Press release

Recticel Annual Results 2023

Regulated information, Brussels, 29/02/2024 — 06:59 CET, 29.02.2024


  • Recticel transitioned into a provider of smart insulation solutions for sustainable buildings
  • Net sales decrease from € 587.8 million in 2022 to € 529.4 million (-9.9%) in 2023
  • Adjusted EBITDA: from € 64.4 million to € 39.2 million (-39.2%)
  • Net cash position: € 161.9 million (31 December 2022: net financial debt of € 250.0 million)
  • Proposal to pay a stable gross dividend of € 0.31 per share

Jan Vergote (CEO Recticel): “Our full year 2023 results reflect the adverse trends in the European construction markets, mainly caused by inflation and an unprecedented increase in the cost of money. This has resulted into shrinking market volumes, with margin pressures in our Insulation Boards activity being especially fierce in the second half. The full effect of the drop in the number of new building permits has yet to be seen, whereas renovation markets seem somewhat more resilient.

Despite this market context, as from the fourth quarter we have stopped the decrease in volumes in Insulation Boards and have increased year-over-year sales volume and market share in our premium Insulated Panels activity. A combination of planned and unplanned production stops at our suppliers’ facilities, as well as longer supply lines due to the geopolitical issues in the Red Sea, is resulting into MDI price hikes and potential shortages, which will require us to increase sale prices accordingly.

We are implementing cost reductions, improve our positions in attractive market segments, and are increasing our focus on innovation to better address the challenges of the upcoming large scale sustainability transition in construction.

We have created a growth platform for Trimo’s premium Insulated Panels strategy in Western Europe by closing the acquisition of REX Panels & Profiles in the early days of 2024. Integration is progressing well, and we expect to be ready with technical adjustments and certifications by the end of the year.

Our net cash position, which further increased during the second half of 2023, will allow us to further invest in smart additions and geographical expansion, as well as greenfield initiatives where appropriate.

Despite the low visibility on the timing of a potential market recovery, we are confident that we will significantly increase our Adjusted EBITDA compared to 2023.”

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