DSM Integrated Annual Report 2020

Materials strategy

Following the announcement of the sale of our Resins & Functional materials businesses to Covestro AG, our Materials activities now consist of DSM Engineering Materials and DSM Protective Materials. These businesses generated sales of approximately €1.5 billion in 2020, have a strong growth and earnings potential, and are positioned to deliver growth in the strategic area of Sustainable Living. We will continue to develop the Materials business into a more resilient, higher-growth, and high-margin specialty business. Focusing on three Sustainable Living growth platforms — Improved Health & Living, Green Products & Applications, and New Mobility & Connectivity — we aim for mid-single-digit organic sales growth, an Adjusted EBITDA margin greater than 20% and a high single-digit Adjusted EBITDA growth percentage.

Focus on three growth platforms

three growth platforms (graphic)

Our Materials platforms will capture more opportunities in Sustainable Living, propelled by the following growth drivers: winning segments, substitution, innovation and sustainability.

In Improved Health & Living, we are focusing in particular on the growing demand for healthcare, personal protective equipment and medical applications such as specialty materials for medical gowns, respiratory tubes and stents.

In Green Products & Applications, we are focusing on the increasing demand for bio-based, recycled-based, and fully recyclable solutions. The launch of bio-based Dyneema® in 2020 is a good example.

In New Mobility & Connectivity, we are targeting the transition from fossil fuel to electric automotive power and hydrogen-fueled cars. An example is our specialty material Xytron® PPS for high performance fuel cells. We are also addressing the growing need for materials that enable autonomous driving and the increased connectivity between products, devices and applications.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)
EBITDA is the sum of operating profit plus depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is the EBITDA adjusted for material items of profit or loss coming from acquisitions/divestments, restructuring and other circumstances that management deem it necessary to adjust in order to provide clear reporting on the development of the business.
Organic sales growth
Organic sales growth is the total impact of volume and price/mix. Impact of acquisitions and divestments as well as currency impact are excluded.