Saint-Gobain: Disposal in Austria and Germany-May 27, 2022 10:33 am

(AOF) – Saint-Gobain rose 0.79% in the Paris market to € 54.70 per share. Building materials specialists have signed an agreement to sell Austrian glass processing activities Eckelt Glass and Glass Ziegler to the German private group Aequita. At the same time, Saint-Gobain will sell its shares in the Glasskontor Erfurt joint venture (glass processing activity in Germany) to Caleoglas Group.

These activities will generate a total income of approximately € 55 million in 2021 and employ more than 320 people. By comparison, Saint-Gobain achieved sales of € 44.2 billion last year and had 166,000 employees.

If the amount of these transactions is not notified, Saint-Gobain specifies that their finalization is scheduled by the summer.

These operations are part of the continuation of the strategy for optimizing the profile of the group, in line with the goals of the “Grow & Impact” plan.

As part of this plan, the company will have an average annual growth rate of 3% to 5% in internal revenue, a 9% to 11% operating margin and more than 50% free cash flow conversion between 2021 and 2025. The goal is to be. , And 12% to 15% ROCE.

For 2022, Saint-Gobain confirmed that it is aiming for a further increase in operating profit at the same exchange rate (at the end of April).


Key Point

-1665 Founded in 1665, the world leader in housing materials.

-Sales of € 44.2 billion, divided into five branches: Northern Europe 34%, Southern Europe and Africa (including France) 32%, Americas 13% and High Performance 15%.

-54% of activities target remodeling and infrastructure (52%), ahead of new housing (22%) or industry (10%), mobility (7%), and other industries.

-Business model based on the brand’s complete portfolio and solution-based approach: Increased productivity of construction professionals, end-user well-being, customized performance and innovation for industrial customers.

-Split capital (8.3% employees), Pierre Andre de Charender, 14 board chairs, and Benoit Bazin as general manager.

-A solid balance sheet with net liabilities of € 7.3 billion (35% of equity) and free cash flow of € 2.9 billion.


-Launched October 2021 “Grow & Impact” Strategic Plan: Offering an integrated and differentiated solution for decarbonization of growth / construction / industrial investment better than the market around € 1.5 billion.

-Three principles, expectations for standards, digital integration in production and customer travel, and innovation strategies with sustainable growth: Built by 20 platforms shared by industrial and construction customer businesses: smart materials, robotization , Weight reduction of materials, reduction of carbon footprint in manufacturing process … / Customer experience where 90% of sales are covered by PIM, “Digital pricing” to accelerate sales / In-house, “Digital journey” open program, Partnerships with start-ups led by Datala, NOVA… / External, Partnership Centers with Research, EAGLE, WOOL2LOOP or Optivind… Participation in projects, and co-development with customers.

-Environmental strategy integrated into product delivery, 72% of the portfolio contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions, aiming for complete neutrality by 2050, 2030 target: industry in the range of 1 billion euros 2017 Research on circulating economy / solid oxygen fuel cells that reduces CO2 emissions by 33% and avoids R & D investment / extraction of raw materials compared to.

-After a € 2 billion acquisition and a number of dispositions in 2021, a group located in the high-growth sector, especially construction chemicals, emerged.

-The integration of Chryso and Rockwool India and the completion of the bid to acquire GPC Applied Technologies.


-Circular characteristics of activity, 4/5


Sales made in the construction sector.

-The effects of raw material and energy inflation were offset by the ability to accept higher selling prices (10.3% at 4).


2021 quarter);

-The total cost of repairing the Genfell Tower in London, where a local subsidiary provided covers and insulation foam, is unknown.

-After achieving record financial performance in -2021, in 2022, we aimed for sales growth beyond the market, industrial investment of € 1.8 billion, and further growth in operating profit.

-2021 dividend 1.63 euros, stock repurchase 400 million euros.

Integration in construction chemistry

Construction chemistry makes it possible to decarbonize cement and concrete carbon dioxide emissions by dividing them into three or four. Therefore, Saint-Gobain chose to develop in this business. The global market for this business is estimated at 60-70 billion euros. In 2021, he led two major acquisitions in this area and competed with world leader Sika. After buying France’s Chryso (formerly Materis’s concrete and cement additive) for € 1 billion, the world leader in building materials bought an American listed on NASDAQ’s GCP Applied Technologies for € 2 billion. For Swiss Seeka, we acquired the MBCC Group with a corporate value of € 5.2 billion. The latter is much larger than GCP and has sales of € 2.7 billion, while the new acquisition of Saint-Gobain in the United States is € 1 billion.