Henkel achieves new highs in sales and earnings

Updated 15 March 2018
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Henkel achieves new highs in sales and earnings

Henkel has reconfirmed its financial ambitions for 2020 — organic sales growth of 2 to 4 percent, continued increase in adjusted EBIT margin, and adjusted EPS growth of 7 to 9 percent — and provided its outlook for 2018. This is based on the strong performance in 2017 and substantial progress made in the implementation of the strategic priorities.
“2017 was a successful year for Henkel. Despite challenging and volatile market conditions, we reached new record levels in sales and earnings and achieved our financial targets for the year. This strong performance was driven by our engaged and passionate global team. For the first time, we exceeded annual sales of €20 billion ($20.81 billion). We also achieved record margins and new highs in earnings per share — in line with our commitment to deliver sustainable profitable growth,” said Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen.
“We focused on the implementation of our strategic priorities and achieved substantial progress with many key initiatives and projects. In the course of the year, we also made several attractive acquisitions which will complement and further strengthen our portfolio.”
For 2018, Henkel expects to generate organic sales growth of 2 to 4 percent with each business unit in this range. For adjusted return on sales (EBIT), Henkel anticipates an increase to more than 17.5 percent with all three business units contributing. Reflecting the uncertainties in the currency markets, especially the US dollar trend, Henkel expects an increase in adjusted earnings per preferred share in euro of between 5 and 8 percent.
“Going forward, we will continue to focus on sustainable profitable growth with attractive returns. We are committed to deliver on our financial ambition 2020,” said CEO Bylen.
In the fiscal year 2017, sales exceeded €20 billion for the first time and increased by 7 percent to €20,029 million. Foreign exchange movements had an overall negative effect of 2 percent on sales. Acquisitions and divestments accounted for 5.9 percent of sales growth. Organic sales, which exclude the impact of foreign exchange effects and acquisitions/divestments, showed a strong increase of 3.1 percent. This improvement is in line with the full year guidance of 2 to 4 percent organic sales growth.


Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Stunt driver Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb.
Updated 19 July 2018
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Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Land Rover and international stunt driver Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Grant’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Grant’s old record for a mile traveled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds.
Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time.
Grant snatched the record in a dramatic last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Grant managed to complete.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph — with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground — both of which were pumped up to 90PSI.
Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Grant has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.
Stunt driver Grant said: “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”
The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948 to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.