Il commento di Benoît Potier, Presidente e CEO di Air Liquide, ai risultati del primo trimestre 2019:
“Growth in the first quarter is sustained, in line with the performances of previous quarters. Sales reached 5.4 billion euros, up +9% as published and +5% on a comparable basis, reflecting the good performance of all of the Group's activities as well as the positive trend in exchange rates. Whether it is Gas & Services, Engineering & Construction, or Global Markets & Technologies, all activities are growing.
In Gas & Services, all business lines and geographies are growing, confirming a trend that began four quarters ago. Growth is particularly strong in Electronics and Healthcare. Geographically, Asia confirms its dynamism, with sales remaining strong, especially in China.
Efficiencies contributed 77 million euros in the first quarter and will ramp up, in the framework of a reinforced target of 400 million euros per year. Cash flow, meanwhile, remains solid.
After a record level reached in the fourth quarter of 2018, investment decisions for the first quarter of 2019 remain high at 900 million euros, a figure that includes the acquisition of Tech Air in the United States, an Industrial Merchant business. These investments will contribute to the Group’s future growth.
Accordingly, assuming a comparable environment, Air Liquide is confident in its ability to deliver net profit growth in 2019, calculated at constant exchange rate.”
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