By Pierre Bertrand


BASF SE said Friday that it is implementing further cost-saving measures and would cut jobs at its Ludwigshafen facility as the German chemical company seeks to reduce costs after a year which saw earnings fall.

The company said it was carrying out structural measures at Ludwigshafen designed to lower costs by more than 200 million euros ($211.9 million) a year by the end of 2026.

BASF said it would close its TDI plant, including the precursor plants for DNT and TDA, its caprolactam plant, including one of two ammonia plants and associated fertilizer facilities, and reduce its adipic acid production capacity and close its cyclohexanol, cyclohexanone and soda ash plants at Ludwigshafen in a bid to improve the competitiveness of the facility.

The measure will affect around 700 production positions and relates to 10 percent of the asset replacement value of the site, BASF said.

The actions are in addition to a previously announced cost saving program BASF is implementing to save EUR500 million annually in non-production areas by the end of 2024, which the company said Friday would affect around 2,600 jobs.

BASF said it made a EUR4.85 billion net loss in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared with EUR898 million in the last quarter of 2021, on sales that declined 2.3% to EUR19.32 billion.

Earnings before interest and taxes before special items declined in the fourth quarter were EUR373 million, compared with EUR1.23 billion in the prior-year period.

Net profit for 2022 amounted to a EUR627 million net loss, compared with a 2021 profit of EUR5.52 billion.

BASF said its net income was hit by what it called exceptionally high impairments related to its shareholding in Wintershall Dea AG.

The company booked around EUR6.3 billion in special charges in 2022 mainly from non-cash-effective impairment losses due to the deconsolidation of Wintershall Dea's Russian exploration and production activities, it said.

The company proposed a flat dividend of EUR3.40 a share and said separately that it has terminated its share buyback program ahead of schedule.

BASF anticipates a weak first half of 2023 with an improvement expected in the second half.

BASF said that for 2023, it is expecting to make between EUR84 billion and EUR87 billion in sales and between EUR4.8 billion and EUR5.4 billion in earnings before interest and taxes before special items.


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