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- Who is the player?
Founded in 1865, BASF is the world's leading chemical company by revenue size. As of December 2016, the group operated six integrated chemical complexes (at Freeport and Geismar in the US; Antwerp and Ludwigshafen in Europe; Nanjing and Kuantan in Asia), under what it terms as a “Verbund” (vertically integrated) business model, and an additional 352 manufacturing facilities around the globe. [...]
- What are the player's strategies?
BASF's 6 Verbund sites and 352 additional production sites enable the group to create efficient value chains that range from basic chemicals right through to high-value-added products. The output produced in one plant can be used as the starting raw materials of another. Through this organisation, BASF maintains a high level of competitiveness in every world region through economies of scale (more cost-effective and safer production, savings in energy, reduction of transport impact). […]
- What are the player's strengths and weaknesses?
A world leader in the chemical industry thanks to its broad and deep portfolio
The organisation of its Verbund sites provides cost advantages and energy savings
Diversification allows synergies and reduced over-exposure to one business
Decline in sales in 2016 (-18.3%) due to the cessation of certain commercial and gas activities following an asset swop with the Russian group Gazprom in September 2015
Decline of Brent prices and growing global petrochemical capacity puts pressure on margins […]
- What is the player's financial position?
The financial indicators included in the report include: Consolidated net revenues, Consolidated operating income and margin, Number of employees in R&D, R&D spending and ratio, Sales by segment, Sales performance by segment, Sales by region, Sales performance by region, Profitability ratios, Liquidity ratios, Solvency ratios and Free cash flow and capital expenditure.