Advertising. The world’s best-known investor does not seem to think much of stocks from Germany at the moment. Most recently he took a stake in T-Mobile US, but German is essentially the major shareholder Deutsche Telekom in this company. At least one title on our domestic list is held by the reinsurer General Re, a subsidiary of Buffett’s investment conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway: Lanxess – MDAX member and specialty chemicals group. The oracle from Omaha currently owns around 5.3 percent of the company’s shares.
Lanxess emerged from a spin-off from Bayer AG at the beginning of 2005 and has been an independently listed company ever since. The German chemical company develops, produces and sells plastics, additives, specialty chemicals and chemical intermediates. Customers are also helped with the development and implementation of so-called system solutions. Lanxess is active in more than 30 countries and divides its business activity into four segments: Advanced Intermediates (basic and fine chemicals, e.g. for the pharmaceutical industry or the manufacture of coatings), Specialty Additives (especially flame retardant additives), Consumer Protection (consumer protection products) and Engineering Materials (high-performance plastics).
As everywhere at Lanxess, Corona has left its mark on the course of business. In the third quarter of 2020 in particular, the company faced a sharp decline in earnings. The Cologne-based company generated 1.5 billion euros with a Q3 sales decline of 14.3 percent, but this then led to a 28 percent lower operating result of 193 million euros. Business picked up only in the Consumer Protection segment. Sales of disinfectants were roughly at the previous year’s level, but the adjusted operating result rose by more than 7 percent to EUR 59 million. In the significantly larger Advanced Intermediates and Specialty Additives segments, on the other hand, as in the Engineering Materials segment, there were significant sales declines between 14.4 and 19.3 percent and even more severe earnings losses of between 28.6 and 44.1 percent. This shows the unavoidable dependency on companies from the currently heavily troubled automotive, aviation, and oil and gas industries. These companies almost consistently buy in smaller volumes and can also enforce lower prices.
In the meantime, however, the Executive Board is looking more optimistically into the future and has also made the forecast cut in May more concrete. In the automotive industry, customer demand is picking up noticeably. In Asia, where around 25 percent of sales come from, the development is optimistic. The situation is also stabilizing in the USA, where the share of sales is around 20 percent. In Europe, however, the high level of uncertainty remains as the consequences of renewed lockdowns cannot be predicted.
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EUR 33.00 interest per period if the 70 percent barrier is maintained
The DekaBank Lanxess Express certificate memory with airbag 03/2027 (WKN DK0ZFA) offers the option of early repayment at the nominal amount (EUR 1,000.00) plus the corresponding interest amount of EUR 33.00 per period including the catch-up effect (memory function) when the repayment thresholds fall. If the price is not above the respective repayment threshold on any of the five valuation days, a maximum payout of 1,198.00 euros per certificate can be achieved with the final maturity in March 2027, if the share closing price on the valuation day maintains the barrier (70.00 percent of the starting value).
If the barrier is not reached on the valuation day, there is a risk of losses. In such a scenario, instead of the nominal amount, investors are given a fixed number of Lanxess shares that have fallen in value. The number of shares (reference number) results from the base price, which is also 70.00 percent of the starting value (airbag function). In addition, as with any certificate, the issuer risk must be taken into account because, in particular in the event of DekaBank’s insolvency, there is a risk of losses or even total loss of the nominal amount invested.
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