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Intellinews - Polish Chemical Sector Report - June 2013

  • June 2013
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  • Emerging Markets Direct Media Holdings
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  • 20 pages

The Polish chemical sector recorded positive annual performance across all major segments in 2012, but the growth pace decelerated visibly compared to the previous year, in line with the slowdown of country’s economy and external demand. The situation is also partly explained by high base comparison, particularly in the case of exports, which neared pre-crisis levels in 2011. The exports of chemicals advanced by x.x% y/y to over EUR 19.8bn and accounted for xx.x% of Poland’s total exports in 2012, the second group in terms of size. In terms of output and production sold, the situation varied widely across the market segments in 2012 and Jan-Apr 2013. Production of plastics in primary forms declined by x.x% y/y in 2012, but witnessed a rebound in Jan-Apr 2013. Production of rubber products also returned to growth in 2013, after shrinking by x.x% y/y in 2012. Nitrogenous fertiliser output recorded y/y advance last year, but turned in the negative area in Jan-Apr 2013, partly on seasonal factors.

Despite the slowdown of growth in 2012 and Jan-Apr 2013, the performance of the Polish chemical sector remains above the European average, where production contracted by x.x% y/y in 2012 and by x.x% y/y in Q1/2013.

The growth of sales revenues in the chemical industry also eased visibly in 2012, to x.x% y/y, from xx.x% y/y in 2011, official statistics show. Although major companies active in the chemical sector reported rising revenues in 2012, profitability deteriorated visibly, impacted negatively by the sharp increase of raw material prices, as well as prices of natural gas and electricity. According to market data, 17 of the top 20 chemical players recorded y/y increase of revenues in 2012. In terms of net profit, however, more than half of them reported declining annual result.

The prospects for the future are linked to a cumulus of factors, related to the overall macroeconomic environment both in Poland and in the EU, as most chemical exports have European destinations, particular performance of the sectors supplied by the chemical industry, regulatory measures, as well as the evolution of the exchange rate.

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Intellinews - Polish Chemical Sector Report - June 2013
Executive summary

Market overview
Polish chemical industry slows down growth in 2012
Chemical companies report rising revenues, but profitability deteriorates
Growth of chemical exports decelerates sharply in 2012
Chemicals output records mixed performance in 2012, Jan-Apr 2013
Treasury Ministry consolidates leading chemical company

Large-tonnage industry
Production of nitrogenous fertilizers grows y/y in volume terms last year
State treasury sells xx.xx% in ZA Tarnow, partly to EBRD
Azoty initiates purchase of state sulphur miner, plans no further takeovers this year
ZCh Police reportedly mulls investments in Senegal
Synthos starts construction of synthetic rubber production line
Ciech to focus on soda segment, plans PLN 250mn investments by 2015
PCC Rokita raises PLN xx mn in four bond issues
Solvay to build EUR xx mn silica plant in Wloclawek

Chemical processing
Sold production of rubber, plastic products inches up x.x% y/y in 2012
Export of plastics, rubber nears EUR 10bn in 2012
Consumption of plastics stagnates y/y in 2012
PVC producer Ergis reports marginal x.x% y/y sales revenue increase in Q1/2012
Goodyear increases stake in Polish tyre maker Debica
PVC producer Ergis reports rising y/y sales revenue in Q1/2013
BASF launches construction of new catalyst plant in Poland
Low-tonnage industry
Production of soap, hair care products records double digit y/y growth in 2012
Cosmetic, pharmaceutical exports maintain dynamic in 2012
Polpharma eyes acquisitions abroad
Miraculum might change owner
Unilever expects annual growth in all segments this year
Polish chemical producer PCC Exol buys US surfactant producer PCC Chemax

Statistical appendix

List of Figures

Table 1 Chemical industry - Selective indicators in 2011-2012 (annual, PLN mn, EUR mn)
Table 2 Chemical firms among Poland's top exporters in 2012
Table 3 Chemical sector- Top companies in 2011-2012 (annual, PLN thou)
Table 4 Chemical industry products - Foreign trade in 2009-2012 (annual, EUR mn)
Table 5 Chemical industry products - Foreign trade in 2011-2013 (quarterly, y/y)
Table 6 Production of chemicals in 2012-2013 (thou tonnes, y/y)
Table 7 Grupa Azoty SA- Selected financials in 2012-2013 (PLN thou, y/y)
Table 8 Production of soap, hair care products in 2012-2013 (thou tonnes, y/y)
Table 9 Foreign trade with pharmaceuticals, cosmetics in 2010-2012 (annual, EUR mn)
Table 10 Major MandA deals in chemical sector in 2011-2012
Table 11 Chemical products- Industrial production value in 2005-2011 (PLN mn)

List of Figures

Figure 1 Net sales revenues of chemical companies in 2010-2012 (annual, PLN bn)
Figure 2 Chemical industry export dynamics in 2008-2012 (y/y)
Figure 3 EU chemical sales in 2011 - Segmentation by country (EUR bn, % in total)
Figure 4 Production of major chemicals in 2010-2012 (annual, thou tonnes)
Figure 5 Production of chemical fertilizers 2010- 2012 (annual, thou tonnes)
Figure 6 Main export destinations for nitrogenous fertilizers in 2010-2011 (EUR mn, % of total)
Figure 7 Main export destinations for mineral or chemical fertilizers in 2010-2011 (EUR mn, % of total)
Figure 8 Rubber and plastic products - Sold production value in 2011-2013 (monthly, PLN mn)
Figure 9 Manufacture of plastics* by product type in 2011-2013 (thou tonnes, y/y)
Figure 10 Main export destinations for synthetic materials in primary forms in 2010-2011 (EUR mn, % in total)
Figure 11 Main export destinations in 2010-2011 for articles of rubber (EUR mn, % in total)
Figure 12 Foreign trade with pharmaceutical products in 2010-2012 (annual, EUR mn
Figure 13 Foreign trade with cosmetics and toiletries in 2010-2012 (annual, EUR mn)
Figure 14 Main export destinations for beauty preparations in 2010-2011 (EUR mn, % of total)
Figure 15 Exports of major chemical products in 2006-2011 (annual, PLN mn)

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