Natural Resources key figures in CHF m








1 217


1 297

EBITDA before exceptional items





Margin (%)





EBIT before exceptional items





Margin (%)







2 931


2 878

  • Significant gain in sales in local currencies despite a tough environment, particularly in Oil Services

  • Profitability improved based on better product mix and cost position

Sales in the Natural Resources compared to 2014 went up 4% in local currencies (–6% in CHF) as a result of higher volumes. In the Oil & Mining Services (OMS) business, revenues improved substantially in local currencies compared to the previous year’s sales. Sales in Functional Minerals in local currencies were comparable to the previous year.

The before exceptional items of Natural Resources improved to 16.9% from 14.7% in 2014. A better mix effect and cost position improvements in both businesses were the main drivers for a stronger profitability.

For 2016 and beyond, Natural Resources anticipates continued growth. Functional Minerals will focus on accompanying growth in emerging markets and North America with selective investments in these regions. One example will be a new bleaching earth plant which will be built in Surabaya (Indonesia) to enhance a wide range of products and processes in various industries from food to foundry. Oil & Mining Services expects continued moderate sales growth in local currencies based on new contracts, although the decline in oil prices might somewhat impact the short-term growth dynamics of the business.

Business area

In 2013 Clariant adjusted its reporting segments and grouped its businesses with similar end-user markets and growth drivers. Today, the company reports in four distinct Business Areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. VIEW ENTIRE GLOSSARY

EBITDA margin

The EBITDA margin is calculated based on the ratio of EBITDA to sales and shows the return generated through operations from sales before depreciation and amortization. VIEW ENTIRE GLOSSARY