
Trade Working Capital. Cash provided by operating activities was EUR42 million
compared to EUR 20 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. The
strong cash generation further improved Oxea's financial profile and further
reduced net debt to 1.8x Adjusted EBITDA.

In EUR million

                      Q1        Q4       Q1        Q1   
Unaudited            2012      2011     2012      2011  
Net Sales           371.5     328.4    371.5     377.0  
Gross Profit         47.2      33.8     47.2      68.1  
SG&A                 (9.5)    (10.0)    (9.5)    (10.3) 
R&D                  (1.7)     (1.8)    (1.7)     (1.5) 
Other operating       1.9       9.7      1.9       1.0  
Operating Profit     37.9      31.7     37.9      57.3  
Net Income           16.1       8.7     16.1      30.0  
Adjusted EBITDA      44.5      35.5     44.5      65.8  

Sales for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were EUR371.5 million, a slight
decrease of 1.5% compared with the corresponding period of the prior year.
Overall, volumes were 2.7% higher mainly driven by production outages in the
corresponding period of the prior year. Oxo Intermediates volumes and Oxo
Derivatives were 2.8% and 3.5% higher respectively than in the corresponding
period of the prior year. Of our revenues for the three months ended March 31,
2012, EUR188 million resulted from sales in Europe, EUR120 million in North
America and EUR63 million in the rest of the world compared to EUR200 million,
EUR107 million and EUR70 million respectively in the prior year period.

Gross profit
Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2012 amounted to EUR47.2
million compared with EUR68.1 million in the corresponding period of the prior
year. This development is mainly due to high export margins and one-off gains in
the corresponding period of the prior year as mentioned above such that gross
profit amounted to 10.2% of sales compared with 18.2% in the first quarter of

Selling, general & administration expense (SG&A)
SG&A expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased to EUR9.5
million compared to EUR10.3 million in the corresponding period of the prior
year. The decrease is primarily attributable to lower consulting fees and lower
personnel costs including accruals for employee bonuses.

Other operating income/(expense)
Net other operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 amounted to
EUR1.9 million compared with a net other operating income of EUR1.0 million in
the corresponding period of the prior year. The increase is primarily
attributable to higher revenues from site services.

Operating result
Operating result for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was EUR37.9 million
compared with EUR57.3 million in the corresponding prior year period primarily
as a result of lower gross profit as explained above partly offset by lower SG&A
expense and higher net other operating income.

Financial result 
Net financial expense of EUR13.0 million was in line with the corresponding
period of the prior year.

Net income
Net income was EUR16.1 million compared with EUR30.0 million in the
corresponding period of the prior year primarily attributable to a lower
operating result as mentioned above partly compensated by lower income taxes. 

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA at EUR44.5 million compared with EUR65.8 million in the
corresponding period of the prior year was driven by lower gross profit partly
offset by lower operating expenses and higher net other operating income.

Cash Flow
The company continued to generate positive free cash flow and during the first
quarter of 2012 Oxea generated EUR42.3 million in cash from operating activities
compared with EUR20.0 million in the corresponding period of the prior year.
Higher inflows from working capital were partly offset by lower earnings from
operating activities and higher income tax payments. 

Cash used in investing activities was EUR14.0 million compared with EUR 5.6
million in the corresponding period of the prior year due to higher spending for
growth projects. 

Cash used in financing activities was EUR23.1 million compared to EUR 23.9
million in the corresponding period of the prior year. 

Oxea is a global manufacturer of Oxo Intermediates and Derivatives such as
alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines. These products
are sold in the merchant market (where sales are to third party customers) and
used for the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetic and
pharmaceutical products, flavourings and fragrances, printing inks and plastics.
In 2011, Oxea generated revenue of about EUR1.5 billion with its 1,365 employees
in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Please note: 

This press release contains financial information regarding the businesses and
assets of OXEA S.à r.l. (the "Company") and its consolidated subsidiaries (the
"Group"). Such financial information has not been audited, reviewed or verified
by any independent accounting firm. The inclusion of such financial information
in this press release or any related presentation should not be regarded as a
representation or warranty by the Company, any of its respective affiliates,
advisors or representatives or any other person as to the accuracy or
completeness of such information's portrayal of the financial condition or
results of operations by the Group.

This press release and related presentations (including on our website) may
contain information, data and predictions about our markets and our competitive
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made statements in this document regarding our industry and position in the
industry based on our experience and our own investigation of market conditions.
We cannot assure you that the assumptions underlying these statements are
accurate or correctly reflect the state and development of, or our position in,
the industry, and none of our internal surveys or information has been verified
by any independent sources.

Certain statements in this document are forward-looking. By their nature,
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties
because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not
occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance. These factors include, among others: the cyclical and highly
variable nature of our business and its sensitivity to changes in supply and
demand; adverse and uncertain global economic conditions; the highly variable
nature of raw materials costs and any loss of key suppliers or supply shortages
or disruptions; the competitive nature of our industry; the ability to comply
with current or future laws and regulations relating to environmental, health
and safety matters as well as the safety of our products, related costs of
maintaining compliance and addressing liabilities as well as risks relating to
compliance with antitrust and tax laws; our reliance on a limited number of
suppliers for certain of our key raw materials; operational risks, including the
risk of environmental contamination and potential product liability claims;
operational interruptions at our facilities due to events that are outside of
our control such as severe weather conditions, unscheduled downtimes, terrorist
attacks, natural disasters or other events that may interrupt or damage our
operations or the impact of scheduled outages on our results of operations; the
risk that our insurance coverage may not be sufficient to cover all risks; risks
relating to the global nature of our operations, including, among others,
fluctuations in exchange rates; the loss of major customers or key customers for
certain of our products; the loss of key personnel; risks relating to
acquisitions and dispositions, including any impairment risks with respect to
historical acquisitions, our ability to successfully integrate acquired
businesses, and unexpected liabilities relating to such acquisitions or
contingent liabilities in connection with such dispositions; the requirement to
make further contributions to our pension schemes; the failure to protect our
intellectual property rights; limitations on our ability to adjust the quality
of certain products that we manufacture; and potential conflicts of interests
with our principal shareholder.

These and other factors could adversely affect the outcome and financial effects
of the plans and events described herein. Forward-looking statements contained
in this document regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as a
representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. New
risks can emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all
such risks, nor can we assess the impact of all such risks on our business or
the extent to which any risks, or combination of risks and other factors, may
cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any
forward-looking statements. Neither the Company nor the Group undertakes any
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of
this document.

EBITDA is defined as net income for the year before financial result, income
taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA
adjusted to remove the effects of certain non-cash and non-recurring expenses
and charges. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of our
performance and liquidity that are not required by or presented in accordance
with IFRS. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of our financial
performance or liquidity under IFRS and should not be considered as an
alternative to profit for the period presented, results from operating
activities or any other performance measures derived in accordance with IFRS or
as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our
liquidity. We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA facilitate operating
performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by
eliminating potential differences caused by variations in capital structures
(affecting interest expense), tax positions (such as the impact on periods or
companies of change in effective tax rates or net operating losses) and the age
and book value and amortization of tangible and intangible assets (which have an
effect on related depreciation expense). We also present EBITDA and Adjusted
EBITDA because we believe it these are frequently used by securities analysts,
investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of similar issuers, the
majority of which present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA when reporting their
results. Finally, we present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as measures of our
ability to service our debt.

Further inquiry note:
Bernhard Spetsmann
Managing Director (Finance, IT)

Birgit Reichel

end of announcement                               euro adhoc 

company:     Oxea GmbH
             Otto-Roelen-Straße 3
             D-46147 Oberhausen
phone:       +49(0)208 693 3112
FAX:         +49(0)208 693 3101
mail:     birgit.reichel@oxea-chemicals.com
WWW:      http://www.oxea-chemicals.com
sector:      Chemicals
ISIN:        XS0523636594
stockmarkets: Open Market: Frankfurt 
language:   English

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