Investor call on full-year results 2019

Thursday, February 6 at 11:00 AM CET

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CEO Jens Birgersson & Chairman Henrik Brandt
“For the fifth year in a row, our customer satisfaction scores increased—for 2019, up 14 percent over the previous year”.

Henrik Brandt & Jens Birgersson

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2.2% growth in local currencies

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up from 12.8% last year

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down from 22.8% last year

“With an eye on the long-term, we invested in new and upgraded manufacturing facilities, including the Romania factory, which came online at the end of 2019. The expanded capacity in Poland will come online in early 2020, while the expansion in Germany is on track for start-up in Q2 2020”.

Henrik Brandt & Jens Birgersson

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In 2019, we experienced mixed market conditions particularly in the insulation business. Key markets such as France, the United Kingdom, Russia and North America remained buoyant for ROCKWOOL, while Germany, eastern Europe and Asia slowed. Overall, global growth decelerated to the slowest pace since the Eurozone crisis with trade tensions and other geopolitical uncertainties negatively affecting the business climate for ROCKWOOL.

For 2020, we forecast low single-digit sales growth in local currencies, with growth opportunities for France, the United Kingdom and North America as well as Systems segment, though still with some uncertainties for markets in Germany, eastern Europe and Asia. The focus for our operational excellence programme will be on productivity. At the same time, we have several new manufacturing lines, which will improve productivity and optimise our logistics footprint.

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In 2019, ROCKWOOL Group was faced with continued mixed market conditions across countries and businesses. Overall, positive market conditions were seen in the construction sector although global growth flattened.

Both the residential and non-residential segments in the construction market were affected, especially in the German and Eastern European markets. In contrast, infrastructure and renovation markets showed stronger growth supported by energy efficiency initiatives that increased demand for our non-combustible insulation products.

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Sales
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2.2% growth in local currencies

EBIT margin
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up from 12.8% last year

ROIC
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down from 22.8% last year

Thomas Harder, Director of Group Treasury & Investor Relations

Thomas Harder

Director,
Group Treasury & Investor Relations, ROCKWOOL Group