August 08, 2006

Borealis lifts 2nd quarter net profit to EUR 92 million, and introduces eleven new plastics grades

Compared to EUR 31 million in the previous quarter, and EUR 51 million for the same period last year.

Key figures and ratios

(Quarter ending June 30, 2006)









Sales revenueEUR Million1,4541,1742,7862,318
Operating profit / (loss)EUR Million9855134165
Net profit / (loss) after taxEUR Million9251123135
Reduction / (increase) in
net interest-bearing debt
EUR Million(36)(13)(115)(102)

Borealis today announced a net profit of EUR 92 million for the second quarter, compared to EUR 31 million in the previous quarter, and EUR 51 million for the same period last year.Chief Executive John Taylor commented: "On the back of reasonable demand, our solid financial results benefited from the consistent delivery of our value creation strategy driving improvements in our asset configuration and product portfolio."

Borealis' investment in its leading proprietary technology, Borstar®, continues to pay off with the second quarter results being favourably impacted by the successful commercialisation of new Borstar® capacity. This started to come on stream in Austria in the fourth quarter of 2005 through a new 350,000 tonnes Borstar polyethylene (PE) plant and a 90,000 tonnes expansion of the existing Borstar polypropylene (PP) plant. The investment has significantly strengthened Borealis' position in the flexible packaging market, particularly in the fast growing LLDPE segment. Simultaneously, 100,000 tonnes of HDPE capacity was closed in Austria. In addition, Borealis recently announced the decision to close a further 110,000 tonnes of HDPE capacity in Norway by the end of the year, enabling a stronger focus on target market segments.

The improved financial results were achieved despite pressure from high and volatile feedstock and energy prices, demonstrating Borealis' reinforced financial discipline to add value through the supply chain. Net interest-bearing debt grew by EUR 36 million, influenced by higher raw material prices driving up working capital value. Even so, the gearing ratio dropped slightly to 48% due to the increase in retained earnings.

Borouge, Borealis' joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), continued to contribute to the improved results, demonstrating the success of the companies' shared strategy.

Looking ahead, John Taylor stated: "As we progress the implementation of our value creation strategy we will announce further steps to improve our competitiveness and our ability to provide innovative solutions to our customers."


Borealis and Borouge are leading providers of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. With more than 40 years of experience in polyolefins and using our unique Borstar® technology, we focus on the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging markets across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our production facilities, innovation centres and service centres work with customers in more than 170 countries to provide the materials that make an essential contribution to society and sustainable development. We are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and to leading the way in 'Shaping the Future with Plastics'™.

For more information on Borealis and Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, visit and

Borstar® is Borealis’ proprietary technology supporting differentiated PE and PP products and is a registered trademark of Borealis A/S.

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