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Bayer Starts Very Successfully into 2014

| Editor: Matthias Back

Health Care expects sales to advance by a mid-single-digit percentage in 2014 on a currency- and portfolio-adjusted basis. Allowing for expected negative currency effects of about 2 percent, sales would be approximately EUR 19.5 billion to EUR 20 billion. The subgroup predicts EBITDA before special items to slightly exceed the prior-year level, allowing for negative currency effects of roughly EUR 250 million.

Pharmaceutical Segment Expects Growth

In the Pharmaceuticals segment, sales are expected to move ahead by a high-single-digit percentage on a currency- and portfolio-adjusted basis. Negative currency effects of around 2 percent are predicted compared to 2013. Pharmaceuticals plans to raise sales of its recently launched products to EUR 2.8 billion. Additional marketing and R&D expenditures totaling EUR 0.5 billion are anticipated in this segment in 2014.

Against this background, the Pharmaceuticals segment predicts a low- to mid-single-digit percentage increase in EBITDA before special items, allowing for negative currency effects of about EUR 150 million. The EBITDA margin before special items of Pharmaceuticals is expected to be level with the previous year.

Sales in the Consumer Health segment are planned to rise by a low- to mid-single-digit percentage (Fx & portfolio adj.). Negative currency effects of around 3 percent compared with 2013 are expected. EBITDA before special items is anticipated to come in slightly below the level of the prior year, allowing for negative currency effects of approximately EUR 100 million.

Crop Science continues to predict favorable market conditions for 2014, although the environment will not be quite as positive as in 2013. The subgroup expects to grow faster than the market and raise sales by a mid- to high-single-digit percentage on a currency- and portfolio-adjusted basis. Negative currency effects of about 3 percent are anticipated compared to 2013. Crop Science expects to increase EBITDA before special items by a low-single-digit percentage, allowing for negative currency effects of approximately EUR 150 million.

Material Science expects to increase sales in 2014 by a mid-single-digit percentage on a currency- and portfolio-adjusted basis and predicts negative currency effects of about 2 percent compared to 2013. The subgroup anticipates an increase in EBITDA before special items, allowing for negative currency effects of roughly EUR 50 million. In the second quarter of 2014, Material Science expects to raise sales compared to the first quarter. EBITDA before special items is likely to show a slight decrease due to scheduled maintenance shutdowns.

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