Building for People – Wienerberger Annual Report 2018
From a supplier of building materials to a system provider for innovative construction and infrastructure solutions for the future. Read more about our growth strategy in our 2018 Annual Report.
In 2019, Wienerberger is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its foundation and the 150th anniversary of its listing on the Vienna Stock Exchange. It is our constant focus on people in everything we do that has made this impressive double jubilee possible. This is why our 2018 Annual Report is entitled „Building for People“.
One of our strategic pillars is to optimally meet the needs of our customers. We are therefore evolving stronger and stronger into a system provider for intelligent construction and infrastructure solutions. Our business units have been reorganized for this purpose: Wienerberger Business Solutions offers our customers the complete range of innovative products for wall, facade, roof, and paving applications. Wienerberger Piping Solutions will be developed into a full-range provider of smart infrastructure in the fields of water and sewage, building installations and special solutions for industrial and energy applications. In the North America business unit, we aim to continue growing organically, improve our regional presence and contribute to market consolidation through acquisitions.
Alongside this cultural change, we are working on a comprehensive strategy of digitalization in order to make our processes even more efficient and to offer our customers an attractive range of innovations: from building design apps to virtual reality solutions.
We also broaden our range of innovative products and services through selective acquisitions. We are pursuing this consistently and made attractive acquisitions in Europe and the USA in 2018.
Wienerberger is thus showing an excellent performance. In 2018 we generated a 6 % increase in revenues to a new record high of € 3,3 billion. EBITDA on a like-for-like basis rose significantly by 15% to € 470 million. This strong growth was possible because we improved our market positions, successfully implemented our Fast Forward 2020 program and made targeted bolt-on acquisitions. In each of these areas, we have met all our targets for 2018. We will therefore propose to the Annual General Meeting that dividend be increased by almost 70% to € 0.50 per share.
The successful results of 2018 and the future-oriented repositioning of our company provide a solid basis for continued growth in 2019. We are full of optimism taking our company forward into its third century. You can find more background information on our growth strategy in the Success Stories in our 2018 Annual Report.
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