Messer: Encouraging performance in a challenging economic environment


Messer, the specialist for industrial gases, reported consolidated revenue of €1.047bn and an operating profit (EBITDA) of €240m in the 2014 financial year. In spite of a challenging economic environment, revenue was 2% and operating profit 4% higher year-on-year.

“This positive overall development confirms our approach as a family-run business. Dealing responsibly with people, the environment and resources is our guiding principle and has always been the mainstay of our success as a business – even in challenging times,” notes Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of the Messer Group.

During the past year, the largest owner-managed specialist for industrial gases made investments – including IFRIC 4 investments – totaling €205.1m.

“Thanks to forward-looking investing, we can strengthen the trust of our customers and partners while offering our employees long-term security,” Messer Group CFO Dr. Hans-Gerd Wienands notes in comments on the result. Once again in the year completed, a large portion of the investments made were devoted to new construction and modernisation of the production facilities for the various industrial and medical gases. The focus of investment activities in Europe remained on sales investments and selective growth projects.

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