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Fiscal year 2017/18

Business performance

Key figures (PDF, 30.26 KB)
Revenues and operating result
The group's consolidated revenues rose 8 % to € 6,983 (6,476) million in fiscal 2017/18. The sugar, special products and CropEnergies segments all contributed to the increase, while the fruit segment's revenues were about the same as last year.
The group consolidated operating result rose slightly to € 445 (426) million. The fruit segment, and especially the sugar segment, contributed to this performance, while the CropEnergies and special products segments’ operating result was below last year's high level, as forecast. A trend reversal that reflects the decline in the sugar and CropEnergies results in the second half of the fiscal year is apparent when the two halves of the fiscal year are viewed in isolation: In the first half-year, the group’s consolidated operating result was still significantly higher than the year prior, while in the second half of the fiscal year it was down sharply from a year earlier.
Capital employed and return on capital employed (ROCE)
Capital employed rose to € 6,650 (6,012) million. The substantial increase is the result of acquisitions within the special products segment and higher working capital in the sugar segment. Despite the improved operating result of € 445 (426) million, ROCE fell to 6.7 (7.1) %.