Highlights financial year

Net sales +2.7% Organic, currency-adjusted net sales growth in 2015

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1 Adjusted for costs in connection with the Sanitec acquisition (transaction, integration, and one-off financing costs, as well as the amortisation of intangible assets and one-off costs resulting from the inventory revaluation)
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1 Adjusted for costs in connection with the Sanitec acquisition (transaction, integration, and one-off financing costs, as well as the amortisation of intangible assets and one-off costs resulting from the inventory revaluation)

Operating cashflow margin2
(EBITDA margin) 26.7%
2 Adjusted for costs in connection with the Sanitec acquisition (transaction, integration, as well as one-off costs resulting from the inventory revaluation)

Free Cashflow
(in CHF) 484.0 mio. 5.1% above prior year

Earnings per share1
(in CHF) 13.23 -0.4% versus prior year

1 Adjusted for costs in connection with the Sanitec acquisition (transaction, integration, and one-off financing costs, as well as the amortisation of intangible assets and one-off costs resulting from the inventory revaluation)

Payout ratio

63.3% The payout ratio is in the upper range of the target corridor of 50 to 70%

Investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets
(in CHF) 147.3 mio. +40.6% versus prior year

R&D expenditures
(in CHF)

63.4 mio. 7.6 million more versus prior year

Net sales
(in CHF) ≈ 200 mio. negative currency effects

Operating cashflow (EBITDA)
(in CHF) ≈ 70 mio. negative currency effects

Highlights business report

A time of integration

The acquisition of Sanitec is effected in February, making Geberit the leading manufacturer of sanitary products in Europe. The first step sees the corporate cultures merged, processes standardised and the sales structures adapted.

Groundbreaking ceremony in Pfullendorf

The groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Geberit Logistics Centre takes place in Pfullendorf on 17 April 2015. The building project, which is expected to be completed in spring 2017, costs about EUR 40 million. With this expansion, Geberit is optimising its existing logistics processes and gearing up for the future.

Is there enough for everyone?

At Expo Milano, the Swiss pavilion – which is co-sponsored by Geberit – focuses on the topic of resource scarcity. The pavilion’s towers contain food. As the food is consumed, the platforms on which the visitors stand are lowered, creating an impression of emptiness.

Efficient cleaning with water

The new premium shower toilet Geberit AquaClean Mera is packed to the brim with technical know-how, such as an intelligent hybrid hot water system, the patented WhirlSpray shower technology and the virtually noiseless TurboFlush flush technology.

A neat solution

The new Geberit shower channel CleanLine combines design and functionality. Both plumbers and private customers are won over by the individual installation options, the fact that the channel is easy to clean, the optimal discharge capacity and the installation process that has been carefully thought out down to the last detail.

A gem along the Spree

A modern 14-storey apartment block that is home to 56 freehold flats has been built on the banks of the Spree in Berlin. In addition to offering a spectacular view, the building also features impressive bathrooms that were designed according to the customers’ specific requirements, thanks to the flexible installation technology from Geberit.

Reaching new heights

The peak of the steep Matterhorn mountain is hidden behind a blanket of clouds. A little further down, plumbers check the water supply to the Hörnli hut. Geberit contributed to the renovation of the mountain hut with actuator plates, Duofix elements and pipes.

Highlights sustainability

CEO statement on sustainability

As in the past, we will continue to set standards in the area of sustainability in the future. In 2015, we therefore began systematically extending our sustainability strategy to the acquired Sanitec Group.

Water is our element

Using water conscientiously is one of the most important issues of our time – right across the globe. Water crises were also deemed a top risk by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Geberit sees developing water-saving products – both those behind and in front of the wall – as a key task.

Materiality analysis

Products and services, water consumption and training and education are just some of the main areas that we deal with. Geberit has identified all the important topics and prioritised and summarised them in the materiality analysis in an illustrative manner.

Sustainability strategy

Geberit’s sustainability strategy remains its most important tool for defining targets and measures relating to the topic of sustainability and reporting on what has been achieved in a transparent manner.

Energy­management

We stick to the ambitious energy goals. Despite now engaging in energy-intensive ceramic production, we will continue to focus on the three pillars – savings in energy consumption, increased energy efficiency and the acquisition of renewable energy sources.